1
Sep

This week: concerts in New York (September 1 – September 7, 2014)

Karl Larson

Karl Larson

Karl Larson

Karl Larson (piano) returns to Spectrum with a program featuring works by David Lang, Scott Wollschleger, Beat Furrer, and Matt Evans.
Tuesday, September 2 at 8 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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Resonant Bodies Festival

Lucy Dhegrae

Lucy Dhegrae

Resonant Bodies Festival features experimental vocal music by a variety of composers over three exciting nights at JACK in Brooklyn.
Tuesday, September 2 to Thursday, September 4 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students, $35 festival pass
JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, New York
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As One

As One is a new chamber opera—created by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell, and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed—that relates the experiences and inner life of a transgender person moving toward self-realization.
Thursday, September 4 & Friday, September 6 at 7:30 PM; Saturday September 7 at 3 PM
Tickest $25
BAM Fisher, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY
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29
Aug

Madame X: A New Opera With Old Charm in London

arcola-theatre-logoA new production with libretto and music by Tim Benjamin, Madame X premiered in London on Tuesday, August 25 at the Arcola Theatre, an intimate industrial space that almost lent itself to this small chamber opera.

The premiere was well-attended, with a sizable audience packed into a house where the front row is about 11 inches from the cramped stage – though you won’t notice the tight space when you see the brilliant set design by Lara Booth. With empty frames hung above the stage, blank canvases, sparse furniture, and a frame on the grounding marking the set dimensions, the design is clean, modern, and relevant to the opera: a take on Don Giovanni, featuring a poor painter and his fiancée, the greedy art dealer, a wealthy patron, a slimy art collector, and a party of drunken revelers.

Madame X - Photo credit Radius

Madame X – Photo credit Radius

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27
Aug

An Arresting Release: Anthony Davis “Notes from the Underground”

BMOP-sound-logoPractically every work by composer Anthony Davis could have been composed today. Long, overlapping rhythmic patterns and formulas that pit portions of the orchestra against each other, as harmonically rich and textured as the doleful tapestries of inequalities in the United States, is a central component of Davis’ oeuvre. What Davis calls his “clones,” cyclical structures and serpentine lines that undergo little internal change, are laid end to end, becoming long chains, moving at contrasting speeds against each other. Davis’ music thrives on these simultaneously complicated and transparent stratifications, at times sublime, at times thunderous and swarming. Yet, there is a sense of progress and freedom within these webs of sound that exhibit clarity and immediacy, with Davis’s work sounding consistently new and novel.

Anthony Davis Notes From The Underground/BMOP

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26
Aug

Submit a Track For Our Fall 2014 Mixtape!

Submit a Track For Our Fall 2014 Mixtape!

Summer is not over but it is now time to think about Fall and our next mixtape! Do you have a track you’d like to share with our readers?

Take a minute to fill out this form. We will listen to every single piece and curate the next mixtape. We will stop accepting submissions after Sept. 18.

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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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