Experimental Parkins gets amplified at Wood Street

Andrea Parkins’ upcoming Pittsburgh show is previewed.

Reveal for yourself what “sound art” means when New York-based experimental musician Andrea Parkins unpacks her laptop computer, her souped-up accordion and her bag of amplified found objects at the Wood Street Galleries on Saturday for a performance titled “Faulty (Acts).”

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From the Times:

★ BLOODCOUNT (Sunday) A few months ago the alto saxophonist Tim Berne released “Seconds” (Screwgun), chronicling the 1990s reign of this compellingly rough-and-tumble band. Now he has regrouped with its core members: the multireedist Chris Speed, the bassist Michael Formanek and the drummer Jim Black. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10.

ELLERY ESKELIN (Friday) Mr. Eskelin, a tenor saxophonist, teams up with a frequent foil, the drummer Jim Black, for some energetic abstraction. Also on board is Melvin Gibbs, a bassist who joined them on record a few years ago. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

FREESTYLE JAZZ (Sunday) Timbre and tonality are unstable elements for Peter Evans and Nate Wooley, trumpeters who play successive sets here. Mr. Evans plays duo with the bassist Tom Blancarte; then Mr. Wooley joins Adam Linson on bass and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. At 7 and 9 p.m., Jimmy’s, 43 East Seventh Street, East Village, (212) 982-3006, freestylejazz.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

BILL FRISELL 858 QUARTET (Tuesday through Thursday) The guitarist Bill Frisell originally formed this experimental string quartet — with Jenny Scheinman on violin, Eyvind Kang on viola and Hank Roberts on cello — for a multimedia project involving a suite of Gerhard Richter paintings. Here the ensemble holds down the first half of Mr. Frisell’s two-week Village Vanguard run. (Through April 20.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

VIJAY IYER (Wednesday and Thursday) For part of this performance, Mr. Iyer plays piano alongside the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Marcus Gilmore, as on his “Tragicomic” (Sunnyside), a strong effort due out this month. He also unveils new pieces for solo piano and electronics, and drafts the string quartet Ethel to perform “Mutations I-X,” a thorny suite drawing inspiration from technology and genetics. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, thekitchen.org; $10. (Chinen)

NEW MELLOW EDWARDS/CLAUDIA QUINTET (Saturday) The clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, who programmed this month at the Stone, appears in both these shifty, texture-rich ensembles. The New Mellow Edwards (at 8 p.m.), led by the trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, goes in for raucous thrust; the Claudia Quintet (at 10), founded by the drummer John Hollenbeck, reflects more of a chamber shimmer. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

OPEN LOOSE (Saturday) Together with the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and the drummer Tom Rainey, Mark Helias, a bassist and composer, walks a line between form and freedom, confirming that there can be rigor in both. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

VISION/RUCMA SERIES 2008 (Friday through Sunday) This concert series continues every weekend through May. Friday’s show spotlights Charles Gayle, an alto saxophonist and pianist devoted to the revelatory school of free jazz; Saturday’s will feature a quartet led by the vigorous bassist Michael Bisio. On Sunday the bassist Albey Balgochian leads a trio with Steve Swell on trombone and Jackson Krall on drums. Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m., Living Theater, 21 Clinton Street, near Stanton Street, Lower East Side, (212) 696-6681, visionfestival.org; $10, students $7. (Chinen)

New Release on Sachimay Interventions

From Sachimay Interventions:

Interventions #33: Michel Doneda, Jane Rigler, and Andrew Drury – Clean Brook, Loose Too: Michel Doneda (sopranino & soprano sax), Jane Rigler (piccolo & flute), and Andrew Drury (snare drum, floor tom, metal, stoneware) came together one sunny winter day in Brooklyn for a little less than an hour, and this is the result: Doneda’s high-precision jets of air, Rigler’s liquid microtones and percussive pops and clacks, Drury’s soft collisions filtered through the harmonics of drums, all mixed into a music of constant motion. Total time: 39:59.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

The White Mice – EXcreaMaNTRaINTRaVEINaNUS
The White Mice make barbaric, abused and terminal screwed-up rock music. The three piece throw at the unwary listener a mix bass, drums, oscillator ,overloaded vocals and the odd splattered dialogue samples- each track coming across like a massive and messy haemorrhage of noise rock.

Rebsie Fairholm – Mind The Gap
Mind the Gap mangers to mix electronica elements and beats with traditional English folk in a successful and rewarding manner with out sounding too new age like and keep a keen atmosphere.

Lothar Ohlmeier & Isambard Khroustaliov – Nowhere
Nowhere is an selection of tracks from a three year collaboration between Lothar Ohlmeier who plays bass Clarinet & Isambard Khroustaliov who handles electronics- sitting somewhere between improvisation, experimental electronics and avant jazz noodling.

Birchville Cat Motel – Gunpowder Temple of Heaven
Gunpowder Temple of Heaven finds Birchville Cat Motel in a more ambient, droney and growing harmonic warmth focus, though still built around Campbell Kneale distinctive guitar and sustained elements this feels more spiritual, calm and peaceful then much of his work.

Qulfus – Enos
Enos is the first new release in a bit from the San- Francisco label/ artist collective gigante sound who mix together sampled and experimental elements in an original and refreshing manner, but I’ll have to say I’m rather underwellemed by Enos.

Umbrella Music Through April 22

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 13 April 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Lonberg-Holm Solo
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | Matthew White s Fight The Big Bull
Bob Miller – trumpet
John Lilley – saxophones
Jason Scott – saxophones
Reggie Pace – trombone
Bryan Hooten – trombone
Cameron Ralston – bass
Matt White – guitar, tunes
Rei Alvarez – percussion, trap set
Pinson Chanselle – trap set, percussion

Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Elastic
10:00 PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 16 April 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | Fight The Big Bull with Ken Vandermark
Bob Miller – trumpet
John Lilley – saxophones
Jason Scott – saxophones
Reggie Pace – trombone
Bryan Hooten – trombone
Cameron Ralston – bass
Matt White – guitar, tunes
Rei Alvarez – percussion, trap set
Pinson Chanselle – trap set, percussion
Ken Vandermark – reeds
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Vandermark Soundclash
Full Force – Cutting Edge Big Bands

Thursday, 17 April 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Tatsuya Nakatani Solo
Tatsuya Nakatani – percussion
11:00PM | Albert/Baker/Abrams/Nakatani
Jeff Albert – trombone
Jim Baker – piano
Josh Abrams – bass
Tatsuya Nakatani – percussion

Sunday, 20 April 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Elastic
10:00 PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Tickets for the 13th annual Vision Festival on Sale

From Improvised Communications:

Tickets for the 13th annual Vision Festival, coming June 10th through June 15th to Manhattan’s Clemente Solo Veléz Cultural Center, are now available online and by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets are $30/night in advance, $35/night at the door and $20 for students and seniors with ID. A festival pass is available for $150. Admission to the festival’s two panel discussions on the role of art in the healing of New Orleans and building community in the arts, being presented on June 11th and 15th respectively, is free.