“IN (Key)” – Celebrating “IN C” at 50 Years w/ New Works

On June 21st, as part of Make Music New York 2014, Terry Riley’s “IN C” was celebrated with “IN (Key)”, eleven new works by leading composer-performers in a concert co-produced by ComposersCollaborative and Peppergreen Media with the support of the Cornelia Street Cafe. The event began with a special performance of “IN C” itself, serving as a prelude to all that followed.

The project was previewed on the Artsbeat blog by Allan Kozinn:

“We asked people to write works for open scoring,” Mr. Distler said, meaning that the instrumentation would not be specified, “and using short repeating cells and other techniques that Terry used in the original. The pieces didn’t have to be exactly like ‘In C,’ but inspired by it.”  (Mr. Distler said that his own piece, “IN B,” will use the Hare Krishna mantra and the “Batman” theme among its melodic cells.)

Mr. Distler also asked Mr. Riley for his blessing, which he received in an email that read, “I am so happy my 1964 daughter is again pregnant with so many remarkable new children.”

Read the rest of the post HERE.

Photos from the event can be seen in this slideshow:

Mr. Terry Riley himself made an appearance on Cornelia Street:

There was an NYT review and photographs from the event the following day:

I started my musical day farther north, in Greenwich Village, with an afternoon concert commemorating another anniversary, the 50th of Terry Riley’s groundbreaking composition “In C” (1964). One of the few works of the last century to rival Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” (1913) in influence, this piece, with its single-minded, throbbing exploration of the key of C, set the tone for Minimalism, whether so called or not. (It was not, until the composer Michael Nyman applied the term to music in 1968, and some practitioners still oppose its use.)

For this commemoration, called “IN (Key),” the organizers, the composers and the keyboardists Jed Distler and Patrick Grant commissioned brief works (eight to 10 minutes or so) in more or less similar style from other composers and each wrote one himself: a total of 11 works that, taken together with “In C,” form a cycle based on each of the 12 pitches in the chromatic scale: thus, for example, John King’s “In A,” Vasko Dukovski’s “In B flat (maybe)” and David Borden’s “Around E flat.”

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Completing the octave, on the program was: “IN Db” by Eleonor Sandresky (keyboard), “IN D” by Lisa Maree Dowling (electric bass), “IN Eb” by David Borden (keyboard), “IN E” by Gene Pritsker (electric guitar), “IN F” by Elliott Sharp (electric guitar), “IN F#” by Adam Cuthbért (trumpet & laptop), “IN G” by Patrick Grant (keyboard), “IN Ab” by Brad Balliett (bassoon), “IN A” by John King (viola), “IN Bb” by Vasko Dukovski (clarinet), and “IN B” by Jed Distler (keyboard).

The ensemble was joined by Michiyo Suzuki (clarinets) of the Absolute Ensemble and Gina Izzo (flute) of the RighteousGIRLS as special musical guests.

Stage Manager: Natasha Lee Martin
Sound Engineer: Erick Gonzales
Asst. Sound Engineer: David Rodriquez, Jocelyn Gonzales
Publicist: Alanna Maharajh Stone

The concert took place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on the street outside the cafe at 29 Cornelia St. and was FREE and open to the public.

“IN (Key)” – New Music in Celebration of Terry Riley’s “IN C” @ 50 Years

“The IN (Key) event sounds wonderful. I am so happy my ‘1964 daughter’ is again pregnant with so many remarkable new children.” – Terry Riley

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On June 21st, as part of Make Music New York 2014, Terry Riley‘s “IN C” will be celebrated with “IN (Key)”, eleven new works by leading composer-performers in a concert co-produced by ComposersCollaborative and Peppergreen Media with the support of the Cornelia Street Cafe. The event will begin with a special performance of “IN C” itself, serving as a prelude to all that is to follow.

Completing the octave, on the program will be: “IN Db” by Eleonor Sandresky (keyboard), “IN D” by Lisa Maree Dowling (double bass), “IN Eb” by David Borden(keyboard), “IN E” by Gene Pritsker (electric guitar), “IN F” by Elliott Sharp (electric guitar), “IN F#” by Adam Cuthbért (trumpet & laptop), “IN G” by Patrick Grant(electric guitar & keyboard), “IN Ab” by Brad Balliett (bassoon), “IN A” by John King (viola), “IN Bb” by Vasko Dukovski (clarinet), and “IN B” by Jed Distler (keyboard).

Other special musical guests completing the performing ensemble TBA.

The concert will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on the street outside the cafe at 29 Cornelia St. and is free and open to the public.

At 6:00 PM there will be a separate event inside the cafe performed by members of the ensemble for a nominal charge TBD.

TILTED AXES Promotional Video

TILTED AXES
Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

MAKE MUSIC WINTER
December 21, 2013
New York City
3pm-5pm

Part 3 of our Tilted Trilogy in NYC:
The Alamo’s Last Stand

“Composer and producer Patrick Grant creates and leads a procession with dozens of electric guitarists through the East Village, with a special stop at The Alamo, the iconic Astor Place sculpture commonly referred to as The Cube. In 2014, The Alamo will be moved from its current location to another part of the plaza. To observe this occurrence, Grant introduces new repertoire that evokes the iconic guitar music that has scored sub-genre Wild West cinema. The event will be a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor the season’s axial tilt.” – from the Make Music Winter Tilted Axes page

Patrick Grant Interview in I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

http://www.icareifyoulisten.com/magazine/

The first of its kind

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Magazine is the first Apple Newsstand magazine to focus exclusively on contemporary classical music, music technology, and the arts. After two years of existence, the New York based indie-blog-turned-magazine is now available on the AppStore as a free app for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). The content is available on a subscription basis for US$2.99 for two months after a seven-day free trial.

Issues are bi-monthly, and subscribers have access to all back issues.

Tilted Axes NYC 2013: The Alamo’s Last Stand

TILTED AXES
Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

MAKE MUSIC WINTER
December 21, 2013
New York City
3pm-5pm

Part 3 of our Tilted Trilogy in NYC: The Alamo’s Last Stand

Applications are now being accepted HERE
The General Deadline to apply is Nov. 22nd

“Composer and producer Patrick Grant creates and leads a procession with dozens of electric guitarists through the East Village, with a special stop at The Alamo, the iconic Astor Place sculpture commonly referred to as The Cube. In 2014, The Alamo will be moved from its current location to another part of the plaza. To observe this occurrence, Grant introduces new repertoire that evokes the iconic guitar music that has scored sub-genre Wild West cinema. The event will be a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor the season’s axial tilt.” – from the Make Music Winter Tilted Axes page

Produced by Peppergreen Media and made possible through the help and support of our sponsors and partners Make Music New York, Spectrum NYC, Discover Guitar, D’Addario Strings, The Music Building, Strings by Aurora, and Composers Concordance

On December 21st, 2013, in celebration of the first day of winter, TILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will give its 3rd annual procession as part of Make Music Winter. The event features dozens of electric guitarists powered by portable mini-amps and accompanied by percussion that results in a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor this season’s axial tilt. The procession will begin and end at event sponsor Spectrum NYC‘s location at 121 Ludlow Street, wind its way up through the East Village to Union Square, and then back again with a special stop at the iconic sculpture The Alamo (aka the Astor Place Cube). The procession route is shown in detail in the map at the bottom of this page. The event runs from 3-5pm and is FREE and open to all.

Created and produced by composer and performer Patrick Grant in 2011, TILTED AXES is an event designed to pull together players of varying abilities in an edgy yet harmonious whole in which there is a musical role for everybody. The performers will be led by a Tilted Core of a dozen veterans from previous processions with whom the new participants can work and learn from closely. The new participants will be assigned mini-amps which they get to keep after the event. All that is required is a guitar, a strap, a pick, and your presence.

Rehearsals are necessary and players are required to attend at least one workshop and to be present the day of the event.
With the addition of new sponsor Discover Guitar, the event is also open to acoustic guitars that are equipped with built-in pick-ups since they will be playing through mini-amps as well. The event is open to players 16 years of age or older.

TILTED AXES is open to any guitar players who
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1. Have the ability to read tablature (reading traditional notation is a plus, but not a requirement)
2. Are willing to work as part of an ensemble (though individual improvisation within a pattern could be needed)
3. Not a “shredder”? Not a problem. There’s a part for you in this too.

The musical content of the event consists of a number of processional themes and musical games that the ensemble will have memorized by the day of the event. PDFs and MP3s of the material will be made available weeks prior to the first rehearsal.

There will be a simple application process beginning October 21st since mini-amps, batteries, and space in the procession has to supplied for all players. To be a part, interested musicians will be asked to go to the following page and apply: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/2013TiltedNYCapps.html

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TILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is powered by:

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2013 SCHEDULE

1. Workshop 1 – Saturday, December 7, 12 noon to 3pm
at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor, NYC

2. Workshop 2 – Saturday, December 14, 12 noon to 3pm
at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor, NYC

3. Workshop 3 & Dress Rehearsal – Saturday, December 21, 12 noon to 3pm
at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor, NYC

4. TILTED AXES NYC 2013 – Procession from 3-5pm
with food and refreshments for the musicians afterwards at Spectrum NYC

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* Please note these 2 additional workshops at The Music Building if it’s to your convenience

* Music Building Workshop - Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 to 9:30pm
584 Eighth Ave. (btwn 38th & 39th Sts.), Community Room 505

* Music Building Workshop – Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 to 9:30pm
584 Eighth Ave. (btwn 38th & 39th Sts.), Community Room 505

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AFTER THE EVENT: Psychedelic Psolstice Pselebration - 6:30pm until…

This will be the official after-party at Spectrum NYC and will be open to the public. This event is entirely optional for all Tilted Axes participants but we are invited to perform some selections from our repertoire indoors to kick it off after our break. Also on the this program will be performances by various configurations of the members of the Tilted Core with their own ensembles and other musical guests. Members from other Make Music Winter events will also be invited to perform.

More details to be announced soon.

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TILTED AXES NYC 2013 Procession Map

www.peppergreenmedia.com

Revving up a new music app

A conversation with Thomas Deneuville, editor and publisher of I Care If you Listen, a magazine and blog about new classical music, art and technology; and Daniel Genser, co-founder of TypeEngine, a new platform for publishing your own magazine on Apple’s NewsStand. Thomas and Daniel discuss how they turned ICIYL into a multimedia magazine app that you can download to your iPad or iPhone.

This segment originally appeared on the August 29, 2013 episode of Pop Tech Jam, the independent audio magazine devoted to mashing up pop culture, technology and more! The podcast is hosted by J.D Biersdorfer and Pedro Rafael Rosado.

- Jocelyn