American Contemporary Music Ensemble – Kindred Spirits in John Cage and Phil Kline, at Tank

From NYTimes.com:

Finding connections between John Cage and Phil Kline, experimental composers from different generations and backgrounds, is not very hard. Cage, the Zen master whose chance operations loosened the strictures of contemporary music, surely provided an early model for the random serendipities of Mr. Kline’s subsequent boombox compositions like “Unsilent Night,” a seasonal processional that wound through Greenwich Village streets just over a week ago.

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A short interview with Medeski, Martin and Wood has been posted.

John Zorn, Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson will play next year’s Montreal Jazz Fest.

Theo Bleckmann has a new album of Charles Ives songs coming out.

Phil Kline‘s latest two releases are reviewed in the Chicago Reader.

Caustic Reverie is an ambient-drone artist with 15 albums available for free download.

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Ethel, Alarm Will Sound and Bang on a Can All-Stars Perform

A review from NYTimes.com:

As a prelude, the idiosyncratic string quartet Ethel gave the premiere of Phil Kline’s “Space” as a free concert in the hall’s large new public area. The quartet’s players were deployed individually to the north, south, east and west of the restaurant and waiting area, and a loudspeaker in each corner carried the amplified, electronically processed sound of one musician. (The sound designer, Jody Elff, was given equal billing with Mr. Kline.)

Mr. Kline’s hypnotically attractive 45-minute work begins with the quartet playing a tremolando figure that gradually shifts to new harmonies and textures before moving through the lexicon of string ensemble effects. Along the way it explores sustained tones and lightly dissonant harmonies, with a bagpipelike timbre; pizzicato figures supporting soaring, lyrical viola and cello lines; and ornate violin solos bathed in tape delay that created an almost fugal illusion.

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