Annie Gosfield is an old-fashioned cutting-edge type of composer: Her music might have nostalgic sources, but it’s never sentimental as she explores the humming, buzzing omnipresence of invisible electronic forces and obsolete technologies. Featuring music from her new Tzadik album Almost Truths and Open Deceptions, tonight’s program includes two works—Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites for violin and electronics and Phantom Shakedown for piano and tape—that pit performers against larger, sometimes overwhelming forces. Cranks and Cactus Needles, featuring Swedish quartet Pearls Before Swine Experience, evokes the clicking, hissing, distorted magnificence of hand-driven gramophones. In EWA7, Gosfield’s trio (with guitarist Roger Kleier and drummer Ches Smith) take an extended semi-improvised ramble through industrial rubble and belligerent noises excavated from the futuristic past.
Fri., Sept. 14, 9 p.m., 2012