Preview: Australian Chamber Orchestra Perform Jonny Greenwood's "Water" at Carnegie Hall

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This Sunday, the Australian Chamber Orchestra - reputed to be one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world - makes a rare stateside visit to Zankel Hall with a wide-ranging program including works by Haydn, Mozart and Prokofiev. The highlight, though, is Jonny Greenwood's lastest orchestral work Water, which he wrote for the ACO after Radiohead ended it's tour in Australia last year. Greenwood, who says was inspired by the Philip Larkin poem of the same name, wrote the 20-minute work for an all-acoustic ensemble featuring the tanpura, a traditional Indian stringed instrument. According to The Australian: "The tanpura’s twang adds mysticism to the sinewy mix, with the ACO’s strings finding depth in Greenwood’s soundwashes that few other chamber ensembles could match."

Tickets and additional info on Carnegie's website. An interview with Greenwood and ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti below.

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Free Tickets: New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall


Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter takes the the Carnegie Hall stage with the New World Symphony next Tuesday, April 28th at 8:00pm for a performance of Berg's Violin Concerto and the New York premiere of Norbert Moret's En rêve. Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the Symphony in the program, which also includes Schubert's Incidental Music from Rosamunde and Debussy's masterpiece La mer.

Ms. Mutter has been called  “the undisputed queen of violin playing” (The Times, London), and it's a show you won't want to miss!

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SF Jazz Collective at Jazz Standard

by Steven Pisano

David Sanchez, SF Jazz Collective, Jazz Standard

With members hailing originally from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Israel, and across the U.S., the lineup of the all-star SF Jazz Collective brings an international flavor to their fluid and thoughtful style of post-bop jazz. Their mastery was in full force at their recent week-long residency at Jazz Standard; I caught them last Friday.

Formed in San Francisco in 2004, the Collective features a revolving membership. Each year, their repertoire includes one new piece from each of its eight members, and the balance features the work of an earlier jazz great. This year’s honoree is tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, who recorded albums for Blue Note in the 1960s and Verve in the 1990s.

There is a Latin splash to the current configuration of the Jazz Collective - though it's more like adding some salsa picante to an existing dish. Robin Eubanks, widely regarded as one of the finest trombonists of his generation, took something of a back seat to the leads set by Edward Simon on piano, David Sanchez on tenor sax, and Miguel Zenon on alto.

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Soundbox Percussion Play New Works at Concerts on the Slope

Soundbox PercussionIf you were to ask me five years ago how many percussion ensembles I could name, the answer would be, One: Sō Percussion. But, while Sō remains the gold standard in percussion quartets, they have given spawn to a whole new generation of percussion ensembles: Mantra, Iktus Percussion, Third Coast Percussion

Enter Sandbox Percussion, whom I heard for the first time this past Sunday at Park Slope's Concerts on the Slope series, where they made their debut in 2012. (Robert Leeper reviewed their performance at Kettle Corn New Music last September.) These four talented young musicians (Ian David Rosenbaum, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, and Terry Sweeney) brought a focus and intensity to their playing which belies their years: all of them are in their mid-20's.

Aside from the precision and energy with which they played, Sunday's concert was also remarkable for the number of young composers on the program. In addition to Sandbox members Victor Caccese (Chatter) and Jonathan Allen (Interlude), there were works by L.A. based Thomas Kotcheff (b. 1988) and Yale masters student Natalie Dietterich (b. 1992). Most of the music was tonal and accessible, if somewhat lacking in depth and complexity. 

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