Kaneko to host Eko Nova contemporary classical new music series; New Live at O’Leaver’s recordings; Use Your Voice benefit concert tonight

Cultural nonprofit organization Kaneko has partnered with the Omaha Chamber Music Society to host a contemporary classical “new music” series entitled Eko Nova.

The project, curated by artistic director and Omaha Symphony clarinetist John Klinghammer, is intended to introduce a new audience to classical new music compositions, performed by talented musicians from the state and Midwest region. Klinghammer says that the partnership was a result of mutual interest from Omaha Chamber Music Society executive director Stacie Haneline in connecting a diverse audience to innovative new styles.

“There’s been a real shift in composition over these last 20 years where composers are writing music in an effort to connect to audiences,” Klinghammer says. “Writing music that is plugged into the world around them, not meant for laboratories or conservatories.”

Klinghammer also felt challenged by the stigma attached to new music by some of classical music’s more traditional fans, who might prefer Beethoven or Mozart.

“They hear the term ‘new music’ and go ‘oh no,’ because in their experience, a lot of new music has been very cacophonous or lacking melody or difficult to listen to,” Klinghammer says. “That’s the perception people have and one I want to change.”

Eko Nova looks to expand on Kaneko’s mission, Founded in 1998 by international artist Jun Kaneko, the nonprofit strives to celebrate and explore the process of creativity through design, ideas, performance and innovation, according to its website.

The series kicks off Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. with Night Visions, a six-piece concert performed by flutist Maria Harding, violist Brian Sherwood and harpist Katie Wychulis. The concert’s theme revolves around the danger, magic and wonder of night time (RSVP here).

Tickets for Night Visions and for the Nov. 30 concert are available here at Koneko’s website and in person at 1111 Jones St in Omaha. The second installment features percussion team arx duo, which originated from the prestigious Yale Percussion Group.

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Live at O’Leaver’s has added another scoop of live recordings, featuring artists new to the series in Eli Mardock, Sam Martin and Once A Pawn.

The latest in a steady stream of additions also includes new songs by Roman Polanski’s Baby, Miwi La Lupa and Gordon. That bumps the number of featured artists to more than 70.

Find them all here, and sample the new recordings below:

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New online-based radio station RadiOmaha is now taking local music submissions to flesh out its song rotation.

According to its website and co-founder Rick Galusha, the streaming station plans to devote roughly 10% of its airtime to local Omaha artists.

Here at RadiOmaha our format depends upon playing quality local releases,” Galusha says.

Galusha says that RadiOmaha is soliciting active bands that are “out and making it happen.” Presumably, playing frequent concerts and releasing new music.

Interested parties are asked to contact Marq Manner at marq_manner@yahoo.com. Send 2-3 MP3 files with album art (a brief bio would probably also help).

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This would also be an opportune moment to remind readers that Hear Nebraska is always looking for new submissions for HN Radio.

We refresh the Nebraska music playlist, which sits at the top of the website, every week with new music, old favorites, live recordings and (sometimes) interviews. Often, I’ll also play submissions on Hear Nebraska FM, our Monday 8-10 p.m. radio segment on 89.3 KZUM/KZUM.org.

Email us at news@hearnebraska.org with song submissions and direction to more information about your band/project/etc. (One note: our playlist runs from Soundcloud, so it helps to have music uploaded there. We can help with that.)

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HN contributor James Dean was walking his beat last night, and stopped into Duffy’s Tavern to catch photos of Los Angeles soul rockers The Letters Home with Lincoln’s Vices and the Verses. See his photos below:

The Letters Home

The Letters Home | Duffy's | 9/16/2015The Letters Home | Duffy's | 9/16/2015

Vices and the Verses

Verse and the Vices | Duffy's | 9/16/2015Verse and the Vices | Duffy's | 9/16/2015

photos by James Dean

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Tonight, UNL Prevent and The Bourbon host Use Your Voice, a benefit concert for Voices of Hope. Curated by KZUM’s X-Rated Women in Music, it features Once A Pawn, Hana Zara, Mary Elizabeth (of Mesonjixx) and friends and Rachel Tomlinson-Dick’s new project Bien Fang. Lindsey Hand will perform spoken word as well. The show is free, but donations are encouraged. There will also be a raffle to benefit Voices of Hope, with prizes from Ivanna Cone, Tsuru, Amsterdam Falafel and more. RSVP to the event here.

Tonight, The Mynabirds return to Omaha to play Slowdown with Bad Bad Hats and new Omaha group High Up. As I’m sure most are aware, The Mynabrids — fronted by former Omaha resident Laura Burhenn — released its third LP Lovers Know in early August. In March, HN contributors Bridget McQuillan and Molly Misek filmed a solo performance with Burhenn at O’Leaver’s, which can be seen here. Also, tune in to 89.3 KZUM or KZUM.org at 1:30 p.m. to hear X-Rated: Women In Music’s interview with Burhenn. RSVP to the show here.