16
Oct

Troubadour Blue by Nils Bultmann on Innova

Nils Bultmann Troubadour Blue

Often the viola is not thought of as a solo instrument. It is the connecting timbre between violin and cello, the warm, reedy middle layer that we crave in the orchestra whether we know it our not. Troubadour Blue is an album that revolves almost entirely around this overlooked instrument making it stand out against the cello suites and violin concerti. The composer of the album, as well as a violist, Nils Bultmann shines a favorable and fresh spotlight on his instrument and lends a welcome improvised voice to the composition scene.

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15
Oct

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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14
Oct

Avant Media presents Cage’s “Song Books (1970)”

wildproject-logoOn September 5, 2014, John Cage, the preeminent composer of ‘chance music,’ who brought the tenets of Zen Buddhism to Western musique concrete would have turned 102 years old.  While 2012 erected monuments in performance to Cage’s centennial year, pop-up performances focused on the composers birthday have been and continue to be a fun occasion to explore and recontextualize Cage’s unique brand of avant-garde, all while celebrating his life and unsurpassed influence on experimental music.  This year, Avant Media stepped up to the plate with a sixty-minute presentation of Cage’s popular Song Books (1970) at New York City’s Wild Project, performed by a cast of fourteen composers, performers, curators and designers (and one dog) previously featured in past Avant Music Festivals.  According to Avant Media’s website, the mantle being carried had been unofficially passed on from new music champion Gwen Deely, who had organized a yearly Cage birthday concert at St. Mark’s Church through 2012.

Avant Media presents Cage's Song Books (1970)

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13
Oct

This week: concerts in New York (October 13 – October 19, 2014)

Music of Gordon Beeferman featuring the Momenta Quartet and Four Parts Five

Momenta Quartet

Momenta Quartet

Spectrum presents an evening of visceral, intense and unique music by composer-pianist Gordon Beeferman, performed by his own quintet and the acclaimed Momenta Quartet.
Tuesday, October 14 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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Noise_Organ

Qubit New Music’s season opening concert features music for organ and electronics, including two world premieres by Mario Diaz de Leon and David Bird, the US premiere of Lisa Streich’s haunting piece for organ and cello, “Seraph”, as well as pieces by Alec Hall and Peter Ablinger.
Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $8
Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
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Musicians from Marlboro

Composer György Kurtág

Composer György Kurtág

Featuring music by Kurtag, Szervansky, Debussy, and Beethoven.
Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $35-$40
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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American Brass Quintet

American Brass Quintet

American Brass Quintet

The program features the world premiere of Eric Ewazen’s Canticum honors amicorum; In Gabrieli’s Day (edited by Raymond Mase); Osvaldo Lacerda’s Fantasia e Rondó (1977); Gunther Schuller’s Brass Quintet No. 2; Victor Ewald’s Quintet No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 5; and Carlo Gesualdo’s Three Madrigals (edited by Louis Hanzlik).
Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $30, $15 students
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 W 65th St, New York, NY
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10
Oct

5 Questions to Matthew Gallagher (visual and sonic artist)

Matthew Gallagher is a multifaceted artist working in a wide range of visual and sonic media. An Oberlin grad (Studio Art and Technology in Music and Related Arts), he is rapidly gaining traction in the Cleveland art world and is a frequent performer in the burgeoning experimental music scene.

Matthew Gallagher at 3 Door Studios, Oberlin (photo: Will Roane)

Matthew Gallagher at 3 Door Studios, Oberlin (photo: Will Roane)

Your artistic instincts take you in multiple directions, what is the underlying aesthetic that motivates your work?

Discovery is the key word. No matter what media I’m working with, the process must be experimental, generative, and uncover more questions than answers. As an artist, I think of myself as a facilitator of reactions. My work is very formulaic, in that I design specific variables and then process them with some sort of chance influence to create a product. It’s an empowering spiritual practice for me. It allows me to pursue hypotheses and experiment in a non-institutional framework.

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