Anglia Ruskin will perform a concerto for orchestra, laptop ensemble and computer game player in Cambridge.

Experimental composer Carl Stone is profiled, and again.

The latest pfMentum release from Dick Wood is reviewed.

William Parker will play in Bennington Vermont this Sunday and Monday.

Two recent releases from Jason Kao Hwang are reviewed.

Songlines Recordings has a new release out from pianist Benoit Delbecq and clarinetist Francois Houle.

Ensemble Dal Niente will perform several new music works at the University of Chicago on December 3rd, and follow up the next weekend with some Berio, Xenakis, and Ferneyhough.

Some New York shows featuring Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter, among others, are reviewed.

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Ab Baars Trio plus Voice & Horn Tour of Europe

From Ab Baars and Improved Communications:

Starting tonight, vocalist Fay Victor will join old friend Ab Baars as a special guest on his Invisible Blow tour of Europe for the next two weeks. These concerts, officially celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Ab Baars Trio, will feature a new book of original music written for the group augmented by Ms. Victor and fellow New Yorker Vincent Chancey on French horn.

11/11 :: kerkje van Oostum (Oostum, The Netherlands)
11/12 :: Plus Etage (Baarle Nassau, The Netherlands)
11/13 :: Serah Artisan (Zaandam, The Netherlands)
11/16 :: Alchemia (Krakow, Poland)
11/17 :: Klub Powiekszenie (Warsaw, Poland)
11/18 :: Aufsturz (Berlin, Germany)
11/19 :: Jazzatelier (Ulrichsberg, Austria)
11/20 :: Alte Gerberei (St. Johann, Austria)
11/21 :: Blue Tomato (Vienna, Austria)
11/22 :: Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
11/25 :: De Regentenkamer (The Hague, The Netherlands)
11/26 :: Bimhuis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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Five questions for John Geggie regarding Susie Ibarra

Susie Ibarra
Cover of Susie Ibarra

From the Ottawa Citizen:

If you peruse the line-up for John Geggie’s 2011-2012 NAC Fourth Stage series, you might conclude that the Ottawa bassist has scheduled his most challenging encounter to kick things off. I think Geggie himself would feel that way. I’m referring to Geggie’s duet concert this Saturday (Nov. 12) with the New York drummer/percussionist composer Susie Ibarra. She may be best-known for her associations with avant-jazz heavyweights David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, Craig Taborn and John Zorn.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Michael Bates Quintet (Saturday) The bassist Michael Bates brings a prickly fluency to his bandleading and arranging on “Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich,” his new Sunnyside release. He also puts a lot of interpretive power in the hands of his band mates, all of whom — the trumpeter Russ Johnson, the multireedist Chris Speed, the pianist Russ Lossing and the drummer Tom Rainey — will take part in this album-release show. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $15, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Brooklyn Babylon (Friday and Saturday) An intriguing multimedia collaboration between the graphic artist Danijel Zezelj and the jazz composer Darcy James Argue, “Brooklyn Babylon” concerns itself with issues of development and dystopia in a certain borough at an uncertain future date. The piece, part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, involves projected animation, live-action painting and an original score executed by Mr. Argue’s 18-piece band, the Secret Society. At 7:30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100,; $20, $14 for season tickets. (Chinen)

John Coltrane’s Ascension, Featuring… (Wednesday) Last year around this time, the Jazz Standard hosted a 50th anniversary party for the Impulse! label, with musicians recreating classic albums from the catalog. This one-nighter picks up that thread, honoring “Ascension” — a landmark of free jazz, and a singular moment on the Coltrane timeline — with an all-star cast that includes the saxophonists Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Donny McCaslin and Sabir Mateen. Also in the ranks are the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the trombonist Josh Roseman, and an ace rhythm section anchored by two drummers, Billy Drummond and Matt Wilson. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $25 cover. (Chinen)

Cryptogramophone at the Stone (Friday through Sunday) Cryptogramophone, a stylishly progressive Los Angeles label run by the violinist Jeff Gauthier, has temporarily taken over the Stone, airing out its left-of-center aesthetic one show at a time. Closing out the run are a handful of compatible ensembles, including a duo consisting of the drummer Scott Amendola and the guitarist Charlie Hunter (Friday at 8 p.m.); Los Totopos, led by the alto saxophonist Tim Berne (Friday at 10 p.m.); the Alt.Timers Trio, with Denman Maroney on prepared piano (Sunday at 8 p.m.); and the Ken Filiano Trio (Sunday at 10 p.m.). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 cover per set. (Chinen)

Cuneiform at the Stone (Tuesday through Nov. 30, except Mondays) The genre-blending ethos of Cuneiform Records, an independent label out of Silver Spring, Md., finds a regular perch this month at the Stone. Among the coming highlights are the smartly rugged band Ideal Bread, playing on Tuesday both alone (at 8 p.m.) and with the trombonist Roswell Rudd (at 10 p.m.); Joel Forrester’s Secret Identity, led by Mr. Forrester, a pianist and composer (Wednesday at 10 p.m.); and Positive Catastrophe, a group rumbling around the spaces between Latin jazz and the avant-garde (Thursday at 10 p.m.). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut (Wednesday) “Phonic Juggernaut” (Thirsty Ear) is the potent new album by Mr. Ward, a versatile and enterprising alto saxophonist from Chicago; it’s also the name of this flexible band, with Joe Sanders on bass and Damion Reid on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with $10 minimum. (Chinen)

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Classical Music Listing From The New York Times

George Lewis
Cover of George Lewis


Composer Portrait: George Lewis (Saturday) Although he is best known among avant-garde jazz aficionados, the trombonist, composer, scholar and historian George Lewis cuts an equally imposing figure among contemporary-classical and computer-music circles. Here, the percussionist and conductor Steven Schick joins the International Contemporary Ensemble in a program featuring five of Mr. Lewis’s vibrant, varied scores, including a world premiere. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, 2960 Broadway, at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799,; $25. (Smith)

Voices of Ascension (Tuesday) The presenter of the title notwithstanding, the voices on offer on this night are those of organ pipes, as Jon Gillock performs Messiaen’s riveting “Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité” on Ascension’s recently installed Manton Memorial Organ, New York City’s first French-built instrument. At 8 p.m., Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue at 10th Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 358-7060,; $10 to $35, or free for students. (Smith)

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Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

From Bowerbird:

Michael Gordon’s TIMBER
Preformed by Mantra Percussion
Presented with Crane Arts

Friday, November 11th at 8pm
@ The ICEBOX at Crane Arts
1400 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

American composer Michael Gordon’s new piece, Timber, is an evening-length tour de force. Scored for six graduated wooden Simantras – Greek liturgical percussion instruments used by French composer Iannis Xenakis – the work brings the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level. In this new work, Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic waves of textures – often each players’ hands are in separate rhythmic ‘worlds’, each traversing a different dynamic contour from loud to soft to loud, similar in some respects to his solo for percussion, XY. Much of Gordon’s music demonstrates a deep exploration into the extreme possibilities and stunning nature of rhythm, as well as the enriching, yet disturbing, multidimensionality of polyrhythmic layers – what has been termed in his music to be, “glorious confusion.” Many of Gordon’s works, including Trance, Gotham, Decasia, and his most recent orchestral work, Dystopia, point to Gordon’s interest in complex rhythmic and textural territory. Gordon’s percussion sextet takes these elements and explores the extreme possibilities of rhythm and texture to a beautifully intense degree. The new evening-length work is indeed a unique and exciting addition to the world of percussion.

Next Week!
sound experiments by Sergei Tcherepnin and Woody Sullender, FUN, Scott Allsion, Cotton Poodle (Sam Cusumano / Eugene Lew), Joo Won Park, and Kyle Press

Friday, November 18th at 8pm
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street

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