Entries tagged with: Wordless Music Orchestra
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Veteran ambient duo Stars of the Lid played their first US shows in five years this month, including the Kranky 20th Anniversary shows in Chicago and a NYC show on Tuesday (12/17) at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Brooklyn, a beautiful environment for their sound. The duo was accompanied by the Wordless Music Orchestra, and used the opportunity to play almost all new material. They played almost completely in the dark, with projections and fog taking over the visual element of the show. The crowd seemed into it too, staying quiet and respectful the whole show, including during opener Justin Walter. Pictures of the show are in this post.
They continue below...
Stars of the Lid in NYC in 2008 (more by Chris Owyoung)
Veteran ambient duo Stars of the Lid haven't played the US in five years, but that will change this fall. First, they'll take part in Kranky's 20th Anniversary shows, which go down in various Chicago venues from December 12 - 15. Other artists playing include Grouper (who has a new "pop" band), Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Benoit Pioulard, Lichens, Implodes, and more. Full lineups and ticket info below.
After the Chicago show, Stars of the Lid will head to NYC to play Church of St. Paul the Apostle on December 17 (405 W 59th St). At that show and the Chicago one, Stars of the Lid will be accompanied by the 10-piece Wordless Music Orchestra. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Earlier this year, Kranky reissued Stars of the Lid's 1996 album, The Ballasted Orchestra. Stream that album via Spotify, along with the Kranky Anniversary lineups, below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Goldfrapp will release their sixth album, Tales from Us, next week (9/10). Drawing inspiration from Scott Walker, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory eschew electro-glam in favor of autumnal, string-laden cinemascope that is only pop in the old school Bond Theme sense. It's a lovely album. You can listen to the whole thing now via Spotify.
To promote the album, Goldfrapp is working with filmmaker Lisa Gunning on a series of short films. They just released one of "Annabel," a song which is lyrically based on Kathleen Winter's 2010 novel of the same name about a hermaphroditic child who is raised as a boy in 1960s Canada. Says Alison:
It's very much about memory, identity and gender. I've always been fascinated by dual creatures, personas, people, personalities, and transformation. I think it's a theme that's pretty much always in fairy tales and horror, which I love. What struck me about Annabel is that the parents are in total denial of what their child is: this child has to choose in the end, and that's what society is making them do. Why can't you be both? I feel really strongly about that whole concept in so many things in life. All the characters in these songs are trying to figure out who they are, where they're going, and why they are who they are. - [Nowness]You can watch "Annabel" (via Nowness) in this post.
New York will get to hear Tales from Us live in all it's swoony glory on Tuesday (9/10) when Goldfrapp play Beacon Theatre, backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra. It's their only North American live show at the current time and tickets are still available.
Max Richter released his new album, Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, this past August and it's been getting a lot of praise in the modern classical world. As the title states, it's a re-imagining of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and you can check it out below via a Spotify widget.
Max will be performing the album with Daniel Hope (violin)
and the Wordless Music Orchestra and an ensemble (UPDATE: Wordless Music is not taking part in this show) in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on December 19 and 20. Tickets for both nights are on sale now.
Max has also been in the studio working on the score for Ari Folman's new film, The Congress, which stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti and is due out in 2013. You can check out a video of Max working on that score in-studio below.
Ultraista, the band featuring producer Nigel Godrich, acclaimed drummer Joey Waronker and singer Laura Bettinson, are releasing their debut album next week (10/2) but NPR is streaming the whole thing right now. For me at least, it's evoking some serious mid-'90s electronic vibes (Lamb, Hooverphonic) which sounds pretty good.
Ultraista are about to play their first US shows, including dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and here in NYC on October 24 at Le Poisson Rouge which is part of the Wordless Music series. Tickets are still available, which is surprising given Godrich's CV, but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.
In related news, Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke plus Flea, Godrich and Waronker) will release their "Default" single on 12" vinyl on November 19. It's available for download now and you can stream it below.
Also below, a video for Ultraista's "Bad Insect" and a remix of "smalltack" by FourTet, plus North American tour dates.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Efterklang & Wordless Music Orchestra @ the Met - 9/22/12
Denmark's Efterklang release their new album, Piramida, this week (9/25) via 4AD (stream it) and in support of that, they just came to NYC for a show at The Met on Saturday (9/22) backed by Siouxsie & the Banshee's Budgie on drums, and also with Wordless Music Orchestra. They performed the entire album, including "VAELV," a coda for "The Living Layer" commissioned by Efterklang and written and arranged by Brooklyn composer Karsten Fundal. They also came out for a second encore, where they performed "The Ghost" again, after already playing it in their pre-encore set, presumably done because of the taping of the show. That taping streamed live on the Met's website, and an archive will be uploaded later this week to NPR.
The band are hanging around New York for a bit, and while they're here they'll do a couple more events in the city. Tonight (9/24), they're doing a mini concert with DJ sets from Victoire and Efterklang at Ace Hotel at 8 PM. Katinka Fogh Vindelev will also perform. Then on Tuesday (9/25) at Apple Store SoHo, they'll do an in-store performance with the full 6-piece band. Doors are at 6 PM and the band goes on at 7. Admission is free.
More pictures and the setlist from the show at the Met are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Mono with Wordless Orchestra in 2009 (more by Teppel)
Japanese post rockers Mono will release their new album, For My Parents, on September 4 via Temporary Residence LTD. They recorded the album with the Wordless Music Orchestra who backed them for their 2010 live album, Holy Ground. Appropriately, the single which you can stream below, "Dream Odyssey," reaches its heights with soaring orchestral pieces rather than the distortion that filled their last studio album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind. Also below is the cover art and an album trailer.
The band will be supporting the new album on an extensive international tour which hits NYC on September 14 at Le Poisson Rouge and September 15 at Glasslands. Tickets for the LPR show and the Glasslands show are on sale now.
A list of all dates, stream, video and cover art below...
Denmark's Efterklang will release their new album Piramida on September 24 via 4AD. Here's a little about it from the band:
Our new album started out in quite unusual fashion. In August 2011 we (Mads, Casper & Rasmus) travelled to Spitsbergen in the arctic. Our destination was the abandoned Russian settlement Piramida. It was left overnight in 1998 and today stands as a ghost town still full of relics from its past including the world northernmost grand piano. We spent 9 days in this ruin just a 1000 km from the North Pole and we collected over a 1000 recordings which we afterwards have used in different ways in the making of our new albumEfterklang made a video of collecting some of those recordings and you can watch it at the bottom of this post. The band performed Piramida at their first-ever Australian show last month at the famed Sydney Opera House with Siouxsie & the Banshees' Budgie on drums, backed by the Sydney Symphony and footage of that is below as well.
With the success of the Sydney show, Efterklang will perform as an augmented six-piece including Budgie. In the UK, orchestra Northern Sinfonia will join the band as well. No tour of North America has been announced yet, but one is promised for 2013. Meanwhile Efterklang will visit NYC to play The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 22 with the Wordless Music Orchestra and guest conductor Matthew Coorey, with arrangements by Missy Mazzoli (Kronos Quartet, Victoire), Karsten Fundal (Under Byen, Oh Land), and Daníel Bjarnason (Sigur Rós, Múm). Tickets ($25) are on sale now.
Artwork for Piramida is below, along with those videos and a list of all current Efterklang tour dates.
Philip Glass at Tibet House benefit in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
BAM's 30th annual Next Wave Festival is going down from September 5, 2012 - January 19, 2013. The festival encompasses music, theater, film, dance and more. This year's programming includes Robert Wilson, Philip Glass and Lucinda Childs performing in Einstein on the Beach: an Opera in Four Acts; plus John Cale's Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico (w/ special guests, U.S. premiere); and When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919 (w/ Wordless Music Orchestra, NY premiere); David Lang and Anonymous 4's love fail; So Percussion and Ain Gordon's Where (we) Live, and more. The complete list of 2012 Next Wave Festival programming is below.
Speaking of Philip Glass, the Philip Glass Ensemble will continue to celebrate his 75th birthday this year with a free show at Rockefeller Park on June 20 as part of the RIver to River Festival. The show will be opened by youth ensemble Face the Music, who will be performing Philip Glass' Glassworks. The show happens a few days after Philip finishes up his intimate three-night run at Issue Project Room.
Complete 2012 Next Wave Festival programming below...
Jherek Bischoff & some of his guests
It wasn't the marathon that opened the inaugural Ecstatic Music Fest in 2011, but this year's opening show on Saturday (2/4) had some of that same collaborative energy, focusing on the compositions and arrangements of Jherek Bischoff, a musician known for his work primarily with The Dead Science, Parenthetical Girls and The Degenerate Art Ensemble. For the show, billed as a preview of Bischoff's forthcoming CD from Brassland ("composed"), the composer got help from the Wordless Music Orchestra and nine guest vocalists.
After a too-brief instrumental opening, David Byrne came out to sing a swaying Afro-Cuban-tinged piece. In what would be a recurring theme, Bischoff's composition wasn't entirely different than the type of song Byrne might sing at one of his own shows. Next up, Charlie Looker intoned through "The Secret Life of Machines" (which you can find an instrumental version of at WNYC) in a style that'd be a close fit to his Extra Life material. Mirah's voice sounded as warm and honeyed as always. Parenthetical Girls's Zac Pennington sang a duet with Sam Mickens, both of them playing up their own strengths, Pennington the animated, Wildean dandy and Mickens the snazzily dressed crooner. The other singers, Craig Wedren from Shudder to Think, Carla Bozulich of Evangelista, and Steven Reker and Jen Goma, were idiosyncratic in their own ways, and Bischoff's string-laden avant-pop tunes bent to their strengths. Deerhoof's Greg Saunier stood out with a few good improvisatory fills but mostly hung back in the ensemble. For his part, Bischoff played ukelele, guitar, bass and sang a song. His young cousin came out to hit a gong at the end of one tune.
The second part of the program, only five songs long, consisted of Bischoff's arrangements of the singers' own material. Craig Wedren, Zac Pennington, Mirah and Carla Bozulich all returned. (In particular, Mirah's vibrant Latin number, "The Country of the Future," was great). For the finale, David Byrne premiered a new song, which he sang with Reker. It took a few verses, but eventually I worked out that "The Fat Man's Comin'" was a song about Santa Claus. As a closer, it was a small gesture where I would have preferred a grand finale, but it seemed to fit with Bischoff's humble collaborator-focused ambitions.
While in town, Mirah plays tonight (Monday) at Glasslands, where she'll be accompanied by cellist Lori Goldston and percussionist Geo Wyeth (Mirah's Facebook says they'll be "performing songs seldom heard from [her] repertoire"). The Ecstatic series continues with three more shows this week. The full schedule is here.
More pictures from Saturday's show at Merkin Concert Hall,below...
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Jóhann is making landfall in North America for three exciting and unique performances. The first stop is New York City. Jóhann will perform in its entirety his most recent release: the haunting soundtrack to Bill Morrison's film The Miners' Hymns.. This performance features a 22 piece brass and string ensemble and will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary. The event will take place at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden. on January 31st as part of WNYC's Wordless Music Series, hosted by John Schaefer. - Admission is free; no tickets or reservations needed!If you can't make tonight's show, you can also listen to the stream.
Next stop is Winnipeg, Manitoba, where, on February 3rd, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Jóhann's A Prayer to the Dynamo, a new 40 minute piece commissioned by the WSO for the Winnipeg New Music Festival.. The piece takes its title from Henry Adams' poem inspired by his mystical experience in the Great Hall of Dynamos at the World´s Fair in Paris in the year 1900.
Finally, Jóhann goes west to Los Angeles, where he'll be joined by the Formalist Quartet for a retrospective concert at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. on February 8th. This will follow a performance on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," which airs on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 11:15 PST.
As mentioned, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on February 4 at Merkin Concert Hall with Jherek Bischoff, who plays with Parenthetical Girls and The Dead Science. He's teaming up with Wordless Music Orchestra and an incredible list of guest vocalists from his upcoming album, which comes out this February, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mirah, and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls. Tickets are still on sale now.
Speaking of Parenthetical Girls, their tour began last night (12/1) at Glasslands with Gauntlet Hair, Dinowalrus, and Eraas. If you missed it, they'll also be in NYC this Friday (12/3) at Santos Party House with YACHT and Midnight Magic (tickets).
As previously mentioned, Brassland Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a label and debuted a new/old track every day of November via various methods including Soundcloud. None of those tracks can be heard in the player that's embedded below. Those include "Spinney" by This is the Kit (who are opening for the National at Beacon Theater on 12/17) and "Secret of the Machines (instrumental)" by Jherek Bischoff. The latter also features drums by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), and will have vocals by Caetano Veloso in its album version.
Many of the weekend's 9/11 memorials chose to mark the anniversary with music. The official commemoration at Ground Zero included performances by Paul Simon (who performed "The Sound of Silence"), James Taylor (who played "You Can Close Your Eyes"), the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Video of those tributes are below.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Wordless Music Orchestra commemorated the anniversary with three pieces of music for string quartet--Ingram Marshall's "Fog Tropes II," Osvaldo Golijov's "Tenebrae" and Alfred Schnittke's "Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief"--and the debut of an orchestrated version of William Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops dpl 1.1." The musicians played seated at the center of the Temple of Dendur (where St. Vincent recently performed) while the audience faced them and the looming sandstone structures.
The afternoon's second half was dedicated to Basinski's piece, which has served as a 9/11 elegy since its creation. That relationship will continue: before the start of the program, it was announced that the work would be a permanent fixture at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The full room listened in reverential silence to Maxim Moston's live arrangement, which unfolded over a reflective 40 minutes. After the last note died out, conductor Ryan McAdams paused for a several-minutes-long moment of silence, before giving way to a round of applause, which both composer and arranger were in attendance to receive.
Videos are below...
William Basinski at Issue Project Room (more by Lori Baily)
William Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops" will illuminate the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, as part of a FREE show "for the people of New York City on September 11". Basinski will not be in attendance but Maxim Moston's live orchestration of his piece, as well as works by Ingram Marshall, Osvaldo Golijov and Alfred Schnittke, will be highlighted by the Wordless Music Orchestra (as previously mentioned). If you can't make it to the 3:30PM showing, then catch the webcast.
After the webcast slide on over to VH1 (on the web or on your telly) to catch a rebroadcast of the 9/11 tribute concert that originally aired on TV 10 years ago.
Also slated in rememberance of 9/11 is Music After, a marathon of music that kicks off at 9:18AM and lasts until midnight at Joyce SoHo (155 Mercer Street). The show is FREE, and will feature a plaethora of performances from names like Laurie Anderson and Nicole Atkins performing works by David Bowie, David Byrne, Lou Reed, and many many others. Full list of performers and the composers are below.
And finally, opera singer Jessye Norman will not sing but speak spoken word at "A Concert of Commemoration, Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11" at 2PM on 9/11 at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. More than 600 musicians will join the not-singing vocalist including England's Really Big Chorus, with the concert highlighting "iconic music of war and peace". Tickets are on sale.
Patti Smith played a concert to remember 9/11 last night. How was that?
More details on the Music After marathon, and its considerable list of contributors, below...
"It may not be the week's biggest bit of Radiohead news, but the band's Jonny Greenwood has been announced as the composer for a new film starring Tilda Swinton. Greenwood will score We Need to Talk About Kevin, the third feature by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay.Radiohead have a new album out this Saturday. ALSO:
This is not Greenwood's first time writing music for the big screen. His debut soundtrack, for Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, won an Ivor Novello award. This was a minimalist work featuring tense, dissonant strings and tribal drumming. Greenwood also scored a Japanese adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, which is due for release in the UK on 11 March." [Guardian]
On May 20 and 21, Wordless Music concludes its fourth season with the United States premiere of Doghouse, the longest and largest work yet for orchestra by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, on a program with the first New York City performance of Philip Glass / David Bowie / Brian Eno's Symphony No. 4 ("'Heroes,'" based on the music of Bowie and Eno) and György Ligeti's Chamber Concerto, all performed by Ensemble Signal with the Wordless Music Orchestra and conductor Brad Lubman. Tickets for the May 20 and May 21 concerts at the New York Society for Ethical Culture are now on sale.Jeff Mangum also has two 'Wordless Music Series' shows coming up. A full list of upcoming Wordless Music Series shows is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Rhys Chatham @ Lincoln Center 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rhys Chatham, of last year's Crimson Grail 200 guitar spectacle and downtown avant-guitar fame, will be performing two nights at the Kitchen (where in 1971 he was the first music director) this weekend (October 15 and October 16). Joining Rhys (who'll play trumpet and guitar) will be drummer Kevin Shea and bassist David Sims, as well as media artist Angie Eng. Tickets are on sale.
Another downtown luminary, Glenn Branca, will be premiering a new work, Symphony No. 15 - also titled "Running Through The World Like An Open Razor" (Music for Strange Orchestra - at (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 20th and 21st. Tickets are on sale.
And an up-and-comer in the same guitarist-composer tradition: Tyondai Braxton, formerly of Battles, will join the Wordless Music Orchstra in 2011 to play "new works for orchestra and electronics from Braxton's recent Warp Records solo debut Central Market and music by John Adams, Louis Andriessen, and Caleb Burhans." The their three-show tour stops at NYC's Alice Tully Hall on March 7th. Tickets on sale TBA. Speaking of which, there's plenty of great Wordless Music/Lincoln Center shows coming up (some free too).
All Tyondai and Wordless Orchestra dates are below...
Jonsi @ Terminal 5 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Along with that Godspeed You! Black Emperor announcement, two Wordless Music Series-presented shows included, came this:
"Look for a full 2010-11 Wordless Music season announcement in the coming days, including world and U.S. premieres of new music for orchestra by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Jónsi and Kjartan of Sigur Rós with Alex Somers of Riceboy Sleeps, Kronos Quartet, The Hilliard Ensemble, Latvian National Choir, Tyondai Braxton, the Wordless Music Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin, Deerhoof, and the U.S. debut of the Carl Craig/Moritz von Oswald/Francesco Tristano Schlimé Trio, as well as collaborations with Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Walker Arts Center, and Emerson College for concerts in New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, and Minneapolis."Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, tickets are on sale for both NYC Godspeed shows.
DOWNLOAD Mono - "Ashes In The Snow" LIVE w/ Wordless Orchestra (MP3)
Mono with orchestra LIVE at The Society for Ethical Culture (more by Teppel)
Let's talk regret. One of my biggest of last year was missing Japanese greats Mono, who are grandiose enough as a foursome, backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra over two nights in May. Thankfully, Temporary Residence Limited will release a live DVD combo pack culled from those shows entitled Holy Ground: NYC Live (trailer here)! The DVD/live CD or DVD/3xLP will hit store shelves via the label on April 27th, and you can check out one of those tracks "Ashes In The Snow" above, or in video form below!
The "Ashes In The Snow" live video as well as full Mono/Twilight Sad dates again, below...
"The prospect of an established rock musician venturing into classical territory will probably always raise eyebrows, and rightly so. It takes a major leap of faith to view Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio or Billy Joel's Fantasies & Delusions as anything other than a misguided stab at legitimacy.Central Market is out on September 15th via Warp Records. Battles plays with !!!, Flying Lotus and Pivot tonight (9/4) at Terminal 5. Set times below.
Fortunately, Central Market, a new album of compositions by Tyondai Braxton--best known for his work with the innovative instrumental-rock quartet Battles, which plays this week as part of Warp20, an anniversary celebration for its esteemed label--falls on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum. No puffed-up vanity project, this set of lush, highly kinetic pieces, performed with the Wordless Music Orchestra, ranks among the year's most forward-thinking releases. And despite its grand scope, sci-fi-esque weirdness, cryptic titles and dearth of lyrics, the album is surprisingly accessible. For fans of Battles, this brand of listener-friendly experimentation shouldn't come as a shock: Despite its considerable oddness, the band's last effort, 2007's Mirrored, stunned the indie-rock set with its furiously funky rhythms and crystalline melodies." [Time Out]
And the Warp Records festival continues on Saturday with two shows. First is the free show at the World Financial Center that Flying Lotus was supposed to play before he was switched to the Terminal 5 show. The new lineup will "include sets from electronic masters Jimmy Edgar, Hudson Mohawke and Clark, as well as Warp DJs." The party continues Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge with a show by Jamie Lidell, The Hundred in the Hands and Born Ruffians. Maybe because of the late set time, last minute notice, and holiday weekend, but tickets are still on sale.