Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Robert Ashley


12/14 @ 8:00pm
Artist-in-Residence: Okkyung Lee

Cellist and improviser Okkyung Lee is a 2011 ISSUE Artist-in-Residence. A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, Korean traditional and pop music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music. She has received a composer commission from New York State Council on the Arts (2007) and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant (2010).
ISSUE’s Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, through generous support from the Jerome Foundation; the Suzanne Fiol Memorial Fund; Meet the Composer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York’s 62 counties.

12/15-12/17 @ 8:00pm
at Irondale Brooklyn: Robert Ashley’s “Vidas Perfectas”

Robert Ashley’s Vidas Perfectas, a new Spanish-language production of the ground-breaking television opera Perfect Lives (1983), will premiere at Irondale Theater in Brooklyn, directed by Alex Waterman. With the blessing of Ashley, Waterman is directing an entirely new version of Perfect Lives for the 21st century, from a Spanish translation by Javier Sainz de Robles. The cast and crew includes downtown musician and author Ned Sublette, Elio Villafranca as “Buddy, the World’s Greatest Piano Player,” Peter Gordon as the producer and sound designer, and Sarah Crowner, set designer. Vidas Perfectas will represent all seven of the opera’s episodes as a full stage and television production.

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Music and More Reviews

Andrew Cyrille
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From Music and More:

Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut (Thirsty Ear, 2011)
David Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole en Espanol (Emarcy, 2011)
Kidd Jordan – On Fire (Engine, 2011)
Andrew Cyrille with Haitian Fascination – Route De Freres (TUM Records, 2011)
FAB Trio – History of Jazz in Reverse (TUM Records, 2011)
Jurg Wickihalder European Quartet feat. Irene Schweizer – Jump! (Intakt, 2011)

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Old Friends Festival Tonight and Tomorrow in Berkeley

Just got word of this creative music fest happening tonight and tomorrow:

Friday December 9th, 8pm

Ralph Carney & Randy Odell Duo
Pluto (the Lost Planet) Featuring Marc Weinstein, Steve Clarke, Len Paterson and Dave Slusser
Gino Robair’s Improvcore Orchestra 3000

Saturday December 10th, 8pm

Pamela Z
Dan Plonsey’s New Monsters meet the Manufacturing of Humidifiers featuring Randy Porter and Ward Spangler
ROVA Saxophone Quartet

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Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

John Zorn


Axiom (Monday) Honoring the composer Elliott Carter on the day after his 103rd birthday, Jeffrey Milarsky conducts this outstanding Juilliard contemporary-classical ensemble in the premiere of “Three Explorations,” based on T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” and sung by Evan Hughes, a baritone. Also included on the program are two canonical modern works: Milton Babbitt’s “All Set” and Pierre Boulez’s “Sur Incises.” At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 769-7406,; free with tickets, available in advance at the Juilliard box office. (Smith)

Darmstadt Essential Repertoire (Friday and Saturday) The latest edition of this lively series continues with what is billed as the New York premiere of “Cosmic Pulses,” Stockhausen’s last completed work, as performed by Analog Arts on Friday night. On Saturday the series concludes with what has become a tradition: New York new-music luminaries convene to perform Terry Riley’s buoyant “In C.” At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street, at Third Avenue, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313,; $10. (Smith)

Tactus (Friday) This fine new-music ensemble ventures a characteristically bold mix of works: George Crumb’s “Madrigals, Book I”; Steve Reich’s “Eight Lines”; Mario Davidovsky’s Piano Septet; and Jacob Druckman’s “Come Round.” Jeffrey Milarsky conducts. At 7:30 p.m., Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, 122nd Street and Broadway, Morningside Heights, (917) 493-4428,; free. (Smith)

John Zorn (Friday) The Miller Theater’s Composer Portraits series turns its attention to this prolific iconloclast, who is fully at home in jazz, avant-garde, game theory and Modernist classical forms. A starry ensemble — the cellist Fred Sherry, the violinist Jennifer Koh, the pianist Stephen Gosling and the Talea Ensemble, among others — performs a handful of recent works: “Bateau Ivre” and “Passagen,” both composed this year, and “Illuminations,” “Cerebrus” and “À Rebours,” from 2010. During the intermission, Mr. Sherry will interview Mr. Zorn, and after the concert proper, Mr. Zorn will repair to St. Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus to perform one of his organ works. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater at Columbia University, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799,; $25. (Kozinn)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Brian BladeFrom

Jamie Baum Septet (Monday) The flutist Jamie Baum favors an orderly approach to composition but clears ample space for improvisation. Her septet now features the trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, the multireedist Douglas Yates, the guitarist Brad Shepik and the pianist John Escreet. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363; $15, or $10 for members and students. (Nate Chinen)

Gerald Cleaver and Black Host (Friday and Saturday) A jazz drummer of observant poise, Mr. Cleaver has been leading an intriguingly blustery new band this week: Darius Jones on alto saxophone, Brandon Seabrook on guitar, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Cooper-Moore on piano and diddly-bow. The name of the group is Black Host, and Mr. Cleaver probably means something by it; his most recent album, “Uncle June” (Fresh Sound New Talent), filters the Great Migration through a personal lens, with a light touch but a steady hand. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Dave Douglas GPS 2011 (Friday through Sunday) With “Three Views: GPS Vol. 1-3” (Greenleaf), the prolific trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas compiles three recent digital albums, each involving a different cast of collaborators. On Friday he teams up with So Percussion, the new-music ensemble, to play music from “Bad Mango.” On Saturday he leads the impressive combo from “Orange Afternoons”: Ravi Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Vijay Iyer on piano, Linda Oh on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums. And on Sunday he presents Brass Ecstasy, an aptly named ensemble, drawing from “Rare Metals.” At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $30, $25 on Sunday. (Chinen)

Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up (Thursday) A drummer working along jazz’s experimental fringe, Mr. Fujiwara favors a mode of playing that’s forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. His working band consists of improvisers with compatible instincts: the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the saxophonist Brian Settles and the bassist Trevor Dunn. They’ll play music from a newly released second album, “The Air Is Different” (482Music). At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $15, or $10 for members in the first set; $10, or $5 for members in the second set. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade (Friday through Sunday) Ms. Scheinman, a violinist, has a productive relationship with Mr. Frisell, a guitarist; they share a fondness for cosmopolitan rusticity and for an unfussy devotion to melody. Joining them here is Mr. Blade, a drummer of astute sensitivity and a good catalyst in any setting. 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)

Screwgun at the Stone (Friday through Sunday, Monday through Wednesday) The first half of this month at the Stone has been programmed by Screwgun Records, a Brooklyn label with a house style defined by the scrappy intensity of its founder, the alto saxophonist Tim Berne. He leads his own band, Los Totopos, on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. Among the other highlights: a trio featuring Chris Speed on saxophone, with the bass-drums rhythm team from the Bad Plus (Friday at 8 p.m.); a trio with the pianist Jason Moran, the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Tom Rainey (Sunday at 8 p.m.); Central Chain, led by the pianist Matt Mitchell (Sunday at 10 p.m.); and the bassist Michael Formanek, leading the quartet from his most recent album, including Mr. Berne (Wednesday at 10 p.m.). At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 per set. (Chinen)

Wadada Leo Smith 70th Birthday Celebration (Thursday and next Friday) A few days ahead of his 70th birthday, the fiercely creative trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presides over an extravagant survey of his music, featuring new music for several distinct ensembles a night. The constant is his Golden Quartet, a band with equal command of rhythm and texture. On Thursday Mr. Smith also presents Mbira, the trio with which he released his most recent album, “Dark Lady of the Sonnets” (TUM); and the premiere of “Opuntia Humifosa String Quartet #9.” At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, $10 for members and students. (Chinen)

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Los Angeles/SoCal Scene

From the wulf:

the wulf presents guitar (+1), a concert of Michael Pisaro‘s music for the guitar (2 duets and a solo) curated by Chaz Underriner, featuring Brendan Byrnes, Ingrid Lee and Chaz Underriner. Friday, December 9 at 8pm | the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles.

From SundaysLive:

The LOS ANGELES SONIC ODYSSEY (LASO) presents performances of concert music created with the aid of technology, including acoustic and electronic works, composed primarily within the past ten years. With 12 loudspeakers surrounding the audience, composer JENNIFER LOGAN performs a live spatial interpretation of each work, enveloping the audience inside moving architecture of organized sound. On this program is Art by Myron Dyal: Charon’s Pantheon, Jennifer Logan: electroacoustic selections, and Bryan Pezzone: piano improvisation. Friday, December 9 at 8pm | Neighborhood Church of Pasadena, 301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena.

From MusicWeb UCSD:

UCSD’s newest new music ensemble, Knell, performs works by Scelsi, Boulez, Aplinger, Kurtag, and Feldman. Knell is Allison Roush (violin), Eric Moore (cello), Scott Worthington (double bass), Ran Duan (piano), Dustin Donahue (percussion), Rachel Beetz (flute), Curt Miller (clarinet), Nicolee Kuester (horn). Friday, December 9 at 8:00 pm | University of California San Diego, CPMC Recital Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla.

From SundaysLive:

Beyond Baroque presents the Beyond Music Series, with the Formalist Quartet performing works by Wadada Leo Smith, Andrew Tholl, and others. The Formalist Quartet is Mark Menzies (violin), Andrew Tholl (violin), Andrew McIntosh (viola), Ashley Walters (cello). Saturday, December 10 at 9pm | Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice.

From FaceBook:

(the) Handbag Factory presents, “only an emperor can know the real meaning of loneliness”, a film by Jeremy Morelock, with a live soundtrack performed by the Deglet Noor Fakirs, +DOG+, the Cthulu’s, Conscious Summary, plus videos and live soundtrack by Obscurer. Saturday, December 10 at 8pm | (the) Handbag Factory, 1336 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles.

From SundaysLive:

The Royal T Café presents the Los Angeles-based new music collective WHAT’s NEXT? in a concert that will include Rain Spell (Toru Takemitsu), Warped (Laura Kramer), Varied Trio (Lou Harrison), Six Ways to Be Alone (Ben Phelps). Wednesday, December 14 at 8pm | Royal T Café, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

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