AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

31-Jan-08 Uri Caine
The Classical Variations (Winter & Winter)
Reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

31-Jan-08 Ryan Blotnick
Music Needs You (Songlines Recordings)
Reviewed by Martin Gladu

31-Jan-08 Nik Bartsch’s Ronin
Holon (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

31-Jan-08 Samo Salamon
Fall Memories (Splasc(H) Records)
Reviewed by Budd Kopman

30-Jan-08 Enrico Rava / Stefano Bollani
The Third Man (ECM Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

30-Jan-08 Samo Salamon
Nano (Zalozba Goga)
Reviewed by Budd Kopman


The Stone in March

New York’s Stone promises a hot March.

March 2008 at the Stone curated by Elliott Sharp

3/1 Saturday (DB)
8 pm
Melvin Gibbs Solo
Melvin Gibbs (bass)

10 pm
FLUX Quartet
Tom Chiu, Conrad Harris (violins) Max Mandel (viola) Ha-Yang Kim (cello)
In addition to string quartets by John Cage and Elliott Sharp, FLUX will break down to solo, duo and trio formats and present rare gems from the avant string repertoire. The Flux includes Tom Chiu and Conrad Harris, Max Mandel and Ha-Yang Kim.

3/2 Sunday
8 pm
Marc Sloan Solo
Marc Sloan (basses, waterharp, sampler/tapes/devices, voice, electronic alterations, sledge)
Marc Sloan will play electro/acoustic guitars testing the viscosity of air.


10 pm
John Richey and Lunar
John Richey (vocals) and members of his ensemble Lunar

3/4 Tuesday
8 pm
Marianne Nowottny
Marianne Nowottny (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion)
Singer/songwriter Marianne Nowottny performs this evening with her All

American Band, featuring Mark Dagley on guitar and Stirling Krusing on bass.

Expect tense, off kilter avant-pop, oscillating electronic motifs and dark

laid-bare vocals.

10 pm
Out Tents
Zachary Pruitt (guitar) Daniel Rovin (saxophone) Austin White (bass) Anders Zelinski (drums)
Out Tents featuring Zachary Pruitt, Daniel Rovin, Austin White, Anders Zelinski.

Local NYC Avant-Garde Rock Band

3/5 Wednesday (CB)
8 pm
Miya Masaoka and William Parker
Miya Masaoka (koto) William Parker (bass)

10 pm
R. Luke DuBois and Lesley Flanigan: Bioluminescence
Luke du Bois (electronics) Lesley Flanigan
Improvised vocal layers in electronics, from the

sublime to the insane.

3/6 Thursday (CB)
8 pm
Jin Hi Kim – Double Komungo Plus
Jin Hi Kim (komungo/electric komungo) Yoon-Jeong Heo (komungo/ajeng) Robert Dick (flutes)

10 pm
Ned Rothenberg with Alex Waterman, Mary Halvorsen and Peter Evans
Ned Rothenberg (reeds) Peter Evans (trumpet) Alex Waterman (cello) Mary Halvorsen (guitar)

3/7 Friday
8 pm
Tracie Morris
Tracie Morris (poetry)

10 pm
Bobby Previte’s New Bump
Bobby Previte (drums) Bill Ware (vibes) Brad Jones (bass) Ellery Eskelin (sax)
Playing music from their new CD “Set the Alarm for Monday”

3/8 Saturday (HHC)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Elliott Sharp (guitar) and many special guests
Come out and support The Stone! TWENTY DOLLARS

3/9 Sunday
8 pm
Wu Fei
Wu Fei (guzheng)

10 pm
Magnus Andersson Solo
Magnus Andersson (classical guitar)

3/11 Tuesday (SBTD)
8 and 10 pm
Frances-Marie Uitti and Marc Ribot duo
Frances-Marie Uitti (cello) Marc Ribot (guitar)

3/12 Wednesday (GG)
8 pm
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher (electronics)
A new piece for laptop including sounds of basketball games, played through an expanded sound system.

10 pm
Tom CHIU Solo
Tom Chiu (violin)
CHIU initial public offering is up for private sale. Special guests TBA

3/13 Thursday (MF)
8 pm
Jenny Lin
Jenny Lin (piano)
Music by Ustvolskaya and Shostakovitch.

10 pm
Rudresh Mahanthappa-Sporty Brown Trio with Ben Monder and Gerry Hemingway
Rudresh Mahanthappa (sax) Ben Monder (bass) Gerry Hemingway (drums)
The Sporty Brown Trio is a relatively new group. This ensemble debuted in

November 2006. This presentation features the great Ben Monder on guitar

instead of Craig Taborn.

3/14 Friday (CW)
8 and 10 pm
Masada String Trio
Mark Feldman (violin) Erik Friedlander (cello) Greg Cohen (bass) John Zorn (conductor)

3/15 Saturday (BLG)
8 pm
Elliott Sharp Solo: Octal
Elliott Sharp (Koll 8-string guitarbass)
World premiere of this suite of E# compositions performed on the Saul Koll 8-string electroacoustic guitarbass and celebrating the Cleanfeed release of the eponymous CD.

10 pm
Orchestra Carbon performs Quarks Swim Free
Elliott Sharp and Orchestra Carbon
This is the latest of E#’s algorithmic compositions for large ensemble based on genetic models, bird flocking drum choirs, and recombinant RNA.

3/16 Sunday (RK)
8 pm
Sirius String Quartet
Jennifer Choi (violin) Gregor Huebner (violin) Ron Lawrence (viola) Dave Eggar (cello)

10 pm
Brad Garton & Dave Soldier: EEG music
Soldier, a composer and neuroscientist, will give a short lecture on brainwaves, and with electronic musician Garton, use them to play electronic music. Some pieces will be “prosthetic music” in which brain activity is used voluntarily to trigger events, and other will be “unconcious music”, showing how you can now compose music without training, will, or awareness that you are doing it at all.

3/18 Tuesday (OL)
8 pm
Debora Petrina with Mike Sarin
Debora Petrina (piano) Mike Sarin (drums)
Debora’s debut at the Stone features her complex-but-swinging, multilingual songs (with a lot of piano playing) that recently won her the Piero Ciampi award for best new italian songwriter.

http://www.debora-petrina.com, myspace.com/deborapetrina

10 pm
2 Sky Trio
Jennifer Choi (violin) Marco Cappelli (guitar) Vong Pak (korean percussion)
2Sky Trio is a New York-based musical collective, dedicated to the research of a language which combines improvisation with through-composed scores.

3/19 Wednesday (JC)
8 pm
Jim Staley
Jim Staley (trombone)

10 pm
Mary Halvorson Trio
Mary Halvorson (guitar) John Hebert (bass) Nasheet Waits (drums)

3/20 Thursday
8 pm
Janet Feder Postcard Compositions:
Janet Feder (baritone guitar, prepared)

10 pm
Sabir Mateen Sextet
Sabir Mateen (alto and tenor saxophones, flute, Bb and alto clarinets) Raymond A. King (piano) Shiau-Shu Yu (cello) Jane Wang (bass, cello) Michael Wimberly (drums, percussion) and a violinist

3/21 Friday
8 pm
Anthony Coleman
Anthony Coleman (piano)

10 pm
Steve Beresford with Okkyung Lee and Peter Evans
Steve Beresford (piano) Okkyung Lee (cello) Peter Evans (trumpet)

3/22 Saturday
8 pm
Clockwork Mercury: Eric Mingus and Catherine Sikora
Eric Mingus (voice, bass) Catherine Sikora sax)

10 pm
Brandon Ross “Theorema”
Brandon Ross (guitars, banjo) JT Lewis (drums) Rubin Khodeli (cello)

3/23 Sunday (SK)
8 pm
Reuben Radding with Denman Maroney and Jack Wright
Reuben Radding (double bass) Denman Maroney (hyperpiano) Jack Wright (saxophone)
Three musicians well-known for stretching the sonic capabilities of their instruments join forces for a night of free improvisation, and rhythmically disorienting frog-jumping.

10 pm
Jon Gibson
Jon Gibson (sax, flute, keyboards)

3/25 Tuesday (KT)
8 pm
Mari Kimura
Mari Kimura (violin)

10 pm
Anthony Ptak
Anthony Ptak (theremin)

3/26 Wednesday
8 pm
Carl Maguire
Carl Maguire (piano, compositions) Oscar Noriega (clarinets) John Hebert (bass)

10 pm
Richard Carrick (piano) David Shively (percussion)
Alex Waterman (cello)

3/27 Thursday (MF)
8 pm
Virgil Moorefield—Things You Must Do To Get To Heaven
Virgil Moorefield and his ensemble
In his first NYC appearance in many moons, Virgil Moorefield will probe psychological space with his six-piece acoustic ensemble, performing his new CD “Things You Must Do to Get to Heaven” in its entirety.

10 pm
Kinan Azmeh
Kinan Azmeh (clarinet)

3/28 Friday (TD)
8 pm
Ron Anderson’s PAK
Ron Anderson (bass, voice) Keith Abrams (drums) Tim Byrnes (keyboard, trumpet) Jason Berry (saxophone, synthesizer)
Ron Anderson, Keith Abrams, Tim Byrnes (Friendly Bears/Hazel Rah), Jason Berry (Vacuum Tree Head). Ron Anderson’s PAK is back with a new line-up and a premiere of new music. “One of the best prog/punk outfits to emerge from NY in years!” Bruce Lee Gallanter – Downtown Music Gallery


10 pm
Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter (alto and tenor saxophones, flute, trumpet, clarinet) Demian Richardson (trumpet) Sean Moran (guitar) John Blum (piano) Ed Schuller (bass) Federico Ughi (drums)

3/29 Saturday (RK)
8 and 10 pm
White Out with Thurston Moore
Tom Surgal (percussion) Lin Culbertson (electronics) Thurston Moore (guitar)
Long-time co-conspirators White Out and Moore reunite for an evening of outside agitation.

3/30 Sunday (GG)
8 pm
Kacy Wiggins—QPE
Kacy Wiggins (quiet personal electronics)

10 pm
Italian Doc Remix with Marco Cappelli and Jim Pugliese
Marco Cappelli (guitars, laptop) Doug Wieselman (clarinets, sax) Jose Davila (trombone, tuba) Ken Filiano (double bass) Jim Pugliese (percussion)
Italian Doc Remix (IDR) is the result of the artistic exchange between Marco Cappelli and Jim Pugliese, whose mutual reverence for the villages’ ritual music brought them to the following statement:

reflect the process of memory’s distortion of the second/third immigrants generation, living in the new yorker cultural melting pot with a strong traditional back ground; give back to the audience a music at the same time far from the original source–for geographic, chronological and cultural reasons–and full of tradition’s elements: impossible to fit in any conventional standard.

Yet More on Elliott Carter at Juilliard

Another review of this ongoing performance series.

Elliott Carter has touched on just about every musical format in his long and prolific career, but chamber music is where he has always seemed the most comfortable, or at least the most inclined to experiment with language and texture. The Juilliard School has taken that point to heart in this year’s weeklong Focus! festival, which celebrates Mr. Carter’s music. The first and last concerts offer orchestral works; the rest cut a wide swath through his chamber music, old and new.

Eye-splitting din

Members of Wolf Eyes and various related groups are profiled.

As internationally known experimentalists, Wolf Eyes — Young, Olson and Mike Connelly — drags audiences back in time to the brutal, primordial origin of sound, summoning what can be sensed and felt, but not intellectually known (not even necessarily heard, what with all that noise). Such albums as Black Vomit, a project with renowned jazz-man Anthony Braxton, and songs called “Meat Wallet,” “Rusted Mange” and “Stabbed in the Face” (from 2006’s Sub Pop release Human Animal) rattle your spine and cram your head with shivering visuals. Sounds produce images.

Nicole Mitchell Interview

Flautist Mitchell is interviewed.

The best jazz flautist around today is back with another strong album. Chicago-based Mitchell’s imaginative arrangements showcase her versatile playing in its best light. The album starts in a swinging head/solo/head fashion then moves into more involved song structures as the disc wears on. Jeff Parker’s presence on guitar substitutes for Mitchell’s expansive use of percussion on her first three records. His rhythmic contributions often sit where the percussion once was and on more impressionistic tracks, like the beautiful “Sun Cycles,” adds many different colours. “The Creator Has Other Plans For Me” is a great riff on the title of the too-often covered Leon Thomas/Pharoah Sanders tune, while “Love Has No Boundaries” is greasy blues that breaks into a killer vocal riff by the end of the song. Like the Association for Advancement for Creative Musicians in Chicago, of which she is co-president, her music runs the gamut from blues to minimalism to freedom. Black Unstoppable is brimming with soul, the kind you need in your windy city during these winter months.