Sarah Cahill and Julia Holter at Le Poisson Rouge Reviewed


Some years have passed since Wordless Music, the groundbreaking concert series founded by Ronen Givony in 2006 to bridge a shrinking gap between contemporary classical music and ambitious rock, has been particularly dogmatic about its titular inclination. Singers penetrated its borders relatively quickly. Still, it was at least a semantic paradox that Julia Holter, an inventive young singer, keyboardist and composer from Los Angeles, made her New York City debut in a Wordless Music event: few emerging performers get as much mileage out of a well-turned phrase.

Coming to the Supercoda

From New York’s Supercoda:

FRIDAY, MARCH 9th. 7:30 – 11
A Musical Round Robin @ Spectrum: 115 W. 23rd St, Manhattan. buzz 22

Clara Engel
Spiff Wiegand
Elime Sorbsel
Lucio Menegon
Charmaine’s Names
An Historic
Valerie Kuehne

There will be 2 sets of round robins, with a break in between. First set is Clara Engel, Spiff Wiegand, An Historic, Elime Sorbsel. Second set is Lucio Menegon, Upholstery, Charmaine’s Names, Valerie Kuehne.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10th, 8-midnight:

The Super Coda presents: darkdarkdarkdarkdark @ Sidewalk Cafe.
Yossarian Feedback 8:00 PM
Adrienne Anemone 9:00 PM
Clara Engel 9:30 PM
Valerie Kuehne 10 PM
Jonathan Wood Vincent 10:30 PM
Public Speaking 11 PM

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Bargemusic (Friday through Sunday) Blair McMillen, a superb pianist and an exemplary new-music ambassador, spends his Friday evening with another pianist, Manon Hutton-deWys, and the violinist Asmira Woodward-Page, playing works by Karen Tanaka, Frederic Rzewski, David Lang and John Adams, among others. On Saturday and Sunday, Mark Peskanov, Eugene Osadchy and Paul Ostrovsky present an all-Beethoven bill. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.; Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083,; $35, $30 for 65+, or $15 for students. (Smith)

New Music Bake Sale (Sunday) Returning for a third year, this delightfully novel fund-raiser brings together more than a baker’s dozen representatives of New York’s contemporary-classical community _ ensembles, presenters, bloggers and more _ for an afternoon of edible and audible treats. The eight-hour event includes performances by Newspeak, Gutbucket, Tilt Brass, Janus Trio, Face the Music and others. At 4 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,, ; $10. (Smith)

Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen Master Class (Friday, Monday) The latest in Carnegie Hall’s continuing series of Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshops brings together two great Finnish musicians _ the composer Kaija Saariaho and the cellist Anssi Karttunen. At the Friday evening session, they will discuss the intricacies of the composer-performer relationship, and oversee performances by the workshop’s string students. The works on the program are all by Ms. Saariaho. On Monday, the student ensemble will perform works by the composers participating in the workshop: Jenny Beck, Louis Chiappetta, Edmund Finnis, Ursula Kwong-Brown, Anna Pidgorna and Chris Williams. At 7:30 Friday at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall; Monday at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall. (212) 247-7800,; $15 (Kozinn)

Talea Ensemble (Friday) This enterprising, virtuosic new-music band performs works composed for it by John Zorn, Hans Thomalla, Eric Chasalow, Ashley Rose Fure, Victor Adan and Douglas Repetto. At 8 p.m., Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street.,; $15, free for students and 65+. (Kozinn)

‘Stones’ (Saturday) David Grubbs, an alt-rock luminary with a deep-seated affinity for the avant-garde, rounds up a clutch of New York new-music champions for a performance of “Stones,” an indeterminate score by Christian Wolff. At 4 p.m., Marianne Boesky Gallery, 118 East 64th Street, Manhattan, (212) 680-9889,; free. (Smith)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Friday) Led by Mr. Argue, its namesake and mastermind, this postmillennial big band revisits music from some recent commissions here, including the multimedia opus “Brooklyn Babylon” and two outsourced pieces unveiled at last month’s Ecstatic Music Festival: “Three Fragments” (by Vijay Iyer) and “Conspiracy Theory” (David T. Little). Sharing the bill is Anti-Social Music, a new collective featuring musicians like the keyboardist Franz Nicolay, formerly of the Hold Steady, and the violinist Jean Cook, of Ida. At 7 p.m., Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, at Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, (718) 222-8500,; $20. (Nate Chinen)

Chicago Underground Duo (Thursday) This long-running avant-garde outfit, consisting of the cornetist Rob Mazurek and the drummer Chad Taylor (along with a wealth of electronic effects), has a typically venturesome new album, “Age of Energy,” on the Northern Spy label. Also appearing are Burning Star Core, a project of the violinist C. Spencer Yeh; and the experimental guitarists Loren Connors and David Daniell. At 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue, at Meeker Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 609-0484,; $12. (Chinen)

Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio (Saturday) Mr. Crump, a bassist, makes the most of a two-guitar front line 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 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $20, includes one drink. (Chinen)

Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House (Friday) Ms. Laubrock is a tenor and soprano saxophonist of experimental temperament — the name of this band, with its flat negation of shelter, feels appropriate — and she knows how to rally other musicians to her cause. As on an eponymous album released on the Intakt label last year, the group includes the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Tom Rainey, with the pianist Kris Davis as a guest. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $25 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

Thumbscrew (Sunday) This promising collective — with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums — makes its official debut here, after working together in the rhythm section of another band. Textural experimentation is one likely outcome of many, given the broad interests of its members, who will all be contributing new music. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $20, includes one drink. (Chinen)

San Francisco Bay Area Scene (addendum)

Jaap Blonk
Jaap Blonk (Photo credit: Laertes)

From SFSU:

Friday, March 9, 1pm
San Francisco State Univeristy presents Jaap Blonk, performing The Naked Voice, an on-the-spot choice from his huge repertoire: sound peotry and voice pieces from the tradition (from hugo ball to john cage) and his own work (experimental text, phonetic etudes, invented languages, improvisations). San Francisco State Univeristy, 1800 Holloway Ave., San Francisco | Free

From San Francisco Cinematheque:

Friday, March 9, 7:30pm
The San Francisco Cinematheque in association with sfSoundSeries presents an evening with Jaap Blonk: Soundtracks, Scores, Interactive Animations. Blonk tonight presents a very rare performance/projection program including live presentations of original graphic scores (possibly to include Rhotic, Proxim and Homage to Antonin Artaud); live tracks to silent films Forest Views (1999, by Bart Vegter) and Emak-Bakia (Man Ray, 1926); an interpretation of Man Ray’s composition Lautgedicht (1924) and examples of Blonk’s solo videos and “interactive animations,” including Song for the Cubists, flababble 1, Traces of Speech and Viceregal Impressions. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. (@ Third St.), San Francisco | members: $6 / non-members: $10

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

flecktones_autographed (Photo credit: DeathByBokeh)

From blue whale:

Friday, March 9, 9 pm
The blue whale hosts the Bay Area’s Scott Amendola Trio in an evening of music. Scott Amendola (drums), Jeff Parker (guitar), and John Shifflett (bass). blue whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St., Ste. 301, downtown Los Angeles | call 213-620-0908 for ticket prices

From the wulf:

Saturday, March 10, 8pm
the wulf presents Omoi for Japan, “One for All”, a tribute concert dedicated to all the victims and sufferers of 3.11 earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Performed by: Michael Pisaro, Sara Roberts, Ulrich Krieger, Adam Overton, Mark So, Julia Holter, Alex Sramek, Christine Tavalocci, Ezra Buchla, Alan Nakagawa, Carmina Escober, Archie Carey, Paul Fraser, Colin Wambsgans, Chaz Underriner, Stephen Touchton, James Klopfleisch, Ingrid Lee, Donald Gialanella, Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir, Justin Asher, John Hagen-Brenner, Eric Mayron, Mari and more. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Southwest Chamber Music:

Saturday, March 10, 8pm
Southwest Chamber Music continues its Cage 2012 Festival, celebrating the centenary of John Cage, concluding on the composer’s 100th birthday on September 5, 2012. This evening’s concert will include Cage works: Atlas Eclipticalis, Variations IV, and 0’00”. Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 students

Sunday, March 11, 5pm
Southwest Chamber Music continues its Cage 2012 Festival, celebrating the centenary of John Cage, concluding on the composer’s 100th birthday on September 5, 2012. This late-afternoon concert will include Cage works: Branches, Music for Carillion No. 5, Radio Music, and Etudes Boreales I-IV. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 students

From LA Jazz:

Sunday, March 11, 7:30pm
Fearless San Francisco-based string quartet Kronos and L.A.’s own modern jazz pianist/composer Billy Childs each play their own sets and then collaborate on a piece written by Childs to stunning effect. “The most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years” (Wall Street Journal), Bill Frisell begins the evening with his spacious jazz & country-inflected drum/violin trio, featuring Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $47-121, available here

From SD City Beat:

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14, 7:30pm / 9:30pm (two shows each night)
Anthology presents Béla Fleck & The Flecktones: The Original Line-Up, featuring Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Roy “Future Man” Wooten, and Howard Levy. “Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ new CD Rocket Science reunites the highly eclectic group’s original personnel, and really re-ignites the musical chemistry of unlikely ingredients that made the group’s first two CDs so utterly distinctive.” (George Graham). Anthology, 1337 India St., San Diego | $19-99

From musicweb UCSD:

Wednesday, March 14, 8pm
Graduate computer music students perform original works in a concert featuring experimental music, performance art, and visual music. Highlights include custom software for live performance, hand built electronics, sculptural sound objects, and a brainwave interface that controls sound by reading the performer’s mood. <a href=”University of California San Diego, CPMC Theatre, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From Angel City Arts:

Thursday – Friday – Saturday, March 15-16-17, 9pm
Angel City Arts and the blue whale present the three-evening residency of Kneebody, featuring Adam Benjamin, Ben Wendel, Kaveh Rastegar, Nate Wood, and Shane Endsley. By combining sophisticated compositions and virtuosic improvising, the Grammy nominated group Kneebody has created a diverse, loyal fan base in the United States and Europe. Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. blue whale, Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Ste. 301, downtown Los Angeles | General Admission: $15 / $25 (for 2 nights) $35 (for three nights).

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, Podcast 05/2012

Bologna, la notte bianca del jazz, 17 settembr...
Bologna, la notte bianca del jazz, 17 settembre 2011 - Steve Lacy (Photo credit: Il Fatto Quotidiano)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, podcast 05/2012:

cracked refraction: Kyle Bruckmann (oboe, english horn), Tim Daisy (percussion), Anton Hatwich (bass), Jen Clare Paulson (viola), Jason Stein (bass clarinet).

avignon and after – 1: Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone)
the sun: Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone), Irene Aebi (voice), Enrico Rava (trumpet), Karl Berger (vibraphone), Kent Carter (double bass), Aldo Romano (drum set).

Fast Talk: Kay Grant (voice, electronics), Alex Ward (clarinet).

andy haas
ask the oracle: Andy Haas (soprano sax, flute, hojok), Colin Fisher (guitar), Aaron Lumley (bass), Brandon Valdivia (perc), Matthew “Doc” Dunn (perc).

nuntium: Robert Kusiolek (accordion, electronics), Anton Sjarov (violin, voice), Ksawery Wojcinski (double-bass0, Klaus Kugel (drums, percussion, sound-objects).

sun rooms: Jason (vibraphone), Mike Reed (drums) and Nate McBride (bass).

the story this time: Joshua Abrams (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums), Keefe Jackson (tenor sax, contrabass clarinet).

edgetone records
brains – unloaded: Drew Ceccato (tenor sax), Chris Golinski (drums).

turqoise sessions: Joe Lasqo (piano).

roguart records
velvet songs: Ernest Dawkins (soprano, alto & tenor saxes), Harrison Bankhead (double bass, cello), Hamid Drake (drums, frame drum).

new artists
the stone set: Connie Crothers (piano), Bill Payne (clarinet).