What: Tyshawn Sorey Trio

When: Wednesday, December 10 , 8pm

Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR

Cost: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors: $15, FREE for All Access Members

Info: www.roulette.org / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents the Tyshawn Sorey Trio featuring Cory Smythe, piano, Christopher Tordini, bass and Tyshawn Sorey, drums, trombone, compositions on Wednesday, December 10 at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at: http://roulette.org/events/tyshawn-sorey-trio/

Tyshawn Sorey is a composer-performer, educator, and scholar working across an extensive range of musical idioms. Sorey performs (percussion, trombone, and piano) nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as with such artists as Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, John Zorn, Misha Mengelberg, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lehman, Tim Berne, and Myra Melford.

As a composer, Sorey has received commissions from Roulette and the International Contemporary Ensemble, with whom he also performs. In 2012, he was selected as an Other Minds Composer. Sorey regularly teaches composition and improvisation at the New School for Social Research and the School for Improvised Music. He has taught at the Banff Centre, International Realtime Music Symposium (Norway), Hochschule für Musik Köln, Musikhochschule Nürnberg, Rhythmic Conservatory (Denmark), Birmingham Conservatory of Music, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique (Paris), and Vallekilde Højskole (Denmark).

Sorey has had works premiered at the Issue Project Room, Walt Disney Hall, the Bimhuis, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Gallery, and Roulette.

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StevenGerber5Steven R. Gerber’s Spirituals for String Orchestra will be performed by the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Karen Griebling, Conductor, on Monday, November 24 at 7:30 PM in Reves Recital Hall on the campus of Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue in Conway, Arkansas. This will be part of the Chamber Orchestra’s Thanksgiving Concert. Gerber will be guest composer for the event and will speak about the work.

The composer writes about the piece, “Spirituals exists in several versions: string orchestra, clarinet and string quartet, and finally string quartet alone. They are original pieces based on some aspect of the original Negro spirituals – a phrase, a rhythm, a contour, etc.” The piece has been recorded by the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony, Vladimir Lande, conductor for the Arabesque label. Other composers on the November 24 program are John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, Ravel and Dvorak.

Visit the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra at https://www.hendrix.edu/music/music.aspx?id=2044.

The program, sponsored by the Hendrix College Department of Music, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 501-450-1243 or visit https://www.hendrix.edu/news/news.aspx?id=72132.

New York-based composer Steven R. Gerber’s music has gained international attention as a result of Chandos, Koch and Arabesque CD releases featuring several of his major orchestral works, including Symphony No. 1, Kurt Nikkanen’s performance of the Violin Concerto and Jon Manasse’s performance of the Clarinet Concerto. His orchestral work Music in Dark Times was commissioned by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the four World Premiere performances took place in March, 2009, with Maestro Ashkenazy conducting the San Francisco Symphony. Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.

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Tuesday-Matinee-1-Narek-Arutyunian-clarinet-Merkin-Concert-Hall-Kaufman-Music-Center-1Tuesday, December 02  |  2:00pm

GERALD FINZI    Five Bagatelles, Op. 23
PROKOFIEV    Sonata in D major, Op. 94
JACOB WEINBERG    Hebrew Melodies in the Form of a Suite
KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN    In Freundschaft, Op. 46
LUIGI BASSI    Fantasy on a Theme from Verdi’s Rigoletto

Narek Arutyunian, clarinet
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post). A winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

 

- See more at: http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/tuesday-matinees-narek-arutyunian-clarinet#sthash.RJZU1OFC.dpuf

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Judith Lang Zaimont

Judith Lang Zaimont

On Monday, November 24 at 7:30 PM, the Vienna Premiere performance of Judith Lang Zaimont’s “Pure, Cool (Water)” – Symphony No. 4 will be given by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava under Niels Muus at Konzerthaus Vienna, Lothringerstrasse 20 in Vienna, Austria.

This new five-movement symphony has been conceived as an exploration of the various states of water – rapid/running, falling, still, frozen, rolling – and is a project close to the composer’s heart: Her father was a prominent chemist specializing in water treatment and control; a past president of the National Water Pollution Control Federation, after whom there are awards named in at least three states. He also served as New York City water commissioner under three mayors and was a consultant to the World Bank on water issues globally. The Symphony is another in a long line of Zaimont pieces for various forces which celebrate the wonders of the natural world. More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at http://www.jzaimont.com/.

This piece was commissioned retrospectively by The Sorel Organization as part of honoring Ms. Zaimont with its 2014 Commissioned Composer award.

Other works on the November 24 program are Leos Janácek’s Overture to House of the Dead and Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor op 16, with soloist Anna Shelest.

For more about the concert, visit http://www.vienna-concert.com/event/en/1617/Konzerthaus-Vienna/Jan%C3%A1cek-Philharmonic-Orchestra-Ostrava.html.

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LDPhoto1012BLawrence Dillon’s Poke, a bagatelle on anti-social media will be performed by Low and Lower, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, as part of their family concert on Saturday, November 22 at 1:00 PM and series concert on Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 PM, both at Kirby Horton Hall of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street in Durham, North Carolina. These performances are part of the Mallarme Chamber Players Series.

The composer writes about the piece, “Poke, subtitled a bagatelle on anti-social media, is scored for cello and double bass, with a running (spoken) dialogue between the two musicians as they play, an argument taking place across various social media. Over the course of the piece, the two “text”, “friend” and “like” one another with increasing fury, as their virtual exchanges complete obliterate their real lives in a comic turn on the dark underbelly of our online politesse.” Other composers on the programs include Jon Deak, J.S. Bach, Gilbert & Sullivan and Anton Arensky.

A live video of Poke, filmed during Low and Lower’s 2012 Alaskan tour has gone viral, spreading across the world from the U.S. to Europe, Africa, South America and the Philippines. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mYPzl1itIc. Visit them at http://www.brookswhitehouse.com/schedule.

For more about the November 22 and 23 performances, call 919-560-2788 or visit http://mallarmemusic.org/.

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/ and his website is at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.

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Barbara Harbach’s Terezin Children’s Songs for soprano, violin and piano will be performed by soprano Stella Markou, violinist Julia Sakharov and pianist Alla Voskoboynikova on Sunday, November 23 – 3:00 PM at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of The Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in St. Louis, Missouri. This will be part of the Voices from the Holocaust: Music Makes You Free concert.

A cycle of five songs, Terezin Children’s Songs is based on children’s poetry from the Terezin concentration camp where between the years 1942-1944, 15,000 children were held and less than 100 of them survived. The titles of the songs are Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep, Birdsong, Forgotten, On a Sunny Evening and The Butterfly.

The composer writes, “In the poems and drawings of the children, many smuggled out of the camp, we see the daily misery of these uprooted children, as well as their courage and optimism, their hopes and fears. These innocent and honest depictions allow us to see through the eyes of the children what life was like in the ghetto.  Their art reveals a maturity beyond their years, are haunting reminders of what no child should ever have to see. In spite of the circumstances, the poetry is beautiful and uplifting – telling a story that resonates in each of us.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more about the November 23 concert, call 314-516-4990 or visit http://jewishinstlouis.org/event/voices-from-the-holocaust-music-makes-you-free/.

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s critically acclaimed Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Orchestral Music, Volume 1 (MS1252) with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestral Music, Volume 2 (MS1519), again with the London Philharmonic. The latter CD, conducted by David Angus, is the ninth in a series that showcases World Premiere Recordings of Barbara Harbach’s compositions. For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit http://www.msrcd.com/. Her website is at http://www.barbaraharbach.com/.

 

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BethA513Beth Anderson’s Comment for solo violin will be performed by Eva Ingolf on Friday, November 21 – 7:00 PM at Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, Avenida Rio Branco, 241 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is part of a Festival Internacional de Música Contemporânea program including works by New York Women Composers members.

Commissioned by Nina Assimakopoulos in 2003, Comment was originally written for solo flute, and is based on a Dorothy Parker poem of the same name. It was recorded for the Capstone label.

Other composers on the program are Joyce Hope Suskind, Rain Worthington, Adam Torkelson, Douglas DaSilva, Timothy A. Corpus, David Bohn, Nathan R. Johnson, Kevin J. Kelly, Eva Ingolf, Octavio Vasques, Jason Ulysses, JP Redmond, and Joey Bohigian. This concert is made possible, in part, by a NYWC Seed Money Grant.

More about violinist Eva Ingolf at http://www.voxnovus.com/15_Minutes_of_Fame/featuring/Eva_Ingolf/.

For more concert information, visit http://www10.trf2.jus.br/ccjf/.

Beth Anderson’s music has been described as having “a refreshing simplicity without naiveté” and as “deeply felt, direct, and yes, beautiful” and “charming and deeply felt to the point of romanticism.” MSR Classics has issued The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird – Flute Music of Beth Anderson (MS1434) – http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1434 – World Premiere recordings of 11 works. For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com.

 

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Lawrence Dillon’s Poke, a bagatelle on anti-social media will be performed by Low and Lower, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, on Friday, November 19 – 7:30 PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 607 North Greene St. in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The composer writes about the piece, “Poke, subtitled a bagatelle on anti-social media, is scored for cello and double bass, with a running (spoken) dialogue between the two musicians as they play, an argument taking place across various social media. Over the course of the piece, the two “text”, “friend” and “like” one another with increasing fury, as their virtual exchanges complete obliterate their real lives in a comic turn on the dark underbelly of our online politesse.”

A live video of Poke, filmed during Low and Lower’s 2012 Alaskan tour has gone viral, spreading across the world from the U.S. to Europe, Africa, South America and the Philippines. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mYPzl1itIc. Visit them at http://www.brookswhitehouse.com/schedule.

For more about the November 21 performance, call 336-638-7624 or visit http://www.musicforagreatspace.org/low-and-lower.

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644), featuring seven chamber works performed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/ and his website is at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.

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Janney_Laswell Collage II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Exploring the Hidden Music”
HeartBeat | Visual Music Project | Touch My Light | Interactive Sound / Light Installations

Christopher Janney, Artistic Director
Bill Laswell, Musical Director

Featured esteemed guests in performance are

Sara Rudner Choreographer
Sunny Hitt Dancer

Sheila E. Percussion, Vocals
Trilok Gurtu Percussion
Lynn Mabry Vocals
Dave Revels Vocals
DJ Adam Gibbons Turntables

Further Guests TBA

The first ever collaboration of forward-thinking architect / composer Christopher Janney and legendary bassist / producer Bill Laswell promises a wild ride on the highest artistic level. The duo, with its cast of world-class musicians, utilizes composition, dance, sound, and visuals.

Janney, renown for his work interrelating architecture and music, received a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University (magna cum laude), M.S. in Environmental Art and Performance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while continuing private studies in percussion and at the Dalcroze School of Music in New York. He performed as a jazz musician with numerous artists and dance companies, including Merce Cunningham, Sara Rudner, and Claes Oldenburg. Thus, the connections between movement, architecture, sound and space were made.

A Visiting Professor at both The Cooper Union and Pratt Institute, Janney has created numerous permanent interactive sound / light installations, attempting to make architecture more “spontaneous” and, in reverse, to make music more physical. The latter can be experienced in his new version of “HeartBeat,” a dance / music / cardiology mash-up, made famous In the 1990’s with Mikhail Baryshnikov. As well, in Janney’s “Visual Music Project,” he introduces visual music in “real time” performing on his custom “visual synthesizer.”

Both pieces feature world-class musicians including Trilok Gurtu (John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul), Dave Revels (The Persuasions), Sheila E. (Solo, Prince, Ringo Starr) and Lynn Mabry (Talking Heads, Sly Stone, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler). In Sara Rudner, Janney acquired a prominent choreographer and long-time collaborator who currently holds the position of Director of Dance at Sarah Lawrence College.

The interactive sound / light installations at the door and a new interactive light work “Touch my Light” over DJ Adam Gibbons (Uhuru Afrika) set with live drumming makes sure to round out the program.

Acclaimed bassist / producer / visionary Bill Laswell provides the perfect match as the performance’s Musical Director. Over the course of three decades, the GRAMMY-winning producer has been one of the most prolific and restlessly creative forces in contemporary music. A sound conceptualist , he has put his inimitable stamp on nearly 3,000 recording projects by such artists as Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Bootsy Collins, Nine Inch Nails, Motörhead, Peter Gabriel, Blur, The Ramones, George Clinton, Pharaoh Sanders, Dalai Lama, Matisyahu, Angélique Kidjo, DJ Krush, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Sting,The Last Poets, Afrika Bambaataa, Julian Schnabel, Whitney Houston, Manu Dibango, and Herbie Hancock.

Along with Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records (Bob Marley, U2), he established the AXIOM label in 1989. M.O.D. Technologies, his most recent imprint is releasing projects by Method Of Defiance, Lee “Scratch” Perry, PRAXIS, Garrison Hawk with Sly & Robbie, Bernie Worrell, Jon Batiste & Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith, and progressive / futuristic music from Ethiopia and Morocco. Laswell has worked from everyone in Asian ancient music to avant-jazz, rock, hip-hop and DJ culture.

Together Janney and Laswell “explore the hidden music” – found in spaces, the human body and in the meeting of artistic minds.

DATE:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014; 8PM

ADDRESS:
Gramercy Theater
127 E 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212.614.6932

http://venue.thegramercytheatre.com/

ADMISSION:
$25

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Judith Lang Zaimont

Judith Lang Zaimont

Selections from Judith Lang Zaimont’s Calendar Collection for solo piano will be performed by Elizabeth Moak as part of her Music at Midday concert on Wednesday, November 19 – 12:00 noon at Rogers Chapel on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ms. Moak will perform “May: The May-fly,” “November: Secret Thunder” and “December: Sleighride” from Ms. Zaimont’s Calendar Collection, written in 1976. This collection captures the spirit of each month’s evocative title. Fanfare has called this “uncommonly attractive music” and American Record Guide has called the set “especially pleasing for its variety of piano textures and evocative moods.”

The pieces are included in the comprehensive 2-CD set, Art Fire Soul – Piano Works of Judith Lang Zaimont, performed by Elizabeth Moak and issued by MSR Classics (MS1366). More about the CD at http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1366. More about other Zaimont solo piano works at http://www.jzaimont.com/works/keyboard/keyboard_music.html.

Ms. Moak will also perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

For more information, call 504-865-5000 or visit http://tulane.edu/.

Visit Elizabeth Moak at http://www.usm.edu/music/faculty/elizabeth-moak.

More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at http://www.jzaimont.com/.

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