Lots of things to get to today. First, let's talk about not-pop-music stuff. Yesterday, Chatham Baroque announced the winners of their first-ever new works competition -- three composers who will work with the group throughout the next year, preparing new works to premiere in fall, 2012.
The panel -- the group's three principals, plus two outside experts -- examined 35 applications and chose three very different composers: Moon Yung Ha, of New York City; Matt McBane, who splits time between New York and California; and Lansing McLoskey, of Miami.
Working with contemporary composers is new for the trio because they work with Baroque music, obviously, and play period instruments -- viola da gamba, Baroque violin, Baroque guitar, theorbo – that generally aren't written for today. They chose the three composers believing that they will write interesting works within the contemporary music idiom that still take advantage of the instruments' inherent musical qualities. (They specified that they don't want contemporary composers simply trying to re-create Baroque music.)
The ensemble, which recently released its latest album, Alla Luce: Music of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, begins its 2011-2012 season the weekend of Oct. 8 with Friendly Rivals, a Baroque program that will feature guests Anna Marsh (dulcian, a kind of proto-basson) and Stephen Etcher (cornetto, an instrument that Chatham Baroque's Scott Pauley described as a "cross between a trumpet and a recorder").
Speaking of big announcements, we now know the Warhol Sound Series schedule for the fall, so let's get down to that:
Sept. 15: Olivia Tremor Control at New Hazlett Theater. $12-15. 8 p.m.
Sept. 27: NewVillager at Warhol Museum. $12-15. 8 p.m.
Oct. 8: Starlicker at Warhol Museum. $12-15. 8 p.m.
Oct. 26: Bassekou Kouyate at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. $12-15. 8 p.m.
Nov. 2: Winged Victory for the Sullen at Carnegie Museum Sculpture Hall, Oakland. $12-15. 8 p.m
Nov. 12: Dan Zanes & Friends at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. $20-22; $5/10 for kids. 4 p.m.
Nov. 21: Ra Ra Riot at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. $12-15. 8 p.m.
(Nellie McKay was originally scheduled to appear as well, but had to cancel due to another engagement.)
And, last but certainly not least, more announcements from the VIA camp, which I think I thought had already been announced but I guess they weren't. The current schedule looks like:
Oct. 5: Trans Am, Kingdom, Pure Hype. Brillobox. (Kickoff party.
Oct. 6: Battles, Four Tet, Falty DL, Wolf Eyes, Walls. Rex Theater.
Oct. 7: Toy Selectah, Light Asylum, Tim Sweeney, Extreme Animals, Pink Skull, Blondes, Protect-U. 6022 Broad Street Mall.
Oct. 8: Underground Resistance, Zombi, Austra, Laurel Halo, Ford Lopatin, Raw Blow, Centipede Eest, Sutekh, Donato Dozzy, Nuel.
Is that enough information for you?!?!?