Spring Roll Quartet

NMC and KDHX Present
Sylvaine Hélary’s Spring Roll Quartet
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)

Sylvaine Hélary (flute/compostions)
Antonin Rayon (piano/MS20 synthesizer)
Hugues Mayot (saxophones/clarinets)
Sylvain Lemêtre (vibraphone/percussion)

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 in an almost collage-like manner. Spring Roll’s thematically dense surrealist arrangements with percussive counterpoint warrant comparison to composers like Ornette Coleman and Harry Partch, as well as underground-rock greats Henry Cowell and Captain Beefheart. The quartet includes Hélary, Antonin Rayon (piano/MS20 synthesizer), Hugues Mayot (saxophones/clarinets), and Sylvain Lemêtre (vibraphone/percussion).

Jen Shyu

Jen Shyu
Solo Rites: Seven Breaths
Friday, November 11. 2016
The Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N Grand Blvd. 63103 (map)
Jen Shyu – voice, performance, multiple instruments

Born to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, 2016 Doris Duke Artist Jen Shyu is an experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, and Fulbright scholar. Known mostly for her virtuosic singing with saxophonist and 2014 MacArthur Genius Fellow Steve Coleman since 2003 and having collaborated with innovators such as Anthony Braxton, she has performed her own music around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and festivals around the world. The New York Times reviewed her live concerts as “the most arresting performances I’ve seen over the past five years. It’s not just the meticulous preparation of the work and the range of its reference, but its flexibility: She seems open, instinctual, almost fearless”. The Wall Street Journal said, “Her voice, a wonder of technical control and unrestrained emotion, tells a story dotted with well-researched facts and wild poetic allusions. She claims both as her truths.”

Jen is currently based in New York City, touring with her group Jade Tongue and performing Solo Rites: Seven Breaths in the US and abroad. In March 2016, she premiered Song of Silver Geese, a multilingual, ritual music drama composed for Jade Tongue, dancer Satoshi Haga, and Mivos Quartet at Roulette. She is currently working on this and her next solo work, which will result in a United States 50-state “Songs of the World Now (SOWN)” tour.


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.

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Thank you!


Dave Day



Sylvie Courvoisier / Mark Feldman Artist Talk

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 6:30 PM
Jackson Pianos, 4354 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63108 (map)

Mark-SylvieSPECIAL FREE EVENT: Join New Music Circle and Jackson Pianos as we host a special event with Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman at the wonderful showroom at Jackson Pianos. Both artists will engage in a short performances and take time to discuss their work, music techniques, and participate in a Q+A. Snacks and beverages will be served. No RSVP is needed.