Photo: Parícutin, 1943, by C.S. Ross, USGS
There will be a major Kaija Saariaho première at the Netherlands Opera on March 15, with Peter Sellars directing: Only the sound remains, a pair of pieces inspired by Nôh drama. Philippe Jaroussky will sing the lead role, for countertenor. The work will also be heard at the Sellars edition of the Ojai Festival in June, this time with Anthony Roth Costanzo.... Peter Margasak, longtime music writer for the Chicago Reader, curates the experimental Frequency Series at Constellation in Chicago. Next week he will present a six-day festival, featuring the Fonema Consort playing Lachenmann, Kagel, and Maiguashca; a.pe.ri.od.ic playing prose scores; Mocrep playing Maximilian Marcoll and Mathias Monrad Møller; Tim Munro playing Sciarrino's L'opera; Claire Chase playing some of her recent "Density" commissions; the Spektral Quartet playing Thomalla and Furrer; and Ensemble Dal Niente offering a “Hard Music, Hard Liquor” program of George Lewis, Furrer, Barrett, and Sivan Cohen Elias.... Wandelweiser west: Manfred Werder appears tonight at The Wulf in LA, in a program including Werder's 20161, Michael Pisaro's A certain species of eternity, and Christian Wolff's Metal & Breath.... Also in LA, on March 1 the Green Umbrella series will present an Annie Gosfield world première and a Chaya Czernowin U.S. première (Knights of the Strange), with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting.... A few decades ago, the sound artist Bruce Odland came across an ultra-reverberant water tank outside Rangely, Colorado. Having saved the tank from being scrapped in 2013, Odland and allies are now seeking funds to open the space as an international arts center.... On Feb. 23, Lisa Moore will give a live rendition of her new Cantaloupe CD The Stone People at LPR in NYC: works of Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Julia Wolfe, John Luther Adams, Frederic Rzewski, and Martin Bresnick.