July 31, 2010 Leave a comment
Tamagawa, Plus Tard, La Meme Jour… (Noecho Records)
Rapoon, Obscure Objects of Desire (Vivo)
Strom Noir, Luvyoo (CDR Ambsine Records)
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July 31, 2010 Leave a comment
Land of Decay is shipping a pair of new releases:
Artist: Neil Jendon
Title: “Male Fantasies”
The pieces on here range from being thick, noisy, abrasive passages to quiet serene and contemplative.
Artist: André Foisy
Title: “After the Prophecy”
Two tracks of string-based (mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, and violin) drones recorded in 2007.
From The Squid’s Ear:
Tatsuya Nakatani – Abiogenesis
Barre Phillips – Portraits
Ino / Imai / Dorner / Nori – Rostbestandige Zeit
Giacinto Scelsi – Tre Canti Popolari + Due Componimenti Impetuosi
Christina Kubisch – La Ville Magnetique / The Magnetic City
(Ville De Poitiers)
Inhabitants – A Vacant Lot
Asphalt Orchestra (Wednesday and Thursday) This explosive marching band, assembled last year by Bang on a Can, returns with new drills and fresh repertory by Yoko Ono and David Byrne. The parade steps in a different Lincoln Center public space each evening (Wednesday at Broadway Plaza, Thursday at Hearst Plaza). (Through Aug. 8.) At 7 p.m., Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500, new.lincolcenter.org/live; free. (Steve Smith)
William Brittelle and Amercan Contemporary Music Ensemble (Tuesday) Mr. Brittelle, a composer and vocalist with one foot in the classical world and the other in pop, presents “Television Landscape,” a cycle of colorful, moving art-rock songs dealing with emotional isolation and environmental concerns. Sharing the bill is the outstanding American Contemporary Music Ensemble, which will offer premiere selections from “Future Shock,” Mr. Brittelle’s instrumental cycle in progress. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, West Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $12. (Smith)
Caramoor International Music Festival (Friday and Thursday) On Friday at this elegant estate, the pianist Christopher O’Riley plays his reimaginings of songs by R.E.M., Nirvana, Pink Floyd and Radiohead, as well as music by Ravel, Shostakovich and Thomas Adès. On Thursday the Jasper String Quartet play Haydn, Berg and the premiere of Annie Gosfield’s “Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon,” inspired by the radio transmissions of the French resistance during World War II. Friday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Caramoor Festival, Spanish Courtyard, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, N.Y. , (914) 232-1252, caramoor.org; $15 to $35. (Schweitzer)
Maverick Concerts (Saturday and Sunday) The annual Woodstock Beat Benefit Concert, Saturday at 8 p.m., features Nexus and So Percussion, collaborating on Steve Reich’s monumental “Drumming,” with Mr. Reich present. An endearing quirk of this festival is that it is held in an open barn, which allows the sounds of nature and music to mingle. On Sunday at 4 p.m., the superb violinist Lara St. John plays the unaccompanied Partita No. 1 (BWV 1002) and the Sonata No. 3 (BWV 1005) from Bach, as well as Ysaye’s magnificent D minor Sonata (Op. 27, No. 3). Maverick Concerts, 120 Maverick Road, between Routes 28 and 375, West Hurley, N.Y. , (845) 679-2079, woodstockguild.org. The benefit is $100 for the seats in the first three rows and a preconcert party; $60 for seats in the concert barn; and $20 for seats in a tent outside. Sunday’s concert: $25 to $40; $5 for students; free for children under 12; outdoor seating on a pay-what-you-can plan. (Kozinn)
Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg (Monday) These two pianists celebrate their excellent recent recording on the Bridge label of Messiaen’s kaleidoscopic “Visions de l’Amen,” a majestic work for two pianos he wrote in 1943 shortly after having been released from a prisoner-of-war camp. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $20 in advance; $15 at the door. (Schweitzer)
In the Times:
Kris Davis (Saturday) Ms. Davis, a pianist of restless intelligence, celebrates the release of two strikingly dissimilar albums here, one per set. At 8:30 p.m. she’ll regroup with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Tom Rainey to play material from “Good Citizen” (Fresh Sound/New Talent), a new piano trio album. And at 10:30 she’ll work in another trio, this one more of a willful collective, with Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones and Tyshawn Sorey on drums; their album, released in May, is “Paradoxical Frog” (Clean Feed). Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
Devin Gray Trio (Friday) An up-and-coming drummer along jazz’s avant-garde axis, Devin Gray presents his own compositions with a promising trio, featuring the veteran tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the stalwart bassist John Hébert. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 789-2762, tealoungeny.com; $5 suggested donation. (Chinen)
Mary Halvorson Trio (Thursday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson, a calmly prickly and increasingly prominent presence on the avant-garde landscape, leads a working trio with John Hébert on bass and Ches Smith on drums; their repertory will largely feature new material, much of it from “Saturn Sings” (Firehouse 12), due out this fall. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
Darius Jones (Friday) Mr. Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone, and as an improviser he’s fearless but disciplined. Last year he released “Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)” (Aum Fidelity), a serious debut featuring his pianoless trio. This performance will feature a quartet with the pianist David Bryant, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Ches Smith. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15, $10 for students and under 30; free for members. (Chinen)
Eri Yamamoto Trio (Sunday) “In Each Day, Something Good” (Aum Fidelity) is the reflective new album from the pianist Eri Yamamoto, who based its themes on a silent film by Yasujiro Ozu. Her sympathetic partners, here as on the album, are the bassist David Ambrosio and the drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
A Frank Zappa statue is to be dedicated in Baltimore this September.
A preorder of the latest release from the Chicago Odense Ensemble is available.
Battles has scheduled two shows and is planning a new release.
Netlabel Feedback Loop has a new release out: I’ve Lost – Dissociative Fugue.
The Chicago Reader laments the end of Extraordinary Popular Delusions’ run at Chicago’s Hotti Biscotti.
The Improvisor Festival takes place next month in a number of cities and features performances by Andrea Centazzo, Davey Williams, Henry Kaiser, LaDonna Smith, Wally Shoup, Chris Cochrane, Shaking Ray Levis, Col Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge, Gino Robair and Ut Gret
July 28, 2010
Cecilia Lopez Musica Mecanica para Chapas, Issue Project Room
Facundo Gomez, David Kent, Cecilia Lopez, Owen Stewart-Robertson, Jacob Wick
Tucker Dulin with Andrew Lafkas, Issue Project Room
Tucker Dulin, Andrew Lafkas
July 27, 2010
Aram Shelton Quartet, Douglass Street Music Collective
Anton Hatwich, Keefe Jackson, Marc Riordan, Aram Shelton
Arena of Good Sports, Douglass Street Music Collective
Matt Bauder, Keefe Jackson, Marc Riordan, Aram Shelton, Josh Sinton, Owen Stewart-Robertson
This Sporting Life, Douglass Street Music Collective
Jonathan Goldberger, Josh Sinton, Owen Stewart-Robertson, Jacob Wick
July 29, 2010 Leave a comment
From London’s Vortex:
Parker / Edwards / Marsh
Saxophonist Evan Parker’s free improvisation residency featuring regular collaborators and mainstays of the London improvising scene, bassist John Edwards and drummer Tony Marsh. ‘…(Parker) has redefined the art of the possible on the saxophone’ (AllAboutJazz).
Jon Lloyd Quintet
The Jon Lloyd Quintet is a new group playing a contemporary synthesis of ECM, post-bop, free-jazz and modal styles. The group comprises several great musicians at the top of their game. John Law is currently touring with his highly successful Art of Sound Trio. Drummer Asaf Sirkis plays with Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio and Gary Husband, as well as with his own group. Guitarist Rob Palmer has worked with violinist Phil Wachsmann and composer Daniel Biro. Rodney Teague is a superb session electric bassist. Jon Lloyd is a soprano saxophonist best known for his free-jazz quartet featuring John Law, Paul Rogers and Mark Sanders and many other improvised, jazz and composed projects.
Kammer Klang hosts the French pianist Benoit Delbecq and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch from Canada, joined by Lucy Railton on cello and Serge Vuille on percussion, to perform original compositions, improvisations and music by Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis.
Evan Parker Trio
In his monthly free improvisation residency Evan Parker is joined by guitarist John Russell and drummer Dave Solomon. Known as an acoustic guitarist Russell will be playing electric guitar in public for the first time since 1977.
July 29, 2010 Leave a comment
During more than 35 years at the helm of the Kollektief, a well-traveled ensemble of 10 or 11 pieces, Mr. Breuker pursued an almost textbook postmodern agenda. His compositions drew from both high and low culture, throwing Kurt Weill into the blender with ragtag circus music.
“He presents pageants, one piece always segueing into the next, of juxtapositions, exaggerations, perversions, pastiches of styles,” the critic John Litweiler wrote in his 1984 book, “The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958.” Mr. Breuker compared the desired effect to spinning two records at once, or twisting the dial on a radio.