17
Sep

5 questions to Nick Hallett (singer, composer, multi-arts producer)

Composer, vocalist, and curator-producer Nick Hallett presents a concert of his songs later this month at Joe’s Pub, curiously titled Hallettiade, in the vein of Schubert’s legendary salons. We talked with him about the community he is creating for this evening, along with other highlights of his fall season. 

Nick Hallett (photo by Sabine Rogers)

Nick Hallett (photo by Sabine Rogers)

Your multifaceted artistic practice begins with the voice, how did your early training set the stage?

My musical education was primarily performance-based. I resisted the temptation of composition and studio art classes in favor of studying voice pedagogy, opera, electronic music, avant-garde theater, film/video, and dance. My current practice centers on the voice not only as a means of musical interpretation, but as a source of embodied creativity and inspiration for all kinds of cultural production. Just as my voice box is capable of communicating a diversity of sounds and genres of music, my proverbial voice extends way beyond singing, into art-making and community building, especially through my activities as a curator and cultural producer. At the core of this concern is what voices are drawn to do, and for me this starts with singing songs.

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15
Sep

This week: concerts in New York (September 15 – September 21, 2014)

Heart & Breath

Amy Beth Kirsten

Amy Beth Kirsten

A 21st-century fantasia on 17th-century Italian music and theater, Heart & Breath combines modern arrangements of music by Gesualdo and Monteverdi with contemporary works that blend music, dance, and theater, including composer Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise Theatre.
Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25-$40
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY
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Musical Ecologies: Dante Boon

The 2014-15 season of Musical Ecologies opens with a program of piano music by composers of the Wandelweiser group performed by Dutch pianist and composer Dante Boon.
Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
The Old Stone House in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Tokyo To New York

Tokyo To New York is series of concerts in Tokyo and New York City to celebrate, honor, and recognize the connections between Tokyo and New York City. Since 2012, Tokyo to New York concerts have presented over 50 world premieres. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments.
Friday, September 19 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $35, $30 seniors, $15 students
Bargemusic, Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY
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Coding of Evidentiality Ensemble

Coding of Evidentiality Ensemble performs at Spectrum.
Friday, September 19 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, New York, NY
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New Juilliard Ensemble

Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle

The concert features the world premiere of Alessandro Annunziata’s Ritrovare as well as Bernd Franke’s Veil 1, Shulamit Ran’s Fault Line, and Harrison Birtwistle’s Cantus Iambeus in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday.
Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 PM
Free
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 W 65th St, New York, NY
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10
Sep

Transparent Mechanical: Lewis and West Side Chamber Orchestra Perform Glass, Rutter, and Françaix

Philip Glass - Harpsichord Concerto Lewis Fallon Naxos

Sure, it’s sort of a bromide, but it’s apt: what was once old is new again. Along with a resurgence in recent years for composing for period instruments, the harpsichord as acted as an unlikely phoenix during the 20th and 21st Centuries. Having fallen into disuse from the Classical period until the Interwar period, the harpsichord continues to find composers attracted to it, drawn to its strange delicacy and penchant for technical floridity. In the 1920s, Poulenc and de Falla composed landmark concertos for the instrument, and over the past few decades, a slow but steady parade of composers has put forth their offerings. A Naxos release (8.573146), the Harpsichord Concertos album features works by Philip Glass, John Rutter, and Jean Françaix – an unlikely grouping on the face of it, but a successful combination of performances from the West Side Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon, featuring flutist John McMurtery, and, of course, a collection of scintillating performances by a young Welsh virtuoso in Christopher D. Lewis.

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8
Sep

This week: concerts in New York (September 8 – September 14, 2014)

The Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich and Musicians

Steve Reich and Philip Glass

Steve Reich and Philip Glass

For the first time in over 30 years, Philip Glass and Steve Reich reunite, joining their respective ensembles, as well as Nico Muhly, Timo Andres, Synergy Vocals, and others for a three-program retrospective of their inestimable collective legacy.
Tuesday, September 9 to Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $30
Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY
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Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau performs an evening of music which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure.
Tuesday, September 9 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
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Strange and Beautiful | Ensemble LPR

Ensemble LPR

Ensemble LPR

Ensemble LPR performs string quartets by John Lurie and his compositions re-imagined for string quintet.
Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $18 day of show
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Il Grosso Nuovo | New York Baroque Incorporated

New York Baroque Incorporated performs the music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Stradella, and Huang Ruo.
Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$25
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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An Evening of Music by Conrad Cummings

The performance features premieres of two commissioned works: the theatrical song cycle Thoroughfare, written for Metropolitan Opera tenor Keith Jameson with lyrics by Mark Campbell; and the virtuoso concert piece Golden Gate Fantasy, written for award-winning violinist Gregory Fulkerson.
Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 at the door, $15 online
The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY
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Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Duo

Brad Mehldau - Photo by Michael Wilson

Brad Mehldau – Photo by Michael Wilson

Nonesuch Records label-mates Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau play as a duet, with repertoire including classical transcriptions, pop covers, and original songs. Longtime admirers of each other’s work, mandolinist and singer Thile and pianist Mehldau first performed together in September 2011 as part of Mehldau’s residency at London’s Wigmore Hall before going on a brief tour in 2013.
Wednesday, September 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
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Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish

The musically diverse vocalist performs works by iconoclastic American composers George Crumb and Charles Ives, with Gilbert Kalish on the piano.
Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
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Guitar Plus: Sonic Stories

Ned Rorem

Ned Rorem

The program includes works by Golijov, Rorem, Piazzolla and Rossini. This program of four works that each tell a story – one surreal, another dramatic, one historic and the last operatic – promises to be a delightfully varied evening of music.
Friday, September 12 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20; Seniors, Students $10; Day of Show $25
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY
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Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound performs two distinctive programs, featuring music by Steve Reich and others.
Friday, September 12 & Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
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Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes

A concert of world premiere scenes from operas by emerging composers Guy Barash, Avner Finberg, Jeremy Gill, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Gity Razaz, Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim created during AOP’s latest season of its Brooklyn-based training program Composers & the Voice.
Friday, September 12 & Sunday, September 14 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY
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@TignorTronics presents: Christopher Tignor, Hubble, Sontag Shogun

Christopher Tignor - Photo by Marilis Cardinal

Christopher Tignor – Photo by Marilis Cardinal

Featuring Christopher Tignor, Hubble, and Sontag Shogun.
Friday, September 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $8
The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave. Brooklyn, NY
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Kettle Corn New Music

Sandbox Percussion

Sandbox Percussion

Up-and-coming percussion quartet Sandbox Percussion, comprised of Jonny Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney will play a program of modern percussion quartet classics by David Lang and Steve Reich, recent works by David T. Little and Jonny Allen, as well as world premieres from Thomas Kotcheff and Kettle Corn composer Alex Weiser.
Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
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Minor Music Marathon

Jesse Krakow hosts the Minor Music Marathon at Spectrum.
Saturday, September 13 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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speakOUT | Hotel Elefant

Hotel Elefant

Hotel Elefant

Hotel Elefant enters its third season, speakOUT, focusing on music of personal or political nature. Anchoring the opening concert is the music of Iranian-born composer Sahba Aminikia, providing a snapshot of tensions in Iran. The evening will include a world premiere and Hotel Elefant commission by noise enthusiast Hannis Brown. Selections from the folk-influenced Mary Kouyoumdjian (executive director), an arrangement created especially for Hotel Elefant by pop-culture savant Matt Marks, and a piano trio elegy by Artistic Director Leaha Maria Villarreal round out the program.
Sunday, September 14 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Artists at Noguchi | Bang on a Can Music Series with Caleb Burhans

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Caleb Burhans will close out the series on Sunday, September 14 performing selections from his 2013 album, Evensong and more.
Sunday, September 14 at 3:00 PM
Free with museum admission
The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, NY
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Carolyn Enger

Carolyn Enger will be presenting the concert premiere of Sean Hickey’s Reckoning, dedicated to the memory of one of Sean’s dearest friends, Peter Moss. The piece has been given to his children, Lucy and Gideon, in honor of their father.
Continuing with The Birds of Barclay Street also by Hickey, dedicated to all those who lost their lives on the 11th of September, this is Sean’s most performed work.
Sunday, September 14 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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4
Sep

Say Happy Birthday to John Cage on Instagram

John Cage - Photo by Steven Gunther

John Cage – Photo by Steven Gunther

As you probably know, tomorrow is John Cage’s 102nd birthday and we’ve already announced some of the festivities on Monday (let’s add the Cage weekend organized by the John Cage Trust, Fisher Center, and The Bard College Conservatory of Music). We would like to invite you to celebrate the birth of one of the most iconic figures in the story of American music with pizzazz. Yes, I just said pizzazz.

Submit your happy birthday message

Thanks to a partnership with Latergramme, we are now able to accept submissions on Instagram! John Cage’s birthday seemed like the best opportunity to launch this on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN and we will continue to invite people to submit their photos from now on.

How do I submit a photo on Instagram?

It’s really easy. There are basically two things you need to do when you are posting your photo:

  • add a hashtag to your photo: #latergramit
  • mention us: @icareifyoulisten
  • optional: add #Cage102 if you feel like too

That’s it! Note that it won’t work if you add #latergramit and @icareifyoulisten in a comment. It has to be in the initial caption of your photo.

What’s next?

We will review your photos and repost the ones we like, mentioning the submitters. Boom.

Ready? Follow us on Instagram and start sending your Cage b-day wishes!

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