Some upcoming events and promising instruments

There are several events coming up that are worth knowing about.

I’m hugely looking forward to the subtropics festival in Miami next weekend.

Seth Josel is performing the US premiere of an Ablinger piece and a reconstruction of Morton Feldman’s “The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar” (1966), at a CD release party at Yale on March 7th and then in Brooklyn on March 8th. He has written about the Feldman project here.

The folds ensemble will be performing works by Michael Pisaro, Jason Brogan, Joe Kudirka, Sam Sfirri, and Taylan Susam in at the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn on March 6th.

Craig Shepard’s piece, Trompetensee, will be performed along Lake Zürich on March 28th. If you follow that link, take a look at the description of his new book, which you can learn more about from the Paris Transatlantic review. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it here.

And since I’ve gotten that far ahead, MaerzMusik (in Berlin) looks very promising this year. I had hoped to go, but it doesn’t really look possible at this point. Please let me know if you will be going. I think it may be possible to hear some of it on the radio, but I would love to get some first-hand impressions.

Regardless of whether you can make it to any of these events, I hope you’ll enjoy these videos I came across at MAKE magazine.

Tim Kaiser makes instruments out of scavenged objects.

And take a look at the first segment of this video, which about a balloon organ. I want one. Badly.

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