AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

The ]I[ncredible UUitness – Shards On Ceilingfloors (2011)
Rent Romus / Lords of the Outland – Avatar in the Field (2001)
Horatiu Radulescu – Intimate Rituals (2006)
Carlo Costa / Minerva – Saturnismo (2011)
Fred Lonberg-Holm – The Joan of Arc Lightbox Orchestra Conducted by Fred Lonberg-Holm (2011)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Anne-Sophie Mutter


Cutting Edge (Monday) Victoria Bond has reconfigured her imaginative Cutting Edge concert series as an expansive new-music festival, and for this installment she has turned over the stage to Sequitur, which offers a series of dramatic, psychologically pointed works. Among them are David Glaser’s “Catullus Dreams,” Daniel Godfrey’s “Noemi,” Ms. Bond’s “Frescoes and Ash,” Robert Sirota’s “Sinner’s Diary” and Armando Bayolo’s “Mix Tape.” At 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street , (212) 864-5400,; $20; $15 for students and 65+. (Kozinn)

Anne-Sophie Mutter (Sunday) This dynamic violinist, in residence at the New York Philharmonic this season, has long been a champion of new music. She joins members of the orchestra for a program of chamber music that includes two contemporary pieces: the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Dyade” for Violin and Double Bass and the United States premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Duo Concertante” for Violin and Double Bass. The lineup also includes Beethoven’s String Trio in G (Op. 9, No. 1) and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings. At 3 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center , (212) 875-5656,; $35 to $55. (Schweitzer)

New York Philharmonic (Friday through Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday) It would be hard to imagine a more eclectic week at the Philharmonic. On Friday and Saturday, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Sofia Gubaidulina’s second violin concerto, “In Tempus Praesens,” in a program conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. On Sunday Ms. Mutter unveils new chamber works by Wolfgang Rihm and Krzysztof Penderecki. On Tuesday and Wednesday Mr. Thomas hosts “The Thomashefskys,” a multimedia event inspired by his grandparents’ lives in New York’s Yiddish Theater. And Thursday brings a star-studded concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company.” Pshew! Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center , (212) 875-5656,; $32 to $112 on Friday; $43 to $123 on Saturday; $35 to $55 on Sunday; $32 to $133 on Tuesday and Wednesday; $95 to $295 on Thursday. (Smith)

Unsound Festival New York (Wednesday and Thursday) Now in its second year, this New York outpost of a vital Polish avant-garde music festival includes several events of note for contemporary-classical partisans. On Wednesday at Lincoln Center, the Sinfonietta Cracovia presents “Music for Solaris,” a multimedia homage to Stanislaw Lem’s novel with music by Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason, and works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Steve Reich. On Thursday evening Morton Subotnick revisits his pioneering electronic work “Silver Apples of the Moon” at the Rubenstein Atrium; later, at the Judson Church, the Sinfonietta Cracovia plays works by Henryk Gorecki in a concert shared with the Norwegian duo Deaf Center. Wednesday at 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 671-4050,; $20 to $30. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, (212) 875-5456,; free; at 10 p.m., Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, Greenwich Village , (212) 598-0551,; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (Smith)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Trumpeter Peter Evans
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Peter Evans (Thursday) Mr. Evans, the trumpeter, has a mind-boggling new album, “Ghosts” (More Is More), that pursues complex derivations of standard form. In his first set here, at 8 p.m., he works with the same slashing acoustic band featured on the album, with the pianist Carlos Homs, the bassist Tom Blancarte and the drummer Jim Black. A second set will feature all of the above along with Sam Pluta, who specializes in live electronics. Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn ,; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Vinny Golia (Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday) Mr. Golia, a multireedist and pillar of the West Coast improv scene, has programmed the first half of April at the Stone. What that means, among other things, is that we’ll have a handful of good chances to hear him. On Friday he plays two sets, 8 and 10 p.m., with the bassist Ken Filiano; the first set will also feature the guitarist Nels Cline. On Tuesday at 8 p.m. he leads a septet; on Wednesday at 10 p.m. he presents his Music for Medium ensemble. For a full schedule (with plenty of sets by other artists), visit The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ; $10 per set. (Chinen)

Jason Moran, Tony Malaby, Joey Baron, Bob Stewart (Friday) Spontaneous Construction is the name of a weekly series of late-night, blind-date musical encounters organized by the indie promoter Search and Restore. This especially promising installment features the pianist Jason Moran, the saxophonist Tony Malaby, the drummer Joey Baron and the tuba player Bob Stewart. At 12:30 a.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 475-8592,; $10 cover, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

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Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009
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What an insane week. I’m sure I missed a few things along the way, but here are the latest Newsbits.

Matthew Morrey has released a handful of recordings, called Square, for free streaming under the auspice of Snow Beard.

Lyn Horton reviews the recent McPhee / Vandermark duo in New York.

Muhal Richard Abrams plays Bucknell on April 6.

The recent Cutting Edge concert series show is reviewed.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society plays the WCSU Jazz Fest on April 30, and the Iridium on April 14.

The Irish Times profiles Wadada Leo Smith.

Karla Kihlstedt is interviewed.

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