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  • richardmitnick 4:12 PM on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From New Sounds: “Weekly Music Roundup: Pussy Riot, Tinariwen, and Yo La Tengo” 

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    Week of March 19: This week, musical reactions to a troubled world from Pussy Riot, Roger Waters, and Yo La Tengo. Plus new videos from Tinariwen and Courtney Barnett.

    Russian Music Of Resistance From Pussy Riot

    The Russian-based feminist art/punk collective known as Pussy Riot was unimpressed with Vladimir Putin’s re-election bid on Sunday. “You should not be deceived,” they wrote in a press release accompanying their new single; “this event on 18th of March is not elections.” With the outcome a foregone conclusion, the band released a song called “выборы” (“vybory” in our alphabet – the Russian word for elections), essentially a softly-chanted or rapped incantation over a spare but relentless beat that calls out the corruption, fear, and intimidation of Putin’s reign and promises 6 years of resistance. The video features artwork drawn by Oleg Navalny, “a political prisoner,” they explain; “who was convicted to 3,5 years in jail because he’s a brother of Alexey Navalny, Putin’s fiercest political opponent. We contacted Oleg in prison and he agreed to give his pics for “выборы.”

    Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ Controversial New Collaboration

    “Supremacy” is a work by Palestine’s Trio Joubran and Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters, in which Waters reads some of an epic poem by the late Mahmoud Darwish, generally considered to be Palestine’s national poet. The story is told from the point of view of a Native American speaking to the white man who is about to take over his lands, but it clearly references the West Bank settlements, and was recorded in the days after President Trump’s declaration that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s not the first time Waters has used a Darwish text (in an English translation), nor is it the first time he’s waded into the turbulent waters of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. His support of Palestinian causes, including a boycott of Israel by touring bands, cost him some major tour sponsorships a few years back, and drew accusations of anti-Semitism. But this shouldn’t overshadow (though it will, inevitably) the work of both Darwish and Trio Joubran. The trio of brothers from Nazareth play the oud, the classical Arab lute, which is normally a solo instrument. In bringing three of them together, and adding touches of Western production, they’ve created a striking new sound for these old instruments. And Darwish’s lines, especially the closing “where, oh white master, are you taking my people…. And yours?” have a resonance that goes beyond the particular place and time in which they were written.

    Yo La Tengo’s New Album Reacts To Troubled Times

    The veteran indie rockers Yo La Tengo are not just a band – they are a walking encyclopedia of pop music of the last half century. As fans know, the band will often take requests – not for their own songs, but for any song – and figure out a way to play them on the spot. So when they chose There’s A Riot Going On as the title for their new album, their 15th, they were clearly pointing back at Sly & The Family Stone’s classic 1971 album There’s A Riot Goin’ On. That earlier disc was also recorded at a time when America felt divided and uncertain; but where Sly Stone created a dark, challenging album, Yo La Tengo offer us instead something gentler, something that acknowledges dark times but seems to suggest that one way to respond is to just chill out. And so there are tracks like “Ashes,” which come wreathed in a kind of sonic haze that offers a bit of respite from all the noise out there.

    Courtney Barnett Needs a Little Time… In Outer Space


    Australian indie-rocker Courtney Barnett has become such a popular figure in the last few years that it’s surprising to realize that her next album, called Tell Me How You Really Feel, will only be her second solo LP. Courtney has just released a new track from the album, called “Need A Little Time,” and it finds her in a more inward-looking, emotional vulnerable place. Don’t get me wrong, it still rocks, once the song gets going, but the lyrics reflect on needing a little time away “from me and you.” The video finds her in a very different place – being examined by aliens who look like they just stepped off the cover of the David Byrne/St. Vincent album Love This Giant, and then floating off into the cosmos. But Courtney Barnett also hints at more earthly concerns – on the left arm of her jumpsuit is the rainbow flag (I’m pretty sure the female alien at the beginning is her wife, the gifted songwriter Jen Cloher), and on the right arm is the Australian Aboriginal flag.

    The album is due on May 18, and she’s touring to support it, but all of the shows are sold out.

    A New Animated Video From Tuareg Rock Band Tinariwen


    The musicians in the band Tinariwen were Tuareg rebels in northern Mali who traded in their guns for electric guitars and helped give birth to the “desert blues” that has become such a vital part of the world music scene in the past twenty years. Marrying ancient Saharan rhythms to modern instruments, Tinariwen has become a globetrotting ensemble that attracts rock royalty from Robert Plant to TV On The Radio. On their most recent album, Elwan, they collaborated with guitarist Kurt Vile and singer Mark Lanegan on a track called “Nannuflay”; now they’re released a lovely but nostalgic animated video that imagines an older musician revisiting the land of his youth – a land that in real life has become a war zone.

    This Brian Eno Cover Simply Shouldn’t Be This Good


    Before he moved into ambient music, sound-and-video installations, and the various forms of conceptual art that have occupied much of his time for the past 40 years, Brian Eno – the English producer, singer, synth player, and songwriter – created four “song albums” in the 1970s. The song “Julie With…” comes from the last of them, Before And After Science, and is full of layered instruments that somehow sound weightless, and evocative lyrics that somehow sound distant and adrift in time. Its opening, with backwards synth and bell over a steadily approaching piano, seems to materialize out of the ether (and served as the opening theme music of my New Sounds program until the 1990s). There is simply no way that a clarinetist and a pianist could recreate those textures, nor, one would think, that mood. And yet clarinetist Stephen Black and pianist Paul Jones, recording under the name Group Listening, have done it. Using some fairly subtle effects on the clarinet and swapping the repeated piano riff of the original between the two, Group Listening manages to capture the floating, enigmatic quality of Eno’s original. Accompanied by some equally enigmatic video imagery, this Group Listening track is our first glimpse of their forthcoming project called Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1, which will also include surprising arrangements of music by Achim Roedelius (half of the krautrock duo Cluster), Arthur Russell, and Robert Wyatt. That album is due on May 4.

    See the full article here .


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  • richardmitnick 1:44 PM on March 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music – “American Mavericks Festival: What’s Ahead” 

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

    March Madness: Q2 Music Undergoes a Maverick Makeover

    “Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his American Mavericks tour to New York. For three full weeks (March 8–30), Q2 Music presents a wide range of special programming — from a trinity of new-music hosts to live concerts to composer profiles to treasures from the WQXR and WNYC archive— with a crowning live event American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas on March 26 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

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    The festival also includes Tilson Thomas hosting a weekday show, contemporary music icons such as David Byrne and Zoe Keating sharing their own “American Mavericks” playlists, and select American Mavericks concerts – including Alarm Will Sound and JACK Quartet – recorded for on-demand listening.

      AMERICAN MAVERICK HOSTS

    MTT AT THE TURNTABLES
    Weekdays at 10am and 5pm ET

    Each weekday, Michael Tilson Thomas will host twice daily at 10am and 5pm ET. Focusing on the San Francisco Symphony’s featured line-up of 17 game-changing composers including Charles Ives, Lou Harrison, Aaron Copland, Morton Feldman, John Cage, and John Adams, Tilson Thomas’s hosted hours present the pioneering conductor’s own insights alongside exclusive archival recordings from the San Francisco Symphony’s storied history of promoting adventurous, cutting-edge American composers. Also included will be freshly-minted live concert recordings from this year’s American Mavericks tour.

    PHIL KLINE
    Weekdays from 8-10am (repeats 6-8pm)

    MARY ROWELL
    Weekdays from 12-2pm (repeats 9-11pm)

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    Weekdays from 3-5pm (repeats midnight-2am)

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  • 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.

     
  • richardmitnick 1:09 PM on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “Q2 Music Previews the Ecstatic Music Festival 2012” 

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

    An Evening of Musical Curiosity and Cross-Pollination at The Greene Space
    Wednesday, February 01, 2012

    “On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season’s hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by composer-percussionist Jason Treuting of So Percussion, multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negron of Arturo en el Barco, and musical polymath Jherek Bischoff of bands including Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls. The evening also features conversation with composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein.


    Terrance McKnight

    At the nexus of the active, New York-centric indie-classical scene, Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival made a name for itself in its inaugural year as a ground-breaking series emphasizing vibrant, adventurous ensembles and unlikely collaborations between composers from the pop and classical realms. In this its second year, the festival returns with an exciting new line-up of artists from diverse musical backgrounds and its signature emphasis on curiosity, risk and discovery.

    See the full post here.

     
  • richardmitnick 4:04 PM on January 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music: “Q2 Music Previews the Ecstatic Music Festival 2012” 

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

    An Evening of Musical Cross-Pollination at The Greene Space
    Wednesday, February 01, 2012

    “On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season’s hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by new-music polymaths Jason Treuting, Angélica Negron, Sxip Shirey and Jherek Bischoff, as well as a conversation with composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator and founder, Judd Greenstein.

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    Terrance McKnight

    At the nexus of the active, New York-centric indie-classical scene, The Ecstatic Music Festival made a name for itself in its inaugural year as a ground-breaking series emphasizing vibrant, adventurous ensembles and unlikely collaborations between composers from the pop and classical realms. In this its second year, the festival returns with an exciting new line-up of artists from diverse musical backgrounds and its signature emphasis on curiosity, risk and discovery.

    See the full article here.

     
  • richardmitnick 7:52 AM on December 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Soundcheck at WNYC: “Thirty Years of John” Schaefer 

    On Friday, December 2, 2011, New York Public Radio celebrated JS-30, 30 years of John Schaefer at WNYC. It was 30 years ago that John’s New Sounds program got going. In 2002, WNYC, moving away from daytime music programming to talk, called on John to keep music as a subject in the afternoon with Soundcheck.

    You can view the video, just under 2 hours, here at the Soundcheck page for December 15, 2011. I hope you enjoy it.

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

    by Anastasia Tsioulcas

    5 Great Classical Performances And Talks from TED

    Danielle de Niese

    Benjamin Zander On Music And Passion

    Maya Beiser In 8 Forms

    Evelyn Glennie

    Ethel Plays Phil Kline

    Visit the web page and take advantage of these videos.

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

    Watch Live Wednesday, Oct. 12 At 9 p.m. ET

    by Patrick Jarenwattananon

    “The 27-year-old pianist Fabian Almazan is about to release his debut album, Personalities, and it is aptly titled. It features Almazan as composer, one who can write and arrange for films, for string quartet, for piano trio. It features Almazan the Cuban-American musician, demonstrating intuitive control over Latin jazz repertoire and feeling. And it features Almazan the modern jazzman, the musician who can play with that flexible, go-anywhere feeling so sought-after these days.

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    Fabian Almazan

    He’ll celebrate the digital release of his multiple Personalities with a week as a bandleader at New York’s cramped subterranean jazz mecca, the Village Vanguard. And for one night and one performance only, he’ll bring along a string quartet. WBGO and NPR Music will record and feature a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Fabian Almazan Trio with string quartet on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET at this page.”

    See the full article also at this page.

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

    Patrick Jarenwattananon
    August 31, 2011

    “For some, jazz is a form of music defined by innovation. It’s a language of hybrid invention, about a relentless quest for a new style, a new movement, a new expression. Alternately, there’s a powerful argument for jazz as a tradition: a language of core values, worthy of a lifetime of respectful study, representative of a century of African-American cultural achievement. As the prevailing aesthetic outlook has it, both are equally valid; jazz is tradition and innovation, at once.

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    Geri Allen

    Over the last 30 years, it’s hard to think of anyone who embodies this duality better than composer and pianist Geri Allen. As often as she’s been lionized for the freshness of her playing, she’s also been admired for the respect she’s shown for its living history. WBGO and NPR Music will proudly feature the Geri Allen Trio in the Live at the Village Vanguard series of live on-air radio/online video broadcasts on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.”

    Visit the web page for information about the videocast and to read the rest of the article.

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

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    By STEVE SMITH
    Published: August 9, 2011

    “In 2007 Claire Chase, an accomplished flutist and an ambitious, industrious organizer, spelled out her hopes for the International Contemporary Ensemble, which she founded in 2001 with a group of fellow graduates of the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.

    ‘ We want to become the first large-scale, flexible contemporary ensemble in the United States that is as important and indispensable as a city’s symphony orchestras, opera companies and theater companies,” she said in an interview with The New York Times in 2007.

    Four years and countless memorable events later, Ms. Chase and her colleagues are serving as artists in residence this year at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.

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    The International Contemporary Ensemble, led by Pablo Heras-Casado, playing on Monday evening at the Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

    You can find the full article here.

    You can check out ICE in concert, several videos at Q2

     
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