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.


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 : http://www.lindenwood.edu/…/speakerSer…/2015-2016/block.html


Two free artist talks by Charlemagne Palestine this Friday

Charlemagne Palestine will partake in two artist talks and Q&A’s on Friday, November 6th. These are both FREE and open to the public. Outside of his voluminous musical works and performances he also is a noted visual and performance artist (with works showing at MOMA and The Whitney). Throughout the 1970s, Palestine produced a seminal body of performance-driven, psychodramatic video works in which he activates a ritualistic use of physicality, motion and sound to achieve an outward articulation of internal states. He will discuss both his visual art and musical works at both of these talks.

Friday, November 6
10am – 11am
Kemp Auditorium (in Givens Hall). First floor. Room #116
(parking available on Skinker Blvd.)
Hosted and led by Heather Bennett (Sam Fox School Lecturer)
Facebook event page here

Friday, November 6
12pm – 1pm
Free and open to the public
Sverdrup Complex, 8300 Big Bend Boulevard, Room 123
(Street parking available on Big Bend or parking garage on Garden Ave.)
Hosted and led by Marie Heilich (curator, writer, and the Assistant Director of White Flag Projects)
Facebook event page here

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”….