Hello, friends, I just got back from Buenos Aires, where I spoke on a few panels at the BAFIM conference, met a ton of terrific new friends, got to reconnectMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 2, 2012View Source
I just got back from Buenos Aires, where I spoke on a few panels at the BAFIM conference, met a ton of terrific new friends, got to reconnect with some old ones, and came home with a suitcase of new music. I expect you’ll get to hear the fruits of this trip sometime soon.
While I was there, opportunity knocked, so we just added a 10:30pm show to THIS THURSDAY’s Target Free Thursdays series at the David Rubenstein Atrium, with the record release concert of New Amsterdam’s vocal octet, Roomful of Teeth. Roomful of Teeth will showcase its astounding dexterity in singing traditions from all over the globe, including Tuvan throat singing, belt and pop techniques, yodeling, Inuit throat singing, and styles from Sardinia and Korea. They will perform works by composers William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, Rinde Eckert, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, all of which feature on the group's new album, as well as the New York premiere of new works by composer Missy Mazzoli. If you want to get a sense of what the group sounds like, check out this video from the Kickstarter campaign that helped fund the album they’ll be launching on Thursday. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1326732924/roomful-of-teeth-makes-debut-album
And of course, the evening will start at 8:30 with a fantastic celebration of the John Cage Centennial with the creative music all-star ensemble Ne(x)tworks performing Cage’s Variations IV, joined by video artist Luke Dubois. https://www.facebook.com/events/427458757311055
Fourth in a series of classic indeterminate works from the 1960's, "Variations IV" is a seminal exploration of simultaneity and site-specificity, and is Cage's composerly representation of the Hindu/Buddhist concept samsara or "the turmoil of everyday life." Transparencies with dots and circles are dropped on a map of the David Rubenstein Atrium, the results or which are then used to locate individual "sound sources" within the space. The material heard from these sources is not specified. Ne(x)tworks' realization of "Variations IV" identifies the individual live musicians as the sound sources, asking each player to present a unique repertoire of exclusively Cage compositions from their chance-determined position in space.
A handful of the works being performed include "Music for…" (1984-87), various "Solo"'s from "Concert for Piano and Orchestra" (1958), "Four6" (1992), "Aria" (1958) (performed by close Cage associate, vocalist Joan La Barbara), "Variations II" (1961), "Experiences II" (1948), "Atlas Eclipticalis" (1961), among many others. The Atrium's theatrical lighting and DuBois' video projections will also occur based on chance operations. Audience is welcome to sit and enjoy the performances or move about the room to experience the music from varying vantage points.
Ne(x)tworks: Joan La Barbara – voice, Shelley Burgon - harp & laptop, Yves Dharamraj – cello, Miguel Frasconi - glass & laptop, Stephen Gosling – piano, Ariana Kim – violin, Christopher McIntyre - trombone, radios Special Guests: R. Luke DuBois - video projection, David Shively - percussion
Variations IV on johncage.org: http://johncage.org/pp/John-Cage-Work-Detail.cfm?work_ID=236
Upcoming shows at the David Rubenstein Atrium include Kiran Ahluwalia on October 18, launching the 3rd edition of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, joined by Rez Abassi, Rob Curto, Nitin Mitta and Nikki Nayar. Kiran Ahluwalia’s seductive voice draws on her Indian-Punjabi heritage for this free opening to the White Light Festival. Her original compositions and arrangements embody the spiritual essence of ghazal, an ancient form of poetry, influenced by Sufi mysticism, about illicit, unattainable love. Accompanied by traditional Indian percussion and contemporary Western instruments, Ahluwalia’s boundary-blurring songs invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in love. .http://www.whitelightfestival.org/kiran-ahluwalia
The entire White Light festival is filled with terrific shows, but I wanted to especially draw your attention to the return to New York of the astounding French/Chinese jaw harpist, Wang Li, who was a mesmerizing surprise hit at last year’s globalFEST. He’ll play the stunning Allen Room on Thursday, Oct 25, and tickets are on sale now. http://www.whitelightfestival.org/wang-li . Here’s what the NY Times had to say about his globalFEST performance: Wang Li, a Chinese musician based in Paris, performed solo, finding a futuristic sound in humble instruments. He played jew's-harps, twangy little instruments that were closely miked and enriched by reverb so that every touch and resonance was audible in detail. His pieces were fascinating, introspective perpetual-motion meditations. The rhythms of sharply pinging, clicking notes sometimes suggested electronic dance music; ghostly overtone melodies sighed up above. It was deeply solitary music, quietly spellbinding
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And speaking of globalFEST, we’re halfway thru our Kickstarter campaign, and about halfway to our goal to raise much needed funds for out 10th anniversary edition this January, with nearly 70 of our friends pledging their support! If you’ve already donated – THANK YOU! If you haven’t pledged yet, PLEASE HELP!
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Finally, I want to let you know about a great concert friends of mine are producing: Freedom To Love Now! in New York City on October 30th at 8pm. Your efforts will not only benefit Freedom To Marry, but will also help support their grassroots efforts in Minnesota, Maine, Maryland, and Washington, where same-sex marriage is being voted on this November.
And don't forget to get your tix! Artists that have recently joined us for this concert include: Cibo Matto, Sam Amidon, Beth Orton, & Trey Anastasio!