imslp00899-terryriley-inc-draggedThe Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present a community performance of Terry Riley’s composition “In C,” on Wednesday December 21 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
Composed in 1964 and first recorded in 1968, “In C” is a pioneering work of minimalism which became popular with fans of psychedelic rock, and which influenced ambient and other electronic music. Traces of “In C” can be heard from Philip Glass to Aphex Twin, and in The Who’s song “Baba O’Riley,” named in tribute to Terry Riley.
Although performances are usually 45 minutes or longer, “In C” is a single page of sheet music (shown above): 53 melodic fragments of different lengths which the musicians each repeat as many times as they individually choose, creating ever-changing interlocking patterns.
Because the materials and rules of “In C” are relatively simple, and because it can be played by any combination of instruments and a group of any size, all interested musicians are invited to participate in this performance. Students and faculty from southland colleges and universities and members of several local orchestras and bands of various styles will be involved. Musicians should download the sheet music from http://imslp.org/wiki/In_C_(Riley,_Terry) and arrive by 6PM on Dec. 21 for a short rehearsal. Please bring pitched instruments only; acoustic ones are preferred.
This unique gathering will represent the depth and diversity of the Los Angeles music scene and will celebrate the first year of the Soundwaves new music series.
Learn more about Soundwaves at soundwavesnewmusic.com
A recording of “In C” can be streamed from DRAM: The Database of Recorded American Music. Log in with your Santa Monica library card at smpl.org/Online_Databases.aspx
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.
For more information, call (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, R10, and 18. Lines 2, 3, R3, and 9, and the Metro Expo line also stop within a short walking distance. Ride your bike.
The auditorium is wheelchair-accessible. For other disabled services, call Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week ahead.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4pm // Pre-concert discussion 3:15pm
National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Tickets $29 advance; $34 door at 646-779-8455 or www.nationalsawdust.org

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Bridging the Gap is a series of concerts created by National Sawdust Curator Robert Sirota to explore the student/teacher, mentor/mentee relationships between generations of composers.

The first concert features composers from the Manhattan School of Music, pairing Richard Danielpour (teacher) with Paolo Marchettini (student), Marjorie Merryman (teacher) with Yunzhuo Gan (student). The works will be performed by the contemporary ensemble TACTUS from the Manhattan School of Music, called “Ambitious … finely polished … spirited” by The New York Times.

A pre-concert discussion, moderated by composer and Creative Director of National Sawdust Paola Prestini, will be held at 3:15pm.

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Latin Landscapes/Paisajes Latinos

 Music for Clarinet and Strings by Composers from Colombia, Peru and Uruguay
Javier Vinasco & The Q-Arte String Quartet

Javier Vinasco & The Q-Arte String Quartet

Javier Vinasco, clarinet

The Q-Arte String Quartet
premieres by
Nov 14 Composers
Miguel del Aguila, Blas Emilio Atehortua,
Celso Garrido-Lecca  &  Andres Posada

Monday, November 14 at 8 PM

Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York City
Free Admission (no tickets necessary)

North/South Consonance, Inc. kicks off its 37th consecutive season with a concert Monday evening November 14 featuring clarinetist Javier Vinasco and the Q-Arte String Quartet.These outstanding performers hailing from Colombia will introduce New York City audiences to recent chamber works especially written for them by Miguel del Aguila, Blas Emilio Atehortua, Celso Garrido-Lecca and Andres Posada.

The concert will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th Street) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The free-admission event will start at 8 PM and end around 9:30 PM. The auditorium is ADA accessible. No tickets or reservations needed.
Since its inception in 1980, the North/South Consonance, Inc. has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 works by composers hailing from the Americas and elsewhere representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. Its activities are made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as well as contributions by numerous individual donors.

ABOUT THE COMPOSERS AND THEIR MUSIC

Miguel del Aguila (b. 1957; Montevideo, Uruguay) attended the San Francisco Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna.  His musical style has been described by the press as “dependably brilliant” and “sonically dazzling.” His Concierto en Tango earned a Grammy nomination in 2015. De Aguila’s Pacific Serenade is a romantic, quiet and delicate music that should be played at night under the stars. The quasi-improvisatory work weaves together elements derived from the blues and Brazilian folk-song.
Colombian composer Blas Emilio Atehortua (b.1943;  Antioquia) studied with Alberto GInastera at the Torcuato di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires. Also active as conductor and pedagogue, his portfolio includes over 250 instrumental and vocal compositions. His four movement Quintet for Clarinet and Strings  — written at the request of Javier Vinasco — is a great example of the composer’s penchant for combining formal schemes from the Baroque Era with rhythmic and melodic elements derived from Colombian folk-music.
Peruvian Celso Garrido-Lecca (b. 1926; Piuria) was awarded the Tomas Luis de VIctoria prize in the year 2000. He studied in Peru and Chile before visiting the US during the early 1960’s at the invitation of the Institute for International Education. A Guggenheim Fellowship allowed him to participate in the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Inter-American Festival held in Washington, DC. In 1965 he accepted a professorship at the University of Chile and began a fruitful artistic relationship with Victor Jara, the Nueva Cancion master. He returned to his homeland in 1975 to take the helm of the Lima Conservatory. Written in 1994, the music of Amaru (meaning “Big Serpent” in Quechua) is meant to evoke ancestral Inca culture.
Colombian Andres Posada (b. 1954, Medellin) earned an advanced degree in composition at the Mannes College of Music before returning to his homeland to establish the music department at EAFIT University. A winner of the 1989 Valentino Bucchi composition contest, his works have been performed in Europe and throughout Latin America. Helix is a one movement composition. In the manner of a helix or spiral, the music grows out of a brief motif introduced at the opening by the viola. VIrtuosic clarinet candenzas and impressive string passages propel the music to a dramatic climax eventually disappearing into silence.

MEET THE PERFORMERS

Colombian clarinetist Javier Vinasco was nominated for a Latin Grammy for his album devoted to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Much in demand as recitalist, clinician and pedagogue, Vinasco has appeared on concert stages throughout his native country as well as in many Asian and Latin American nations. He has premiered and recorded numerous compositions written especially for him by Latin American composers. He earned a doctorate in performance at Mexico’s National University and holds a professorship at the prestigious EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia. A Vandoren artist, the press has referred to him as a virtuoso in every sense of the word, but it is an understated virtuosity that is always in service of the music.”
The Q-Arte String Quartet is one of the most innovative and exciting chamber ensembles in Colombia. Active since 2008, it maintains an busy performance schedule while also being involved in pedagogic undertakings at the Universidad Javeriana and Colombia’s National University. The quartet’s interpretations — full of rhythmic force, energy and precision — have been described as “warm and fresh” and “exceptionally communicative.” The members of the ensemble are violinists Juan Carlos Higuita and Liz Angela Garcia; violist Sandra Liliana Arango; and cellist Diego Garcia Castro.

For the complete Winter/Spring concert series schedule please visit
http://www.northsouthmusic.org/calendar.asp
To stream, download and/or purchase the more than 60 compact discs released under the North/South Recordings label
please go to
http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/ll/North%252FSouth%2BRecordings/medium-All
 

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Flutist Martha Cargo and cellist Ben Larsen perform works from “Pieces of Eight” Commissioning Project

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
139 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY
Free with $20 suggested donation
www.concertsontheslope.org

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Concerts on the Slope presents new works from the commissioning project “Pieces of Eight,” created by flutist Martha Cargo and cellist Ben Larsen to introduce eight works by eight different composers for their duo combination into the repertoire. Commissioned as part of “Pieces of Eight,” Robert Sirota’s Broken Places, which will be premiered by Cargo and Larsen, is conceived as a series of short, contrasting pieces on the theme of “brokenness.” Sirota has also written an original poem as a textual companion to the music, which will be included in the program notes for the concert.

The program also features works by Natalie Dietterich and Paolo Marchettini from the “Pieces of Eight” commissioning project, along with a performance of Weber’s Trio in G Minor for flute, cello and piano with pianist Ava Nazar. The concert is free and open to the public with suggested donation of $20.

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album-picSanta Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present Stephen Lockwood and his ensemble performing the music of Normand Lockwood on Thursday December 1 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Normand Lockwood (1906-2002) studied composition with Nadia Boulanger, the teacher of Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and many others, but worked primarily as a college professor and studio arranger, working on Paul Robeson’s version of “Old Man River” and other hits. He continued writing concert music, but much of it was never performed outside of the colleges where he worked.
Steve Lockwood is a Los Angeles-based jazz and classical pianist, who has performed with Meredith Monk, George Lewis, and members of the band from the Conan O’Brien show. Initially curious about Normand because of their shared last name, he eventually discovered they are distant relatives. He has assembled an all-star group to perform a program of Normand Lockwood’s music from the 1920s to 1980s, including a vocalist and woodwind quintet, as well as his own piano work.
A CD of compositions by both Lockwoods is available, and this concert will be recorded for a possible follow-up.
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The auditorium is wheelchair-accessible. For other disabled services, call Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week ahead. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, R10, and 18. Lines 2, 3, R3, and 9, and the Metro Expo line also stop within a short walking distance. Ride your bike. For more information, call (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org.

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Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present pianist Vicki Ray on Wednesday November 16 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
She will perform a set of short contemporary and modern solo pieces, including John Cage’s “The Perilous Night,” Chinary Ung’s “Seven Mirrors,” Joseph Pereira’s “Five Baroque Settings from the Norton Simon,” and selections from György Kurtag’s “Játékok.”
Vicki Ray is a CalArts faculty member, and has appeared with the LA Philharmonic, Xtet, and the California EAR Unit, as well as on the Green Umbrella, Jacaranda, and Piano Spheres series.
Learn more about the Soundwaves new music series at soundwavesnewmusic.com
Recordings of Ms. Ray and of the composers on this program can be streamed from DRAM: The Database of Recorded American Music. Log in with your Santa Monica library card at smpl.org/Online_Databases.aspx
This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.
For more information, call (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, R10, and 18. Lines 2, 3, R3, and 9, and the Metro Expo line also stop within a short walking distance. Ride your bike.
The auditorium is wheelchair-accessible. For other disabled services, call Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week ahead.

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shores-against-silence-final-copyComposer/saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli offers a unique view on the evolution of musical and artistic ideas on his latest recordings: Shores Against Silence and Clockworks. Recorded in 1992 and circulated only as an underground tape in the New York sceneShores Against Silence is being released commercially for the first time today (11.04.16). Bookending a compositional arc that began 25 years ago, Zimmerli now revisits his early musical ideas in Clockworks, commissioned by Chamber Music America, and to be released as a pendant CD in 2017. This two-CD conversation between past and present spans a quarter-century’s worth of artistic exploration.

To purchase, visit Songlines Recordings.

To learn more about Patrick, visit PatrickZimmerli.com.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:30pm
Scheuer Auditorium at The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students and Seniors; $12 Jewish Museum
and Bang on a Can Members at www.thejewishmuseum.org

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Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present seminal American composer Pauline Oliveros. Accompanying the Jewish Museum’s exhibition, Take Me (I’m Yours), the concert will feature Oliveros in The Sound of Meditation on V-Accordion, an instrument that produces both accordion and orchestral sounds. Like the exhibition, the concert also blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music.

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Yuga Cohler, conductor

MILHAUD, Darius
Le boeuf sur le toit, op. 58

MILHAUD, Darius
La création du monde, op. 81a

GINASTERA, Alberto
Variaciones concertantes, op. 23

Sunday, November 20th, 2016, 6:00pm

Bing Theatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


FREE Admission. No Tickets Required.

 

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The program includes two major works by French composer Darius Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof) and La Création du monde (The Creation of the World). Milhaud’s incorporation of surrealism through the use of unexpected tonal elements and structures deconstructs the linear narratives upon which these pieces are based. Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes is a concerto for orchestra that features every instrument in the ensemble as a soloist, prompting a structural consideration of component parts, both the instruments and music itself, that comprise the whole.

Founded in 1955, the YMF Debut Orchestra is one of the foremost pre-professional training orchestras in the U.S. André Previn, Lawrence Foster, Glenn Dicterow and Michael Tilson Thomas are among the Orchestra’s notable alumni.

Music Director and Conductor Yuga Cohler has programmed a season that reflects YMF’s 62-year old tradition of encouraging adventurous programming combined with the interpretation of significant classical repertoire. “My intention for this season,” explains Cohler, “is to explore the function of music in society. I believe strongly that music can serve as a platform for eliciting deeper thought and empathy from the people who listen to it. By presenting works that are seemingly disparate in terms of their origins, inspirations, and categorizations, I hope to provide a context for audiences to find the commonalties between these works.”

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Album Release Concert
Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
158 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
November 9, 2016 at 7pm

$15-25 advance; $20-30 door
Tickets (212) 505-3474 or www.lpr.com

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Bang on a Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate and Brooklyn-based dynamic virtuoso pianist Karl Larson celebrate the release Restless, a new album from composer and Bang on a Can All-Stars member Ken Thomson, with a live performance at Le Poisson Rouge. Restless, released on October 28 on Cantaloupe Music/Naxos, includes Thomson’s Restless (2013-2014) and Me Vs. (2012), and marks Bathgate and Larson’s recording debut as a duo.

Thomson’s previous album Thaw, performed by the JACK Quartet, was named the No. 1 Classical CD of 2013 by Rhapsody and was featured on NPR’s list of “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.” Time Out New York described the album as, “Brainy, gritty and visceral, the music leaps off the disc.” Restless highlights the composer’s masterful manipulation of tension and energy. The music churns, building in a wave of dissonance and density while never leaving traditional harmony behind.

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