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'Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton'

The Lincoln Center Festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year, running from July 6 - August 2, featuring 58 performances by artists and groups from Germany, China, England, Ireland, Russia, the United States and Japan. Festival packages are on sale now, and tickets to individual performances go on sale March 31.

The festival kicks off with "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton" which will have eight performances from July 6 - 12 at Avery Fisher Hall. The onetime Oingo Boingo frontman and the filmmaker's relationship goes all the way back to Burton's first film, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and also includes Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and many more. The event description notes that "the concert is enhanced by the stunning visuals of Burton's original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen." Elfman will appear at each performance, though he is not the conductor. The show received raves in Los Angeles when it ran in 2013. Note: audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from a Tim Burton film. It's that kind of night.

Other Lincoln Center Festival highlights include a performance by Sufjan Stevens collaborators Yarn/Wire on July 15, and the National Ballet of China and its Symphony Orchestra will perform two separate story ballets: The Peony Pavilion (July 8 - 10), a romance based on a 400-year-old epic masterpiece of Kunqu opera; and The Red Detachment of Women (July 11 & 12) which is best known as the ballet performed for President Nixon on his barrier-breaking 1972 trip to China.

Full Lincoln Center Festival 2015 schedule is here.

Serena Maneesh at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
Serena Maneesh

Oslo shoegazers Serena Maneesh haven't played these parts since 2010, the same year their most recent album was released, but that will finally change this year. They'll play their sole US date of 2014 at the first-ever US edition of Oslo's Ultima Festival, which happens from April 23 to April 26 at Issue Project Room.

S-M are playing closing night (4/26), after a solo accordion opening set from Frode Haltli. They'll be joined by a vocal ensemble to perform their new piece, Somnambulism, which they premiered at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo in December 2013, and performed again earlier this month at Oslo's by:Larm Festival. The piece is a tribute to composer Arne Nordheim, "a pioneer of electronics who stands beside Edvard Grieg as Norway's most celebrated composer." (Frode Haltli will also be performing one of Nordheim's works.) Tickets are on sale now.

The rest of the festival includes Catherine Christer Hennix & Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage on 4/23, Yarn/Wire and Jacob Kirkegaard on 4/24, Ne(x)tworks Chamber Ensemble and Anton Lukoszevieze on 4/25, and Antti Tolvi and Lubomyr Melnyk at the 3 PM show at First Unitarian Church on 4/26. Tickets for each show are available.

Full Ultima schedule and a video from the Somnambulism premiere, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano


The Issue Project Room's space at 22 Boerum Place, located inside an 87-year-old former Elks Club headquarters, is one of the cooler venues in the city. The intimate room, originally designed for chamber music, is especially ideal for the sort of heady soundscapes and textural improvised music often booked there.

Issue continues to celebrate its tenth birthday with a two-month-long series of worthwhile shows that runs through October 26. Catch composer/accordionist/electronic-music-pioneer Pauline Oliveros presenting large-ensemble piece Primordial Lift tonight (9/14). Coming up, acts include guitarist Elliott Sharp (Sept 26), multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi (Oct 3), avant-garde saxist Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Nate Wooley (Oct 4), and Harry Pussy cofounder/out-there acoustic guitarist Bill Orcutt (Oct 5, hear a track from his forthcoming record below).

Plus: Amen Dunes teams with Tom Thayer on October 18, then the next night (10/19)  it's William Basinski, and the night after that (10/20) has No-Neck Blues Band, plus Loren Connors & Tom Carter. And lots more. Full fest schedule is in this post.

Tickets for the whole series are available through the venue.

Recently Marc Ribot and saxophonist Matana Roberts performed at Issue, improvising together for the night's encore. Watch that below, too.

The full schedule is listed, along with those videos, below...

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Gyan Riley
Gyan Riley

Terry and Gyan Riley have been performing together since the late 90's and have appeared in concert throughout the USA and Europe. The music has a connection to the improvising traditions of both Jazz and Indian Classical but more importantly depends on a synchronous intuition that has developed between a father and a son. Sometimes they begin with a structure where melodic, harmonic, modal and rhythmic elements are predetermined along with a flow chart of sequential events but one of their favorite forms is starting from a place where neither performer has an overview and they must find their way together. Terry on piano, keyboard and vocals, has been on the worlds stages for over 50 years. Gyan has generated a lot of excitement with his astounding guitar virtuosity and his brilliant compositions. In 2011 they appeared at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead England and at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina.
Terry Riley & Gyan Riley (with help from percussionist David Cossin and violinist Tracy Silverman) play a seated show at Le Poisson Rouge Sunday (5/13). Tickets are still available.

Gyan Riley can also be found this month at the Stone, where he curated the second half (May 17 - 31) of venue's May programming. (Buke & Gase handled the first two weeks.) Riley's run kicks off Thursday, May 17 with a solo performance by Tracy Silvermann who uses loop pedals to create soundscapes with her six-string violin. The late show that night is BLIXT aka Bill Laswell (bass) Morgen Agren (drums) Raoul Bjorkenheim (guitar).

Other highlights include Ian Williams of Battles on May 19, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola on May 22; pianist Jenny Lin playing works from various Merce Cunningham composers on May 23; Riley and percussionist Dave Cossin performing as Superballs! on May 26; and Bang on a Can/Paul Simon cohort Mark Stewart on May 27.

Full schedule for the Gyan Riley-curated second half of May at The Stone is below.

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