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  • richardmitnick 10:52 AM on March 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota: “Jonah Sirota–STRONG SAD: Elegies for Everyday Loss” 

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    Hey friends, my brother @jonahsirota is making a viola record and you should all pre-order it ASAP! It’s got music by @paolaprestini @nicomuhly @ValgeirS @RodneyLister @bobsirota AJ McCaffrey @kurtknecht & Jonah, plus I show up for a hot minute. Go!! Buy!!

    “Jonah Sirota–STRONG SAD: Elegies for Everyday Loss”

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    The Sirotas Play Sirota The violists Jonah and Nadia Sirota play chamber works by their father, Robert Sirota, at Manhattan School of Music. Credit Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

    Violist Jonah Sirota asked 7 composers to write pieces for cellphone-in-the-toilet-grade everyday losses. STRONG SAD is the result.
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    Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Nadia’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, David Lang, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, and Marcos Balter. Nadia won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, “the world’s best contemporary classical music podcast” (Pitchfork), which deftly profiles some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today.

    Next season, Nadia teams up with the New York Philharmonic as their first-ever Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she will host nine contemporary music concerts over two new series: Nightcap and Sound ON, the latter of which she will also curate.

    As a soloist, Nadia has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. To date, she has released four albums of commissioned music, most recently, Tessellatum, Donnacha Dennehy’s groundbreaking work for viola and microtonal viola da gamba consort, featuring Liam Byrne.

    Nadia is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic and has lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists and songwriters as Anohni, The National, Arcade Fire, and Paul Simon. In 2013 she won Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

    Nadia with ACME


    Nadia with yMusic

    Nadia with Bedroom Community Only photo I could find

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  • richardmitnick 5:56 PM on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From yMusic and Nadia Sirota: “Homeward Bound- The Farewell Tour” 

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    We are thrilled to announce that this summer we will be joining “Homeward Bound- The Farewell Tour,” as featured performers alongside Paul Simon and his band.

    In Paul’s own words: “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.”

    The tour begins May 16 in Vancouver, and covers the US, Canada and Europe.For tickets and more details, visit Paul’s website (link below!)

    Paul Simon

    See the full Paul Simon Tour dates here .


    Alex Sopp
    C.J. Camerieri
    Gabriel Cabezas
    Hideaki Aomori
    Nadia Sirota
    Rob Moose

    Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to Jose Gonzalez—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.


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  • richardmitnick 3:53 PM on March 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota: Bio and Events 

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    Nadia Sirota at Moogfest

    Thu, May 17, 2018 1:30 PM Sun, May 20, 2018 2:30 PM
    Durham, NC (map)

    Details TBA!

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    Sound ON: Going Dutch

    Sunday, October 7, 2018
    3:00 PM 5:00 PM
    The Appel Room (map)

    Sound ON is the new-music series where both sound and stimulation are set to “on,” with views of Central Park from The Appel Room. At “Going Dutch,” get a closer look at the rebellious spirit of Louis Andriessen. Hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, and featuring Jaap van Zweden.

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    Sound ON: Threads

    Sunday, January 27, 2019
    3:00 PM 5:00 PM
    The Appel Room (map)

    Sound ON is the new-music series where both sound and stimulation are set to “on,” with views of Central Park from The Appel Room. At “Threads,” explore how immigrants have shaped the world of today’s music. Hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota.

    Part of New York Stories: Threads of Our City

    Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Nadia’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, David Lang, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, and Marcos Balter. Nadia won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, “the world’s best contemporary classical music podcast” (Pitchfork), which deftly profiles some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today.

    Next season, Nadia teams up with the New York Philharmonic as their first-ever Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she will host nine contemporary music concerts over two new series: Nightcap and Sound ON, the latter of which she will also curate.

    As a soloist, Nadia has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. To date, she has released four albums of commissioned music, most recently, Tessellatum, Donnacha Dennehy’s groundbreaking work for viola and microtonal viola da gamba consort, featuring Liam Byrne.

    Nadia is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic and has lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists and songwriters as Anohni, The National, Arcade Fire, and Paul Simon. In 2013 she won Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

    Nadia with ACME


    Nadia with yMusic

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    Nadia Sirota ~ On Drones & Viola
    Nadia Sirota w/Valgeir Sigurðsson (Photo courtesy of Manic Owl Works)


    Nadia plays Nico

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  • richardmitnick 2:32 PM on March 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota- Robert Sirota and Victoria Sirota: Immigrant Songs 

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    Robert Sirota with Victoria Sirota

    World Premiere of Composer Robert Sirota’s Immigrant Songs
    Libretto by Victoria Sirota

    Performed by Rose of the Compass and the
    Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine
    Kent Tritle, Music Director

    Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
    The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
    1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St | New York, NY

    Tickets ($25 general, $60 preferred seating) and information on how to sign up for a pre-concert tour of the Cathedral’s Chapels of the Tongues available at http://www.stjohndivine.org

    Robert Sirota: http://www.robertsirota.com

    New York, NY – On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:30pm, composer Robert Sirota’s new work Immigrant Songs, with libretto by Victoria Sirota, will be premiered at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St). Immigrant Songs is commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the family of Marina Friedenberg Stern. Instrumental ensemble Rose of the Compass, led by Friedenberg Stern’s daughter Nina Stern, will perform the work along with the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine and Kent Tritle, Music Director. This diverse program, Immigrants – A Celebration of What Makes New York Great, pays homage to New York’s identity as a melting pot of humanity.

    Immigrant Songs is dedicated to Marina Friedenberg Stern, who immigrated to New York City along with her family in 1941. Scored for choir, soloists, organ, recorder, chalumeau, oud, kanun, harp and frame drum, the libretto of Immigrant Songs, by Victoria Sirota, celebrates the lives and work of three immigrants to New York:
    • Spanish builder and engineer Rafael Guastavino, whose distinctive method of tiling produced over 1000 vaults and ceilings in 40 states, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Grand Central Station and the New York Subway System.
    • Internationally renowned painter Marina Friedenberg Stern, born in Venice of Jewish heritage, immigrating to New York in 1941 via England and Brazil. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of dozens of museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery.
    • Trinidadian native Ravi Ragbir, Executive Director of the faith-based New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, a hero for immigrants’ rights who works courageously as an advocate for immigrants while himself under threat of deportation.
    In addition to Immigrant Songs, instrumental ensemble Rose of the Compass will perform music from the cultures represented by the cathedral’s seven Chapels, while the Cathedral Choir will answer with pieces by immigrants who composed in America, sharing their culture and their art. Composers will include Vincent Persichetti, whose parents came from Italy and Germany; F. Melius Christiansen, the great founder of the St. Olaf Choir; Rebecca Clarke and Tarik O’Regan, who both emigrated from the British Isles; Jean Berger from Germany; and Igor Stravinksy from Russia.

    Over four decades, composer Robert Sirota has developed a distinctive voice, clearly discernible in all of his work – whether symphonic, choral, stage, or chamber music. Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Allan Kozinn asserts: “Sirota’s musical language is personal and undogmatic, in the sense that instead of aligning himself with any of the competing contemporary styles, he follows his own internal musical compass.”

    Robert Sirota’s works have been performed by orchestras across the US and Europe; ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Sequitur, yMusic, Chameleon Arts, and Dinosaur Annex; the Chiara, American, Ethel, Elmyr, and Blair String Quartets; the Peabody, Concord, and Webster Trios; and at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Yellow Barn, and Cooperstown music festivals; Bowdoin Gamper and Bowdoin International Music Festival; and Mizzou International Composers Festival. Recent and upcoming commissions include the American Guild of Organists, the American String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Naumburg Foundation, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and yMusic.

    Recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Information Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, Sirota’s works are recorded on the Capstone, Albany, New Voice, Gasparo and Crystal labels. His music is published by Muzzy Ridge Music, Schott, Music Associates of New York, MorningStar, Theodore Presser, and To the Fore.

    A native New Yorker, Sirota studied at Juilliard, Oberlin, and Harvard and divides his time between New York and Searsmont, Maine with his wife, Episcopal priest and organist Victoria Sirota. They frequently collaborate on new works, with Victoria as librettist and performer, at times also working with their children, Jonah and Nadia, both world-class violists.

    Victoria R. Sirota, Episcopal priest, lecturer, author and organist, holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Boston University and Harvard Divinity School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She has taught at Yale Divinity School, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and Boston University. Former National Chaplain for the American Guild of Organists, Chair of the Professional Concerns Committee for the Association of Anglican Musicians, and Coordinator of the 1990 National AGO Convention in Boston, she is the author of articles, reviews and texts for hymns, cantatas and song cycles. She is recorded on Northeastern, Gasparo and Albany Records and her book Preaching to the Choir: Claiming the Role of Sacred Musician is available from Church Publishing. Previous positions include Vicar of the Church of the Holy Nativity in Baltimore, MD, and Canon Pastor and Vicar at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. She has given recitals in Paris, Germany and the United States, and has preached and given workshops at AGO, AAM, UCCMA and ALCM conventions. Recent collaborations with her husband composer Robert Sirota include “Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel” for soprano, chorus, piano and strings (2015), and “A Call for the Battle to Cease” (2017) for piano, orchestra and choir. The Reverend Canon Sirota is currently Priest-in-Charge at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Getty Square, Yonkers, NY.

    The 16-voice Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine sets the standard for music-making at the Cathedral. Its members include some of New York City’s finest choral performers, who are also accomplished soloists in their own right. The Cathedral Choir provides music for the Sunday 11am Eucharist and 4pm Evensong services throughout the year and also sings for other major feast days of the Christian calendar, such as Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter. In addition, the choir serves as the core ensemble for the Cathedral’s Great Music in a Great Space concert series.

    Rose of the Compass was founded in 2010 by recorder virtuoso and early music specialist Nina Stern in collaboration with luminaries of New York’s world scene. The ensemble, which released its first CD in 2011, explores repertory from diverse traditions, and creates a musical space unifying East and West. For the past several years, the ensemble has collaborated with Kent Tritle and the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, presenting innovative programs such as “The Ornament of the World: Music of multicultural Spain,” “The Wingèd Lion: Venice and the Orient”, “The Glory of Constantinople” and “The Four Quarters of Jerusalem” which was also released as an album on the Pro Organo label in 2015.


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  • richardmitnick 9:23 PM on March 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Bedroom Community: Latest Releases 

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    Latest Releases

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    Ben Frost The Center Cannot Hold

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    Nadia Sirota Tessellatum

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    Ben Frost Threshold Of Faith EP

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    The Crash Ensemble Ghosts

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    Valgeir Sigurðsson DISSONANCE

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    James McVinnie Cycles_1

    See the full article here .

    Bedroom Community is an Icelandic record label/collective formed in 2006 by Valgeir Sigurðsson, with Nico Muhly and Ben Frost, later adding Sam Amidon, Daníel Bjarnason, Puzzle Muteson, Paul Corley, Nadia Sirota and James McVinnie to the intimate roster. 2015 saw two new additions to the family being: Emily Hall & Jodie Landau and wild Up.

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    Like-minded, yet diverse individuals from different corners of the globe all creatively orbit around an inconspicuous building and its inhabitants on the outskirts of Reykjavík Iceland – Greenhouse Studios – where the music is mostly created.

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  • richardmitnick 4:17 PM on March 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    ACME at Kennesaw State: “Signature Series: American Contemporary Music Ensemble” 

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    The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), champions of modern American music, perform at Kennesaw State on Friday, March 9 as part of the School of Music’s 2017-18 Signature Series.

    We’re looking forward to Kennesaw State University’s Festival of New Music next week! Excited to play Caleb Burhans’ gorgeous Jahrzeit string quartet, plus works by Timo Andres, Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, and Arvo Part.
    More info: arts.kennesaw.edu/music/concerts-and-events/acme.php

    On March 9, ACME will perform works inspired by the group’s debut portrait album, Thrive on Routine, which highlights ACME’s make-up of performers who are also composers. ACME will perform Caleb Burhans’ Jahrzeit, Caroline Shaw’s Gustave la Gray, and Timo Andres’ Thrive on Routine. The ensemble will also perform John Luther Adams’ moving string quartet The Wind in High Places and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres. Thrive on Routine was proclaimed by Gramophone as “a bounty of appealing recent works,” while The Strad raved “Warmth and care are fully evident in the ensemble’s immaculate, considered performances – the four composers could hardly wish for more committed, convincing accounts of their music.” Thrive on Routine was also featured as “Album of the Week” on New York Public Radio’s New Sounds/Q2 Music and was one of the top albums of the year in such diverse media outlets as Yahoo! Music, Iowa Public Radio, Classical Dark Arts, the Chicago Reader, and more.

    Tickets for this performance are $18-25.

    The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), led by Artistic Director Clarice Jensen, is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. The flexible ensemble presents fresh work by living composers alongside the classics of the contemporary. ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres, and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and Strings reports, “ACME’s absorbing playing pulsed with warm energy. . . Shared glances and inhales triggered transitions in a flow so seamless it seemed learned in a Jedi temple.” ACME was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.”

    ACME’s instrumentation is flexible, and includes some of New York’s most sought-after, engaging musicians. Notable highlights of ACME’s 2017-2018 season include a performance with Meredith Monk as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, Auckland Arts Festival with Max Richter performing his 8-hour work Sleep, and performances presented by the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State, Kennesaw State’s Festival of New Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kitchen, The Lot Radio, and The Kennedy Center.

    ACME has performed at leading international venues including Carnegie Hall, BAM, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kitchen, (Le) Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Symphony Space, The Morgan Library, The Stone, Joyce Theater, Montclair’s Peak Performances, Washington Performing Arts, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Stanford Live, Constellation Chicago, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Jordan Hall in Boston, Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, The Library of Congress in DC, Virginia Tech, Newman Center at the University of Denver, Flynn Center, Duke Performances, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center, The Satellite in Los Angeles, Triple Door in Seattle, Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Melbourne Recital Hall and Sydney Opera House in Australia, and at festivals including the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Poland, All Tomorrow’s Parties in England, and Big Ears in Knoxville, TN.

    World premieres given by ACME include Ingram Marshall’s Psalmbook, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass (commissioned by ACME), Caroline Shaw’s Ritornello, Phil Kline’s Out Cold, William Brittelle’s Loving the Chambered Nautilus, Timo Andres’ Senior and Thrive on Routine, Caleb Burhans’ Jahrzeit, and many more. In 2016 at The Kitchen, ACME premiered Clarice Jensen’s transcription of Julius Eastman’s The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc for ten cellos, the score of which had been lost since the premiere in 1981. Jensen transcribed a recording of the work to re-create the score. ACME has since performed Joan at the Met Breuer and will perform it at The Kennedy Center in spring 2018.

    ACME’s recordings appear on the Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Butterscotch, and New Amsterdam labels. ACME released its first portrait album on Sono Luminus in 2017, featuring music by members Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans, plus John Luther Adams. The Strad raved, “Warmth and care are fully evident in the ensemble’s immaculate, considered performances – the four composers could hardly wish for more committed, convincing accounts of their music.”

    ACME’s many collaborators have included The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Gibney Dance, Satellite Ballet, Jóhann Jóhannsson, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Blonde Redhead, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann.
    ACME Roster:

    Clarice Jensen Artistic Director, cello
    Timo Andres, piano
    Hideaki Aomori, clarinet
    Emily Brausa, cello
    Caleb Burhans, violin/viola
    Peter Dugan, piano
    Isabel Hagen, viola
    Alicia Lee, clarinet
    Laura Lutzke, violin
    Caitlin Lynch, viola
    Grey Mcmurray, guitar
    Andrew Rehrig, flute
    Yuki Numata Resnick, violin
    Ben Russell, violin
    Caroline Shaw, violin
    Chihiro Shibayama, percussion
    Alex Shiozaki, violin
    Nadia Sirota, viola
    Brian Snow, cello
    Mary Jo Stilp, violin
    Chris Thompson, percussion

     
  • richardmitnick 12:31 PM on February 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota at Q2: “Composers-Who-Like-Other-Composers” 

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    “We hear a lot of composers, and artists in general, bemoaning their being lumped into some category or another. Some are irate over some genre classification that sounds trite or inappropriate, or frustrated at being mentioned in the same breath as colleagues of theirs with whom perhaps they are less-than-thrilled to be associated.

    This kind of complaint is in fact so common that I find myself being curiously drawn to those composers who actively display community, associating themselves strongly with other musicians, even other composers! This week is all about composers-who-like-other-composers, and we’re devoting programming to the Composers Collective.

    Performing is inherently a community-based endeavor. I like working with other musicians and I like the kind of elegant interpretations that are only possible after hashing things out grittily in rehearsal. Composing, on the other hand, can seem to be a lonely practice; one must, at some point sit down in solitude and put notes on paper. Many, many composers are very happy to work in relative isolation (think Xenakis). From time to time, though, composers seek out or stumble upon a sort of community (think Les Six). We’ll explore a bunch of different composer collectives this week, namely Bang On a Can, the NOW Ensemble, Sleeping Giant, Ears Open!, and Common Sense.”

    See the full article here.


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  • richardmitnick 7:12 AM on February 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times: yMusic Brings Its Versatility to Ecstatic Music Festival 

    This article is copyright protected, so just a few notes.

    By WILLIAM ROBIN
    February 3, 2012

    “Over an eight-day stretch in December members of the chamber sextet yMusic finished a Midwest tour with the folk band Bon Iver; accompanied the indie-rock acts My Brightest Diamond and the National at the Beacon Theater; played with the New York Philharmonic; performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; and participated in recording sessions for the singer and songwriter Beth Orton, the band Dirty Projectors and Trey Anastasio, the frontman of Phish.

    For yMusic the difference between hip-hop and classical music is more an issue of performance practice than of impassable boundaries, a shift of style rather than genre. As members of Generation Y — hence the group’s name — the players grew up with the Internet, whose breakdown of artistic barriers has informed the ensemble’s outlook. Its versatility serves not only unclassifiable composers like Mr. Lott but also more conventional ones who weave pop idioms into their music.


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    Rob Moose, violin
    CJ Camerieri, trumpet
    Clarice Jensen, cello
    Alex Sopp, flute
    Hideaki Aomori, reeds
    Nadia Sirota, Viola

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    This approach intersects with that of the Ecstatic Music Festival, which is in its second season at Merkin Concert Hall. Judd Greenstein, the festival’s curator, prizes yMusic’s open ears.”

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  • richardmitnick 9:38 PM on February 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “Jherek Bischoff & Wordless Music Orchestra: Live from Merkin Concert Hall” 

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    Just Announced: A Live Webcast of the Ecstatic Music Festival’s SOLD-OUT Opening Concert
    Saturday, February 04, 2012

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    “This Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of the Ecstatic Music Festival’s sold-out opening concert, featuring Seattle-based producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff. The concert marks the first-ever collaboration between Wordless Music Orchestra and the Ecstatic Music Festival.

    Saturday’s show will feature Bischoff in collaboration with a number of A-list “rock” innovators, including David Byrne, Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls, singer/songwriter Mirah, Carla Bozulich of the influential alt-country band the Geraldine Fibbers, composer/performer Charlie Looker, and fellow Dead Science member Sam Mickens.”

    Listen to Bischoff discuss Saturday’s upcoming performance in a recent interview with host Nadia Sirota.

    See the full article here.

     
  • richardmitnick 2:20 PM on February 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams in The Greene Space” in March 2012 

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

    “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.

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    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.

     
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