Entries tagged with: Roomful of Teeth
National Sawdust, the former Williamsburg sawdust factory on N. 6th St. that has been turned into a multi-use facility containing a chamber hall, a recording studio, and a restaurant (three years and $16 million in the making), will finally open its doors this week. Thursday's opening night (10/1) features two "Discover the Space" show. The early show (7:30 PM) has Nico Muhly performing a new piece with Bryce Dessner and violist Nadia Sirota, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, National Sawdust Executive Director and composer Paola Prestini and more (sold out).
Then the late show (11 PM) has Cibo Matto performing with Nels Cline. They're playing a set from "National Sawdust Curators & Artists" which includes steel pan performer and composer Andy Akiho, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and also a DJ set from James Murphy. tickets are still available and you can save 25% with coupon code: ARTISTLED.
Friday night (10/2) has two shows: Tanya Tagaq (performing a live score to Nanook of the North (tickets); and also pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese who will present Legal Aliens, "a new set of compositions for a large ensemble comprised of musicians from around the world" (tickets).
There's also the start of the Terry Riley festival on Saturday (10/3) with Matmos, John Zorn, Roomful of Teeth, and more (tickets). Zorn gets his own festival starting next week, and other October events include Hess is More and Low City on 10/17 (tickets), and Montreal's Majical Cloudz and She-Devils on 10/21 (tickets). In November there's producer/remixer/video artist Shura on 11/6 (tickets) and Real Estate's Martin Courtney on 11/20 (tickets) and both of those shows are presented by Billy Jones of Baby's All Right and Elvis Guesthouse.
There's lots more coming up at National Sawdust, check out their calendar for details.
photo: River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
The free River to River Festival returns in 2015 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 18-28 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and more. Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 21 at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place as well as shows with Olga Bell, Roomful of Teeth, and more. River to River kicks off with the R2R Bash at Battery Park City's North End Way on June 18, featuring a performance by East African vocalist Somi.
Full schedule below...
Acclaimed Icelandic composer and Golden Globe winner (for his The Theory of Everything score), Jóhann Jóhannsson is in NYC currently where he'll perform on Tuesday (3/17) at The Met's Temple of Dendur. He'll be joined by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and the 2014 Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth to perform two world premiere pieces, "Chaconne," performed by violinist Yuki Numata Resnick; and "Drone Mass," which is a "contemporary oratorio which fuses the sounds of string quartet, electronics, and vocals, and uses texts based on the Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians." Tickets are still available.
The Met is currently his only 2015 North American appearance. Flyer is below...
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...
New Amsterdam Records is presenting an all-day event at MoMA PS1 on October 19 called Sound/Source, an "exploration of electroacoustic music in all its forms, featuring collaborations between legends, luminaries, and newcomers as they examine the interplay between human and machine sounds." The centerpiece of the event is electronic composer Paul Lansky's series of Idle Chatter granular synth compositions on the 30th anniversary of the series' birth, including a new live vocal arrangement performed by members of Roomful of Teeth as well as an eight-channel surround sound arrangement performed by Lansky himself. (Lansky's "Mild und Leise" was famously sampled by Radiohead on "Idioteque.") Additionally, Holly Herndon will offer her own interpretation of "Idle Chatter."
Also that day: a performance of Alvin Lucier's "I am sitting in a room" making use of the resonant frequencies in MoMA PS1's geodesic dome. Former Battles vocalist Tyondiai Braxton will also do a set, and pianist Vicky Chow will perform Tristan Perich's album-length piece, Surface Image, a collaboration which will be released next month via New Amsterdam (watch a trailer for the LP below).
Additionally, there will be a number of site-specific sound installations, from Nate Boyce & Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) in the Boiler Room basement; Daniel Wohl with Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors) and Caroline Shaw in the rooftop Richard Serra room; and literal elevator music created by Lucky Dragons. There will also be a handcrafted instillation of electronic instruments from MOOG.
Tickets for Sound/Source are on sale now. Trailer for Surface Image below...
River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
The free River to River Festival returns in 2014 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 19-29 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences." Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon happening June 22 at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden (more info), and...
On June 24 at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, world-renowned string quartet ETHEL is joined by guest guitarist Kaki King to present a special performance of ...And Other Stories. The collaboration is anchored by a re-imagining of Bach's masterful Brandenburg Concerto #6 and includes works from ETHEL's repertoire by Phil Kline and John Zorn, plus original compositions by Kaki King and the world premiere of a work by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov composed especially for ETHEL and Kaki King.Other notable shows include People Get Ready at North End Way on June 19; Piñata Protest, Kuenta I Tambu (KiT), Helado Negro and SLV at The Uplands, South Street Seaport on June 27; composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra (who just teamed up with Mirah for Ecstatic Music Festival) & Roberto Rodriguez on June 21 at India House (1pm), Peter Minuet Plaza (3pm), and Tear Drop Park (5pm); Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka, Calexico) with La Orkestra and Rey Vellenato Beto Jamiaca on June 29 at The Uplands, South Street Seaport; and more.
Last year's successful partnership with Original Music Workshop, a new music venue set to open in Brooklyn in 2015, continues with three more "Ex-Situ" concerts of contemporary music in site-specific locations. Curated by composer Paola Prestini, this year's series is dedicated to the music and influences of master minimalist composer Terry Riley. It begins on June 20 with "Terry Riley and Friends," a concert featuring works by the composer performed by musicians including his son Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People's Chorus.
Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2014 line-up is listed, with details, below...
Bang on a Can Marathon 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
As part of this year's River to River Festival, the free annual Bang on a Can Marathon will return to Brookfield Place, Winter Garden on June 22 from 2-10 PM:
Bang on a Can returns with its annual super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! This year features eight hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today's most pioneering young artists including Roomful of Teeth, So Percussion, Jherek Bischoff and many more.Jherek Bischoff also takes part in this year's Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets as part of Red Bull Music Academy.
Louis Andriessen, Armando Bayolo, Jherek Bischoff, Carlos Carrillo, Bryce Dessner, Julius Eastman & Jace Clayton, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Brooks Hendrickson, Molly Joyce, David Lang, Paula Matthusen, Marc Mellits, Meredith Monk, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, JG Thirlwell, and Julia Wolfe.
Adrianna Mateo, Anonymous 4, Bang on a Can All-Stars & friends, Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Great Noise Ensemble, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) & friends, Jherek Bischoff, Mantra Percussion, Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann, Roomful of Teeth, and So Percussion.
Son Lux at LPR in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
New-classical-music collective New Amsterdam Presents hosts its inaugural year-end benefit show in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right tonight (12/16). Trevor Wilson and Vocal Ensemble, electronic pop artist Son Lux and the JACK Quartet performing William Brittelle's Future Shock are on the lineup. No advance tickets, but to RSVP you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. See videos by all three artists below.
New Amsterdam Presents is an affiliate of New Amsterdam Records, whose 2013 included releases by the Knells and itsnotyouitsme. There's plenty in the pipeline for the concert-presenting group, including concerts during 2014 Winter Jazz Fest and the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. You can see all their upcoming concerts here.
In other label news, two of their 2013 releases have been nominated for Grammys. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's Brooklyn Babylon is up in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category. The big band plays SubCulture on January 11th as part of the 2014 Winter Jazz Fest. Roomful of Teeth's self-titled debut was also nominated, in three categories: Best Engineer for Classical Album, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices." That group has a WJF show too, at Judson Church on January 10th.
Bilal at Prince tribute in March (more by Fred Pessaro)
The annual Winter Jazz Fest is returning in 2014 for its 10th anniversary, happening from January 7 - 11. Artists playing include John Medeski, Nels Cline, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Ravi Coltrane, Ceramic Dog, Eliott Sharp, Keren Ann, Mother Falcon, Roomful of Teeth, and many more, across multiple venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Church, NYU Lounge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, Subculture, and The Bowery Electric. Early bird festival passes are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale Saturday (11/16).
Tentative lineup and partial schedule below...
Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
On November 4, Le Poisson Rouge is teaming up with Wordless Music to present a pretty cool bill that should appeal to fans of indie/classical crossover. The show will be headlined by vocal octet Roomful of Teeth (who have worked with tUnE-yArDs), who will be performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. Opening the show will be experimental musician Holly Herndon, whose newest album, Movement, was released last year via RNG Intl. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.
Holly is also taking part in Ecstatic Summer 2013, which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on Saturday (6/29) and Sunday (6/30) as part of the River to River Festival. There will be premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux. The pieces will be performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. Like all RIver to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start. Check out the full list of compositions being premiered, below.
In related news, Wordless Music is also presenting the previously discussed Oneohtrix Point Never show happening in NYC on September 17 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral (113 Remsen St). OPN is releasing his new album, R Plus Seven, on September 30 via Warp, and he recently revealed an excerpt of a new song, "Still Life." You can listen to that below.
Red Hook on Monday / Fairway throwing out food (via Red Hook Recovery)
Brooklyn non-profit "post-classical" label New Amsterdam Records released the new album by accapella group Roomfull of Teeth on Tuesday, which should have been the biggest news of the week for them. But instead, Hurricane Sandy had other plans, making a total mess of their new Red Hook headquarters:
Despite the many hours we spent on Sunday preparing for the storm-stacking furniture on cinder-blocks and moving everything we could to higher ground-our space was flooded with almost four feet of polluted sea water. As a result, about 70% of our catalog of CDs has been destroyed-CDs we hold on behalf of our artists (we do not own them). Literally ALL of our financial records were destroyed, including our back-up hard-drive. Sewage, gas, spilled paint thinner, and bleach all blended with seawater, creating a toxic mess. A mess that is sure to corrode our newly installed drywall, kitchen cabinets, and office furniture. Even the basics like doors and plumbing are compromised and will need to be replaced. Musical equipment, amps, and priceless vintage synthesizers were also destroyed, along with countless personal items, clothing, two couches, records, and other furniture. We will need to move swiftly to acquire industrial dehumidifiers and hire professional mold-cleaners to help us combat the high risk of toxic mold. We have yet to assess the damage to our donated Steinway grand piano which we wrapped with a plastic tarp prior to the storm; the water mark from the flood was drawn inches from the piano's lid.If you'd like to donate to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund, visit their donation page. "Your donation will be fully tax deductible, and will be returned with heartfelt thanks and supreme gratitude."
Over the last few months, we've invested countless hours preparing our space, and thousands of dollars renovating it -- money and time we were hoping to make up for with a series of public events and private fundraisers this fall and winter. Now that plan is in severe jeopardy. Our financial future is intimately tied to our space; we were "all in," so to speak. After sharing news of our plight on Facebook, literally hundreds of you have offered to help. The outpouring of love and concern from our larger community has been staggering and truly inspiring. At the suggestion of a number of NewAm friends and artists, we have decided to create this page -- an official home for our Hurricane Relief Fund. New Amsterdam's label arm operates on a non-profit-model that distributes 80% of album revenues directly to artists, so while we encourage the community to continue to buy albums and help support our artists who were also all affected by this disaster, the organization itself will receive the most benefit from direct contributions.
Red Hook was crushed by Hurricane Sandy and is still without power. The Red Hook Fairway, right on the water's edge, was pretty much destroyed by flooding. Red Hook Recovery has been set up to offer assistance to the neighboorhood and you can donate relief funds there as well.
In similar news, there is a benefit concert tonight at Union Hall for the neighborhood outreach program Red Hook Initiative with performances by Riot Fox and Mount Sharp. You can also donate directly to RHI here.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Roomful of Teeth - "Quizassa" (written by Merrill Garbus) (MP3)
Roomful of Teeth (photo by Nicholas Whitman)
Roomful of Teeth played an Ecstatic Summer show with Merrill Garbus (aka the brains behind tUnE-yArDs) to perform some compositions that Merrill had written for the group along with some tUnE-yArDs songs as well. Some of those compositions will appear on the new self-titled Roomful of Teeth album, which is due out October 30 via New Amsterdam Records. One of those songs, "Quizassa," can be downloaded above, and it's instantly noticeable that Merrill had something to do with it. The album also features songs composed by William Brittelle, Caleb Burnhans, Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The album tracklist and cover art are below.
Roomful of Teeth will also play a free show in NYC on Thursday (10/4) at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The show starts at 10:30. They'll be performing material from their album and also the NY premieres of new works by Missy Mazzoli.
Album info is below.
photos by Godlis
Merrill Garbus at World Financial Garden - 6/30/12
tUnE-yArDs mastermind Merrill Garbus teamed up with Roomful of Teeth, William Britelle and Judd Greenstein & The Yehudim on June 30 to kick off the indie/classical Ecstatic Summer concert series, which is part of the River to River festival and happens this summer at the World Financial Center. Merrill played both solo and with vocal group Roomful of Teeth, who also performed Merrill and William Britelle compositions at the show. Merrill's set included tUnE-yArDs songs including a new one called "Not Dead Yet." The Yehudim, who count Olga Bell as a member, opened the show (and that's why Olga couldn't be in Montauk with her new band Dirty Projectors that night. Olga has since played Music Hall and Prospect Park with the Projectors who she is now on tour with). Here are some pictures from the Ecstatic show.
The series of free shows continues this Saturday (7/14) with Oneohtrix Point Never, David Lang, and A Far Cry Orchestra. As mentioned, "The third show is on August 25 and will feature Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort collaborating with the equally large Darcy James Argue's Secret Society."
In other tUnE-yArDs news, bassist Nate Brenner also has a solo project called Naytronix, under which he will release his debut LP, Dirty Glow, on October 9 via Plug Research. That LP will be supported with a TBA fall tour, which includes MusicFestNW. The cover art, tracklist, and a video for the appropriately named track, "Robotic," are below, along with more pictures from the Ecstatic Summer show.
tUnE-yArDs at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Indie/classical festival Ecstatic Music Festival has expanded and now includes a free summer concert series called Ecstatic Summer, which is part of the River to River Festival and will happen at the World Financial Center. The first show will is June 30 with Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), 8-piece vocal group Roomful of Teeth, composer William Britelle, and The Yehudim. Roomful of Teeth will be performing compositions by Merrill Garbus and William Britelle, and in addition Merrill will be playing some tUnE-yArDs material as well.
The second show is on July 14 with Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin), composer David Lang, and A Far Cry Orchestra. The show will include some re-arrangements of Oneohtrix Point Never material.
The third show is on August 25 and will feature Brooklyn disco orchestra Escort collaborating with the equally large Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. They'll play new work in addition to interpretations of each other's existing work.
Speaking of tUnE-yArDs, their tour comes to NYC next month for a previously mentioned show at Terminal 5 on June 1 with Micachu and the Shapes and Delicate Steve. Tickets are still available. The video for "My Country" is below...
photos by David Andrako
Two days after Nick Zammuto played the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival, eight piece vocal group Roomful of Teeth collaborated with Glasser on 2/25 at Merkin Concert Hall. The full setlist, which you can see below, included works by Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs), Sarah Kirkland Snyder, Caroline Shaw, Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein and Cameron Mesirow (Glasser). You can listen to the whole show at WQXR. More pictures and the setlist below...
photos by David Andrako
William Brittelle and Merrill Garbus
Roomful of Teeth (Esteli Gomez, Martha Cluver, Caroline Shaw, Virginia Warnken, Eric Dudley, Jonathan Woody, Dashon Burton, Cameron Beauchamp & director/founder Brad Wells) were the constant Saturday evening at Merkin Concert Hall. The show, entitled "Roomful of Teeth & tUnE-yArDs: The Music of William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans & Merrill Garbus" was part of the Ecstatic Music Festival which continues hosting unique performances through the end of March.
Roomful of Teeth were joined by Merrill (aka tUnE-yArDs) and Caleb Burhans on older tUnE-yArDs song "Hatari", and the women of Roomful of Teeth and Merrill performed "Doorstep" from her forthcoming album. Caleb also joined the group for his piece "why must you leave...".
tUnE-yArDs kicks off a proper tour, of all her music, in April. More pictures, two videos and the full setlist from the Merkin show are below...