Baltimore Sun review of Loadbang

With a name as, um, loaded as Loadbang, you just know you're in for something different from the musicians who perform under that moniker. The make-up of the New York-based ensemble is unusual enough -- voice, bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone. The group has inspired an unusual repertoire to match.
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by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

More on Evolution JLA show from Time and the Bell

It’s a mild May evening in Baltimore, with only hints of the summer’s looming humidity, and John Luther Adams is asking Judah Adashi if they are really going to talk about baseball during their pre-concert interview. “Absolutely,” Adashi replies. “I wasn’t kidding.”
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by Elizabeth Nonemaker, Time and the Bell

Image-Music-Text on Evolution's JLA show

If I were to be straightforward, I like music that is in some way iconoclastic: individualistic, perhaps with a hint of the bizarre, or with a sense of commitment to a personal truth...
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by Douglas Buchanan, Image-Music-Text

Season Preview in JHU's The Hub!

When Judah Adashi started the Evolution Contemporary Music Series in 2005, Baltimore hadn't yet accrued the reputation for new music that it now boasts...
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by Bret McCabe, The Hub

City Paper previews exciting new season

The Evolution Contemporary Music Series, curated by local composer Judah Adashi, enters its seventh season with a theme explicitly linking contemporary music with the other arts...
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by Lee Gardner, City Paper

Baltimore Sun previews season 7

Composer Judah Adashi, founding director of the series, devised a theme for the new season that reflects remarks made by conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim: "You can only live in music … if you see the parallels with literature, if you see the parallels with painting, if you see the parallel with the development of political processes..."
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by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Evolution's "mesmerizing" Little Match Girl Passion one of the Top 10 Classical Musical Events of 2010 in Baltimore/DC

Dec. 6: The Evolution Contemporary Music Series at An die Musik. Judah Adashi led a finely responsive vocal quartet in a mesmerizing account of David Lang's "The Little Match Girl Passion," winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music...
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by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Evolution's Little Match Girl Passion "a major achievement"

Every now and then, you get lucky enough to be blown away by hearing a piece of music for the first time. I had that experience Monday night at An Die Musik where the Evolution Contemporary Music Series presented a performance of David Lang's "The Little Match Girl Passion," a work inspired by a sobering Hans Christian Andersen story...→Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Praise for Evolution's Little Match Girl Passion from The League of Ordinary Gentlemen

When I go to symphony halls or other elegant classical music spaces, I sometimes feel like an intruder in the courts of the cultured. An die Musik is different: you don’t have to be high-class; you just have to like music. Last night I went there to see a performance of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion, which was being performed as part of Judah Adashi’s thus-far excellent Evolution Contemporary Music Series...→Read more
by William Brafford, The League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Evolution Series highlighted in Where Magazine

The brainchild of composer and Peabody Professor Judah Adashi, the Evolution Series celebrates music by living composers with concerts performed at Mt. Vernon’s plush An Die Musik, a jazz CD store with an intimate music venue upstairs...→Read more
by Katie Knorovsky, Where Magazine

"Pioneering" Evolution Series praised on NewMusicBox

Within the last few weeks, our two pioneering new music series made their 2010–11 season announcements, and both appear poised to raise Baltimore's profile...Judah Adashi's Evolution Contemporary Music Series will present David Lang's Pulitzer-Prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion, and will bring ICE and Derek Bermel into town to play concerts and Alex Ross to talk about his new book. Locals are extraordinarily lucky to be able to hear these people in the intimate upstairs space at An Die Musik.→Read more
by David Smooke, NewMusicBox

Evolution "brings its 'A' game" for Season 6

I am not only thrilled about the new season of classical and contemporary music in Baltimore… I am drooling over it. Unladylike to be sure....To whet your appetite, I bring you the Season 6 announcement for the Evolution Contemporary Music Series. Judah Adashi, founder/director, certainly brings his “A” game to programming each season.→Read more
by Meghan Ihnen, The Sybaritic Singer

Evolution Series director Judah Adashi featured in City Paper cover story on new music in Baltimore!"

WIND THROUGH the warren of gates, passages, buildings, and hallways that make up the city-block-sized Peabody Institute and you eventually find yourself in an office whose sparse decoration consists mostly of a set of fliers for the Evolution Contemporary Music series...→Read more
by Lee Gardner, City Paper

"When in Rome" a Critic's Pick in the Baltimore City Paper!

Every year, the American Academy in Rome selects a handful of American composers to come study in the Eternal City for a year. The Rome Prize is a big deal in the galaxy of competitions, fellowships, and prizes that help make up the classical-music universe (Samuel Barber won twice)...→Read more
by Lee Gardner, City Paper

Evolution Series director Judah Adashi interviewed on WYPR

Composer and Evolution Series founder and director Judah Adashi was featured on WYPR's "Maryland Morning," discussing his own music and, in the second half of the interview, the Evolution Series.→Read more

Evolution "goes where few local organizations have dared go before"

On Tuesday evening at An die Musik, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series goes where few local organizations have dared go before -- contemporary Finland. Works by two very big names on the composer front, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg, will be performed, along with music by Esa-Pekka Salonen...→Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

"Finlandia" a City Paper "Critic's Pick"!

Perhaps no composer is as closely identified with his or her native country as Jean Sibelius is with Finland. He not only defines Finnish culture for many throughout the world, he literally helped define it with a host of renowned pieces based on his country's landscape and myths...→Read more
by Lee Gardner, City Paper

Review: "Compelling" Evolution Series presents contemporary English music

One week ago, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series presented a program titled Across the Pond, featuring works by Knussen, Harvey, Birtwistle, Adès, and a world premiere by Peabody professor Oscar Bettison. The Evolution Series uses the intimate space of Baltimore’s An Die Musik LIVE!, where instead of cramped seating, rows of pink overstuffed chairs help create the intimate atmosphere of a salon. Evolution Series director Judah Adashi mentioned that English contemporary music, as with its predecessors, characteristically calls for a high degree of quiet introspection, making this venue particularly well suited for this program. To set the mood, Vaughan Williams’s instrospective Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis was quietly piped through onstage speakers prior to the performance...→Read more
by Michael Lodico, Ionarts

Evolution Series "Across the Pond" a Critic's Pick in City Paper, Urbanite Magazine!

Judah Adashi was thinking about music—not unusual, since he teaches at the Peabody Institute. He had noticed a lack of concert series and ensembles devoted to the music of living composers. “People are doing everything under the sun,” he says, “but if you go to a symphony concert probably one of the latest pieces you’ll hear is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring”—which premiered in 1913...→Read more
by Brent Englar, Urbanite

Concert halls rarely go more than a week or two without multiple pieces of music from German, Austrian, French, or Russian composers on the bill. Pieces by English composers are fewer and farther between, however, and pieces by English composers more contemporary than early 20th-century eminences like Britten and Vaughan Williams scarcer still...→Read more
by Lee Gardner, City Paper

New music flourishes in Baltimore
Evolution series shows city has 'a vibrant scene going'

Has Baltimore become a haven for new music? It sure looks that way.

"I've always been optimistic about new music here," says Baltimore-born, Peabody-trained composer Judah Adashi, founder of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series.

"I'd definitely say that, with our series, Mobtown Modern, what Marin [Alsop] is doing at the BSO, and the High Zero Festival, we have a vibrant scene going. You might find something like this on every street corner in New York, but given the relative size of our town, there are really dynamic things on almost any given night," Adashi says. →Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

5th anniversary season

The Evolution Contemporary Music Series is pleased to announce its fifth season! Click here for details, and check back often for updates.

Mobtown, Evolution give Baltimore needed jolt

Last night, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, founded and directed with great commitment by Judah Adashi and based at An die Musik, saluted Theofanidis, who recently left the Peabody faculty for Yale's. The program provided a fascinating sample of the composer's solo and small ensemble pieces, all of them reflecting the Theofanidis trademarks of refined craftsmanship, structural clarity and neo-tonal, unapologetic accessibility. →Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Amy Briggs brilliant in tough American piano music

In the space of about two hours last night, pianist Amy Briggs dove into the daunting field of modern American music -- at one point, nose-first (literally) -- and demonstrated the diverse richness of that repertoire in brilliant fashion. →Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Concert honors Marin Alsop's advocacy for new music

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop was hailed -- and hailed and hailed -- last night as a champion of living composers during a nearly three-hour event presented by the Evolution Contemporary Music Series that drew a standing-room-only crowd to An die Musik. Two of those composers, Christopher Rouse and Kevin Puts (who has studied with Rouse), were on hand to join in the praise during a pre-concert discussion with her and, later, in remarks to the audience before their works were performed…the remarkable concert balanced works by Rouse and Puts with those by two other composers whose music Alsop has long advocated, John Corigliano and John Adams. →Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Modern voices at An die Musik

Founded and directed by An die Musik's composer-in-residence, Judah Adashi, the Evolution project has added a welcome dose of newness to the local concert scene. This particular venture was rich in unusual experiences. →Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Bold new piano music

Baltimore doesn't have a thriving new music scene, but it got a welcome boost with the arrival last year of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series at An die Musik, run by composer Judah Adashi. For its season-opening concert Friday night, the series offered a heady and hefty sampling of American piano music from the past 25 years. I caught the first half of the program, which included two particularly impressive achievements. →Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Long-overdue attention for composer Maw

Like prophets, some composers don't get heard often enough. British-born Nicholas Maw, a longtime Washington resident and faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory, should be a household name here. This composer of uncompromising seriousness, extraordinary imagination and uncommon expressive weight is hardly ever acknowledged locally. →Read more
by Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun