Jazz Listings From the New York Times

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From NYTimes.com:

Ellery Eskelin Trio (Friday) Ellery Eskelin is a tenor saxophonist drawn to rhythmic tumult and tonal friction, though he also has his soulful side; he appears with his version of an organ trio, featuring Gary Versace on organ and Gerry Hemingway on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (ChinenCornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village to rhythmic tumult and tonal friction, though he also has his soulful side; he appears with his version of an organ trio, featuring Gary Versace on organ and Gerry Hemingway on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Holus-Bolus / Flood Fathers / D’Angelo Sax 4tet (Friday) A boisterously intelligent triple bill, featuring three bands spearheaded by saxophonists. Holus-Bolus, appearing at 10 p.m., is a project of the baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Josh Sinton, with guitar, bass and drums; Flood Fathers, which plays at 8, features Patrick Breiner on tenor, with Chris Tordini on bass and Jim Black on drums. And in between, at 9, Andrew D’Angelo leads his eponymous saxophone quartet. Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Brooklyn , 295douglass.org; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio / Robert Glasper Trio (Thursday) Vijay Iyer and Robert Glasper — both strong pianists and able bandleaders, both willful hybridizers, both hyperspecific about their borrowings — have emerged as two of the most distinctively accomplished voices of their jazz generation. The differences between their excellent trios come down to angles of attack. Mr. Iyer’s, with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums, favors flowing complexities and dark abstractions; Mr. Glasper’s, with Vicente Archer on bass and Chris Dave on drums, works with elusive permutations of groove. At 8 p.m., Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, at Washington Square South, Greenwich Village , (212) 352-3101, skirballcenter.nyu.edu; $25 and $35. (Chinen)

Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp (Wednesday) Mr. Jones, a saxophonist, and Mr. Shipp, a pianist, share a connection to the post-1960s jazz avant-garde, along with an assertive and well-defined improvisational style. They also share the billing on “Cosmic Lieder” (Aum Fidelity), a rewarding new album from which they draw here. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $20. (Chinen)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing (Friday) Led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, this impudent but wickedly proficient free-bop quartet has a vital new double album, “The Coimbra Concert,” on the Clean Feed label. The band’s especially dangerous frontline consists of the trumpeter Peter Evans and the saxophonist Jon Irabagon; its quick-flash drummer is Kevin Shea. At 8:30 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near North Third Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934, zebuloncafeconcert.com; no cover. (Chinen)

Orchestre National de Jazz / John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (Monday) The Orchestre National de Jazz, an initiative of the French government now in its 25th year, presents “Shut Up and Dance” (Bee Jazz), a gleaming album inspired by kinetic movement and featuring commissioned works by John Hollenbeck. Sharing the concert bill is Mr. Hollenbeck and his flagship ensemble, with the guest vocalists Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry and a guest pianist, Uri Caine. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Chinen)

Steve Swallow, Ohad Talmor and Adam Nussbaum (Wednesday and Thursday) Steve Swallow, an electric bassist of elasticity and modernity, has worked well in recent years with the saxophonist Ohad Talmor, his frontman in this trio. Holding down percussive duties is the drummer Adam Nussbaum, a regular partner to them both. At 8 p.m., Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121, iridiumjazzclub.com; $25 and $30 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Monday) In the final installment of this year’s festival, the Del Sol String Quartet performs Amy X Neuburg’s “Lonely, Strange Hats,” with the composer on vocals; Reza Vali’s “Nayshaboorak (Calligraphy No. 6)”; Ronald Bruce Smith’s String Quartet No. 3; and Ben Johnston’s String Quartet No. 10. At 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street , (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $20, or $15 for students and 65+. (Allan Kozinn)

? Jenny Lin (Tuesday) An intrepid piano adventurer with a taste for neglected repertory, Ms. Lin recently issued an absorbing recording of “Música Callada,” a collection of spare, Impressionistic pieces written between 1957 and 1962 by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou. She plays selections from the disc here and also goes to the opposite extreme with virtuoso transcriptions of Broadway show tunes. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Smith)

Quartet for the End of Space (Sunday) Three of the performing composers involved in this avant-garde summit meeting —Pauline Oliveros, Jonas Braasch and Doug Van Nort — make up Triple Point, an electro-acoustic improvising trio. The fourth, Francisco López, digitally processes environmental sounds into immersive meditations that test the limits of perception. Having just released a CD on the experimental-music label Pogus, the quartet celebrates on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, at Third Avenue, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $25. (Smith)

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Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp Interviewed On The Jazz Session

Matthew Shipp

From Improvised Communications:

Today’s episode of the popular jazz interview podcast The Jazz Session features an in-depth, hour-long interview with alto saxophonist Darius Jones and pianist Matthew Shipp. The duo’s acclaimed new AUM Fidelity recording, Cosmic Lieder, was released earlier this month and its debut live performance is coming Wednesday, April 27th at Jazz Standard In New York. Topics of discussion include Jones and Shipp’s previous experience with each other’s music, how they first met, why Jones prepared for the session like a boxer, what the recording experience was like, their philosophies for duo recordings, the differences between an artist and a musician, and the value of intergenerational collaborations.

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Upcoming Seattle Shows

From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

FRI. 4/22, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Steve Barsotti w/ Paul Kikuchi, homemade instruments, electronics, and field recordings

SAT. 4/23, 8 PM – Melanie Sehman, commissioned pieces for percussion with/without electronics, inspired by Feldman’s “King of Denmark”

THU. 4/28, 7:30 PM – Splash! Janna Wachter, mezzo-soprano, and Roger Nelson, piano

FRI. 4/29, 8 PM – James Knapp & Scrape, large ensemble of improvising strings

SAT. 4/30, 7:30 PM – Splash! Janna Wachter, mezzo-soprano, and Roger Nelson, piano

FRI. 5/6, 8 PM – Seattle Composers’ Salon presents new works by Yvonne Hoar, Ben Hogue, Jeffrey Izzo, Doug Palmer, Steve Scribner

SAT. 5/7, 8 PM – Elevator Bath presents electro-acoustic music by Matt Shoemaker, Colin Andrew Sheffield, and Adam Pacione

THU. 5/12, 8 PM – Seattle Occultural Music Festival presents Mt. Eerie, Novemthree, Paintings for Animals + noisepoetnobody

FRI. 5/13, 8 PM – Gift Tapes presents outsider electronic music by Matt Carlson and RW Francis

SAT. 5/14 – Bryan Eubanks, surround sound electro-acoustic music

FRI. 5/20, 8 PM – Monktail Composers Series, artists TBA

SAT. 5/21 – S. Eric Scribner presents the StormSound Cycle, a 9-hour multimedia aleatoric epic for instruments and field recordings

FRI. 5/27 – Michael Owcharuk, piano

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Father Figures in Madison

From Surrounded by Reality Music:

Thursday, May 26th
7:30 pm
at Audio for the Arts
7 South Blair

Adam Schatz (tenor sax, effects)
Jas Walton (tenor sax)
Ross Edwards (keys)
Spencer Zahn (bass)
Ian Chang (drums)

Father Figures is a band of five friends from Brooklyn, making music that blends the composed and improvised into something that is wild, yet accessible. It is Zombie Jazz, and it is not your grandfather’s music… unless your grandfather juggled knives. Always melodic and strong willed, Father Figures manages sounds into sculptures to make you move your feet, then break a vase, and can neatly package these sounds into a 30 minute set ideal for a dirty basement, or an hour long set ideal for a slightly cleaner warehouse.

Final Roulette Shows of the Seaon

Hahn Rowe

From New York’s Roulette:

20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand Streets).
Reservations/Tickets: 212.219.8242
$15: General Admission
$10: Students, Under 30s & Seniors
FREE: Roulette Members

April 25 @ 8:30 PM
KAMAMA – Audrey Chen & Luca Marini
KAMAMA in Cherokee means both elephant and butterfly. There is no overlap in meaning other than the supposed resemblance of the long trunk and flapping ears to the proboscis and wings of that insect. This duo loosely embodies elements of this kind of disparate pairing. Luca Marini (drums/percussion) and Audrey Chen (cello/voice/electronics) combine the raw energies resultant from and continuously growing out of their respective histories and experiences. It is ecstatic music. It is contrary music. And at times, they depart completely from one another as two distinct creatures, but then are drawn back into the fold of an undeniable tenderness and comprehension.

April 26 @ 8:00 PM
Shelley Hirsch is a critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, and storyteller whose mostly solo compositions, staged multimedia works, improvisations, radio plays, installations and collaborations have been presented all over the world. Tonight Hirsch will give a poetic demonstration of her inventive body voice language process, show video documentation of staged work which has never been seen before in the USA, and present excerpts of works in progress. This is a free event. Shelley Hirsch is a 2010 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co†sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program, funded with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

April 27 @ 8:30 PM
KURT RALSKE – Rediscovering German Futurist Cinema, 1920-1929
Multimedia artist Kurt Ralske’s work is created exclusively with his own custom software, written in C, Java, and Max/MSP, and involves the expressive improvisation of both sound and image, simultaneously and in real-time. Tonight at Roulette, Kurt Ralske presents “Rediscovering German Futurist Cinema”, an odd combination of a screening, live audio-visual performance, and lecture/demonstration involving his research into the experimental films of Fritz Lang and F.W.Murnau. With the rediscovery of this little-known genre, 1920s Berlin moves forwards and backwards in time simultaneously. The price of admission to this parallel universe is only your credulity. “Through the slightest of digital interventions, these lost landmarks of early experimental cinema have been retrieved from the Akashic Record.”

April 28 @ 8:30 PM
Matthew Ostrowski is a pioneer in live electronic music, having worked as a composer, improvisor and installation artist for over 20 years, exploring work with alternative controllers, multimedia, and theater. An unreconstructed formalist with a continuing interest in density of microevents and rapid change, his work has been seen in festivals on every continent except Antarctica. Tonight Ostrowski will be performing two works with the collaboration of inanimate systems: “atopia:levigation and apophenia”, an audio-visual work for live webcrawler, and “Three (out of four) States of Matter”, for a common household experience and live processing.
April 29 @ 8:30 PM
Drawing from his background in a wide field of genres including rock, classical, film, theater, improvised, and electronic music – composer, producer, multi – instrumentalist Hahn Rowe has developed a uniquely personal sonic language which melds acoustic sounds with the infinite textures available through analog and digital processing, creating atmospheric, sensual, and polymorphic soundscapes.

April 30 @ 8:30 PM
Media artists Katherine Liberovskaya and Richard Garet join forces for an audiovisual collaboration in real time. Combining analog and digital processes, the duo merges visuals in a continuous flux of appropriation – reprocessing and feeding back of imagery into the room while simultaneously translating light into sound through field recordings, audio feedback, and computer processing.

May 1 @ 8:30 PM
KAGEL NACHT – An Evening Dedicated to Composer Mauricio Kagel
German-Argentine composer Mauricio Kagel is arguably one of the most radical 20th century avant-garde composers, often incorporating bizarre, hysterical theatrics into his compositions. Kagel Nacht gathers a stacked deck of musicians from Brooklyn’s artistic multiverse, performers deeply situated in theater, performance art, classical, and experimental music worlds for an evening exploring Kagel’s diverse oeuvre, including “classical” works, electro-acoustic compositions, multi-media pieces, radio plays, and some of his most daring and hilarious works of “instrumental theater”. With interpretations ranging from strict to fully recontextualized, Kagel Nacht breathes new life into these important and underperformed works by joining them into one, multi-stage, panoramic event.

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