18
Aug

This week: concerts in New York (August 18 – August 24, 2014)

Steven Schick | Mostly Mozart Festival

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams

Percussionist Steven Schick performs John Luther Adams’s The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies.
Wednesday, August 20 at 7:30 PM
Limited Availability
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY
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International Contemporary Ensemble | Mostly Mozart Festival

ICE - Photo by Chad Batka

ICE – Photo by Chad Batka

International Contemporary Ensemble performs music by Alvin Lucier and premieres by Dai Fujikura, John Zorn, and Olivier Messiaen (arranged by Cliff Colnot).
Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 PM
Limited Availability
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New York, NY
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Mick Rossi: Outliers Series

3k3 is an improvising trio that is featured on this installment of Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series.
Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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International Strange Music Day 2014 Performance Soiree

August 24th is International sTRANGE mUSIC Day. To celebrate, some of the NYC area’s best and brightest composers and performers are getting together to have a very unserious session of music making. This as an opportunity to for them to share unusual sounds, unusual instrumentation,and unusual compositions rarely heard or new ones that will never be heard from again.
Sunday, August 24 at 7 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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14
Aug

5 Questions to Leon Fleisher (Pianist and Conductor)

Bridge Records released All the Things You Are, Leon Fleisher’s first solo album in nearly a decade. Consisting largely of works for left hand, the album also features works composed for Leon Fleisher by George Perle, Leon Kirchner, and Dina Koston as well as renditions of favorites by George Gershwin and Jerome Kern.

Leon Fleisher - Photo Joanne Savio

Leon Fleisher – Photo Joanne Savio

After seeing pictures of your studio, I was struck by the prevalence of satellite imagery of galaxies and nebulae hanging on the walls. What does this imagery convey to you, and what is its perceived relationship to music?

It’s my feeling that a lot of the music that we play, specifically German music actually, reaches heavenward, it seems to be involved with existential questions: What is man’s purpose in life? How does he relate to the universe? How is he like a brook? How is he like the leaf of a tree? These are all things that, I think — specifically German music — relates to as opposed to, for example, French music … which is sensual and sensory … and Russian music, which is very subjective, personal. The universe conveys movement; it passes through time and I think that it is subject to the same … you know, people talk about music and math, but I think the much more relevant comparison would be music and physics, and because it is movement I find that is subject to the laws of movement in physics.

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13
Aug

#classicalAutoCorrect Trends on Twitter

#classicalAutoCorrect

Helmet Lachenmann


Yesterday night, as I was looking for Gould’s recording of Bach’s French Suites on my tablet, the OS corrected me and suggested: Gluten Gould. I had to share it on Twitter using #classicalAutoCorrect (back in 2012, I started #OperaProductPlacement and that was really fun too). Here are a few good tweets; I’ll update the post with more, so come back later :)

Playing it safe?

From Sō Percussion:

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12
Aug

“I’m not saying it was aliens… but it was aliens”: Jesse Stewart visits Ottawa Chamberfest

St-Brigid-Centre-for-the-ArtsWhat would be the gold standard of record remixes? I may have heard it.

“This is a present from a small, distant world.” Jesse Stewart’s voice, quoting Jimmy Carter, reverberated through the sacred space of St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, a relatively recently reclaimed and refurbished space that was once a church in formal use. Carter’s statement rang true to the audience, but not as he originally intended. Multidisciplinary artist Jesse Stewart helmed the altar-of-sorts. Dressed in black, he stood poised to make an indelible mark on the 20th anniversary of Chamberfest, an Ottawa fixture. Stewart was about to present a possible answer to the Great Silence. A great remix was the order of the evening of August 1, hypothetically created by an alien who had discovered and decoded the Voyager spacecraft’s Golden records, sending them back to earth – with choice edits.

Jesse Stewart - Photo Hanhong Dan

Jesse Stewart – Photo Hanhong Dan

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11
Aug

This week: concerts in New York (August 11 – August 17, 2014)

Amernet String Quartet plays the music of Steven R. Gerber

Steven Gerber - Photo by Robin Holland

Steven Gerber – Photo by Robin Holland

The Amernet String Quartet plays the music of Steven R. Gerber at (le) poisson rouge.
Monday, August 11 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Lisa Bielawa: Residency at The Stone

At the invitation of John Zorn, composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa will curate and perform in a series of eight concerts over six nights at The Stone. The series, which Zorn conceived as a retrospective, features different performers and music each night and showcases the rich set of friends and fellow musicians with whom Bielawa, known for taking inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic relationships, has collaborated over the years.
Tuesday, August 12 to Sunday, August 17 at 8 PM
Tickets $15 advance
The Stone, Corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street, New York, NY
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Recital Featuring All American Composers by Up and Coming American Group: Duo FAE

John Adams - Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

John Adams – Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

This recital features young performers Charlene Kluegel, violin and Katherine Petersen, piano who comprise Duo FAE. The duo will present works by contemporary composers Jared Miller, Christa Marie Emersen,  John Adams, Ives, Gershwin/Heifetz, and William Bolcom.
Wednesday, August 13 at 9 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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