Friday: ACF Goes Alt-Electronica

Austrian Cultural Forum prides itself on an eclectic array of offerings, with regular programs presenting excellent composers and ensembles on the cusp of new music making. Pop has been among past proceedings, but an event like the one this Friday treads new ground for the venue. Viennese duo Demi Broxa (Jakob Schneidewind, bass/electronics and AgnesContinue reading “Friday: ACF Goes Alt-Electronica”

RIP Matt Marks (1980-2018)

All of us at Sequenza 21 are saddened to learn of the passing of Matt Marks. A musical polymath, he was a composer, new music advocate, provocative Twitter presence, co-founder and key organizer of New Music Gathering, and a versatile performer, both a vocalist-actor in various projects and a founding member of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound, in which he played FrenchContinue reading “RIP Matt Marks (1980-2018)”

Kit Downes – Obsidian (CD Review)

Obsidian Kit Downes, organ and composer; Tom Challenger, tenor saxophone ECM Records Prior to this recording, Kit Downes was primarily known as a pianist in jazz settings, notably leading his own trio and quintet. Obsidian is his debut CD as a leader for ECM Records; he previously appeared on the label as part of theContinue reading “Kit Downes – Obsidian (CD Review)”

Tuesday: SO and JACK at Zankel

Tuesday: JACK/SO Tonight at Zankel Performances at Zankel Hall on March 6 at 7 PM (note the early start time) will feature two of contemporary classical music’s estimable chamber ensembles. JACK Quartet and SO Percussion team up in a program that includes a string quartet premiere by Philip Glass, a pitched percussion work by DonnachaContinue reading “Tuesday: SO and JACK at Zankel”

Thomas Strønen’s Time is a Blind Guide – Lucus (CD Review)

Thomas Strønen – Time is a Blind Guide Lucus ECM Records 2576   Ayumi Tanaka, piano; Håkon Aase: violin; Lucy Railton, violoncello; Ole Morten Vågan, double bass; Thomas Strønen: drums, percussion   Composer/percussionist Thomas Strønen’s Time is a Blind Guide has shifted membership since its debut recording. Distilled to a quintet line-up on Lucus, itsContinue reading “Thomas Strønen’s Time is a Blind Guide – Lucus (CD Review)”

Sheila Silver Composer Portrait at Merkin Hall

  The Music of Sheila Silver: A Celebration Merkin Concert Hall February 8, 2018 By Christian Carey Published on Sequenza 21   NEW YORK – Composer Sheila Silver has taught at Stony Brook University since 1979. On February 8th at Merkin Concert Hall, an all-Silver program celebrated her tenure at the university. In addition toContinue reading “Sheila Silver Composer Portrait at Merkin Hall”

Wye Oak: “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs” (YouTube)

Wye Oak’s fifth album, The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs, will be released via Merge on April 6, 2018 (Preorder here). Today, the band shared a teaser of the title track via various streaming platforms: a YouTube clip of the audio is below. TOUR DATES – WYE OAK 02/16 New York, NY Symphony Space 04/06 Iowa City, IA Mission Creek Festival 04/20Continue reading “Wye Oak: “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs” (YouTube)”