A month ago, I met up with bassist James Ilgenfritz to do an interview for his new podcast, Ten Thousand Hours. He posted the finished interview recently, and here is the link to listen.

http://tenthousandhourspodcast.com/

I recently started contributing to an interesting online salon called ARCADE that’s hosted on the Stanford University website. My first post for this site is a focused look at the idea of community seen through my participation in a recent performance of Terry Riley’s “In C” hosted by Darmstadt New Music .

Are You My Community?

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Tuesday December 15th
8:00 PM

featuring Joe Bergen, Al Cerulo, Levy Lorenzo,
Russell Greenberg, Sam Sowyrda, Mike McCurdy,
Justin Wolf and Mike Pride

Issue Project Room
At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY

Hope you can make it!!

Last week, I polled my friends about what their flying dreams were like. I got a range of different answers including:

The thing is…. I do fly

In my flying dreams, I always fly well in the beginning, and then I loose the ability

my flying dreams are more that my legs can, if i want, be held above the ground indefinitely.

If I try to abandon the rivers or train tracks I am no longer able to fly at all.

I did some research and came up with this description of flying from a letter that Wilbur Wright sent to the Smithsonian Institute in 1899 as he began his research on flight with his brother, Orville (it should be no wonder that these two men met with success in their lives–their names are exquisite!)

Birds are the most perfectly trained gymnasts in the world and are specially well fitted for their work, and it may be that man will never equal them, but no one who has watched a bird chasing an insect or another bird can doubt that feats are preformed which require three or four times the effort required in ordinary flight.

I am struck by the sheer audacity of Wilbur’s tone as he belittles the people who idolize “ordinary flight.” There is something kind of disturbing about someone who writes to a scientific agency (the Smithsonian) to request literature on aeronautics and then precedes to infer his own intellectual superiority.

Gets me thinking about human flight and the connections to attitude that generally characterize the quest to “take off.” There is the age-old story of Icarus whose hubris seals his fate. And there is a new movie out about Amelia Earhart and her dynamic aviatrix persona (spoiler alert: she gets lost, see Icarus). But there are also more fantastic stories like those associated with superheroes-Superman’s ability to fly comes at the cost of loneliness.

My personal preference, or at least the scenario that regularly appears in my dreams, is that flight is unexpected. Just when I need to outrun the home invaders who are chasing me with rubber belts (!), I gently levitate off the ground, rounding my back and dangling my limbs in uncertain attempts to balance myself. This may be due to some Freudian-inspired insecurities, or maybe a remembrance of a time when flight (or any desire to reach great heights) was not bold and haughty, but clumsy and awkward. This image of “The Greatest American Hero” a campy, Pink Panther-inspired romp from the 80’s might capture best of all this childlike attitude of wonder. Which leads me to question “Is solving problems good for the imagination?”

In the wake of my son’s birth almost 17 months ago, I found myself gladly homebound amidst the dizzying adventures of parenthood. I also found myself making much more use of my skype and my facebook accounts, seeing as how they allowed me stay in touch with all my friends and family even with a sleeping infant on my lap. This got me to thinking about the common knowledge that technology is a grand thing. After all, without my web camera, my parents would have been in Brooklyn more frequently than we could have stood for.

Despite this appreciation, though, I also am old enough to remember when email first emerged as a means of communication, and a time when google wasn’t the defacto search engine (whatever happened to excite?). This means that I have also been privvy to the skepticism about all things internet: Instant messaging will kill conversation; email will kill snail mail; mp3 trading will kill high fidelity audio. The gist of this perspective has always been that technology is some kind of mass murderer, stalking the territory of the traditional arts with a bloodied kitchen knife.

Of course, this has turned out to be untrue, but for different reasons than I would have thought.

Take for instance the discovery I made recently when I mistakenly entered my childhood address into google maps. I haven’t lived in my childhood house for 15 years, and my father moved out 12 years ago, but there I was staring at a satellite image of the japanese maple that my dad, brother and I transplanted from the backyard to the front on a long and hot Sunday afternoon….

I was deeply affected by the site of my old house from above. I suddenly wanted to explore my backyard again and squeeze through the fence to the alleyway, school and field behind it.

And then I noticed the creek where my brother and I used to look for crayfish under algae-slickened rocks. We would take turns leaping from rock to rock in the shallower areas, so that when we invariably fell in, we got only our pant cuffs wet.

I was so moved by the memories of these places that I felt compelled to visit this area on a recent trip home and take some photos. I didn’t see my house so much as I visited the dark and decrepit alleyway behind it (It was clear that the original wood is still holding up the alley wall because someone had erected a fence to prevent the walls from caving in). I also when to the creek, where a pvc pipe now links one bank to the other, probably as a means to drain the still swampy field.

So, as I track the serial killer instincts of the internet, I am also keeping my eye on its Proustian cousin, dangling collections of memories and unsuspecting views in front of my eyes at every turn. If I am urged to action in the physical world because of a chance encounter online, I count my computer not as a taker of life, but as a giver of one.

This past week, my wife and I watched Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” at our family vacation rental in North Carolina. I realize this film has been out for over a year, but due to our young son, we are quite behind on our movie watching. I thought the movie was great. The script was tight, the direction subtle yet demanding, and the acting was superb (Bill Irwin and Anne Hathaway especially). What really got me about the movie was how much the plot and the characters were defined by the music in the film, which was only performed by the musicians on screen in the film.

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The culmination of this technique was a scene in which Sidney, the groom in the film (TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe), sings to his bride the first verse and chorus to Neil Young’s stirring “Unknown Legend.” (Here is a link to the scene). The first reading of this scene would have Sidney singing lovingly to his bride as they share their affection for each other with their guests. Throughout the scene, though, as the camera pans to the faces of the family members in the room, namely Kym (Anne Hathaway), it became clear to me that rather than a rousing anthem of the groom’s love for his bride, the song had another deeply sad meaning. The lyrics of “Unknown Legend,” paint a picture of a woman “somewhere on a desert highway” riding a Harley Davidson. Sound like a bride to you? How about a love song? Not exactly. Which left me with a profoundly conflicted sense: On one hand, what a touching song, and on the other, Rachel is alone, and her family cannot help her.

This kind of conflict, as expressed by the music in this scene, is not only rare for a hollywood film, it’s also kind of operatic. This scene plays like an aria from Wagner’s “The Ring,” I am thinking particularly of the stunning aria at the end of “Valkryie” when Wotan puts his daughter to sleep for eternity in response to her misbehavior. The crystalline shimmer of the orchestra as Brunhilde falls asleep belies the deep sadness of the father who is left alone without his favorite daughter.

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Aaron Siegel
205 23rd Street
Brooklyln, NY 11232

Anyone who has had to suffer through a beginner recorder player knows there are only so many times you can hear ‘Hot Cross Buns’ before your ears start to bleed. When my son turned 10 he was really into his recorder and I decided to write him a book of duets so we could play them together. The duets on this record, played expertly by Tai Rubinstein, are fun, engaging and sometimes silly. But they are earnest explorations of the recorder and each one has a little gem of a lesson hidden inside for the curious young musician. Listen to the first ten tracks to hear both of the parts together. And then play Part 1 along with the recordings of Part 2 in the second 10 tracks. Enjoy!

A Great Many is a new work for six percussionists and clarinet that represents the latest collaboration in 10-year relationship between composer Aaron Siegel and Mantra Percussion. This fruitful relationship started with the premiere and subsequent recording of Science is Only a Sometimes Friend, for eight glockenspiels and organ, which was selected as one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011. A Great Many, was commissioned by Chamber Music America in 2017 as a feature for clarinetist Christa Van Alstine and subsequently performed at the Vancouver New Music Festival and at the Ecstatic Music Festival.


Book of Notions is a collection of intimate duets for piano and vibraphone.  Available from LockStep Records.


Call Us Your People is a series of stories and observations paired with 80’s era ambient music.  Available from LockStep Records.


Science is Only a Sometimes Friend Studio Recording of this monumental piece for 8 glockenspiels and organ, featuring Mantra Percussion and recorded in 2010 and released on new label, LockStep Records.


Fiddle and Drum LP of improvisational duos with drummer Aaron Siegel and violinist Sam Amidon (2009, Peacock Recordings). Also available for download from iTunes.


Every Morning, A History Aaron Siegel Ensemble (2007, Peacock Recordings) Debut recording of the Aaron Siegel Ensemble featuring: A Diminished Thing (for solo piano) and Every Morning, A History (for clarinet, vibraphone, flute and viola).


Our Reluctance Is Overstated Online-only release of this piece for 6 sets of timpani released on shsk’h.


Rooms and Spaces This limited edition cdr features two electronic pieces completed in the Spring of 2003: Window With Eastern Exposure, Spaces. This out-of-print CDR is now available for download at LockStep Records.


The Cabinet Aaron Siegel Solo (2006, Longbox Recordings) 21 two-minute tracks of solo percussion.

MEMORIZE THE SKY (Zach Wallace and Matt Bauder)
Creeks (2010, broken research)
In Former Times (2008, Clean Feed)
Memorize the Sky (2007, 482 Music)
Memorize The Sky 3″ cdr (3) (2001)
Memorize The Sky 3″ cdr (2) (2001)
Memorize The Sky 3″ cdr (1) (2001)

WITH OTHERS
Weight / Counterweight– Bill Dixon, Ben Hall and Aaron Siegel (2009, Broken Research)
SuperstitionChristy and Emily (2008)
Post Madonna Prima DonnaJason Cady (2008, Peacock Recordings)
Music of Igor Ballereau (2008, Shsk’h)
All is Well Sam Amidon (2007, Bedroom Community)
Introducing…- White, Blue, Yellow and Clouds (2007, I and Ear Records)
Mêlée with Aaron Siegel (2006, Broken Research)
A Call for Silence – Compilation (2005, Sonic Arts Network)

WITH ANTHONY BRAXTON
Septet (Pittsburgh) 2008 (2005, New Braxton House)
Sextet (Philadelphia) 2005 – Part I (2005, New Braxton House)
Sextet (Philadelphia) 2005 – Part II (2005, New Braxton House)
Sextet (Boston) 2005 – Part I (2005, New Braxton House)
Sextet (Boston) 2005 – Part II (2005, New Braxton House)
Quartet (GTM) 2006 (2008, Important Records)
12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007 (2008, Victo Records)
12+1tet- 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (2007, Firehouse 12)
4 Compositions (Ulrichsberg) 2005 Phonomanie VIII (2006, Leo Records)
Sextet (Victoriaville) 2005 (2005, Victo Records)
2+ 2 Compositions (2005, 482 Music)

NOTEWORTHY

TimeOut New York’s List of Best CDs for 2011, including “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend”:

TONY Best CDs of 2011

An informative and thoughtful piece on GROUP at the Make Music New York website:

Make Music New York GROUP Preview

An enthusiastic review from Frank Oteri on NewMusicBox about the new CD release of Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.

NewMusicBox – Sounds Heard: Aaron Siegel

Listed by NPR as among 100 composers under 40 who are “shaping our contemporary musical scene and defining what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.”

The Mix: 100 Composers under 40

Q2 Program feature

“Cued Up – Aaron Siegel Live”


INTERVIEWS

Audio Interview as part of the Ten Thousand Hours Podcast

link to website

Interview for Roulette Intermedium – May 2009

Downloadable PDF

Interview for Composition Today – September 2007

Downloadable PDF


SELECTED REVIEWS

“Brooklyn composer Aaron Siegel frees ambient music from its dour, eerie reputation with [Science is Only a Sometimes Friend, an] atmospheric work for eight constantly ringing glockenspiels and organ, which taps into a joyful flow of energy reminiscent of Terry Riley’s.”

– TimeOut New York
link to article

“For those looking for an hour-long respite from the bitter cold and straining grind steadfastly lurking outside the four walls of your bedroom, allow composer Aaron Siegel’s Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend to send you drifting, swaddled in a blissful stupor, into that hazy, temperate zone somewhere between the clouds and the sun.”

– Matthew Walker, Free Music Archive
link to article

“A core ensemble played [Science Is Only a Sometimes Friend], and toy glockenspiels were distributed to the crowd, which had its own instructions: Siegel’s associates held up cue cards to indicate when we should move from one note to another. Several small children chose to depart from the score and improvise freely, their cadenzas giving a jazzy flavor to the hazy, hypnotic clouds of chiming tones.”

– Alex Ross, The New Yorker
link to article

“There are 8 million stories in the naked city – and at least two dozen glockenspiels. The tinkling tones of more than 20 glockenspiels drifted over Central Park’s East Meadow in one of nearly 900 musical performances across the city on Sunday organized by Make Music New York. Composer Aaron Siegel led the group and assistants held up cue cards showing the notes to strike so members of the audience could play along on the unusual instruments, which resemble xylophones.”

– The Daily News
link to article

“An evocative composer”

– Allan Kozinn, New York Times

“[Fiddle and Drum] is an earthy, highly sensitive release that instantly brings to mind a lost improv classic, 1975’s Swift Are the Winds of Life, by the duo of the late violinist Leroy Jenkins and drummer Rashied Ali.”

– Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York
link to article

“[Siegel] is an improviser with a strong jazz background, but in a solo improv setting tends to throw all idiomatic reference out the window and head for the frontiers of sound research.”

– Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

“[The Cabinet] is an exquisite set that has a meditative ease and grace, like some Korean court ritual.”

– Brian Morton, The Wire

“Siegel exercises unusual creativity, ranging from rattle to roar, from dense, comples music to measured periods of intense concentration on a single sound source….[The Cabinet] is a continually arresting, meditative work in which Siegel’s discourses on material seem to converge, illuminating the listener’s environment.”

– Stuart Broomer, Signal to Noise

“Siegel runs the out-music gamut, comfortable in contemporary freeish jazz or the most abstract experimental music around.”

– Bret McCabe, Baltimore Weekly

 


Upcoming Events

No shows booked at the moment.

Past Events

Aaron Michael Butler

Date City Venue
06/03/17 Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival
Time: 8:00am. Aaron Michel Butler leads a performance of ‘Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.’
04/08/17 Athens, OH Athens International Film and Video Festival
Time: 10:00pm. Aaron Michael Butler leads a performance of ‘Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.’

Aaron Siegel

Date City Venue
02/12/19 New York, NY The Flea Theater
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 20 Thomas Street. Venue phone: (212) 226-0051. Workshop Performance of Rainbird, a new opera in collaboration with director/librettist Mallory Catlett based on the writings of Janet Frame. More information
08/15/15 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10.00. Address: 168 7th Avenue. Matthew Evans (vibraphone) and Karl Larson (piano) perform music from Aaron Siegel’s Book of Notions for vibraphone and piano. These 10 miniatures explore the sonic kinship between piano and vibraphone and tell a vibrant story of ideas born and set spinning in the world.
06/07/14 Brooklyn The Firehouse Space
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 246 Frost Avenue. Shared bill with Angelica Negron, Meaghan Burke and Quiet City. Presented by Iktus Percussion.
04/03/14 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky University Hummel Planetarium
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475. Eastern Kentucky University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Aaron Levy, director, performs Science is Only A Sometimes Friend.
01/04/14 Brooklyn, NY Douglass Street Music Collective
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 295 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11220. Aaron Siegel performs a solo set entitled “Call Me Your People” for voice and synthesizer.
11/23/13 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 168 7th Avenue. I will be playing a new solo set of stories and music as an opener for Peter Kerlin.
11/19/13 Pembroke University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Time: 8:00pm. UNC Pembroke performs Preparing the Past for four percussionists and four-hand piano.
09/05/13 Madison, WI Color Field Ensemble Festival
Time: 8:00pm. Color Field Ensemble Festival presents “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend” with performances by the Tigue percussion ensemble and others.
06/21/13 New York Downtown Manhattan
Time: 12:00pm. This outdoor event will feature the premiere of Somewhere Here in This World for 30 percussionists. This performance will be part of the 2013 Make Music New York event.
06/08/13 Brooklyn Cloud City
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 85 N. First Street. Hell’s Bells Percussion Group performs ‘Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.’
06/01/13 Los Angeles, CA The Billy Wilder Theater at The Hammer Museum
Time: 2:00pm. The Industry presents excerpts from six new operas including Brother Brother.
05/12/13 Atlanta Poem
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1100 Howell Mill Road Suite A04. Nobrow.music.collective presents Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.
04/07/13 Tuscaloosa, AL Sonic Frontiers Festival
Time: 4:00am. I will be working with percussionists from the University of Alabama for a performance of my piece “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend”
04/06/13 Athens, OH Nuits Blanche
Nuits Blanche Arts Festival in Athens, OH will present Estuary for solo vibraphone as well as Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.
01/20/13 New York Carnegie Hall
Time: 8:00pm. Francisco Nunez leads a massed chorus in a performance of my piece “The Light Come Down” for SSA singers and 4 players on 2 vibraphones.
10/01/11 Greenpoint Greepoint Waterfront
Time: 8:00pm. I will be presenting a new video/performance piece entitled “put your hands together” as part of the 2011 Bring to Light video festival.
06/21/11 New York New York Stock Exchange
Time: 12:45pm. Address: Wall Street and Broad Street. GROUP – iPhone Collective Sound Art Happening Download the app for your iPhone or iPod Touch at http://bit.ly/kXVxcF.
05/24/11 New York Incubator Arts Project – St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
Time: 8:00pm. Box office: 212-352-3101. Address: 131 East 10th Street. Venue phone: 212-420-1916. “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend” CD-release party featuring members of Mantra Percussion and the Aaron Siegel Ensemble.
05/07/11 New York The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Time: 11:30pm. Address: 263 Mulberry Street. This performance of “Common Tones” for pipe organ is part of the Bring to Light NYC festival taking place throughout downtown Manhattan on Saturday May 7, 2011.
11/16/10 Brooklyn Reanimation Library at Proteus Gowanus
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 543 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215. Venue phone: 718.243.1572. Reprise performance of “Kitty Hawk (Brother’s Tears)” featuring Megan Schubert (mezzo-soprano), Al Cerulo and Joe Bergen (vibraphones), Aaron Siegel (speaking voice)
06/03/10 Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Room
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 232 Third Street. Aaron Siegel Ensemble with Mantra Percussion and Video Artist Christy Edwards. Full performance of “Preparing the Past.”
03/24/10 Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Room
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 232 Third Street. Music of Andrew Raffo Dewar with Jessica Pavone and Carl Testa, presented as part of the Porter Records showcase.
03/13/10 New Haven Never Ending Books
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 810 State Street. Trio with Carl Testa and Mike McGuiness.
02/16/10 New York Bowery Poetry Club
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 308 Bowery. Venue phone: (212) 614-0505. Trio with Stephen Rush and Chris Peck.
01/31/10 Vancouver Roundhouse Festival Hall
Time: 8:00pm. with Anthony Braxton Sonic Genome Project.
01/29/10 Vancouver Christ Church Cathedral
Time: 8:00pm. with the Anthony Braxton 12(+1)tet.
01/10/10 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 168 7th Avenue. Excerpts from “The Swan Catchers” featuring Andie Springer – violin, Caroline Shaw – violin, Erin Wight -viola, Evelyn Farny – cello, Ryan McCarthy and Genevieve Hardison – Actors.
12/15/09 Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Room
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 232 Third Street. Aaron Siegel Ensemble will be performing the concert version of “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend” for 8 glockenspiels and organ.
12/09/09 New York, NY The Stone
Time: 10:00pm. Address: Avenue C and 2nd Avenue. Christy & Emily “Superstition” Record release party.
12/05/09 New York, NY St. Peters Church
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 346 West 20th Street. Iktus Percussion Ensemble performs newly-commissioned work by Aaron Siegel.
11/30/09 Brooklyn Galapagos Art Space
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 16 Main Street. Venue phone: 718.222.8500. Performance of “In C” DARMSTADT’s 5th anniversary.
11/24/09 Purchase, NY SUNY Purchase College
Time: 7:00pm. Iktus Percussion Ensemble concert featuring newly commissioned work by Aaron Siegel.
10/17/09 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 168 7th Street. Aaron Siegel Ensemble performs on a bill with Carl Testa’s Static Ensemble.
09/21/09 Williamsburg, Brooklyn Death by Audio
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 49 S. 2nd, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Performance of new composition, Maze Hocket, for You Are Here event.
06/20/09 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 168 7th Street. FIDDLE AND DRUM – Record Release Party
06/20/09 New York, NY East Meadow, Central Park
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Science is Only A Sometimes Friend
05/29/09 New York, NY Roulette
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: 15.00. Preparing the Past – Aaron Siegel Ensemble
05/19/09 New York, NY Saint Peter’s Church
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 619 Lexington Avenue. Mantra Percussion Ensemble performs Our Reluctance is Overstated for six glockenspiels
04/09/09 Long Island City, NY The Chocolate Factory
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 5-49 49th Avenue. MEMORIZE THE SKY
03/24/09 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 217 East Houston Street. WHITE, BLUE, YELLOW and CLOUDS
03/16/09 New York, NY The Stone
Time: 9:00pm. Address: Avenue C and 2nd Avenue. Aaron Siegel (drums), James Ilgenfritz (bass), Steve Rush (piano), Steve Swell (trombone)
03/06/09 Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Room
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 232 Third Street. Till by Turning plays Peter Garland, Katie Young, and others
02/14/09 Brooklyn, NY The Cake Shop
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 152 Ludlow Street. WHITE, BLUE, YELLOW AND CLOUDS
01/10/09 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 168 7th Avenue. Excerpts from “The Swan Catchers” featuring Andie Springer – violin, Caroline Shaw – violin, Erin Wight – viola, Evelyn Farny – cello, Genevieve Hardison and Ryan McCarthy – actors.
11/14/08 Brooklyn, NY Listen/Space
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 195 Skillman Avenue. Aaron Siegel Solo w/ Jason Brogan and others
10/26/08 Brooklyn, NY Sound Fix
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 10 Bedford Avenue. Aaron Siegel Ensemble Emily Manzo (piano) Aaron Siegel (vibraphone)
09/28/08 Brooklyn, NY Sound Fix
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 10 Bedford Avenue. with Jason Cady
08/08/08 Lisbon, Portugal Auditorio Dois
Time: 8:00pm. Memorize the Sky Jazz em Agosto Festival
07/25/08 San Sebastian —-
Time: 8:00pm. with The Anthony Braxton Septet
04/24/08 - 04/26/08 Long Island City, NY The Chocolate Factory
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 5-49 49th Avenue. The Swan Catchers Premiere of a new composition for String Quartet and Voices featuring The Flux Quartet
01/30/08 Brooklyn, NY Zebulon
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 258 Wythe Avenue. WHERE FROM HERE Aaron Siegel (drums and composition), Erik Deutsch (piano), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Carl Testa (Bass), Matt Bauder (tenor), Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
01/17/08 Philadelphia, PA The Rotunda
Time: 9:00pm. WHERE FROM HERE
11/02/07 Brooklyn, NY Monkeytown
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 58 North 3rd Street. Kyklos plays music by Collins, Messiaen, Ligeti, Lopes and Siegel

Andrew Dewar

Date City Venue
06/19/10 Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Room
Time: 6:00pm. Address: 232 Third Street. Anthony Braxton – Tri-Centric Modeling: Past, Present, and Future Concert benefiting the Tri-Centric Foundation, featuring performers from the cast of Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium E, plus performances by Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Chris Jonas & James Fei and Tyshawn Sorey, as well as others yet to be announced.

Anthony Braxton 12+1tet

Date City Venue
10/13/12 Venice Biennale Musica Venezia
Time: 8:00pm. The 12+1tet performs work from Anthony Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirrorhouse series of compositions.
10/06/11 - 10/08/11 New York, NY Roulette
Time: 8:00pm. Tri-Centric Foundation Festival featuring the music of Anthony Braxton
06/18/10 New York Le Poisson Rouge
Time: 5:30pm. Address: 158 Bleecker Street. Venue phone: (212) 353-3474. Anthony Braxton 65th Birthday Bash 5:30 doors open 6:00 opening solo bagpipe invocation by Matt Welch 6:15 Steve Coleman/Jonathan Finlayson 6:45 Richard Teitelbaum (plus special guest?) 7:15 Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings (w/Renee Baker and Tomeka Reid) 7:50 John Zorn/Dave Douglas/Brad Jones/Gerry Hemingway 8:25 Marilyn Crispell/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway 9:00 Anthony Braxton 12+1tet (w/Taylor Ho Bynum, Andrew Raffo Dewar, James Fei, Mary Halvorson, Steve Lehman, Nicole Mitchell, Jessica Pavone, Tomeka Reid, Jay Rozen, Sara Schoenbeck, Aaron Siegel, and Carl Testa)

Anthony Braxton Septet

Date City Venue
05/21/11 Victoriaville Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville – Colisée A
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 400, boulevard Jutras Est. Anthony Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House Septet Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Jay Rozen, Carl Testa and Aaron Siegel
05/20/11 New Haven Firehouse 12
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 45 Crown St. Venue phone: 203.785.0468. Anthony Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House Septet Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Jay Rozen, Carl Testa and Aaron Siegel
10/07/10 Strasbourg Auditorium de la Cité de la Musique
Time: 8:00am.

Beaten Path Duo

Date City Venue
10/29/10 New York Tenri Cultural Institute
Time: 8:00am. Address: 43A WEST 13TH STREET. Beaten Path Duo (Joe Bergen and Al Cerulo) will be premiering Aaron Siegel’s Kitty Hawk (Brother’s Tears) for two vibraphones, soprano and actor.

Bent Duo

Date City Venue
01/30/17 San Francisco, CA Center for New Music
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 55 Taylor St. Venue phone: (415) 275-2466.
01/30/16 San Francisco, CA Center for New Music
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 55 Taylor St. Venue phone: (415) 275-2466. David Friend and Bill Solomon play ‘Under Such Cover’ on this program of music for percussion and piano.

Chamber Cartel

Date City Venue
10/20/14 Atlanta, GA Goat Farm Art Centers
Time: 1:00am. Chamber Cartel performs Science is Only a Sometimes Friend as part of Elevate 2014.

Experiments In Opera

Date City Venue
05/31/19 - 06/02/19 New York, NY The Flea Theater
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 20 Thomas Street. Venue phone: (212) 226-0051. Experiments in Opera presents ‘Chunky in Heat’ a new opera with a libretto by A.M. Homes featuring music by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington and Matthew Welch. More information
05/05/17 - 05/06/17 New York, NY Symphony Space – Thalia Theater
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 25.00. Address: 2537 Broadway. Experiments in Opera presents Flash Operas, including ‘The Wallet’ with music and libretto by Aaron Siegel.
07/28/16 New York, NY The Stone
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20. Address: Avenue C and 2nd Avenue. Experiments in Opera presents New Choral Works featuring Ghostlight Chorus and works by Jessica Pavone, Jason Cady, Sasha Zamler-Carhart, Aaron Siegel and Matthew Welch.
10/16/15 New York, NY The Stone
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15.00. Address: Avenue C and 2nd Avenue. Travel Agency is On Fire: Burroughs Cuts up the Great Bards, featuring my piece Flesh Mr. Martin
05/06/15 - 05/07/16 New York, NY Anthology Film Archives
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 32 2nd Avenue. Venue phone: (212) 505-5181 x15. Experiments in Opera presents Video Operas with works by Jason Cady, Emily Manzo, Anna Mikhailhova, Aaron Siegel and Dorian Wallace
04/01/15 - 04/02/15 Brooklyn Roulette – Brooklyn
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 509 Atlantic Avenue. Venue phone: (917) 267-0363. EiO’s Story Binge featuring new work by Aaron Siegel.
02/13/15 - 02/21/15 New York Abrons Arts Center
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 20. Address: 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street). Performance of Sisyphus by Aaron Siegel, Jason Cady and Matthew Welch
05/02/14 - 05/03/14 New York Abrons Arts Center
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25.00. Address: 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street). EiO presents the premiere of Brother Brother, an opera about brotherhood and Orville and Wilbur Wright.
02/28/14 - 03/01/14 New York Abrons Arts Center
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20. Address: 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street). EiO presents Radio Operas featuring my opera ‘The Collector’ for actor, piano, flute and percussion.
02/09/13 Brooklyn, NY Issue Project Room
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 232 Third Street. Experiments in Opera presents ‘New Shorts’ featuring a premiere monodrama, The Collector, by Aaron Siegel.
05/10/12 - 05/11/12 Brooklyn Roulette – Brooklyn
Time: 8:00am. Address: 509 Atlantic Avenue. Venue phone: (917) 267-0363. Experiments in Opera Spring Series features two nights of new operas. Thursday May 10 will feature excerpts from Brother Brother by Aaron Siegel, To Scale by Cough Button (Dave Ruder, Aliza Simons and Lynn Levy) and a full production of Happiness is the Problem by Jason Cady. Friday May 11 will feature a full production of Borges and the Other by Matthew Welch.
01/16/12 New York Le Poisson Rouge
Time: 7:30am. Admission: $25. Address: 158 Bleecker Street. Venue phone: (212) 353-3474. This performance marks the inaugural event of the Experiments in Opera Festival featuring excerpts of new operas by Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, Georges Aperghis and Aaron Siegel.

Jonathan Ovalle

Date City Venue
10/31/12 - 11/03/12 Austin, TX Percussive Arts Society International Conference
Time: 8:00pm. Jonathan Ovalle will be performing the premiere of ‘Dioramas for Prepared Vibraphone.’

Mantra Percussion

Date City Venue
03/06/19 Bronx, NY Pregones Theater
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 575 Walton Ave. Mantra Percussion performs ‘A Great Many’ as part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide concert series.
01/20/19 Brooklyn, New York National Sawdust
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $25. Address: 80 N 6th St. Venue phone: (646) 779-8455. Mantra Percussion and Christa Van Alstine celebrate the release of ‘A Great Many’ on New Amsterdam Records with a live performance of the piece alongside the glockenspiel octet “Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend”
04/08/17 Vancouver, British Columbia The Annex
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $35. Address: 823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor. Mantra percussion plays ‘A Great Many’ as well as other music by Tristan Perich, Leslie Flanagan and Paul Dolden.
04/07/17 Bellingham, WA Performing Arts Center 155 – Concert Hall
Time: 5:00pm. Address: 516 High Street. Mantra Percussion plays ‘A Great Many’ and music by Tristan Perich at the Western Washington University.
01/25/14 New York Park Avenue Christian Church
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 1010 Park Avenue New York, NY 10028. Mantra Percussion plays ‘Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.’
09/23/12 Carlsbad, CA Carlsbad Music Festival
Time: 1:00pm. Mantra Percussion anchors an outdoor performance of Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.
06/18/12 New York Le Poisson Rouge
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: 15.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 158 Bleecker Street. Venue phone: (212) 353-3474. An excerpt from ‘Science is Only a Sometimes Friend’ will be featured on So Percussion’s International Night of Awesome(ness) w/ Nexus Percussion Ensemble , Amadinda Percussion Group , So Percussion , Meehan/Perkins Duo , Mantra Percussion , Akros Percussion Collective , Tigue and Siren.
06/01/12 Brooklyn First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 124 Henry St. • Brooklyn, NY 11201. Mantra Percussion will be presenting a full concert of my music for percussion as part of the Music at First Series. This event is one of three composer portraits in a series that also includes the composers Tristan Perich and Ted Hearne.

Memorize The Sky

Date City Venue
05/24/13 New Haven Firehouse 12
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 45 Crown St. Venue phone: 203.785.0468.
05/23/13 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 168 7th Avenue.
Tour: MTS Europe 2013
01/26/13 Paris Musee du quai Branly
Time: 4:00am.
01/23/13 London Cafe OTO
Time: 8:00pm.
01/22/13 Bruges Soulbar
Time: 8:30pm.
01/19/13 Brest Penn ar Jazz
Time: 10:30pm.
Tour: Memorize the Sky – “Creeks” Release Tour
12/19/10 Chicago, IL Hungry Brain
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 2319 W. Belmont Ave. Memorize the Sky with Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet
12/18/10 Toledo, OH Robinwood Concerthouse
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 2564 Robinwood Ave. Memorize the Sky with Jason Alder
12/15/10 Boston, MA Spectacle
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 17 Edinboro Street, 3rd Floor (Chinatown). Memorize the Sky with Aster (Ashley Paul & Eli Keszler)
12/14/10 Brooklyn, NY I-Beam
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 10.00. Address: 168 7th Avenue. Memorize the Sky releases our third full-length record, “Creeks” on Detroit-based Broken Research. This show also marks the start of a four-city tour celebrating the record and our 10 years of making music together. For more information visit memorizethesky.com.
05/15/10 Chicago, IL Chicago Cultural Center (Claudia Cassidy Theater)
Time: 6:30pm. Address: 78 E. Washington St.. Venue phone: 312.744.6630. Memorize The Sky (AS w/ Zach Wallace and Matt Bauder) perform at the Clean Feed Records Festival in Chicago.

Michele Kennedy

Date City Venue
11/19/16 New York, NY Arts on Site
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 12 St. Marks Place, #3F. Michele Kennedy sings selections from ‘Stay in the Sun’ as part of the Rhymes with Opera Salon.
11/22/15 Poughkeepsie, NY Dutch Reformed Church
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 70 Hooker Avenue. Michele Kennedy sings 3 selections from a newly commissioned song cycle.

NOBROW.collective

Date City Venue
11/05/15 Urbana, IL Smith Memorial Hall
Time: 7:30pm. NOBROW.collective performs ‘Science is Only a Sometimes Friend’

Omaha Under the Radar

Date City Venue
01/17/15 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 729 N 14th St. University of Nebraska at Omaha Percussion Ensemble performs “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.’
01/17/14 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 729 N 14th St. The University of Nebraska at Omaha percussion ensemble plays ‘Science is Only a Sometimes Friend.’

Robert Ashley

Date City Venue
11/19/11 - 11/21/11 New York The Kitchen
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 512 West 19th Street. Venue phone: (212) 255-5793. I will be performing in the ensemble of Robert Ashley’s early masterpiece ‘That Morning Thing’

Songs of Solomon

Date City Venue
04/30/19 New York, NY Schomburg Center
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 515 Malcolm X Blvd. Songs of Solomon performs selections from “I Will Tell You The Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About It” a work in progress collaboration between Aaron Siegel and US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Date City Venue
04/25/15 New York, NY Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1395 Lexington Avenue. YPC of NYC performs my new piece ‘The Mysteries of Nothing’ as part of their Radio Radiance Concert.
06/09/12 New York, NY Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y
Time: 7:00pm. Box office: 212-289-7779, Ext. 10. Address: 1395 Lexington Avenue. YPC will be performing my “The Light Comes Down” for four percussionists and chorus on their Spring Concert. There are two shows, one at 3:30 pm and one 7:00 pm.