March Madness: Q2 Music Undergoes a Maverick Makeover
“Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his American Mavericks tour to New York. For three full weeks (March 8–30), Q2 Music presents a wide range of special programming — from a trinity of new-music hosts to live concerts to composer profiles to treasures from the WQXR and WNYC archive— with a crowning live event American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas on March 26 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
Maverick John Cage
The festival also includes Tilson Thomas hosting a weekday show, contemporary music icons such as David Byrne and Zoe Keating sharing their own “American Mavericks” playlists, and select American Mavericks concerts – including Alarm Will Sound and JACK Quartet – recorded for on-demand listening.
- AMERICAN MAVERICK HOSTS
MTT AT THE TURNTABLES
Weekdays at 10am and 5pm ET
Each weekday, Michael Tilson Thomas will host twice daily at 10am and 5pm ET. Focusing on the San Francisco Symphony’s featured line-up of 17 game-changing composers including Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, Aaron Copland, Morton Feldman, John Cage, and John Adams, Tilson Thomas’s hosted hours present the pioneering conductor’s own insights alongside exclusive archival recordings from the San Francisco Symphony’s storied history of promoting adventurous, cutting-edge American composers. Also included will be freshly-minted live concert recordings from this year’s American Mavericks tour.
Weekdays from 8-10am (repeats 6-8pm)
Weekdays from 12-2pm (repeats 9-11pm)
Weekdays from 3-5pm (repeats midnight-2am)
I have just hit the high spots. Please visit the complete web page here to know (almost) everything that is going to happen
“On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space for an evening of music and conversation about America’s great iconoclastic composers. WQXR’s David Garland and Q2 Music’s Nadia Sirota host the event.
Michael Tilson Thomas
Tilson Thomas’s appearance in The Greene Space comes during a four-city tour by the San Francisco Symphony, which focuses on American Mavericks, the orchestra’s ongoing multimedia initiative that started in 2000 with an acclaimed summer festival and later evolved into a public radio series and Web site. Composers covered in the series include John Cage, Steve Reich, Edgard Varèse, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, John Adams and others. The series has raised questions about what — and who — exactly defines the maverick spirit in American music throughout history.
Michael Tilson Thomas became Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony in September 1995; he’s received numerous accolades including 10 Grammy Awards, a Peabody for Radio Programming in 2008 for The MTT Files (a co-production with American Public Media), and in 2010, a National Medal of the Arts from President Obama.”
See the full article here.
An Evening of Musical Curiosity and Cross-Pollination at The Greene Space
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
“On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season’s hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by composer-percussionist Jason Treuting of So Percussion, multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negron of Arturo en el Barco, and musical polymath Jherek Bischoff of bands including Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls. The evening also features conversation with composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein.
At the nexus of the active, New York-centric indie-classical scene, Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival made a name for itself in its inaugural year as a ground-breaking series emphasizing vibrant, adventurous ensembles and unlikely collaborations between composers from the pop and classical realms. In this its second year, the festival returns with an exciting new line-up of artists from diverse musical backgrounds and its signature emphasis on curiosity, risk and discovery.
See the full post here.
An Evening of Musical Cross-Pollination at The Greene Space
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
“On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season’s hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by new-music polymaths Jason Treuting, Angélica Negron, Sxip Shirey and Jherek Bischoff, as well as a conversation with composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator and founder, Judd Greenstein.
At the nexus of the active, New York-centric indie-classical scene, The Ecstatic Music Festival made a name for itself in its inaugural year as a ground-breaking series emphasizing vibrant, adventurous ensembles and unlikely collaborations between composers from the pop and classical realms. In this its second year, the festival returns with an exciting new line-up of artists from diverse musical backgrounds and its signature emphasis on curiosity, risk and discovery.
See the full article here.
On Friday, December 2, 2011, New York Public Radio celebrated JS-30, 30 years of John Schaefer at WNYC. It was 30 years ago that John’s New Sounds program got going. In 2002, WNYC, moving away from daytime music programming to talk, called on John to keep music as a subject in the afternoon with Soundcheck.
You can view the video, just under 2 hours, here at the Soundcheck page for December 15, 2011. I hope you enjoy it.
by Anastasia Tsioulcas
5 Great Classical Performances And Talks from TED
Danielle de Niese
Benjamin Zander On Music And Passion
Maya Beiser In 8 Forms
Ethel Plays Phil Kline
Visit the web page and take advantage of these videos.
Watch Live Wednesday, Oct. 12 At 9 p.m. ET
by Patrick Jarenwattananon
“The 27-year-old pianist Fabian Almazan is about to release his debut album, Personalities, and it is aptly titled. It features Almazan as composer, one who can write and arrange for films, for string quartet, for piano trio. It features Almazan the Cuban-American musician, demonstrating intuitive control over Latin jazz repertoire and feeling. And it features Almazan the modern jazzman, the musician who can play with that flexible, go-anywhere feeling so sought-after these days.
He’ll celebrate the digital release of his multiple Personalities with a week as a bandleader at New York’s cramped subterranean jazz mecca, the Village Vanguard. And for one night and one performance only, he’ll bring along a string quartet. WBGO and NPR Music will record and feature a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Fabian Almazan Trio with string quartet on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET at this page.”
See the full article also at this page.
August 31, 2011
“For some, jazz is a form of music defined by innovation. It’s a language of hybrid invention, about a relentless quest for a new style, a new movement, a new expression. Alternately, there’s a powerful argument for jazz as a tradition: a language of core values, worthy of a lifetime of respectful study, representative of a century of African-American cultural achievement. As the prevailing aesthetic outlook has it, both are equally valid; jazz is tradition and innovation, at once.
Over the last 30 years, it’s hard to think of anyone who embodies this duality better than composer and pianist Geri Allen. As often as she’s been lionized for the freshness of her playing, she’s also been admired for the respect she’s shown for its living history. WBGO and NPR Music will proudly feature the Geri Allen Trio in the Live at the Village Vanguard series of live on-air radio/online video broadcasts on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.”
Visit the web page for information about the videocast and to read the rest of the article.
This is copyright protected, so just a few notes.
By STEVE SMITH
Published: August 9, 2011
“In 2007 Claire Chase, an accomplished flutist and an ambitious, industrious organizer, spelled out her hopes for the International Contemporary Ensemble, which she founded in 2001 with a group of fellow graduates of the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.
‘ We want to become the first large-scale, flexible contemporary ensemble in the United States that is as important and indispensable as a city’s symphony orchestras, opera companies and theater companies,” she said in an interview with The New York Times in 2007.
Four years and countless memorable events later, Ms. Chase and her colleagues are serving as artists in residence this year at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.
The International Contemporary Ensemble, led by Pablo Heras-Casado, playing on Monday evening at the Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival.
You can find the full article here.
You can check out ICE in concert, several videos at Q2
“We’re happy to announce that NPR Music is returning to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live webcast and recording Aug. 6-7, 2011.
Along with hosts, engineers and producers from WBGO (New Jersey/New York), WYPR (Baltimore) and WGBH (Boston), we’ll be presenting a live online stream of concerts from “the grandfather of jazz festivals.” You can visit npr.org/newportjazz for live coverage — including photos, blog and Twitter updates and the webcast — and revisit the site afterwards to explore a trove of festival recordings, including video highlights. Recordings from 2010 and 2009 are there now.
Visit NPR Music’s coverage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival at npr.org/newportjazz.
Once again, founder George Wein and his team have devised a diverse lineup for his signature jazz event. Iconic musicians like Eddie Palmieri, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston and Charles Lloyd are scheduled to perform, while exciting younger players like Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi and Trombone Shorty will play multiple sets. Also on the lineup are bands led by Steve Coleman, Joey DeFrancesco, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green, Regina Carter, Avishai Cohen, Ambrose Akinmusire and many more. A schedule of our broadcast will appear close to the weekend of Aug. 6-7.
What? No Casey Abrams? LOst opportunity.
For more information about the lineup, visit the official Newport Jazz Festival website. We hope you can join us at npr.org/newportjazz.
Mostly Mozart Festival Welcomes New-Music Group for Focus on Modernist Icon
Monday, August 08, 2011
“Join us Monday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m., right here for a live videocast from the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival of the adventurous International Contemporary Ensemble performing an intimate program of works centered around Igor Stravinsky.
Led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, the show takes place in Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse with its majestic views of the New York City skyline and features lesser-known works by Edison Denisov, Luciano Berio, Alfred Schnittke and more.
Igor Stravinsky: Pour Pablo Picasso
Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Stravinsky, ed. Hogwood): Selections from Four Preludes and Fugues, from the Well-tempered Clavier (New York premiere)
Igor Stravinsky: Epitaphium
Michael Finnissy: Untitled piece to honour Igor Stravinsky (U.S. premiere)
Edison Denisov: Canon in Memory of Stravinsky
Luciano Berio: Autre fois: Berceuse canonique pour Igor Stravinsky
Elliott Carter: Canon for Three Equal Instruments: In memoriam Igor Stravinsky
Alfed Schnittke: Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky: Octet”
Now, really, folks, where else but at Q2?
See the full article here.
Looks like Q2 has discovered YouTube
Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 31, 2011
[Streaming video and streaming audio currently at this web page.]
“In the third and final ICELab of the 010-2011 season, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents Hollow Skies, featuring the music of percussionist and composer, Nathan Davis. May 31 marked not only this final ICELab event but also the release of ICE’s Bright and Hollow Sky record on the New Focus label, the result of a three-year long collaboration with Davis who is also an ICE musician.
Described by executive director Claire Chase as a “poet in sound”, Davis is known for his intricate exploration into sound possibilities; in typical percussionist style, he takes everyday, ordinary sounds and illustrates their vast possibilities in a beautifully organic way.
Hollow Skies opens with ICE bassoonist, Rebekah Heller performing On Speaking a Hundred Names, written for Rebekah herself and electronics. The piece is a beautiful and virtuosic exploration into the possibilities available to the bassoon, including microtones and multiphonics. The Bright and Hollow Sky is a quintet for flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, and percussion with electronics, which Davis wrote in 2008 for ICE. Concluding the evening is the world premiere of On the Nature of Thingness, featuring soprano, Toni Arnold and ten instrumentalists. A three-movement work, the movement titles are:
I. Study of the Object
III. An Outside with an Inside in it”
Watch Live On Wednesday, July 6 At 9 p.m. ET
Jimmy (left) and Albert “Tootie” Heath.
Jimmy Heath, saxophones
Albert “Tootie” Heath, drums
Jeb Patton, piano
David Wong, bass
“Jimmy is an affable jazz statesman — he has a new autobiography, and was named an NEA Jazz Master for 2003 — and Albert (nicknamed “Tootie”) has freelanced with anyone who’s anyone. Despite the 2005 death of their elder brother Percy, The Heath Brothers still convene on occasion. At the Village Vanguard this week, Jimmy and Tootie will add bass and piano to form a quartet. NPR Music and WBGO will be on hand for a live radio broadcast and online video webcast of their performance this Wednesday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET. Check this page for live video, audio, chat and a recording afterwards.“
I recently “attended” three hour long concerts by ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble, led by Ms Claire Chase. I attended them on line, courtesy of Q2 the 24/7 New Music stream from New York Public Radio.
Here are a couple of links to the videos still available at Q2
You can “attend” the concerts, and then go to the ICE web site and “buy a ticket” by making a contribution of financial support. I paid $10 for each.
So, today at The Record from NPR/music, we have the really wonderful Lara Pellegrinelli writing about Ms Chase: Following Claire Chase: A Week In The Life Of A Working Musician.
I often give a few lines from an article to entice the reader. But, Laura is such a good writer, I just cannot pick out any text without diminishing the rest of her article.
So see the complete article here.
The kids these days: They want to sound like Mark Turner. Well, at least the saxophone students do, and sure, certainly not all of them. But he’s still probably the most influential tenor man of his generation. Why is that?
Perhaps you haven’t heard of Turner, if you don’t follow modern jazz closely. He hasn’t put out any records as a clear leader for about 10 years now; he has no website. But he has an innovative sonic signature, a certain floating chromaticism, rhythmic mindfulness and lightness of tone, filled with subtleties. Basically, his music has personality, which keeps the best musicians ringing his phone, and the aspiring ones listening hard.
Watch Live On Tuesday, June 21 At 9 p.m. ET
Mark Turner, tenor saxophone
David Virelles, piano
Ben Street, bass
Paul Motian (!), drums
See the full article here. And come back for the videocast.
Watch A Live Webcast Wednesday, May 25 At 9 p.m. ET.
May 24, 2011
“There’s no one standard model of jazz, but there are standards. There’s a standard repertoire, for sure; also, standard conventions of instrumentation, group interaction, overall “sound.” Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, when he commits to playing straight-ahead jazz, leads a quintet that is very comfortable with those standards. If you’re new to jazz, it would seem distantly familiar, like how you might imagine jazz to be. If you aren’t new to jazz, you might just find it proves how satisfying those standards remain, and how much room for self-expression is in them.
Same guy, maybe a bit younger?
It’s what’s made Roy Hargrove a star in the jazz world, and what allows the Roy Hargrove quintet to play two straight weeks at the world-famous Village Vanguard in New York City. WBGO and NPR Music will present a live on-air broadcast and live video webcast of the band’s early performance this Wednesday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET. The video and live chat will be hosted on this page.
See the full article also at the same page.
Mario Diaz de León
“Dazzling electronics, visceral drones and extended techniques mingle in the otherworldly works of Mario Diaz de León. Expertly handled by the illustrious members of ICE, listen to their exciting portrait of this composer from (Le) Poisson Rouge here on Cued Up.
MDdL’s music is clearly its own language, with a whirlwind of textures and ancient-sounding note-choice all wrapped up into one hallucinatory package. If you listen closely, it owes a debt to some pretty disparate worlds; Romanian spectral composers/magicians like Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, American noise artists like Wolf Eyes and Sejayno, and obscure Algerian flute music have all been cited as music that MDdL checks out on a serious level. It’s one thing to reference “diverse influences” in one’s music, but MDdL actually synthesizes it in a meaningful way.
Hosted by Ann Heppermann, listen in this Sunday at 2 p.m. to hear ICE navigate a set of works titled Mansion Cycle for two alto flutes, percussion, and stereo electronics; a bass clarinet and electronics duo called The Soul is the Arena; and a world premiere, Portals Before Dawn, for flute in C, alto flute, clarinet / bass clarinet, piano, synthesizer and percussion.
After you visit these sites and view these concerts, feel free to visit the ICE web site and “buy a ticket” to the concert by making a contribution.
These internet videocasts are in the forefront of the bleeding edge of a new paradigm. And, folks, just like PubRadio, they cost money to produce and bring to you.Fr
“On Wednesday, March 17 at 7 pm, Q2 and New Sounds Live team up once again to bring you a live audio and video Webcast from The Greene Space. Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and the Todd Reynolds Quartet perform tracks from Monk’s newest album, Songs of Ascension. Join New Sounds’ host John Schaefer for performance and conversation with Monk and featured musicians, including Q2′s own Nadia Sirota.”
See the full article here.
Be there or be square.
“The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) launched their collaborative commissioning program ICELab in March 2011 with an evening of music written by Mario Diaz de León. The second concert of this series took place on April 19 at (Le) Poisson Rouge with a full-length work titled Impossible Flow composed by saxophonist/composer, Steve Lehman.
Steve Lehman has long been respected as a virtuosic saxophone player, firmly entrenched in the experimental jazz scene of New York. Also developing an equally strong reputation as a composer, for the 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Lehman was nominated for composer of the year, alto saxophonist of the year and record of the year for his album Travail, Transformation and Flow. Lehman’s works have been performed by the likes of the JACK Quartet, So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin and members of the Argento and Wet Ink Ensembles. His influences are as far-reaching as performer/composer Anthony Braxton, composer Tristan Murail, basketball star Allen Iverson, electronica duo Autechre and drummer Damion Reid.
Lehman’s work for ICE, Impossible Flow is a co-commission between ICE and the Manhattan New Music Project. It is a full-length, four-movement work:
1. Impossible Flow: Prologue
3. For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton and Alexander Scriabin
4. Impossible Flow: Epilogue
Don’t forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips.”
This concert can be viewed at the web page.
Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2011
“In January, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) received a $340,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports ICELab, the group’s program for developing and presenting new repertoire by emerging composers. The program places teams of ICE musicians in collaboration with six emerging composers each year, and the ensemble will be responsible for twenty-four world premieres over the next four years. This performance on March 30 at (Le) Poisson Rouge marks the inaugural ICELab concert featuring composer, Mario Diaz de León.
Mr. de León
Read more about this artist/composer, ICE, ICELab, and Q2 Live Concerts here. Also, watch a very good long form video of the concert at Le Poisson Rouge.
From Nadia Sirota
“…One of my favorite venues, the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, has had to cancel several concerts because of dire economic straits (the historic theater combines the arrested decay of BAM’s Harvey Theater crossed with the intimacy of the Kitchen, plus some totally amazing curation). However, even as arts funding dwindles, more and more groups are finding unconventional ways to get art out to audiences, despite what may seem like impossible circumstances.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which was slated to perform at the Southern this past Tuesday, has come up with an ingenious way to get their performance, which was to feature music commissioned by their innovative ICELab program, including two world premieres by composer Phyllis Chen, out to audiences, economy-be-damned! Q2 and ICE are teaming up to bring you a fantastic videocast of their show (recorded live at the ICE’s studio in Brooklyn) featuring works by Ms. Chen, Steve Lehman and Mario Diaz de León right here!
[Above is the opening screen of the video which you can enjoy right here at the Q2 web page.]
I [Nadia speaking]couldn’t be more saddened that the Southern was forced to cancel this show. I’m also so excited that ICE has continued to innovate and provide its audience with a way to access this exciting evening of music.
While we are so excited to have the opportunity to present this concert, let’s all take this moment to really think about the future of the arts. Help local arts organizations! Go to concerts! Find innovative ways to present the arts! Make art! Consume art! It’s now or never.”
Now, even though I have this blog, I do not go to live concerts. I am a bit agoraphobic and a bit claustrophobic. So, it would be hard for me to go to Brooklyn. Once there, I would not be able to remain in my seat. Also, I am lazy and cheap!!
But, I bought a “ticket” to this concert. I made a $10 donation to ICE at their web site.
So, speaking for all of the lazy cheap agora-claustros out there, let us hope that Q2 picks up on this and that we can have more concerts in the confort of our personal environs.
Ensemble ACJW appears to be based on the acronym of “The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. I could not find one nice neat description. Maybe that is by design? There is a web site.
Anyway, does anyone recognize the violist?
Here is what NPR says:
“Ensemble ACJW had a genesis quite unlike any that of any other chamber group. A collective of about 20 hand-selected graduates of major conservatories, the members receive mentorship and professional development while working as music teachers in New York City Public Schools. The two-year fellowship is a partnership of the Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall and the Weill Music Institute in association with the public school system. The ensemble varies in size and instrumentation, depending on the repertoire.
Since its launch in 2007, Ensemble ACJW has played in small clubs and schools as well as New York’s prominent venues. “The ability to really jump between [classical and contemporary] is something that’s unique to our ensemble,” violinist Joanna Frankel, a former member, is quoted as saying on the group’s website. Frankel will perform Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello as part of the chamber music series this week at WQXR’s Greene Space.
[I am going to be a pain here. It is not WQXR's Greene Space, it is New York Public Radio's Greene Space, presenting live programming by both WQXR and WNYC]
A quick review of the Ensemble’s most recent performances points to a balance that has kept listeners on their toes. At a recent gig at Le Poisson Rouge, a small downtown club in New York, members of the ensemble delivered works by Mozart, Jonathan Dawe, Gyorgy Kurtag and Charles Ives (The Unanswered Question and the Piano Trio). Another recent program mixed Rameau, Ligeti and Richard Strauss.
During a trip to Abu Dhabi in March, the Ensemble teamed up with Emirati opera singer Sara Al Qaiwani at the debut of the Zaha Hadid Pavilion for a program of Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major. The Emirates News Agency WAM called the night “a dazzling blend of Western and traditional Emirati culture.”
Also on the Greene Space bill is composer David Bruce’s Steampunk, a brand-new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the group. Bruce recently told reporter Jeff Lunden how the piece was inspired by the quirky science-fiction genre. ‘Steampunk is a kind of an alternative reality of Victorian sci-fi, if you like,’ Bruce said. ‘So people often are kind of dressed in Victorian garb, but have these futuristic things, but there’s no electricity there. It’s all kind of steam-powered. The music I love is classical and folk music. Both don’t usually involve electricity. It’s usually just the sound of, you know, people scraping bows or puffing on their instruments.’ “
So, I have to assume that the videocast will be at the Greene Space web page.