Sunday in LA: Eagle Rock Music Festival

Mak Grgic

I’m hoping to beat the blizzard out of town and make it to the premiere of my Three Fantasies for Cello and Guitar in Los Angeles. This Sunday, it will be heard twice during a day filled with concerts of American works at the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Cellist Jay Campbell and guitarist Mak Grgic are performing at 1 and 6 PM and JACK Quartet gives a concert at 3:30 PM. If you are in sunny southern California, instead of facing down winter storm Nemo, I hope you’ll consider attending.

Ticket info may be found here.

West Coast Premieres this Weekend

Contemporary “Pop songs” and Long Songs for Flute and Piano

Amelia Archer, flute, and Hubert Ho, piano.

“What can one say musically in 3 minutes or less? A lot. A series of 6 compositions for flute, piccolo, alto flute and piano, by composers Christian Carey, John Bilotta, Nora Ponte, Bert Van Herck, Claude Debussy, and Edgard Varèse, are framed by more typical-length pieces, both new and established. Isang Yun’s Garak filters Korean sensibilities through an acerbic filter of dissonant gestures. Aaron Copland’s “flowing, poetic, and lively” Duo ends the program. The program also features a new piece by Hubert Ho written for this collaboration, and a reprise of Tremble, written for Amelia Archer.”

-Hubert Ho



Hubert Ho: Tremble for flute and piano

Isang Yun: Garak for flute and piano

Claude Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute

Christian Carey: Bagatelle for alto flute and piano

John Bilotta: Caprice for flute and piano

Edgard Varèse: Density 21.5 for solo flute

Nora Ponte: Falling for piccolo and piano

Van Herck: Whilst Dreaming for flute and piano

Hubert Ho: Injection Refraction No. 2 for flute and piano (World Premiere)

Aaron Copland: Duo for flute and piano

Event Details

Friday, August 24, 2012, 8pm

West Valley College, Saratoga, CA

(park at Parking Lot 7, closest campus road is East College Circle)

Music/Theater Building (marked TA), Choral Rm. 12

Detailed directions to campus:

Public transit:

Saturday, August 25, 2012, 8pm

Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Corner of Bancroft and Dana

AC Transit: 51, 52; BART: Downtown Berkeley

Sliding Scale $5-$20

Supported by Seven Cats Contemporary Music Series

5/30: Amy X. Neuburg debuts at the Stone

This month, Gyan Riley is curating for New York venue the Stone. One of the San Francisco residents that he’s invited to visit the Big Apple for a gig is avant-cabaret artist Amy X. Neuburg, who performs there tonight (details below).

Neuburg eschews the usual instrumentation of a cabaret performer, instead using an electronic drumset. But the music isn’t isolated to percussive utterances; rather the synth drums serve as a control surface with which she can trigger live recording and overdubs. Thus, a drum hit might ‘sound’ like drums, or it might just as easily trigger backing vocals or synth patches.

Using this setup, Neuburg often creates multiple loops, each with its own place in the sound field. Her set at the Stone (her first appearance there) will introduce some new works, but also revisits her back catalog, updating several pieces to accommodate this ”spatialized” aesthetic.

Amy X. Neuburg at the Stone

May 30 at 8 PM

The Stone,

Corner of Avenue C and Second Avenue


Tickets: $10 at the door

Out today: Creepy Crawlies’ debut LP (MP3)

From Easter to spring cleaning, now is the season in which many of us thing about getting unburied. Not so the duo Creepy Crawlies: the title of their debut self-released full length recording is Get Buried! But as you can hear from the MP3 below (shared via our Tumblr blog), they sure to make getting buried sound appealing, with a winsome yet wall-of-sound brand of indie pop.

Get Buried

The album is out today: help these comely Californians get a leg up in the dog eat dog environment of the record business by supporting it!

The Marble Vanity: “You Can’t Step on a Rainbow” (Stream)

The Marble Vanity has a new 7″ single (on now on Slow Fizz via Drag City). You can sample a sunny psych-pop track via the embed below from their Bandcamp page below.