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  • richardmitnick 2:07 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From INNOVA: “Two new releases in April” 

    Innova is the home for New Music in America

    Innova is the recording arm of American Composers Forum, St Paul Mn.

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    Composer and percussionist Baljinder Sekhon, brings forth his exuberant and ear catching pieces for percussion ensemble on Places and Times. David Kechley’s The Walbrzych Project consists of two orchestral works, brought to life in the Polish town bearing the same name, that are influnenced by everything from a classroom in Japan, to Shakespeare, to the Old Testament, to Proust. All combined, these influences are reflected by the expansive pieces on this album.

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    Places and Times BY Baljinder Sekhon
    RELEASE 27 April 2018

    Places & Times is a collection of sonorous landmarks and magical moments; percussion ensemble works that are as compelling as they are mysterious. It is also a record of some of the ways in which life and art might share a journey. Composer and percussionist Baljinder Sekhon, with a doctorate from Eastman and currently teaching at the University of South Florida, has brought together three fine percussion ensembles to present his exhilarating vision: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, McCormick Percussion Group, and Line Upon Line Percussion.

    Three of the works on the album feature solo instruments with ensemble: steel pan (Dave Gerhart), guitar (Dieter Hennings), and piano (Eunmi Ko). The combinations afford a wide range of possibilities, from the aggressive noise of a cymbal on piano strings, and peaceful meditations created by finger cymbals gently buzzing on a vibraphone, to the curious thump of a person falling onto a bass drum.

    Death Is an Adviser is one of a series of works modeled after the shamanistic philosophies described by anthropologist Carlos Castaneda in his writings about being an apprentice to the sorcerer Don Juan Matus in the 1960s.

    Sekhon writes: I have been heavily influenced by the teachings of Don Juan, specifically those found in the book Journey to Ixtlan. Death Is an Adviser is a chapter from the book that deals with the awareness of death and how such awareness advises our decision-making in life. The movement titles each have double meanings, which reflect both the philosophy that inspired the piece and the compositional process. I am interested in finding ways for my creative work as a composer and other life activities to intersect and become the same. For this piece, in an effort to work and spend time with my family at once, my daughters and wife drew numbers from a hat to determine pitch orderings, durations, and contour. After selecting numbers for pitch and duration, and combining them, we’d run to the piano to play it and hear how it turned out. We made a game out of it.

    Passageways 9:31
    Musica Casera 12:14
    I. any time. any place 2:24
    II. maybe today. maybe tomorrow 3:28
    III. touched. not felt 2:55
    IV a worthy opponent 2:27
    V now or later 3:31
    VI dream come true 5:55
    Sun 9:30
    Refuge 8:50

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    The Walbrzych Project BY David Kechley
    RELEASE 27 April 2018

    David Kechley’s latest album of orchestra music is a lot easier to listen to than pronounce. It draws from far flung parts of the world, and historical origins, and brings them into a grand compelling vision.

    The album features two large scale orchestra works recorded with dazzling clarity by the Sudeten Filharmonie in a small Polish town, Walbrzych (most recently in the news for supposedly being the subterranean hiding place of the infamous Nazi gold train).

    The first work, KARASUMA: A Fast Funk for Orchestra, started life as a classroom exercise at the Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto, Japan, where Kechley demonstrated how acoustic musical fragments could be combined in various ways by computer. The work was so successful it was expanded and premiered by the Boston Pops in 1993.

    The other major work on the album is a symphony exploring various aspects of dreams, WAKEFUL VISIONS / MOONLESS DREAMS. Each of the four movements is associated with literary references; from the Old Testament, a haiku by Buson, the Witches’ scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and musings on remembrance by Marcel Proust.

    David Kechley recently retired from teaching at Williams College, Massachussetts. Taken as a whole this is a record of an expansive imagination and an intercontinental achievement.

    Karasuma_ A Fast Funk for Orchestra 8:11
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Notari … 10:21
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Whirlwind 6:37
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Somethi… 8:36
    Wakeful Visions _ Moonless Dreams_ Moments 9:45

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  • richardmitnick 10:26 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From JAZZCORNER: “Guitar Masters Collection Feat. Larry Coryell” 

    JAZZCORNER

    March 28, 2018

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    Larry Coryell Photo by Arnie Goodman

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    Features performances by the late Allan Holdsworth & Larry Coryell plus Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke, Zakk Wylde, and more!

    Los Angeles, CA – If you haven’t yet got your fill of six-string slinging, tour de force performances, then we have the collection for you! From multi-Emmy award-winning composer/producer Brian Tarquin comes Guitar Masters Collection, an extraordinary compilation of hard-to-find rarities, including tracks from the late great Allan Holdsworth, plus a rare, unheard recording by the recently departed guitar icon Larry Coryell. The album also contains cover songs “Hair” by Joe Satriani & Stanley Clarke and “I Wish” featuring former Ozzy axeman Zakk Wylde as well as Steve Vai, Chris Poland (of Megadeth), Leslie West & Hal Lindes (of Dire Straits) alongside bass masters Randy Coven and Billy Sheehan.

    Guitar Player magazine editor & chief, Mike Molenda, who wrote the liner notes for this collection, states “For fearless explorers of the musical unknown, a perfect compilation of artistry is a collection of performances that pummels your unsuspecting little ass with shock waves of awe and wonder. Rather than document the obvious – or sate the expectations of the casual enthusiast – every track challenges, puzzles, thrills, inspires, and, ultimately, delights the listener.”

    Don’t miss this fantastic album, available on CD and digital from Purple Pyramid Records!

    “The players here, both known and unknown, are staggeringly skilled, and the tunes are new and vibrant. Brian Tarquin serves up some crunchy rock with some burning wah work. Each cut has something new and adventurous to add to our listening experience. Guitarists should be in heaven with this one, as it is definitely good to the last drop.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine

    “Brian is a very good guitar player and engineer, the “Godfather of Fusion” gives him an A plus! The song that I played on, Tocar Modera, is a beautiful piece of music.” – Larry Coryell

    “The hottest gun slingers around today, all adding up to an exquisite journey fueled by steel and wood…” – Hal Lindes (Dire Straits)

    “Tarquin is a great producer…the tunes and performances are first rate.” – Progression Magazine

    Track List:
    1. Allan Holdsworth & David Hines – Skippy
    2. Larry Coryell & Brian Tarquin – Tocar Modera
    3. Steve Vai & Randy Coven – Funk Me Tender
    4. Zakk Wylde & Randy Coven – I Wish
    5. Stanley Clarke & Joe Satriani – Hair
    6. Chris Poland & Brian Tarquin – Tarquinius Maximus
    7. Leslie West & Randy Coven – Mother Load
    8. Hal Lindes – Ricarda
    9. Allan Holdsworth & David Hines – Antilla
    10. Billy Sheehan, Doug Doppler & Brian Tarquin – Blue Wind

    Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/guitar-masters-collection-cd/
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    JazzCorner.com is the largest portal for the official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations. New features on JazzCorner include the jazz video share where you can upload and share jazz and blues videos, JazzCorner Jukebox, surf the net with Jazz always on, submit your latest jazz news, and check out what’s hot at JazzCorner’s Speakeasy, the busiest bulletin board for jazz. Be the first to know where Jazz artists are performing in our gigs section, and be sure to listen to our podcasts with established and up and coming jazz musicians in our Innerviews section.

     
  • richardmitnick 7:34 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From National Sawdust: “On Pitom” 

    National Sawdust

    David Krakauer Presents: On Pitom

    Friday, April 20th @ 7pm

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    About the Show

    “A dazzling debut”
    The Wall Street Journal

    “A rocking band performing catchy, hooky compositions that both pay tribute to and challenge the Jewish tradition…Pitom is a hard-edged new addition to the legacy of Radical Jewish Culture.”
    John Zorn

    Avant-garde rock meets the Jewish tradition in On Pitom, a shredding instrumental band led by guitarist Yoshie Fruchter.

    This fiery quartet combines influences from Frank Zappa, The Melvins and Masada into an exciting band performing catchy compostions that both pay tribute to and challenge its heritage. With two releases on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records, the Radical Jewish Culture series, and more music on the way, On Pitom continues their exploration of the New Jewish rock sound.

    About the Artists

    Pitom is a Jewish jazz-punk-sludge-metal hybrid – the kind of music that could only come from a culture known for wandering. With two successful albums on Tzadik records, the first of which the Wall Street Journal called a “dazzling debut,” Pitom continues to evolve their unique brand of musical adventure. With its cacophonic guitar, surly heavy-metal bass and a soaring violin, their music is so ethereal that the listener needs those mosh-pit drums to rocket them back down to Earth.

    Pitom’s bandleader, guitarist/composer Yoshie Fruchter has been making his mark on the downtown community since 2005.

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    Yoshie Fruchter

    Born into a cantorial family, his unique background in Jewish music, jazz and rock give his guitar sound and approach a flavor that is both extremely musical and yet out of control. The other three members of Pitom – bassist Shanir Blumenkrantz, drummer Kevin Zubek and violinist Jeremy Brown, all amazingly talented musicians in their own right, bring influences from traditional klezmer to noise rock to make this thoughtful and groundbreaking music.

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    Shanir Blumenkrantz

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    Kevin Zubek

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    Jeremy Brown

    Tzadik records founder, John Zorn, described Blasphemy as “a fiery and soulful album that you will listen to again and again” and audiences around the world, Jewish or not, have felt the same way. Pitom has performed all over the country and in Eastern and Western Europe including the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, Otwarda Twarda festival in Warsaw, and Jewish music festivals in Washington DC, Detroit and New York City.

    See the full article here .

    National Sawdust, is an unparalleled, artist-led, nonprofit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.

    In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.

    As a composer, I believe the role of an artist in the 21st century should be that of creator, educator, activist, and entrepreneur. I believe that 21st-century composers/artists need to be thinking about what impact they can have on their existing community, both locally and globally. At NS we believe in remaining flexible and true to the needs of artists. Our core mission is centered on the support of emerging artists, and on commissioning and supporting the seeds of ideas. Each year, we explore one large theme and construct programming and questions around that theme. This year, that theme is Origins. With this season, we are channeling the National Sawdust mission—empowering high-level artistry, regardless of training, genre, or fame—through multicultural artists who tell their stories through their music. Ultimately, Origins is a radical sharing of culture. We hope this cultural storytelling of the highest caliber will help bring our divided country closer together.

    We also believe the future of new art lives in education. To us, education is about giving young people and community members opportunities and tools to explore their potential for artistic and creative expression. But it is also about ensuring that artists themselves never stop learning – about their craft, about the work of their peers, about the business of the arts, about their own capacities to be educators and advocates. NS facilitates this kind of learning by bringing together artists from around the world in exciting composition- based projects, teaching opportunities, cultural exchanges, and hands-on management experience. Through this cultural synthesis artists leave lasting impressions on one another, become more versatile and resilient professionals, and create works that reflect a plural understanding of American society.

    –Paola Prestini, co-founder & Artist Director


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    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 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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    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
    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 6:51 AM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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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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    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
    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 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


    For new music by living composers

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    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
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
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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

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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

    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
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • 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”).

    6
    “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

    1
    Real Quiet

    2
    Crash Ensemble

    3
    London Sinfonietta

    4
    Synergy Vocals: From left to right: Michael Dore, Andrew Busher, Amanda Morrison, Rachel Weston

    Pre-order:

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

    See the full article here .


    For new music by living composers

    John Schaefer

    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 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
    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
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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  • richardmitnick 5:27 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , WQXR   

    From Tzadik: “BOOK BERIAH” 


    John Zorn at Newport 2014

    The BOOK BERIAH
    1

    for release JUNE 1

    See the full article here .


    For new music by living composers

    John Schaefer

    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 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
    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
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

     
  • richardmitnick 5:08 PM on March 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ACODreamscapes, , , , , , , , , , Orchestra Underground, Premieres, , , , WQXR,   

    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
    2
    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)
    3
    Steve Lehman

    4
    Hitomi Oba

    5
    T.J. Anderson

    See the full article here.

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition


    For new music by living composers

    John Schaefer

    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 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
    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
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

    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”

     
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