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Dan Trueman’s “Nostalgic Synchronic” étude #1: Video Premiere

Nostalgic Synchronic

Throughout the last decade, I have been working with Dan Trueman as a member of So Percussion. A relentless experimenter and exquisite musician, Dan’s music embodies his own unique synthesis of interests: composer, fiddler, programmer, inventor.

The music Dan has written for So Percussion explores these worlds in a jungle of cables, microphones, laptops, and honestly I don’t know what else. He provokes microphone feedback from a concert bass drum, writes Cage-ian quartets in lopsided meters, and tasks us with managing unruly live metronomes.

When he and I first spoke about a solo piece growing out of these projects, we both imagined something similar: woodblocks, drums, and toy instruments with wires splayed out all over the place. It just happened that at the same time he started showing me some new experiments with a “prepared” digital piano. I was immediately gripped by the originality of this instrument, as well as the simplicity. All it requires is a keyboard, a laptop, and some speakers.

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Video Premiere: the cellar and point “White Cylinder (a)”

The Cellar and Point

The Cellar and Point

Whether we like this label or not, we’ve all heard of indie classical. Well, this might be the first “Garage Chamber” septet. Ambit (three years in the making and out next week on Cuneiform Records) is the debut album of The Cellar and Point, an all-star band (half of JACK Quartet, a member of Mantra, etc.) spearheaded by drummer Joe Branciforte and guitarist Chris Botta. The album features seven original pieces by Branciforte and Botta as well as arrangements of pieces by György Ligeti and Anton Webern.

The Cellar and Point is:

  • Joe Bergen, vibraphone
  • Christopher Otto, violin
  • Kevin McFarland, cello
  • Terrence McManus, electric guitar
  • Rufus Philpot, electric bass
  • Christopher Botta, acoustic guitar + banjo
  • Joseph Branciforte, drums

We are proud to present the video premiere of “White Cylinder (a),” exclusively on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN!

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In Rehearsal with Empyrean Atlas [from Issue 3 of our Magazine]

We met with David Crowell, composer, instrumentalist, and frontman of Brooklyn-based Empyrean Atlas, as the band was rehearsing for an upcoming gig back in September. This video was featured in Issue 3 of our Magazine.

Empyrean Atlas is:

  • David Crowell
  • Andrew Smiley
  • Greg Chudzik
  • Jason Nazary
  • Ryan Ferreira

For more information, visit: http://www.empyreanatlas.com and http://www.davidcrowell.org.

Video + editing + animation: Thomas Deneuville © I CARE IF YOU LISTEN 2013


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.

..:: Tickets: http://bit.ly/1gO2QAj



Video + Editing: Thomas Deneuville

Opening animation: Daniel Thompson at DTWebart (http://www.dtwebart.com)