Day: January 10, 2013
Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz Revisited (Wednesday) Released on Atlantic in 1961, “Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation” was a sonic boom in its time, a spirited and unwieldy experiment wrapped in the language of a manifesto. Paying tribute to such a thing is both easy and impossible, and what makes this one-time attempt so fascinating is the fact that its participants aren’t known for such unruliness. In addition to the saxophonists Joe Lovano and Jaleel Shaw, the lineup includes Jeremy Pelt and Tim Hagans on trumpet, Ben Allison and Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Billy Drummond and Matt Wilson on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25. (Chinen)
Andrew Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band Unlimited (Thursday) Mr. Cyrille, an important engine in avant-garde jazz for roughly the last 50 years, has recently been working fruitfully with much younger musicians — like the pianist Kris Davis and the bassist Eric Revis, with whom he’ll appear at Winter Jazzfest on Friday night. But Mr. Cyrille has also continued to connect with his peers, some of whom, like the trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater and the tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, appear in his 21st Century Big Band Unlimited. A 12-piece group, it was formed to play Mr. Cyrille’s compositions, in arrangements by Mark Masters, who also conducts. At 7:30 p.m., David Rubinstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Streets, (212) 875-5350, lincolncenter.org; free. (Chinen)
Tristan Honsinger, Joe McPhee, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Chris Corsano (Monday) Open expedition, strenuous and bursting with purpose, is the likely outcome of this collective engagement by four elite and texture-minded improvisers: the cellist Tristan Honsinger, the multireedist and trumpeter Joe McPhee, the bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and the drummer Chris Corsano. At 7 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $12. (Chinen)
Darius Jones MAE’bul Quartet (Thursday) With “Book of Mae’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)” (Aum Fidelity), the alto saxophonist Darius Jones lobs another depth charge into the post-bop swimming pool, backed by a rhythm section featuring the pianist Matt Mitchell, who rejoins him here. (Also on deck: the bassist Sean Conly and the drummer Chad Taylor.) This show will officially break in a new space for the Jazz Gallery, an important hub that lost its old lease at the turn of the year. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15, $10 for members in the first set, $10, $5 for members in the second set. (Chinen)
Tony Malaby (Sunday) Mr. Malaby, a saxophonist given to intelligent bluster, leads three bands in succession here, each with its own glow. Tamarindo, playing at 8:30 p.m., is a trio with the bassist William Parker and the drummer Mark Ferber, committed to spontaneous actions. Novela, which performs at 10 p.m., is a dynamic larger ensemble that executes his music in arrangements by the pianist Kris Davis. And his Paloma Trio, which closes up starting at 11:15 p.m., treads post-bop terrain with the subtlest of Spanish accents, with the guitarist Ben Monder and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
Winter Jazzfest (Friday and Saturday) A strategic overload of jazz and improvised music, now in its ninth year, the Winter Jazzfest subsumes a pocket of Greenwich Village, with shows running simultaneously at Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Zinc Bar, the Bitter End — and, new this year, Bowery Electric and the Culture Project Theater. Highlights abound, but take note of a trio featuring the bassist Eric Revis, the pianist Kris Davis and the drummer Andrew Cyrille (Friday at 10:30 p.m. at Zinc Bar, 82 West Third Street, Greenwich Village); a special edition of Nasheet Waits’s Equality, with the pianist Vijay Iyer (Friday at midnight at Culture Project Theater, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village); 40Twenty, featuring the drummer Vinnie Sperazza (Saturday at 8:45 p.m. at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, at Second Street, East Village); and Merger, with Andrew D’Angelo on reeds, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Ben Street on bass and Mr. Waits on drums (1:15 a.m., technically Sunday morning, at Culture Project Theater). Starting at 6 p.m., various locations; more information is at winterjazzfest.com; $35 each day, $45 for two-day pass. (Chinen)
Newsbits: John Zorn in Paris / Henry Grimes and others in New York / New Brotzmann Set / Pierre Henry Film
Jazz / Avant-jazz / Native American Music and Storytelling: Mixashawn (Lee Rozie) w/Henry Grimes, Zane Massey, & Billy Arnold at Ginny’s Supper Club / the Red Rooster in Harlem, Thursday, January 17th, 2013, 7-11 p.m.
Sarah Hughes & Kostis Kilymis: The Good Life [consumer waste]
This 5” CDr by Sarah Hughes (zither) and Kostis Kilymis (no-input mixing board) is made up of two long, absorbing tracks recorded in Oxford, England in early 2012.
Hughes and Kilymis are adept at creating atmospheric drifts of sound within a vast, open frame. Both tracks are characterized by subtle shifts of audio color in which sounds and relative stillnesses foreground each other reciprocally, each making of the other an apt object of attention. In a sense the covert subject of the recording is construction and dissolution of audio gestalts. Hughes’ zither tends to consist of a series of tonal and timbral interventions against Kilymis’ background surf of quiet crackling, breaking the quiet surface into a series of heard ripples which recede in due time. Thus the internal composition of both pieces, traced out in real time, is defined in terms of figure to ground relationships and their reversals.
This nuanced recording, which rewards the close listening it naturally solicits, is the audio equivalent of sparse stains of pigment on an expansive, off-white canvas or of delicately crafted objects scattered deliberately in an otherwise empty room.
From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:
THURSDAY 10/01/2013 – 20.30
BIGO & TWIGETTI present: JIM PERKINS & FRIENDS
This first label night at the Vortex for experimental record label Bigo & Twigetti will be a meeting of the sonic and visual arts.
Jim Perkins, Jeremy Keenan and Microseq combine digital sounds from the extremes of the sonic spectrum with field recordings, looping and live instrumental performance. Expect confrontational digital sounds, melodic conceptual compositions, ambient electronics and animated oil paintings by Em Cooper.
Performers include: Aisha Orazbayeva / Olga Stezhko / Red Gray
MONDAY 14/01/2013 – 20.30
DOMINIC LASH QUARTET
Bassist Dominic Lash has recently relocated to Bristol after a year in New York. The Guardian has written of his “explosive bass-strumming” and the Newcastle Journal of his “endless efforts to veer left of every known note or chord”. He formed his trio in 2009 with rising star pianist Alexander Hawkins (whose recent work has reached a “dazzling new apex” according to Downbeat) and drummer Javier Carmona (Ingrid Laubrock, Kicking Louise). In 2011 the band was expanded into a quartet with multi-reed player Ricardo Tejero (Ensemble Progressivo, Triatone), which toured Spain in the summer of 2012.
THURSDAY 17/01/2013 – 20.30
PINDROP PRESENTS: FLY AGARIC + JAMIE DOE (MAGIC LANTERN)
FLY AGARIC is a long-standing collaboration between four musicians who met during their studies. Jazz being their common ground, they each bring to the feast an array of seemingly unrelated and eclectic musical ingredients (African and Latin American dance music, Eastern European Folk, Classical and Contemporary music). Their material is original- at times thoroughly composed and arranged, at times riotously free. The band commands a broad palette of sound settings, starting with the conventional jazz sax quartet and expanding into less well-charted territory through the use of accordion, brass clarinet, percussion and extended techniques. Expect to hear tunes from their record “In Search Of Soma”, some totally new pieces, and songs of our dear friend Jamie Doe (The Magic Lantern) in a unique and unprecedented collaborative from: Fred Thomas (percussion) / Cesc Marco (piano, accordion) / Jiri Slavik (double bass) / Zac Gvi (saxophone, clarinet, toys) + Jamie Doe (vocals, guitar).
FRIDAY 18/01/2012 – 20.30
EMILE PARISIEN QUARTET + EYES OF A BLUE DOG
The Emile Parisien Quartet continues to impress audiences with spirit and maturity. Their originality emerges from the intense exploration of a range of styles and composers; from Coltrane and Wayne Shorter to Hector Berlioz, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg. Emile Parisien (Sax) / Sylvain Darrifourcq (Drums) / Julien Touery (Piano) / Ivan Gélugne (Double bass). Eyes of a Blue Dog: born out of the Loop Collective, tonight’s incarnation of Eyes of a Blue Dog sees trumpeter Rory Simmons and vocalist Elisabeth Nygård perform with visuals.
SUNDAY 20/01/2013 – 20.30
Mopomoso starts the New Year with three great sets of free improvisation:
Stefan Keune (sax) / Dominic Lash (bass) / Steve Noble (drums) trio
Known more in the UK for his work on alto and sopranino German saxophonist Keune brings out the baritone for what promises to be a blistering set with two of the UK’s finest. Sonic pyrotechnics of the highest order!
Hannah Marshall (cello) / Paul G Smyth (piano) duo
Ireland’s foremost improvising talent Smyth revisits a duo with remarkable cellist Marshall in a Mopomoso debut. Empathetic and inventive interplay across the spectrum.
Satkoko Fukuda (violin) / Henry Lowther (trumpet) / John Russell (guitar) trio
Well respected and highly musical trio make a welcome return, playing a rare music of poise and elegance. Engaging, open ended and fluid improvisation from three great players.
The concert, part of a two-week series programmed by the violinist David Fulmer, came with a clever title: “American Idyll,” a knowing pun on the ubiquitous pop-music competition television series. And like the potent recital by Conor Hanick that opened Mr. Fulmer’s series last week, this event showed that despite the passing of the John Cage centenary, Cage’s music continues to hold sway. Proof came in the concert’s concluding performance: a mesmerizing account of Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts (1950), its title a reference both to its structure and its participants. At times resembling medieval viol-consort music as daubed with a Japanese brush, the work is more rigorously constructed than it sounds: simple, plaintive motifs circle and recur, like fallen leaves caught in limpid pools.
From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:
FRI. 1/11 – Vance Galloway & Charles Buckingham, mysterious electroacoustic music
SAT. 1/12 – Seattle Rock Orchestra plays new works for orchestra, including selections from Beck Hansen’s Song Reader and others
FRI. 1/18, 8 PM – Amy Denio: Mythunderstandings, a collaborative multimedia storytelling work-in-progress with Tiptons Sax Quartet, Paul Che oke tenWagner and others
SAT. 1/19, 8 PM – Amy Denio: Mythunderstandings, a collaborative multimedia storytelling work-in-progress with Tiptons Sax Quartet, Paul Che oke ten Wagner and many others
FRI. 1/25, 8 PM – Dennis Rea Large Ensemble – chamber compositions and guided improvisations with Stuart Dempster (trombone), James DeJoie (bass clarinet), Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Kate Olson (soprano sax), John Seman (bass), Tom Zgonc (drums)
SAT. 1/26, 8 PM – Neal Kosaly-Meyer performs John Cage’s Writing for the Second Time Through Finnegan’s Wake and One7
From Arts for Art:
FRIDAY FEB. 1ST @ The Kabayitos Theater, 2nd Fl.
9PM: Cooper-Moore / Brian Price Duo
Cooper-Moore – handcrafted instruments
Brian Price – woodwinds
10.30PM: Tyshawn Sorey / Fay Victor Duo
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Fay Victor – voice
SAT FEB. 2ND @ The LES Gallery, 1st Fl.
10.30PM: Brian Settles Duo
Brian Settles – sax
Jeremy Carlstedt – drums
SUN FEB. 3RD @ The Kabayitos Theater, 2nd Fl.
The Sunday afternoons are designed as family-friendly events where children can participate, interact or simply be exposed with live performances, music, dance and words.
2PM: Kids-Ride facilitated/produced by Zak Sherzad
3PM: Daniel Levin and friends
Daniel Levin – cello
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
MON FEB 4TH @ The Kabayitos, 2nd Fl.
7.30PM: Dave Sewelson Group
8.40PM: Ingrid Laubrock & Mary Halvorson duo
Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone
Mary Halvorson – guitar
9.50PM: ATTIAS/MALABY’S BARISOP
Tony Malaby – soprano saxophone
Michaël Attias – baritone saxophone
Pascal Niggenkemper – bass
Jeff Davis – drums