Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Martin Küchen/Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Carlos Santos – Vinter (Creative Sources, 2010) ****
Küchen, Rowe, Wright – At29 (Another Timbre, 2010) ***
Martin Küchen – Homo Sacer (Sillon, 2010) ****
Martin Küchen – The Lie & The Orphanage (Mathka, 2010) ***
Rafal Mazur & Keir Neuringer – Improwizje (Insubordinations, 2010) ****
Jason Ajemian & Daydream Full Lifestyles – Protest Heaven (482 Records, 2010) *****
Christoph Gallio – Soziale Musik (Vexer Verlag, 2010)

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New Releases from Leo Records

Out now on Leo Records:

Vlady Bystrov / Alexey Lapin Rimsky-Korsakov – Crosswise
Heinz Geisser / Eiichi Hayashi / Takayuki Kato / Yuki Saga – On Bashamichi Avenue
Atipico Trio ( Carlo Actis Dato, Davide Tilotta, Beppe Di Filippo ) Eqqueeqqua’ !!!
Second Approach – Event Space
Simon Nabatov – Roundup
Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky – Pieces for String Trio & Trumpet

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Laurie Anderson (Tuesday through Thursday) The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival opens this season with the New York premiere of “Delusion” by Ms. Anderson, the iconoclastic performance artist. This work, which had its premiere at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, is described by presenters as a “Homeric epic about longing, identity and memory.” A series of short, abstract plays, the piece, performed by Ms. Anderson on electronically enhanced violin with supporting musicians, evokes Tibetan temple horns and Arabic strings and conjures mysteries, ghosts and the dead. At 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene , (718) 636-4100,; $20 to $60. (Tommasini)

Hahn-Bin (Sunday) This dynamic young violinist, a protégé of Itzhak Perlman, opens the Resonating Light series at the Rubin Museum. With the pianist John Blacklow, he will play Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Schnittke, Cage, Debussy and Ravel. At 6 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea , (212) 620-5000,; $20. (Schweitzer)

Interpretations (Thursday) Two improvising duos open the 22nd season of a vital new-music series that spotlights innovators from the contemporary classical, electronic, jazz and world-music spheres. The first pairs the baritone Thomas Buckner, the producer and director of the series, with the maverick flute virtuoso Robert Dick; the second features Alexei Borisov and Olga Nosova, Russian multi-instrumentalists whose work ranges from textural electronics to lean, nervous postpunk rock. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242,; $15, $10 students and 65+. (Smith)

‘Maa’ (Monday and Wednesday) The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s only ballet, “Maa,” which has been staged only once, will have its American premiere to open the season of the Miller Theater at Columbia University. The ballet, described as abstract, evocative and dreamlike, is choreographed by Luca Veggetti. The score will be played by the excellent International Contemporary Ensemble. The event is a co-production with the Works & Process program of the Guggenheim Museum, and on Monday there is a preview of the ballet, offering performed excerpts, a discussion with the composer and the choreographer, and a reception open to all. Works & Process preview: Monday at 7:30 p.m., Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, (212) 423-3587,; $30, $25 members, $10 students. Premiere performance: Wednesday at 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights , (212) 854-7799,; $40. (Tommasini)

Red Light New Music (Monday) In recent seasons Symphony Space has been significantly raising its profile as a place that champions contemporary music. That effort continues this season, starting on Monday with the program “Between Classical and New, Variations on a Theme.” The transfixing Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s chamber work “Le Voci Sottovetro” will center a program by Red Light New Music that also offers news works by Liam Robinson and Charlie Wilmoth and what is described as a reinvented version of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, with the Red Light pianist Yegor Shevtsov as soloist. At 8 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street , (212) 864-5400,; $15; students, 65+ and children, $10. (Tommasini)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Wednesday) This modern-spirited big band, led by its namesake composer-arranger, recently made its Newport Jazz Festival debut with all appropriate enthusiasm. One anticipated feature of the group’s performance — a guest turn by the composer and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, a mentor and hero to Mr. Argue — didn’t come to pass because of illness. But the piece commissioned for the occasion, “Blow-Out Prevention,” was nevertheless performed, as it should be here. At 8 and 10 p.m., Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121,; $20 cover, with a $10 minimum (Chinen)

Coltrane Revisited (Tuesday through Thursday) In commemoration of John Coltrane, whose 84th birthday would have fallen next week, the saxophonist Joe Lovano leads a band with the pianist Steve Kuhn, the bassist Lonnie Plaxico and the drummer Andrew Cyrille. The same group has convened — in this place, at this time — for a handful of years, giving the engagement an appropriate sacramental twinge. (Through Sept. 25.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080,; $30 side seating, $40 center seating, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (Thursday) The drummer and composer John Hollenbeck inhabits a world of gleaming modernity, and “Eternal Interlude” (Sunnyside) — the most recent album by his Large Ensemble, one of last year’s standout jazz releases — reflects the clarity and brightness of his vision. Timbre is his forte as much as rhythm: his strategies for the band often involve an autumnal rustle of woodwinds and a billowing swirl of brass. At 8 and 10 p.m., Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121,; $20 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Jon Irabagon Trio (Friday) A saxophonist of formidable technique and frisky temperament, Jon Irabagon has a new album, “Foxy” (Hot Cup), featuring Peter Brendler, a peer, on bass and Barry Altschul, an approving elder, on drums. Appearing in an intimate setting, he enlists a less august but equally capable crew, with the bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., Bar Next Door, 129 Macdougal Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 529-5945,; $12 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Masada String Trio / Erik Friedlander (Sunday) John Zorn’s Jewish-folk-inspired Masada concept has spawned many offshoots, and this trio — with Mark Feldman on violin, Mr. Friedlander on cello and Greg Cohen on bass — ranks among the starkest and best. The group performs a single set here, with music from “Haborym: The Book of Angels Vol. 16” (Tzadik), at 8 p.m.; at 10, Mr. Friedlander plays a solo recital, drawing from a similar wellspring of material. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $25 for the first set, $20 for the second set. (Chinen)

Stellar Regions’ (Thursday) One of John Coltrane’s horizon-scanning late-period classics receives a spirited interpretation — on what would have been his 84th birthday — courtesy of the tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis and the drummer Michael Wimberly, along with Mark Feldman on violin, Roberta Piket on piano and Dave Hofstra on bass. At 8 p.m., Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Avenue, near Seventh Street, East Village , (212) 477-0666,; $15 suggested donation. (Chinen)

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Releases on Utech Records

From Utech:

Artist: Aural Fit
Title: Mubomuso
Released: September 4, 2010

Artist: White Static Demon
Title: Apparitions
Released: September 4, 2010

Artist: White Static Demon
Title: Decayed
Released: September 4, 2010

Artist: RST
Title: The Sunset Limited
Released: September 4, 2010

Artist: The Human Quena Orchestra
Title: A Natural History of Failure
Released: September 4, 2010

Mike Patton: Cult Icon Tackles Italian Orch-Pop

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From ALARM Press:

Loosely translating to “dog’s world,” Mondo Cane was a massive undertaking, consuming months and months just to prepare for the initial three performances. Patton had his selections transcribed and began working with a 10-piece band, while a conductor was put in charge of a 40-piece orchestra.

There were no initial plans for the dozens of concerts that would follow, nor plans to record an album — but at some point, Patton figured that this effort warranted documentation. Italian producer/composer Daniele Luppi came on board for arrangements, and over three new concerts in 2008, the group took part in live recordings that would be assembled into the first of two Mondo Cane albums, released in May of 2010.

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