10
Nov

This week: concerts in New York (November 10 – November 16, 2014)

Contemporaneous: Living Toys | Ear Heart Music

Contemporaneous new music ensemble (photo credit: contemporaneous.org)

Contemporaneous new music ensemble (photo credit: contemporaneous.org)

In its opening concert of the season, Contemporaneous performs a show of frantic magic encompassing a series of pieces that provide a surround-sound explosion of energy and childlike wonder. This is music that moves like data across the internet or electrons around the nucleus.
Wednesday, November 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Lamentations for a City | Lisa Bielawa

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective performs composer Lisa Bielawa’s Lamentations for a City.
Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show
Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY
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Bernard Rands | Composer Portraits

Bernard Rands

Bernard Rands

Miller Theatre presents a Composer Portraits concert of the work of Bernard Rands.
Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25-$35
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY
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Shattered Glass: Metamorphosis

Shattered Glass (SG) explores perspectives on World War II through the eyes of three very different composers: Pavel Haas, Richard Strauss, and Bela Bartok.
Friday, November 14 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
The Actors’ Temple, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY
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6
Nov

5 Questions to Samuel Adams (composer)

On Saturday, November 8, the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor) will perform Samuel Adams’s Drift and Providence, a 19-minute orchestral piece co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony, and funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of New Music USA. We talked to Adams about it.

Samuel Adams - Photo by Nathan Phillips

Samuel Adams – Photo by Nathan Phillips

Getting to work with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas must be extremely exciting and a huge feather in your cap. What were some of the challenges you faced, both internally and externally, when writing Drift and Providence for the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony?

Yes, it is a privilege working with this wonderful group of musicians. I am so glad that MTT, the San Francisco Symphony, and New World prioritize the support of young artists.

The project’s genesis was through New World Symphony directly. Each year, the organization curates an evening of new work. In 2012, I was asked to create a piece to be presented alongside the work of composers Marcos Balter, Amy Beth Kirsten, poet Malachi Black, and visual artist James Nares.

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5
Nov

Words Can’t Do It Justice: Roomful of Teeth / White Light Festival

Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth

Maybe it’s just because it was October, but a listing with the name “Roomful of Teeth” evoked a bit of ghoulishness. Were it a horror flick it’d feature some type of antagonistic maelstrom of distorted humanity, something dangerous, something bity. When it comes to the vocal octet of that name, now in its fifth year, those descriptors aren’t necessarily inaccurate. Roomful of Teeth boasts an uncommon ferocity when it comes to presenting the newest vocal music in the newest vocal ways. The techniques they’ve mastered like so many notches on their belts, are widely unheard and generally unheard of in the way that they are employed to create a unified whole. And that they come in a package of clearly tight-knit, spritely pals belies the fact that they persistently plumb the depths to discover new means of musical communication – and they are scary good at it.

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4
Nov

Supko & Seaman’s s_traits: Man + Man + Machine

John Supko Bill Seaman s_traits

When discussing arts and culture, one often hears the phrase “the work speaks for itself” thrown around as a sort of broad-reaching neutralization to certain kinds of criticism. At times there seems to be some assumption that understanding the depth of a work, being informed of its conceptual make up and the way it was constructed are only added bonuses to the raw experience of the work itself, playing to the idea that the blind taste test is really the only true gauge of quality. Is the material of the piece relevant without knowledge of the backstory, theory or concept that has made it possible? There seems to be some general assumption that if one has to explain it, then the work is inherently weak, but is the work not incomplete without those components? It’s sort of like asking whether the roof was poorly made because it didn’t stay up without walls beneath it.

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3
Nov

This week: concerts in New York (November 3 – November 9, 2014)

A South African Sampler | New Juilliard Ensemble

New Juilliard Ensemble

New Juilliard Ensemble

The program features new works by Robert Fokkens, Andile Khumalo, and Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Michael Blake’s Rural Arias, Kevin Volans’ Looping Point, Clare Loveday’s Fever Tree, and Paul Hanmer’s Minuet and Trio.
Monday, November 3 at 8:00 PM
Free
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 W 65th St, New York, NY
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PUBLIQuartet

PUBLIQuartet performs Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, and Greg Kallor.
Monday, November 3 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of performance
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs, New York, NY
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Something of Life | Jeffrey Zeigler

Jeffrey Zeigler

Jeffrey Zeigler – Photo by Axel Dupeux

Zeigler will perform music from his new release Something of Life
Monday, November 3 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Chamber Music, Medium Rare: counter)induction Plays American Music Center Gems

Composers Marion Bauer, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Harrison Kerr, Otto Luening, and Quincy Porter established the American Music Center on November 11, 1939 to promote new music in America. Over its storied history, AMC compiled over 60,000 new works by American composers, and now that collection finds a home at The Library for the Performing Arts. Celebrate the AMC archive with a performance by the renowned composer performer collective counter)induction.
Monday, November 3 at 6:00 PM
Free
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY
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