ONCE concerts blend the '60s and today

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From the Detroit Free Press, some shows coming up next week in Ann Arbor:

In the most tantalizing stroke, the festival’s founding composers Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, Roger Reynolds and Donald Scavarda — the late George Cacioppo was a fifth key conspirator — will reunite for concerts that examine their achievement from two perspectives: The first program, ONCE THEN, assembles their works from the early ’60s, while the second program, ONCE NOW, offers recent pieces.

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Bassist Michael Formanek at Jazz Standard

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From NYTimes.com:

Michael Formanek played the first notes at the Jazz Standard on Wednesday night, his double bass clamped in a bear hug. The notes came fast and hit squarely, with articulate force. Mr. Formanek was flanked by several partners — the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the pianist Craig Taborn, the drummer Gerald Cleaver — but for the moment it was just his roomy, rubbery tone filling the air, preceding the formation of a theme.

This month Mr. Formanek released “The Rub and Spare Change” (ECM), his first album in more than a decade, with these same deep-focus musicians. The album is stern business, but also graceful in its subversions, often even sumptuous. Much the same was true of Wednesday’s first set.

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Dusted Reviews

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From Dusted:

Artist: Flying Lotus
Album: Pattern + Grid World
Label: Warp

Artist: Soul Center
Album: General Eclectics
Label: Shitkatapult

Artist: Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams
Album: Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Label: Warp

Artist: Fennesz Daniell Buck
Album: Knoxville
Label: Thrill Jockey

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Music and More Reviews

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From Music and More:

Scott Amendola Trio – Lift (Sazi Records, 2010)
Henry Threadgill – This Brings Us To, Volume 2 (Pi Recordings, 2010)
Joelle Leandre and India Cooke – Journey (NoBusiness Records, 2010)
The Nu Band – Live in Paris (No Business, 2010)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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In NYTimes.com:

Stephan Crump With Rosetta Trio (Thursday) Mr. Crump, a bassist, has led his Rosetta Trio for several years, making the most of a two-guitar frontline, with Liberty Ellman on nylon-stringed acoustic and Jamie Fox on electric. The group’s new album, “Reclamation” (Sunnyside), is a collection of intimate, engrossing originals likely to crop up again here. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Enescu Reimagined (Tuesday) On their sparkling new album, “Enescu Re-Imagined” (Sunnyside), the pianist Lucian Ban and the bassist John Hébert reinterpret the music of the Romanian composer-violinist George Enescu for an ensemble of contemporary improvisers. Their personnel here likewise features the violinist Joyce Hammann, the violist Mat Maneri, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the tenor saxophonist Andrew Bishop, the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the percussionist Badal Roy. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (Chinen)

Henry Grimes’s 75th Birthday (Wednesday) Mr. Grimes, a long-lost pillar of the 1960s avant-garde, has booked November at the Stone, with his wife, Margaret. Among the notable events is this one, held on his 75th birthday and featuring improvised duets with the unflagging saxophonist Edward (Kidd) Jordan, who hit the same milestone six months ago. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $20. (Chinen)

Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys (Saturday) Mr. Pride, an intense and searching drummer, brings the full measure of his concentration to this working band, featuring the alto saxophonist Darius Jones, the keyboardist Alexis Marcelo and the bassist Peter Bitenc. The band is celebrating the release of its new debut, “Betweenwhile” (AUM Fidelity). At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors (Friday) As a bassist, Mr. Sickafoose builds grooves from the ground up, but that’s no impediment to the buoyancy of his music. He draws from “Tiny Resistors” (Cryptogramophone), his most recent album, with the trumpeter Shane Endsley, the saxophonist John Ellis, the guitarists Steve Cardenas and Jonathan Goldberger and the drummer Allison Miller. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

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Classical Music From The New York Times

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From NYTimes.com:

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Saturday) The compelling American conductor Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, bring this impressive ensemble to Carnegie Hall for a typically adventurous program. Arvo Pärt’s hypnotic “Fratres” and the suite from Bartok’s crazed ballet score “The Miraculous Mandarin” will be performed. After intermission comes Janacek’s seldom-heard “Glagolitic Mass,” with a quartet of vocal soloists and the orchestra’s excellent chorus. Saturday at 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $15.50 to $90. (Tommasini)

Met Chamber Ensemble (Sunday) James Levine conducts members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in a typically adventurous program: Satie’s “Socrate” — a cantatalike setting of texts by Plato — and Pierre Boulez’s “Sur Incises.” Vocal soloists include the sopranos Erin Morley and Susanna Phillips and the mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford. At 5 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall , (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $58 and $74. (Schweitzer)

Evan Ziporyn (Saturday) The clarinetist and composer Mr. Ziporyn, whose 2009 opera, “A House in Bali,” was just staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is the subject of a Making Music program in which he will discuss some of his music and oversee performances of works that combine Western and Balinese influences. The program includes his “Tsmindao Ghmerto,” “Hive,” “In Bounds” and “Bayu Sabda Idep,” in performances by the clarinetists David Krakauer, Carol McGonnell, Theodore Schoen and Mr. Ziporyn himself, with Vicky Chow, pianist, Gamelan Galak Tika, an ensemble directed by Mr. Ziporyn, and Signal, a new-music group conducted by Brad Lubman. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall , (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $32. (Kozinn)

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