The Squid's Ear Reviews

From The Squid’s Ear:

Looper – Dying Sun (Another Timbre / Cathnor)
Flow Trio – Set Theory, Live at The Stone (Ayler Records)
Paolo Angeli & Takumi Fukushima – Itsunomanika (Recommended Records)
Muhal Richard Abrams – SoundDance (Pi Recordings)
Marc Ducret – Tower Vol. 1 (Ayler)
Parker / Lytton / Guy + Peter Evans – Scenes in the House of Music (Clean Feed)

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Morton Subotnick & Tony Martin, George Lewis & Wet Ink Ensemble at Interpretations

From Interpretations:

Thursday, September 22, 2011
8PM at Roulette, in Downtown Brooklyn!
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of Atlantic and 3rd Ave)

The 23rd Season of INTERPRETATIONS, Thomas Buckner’s longstanding series for the presentation of innovative new music, begins with an evening of immersive creations from two esteemed composers! Morton Subotnick performs with projected visuals from light artist / painter Tony Martin, and George Lewis presents his electro-acoustic music with the Wet Ink Ensemble.

Curated by scene veteran Thomas Buckner, the Interpretations
series offers an excellent window into the latest doings of the New York and international avant-garde.

Light artist/painter, Tony Martin and composer/performer Morton Subotnick will come together to present a program of light and sound collaborations, intetrating electronic music with live projected visuals. They first performed together in 1963 and have continued their collaborations off and on over these many years. This performance will precede their European appearances in October, 2011

MacArthur fellow and acclaimed composer, improviser, and theorist George Lewis presents innovative new electroacoustic chamber music, performed with New York’s celebrated Wet Ink Ensemble. Founded in 1998, Wet Ink has presented over 80 concerts featuring a wide range of artists. Wet Ink will perform George Lewis’ 8-channel electroacoustic work “Les Exercises Spirituels”. George Lewis and Wet Ink member Sam Pluta will also perform a duo for trombone and electronics.

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Music at First Shows

From New York’s Music at First:

Music At First is an exciting new concert series that takes place at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights.  It features a diverse mix of some of New York City’s top new music ensembles, performers, and composers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners.

All concerts begin at 7:30pm, $10 admission

Kathleen Supové, piano
James Moore, guitar

SEP 16
Toby Twining Music
Eileen Mack, clarinet

OCT 14
Mivos String Quartet
Nathan Koci, accordion

NOV 18
Ekmeles vocal ensemble
Katelyn Clark, harpsichord

Lukas Ligeti, composer
Molly Thompson, composer

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Roulette October Schedule

Alarm Will Sound
Cover of Alarm Will Sound

From Roulette:

October 5th – 8th, 2011
$35 General Admission ($25 students, seniors, Roulette members and Tri-Centric Foundation subscribers)
$100 Festival pass for all 4 nights ($60 students, seniors, Roulette members and Tri-Centric Foundation subscribers)

Iconoclast composer Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation partners with Roulette for a week-long festival and the most comprehensive portrait of Braxton’s five-decade career yet presented in the United States. He will be performing or conducting every night, accompanied by a cast of over 60 of New York’s leading creative musicians. The final evening’s world premiere concert reading of two acts of the opera Trillium J, with a cast of twelve singers and 35-piece orchestra coincides with the commercial release of his four-act opera Trillium E, the first studio recording of his operas on the New Braxton House label.

Anthony Braxton – Pine Top Arial Music, Composition 30, and Falling River Music
Wed Oct 5 – 8:00 PM

Anthony Braxton – Diamond Curtain Wall Trio & Tri-Centric Orchestra
Thu Oct 6 – 8:00 PM

Anthony Braxton – Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Choir & 12+3tet Echo Echo Mirror House
Fri Oct 7 – 8:00 PM

Anthony Braxton – Trillium J (Acts I & III)
Sat Oct 8 – 8:00 PM

Angie Eng: Liminal
Mari Kimura: Eigenspace
Sun Oct 9 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

The New York Electronic Art Festival was created to provide a responsive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork through concerts, panels, workshops, and exhibitions of the highest quality across the arts and technology spectrum. Tonight, Angie Eng presents her new work – Liminal, a series of live video/music cinepoems based on the concept of liminality. Eng combines inventive new tools like the VideoBass, French avant-garde experimental cinema tricks and customized music/video software for a genre-crossing collaboration which fuses experimental jazz, contemporary electronic music, neo-abstract expressionism, puppetry and live experimental cinema – featuring Audrey Chen, Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeshi and Nancy Meli Walker. Also tonight, Mari Kimura presents EIGENSPACE – new work for Augmented Violin (IRCAM) and interactive graphics commissioned by Harvestworks using IRCAM’s bowing motion sensor which is designed to interact with the specific diffusion system of the performance space. Kimura also performs Canon Elastique, Voyage Apollian, and Wrestling an Angel.

Wed Oct 12 – 8:00 PM
Fri Oct 14 – 8:00 PM
Sat Oct 15 – 8:00 PM
Sun Oct 16 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

Sally Silvers has been making large-scale works that tilt movement toward what will give it the most notice: awkwardness, humor, eccentricity, seam showing transitions. In this 4 night series, Silvers has curated on-the-spot collaborations with Directors, Coaches, Instructors, other Choreographers, Designers (sound/lights/words/video/visuals/costumes) to construct new performance compositions live each night. Each collaborative ‘team’ will work on and with sugar-shaking genre performers (different each night) from dance, theater, sports, burlesque, performance art and more to create 3 works-in-progress per night in front of you.

INTERPRETATIONS: Joe Mcphee Trio X / Andrew Cyrille with Elliott Sharp and Richard Teitelbaum
Thu Oct 13 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

Two influential composer/improviser/bandleaders present new projects, featuring Joe McPhee’s long-standing and influential Trio X (with Dominic Duvall and Jay Rosen) in a tribute to Cecil Taylor (with guests Steve Dalachinsky, Hilliard Greene, and Roy Campbell), and drummer/composer Andrew Cyrille will present a new collaborative trio with Elliot Sharp on guitar and Richard Teitelbaum on synthesizers.

ALARM WILL SOUND – SONiC: Sounds of A New Century
Fri Oct 21 – 7:30 PM
$30 General Admission
$25 Members/Students/Seniors
*Stay for the SONiC AfterHours Performance at 10PM – FREE with Alarm Will Sound ticket purchase*

Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. They have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. ASCAP recognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award for “the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century.” Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the London Financial Times and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says Alarm Will Sound is “the future of classical music” and “the very model of a modern music chamber band.”

ALEKSANDRA GRYKA – New Work (US Premiere)
DAVID T. LITTLE – New Work (World Premiere)
NICO MUHLY – Seeing is Believing (US Premiere)
APHEX TWIN (arr. Hause) – Omgyjya Switch

SONiC Festival AfterHours: DJ/VJ: Electronic Composers
Fri Oct 21 – 10:00 PM
$10 General Admission
$8 Members/Students/Seniors
FREE for ticket holders of 7:30 performance

An evening of electronic composition with DJ’s and VJ’s including Ryan Lott, Sam Pluta, Jeff Snyder, Joshue Ott, Troy Herion and Sarah Lipstate. Co-presented as part of SONiC: Sounds of a New Century. SONiC is produced by American Composers Orchestra and The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.

Simone Forti
Artist Talk and Demonstration on Wed Oct 26 – 8:00 PM
$5 General Admission
FREE Members/Students/Seniors

PERFORMANCE on Fri Oct 28 – 8:00 PM
$20 General Admission
$15 Members/Students/Seniors

Internationally acclaimed dancer and writer Simone Forti’s work ranges from her early minimalist dance constructions to her animal movement studies, Illumination centripetal/centrifugal studies which she developed in collaboration with musician Charlemagne Palestine, and moving/speaking Logomotion improvisations. Tonight she teams up with dancer Claire Filmon for a new piece using Simone’s News Animation technique – an improvisation in movement and language, drawing energy from the flickering fluid vision of the world brought to us by the news media.

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


Lotte Anker (Wednesday) Ms. Anker, a Danish saxophonist drawn to abrasive texture and searching polytonality, appears in a trio well-traveled in Europe and documented on several albums. Her partners are American, with deep history together: the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; $10. (Chinen)

Scott Colley Trio (Tuesday) Scott Colley, a bassist of sturdy versatility, has worked often with the saxophonist Chris Potter over the years, occasionally in a trio with a drummer. This trio features the drummer Antonio Sanchez, a regular partner for both of them and a creative force equal to the task. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $20. (Chinen)

Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio (Thursday) Mr. Crump, a bassist, makes the most of a two-guitar frontline in his Rosetta Trio, with Liberty Ellman on nylon-stringed acoustic and Jamie Fox on electric. The group’s recent 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, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Darius Jones Quartet (Monday) The alto saxophonist Darius Jones favors a robust and personal take on post-1960s free jazz, working here with a smartly adaptable rhythm section featuring Matt Mitchell on piano, Trevor Dunn on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; $10. (Chinen)

The Microscopic Septet (Tuesday) This reliably puckish septet — still led by its founders, the soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and the pianist Joel Forrester — recently released a breezy but insightful tribute to Thelonious Monk, “Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk” (Cuneiform). Revisiting the premise here, the band will also toss in some of its own material, which has always had a Monkish cast. Three sets beginning at 7 p.m., Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 545-8000,; $20 at the door. (Chinen)

Paul Motian’s New Trio (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Motian, the incorrigibly cryptic drummer and composer, holds court in the Village Vanguard a few times a year, usually with some version of a working band. The title of this trio, with Jerome Sabbagh on saxophones and Ben Monder on guitar, should clue you in: It’s a new proposition, a blank slate. There is, however, a shred of precedent — in Mr. Sabbagh’s recent gigs featuring the same personnel and, perhaps, in the glorious band Mr. Motian has led for many years, featuring a different saxophonist (Joe Lovano) and guitarist (Bill Frisell). There is, of course, only one way to find out. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

David Virelles and Continuum (Wednesday) An up-and-coming, free-thinking Cuban pianist heard recently in excellent form with Steve Coleman and Five Elements, David Virelles steps forward as a bandleader with Continuum. The group isn’t idly named: its other members here are the drummer Andrew Cyrille, a veteran of the avant-garde now in his 70s, and the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, another sharp young member of Mr. Coleman’s entourage. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $15, $10 for members in the first set; $10, $5 for members in the second set. (Chinen)

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