Now playing at Instant Encore:
- Darknesse Visible, a piano work by Thomas Adés, played by Hoang Pham.
"Music might be defined as a system of proportions in the service of a spiritual impulse" – George Crumb
- I’ve been listening to the all-star quartet led by Joanne Brackeen on her 1980 release Ancient Dynasty: Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnnette, and Joe Henderson. The title track has a little of everything – a theme with distantly related triadic harmonies; a small hint of fusion a la Return to Forever; some straight ahead passages shading into high-energy free blowing – but it all hangs together convincingly. It appears to not have been reissued on CD, or at least isn’t presently available – it really should be.
- Pat Spencer, flutist from the Da Capo Chamber Players, offers Stockhausen (U.S. premiere), Korde, Chen Yi, Georgescu and Musgrave in a March 2 concert at Merkin in NYC. The instrumentation includes tabla, piano, bass clarinet and there will be a “sound projectionist” presumably taking the role Stockhausen used to perform.
You can hear last fall’s performance of my Dancepiece by the Da Capo Chamber Players at New Music Philadelphia, a webcast project of the American Composers Forum’s Philadelphia chapter. The Da Capo concert that includes Dancepiece, as well as works by Higdon, Greenbaum, Druckman, and Folio, will be heard Tuesday nights from 9 to 10:30 pm “for a limited time”, according to the site. (Not clear just how long is “limited”.) Program notes are available here. While you are at the site, check out the other ACF webcasts, and the 24/7 stream of Philadelphia composers.
The late George Perle will be the focus of a concert by the Da Capo Chamber Players at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC on January 26. Four Perle works will be heard, along with music by Paul Lansky (who worked with Perle on formalizing his theory of twelve-tone tonality), Leo Kraft (a colleague of Perle at Queens College) and Scriabin. Why Scriabin? Perle’s best known theoretical writing is on the Second Viennese School, especially Berg; Bartok; and to a lesser extent, Varese and Stravinsky. But Scriabin also drew his attention because the symmetrical structures in Scriabin’s music point toward the patterns that so fascinated him in those later composers.
If you don’t know Perle’s music, try Michael Boriskin’s disc of the piano music, or the two-disc retrospective on Bridge. Richard Goode’s recording for Nonesuch is still available as a download. (Would that Richard Goode was still playing new music!)
Update: Allan Kozinn’s review in the Times is here.
You can hear the recent performance of my Dancepiece by the Da Capo Chamber Players on Counterstream Radio, the web radio presence of the American Music Center. Listen in on December 10 at 9:00pm and again on December 13 at 3:00 pm (EST)
I shouldn’t let all the excitement about the upcoming CSO premiere lead me to neglect mentioning upcoming performances of my Dancepiece by the Da Capo Chamber Players. They will include the piece as part of a program of music by Philadelphia composers, to be given at Merkin Hall in NYC on Tuesday, October 27. They then take the program up to Bard College the next day. Da Capo has been a mainstay on the New York scene for a good long while now. Joan Tower was the original pianist with the group. It now includes a mix of veterans (Andre Emilianoff, Pat Spencer, Curt Macomber) and younger players (Blair McMillen, Meighan Stoops). I last hear them playing a sober and elegant contribution to the memorial service for George Perle earlier this year.