Upsilon Acrux’s European Tour

Tour dates are available (via the link) from Upsilon Acrux:

Upsilon Acrux (Los Angeles, CA, USA), an instrumental quintet (dual guitars, keyboards, bass and drums), is one of the most creative, original and sonically spellbinding bands on the U.S.A.’s thriving post-punk, avant-garde rock scene. Cuneiform Records has just released Radian Futura, the band’s sixth album of explosive, intense and surprisingly beautiful intricate, instrumental rock, which is generating praise and attention for the band in the music press. But in addition to such acclaimed recordings, Upsilon Acrux is reknown for presenting brutally intense live shows. Based on the West Coast, the band is a regular on the circuit of L.A.’s legendary venue, the Smell, where it continues to develop its uncompromising sound. Upsilon Acrux has shared the stage with such acts as The Boredoms, The Ruins, Mission of Burma, the Locust, Don Caballero, Bad Dudes, the Fucking Champs, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cattle Decapitation, Black Heart Procession, Hella, Lightning Bolt, Marnie Stern, Flying Luttenbachers, Orthrelm, Time of Orchids, Experimental Dental School, Truman’s Water and Mick Barr. Never seen on stage before outside the USA, the band will tour Europe for the first time ever in September and October 2009. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Upsilon Acrux’s legendary live performances in Continental Europe and the UK!!

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Talea Ensemble in NY

From the Talea Ensemble:


Thursday, July 9, 2009, 8:30PM (note later start time)
43A W. 13th St., NYC (5th and 6th Ave.)
$15/10 (students) tickets at the door

James Dillon: Siorram (1992) for viola
Jean-Luc Hervé: Rêve de vol I (1996) for clarinet and viola (US premiere)
Pierluigi Billone: Mani.MONO (2008) for solo springdrum (World premiere)
Tristan Murail: Les ruines circulaires (2006) for clarinet and violin
Helmut Lachenmann: Trio Fluido (1966) for clarinet, viola, and percussion

performed by Rane Moore (clarinet), Alex Lipowski (percussion), Elizabeth Weisser (viola), and Joshua Modney (guest violinist)

Don’t miss the Talea Ensemble’s only summer appearance this season! “Fluid Soundscapes” centers around Helmut Lachenmann’s early masterpiece, Trio Fluido, the oldest and in many ways still the most radical work of the evening. The timbral investigations of Lachemann find their way into the music of one of his most acclaimed students, and one of the most admired composers working in Europe today, Pierluigi Billone. In a unique world premiere performance of a new piece for solo springdrum (Mani.MONO), the sounds emitted from a simple tube the size of one’s forearm with an attached spring are endlessly manipulated into a unique sonic universe unto itself. James Dillon’s Siorram (Gaelic for “in an enchanted sleep”) is moving and affecting, with a strong, folk-like lyrical pull amidst bursts of almost vocalized intensity. Jean-Luc Hervé, whose music is being played in the U.S. for the first time on this concert, plays on the pairing of viola and clarinet through contrapuntal and coloristic imitations and deviations. In a similarly microtonal harmonic world, Tristan Murail’s Les ruines circulaires generates momentum and continuity through arcs of expanding and contracting cycles, overlapping and overreaching between the duo of clarinet and violin.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Vice Wears Black Hose – Part 2
Vice Wears Black Hose is harsh noise/wall noise project that brings together two respected US noise mongers in the form of Sam McKinlay of The Rita and Richard Ramirez of Werewolf Jerusalem & Black Leather Jesus. This cdr takes in one long 40 minute track of unforgiving harsh static texturing and suffocation.

Die Rote Form – Grass Breaks Concrete
Die Rote Form make very stern yet grimly atmospheric licked power electronics meets old school industrial sonics. Grass Breaks Concrete is the band second full length cdr release packed in a nice professional manner in a glossy paper oversized sleeve.

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Nathan Davis & Cristina Valdes in Seattle

From Wayward Music:

8:00 PM; $5 – $15 sliding scale donation at the door.

Nathan Davis and Cristina Valdes – music for percussion, piano, and electronics

Critically acclaimed composer and percussionist Nathan Davis makes music inspired by natural processes, acoustic phenomena, and the abstraction of simple stories. Tonight he plays his solos for triangles, river stones, and amplified laptop – probed with microphones and exaggerated with live electronic processing. Pianist Cristina Valdes (Seattle) performs the world premiere of CuoRE, a solo piano piece written for her by Seattle composer Donald Stewart. Together they play duos including the US premiere Orlando Garcia’s September 2007 (Remembering Morty), a memorial to Morton Feldman.

Nathan Davis (NYC) makes music as a composer and percussionist. He has received commissions from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Meehan/Perkins Duo, Ethos Percussion Group, the Jerome Foundation, Concert Artists Guild, and received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the Look and Listen Festival, and the ISCM. His music has been performed in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Europe, Finland, and China, in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Roulette, The Stone, LPR, and many others. Several of his electroacoustic percussion pieces are available on a solo cd, Memory Spaces, and his acoustic music is published by Frog Peak. As a percussionist, Nathan is a member of ICE and plays original and commissioned works with cellist Ha-Yang Kim in the duo Odd Appetite, touring as far as Russia, Bali, and Turkey, and appearing closer to home as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and at the Bang on a Can Marathon. He has worked with Evan Ziporyn, Lee Hyla, Louis Andriessen, and Christian Wolff, premiering their music, and has recorded for Tzadik, New Albion, Bridge, Cold Blue records.

Cristina Valdes has performed across four continents and in a multitude of venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. As an advocate of new music she has collaborated with and premiered the works of countless composers. Her festival performances include the Singapore Arts Festival, the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, the New Music in Miami Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador among others. She has also performed with the Bang on a Can “All Stars”, Musicians Accord and the Parsons Dance Company. Cristina holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and SUNY at Stony Brook, and is the recipient of an Arts International Grant, the Thayer Award for the Arts, and an Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music grant.

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Advocate for the Arts

Mostly of US interest.

Advocate for the Arts allows you to email your representatives and show your support for the arts in the Economic Stimulus Package now in the Senate (recently, most funding for the arts was eliminated).

It is fast, easy, and for a good cause. Thanks to Greenleaf Music for the tip.

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