12/19/93: MUSIC PARTY IV (12n-10pm)
BURN SONGS TO BRING BACK THE SUN: A SUNDAY SATURNALIA IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
She weaves an extraordinary soprano line through the plucked strings of guitarist Go Nagano.
Salant recounts "Saxophone Stories" on his soprano with electric tambura.
Bernadette Speach, 10 finger lessons
President of the Board of Composers' Forum steps away from her "spare, elegant studies" and "the ruminative side of the modernist tradition" to tame the funky piano for us.
Leader of world famous Klezmatics and the Krakauer Trio, teacher at Manhattan School of Music and sideman for downtowners John Zorn and Anthony Coleman, David brings us virtuosic displays of circular breathing, klezmer, jazz and extended techniques for solo clarinet.
Flute jazzer Pyle has appeared with Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian and others too numerous to mention. She'll play solo, 12-tone and harmelodic.
Susanna Lodato and Marilyn Clingan
Historical musicologist and soprano Lodato performs excerpts from Paul Hindemith's rarely heard song cycle Das Marienleben depicting Mary's birth, Joseph's suspicion, Jesus's birth, the flight into Egypt, the passion of Christ and Mary's death; with theorist/pianist Marilyn Clingan.
Ex-minister Brother Greg delivers story-songs that slouch toward Bethlehem---one about a man's eerie encounter with snow, another regarding Joey and Mare Mare's drive from Jersey to Kansas. A spellbinder returning from RMS 4/11/93.
Christine Bard & Jim Pugliese
Duo of drummer/percussionists who between them have played with everyone from Zorn to Ribot to Speculum Musicae to God Is My Co-Pilot.
Lynne Vardaman, soprano
The William Blake Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams performed with Matt Sullivan, oboe; Lynne will also sing Appalachian folk songs a cappella.
Dawn Buckholz (RMS 2/28/93)- composer, electric/acoustic cellist and vocalist, with Tom McGrath percussion. "Drawing weird sounds from her cello and singing forcefully, [Ms. Buckholz's] music manages to venture beyond" (NYTimes), employing extended cello and vocal techniques. Her "sumptuous vocalizing" has been well received, too.
Founder and co-artistic director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, reading from her novel Among Others.
INCANTATIONS FROM IRELAND AND INDIA
Weird and beautiful traditional poems and songs for the Goddess and the Solstice, in Irish, Sanskrit and English, with live drum, bell, and electronic music by Alice Shields (RMS 4/11/93). She recites/sings as do Virginia Shields and Edward Barrett: "Port Na bPucai (The Lament of the Fairies)" from the West coast of Ireland, an Old Irish Inscription from Newgrange, and "Srimata Srimaharadni (Eternal Mother, Celestial Queen)" from the Hindu Brahmandapurana, reflecting the ancient ties between Ireland and India, now lost in the mists of time.
Having composed extensively for theater and modern dance, Friedman collaborates on a new piece about the solstice with librettist and performance artist Amy Guggenheim. Instrumentation is 3 voices, 3 violins, accordion, and percussion.
Radio playwright Denise Lanctot (RMS 2/28/93) reprises standup comedy from the Aztecs onward dealing with the disappearance of the Sun. Sunny humor.
Lori Carson and Knox Chandler
Pop recording artist Carson ("Shelter," Geffen) teams up for two relevant co-written numbers with wizard electric guitarist Chandler (Psychedelic Furs, REM, Ultra Vivid Scene, Swollen Monkeys).
Ben Yarmolinsky and Stephen Kalm
President of composers' collaborative Friends & Enemies of New Music, Yarmolinsky plucks the classical guitar while his buddy, baritone Kalm, sings Ben's settings of poetry by contemporary poets (Charles Bernstein, Ray DiPalma and others) including a short song about the shortest day.
Flutist and Juilliard doctor of composition Steinberg (with degrees from Siena and Freiberg) premieres "Twenty-One," a cabaret-to-cantata construction of words and sound for 3 voices, oboes, wind synthesizer, flute, partially prepared piano, cello and percussion.
Roland S. Wilson
He's played bass with Regina Belle, Mark Whitfield, Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett, Bocar Thiam and Brazelton's DADADAH among others; his duo with acoustic bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara ranges from Baroque to Bebop, through composed to free improv. Wilson plays 5 string electric and tenor basses.
TOM VARNER HORN CHOIR
Jazz plainchanter and French hornist Tom Varner (RMS 5/10/93---see also his Black Saint CD "The Mystery of Compassion") brings brass colleagues to spell the singers.
Johnny Hoppe's UNCAPPELLA GROUP
First seen taking off at RMS 4/25/93 Hoppe's new group careens off the wall and explodes into the stands at 250 mph.. No refunds.
Marshall Coid, violin; Sam Kephart, viola; Ted Mook, cello; Matt Sullivan, oboe (remember him from RMS 5/2/93? Hear his O.O.disc "Hocus Opus" with First Avenue); and Karla Moe, flute, play Benjamin Britten's "Phantasy" and David Lang's "Frag".
A member of the Universal Schola, he sings more easily than he sleeps and offers to the Saturnalia a range of chants alla Swahili, Native American, Buddhist, Gregorian and the uniquely Uehlinian.
Lorraine Llamas & Stephanie Simpson
Word-women Lorraine Llamas and Stephanie Simpson (RMS 3/14/93) drop in, go wild.
Alchemistique downtown comprovisers Michelle Kinney, cello, and Chris Cunningham, guitar.
From the early '80's all-woman punk group Bush Tetras, Mad Orphans and the very recent 1-900-BOXX, Sley sings two songs backed by Blondie guitarist and BOXX cohort Carla Olla.
Barnett's voice is probably a household sound in your head---she's of the most successful jingle singers in town--all to pay for her art and family. Both make short appearances tonight.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
New York's most eclectic a cappella vocal ensemble (Kayla B. Werlin, soprano; Sherry Zukof, soprano; Harriet Goren, alto; David Eisenberg, tenor; Steve Friedman, baritone; Rob Moss, bass) offers Renaissance, jazz and popular tunes for all seasons.
Street poet and master of aphorism, Sparrow has a band with his wife, Ellen Carter, small daughter, Sylvia, and musician Lawrence Fishberg. Together they sing, play flutes, plastic spoons, hands and Casio.
Kitty Brazelton updates the cult favorite "Evergreen Festival" originally performed by her '70s quintet MUSICA ORBIS, adding DADADAH's trombone, horn and guitar to the old score for mezzo soprano, tenor, knee harp, pump organ, double bass, cello, soprano recorder, melodica and flute.
Scripto-laureate of Negrophobia.
Someone to wrap the night
A woman priest t.b.a.
A BAND CALLED LOISAIDA
How could we end our cavalcade of contrasts except by presenting the wild and wooly Puerto Rican jibaro rock of Anthony Herrera, rhythm & lead guitar, Ariel Viera, bass, David Soto, lead singer, David Lopez, drums, Edwin "Pupa" Santiago, vocals, rhythm & lead guitars? Promising to top the energy that's preceded them, A BAND CALLED LOISAIDA will wail on 'til we all drop.
© 1999, Catherine Bowles Brazelton.