New Music Circle Celebrates Its 55th Season with Saxophonist Marty Ehrlich

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The series continues later this month with William Parker's In Order To Survive, an ensemble with Hamid Drake (drums), Rob Brown (saxophone), Lewis Barnes (trumpet) and Cooper-Moore (piano). Notable for his work with the Cecil Taylor Unit through the '80s, Parker will bring his quintet to the Mad Art Gallery on October 25 with arguably the most star-studded line up this season. Expect a powerful wall of horns and keys, peppered with brain-shaking percussion.

On November 15, catch an audio and video mash up of warped imagery with equally bent electronics at the Contemporary Arts Museum St. Louis. Chicago sound artist Olivia Block leads Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, who build and deconstruct "live cinema," merging a wired collage of sound with equally involved visual output. Block blends natural texture with a digital rip, forming a positively brain bending wash of nuanced noise. The venue will host a day time workshop the following day, where the trio is set to reveal their singular approach in great detail.

Following a timely winter break, NMC plans to warm up winter with Joshua Abrams and his Natural Information Society at Joe's Cafe on February 22, 2014. The Chicago native wields the guimbri, a three-stringed animal hide bass. With past collaborators like Jandek, Tortoise and Bonny "Prince" Billy, Abrams applies a hypnotic tone behind a streamlined and energetic sound. Think kraut-rock that brilliantly clings to varied, ethnic sounds.

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NMC welcomes 2012 MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase to the Pulitzer Foundation For The Arts on April 4, 2014. The flute soloist will perform within her Quintet and precede the performance with a special workshop on April 3. NMC plans to cap the season on May 20, 2014 with the NMC Showcase, featuring Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone), Tom Rainey (drums), Tyler Damon (drums) and St. Louis native N.N.N. Cook (electroacoustic sound). The venue remains a mystery, but given the scope and focus applied to each show this season, expect a pleasant surprise in the following months.

NMC continues to foster innovation, and delivers unto our city a vital service. By bringing in seasoned and emerging artists alike, NMC ensures diverse programming, even in its 55th year.

Marty Ehrlich and the Rites Quartet

Friday, October 4
7:30 PM
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO
Tickets Available

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Kranzberg Arts Center

501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO

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