Interview With Susan Alcorn, Thursday Event Added, and Details For Friday’s Concert…


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Please join New Music Circle for our 2016 opening concert on Friday, January 22nd, featuring Baltimore pedal steel guitarist, Susan Alcorn, and Chicago percussionist,Frank Rosaly.

KDHX wrote a feature about the concert and an interview with Susan Alcorn here

concert details
Friday, January 22nd
at Joe’s Cafe (map)
7:00pm doors / 8:00pm concert
All ages. Please Park on Des Peres. Please arrive early for to find proper seating.
Drinks will be available for donation (beer and wine served)
Tickets available at door or advance tickets here

+ Special FREE event (just added)!

Please join us for coffee and drinks this Thursday (9/21) from 7pm – 8pm at Foam (corner of Jefferson and Cherokee) for a special free event. Susan Alcorn and Frank Rosaly will collaborate in short improvised performances with four St. Louis musicians. This event is FREE and open to the public, and will begin at 7pm and end by 8pm. RSVP on FB HERE.

Collaborations will include:
Susan Alcorn with Chris Trull (guitarist of experimental rock band Yowie and Grand Ulena)
Frank Rosaly with Louis Wall (percussionist and producer of Texas Room) and JJ Hamon(electronic musician and instrument builder).


2016 Opening Concert! Susan Alcorn and Frank Rosaly at Joe’s Cafe 1/22

After a long holiday break we are kicking off  2016 with a not-to-be-missed opening concert!  Please join NMC on Friday, January 22nd at Joe’s Cafe for our 2016 opening concert, featuring Baltimore pedal steel guitarist/composer, Susan Alcorn, and Chicago percussionist, Frank Rosaly.  Both artists will partake in workshops and other special events, so please stay tune for updates.

New Music Circle audiences may recall hearing percussionist Frank Rosaly at a performance in 2013 with Joshua Abrams’s Natural Information Society at Joe’s Cafe. As we heard, unusual percussive devices such as found objects and electronic sounds are often included in his arsenal, and he is capable of transitioning from the most subtle sounds to intense outbursts, all in the same breath. Rosaly now devotes much of his time to performing, composing and teaching, as well as organizing musical events. His collaborations include work with Matana Roberts, Ken Vandermark, and Roscoe Mitchell.

Baltimore pedal steel guitarist, Susan Alcorn, will make her first time visit to St. Louis! Alcorn is a Baltimore based composer and instrumentalist who has received international recognition as an innovator of the pedal steel guitar. Alcorn elicits an expansive range of sounds from her instrument, from accessible country glissandos to Theremin like science fiction “noir” effects. Though mostly a solo performer, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee, Ellen Fullman, Evan Parker, and Thurston Moore. Her most recent album, Soledad, was released in 2015 on Relative Pitch.


Season’s Greetings!

Dear Friends of The New Music Circle,

New Music Circle has made its mark in presenting musicians at the forefront in creating and playing contemporary music. We have seen artists who range from seminal masters in jazz to emerging classical music innovators, to exciting electronic music artists to those who present new and fresh multi-media presentations.

For quite a number of years now, we have experienced one great concert after another.  This year, we are off to a terrific start with Evan Parker and Peter Evans, Charlemagne Palestine, and the Feldman-Courvoisier duo (I invite you to review our recent history of top-notch artists, international to local, on our Past Events page).

To keep this impressive string of high quality programs going, does require your support. Although we’ve made it to our 57th season, we need individual donations more than ever before. As I am sure you know, support from grantors is greatly appreciated but comprises only a portion of what we need to fund the groundbreaking music we champion.  Our cost of bringing musicians here from around the world to play, collaborate, and teach is substantial, yet we strive to offer tickets at prices that all can afford.

Please join us in presenting an exciting variety of the finest music from Saint Louis and around the world!  Your generous tax free donation of $100 or more, or whatever your means allow, will help us to keep the excitement going. I look forward to shared musical experiences to come.

To donate online, click the “Donate” button on the right. Or send your check to:

New Music Circle

PO Box 9337

St. Louis, MO 63117


Thank you!


Dave Day



Sylvie Courvoisier / Mark Feldman at KDHX (Welcomed by Jazz St. Louis)

Our December presentation at KDHX will feature NYC jazz/modern classical musicians,  Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman.  Collaborators for 15 years they are regarded as two of the most boundary-pushing composer/performers working today. Virtuosos on their respective instruments, and telepathic improvisers, their quest for an “organic integration of classical and modern jazz” results in a new form of music that seamlessly blends classical composition with the spontaneity of improvisation. Together they have released albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik label and ECM, and have collaborated with artists such as Zorn, Yusef Lateef, Fred Frith, and Evan Parker. Courvoisier and Feldman will also be in town a day early to participate in a free workshop at Jackson Pianos (please see our events page for more information).

Watch a recent live clip of Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman here…


Update! STL Residency and Performances by Olivia Block and Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux)…


Electroacoustic musician + composer, Olivia Block, and experimental rock artist, Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux) will spend several days in St. Louis under the joint invitation of New Music Circle, Washington University, and Lindenwood Belleville University to participate in performances, workshops, and artist talks.

Weds, November 11th (10:30am) – Artist Talks and workshop at Sam Fox School at Washington University. 10:30am. Steinberg Hall room Room 026. Free and open to the public.

Weds, November 11th (8pm doors/9pm concert) Solo sets at Foam (corner of Jefferson/Cherokee). $10.00-$15.00 sliding scale entry. Presented by Mild Power and Foam. 

Thursday, Nov 12th (11:30am-12:15pm) – Collaborative performance and workshop at Metro Highschool (private event).

Thursday, Nov 12th (7:00pm – 8:30pm) – FREE solo performances by Olivia Block and Circuit Des Yeux at Lindenwood University Belleville, followed by artist talk and Q+A :…/speakerSer…/2015-2016/block.html


TWO concerts by Charlemagne Palestine this weekend

New Music Circle’s second presentation of our 57th season will take place next Saturday (11/7) and Sunday (11/8), and feature Charlemagne Palestine (Brussels/NYC). Palestine will perform two nights of concerts, each night utilizing different instrumentation. Night one (11/7) will involve piano, voice, electronics, and stuffed animals at The Pulitzer Arts Foundation. On Night two (11/8) he will make use of the Historic Trinity Lutheran’s wonderful church organ, where he will be joined with a live video accompaniment by STL video artists, Chad Eivins and Kevin Harris.

Here is a short clip of Charlemagne Palestine discussing his thoughts on playing cathedral organs and their microtonal capabilities, ” Everywhere you go in the church the sound changes. You turn your head and the sound changes…because it’s a three dimensional, fluid sonority in in constant transformation”….



Charlemagne Palestine

Palestine-ConcertNMC will feature two concerts this November by composer, performer, and visual artist, Charlemagne Palestine. On Saturday, November 7th he will perform a concert utilizing piano, electronics, and voice at Pulitzer Arts Foundation. On Sunday, November 8th he will perform a pipe organ set at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church (located in Soulard). Please see below for information on these concerts plus TWO special artist talks (both are free and open to the public).

Piano / Electronics / Voice / Installation
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
at Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Blvd, 63108
7:00pm doors / 8:00pm concert
Limited Seating
*Tickets available here
Facebook event page here

Pipe Organ Concert
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
812 Soulard St., 63104
6:00pm doors / 7:00pm concert
*Tickets available here
facebook event page here

$20.00 Regular Admission
$10.00 Students and Struggling Music Supporters
$30.00 *Special discounted admission for both concerts (at regular admission rate only)

Charlemagne Palestine will participate in two lectures. Both are free and open to the public. Please check website for updates.

Friday, November 6th, at Washington University / Sam Fox School
Room and time TBA

Friday, November 6th at Webster University 
Q+A and conversation between Charlemagne Palestine and Curator / White Flag Projects Assistant-Director, Marie Heilich
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sverdup Hall, 8300 Big Bend Blvd.
Room 123


NMC News

Our opening concert with Evan Parker and Peter Evans is this Friday, Oct 2 at Joe’s Cafe. We’re expecting a good turnout, so try to get there early to have the best choice of seats (doors open at 7 PM, concert at 8 PM). In addition, Parker and Evans will be featured in a free workshop on 11 AM Saturday, 10/3, at Foam on Cherokee street. More details here: Evan Parker / Peter Evans Workshop

The 10/2 Post Dispatch previewed the Parker and Evans concert, along with an interview with Evan Parker: Jazz musician Evan Parker says the sax is the ideal instrument.

St. Louis Jazz Notes featured Parker and Evans in their Saturday Video Showcase on 9/26:

St. Louis Magazine wrote an article about NMC’s upcoming season: New Music Circle’s New Season


2015 / 2016 Season Announcement

Evan Parker / Peter Evans

We’re pleased to announce our 2015 / 2016 season. The season kicks off on Friday, October 2, with the legendary English saxophonist Evan Parker and NYC trumpeter Peter Evans, at Joe’s Cafe. That’s followed by another legend, Charlemagne Palestine, in a concert at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation on Saturday November 7. Our final fall concert will be the extraordinary duo Silvie Courvousier (piano) and Mark Feldman (violin), at The Stage at KDHX. In January 2016, Baltimore’s Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar!) and Chicago’s Frank Rosaly (drums) perform at Joe’s cafe, followed by two concerts in March, Chicago’s Spektral Quartet and The Necks (from Australia), and NYC drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey’s Alloy Trio in April.

For more details on the season, please see our “upcoming events” page.


Summer Interlude

We had a truly remarkable 2014/15 season, thanks to all the great artists and wonderful audience — our largest season turnout ever! We’ll be announcing our 2015/2016 season soon. Our first show will be Friday, October 2, so mark your calendars. In the meantime, check out some concert photos from our Facebook site.