Spring Roll Quartet – October 22nd at KDHX

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our season opening concert! We appreciate the support and enthusiasm and we will keep the shows rolling until the end of the year. Please check out our second show of the season, featuring an up-and-coming quartet from France that combines elements of modern composition, experimental rock, and instrumental music. Once again, we will be working with KDHX to bring you new sounds. Additional information is below and in the Upcoming Events page.

Sylvaine Hélary (France) is a composer, and flutist, active in a multitude of endeavors, from performance art, composing for large ensembles, to improvised engagements with Chicago figures such as cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Mike Reed. Her most recent ensemble, working under the title Spring Roll, covers a span of styles, warranting comparisons to  Ornette Coleman and Harry Partch, as well as underground-rock greats Henry Cow and Captain Beefheart.


NMC’s 58th Season: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

We are back from summer break and excited to announce our 58th season lineup. NMC followers may recognize some of these names from previous NMC presentations, like Tomas Fujiwara (from Thumbscrew), and Ikue Mori (of Mephista). There will also be plenty of new artists to discover as well, such as Sylvaine Hélary from France and NYC-based sound-art trumpeter Nate Wooley.

New Music Circle aims to match each concert with a space where the music will communicate best, working in some of our favorite St. Louis venues and collaborating with other co-presenters once again. Workshops, special engagements and pop-up events will be announced as our opening concert nears, so please continue to check our website, sign up on our email list and follow our social media outlets (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @newmusiccircle ) for regular updates.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the gig!


Kris Davis & Craig Taborn Duo
Saturday, October 1st, 2016
The 560 Music Center

Craig Taborn (piano),  Kris Davis (piano)
(Concert will take place on the stage at E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall)
*This concert will be professionally recorded for a cd release, documenting the Taborn/Davis fall tour.


Presented in partnership with The Department of Music at Washington University

Sylvaine Hélary’s Spring Roll Quartet
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
The Stage at KDHX

Sylvaine Helary (flute/compositions), Antonin Rayon (piano/MS-20 synthesizer), Hugues Mayot (saxophone/clarinet), Sylvain Lemètre (vibraphone/percussion)


Presented in partnership with KDHX.

Jen Shyu
Friday, November 11th, 2016
The Kranzberg

Jen Shyu performs Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (voice, multiple instruments, and performance)

+ workshops TBA

Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed, Nicole Mitchell Trio
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Joe’s Cafe

Tomeka Reid (cello), Nicole Mitchell (flute), Mike Reed (drums)

 + workshops to be announced

Iva Bittová and Hamid Drake Duo
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Joe’s Cafe

Iva Bittová (voice/violin), Hamid Drake (percussion/drums/voice)


+ additional workshops/events TBA

Ikue Mori and Nate Wooley
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
The Luminary

Ikue Mori (electronics/computer), Nate Wooley (trumpet/electronics)


Presented in partnership with The Luminary

+ additional workshops/events TBA

Erik Friedlander’s Black Phoebe Trio
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The Stage at KDHX

Erik Freidlander (cello/compositions), Shoka Nagai (piano, accordion, electronics), Satoshi Takeishi (drums)


This concert is presented in partnership with KDHX
+ workshops TBA

Tomas Fujiwara’s The Hook Up
April 28th or 29th, 2017
The Stage at KDHX

Tomas Fujiwara (drums/compositions), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Brian Settles (saxophone), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Michael Formanek (upright bass)


NMC Showcase
May, 2017

58th Season Kickoff & Fundraiser

Please support New Music Circle’s upcoming 58th season by joining us for an evening of drinks and DJ’s on Wednesday, August 3rd (7:00pm – 9:30pm) at Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia Ave Saint Louis, MO 63118) located in Tower Grove East.


Tick Tock Tavern photo by: Mabel Suen

On August 3rd from 7pm-9:30pm  DJ’s (Josh Weinstein & Jeremy Kannapell) will play records and raffle prizes (including CD’s, LP’s, and tickets to upcoming NMC concerts). All proceeds of drinks purchased during these hours at Tick Tock Tavern will help support New Music Circle concerts and workshops throughout the coming year.

Image: Okkyung Lee and Lotte Anker at Joe’s Cafe – photo by Jarred Gastreich


No cover entry! We hope to see you there!

About Tick Tock Tavern:
The new Tick Tock Tavern is a rebirth of the classic south-side joint of the same name and address by partners Thomas Crone, Steven Fitzpatrick Smith (of the Royale) and Fred Hessel.

Tick Tock Tavern is located in the Tower Grove East Neighborhood, two blocks east of Grand, on the corner of Magnolia and Arkansas. Street parking is available on Magnolia and Arkansas. Tick Tock is a cash only bar with ATM located inside.



April Concerts and Events

Thank you to the amazing crowd who came out to the our presentation of The Necks at KDHX…what a show! This April will see the last two concerts of our 57th season, and we will co-host two other special events this month as well – all of which are not-to-miss affairs, so please mark these down on your calendar now!


Saturday, April 16th we will present Tyshsawn Sorey’s Alloy Trio at The Stage at KDHX. Combining elements of progressive jazz and composition, NYC percussionist/composer Tyshawn Sorey sculpts a signature style for bass, drums and piano. Sorey is a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient. Details on the concert are here and the Facebook event is here.


“…but Alloy is something else again. In its drift and clarity, it’s more connected to a modern-classical music tradition — of, say, Xenakis and Feldman. It’s gestural, and philosophical, and sometimes hard to get a fix on; it also sounds excellent in the close confines of the Vanguard.”  – The New York Times




Tuesday, April 26th will see a collaborative presentation with St. Louis Public Library and Polish cultural presenter, St. Louis Polonia.  St. Louis acts, 18&Counting (Stan Chisolm), Vernacular String Trio (Cunningham, Andreotti, Weinstein), and Chris Smentkowski will each perform live scores to experimental films from Poland (1940-1980). This event will be free and open to the public. Details for the concert are here.




On Thursday, April 7th we will partner with The Luminary to present Tyondai Braxton. Formerly the front man of experimental-rock favorite Battles, Braxton creates works of mind-blowing scope, ranging from intimate solo pieces to large-scale symphonic works, incorporating electronic and modern orchestral elements. His critically acclaimed album Central Market has been performed by orchestras around the world, and his new multimedia installation HIVE recently premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and was released on Nonesuch Records. Fresh from a duo collaboration with Philip Glass, Braxton brings this ecstatic solo show, exploiting the edges of our ability to perceive the nuances of pop music production and pushing through the chasm of digital music to rediscover the human. Details on the concert are here



On Thursday, April 21st NMC will support a special visit by percussionists Hamid Drake (Chicago) and Adam Rudolph (NYC) at Joe’s Cafe. Hamid Drake has graced St. Louis several times with his musical energy…last time was at our presentation of William Parkers In Order to Survive Quintet at Mad Art Gallery, and this event will mark a St Louis debut performance by Adam Rudolph. Details on the concert are here

Hamid Drake

By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Other collaborations include Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson,Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups).

Adam Rudolph (born September 12, 1955) is a jazz composer and percussionist performing in the post-bop and world fusion media, perhaps most notable to date for his work with Yusef Lateef. Rudolph has released several albums as leader and has also recorded with such musicians as Sam Rivers, Wadada Leo Smith, Pharoah Sanders, Bill Laswell, and Herbie Hancock.