The Uncertainty Music Series presents the 2nd of 2 concerts in conjunction with SOUND HALL on Saturday March 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street in New Haven. Clarinetist/composer Jeremiah Cymerman presents "Book of Dead", a solo concert for clarinet and electronics; the work is part of a new project Cymerman is developing that moves his music into a more meditative state. Inspired by Chögyam Trungpa's "Tibetan Book of the Dead" (translated by Francesca Freemantle), the music focusses on the sound of the performer's clarinet and the silence between the notes.
Cymerman has issued several CDs on the Tzadik label as well for Porter Records; just last year, he started his own label, 5049. To find out more, go to www.jeremiahcymerman.com. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. There is a free "Pre-concert Talk" at 7 p.m. - for ticket information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468. To find out more about the Uncertainty Music Series, go to uncertaintymusic.com.
On the eve of the release of "Functional Arrhythmias", the brilliant new recording by Steve Coleman And Five Elements (Pi Recordings), bassist/composer/
blogger Ronan Guilfoyle has published part 1 of a long interview with the saxophonist/composer/ conceptualist on his blog, "Mostly Music." You can and should find their conversation titled "Steve Coleman on Rhythm" by going to ronanguil.blogspot.com. Coleman literally speaks volumes about his rhythmic concepts, especially (in Part 1) how he developed his ideas. You may be surprised by the people he cites. Nevertheless, it's engrossing reading. My review of the new CD should be posted next week. In the meantime, listen to the words!