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Lots of neat stuff happening this week and beyond. 

Pulse, the composers federation that includes our amigo Darcy James Argue will close out its 2006-2007 “season” with a new music project called Sihr Halal, Music of Praise and Celebration.  The concert is Saturday, May 5th 2007 at 8:30 PM at Roulette located at 20 Greene Street in SoHo (tickets are $15 at the door, $10 students/seniors). The project is funded in part through Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections program.

Sihr Halal features the premiere of six compositions by the composers of Pulse—Darcy James Argue, Jamie Begian, Joseph C. Phillips Jr., JC Sanford, Joshua Shneider, and Yumiko Sunami.  You can get a taste of what’s in store by going over to the Pulse blog where you’ll find audio excerpts from all of the pieces available online (recorded during rehearsal) along with commentary from the composers.

Another friend of the family, Jenny Lin, is doing an all Valentin Silvestrov program, including Der Bote, Epitaph, Post Scriptum & Drama Sunday, May 6, 2007, 5:00 PM 31 Little West 12th Street New York, New York 10014  Info here or call 212.463.8630.   

Young-Ah Tak, the amazing pianist who blew the joint away with her performance of Judith Lang Zaimont’s Wizards (2003) at last year’s Sequenza21 concert is playing the piece again (along with works by people named Haydn, Debussy, and Schumann) at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 639 Fifth Ave., 34th Street (entrance on 54th Street between Madison and Fifth).  The concert starts at 7:30 and admission is free.  If you want to catch a real comer while she’s still making her bones, this is a great chance.

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Comment from DJA
Time: April 30, 2007, 3:20 pm

Thanks for the shout-out, Jerry!

I would also like to invite all interested S21 readers to our open rehearsal on Friday, May 4. It runs from 12 PM to 4 PM at your friendly neighborhood AFM Local 802 (322 West 48th Street between 8th and 9th Ave.). Everyone is welcome to come and go as they like at any time during the rehearsal, and the Pulse composers and players will be happy to chat you up talk to you during the breaks. If there are any composers who have been harboring a secret desire to write for ehru, shakuhachi, or 21-string koto, this is your chance to meet some great players and talk to them about their axes.

Comment from David Salvage
Time: April 30, 2007, 3:26 pm

And… I’ll be doing a free improvisation on the piano at the CUNY Graduate Center Composers’ Alliance concert this Thursday at 7:30. Music also by Jeff Leigh, Roberto Barnard Baca, and other good folks. Details here:

http://www.gc.cuny.edu/events/index_may_07.htm#3

And it’s free.