Jazz Listings from the New York Times


From NYTimes.com:

Jaga Jazzist (Sunday) Twitchy but earnest, with a deep investment in electronic texture, this nine-piece Norwegian band doesn’t often make its way here, making this a noteworthy occasion right out of the gate. The group, which includes shrewd improvisers like the saxophonist-guitarist-keyboardist Lars Horntveth and the trumpeter-bassist-vibraphonist Mathias Eick, has a new EP, “Bananfluer Overalt,” due out on Ninja Tune this month. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $20. (Chinen)

Eri Yamamoto Trio (Sunday) “In Each Day, Something Good” (Aum Fidelity) is the most recent album from the pianist Eri Yamamoto, who based its reflective 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, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

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Classical Music Listing from the New York Times


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From NYTimes.com:

Bargemusic (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday) The programming at this intimate floating concert hall ranges far and wide this week. On Friday the cellist Yoed Nir plays unaccompanied works by Cassado, Ligeti, Bach and Piazzolla, and Saturday the pianists Philip Edward Fisher and Steven Beck play piano duets by Schubert and Beethoven (including a transcription of the “Grosse Fuge”). The Cassatt Quartet plays string quartets by Beethoven (Op. 131) and Barber, as well as the Brahms F minor Quintet (Op. 34), with the pianist Ursula Oppens, on Sunday. And in a pair of contemporary programs, the pianist Olga Vinokur plays music by Barber, Scott Wheeler, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, Wayne Barker and Aaron Jay Kernis, on Wednesday, and two new-music groups — the American Modern Ensemble and Deoro — join forces in a freewheeling program on Thursday. Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083, bargemusic.org; $35, $30 for 65+; $15 for students, except Sunday, which is $40, $35 for 65+; $15 for students. (Kozinn)

Rite of Summer Festival (Saturday) This new festival of free new-music concerts begins with Terry Riley’s proto-Minimalist classic, “In C,” performed by an ensemble of 40 players led by the keyboardist Jed Distler. You never know exactly what you’ll get with “In C,” since the individual musicians within the ensemble can work through the score at whatever pace they see fit. But Mr. Distler has overseen several engaging performances of the work at the Cornelia Street Café in recent years, and this outdoor reading looks promising. At 1 and 3 p.m., Colonels’ Row, Governors Island

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Three Night Benefit at Gallery 1412


From Seattle’s Gallery 1412:

THURS JULY 14
Luke Heath, guitar and voice
John Teske, double bass
Kate Olson duo

FRI JULY 15
Andy Vaughan
Greg Campbell, percussion
Hoskin/Shook/Wilcox/Welch saxophone quartet
pies by Jordan O’Jordan

SAT JULY 16
Underkulture Theatre Project
Andrew Boscardin, guitar
Gust Burns/Wilson Shook duo
Big Crinkly Trio

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Upcoming Scott Amendola Shows


Scott Amendola

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From ScottAmendola.com:

July 7, 2011
Starry Plough
Berkeley, CA
Think Of Trees
Amendola vs. Blades
Phillip Greenlief-GE Stinson-Scott Amendola
Ava Mendoza/Nick Tamburro Duo

July 12, 2011
Jazz Alley
Seattle, WA
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter-7 string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

July 13, 2011
Jazz Alley
Seattle, WA
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter-7 string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

July 15, 2011
Freight & Salvage
Berkeley, CA
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter-7 string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

July 16, 2011
Freight & Salvage
Berkeley, CA
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter-7 string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

July 17, 2011
Dana Street Roasting Company
Mountain View, CA
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter-7 string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

July 18, 2011
Stanford Jazz Workshop
Stanford, CA
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter-7 string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

July 28, 2011
Stanford Shopping Center
Stanford, CA
Scott Amendola Quartet
Erik Deutsch-keys
Josh Smith-tenor saxophone
John Shifflett-bass
Scott Amendola-drums

July 30, 2011
Red Poppy Art House
San Francisco, CA
Erik Deutsch/Scott Amendola/John Shifflett Trio
Erik Deutsch-piano
John Shifflett-bass
Scott Amendola-drums

August 26, 2011
Jazz Festival Willisau
Willisau, Switzerland Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline-guitars, Yuka Honda-keyboards, Trevor Dunn-bass, Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

August 28, 2011
Jazzfestival Saafelden
Saafelden, Austria Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline-guitars, Yuka Honda-keyboards, Trevor Dunn-bass, Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

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Newsbits


Mary Halvorson will be returning to the studio to record her next release, a follow-up to Saturn Sings.

Salim Ghazi Saeedi has made his 2010 release Iconophobic available for free streaming.

William Bowers has a new experimental / ambient release out on Already Dead Tapes, entitled Soundtracks #2.

Another review of the Undead Jazzfest is available.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews


Ellery Eskelin

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From Free Jazz:

Splice – Lab (Loop Records 2011) ****
Kontra Trio – Jeux Circulaires (Between The Lines, 2011) ****
Fire! with Jim O’Rourke – Unreleased (Rune Grammofon, 2011) *****
Joe McPhee‘s Survival Unit III – Synchronicity (Harmonic Convergence, 2011) ****½
Ellery Eskelin – Trio New York (Prime Source, 2011) ***½

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Vision Fest Performances on BBC Radio 3


David S. Ware

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From Jazz on 3:

This week’s programme comes with a health warning. The Jazz on 3 team has been sampling the recent Vision Festival in New York and has selected three blends of heavy-duty, import-strength music. A band called Pulverize the Sound isn’t likely to pull any punches, but the sheer force of their electro-acoustic music is still startling on the ear. Inside this though is a subtlety brought about by trumpeter Peter Evans’ technical prowess and the ensemble’s elastic approach to rhythm. Your impression of the group may be very different by the end of the set.

Next up is Paradoxical Frog, cutting out some of the decibels but none of the intensity. Led by saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, this trio explores free improvisation through a soundworld that is closer to contemporary classical music, and is joined for this performance by viola player Mat Maneri. The band’s namesake in the natural world shrinks from an unusually long tadpole to a rather ordinary-sized frog, but there’s nothing anticlimactic about this music.

Our headline set comes from Planetary Unknown, David S. Ware’s new group whom we featured in last week’s album roundup, making its live debut at the festival. This is full on, unapologetic stuff, with Ware on top form and this group of veterans – including festival co-founder William Parker – encapsulating what the Vision Festival is all about. To help put all of this in context, New York critic Nate Chinen and poet/Vision alumnus Steve Dalachinsky are my guests throughout the programme. And, as a special treat Steve will read poetry, reflecting on the festival, commissioned by Jazz On 3.

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Ostrava Days Festival 2011


Pierre Boulez

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From Ostrava Center for New Music, a few features of their fest coming at the end of August:

The world premieres of Phill Niblock’s 23-minute orchestral work with video, Baobab (2011), performed by the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Petr Kotík, and Larry Polansky‘s new composition for Canticum Ostrava, directed by choir master Jurij Galatenko.

JACK Quartet performing Wolfgang Rihm’s “Concerto” Dithyrambe with Ostravská banda, an all-Xenakis presentation, and works by Elliott Sharp and the late Romanian-French composer Horatiu Radulescu.

Two of Morton Feldman’s rarely performed large-scale compositions: Piano and Orchestra, featuring Feldman’s longtime collaborators, pianist Joseph Kubera and conductor Petr Kotík, with the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra; and Feldman’s first work for symphony orchestra Structures for Orchestra (1960-1962), also featuring the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rolf Riehm’s monumental Wer sind diese Kinder for large orchestra (divided into 3 groups), electronics, and piano, performed by soloist Daan Vandewalle (Ghent) with Petr Kotík directing the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra.

Major orchestral pieces by Carola Bauckholt, Petr Kotík, Martin Smolka, and Galina Ustvolskaya; chamber orchestra works by John Cage, Ivan Buffa, Ji?í Kade?ábek, Berhnard Lang, and György Ligeti; and works by Charles Ames, Robert Ashley, Pierre Boulez, and Lejaren Hiller.

Cornelius Cardew’s The Tiger’s Mind (1967) performed by Ostrava Days Ensemble and directed by British pianist John Tilbury.

Violinist Hana Kotková (Lugano) performing Pierre Boulez’s multichannel electroacoustic work, Anthémes II (1998).

Soprano Katalin Károlyi (Paris) in Salvatore Sciarinno’s chamber opera, Infiniti Nero (1998).

Mezzo-soprano Salome Kammer (Munich) performing works by Carola Bauckholt, John Cage and Kurt Schwitters.

The prestigious 13-member Quasars Ensemble playing music from Bratislava

The debut of ONCE Trio, consisting of Conrad Harris (violin, New York), Arne Deforce (cello, Brussels) and Daan Vandewalle (piano, Ghent) and performing Morton Feldman’s 76-minute Trio (1980).

Works by emerging composers/former Ostrava Days residents Carolyn Chen, Alex Mincek, Kate Soper, Pablo Chin, John Lelly and James Saunders, as well as 30 resident-students of Ostrava Days 2011.
A 10-hour mini-marathon of electronic music, including works by Robert Ashley, Larry Polansky and Matthew Ostrowski (U.S.), among others.

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