New Vintage Baroque, a period-instrument ensemble from New York, and Damask Ensemble, a vocal quartet from The Hague, Netherlands, recently completed a successful IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign for an exciting project. Just how successful? Well, these two groups raised $20,235 in donations, supported by some 300 individual donors. It was an important initiative.
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform with Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in the world premiere of Jóhannsson’s 'Drone Mass.' Jóhannsson, known for his 'The Theory of Everything' score, will present his piece as a part of the Met’s "Museum Presents" series at the Temple of Dendur.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will give the world premiere of Darryl Kubian’s commissioned work "O for a Muse of Fire" as part of its New Jersey Roots Project. The program will also include masterworks by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Serhiy Salov. Jacques Lacombe will conduct the performances.
The London Sinfonietta will present a two-part series titled “Spectrum of Sound,” exploring the advances in sonic manipulation. The first part of the series will feature the world premiere of Mica Levi’s -- famed for her work on the film "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johannson -- new work "Greezy." Other pieces include works by Iannis Xenakis, Claude Vivier and Georg Friedrich Haas.
English pianist Mark Bebbington will present “You Don’t Have to Be Jewish," a concert about Jewish musicians and the Jewish influence. The concert will present the world premiere of four lost works by pianist Harriet Cohen. George Gerswhin's songbook as well as works by Debussy, Arthur Bliss and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco will also be presented.
Flying Lotus world premiered his first single “Moment of Hesitation” to Gilles Peterson on his BBC Radio 6 show. “Moment of Hesitation” featuring Herbie Hancock, is off his fifth album, You're Dead! due out October 6 via Warp Records.
Following up on our report about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on a piece entitled Water, we finally bring news of when you can hear the work. Live and in-person. A composition for strings, piano and a South Asian tambura-like instrument, Water will premiere in Dublin on October 2 as part of ACO’s European Tour, played alongside Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor “La poule,” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595 and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70.
Bay Area ballet company Ballet San Jose will play this month of April a new world premiere of 'Eighty One,' choreographed by Jessica Lang. The ballet will be set to the score by Jakub Ciupinski.