NYC Calendar April 2022

FRIDAY, April 1
7PM The International Contemporary Ensemble
Chris Williams and Jessie Cox – solos and duos
Fay Victor and Rebekah Heller – duo project
Josh Modney – solo for violin and distortion pedal
Jessie Cox’s bassoon piece for Rebekah Heller, Sonic Cartographies
VENUE: Spectrum (481 Van Brunt, Door 7A)

FRIDAY, April 1
8PM Benefit for Ukraine Relief
Meredith Monk’s “Happy Woman”
Fred Hersch Solo Piano
John Zorn’s Cobra
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Wendy Eisenberg, guitar
Taylor Levine, guitar
Anthony Coleman, organ
Vadim Neselovskyi, piano
Jim Staley, trombone
Erik Friedlander, cello
Simon Hanes, bass
Trevor Dunn, bass
Ikue Mori, electronics
Kenny Grohowski, drums
Brian Chase, drums
John Zorn, prompter
Vadim Neselovskyi’s “Krai” And Odesa
Vadim Neselovskyi, piano

VENUE: Roulette

APRIL 1 – 20
Richard Strauss, Elektra
VENUE: The Metropolitan Opera
ADMISSION: $30-350

7pm & 9pm Joan Jonas
Joan Jonas works in video, performance, installation, sound, text, sculpture, and drawing, collaborating with musicians and dancers on improvisational works for both museums and theatrical stages.

VENUE: Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: $45 (plus fees)

8:30PM Jennifer Choi (violin) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Nick Dunston (bass) Ches Smith (drums, percussion)
VENUE: The Stone

MONDAY, April 4
7:30PM String Schemas
Daniel Reyes Llinas
Harvey Valdez
Elliott Sharp

VENUE: Scholes Street Studio

8pm Composer Portraits: Matana Roberts
Matana Roberts composer/performer
Matt Lavelle bass clarinet and pocket trumpet
Stuart Bogie tenor saxophone
Geng/King Vision Ultra wordspeak/sampler
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs wordspeak/electronics
Tomas Fujiwara drumset
International Contemporary Ensemble
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University
ADMISSION: starting at $20

THURSDAY, April 7 and FRIDAY, April 8
8PM Andy Akiho: Seven Pillars
Sandbox Percussion
Michael Joseph McQuilken
VENUE: Baryshnikov Arts Center

7:30PM Julia Wolfe: Cruel Sister
Michael Gordon, Weather One
Julia Wolfe, With a Blue Dress On
Julia Wolfe, Cruel Sister
Ensemble Signal
Brad Lubman, Music Director and Conductor
Tessa Lark, Violin
VENUE: Zankel Hall

8:30PM Ned Rothenberg and John Zorn

Ned Rothenberg (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, shakuhachi) John Zorn (sax)
VENUE: The Stone

THURSDAY, April 14
8:30PM Ned Rothenberg and Ikue Mori Duo

Ikue Mori (electronics) Ned Rothenberg (woodwinds)
VENUE: The Stone

THURSDAY, April 14 and FRIDAY, April 15
7:30pm and 8pm Alarm Will Sound
John Luther Adams’ Ten Thousand Birds
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: $45 (plus fees)

SATURDAY, April 16
8:30PM Crossings Quartet
Mary Halvorson (guitar) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Ned Rothenberg (woodwinds)

VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, April 19
6:30PM Thomas Heberer / Joe Fonda / Joe Hertenstein
Trumpet / Contrabass / Drums

VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery

THURSDAY, April 21
7:30 pm Bridges: JACK Quartet
Khyam Allami’s “Ma-a a-ba ud me-na-gin Ma-a di-di-in”
George Lewis’s “String Quartet 4.5,”
Patricia Alessandrini’s “A Complete History of Music (Volume 1)
VENUE: Kaufman Music Center

THURSDAY, April 21
8pm Composer Portraits: Thomas Meadowcroft

VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University
ADMISSION: starting at $20

8PM Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration
Featuring The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis
VENUE: Rose Theater
ADMISSION: $40-130

SATURDAY, April 23
9:30pm Kronos Quartet
George Crumb, Black Angels
Aleksandra Vrebalov, ilektrikés rímes (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Inti Figgis-Vizueta, music by yourself (NY Premiere)
Jonathan Berger / Harriet Scott, Chessman Suite from My Lai
VENUE: Zankel Hall
ADMISSION: $65 to $80

SUNDAY, April 24
3PM John Zorn’s New Masada Quartet
VENUE: Village Vanguard

TUESDAY, April 26
9PM and 11:30PM Eri Yamamoto/William Parker/Chad Fowler/Steve Hirsh
Chad Fowler, tenor saxophone
Eri Yamamoto, piano
William Parker, bass
Steve Hirsh, drums
VENUE: Bar Lunatico

THURSDAY, April 28
7:30 pm Ecstatic Music: Amir ElSaffar’s “Rivers of Sound”

VENUE: Kaufman Music Center

THURSDAY, April 28
7.30PM and 9.30PM Peter Evans & Elias Stemeseder

VENUE: Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $10-$35

THURSDAY, April 28 – SATURDAY, April 30
7:30PM In C
Sasha Waltz & Guests
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Music by Terry Riley
Choreography by Sasha Waltz
ADMISSION: $25-$75

FRIDAY, April 29
8PM Frank London’s ¡No Pasarán!
Frank London – trumpet, José Davila – trombone, Marcus Rojas – tuba and drums – tbd
VENUE: Barbes

SATURDAY, April 30
2 pm Piano Dialogues: Phyllis Chen

VENUE: Kaufman Music Center

7pm Ukraine Freedom!
a 3-day celebration of Ukrainian music and culture
Performers include:
Frank London (trumpet)
Anthony Coleman (piano)
Rob Garcia (drums)
Julian Kytasty (bandura)
Pavlo Gintov (piano)
Alex Pryrodny (piano)
David Berkman (piano)
Andy Didorenko (violin) & Yuliya Basis (piano)
Valeriya Sholokhova (cello and electronics)
VENUE: Soapbox Gallery

FRIDAY, April 29 – SUNDAY, May 1
Long Play Festival 2022 – Bang on a Can
VENUE: Various Downtown Brooklyn venues
ADMISSION: $95-$350

NYC Calendar March 2022

Highlight of the month: Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival
Note that some changes in programming are possible because performers from Kyiv might not be able to travel.

8:30pm Mariel Roberts (cello), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

7:30pm Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer
Bang on a Can All-Stars
·· Arlen Hlusko, Cello
·· Robert Black, Bass
·· Vicky Chow, Piano and Melodica
·· David Cossin, Percussion
·· Mark Stewart, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, and Harmonica
·· Ken Thomson, Clarinets and Harmonica
Rebecca L. Hargrove, Vocalist
Sonya Headlam, Vocalist
Molly Netter, Vocalist
VENUE: Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall)
ADMISSION: $35 to $45

7:30pm Judith Hamann + Nora Fulton
“Loss,” a composition that instructs the artist to hum beyond the limits of their vocal range.
Judith Hamann (cello)
Nora Fulton (voice)

VENUE: Blank Forms (468 Grand Ave. #1D)

8pm Composer Portraits: Felipe Lara
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
International Contemporary Ensemble
Vimbayi Kaziboni, conductor
Chambered Spirals (2020)
Metafagote (2015) for solo amplified bassoon and six pre-recorded bassoons
written for and developed with Rebekah Heller
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University

FRIDAY, March 4
8pm Ekmeles: New Vocal Music from the Americas
Marc Sabat, Seeds of Skies Alibis
Hilda Paredes, Fragmentos de Altazor
Mauricio Kagel, Der Turm zu Babel
Tania León, De-Orishas
Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Joy Tamayo, soprano
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo soprano
Tim Keeler, countertenor
Nathaniel Barnett, tenor
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director
Steven Hrycelak, bass
VENUE: Saint Ignatius of Antioch

FRIDAY, March 4
8:30pm Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) Adam O’Farrill (trumpet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Zack O’Farrill (drums) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

VENUE: The Stone

Saturday, March 5
7:30pm Judith Hamann
Continuing their inquiries into shaking and humming as expressive and embodied phenomena, cellist and composer Judith Hamann presents a selection of compositions from Shaking Studiesand “Humming Suite.”
VENUE: Blank Forms (468 Grand Ave. #1D)

SUNDAY, March 6
6pm Duet Behavior 2022: Meredith Monk & John Hollenbeck
VENUE: National Sawdust

THURSDAY, March 10
8:30pm Anna Webber and Yuma Uesaka
1st Set:
Anna Webber’s Simple Trio
Anna Webber – tenor sax, flute
Matt Mitchell – piano
John Hollenbeck – drums
2nd Set:
Yuma Uesaka – solo clarinet

VENUE: Seeds

THURSDAY, March 10
10pm Music of Dmitri Shostakovitch: Michael Bates’ Acrobat

Marty Ehrlich-clarinet
Mazz Swift-violin
Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon
Michael Bates-bass
Michael Sarin-drums
VENUE: The Owl

7pm Nicola Hein and Viola Yip

Experimental Intermedia Concert Series
VENUE: Fridman Gallery

FRIDAY, March 18
7 pm Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival: Forest Song
Ivan Nebesnyy – Air Music 1/Wind Music
Zoltan Almashi – The echo from hitting the trunk of a dry mountain spruce in Rytsarka Gorna village
Anastasia Belitska – Rusalochka
Ostap Manulyak – Trees
Alla Zahaykevych – Nord/Ouest
Performers include: Ekmeles vocal ensemble, James Baker, Itay Lantner, Isabel Lepant Gleicher, Alice Teyssier, Laura Cocks, Gleb Kanasevich, Stella Saliei, Margarita Rovenskaya, Lindsey Eckenroth, Sean Statser
VENUE: Kaufman Music Center

SATURDAY, March 19
8 pm Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival: In the Field
Zoltan Almashi – Carpathian Song
Yevhen Stankovych – Morning music
Myroslav Skoryk – Hutsul Triptych
Improvisations and Pieces by Strings Air Synthesis (duo SAS)
VENUE: Kaufman Music Center

SUNDAY, March 20
3 pm Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival: Anthropocene
Alexey Shmurak – Greenland for solo piano (performed by Steven Beck)
Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko – Chornobyldorf Partita
VENUE: Kaufman Music Center

SUNDAY, March 20
6:30pm Thollem Mcdonas, Michael Wimberley – Synth / Percussion


MONDAY, March 21
7:30pm Living Music with Nadia Sirota
The program includes works by Nico Muhly, Gabriella Smith, Julia Wolfe, Marcos Balter, and Andrew Norman.
VENUE: Chelsea Factory (547 West 26th Street)

March 22–30
Upload, an opera by Michel van der Aa
Composition, Director, Libretto, Michel van der Aa
Daughter, Julia Bullock
Father, Roderick Williams
Psychiatrist, Katja Herbers (film)
CEO, Ashley Zukerman (film)
Music Director, Otto Tausk
Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik
Set & Lighting Design, Theun Mosk
Dramaturgy, Madelon Kooijman, Niels Nuijten
Director of Photography, Joost Rietdijk
Motion Capture and Real-Time Graphics, Darien Brito
VFX Supervisor & Fractal Artist, Julius Horsthuis
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: starting at $45

1pm Wednesdays at One: Percussion Ensemble
Baljinder SEKHON Sun
Robert HONSTEIN An Index of Possibility
Joseph PEREIRA Mallet Quartet
John Luther ADAMS “Deep and Distant Thunder” from Three Drum Quartets
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

7:30pm Decoda: Urgent Sounds
Alice Jones Dark is a way
Joy Guidry Y’all don’t wanna listen

Gilad Cohen The Last Battle of King Sorrow (World Premiere)
M. Hersch anonymous beneath the lemon trees (World Premiere)
Xiao Bao He “When We Are Poor” (NY Premiere)
VENUE: Weill Recital Hall
ADMISSION: $32 to $38

THURSDAY, March 24
7:30 pm New Milestones: Visions and Illuminations
Sofia Gubaidulina Quartet No. 4 for Strings with Tape (1993)
Anna Clyne Breathing Statues for String Quartet (2019) (CMS Co-Commission)
Joan Tower White Water for String Quartet (2011)
Jörg Widmann Jagdquartett for Strings (2003)
Calidore String Quartet
VENUE: Rose Studio/Lincoln Center
ADMISSION: from $35

FRIDAY, March 25
7:30 pm American Composers Orchestra: Sanctuary
Anna Clyne, Restless Oceans (Ny Premiere)
Hannah Kendall, Tuxedo: Vasco ‘De’ Gama (NY Premiere)
Dai Wei, Invisible Portals (World Premiere)
Paula Matthusen, Prophecy in Reverse (World Premiere)
Lisa Bielawa, Sanctuary (NY Premiere, Co-Commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
American Composers Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Conductor
Jennifer Koh, Violin
VENUE: Zankel Hall
ADMISSION: $45 to $55

SATURDAY, March 26
8:30pm Brian Chase & Anthony Coleman – Record Release concert
Brian Chase (drums) Anthony Coleman (piano)

VENUE: The Stone

8pm Brandon Lopez (bass), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax) and Tom Rainey (drums)
VENUE: Barbes

8:30pm Ches Smith (drums, percussion), Craig Taborn (piano), Mat Maneri (viola), Bill Frisell (guitar)
VENUE: The Stone

THURSDAY, March 31
8:30pm Ches Smith Interpret It Well album release show
Ches Smith (drums, percussion), Craig Taborn (piano), Mat Maneri (viola), Bill Frisell (guitar)

VENUE: The Stone

Contemporary Ukrainian Music: an Informal Introduction 

I want to share some of my favorite pieces by Ukrainian composers.
Just as there is no logical order in today’s world, there is no alphabetical, chronological, philosophical, stylistic or any other order in this list, apart from the intention to provide the maximum possible contrast between the works.

Valentyn Silvestrov (b. 1937), String Quartet No. 1 (1974)

String Quartet no. 1 by the major Ukrainian avant-garde composer Valentyn Silvestrov could be termed neo-romantic, if not for its frequent atonal gestures. Long resounding echoes play important roles, as does the “juxtapositioning of old and new techniques in a self- conscious, bare yet fluid manner.” (More in Peter J. Schmelz, Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR, 106-112.)

Victoria Polevá (b. 1962), Transforma (1993/2014)

The first version of the piece was composed in 1993, at the time of Poleva’s spiritual conversion and an important personal transformation. When it was finally performed, in 2014, the piece transformed into a drama-mystery. Although there was no intention to refer to any political issues, the composition somehow naturally fit in to the social circumstances. (It was performed shortly after the Revolution of Dignity.) The performance presents the creation of earth. Its main idea is hope, which, as Poleva notes, “is always present in the world and in absolutely all human actions.”

Zoltan Almashi (b. 1975), Mirasteilas for two violins and orchestra (2006)

Mirasteilas means “those who look at the stars” in Romansh (Swiss) language. Almashi created a compositional concept with three layers that continue throughout the entire piece. First, the pitch D slowly raises from the lowest register in the base to the highest register in the violins; this symbolizes the sky that changes from thick darkness to the shimmering light of day. The second layer, representing the stars, consists of chords in the orchestra with 12-tone harmonies that rotate in various ways. Finally, two solo violins with neo-romantic melodies represent a conversation under the stars.

Alla Zagaykevych (b. 1966), Friend Li Po.. (dedicated to Oleg Lysheha) for guzheng and electronics

The name of the piece refers to the title of the book Friend Li Po, Brother Tu Fu by poet and writer Oleh Lyshega, whose work is “informed by transcendentalism and Zen-like introspection, with meditations on the essence of the human experience and man’s place in nature.” The combination of folk instruments (in this case a Chinese plucked zither) or folk singing with electronics is a recurrent characteristic of Zagaykevych’s work.

Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko, IYOV, opera-requiem for prepared piano, cello, drums and voices (2015)

Opera-requiem “IYOV” is a synthesis of ancient Greek drama, baroque opera, oratorio, Requiem, and the techniques of postmodern theater. It is the mystery of the birth of a new sound inside the piano and the demonstration of endless possibilities of the human voice. Job (Iyov in Hebrew) is the central character of the Book of Job in the Bible. This is a story of his life, pride and disbelief, the search for life’s meaning and death, hope and regret.

Anna Korsun (1986), Wehmut (2011)

Wehmut was written for a project dedicated to Robert Schuman. The piece is a surrealistic world of co-existing parallel lives, where noise part is at the forefront, seeming more realistic, while the melody is coming from a distant illusive world.

Svyatoslav Lunyov (b.1964), TUTTI for symphony orchestra (2005)

Mariana Sadovska (b. 1972), Chernobyl. The Harvest (2013)

Chernobyl. The Harvest was commissioned by Kronos Quartet and is based on ancient ritual music from Northern Ukraine. In this “pagan requiem” Sadovska refers to the nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl explosion as a starting point for experimenting with the ideas of destruction and creation.

Alexey Shmurak (1986), I Have Lost My Eurydice (2014)

The work has the subtitle “four lost dances.” These dances are gradually disappearing as the piece develops. The disconnected contrasting sections in the piece are intended to create a feeling similar to watching a surrealist film.

Olesya Zdorovetska, Seconds (2016)

A setting of Yuri Izdryk’s poem “Sekundy,” this piece is a part of Zdorovetska’s project “Telling Sounds” – a sonic journey across the landscape of contemporary Ukrainian poetry. “Telling Sounds” explores the relationship between music and language in the current literary renaissance, which was spurred by the Revolution of Dignity, in new settings for voice and citera.

Maxim Kolomiiets (1981), opera Night (2020)

The music of the opera, with its delicate sensitivity, strength and irony, is written in contemporary idiom and at the same time is grounded in Ukrainian collective musical memory. The main character in the opera is a song “What a moonlit night” (Nich taka misyachna), which has an almost 200-year history; its prototype appeared in 1831, in a series of short stories by Mykola Gogol Evenings on a Farm near Dykanka. As the Italian conductor Luigi Gaggero stated, “This opera reveals the fundamental meaning of memory: it allows us to see and understand our personal history and creates connections between people. A society that has lost its memory cannot see itself, is unable to understand the meaning of historical events, is unable to be united.”

Victoria Polevá, Simurgh-Quintet (2000)

Structurally free and sensual, this minimalist piece creates the effects of bells on the piano and ethereal skies on the strings, and climaxes to an almost apocalyptic bird call. While the influence of Poleva’s musical-spiritual teacher Arvo Pärt is audible, Simurgh-Quintet also reminds of scenes from Kyiv – baroque churches, crowds and clouds.

Valentyn Silvestrov, Seranade for string orchestra (1978)

According to composer Zoltan Almashi, Silvestrov’s Serenade is a quintessentially polystylistic piece because it embodies the freedom to “exit from the avant-garde”: the composer seems to be in a closed room, but then he opens the door – and here is a river, a forest, a boat is floating…

If you want to hear more works by some of these composers in New York, come to Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival at Kaufman Music Center, March 18-20, 2022.

NYC Calendar February 2022

TUESDAY, February 1
7:30pm Quartetto di Cremona
Prokofiev Quartet No. 1 in B minor for Strings, Op. 50 (1930)
Weber Quintet in B-flat major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 34 (1811-15)
Schoenberg Quartet No. 1 in D minor for Strings, Op. 7 (1904-05)
VENUE: Alice Tully Hall
ADMISSION: from $34

TUESDAY, February 1
8pm Limited Resources 42
Jeremiah Cymerman, Mariel Roberts, and Mike Pride
Never (Jack Wright, Ben Bennett, and Zach Darrup)
VENUE: Freddy’s Bar and Backroom

TUESDAY, February 1- SUNDAY, February 6
8pm Tyshawn Sorey with Joe Lovano & Bill Frisell
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums
Joe Lovano – Reeds
Bill Frisell – Guitar
VENUE: Village Vanguard

THURSDAY, February 3
7:30pm Ravi Coltrane: Duos
Ravi Coltrane (saxophone)
James Carney (piano), Allan Mednard (drums/percussion)
VENUE: Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (Symphony Space)

February 3, 22, 23 and 24
7:30pm Visionary Voices
Explore Balletic Boundaries with Three Vanguard Dancemakers
Music by Wayne Shorter, Béla Bartόk, Nico Muhly, James Blake, Jay-Z, and Kanye West
VENUE: David H. Koch Theater (New York City Ballet)

FRIDAY, February 4
7:30pm Ravi Coltrane’s Freedom Trio
Ravi Coltrane (saxophone), Nick Jozwiak (bass), and Savannah Harris (drums)
VENUE: Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (Symphony Space)

FRIDAY, February 4 and SATURDAY, February 5
7.30pm + 9.30pm Borderlands Trio CD release party
Kris Davis -piano
Stephan Crump -bass
Eric McPherson -drums
VENUE: The Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $10 – $35

SATURDAY, February 5
6pm Matt Darriau/Katie Down, Lyre Bird

Matt Darriau – Woodwinds, Toys
Katie Down – Litophone, Glass Harmonica, Flutes, Toys
Special guest tba..
VENUE: Barbes

SATURDAY, February 5
7:30pm Cosmic Music: A Contemporary Exploration into the Music of John & Alice Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane (saxophone)
VENUE: Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (Symphony Space)

SUNDAY, February 6
3pm John Zorn’s New Masada Quartet
John Zorn – Saxophone
Julian Lage – Guitar
Jorge Roeder – Bass
Kenny Wollesen – Drums
VENUE: Village Vanguard

SUNDAY, February 6
4pm The Solomon Diaries: Album Release Show
Sam Sadigursky – clarinet, compositions
Nathan Koci – accordion

VENUE: Barbes

SUNDAY, February 6
8pm Angelica Sanchez Trio with Michael Formanek and Billy Hart

Angelica Sanchez: piano/compositions
Michael Formanek: bass
Billy Hart: drums
VENUE: Roulette

THURSDAY, February 10
8pm Yana Mann, Julian De La Chica
Julián De La Chica, 10 Poemas de Bar (World Premiere)
Julián De La Chica, Arias Florentinas (World Premiere)

VENUE: Weill Recital Hall
ADMISSION: $20 – $40

FRIDAY, February 11
8pm Ethan Iverson: Every Note is True
Ethan Iverson, piano
Larry Grenadier, bass
Nasheet Waits, percussion

VENUE: Roulette

SATURDAY, February 12
6:30pm CD release concert for “Kenneth Jimenez / Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Duets”
Kenneth Jimenez – bass / Stephen Gauci – tenor saxophone
7:15pm CD release concert for “Raf Vertessen / Stephen Gauci, Pandemic Duets”
Raf Vertessen – drums / Stephen Gauci – tenor saxophone
8pm Gauci / Jimenez / Vertessen Trio

ADMISSION: suggested donation

SATURDAY, February 12
7.30pm + 9.30pm Ralph Alessi Quartet
Ralph Alessi -trumpet
Angelica Sanchez -piano
Chris Lightcap -bass
Tom Rainey -drums
VENUE: The Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: 10 – $40

SATURDAY, February 12
8pm Zoh Amba Trio
Zoh Amba, Saxophone and flute
Henry Fraser, Bass
Marc Edwards, Drums
VENUE: Zürcher Gallery

MONDAY, February 14
8pm Prism Quartet with Tony Arnold and Arturo O’Farrill: Mending Wall

VENUE: Roulette

TUESDAY, February 15
7:30pm Treesearch
Kyle Motl – bass
Keir GoGwilt – violin
Brandon Lopez – solo bass
VENUE: Scholes Street Studio

TUESDAY, February 15
6:30pm Joe Mcphee / Henry Fraser / Raf Vertessen
Reeds or Brass / Double Bass / Drums
ADMISSION: suggested

THURSDAY, February 17
9 – 10pm E#3 = Elliott Sharp Trio
w/ Dave Hofstra – bass, Don McKenzie – drums
VENUE: Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 (185 Orchard Street, New York)

THURSDAY, February 17
9pm Sun Ra Arkestra
Marshall Allen, Director
with Special Guests
Kelsey Lu
Moor Mother
VENUE: Zankel Hall

TUESDAY, February 22
6:30pm Nick Fraser / Mat Maneri / Brandon Lopez
Drums / Viola / Contrabass
ADMISSION: suggested

THURSDAY, February 24
8pm Gyan Riley’s Elixir

Gyan Riley – electric guitar and ukulele; Taylor Levine – electric guitar; Greg Chudzik – bass and David Cossin – drums
VENUE: Barbes

THURSDAY, February 24
7pm A Conversation & Buchla Demonstration with Morton Subotnick
VENUE: Issue Project Room
ADMISSION: Free with membership

FRIDAY, February 25
7.30pm + 9.30pm Elliott Sharp Aggregat Trio 70th Birthday Celebration
Elliott Sharp -saxophones, bass clarinet
Brandon Lopez -bass
Don McKenzie -drums
VENUE: The Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $10 – $35

FRIDAY, February 25
8:30pm Intimate Strangers
Sara Serpa (voice) Sofia Rei (voice) Aubrey Johnson (voice) Qasim Naqvi (modular synth) Matt Mitchell (piano) and a surprise guest
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, February 26
8:30pm World Premiere of CMA Jazz Works
Sara Serpa (voice) Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones) Angelica Sanchez (piano) Erik Friedlander (cello)
VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, February 27
6 pm Duet Behavior 2022: Meredith Monk & John Hollenbeck
VENUE: National Sawdust

Episode #4 Heaven and Earth of Sofia Gubaidulina

This episode is dedicated to the 90th birthday of Sofia Gubaidulina. Based on archival documents, historical publications and her interviews from the 1990s to present, the episode discusses Gubaidulina’s spiritual philosophy of music and positions her work alongside some of her most prominent contemporaries – Andrei Tarkovsky, Gennady Aygi, Valentin Silvestrov and John Cage.


  1. Valentin Silvestrov, “When the cornfield, yellowing, stirs,” from a cycle Silent Songs (1973-1977), dedicated to Sofia Gubaidulina
    Sergey Yakovenko, Baritone
    Ilya Scheps, Piano
    ECM records
  2. Sofia Gubaidulina, Introitus (1978)
    Kyiv Chamber Players
    Vladimir Kozhukhar, conductor
    Beatrice Rauchs, piano
  3. Sofia Gubaidulina, Vyacheslav Artyomov, Victor Suslin “Archipelagos of sounds in the ocean of time” (1977)
    Astreya Ensemble
    Solyd Records
  4. Sofia Gubaidulina, Offertorium (1980)
    Gidon Kremer, violin
    Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
    Deutsche Grammophon
  5. Sofia Gubaidulina, Seven Last Words (1982)
    Vladimir Tonha, cello
    Friedrich Lips, bayan
    Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra
    Timur Mynbaev, conductor
  6. Sofia Gubaidulina, Hommage à T. S. Eliot (1987)
    Christen Whittlesey, soprano
    Gidon Kremer, violin
    Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
    Deutsche Grammophon
  7. Sofia Gubaidulina, Now Always Snow (1993)
    Netherlands Chamber Choir
    Schönberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw
    Philips Classics
  8. Sofia Gubaidulina, Canticle of the Sun (1997)
    Mstislav Rostropovich, cello and percussion
    London Voices
    London Symphony Orchestra
    EMI Classics
  9. Sofia Gubaidulina, Canticle of the Sun (1997) Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello Andrei Pushkarev, Percussion Rihards Zaļupe, Percussion, Rostislav Krimer, Celesta, Riga Chamber Choir Kamēr…, Māris Sirmais, Conductor ECM records
  10. Sofia Gubaidulina, Am Rande des Abgrunds (On the Edge of an Abyss, 2002) Julius Berger, Niklas Eppinger, Aleksandra Ohar, Diego Garcia, Yoonha Choi, Yoon-Jung Hwang, Tai-yang Zhang: violoncelli. Sofia Gubaidulina, Victor Suslin: waterphones WERGO
  11. Sofia Gubaidulina, Dialog: Ich und Du (2018)
    Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Vadim Repin, violin)
    Andres Mustonen, conductor
    June 2019, Wien, Grosser Musikvereinssaal (archival recording)

Note that only brief excerpts from each piece are quoted in the program. Please consider purchasing complete recordings at the links above.

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Works cited

Aygi, Gennady and Peter France. Selected Poems: 1954-1994. Angel: 1997.
Gubaidulina, Sofia. Letter to Victor Suslin, May 24, 1983, Paul Sacher Stiftung, Sofia Gubaidulina Collection.
Kholopova, Valentina. Sofia Gubaidulina. Moscow: Kompozitor, 2008.
Kurtz, Michael. Sofia Gubaidulina: a biography. Translated by Christoph K. Lohmann; edited by Malcolm Hamrick Brown. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007. Originally published in German as Sofia Gubaidulina: eine Biografie. Stuttgart: Urachhaus, 2001.
Licht, Viktor and Elena Dolinskaya. “Dialog o festival.” Sovetskaya muzyka no 3 (1983): 2-27.
Lukomsky, Vera and Sofia Gubaidulina. “My Desire Is Always to Rebel, to Swim against the Stream!” Perspectives of New Music. 36, No. 1 (Winter, 1998): 5-41.
_____________________. “’The Eucharist in My Fantasy’: Interview with Sofia Gubaidulina.” Tempo, New Series (Sep., 1998): 29-37.
Martynov, Vladimir. Avtoarkheologiya 1978–1998. Moscow: Klassika-XXI, 2012.
Munipov, Alexei. Fermata: razgovory s kompozitorami. Moscow: Novoe iztatelstvo, 2019.
Nesterenko, Oksana “A Forbidden Fruit? Religion, Spirituality and Music in the USSR Before Its Fall (1964–1991)” (Ph.D. diss., Stony Brook University, 2021).
Nesterenko, Oksana. “Vertical Time in Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage a TS Eliot” (MA thesis, Stony Brook University, 2013).
Ortmeier, Philipp. Symbol und Wirklichkeit im Schaffen von Sofia Gubaidulina. Passau: Klinger, 2011.
Smith, Jenna. “Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium: theology and music in dialogue” (PhD Dissertation, Université de Montréal, 2010).
Restagno, Enzo and Sofia Gubaidulina. “Zhyzn’ Pamyati: Sofia Gubaidulina Beseduet s Enzo Restagno.” In Sofia Gubaiduluna, edited by Valentina Kholopova. Moscow: Kompozitor, 2008.

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