All About Jazz has a long feature on Vijay Iyer.
Gino Robair blogs about download-only music from the perspective of a fan and a musician.
Paul Sears has posted a few videos of Thee Maximalists.
Brooklyn’s Spike Hill will be the locale of a January 4th show featuring the Landon Knoblock Group and Shot x Shot.
Dublin’s Yard has released a new experimental album for free download.
NPR’s A Blog Supreme is offering a download of part of the recent High Zero festival.
Maybe it was the economy or maybe it was a curatorial decision, but the 11th annual High Zero Festival in Baltimore, Md. didn’t have the “star power” of previous years. There was no Tony Conrad or Joe McPhee, but in a city with a solid bed of new music practitioners — organized by the keen ears of the High Zero organization — you really couldn’t ask for a more creative line-up.
As always, High Zero puts local Baltimore musicians, artists and dancers on the same stage as international veterans to completely improvise “new music,” a rather loose term for sound with little connection to established forms. As a recent set of a CDs documenting the festival’s 11 years reveals, High Zero Festival is the premier showcase for spontaneous sound.
The Chicago Reader informs us about Lampo once again being without a space.
Normally this is the time of year I look forward to learning Lampo’s fall lineup. One of the midwest’s greatest advocates for experimental music, Lampo has been presenting dynamic work, often in exclusive U.S. engagements, from some of the world’s most important sound artists and musicians for more than a decade. But no announcement of a fall schedule is coming: today Lampo director Andrew Fenchel informed me that the organization is once again without a home.
Lampo brings modern, experimental classical / electronic music to Chicago, and their shows have been very well-received. More details from Mr. Fenchel:
As you may know, we have been exceptionally lucky to call “216” home for the past two years. The space was generously donated by the building’s owner, and we are grateful for the time we had there. Now the owner has something different in mind for the space and we need to move on. Nothing but thanks and appreciation to him.
In the short term, this means our summer hiatus will continue through the fall — although we’ll do our best to surprise you with something before too long.
Looking ahead, we will find a new home and continue the Lampo series. We’ll certainly keep you updated on our search for space and report on new collaborations and projects. Separate from this announcement we have had some cool stuff in the works for a while, and we’ll be excited to tell you about our plans.
An upcoming show at New York’s Roulette:
Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-MAN) is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York since 2002. Described by Time Out New York as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer-performers” Cymerman has worked with a broad range of contemporary artists including Otomo Yoshihide, John Zorn, Jandek, Ned Rothenberg, Peter Evans, Jessica Pavone, Toby Driver, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others. After several self-released cds and cdrs, in 2008 the Tzadik label released his album “In Memory of the Labyrinth System”, a highly personal work featuring a series of compositions for solo clarinet and computer processing which Andy Hamilton of the Wire called “a wholly original and intriguing listen”.
On Friday, April 10th composer/clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman will premiere a dramatic new composition for string quartet and electronics entitled “Under a Blue, Grey Sky”. Through-composed and presented as a five-act audio play, the piece works to strike a balance between the creative control that a conductor exercises over an ensemble with the sonic wizardry of dub-inspired live electronic processing.
Based loosely on a series of terrifying nightmares that the composer had from the age of 21-23, “Under a Blue, Grey Sky” is a lyrical, dark, and brooding piece that marks a new direction for a musician that Time Out New York describes as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer/performers”.
After a brief intermission the evening will conclude with two graphic scores from 2007. This concert made possible with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation “Under a Blue, Grey Sky” (2009) Scorpio Rising: Olivia De Prato (violin) Jessica Pavone (viola) Christopher Hoffman (cello) Tom Blancarte (bass) Jeremiah Cymerman (electronics)
“555” & “6 Blocks” (2007) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Christopher Hoffman (cello) Tom Blancarte (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (percussion)
From the Irondale Ensemble Project:
The Irondale Center Presents:
Anthony Braxton and Walter Thompson Premiere
A New Soundpainting Composition
Performed by Anthony Braxton, Walter Thompson, and the Walter Thompson Orchestra
April 16, 17 & 18, 2009
What: Anthony Braxton and Walter Thompson Premiere – A New Soundpainting Composition
When: April 16, 17 & 18, 2009 @ 7:30pm
Where: The Irondale Center, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20/$15, to purchase tickets go to http://www.irondale.org or call 212.352.3101
In celebration of their recent opening, the BAM cultural districts first new performing arts destination, The Irondale Center, premieres an exciting new work from two highly acclaimed artists.
Anthony Braxton, one of music’s most original composers and instrumentalists, has composed a new work in collaboration with Soundpainter Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Mr. Thompson will combine Mr. Braxton’s Language Music System with Soundpainting – the multidisciplinary live – composing sign language created by Mr. Thompson. The concerts will feature performances by Anthony Braxton, a woodwind virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist and the fifteen musicians and actors of the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Performances will run from April 16 to April 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm at The Irondale Center in the historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY, between Lafayette and Fulton Streets. Tickets are $20/$15 (for students and working artists) and can be purchased by going to http://www.irondale.org or by calling 212.352.3101.
Mr. Thompson will soundpaint Mr. Braxton’s notation, text, and drawings (called Palettes in the Soundpainting language) and then transform them in the canvas of the work. They become the colors and textures used by Mr. Thompson to shape and guide the overall direction of the piece. The resulting composition will be created entirely in the moment. Each of the three performances will assume a unique shape dependent on the recombination of the Palettes, the Soundpainter’s gestures, and the response of the performers. In this unique form of artistic collaboration, the components of the Soundpainting coalesce to saturate the performance in a dynamic interplay.