Meehan/Perkins Duo at Carnegie Hall

An upcoming performance from the Meehan/Perkins Duo:

The Meehan/ Perkins Duo (Todd Meehan and Douglas Perkins), comprised of two of the country’s leading contemporary percussionists, will perform a concert on Friday, January 16 at 8 PM at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. This is the first full-length recital for these two since they performed in NYC as founding members of So Percussion. The Duo will present a diverse evening of chamber and solo percussion music including works by Paul Lansky, Michael Gordon, John Fitz Rogers, Nathan Davis and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lang. Several of the works, including David Lang’s Table of Contents and Paul Lansky’s Travel Diary, were commissioned by the Meehan/ Perkins Duo and will receive their New York premieres at this concert. The repertoire explores the sonic possibilities of percussion, including both acoustic and electro-acoustic works, and showcases the virtuosic talents of the two performers. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Carnegie Hall box office at http://www.carnegiehall.org or by calling 212.247.7800.

Founded in 2006, the Meehan/Perkins Duo has emerged as a driving force in new music through their compelling performances of new works for percussion. The Duo believes in cultivating relationships with living composers through commissions and collaborations that expand the percussion genre. They have commissioned works from David Lang, Paul Lansky, and Nathan Davis, and will premiere a new concerto for percussion duo and orchestra by Jonathan Leshnoff during the 2010-2011 season.

Todd and Doug first began collaborating as chamber musicians in 1999 as founding members of So Percussion. They have since performed at countless venues across the country including the Bang on a Can Marathon, the BAM Next Wave Festival, Miller Theater, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Round Top International Festival-Institute, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. In addition to their performances the duo regularly teaches master classes at universities throughout the country.

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Alex Maguire Sextet – Brewed in Belgium (2008, jazz)
Paul Lansky – Alphabet Book (2002, modern classical / acousmatic)
Francois Carrier – Kala (2008, free jazz)
Charles Dodge – Any Resemblance is Purely Coincidental (1994, modern classical / acousmatic)
Kalte – The Lanthanide Series (2008, electronic)
Harris Eisenstadt – Guewel (2008, free jazz)
Daniel Levin – Fuhuffah (2008, free jazz)
Jeff Gauthier / Goatette – House of Return (2008, avant-jazz)

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Ten Questions with Jessica Pavone

From Glowing Realm:

Jessica Pavone is a Brooklyn based composer/string instrumentalist that has been constantly busy since 2000 writing and performing in a wide variety of projects. Whether in her duo with Mary Halvorson, in The Thirteenth Assembly, in any number of Anthony Braxton’s tone combinations, or leading her soul group The Pavones, Jessica always brings a strong and individual approach to composition and improvisation. She has several new albums in the works, including a new one with Mary on Thirsty Ear, The Thirteenth Assembly debut on Important Records, and the first Pavones album. She is also busy composing new string quartet music for an upcoming April performance at The Kitchen in NYC.

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Guitarist Mary Halvorson Makes Music ‘Sort of Based in Jazz’

Mary Halvorson gets more coverage of her show tonight in Brooklyn.

Ms. Halvorson, 28, has built a name as a guitarist in new-music circles, largely through an association with the celebrated multireedist and composer Anthony Braxton. And she has proved herself a judicious composer, in the duo with Ms. Pavone and in People, a willfully eccentric rock band.

“Mary’s reputation among musicians is beyond stellar,” said Taylor Ho Bynum, a cornetist and composer who features Ms. Halvorson in his sextet. “Whatever your personal aesthetic, you have to recognize the clarity of her ideas, her sound and her technique.”

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Ten Questions with Taylor Ho Bynum

Glowing Realm interviews THB.

Taylor Ho Bynum is a new music composer/trumpeter from New York. Working frequently with some of NY’s finest (Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone) and leading groups such as SpiderMonkey Strings and The Thirteenth Assembly, Ho Bynum always brings a unique approach to composition, and improvisation. Also a frequent collaborator of Anthony Braxton’s, he has performed and recorded all over the world in any number of Braxton’s tone combinations. He also co-runs the great Firehouse 12 Records with Nick Lloyd. Readers of this blog will know Firehouse 12 because they released Tyshawn Sorey’s debut, which I gushed over awhile back. He also keeps a great great blog (his busy schedule is making it hard to keep it up to date, but read the past and ask nicely and maybe it will blossom again.)

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AMN Picks of the Week

Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, February 2...
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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Moscow) 2008 (2008, composed / free jazz)
Paul Lansky – More Than Just Idle Chatter (1994, electroacoustic)
Aidan Baker – Phantasma Paratasie (2008, electronic / noise)
Sun Ra – Media Dream (1978, experimental jazz)
Sun Ra – Disco 3000 (1978, experimental jazz)
William Parker – Petit Oiseau (2008, modern free jazz)
Menace Ruine – The Die is Cast (2008, ambient / metal)
Rob Reddy – The Book of the Storm (2007, modern free jazz)
James Beaudreau – Fresh Twigs (2008, acoustic guitar)

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