The hair was a little grayer, and the chins were a little weaker, but early Saturday afternoon at Japan Society it was like the 1980s again. The performers — Philip Glass, Hal Willner, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed — were the same ones you might have found together back then, joined now for the first part of a 13-hour Concert for Japan, one of several earthquake relief benefits organized by the tireless Mr. Zorn.
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.
Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble – 7 in One (1998)
Jack Dupon – L’Echelle du Desir (2008)
Jack Dupon – Démon Hardi (2010)
Slumgum – Quardboard Flavored Fiber (2011)
Alamaailman Vasarat – Huuro Kolkko (2009)
Matt Smiley – Quartet Art (2011)
The Unsound Festival, a celebration of contemporary music with an emphasis on the avant-garde, has flourished in Krakow, Poland, since 2003, when it was started by Mat Schulz, an Australian writer who settled there in 1995. Last year Mr. Schulz brought an edition of the festival to New York, and it proved a lively addition to the city’s thriving new-music world, not least because of its focus on European electronica composers who are scarcely known here.