Artifacts Trio

  • Tomeka Reid – cello
  • Nicole Mitchell – flutes
  • Mike Reed – drums

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Joe’s Cafe
6014 Kingsbury Ave. 63112

Cellist Tomeka Reid, flutist Nicole Mitchell, and drummer Mike Reed are torchbearers of Chicago’s innovative jazz scene, as well as the most prominent members and educators of the third generation of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM), a historically important Chicago arts organization. The trio served on the organization’s executive board from 2009-2011. Their music both touches upon and advances the organization’s motto, “Ancient to the Future”, and celebrates African-American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas into the legacy of jazz, experimentalism, and composition.

Over the past decade, cellist Tomeka Reid has become an integral component of her city’s jazz and improvised-music communities, working regularly with Joshua Abrams and Matana Roberts. Reid currently plays in several high-profile groups, including collaborations with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble, and has written music for a Millennium Park concert series. Nicole Mitchell is a flutist, composer, bandleader and educator, who has repeatedly been awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year”. Drummer/composer Mike Reed has also extended his work into many creative territories. In addition to drumming in a rotating cast jazz and improvised groups, he’s a founding director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, and a director of the acclaimed performing arts venue, Constellation.

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This Week: Jen Shyu at The Kranzberg & Special Workshop Event….

Jen Shyu represents a new kind of improviser-composer-ethnomusicologist hybrid; this is the result of her own fieldwork (in East Timor, Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea), pushed through an extraordinary voice and a circle of high-level improvisers.” – Ben Ratliff, NY Times
 
Solo Concert:
Friday, November 11. 2016
The Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N Grand Blvd. 63103
+ Just Announced: Special Artist Talk /Workshop with Jen Shyu
Thursday, November 10th
Lewis Center (721 Kingsland Ave. 63130.
Talk will take place in the conference room on 1st floor) 
6pm – 7pm. Free and open to the public. 
Please join NMC and WUSTL/Sam Fox School as Jen Shyu leads a special artist talk and performance. This event will last roughly one hour, and begins at 6pm. This event is open to the public, no rsvp is needed. 
This event is presented by New Music Circle and The Sam Fox School at WUSTL
please reach #314-477-3146 for questions
 
Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, performed by Jen Shyu, is a musical drama and portrait of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and “projecting her ancestry” through contemporary monologue — revealing a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal through the exploration of losses and complications of the modern world: loss of tradition, habitat, and public spaces. Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections are discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea.

About Jen Shyu: Born in Illinois from immigrant parents of Taiwan and East Timor, 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient Jen Shyu is an experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and educator, having performed internationally as a solo artist, bandleader, and collaborator. Shyu recently spent nearly two years on a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia studying Sindhenan (traditional Javanese improvisational singing) as well as the simultaneous song and dance form, Ledhekan. She is also a former Asian Cultural Council and Jerome Foundation grantee.

 

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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.

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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!

– NMC


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.

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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)

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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)

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+ 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)

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 + 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)

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+ additional workshops/events TBA


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

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

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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)

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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)

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NMC Showcase
TBA 
May, 2017
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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.
FREE

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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

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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.

 

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