Entries tagged with: DJ Spooky
Missy Mazzoli (photo by Stephen S. Taylor)
Brooklyn composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli, who's responsible for the 2012 opera Song from the Uproar (among other works), is releasing a new album with her ensemble Victoire, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and three of the Roomful of Teeth vocalists (who she's worked with before) called Vespers for a New Dark Age on March 31 via New Amsterdam Records. Vespers for a New Dark Age premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 during the Ecstatic Music Festival. A review of that on Baeble Music reads:
A year in the making, "Vespers for a New Dark Age" presents a real, raw presentation of how people confront issues with technology, death and God. The piece holds a strong emotional connection to the listener that is undeniable alongside the poetry of Zapruder. I held my breath through each sonic build-up and transition hoping not to miss a note, letting out a huge breath of air once the music had slowed down--stunned, attentive and trying to perceive my own thoughts through the intensity of the piece.The album concludes with a remix by Lorna Dune (who's also in Victoire) of "A Thousand Tongues," which features vocals from Deidre of Savoir Adore. You can listen to that remix, with a trailer for Vespers for a New Dark Age, below.
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will be celebrating the album live on a short tour with a great and indie-oriented bill of Glasser and Noveller. Those dates begin with a release party in NYC on May 7 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire will also team up before that at a concert headlined by the legendary Meredith Monk at Carnegie Hall on March 22. Meredith will be performing with a vocal ensemble, and there's also the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Don Byron, DJ Spooky, Future Quest, John Zorn and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Missy has other upcoming events as well, including more in NYC. Her piece Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos will be performed by Shai Wosner and the Parker Quartet on January 28 at Kaufmann Concert Hall, along with works by Kurtág and Schubert (tickets), and she'll perform with ETHEL, Mivos Quarter, Marnie Breckenridge, Joey Redhage, Nathan Schram and Robert Simonds at Columbia University's Miller Theatre on February 5 (tickets). More of Missy's events can be found here.
In related news, Victoire tourmate Noveller plays a release show for her previously-discussed new album, Fantastic Planet, two days after it comes out at Cameo on January 29. That show will be headlined by Porcelain Raft, and Ponyhof opens. Tickets are on sale.
Videos and tour dates below...
Liars at Webster Hall in June (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Liars had a pretty great 2012 with the release of WIXIW, which made it onto a number of year-end lists, and they've already got some exciting plans for 2013. They have announced that they'll make their Met Museum debut with a "multimedia, site-specific performance" in the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing on May 18. Tickets are $25 and on sale now.
The show is being presented in conjunction with fashion exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture which will be on display from May 9 to August 11.
Meanwhile head to the Met twice this month to catch DJ Spooky who will be performing one night and talking the next.
The video for "No.1 Against the Rush" from WIXIW is below...
Das Racist took part in the second to last performance piece curated by contemporary California artist Martin Kersels at the Whitney Museum on Friday. Martin originally created an "imaginary" stage to be used for the Whitney's Biennial as a sculpture and place to hold performances. On Friday, CalArts professor Leslie Dick gave a lecture on her interpretation of an essay by famed psychoanalyst Jacque Lacan, Mirror Stage. She says the Mirror Stage is Lacan's conclusion that "knowledge is always detoured through wishful thinking and mistaken identity." In her talk, she admitted that she discovered Das Racist through her 18-year old daughter. She figured that the band and their song entitled "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" was the perfect example for her lecture on how knowledge could be often misconstrued and twisted to what the people want. Scott Plagenhoef from Pitchfork painfully described how some people feel upon hearing the band's hipster summer anthem:
"Reactions within our staff have ranged from "I'd like to punch these guys in the face" and "this was sent here to destroy my interest in music" to "Harold and Kumar existentialism" (this wasn't me) and "a critique of commercialism/lack of a leisure culture" (um, this was). At its heart though, "Combination"-- especially this superior Wallpaper. remix-- is just a funny, stupid, silly, brainy, knowing song all at once."If that was still a bit wordy for you, MTV Iggy dumbs down it down to a comic on how to explain Das Racist to your mom.
DJ Spooky performed at the event later. Pictures from the Das Racist part below...
photos by Stephanie Berger
BAM's 2009 Next Wave Festival is in the process of wrapping up (there are two dance shows - Mortal Engine (opens tonight) and The Good Dance-dakar/brooklyn - left). Past shows included So Percussion's Invisible City and The Long Count, Philip Glass's Kepler and the last music-based show, DJ Spooky's Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica (with International Contemporary Ensemble), which happened December 2nd-5th. How was it? The pictures in this post are from that show. A few more of them, along with the Mortal Engine trailer, below...
Doveman in an apartment in October (more by Ezra Caldwell)
tonight in NYC
* Imogen Heap @ Webster Hall
* Phish @ Madison Square Garden
* McCoy Tyner Trio @ Blue Note
* Happy Ending Music w/ Doveman @ Joe's Pub
* David Thomas w/ Greil Marcus @ The New School
* The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy @ The Bell House
* The Shaky Hands, Takka Takka, US Royalty @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Titus Andronicus, The Beets, Algernon Cadwallader @ NYU Kimmel Center
* Jaguar Love, The King Left, Yes Giantess, Violent Soho @ Mercury Lounge
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Phoenix, Passion Pit, Jack's Mannequin, Manchester Orchestra @ Hammerstein
The Mountain Goats are in town for two sold-out shows with Final Fantasy. Last night was at Webster Hall. Tonight they're at the Bell House. John Darnielle also showed up to play a few songs at UCB Monday night. A video of John covering The Hold Steady in Minneapolis, below.
DJ Spooky's collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the multimedia work Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Video below.
Bjorn from Peter Bjorn and John is DJing at Cake Shop tonight. It's a free show with a performance by The Suzan who recently opened for the band at Terminal 5.
Amazon is giving away a different free holiday song each day until Christmas.
If someone asks you for a miracle while you're walking by MSG this evening, it's because Phish is back. They covered TV on the Radio the other day in Albany. Video below...
Ann from Breakfast at Sulimays interviewed Neon Indian. Video below.
by Andrew Frisicano
GVSU New Music Ensemble...
In 2007, Michigan's Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble recorded a stellar version of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, which they performed that year at the Bang on a Can Marathon (which ran 27 hours). Members of the group traveled to NYC to join in the Kronos Quartet-led performance of Terry Riley's In C last April at Carnegie Hall. Now, GVSU New Music Ensemble has put together their own recording of the classic composition, and they've invited 16 musicians and composers to remix the piece for a 2-CD set, In C Remixed, that comes out November 17th on Innova (the digital version came out Oct. 27th).
The remixers, who include Glenn Kotche, Nico Muhly, BoaC cofounder David Lang, and DJ Spooky (whose BAM Next Wave show happens the first week in December), all have a lot to say about In C and have come up with some diverse, left-field takes on the piece. They run the gamut from the straightforward electronic-music path to glitch-pop and twisted orchestral turns.
The GVSU New Music Ensemble will be in NYC to perform the piece live at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, November 8th. Joining them will be two album contributors, Dennis DeSantis and R. Luke DuBois, who'll do a remix of the performance live (and add video). Also on the bill are Slow Boys (fellow In C remixers Michael Lowenstern on bass clarinet and Todd Reynolds on violin). Tickets are on sale.
A video preview of the album and its full tracklist with contibutors are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Aaron Dessner - We Were Born (from the Long Count) (MP3)
The Long CountThe MP3 above is the first musical glimpse at the above-described (and previously mentioned) Long Count project. The heavy minimalist influence on the track makes the role of those guest vocalists even more curious. Single tickets for the Long Count, and all the BAM Next Wave concerts, go on sale September 8th. A video trailer for the show, which falls on and around Halloween, is below. More Brooklyn Halloween show options HERE.
Oct 28, 30 & 31 at 8pm
Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, and Matthew Ritchie
In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists--brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock royalty The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie--combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery, The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds.
Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders [who are at the Bowery August 18th & 19th]), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.
Shara Worden has been keeping super busy and impressing Decemberists audiences across the country when she sings her part in the Hazards of Love production (and when she's doing Bob Dylan). Upcoming Decemberists dates include September 21st in Montclair, NJ.
The National recently played a set at All Points West in Jersey City.
Also below is a video from "a 20-minute animated and musical collaboration developed by Bryce Dessner and Matthew Ritchie" that premiered at the Kitchen in March (Sufjan Stevens played the harmonium), and trailers and music (!) for the other BAM Next Wave commissions including Imaginary City (the So Percussion show), Terra Nova (the DJ Spooky/ICE collaboration) and Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension...
BAM has announced the schedule for the Next Wave Festival 2009, a series of fourteen new music, theater and dance pieces that'll run from September 15th to December 19th.
The lineup includes a number of awesome-looking BAM commissions and premieres.
Bryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner of The National (and Dark Was the Night fame) and Matthew Ritchie have put together a piece called The Long Count, to feature Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, Decemberists) and Matt Berninger (The National) on vocals (Oct 28th-31st).
Imaginary City, a new 70-minute work by So Percussion, will be accompanied by video and take inspiration from the Italo Calvino novel of the same name (Oct 14th--17th). Meredith Monk will compose and perform in Songs of Ascension alongside her vocal ensemble and the Todd Reynolds String Quartet (Oct 21st--25th). (As a side note -- Reynolds and Monk both appeared, separately, at the Bang on a Can benefits at LPR on June 3rd.)
The program features a concert staging of the Philip Glass opera Kepler (Nov 18th, 20th, 21st). And, maybe in time for the first snow (...) a performance by DJ Spooky and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) of Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, a piece "based around DJ Spooky's sound recordings in the Antarctic that explore the acoustic qualities of ice" (Dec 2, 4 & 5).
Most of the programs above will have an "Artist Talk" companion program, free to those with tickets to the event.
There's a couple ways to get tickets to the series. Friends of BAM will get the first stab at subscription packages, which let you pick a combo of shows to attend, on Monday, June 15th. Subscriptions for the general public go on sale Monday, June 22nd. Single ticket sales for Next Wave Festival starts Tuesday, September 8th (Aug 31st for Friends of BAM).
Full music lineup below...
The Flaming Lips are playing a free show on Sunday, April 19th in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Earth Day Network/Green Apple Fest show also has moe., Los Lobos, DJ Spooky and others on the bill. Chevy Chase is acting as emcee, and the entire event will be streamed online, from 1-6pm that day, via EarthDayTV.net
Other cities, including New York, will also be hosting Green Apple Earth Day weekend events on April 17th - 19th. So far, the only official NYC concert planned is an Earth-Day-volunteer-only "thank you" show with Deep Banana Blackout at the Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, April 19th.
Green Apple Fest brought acts like Islands and Ghostface to different NYC venues on Earth Day weekend in 2006. Last year the Fest with the Earth Day Network coordinated concerts in eight different cities. Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Big Head Todd and the Monsters played the New York one.
All upcoming Flaming Lips dates, with the full Earth Day fest press release, below...
The 39th annual Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, Presented by Samsung Mobile announces a small portion of the 2009 lineup. The 3-day urban event takes place Labor Day Weekend (September 5 - 7). The Festival stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center, located beneath the city's iconic Space Needle, and programs 20 indoor and unique outdoor venues. This progressive Festival features a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, urban crafts, and literary and visual arts.Modest Mouse, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan (who also have a NYC show scheduled), MSTRKRFT (who are also playing All Points West) and No Age (who just played SXSW) are all part of the intitial announcement. $80 three-day passes are on sale now. Full artist list and more info below...
Speaking of cool, Shadow and Cut are teaming up with the brain-teasing DJ Spooky, recent author of Sound Unbound, for a show at McCarren Park Pool on July 17. Spooky will be tackling the afterparty and remixing the Stax back catalog as ably as he did the Trojan vaults over the last couple of years.Tonight (Thursday)
It's times like these I wish I lived in Brooklyn. [WIRED]
* DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ McCarren Pool (NOT free)
* DJ Spooky @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (FREE!)
P.S. Professor Murder are playing Music Hall for free on August 22nd.
2008, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, FREE
July 13 - Mobius Band & Amazing Baby (after Breeders @ McCarren)
July 17 - DJ Spooky (after DJ Shadow @ McCarren)
July 20 - Celebration (after Liars @ McCarren)
Aug 24 - Heloise & the Savoir Faire & Project Jenny, Project Jan (after TBA @ McCarren)
Many more free NYC shows are listed HERE.
TONIGHT @ MUSIC HALL: Kimya Dawson (not free)