Marty Ehrlich and the Rites Quartet

For our season opener we are pleased to present St. Louis native Marty Ehrlich and the Rites Quartet. Plus KWMU Jazz Unlimited’sDennis Owsley will host a talk and discussion with Marty (see below for details).

Friday October 4, 2013
7:30 PM
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO
Multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich is celebrating 30 years as a significant composer, performer and educator on the international music scene. He began his musical career in Saint Louis while in high school with the now renowned Human Arts Ensemble. He graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1977, where his teachers included George Russell, Jaki Byard, Joseph Allard, and Gunther Schuller. Ehrlich has made 25 recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging in size from duo to jazz orchestra. He has recorded a CD length work for 26 musicians entitled “The Long View”. He has performed and recorded with such acclaimed musicians as Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Julius Hemphill, and John Zorn.

His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition and Clarinetist of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association. He serves as Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Hampshire College.

This concert is part of the American Arts Experience St. Louis.

Two related events:

KWMU’s Jazz Unlimited host Dennis Owsley will host a free talk and discussion with Marty Ehrlich on Thursday October 3rd at 7PM at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 (across the street from the Pageant). Refreshments will be served.

On the Jazz Unlimited program on Sunday September 29, Dennis Owsley will broadcast an in-depth interview with Marty as well as a selection of his music. The interview will air from 9PM to 10PM on KWMU (90.7FM).


Special Event: Open Studios STL

New Music Circle at Open Studios STL
Saturday, June 22nd, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
At: William A Kerr Founation, 21 O’Fallon St., St. Louis MO, 63102 map
(free snacks and beverages will be served)

In exploration of sound, space, and group dynamics, New Music Circle brings together a wide assortment of St Louis’s most active experimental musicians, with focuses ranging from electronic to acoustic instruments, modern composition to sound art, and tonal to extended techniques. On June 22nd (from 7pm to 9pm), local musicians will perform a continuous and quietly improvised group sound throughout various spaces of the William A. Kerr Foundation building. Visitors will have a chance to hear and see the variety of new approaches, techniques, and technology utilized by local musicians, as well as an opportunity to explore the building.

Located only a few minutes north of the Arch, the William A. Kerr Foundation building is a LEED-compliant, 1894 bathhouse transformed to a community space and situated on the trail head of the North Riverfront Trail.

Confirmed participating musicians: Tracy Andreotti (cello), Joseph Raglani (modular synthesizer), John Tamm-Buckle (computer), Michael Williams (electronics), Connie Su (electronics), Ajay Khanna (guitar/computer), Nathan Cook (electronics), Laura Dempsey (electronics), Fred Tompkins (flute), Dave Stone (saxophone), Henry Claude (percussion), Gwenyth Merner (theremin/electronics), and Patrick Boland.(percussion).


New Music Circle Showcase

Trinity Piano Trio perform works inspired by the life and music of Sun Ra

Friday, May 10th, 2013
7:30 PM
William A Kerr Foundation
21 O’Fallon St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(just north of Laclede’s Landing)
  • Manuela Kaymakanova, violin
  • Tracy Andreotti, cello
  • Amanda Kirkpatrick, piano

St. Louis composers celebrate Sun Ra’s 99th birthday with signature works performed by the Trinity Piano Trio, comprised of Manuela Kaymakanova (violin), Tracy Andreotti (cello), and Amanda Kirkpatrick (piano).

Area composers have produced original works inspired by the life and music of Sun Ra. The concert features compositions by Eric Hall, Adam Maness (arranger and pianist with Erin Bode), Robert Wykes, Serban Nichifor, Tracy Andreotti and Fred Tompkins who composed variations on the Sun Ra melody Space is the Place. Sun Ra compositions arranged by James Hegarty will also be performed.

The program also features original works by St. Louis composers including “9 Miniatures for piano trio” by Robert Wykes (one of the founding members of the New Music Circle), “Trio Without Minuet” by Michael Hunt, and “Finding Space” by Tracy Andreotti.


Seeing Sound: Visual Music Films

A program by the Center for Visual Music

Featuring historical visual music classics by: Oskar Fischinger, Mary Ellen Bute, Len Lye, Norman McLaren, Jordan Belson, Harry Smith and more.

Friday, April 5th, 2013, 7:30PM Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves
Co-sponsored by The Webster Film Series

Still from Oskar Fischinger’s film Allegretto (1936-1943), 35mm, color, sound. (c) Fischinger Trust, Center for Visual Music.

Special prices for this event are:

  • $6 for the general public
  • $5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools
  • $4 for Webster University staff and faculty
  • Free for Webster students with proper I.D.