Darmstadt Invades LPR

JACK Quartet and the International Contemporary Ensemble are the ensembles-in-residence at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt this summer. Tonight at Le Poisson Rouge, our estimable colleagues will be giving a “send-off” concert, presenting a program of the music they’ll play in Darmstadt at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30. If you make it to the show and see yours truly, say hi!

It Ain’t Necessarily (Just) So

I’m still reveling in the memory of So Percussion’s appearance with the Orchestra of the League of Composers last week. And here’s a new recording of music of another sort altogether!

So’s latest collaboration is with Baltimore electronica duo and frequent Björk collaborators Matmos. On Treasure State, a recording for the Cantaloupe imprint, they create a patchwork quilt of found object percussion, glitchtronica beats, synthetic signatures, and complex rhythmic structures. Despite the multifaceted nature of the proceedings, the underlying groove remains eminently danceable.

Here’s a taste of their work: a YouTube clip from their recent show at Le Poisson Rouge.

Bjarnason LPR show streaming on WQXR


For those of you who missed Daniel Bjarason’s gig on March 3, 2010 at LPR; or for those who want to re-experience what was widely touted as a humdinger of a show, WQXR is streaming it in its entirety online. Isn’t the internet grand?