They really dug in - it sure wasn't "nice" dinner music for the wine crowd. I liked it a lot. Here is who played and their set list:
I shared some music Andrew and I recorded recently. A number of people asked for more.
A couple of years ago Andrew and I got together at Studio For with Terry Roleri (guitar) and Debra Craig (drums). Here are some cuts from that session.Tue, 09 Mar 2010
On Thursday (3/4) I attended the opening night of the Other Minds Festival of New Music in San Francisco (with Andrew).
The first piece was Jurg Frey's Steichquartett II (1998-2000) performed by the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet. A very minimal, quiet, spacious work with a touch of danger. Basically it's the quartet playing one chord after another for a little over twenty minutes. Here is an excerpt of the first two minutes:
If you like that you can get the CD of that piece and four others from Edition Wandelweiser Records.
The next piece was Chou Wen-chung's Twilight Colors
At intermission Andrew and I talked to members of the ROVA saxophone quartet, Andrew's old band. They will be premiering a piece at Other Minds later in the week.
The next piece was a short solo piano work, also by Wen-chung: The Willow Are New. It was a quasi polytonal minor pentatonic piece.
The final piece of the evening was Lisa Bielawa's Kafka Songs (2001-2003) performed by Carla Kihlstedt on voice and violin. It was composed of about five or six shorter pieces, each based on a sentence or two of Kafka's more introspect Meditation (1912). Sentences such as: "And this time I only recognized these old games after being with them for such a long time. I rubbed my fingertips against each other to erase the shame."
Carla, after saying the sentence, would then proceed to sing the words while simultaneously playing violin. A seemingly simple, sparse, but powerful presentation.
My favorite work of the evening was Frey's string quartet (I purchased the CD), with Bielawa's Kafka Songs a close second.Sun, 07 Mar 2010
On Wednesday (3/3) I heard the Cyrus Chestnut Trio at Yoshi's (the San Francisco location).