Anthony Braxton

This week: concerts in New York (April 14 – April 20, 2014)

Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble

Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble on tour, 1/2

Americas Society will host a concert by the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble (ICCE).
Monday, April 14 at 7 PM
Free for Americas Society members, $20 for nonmembers, $10 for students with ID
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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On The Art Of Curation | MATA Festival

A panel discussion on the art of curating a concert program led by MATA’s outgoing Artistic Director Yotam Haber with special guests Melissa Smey, Chris McIntyre, Amelia Lukas, Mark Peskanov.
Wednesday, April 16 at 7 PM
RSVP to info@matafestival.org
BMI, 7 World Trade Center, New York, NY
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Voices Up! New Poems Set to Music

Tigue

Music by TIGUE Percussion, Kyle Vegter, and Lawrence Kramer.
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 PM
Free
Fordham University—Lincoln Center, NW Corner 60th St. and Columbus Ave., 12th Floor Lounge, New York, NY
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Between Noise and Silence | MATA Festival

MATA Festival

MATA Festival

Fresh from Helsinki, comes the nine members of Uusinta – Finland’s leading new music ensemble – in their American debut. They bring their “virtuosically fast-paced and precise” skills to a world premiere MATA commission, Jōruri Death Metal, by Japanese composer Hikari Kiyama influenced by the unlikely bedfellows of metal, Brian Ferneyhough, and Japanese folk music; its polar opposite: the quiet susurrations of Aaron Helgeson’s A Place Toward Other Places; the improvisatory paradoxes of Spain’s Joan Arnau Pàmies; Russian composer Alexander Khubeev’s apocalyptic eschatology Sounds of the Dark Time; and two of Finland’s leading emerging compositional voices: Sampo Haapamäki’s searing quartet Connection and Ilari Kaila’s intense and moving memorial, Kellojen Kumarrus.
Wednesday, April 16 at 8 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
The Kitchen 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
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The Business of Being a Composer Part 1 | MATA Festival

ASCAP’s Cia Toscanini will host a workshop on the business of being a composer. The first of two such workshops during this year’s festival, this one will focus on the “Do it yourself” approach and will include special guests Scott Winship from New Music USA to discuss grant writing, composer and arts entrepreneur Paola Prestini to discuss fundraising, MATA’s own publicist Steven Swartz to discuss getting the word out about your events, Richard Carrick on starting and running your own ensemble, and Sarah Kirkland Snider to discuss recording and releasing your music.
Thursday, April 17 at 3:30 PM
RSVP to info@matafestival.org
ASCAP, 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY
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That Which Remains | MATA Festival

MATA’s second night is a movement into the nearness of origins. The unhewn sounds of em_bruto is our Big Bang: a multimedia soundscape by Brazil’s André Damião Bandeira that tears away perceptions of music and the musical experience; stirrings come forth in Natacha Diels’s exploration of grammatology: A is for Alphabet; the sublime alchemy of Canary Islands’ native Rubens Askenar Garcia Hernandez’s El Puerperio reframes the possibilities of the piano; while a new work from MATA’s own Alex Weiser restores our confidence in resonance and harmony. Capping off the evening is a world premiere MATA commission by Carolyn Chen for ensemble and video (Relationships with Gravity) that restores our faith in reason.
Thursday, April 17 at 8 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
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Tower + Bach

Joan Tower

The Bach series is back with a special anniversary twist: three extraordinary living composers, featured in past Composer Portraits concerts, return to curate a special evening pairing their music with favorite pieces of Bach. The composers join director Melissa Smey onstage for a conversation at each concert.
Thursday, April 17 at 8 PM
Tickets $25 – $35
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway New York, NY
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Axiom

Specializing in the 20th century’s “classic” repertoire and conducted by acclaimed American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, Juilliard’s critically-acclaimed contemporary music ensemble AXIOM performs works by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and his French contemporary Pierre Boulez.
Thursday, April 17 at 8 PM
Free
Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY
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Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables): Acts I & II

Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton conducts his latest four-act opera, Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), in semi-staged, multi-media concerts featuring a cast of 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists, and full orchestra. The Trillium Project, described by Braxton as as “opera complex” of autonomous one-act settings that are interconnected through twelve recurring character archetypes (12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists) representing and enacting the basic components of his logic system.
Thursday, April 17 at 8 PM
Tickets $20, members/students/seniors $15, Free for all Access Members
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Reading Session With Ensemble Uusinta | MATA Festival

Afternoon Reading Session with Uusinta.
Friday, April 18 at 2 PM
RSVP to info@matafestival.org
BMI, 7 World Trade Center, New York, NY

Lives in Miniature | MATA Festival

Talea Ensemble - Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

Talea Ensemble – Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

MATA’s third concert brings together two powerhouses of the New York new music scene: the Talea ensemble is joined by the vocal ensemble Ekmeles in an evening of lives. The UK’s Martin Iddon gives us the sounds of his Hamadryads for vocal ensemble and tuned glasses – the haunting lamentations of tree-bound nymphs inspired by Greek mythology and Josquin. MATA’s own Todd Tarantino’s Cap Malheureux for soprano (Charlotte Dobbs) and large ensemble is a tragedy that asks how one can describe a life; while Clara Iannotta (Italy) asks the same of sound in her microcosmic concerto for cello Clangs; Chris Gross is the soloist. Josep Sanz (Spain) in his King Lear: Act IV Scene 6 distills a scene from Shakespeare’s tale of madness into six minutes. Simon Vosecek’s (Austria – Czech Republic) Mouses for video and ensemble, inspired by Czech stop-motion animation, explores madness in other ways, from the perspective of a rodent. Edward Hamel’s new work for voice (Michael Weyandt) and ensemble Approach Prune Destroy Begin – commissioned by a consortium of MATA, Holland’s Gaudeamus Festival, and the Venice Biennale, is a fitting conclusion.
Friday, April 18 at 8 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
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Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables): Acts III & IV

Anthony Braxton conducts his latest four-act opera, Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), in semi-staged, multi-media concerts featuring a cast of 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists, and full orchestra. The Trillium Project, described by Braxton as as “opera complex” of autonomous one-act settings that are interconnected through twelve recurring character archetypes (12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists) representing and enacting the basic components of his logic system.
Friday, April 18 at 8 PM
Tickets $20, members/students/seniors $15, Free for all Access Members
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables): Acts I & II

Anthony Braxton conducts his latest four-act opera, Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), in semi-staged, multi-media concerts featuring a cast of 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists, and full orchestra. The Trillium Project, described by Braxton as as “opera complex” of autonomous one-act settings that are interconnected through twelve recurring character archetypes (12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists) representing and enacting the basic components of his logic system.
Saturday, April 19 at 3 PM
Tickets $20, members/students/seniors $15, Free for all Access Members
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Concert 1 | Dynamic Music Festival

Dynamic Music Festival

Dynamic Music Festival

The Dynamic Music Festival is a two-day concert series dedicated to premiering works by composers attending universities in the New York City area. The 16 composers participating in the Dynamic Music Festival’s inaugural year are students at NYU, Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, and Bard. The Dynamic Music Festival has also assembled an ensemble of 30 young and talented musicians to premiere the works under the direction of distinguished conductor David Bloom of Contemporaneous. Composers on this evenings program include Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Andrés Martínez de Velasco, Sam Reising, Obadiah Wright, Julian Sharifi, Brian Erickson, Eric Segerstrom, and Ryan Buchanan.
Saturday, April 19 at 8 PM
Free
Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street, New York, NY
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Matra | MATA Festival

MATA brings together two of the finest international ensembles in a first-ever pairing. Germany’s Neue Vocalsolisten is joined by ICE in an American premiere performance of Oscar Bianchi’s evening-length cantata Matra. Featuring six vocalists; a solo trio of contrabass Tubax saxophone, contrabass recorder, and bass flute; large ensemble and electronics; and setting text from Lucretius, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.
Saturday, April 19 at 8 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
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Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables): Acts III & IV

Anthony Braxton conducts his latest four-act opera, Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), in semi-staged, multi-media concerts featuring a cast of 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists, and full orchestra. The Trillium Project, described by Braxton as as “opera complex” of autonomous one-act settings that are interconnected through twelve recurring character archetypes (12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists) representing and enacting the basic components of his logic system.
Saturday, April 19 at 8 PM
Tickets $20, members/students/seniors $15, Free for all Access Members
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Neue Vocalsolisten: American Premieres | MATA Festival

Neue Vocalsolisten returns for an a capella concert of American premieres by young composers from around the world. Beginning with their calling card: Vittriool from Georges Aperghis’s “Wölfli Cantata,” the concert spans the globe to showcase their incredible skills. Whether in the dada inspired works of Jennifer Walshe (Paddy Reilly Runs with the Devil), the radical reconfigurations of Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen’s The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Notebook, Francesco Filidei’s Dormo molto amore, dedicated to the memory of the anarchist Franco Serantini, Syrian composer Zaid Jabri’s Two Songs from Mihyar from Damascus on texts of Adonis, the founder of Arabic modernist poetry, Gabriel Dharmoo’s kaleidoscopic Notre Meute, Anglo-Moroccan composer Brahim Kerkour’s intone, or Silvia Rosani’s T-O, Neue Vocalsolisten brings their trademark theatrically, impeccable intonation, and daring to this afternoon.
Sunday, April 20 at 1 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY
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Nico Couk

ChampdAction’s artist-in-residence Nico Couck presents Reciprocity, a concert in which the possibilities of the back-and-forth motion are explored. Whether in physical energy, sounding textures, or even in the performer’s approach to an instrument. How can constantly interpolating gestures become relevant and substantial in musical practice?
Sunday, April 20 at 8 PM
Free
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th Street, New York, NY
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