25
Aug

This week: concerts in New York (August 25 – August 31, 2014)

Taka Kigawa

Taka Kigawa

Taka Kigawa

Pianist Taka Kigawa performs Pierre Boulez’s complete solo piano music.
Sunday, August 25 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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LA CHAMBRE DES JEUX SONORES: Graphic scores for electric guitar

CD release concert for guitarist Alessandra Novaga’s album LA CHAMBRE DES JEUX SONORES.
Tuesday, August 26 at 8:15 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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Labor Day Festival | Bargemusic

David Del Tredici

David Del Tredici

The Bargemusic Labor Day Festival features world premieres by Elizabeth Adams, Michael Brown, David Del Tredici, David Shohl, Hsueh-Yung Shen, David Taylor, and Randall Woolf.
Wednesday, August 27 to Saturday, August 30 at 7 PM; Sunday, August 31 at 4 PM
Tickets $35, $30 seniors, $15 students
Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY
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21
Aug

No punches pulled in Size Zero Opera’s Women Box in London

tete-a-tete opera logoOpera’s tough. You can’t just stand there and sing. The minimum requirement for an opera singer is the ability to both sing and act—and that’s plenty, for most. The number of opera singers who would also be prepared to undergo an intensive training program with an ex-pro boxer, solely in order to be able to box on stage—while singing, obviously—is surely low.

Step forward, Laura J. Bowler. Training is the Opposite, a new short opera by Jennifer Walshe, asks considerably more of its solo mezzo-soprano than most other pieces would dare. Bowler has been in training—proper boxing training—with Cathy “The Bitch” Brown, a former world number three boxer, in preparation: the work essentially consists of her doing a boxing training routine, and singing, accompanied by a string quartet. To be fair to Walshe, she hasn’t asked Bowler to do anything beyond what she’d do herself: she took boxing lessons, too.

Laura J. Bowler - Photo by Claire Shovelton

Laura J. Bowler – Photo by Claire Shovelton

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20
Aug

Kettle Corn New Music Satisfies Audience’s Sweet Tooth

kettle-corn-new-music-logoOn Saturday, June 14, 2014, I made the journey over to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music to hear Kettle Corn New Music’s concert featuring the piano trio Typical Music. Typical Music—consisting of Todd Reynolds (violin), Ashley Bathgate (cello), and Vicky Chow (piano)—played a wonderful and diverse program featuring the music of co-founder of Kettle Corn New Music Alex Weiser as well as music by Andy Akiho, Emily Cooley, David Lang, Donnacha Dennehy, and Todd Reynolds. Under the influence of Brooklyn Brewery beer and multiple bags of Kettle Corn NYC kettle corn (both offered at no expense to audience members), I relaxed in my chair and prepared myself for a chill and exciting concert experience.

Typical Music

Typical Music

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19
Aug

Xenia Pestova’s Shadow Piano on Innova Recordings

innova logoXenia Pestova is a pianist who actively promotes and performs new works of music. Additionally, she is the Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music in North Wales [and a contributor to I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, Ed.] Her Innova release,  Shadow Piano: Music For Piano/Toy Piano & Electronics, features pieces by several contemporary composers, all of whom Pestova states in the liner notes she is “fortunate to call [her] friends.”

Xenia Pestova - Shadow Piano on Innova

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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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