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04.24.2017 8:00 p.m.

Dead Lion and Toshi Ichiyanagi's "Music for Electric Metronome"

the wulf. @ Coaxial Arts

Daniel Fishkin's Dead Lion
Daniel Fishkin, photodiodes, oscilloscopes, voice

Toshi Ichiyanagi's "Music for Electric Metronome," performed by Andrew Young, Stephanie Smith, Mark So, and Liam Mooney

Daniel Fishkin’s ears are ringing. Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. He has performed as a soloist on modular synthesizer with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal, 2014); as an ally in the search for a cure, he has been awarded the title of  “tinnitus ambassador” by the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung. Recent activities include a Project Grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Daniel received his MA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University, has taught analog synthesis at Bard College, and, as fate would have it, is now pursuing his PhD at University of California, San Diego.

Program:

i can't handle your twisted party bullshit
How could I make a “modular” system of my own? One day at my workbench, I realized that the green CRT bream of of my oscilloscope is a very stable sawtooth waveform. I used my photodiode pickups to listen to this signal. I could change the pitch in intervals by varying the Timebase or “Sec/Div” knob. Through rampant misuse of the calibration knob, I could achieve a smooth glissandi. I controlled volume by moving the photodiode away from the beam. Thus I could achieve the classical “theremin” control of an electronic instrument: one hand for pitch, one hand for dynamics.
I built an entire synthesizer system out of four oscilloscopes and a mixer. By sending the same signal into both mixer & oscilloscope, a feedback path is made entirely in the domain of light, between the screen of the CRT and the photodiode microphone. The oscilloscope shows its own sound, and as I manipulate it, I learn from its visual language in order to predict its music. Initially I considering modifying the oscilloscope for voltage control, in order to interface with modular synthesizers, but I realized that the scopes contain so many esoteric inputs and outputs, all of which can be exploited for sound. Each oscilloscope seems to behave uniquely, and thus a mixing of scopes forms a lively ensemble.

external trigger
Look closely at the instrument panel of a Tektronix 2235 oscilloscope. To the left, an illuminated 3” monitor, lit by a green pixel. To the right, two large knobs control the vertical deflection of that line—the vertical amplifiers. These amplifiers are connected to two inputs. Another large knob, sec/div, controls how fast the pixel travels across the screen. Inside the oscilloscope, a trigger circuit aligns the scan rate to the input frequency of the signal present at the vertical amplifier. This circuit is actually essential to display a stable signal that does not wander horizontally on the screen. Modern scopes have an “automatic” setting, to more reliably trigger with regards to the input signal. However, if desired, one can opt to use an “external trigger”, accessible by an BNC jack with variable coupling options.

gimme gimme gimmen (G. Ginn)
I theorize this project as a band, but it is "dead"—I do not do songs, and thus each performance is a zombie improvisation with no central Urtext. In the recent political situation, I've been searching for text. This performance uses the song text, Gimme Gimme Gimme by Black Flag. I stripped the song of everything but words, and spoke them with my oscilloscopes as accompaniment. I say to the audience, "Imagine that not I am the singer, but rather, the current president of our country."

Candle Piece
I was inspired by Nic Collins’ circuit sculpture In Memoriam, but I thought he picked the wrong candle. I wanted a faster-burning candle, and a piece that was more like pop music in development and flow. I designed my own circuit which is tuned to react to the flame of a 5-minute candle. In darkness, it is silent. When the candle is lit, the circuit plays music which changes as the candle burns.

your lights are going out
have you ever heard a dead lion roar?

the wulf.'s electronic music series was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page:
https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/open-source-the-wulf-s-electronic-music-series/


past events

12.15.2010 8:00 p.m.

Music of Marc Sabat.

Three sets of music featuring performances by Richard Valitutto, Andrew McIntosh, VigintiTridecimalDemential Trombone Orchestra, Trio Kobayashi, Derek Stein, Julia Holter and Marc Sabat.

    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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    • Piece Unknown :: Marc Sabat

      by Marc Sabat
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  • 12.10.2010 8:00 p.m.

    The Yggdrasil Soli

    a project conceived and curated by Ulrich Krieger

    composed by:
    Antoine Beuger, Radu Malfatti, Carter Williams, Aniela Perry, Michael Pisaro, Julia Holter, Mark So, Ulrich Krieger

    performed by:
    christine tavolacci, flute; ulrich krieger, alto sax; doug wadle, trombone; eric clark, violin; aniela perry, cello; michael pisaro, guitar; julia holter, percussion; mark so, piano; scott cazan, laptop

    9 solos by 8 composers, which can be performed simultaneously. Yggdrasil is the world tree from the nordic/germanic mythology, which reaches all nine nordic worlds - from Asgard through Midgard to .

    • The Yggdrasil Soli

      by Michael Pisaro by Mark So by Ulrich Krieger by Antoine Beuger by Julia Holter by by Radu Malfatti by Carter Williams by Aniela Perry
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    • The Yggdrasil Soli

      by Michael Pisaro by Mark So by Ulrich Krieger by Antoine Beuger by Julia Holter by by Radu Malfatti by Carter Williams by Aniela Perry
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    • a 'beheaded sun'

      by James Klopfleisch
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    • 326 Breaths

      by James Klopfleisch
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    • Possibly Bowed Milk Carton

      by James Klopfleisch
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    • Piece Unknown :: Composer Unknown

      by Composer Unknown

    • Piece Unknown :: Composer Unknown

      by Composer Unknown
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  • 11.20.2010 8:00 p.m.

    cross/collapse.

    Part 2 of a series of music by Cat Lamb involving viola and oscillators .


  • 11.19.2010 8:00 p.m.

    More So / Bahto

    Several new Super 8 films by Rick Bahto, including Lebensraum, For Pablo Valencia, For Karen Johannesen, and an open-ended, variable-duration performance for Super 8 film and cassette tapes Some Places for Mark So and Madison Brookshire, performed by Mark So (boombox) and Madison Brookshire (Super 8 projector) that may last anywhere from between 5 and 50 minutes, or maybe even longer.

    Mark So will present two recent works, more of same (with Nate Brown) and while the distant rumble goes on [readings 35] (with Casey Thomas Anderson), both from the ongoing Ashbery series.


    11.13.2010 8:00 p.m.

    music of mike winter.

    some piano pieces and some pieces with sustained sounds punctuated every once in a while with other sounds.

    performed by casey anderson, matthew barbier, eric clark, daniel corral, rory cowal, corey fogel, james klopfleisch, cat lamb, liam mooney, anna robinson, gary schultz, mark so, laura steenberge, christine tavolacci, and perhaps a few others.

    • Piece Unknown :: Michael Winter

      by Michael Winter
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    • Piece Unknown :: Michael Winter

      by Michael Winter
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    • meditation for solo piano

      by Michael Winter
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    • gaussian cannon

      by Michael Winter
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    • Piano Machine

      by Michael Winter
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    • for gregory chatin

      by Michael Winter
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  • 10.30.2010 8:00 p.m.

    middle/moving.

    Part 1 of a series of music by Cat Lamb involving viola and oscillators .


    10.23.2010 8:00 p.m.

    2010 Experimental Music Yearbook, Night 2

    This event, the second night of the 2010 Experimental Music Yearbook concerts, features new works by Mike Winter ("scene++," and "subset canon"), Mark So ("windrows" accompanied by a reading of John Ashbery's double poem "Litany"), and Casey Anderson (performing new works in multiples to be determined).


    10.20.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Gerhard Schultz presents:

    in both places (2010), for 2 guitars, performed by Gerhard Schultz and John Hastings—more than once, with intermission(s)

    http://johnphastings.org
    http://gerhardschultz.com


    10.16.2010 8:00 p.m.

    John Cage: Duos

    Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard (1950)
    Nocturne for Violin and Piano (1947)
    Andrew McIntosh (violin) & Danny Holt (piano)

    A Flower (1950)
    The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942)
    She is Asleep: Duet (1943)
    Stephanie Aston (voice) & Danny Holt (piano)

    TWO (1987)
    Christine Tavolacci (flute) & Danny Holt (piano)

    51'15.657" for a speaking percussionist
    ...an original realization of a solo simultaneous performance of John Cage's 45' for a speaker (1954) and 27'10.554" for a percussionist (1956)
    Bonnie Whiting Smith (speech & percussion)


    10.06.2010 8:00 p.m.

    A conversation with Seth Weiner on performance space designs specifically for experimental music.

    "(05) Suites For Experimental Music"

    In the case of traditional concert halls, assumptions of how attention should be spatially organized have often been relegated to a very strict (social) order. In an attempt to both integrate and collide these prescriptions, this work seeks to explore architectural performance through specific "musical" works that resist models of conventional artistic and social practice. Rather than creating a monolithic and rigid spatialized dogma for experimental music, this figuration seeks to allow for simultaneous scenarios to exist within a single site, mutating a kit of parts through pressures curated from a selection of "musical" works. -Seth Weiner 2010


    10.03.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Music of Byron Westbrook

    Byron Westbrook is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound and images. His audio/video performances under the name CORRIDORS involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment with a focus on energy distilled from sound and light. Two multi-channel audio works will be performed with light accompaniment: DX7/Acoustic Guitar (2010) 22:00, Viola/Organ/Electronics (2007) 23:00.

    http://www.byronwestbrook.com


    09.30.2010 9:00 p.m.

    Jib Kidder, Julia Holter, Ezra Buchla:

    Showing & release celebration of jib kidder's 12" / video release "lossy angeles" featuring live music by ezra buchla, julia holter & jib kidder.

    • Piece Unknown :: Ezra Buchla

      by Ezra Buchla
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    • Piece Unknown :: Jib Kidder

      by Jib Kidder
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    • Piece Unknown :: Julia Holter

      by Julia Holter
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  • 07.24.2010 8:00 p.m.

    New works by Dicky Bahto and Mark So

    Mark So will present a new piece based on John Ashbery's poem Wild City.

    Rick Bahto will project new Super 8 films from 2010, including Still Life for Charles Boone (17 minutes, b/w, silent) and Performing Marmarth (3 minutes, b/w, silent).


    07.07.2010 7:00 p.m.

    the wulf. @ Music We'd Like To Hear

    the wulf. @ Church at St. Anne & St. Agnes

    the group who curates the Music We'd Like to Hear series in London asked us to curate a concert. Gary, Taylan and Joe will be there. If you are in London, check it out. Here is what we put together:

    mike winter - for gregory chaitin; rooms and seams

    joseph kudirka - a round

    taylan susam - nocturnes

    gary schultz - cards

    laura steenberge - elevator music

    eric km clark - mein shatz

    http://www.musicwedliketohear.com/


    • Ghost Music

      by Liam Mooney by Matt Sargent
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  • 06.17.2010 8:00 p.m.

    ensemble 303 :: 5x4 - works for quartet

    music by casey thomas anderson, john cage, scott cazan, john hastings and michael winter

    Ensemble 303 presents a concert of wildly varying approaches to the sonic possibilities of the quartet. Featuring John Cage's Four6, as well as Casey Thomas Anderson's rails, Scott Cazan's Outliers, John P. Hastings' noise / tone / pulse / metal, and Mike Winter's room and seams. Each work takes the elemental simplicity seen in Cage's number pieces to varying extremes, yielding an elegant series of sound works that prove that the quartet is an orchestra of potentials.


  • 06.12.2010 6:00 p.m.

    The Dog Star Orchestra (Volume 6) (final concert and party)

    20 microscores by: Chiyoko Szlavnics, Greg Rosenthal, Kathy Pisaro, Andre Cormier, Pauline Oliveros, Zachary Watkins, Matt Davignon, Carol Sawyer, Johnny Chang, Leung Xiao-Lan, Jonathan Zorn, Kraig Grady, Phillip Brownlee, Eric km Clark, Raven Chacon, Sean Clute, Matthew Lee Knowles, Michael Pisaro, Zachary Scott, Jennifer Butler. performed by: Jessica Catron, cello; Orin Hildestad, violin

    Jonathan Marmor: Dog Star Music. performed by Christine Nilsson, Paul Fraser, Mike Winter, Mark So, Katie Clark, James Klopfleisch

    Mike Winter: Approximating Omega. performed by ensemble

    click - here - to see the entire schedule for The Dog Star Orchestra (Volume 6)


    06.05.2010 8:00 p.m.

    The Dog Star Orchestra (Volume 6)

    Singing by Numbers Ensemble:
    voices: Jessica Basta, Jessica Catron, Mari Garrett, Sascha Goldhor, Julia Holter, Emily Lacey, Catherine Lamb, Heather Lockie, Laura Steenberge, Cassia Streb, Christine Tavolacci, Adrian Tenney, Lisa Tremain

    click - here - to see the entire schedule for The Dog Star Orchestra (Volume 6)



  • 05.24.2010 8:00 p.m.

    mark so: Where Shall I Wander [Ashbery series] (2010)

    "Use medium strength bleach until pursued clobbered effect pulsates in little burrs, grace notes in an awful cataract, groans we anticipated, revelers' premature hoo-ha." (John Ashbery, "Where Shall I Wander")

    julia holter, mark so - piano 4 hands


    05.16.2010 5:00 p.m.

    The 13th Hour - Black Clock Blog Launch

    The 13th hour is near! Join Black Clock for a night of new media and celebrate our blog launch. Listen to innovative readings by fresh voices: an imaginary interview with Herman Melville, a meditation on the reality/fiction of Orpheus, a postmodern poetry experiment, and a predictive timeline of literature in the next ten years.

    http://blackclock.org/blog

    Black Clock is published by CalArts in association with the MFA Writing Program.


    05.15.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Michael Pisaro/Greg Stuart

    playing _ricefall (2) (performance version)_ and _close constellations and a drum on the ground_

    • close constellations and a drum on the ground

      by Michael Pisaro
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    • playing_ricefall (2) (performance version)

      by Michael Pisaro
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  • 04.24.2010 8:00 p.m.

    new works by catherine lamb.

    cloud/slice; (for many strings)

    branches; (for voices)

    three bodies (moving); (for Eric km Clark - violin, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick - cello, and Phil O'Connor - clarinet)

    also performing: Jessica Basta, Ezra Buchla, Jessica Catron, Mari Garrett, Sascha Goldhor, Orin Hildestad, Julia Holter, Catherine Lamb, Heather Lockie, Jessie Rothwell, Laura Steenberge, Cassia Streb and Christine Tavolacci .


  • 04.17.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Mari. Spring Concert - from the nest, out of the cage.

    Featuring Mari's chronological work since 2006. Performed by: Adam Overton, Anna Robinson, Aniela Perry, Brian Walsh, Carmina Escobar, Casey Anderson, Catherine Lamb, Christine Tavolacci, Clayton Slusser, Danny Holt, Elisabeth McMullin, Eric Klerks, Eric km Clark, Heather Lockie, James Klopfleisch, Julia Holter, Laura Steenberge, Michael Pisaro, Nate Brown, Orin Hildestad, Paul Fraser, Sara Roberts, Sepand Shahab, Stephen Touchton, and more...


    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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    • Piece Unknown :: Daniel Corral

      by Daniel Corral
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  • 03.14.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Xenia Pestova and Jacob Sudol .

    Toy piano, piano, Tibetan bells, and live electronics - Xenia Pestova and Jacob Sudol perform 30 second pieces and new music by Jacob Sudol.


  • 03.09.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Music of Jürg Frey

    selections from Les Tréfonds Inéxplores des Signes

    Petit Fragment de Paysage

    60 Pieces of Sound

    Performed by Matt Barbier, Eric km Clark, April Guthrie, Kathy Pisaro, Michael Pisaro, Mark So, Christine Tavolacci and Brian Walsh.

    • Les Tréfonds Inéxplores de Signes

      by Jürg Frey
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    • Petit Fragment de Paysage

      by Jürg Frey
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    • 60 Pieces of Sound

      by Jürg Frey
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    • Piece Unknown :: JüRg Frey

      by Jürg Frey
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  • 02.28.2010 8:00 p.m.

    a musical minimum festival

    after Dog Star Orchestra 5

    for Taylan Susam 

    program a festival or event of experimental music and/or performance that consists only of works with indeterminate elements that might permit extremely minimal realizations. then, perform the most minimal realization of each of the works, holding fast to the instructions and minimums presented within each score, and not taking into consideration any additional external specifications, recommendations or preferences of the composer or other interested parties. additionally, feel free to choose works you're interested in, but do not program for variety - in the end, several (or all) of the works may in fact be silent, or barely present, or may nearly (or exactly) resemble one another.

    presented by Adam Overton, the evening before his birthday - come celebrate!

    see the full score:
    http://uploaddownloadperform.net/AdamOverton/MusicalMinimumFestivalOrEvent

    program:

    posture series (of mari garrett) (2009), Adam Overton
    performed by Mari Garrett

    verbal scores, Nr. 7 , From "People's music" (2008-2009), Alexis Porfiriadis
    performed by Adam Overton

    posture series (of laura steenberge) (2009), Adam Overton
    performed by Laura Steenberge

    general impression piece (2009), Adam Overton
    performed by Claire Cronin

    featuring impressions of the two performances that preceded hers - first a performance by Adam Overton of Alexis Porfiriadis' People's music Nr.7, then Laura Steenberge's performance of posture series (of laura steenberge)

    Basinski's Zipper (2007), Ric Royer
    performed by Adam Overton & Gary Schultz

    Do you feel different now? (2008), Elana Mann
    performed by Adam Overton

    In C (1964), Terry Riley
    performed by Liam Mooney

    Happy Birthday, Adam! (2010), Mari Garrett
    performed by Mike Winter

    all scores from posture series (2008-2009), Adam Overton
    performed alphabetically by Adam Overton

    Great Piece (2008), Eric Lindley
    performed by Gary Schultz and volunteers


    02.23.2010 6:00 p.m.

    mark so:

    Performances @ 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00pm

    Heliogabalus - a trilogy of minimal operas in 3 books:

    1. The Cradle of Sperm
    2. The War of Principles
    3. Anarchy

    for 1, 2 and 3 amplified voices

    Artaud's sensational, salacious anti-history combines with a text by the composer, becoming score in a brutally efficient, layered theater of open reading.

    performed by Julia Holter, Mark So and Tashi Wada

    (Funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program)


    02.06.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Music of Larry Polansky

    Ensembles of Note, freeHorn, B'midbar, Piker, Bedhaya Sadra/Bedhaya Guthrie, possibly Abetoods and definitely several rounds.

    Performed by Casey Anderson, Matt Barbier, Ezra Buchla, Eric km Clark, Rory Cowal, Pak Djoko, Eliot Eidelman, Jason Golday, April Guthrie, Orin Hildestad, Julia Holter, Hirotaka Inuzuka, Cat Lamb, Heather Lockie, Larry Polansky, Anna Robinson, Jessica Ross, Jesse Rothwell, Cassia Streb, Laura Steenberge, Luke Storm, Christine Tavolacci, Adrian Tenney, Joe Tepperman, Michael Winter and Tyler Yamin .

    http://digitalmusics.dartmouth.edu/~larry/


  • 01.23.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Red Light New Music presents...

    for Sol LeWitt - Michael Winter

    Kottos - Iannis Xenakis

    DAVID FOSTER WALLACE - Mark So

    Secret Machines - Scott Wollshleger

    Avant-Dernier Pensées, Fishing, 4 mice and a kitty, The Races - Erik Satie

    Anther - Vincent Raikhel

    Last Pieces - Morton Feldman

    Red Light New Music is a New York-based ensemble, concert series, and composers collective dedicated to presenting exciting and original contemporary music from musicians around the world. We perform, present, and compose works that are both avant-garde and visceral, challenging and edifying -- we strive to present works which both expand and enrich what the word music means.

    http://www.redlightnewmusic.org/


  • 01.22.2010 8:00 p.m.

    An All American Evening of Duos

    Devin Maxwell, compositions; Ryan Maxwell, guitar; Katie Porter, clarinets; Rollin Hunt, film

    ragtime music, stock market drama, patriotism, religion, and honest to goodness americana all portrayed through experimental chamber music with and without electronics.

    • Piece Unknown :: Devin Maxwell

      by Devin Maxwell
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    • Piece Unknown :: Devin Maxwell

      by Devin Maxwell
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    • Piece Unknown :: Devin Maxwell

      by Devin Maxwell
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    • Piece Unknown :: Devin Maxwell

      by Devin Maxwell
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    • Piece Unknown :: Devin Maxwell

      by Devin Maxwell
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  • 01.09.2010 8:00 p.m.

    Christopher Williams presents Newish Music for Bass Alone

    Barcelona/ Berlin-based contrabassist and composer Christopher Williams offers a selection of written and improvised delights for solo (and perhaps accompanied) bass: Persephone, a premiere by San Francisco-based composer Erik Ulman after Ezra Pound's Cantos LXXII and LXXIII; #090110, a one-night-only episode of English composer James Saunders' modular metawork #[unassigned]; Song 18, an early and surprising work by Michael Finnissy; and Christian Wolff's now classic For 1, 2 or 3 People.