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.

From The Hat Trio = flandrew fleisenberg + Clara Kebabian + Joshua Jefferson

The trio performed at Mobius in Central Square under the auspices of OpenSound series….

XFest

Open Field Initiative and 119 Gallery present XFest 2016, a festival of improvised music, visuals and movement.

 

 

 

tough day tubing

The Boston based trio stopped by Yell Gallery in Fishtown, Philadelphia and performed a set of their music.

tough day tubing is:

Al Margolis was recently reviewed by Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes as "some sort of evil genius working with raw materials which are never adapted to a genre or a context, because they create one in that very moment. Those sources are radically altered up to an utterly unrecognizable state, anarchic manifestations moving in compact determination."

Steve Norton, a "Boston based Saxophonist" who "has been performing and recording for over 30 years, with a bunch of folks to whom he is deeply and forever in debt. His recent work has taken a turn toward more sound-based concerns and investigations into performance gestalt. His focus is on improvisation, which is filtered through a strongly compositional sensibility. "

And last but not least,

Walter Wright, "an improviser on electronics of his fabrication. An interdisciplinary artist, and community arts advocate. Educated as an architect, he has graduate degrees in engineering and interdisciplinary art. He is a co-founder of 119 Gallery in Lowell MA where he produces new music and performance events."

The performance was part of the "Fire Museum Presents" music series in Philadelphia, PA

superlith, iron dog, james strong & paul christian

is the Philadelphia based experimental duo of:
Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (who has performed with Anthony Braxton Quartet and Archer Spade with Nick Millevoi)

and

Casio keyboard modifier Julius Masri (Electric Simcha, Avant-rock band Lionshead, and the out-improv Keir Neuringer/Julius Masri Duo).

Blacksberg works to push the trombone to its limits as an unlikely pair to the circuit bent sounds of Masri’s Casios. They recently released their first album Plasma Clusters, comprised of five songs blending harsh noise, drones, rhythmic counterpoints and occasional melodies.

Their improvisational efforts have been honed from years of playing together (previously in the Hasidic punk band, Electric Simcha). Live, they provide an uncanny experience where the unlikely pairing of trombone and electric noise begin to blend and meld together.

Next is Iron Dog who

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Creates spontaneous soundscapes where minimalist structures erupt into psychedelic onslaughts.

Sarah Bernstein imparts enigmatic spoken word and violin distortions,

Stuart Popejoy maneuvers synthesizer and bass collisions,

and

Andrew Drury commands a sonic sphere of drums and manipulated materials.

The Brooklyn-based trio has been together since 2009, and has released two albums: Field Recordings 1 (2010), and Interactive Album Rock (2012).

This was the trio’s performance at Pageant : Soloveev art gallery on BainBridge Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Finally, James strong & Paul Christian

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played a set of their music featuring Strong’s home made instrument; a bit like a large zither with an amplified bell section, a cantare box (cantare in italian can mean to sing, crow or squeal). He prepares the bells and strings with objects like shells, wood, styrofoam, clay etc. By playing Intuitively, he wishes to play as though a receiver finding fragments of folk traditions and sound culture near and far. Joining Strong on the set was multi instrumentalist Paul Christian.

Toshimaru Nakamura et al

Toshimaru Nakamura improvises with Archer Spade’s musicians at Studio 34

Toshimaru Nakamura, Tokyo’s experimental music artist, is visiting the United States for a week of performances with Many Arms.

Nakamura was joined by a collection of Archer Spade musicians for his first show:

Keir Neuringer

Amy Cimini

Julius Masri

Jesse Kudler

Ian Fraser

Nick Millevoi

and

Dan Blacksberg

Nakamaru and Many Arms’ show schedule is shown on the band’s website.

Seventy Degrees Fahrenheit: Central Park

This was a walk in Central Park with NYC Brainiacs. It was the first time in a few months that we get a moderate temperature without wind,rain or snow!

Lawrence showed an interest in the species found in the park and we passed quite a number of musicians playing solo or in groups on our way…

Here is to a glowing Spring..