The Glass Sho ~ Vicky Chow/Danielle Eva Schwob and Ashley Jackson

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My podcast The Glass Sho has a new home: PRX.ORG
Until I can figure out a way to move everything over to the new address, please feel free to enjoy the episodes on podomatic.com and iTunes.
In any event, I hope you all continue to enjoy the podcast.

The latest episode features interviews with Bang On a Can All-Stars’ pianist Vicky Chow and composer Danielle Eva Schwob and harpist Ashley Jennifer Jackson.

Ashley Jennifer Jackson has a debut concert for Lincoln Center tomorrow night (which will feature the debut of Danielle Schwob’s piece “Lights In The Dark” written for harp and string quartet), Sept. 20th at 8 PM at New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Auditorium
The American Modern Ensemble Quartet will perform with Ashley in the second half of the program.
111 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 65th St, New York, NY 10023.
Admission is FREE, but tickets are still required; Please reserve here: www.chambermusicny.org/contact-us

Vicky Chow and I discussed her new releases:
Tristan Perich’s work Surface Image on New Amsterdam, which will be released Oct. 28th, and her recording of Steve Reich’s Piano Counterpoint, included on the Reich compilation Radio Rewrite, also including performances by Alarm Will Sound and Jonny Greenwood, and that will be released on Sept. 30 on Nonesuch.
Hear exclusive excerpts from these recordings on the podcast link below.

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The Glass Sho: Episode 21 (Vicky Chow/Danielle Eva Schwob & Ashley Jackson)

Kendra Emery ~ On The Banglewood Experience and Related Things

Kendra Emery performing at the Bang On a Can Summer Festival in North Adams, MA; July 2013 (Photo courtesy of Ivan Singer)kendraemeryivansinger

Saxophonist Kendra Emery is a musician I very recently met in the audience at this year’s Bang On a Can marathon in NY this past June, and at the time I had no idea she was going to be selected as one of the fellows appearing at the Summer festival at MASS MoCA the following month. During that period, I noticed lots of interesting activity in music and clips being posted online from the events that took place, and suddenly it seemed that she was among lots of great influences, and was becoming one of the most up-front individuals participating at the festival. An article that was picked up by Rolling Stone even covered this event, which surely must have attracted some audience members from outside the culture. Since then, she has updated her website and she’s commissioning new works, and even recording her own improvs (You can hear them either on her webpage or on her Soundcloud page). Continue reading

Bang On a Can at Rite of Summer (A Review)

Bang On a Can All-Stars at Rite of Summer Festival on Governors Island–Photo courtesy of Reilly Grahamrrite4fixed by Reilly Graham

Rite of Summer Festival
presents
Bang On a Can All-Stars
Governors Island, NYC
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I have never been to Governors Island (at least I don’t think I have in many years–something about it seemed familiar to me), and I basically was walking towards the side of the island where I believed the site of the Rite of Summer concert was going on. I felt worried when I saw a tent area that sort of looked like a stage-area with no people, thinking I’d traveled all the way to the island to find a canceled show, but after hearing the strains of a distorted cello in the distance…I KNEW that was our show! I kept walking and found the Bang On a Can All-Stars set underway.

I’m very glad that I was familiar with Michael Gordon’s “Industry”, and Ashley Bathgate being given a rare solo moment in the band’s set was exciting to see. To hear such a furiously-played amplified piece for electro-acoustic cello in an outdoor concert definitely made me think of Hendrix at Woodstock. As the rest of the group took the stage, guitarist Mark Stewart, who was making the announcements between the pieces, wondered aloud “If Jimi played the cello…”

The rest of the prepared first set went equally as well with some more All-Stars classics–David Lang’s “Sunray” (written for his father’s 80th birthday), Julia Wolfe’s “Lick” (designed after a funky James Brown piece in the way Julia Wolfe does it) and Louis Andriessen’s “Worker’s Union” (perhaps its most intense performance ever). The group, even with 2 people subbing for Robert Black and Ken Thomson (Gregg August and Michael Lowernstern, respectively, and did so so effectively that I hadn’t even noticed those guys weren’t there) and the looming threat of a downpour as the sky was only giving us a partly sunny day–on top of this the band was working with generated electricity in the aftermath of the facility’s power source being jeopardized by Hurricane Sandy, and at one point the sound cut out, yet you could still hear them–There seemed to be nothing that would make these guys stop or slow down.

After the break, there would have been a second set where the group was going to feature a Mark Stewart solo, repeat “Sunray” and “Lick” and wrap up the show with Thurston Moore’s “Stroking Piece #1” (Loved hearing that at 2012’s marathon), but during Mark Stewart’s solo performance of Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpart”–replete with gorgeous looping effects on top of an already gorgeously-played guitar part, the rain creeped up on the event and finally managed to put a damper on it. Probably for the best since safety is the priority over the show (regardless of the “show must go on” credo), but the group definitely made the absolute best out of their circumstances and turned in some effectively executed repertoire for a summer concert.

Even though they only feature a few concerts each summer, Rite of Summer is a really good festival that brings new music performances to both the fans of the genre and the general public with some potential new fans.

There’s a couple more dates of Rite of Summer if you would like to check it out:

Saturday, August 10th 1pm & 3pm (raindate August 11th):
An Homage to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Ljova and Friends/Fireworks Ensemble

Sunday, September 1st 12pm-5pm (raindate September 2nd):
RITE-A-THON: Blair McMillen, Pam Goldberg, Tigue, Theo Bleckmann, Classical Jam and more

Bang On a Can.org

Rite of Summer.com

Shows in NYC this weekend (7/11 ~ 7/14)

Ecouter will be in NYC on Thursday and Friday nights this weekend (Image courtesy of Ecouter)Ecouter3

Rhymes with Opera
Criminal Element by David Smooke (plus premiere of 12 one-minute operas by various composers)
JACK, Thursday, 7/11, 7:30 PM (SOLD OUT)
(Editor’s note: A possible 2nd show may be announced–Stay tuned)

Écouter
CULTUREfix, Thursday, 7/11, 9:30 PM
Goodbye-Blue-Monday, Friday, 7/12, 10 PM
Natalie Spehar, Cello, Vocals
Nikola Ragusa, Flute, Alto Flute
Amelie Brodeur, Piano, Flute, Vocals

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Rite of Summer Festival
Bang On a Can All-Stars
Govenor’s Island, Saturday, 7/13, 1 PM & 3 PM

So Percussion & The Joshua Light Show
Schimmel Center for The Arts at Pace University, Saturday, 7/13, 7:30 PM (FREE SHOW)

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…and if you like some good acoustic indie music

Dan Coyle/Michela Baranov
Tammany Hall, Thursday, 7/11, 10 PM

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards/Steve Pavao
Caffe Vivaldi, Sunday, 7/14, 7 PM

Bang On a Can All Day ~ 2013 Marathon

Bang On a Can All-Stars performing at the Bang On a Can Marathon at Pace University (Photo courtesy of Glenn Cornett)bangonancan7

Arts Brookfield
in cooperation with River To River Festival and Pace University
present
2013 Bang On a Can Marathon
Michael Schimmel Center at Pace University, NYC
Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Ok, well here we go again!

Another amazing day of polarizing music from Bang On a Can went down this past Sunday, but I need to get something off my chest first–I did not like the change of venue. It was too intimate. I guess I’m spoiled by the gorgeously expansive Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, but sadly the garden just had to be scheduled for renovation for the planned duration of the marathon, so the Michael Schimmel Center for The Arts at Pace University was chosen for this year’s show. People were saying that this venue had nice acoustics, and suited quieter pieces like Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee (performed here delicately and briskly by Talea Ensemble; mind you, a very challenging piece for first timers as it’s a hour in length) but there was something intense about heavy artsy culture being plopped into the laps of mainstream New Yorkers that I sort of missed from the WFC shows. Continue reading

Lisa Moore

Photo courtesy of Stephen Taylor

Pianist Lisa Moore had an open afternoon to speak about her new recording Stainless Staining featuring music by Donnacha Dennehy, and also about the upcoming full-concert debut of Grand Band, the new music supergroup that was formed for the Bang On a Can marathon featuring Moore and 5 other great pianists (among them Vicky Chow, Blair McMillen, Isabelle O’Connell, Paul Kerekes and David Friend) that you can catch on August 7th at 6:30 PM at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. She also talked about my favorite chamber duo she’s in known as TwoSense! Continue reading

Bang On a Can All Day ~ 2012 Marathon

The Deep Listening Band performing at the Bang On a Can Marathon last Sunday (L to R: Stuart Dempster, conch; Brian Pertl, dung chen Tibetan horn; Pauline Oliveros, conch; Photo courtesy of Tom Steenland)

Arts Brookfield
in cooperation with River To River Festival
present
2012 Bang On a Can Marathon
Winter Garden at World Financial Center, NYC
Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Part One 
Written by me

Dither (the all-guitar ensemble featuring Taylor Levine, James Moore, Gyan Riley, Grey McMurray, and Josh Lopes) were the very first people to play at this marathon, and the piece they did (Lois V. Vierk‘s “Go Guitars”) was a very Jandek-like detuned dirge that proceeded to make the 2 elderly women sitting next to me get up and leave. At least I knew I was at the right concert.

This is not a review, per se. I had no real plans to cover this event with any kind of extensive blogging or descriptive reviews, but, even though I was only there for 8 of the 12 hours (Ugh! Long story why I couldn’t be there for all of it–Don’t get me started!), there’s so much beauty to observe, that I can’t not write something. Continue reading

Bang On a Can 2012 Preview ~ Marathon Schedule Announced

Here is the complete schedule of the 2012 Bang On a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center in NY on Sunday, June 17th!
This promises to be an incredible day of music, so please come out and see this marvelous marathon of edginess at the gorgeous atrium at the WFC.
By the way, did I happen to mention that it’s free?
EDITOR’S NOTE: Times are approximate due to performances.

Marathon 2012: FULL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

12 noon

Go Guitars by Lois V Vierk
performed by Dither

Saint Arc by Daniel Wohl
performed by Ashley Bathgate

Awakening by Jeremy Howard Beck
performed by The Guidonian Hand

In Bounds by Evan Ziporyn
performed by Vicky Chow

Bash by Ruben Naeff
performed by NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble with Jonathan Haas

a) Crossroads
b) Boot by Michael Lowenstern
performed by Todd Reynolds and Michael Lowenstern

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2 PM

In and Out of the Game by Eve Beglarian
performed by The Guidonian Hand

my lips from speaking by Julia Wolfe
performed by Grand Band

The End by Ruby Fulton
performed by Newspeak

a) Nibiru by Marcin Stanczyk
b) Stroking Piece #1 by Thurston Moore
performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars

A Humble Tribute to Guaguanco by Gregg August
performed by Heavy Hands

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4 PM

Prayers Remain Forever by Martin Bresnick
performed by TwoSense

a) B & E (with Aggravated Assault) by Oscar Bettison
b) Sweet Light Crude by David T. Little
performed by Newspeak

Thou Shalt/Thou Shalt Not by Michael Gordon
performed by the Michael Gordon Band

Quasi Infinity, written and performed by soprano saxophonist Jonas Braasch

a) Land of Sorrows by Brian Pertl
b) From Now On by Pauline Oliveros
performed by Deep Listening Band

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6 PM

Kaki King (Note: Selections to be announced from the stage)

a) Instructional Video,  b) Breakfast at J&M,  c) Matt Damon by David Longstreth
d) Piano Studies 2a, 3c, 4a, 11 by Conlon Nancarrow (arr. Evan Ziporyn)
performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Alvin Luciernarrating his own I am sitting in a room with James Fei, digital delay system

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8 PM

a) Distorting Melody** by Akiko Ushijima
b) sunray by David Lang
performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars

Kris Davis‘ Massive Thread performing Massive Thread by Davis

Just Ancient Loops* by Michael Harrison with film by Bill Morrison
performed by Maya Beiser

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10 PM

Six Pianos by Steve Reich
performed by Grand Band

DJ Envee‘s Bang on a Can Remix

le Noir de l’Etoile by Gérard Grisey
performed by Talujon

* World Premiere
** US Premiere

Bang On a Can 2012 Marathon
Sunday, June 17th 12 PM-12 AM
Three World Financial Center
200 Vesey Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10281
Tel: 212.417.7000
Fax: 212.417.7214


World Financial Center.com

Bang on a Can.org