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27 January, Friday – 9:00 PM


Composer Arthur Jarvinen (1956-2010)

Composer Arthur Jarvinen (1956-2010)

ART JARVINEN (January 27, 1956 – October 2, 2010): “composer, musician, author, excellent cook…” can be read about on his homepage, While he was known by many throughout the world, he was, to the LA music community, a dear friend whose departure we mourn and birthday we celebrate! Please join us to hear the FORMALIST QUARTET perform Art’s extraordinarily beautiful 100 Cadences with Four Melodies, a chorale, and a coda (with bells on!) and Conspiracy of Crows for three oboes, performed by KATHY PISARO.

Special Admission $5 Members, $5 Students/Seniors, $10 General.

Find an article about the music on this concert here.

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Kathleen Supové Concert at Zipper Hall

Anna Clyne – On Track (video by Joshue Ott)
Lainie Fefferman – Barnacles
Carolyn Yarnell – The Same Sky (video by Eric Wenger)
Michael Gatonska -A Shaking of the Pumpkin
Neil Rolnick – Digits (video by R. Luke DuBois)

All the works on this program are Los Angeles premieres.

Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Piano Spheres Website and Ticket Info
Phone: 323.692.8075

FB Event Page here.

Poster in .pdf format here.

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Hear the latest works by Lamont’s best and brightest. FREE
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E. Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80208
Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors and free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID.
Ticket prices include free parking in Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists
Lamont Concert line (303) 871-6412

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LOS ANGELES – For two nights at Venice’s Beyond Baroque, rebar will be struck and lyrics will be screamed as the adventurous local chamber orchestra wild Up takes on the hypercomplex computer music of Clarence Barlow with an exuberant set of Barlow’s works, plus the composer’s 19th and 20th century influences: player pianos and punk rock.

“This is a guy who uses computer programs to cover Prince’s ‘Sexy MF,’” said wild Up conductor and artistic director Christopher Rountree. “We’ll bring the earplugs.”

The program will include Barlow’s “Septima de facto,” pieces by George Antheil and Conlon Nancarrow, a set of piano rags, and interpolations of seminal punk rock songs by The Misfits, X-Ray Spex, Fear and Black Flag.
The Nov. 18 and 19 performances mark wild Up’s debut at Beyond Baroque, one of West L.A.’s signature cultural spaces.

Who: wild Up
What: “Clarence Barlow, Punk Rock and Player Piano Music”
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
When: Friday 11/18 at 9 PM; Saturday 11/19 at 9 PM (the program will be the same both nights)
Cost: $10 general admission – to purchase, go to:

About wild Up:
wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, unites around the belief that no music is off limits, and that a concert space should be as moving as the music heard in it: small, powerful and unlike anything else. wild Up projects bring people together, defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences. For free mp3 downloads:


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Tuesday, Nov. 29 – 7:00pm
85 Avenue A

For more information, contact:
Gene Pritsker – 646 522 9442 email:
DROM (212) 777 – 1157

The Growing Diversity of Jazz
Trio Amalgamate – Franz Hackl’s IDO Quartet – Gene Pritsker Sound Liberation Ensemble – Marigold Opera – Issa Cabrera


Gene Pritsker Sound Liberation Ensemble
Jazz merges with hip-hop, classical, rock, funk, etc. Eclecticism reaches its climax. Sound Liberation is an eclectic jazz /hip-hop/chamber/rock/etc.ensemble. The group incorporates its philosophy by performing compositions that encompass a diverse range of musical genres, committed to “ending the segregation of sound vibration”. This enables one to hear elements from classical music to Jazz to music of various cultures at a Sound Liberation show. “The freedom of sounds. . .is truly implemented in a masterful way” – Thorsten Bendnarz, Jazzethic Magazine.
Official Website

Franz Hackl’s IDO Quartet
Jazz grooves infused by the melodies of Tyrolean folk music. IDO stands for Idiomo di Omni and means dialect for everybody. An idiom is an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.. Franz Hackl merges ‘Tyrolean Folktunes’ the musical dialect he grew up with, with the music and sounds of New York, the town he calls home for more then 20 years. Music isn’t an universal language. Music has as many dialects as the human language. But the Global Village aka New York is the perfect breeding ground for a fresh new language. The beauty of diversity which propels the evolution of Jazz.
Official Website

Trio Amalgamate
Jazz inspired by modern composition and free improvisation
|əˈmalgəˌmāt| – verb – combine or unite to form one organization or structure. Trio Amalgamate is Gene Pritsker – guitar, Dan Cooper – 7 string electric bass and Gernot Bernroider – drums. Their music is new Jazz. Inspired by free improvisation and contemporary composition.

Marigold Opera
Marigold Opera is an emerging force in the burgeoning NYC indie classical scene. Equally influenced by Brahms and The Beatles, their instrumentation is that of an eclectic chamber group helmed by a singer/songwriter. Marigold Opera has a unique, acoustic sound palette featuring cello, violin, horn, percussion, piano, clarinet, vibraphone, and voice. With these sounds they create music that is at the same time elusive and emotionally evocative

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Great chamber works by trend-setting composers of the 20th century including Babbitt, Villa Lobos and Crawford Seeger.
Featured works include Milton Babbitt’s Phonemena, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet, Heitor Villa Lobos’ Suite for Voice and Violin, George Aperghis’ La corps a corps, Stephen Goss’ River Winds
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E. Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80208
Tickets $18 adults, $16 seniors and free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID.
Ticket prices include free parking in Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists.
Lamont Concert line (303) 871-6412

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Brazilian Composer, Performer, Writer & Educator Pedro de Alcantara


“Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration”
(voice, cello, piano, improvisations & compositions)


Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm

Brazilian native and Parisian resident renaissance man Pedro de Alcantara visits New York this fall to present “Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration” at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm. This program of original compositions and improvisations explores the frontier between the ordinary and the sacred in music, a place where nothing is as you expect it to be. The voice becomes a trumpet and beacon, the cello becomes a harp and a lute, and the piano becomes a resonating chapel of vibrations and oscillations.

Immediately following the concert, Pedro will be hosting a reception for his latest book, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, published by the Oxford University Press in June, 2011.

Location: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in New York

Tickets: $20 available at the door and via Brown Paper Tickets.

Directions to Tenri:
• F, V & L trains to 14th Street & 6th Avenue
• 1, 2, & 3 trains to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
• N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 14th Street-Union Square

About Pedro de Alcantara

Pedro de Alcantara has redefined the role of the creative artist for the 21st century, showing that music, literature, teaching, and healing all flow from a single source.

After growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Pedro studied at the State University of New York’s Purchase College (BFA in Music, 1981) and the Yale School of Music (MM in Music Performance, 1983). In 1986, while living in London, Pedro became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a problem-solving method based on the idea that good health is a creative act. In 1990 he moved to Paris, where he still lives.

Pedro’s first book, Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique, with a foreword by Sir Colin Davis, was published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in 1997. Its French version came out in 2000, followed by a German translation in 2002 and a Japanese version in 2009. Also in 1997, the French publisher Editions Dangles published his second book, La Technique Alexander: Principes et Pratique, which he wrote in French (his third language, Portuguese being his mother tongue). Afterwards he rewrote the book in English. Titled The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, it was published by the Crowood Press in England in 1999. A translation of A Skill for Life was published in Japan in 2011.

In 2008, Pedro was named the editor of a new book series at the OUP. Titled THE INTEGRATED MUSICIAN, the series highlights the musical philosophy he has developed over the past twenty-five years and will include volumes for string players, singers, pianists, and other musicians. In the fall of 2008, AlumniVentures, a new initiative at the Yale School of Music, awarded Pedro a grant to support the series’ dedicated website. Pedro’s first volume for the series, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound was published in the summer of 2011 to wide acclaim.

In the process of preparing Indirect Procedures, Pedro discovered a passion for writing itself. From this passion poured a number of works including poems, short stories, and novels for young readers. Befiddled, his first novel, was published in 2005 by Delacorte Press – an imprint of Random House. It tells the story of 13-year-old violinist Becky Cohen and her struggles against a mean teacher, an overburdened mother, and really bad hair. Delacorte Press published Pedro’s second novel in 2009. Backtracked is a time-travel epic of New York City, in which the vessel of time travel is the city’s subway system. Currently, Pedro is working on The Divine Computer, a new novel for young readers, as well as a manual for writers titled Rhythm & Flow in a Writer’s Career.

Pedro has given seminars and presentations throughout Europe and the US, as well as Australia and New Zealand. His forthcoming visit to Japan will include a class at Nihon University, the country’s largest and most prestigious university. Pedro’s music students include the members of first-rate orchestras like the Orchestre National de Lille, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many others. His teaching practice is broad-based and includes writers, artists, dancers, actors, and creative individuals in all fields.

Pedro’s compositions and improvisations highlight the vibrational and metaphysical aspects of music. He is currently preparing a CD of his works, scheduled for release in November, 2011.  More details at:

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The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet presents an evening concert featuring four award-winning new works by LA-based composers: Jeffrey Holmes, Joseph Pereira, Eric Guinivan, and Sean Heim. Featured among the composition, Heim’s Rupa-Khandha, awarded a 2009 FROMM Music Foundation commission. More information at 8pm, September 10, Zipper Hall (200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012). $15 general admission, $10 student

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Co-Directors David Claman and Matthew Malsky present The Extensible Toy Piano Festival, an avant-garde haven for connoisseurs and newcomers to this highly theatrical electroacoustic event. The festival features performances and works by Phyllis Chen (of ICE), John McDonald, and Konrad Kaczmarek; compositions by Karlheinz Essl, Atsushi Yoshinaka, Claman, and Malsky; and guest performers Nancy Newman and mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers. Inspired by a toy piano composition contest at Clark University, Claman and Malsky are taking their treasured playthings (including computers) on the road to create bona fide musical instruments. This is a concert of serious fun: intriguing and irresistible.

The Extensible Toy Piano Festival
Sunday, June 12, 2011 3pm

Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge
Tickets: $25 ($20 Seniors; $15 Students)
Suggested Ages: 3 and up; kids are free!
Please make your reservations by emailing: You will receive an email confirmation.
Cash/Credit Cards accepted at the door.

About the Program

Phyllis Chen
Carousels, for toy piano and music box
Colura, Double Helix and Hallucinate, for toy piano and bowls
Taroko Hypnos, for toy piano and music box
Munin Raven, for music box and electronics

Phyllis Chen

Karlheinz Essl
Whatever Shall Be, toy piano and gadgets

Karlheinz Essl

Konrad Kaczmarek
32 Grains-Toy Piano, toy piano and electronics

Konrad Kaczmarek

David Claman
Piece of Work, laptop

David Claman

John McDonald
Two Formican Lullabies, toy piano, grand piano, and mezzo-soprano
Four Stand-ins, toy piano

John McDonald

Matthew Malsky
heterogeneous, toy piano and electronics

Matthew Malsky

Atsushi Yoshinaka
Bokura no Ayumi, toy piano, Japanese speaker and English speaker

Atsushi Yoshinaka

Jessica Bowers

Nancy Newman

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MAY 28, 8 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute

On Saturday, May 28th at 8PM, TRANSIT presents the latest installment of the DoubleBill Series. This innovative project presents new music from around the world alongside the work of young composers from NYC, giving listeners a wide-raging experience that would otherwise incur jetlag. The program on May 28 focuses on emerging composers from London and New York City.

Line Telling ***
by Christopher Mayo

Machana ***
by Charlie Piper

fractus duo
by Mark Bowden

by Daniel Wohl

Three Quintets
by Jason Cady

Headless Monkey Attack ***
by Ryan Carter

*** designates a WORLD PREMIERE

TRANSIT DoubleBill: London / NYC
Tenri Cultural Institute
34A W. 13th St NYC
(near 6th Ave)

Tickets available at the door:
$15, 12 for students, seniors


TRANSIT is the fresh face of new music. For too long, musicians have been isolated from each other into narrow categories that have diminishing relevance to a digital society in a quickly globalizing world. Taking their cues from the slapdash diversity of the city around them, the artists of TRANSIT seek to create bridges between and among the various schools and styles of music being written and performed today, while embracing innovative projects that are relevant to contemporary culture. Their goal is not to achieve an international style or to promote a particular “sound.” Rather, they champion experimental music from a wide range of influences with the conviction that the music of today is inherently meaningful to audiences and vital to social progress. Paired with superior artistry, shrewd programming, and radically open ears, this determination keeps TRANSIT firmly rooted at the cutting edge of new music.

TRANSIT was founded by an idealistic bunch of like-minded musicians at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. Since 2007, the TRANSIT collective has commissioned composers from around the world, and premiered new works in affordable concerts in New York City. In addition to the DoubleBill Series, TRANSIT pursues other projects focusing on new and experimental music, most recently including a three-part event at Galapagos Art Space featuring So Percussion and Tristan Perich, a large-scale multimedia project with Daniel Wohl, and a sound installation residency at Diapason Gallery. TRANSIT has performed in established new music series and venues (MATA Interval Series, Darmstadt at Issue Project Room, Detour at Le Poisson Rouge, CUNY Grad Center residency) as well as in events that bring new music to diverse audiences (March is Music at Pregones Theater in the Bronx, Astoria Music Society Series, ImagineScience Film Festival). Its individual members have performed in the US and abroad with preeminent groups including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the NOW Ensemble, newspeak (the Harry Partch Ensemble), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Composers Orchestra, Anti-Social Music, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, NJ Percussion Ensemble, and Sequitur, among others.<

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