Gary Lucas at the SKIF Festival, Russia. Photo...

Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus and guitar virtuoso Gary Lucas will be featured at the Cornelia Street Cafe on February 6th.

Ricks Sacks plays solo electronic mallets this weekend at Array Space in Toronto.

NPR’s JazzSet features a performance by Mario Pavone And Orange Double Tenor.

Another review of the Winter Jazzfest is available.

Mike Patton is scoring the soundtrack for The Place Beyond the Pines, a new Hollywood drama.

Wadada Leo Smith‘s Mbira – Dark Lady of the Sonnets is reviewed.

As a reminder, at Shea Stadium, Brooklyn NY, on Saturday, January 14th, Output:NOISE will perform improvised aural interpretations of select mental illnesses in support of their release, A Soundtrack to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). The presentation will be accompanied by exploratory music from experimental / industrial pioneers, Controlled Bleeding; local noise artist, and member of Parts and Labor, Dan Friel; and Diamond Terrifier, the sax / electronics solo-project from Sam Hillmer of ZS. A promo is available.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is kicking off the year on January 27th. Spearheading the evening is the world premiere of Eric Chasalow’s Horn Concerto with horn soloist Bruno Schneider. Other works include: the American premiere of Andrew Norman’s Air: Concerto for Theremin with Dalit Warshaw (theremin); Luciano Berio’s Chemins II with Jack Stulz (viola); Keeril Makan’s Dream Lightly: Electric Guitar Concerto with Seth Josel (electric guitar); and Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto with Avi Avital (mandolin).

Upcoming in Seattle

American composer Steve Reich performing clapp...

From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

FRI. 1/13, 8 PM – RONIN 3 + Ask the Ages

SAT. 1/14, 8 PM – Manna Presence is Serge Gubelman (vocals, didj, percussion), Terrance Stearns (bass, guitars, ney, didj), and Mark Fauver (Windsynth, electronics)

WED. 1/18, 8 PM – Leviathan Worship Service (electronics) + Derek M. Johnson (cello weirdness) + Ffej (electronics)

THU. 1/19, 8 PM – Seattle Improvised Music benefit: one-minute solos by lots of people you probably know

FRI. 1/20, 8 PM – Trimtab (more songs about Buckminster Fuller) + Figeater (Beth Fleenor and friends)

SAT. 1/21, 8 PM – Monktail Creative Music Concern’s Composers Series #8, music by Stephen Parris

THU. 1/26, 8 PM – The Box Is Empty performs Steve Reich‘s Proverb + David Lang’s Little Matchgirl Passion

FRI. 1/27, 8 PM – Marc Barreca (electronics) and Doug Haire (field recordings)

AMN Picks of the Week

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

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.

Scott Fields / Multiple Joyce Orchestra – Moersbow/OZZO (2011)
Anthony Braxton – Sextet (Piacenza) 2007
Michel Redolfi – Vox in Vitro (2004)
Mary Halvorson – Departure Of Reason (2011)
Kayo Dot – Gamma Knife (2012)
Charles Gayle – Streets (2012)

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Nightmare Castle – Liber AL vel Legis
Vomir – Untitled(IATV 03)
Emmanuel Mieville – Four Wanderings In Tropical Lands
The Residents – Lonely Teenager
Bionulor – Sacred Mushroom Chant
Botanist – I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead
Steve Roach/Brian Parnham – The Desert Inbetween
Phantom Heron Seas – The Unkindness of Ravens
Christina Kubisch – Mono Fluido
False Flag – Metal Birds
Abdul Karim Khan – 1934-1935