Society Of Composers (Berklee College) Fall Concert 2016

Society of Composers at Berklee presents their fall semester concert. The concert celebrates and embraces diversity and inclusion at a time when people are becoming more divided than ever.

Compositions span a wide variety of themes and styles, and are performed by Berklee students with additional special guests from the community. All compositions are premieres, composed by Berklee students and recent alumni.

Lineup

  • Yotam Ishay: Three Preludes for Piano
  • Life’s Little Moment: Jacquelyn Hazle
  • Caught up in the Snow: Tina Kayal (composer) and Sarah Chong (piano)
  • When Eyes Meet: Jan Vincent Huntenburg
  • Copley 6:49 – 8 Miniatures: David Lee (arr. w/ Matt Scutchfield)
  • Los Perros: Donovan Sierra, Sarah Chong (piano)
  • On a Rainy Night: Tianyi Zhang (composer/pianist)
  • Last Stage to a New World: Ben Delaney
  • A Year After: Pedro Osuna (Composer), Tania Mesa (Violin I), Lily Lyons (Violin II), Yeh-Van Chen (Sandy) (Viola) and Parker Ousley (Cello)
  • (Bye -) Escapade: Matt Scutchfield (Composer), Paul Meland (Saxophone), Matt Samolis (Flute), Lou Bunk (Viola), Ben Delaney (Violin) and Sarah Chong (Prepared Piano)
  • Concertino: Lou Bunk (composer and conductor) and almost everyone above

Audio recording credits go to: Kenneth Jin.

Fire Museum Presents: Jooklo Duo + Brandon Lopez + Keir Neuringer

Jooklo Duo is the Italian duo of Virginia Genta and David Vanzan.
The duo performed a set of their improvisational music for the ecstatic “Fire Museum Presents” crowd at House Gallery 1816 in Fishtown.

The set included the following musicians:
Virginia Genta: tenor and soprano sax, clarinet
David Vanzan: drums
Brandon Lopez: bass
and
Keir Neuringer: saxophone

fidget presents: Joo Won Park’s Overundertone

Joo Won Park visited fidget in Philadelphia last week and presented his new brainchild: Overundertone in its original format of multichannel surround system with a Yamaha Disklavier (grand piano fitted with electronics).

R5 Productions Presents Mono at Johnny Brenda’s

Mono was at Johnny Brenda’s where they performed a set of their music to an enthusiastic crowd:

Within the rage of distortion and bombardment of feedback, you are just as likely to experience sadness and beauty, light and darkness, chaos and peace, happiness and melancholy.

It is MONO’s ability to combine, intertwine and swing back and forth from two such opposite extremes to create an emotional phantasmagoria that makes this band worth experiencing.

https://monoofjapan.bandcamp.com/

Takaakira Goto – lead guitar
Yoda – rhythm guitar
Tamaki Kunishi – bass guitar, guitar, piano, glockenspiel
Yasunori Takada – drum kit, synthesizer, glockenspiel

The Abraham Burton Quartet at Smalls Jazz Club

The quartet is:

Abraham Burton, Tenor Sax

David Bryant, Piano

Dezron Douglas, Bass

Eric McPherson, Drums

Quartets Without Borders

Fire Museum presents:

Simone Weissenfels, piano (Leipzig, Germany)
Shayna Dulberger, bass (NYC)
Julius Masri, drums (Philadelphia)
Keir Neuringer, reeds and Saxophone (Philadelphia)

The quartet performed a set of improvisational music at The Rotunda, Philadelphia.

Sontag Shogun & Aaron Martin

Somewhere between a lullaby and a dirge, Sontag Shogun takes their lullanoise and tries to find the strange, eery moments that exist within beauty.

Sontag Shogun is an ambient, electronic piano trio comprised of former members from [the] slowest runner [in all the world]. Pooling their influences from modern classical, improvised and ambient musical spheres, they create longform shape-shifting compositions that are at times lush and melodic as well as textural and unpredictable.

Two thirds of the band:Jeremy Young(field recordings, tapes, amplified surfaces) and Ian Temple(electronic piano) collaborated with Cellist Aaron Martin for their show at Pageant : Soloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

This performance was part of the series called: Fire Museum Presents.

The band’s music is available on their bandcamp page while Aaron Martin’s music is available on his bandcamp page.

Trio = Erik Ruin + Archer Spade(Nick Millevoi & Dan Blacksberg)

Archer Spade and Erik Ruin weaved sight and sound in a collective improvisation using Electric and Acoustic guitar, trombone, and tapes; providing the soundtrack for layered images of disaster – both elemental forces gone awry, and societal breakdown- that splintered and shook into abstract form and color as Ruin manipulated piles of paper cuts and painted films on the surface of the overhead projector.

Erik Ruin is a Providence-based print-maker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012).

Archer Spade is an experimental chamber group comprised of trombonist Dan Blacksberg and electric guitarist Nick Millevoi.

Equally capable as composers, improvisers, and interpreters, Blacksberg and Millevoi are redefining and expanding the traditional composer/performer relationship in contemporary chamber music. From their base in Philadelphia, the duo is developing a dynamic repertoire of new works commissioned from contemporary composers and pieces composed by Blacksberg and Millevoi themselves.

Archer Spade is a new model for the creation and presentation of new music; a small, versatile, and efficient ensemble of multi-talented artists/interpreters designed to meet and reflect the current demands of innovative new music…

Duo = Thollem McDonas + Brian Chase

Thollem/Chase is the powerhouse, free-wheeling duo of the perpetually-traveling pianist Thollem McDonas and drummer Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and downtown NY improv scene. Their upcoming album: Dub Narcotic Session will hit the stores in May. Please check the homepage of New Atlantis Records for details.

Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up on Long Island, he started taking private music lessons at a young age, leading to a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Though he works in a variety of contexts, Brian is probably best known as a member of the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that has toured extensively throughout the world and has been nominated for three Grammys.Brian is also very active in the experimental music scene.

McDonas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area rigorously studying the standard classical repertoire, then quit it all in his early 20s dedicating himself for many years to grassroots political activism (particularly anti-war efforts, deforestation issues and ecological restoration work). He’s now been touring for 7 years perpetually, and has released 33 albums of his own and in collaboration with others on 15 different labels in 5 different countries.

The David Schnitter Quartet at Smalls Jazz Club

The David Schnitter Quartet performed a set of Mr. Schintter’s original music at Smalls Jazz Club in the Big Apple.

The Quartet is:

David Schnitter, Tenor Sax
Ugonna Okegwo, Bass
Spike Wilner, Piano
Anthony Pinciotti, Drums