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  • richardmitnick 2:05 PM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "The Vanity of trees", , New Amsterdam Records, , Padma Newsome   

    From New Amsterdam Records: “Padma Newsome’s ‘The Vanity of trees'” 

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    New sonic-essay from acclaimed musician, inspired by landscape of Padma
    Newsome’s home for the past 14 years, Mallacoota, Australia

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    Padma Newsome Photo Credit: Rachel Mounsey

    Out Nov. 16 — learn more and pre-order here.

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    The Vanity of trees is a sonic essay inspired by the landscape of Padma Newsome’s home of the past 14 years, Mallacoota, Australia. The small town of about 1000 people sits along an inlet of the Tasman Sea in the far eastern corner of Victoria, along the edge of wild sea and forest. “Beauty and a stifling harshness exudes: a seeming wonderland of internal rarefied struggle,” Newsome says of the landscape, where he lives a lifestyle of reflection and seclusion.

    Newsome constructs a warm sonic world that explores the woods that envelope his life in the country, including the character-filled trees that have become his closest neighbors and the life they support — Koalas, Lyrebirds, King Parrots, Wombats, Possums, Goannas, and sporadic humans and households. In addition, the record looks at the isolationism and toughness in remote country, the desolation that emerges and destroys families and lives.

    Newsome describes the setting:

    “Grey Gums, some of the main characters, often Koala’d, and stooped in the distance around a pond: a three tree stand. Also distant, but envied, the angophera floribunda, recent from a beating by the Fruit Bats, but still lays a long and broad shade. In absentia, the Snow Gum, who beckons like a phantom from the highlands: a ghostly beauty.

    The Black Wattle, first to be cast and to the left down into a steep escarpment as I wander up the slow winding damp road, now a year later, I see a black puny silhouette, strangled, ‘It’s all I am so what, so what.’

    A statue and fierce in death, an all gnarled Cherry Ballart, bonded to the roots of a Bloodwood, lower limbs cut by man, with bulbous giant black warts clustered at its elbows and corners. Mystery dwellers, long gone, an empty inedible elegance.

    No longer with us: a mature She-oak, allocasuarina, she and he, two friends both laid strewn together after a great storm. They had fallen arm in arm perhaps in a death tryst. White ant, the quiet destroyer, had gotten right in and that same night had felled the most Proud Trunk, an ancient tome. We felt it in our beds and attics, quaking the hill from miles away.

    On neutral ground a towering Bloodwood stands next to a pair of Grey Gums, where the night singers sing under sky and stars.

    At the last, we leave a hollowed clearing. It slowly fills with leaves and sighs and leaves until moist and cold ghosts are silent and mouldy. A single human darkened in shadow looks behind, but the puny Black Wattle has demised.”

    Newsome wrote, performed and recorded the music in large, committed sweeps – relying almost entirely on his gut, ear and modest equipment. His blend of classical, folk and post-rock influences swathed in shifting textures are both grounded and punctuated with his classic and extended techniques on violin and piano. There is an embedded modernism tucked away amongst the leaves. Newsome’s haunting, sometimes yearning, vocals are imbued with his deep respect for his wild companions; the result is a collection of earnest and evocative pieces as sonically varied as the landscape that Newsome honors.

    All instruments and vocals on The Vanity of trees were performed by Newsome, with the exception of the bass recorder, which was performed by Monica Schmidt Andersen. All tracks were recorded and mixed by Newsome except for “Tacky Parlour” and “All Hollowed Out” which were mixed by Anthony “ToK” Norris. Norris also mastered all of the tracks at Norris at ToKwerX in Melbourne.

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


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    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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

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  • richardmitnick 11:05 AM on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arts + Literature Laboratory, , New Amsterdam Records, ,   

    From New Amsterdam Records via ALL: “Subtle Degrees” 

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    Arts+Literature Laboratory

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    Subtle Degrees
    Date:
    September 18, 2018
    Time:

    Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
    Admission:

    $12 in advance/$15 at door

    Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

    On Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8pm, ALL presents SUBTLE DEGREES, a new two-musician ensemble consisting of Travis Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). The duo’s uncategorizable sound evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant garde jazz, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music. Laplante is also the founder/composer of saxophone quartet Battle Trance and the ensemble Little Women.

    Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $12 at https://subtledegrees.bpt.me or $15 at the door. Online ticket sales close 1 hour before the show. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8pm.

    ‘A Dance That Empties’ is Travis Laplante’s latest album-length composition written for Subtle Degrees, a brand new ensemble consisting of Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Truly singular and unique in scope, the duo evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, trance, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music. ‘A Dance That Empties’ is Laplante’s most risky piece to date. The extremely demanding composition pushes the players to the limit both technically and physically, while the raw and vulnerable instrumentation makes for an intimately emotional experience for both performers and audience.

    Ceremonial in shape and form, ‘A Dance That empties’ is a journey that unfolds over the course of approximately 40 minutes, with musical motifs that foreshadow, reoccur, and evolve. The piece refines sonic territory that Laplante has become known for in his saxophone quartet Battle Trance as well as his solo saxophone work, utilizing long periods of circular breathing, and using highly unusual saxophone fingering to create specific resonances. ‘A Dance That Empties’ adds the distinctly new element of complex rhythms (precisely executed by Gerald Cleaver) that compel the listener to completely lose themselves in the hypnotically repetitive, yet consistently and subtly shifting grooves.

    Travis Laplante
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    Travis Laplante is a saxophonist, composer, and qigong practitioner living in Brooklyn, New York and southern Vermont. He leads Battle Trance, the acclaimed tenor saxophone quartet; he is also known for his solo saxophone work and his longstanding ensemble Little Women. Laplante has recently performed and/or recorded with Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Peter Evans, Sō Percussion, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Buke and Gase, Darius Jones, Mat Maneri, and Matt Mitchell, among others. He has toured his music extensively and has appeared at major international festivals such as Moers Festival (Germany), Jazz Em Agosto (Portugal), International Jazz Festival Saalfelden (Austria), Hopscotch (Raleigh, NC), Earshot (Seattle, WA), and many others.

    Popmatters hailed Laplante’s compositions as “an achievement not just for the saxophone, but for avant garde composition as a whole” while the New York Times called Battle Trance’s debut album Palace of Wind “mesmerizing… a floating tapestry of fascinating textures made up of tiny musical motifs, and a music that throbs with tension between stillness and agitation, density and light.”

    Laplante has served as guest faculty at the Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus, Denmark), Dartmouth College, and The New School. As a qigong student of master Robert Peng, Laplante has undergone traditional intensive training. His focus in recent years, under the tutelage of Laura Stelmok, has been on Taoist alchemical medicine and the cultivation of the heart. Laplante is passionate about the intersection of music and medicine. He and his wife are the founders of Sword Hands, a qigong and acupuncture healing practice based in Brooklyn, New York and Putney, Vermont.

    Gerald Cleaver
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    Gerald Cleaver is one of the New York jazz scene’s leading drummer and composers, who covers a wide range of stylistic ground. Having played with jazz masters Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris and Ray Bryant as well as the leading lights of the AACM, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill, he is a product of many traditions within creative music.

    Cleaver is known for his associations with Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Gayle, Miroslav Vitous, Mario Pavone, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Joe Morris, Jeremy Pelt, Craig Taborn and Yaron Herman. He is also the leader of the bands Uncle June (a reflection on the personal and familial challenges of Black Americans during The Great Migration featuring Tony Malaby, Andrew Bishop, Mat Maneri, Craig Taborn and Drew Gress), Violet Hour (a tribute to Detroit featuring Jeremy Pelt, JD Allen, Andrew Bishop, Ben Waltzer and Chris Lightcap), Black Host (a noisy avant-garde group featuring Pascal Niggenkemper, Cooper-Moore, Darius Jones and Brandon Seabrook) and Farmers By Nature (a free-improvising collective co-led with bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn).

    See the full article here .


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    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 11:58 AM on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Detroit Symphony Orchestra, , New Amsterdam Records, , Strange Beautiful Music 2018   

    From New Amsterdam Records: ‘Detroit Symphony Orchestra” 

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    Strange Beautiful Music 2018
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    Friday September 14 and Saturday, September 15 | 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    New Music Detroit brings their 11th annual marathon music festival to The Cube, the DIA and The Wright Museum! The avant-garde production features experimental and far-reaching sounds ranging from contemporary chamber music and European folk to experimental electronics and noise improvisation.

    Pricing
    General Admission – Single Day (Advance) – $10
    General Admission – Single Day (Door) – $20
    General Admission 2-day Weekend Pass (Advance) – $20*
    General Admission 2-day Weekend Pass (Door) – $30
    VIP 2-day Weekend Pass $125*

    VIP Weekend Pass holders will receive:
    • One reserved seat throughout the entire festival (The Cube, DIA, The Wright Museum)
    • One complimentary drink, with access to cash bar thereafter
    • One New Music Detroit T-shirt
    • One New Music Detroit CD
    General admission and VIP weekend passes can be purchased by calling the DSO Box Office at 313.576.5111.

    Lineup:

    Friday, September 14 | 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Charles Wright Museum (315 E. Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)

    3:00 PM – Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet
    4:00 PM – Akropolis Reed Quintet
    5:00 PM – Tia Imani Hanna Ensemble
    5:50 PM – Maria Chavez

    Friday, September 14 | 7 p.m. -10 p.m.
    Detroit Institute of Arts** (5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202)

    7:00 PM – James Cornish Ensemble Opera
    8:00 PM – Marcus Elliot’s Beyond Rebellious Ensemble
    **General admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties – seats are based on first-come, first-served basis. VIP 2-day Weekend Pass holders will have a reserved seat.

    Saturday, September 15 | 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    The Cube (3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
    2:00 PM – Betsy Soukup
    3:00 PM – Detroit Composers Project
    4:00 PM – Whoopknox
    5:00 PM – Contemporary Directions Ensemble
    6:00 PM – ONO
    7:00 PM – Subtle Degrees
    8:00 PM – Synergistic Mythologies
    9:00 PM – New Music Detroit
    10:00 PM – Saajtak

    Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
    3711 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48201

    Box Office
    313.576.5111
    Summer Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm
    Plus 2 hours prior to concerts *

    Dates, times, prices, programs, and artists are subject to change.

    See the full article here .


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    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 2:27 PM on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , New Amsterdam Records, , Silent Voices   

    From New Amsterdam Records: “ANNOUNCING: Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s Silent Voices” 

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    “Among choral groups, Brooklyn Youth Chorus stands alone.”

    • Rebecca Milzoff, New York Magazine

    ANNOUNCING:

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s
    Silent Voices

    feat. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with works by Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian,
    Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky,
    Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon,
    Kamala Sankaram, and Caroline Shaw

    out Oct. 26 — learn more and pre-order here
    Album Release Show

    Tuesday, Nov. 6 – 7:00pm
    (Le) Poisson Rouge
    New York, NY

    (Le) Poisson Rouge


    (Le) Poisson Rouge Event Tortoise 3-16-2016


    MORE INFO & TICKETS

    New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce the upcoming sophomore album from Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Silent Voices. Out Oct. 26, the album will be available in digital and CD formats and is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

    The album features a selection of works from the Chorus’s ongoing multimedia, multi-composer concert series of the same name, installments of which have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (May 2017), National Sawdust (April 2018) and PROTOTYPE Festival (Jan 2017). On the album, pieces from Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”), Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), Mary Kouyoumdjian, Paul Miller/DJ Spooky, Nico Muhly, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, Kamala Sankaram, and Caroline Shaw are performed by
    Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

    The Silent Voices project began during the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s 25th anniversary season, born out of the desire to create music that was both topically relevant to its very own choristers, and to the time and place in which we all live. Silent Voices gives voice to those that have been silenced or marginalized, and harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change.

    The Chorus commissioned a diverse group of innovative artists to interpret rich historical narratives and personal stories creating individual works that explore race and identity, gender and sexuality, inequity and social disparity. The series began developing prior to the 2016 election when the political prospects looked very different.

    “After the election, the importance and interpretation of the work changed—just because people’s focus on these issues of racism, sexism, immigration, minorities, and climate change became much more personal,” explains Brooklyn Youth Chorus Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker.

    “All of a sudden the fear, and the divisiveness, and the categorization—who’s in and who belongs and who’s out—all had very different kinds of meanings. People were frightened, and young people were frightened. All young people are in some way also silent voices in society, because they’re so undervalued. But they in many ways are much more evolved in their thinking than many adults. This world is changing in the hands of young people, and it’s time for people to hear that.”

    The album’s libretto is drawn from personal narratives, interviews, and historical texts, including original writings by Claudia Rankine (Citizen), and passages from authors and thinkers including Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow; George Savile, Marquis of Halifax’s 17th century chapbook to his daughter, The Lady’s New-Year’s Gift; and Patricia Bell-Scott’s The Firebrand and the First Lady, which draws from letters between civil rights activist Pauli Murray and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Unifying this musically and topically broad work is the distinctively beautiful sound of the rigorously-trained singers—a chorus of culturally and socioeconomically diverse New York City young people, ages 12–18. This collection of songs and voices has empowered the young singers to use their voices to uplift others, creating music that truly matters.

    A selection of works featured on the Silent Voices album will be performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus and ICE at NYC’s (Le) Poisson Rouge on Nov. 6, which is, appropriately, Election Day—a day that brings opportunity for Americans to address the very issues the project explores. As Brooklyn Youth Chorus members are not yet able to vote, Silent Voices is an opportunity for their voices to be heard on this critical day.

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    Brooklyn Youth Chorus Credit: Kathryn Tornelli

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 9:35 AM on August 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , New Amsterdam Records, , Nostalgic Synchronic, , QQQ, , Shara Nova, ,   

    From New Amsterdam Records: “NewAm Fundraising Concert” 

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    From New Amsterdam Records

    NewAm Fundraising Concert:

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    Saturday, Sept. 8 – 2pm
    175 Hun Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

    Featuring performances from
    Nostalgic Synchronic
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    Dan Trueman Princeton, New Jersey

    The Hands Free
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    KEPR

    Mary Halvorson and

    Mary Halvorson by Amani Willett

    QQQ,
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    https://unsplash.com/search/photos/qqq

    Sō Percussion

    So Percussion in performance byVartoogian-FrontRowPhotos

    and (just added!)
    Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond
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    photographer: Joe Lencioni.

    Join us in Princeton, NJ on September 8 for an intimate outdoor concert featuring performances by New Amsterdam artists.

    All ages are welcome, and light fare and an open bar will be provided.

    Established on principles of community, artistic diversity, and stylistic freedom, New Amsterdam Records is a 501(c)(3) non-profit artist services organization dedicated to supporting the projects and careers of boundary-breaking artists.

    We need your help to fulfill this mission.

    Tickets to the event are by suggestion donation, but guests are invited to pay whatever they are able.

    Proceeds help support New Amsterdam artists, composers, and students.

    If you can’t make it, you can still directly support our mission with a donation. Any amount helps.

    Thank you so much – we cannot do it without you!

    RSVP or DONATE

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 1:58 PM on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From New Amsterdam Records: Brooks Frederickson’s “Small Works” 

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    From New Amsterdam Records

    NOW AVAILABLE:

    Brooks Frederickson’s
    Small Works
    available exclusively through
    New Amsterdam’s Bandcamp Subscription
    as part of new Windmill Series

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    Artwork by Katrina Neumann

    Small Works is the new album from Durham-based composer Brooks Frederickson. The record is available exclusively through New Amsterdam’s Bandcamp subscription as part of the Windmill Series, a new digitally-focused set of releases for subscribers in addition to our existing release schedule. Subscribe today to receive the album, which will be released on all other platforms on November 16.

    Composer Brooks Frederickson’s debut album Small Works is a snapshot of the community of collaborators Brooks lived and worked with in Brooklyn. The community includes some of the leading contemporary music interpreters of today: Ashley Bathgate (Bang on a Can All Stars), Eliza Bagg (Pavo Pavo), all three members of Bearthoven (Matt Evans, Karl Larson, Pat Swoboda), Exceptet, Longleash, and Brendon Randall-Myers (Invisible Anatomy / Marateck). Small Works comes from not only the small forces needed for each piece, but also from the small amount of material that acts as the germ for each piece.

    The album includes premiere recordings of four of Brooks’ chamber works written between 2014-2017. This group of pieces, some of which have been presented by MATA, premiered at Le Poisson Rouge and presented as a part of Sō Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound series, show Brooks’ interest in building musical worlds out of limited materials.

    The works were recorded at Oktaven Audio by Ryan Streber and Guilford Sound by Dave Snyder. The recordings have been edited, mixed and mastered by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio.

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 8:35 AM on August 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: New Amsterdam Records, , Roomful of Teeth announces new 2018-2019 tour dates   

    From New Amsterdam Records: “Roomful of Teeth announces new 2018-2019 tour dates” 

    New Amsterdam Records is at the heart of the New Music environment

    SUPPORT NEWAM

    From New Amsterdam Records

    Performances include the group’s
    annual residency and concert
    at MASS MoCA on August 24

    MASS MoCA by Jessica Rinaldi-Globe

    New album feat. the group’s performance of
    Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia with Seattle Symphony out now

    Room Full of Teeth by Bonica Ayala

    “Roomful of Teeth is making some of the most rigorously venturesome and thrillingly inventive music being made by any ensemble, vocal or instrumental.” – David Hajdu, The Nation

    “The agility of the voices and multicolored blend
    they achieve are extraordinary.”

    • Tom Huizenga, NPR

    “In addition to transforming the way
    contemporary composers write for the voice,
    Roomful of Teeth also possesses the ability to
    fundamentally change the way we listen.”

    • Amanda Cook, I Care If You Listen

    Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth announces new performances for 2018 and 2019 that include a production with groundbreaking director Peter Sellars, and a collaboration with acclaimed composer Bryce Dessner that honors the work of Robert Mapplethorpe.

    Upcoming tour dates include Roomful of Teeth’s 9th annual residency at MASS MoCA, where the group will work with guest artists Richard Beaudoin, Claire Chase, and American Composers Forum participants Mingjia Chen, Mary Kouyoumdjian and Peter S. Shin. The group’s residency will culminate in a performance on Friday, August 24 of Richard Beaudoin’s Another Woman of Another Kind (also featuring Claire Chase), and an arrangement of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion. More information here.

    Roomful of Teeth also recently performed live on PRI’s Studio 360. Click here to hear the group perform and discuss its inspirations, creative approach, and more.

    Roomful of Teeth’s live performances:
    Please see the full article for the listing of concerts with links.

    More about Roomful of Teeth

    Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

    Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Commissioned Composers include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Toby Twining, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, Ted Hearne and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

    Roomful of Teeth is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Learn more at http://www.roomfulofteeth.org

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 10:51 AM on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fundraising Concert, New Amsterdam Records,   

    From New Amsterdam Records: “NewAm Fundraising Concert” 

    New Amsterdam Records is at the heart of the New Music environment

    SUPPORT NEWAM

    From New Amsterdam Records

    Saturday, Sept. 8 – 2pm
    175 Hun Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

    Featuring performances from
    Nostalgic Synchronic, The Hands Free, Mary Halvorson and Robbie Lee, QQQ,
    and Sō Percussion.

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    LEARN MORE

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 1:25 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bon Iver + TU Dance Company, , New Amsterdam Records,   

    From NO DEPRESSION Presented by New Amsterdam: “Bon Iver + TU Dance Company Come Through The Hollywood Bowl” 

    New Amsterdam Records is at the heart of the New Music environment

    SUPPORT NEWAM

    From New Amsterdam Records

    via

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    NO DEPRESSION

    Bon Iver on August 5, 2018

    In another enchanting evening at the Hollywood Bowl, Sunday night was the West Coast premiere of the collaboration between Bon Iver and the TU Dance company performing “Come Through” for an appreciative Los Angeles audience.

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    We got there early for once, and were rewarded by both a leisurely picnic and a super interesting performance by “Spiritual America” – another collaboration, by William Brittelle, and performed by Wye Oak with Metropolis Ensemble.

    William Brittelle Provided by Stephen Taylor

    “Spiritual America” is a good title for this project, because it sounds kind of all over the place, but still beautiful … as spirituality in America definitely also is. We used the term “Experimental” a lot while listening, as it hit you in the same sort of place that Björk’s more out there stuff does, then brought it back to a more ethereal, dreamy space, that was made even more so by the colors of dusk and the emerging stars and moon.

    “Nostalgia is a poison,” opined singer Jenn Wasner at one point, causing us to do a double-take look at each other and back to her, as I’ve never thought about nostalgia as such, but when you think about it … hmm. Their last number was called “Shriek”, I believe, and Wasner said it was “about understanding the power of believing in your own myth.” But not nostalgia. And that rather nicely sums up their set, and their sound. Wasner closed their set by saying, “We’re Wye Oak … and we did a thing.” And we dug it.

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    We also dug the absolutely gorgeous night that we were sitting within – which was also Scene Central – as scores of KCRW listeners came out in a mass L.A. agreement that this was the place to be. They weren’t wrong. Once Bon Iver took to the sparse set of the Bowl stage, with the dancers from TU Dance bringing his music to life, it looked and sounded as if everyone was more than happy to be right exactly there. Here’s a sneak preview so you know what I’m talking about:

    Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) has come a long way sonically since his breakout hit, For Emma, Forever Ago. This bearded cat from Wisconsin seems awfully far from his cabin in the Wisconsin woods, incorporating Autotune on a majority of the songs – a sound that, honestly, makes me want to puncture my own eardrums to stop hearing. Why, Bon Iver? It’s really not necessary, when all the talent gathered is so natural and beautiful, why warp it all up to sound like T-Pain? But I digress …

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    Bon Iver/Justin Vernon

    The St. Paul, Minnesota (so I loved them before they took a step) based TU Dance performed mesmerizing modern dance choreography in front of Vernon and his ensemble of musicians in the dark on a scaffold behind them. Video screens behind them all flashed words like “Laughing” “Crying”, “Power” and “America” with trippy colors and shapes swirling into a mind-bending whole that hit all the senses. There was also definitely a socio-political slant to the whole deal, in another example of art being the hammer that shapes reality.

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    TU Dance

    All of the music was new to this project, so no one knew anything to sing or dance along to, but no matter … we were all happy to just sit there and take it all in over copious amounts of wine. Perfect. As all the songs were new, I have no idea of the set list, but suffice it to say that every track packed an emotional punch, especially when so beautifully enacted by this strong troupe of modern dancers. WOW.

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    At one point the music even veered into hip hop territory, and caused us to do another double-take … like “This isn’t Bon Iver” – but it was. It was Bon Iver stretching and reaching, feeling and creating, to bring us an extravaganza for the senses in a performance that anyone who was there will not soon forget. The whole place stood up and applauded at the end, breaking the spell, but still leaving us all feeling dreamy, as the dazed masses wandered back out into the streets of L.A.

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    “Welcome to Hollywood, what’s your dream?’, asked the street hustler asks at the beginning and end of Pretty Woman. Well, last night for nearly 18,000 people in Hollywood, the answer was Come Through.

    *There are plans for this show to be taken on the road. You will not want to miss.

    *William Brittelle photo by Stephen Taylor

    *Wye Oak photo by Alex Marks

    *Bon Iver photo by Andrew Blackstein

    *TU Dance photos by Michael Slabodian

    *Bowl performance photos by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

    See the full article here .

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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 11:20 AM on August 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , New Amsterdam Records   

    From New Amsterdam Records: “Aizuri Quartet announces debut album Blueprinting out September 28 on New Amsterdam Records” 

    New Amsterdam Records is at the heart of the New Music environment

    SUPPORT NEWAM

    From New Amsterdam Records

    Watch the album preview trailer here.

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    Aizuri Quartet. L-R: Ariana Kim (violin); Ayane Kozasa (viola); Miho Saegusa (violin); Karen Ouzounian (cello).
    Photo credit: Shervin Lainez.

    “A quartet of expert collaborators, who cogently traverse a range of repertoire staples and modern works.”
    — William Robin, The New York Times

    Award-winning, NYC-based Aizuri Quartet announces their debut album, Blueprinting, which will be released September 28 on New Amsterdam Records. It will be available in digital, CD and vinyl formats and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp here.

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    Blueprinting features new works written for the Aizuri Quartet by five of today’s most exciting American composers — Lembit Beecher, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, and Paul Wiancko — who all possess a special understanding of the expressive range and power the Aizuri Quartet is capable of harnessing. The result is a collection of viscerally powerful pieces that glow with ingenuity and push the string quartet in inventive and unexpected ways.

    Aizuri Quartet was founded in 2012 and draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail. The group has equal devotion to performing works from the past and present, forming a dialogue between classic and contemporary music and bringing the same respect to new pieces as those by Beethoven or Schumann, and as such has been awarded Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and Third Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London.

    As the album title suggests, Blueprinting implies building a project that takes time and requires significant planning. The works featured on the album were all born out of a close collaboration between the quartet and the composers, and Aizuri Quartet committed to exploring the full spectrum of the story behind each piece, adding layers of richness through their discovery during long rehearsals, workshops, performances, and tours. These pieces have become a central and personal part of Aizuri Quartet’s repertoire, and embody the inquisitive spirit and infectious energy of the quartet.

    Blueprinting opens with Gabriella Smith’s “Carrot Revolution”, written as a response to the Barnes Foundation’s exhibit The Order of Things in which paintings from Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ collection were displayed with other, mostly unexpected, objects. As such, Smith celebrates new ways of looking at old things, such as the string quar­tet and her musical influences (including Bach, Gregorian chant, Georgian folk songs, and Celtic fiddle tunes) by juxtaposing drastically different techniques and sounds. Caroline Shaw’s “Blueprint” follows, which Shaw describes as a harmonic reduction of Beethoven’s string quartet Op. 18 No. 6 and serves as a conversation without words between the Aizuri Quartet, Beethoven and Haydn.

    Yevgeniy Sharlat’s two-part “RIPEFG”, written in honor of his dear friend, the late composer Ethan Frederick Greene, adds color and texture with the addition of a melodica, an instrument Greene would also bring to lessons. A two-movement suite from Lembit Beecher’s chamber opera “Sophia’s Forest” follows, which depicts the inner world of the opera’s narrator — a 9-year old girl named Sophia who arrives in the US with only her mother after her father disappeared in a civil war — through a sound world made by the quartet and nine custom-built, electronically-con­trolled sound sculptures that generate sound acoustically from bike wheels and wine glasses. The album concludes with Paul Wiancko’s three-part piece “LIFT”, which he describes as “an investigation of elation in musical form” as he “joyously explores the capacity for harmony, color, and rhythm itself to evoke and inspire” — an appropriate finale to an album built on exploration, expression, and wonder.

    Blueprinting tracklisting:

    1. Carrot Revolution (composed by Gabriella Smith)
    2. Blueprint (composed by Caroline Shaw)
    3. RIPEFG – I. (composed by Yevgeniy Sharlat)
    4. RIPEFG – II. (composed by Yevgeniy Sharlat)
    5. Sophia’s Wide Awake Dreams – Dream Nr. 1 (composed by Lembit Beecher)
    6. Sophia’s Wide Awake Dreams – Dream Nr. 2 (composed by Lembit Beecher)
    7. LIFT – Part I (composed by Paul Wiancko)
    8. LIFT – Part II (composed by Paul Wiancko)
    9. LIFT – Part III [Glacial – Maniacal – Lift] (composed by Paul Wiancko)

    Aizuri Quartet is: Ariana Kim and Miho Saegusa (violins); Ayane Kozasa (viola); and Karen Ouzounian (cello).

    The pieces on Blueprinting were made possible by support from the Curtis Institute of Music, Curtis on Tour, the Barnes Foundation, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

    Blueprinting was recorded, produced, edited, mixed and mastered by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon, NY. Nathan Debrine was the assistant engineer, with additional editing by Charles Mueller. Melodica by Ayane Kozasa (tracks 3 and 4) and sound sculptures by Lembit Beecher (tracks 5 and 6).

    Live performances of Blueprinting repertoire:

    09/26/18: New Orleans, LA @ University of New Orleans (Full Album Recital)

    10/26/18: Ann Arbor, MI @ Rackham Auditorium at the University of Michigan (UMS Recital for Grand M-Prize Win, presented by the University Musical Society)

    10/28/18: Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust (Full Album Recital)

    11/8/18-11/10/18: Marshfield, VT @ Scrag Mountain Music

    More About Aizuri Quartet:

    Praised by the Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique and emotions,” the Aizuri Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and Third Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, the Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past in which “every note is lovingly crafted and savored” (Washington Post).

    Based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet was the 2017-2018 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presenting five unique programs throughout the season, which the New York Times called “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative.” Previously the Quartet was the 2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and from 2014-2016, the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Throughout its residency, the Quartet appeared internationally in Curtis on Tour performances in Bremen, Dresden, Paris and Salzburg, in Aspen, Logan, Napa, La Jolla and Davis with clarinetist Michael Rusinek, at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New York City’s Morgan Library and Museum with cellist Peter Wiley, and throughout Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico with violist Roberto Díaz. Additionally, the Quartet was the resident ensemble of the 2014 Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute and was the recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi JCCI Career Grant.

    Highlights of the Quartet’s recent and upcoming seasons include a multi-city tour of Japan, debut recitals at the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music at the Barns, Schneider Concerts in New York City, Princeton University’s Summer Chamber Music Concerts, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, the Artosphere Festival and the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, and residencies with Cornell University, Scrag Mountain Music, North Carolina State University, Chamber Music Abu Dhabi, and IRIS Orchestra.

    Finding great joy in working with contemporary composers and exploring unusual collaborations, the Aizuri Quartet is proud to have commissioned and premiered works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw (Blueprint), Paul Wiancko (LIFT), Yevgeniy Sharlat (RIPEFG), Gabriella Smith (Carrot Revolution), Rene Orth (Stripped), and Alyssa Weinberg (Parallels). The Quartet’s many and varied collaborative partners include pianists Jonathan Biss and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, eighth blackbird in specially-curated performances of Terry Riley’s “In C,” the Aeolus Quartet, poet Denice Frohman, and singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke. Most recently the Quartet premiered the 65-minute chamber opera Sophia’s Forest by Lembit Beecher, featuring the Aizuri Quartet, soprano Kiera Duffy, and expansive, custom-built sound sculptures in Philadelphia in September 2017.

    Combining their deep study of classical music with a naturally warm and exuberant approach to audiences and students, the Aizuri Quartet is passionate about creating diverse points of entry into the string quartet repertoire. As its 2015 resident ensemble, the Quartet worked closely with Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation to develop programs and commission new works that forged meaningful connections between music and visual art. The Quartet was featured throughout the Curtis-Coursera online course “The World of the String Quartet,” which was hosted by Arnold Steinhardt and has reached thousands of students from over a hundred countries.

    Learn more at http://www.aizuriquartet.com.

    In all of our presenting and recording activities, NewAm holds firmly to its mission to support artists whose work lies outside of traditional music industry infrastructure – whether that be classical, pop/rock/indie, jazz, world, or experimental. In pursuit of this calling, NewAm often collaborates with like-minded organizations. Our past and ongoing partnerships with the River to River Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Art of Elan, the Indianapolis Symphony (multi-year residency), MoMA PS 1, Liquid Music, Galapagos Artspace and National Sawdust have yielded high-profile opportunities for our artists to present their work. On the records side, we often partner with other labels in order to offer our artists the best possible representation for their projects. Partner labels have included Bedroom Community (Iceland), Nonclassical (UK), One Little Indian (UK), Sono Luminus (USA), Cantaloupe (USA) and NNA Tapes (USA).

    See the full article here .


    five-ways-keep-your-child-safe-school-shootings

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    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

     
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