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Fiuczynski opened the Pandora’s Box on non-Western tuning on his 2012 RareNoise Records debut, Planet MicroJam. He pushes the envelope even further on his latest microtonal project, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam! Jointly dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and innovative hip-hop record producer J Dilla, this ambitious venture has the guitarist-composer pursuing his passion for the notes that fall between the cracks with his intrepid microtonal crew.

The seven movements that comprise Flam! instigated by Fiuczynski receiving a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, show the connections between exotic bird calls and J Dilla’s famous ‘flam beats’ while also referencing the colors of Messiaen’s music, Gagaku, the ancient court music of Japan, and other Pan-Asian ingredients. The three extra tracks that comprise Blam! feature special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone. Fiuczynski is joined on both portions of his latest release by former Microjam Institute students Utar Artun on microtonal keyboard, Yazhi Guo on suona (Chinese oboe) and percussion, Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin, Jack Sherman on microtonal keyboard, Justin Schornstein on bass and Alex Bailey on drums.

After first hinting at a non-tempered vocabulary through his whammy bar articulations and fretless guitar playing with his band Screaming Headless Torsos during the ‘80s and ‘90s, guitarist-educator Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski now finds himself knee-deep in the exotic world of microtones. As a guitar professor at the Berklee College of Music and director of its Planet MicroJam Institute, which engages in the study of microtonal harmonies that go beyond the 12-tone Western chromatic scale, the acclaimed guitarist and sonic adventurer maintains that 12-tones to an octave is just a suggestion. As he tells his students:

“There are other opportunities, things you can do. And when it comes to groove music, in terms of microtonality, you can really be a musical Captain Kirk and go where no man has gone before. The field is wide open.”

Throughout FLAM!, Fuze utilizes field recordings of five bird calls (the Common Loon, the Carolina Chickadee, the Northern Nightingale, the Blackface Solitaire and the Brazilian Uirapuru) and transcribes them to be played by the various instruments in his microtonal ensemble.

On the opening “Loon-Y Tunes,” he employed the calls of the Common Loon and the Carolina Chickadee, then transposed the calls note-for-note onto fretless guitar, violin and microtonal keyboard. Pan-Asian aspects come into play in Fiuczynski’s Indian-flavored slide guitar solo on this first track. The call of the Northern Nightingale is used on “Flam” while “Q&A Solitaire,” a stunning showcase for violinist Sherrah-Davies, employs the call of the Blackfaced Solitaire. “Oiseaux JDillique” incorporates JDilla’s flam beats, Pan-Asian motifs and the call of the Nightingale while “Gagaku Chord Candy,” which contains elements of free jazz, has Fuze emulating an ancient Gagaku orchestra on his fretless guitar while utilizing some of Messiaen’s chords. And the final piece of FLAM!, “Waldstimmen” (“Forest Voices”) reprises all the bird calls together for a fitting conclusion.

The three additional tracks feature fire-breathing saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on “Uira Happy Jam,” which is entirely based on the song of that sonorous Brazilian bird, the sparse “Organ Wren,” and the intense closer “Loon-ly Solitaire,” which has Fuze screaming with distortion-laced delight on his fretless guitar.

TRACKS
1. Loon-Y Tunes
2. Dance Of The UiraPuru
3. Flam
4. Q&A Solitaire
5. Oiseaux JDillique
6. Gagaku Chord Candy
7. Waldstimmen
8. Uira Happy Jam
9. Organ Wren
10. Loon-Ly Solitaire

CD PERSONNEL
David Fiuczynski – guitars, keybards, percussion
Helen Sherrah-Davies – violin
Yazhi Guo – suona (Chinese oboe) and percussion
Utar Artun – microtonal keyboards, fender rhodes
Jake Sherman – microtonal keyboards, fender rhodes, piano
Justin Schornstein – electric bass
Alex ‘BisQuiT’ Bailey – drums and percussion
Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto sax (on tracks 8/9/10)

VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iYvTjIbTTY

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 enamoured by exciting, adventurous and progressive sounds. www.rarenoiserecords.com

CD, VINYL AND MULTIPLE DIGITAL FORMATS AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE ON MARCH 25, 2016 AND THROUGH WWW.RARENOISERECORDS.COM.

CD RELEASE EVENT AT SHAPESHIFTER LAB IN BROOKLYN ON APRIL 14, 2016.

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Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm

 

Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall | 57th & 7th Ave. | NYC
Tickets: $43 & 50 at www.carnegiehall.org, 212-247-7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 West 57th Street, NYC)

For more information: www.americancomposers.org

American Composers Orchestra continues its 39th season with a program titled Eastern Wind, bringing five works with Middle Eastern and Indian influence to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. World premieres include Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s “Harabat – The Intoxicated,” which uses classical Ottoman composition techniques and features Mehmet singing and playing the Ud; Saad Haddad’s “Manarah,” combining electronics and traditional performance practices of Arabic musicians; and Reena Esmail’s “Avartan,” a multimedia work with video by Neeraj Jain. In Matthias Pintscher’s “songs from Solomon’s garden,” the composer reflects on his time spent in Israel as he creates a musical dialogue of the voices in Solomon’s Song of Songs. Gity Razaz’s The Metamorphosis of Narcissus takes its name and inspiration from Salvador Dali’s painting.

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KRAKAUER_CHECKPPOINT_300DPI_COVERDavid Krakauer is considered to be one of the most singular clarinet virtuosos on the planet. But beyond that he brings a point of view to the table that is uniquely his own. Continuing on a path of constant self discovery, Krakauer introduces the music of his latest CD Checkpoint (Table Pounding Records), on two consecutive nights, April 7 and 8, at Brooklyn’s newest hot spot, National Sawdust.

Krakauer, a category-defying instrumentalist, uses his cultural heritage as a powerful inspiration for his music, informing and enabling his stylistically compelling projects. His is a singular vision, encompassing the diverse worlds of classical, klezmer, avant jazz, funk and electronica.

For the past 25 years Krakauer has been on a musical journey tracing his Eastern European roots. This voyage has found him revisiting his “ancestral homeland,” from where his Russian/Polish grandparents and great-grandparents immigrated at the end of the 19th century. Traveling east through Berlin before the Wall came down, the checkpoint experiences became momentous creative touchstones for Krakauer.

Like a travel guide on a literal and metaphorical search, on Checkpoint he bears witness to the deep, joyous, human encounters he experienced. With his long-time band members of Ancestral Groove, he reveals the next step in his musical evolution – sharing with us all stories about the human condition.

Ancestral Groove, with Sheryl Bailey on electric guitar, Jerome Harris on electric bass, Michael Sarin on drums/percussion, and Keepalive on electronics, creates a bridge between Krakauer’s singular take on jazz and world music, and guides us to another musical adventure. His three special guests on the CD Rob Curto, John Medeski and Marc Ribot add their own signatures to the mix.

Here’s Krakauer remixing Krakauer, hitting the road with his unmistakable sound, new arrangements and an electrifying 4-piece band.‎

Born and raised in New York City, Krakauer experienced early exposure to diverse cultural influences. He earned his reputation as a Klezmer specialist, then showcased his formidable talents in other musical arenas, such as classical music, electronica and jazz. He has shared stages as a group member and soloist with a wide array of artists, string quartets, chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras – among them, the Klezmatics, John Zorn, Fred Wesley, Dawn Upshaw, Itzhak Perlman, Osvaldo Golijov, Eiko and Koma, Leonard Slatkin, Iva Bitova, Kronos Quartet, Tokyo, the Emerson Quartet, the Orchestre de Lyon, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid, the Phoenix Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Dresdener Philharmonie and the Detroit Symphony. http://davidkrakauer.com

TRACKS

1. Kickin’ It For You, 5:33
2. Krakowsky Boulevard, 5:00
3. Tribe Number Thirteen, 5:37
4. Checkpoint Lounge, 5:42
5. Elijah Walks In, 5:37
6. Moldavian Voyage, 4:42
7. Synagogue Wail, 3:30
8. Border Town Pinball Machine, 4:10
9. Tandal, 5:23
10. Tribe Number Thirteen, 5:12

 

MUSIC AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE APRIL 8, 2016.

 

CD PERSONNEL

David Krakauer – Clarinet
Sheryl Bailey – Electric Guitar
Jerome Harris – Electric Bass
Michael Sarin – Drums
Jeremy Flower aka Keepalive – Sampler

SPECIAL GUESTS
Rob Curto – Accordion
John Medeski – Organ
Marc Ribot – Electric Guitar

 

TWO NIGHTS AT NATIONAL SAWDUST

DATES
PRE-RELEASE PERFORMANCE
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016 AT 9.30 PM

CD RELEASE EVENT
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016 AT 7 PM

ADDRESS
NATIONAL SAWDUST
80 NORTH 6TH ST
BROOKLYN, NY 11249
(646) 779-8455
http://nationalsawdust.org

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The Composer’s Voice Concert Series presents a concert of music by Stony Brook composers on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 pm at The Firehouse Space. The concert will feature music by Stony Brook University faculty, students, and alumni representing the unique and diverse musical voices that have come out of the Stony Brook Department of Music.

The concert is curated by Joseph Bohigian and features works by Matthew Barnson, Daria Semegen, Joseph Bohigian, Alan Hankers, Andrew Conklin, Robert Voisey, Ryan Carter, João Pedro Oliveira, and Philip Schuessler performed by sTem (Meagan Amelia Brus, Eric Umble, and Adrian Blanco), Fly String Quartet (Jaram Kim, Andrew Minguez, Alison Rowe, and Brendan Shea), soprano Beth Griffith, clarinetist Ford Fourqurean, pianists Shiau-uen Ding, Yumi Suehiro, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and percussionists Joseph Bohigian, Ross Aftel, and Brian Smith.

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001 by Robert Voisey, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre and performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music.

Composer’s Voice Concert Series
Stony Brook Composers
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
$10 admission
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The Met Museum presents the acclaimed Chiara String Quartet in its third concert as quartet-in-residence. On Friday, March 18, the Chiara will perform Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout entirely from memory, a new way of playing that the New York Times describes as “fresh and vital.”

Composer Gabriela Lena Frank draws on her Peruvian roots for Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, which was written for the Chiara. The Los Angeles Times has described the piece as “string writing that is exceptionally smooth and idiomatic” which “bursts with color and fresh individuality.”

Tickets are $50; bring the kids for $1

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 2016 gala celebration, “Broadway on Grand,” transports the show-stopping music, dazzling allure and thrilling excitement of 42nd Street to Walt Disney Concert Hall with an exclusive private concert featuring unforgettable songs from American musical theatre, as well as a glamorous cocktail reception in Disney Hall’s dramatic lobby and sumptuous post-performance dinner by Patina in BP Hall, on Saturday, March 19, 2016, 6 pm, at the landmark venue in downtown Los Angeles.  For the celebration, Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts the Grammy-nominated chorus in a program of music by such legendary composers as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter, with special guest composer/performer Jason Robert Brown, the three-time Tony Award-winning composer of such acclaimed Broadway shows as Parade, The Last Five Years, and The Bridges of Madison County.

 

In addition to savoring the concert, guests will also have the opportunity to bid on an array of irresistible auction items, take in the Chorale’s signature LAMC “Surround Sing,” during which Chorale singers encircle gala patrons and shower them in glorious song, and trip the light fantastic into the wee hours. Gala proceeds help support LAMC’s artistic and education programs throughout the year.

 

Brown also serves as an Honorary Gala Co-Chair, along with his wife Georgia Stitt, an award winning composer, conductor and musical director who moves effortlessly through all musical mediums. Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., and Kiki Ramos Gindler are Gala Co-Chairs.  Gala Committee members include Raymundo Baltazar, Cindy Frischling, Agnes Lew, Marian Niles, Sonia Randazzo, Michele Rauch, Tracy Van Fleet and Jann Williams.

 

LAMC Gala 2016 tickets start at $750 per person with tables for 10 patrons starting at $7,000.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.  For gala information or to purchase tickets, please call 213-972-3162 or visit www.lamc.org.

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COMPOSER MICHAEL DELLAIRA, LIBRETTIST J. D. McCLATCHY TO DISCUSS MAKING OPERA BASED ON BESTSELLING NOVEL

New York, NY — Brooklyn’s American Opera Projects (AOP) and the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) will present scenes from a new opera The Leopard by composer Michael Dellaira and J. D. McClatchy in association with the Manhattan School of Music, and Opera Index (March 13). Sung in English and featuring performances by students from the Manhattan School of Music.
Presented with music from Encompass New Opera Theater (March 13 only) and Rated R for Rat, a new opera by Wang Jie and Anne Babson (March 18 only).

When: Sunday, March 13 | 2:30 PM
Thursday, March 17 | 7:30 PM
Friday, March 18 | 8:00 PM

Where: Manhattan School of Music – Greenfield Hall, 122nd Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (March 13 & 17)
South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 (March 18)

Tickets: March 13: General Admission: $20 | Advance: $15 | Students/Seniors: $10; 212-706-9550 to order tickets.
March 17 & 18: General Admission: FREE with reservation at www.aopopera.org/events <a

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Santa Monica, California – The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present composer/performer Ulrich Krieger Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Krieger will discuss and perform excerpts from “Universe,” a series of compositions for saxophone and electronics.

“Universe” has four parts, each approximately one hour long: “ReSpace,” for saxophone-controlled feedback, “RAW,” for electric saxophone and pedals, “Quantum,” for amplified saxophone, and “Cosmos,” for saxophone alone. The first two have been recorded for a new double-CD on the XI (eXperimental Intermedia) label. Krieger will discuss the entire series and play selections from the last two sections live.

Krieger describes his work as “in the experimental fields and fringes of contemporary Pop culture: somewhere in the limbo between Noise and Heavy Metal, Ambient and Silence.” He is probably best known for adapting Lou Reed’s notorious electronic record “Metal Machine Music” for chamber orchestra and has collaborated with Reed, LaMonte Young, Merzbow, and Lee Ranaldo, among others, and has recorded several CDs of the music of John Cage. His own compositions have been performed by groups including the Soldier String Quartet, Zeitkratzer, and the EAR Unit. He teaches at CalArts.

This program is part of the concert series Soundwaves, which features innovative music on the third Wednesday evening of each month. Soundwaves is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) explores how the brain works when a musician improvises as well as the impact of auditory loss on music by Beethoven and Smetana composed when they could no longer hear during the first program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.  Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences.  Among ideas probed during the three-concert series are how music moves us (and why), the possibility of pinpointing the location of creativity in the brain, and where the next wave in brain management research may to take us.

 

During Westside Connections’ March program, Dr. Charles Limb, Professor and Chief of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCSF, a self-described “music addict,” shares his findings on hearing loss against performances of Smetana’s tone poem “From My Life” and two works by Beethoven: Cavatina from String Quartet in B-major and a selection from his Bagatelles for Solo Piano featuring LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane. Also featured during the performance are LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and artists Susan Rishik, violin; Robert Brophy, viola; and Trevor Handy, cello.  In a collaborative demonstration with Kahane at the keyboard, Limb reveals what happens in the brain during improvisation.

 

Limb, whose expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders, is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.  He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  His postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins studied the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studied neural mechanisms of musical improvisation and perception using functional neuroimaging methods.  He was at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1996 to 2015, where he was Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.  He specializes in all surgery of the temporal bone, with particular expertise in acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear.  His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants.  He is the past Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Amplification, the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Otology and Neurotology and Music and Medicine.

 

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eight season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives.  The 2015-16 Westside Connections series continues with a performance on April 7 of youthful works by child prodigies Mozart and Mendelssohn, with LACO musicians joined by special guests Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA, and Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA.  It concludes May 5 when the evening centers on breathtaking songs by Schumann and Ravel, each of whom suffered severe mental collapse, with LACO musicians joined by special guest Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon, Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, and guest artists Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Robert Thies, piano.  In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

 

Tickets (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.  Subscriptions to all three Westside Connections concerts are available for $150. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert.  Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more.  The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Wheeler headshot by Bruno Murialdo copyIn Context: Scott Wheeler

When: Saturday April 2, 2016 7:30PM

Where: Tenri Cultural Institute 43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011 

Tickets: $25/$15 Students. To purchase, contact BASS at brooklynartsongsociety.org.

Program + Performers: Johannes Brahms: from Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52; Robert Schumann: 4 Duette Op. 34; Virgil Thomson: Mostly About Love; Judith Weir: Songs from the Exotic Scott Wheeler: Ben Gunn (World-Premiere), Gold StandardNew Love Song WaltzesWasting the Night Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Brandon Snook, tenor; Steven Eddy, baritone; Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, Miori Sugiyama, piano

BASS continues its innovative new music series In Context at the Tenri Cultural Center on Saturday April 2nd, 2016. This year’s featured composer is Scott Wheeler, hailed by Fanfare as “one of the freshest American voices.” The program features Mr. Wheeler’s work alongside those by colleagues and mentors (Virgil Thomson and Judith Weir) and favorite classics (Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann). The program will include the world premiere of Ben Gunn. Soprano Elisabeth Marhsall, mezzo soprano Kate Maroney, tenor Brandon Snook, and baritone Steven Eddy join pianists Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, and Miori Sugiyama.

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