In a suburban Silicon Valley garage, piles of digital and analog instruments surround Robert Rich and myself. A decades-long legend in the ambient music world, Rich works out of his studio, and as we’re sitting here, Afghan rugs hang from the wall and ethnic percussion instruments seem asleep in one corner. In another corner, homemade flutes constructed from sprinkler pipe lean up against the wall. Soundboards, meditation cushions and a full-surround mastering system comprise the rest of the environment. And it is indeed an environment.
Nels Cline, Larry Ochs and Gerald Cleaver (Tuesday) The guitarist Nels Cline, the saxophonist Larry Ochs and the drummer Gerald Cleaver share a feeling for exploratory narrative and bristling texture. They have also shared a stage, in one setting or another — but never before as an improvising trio, which should give this concert an extra push in the direction of discovery. At 8 p.m., Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, http://www.jackny.org. (Chinen)
Miles Davis Celebration (Friday through Sunday) This tribute to Miles Davis features two alumni of his bands — the drummer Al Foster and the alto saxophonist Gary Bartz — and one of his leading trumpet heirs, Eddie Henderson. Rounding out the band are the pianist Orrin Evans and the bassist Ed Howard. At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street, 212-864-6662, smokejazz.com. (Chinen)
Mark Dresser at the Stone (Tuesday through May 31) A master of abstract texture and extended techniques, the bassist Mark Dresser will be in residence next week at the Stone, with a different configuration for each set. He’ll begin with a solo invocation at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Among the other early highlights are a set by Trio M, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday; and Deep Tones for Peace Bass Ensemble, a bone-rattling bass choir that includes Rufus Reed, Mark Helias, Ken Filiano and Lindsey Horner, on Thursday at 10 p.m. At Avenue C and Second Street, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)
Vinny Golia (Saturday) Mr. Golia, a multireedist and pillar of the West Coast improv scene, performs a pair of sets with the earthy but pliable rhythm team of Max Johnson on bass and Tom Rainey on drums; for the second set, they’ll be joined by Ingrid Laubrock, an adventurous tenor saxophonist. At 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., I Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com. (Chinen)
Dave Holland & Prism (through Sunday) As on a recent album with the same title, the bassist-bandleader Dave Holland digs back into knockabout jazz-funk mode with Prism, a road-tested band featuring a famous old colleague, the guitarist Kevin Eubanks, along with the brilliant pianist Craig Taborn and the indomitable drummer Eric Harland. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592, bluenote.net. (Chinen)
George Lewis: ‘Afterword: The AACM (as) Opera’ (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Lewis, an accomplished composer and scholar, has also been the chief historian of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. This concert program, featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble and adapted from an opera that will have its premiere in Chicago this fall, builds on research Mr. Lewis did for his landmark 2008 book, “A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music” (University of Chicago Press). At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)
Ohad Talmor Grand Ensemble (Friday and Saturday) The saxophonist and composer Ohad Talmor has worked with large-canvas orchestration before, but rarely with as much momentous flair as he does in this aptly named band. Its lineup, with a total of 18 musicians, includes prominent peers like the trumpeter Shane Endsley, the trombonist Jacob Garchik, the saxophonist Josh Sinton and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at 27th Street, fifth floor, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. (Chinen)
International Contemporary Ensemble (Wednesday) Members of this intrepid ensemble — the guitarist Dan Lippel, the percussionist Nathan Davis, the harpist Nuiko Wadden and the saxophonist Ryan Muncy — offer a free program called “Untempered,” featuring music with alternative tunings by Larry Polansky, Peter Adriaansz, Ben Johnston, James Tenney and Lou Harrison. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, 212-352-3101, abronsartscenter.org. (Vivien Schweitzer)
Prism Quartet (Saturday) This virtuosic ensemble is a saxophone quartet, but prepare to hear sounds that transcend the traditional palette of that instrument in new works by Michael Daugherty, David Hertzberg, Emma O’Halloran, Viet Cuong, Jonathan Russell, Kyle Bartlett, Solon Snider, Mark Macaluso, Prism’s own Matthew Levy and the newly minted Pulitzer Prize-winner in composition, Julia Wolfe. At 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, 212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)
David Rosenboom (Friday through Sunday) The music programming at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building downtown begins, in a collaboration with Issue Project Room, with four concerts over three days. They’re devoted to this searching composer and performer, known for connecting his music to technology, mathematics and neuroscience. At 8 p.m., except for Saturday, which has performances at 1 and 8 p.m., 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, meatpacking district, 212-570-3600, whitney.org. (Zachary Woolfe)
From Arts and Culture:
From the first note to the last, they went hard. That’s what they do best. On Friday, May 7th, William Parker, Hamid Drake, and Peter Brötzmann, often referred to as the Die Like a Dog Trio, filled the Eldorado Ballroom with two hours of relentless presence, focus, and intensity. The concert was presented by Nameless Sound and Project Row Houses.
I’d never seen a cellist play with two bows simultaneously until Tuesday evening. But John Zorn’s music, always jam-packed, has seemingly grown so teeming that a single one just doesn’t suffice. In Mr. Zorn’s “Autumn Rhythm,” a solo given its premiere at Roulette in Brooklyn, the intense yet uninhibited young cellist Jay Campbell swashes one bow repeatedly through the air as he grazes the strings lightly with the other. Then he puts both bows to the strings, pulling them in opposite directions to create a scratching, ripping sound over an ominous tremor.
From the ISSUE Project Room:
FRI, MAY 22 – SUN, MAY 24, 2015
David Rosenboom: Propositional Music
Propositional Music is a three-day concert series presented by ISSUE Project Room in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, celebrating fifty years of pioneering work by composer, performer, conductor, author and educator David Rosenboom. In this series, Rosenboom and many longtime collaborators present a selection of his major works of experimental music spanning a half-century, from Continental Divide (1964) through Ringing Minds (2014).
Friday, May 22 – 8-10pm
Zones of Influence
$22 / $18 Members
Includes all-day museum admission
Saturday, May 23 – 1-4pm
Advanced Brain-Computer Interfacing in the Arts
(Public demonstration – free with museum admission)
Saturday, May 23 – 8-10pm
Ringing Minds & Choose Your Universe
$22 / $18 Members
Includes all-day museum admission
Sunday, May 24 – 8-10pm
Continental Divide & How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed On The Pilgrims
$12 / $10 Members
Tue, Jun 2
The Roast of Felix Bernstein: Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry
Sat, Jun 13
Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit
Tue, Jun 16
Sabisha Friedberg: The Hant Variance
Tue, Jun 23
C. Spencer Yeh: SOLO VOICE I-X
From John Butcher:
With Fred Frith & Therisa Wong
29 MAY – LONDON.
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8.
With Martin Blume & Wilbert de Joode
30 MAY – SCHORNDORF.
Club Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany.
31 MAY – MUENSTER.
CUBA, Muenster, Germany.
Terry Day Duo
05 JUNE – LONDON.
l’Klektic London SE1, UK.
Rhodri Davies duo
08 JUNE – PARIS.
Live recording for Radio France – free public addmission.
Meet at 18h30 at the Porte B of Radio-France, 116 Avenue Président Kennedy, Paris.
Vellum (with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas)
20 JUNE – BERLIN.
House concert – please email for details.
21 JUNE – WROKLAW.
Centrum Kultury Agora, Wroclaw, Poland.
Afternoon talk and evening concert (+ Moor/Kyriakides duo).
30 JUNE – AMSTERDAM.
Cafe de Ruimte, Amsterdam, Holland.