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  • richardmitnick 7:07 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From NPR Music: “South X Lullaby: Max Richter” 


    This might very well be the ultimate lullaby. Right at the start of the 2018 SXSW Music Festival, Max Richter’s eight-hour composition Sleep was performed overnight to an audience tucked into 150 beds. They — the audience, not the tireless group of musicians who performed the piece — slept, dreamed and sometimes snored through this trance-inducing experience.

    “Sleeping and being asleep is one of my favorite activities,” Richter told NPR in 2015, just before Sleep premiered. “Really, what I wanted to do is provide a landscape or a musical place where people could fall asleep.”

    Richter has performed Sleep live a few times now, and brought the experience to Bass Hall in Austin, Texas. In the video here, you’ll see Richter himself on keyboards and electronics, along with the ACME string ensemble and soprano vocalist Grace Davidson, surrounded by those snoozing listeners. This is just an excerpt of the eight-hour concert, but should induce a moment’s calm whenever you should need it.

    For the first time, Sleep is now available on digital service providers.

    Set List

    “Dream 3 (In The Midst Of My Life)”

    Credits

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Mito Habe-Evans; Director/Videographer: Nickolai Hammar; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey.


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    From New Sounds: “Weekly Music Roundup: Angelique Kidjo interprets Talking Heads and Bach @ 333” 

    New Sounds
    Hand-picked music, genre free. 24/7 radio from New York City.

    3/26/2018
    John Schaefer

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    Angelique Kidjo, Harvard University (first day of her artist residency, Feb. 2018) Photo credit: courtesy of the artist.

    Week of March 26: This week, Angelique Kidjo interprets Talking Heads; Bach meets Jookin’; and an ancient Celtic mystery revealed in a wheel of cheese.


    The duo team of Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle released their debut album a couple of years ago, in which they sang their own versions of old Southern and Appalachian folk songs, colored by the sounds of various types of contemporary music. But while Elizabeth is from the South, Anna is a New Englander, so on their forthcoming album, The Invisible Comes To Us, they draw on folk songs from both areas. The song Ripest of Apples was collected in the 1930s in Clarksville, New Hampshire, and the duo offer a gently rocking arrangement that acquires an ominous marching drumbeat and a dark sequence of synth chords – making audible the ambiguity that haunts so many of these old ballads. As for the video, it features Anna dancing in a spare, simple room; but as with the song itself, another world begins to intrude…

    Anna & Elizabeth’s The Invisible Comes To Us comes out on March 30. They will play a live set for our Soundcheck Podcast on April 17 at 2pm ET. They play at Le Poisson Rouge in NY on April 23 as well.

    The First Look At Angelique Kidjo’s Remain In Light Project


    As Soundcheck listeners may recall from her performances last year in our studio and at Carnegie Hall, the multiple Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo is preparing to release a track-by-track cover of Remain In Light, the trailblazing 1980 album by Talking Heads. It was originally created at a time when frontman David Byrne and producer Brian Eno were deep into the music of Nigeria’s Fela Kuti and other forms of African pop; so when Angelique, from the West African nation of Benin, first heard the album (she was living in Paris at the time), she felt the pull of music that was both strange and familiar. Eventually, she decided to reimagine the entire record, at times making explicit the implied Afrocentrism of the original. The album drops on June 8, but the first track, Born Under Punches, has just come out. The video is simple enough, although it offers a little social commentary when we see an image of money changing hands at the line “I’m a government man.” For the many admirers of the original album, Angelique Kidjo re-creates the experience she first had with it – the pull of music that is, once again, both strange and familiar.

    Okkervil River Release New Video; Album To Follow


    Singer/songwriter Will Scheff and his band Okkervil River are putting out their new album, In The Rainbow Rain, next month, and this week they unveiled a new song and video. Pulled Up The Ribbon is one of Scheff’s big numbers – the band excels at wistful, intimate songs as well, but when they really get going they find themselves on presidential playlists and the like. It may remind some listeners of earlier songs like Down The Deep River, which appeared on that Obama playlist and also had an explosive, anthemic sound. The video is a strange brew: a mix of landscapes – some real, some imagined; some contemporary, and some centuries old. It’s also leavened with a note of deadpan humor, as a group of Revolutionary Era figures struggle to play a giant guitar and its whammy bar.

    We Celebrate J.S. Bach’s 333rd Birthday – Just Not Sure When


    Our classical music station, WQXR, made it sound so simple when they announced their daylong celebration of Bach’s birthday: “you only turn 333 once.” That may be, but when did Bach turn 333? Was it on March 21, the date that appears on his birth certificate? Or is it this Saturday, March 31, which is actually 333 years to the day of his birth? Bach was born in 1685, and his birth date was recorded under the old Julian calendar. But when we changed over to the modern Gregorian calendar (in what were then the American Colonies, that happened in 1750 – the year of Bach’s death), his birthdate suddenly became March 31. Our colleagues at WQXR chose to celebrate on March 21, though they hedged their bets by planning a big birthday bash on March 31, now postponed to April 4. For our purposes, either date will do – you can either view this video as a reminder of last Wednesday’s festivities or as a preview to this Saturday’s. It features Johnny Gandelsman, one of the violinists from the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and a member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, playing the Gavotte movement from Bach’s Partita #3 for violin, while the astonishing Lil Buck and Prime Tyme display some of the moves that have made their style of dance, known as jookin’, so popular. (Johnny even gets into the act, sort of, briefly, at one point… oh just watch the thing.)

    Ancient Celtic Mystery Revealed In Gwenno’s New Video


    Gwenno is the Welsh singer/keyboardist/songwriter Gwenno Saunders, formerly of The Pipettes. She first came on our radar in 2015 with the release of her solo album Y Dydd Olaf, which was notable for its sci-fi inspiration and for the fact that it was sung in Welsh, Gwenno’s first language. (The title is Welsh for “The Last Day.”) Now, she’s released an even more linguistically-challenging album called Le Kov – an album of often woozy psychedelic pop, sung entirely in Cornish. Turns out, Gwenno’s dad is one of a handful of people who still speaks this Celtic language from England’s Cornwall region. So this album explores ideas of cultural and linguistic memory; and in the new video for the track Eus Keus? she moves through a landscape populated by hooded figures and mysterious standing stones. What does it all mean? Well, “Eus Keus?” means “is there cheese?” And as Gwenno shows towards the end of the video, raising two wheels of the good stuff in her hands, there is indeed cheese.

    See the full article here .

    NewSounds.org infuses the eclectic spirit of the radio show into a full online and live event experience. Combining the New Sounds radio show, WNYC’s Soundcheck podcast and the adventurous spirit of WQXR’s Q2 Music, NewSounds.org will be a place for discovery, conversation, insights into the creative process, and of course 24/7 music.
    The centerpiece is New Sounds Radio, an online station hosted by New Sounds founder and long-running host John Schaefer, but infused with new, emerging voices including experimental musicians Kelly Moran, Eliza Bagg and Lora-Faye Åshuvud, and tastemakers Gamall Awad and Matt Werth, along with WQXR’s Helga Davis and Terrance McKnight, and composer-guitarist Phil Kline. The station will feature an array of styles and genres – from singer Courtney Barnett to contemporary classical music ensemble Kronos Quartet, from jazz icon Henry Threadgill to the Nordic folk music of Wardruna, from electronic composer and bandleader Anna Meredith to the stunning vocals of Puerto Rico’s Ileana Cabra.
    “With almost everything ever recorded anywhere now available online, where do you start? New Sounds might be the place,” said John Schaefer. “We try to be friendly and jargon free, and gleefully oblivious of genre. Our goal is to find the artists, the songs, and the sounds that you might love – if only you get a chance to hear them. And we believe that algorithms won’t give you the same experience as a set of recommendations from real people. A friendly guide is the best way to discover new music, or music that defies easy categorization; and some of that music just might change your life.”
    “For three decades, New Sounds was one of the last bastions of free form FM programming; completely genre-free and dictated solely by the impeccable and irresistible tastes of its host,” said Alex Ambrose, Senior Producer, New Sounds. “NewSounds.org will usher that sense of discovery and unpredictability into the digital age, drawing on the best of New York’s curatorial and taste-making power.”


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  • richardmitnick 6:17 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Echoes: “Wednesday, March 28th, 2018: Departure” 

    Echoes

    Ambient Improvisations from Depature with Jeff Oster, Vin Downes & Tom Eaton

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    Collectively, they don’t have an album out and only have a couple of live performances under their belts, but the master musicians of Departure have been making music for a long time. They are trumpeter and flugelhorn player Jeff Oster who has several solo albums and is the “O” in FLOW, the supergroup with Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Will Ackerman. Tom Eaton is the co-producer and engineer on most Will Ackerman projects and released a couple of acclaimed ambient albums. He won the ZMR Awards Best New Artist trophy in 2017. And Vin Downes, a post-WIndham Hill guitarist who has been produced by Will Ackerman. The three musicians have gotten together to explore ambient improvisations, and we caught one of their first performances live on Echoes.

    Echoes performances are by subscription only.

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    About Echoes

    Echoes is a daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock. Echoes is a sound that is cross-cultural and trans-millennial, merging cultures and forms, technology and tradition, the ancient past and the possible future.

    In addition to the many recordings heard on Echoes, we also produce interview features with popular modern music figures such as Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and Enya, as well as less well-known known composers such as Dead Can Dance, Steve Roach, and The Orb. Echoes also produces Living Room Concerts, live performances recorded in musician’s homes or studios and broadcast on Echoes. Concerts thus far have included Mark Isham, Steve Roach, Patrick O’Hearn, Ottmar Liebert, Michael Brook, Robert Fripp, Nightnoise, R. Carlos Nakai, Ancient Future, Sheila Chandra, Adrian Legg, Michael Hedges and many more

    John Schaefer


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    From Echoes: “Tuesday, March 27th, 2018: Brian Eno’s Music for Airports at 40” 

    Echoes

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    Brian Eno & John Diliberto from Echoes

    Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since Brian Eno recorded Ambient 1: Music for Airports. With it, he created a new sound, and coined a new term in modern music that is still being explored today. Join us when Brian Eno talks about the ambient concepts of Music for Airports, and a live performance of the work by Bang on a Can, tonight on Echoes.

    Bang on a Can Group, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn, Michael Gordon, Mark Stewart, Robert Black, Lisa Moore, Steven Schick

    See the full article here .

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    About Echoes

    Echoes is a daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer for Billboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock. Echoes is a sound that is cross-cultural and trans-millennial, merging cultures and forms, technology and tradition, the ancient past and the possible future.

    In addition to the many recordings heard on Echoes, we also produce interview features with popular modern music figures such as Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and Enya, as well as less well-known known composers such as Dead Can Dance, Steve Roach, and The Orb. Echoes also produces Living Room Concerts, live performances recorded in musician’s homes or studios and broadcast on Echoes. Concerts thus far have included Mark Isham, Steve Roach, Patrick O’Hearn, Ottmar Liebert, Michael Brook, Robert Fripp, Nightnoise, R. Carlos Nakai, Ancient Future, Sheila Chandra, Adrian Legg, Michael Hedges and many more

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

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    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


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  • richardmitnick 6:08 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Cantaloupe Music: David Lang’s “writing on water” 

    Cantaloupe Music is the recording arm of Bang On a Can, the original New Music DIY organization.

    David Lang

    Compiling four pieces for four different ensembles, David Lang’s “writing on water” is a free-flowing recording that presents several unusual and rarely revealed facets of the composer who is perhaps most well-known for his monumental choral works (the Pulitzer-winning “the little match girl passion” and the more recent epic “the national anthems”), as well as his poignant song cycles (“death speaks” and “love fail”).

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    “writing on water”

    From the struggle between dissonance and melody portrayed in “pierced” to the sweeping, oceanic scope of the title piece, the music defines a path that can be as serpentine as it is rigid (“forced march”) or as minimal as it is immense. Riveting performances by Alarm Will Sound, Real Quiet, Crash Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta, Synergy Vocals and more make writing on water an electrifying, free-spirited and rambunctious addition to the Cantaloupe catalog

    Alarm Will Sound

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    Real Quiet

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    Crash Ensemble

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    London Sinfonietta

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    Synergy Vocals: From left to right: Michael Dore, Andrew Busher, Amanda Morrison, Rachel Weston

    Pre-order:

    Bandcamp – bit.ly/2pLGfji
    iTunes: apple.co/2pLxOnt

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    From Tzadik: “BOOK BERIAH” 


    John Zorn at Newport 2014

    The BOOK BERIAH
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    for release JUNE 1

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    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Fridays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00PM


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  • richardmitnick 5:08 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From American Composers Orchestra: “ACODreamscapes” 

    American Composers Orchestra

    Friday, April 6, 2018 7:30 PM Zankel Hall

    Get tickets.

    NY premiere of Clarice Assad’s violin concerto, featuring Elena Urioste

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    Clarice Assad
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    Elena Urioste

    World premiere of composer/pianist Ethan Iverson’s Concerto to Scale

    Ethan Iverson, Pianist and Composer

    World premieres by Steve Lehman and Hitomi Oba, and T.J. Anderson, Composer’s Bahia Bahia (1990)
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    Steve Lehman

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    Hitomi Oba

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    T.J. Anderson

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    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Fridays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00PM


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    American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promotion of music by American composers. Founded in 1977, ACO pursues a singular mission by maintaining an unparalleled range of activities:

    Concerts
    Commissions
    Recordings
    Educational programs
    New music reading sessions

    Creating new opportunities for American Composers

    ACO makes the creation of new opportunities for American composers and new American orchestral music its central purpose. ACO programs increase opportunities for American composers and generate broader awareness of their work. ACO’s new approach generates further interest and programming by other music organizations. It also increases the audience for contemporary American orchestral music by influencing music decision makers.

    We start by identifying today’s brightest emerging composers and championing prominent established artists. To increase international awareness of the variety of American orchestral music, we incubate new ideas, develop talent, and serves as a catalyst and advocate for American composers and their music.

    Now in its 40th season, ACO has performed music by over 800 composers, including more than 350 world premieres and commissioned works. Many ACO-commissioned composers have gone on to win important prizes such as the Pulitzer, Guggenheim Fellowship and Prix de Rome.

    Honors

    A special award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
    A proclamation from the New York City Council
    The inaugural MetLife Award for excellence in community engagement
    BMI has honored ACO for its outstanding contribution to American music
    The League of American Orchestras has awarded the ASCAP annual prize for adventurous programming 35 times
    ASCAP has singled-out ACO as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States”

     
  • richardmitnick 1:46 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From NAXOS: “Matthias Goerne awarded the Prix Bayreuth” 

    Naxos

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    Matthias Goerne

    Matthias Goerne awarded the Prix Bayreuth

    Congratulations to Matthias Goerne on receiving this year’s Prix Bayreuth from the Académie du Disque Lyrique. This was for his role as Wotan on the Naxos recording of Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre (8.660394-97), released in November 2016 and adjudged by the Academy ‘The Best Performance on a Wagner Recording’. The release, featuring an exceptional global cast, was the second instalment of the ongoing Ring Cycle recording project by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its Music Director Jaap van Zweden. Its final instalment, Die Götterdämmerung, is expected to be released in November 2018.

    Goerne attracted glowing reviews for his performance, including this comment from Opera News:

    “Goerne is a revelation. His beauty of tone and vivid projection of text will be no surprise to listeners who know his work in lieder; what’s astonishing is his ability to sustain these virtues throughout the long role, even in its most strenuous passages.”

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    Matthias Goerne with Petra Lang and Jaap van Zweden at the concert performance
    © Cheung Chi Wai HK Phil

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    “Van Zweden’s thrillingly vivid concert recording. A first rate cast.”
    The Guardian

    See the full article here .

    Naxos Records is the world’s leading classical music label as measured by the number of new recordings it releases and the depth and breadth of its catalogue. Naxos was founded in 1987 by Klaus Heymann, a German-born entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. Under his continuing stewardship, Naxos has developed from being known primarily as a budget label focusing on standard repertoire into a global music group comprising a raft of downloading and streaming platforms, a significant catalogue of multimedia products, a vast international logistics network, a recording engineering arm, a publications division, and a licensing department.

    Naxos, the record label, has transformed into a virtual encyclopaedia of classical music with a catalogue of unparalleled depth and breadth. Innovative strategies for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent have enabled Naxos Records to develop one of the largest and fastest-growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire. Some 9,000 titles are currently available at affordable prices, recorded in state-of- the-art sound, both in hard format and on digital platforms. Naxos works with artists of the highest calibre and its recordings have been recognised with numerous Grammy® awards, Penguin Guide 3-star recommendations, Gramophone Editor’s Choice Awards and many other international honours.

    Naxos still stays true to its original promise of offering great value. Costs are kept to a minimum by focusing on the music rather than the artist; money is not wasted on expensive artist promotions, and profits are invested into recordings of new music rather than multiple versions of standard repertoire already in the catalogue. Naxos recordings include complete cycles or cycles-in- progress of basic repertoire, such as the complete piano works of Liszt or the complete string quartets of Haydn, but the label has also introduced music lovers to many neglected composers, such as Joachim Raff, Ferdinand Ries and Simon Mayr. It has also helped to put contemporary composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, John Corigliano and William Bolcom in reach of a much wider audience. Additionally the label continues to add to the numerous world première recordings it already has to its credit.

    Naxos Records also has gained stature by pioneering groundbreaking projects like the American Classics series. Currently numbering about 200 titles, the series is set to be the most comprehensive recording project of American concert music ever attempted. Naxos is also leading the field with the landmark Naxos Historical Series. The releases in this massive restoration project are engineered by leading restoration engineers/artists. The series covers all genres of classical music as well as legends of jazz and pop music from the first half of the 20th century. Other notable Naxos series include Japanese Classics, Spanish Classics, Early Music, Organ Encyclopaedia, the Guitar Collection, and Opera Classics. The catalogue of Naxos World, a pioneering world music label, includes international music of many different cultures and genres, folk, pop and classical alike.

    All this, together with the development of a range of apps and ebooks, demonstrates the Naxos commitment to providing the best possible access to recorded classical music in the world.

    Naxos Records is part of the Naxos Music Group. For a comprehensive presentation of the group’s services and products, please visit http://www.naxosmusicgroup.com.

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    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Fridays 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
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  • richardmitnick 1:14 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From New Amsterdam Records: 2018 Ecstatic Music Festival- Bent Knee and Mantra Percussion” 

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

    2018 Ecstatic Music Festival

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    Presented by Kaufman Music Center at Merkin Concert Hall

    Buy 2 or more EMF concerts and save 20%!

    Thursday, Mar. 29, 7:30pm

    Bent Knee and Mantra Percussion

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    “The silo-smashing sextet Bent Knee taps into chamber pop, industrial rock, metal and prog-rock” (Wall Street Journal). The hard-hitting, experimental Boston band comes together with the visionary, “superhuman” (Time Out New York) Mantra Percussion for new works expanding their already enormous scope and sound. The two ensembles will perform separate sets and then come together to premiere a new work by Bent Knee that weaves influences from across the rock, pop and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole.

    Read an interview with Bent Knee.

    Ecstatic Music Festival: I’d love to know a little bit about how the band was formed. I know you’ve been performing together since 2009 (nearly 10 years!) but how did you all find each other?

    Bent Knee: We all met in school at Berklee in Boston, which is, if nothing else, a wonderful melting pot of musicians. This environment leads to many collaborations with players from a wide range of backgrounds and influences. In creative situations, you learn fairly quickly who you gel with (it’s a lot like dating in that regard), so once we started playing together we just didn’t bother to stop. Nine years, four records, and a thousand shows later, well, here we are.

    Ecstatic Music Festival: Nine years together is no small feat. In that time, how have you changed or grown as an ensemble?

    Bent Knee: We’ve learned to trust and listen to each other a bit more. Any collaborative effort between a group of artists with strong opinions and conflicting aesthetics can be excruciatingly difficult to navigate. The ego is a finicky beast to tame. Nonetheless, we stumbled upon the realization that our music reveals itself in its preeminent form through the democratic process early on, and now that we’ve established a body of work we’re all quite proud of, our confidence in each other’s ideas has grown exponentially.

    EMF: You speak about collaboration within the group. What about other groups or soloists, is collaboration – like what you’re embarking on here for the Ecstatic Music Festival – new to you?

    Bent Knee: Working with outside musicians is nothing new for our studio work, and individually, we’ve all written extensively for other players, but what’s new for this particular project is writing collaboratively on manuscript paper. Notation is something that occasionally happens out of necessity when we’re writing material for Bent Knee, but never in a fully scored out manner. Our process is more trial-and-error, trying things out together in a practice room. Trading Sibelius files and marking up parts while trying to maintain a sense of democracy has been a learning experience, for sure.

    EMF: It sounds like this experience has been a fun new experience for you all. What first interested you most in the opportunity to perform at the Ecstatic Music Festival?

    Bent Knee: Our performance at EMF will be the New York premiere of Paper Earth, our new composition for Bent Knee and percussion ensemble, commissioned in part by the festival. When Judd Greenstein, Ecstatic’s curator and artistic director, contacted us about the possibility of writing a new piece for the band and a chamber ensemble, we were beside ourselves. The Deerhoof/Marcos Balter/Dal Niente collaboration, which Judd put together, was one of our favorite albums of 2016. We jumped on the opportunity to stretch ourselves as musicians and composers, and after nearly nine months of work, we’re thrilled with the result and can’t wait for audiences to hear it for the first time.

    EMF: Now that you’ve gotten the chance to “stretch” yourselves, are there any other styles, or artists in particular, you’re eager to explore and work with in the future?

    Bent Knee: The list is long. At present, we’re particularly inspired by the current landscape of hip-hop. The burning-of-the-playbook mentality is pushing all kinds of artistic boundaries and changing the face of popular music at a rapid pace. We’d love to collaborate with any number of artists making statements inside of the genre.

    Also, after writing for the percussion ensemble, it’d be great to continue working with – and writing for – instrumentations we’re unfamiliar with. Learning to orchestrate for percussion by essentially being thrown into the fire has pushed us musically and intellectually, resulting in creative epiphanies we would never have come to otherwise.

    EMF: I’m sure your fans will agree, your creative epiphanies haven’t let down yet! You do have an amazing fan base, and have been touring all over the world. What is up next for you in 2018? Any new projects on the horizon?

    Bent Knee: After EMF, we’ll be producing a concert film for Paper Earth, working on our fifth studio album, and preparing for a massive summer tour in the US, which will be announced very soon. There’s also a lot of world we have yet to visit, and we’re hoping to make a few more trips overseas as soon as we can. We owe it to our fans in faraway places who have been clamoring for us to come play for them.

    EMF: For those fans out there who love to get an inside look, are there any fun stories or anecdotes which can give a little insight into the family inside the band?

    Bent Knee: It’s hard to know where to start with this one, so I’ll lead with what’s most current. We’re on tour in Europe at the moment (I’m writing this on a train from Amsterdam to Frankfurt), and our voyage from Boston to The Netherlands turned into quite an adventure. After landing in London to catch a transfer to Amsterdam, we learned that our connecting flight was canceled due to a winter storm, and there wasn’t another available for at least another day. On top of that, train tickets from the UK to Holland were completely sold out. We needed to be in Zoetermeer for a performance the following afternoon and couldn’t just hang out in London waiting for another flight, so we wound up taking a total of four local trains over 100 kilometers to Harwich in order to catch a very choppy overnight ferry to the Netherlands. On another train to the actual venue (and this is after about thirty-six hours of travel), hauling tons of gear and merch, an elderly Dutch woman stood up, made this extraordinarily pained face at Ben (our guitarist) muttered “you STINK!” at him, and got off at the next stop. The perfect ending to that crazy saga, really. The show was great, by the way, and luckily, it’s hard for an audience to smell us from the stage.

    EMF: WOW! Sounds like quite an adventure. Finally, can you tell our festival fans what to look forward to most about your concert coming up on March 29th? What’s going to make it stand apart from the rest?

    Bent Knee: More than anything, we’re a musical machine that’s built for live performance. All of our music is written specifically for the stage long before it’s brought into the studio. Venues are our playground, our laboratory, our sanctuary. Performing is a cathartic, transcendent experience for us, and it’s our hope that this feeling is shared by our audience as well. Live music is the quickest path to human connection and pure emotion that we can think of, and if we’re doing our job correctly, our show is no exception. On top of that, we’re adding seven additional percussionists to the mix for the NYC premiere of a brand-new work commissioned by Ecstatic. How could you refuse?

    A collaboration between New Amsterdam Records and Kaufman Music Center, the acclaimed Ecstatic Music Festival® returns in 2018, bringing together composers and performers from different musical genres for nine one-night-only performances featuring world premieres, new arrangements and the exclusive opportunity to hear artists discuss their work.

    Starting Jan. 27 and running through April 26, 2018, the festival, hailed as “the alt-classical world’s main showcase” (The New York Times), features collaborations from more than 75 artists, including Margaret Leng Tan, Mantra Percussion, Carla Kihlstedt, Patrick Zimmerli, Ethan Iverson, and many more.

    Click here for more information and tickets to the 2018 Festival and for the complete festival line-up.

    New Sounds is the festival’s digital venue

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    From Vince Tampio: Previously – The Discography 

    From Vince Tampio

    Vince Tampio, trumpet

    1
    Cat’s Pajamas – Kitten Caboodle (2017)

    2
    Blair Brothers – Sweet Virginia (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017)

    3
    Shawn Kilroy – Cheap Sneakers (2017)

    4
    Adam Z – Walking Out (2017)

    3
    You Do You – Political Party (2017)

    5
    Blair Brothers – Small Crimes (Original Motion Picture Sound Track) (2017)

    6
    Oh-Bree – Burn Bridges, Burn Pies (2017)

    7
    Quinn Hedges – Slightly South of Stormy Clouds (2017)

    8
    Various Artists – Sleepless Sampler 2016 (2017)

    9
    Vince Tampio – Live at PafA (2017)

    10
    Ben Basile – Two for Twenty (2016)

    11
    Red 40 and the Last Groovement – She’s Keen to Feed (2016)

    11
    Nicklas Hughes – Games (2016)

    12
    Harry Walther – Hard Rain (2016)

    13
    The John Byrne Band – The Immigrant and the Orphan (2015)

    14
    Christopher David Shannon – Standard Fare (2015)

    15
    Heyward Howkins – Forecasting/Midway (2015)

    16
    Abandoned Delta – Abandoned Delta (2015)

    17
    Vince Tampio – Syzygy:Remix (2014)

    18
    Palm Ghosts – Palm Ghosts (2014)

    Many more

    About

    “Basically he’s the go-to cross-genre horn-blowing utility man of the Philly scene” (John Vettese). Vince Tampio is a professional trumpeter, arranger, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, PA. Although firmly rooted in jazz, he is comfortable with a wide variety of genres including rock, soul, funk, folk, classical, and electronic.

    Vince’s original music has been described as “a contemporary instance of fusion done right,” and whose “nontraditional instrumentation maintains a spacious environment that proves ideal for a set brimming with imaginative, drawn-out improvisation” (Matthew Aquiline). His latest album, Sound Plan, is an instrumental jazz album that incorporates Psychedelic Rock and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) while juxtaposing acoustic tones with synthesized breadth. Sound Plan was preceded by Live at PafA (2017), Syzygy (2014) and Syzygy: Remix (2014). Vince is currently self producing four more solo albums. One unreleased composition was recently featured in the Philadelphia Real Book Volume 1.

    Vince has appeared as a side man on 30+ albums. He is the trumpeter and arranger with the York Street Hustle, the John Byrne Band, the Cat’s Pajamas, and You Do You. Vince founded the Philly Phatness horn section, which has recorded with regional, national, and international artists, and on film soundtracks. Vince also writes and arranges for the Uptown String Band, a member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association.

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    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz

    WPRB

    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
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