C. Spencer Yeh / Andrew Lampert

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

The Luminary ( 2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118 ) 

C. Spencer Yeh – violin, voice, and electronics
Andrew Lampert – 8mm film, 16mm film, and digital video for site specific installation

C. Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, instrumentalist (on violin, voice, and electronics), as well as his music project Burning Star Core. Much of Yeh’s video work engages with avant-garde composition and performance, variously as studies in form and technique, or as documentation of other artists working within his musical, geographic or social spheres. Born in Taiwan, he currently works out of Brooklyn, NY. Yeh’s sound draws inspiration from the late drone music pioneer Tony Conrad, with whom he has collaborated, and his videos reflect a prevailing fascination with experimental film. He edits both media with equal precision, inviting the audience to bridge any possible gaps between these disciplines. He was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room, and now works as a programmer for Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn NY. His video works are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, and he is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine.

Andrew Lampert is at the forefront of a new generation of artists engaging with film, video and performance, revisiting and extending the dialogue around an expanded definition of cinema. Utilizing everything from 8mm film to digital projections, Lampert pursues the synergy between artist, art, and audience in a public space, especially as it pertains to cinema. He brings unscripted and chance elements into cinema’s veneer of control, and often works with found material. Originally from St. Louis, he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been shown at the 2006 Whitney Biennial; The Getty Museum, and the British Film Institute. In addition to his work as an interdisciplinary artist, he was the Film Archivist at Anthology Film Archives in New York for over a decade, and in 2016 edited a book on Beatnik artist/avant-garde filmmaker, Harry Smith.

Presented in partnership with The Luminary


The Thing

Thursday, March 22. 2018

Off Broadway
3509 Lemp Ave., 63118

Mats Gustaffson – saxophones
Ingebrit Håker Flaten – upright and electric basses
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums

Listen: https://thingjazz.bandcamp.com/

Swedish/Norwegian trio The Thing was formed to create a long awaited synthesis where garage rock and jazz styles could merge by means of this high energy vehicle. Though the group initially came together in 1999 as a tribute project dedicated to legendary composer/trumpeter Don Cherry, it quickly evolved and found its own identity, performing improvised music, informed by the urgency and simplicity of garage rock. If you line up a list of The Thing’s cover selections (songs by The Stooges, The Cramps, The Sonics, and PJ Harvey) beside their roster of collaborators (experimental-rock-luminaries like Jim O’Rourke, Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzmann, and Neneh Cherry) you can get an idea of where their sensibilities lie.

Boot! (2013) is The Thing’s sixth full-length album, and it is among the group’s finest efforts at pairing broad physicality with heady free jazz technique. The record opens with a high-volume reimagining of India, from John Coltrane’s 1963 album Impressions. Here, spiritual jazz is recast as raw and sludgy stoner rock, producing an album of genuine “fusion music” in the best sense of the word.


Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Urb Arts
2600 N 14th St, 63106

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – modular synthesizer, electronics, voice, and video

Listen / Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW5LkUo5HbY&t=790s

Some artists find their voice and then spend their career perfecting it. There are others, however, who spend an entire lifetime in continual transition, as Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe has done. Beginning with his solo electronic work in the late-nineties, Lowe’s vernacular has continually evolved deeper into a world comprised of spontaneous electronic sound, droning modular synthesizer, and vocal improvisations.

Lowe was a vital part of the thriving Chicago underground for some thirteen years before eventually moving to his current home in Brooklyn, where he entered a new chapter of musical creativity. Enamored with the possibilities of electronics, he began exploring the pliable workings of modular synthesizers: “They’re interchangeable, and have the potential to be ever-transforming,” he enthuses. Upon listening to his recorded works, one encounters Lowe’s intuitive method of using analog modular systems to echo the organic nature of the human voice to produce subliminal, trance-like sounds.


ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Blvd, 63108

Tickets available here

Claire Chase – flute
Tyshawn Sorey – drums, percussion, glockenspiel, compositions
Cory Smythe – piano & compositions


Three years ago, NMC drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Pulitzer, to see Claire Chase, who The New York Times described as “one of the most electrifying flute players on the planet.” She now returns to St. Louis with multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey and pianist Cory Smythe, core members of the arts collaborative she founded, ICE, which The New Yorker described as “America’s foremost new music ensemble.”

Chase is a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, and through ICE, has premiered more than 800 new music works around the world. Sorey, a composer, percussionist, trombonist, and pianist, has just released his sixth record, Verisimilitude, this August; The New York Times called it “his most captivating album yet,” praising the effortless way it obliterates the line between composition and improvisation. Smythe, who performed on the album, is known for his strong jazz improvisation skills, as well as his work in classical and new music. He can be heard on Hilary Hahn’s Grammy Award-winning In 27 Pieces and at the Mostly Mozart festival in Lincoln Center.

Concert Program 

Tyshawn Sorey: Bertha’s Lair for flute and percussion (2016)
Pauline Oliveros: The Witness (1989)
Tyshawn Sorey: Trio for Harold Budd (2012)
Pauline Oliveros: Earth Ears (1989)
Tyshawn Sorey: Bertha’s Lair 2 for flute, piano, and percussion (2016)

Presented in partnership with Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Special support for this event has been made possible by the Phoebe Dent Weil Charitable Trust.


John Wiese (Solo Performance and Composition for St. Louis Ensemble)

John Wiese (Solo Performance & Composition for STL Ensemble / + STL Residency)
Saturday, November 11, 2017

advanced tickets here / RSVP on Facebook here for updates on residency and promotions
Xavier Hall University Theatre, Saint Louis University
3733 West Pine Mall, 63108  / *UPDATE – A DETAILED MAP to Xavier Hall may be found HERE ( http://newmusiccircle.org/2017/11/08/xavier/

John Wiese – electronics & compositions for St. Louis ensemble

Darin Gray – upright bass
Danielle Taylor Williams – harp
Julio Prato – electronics
Coby Pear – modular synthesizer
Drew Gowran –  percussion
Michael Williams – tapes / electronics
Chris Trull – Guitar
Fred Tompkins – flute
Sarah Vie – violin
Alex Cunningham – violin
JJ Hamon – pedal steel guitar / trombone
Hannah Costillo – keyboards
Necia Baxter – turntables
Dave Stone – Saxophone
Syrhea Conaway – vocals / electronics
Josh Kahl – Modular synthesizer
Alberto Patino – drums
Louis Wall – cymbals

+ STL RESIDENCY: Please see red text below. 

John Wiese is an artist and composer living in Los Angeles, California. He is a native of St. Louis, where as a young teenager he began experiments with home-recording on a cassette 4-track. He has since solidified his name as a tremendously prolific performer and recording artist, with expertise in composition, texture, and sonic experimentation. Wiese says he doesn’t really think of himself as a musician in the traditional sense, and instead of writing purely notated music he works with manipulating, cutting and arranging sounds electronically. The end product is more like a meticulous collage, built upon dense, nuanced sounds ranging from the minimal to the frenetic.

With a lengthy résumé of solo releases, Wiese’s projects as a collaborator have increased over the last decade to produce works with the likes of veteran jazz-improviser, Evan Parker, rock bands like No Age and Wolf Eyes, and metal groups such as Sunn O))). Recently, he has lead collaborative projects for large groups, developing a method of “text-based scores”. For his St. Louis performance he will debut a site-specific composition that includes over 20 local musicians, utilizing both traditional and non-traditional instrumentation.


STL RESIDENCY: Workshops, artist-talks, and film screenings…

Weds – Nov 8th

9am – 10am 
Washington University’s Sam Fox School:  Constellations, Sequences and Series – class – Room: Steinberg 026
event page here
11:30am – 12:30pm
Lindenwood University (St. Charles)
Room: room LARC 117
contact: 314-374-9188 / bscholle@lindenwood.edu
event page here
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Dept. of Music at Washington University
Department of Music | Blewett Hall : Tietjens 4
event page here & here
Thurs November 9th 
11am – 12:30pm
Forrest Park Community College
Room F410
event page here
8pm – 9pm
Films by John Wiese (free screening)
Moolah Theatre (@ Mini Moolah)
3821 Lindell Blvd
event page here

Co-presented in partnership with Department of Fine & Performing Arts, Saint Louis University
Special support provided has been provided Arts and Education Council