MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Some New Recommendations for November

Kate Soper, The Fragments of Parmenides

–From Kate Soper, the final revision of her metaphysical cabaret piece The Fragments of Parmenides (score is available here, audio here). Plus, Soper’s “telepathy installation manual” ClearVoice is out now in the latest issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly.  Order here (use the code “audioodyssey” for a 10% discount). 

–Meredith Monk’s latest evening-length work, Indra’s Net, inspired by the ancient Buddhist/Hindu legend of the same name, premieres in a concert version at Mills College on 12 and 13 November to both limited in-person audiences and online via livestream.

-world premiere recording of Yotam Haber’s Estro Poetico-armonico III, one of the winners of the 2020 Azrieli Music Prize: continues a long exploration into the music of Rome’s Jewish community, as discovered through the archival recordings of ethnomusicologist Leo Levi. The recording also includes Yitzhak Yedid‘s Kadosh Kadosh and Cursed, Keiko Devaux’s Arras and Dissidence by Pierre Mercure (arr. by Jonathan Monro); liner notes here.

FLOW, new studio album from the amazing clarinetist/composer Kinan Azmeh: after his award-winning album Uneven Sky with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Azmeh returns with the NDR Bigband led by conductor/arranger Wolf Kerschek. “I was the Damascene in New York and the New Yorker in Damascus,” observes Azmeh. “I am now more interested in being the New Yorker in New York and the Damascene in Damascus…Both cities with all their contrasting qualities are intellectually stimulating to me. Places, people, nature, tragedies, and celebrations, all of these elements have found their way into the music I create. Being in a constant state of FLOW is now my new zone of comfort.”

–link to Abraham’s Land steaming site — an original musical by playwright Lauren Goldman Marshall and Pulitzer-nominated composer, Roger Ames, with additional music by David Nafissian and Paul Linnes, premiered to widespread acclaim at Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland, WA, 15-18 July 2021

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