League of Composers (Concert Announcement)

Today I learned some very exciting news. My duo For Milton will be performed by the League of Composers Chamber Players on Sunday February 24, 2013. Concert details below.

The piece has also been released on CD by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space Magazine (PNM/OS CD 3, available here).

League of Composers Chamber Players
Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 3:00 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute

Tickets: $20 gen. adm / $10 student/senior, available in advance, or at the door.

Penumbrae (2008) Luke Dahn
Piano Trio (2009) Jordan Kuspa
For Milton (2011) Christian Carey
Sextet (1937)    Aaron Copland
Rhapsody for Cello and Piano (1994) David Chaitkin.

Friday: Annie Gosfield at Moving Sounds Festival

From tonight until Saturday, the Austrian Cultural Forum sponsored Moving Sounds Festival takes place. Thursday saw the Mivos Quartet perform new works by Carl Bettendorf and Reiko Füting while Christian Meyer and Franz Hackl gave a lecture recital entitled “Schoenberg and the notion of Avant-garde.”

On Friday, composer Annie Gosfield appears in a portrait concert at the Czech Center as part of Moving sounds. It includes the premiere of “Phantom Shakedown”. The piece for piano accompanied by a broken shortwave radio, a cement mixer, and tube noise. It’s one of the pieces on Gosfield’s latest CD, the just released Almost Truths and Open Deceptions (Tzadik). Dynamic and captivating, both the concert and  CD embrace amplified industrial music and distressed chamber works, in a concoction that balances sonic seduction with formidable avant gauntlets.

Annie Gosfield in concert
September 14 and 9 PM
Bohemian National Hall at the Czech Center
321 E. 73rd St.
New York, NY 10021

For more Moving Sounds events on Friday and Saturday, check out the festival’s website here.

Sep. 6: Symphony Space Celebrates Joan Tower

On Thursday, September 6th, New York Chamber Music Festival celebrates Joan Tower’s seventy-fourth birthday with an All-Tower concert. Performers include flutist Carol Wincenc, violinist Emma Steele, pianist Blair McMillen, the Da Capo Players, and the Escher String Quartet: all commissioners of or longtime collaborators with Tower.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Happy Birthday, Joan Tower concert at Symphony Space

Thursday, September 6 at 6 PM

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990
Phone: 212-864-5400
Fax: 212-932-3228
symphonyspace.org

Joan Tower page at Schirmer’s website.

Hey, I’m on Soundcheck!




Dan Deacon is the featured artist on today’s Soundcheck podcast, discussing and playing excerpts from his new release “America.”

For the first time, I get a cameo on the show, sharing my “Nightmare Cruise” band selection at about 10 minutes in. It didn’t make the final edit, but I do like the band in question just fine … on dry land. But since “Together They’re Heavy,” I feared capsizing; cult-ish behavior as well.



Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Smartphones

Tonight at 6:30 PM, Phil Kline’s dreamcitynine, a new work for smartphone wielders and 60 percussionists playing a quiet accompaniment, will be premiered at the North (Hearst) Plaza of Lincoln Center in NYC. The work’s title is an anagram of the word ‘indeterminacy;’ appropriately, it is a Lincoln Center Dut of Doors commission to celebrate the Cage centenary.

The source material consists of sixty one-minute long stories, told by a range of artists, from Kline to Philip Glass to Andrei Codrescu. You can hear and download them via Q2 here.

Audience participation is encouraged. You can download a droid app here and iPhone one here.

Victoria – Victoria (Opera)

Victoria Woodhull

In Fall 2012, composer/conductor Victoria Bond’s opera Mrs. President premieres at Anchorage Opera in Alaska. Its “out of town” tryout is on Monday July 9th … in New York at Symphony Space.

The opera’s subject is Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president. Woodhull’s campaign in 1872 predates women’s suffrage. It was mired in controversy and scandal which, as we all know, makes it ideal material for an opera!

I was particularly pleased to learn that dramatic soprano Valerie Bernhardt is playing Woodhull. Val and I both sang at the Chatauqua Institute back in 1992. Her voice was already a mighty and beautiful instrument then and has only grown more impressive in the ensuing years.

Soprano Valerie Bernhardt

Need more inducement? Okay. Those in town seeking relief from the heat wave, remember: Symphony Space has lovely central AC and quite a nice bar to boot!

Mrs. President at Symphony Space

Monday, July 9th at 7:30 PM

Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space

Broadway and 95th Street

Tickets: $20 (www.symphonyspace.org)

Opera website: www.mrspresidenttheopera.com

Weekend Destination: Laurie Anderson’s Boat

Boat (2012). Oil on Canvas

So many wonderful music events are going on this Spring into early Summer.

Next week is no exception, with the New York Philharmonic presenting an all Dutilleux concert (featuring Yo-Yo Ma) and Philharmonic 360.

Artist's rendering of Philharmonic 360

However, sometimes even the most ardent of music lovers need to feed their souls with arts from other disciplines.

I can’t think of anyone with more fertile cross-disciplinary pursuits than Laurie Anderson.

Presented by Vito Schnabel (details below), Anderson’s Boat is the first exhibition of her paintings in New York.

Anderson is no dilettante in the visual arts: her academic background includes teaching art history.

She’s spent at least as much time exploring the visual world via fine arts works and video/film as she has spent in sound and performance arts.

The exhibit is only open through Saturday (tomorrow), but  is free and open to the public.

Why not take a break from musicking and enjoy some paintings?

Lolabelle in the Bardo (2011). Charcoal on paper.

LAURIE ANDERSON - BOAT
MAY 12 – JUNE 23, 2012
126 Leroy St New York, NY 10014
Tuesday – Saturday 12-6pm
free to the public

Pink Painting (2012) Oil on canvas