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.

Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver Trio

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:30PMThe 560 Music Center Ballroom
560 Trinity Ave.
University City, MO 63130

Danish saxophonist and composer Lotte Anker has found musical success with renowned pianist Craig Taborn and relentlessly innovative drummer Gerald Cleaver. Since 2003 the trio has released three critically acclaimed CDs and has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America. Best known for an intense yet almost meditational sense of playing, Anker’s trio showcases her as an exceptionally strong improviser, crafting a voice unique in its long-form sonic gestures. Her style is almost painterly in nature with immense detail and movement that touches on the best of avant-garde jazz legacies.


Kris Davis Quintet

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7:30PM
Co-sponsored by Washington University
The 560 Music Center Ballroom
560 Trinity Ave.
University City, MO 63130
  • Kris Davis (Piano, compositions)
  • Mat Maneri (viola)
  • Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone)
  • Eivind Opsvik (bass)
  • Tom Rainey (drums)

Kris Davis has quickly grown to become a vital contributor to New York’s jazz scene. Her turbulent, open-structured pieces have caught the ears of The New York Times, which recently included her in an article about four pianists titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard” and wrote: “Over the last couple of years in in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down pianist Kris Davis.”

For her New Music Circle performance, Kris Davis will be joined by Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone), Tom Rainey (drums), Matt Maneri (viola), and Eivind Opsvik (bass).

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