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  • richardmitnick 3:39 PM on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Deceptive Cadence at NPR.music: “A Quarter-Century Of Banging, And Still As Fresh As Ever” 

    Deceptive Cadence helps celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original D.I.Y. music collaboration, Bang On A Can.

    Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.

    See the full article here.

  • richardmitnick 4:39 AM on November 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The Checkout via NPR/music: Live Wednesday: Warren Wolf + Lage Lund In Concert 

    Josh Jackson hosts The Checkout at WBGO, Jazz 88, Newark

    “A vibraphonist from down the turnpike in Baltimore; a guitarist from across the pond in Norway. Both have dedicated themselves to hard-swinging jazz of the highest order, and both journey to downtown Manhattan to lead bands in the next installment of The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, The Checkout: Live series pairs the bands of Lage Lund and Warren Wolf in a double bill, in performance at 92Y Tribeca. The concert will be broadcast on air via WBGO and in an online video webcast at this page on NPR Music, with a live online chat. For more information about this series and the full concert archive, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.

    See the full post here.

  • richardmitnick 12:12 PM on November 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times: Marian McPartland Steps Away from “Piano Jazz” 

    This is copyright protected, so just a few notes.

    Piano Jazz has been one of the mainstay programs at NPR since 1979.


    “Marian McPartland, the jazz pianist, is stepping down as the host of the “Piano Jazz” after more than three decades on the air, said a spokeswoman for NPR, Anna Christopher…[she] will stay on as the artistic director of the show…For now, the baton will be passed to Mr. [Jon] Weber, a jazz pianist from Chicago. He has recorded 13 new shows which will begin airing in the first week of January. Mr. Weber’s program will no longer be called “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” but will be re-titled “Piano Jazz Rising Stars.” Mr. Weber will perform duets with guests and then interview them, just as Ms. McPartland has done with aplomb for years.”

    Marian McPartland

    Jon Weber

    See thew full notice here.

  • richardmitnick 7:55 PM on November 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music and WBGO: “Bill McHenry Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard” 

    Watch Live Wednesday, Nov. 9 At 9 p.m. ET originated by WBGO, Jazz 88.3, Newark, NJ

    by Patrick Jarenwattananon
    November 2, 2011

    “When he leads a band playing his own tunes, the New York-based tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry makes uncommon, beautiful music. Call it modern jazz if you must; it can get a bit abstract, a little loose. But “modern jazz” often connotes something hypertechnical, or noodly, or lost in advanced harmony, and this isn’t exactly that. It’s often slow, or at least deliberately spacious, and aspiring to something pretty and aching. And it’s finished by a player who gets a meaty, lustrous sound from the horn.

    Later this month, Bill McHenry will release a new album’s worth of this music — his third with his current quartet — called Ghosts of the Sun. But before that, he’ll play a week at the Village Vanguard with a completely different lineup, including the great seasoned drummer Andrew Cyrille. NPR Music and WBGO will present a live video webcast and radio broadcast of the Bill McHenry Quartet from the club on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Visit this page for the live presentation, as well as a recording afterwards.”


  • richardmitnick 4:42 PM on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music: Deceptive Cadence on G.I. Gurdjieff 

    The Master

    by Tom Huizenga

    Many westerners (me included) had never heard of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff until the early 1980s when pianist Keith Jarrett released Sacred Hymns [Triangle audio cassette boxed set], a rather austere but beautiful album devoted to Gurdjieff’s music.
    The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, Levon Eskenian Music of Georges I Gurdjieff
    ECM 2236 October 2011

    A new album, directed by Levon Eskenian, sets music by the spiritual leader and composer G. I. Gurdjieff for traditional Eastern instruments.

    After I first heard those Eastern-tinged melodies, a little research revealed that Gurdjieff was much more than a composer. He was in fact a major spiritual leader, philosopher, author and traveler who was born sometime around 1866 in the Russian city Alexandropol, which is now Gyumri, Armenia.”

    See the full article here.

    But, if you really want to study about G.I. Gurdjieff, there are many books devoted to his life and work, and you are going to need to procure some and really read them. Charlatan or giant, this is a figure larger than life.

    The current acknowledged standard of excellence for the music of Gurdjieff is The Complete Piano Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann (6 CD Boxed Set) [Box set]
    recorded by Cecil Lytle on Celestial Harmonies (1997)


  • richardmitnick 9:18 AM on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Deceptive Cadence at NPR/music: “Classical Music From …TED?” 

    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

    Evelyn Glennie

    Ethel Plays Phil Kline

    Visit the web page and take advantage of these videos.

  • richardmitnick 5:33 AM on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music: A Consideration of Steve Reich 


    Gail Wein
    October 16, 2011

    Musicians who have worked with Reich, NPR staffers and others reflect on his compositions.

    “American composer Steve Reich turned 75 this week. The so-called minimalist credits jazz, African drumming and Balinese gamelan for inspiring his signature style. His music, from experimental tape loops to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet, has inspired the generations of composers who followed.

    In the early 1960s, when Reich was beginning his composition career, the contemporary classical music scene was dominated by atonal music like the works of Pierre Boulez.

    ‘It fell to my generation to basically say, Basta! Enough!’ Reich says.

    Composer David Lang says he first heard Reich’s It’s Gonna Rain on an LP he came across at the record store where he worked.

    ‘I had never been prepared to hear anything like this,’ Lang says. ‘It didn’t have a melody; it didn’t have harmony, at least the way I had been prepared to understand it; it didn’t have a way of progressing. And I remember thinking, This is the coolest thing I ever heard in my life. I was 17 years old. I started thinking, the role of the composer is to experiment and explore and to find something new.’

    Reich’s music became hugely influential, and not just for Lang. Artists such as Brian Eno, David Bowie and The National’s Bryce Dessner, as well as practitioners of hip-hop and house music, all owe something to the composer.

    ‘For a lot of musicians like myself, I think Steve Reich’s appeal is quite broad, and in a way just to open this big space for musicians to move in,’ says Dessner, who is also a classical guitarist and composer.

    But Washington Post critic Tim Page says it’s not just Reich’s past music that intrigues his fans.

    ‘One of the things that’s really sort of extraordinary about Steve Reich is that he’s 75, and yet he’s still to whom everybody looks with great interest to see what he’ll do next,’ Page says. ‘And that’s a rarity — especially a rarity with a very radical composer.’

    Reich himself is always looking forward. He says his 75th-birthday wish has already come true.

    ‘That young musicians around the world want to and actually do play my music very well,’ he says, ‘and to go around and hear that, in reality, is the best present a composer could ask for.’

    This article is here.

  • richardmitnick 3:39 PM on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music and WBGO: “Fabian Almazan Trio + String Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard” 

    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.

    Fabian Almazan

    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.

  • richardmitnick 6:04 AM on September 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music and WBGO: “Geri Allen Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard” 

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    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.

    Geri Allen

    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.

  • richardmitnick 6:50 PM on August 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: “Remembering September 11: A Commemorative Concert from the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur” 

    Live Webcast from the Temple of Dendur

    “On September 11, 2011 at 3:30 p.m., NPR Music and Q2 present a live audio Webcast of Remembering September 11: a free concert on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks from the Metropolitan Museum’s majestic Temple of Dendur. The afternoon’s program features the world premiere orchestration by Maxim Moston of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops as well as meditative, memorial works from Ingram Marshall, Osvaldo Golijov and Alfred Schnittke, performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra under the direction of Ryan McAdams.

    Hosted by NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and WQXR/Q2’s own Helga Davis, the concert is part of the ground-breaking Wordless Music series, which presents imaginative programs that pull together musicians from the pop and classical worlds.

    The concert takes place at the circa 15 B.C. Temple of Dendur, a gift to the United States in 1965 by the Egyptian government, now housed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Aeolian sandstone monument sits in the museum’s Sackler Wing, a giant glass atrium with a reflecting pool and windows overlooking Central Park — the placement is meant to evoke the temple’s original location on the banks of the Nile River. For the concert, the musicians perform within the temple itself while the audience takes their seats on the floor of the cavernous atrium.

    The program opens with pieces that consider memory, loss and remembrance: Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes II, Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and Alfred Schnittke’s Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief, as arranged by the Kronos Quartet. Golijov addresses what he calls the ‘two contrasting realities’ at the origin of Tenebrae.

    But the centerpiece of the program is a world premiere orchestration of William Basinski’s monumental The Disintegration Loops. The experimental composer was attempting to digitize his analog tape loops from the 1980s when he discovered that the reel-to-reel material was disintegrating as it was being transferred. That work took place in August and September of 2001 — as the music was playing and deteriorating in Basinski’s Brooklyn apartment, he and his neighbors watched that fateful morning unfold.

    See the full article here.

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