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Mobius Trio Video Premiere: Nick Vasallo’s Dark Matter

sponsor-content-whatisthisBy Daniel L. Muñoz
Bay Area composer Nick Vasallo smelts heavy metal aesthetics with Western classical techniques to create new sonic alloys never heard before. Vasallo’s work is a fresh music that may help usher in a new audience for classical music. It is dramatic, aggressive, moody, introspective, and thoughtful. Vasallo is dedicated to a multilingual stylistic pluralism spanning Western art music traditions, indigenous Asian musics, and heavy metal genres. As a staunch advocate for local musicians, he is committed to serving the San Francisco Bay Area new music community not only by curating the annual Bay Area Modern Music festival (!BAMM!) but also by featuring many Bay Area performers in his music videos.

MOBIUS TRIO - Videography by Gabriel Zuniga

Mobius Trio – Videography by Gabriel Zuniga

Watch an exclusive video premiere of San Francisco’s MOBIUS TRIO performing Vasallo’s “Dark Matter” at the end of this article.

Sonic Alchemy—A Skilled Forging

How is it that Vasallo hopes to resolve the seemingly disparate styles—classical and metal? “[T]he unifying element is quite simple: precision” (Vasallo, 2007). Precision as a unifying principle is tied to virtuosity and skilled technique. These techniques include the gymnastic displays of fast fingers across fretboard, fingerboard, piano keys, wind-instrument keys, drumsticks and mallets, to the usage of a variety of classical music forms and contrapuntal techniques. Vasallo is able to harness and develop thematic ideas in the manner of the canonic masters since JS Bach, slide and resolve his pungent harmonic dissonances like Gesualdo, create dark soto voce moods in the manner of Mozart’s late style, use an orchestra like a giant percussion ensemble with violent subtactile punctuations like Stravinsky (in his “Russian” phase), move masses of tone clusters like Ligeti, and shred with lightning-fingered accuracy like Randy Rhoads (or Paganini). By incorporating a variety of techniques from different eras and melding them with the music of his own youth, Vasallo forges a music that is firmly rooted in the distant past and the not-so-distant past while speaking to the present.

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Contemporaneous rehearses W4′s Moby Dick: An Oratorio

MATA Interval 7.2 presents composer collective W4 and Contemporaneous in the world premiere of Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities on Friday, February 21 at 8:00 pm at Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room.

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Video + Editing: Thomas Deneuville

Opening animation: Daniel Thompson at DTWebart (


So Percussion presents American Patterns at Carnegie Hall

We met with 50% of So Percussion—Adam Sliwinski and Eric Beach—to talk about their upcoming Carnegie Hall concert, American Patterns, on November 23, 2013 (8 PM pre-concert talk with David Lang/So Percussion + 9 PM gig). It was also the perfect opportunity to look back on So Percussion’s career and have a sneak peek at their brand new studio in Brooklyn.

So Percussion is: Eric Beach | Josh Quillen | Adam Sliwinski | Jason Treuting

The program for their Nov. 23 concert is:

  • BRYCE DESSNER Music for Wood and Strings (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • MATMOS so-called remix (World Premiere)
  • SO PERCUSSION/MATMOS Carnegie Double Music (World Premiere)
  • DAVID LANG the so-called laws of nature

For more info and tickets, visit:

Video by Elan Bogarín and Troy Herion
El Tigre Productions:
Opening animation: Daniel Thompson at



Erdem Helvacıoğlu sampling the Bang on a Can All-Stars [from our Magazine]

Since Erdem Helvacıoğlu’s “Tales of Oppression and Resistance” will be premiered (world) this week in Istanbul by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, we decided to share on the blog the video we shot for the first issue of our iPhone/iPad/iPod touch magazine.

Erdem Helvacıoğlu was in a downtown Manhattan studio, this summer, to sample the Bang on a Can All-Stars for an upcoming commission.

The piece, called “Tales of Oppression and Resistance,” will be premiered on Nov. 6 in Istanbul, at the Borusan Music House.

Video, Editing, and Animation: Thomas Deneuville | © 2013 I CARE IF YOU LISTEN


Bang on a Can Marathon 2013

On Sunday, June 16, 2013, the Bang on a Can Marathon was presented at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, as part of the River To River Festival 2013.

Even though it felt weird not to be at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden (the Schimmel Center was almost too intimate), the audience surely appreciated the comfort and the acoustics. Here is a video recap of the marathon in 12 minutes:

Bang on a Can Marathon 2013

00:19 – Derek Bermel: Canzonas Americanas, Mvt 1: “El Dude” | Alarm Will Sound
00:49 – Jeffrey Brooks: After the Treewatcher | Alarm Will Sound
01:19 – Peter Evans (trumpet): solo
01:51 – Charlie Piper: zoetrope | Alarm Will Sound
02:23 – Caleb Burhans: oh ye of little faith… (do you know where your children are?) | Alarm Will Sound
02:54 – Lukas Ligeti: lakoni in kazonnde* | David Cossin & Ben Reimer, drums
03:23 – Cabaret Contemporain

03:54 – Shara Worden: Before the Words | Brooklyn Youth Chorus
04:26 – Nico Muhly: Short Prayers in Respect of a Storm | Brooklyn Youth Chorus with Aleeza Meir piano and string quartet
04:57 – Kendall Williams: Conception* | NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble / NYUSTEEL, Jonathan Haas, Director/Conductor
05:27 – Yungchen Llamo & Anton Batagov: Medicine Buddha, White Palace
05:57 – John King: Astral Epitaphs | Brooklyn Youth Chorus, TILT, & John King, live electronics
06:27 – Talk Normal: XO, Shot This Time, Dedicate This Song
06:58 – Tom Zé (arr. Stephanie Richards) Mā | Asphalt Orchestra

07:41 – Julia Wolfe With a blue dress on** | Monica Germino, violin
08:11 – Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (Ten canons for nine instruments) | Talea Ensemble
08:42 – Angélica Negrón: Drawings for Meyoko | Hotel Elefant
09:12 – Cabaret Contemporain
09:42 – David Lang: death speaks | Bang on a Can All-Stars & Shara Worden, voice
10:12 – Tamar Muskal: Mar de Leche | Maya Beiser, cello with the Provenance Project Band
10:59 – Annea Lockwood: Vortex | Bang on a Can All-Stars
11:29 – Michael Gordon: Yo Shakespeare | Bang on a Can All-Stars
12:15 – Tatsuya Yoshida: Zwimbarrac Khafzavrapp | Asphalt Orchestra

* World Premiere
** US Premiere

If you’re not into moving images, we also took some photos:

If you are curious about last year’s marathon, we have another video here.


Corpus from Daniel Wohl’s Corps Exquis

As a prelude to Daniel Wohl’s CD release concert on Tuesday, June 4 at Roulette, here is the video for “Corpus” (feat. vocals from Julia Holter) taken from “Corps Exquis,” Wohl’s New Amsterdam Records release.

Asked about this video, Wohl commented:

The video for Corpus was created by Satan’s Pearl Horses – a New York / Tokyo based collective that includes Jimmy Sakai, Nikolai Antonie, and Kohta Asakura. Each of the tracks off the album is accompanied by visuals during the live show. The videos each deal with a part of the body in a very abstract way – limbs, lungs, heart – so that the final one is kind of a reveal in which you get the entire picture.

[EAR HEART MUSIC] Daniel Wohl & Transit New Music – “Corps Exquis”

Tuesday, June 4, at 8:00 PM
General Admission: $15
Members/Students/Seniors: $10
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