Concert for Japan, With Philip Glass and Lou Reed

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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.

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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.

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)

Unsound Festival at Alice Tully Reviewed


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.

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Umbrella Music Shows

ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Apr 10
SET I: Han Bennink
SET II: ICP Orchestra
Hungry Brain

Apr 11
ICP Orchestra Chicago
Cultural Center

Apr 13
The Rempis Percussion Quartet
The Hideout

Apr 14
Greg Ward’s Fitted Shards

Apr 17
The Rempis Percussion Quartet
Hungry Brain

Apr 20
SET I: Green Pasture Happiness with Frank Rosaly
SET II: My Silence
The Hideout

Apr 21
The Rempis/Daisy Duo

Apr 24
SET II: Jason Ajemian and the Highlife
Hungry Brain

Apr 27
Nicole Mitchell
The Hideout

Apr 28
SET I: Frank Rosaly
SET II: Jackson/Stein/Kimmel/Labycz

May 05
SET I: Falzone/Rempis Duo
SET II: Falzone/Stein/Lonberg-Holm

May 08
Nick Mazzarella Trio
Hungry Brain

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All About Jazz Reviews

Dave Douglas

From All About Jazz Reviews:

Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy
United Front: Brass Ecstasy At Newport (Greenleaf Music)

Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / Darek Oles / Alan Pasqua
Standards 2, Movie Music (Fuzzy Music)

Tasty! (Clean Feed Records)

Darius Jones / Matthew Shipp
Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity)

Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes (Tzadik)

Straw, Sticks And Bricks (Babel)

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