Flutist Roberta Michel performs works for flute and electronics that she has commissioned over the past two years. Michel will premiere Nissim Schaul’s Two Birds, as yet Unheard. Those two birds are the Marteau pêcheur and the Martin piqueur, which in English would be, roughly, Kinghammer and Jackfisher. The piece began with Nissim’s inability to keep the French words for jackhammer and kingfisher straight despite his expat status, and has become a flutistic exploration of cladistics. (more…)
December 18, 2014 7:30 pm
December 19, 2014 8:00 pm
Gina Izzo: Flute
Erika Dohi: Piano
David Degge, Mika Godbole, Yumi Tamashiro, and Frank Tyl: Percussion
Two emerging groups, RighteousGIRLS and Mobius Percussion, pair up for an evening of unforgettable new music by rising stars such as Andy Akiho, Wally Gunn, Amy Beth Kirsten, and many others. Ranging from improvisatory jazz to visceral percussion, each group possesses a unique aesthetic that is changing how audiences are experiencing new music. (more…)
January 8, 2015 8:00 pm
At 8pm, Marcelo Toledo Toledo has developed though the years a personal music style particularly oriented toward the exploration of instrumental timbre, an aspect of his work that has become a characteristic facet of his compositions. In his work he has eliminated the traditional importance given to pitch in order to focus on a new aural matter. This is the product of a research created through his essential engagement to explore -with his personal techniques- the instruments of the orchestra. Toledo’s music evolves almost biologically in an intricate sound texture made out of complex fluid sounds. Tonight he will present inventions, extensions, and distortions on solo works.
At 9pm, The Natives are a collective that explores intuitive music combined with spoken word. Drawing from the traditions of indeterminacy and text composition the ensemble will use sound to inspire words and vice versa. Formed by guitarist Stelios Mihas in 2013, the Natives employ a core of poet/writer Jack Daniel, drummer Mike Sutton, bassist Francesco Marcocci, and saxophonist Dan Blake.
January 9, 2015 8:00 pm
Ascending, the violin/piano duo of Tricia Frasure and Caitlin Foster, presents “In So Many Words,” a concert of new and 20th-century works in exploration of word and sound within music. Featuring the work of six emerging composers, Stephen Lilly, Matt Magerkurth, Zane Merritt, Carter John Rice, Ryan Woodhouse and Viola Yip, alongside Ives, Rzewski and Prokofiev, the concert will include both traditional and non-traditional performance approaches in an attempt to reveal words evoked, spoken and sung – with music, without music and as music.
January 10, 2015 8:00 pm
The Terry Dame Trio – The Volar Portex with Terri Dame: Percussion/Electronics, Jessica Lurie: Sax, Chris Cochrane: Guitar @ 8:00 PM
Jessica Lurie is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer. Jessica is featured on over 50 recordings and has worked with international artists including David Krakauer, Bill Frisell, Chuck D & The Fine Arts Militia, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Karl Denson, Frank London, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Vinicio Caposella, Otto Lechner, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy, Kenny Wolleson, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville. She composes for multi-media, dance, theater and film, and has collaborated on over 20 multi-media works with visual artist Danijel Zezelj, Great Small Works and Circus Amok. In addition to her own Ensemble, Jessica composes for and performs with the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, Living Daylights trio, Romeo Studs, La Buya, bigger bands Zion80 and Ayn Sof and many other worldwide collaborations. http://www.jessicalurie.com
Chris Cochrane, a guitarist, singer, songwriter, improviser and producer, has been active in the New York music scene since 1983. He has worked with a vast array of great artists, including John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Andrea Centazzo, T Bone Burnett, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith, Thurston Moore, Richard Buckner, Kramer, Eszter Balint, Derek Bailey, Annie Gosfield, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora, and Bob Ostertag. He has composed music for dance and theater productions by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Dennis Cooper, John Jasperse, Nayland Blake, Circus Amok, and others. http://www.thechriscochrane.
January 15, 2015 8:00 pm
Jeremy Hurewitz: Guitar
January 17, 2015 8:00 pm
Chartreuse, the all-female, all-contemporary string trio, presents a program that breaks out of the trio repertoire (and instrumentation!). With commissions and premieres from New York to Oslo, Myra Hinrichs (violin), Carrie Frey (viola), and Helen Newby (cello) have been expanding the trio repertoire for the past three years. At the Firehouse Space, they will literally expand their ensemble, welcoming three frequent collaborators: Zachary Good, an active clarinetist in Chicago’s new music scene and founding member of ensemble Mocrep, bassoonist Benjamin Roidl-Ward, and flutist Hannah Hammel, both of Oberlin’s new music collective Semble N and Contemporary Music Ensemble. (more…)
January 22, 2015 8:00 pm
Yoni Kretzmer’s chamber sextet, New Dilemma, driving force, is the constant search of the borders between the written and the improvised sound. It aims, through Kretzmer’s compositions, to find (or maybe create?) these borders and then blur them till obscurity, till it is not clear whether the band is improvising or not. The musician themselves are, and the music itself is, posed with the question: Is the music at this moment improvised or predetermined? As though the musician is asking – am I/we improvising or not?
Kretzmer’s compositions aim to highlight this “dilemma” and make it focal point of the ensemble.
January 23, 2015 8:00 pm
Dennis Shafer Solo Sax