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


Charlemagne Palestine Pipe Organ Concert

Sunday, November 8, 2015
6:00pm doors / 7:00pm concert
Historic Trinity Luther Church. 812 Soulard, 63104
Charlemagne Palestine – Pipe Organ

Charlemagne Palestine may not be a considered a household name in all circles, but his moniker is one you would be unlikely to forget. Now at the age of 70, Palestine has made a name for himself as a musician unlike any other, his signature style being comprised of long evolving drones and sustained notes, often involving installations of stuffed animals that envelope the performance space. He is frequently associated with minimalist composition, since he was a contemporary in the 1970s of composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich, yet he states “I never wanted to be an anything”, a proclamation which might explain his wildly eclectic oeuvre, extending into film and art installations (His works have shown at MOMA and the 2014 Whitney Biennial.). His instruments include piano, church organ, church bells and synthesizers (Early in his career he worked with Morton Subotnick.), and with these tools in hand, Palestine composes sounds that exhibit spectral effects when either pushed beyond their bounds, left alone, or both. Palestine’s “strumming” technique can be explained as repeating sounds, ultimately invoking sonorities into existence.

Now based in Brussels, he was born in Brooklyn to Eastern European immigrant Jewish parents and draws much of his inspiration from the traditional sacred musics he encountered as a youth. Palestine got his early start singing in synagogues, where he learned the art of delivering long pieces. Then as a teenager he attended a special arts school in Manhattan and soon thereafter grew to fame as a carillioner, or bell-ringer, at a church across the street from the Museum of Modern Art. It was there that his musical style began its alteration between what Palestine refers to as “cataclysms” and at other times “sonorities”. Examples of these approaches can be heard in his many recordings, often in collaboration with artists such as Tony Conrad, Pan Sonic, and Rhys Chatham.


Kickoff Celebration at Tick Tock Tavern!

Join New Music Circle at the Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia Ave, 63118) on Thursday, September 17th for an evening of drinks, live DJ’s (Josh Weinstein and Jeremy Kannapell), and raffle prizes such as vinyl LP’s, CD’s, and tickets to NMC concerts. This event is free. From 6 pm to 9 pm all proceeds of the drinks purchased will go towards supporting NMC concerts and workshops throughout this coming year.

For more info, see our Facebook event: NMC Kickoff Celebration Event.



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.