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  • richardmitnick 10:18 PM on May 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 400-Foot Journey-magical music box strip, Architeuthis Walks on Land the amazing duo of Chicago bassoonist Katherine Young and San Diego violist Amy Cimini, Constellation Chicago, Ensemble C Barré, ExclusiveOr, ICE, ICE at GMEM in Marseille and Cassis France, ICEcommons, , , OpenICE, OpenICE in New York-Zosha di Castri, Rebekah Heller and Jacob Greenberg play Aida Shirazi and Jessie Cox   

    From International Contemporary Ensemble: Events 

    From International Contemporary Ensemble

    ICEcommons at New Music Gathering in Boston


    Friday, May 18, 5:00pm
    132 Ipswich Street, room 106
    Boston Conservatory at Berklee
    Boston, MA 02215

    New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support, and creation of new concert music.

    New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert music.


    Hailed as “more than just another new music festival” (Wall Street Journal) and “a joyous celebration of the art and craft, and yes, even the business, of making contemporary music,” (I Care If You Listen), conference New Music Gathering heads to Boston Conservatory at Berklee on May 17-19, 2018.

    New Music Gathering brings contemporary musicians, artists, administrators, and musicologists together to meet, talk, and foster relationships in the new music community.

    Our 2018 conference proudly features vocalist, performance artist, and NewSounds Music host Helga Davis as keynote speaker; her keynote address will focus on the conference’s theme of “Accessibility.” Headlining performers include the boundary-breaking string quartet JACK Quartet on May 17, composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z on May 18, and the Boston-based Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble on May 19.

    The Jack Quartet

    “We are thrilled to be hosting the New Music Gathering in May of 2018,” says Jonathan Bailey Holland, Chair of Contemporary Music and Core Studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. “The new music community in Boston is, and has been for many years, a thriving and significant component of the rich Boston musical landscape. Students at Boston Conservatory at Berklee premiere hundreds of new works every year, making us an ideal institution to host the gathering. This year’s theme of accessibility, with it’s numerous interpretations, is both timely and needed, and promises a stimulating and broad conversation.”

    With concerts, lecture recitals, roundtable discussions, talks, and everything from composer-performer “speed dating,” to one-on-one consultations with industry professionals. #NMG2018 aims to be both a conference in the traditional sense but also quite literally a collective place for things to grow, improve, solidify and above all get personal.

    Hailed as “more than just another new music festival” (Wall Street Journal) and “a joyous celebration of the art and craft, and yes, even the business, of making contemporary music” (I Care If You Listen), New Music Gathering heads to Boston Conservatory at Berklee on May 17-19, 2018. New Music Gathering brings contemporary musicians, artists, administrators, and musicologists together to meet, talk, and foster relationships in the new music community.

    On the second day of the festival, ICE presents on recent developments in ICEcommons, the ensemble’s crowdsourced index of newly composed music. Bassoonist and ICE Co-Artistic Director Rebekah Heller and pianist Jacob Greenberg present two ICEcommons discoveries: Jessie Cox’s solo bassoon work Form Content Negotiation and Aida Shirazi’s solo piano piece Albumblatt. Both composers will attend the event and will guide a discussion of their creative process and their experience submitting to ICEcommons.

    OpenICE at Constellation Chicago, Featuring ICEcommons


    Sunday, May 20, 8:30pm
    Constellation Chicago
    3111 N. Western Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60617

    Our free OpenICE performances continue in Chicago! ICE presents two great Chicago-based composers and two brilliant contributors to ICEcommons.

    Sam Pluta and Jeff Snyder’s experimental electronic duo ExclusiveOr first contributed to ICElab in 2014 with their evolving ensemble work Modules, presented here in its latest version. And fresh from the New Music Gathering, Rebekah Heller and Jacob Greenberg play the local premieres of the pieces they presented in Boston by Aida Shirazi and Jessie Cox. Constellation Chicago hosts us once again for this exciting lineup.

    ICE shares the program with Architeuthis Walks on Land, the amazing duo of Chicago bassoonist Katherine Young and San Diego violist Amy Cimini.

    From ICE:
    Peter Evans, trumpet
    Nate Wooley, trumpet
    Rebekah Heller, bassoon
    Ross Karre, percussion
    Jacob Greenberg, piano
    Ryan Muncy, saxophone

    OpenICE in New York: Collecting Zosha di Castri at the New York Public Library


    Thursday, May 24, 6:00pm
    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    Bruno Walter Auditorium
    40 Lincoln Center Plaza (at 65th St.)
    New York, NY, 10023

    Frequent ICE composer collaborator Zosha di Castri, who ICE first met as an ICElab participant, is the subject of this month’s “Collecting” event at NYPL. Now a professor at Columbia University and fellow faculty at ICE’s Ensemble Evolution program at Banff, Zosha speaks about her work alongside performances by ICE. Join ICE for this free event!

    ICE at GMEM in Marseille and Cassis, France


    Wednesday, May 16, 12:30pm
    Temple Grignan
    15 Rue Grignan Marseille
    Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
    13006 France

    Wednesday, May 16, 12:30pm
    Temple Grignan
    15 Rue Grignan Marseille
    Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
    13006 France

    And in its first collaboration with Ensemble C Barré, the two ensembles present a concert called ÉCLAT. Boulez’s 1965 Éclat, a hybrid of compositional methodology and spontaneous performance practice, sets the stage for a fascinating musical dialogue with the children of the postwar avant garde. Rigor with an openness to influence is manifested in the diverse composers, from the Americans Nathan Davis and Christopher Trapani to Francesca Verunelli from Italy.

    Pierre Boulez: Éclat
    Francesca Verunelli: Five Songs (Kafka’s Sirens)
    Christopher Trapani: Creux (world premiere)
    Nathan Davis: Inner Voice (world premiere)

    Join Us on our 400-Foot Journey!


    This June, composer Phyllis Chen and ICE artists will collaborate with young musicians in communities around the country to create a new piece of music, brought to life by a record breaking 400-ft music box strip. This community-centered, artist-driven work represents our deep, ongoing commitment to community building and radical experimentation.

    To build this magical music box strip, we need your help! Join us today on our journey to highlight the voices of our communities, one foot at a time!

    Donate Today

    [I already did, by cheque. to ICE, 4th Floor, 4306 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232, and got a nice thank-you note. So, if you are averse to payments by credit card, as am I, this works just as well.
    Also, 4045 North Rockwell St, ChicAGO, il 60618. So, you have choices. Just pick one

    See the full article here .

    The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective that is transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

    A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, ICE was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE was featured at the Ojai Music Festival from 2015 to 2017, and at recent festivals abroad such as gmem-CNCM-marseille and Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Mexico City. Other performance stages have included the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.

    New initiatives include OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which offers free concerts and related programming wherever ICE performs, and enables a working process with composers to unfold in public settings. DigitICE, a free online library of over 350 streaming videos, catalogues the ensemble’s performances. ICE’s First Page program is a commissioning consortium that fosters close collaborations between performers, composers, and listeners as new music is developed. EntICE, a side-by-side education program, places ICE musicians within youth orchestras as they premiere new commissioned works together; inaugural EntICE partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and The People’s Music School in Chicago. Summer activities include Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in which young professionals perform with ICE and attend workshops on topics from interpretation to concert production. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE. Read more at iceorg.org.

    Claire Chase, Founder*

    William McDaniel, Executive Director
    Rebekah Heller, co-Artistic Director*
    Ross Karre, co-Artistic Director and Director of digitICE.org*
    Jacob Greenberg, Director of Recordings and Digital Outreach*
    Levy Lorenzo, Engineer and Technical Director*
    Ryan Muncy, Director of Institutional Giving and co-Director, OpenICE*
    Joshua Rubin, Artistic Director Emeritus*
    Karla Brom, General Manager
    Maciej Lewandowski, Director of Production
    Bridgid Bergin, Development Associate

    • ICE musician


    Alice Teyssier, flute
    Bridget Kibbey, harp
    Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
    Claire Chase, flute
    Cory Smythe, piano
    Dan Peck, tuba
    Daniel Lippel, guitar
    David Bowlin, violin
    David Byrd-Marrow, horn
    Erik Carlson, violin
    Gareth Flowers, trumpet
    Jacob Greenberg, piano
    James Austin Smith, oboe
    Jennifer Curtis, violin
    Josh Modney, violin and viola
    Joshua Rubin, clarinet
    Katinka Kleijn, cello
    Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
    Kyle Armbrust, viola
    Levy Lorenzo, percussion
    Maiya Papach, viola
    Michael Nicolas, cello
    Mike Lormand, trombone
    Nathan Davis, percussion
    Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
    Nicholas Masterson, oboe
    Nuiko Wadden, harp
    Peter Evans, trumpet
    Peter Tantsits, tenor
    Phyllis Chen, piano
    Randall Zigler, bass
    Rebekah Heller, bassoon
    Ross Karre, percussion
    Ryan Muncy, saxophone
    Steven Schick, Artist-in-Residence
    Tony Arnold, soprano
    Wendy Richman, viola

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    John Schaefer

    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm

    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

  • richardmitnick 1:04 PM on December 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From ALLAN KOZINN in The New York Times: “Club Kids Are Storming Music Museums” 

    As New Composers Flourish, Where Will They Be Heard?

    This article is copyright protected, so just a couple of notes.

    “…the world of young, inventive and often populist composers is exploding…These young composers may hold the key to classical music’s future, and the future they create might not be what you expect. Increasingly they have come to consider the machinations of the big-ticket musical organizations — and debates about how to get them to accommodate new music — as beside the point….”

    This article is an in depth look at the new serious music universe. This universe includes the new composers themselves, their record labels (or the lack of them) and the venues which they find amenable to their musical pursuits. Among the labels mentioned are “…New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe and Tzadik, all composer run and stylistically freewheeling….” To this list, I might add Innova, from American Composers Forum, St Paul, MN.

    Among the venues we find Le Poisson Rouge, Cornelia Street Café, Galapagos, The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette, all in New York City. Composers noted in the article include Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Du Yun, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, and Bryce Dessner. The only groups I saw noted were ETHEL and Victoire. But others which might have been included are ACME, ICE, yMusic, eighth blackbird, and itsnotyouitsme.

    Not at all mentioned in the article (if I missed it, I hope that someone will correct me), is New York Public Radio’s 24/7 New Music web stream Q2. This stream takes these and other composers and musicians out to a wide world, with an international listenership. A stand-out at Q2 is the work of Nadia Sirota. She hosts a four hour program which includes several themes, e.g, Hope Springs Atonal. Her program streams at noon and midnight. Two other standout focused programs are Hammered! which is concerned with keyboard music, and The New Canon.Also important to the success of what has been called “New Music” are two programs on WNYC, New York Public Radio’s original outlet service. For thirty years, John Schaefer has been bringing new composer to the public on the nightly program New Sounds. For a somewhat shorter time, we have been able to hear them on John’s other program, Soundcheck.

    Something that I personally would like to see added into the mix for New Music would be the advent of long form music videocast. The best examples I can cite for this are three videos produced by and for ICE, which were made available at Q2. Just to give one example, the music of Steve Lehman in a 46 minute video can be found here. I just actually searched this up also at Google Video here. Both of these examples are free to the public.But, I would personally like to see these videos made available at the music groups’ web sites, based upon a membership fee for a user id and password, and then some sort of fee, maybe $5 or $10 as a “ticket” price. This would greatly universalize the availability of musical experience to populations living no where near to actual concert events. To whit: ICE just did a heavily promoted concert in Chicago. But, I am in New Jersey. I might be very interested in that musical experience. So, if it were made available from a videocast archive, and if I was registered with ICE, I could pay a small “ticket” price and have that experience.

    This is a huge and important article. The items I note as missing from the article do not in any way diminish its thesis or importance. See the full article here.

  • richardmitnick 8:14 AM on August 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times: “A Group Determinedly Finding a Spot Right in the Middle of Things” 

    This is copyright protected, so just a few notes.

    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

  • richardmitnick 3:31 PM on July 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New Canon at Q2: “The ICE Storm” 

    Cooling down with some of Mostly Mozart’s hottest musicians
    Monday, August 01, 2011

    “This week on The New Canon, we chat with the ICEicles of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Claire Chase and Josh Rubin.

    Claire Chase

    Josh Rubin

    Mozart and Stravinsky were both pretty badass. Forgetting even the latter for a minute (and the riotous Rite of Spring), the former revolutionized music in so many ways—from developing the piano to unabashedly writing a hugely class-conscious opera at a time when the waves of French Revolution were already approaching shore. In tandem with Haydn, Mozart created the classical music language.

    That’s why we’re so excited to see the International Contemporary Ensemble continue to play a major part in Lincoln Center’s annual Mostly Mozart Festival. This year they play three concerts, including one all-Stravinsky program and another program that pairs Mozart with contemporary composers. They emphasize size and scope, old and new, grand and delicate and in doing so ask audiences with each piece they play: What makes it revolutionary?

    We ask that question of Claire Chase (ICE’s fearless flutist) and Josh Rubin (its cutting edge clarinetist) while hearing some of ICE’s latest works in tandem with pieces by Stravinsky and based on Mozart. While we only have Claire and Josh for half an hour—they’re joining us from rehearsal!—we’ll hear a full hour of music with additional music by Matthias Pintscher and Michael Finnissy, both of whom are featured in ICE’s Mostly Mozart programs.

    See the full article, with some interactive features here.

    The New Canon on Q2 is hosted by Olivia Giovetti

    Olivia Giovetti

    The New Canon streams Mondays at 4PM on Q2; encore presentations Wednesdays at 10AM and Sundays at 8PM.

  • richardmitnick 12:30 PM on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts “ICELab: Nathan Davis” 

    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.

    Nathan Davis

    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
    II. DADA
    III. An Outside with an Inside in it”

    Q2 is the 24/7 New Music Stream from New York Public Radio

  • richardmitnick 1:44 PM on June 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The Record at NPR/music: “Following Claire Chase: A Week In The Life Of A Working Musician” 

    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.

    Ms Chase

    Here are a couple of links to the videos still available at Q2

    ICELab: Steve Lehman

    ICELab with Mario Diaz de León

    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.

  • richardmitnick 3:39 PM on May 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Cued Up on Q2:”ICELab with Mario Diaz de León Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2011″ 

    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.

    Also, the videocast-
    ICELab videocast with Mario Diaz de León
    Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2011


    The music of Steve Lehman, in a videocast concert by ICE April 19, 2011 at Le Poisson Rouge

    Steve Lehman

    and finally

    The Economy on ICE , a videocast of an April 26, 2011 concert by ICE from their Brooklyn studio.

    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

  • richardmitnick 9:08 PM on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: ICE at LPR # 2 

    Steve Lehman


    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

    2. Baltimore/Berlin

    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.

  • richardmitnick 12:55 PM on May 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Live Concerts: “ICELab with Mario Diaz de León “ 

    Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2011

    This is a videocast, thank you Claire Chase, ICE, and Q2

    Ms Chase

    “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.

  • richardmitnick 10:59 AM on December 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times:”Freelance Musicians Hear Mournful Coda as the Jobs Dry Up” but… 

    First, I am not nor have I ever been a musician. I am simply an avid listener, a passionate New Music and Jazz listener, with a computer. I cannot even type very well.

    So, here is this sort of sad article in The New York Times about the reduced opportunities for freelance musicians these days around the New York City Metropolitan area.

    But, is it really so bad? Not for some, who have taken the D.I.Y approach, formed new groups, sometimes with interchangeable members, and put themselves out in the public view.

    Maybe this dynamic goes back to the seminal D.I.Y group, Bang On a Can, “Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. B.O.A.C “is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music.” B.O.A.C even has its own label, Cantaloupe Music. And, of course,there are the Bang On A Can All-Stars.

    Bang On A Can All-Stars.

    While B.O.A.C paved the way, there are now a number of other very worthy groups who have formed up to present themselves to the public.

    First to my mind is ACME, The American Contemporary Music Ensemble


    I know this group because of one Nadia Sirota, accomplished violist, host and proprietor of Nadia Sirota on Q2, and fellow traveler with the Bedroom Community group of musicians.

    Nadia Sirota

    Bedroom Community’s main players: Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Valgeir Sigurðsson (I hope I got the order correctly)

    Then, there is ICE, International Contemporary Ensemble, mentioned in the article.

    Check their web site and look at their concert schedule. They range far and wide and frequently.

    A group about which I only recently learned is yMusic, “an expandable group of performers actively engaged and equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music world.”

    Recognize anyone?

    Do you know the group Ethel, this string group has been around since 1998. It is safe to say that thye are world famous.

    I really have to quit this post, I could go on and on. Worthy of mention also are So Percussion, eighth blackbird, others not right now bubbling up to memory.

    There are two common threads here, and they are both very important: these groups are basically smallish new music and contemporary music groups; and I leafrned about all of them at Q2 , WQXR’s 24 hour “New Music” web stream.

    So, is it really so bad for freelance musicians, probably, although even most professional journalists are capable of some hyperbole. But maybe the lesson is, what my father did, start your own business.
    Gte your group together, get some compositions that either members of the group compose, or existing works, and go out and sell yourselves. Can you do it alone? Sure, if you are Maya Beiser. But, she is pretty rare.

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