From the Improvised Blog:
Kartet – Grand Laps
Steve Swell – Schemata and Heuristics for Clarinets #1
The Bad Plus (Tuesday through April 27) The Bad Plus, which has earned high praise for its audacious recasting of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” takes the concept of band unity to an extreme rarely encountered in jazz. Its lineup — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — can deliver a vicious gut punch in one moment and turn delicate as a snowflake in the next, always with a spirit of brave expedition. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $30. (Chinen)
Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri and Tony Malaby (Friday) The pianist Lucian Ban and the violist Mat Maneri have an established rapport — last year they released a lovely and restive duo album, “Transylvanian Concert” — that is sure to form a centerpiece of this concert. But they’ll also perform in a trio with the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, and Mr. Malaby and Mr. Ban will venture out into their own form of duologue. At 7:30 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)
Made to Break (Wednesday) At the crux of this experimental ensemble, largely out of Chicago, is a pliably inquisitive bond between the multireedist Ken Vandermark and the electronics artist Christof Kurzmann. With Nate Wooley on trumpet and effects, Devin Hoff on bass and Tim Daisy on drums, it’s a group that explores free-form improvisation alongside compositional ideas descended from the likes of Stockhausen, Sun Ra and electric-period Miles Davis. At 10:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15, free for members. (Chinen)
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom (Friday) Allison Miller, a drummer of propulsive adaptability, leads a slightly modified version of her dynamic Boom Tic Boom band, featuring the pianist Matt Mitchell, the cornetist Kirk Knuffke and the bassist Chris Lightcap. Joining intermittently on vocals, as on the recent album “No Morphine No Lilies,” is Rachel Friedman. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
Paloma Xtra (Saturday) Paloma Recio, a vigorous working band led by the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, explores shadowy post-bop terrain with the subtlest of Spanish accents. As the title of this one-nighter suggests, Mr. Malaby has convened a special edition of the group; it has Ben Gerstein on trombone, Ben Monder on guitar, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Dan Weiss and Billy Mintz on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
David Torn and Tim Berne (Friday) Mr. Torn is a guitarist and producer with a wizardly gift for abstract landscapes, and in his work with Mr. Berne, the alto saxophonist and composer, he has managed to keep finding new angles of attack. Their duo kicks off a guitar-centric new series, Six String Summit, in the tap room at a brewery in Queens. An opening set, at 8 p.m., will feature the guitarist Mike Baggetta with his quartet. At 9:30 p.m., Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St, Astoria, Queens, 718-606-0788, singlecutbeer.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)
Tri-Centric Music Festival (through Saturday) The Tri-Centric Foundation, organized around the music of the irrepressible avant-garde composer and multireedist Anthony Braxton, closes its sprawling festival at Roulette in Brooklyn with the semi-staged premiere of “Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables),” his new opera. The performances on Friday and Saturday nights will feature Acts 3 and 4; a Saturday matinee will cover Acts 1 and 2. A full schedule is at tricentricfoundation.org. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org; $30, $25 for students. (Chinen)
David Virelles Continuum (Sunday) A freethinking young Cuban pianist, David Virelles draws partly here from his 2012 album, “Continuum,” an ever-shifting amalgam of ancient folklore and avant-garde protocol. But where the album featured saxophone and percussion, Mr. Virelles strips down to a trio, with Dezron Douglas on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 7:30 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)
Robert Ashley Operas (through Sunday) The composer Robert Ashley had a devoted following, especially for his unconventional, often haunting operas with spoken dialogue, chanting, and experimental musical and narrative techniques. He died in March at the age of 83, just months after completing his final opera, “Crash,” which, under the direction of Alex Waterman, recently opened a presentation of three Ashley operas at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. “Vidas Perfectas,” a new Spanish-language version of Mr. Ashley’s television opera “Perfect Lives,” is the second production, also directed by Mr. Waterman. The series ends with what Mr. Ashley called a “speaking opera” from 1968, “The Trial of Ann Opie Wehrer and Unknown Accomplices for Crimes Against Humanity.” “Vidas Perfectas”: Friday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at noon and 4:30 p.m. “The Trial”: Friday at 2 and 4:30 p.m., Whitney Museum of American Art, 212-570-7766, whitney.org; $20, $15 for students and 65+. (Anthony Tommasini)
Bargemusic (Friday through Sunday and Wednesday) This intimate floating concert hall is, as usual, host to a variety of repertory this week. On Friday the pianist Gilles Vonsattel’s program is heavy on modern music by composers like Benjamin Shadow, Messiaen and Frederic Rzewski. (The Rzewski work, “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues,” returns as part of the pianist Thomas Schultz’s recital on Wednesday.) The barge’s artistic director, the violinist Mark Peskanov, takes the stage on Saturday with the pianist Doris Stevenson and works by Bach, Schumann and others. Sunday’s concert will honor Herbert Stessin, a longtime piano faculty member at the Juilliard School who died in 2011, and feature the pianists Orli Shaham, Jonathan Feldman, Rita Sloan and Sakiko Ohashi. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, 718-624-2083, bargemusic.org; $35, $30 for 65+, $15 for students. (Woolfe)
Collected Stories (Tuesday through Thursday) The centerpiece of David Lang’s Carnegie Hall composer residency is a week of concerts demonstrating the enviable range of his tastes. The first concert, “hero,” brings together Harry Partch’s “The Wayward,” a series of compositions based on Depression-era hobos, and the vocalist and harpist Benjamin Bagby’s dramatic interpretation of “Beowulf.” The next night, “spirit,” begins with Tuvan throat singing by the group Huun-Huur-Tu and continues with Arvo Part’s Passion narrative “Passio,” conducted by Julian Wachner and featuring the tenor Nicholas Phan, the baritone Dashon Burton and the vocal ensemble Tenet. On Thursday “love/loss” features retellings of the folk ballad “The Two Sisters” by the composers Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly as well as a performance by the alternative hip-hop group the Uncluded (the rapper Aesop Rock and the singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson). (Through April 29.) At 6 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $34 and $40. (Woolfe)
Concertante (Thursday) Messiaen’s searing but hopeful “Quartet for the End of Time” forms the centerpiece of this flexible chamber group’s program of wartime chamber works. The program also includes Shostakovich’s dark and powerful Piano Trio in E minor (Op. 67), which ends with a bitter dance of death. At 7:30 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, 212-501-3330, kaufman-center.org; $26. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Monday) This adventurous series, organized by the composer Victoria Bond, continues with the New York debut of the Blue Streak Ensemble, a chamber group founded by the composer Margaret Brouwer. The program includes works by Ms. Brouwer, Ms. Bond (selections from her opera “Clara”), Robert Paterson, David T. Little and Jonathan Tunick. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, 212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $20, $15 for students. (Woolfe)
Vijay Iyer and the Brentano String Quartet (Thursday) The composer and pianist Vijay Iyer, whose multistylistic works draw from jazz, classical and electronic music, joins the dynamic Brentano String Quartet in selections from “Time, Place, Action,” his recent piano quintet, written for the Brentano players. The program includes Mr. Iyer in several other works that can be heard on his new album, “Mutations.” This evening, is hosted by Terrance McKnight of WQXR. At 7 p.m., the Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, at Varick Street, SoHo, 646-829-4000, thegreenespace.org; $20. (Tommasini)
MATA Festival (Friday through Monday) This annual new-music extravaganza features works by 34 young composers from 17 countries. On Friday, the Talea Ensemble performs a new work by the Dutch composer Edward Hamel. On Saturday, the International Contemporary Ensemble and Neue Vocalsolisten offer a work by the Swiss composer Oscar Bianchi. On Sunday Neue Vocalsolisten celebrates Easter with avant-garde vocal music, and on Monday the Mivos Quartet and Mantra Percussion join forces for music by Daniel Wohl and Yotam Haber. The program also includes a piece by the Swedish composer Lisa Streich, which will be performed by percussionists on a bicycle. Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, thekitchen.org; $20, $15 for students. (Schweitzer)
From Just outside:
Dariusz Mazurowski – Back in Time (Mathka)
Eliška Cílková – Pripyat Piano (Mthka)
Małe Instrumenty – Kartacz (Bôłt)
Andrzej Bieżan – Polygamy (Bôłt)
Enrico Malatesta – Benandare (Weighter Recordings)
From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:
FRI, APRIL 18 – 7:30PM
Jason Lescalleet: “Trophy Tape”
$10 / AT ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES: 32 2ND AVE, NYC
ISSUE & Antholgy Film Archives team up for an eclectic/electric evening with Jason Lescalleet, one of America’s most dedicated sound artists. Lescalleet commissioned 13 artists to create videos for the 13 tracks on the first disc of “Songs About Nothing”, this show features this audio-visual album as well as a few extra special videos by New York artists who contributed to this project including C. Spencer Yeh, Adel Souto and Ellen Frances. Tickets are available in-person only at the Anthology Box Office 30 minutes prior to the show.
SAT, APRIL 19 – 8:00PM
Evan Calder Williams: “Violent X” with Taku Unami
FREE / $10 SUGGESTED DONATION
The US Premiere of Evan Calder Williams’ film Violent X features a live voice and synth improvisation by Tokyo-based musician Taku Unami with Williams. This performance joins its work of pulp and radical history to early instances of cinema narration and accompaniment and conjures in sound, words, and halting frames the high-speed chases and low-grade rip-offs that marked an era’s subterranean thought.
In a second set Unami collaborates with philosopher Eugene Thacker and scientist Jarrod Fowler in a musical and non-musical improvisation. Cryptic, empty, and uncanny concepts and objects will be performed, evoking biological horror, cosmic pessimism, and entomological science fiction.
MON, APRIL 21 – 8:00PM
WSB100: Elliott Sharp & Steve Buscemi
FREE / $10 SUGGESTED DONATION
RSVP (sold out!) guarantees entry until 8pm, after 8pm doors will be opened to capacity.
ISSUE and WSB100 present a celebration of the legacy of William S. Burroughs during the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth. Actor, director and writer Steve Buscemi and composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp continue their collaboration, creating a collage of sound and words integrating texts by Burroughs with Elliott Sharp’s vast soundworlds. Buscemi, who has a screenplay for Burroughs’ ‘Queer’ in development and spent much time with the writer in his later years, will lend his distinctive delivery and style to texts from throughout Burroughs’s diverse body of work.
WED, APRIL 23 – SAT, APRIL 26
Ultima Festival New York
Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, the Nordic region’s premiere contemporary music festival, descends on New York for its first stateside edition. Over five events in collaboration with ISSUE, Ultima Festival NY presents a rich program of diverse and challenging contemporary music as well as avant-garde sounds past and present from the Nordic countries. At the heart of the festival is a special focus on lesser-known and under-recognized Scandinavian composers working across and between electronic music and traditional composition. Cornerstones of the series include ambitious stagings of works not yet seen in the US.
WED, APRIL 23 – 7:00PM
ULTIMA: Catherine Christer Hennix & Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage
THU, APRIL 24 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Jacob Kirkegaard presents Else Marie Pade, Yarn/Wire
FRI, APRIL 25 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Henning Christiansen: Requiem of Art (NYC) Fluxorum Organum / Ne(x)tworks
SAT, APRIL 26 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Lubomyr Melnyk / Antti Tolvi
*at the First Unitarian Church
SAT, APRIL 26 – 8:00PM
ULTIMA: Serena-Maneesh & Vocal Ensemble / Frode Haltli
From Portland’s Creative Music Guild, the lineup of the summit includes:
Tim Berne, Amenta Abioto, Senses Sharpened, Pinkish, Scott Cutshall’s Phrasology, Rich Halley 4, Matt Carlson/Michael Stirling/Doug Theriault, Marisa Anderson, Reed Wallsmith, Heather Treadway, Dana Reason and more at Sandbox Studio.