Friday: ACF Goes Alt-Electronica

Demi Broxa
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 Agnes Hvizdalek, vocals) make their US debut at ACF. In addition to synth soundscapes and beat-driven electronica, vocal effects – whistles and mouth clicks – will be on display in their “Vocals, Electronics, and Bass” set.
Aki Onda
NY-based electronic artist Aki Onda supplies the other half of the show. Onda is known for his cassette soundscapes: for decades he has made field recordings from a variety of locales that then are transformed into sound art. At Friday’s event he will share Cassette Memories from Morocco.
 
The sound in at ACF is good but the seating is not commodious. Events remain free and demand can be high. I recall more than a few occasions where there were lines out the door of hopefuls seeking seats. Friday may just be one of those nights.

Aki Onda – Cassette Memories at Louvre Museum, Paris, 2011 – Part 1 from Aki Onda on Vimeo.

Details
Friday, June 15th, at 7:30 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Demi Broxa (in their U.S. debut) and Aki Onda.
Admission is free, and reservations (online at ACFNY.org) are required.
11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY (between Fifth and Madison Avenue)
Program
Aki OndaCassette Memories (Morocco 1988 & 2010)
Demi Broxa – Vocals, Electronics, and Bass

 

2/24 and 2/26: Darkness and Profundity – G. F. Haas in New York

 

Georg Friedrich Haas
Georg Friedrich Haas

This week in New York, Austrian Cultural Forum celebrates the music of Georg Friedrich HaasHaas, currently MacDowell Professor of Music at Columbia, is a thoughtful and innovative composer. The two programs curated by ACFNY, both free (with reservations), are excellent opportunities to hear two different facets of his creativity.

JACK
JACK Quartet

On Wednesday February 24th at 7:30 PM at the ACF, JACK Quartet performs String Quartet No. 3 In iij. Noct., a piece that occurs in total darkness.

Talea Ensemble
Talea Ensemble

On February 26 at 8 PM at Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd Street), the Talea Ensemble presents the following program of large ensemble and chamber works: La profondeur (2009), for lower instruments, I can’t breathe (2015), a US Premiere that commemorates Eric Garner, played by trumpeter Gareth Flowerstria ex uno (2001), and …wie stille brannte das Licht (2009), featuring vocal soloist Tony Arnold. James Baker conducts.

 

Moving Sounds 2015

GF Haas
 
 
This Friday, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents a concert highlighting spectralist composers. The culmination of this year’s Moving Sounds Festival, it features the U.S. premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Introduction und Transsonation, Giacinto Scelsi’s violin concerto Anahit, and pieces by Tristan Murail. Hanna Hurwitz is the violin soloist. Michel Galante leads the Argento Ensemble in these performances.
 
 
 
acf turntables
 
Moving Sounds 2015
Friday September 18 at 7 PM
Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center New York 321 East 73rd Street, NY, NY
Free Event (reservations here)