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  • richardmitnick 9:35 AM on April 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From (Le) Poisson Rouge: LPR X: Thomas Bartlett + Nico Muhly – Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music with Ensemble LPR 

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    Thu May 24th, 2018


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    Contemporary Classical

    Thomas Bartlett + Nico Muhly perform Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music with Ensemble LPR

    Using Colin McPhee’s transcriptions of Balinese music as a springboard for their own texturally hypnotic dual piano compositions, Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly perform a collection of nine new songs. Colin McPhee, whose music inspired tonight’s performance, was the first composer to seriously study the music of Java and Bali, producing a number of transcriptions for two pianos that reimagined the gamelan for Western ears. In turn, Bartlett and Muhly reimagine McPhee’s transcriptions for the 21st Century, borrowing their mesmerising interlocking patterns for a new collaborative album to be released on Nonesuch Records, Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music – which they will perform in its entirety tonight. They will be joined by members of Ensemble LPR on strings & percussion.

    The record, ten years in the making, was born from Bartlett and Muhly’s shared love of Colin McPhee’s music. McPhee himself was a close friend of Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears – an accomplished musician in his own right, for whom this collaborative project is named.

    The live iteration of a highly anticipated collaboration between Thomas Bartlett, also known as Doveman, and contemporary classical composer Nico Muhly kicks off Le Poisson Rogue’s special 10th anniversary music programme. Bartlett and Muhly will perform their forthcoming record Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music (Nonesuch Records) in its entirety.

    Ten years in the making, this recording was born from a love of Colin McPhee’s (1900-1964) transcriptions of Balinese ceremonial music for two pianos. The dual pianos translate the complicated overlapping patterns of gamelan music into a stylised, Western approximation. McPhee lived, in 1940, with the composer Benjamin Britten, his partner Peter Pears, W.H. Auden and other artists.

    McPhee and Britten recorded the suite in 1941, and while the recording’s audio quality is dated, it is evocative and points towards the music Britten wrote before his death in 1976. Bartlett and Muhly decided to write a set of nine songs loosely based on the textures and interlocking rhythms from McPhee’s transcriptions, as well as the various resonant sounds from Balinese music, but consolidated into their own stylised processes.

    The project is named after Peter Pears, who, in addition to being Britten’s partner, was an observer and collaborator not just of Britten, but of a larger community of musicians, writers, and thinkers.

    Thomas and Nico have both been frequent contributors to Le Poisson Rouge and we are delighted to welcome them back for this very special 10th Anniversary show where they will be joined by members of Ensemble LPR on strings and percussion.

    Thomas Bartlett. Kevin Yatarola Photography

    Nico Muhly. The New York Times

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    (Le) Poisson Rouge

    (Le) Poisson Rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue’s mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.

    LPR prides itself in offering the highest quality eclectic programming, impeccable acoustics, and bold design. The state-of-the art performance space, engineered by the legendary John Storyk/WSDG, offers full flexibility in multiple configurations: seated, standing, in-the-round, and numerous alternative arrangements. The adjoining gallery space — The Gallery at LPR — functions as an art gallery, secondary bar, and event space. A work of art itself, the physical facilities are the embodiment of the experimental philosophy that drives the venue.

    LPR is a source you can trust for exposure to visionary work, people of character, and a consistently dynamic environment. We invite you to immerse yourself in a nightlife of true substance and vitality.

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    engineering by John Storyk/WSDG (Electric Lady Studios, Jazz @ Lincoln Center)
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    Previous LPR Artists

    Anna Netrebko • Amon Tobin • Anthony Braxton • The Antlers • Arditti Quartet • Atoms for Peace • Battles • Beck • Bela Fleck • Bill Frisell • Brad Mehldau • Broadcast • Caroline Shaw • Cat Power • Chris Thile • Cut Copy • Dan Deacon • Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra • David Byrne • Dean & Britta • Death • Debbie Harry • Deerhoof • Deerhunter • Destroyer • Don DeLillo • Emanuel Ax • Erykah Badu • Fiery Furnaces • Florence & The Machine • Flying Lotus • Four Tet • Glen Hansard • Glenn Branca • Gregory Porter • Hélène Grimaud • Hilary Hahn • Hot Chip • Iggy Pop & the Stooges • J. Spaceman • Jeff Mangum • Jeremy Denk • John Adams • John Zorn • Juana Molina • Junip • Justin Vivian Bond • KD Lang • Kronos Quartet • Lady Gaga • Laurie Anderson • Liars • Little Dragon • Living Colour • Lorde • Lou Reed • Lydia Lunch • Lykke Li • Marc-André Hamelin • Marc Maron • Marc Ribot • Matt and Kim • Max Richter • Medeski Martin & Wood • Menahem Pressler • Mike Watt • Moby • Mono • Múm • Nico Muhly • No Age • Norah Jones • of Montreal • Os Mutantes • Patti Smith • Paul Simon • Philip Glass • Raekwon • Reggie Watts • Regina Spektor • RZA • Salman Rushdie • The Shins • Simone Dinnerstein • Sleigh Bells • So Percussion • Spoon • Squarepusher • Steve Reich • Terry Riley • They Might Be Giants • Throbbing Gristle • Tim Hecker • Tori Amos • Toumani Diabaté • Typhoon • Yo La Tengo • Yo-Yo Ma • Yoko Ono

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

    Bedroom Community

    Latest Releases

    Ben Frost The Center Cannot Hold

    Nadia Sirota Tessellatum

    Ben Frost Threshold Of Faith EP

    The Crash Ensemble Ghosts

    Valgeir Sigurðsson DISSONANCE

    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.


    Valgeir Sigurðsson

    Nico Muhly

    Ben Frost

    Sam Adidon

    Daniel Bjarnason


    Nadia Sirota

    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.

    For new music by living composers
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    For great Jazz

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  • richardmitnick 8:59 AM on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times: Nico Muhly On Opera and Life 

    Nico Muhly is one of today’s most important composers.

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

    Published: November 4, 2011

    Nico Muhly

    “Mr. Muhly, 30, whose high-profile commissions include a work for the Metropolitan Opera, said that as a gay man he is particularly interested in the government’s role in personal relationships. He explores a longstanding fascination with polygamy in his chamber opera “Dark Sisters,” a story of a polygamist family in a Mormon offshoot whose children are removed by state officials concerned about child abuse.”

    See the full article here.

  • richardmitnick 10:41 AM on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: Nico Muhly Discusses His Catalogue 


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

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Nico Muhly has already managed to build not one, but around three or four careers for himself as a composer. With his work on movie scores and indie-rock albums, he has one toe inching towards pop-culture recognition, while keeping one foot firmly in the classical mainstream with a substantial body of pieces composed for the likes of the New York Philharmonic and the English National Opera. And then there are his pet projects, the pieces he and a circle of close friends—folksinger Sam Amidon, singer/keyboardist Thomas Bartlett, electronic artists Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson, and violist Nadia Sirota—create together in Valgeir’s studio and on tour. But closest to Muhly’s heart is the repertoire of sacred choral music he’s created, drawing on his experiences as a boy chorister to write for music for performance in both churches and concert halls.”

    Listen to Nico Muhly introduce his works.”

    Nico Muhly

    See the full post and listen to some of the pieces here.

  • richardmitnick 1:44 PM on July 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Nadia Sirota on Q2 with Olivia Giovetti: “En-gay-gement Party” 

    Nadia Sirota on Q2 streams weekdays at 12:00 noon and midnight at Q2


    Celebrating gay and lesbian composers

    “Usually, we remember where we were when national tragedy hits. However, I’m willing to bet that we’ll someday be telling our grandchildren where we were on the night of Friday, June 24, when the New York State legislature approved a gay marriage bill—becoming the sixth state of the union to legalize same-sex marriage.

    I got the call when we were leaving the celebratory and life-affirming The Cunning Little Vixen at the New York Philharmonic. Friends in the audience for The Normal Heart heard the news announced from the stage and one friend discovered the passing when he went to take his dog out for an evening walk in the West Village. The amount of love passing around the city and Internet ether was flooring.

    We’re continuing the love this week with a celebration of gay and lesbian composers. We kick off with the jubilant Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, who, in Alex Ross’s words, was gay “on certain days of the week” and grappled with his sexuality at a time when society was closely closeted (one imagines that he tapped into his own personal struggles when penning his 1983 opera, A Quiet Place).

    We also look at real-life musical partners like Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti or John Corigliano and Mark Adamo, and even go back in time to hear the radical musical leanings of such greats as Tchaikovsky and Benjamin Britten, while also setting the dial forward to hear works by Corey Dargel, Meredith Monk and Eve Beglarian.”

    At the web page for this program, you will also find an “…archival interview (with music!) between this show’s regular host Nadia Sirota and composer Nico Muhly, which was produced as part of WNYC’s 2009 Homophony Festival.”

    Olivia Giovetti

    Nadia Sirota

  • richardmitnick 4:41 PM on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Nico Muhly: Seeing Is Believing – Out Today 


    Nico Muhly’s new album, Seeing Is Believing is out today, available at Amazon. I listened to it at NPR/music and I loved it. I bought it today in .mp3. I am not a musician or a critic, so, no judgements here. You can still visit the NPR/music page to listen to the album.

    Suffice it to say, Nico is probably the most important new New Music composer on the scene today. Nico is about 30 years old. If you want to see how prolific he has been, check him out on this page at Wikipedia. If you are a Q2 listener, you know you will hear plenty of his work.

  • richardmitnick 4:01 PM on June 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: ” ‘Hi, I’m Nico Muhly…’ “ 

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

    Nico Muhly Provides Personalized Introductions to his Key Works
    Friday, June 17, 2011

    Nico Muhly

    “Joining us from the BBC studios in London in advance of the world premiere of Two Boys, Nico Muhly also takes time to conduct us through a tour of the kaleidoscopic influences behind his already prodigious catalog.

    From his musical awakenings as a boy chorister singing English verse anthems to throwing together dinners for close friends to the tone rows of Webern’s Op. 24, all manner of inspiration, both timeless and contemporary, sacred and secular, finds expression in his music. Through the ensemble of these exclusive introductions, we begin to appreciate the complexity of a compositional voice that is searching to define itself as both uncompromisingly modern and distinctive but also steeped in tradition and indebted to such elder statesmen as Steve Reich, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, David Lang, Christopher Rouse and David Rakowski.

    Hear these introductions preceding the piece in question in Olivia Giovetti’s interview with Nico Muhly Monday at noon and throughout the entire five-day festival, ENO Does Nico, beginning Monday, June 20.”

    Listen to over thirty tracks here at the web page.

    Olivia Giovetti

  • richardmitnick 6:17 AM on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    At NPR/music: First Listen – Nico Muhly, ‘Seeing Is Believing’ 

    by Olivia Giovetti of WQXR and Q2
    June 12, 2011

    Olivia Giovetti

    Nico Muhly has a flair for entrances. His 2007 album, Speaks Volumes, opens with a cello toward the apex of its register that quickly takes a multi-octave plunge. Mothertongue, from 2008, frenetically launches with a repeated high-octane read-through of the alphabet. Last year’s I Drink the Air Before Me pierces with a series of staccato arrows paired with more luscious, ominous rumbles, while its sister release, A Good Understanding, is heralded by a bracing organ flourish.

    Nico Muhly

    Varied though these opening salvos may be, they always signal a true listening experience. With his newest album, Seeing Is Believing, Muhly doesn’t let listeners down: A repeated arabesque on a violin curves and twirls as several additional layers of strings and percussion are added to the spiral, at once complementing and contrasting the title work’s first four notes, culminating with the addition of winds. It’s not unlike the ever-expanding universe, the mapping of which inspired this concerto for solo electric six-string violin. For nearly 30 minutes, Muhly commands rapt attention, referencing influences from former mentor Philip Glass to Stravinsky, circa Rite of Spring, and Ravel at his most impressionistic.”

    Nico Muhly Seeing Is Believeing
    Bedroom Community
    Released via Decca Records

    See the full article, and listen to the whole album or individual tracks here.

  • richardmitnick 1:08 PM on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR/music, Nico Muhly on Finding One’s Way into Serious Music Through Games 

    Nico Muhly: Gaming One’s Way Into Classical Music

    “I want to offer a slightly more obscure but, I think, much more popular (in terms of numbers) counterexample. Although my parents had classical music on LP’s in the house, the childhood music I remember the most vividly is fragments from either live performances or, strangely, video games at my friends’ houses.

    For me, living in the country, playing a video game was sort of like music minus one: The actions of my hands informed, in a strange way, the things I heard. Collect a coin, and a delighted glockenspiel sounds. Move from navigating a level above ground to one below ground, and the eager French chromaticism of the score changes to a spare, beat-driven minimal texture. Hit a star, and suddenly the score does a metric modulation. All of these things come to bear in a later musical education; I’m positive I understand how augmented chords change an emotional texture because of Nintendo music.

    These are private musical revelations that happened in the manic, parched late-night of a sleepover, but then came to bear later in the context of actual chamber music.”


    See the full article here.

  • richardmitnick 4:37 PM on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Combining My Interests: Nico Muhly Should Write Music for Brian Cox’s next “Wonders…” series 

    I maintain two blogs, one on Music, one on Science. This post will appear in each blog.

    Short and sweet.

    Combining my two interests: Nico Muhly

    Nico Muhly

    should write music for Brian Cox’s next “Wonders…” project

    Brian Cox

    So, here it goes.

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