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17
Dec

ECM+ Presents Generation2014 in Ottawa

The evening of Tuesday, November 18 at the Ottawa National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage marked the eighth and penultimate stop for Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+)’s eighth Canadian tour: Generation2014. Celebrating twenty years, a 140-page complementary volume was included as a memento, packed with program notes, biographical details, and score excerpts. The ensemble, whose mission is to help develop the craft of young Canadian composers, has reached a milestone in its history – and they are as lively as ever.

ECM+ - Photo Laurent Castellucci

ECM+ – Photo Laurent Castellucci

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10
Dec

ACO’s Monk’s Sphere at Carnegie Hall

“Meredith Monk’s music invites us into new worlds,” said Derek Bermel, the artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra, on Friday, November 21 at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. “The key word being ‘invite’; it doesn’t ‘push’ us, it invites us.” Bermel’s succinct summary of Monk’s music extended to the four other composers featured on the program, dedicated to the memory of violinist Mary Whitaker. All five works performed by the American Composers Orchestra as part of their evening labeled “Orchestra Underground: Monk’s Sphere” were rich, bright, and inviting. Each of these rich, bright worlds was different and startling.

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk

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3
Dec

John Adams Kicks Off CONTACT! at SubCulture

It’s very likely that John Adams needed a strong adult beverage after the highs and lows of the Met’s recent run of The Death of Klinghoffer. Steeped in plaudits and tumult alike, the hubbub served as a  reminder that even America’s preeminent composer can both bask and bake in the spotlight. Thank goodness for SubCulture: The NoHo venue that offers craft beers and quartets gave Adams the opportunity to shift that spotlight onto some of his favorite music of the moment through CONTACT!, a co-Presentation of the New York Philharmonic and 92nd Street Y.

John Adams - Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

John Adams – Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

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5
Nov

Words Can’t Do It Justice: Roomful of Teeth / White Light Festival

Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth

Maybe it’s just because it was October, but a listing with the name “Roomful of Teeth” evoked a bit of ghoulishness. Were it a horror flick it’d feature some type of antagonistic maelstrom of distorted humanity, something dangerous, something bity. When it comes to the vocal octet of that name, now in its fifth year, those descriptors aren’t necessarily inaccurate. Roomful of Teeth boasts an uncommon ferocity when it comes to presenting the newest vocal music in the newest vocal ways. The techniques they’ve mastered like so many notches on their belts, are widely unheard and generally unheard of in the way that they are employed to create a unified whole. And that they come in a package of clearly tight-knit, spritely pals belies the fact that they persistently plumb the depths to discover new means of musical communication – and they are scary good at it.

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28
Oct

Sonic Topographies / Vancouver New Music Festival 2014

Vancouver New MusicVancouver New Music Festival celebrated its 2014 edition from October 16 to October 19 with the theme Sonic Topographies, bringing together the works of composers and sound artists alike into a common discourse on the nature of music, sound, and sustainability. True to these topics of interest, the third night of the festival on Saturday, October 18 featured a diverse and inquisitive range of works by Leslie García, John Luther Adams, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Annea Lockwood.

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams

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