Tyshawn Sorey’s Alloy Trio at KDHX on Saturday, April 16th



We have two final concerts for our 57th NMC season! Our second-to-last concert takes place this week featuring percussionist/composer, Tyshawn Sorey,  and will be one not to miss. We  hope to pack the house, and are offering  a special discount rate for this concert, $15 regular admission / $8 students & struggling music supporters. This discount admission is available by  using a promo code (type in “ALLOY”) through our online tickets here.

St. Louis Jazz Notes wrote up a blog collecting clips of Sorey’s various works here, and an excellent NY Times review of his 2015 residency at The Village Vanguard may be found here.


For over a decade he has remained one of the most prolific drummers in NYC, playing with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton. In his latest project, Alloy Trio, Sorey features original compositions with Corey Smythe on piano and Christopher Tordini on upright bass. The music combines technical precision with the raw  energy of improvisation, integrating elements of African diasporic, Western classical, and avant-garde musical genres within. Tyshawn Sorey  is a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient.



NMC Showcase at Downtown Central Library




Tuesday, April 26th
6:30pm – 8:30pm

please note earlier start time than NMC events
St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive St. 63103
map here
Facebook event here for more details
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.

about the artists:

Chris Smentkowski – Electronics
Chris Smentkowski (b.1973) is a musician, artist, and curator. In 1998 he founded Brain Transplant and accepted the position as Director of Arts and Chief Curator for Saint Louis Polonia in 2014. He has exhibited his artwork nationally and lectured on contemporary Polish art both in America and in Poland, however, he remains best known for his work with experimental improvisation and noise in Saint Louis. Regular musical collaborators include Nathan Cook, Ajay Khanna, and Dave Stone.
Vernacular String Trio
Tracy Andreotti – Cello
Alex Cunningham – Violin
Joshua Weinstein – Upright Bass
Vernacular String Trio brings violinist Alex Cunningham (Hardbody, Hess/Cunningham), cellist Tracy Andreotti (Perihelion Trio, Union Avenue Opera) and upright bassist, Josh Weinstein (of All Soul, No Borders on KDHX) together for a spontaneous compositions. Formed nearly one year ago, the trio has become a fixture of STL’s rich experimental music scene and has regularly graced open ears at Schlafly Tap Room, Kismet Arts Center, Foam, and Tavern of Fine Arts. Recorded material is forthcoming.
Stan Chisolm – Electronics and live mix
18&Counting is the long-running project of St Louis visual artist/musician/dj, Stan Chisolm. Perhaps one of St. Louis’ most active names, On any given week one may find Chisolm DJ’ing (ranging from SLAM to any number of clubs), painting and showing his art (at galleries such as Regional Arts Comission and Hoffman Lachance), or performing his tense live 18&Counting sets (at Blank Space or 2720).  He recalls deciding on the 18andCounting moniker when he was thirteen, as “a way to hang out with everyone” in clique-oriented middle school. It also served as an ethos of sorts for his early forays into graffiti and street art. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Art Institute of Chicago, Chisholm spent the summer in Japan then bounced between Portland, Oregon, and Chicago before resettling in St. Louis. He performs as 18andCounting and releases eclectic monthly mixtapes, called 18on18, that drift between genres such as hip-hop, dub-step, Afro punk and electronica. He has received various awards from The Riverfront Times for Best DJ (2012), Best Solo Project (2011) and a 2011 RFT Mastermind Award (2010).

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.


Two March Events

Thank you to the amazing crowd who came out to our first concert of 2016, Susan Alcorn and Frank Rosaly at Joe’s Cafe. It was a packed house and we appreciate the support! While our February may be quiet, stay tuned…because we have two grand-slam concerts planned for March….

On Saturday, March 5th, we partner with Washington University’s School of Music to present Chicago’s Spektral Quartet. Founded in 2010, the Spektral Quartet is widely regarded as one of Chicago’s most charismatic and forward-thinking chamber ensembles. Since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has welcomed the discourse between the masterworks of the traditional canon and works written this decade, this year, or even this week. Their performance will include works by two european composers, Hans Thomalia and Beat Furrer.

On March 26th we will be working with our friends at KDHX to present a St. Louis debut concert by The Necks. Hailing from Australia The Necks stand out from other groups their region has produced. Combinging moments of ambient music, left-field jazz, and experimental rock, this stylistically deceptive trio has maintained a unique voice throughout its career. Their 18th album was released in January 2016 on the Northern Spy label (have a listen to it here).


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
RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/681633668606185/

+ 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).