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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Adding a final flourish to the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two concerts of Handel’s Messiah on Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Featuring 40 members of the acclaimed chorus, orchestra and four gifted soloists from the Chorale’s ranks, the concert provides the opportunity to hear this riveting oratorio – rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and lush orchestrations – performed by what many critics consider to be the best chorus in the country. The soloists are Christina Bristow, soprano; Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; and Chung Uk Lee, baritone. Composed in a mere 24 days, Handel’s 1741 English-language oratorio continues to be the composer’s most popular work and may be the most performed classical work of all time.

“Handel’s Messiah is the ultimate musical stocking stuffer,” says Gershon. “It is universally beloved and is thrilling to conduct, especially in Disney Hall with its unparalleled acoustics.”

The Messiah concerts are the last of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall in December. The choir’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; “Festival of Carols,” December 13, 2 pm; and “Rejoice: A Cappella Christmas,” December 14, 7 pm.

Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

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FPT1113The Fire Pink Trio will be in concert, performing music for flute, viola and harp on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 PM at Watson Hall of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.

Repertoire for this On the Edge concert will be Slam Ahead by Don Davis, Divertimento by Paul Hayden (for flute and viola), Tango 99 by Canadian composer Milton Barnes and Trio by Patrick Zimmerli.

Slam Ahead was written by renowned American film score composer, conductor, and orchestrator Don Davis. Best known for his work on The Matrix, he has worked on a variety of films, from horror to comedy. Visit him at http://dondavis.net/.

Paul Hayden writes about Divertimento, “The first movement, “Canray’s Dream”, is my little homage to the great Louisiana Creole fiddler, Canray Fontenot. The second movement, “Molto Tranquillo”, is a slow, lyrical movement that uses flute and viola harmonics in the outer sections. The finale, “Cajun Riviera”, make use of some Cajun fiddling techniques along with clashing polyrhythms between the two instruments.” Visit the composer at http://paulhayden.com/index.html.

Acknowledged as one of Canada’s most innovative composers, Milton Barnes’ (1931-2001) prodigious output is performed world-wide by soloists, chamber groups, choruses and symphony orchestras. More about him at http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Milton-Barnes.

Patrick Zimmerli has written about his work, “Like most of what I do, the piece mixes jazz and classical idioms. Formally, with its fast-slow-fast arch, it has much more in common with chamber music of the 18th or 19th century than that of the 20th. But its syncopations, melodic sensibility, and overall emotional tone give it an unmistakably 21st-century sound.” Visit him at http://patrickzimmerli.com/site/.

Tickets for the November 18 event are $18 Regular / $15 Students. For more information, call 336-721-1945 or visit http://www.uncsa.edu/performances/index.htm#!/52592-fire-pink-trio-on-the-edge

The Trio, consisting of Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flutist, Sheila Browne, violist and Jacquelyn Bartlett, harpist, came together in 2008. Each member brings a multitude of accolades including top prizes in international competitions, concerto performances and critically acclaimed recordings. They perform music from Romantic to Contemporary, Latin and Jazz. Fire Pink Trio brings energy, elegance, style and virtuosity to the stage. In addition to recital performances, the Fire Pink Trio offers residencies, master classes, and educational concerts. Their first CD will be released on MSR Classics in January 2015. More about them at http://firepinktrio.com/.

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JoelF12thNight1114The World Premiere of the revised version of Joel Feigin’s Twelfth Night, an opera in two acts based on the comedy by William Shakespeare, has been rescheduled for performance by the DePaul University Opera Theatre on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 PM in the University’s Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.

Steven Mosteller will conduct this new production, directed by Elizabeth Margolius.

The composer writes about the new work, “Twelfth Night has been a long time in the making.  I’ve always loved the play, and already, in 1995, I had set the two songs of the fool, “O Mistress Mine” and “Come away, come away, death”, for baritone, cello and piano.  (The first was adapted for the opera; the second was replaced by another setting of the same song.)  When, after the success there of my first opera Mysteries of Eleusis, the Opera Studio of the Moscow Sate Conservatory asked me to write another opera, I suggested Twelfth Night and they were delighted. Unfortunately, in the end it proved impossible to present the opera there, but Long Leaf Opera commissioned a chamber orchestra version, which they premiered in 2005.”

The Long Leaf Opera production was praised by the Raleigh News and Observer for “many striking passages, hushed and shimmering for lovers, sparkling and cheeky for the comic figures.” And the Classical Voice of North Carolina summarized their reaction by saying that “Feigin succeeded admirably”.  Excerpts from Twelfth Night were presented at the 2003 New York City Opera VOX Workshop (where it was conducted by the company’s music director, George Manahan) as well as at the New Works Presentations at the 2006 Opera America Conference in Seattle.

This performance is free and open to the public. For directions and more information, call 312-362-8000 or visit http://events.depaul.edu/event/depaul_opera_theatre_2750#.VGJl5clz2DQ. More about DePaul Opera Theatre at http://music.depaul.edu/Ensembles/index.asp.

JoelFeigin1014Joel Feigin is a composer whose works have been widely praised for their “very strong impact, as logical in musical design as they are charged with emotion and drama.” (Opera Magazine). His first opera Mysteries of Eleusis was performed at the Moscow Conservatory and the Russian-American Operatic Festival. Commissions include a Fromm Commission for Aviv: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, written for Yael Weiss, as well as piano works for Margaret Mills and Leonard Stein, two orchestral works for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and many chamber works. His CDs include the North/South Recordings 2-CD set, Transience, as well as two major piano works performed by Margaret Mills in Meditations and Overtones on Cambria Master Recordings. Feigin’s latest CD, Lament Amid Silence, is on the MSR label (MS1413), and features violist Helen Callus. A Professor of composition at the University of California Santa Barbara, Dr. Feigin studied with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau and with Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School. His website is at http://www.joelfeigin.com.

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jessica.meyer.CD.COVER.soundsofbeingKnown as an extraordinary chamber musician and forceful advocate of new music, Jessica Meyer makes her debut as a daring, sophisticated composer and virtuosic soloist. In Sounds of Being, she evokes a vibrant and visceral energy from the viola while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist.

Info/Purchase: http://www.jessicameyermusic.com 

 

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John-Zorn

What: John Zorn’s Cobra
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
When: Saturday, November 29, 8pm, doors open at 7pm
Cost/Info: $35 – $15 / http://roulette.org/events/john-zorns-cobra/

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents John Zorn’s Cobra, Saturday, November 29th, 8pm. Cobra, a unique composition created by Zorn, is a piece created for multiple improvisors which consists of a system of cues and corresponding rules. Devoid of traditional musical notation, Cobra creates an electrifying environment where the composition can be radically different with each live performance.

This Roulette season highlight event, the 30th anniversary celebration of the highly acclaimed, frequently performed and world traveled composition, will feature Trevor Dunn, bass, Sylvie Courvoisier, piano, Mark Feldman, violin, Erik Friedlander, cello, George Lewis, trombone, Cyro Baptista, percussion, Eyal Maoz, guitar, John Medeski, organ, Ikue Mori, electronics, Marc Ribot, guitar, Kenny Wollesen, drums, John Zorn, prompter.

There will be a pre-concert audience discussion with John Zorn and select musicians.

General Admission tickets are $25 pre-sale, $35 at the door.
Members/students/seniors $20 pre-sale, $30 at the door.
Series Members – $15 Pre-sale, $25 at the door
FREE for All-Access Members
Tickets can be purchased at: http://roulette.org/events/john-zorns-cobra/

Roulette is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of John Zorn‘s Cobra which originally premiered at Roulette in 1984. One of the most often performed compositions in new music, the phenomenon of John Zorn’s Cobra lives on into the 21st Century with continuous monthly performances in Japan, Europe, Australia and the United States. Under the direction of the composer himself this newest performance gives Zorn’s infamous game piece a startling new reading by some of downtown New York’s leading improvisers. Cobra is never really Cobra without Zorn himself at the helm—and here the music takes some surprising turns that even he never expected. A 21st Century update of a 20th Century classic.. Zorn has said of Cobra “deliberately chosen not to publish (or even write down) the rules”.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county – presents its popular annual Winter Concert, celebrating American song, on two consecutive Sundays, December 7 and 14, 2014, 7:30 pm and 7:00 pm, respectively, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The program features works by a number of eminent American composers, including Let every breath, a round in the shape note tradition by William Billings, considered the country’s first choral composer; Aaron Copland’s popular Ching-a-ring Chaw; A Christmas Carol by Charles Ives, one of the nation’s first composers to gain international acclaim; and Knee Play 5 from legendary minimalist composer Philip Glass’s groundbreaking 1967 opera “Einstein on the Beach,” universally hailed as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century. LACC also spotlights works by several Los Angeles-based composers, Nick Strimple’s A Christmas Lullaby, Wayne Bisbee’s A Cuckoo Flew Out of the Wood, David Montoya’s I Heard a Bird Sing, and L’Dor vador by former cantor Meir Finkelstein, among them. Additional highlights include Florida-based David Brunner’s Chauntecleere, based on a poem by William Austin; Be Like the Bird, a haunting round by Abbie Betinis, a Minnesota-based 2009 McKnight Fellow whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “inventive” and “richly melodic”; Carol of the Field Mice by the Bay Area’s Brian Holmes, set to the poem “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame; and Spanish Ave Maria by Henry Mollicone, who also hails from the Bay Area.

LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.

Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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SONY DSCThe critically-acclaimed American Chamber Ensemble will present a concert of music by their Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Russ on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 PM at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St. (between Columbus Avenue & Broadway) in Manhattan.

This concert will feature the World Premieres of Quintet for piano, two clarinets, violin and cello, Eat Your Vegetables for solo clarinet, and House for violin and piano. Other works performed include the U.S. premiere of Koch-aine for piano, violin, and cello, Through the Window for soprano, cello and piano, and Double Clarinet Sonata for two clarinets and piano. Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano will also be presented.

Performers will be clarinetist Naomi Drucker, pianist Marilyn Lehman, with soprano Karen Lehman DiMartino, violinist Eriko Sato and cellist Laurinel Owen. Guest Artist will be clarinetist Stanley Drucker. Special guest will be composer Jonathan Russ.  More about him at http://www.jonathanrussmusic.com/bio/.

More about the performance at https://www.facebook.com/events/297180627155939/.

Suggested donation for the November 16 event is $20. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928156.

For the latest American Chamber Ensemble concert listings, updates and information, log on to http://americanchamberensemble.com/. Follow ACE on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Chamber-Ensemble/150032171984.

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