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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


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

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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
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
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 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

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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


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

Le boeuf sur le toit, op. 58

La création du monde, op. 81a

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.




















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


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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mass_15001500_72With Stephen O’Malley, Jamie Saft, Marco Benevento, Reed Mathis, Don McGreevy, Mike Gamble
Conducted by Jordan Sramek

(for exact line-up scroll down)

As widely renowned for his unerring, intuitive grooves behind the kit as he is for his inventiveness as a composer and bandleader, Bobby Previte stretches into some totally new musical terrain on Mass, his RareNoise debut as a leader and followup to 2014’s cooperative trio project The New Standard with bassist Steve Swallow and keyboardist Jamie Saft. A modernist re-imagining of the choral epic Missa Sancti Jacobi by 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay, Previte’s Mass prominently features the imposing sound of cathedral pipe organ along with an acclaimed early music chamber vocal group, the 11-voice Rose Ensemble conducted by Jordan Sramek, and a slamming core group consisting of Previte on drums, Marco Benevento on pipe organ and Rheem organ, Don McGreevy, Stephen O’Malley, Mike Gamble and Jamie Saft on electric guitars and Reed Mathis on electric bass. A kind of heavy metal requiem mass, full of thrashing feedback guitars and grinding power chords, hellacious fuzz bass, thunderous beats and the glorious sound of a Medieval vocal choir, Mass is unlike anything Previte has done before in his extensive discography, which covers recordings by his bands Weather Clear Track Fast, Latin for Travelers, The Coalition of the Willing, Bump and the Beta Popes.

“I’ve been thinking about this idea for at least 12 or 13 years now,” says thed rummer-composer. ”In fact, I scored a version of it in the early 2000s that I toured Europe with. Then when when I got home, I decided it wasn’t right and threw it all in the trash. It wasn’t powerful enough. So I went back to the drawing board.”

Previte first encountered composer Guillaume Dufay in his Early Music class in college. “You have to remember, when Dufay wrote his music it was performed at a time in which there were no loud man-made sounds — no amplifiers, airplanes, bombs, etc. Performed in a hard-walled stone church, the sound racing around the walls and bouncing off the ceiling, it had to have been an overwhelming experience. Now it feels quiet, meditative, but in the context of its time I believe it was a powerful, soul-shaking, transportive, otherworldly music. And I needed to match that power, so I had to go with Metal — a reviled music that somehow still keeps coming.”

Previte and his wife, the writer and choreographer Andrea Kleine, presented the piece in 2007 as a full-blown theater production at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. “She wrote the book and directed it,” he explains. “It was then that I met the Rose Ensemble. They specialize in Early Music, which was essential to me. It’s a very different discipline than other vocal music. And for them to have the courage and the openness to do a project like this, where I asked them to sing in a different tempo, key and time signature while the crushing metal band was playing — that was truly inspiring.”

The players involved in Mass are old cohorts of Previte. Organist Benevento and bassist Reed played in his The Coalition of the Willing. Saft played in Previte’s Latin for Travelers band and is also a key member of 2014‘s The New Standard on RareNoise. Guitarist Gamble has been a longstanding collaborator and is also a member of Previte’s current working quartet, Bobby Previte and the Visitors. Guitarists O’Malley and McGreevy are members of the Seattle-based drone and doom metal bands Sunn O))) and Earth, respectively. “O’Malley in particular used a gigantic wall of amps in the studio,” says Previte. “If you want that sound, you can’t use a little stomp box, you have to actually move all that air. It was exhilarating to watch.”

Twelve years in the making, Mass is the culmination of a long road for Previte. “I am super happy with how it turned out, as it is extremely difficult music to perform,” he says. “Each of the three pillars of the piece — choir, metal trio, and pipe organ — are operating within their own algorithms, their own keys, time and tempo. And the piece is written for them to be on parallel tracks but making a different fourth thing, dovetailing together on the cadences. Eventually we all began to be able to hear how it all worked, what notes the choir should be singing when you, as the guitarist, were on your third beat of your bar number 15, a 4/4 bar, at quarter note = 60, as they were in their 33rd bar of 6/8 in a completely different tempo. It sounds crazy. Well, it is crazy! But the design worked eventually, which is a testament to the musicians and their resilience.”

Previte adds about his latest opus, “It has probably the greatest cover art I have ever had on any of my records. Astonishing work by, and all respect to, the artist, Hadi Nasiri.”

Check out Mass, Previte’s most audacious recording to date, on RareNoise Records.

Bobby Previte’s Mass is built upon a re-arrangement of the Missa Sancti Jacobi by Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474), pipe organ music inspired by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992).


Conducted by Jordan Sramek

With Eric Betthauser, John Bitterman, Heather Cogswell, Lisa Drew, Linda Kachelmeier, Kristine Kautzman, Kathy Lee, Tim O’Brien, Jordan Sramek, Kim Sueoka, Paul M. Tipton

Stephen O’Malley – guitars
Jamie Saft – guitars
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums, guitar, pipe organ, combo organ

Stephen O’Malley – guitars
Don McGreevy – guitars
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums

Stephen O’Malley – guitars
Don McGreevy – guitars
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums

Stephen O’Malley – guitars
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums

Stephen O’Malley – guitars
Don McGreevy – guitars
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums, synthesizer bass

Mike Gamble – guitars
Stephen O’Malley – feedback solo
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums

Stephen O’Malley – guitars
Don McGreevy – guitars
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums, pipe organ

Marco Benevento – pipe organ, Rheem organ
Reed Mathis – electric bass
Bobby Previte – drums

Stephen O’Malley – guitars
Marco Benevento – pipe organ, electronics
Bobby Previte – drums, Farfisa organ


ABOUT THE LABEL – RareNoiseRecords was founded in 2008 by two Italians, entrepreneur Giacomo Bruzzo and music producer Eraldo Bernocchi. Located in London, the label’s mission is to detect and amplify contemporary trends in progressive music, by highlighting their relation to the history of the art-form, while choosing not to be bound by pre-conceptions of genre. It seeks to become a guiding light for all those enamored by exciting, adventurous and progressive sounds. For further information and to listen please go to

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Sunday, December 18th

Time 5:30pm


Christ and St. Stephen’s Church

120 West 69 Street New York City (between Broadway and Columbus) 10023


A Jazz opera – “The Christmas story told in thoroughly American musical terms”. It features opera and jazz artists of note weaving together word, dance, song and musical instruments to tell the story in a new way.

Bending Toward The Light, composed and arranged by Anne Phillips, originated in 1985, when Ms. Phillips was asked to create a Christmas benefit at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in NYC. That first performance featured Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Gene Bertoncini and Tommy Flanegan, among others. Over the past 30 years the work has been presented at Birdland, Lincoln Center, and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, among other venues, with a long list of luminary performers including Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Phil Woods, Jon Hendricks, and Paquito D’Rivera. Music director Bob Kindred’s haunting rendition of “Silent Night” created the opening mood in the darkened church that very first night just as it does today.


$50 preferred advance only (limited), general admission $35 advance/$45 at the door, children/students (any section) $25 advance/$30 at the door and seniors (general only) $25 advance/$30 at the door


tickets: 866-811-4111




featuring artists and special guests:

Maurice Chestnut, King/tap

Paquito D’Rivera, King/clarinet

Lew Tabackin, tenor saxophone

Max Pollak, tap

With the voices of: Brenda Feliciano, David Gordon, Amy London, Jesse Malgieri, Pete McGuiness, Dylan Pramuk, and Holli Ross


Charlie Caranicus, trumpet

Jon Gordon, alto saxophone

Scott Robinson, tenor/baritone saxophone

Art Baron, trombone

Dean Johnson, bass

Tim Horner, drums

Adam Asarnow, piano

Candido, conga

directed by Beth Ann Kennedy

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“Tokyo to New York” in Concert at Tenri Cultural Institute
November 12, 2016.

The November 12th “Tokyo to New York” concert at Tenri Cultural Institute features new music composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments by NYC- and Tokyo-based composers.

Clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy will be joined by pianist Taka Kigawa and traditional Japanese instrument players Hiroshi Ebina (hichiriki) and Lish Lindsey (ryuteki).

The varied concert features six pieces composed for Thomas Piercy: world premiers by Tokyo-based composers Mayuko Kawasaki and Shoichiro Tanaka, and Chinese composer Bin Li (based in NYC); and United States premiers by Tokyo-based composers Kanokpak Changwitchukarn, Tomo Hirayama and Ippo Tsuboi. Other new music by NYC-based composers Matt Aucoin, Guy Barash, Reiko Futing and Gilbert Galindo.

“Tokyo to New York” is a series of concerts in Tokyo and New York City that celebrates, honors and recognizes the connections between Tokyo and New York City. Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” concerts, under the artistic direction of Thomas Piercy, has presented over 70 World Premiers, and numerous Japan and United States Premiers. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. The include a wide variety of styles of music, from Japanese avant-garde to American contemporary classical, abstract to minimalism, neo-Romantic to tango-nuevo, J-pop to jazz influenced pieces.

The composers of “Tokyo to New York” have ranged from 19 to 93 years of age.  They come from all walks of life and experience: from university students to university professors; from self-taught composers to composers with advanced degrees; from emerging composers to composers that have won such prominent awards as the Takemitsu Prize, Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The musicians of “Tokyo to New York” have had the opportunity to work with many of the Japanese and American composers programmed in these concerts.


Thomas PIERCY –  Hichiriki, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Lish LINDSEY – Ryuteki
Hiroshi EBINA – Hichiriki
Lish LINDSEY – Ryuteki
Taka KIGAWA – Piano


Matt AUCOIN – “Etudes” for Piano (2014)
Guy BARASH – “Talkback I” for Clarinet and Live Electronics (2010)
Kanokpak CHANGWITCHUKARN – “Reark-Karn” for Ryuteki, Clarinet, and Piano (2016) **
Reiko FUETING  – “leaving without/palimpsest” for Piano with Clarinet (2006)
Gilbert GALINDO – “Lost in the Caves” for Bass Clarinet and Live Electronics (2008)
Tomo HIRAYAMA – “Garden” for Hichiriki, Clarinet, and Piano (2016) **
Mayuko KAWASAKI – “New York 1954-55″ for Clarinet and Piano (2014/2016) *
Bin LI – “Voices (Concetto Strumentale 4)” for Hichiriki and Electronics (2016) *
Shoichiro TANAKA – “Hommage à Aoyama” for Clarinet and Piano (2014/2016) * 
Ippo TSUBOI- “Prelude for Concert No. 1, Pigeon” for Clarinet and Piano (2016) **
* World Premier
** United States Premier


Tokyo to New York  東京 と ニューヨーク

Saturday  |  November 12, 2016  |  7pm

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W. 13th St., NY, NY 10011

Tickets: $25 ($15 Senior/Student)


For more information, please contact:​​

This concert is Co-Presented with Arts at Tenri.

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