S.E.M. Ensemble in New York

From the S.E.M. Ensemble:

The S.E.M Ensemble opens its 40th season with its annual Christmas concert at Paula Cooper Gallery (NYC)

Music by Christian Wolff, Petr Kotik, Lejaren Hiller, and J. S. Bach
Special guests Christian Wolff and TimeTable Percussion
December 15, 2009

The S.E.M. Ensemble – founded and directed by Petr Kotik – will open its 40th season at Paula Cooper Gallery’s main space in Chelsea on Tuesday, December 15 (8 pm). Highlights include two compositions by Christian Wolff – Flutist “with Percussion” (2003) and For John / Material (2007); the first public performance of Petr Kotik’s 3, 6 & 10 for John Cage (2009); and Lejaren Hiller’s rarely performed String Quartet No. 5 (In Quarter-tones) (1962). Since SEM performed its first concert at Paula Cooper Gallery on Christmas Eve 1984, it has become a tradition to include an early music piece, and the December 15 program will also feature J. S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in B-Minor (circa 1720). Guest soloists for the evening are Christian Wolff (performing on various percussion and wind instruments) and the innovative new music group, TimeTable Percussion.

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Interpretations Fall Season at Roulette

From New York’s Interpretations:

September 17 – Adam Rudolph / Yusef Lateef: 3 World Premieres
A presentation of the longstanding collaboration between percussionist Adam Rudolph and saxophonist/composer Yusef Lateef (presented a few short days prior to Lateef’s 89th birthday). Featuring premiers of Lateef’s Concerto For Percussion (written for Adam Rudolph, with the S.E.M Ensemble conducted by Petr Kotik) and A Syllogism (for baritone and piano, featuring Thomas Buckner), Rudolph’s Nightsky (for baritone and percussion, featuring Thomas Buckner), and readings of original poetry by Yusef Lateef, with musical accompaniment.

October 15 – Daan Vandewalle: Piano Works of Gordon Mumma & Contemporary Belgian Composers
Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle performs selections from his recent recording of piano works by pioneering composer Gordon Mumma dating from 1960-2001, as well as leading postwar Belgian composer Karel Goeyvaerts (1923-1993), emerging Flemish composer Thomas Smetryns, the extremely prolific and unusual composer Boudewijn Buckinx, and American composer Alvin Curran.

November 12 – Earl Howard / Edmund Campion
Saxophonist, composer and electronic sound constructionist Earl Howard presents Strasser 60 for synthesizer solo, 2455 for saxophone solo, and Crupper, an electroacoustic duet w/ Koto player Miya Masaoka. Mixing formal composition, improvisation and interactive instrument design, Edmund Campion’s music focuses on real-time interactive computer/instrument environments. Invited guests include saxophonist Susan Fancher.

December 10 – FLUX Quartet performs David First / Dom Minasi String Quartet
Eclectic composer and punk-era innovator David First premieres new music for string quartet, performed by the FLUX Quartet, and guitarist/composer Dom Minasi presents works from his recent CD Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder, featuring Dom Minasi on nylon string guitar, with violinist Jason Hwang, cellist Tomas Ulrich, and bassist Ken Filiano.

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Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble – Compositions of Shifting Identity

From the Times:

The composer and conductor Petr Kotik presided over a varied program of rugged, demanding contemporary works at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday evening. And perhaps inadvertently, he also demonstrated how porous new-music groups are these days. The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, an expansion of a chamber group Mr. Kotik founded in 1970, shared the bill with the Ostravska Banda, which he started in 2005. But the rosters in the program book showed that nearly everyone in the S.E.M. group was also in the Ostravska Banda, which is slightly larger.

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S.E.M. Ensemble in May

New York’s S.E.M. Ensemble has announced a show:

The Orchestra of the S.E.M Ensemble, FLUX Quartet and Ostravská banda join forces at Alice Tully Hall, May 6 at 8pm

Premieres by Christian Wolff, Salvatore Sciarrino and Petr Kotik

Works by Elliott Carter and György Ligeti

Featuring Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle and Czech violinist Hana Kotková in their Alice Tully Hall debuts
New York, NY, March 24, 2009 – The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, founded and directed by Petr Kotik, joins forces with the FLUX Quartet and the international chamber orchestra Ostravská banda for an evening of adventurous music at the newly re-opened Alice Tully Hall, Wednesday, May 6th, 2009. Featured works include three new pieces by self-taught composers: the premiere of Christian Wolff’s Trio for Robert Ashley (2009), performed by members of the Flux Quartet; the American premiere of Sicilian-born composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s Vento D’ombra (2005), performed by The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble; and the premiere of Petr Kotik’s String Quartet No. 1, Erinnerungen an Jan (2007-09), performed by the Flux Quartet. The program also features renowned Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle in Elliott Carter’s Dialogues for Piano and Orchestra (2003), and award-winning Czech violinist Hana Kotková in György Ligeti’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1990-92) – both making their debuts at Alice Tully Hall. Petr Kotik conducts The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble as well as Ostravská banda.

The second half of the program will highlight Ostravská banda (OB) in its second NY appearance. A unique international chamber orchestra comprised of some of the best young musicians from Europe and the United States, OB was founded in 2005 as the orchestra-in-residence of the acclaimed new music institute and festival, Ostrava Days (www., in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Pianist, Vandewalle, who garnered an international reputation for his remarkable interpretation of contemporary American piano repertoire – “putting many American classical musicians to shame” (American Record Guide) – will be the soloist in Elliott Carter’s Dialogues for Piano and Orchestra.

The concert will culminate with György Ligeti’s highly innovative and incredibly virtuosic Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, performed by Kotková. A frequent soloist with major European orchestras and a former member of the Smetana Trio, Kotková has been hailed by critics as continuing the great Czech violin tradition. Described as “folksong for the homeless” (Paul Griffiths), Ligeti’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra contains a wealth of melodies from Carpathian and the South Eastern part of Europe, Ligeti’s ancestral home. Raised in this part of the world and having played folk music with her family since the age of four, Kotková is a uniquely apt interpreter of Ligeti’s Concerto.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 8:00pm

WHERE: Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway at 65th Street, New York

WHO: The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
FLUX Quartet
Ostravská banda
Hana Kotková Violin
Daan Vandewalle, Piano
Petr Kotik, Conductor

Christian Wolff: Trio for Robert Ashley (premiere)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Vento D’ombra (American premiere)
Petr Kotik: String Quartet No.1 Erinnerungen an Jan (premiere)
Elliott Carter: Dialogues for Piano and Orchestra
György Ligeti: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

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Shinkoyo Web Releases

Shinkoyo Web has new material out.

PALO – Monument to Our Common Past is Southwestern Folk Music for the 31st Century. Backcountry Zappa-esque vocals haunting tales of Arizona roads and lost loves over Parch influenced alternatively tuned C-sound synthesizers. Palo (Paul Chaikin) was a friend of Shinkoyo at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music TIMARA program (Technology in Music and Related Arts). PALO appears on secret Shinkoyo release (upcoming JUKO re-release!) Elyria Lights by Peter Blasser. Paul Chaikin is lost to us now. Paul Chaikin – PLEASE CONTACT US! If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Paul Chaikin, please contact us.

REGATTAS – Garudas – is a collection of solo saxophone pieces recorded in different spaces by Sam Hillmer (aka Regattas) co-founder of the band/chamber ensemble Zs as well as Wet Ink, a new music presenting organization, ensemble, and composer’s collective. In addition to his work with Zs, Hillmer is currently playing and performing with Dirty Projectors, MOTH, and John Dwyer (of Ohsees). Hillmer is also active as a curator and educator. In collaboration with artist Laura Paris, he organizes the biannual performance festival and installation YOU ARE HERE: 21 nights of performance in a sculptural maze. Hillmer is currently producing the youth hip-hop recording series Representing NYC. The first volume, The Fly Girlz’ “Da Bratz From Da Ville”, is due out this November on Wisdom Through Music and Socketts CDs. Hillmer has had the privilege of working with and playing the music of Mick Barr, Weasel Walter, Joe Maneri, Christian Wolff, Phill Niblock, Roscoe Mitchell, Petr Kotik, Louis Andriessen and Larry Polansky. Recordings of his music are available on labels threeoneg, Planaria Recordings, Epicene Sound Systems, Tzadik, Zum, Gilgongo, Socketts, New Sonic, and Troubleman Unlimited.

SHINKOYO is the ectoplasm connecting a diverse group of composers, visual artists, improvisers, instrument builders, thinkers, scholars and healers exploring new syntheses of sound and art. We operate on terms of collectivity and collaboration, while supporting the individual voices of all Shinkoyos. Shinkoyo submits to no genres, but Ancient Futurism, Noise Age, and True Age are terms to be discovered. Born in 2000 at the Oberlin Conservatory, we began releasing music in fall of 2002. Shinkoyo has spread its wings from California to New York, with its headquarters at the Paris London West Nile Performance/Gallery Space – Brooklyn’s donation-based center for experimental performance and art. In summer 2008, Shinkoyo launched its SHINKOJUKO free jukebox and donation-based online music store, showcasing our catalog of music releases from 2002 to the present.

PARIS LONDON WEST NILE is Shinkoyo’s donation-based center for experimental performance and art located in the old Domino Sugar Factory building in Williamsburg, NYC. Past performances/art shows/lectures include Tony Conrad, Costes (France), Non Grata (Estonia), Aki Onda, Vampillia (Tokyo), Jessica Rylan, Nautical Almanac, Graveyards (John Olsen), Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne, and many many more. See for more info.

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