Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

MY ANCESTOR'S GIFT ALBUM RELEASE

On MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT, his Navona Recordings debut, composer Carlos Simon combines influences from jazz, gospel, and neoromanticism, incorporating spoken word and historic recordings, to craft a multifaceted program of musical works that are inspired as much by the past as much as they are by the present.

Launched by “Our Ancestor’s Legacy,” the composer’s personal introduction to the themes he will musically address throughout, MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT sets out to depict the evolution of black people in America through the lens of the black woman with “Portrait of a Queen.”  Dramatic spoken word poetically reveals her thoughts and feelings of throughout various time periods, reflected by musical themes that draw on melodies, textures and rhythms of those eras.

Simon provides breathing room between the intense topics he explores with several brief, often conversational “Interludes” that also serve to offer emotional or explanatory context for his longer compositions, such as the sorrowful and contemplative “Elegy,” dedicated to “those wrongfully murdered by an oppressive power.” He mines his personal family history with “Generations,” which includes audio clips of sermons given by his great-grandfather, his grandfather and his father, with musical elements that feature a processed Fender Rhodes guitar that Simon inherited from his grandfather, and Hammond B3 organ.

The melodic and meditative “Be Still and Know” appears in sharp contrast to “White Only, Colored Only,” which plays George Wallace’s infamous Segregation Now, Segregation Forever speech against free-flowing improvised lines and a consistent rhythm.  Hope for change, however, is offered by the interlude “Change the World,” which concludes with a quote from Martin Luther King, and by the smooth R&B-tinged vocal track “I Feel It Somewhere,” before the album concludes with another tribute to his personal history, the whimsical “Lickety Split.”

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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Elegy (string quartet) Performance at Kennedy Center

In celebration of President Kennedy, KC Jukebox presents an evening of music informed by the Civil Rights movement, from Carlos Simon's An Elegy: Cry From the Grave—a haunting dedication to those wrongfully murdered by an oppressive power, performed by the Mivos Quartet—to a special performance by David T. Little's band, Newspeak. Composer Ted Hearne presents his moving The Answer to the Question that Wings Ask, performed by the Mivos Quartet with poet Saul Williams. The evening also features The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos by recently rediscovered visionary Julius Eastman, performed by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). The program is conducted by Colin Burnham.

 

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/MSCPB

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Jun
2
8:30 PM20:30

Dogs of Desire Premiere- American Music Festical

http://www.albanysymphony.com/thefestival/

 

Immerse yourself with 4 days of concerts, interactive experiences, and artistic happenings with the Dogs of Desire, Yarn/Wire, pianist Marc Peloquin, Carlos Simon, Derrick Spiva, and vocalists Lucy Dhegrae and Nancy Allen Lundy.

Discover the next generation of composers as they have their newest works read and rehearsed for the first time at the First Draughts Reading Session.  Each work will be paired with a new unreleased or small batch beer.  Tasting and meet & greet begins at 7PM

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Jun
10
to Jun 22

JAPAN TOUR- Asian/American New Music Institute

http://www.aanmi.org/concerts

 

AANMI is pleased to be partnering with Matthew Aucoin and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, to create a year-long commissioning and presenting series that will feature the music of Matthew alongside that of his peers in Asia and the United States.

Please join us for In the Current, on November 11, 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum. PEM’s Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin returns with the Asia/America New Music Institute to celebrate musical influences and heritage. For In the Current, seven dynamic composers premiere new works, each paired with its musical “ancestor” in a blending of old and new, tradition and experimentation.

Performed by renowned Japanese shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki and Boston’s own Hub New Music Ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello). Featuring commissions by Chad Cannon, Sun-Young Park, Sayo Kosugi, Carlos Simon, Takuma Ito, Kojiro Umezaki, and Matthew Aucoin. Lighting design by Mary Ellen Stebbins. Directed by Victoria Crutchfield.

Next summer, AANMI will tour these pieces to prominent temples and shrines in Japan.

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Jun
12
to Jun 15

AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA UNDERWOOD NEW MUSIC READINGS

In June, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) continues its commitment to serving as a catalyst for the creation and development of new orchestral music with two Readings sessions of brand new orchestral works by 14 composers hailing from across the country, held at Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway, NYC). ACO’s 25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings will take place on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30pm and ACO’s third Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings will take place on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm. Both Readings, during which the new pieces will be polished and performed in their entirety, are open to the public free of charge, giving audiences a chance to look behind the scenes at the process involved in bringing brand new, stylistically diverse orchestral music to life (reservations at www.americancomposers.org suggested). Both Readings are conducted by ACO Music Director George Manahan. Mentor composers for the Underwood New Music Readings are ACO's Artistic Director Derek Bermel, and composers Sarah Kirkland Snider and Stephen Hartke. Mentor composers for the JCOI Readings are Bermel, Anthony Davis, Gabriela Lena Frank, and James Newton. Newton leads JCOI as the program director. George Lewis is director emeritus. Each composer participating in these Readings receives rehearsal, reading, and a digital recording of his or her work. Review and feedback sessions with ACO principal players, mentor composers, guest conductors, and industry representatives provide crucial artistic, technical, and conceptual assistance.

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