Friday: Nono CD Release Party

Miranda Cuckson and Christopher Burns originally planned to celebrate the release of their latest CD, a recording of Luigi Nono’s “la lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” back in November. After Storm Sandy, the formal release was pushed back to January. In the interim, the NY Times named it one of 2012′s best CDs and we added an excerpt of the recording to our “Favorite Things 2012″ Mix.

Tonight, at long last, Miranda and Chris get to properly celebrate the Nono disc, performing it tonight (Friday) and Saturday at Spectrum. In addition, listeners will get to hear a demonstration of the 5.1 surround version of the recording and another work by Burns. Details below.

Event Details

Date and time: Friday, January 4, 2012, *7 PM
Place: Spectrum
121 Ludlow Street, Second Floor, New York, NY
Tickets: $15 general/$10 students and seniors

–Live performance by Miranda and Chris of Leggii 3 and 4 from “la lontananza nostalgica utopica futura”

–Demo of the recording featuring Richard Warp’s realizations of the electronics in 5.1 channel surround sound

–Miranda performs Chris’ composition “come ricordi come sogni come echi: six
studies on Nono’s ‘la lontananza nostalgica utopica futura’ for solo violin”

–Open forum with the artists


Date and time: Saturday, January 5, 2012, *7 PM

Place: Spectrum
121 Ludlow Street, Second Floor, New York, NY
Tickets: $15 general/$10 students and seniors

–Miranda Cuckson and Chris Burns perform Dai Fujikura’s “prism spectra” for viola and live surround electronics, which they are recording for an upcoming CD

–Chris Burns presents his own compositions: “Opalescence”, a glockenspiel solo performed by Trevor Saint, and “Xenoglossia” for live electronics

–Richard Warp demonstrates his new brain-computer spatialization interface


A Few of Our Favorite Things



File Under?’s December 2012 Mix (streaming at our MixCloud site here).


File Under ? December 2012 Mix by Christian Carey on Mixcloud

Selections by some of our favorite artists and composers: a sampling of those who graced our listening in 2012 (live or or via recording) and filled the year with many adventurous, multifaceted delights. Stay tuned for more mixes in 2013.


Track list

1 – Kenji Bunch: “Porch Picking”

Alias Chamber Ensemble

Boiling Point: the Music of Kenji Bunch,

Delos CD


2 – John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes. Sonata VII

Vicky Chow, piano

Cage Unlocked, Avant Media (via BandCamp)


3 – Poul Ruders: Offred Suite I. My Story

Susanna Phillips, soprano;

Odense Symphony Orchestra, Scott Yoo, conductor



4 – Christian Carey: Gilgamesh Suite. I. Heroes’Journey

 Locrian Chamber Players

 Gilgamesh Suite EP, File Under Music (via BandCamp)


5 – George Crumb: The Ghosts of Alhambra IV. Paisaje

Crazy Jane (Patrick Mason, David Starobin, Daniel Druckman)



6 – Vivian Fung: excerpt from Violin Concerto

Kristin Lee, violin;

Metropolis Ensemble, Andrew Cyr, conductor


Naxos Canadian Classics CD 8.573009


7 – Ben Broening: Traces (i)

eighth blackbird



8 – Robert E. Thomas: “there dwells the child that was”

Robert E. Thomas, electronics



9 – Aaron Cassidy: “What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile”

Tristram Williams, trumpet

 Neos CD 11201


10 – Elliott Carter: Figment IV

Hsin-Yun Huang, viola



11 – Stefan Prins: Fremdkörper Pt. 1


Klangforum Wien and electronic

Sub Rosa SR 352 2xCD


12 – Judah Adashi: Songs of Kabir (2005) IV:

“O Friend! This Body is his Lyre”

Arc Duo

Azica CD 71275


13—Luigi Nono: excerpt from “La Lontanza” …

Miranda Cuckson, violin and voice; Christopher Burns, electronics

Urlicht Audiovisual


14 – Antoine Brumel: excerpt from Mass for the Dead


New York Polyphony



15 – Christopher Cerrone: How to Breathe Underwater

previously unreleased



16 – Bryan Jacobs: “Do You Need, Do To Me, 18 Me, 18 Mean”

live recording



Mix Curator – Christian Carey

Engineer – Robert E. Thomas