Music and More Reviews

Louis Moholo
Louis Moholo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Music and More:

Gary Bartz – Coltrane Rules: The Tao of a Musical Warrior (OYO Records, 2012)
Forgas Band Phenomena – Acute V (Cuneiform, 2012)
Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani with Frank Wright – Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun Records, recorded 1979, released 2011)

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Emanuele Arciuli (Sunday) This virtuoso Italian pianist offers a formidable program that balances Beethoven’s rich Sonata No. 31 (Op. 110) with Marcello Panni’s “Farben”; Giacinto Scelsi’s “Ka,” Suite No. 10; and Alban Berg’s formidable Sonata (Op. 1). At 6 p.m., the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, between 116th and 118th Streets, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-1623, http://www.italianacademy.columbia.edu; free. (Allan Kozinn)

Bargemusic (Saturday, Sunday and Thursday) This floating concert hall’s concerts on Saturday and Sunday are devoted to chamber works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Arensky, along with improvisations on Bach themes, by the violinist Mark Peskanov, the pianist Olga Vinokur, the cellist Dave Eggar and the percussionist Chuck Palmer. And on Thursday the pianist David Kalhous plays Morton Feldman’s “For Bunita Marcus.” Saturday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083, bargemusic.org; $35, $30 for 65+, or $15 for students. (Kozinn)

Ecstatic Music Festival (Saturday and Wednesday) The final two concerts in this year’s survey of the intersections between “popular” and “classical” music — whatever those terms mean — are highlights. On Saturday John Darnielle, the piercing lyricist of the Mountain Goats, is joined by the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 for songs from his new work, “Transcendental Youth,” set in a lonely town north of Seattle. Wednesday brings the premieres of works by Du Yun, Samson Young, Derek Bermel and Gaybird Leung, all of which combine Chinese and Western instruments. At 7:30, Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330, kaufman-center.org; sold out on Saturday, $25 on Wednesday. (Woolfe)

Ensemble ACJW (Sunday) David Robertson, the music director of the St. Louis Symphony, leads this fine ensemble in Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto, John Adams’s “Gnarly Buttons” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 8 (“Le Soir”). At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $38 to $50. (Kozinn)

‘Instrumentals’ (Friday and Saturday) The American Mavericks series hits Chelsea in two wide-ranging nights of creativity. The Friday program pairs the opalescent drones of William Basinski’s “Vivian and Ondine” with Tristan Perich’s chirping, chiming one-bit electronics. On Saturday, Mary Halvorson, an inventive jazz guitarist and composer, steers a new septet, and Peter Gordon leads an ensemble in music by Arthur Russell, a protean composer who anticipated today’s vogue for flouting genres and embracing pop music. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, Ext. 11, thekitchen.org; $15. (Smith)

JACK Quartet (Sunday) As part of its invaluable Neighborhood Concert series, Carnegie Hall presents the dynamic and excellent JACK Quartet in a free program at Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side. The JACK players champion 20th-century repertory and contemporary music of all styles. On this enticing program they present works by Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger and a recent work by Steven Mackey, who plays electric guitar with the quartet in his piece, “Physical Property.” At 3 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (212) 598-0400, abronsartscenter.org and carnegiehall.org. (Tommasini)

Lisa Moore (Friday) As the original pianist in the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ms. Moore developed an outgoing performing style and a broad taste for contemporary composition, qualities that she has expanded upon since she left the group to pursue a solo career. In this Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert, she a kaleidoscopic selection of works that includes Philip Glass’s early “Mad Rush,” a handful of ètudes by Don Byron and music by Martin Bresnick, John Adams, Missy Mazzoli, Jerome Kitzke, Frederic Rzewski and Henry Cowell. At 8 p.m., LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (718) 482-5151, carnegiehall.org; free, but reservations are required. (Kozinn)

San Francisco Symphony (Tuesday through Thursday) Michael Tilson Thomas and the ensemble at the center of the American Mavericks series open a four-evening residency on Tuesday, offering Cage’s “Song Books” voiced by Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk and Jessye Norman, and the New York premiere of “Absolute Jest” by John Adams. Wednesday’s program features Ives’s “Concord” Sonata as orchestrated by Henry Brant, along with pieces by Carl Ruggles and Morton Feldman; a chamber program on Thursday includes music by Harry Partch, David Del Tredici, Lou Harrison and Mason Bates. (The series concludes on March 30.) Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $29.50 to $75. Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $50. (Smith)

So Percussion (Monday) One of the most colorful ensembles around, and lately one of the engines that drives New York’s new music world, So Percussion and guest artists (including Matmos, the electronica group) pay tribute to John Cage and his legacy in a program called “We Are All Going in Different Directions.” Some of Cage’s most vivid percussion works, including the Third Construction and the Quartet for Percussion from “She Is Asleep,” are included, as are works by Dan Deacon, Cenk Ergun, Jason Treuting and So Percussion itself. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $39. (Kozinn)

Dusted Reviews

Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009
Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Dusted.

Artist: Alexander Tucker
Album: Third Mouth
Label: Thrill Jockey

Artist: Yannick Dauby, John Grzinich and Murmer
Album: Lind, Raud, Aastaajad
Label: Invisible Birds

Artist: Eliane Radigue
Album: Geelriandre/Arthesis
Label: Senufo Editions

Artist: “A” Trio
Album: Music To Our Ears
Label: Al Maslakh

Artist: Roscoe Mitchell
Album: Numbers
Label: RogueArt

Artist: Aaron Dilloway
Album: Modern Jester
Label: Hanson

Artist: Julia Holter
Album: Ekstasis
Label: Rvng Intl.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Mary Halvorson with Tom Rainey and Anti-House ...
Mary Halvorson with Tom Rainey and Anti-House at Club W71, Weikersheim. Deutsch: Mary Halvorson mit Tom Rainey und Anti-House im Club W71, Weikersheim. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Peter Evans Trio (Sunday and Monday) Peter Evans, a trumpeter with a dazzlingly expressive command of timbre and texture, marshals a trio with John Hébert on bass and Kassa Overall on drums. At 8 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near North Third Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934, zebuloncafeconcert.com; no cover. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Septet (Saturday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson has gradually been expanding her palette as a bandleader-composer: her first two albums on Firehouse 12 featured a trio and a quintet respectively, and “Bending Bridges,” due out in May, will involve this septet. The ensemble features Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Greg Ward and Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones and Jacob Garchik on trombone, along with the other members of her trio, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Tom Rainey. Its presentation here is part of an American Mavericks Festival, organized by Nick Hallett; the concert will also feature “Instrumentals,” a 1975 piece by Arthur Russell, performed by a chamber ensemble. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, thekitchen.org; $15. (Chinen)

Curtis Hasselbring’s Decoupage (Wednesday) As the name implies, this improvising chamber group presents a study in artful layers: Mr. Hasselbring’s trombone, Matt Moran’s vibraphone, Satoshi Takeishi’s percussion and Mary Halvorson’s guitar. The ensemble’s set, at 8:30 p.m., will precede a 10 p.m. set by the inventive young Cuban pianist David Virelles, with a trio. At Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, seedsbrooklyn.org; $10 suggested cover. (Chinen)

Mark Helias’s Open Loose (Friday) Mark Helias is a bassist equally committed to the causes of momentum and texture, and in that sense he has a very good thing in Open Loose, a band with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $25 cover, includes one drink. (Chinen)

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

Morton Subotnick
Cover of Morton Subotnick

From REDCAT:

Friday, March 23, 8:30pm
The supremely gifted cellist Frances-Marie Uitti makes a rare Los Angeles appearance for the debut of Michael Jon Fink’s new cello concerto, written especially for her pioneering technique of playing with two bows simultaneously, and chamber ensemble. Known for a prodigious career of dismantling longstanding musical boundaries, Uitti follows with another world premiere by Greg Moore, and works by Lisa Bielawa, Jonathan Harvey, Giacinto Scelsi, Karen Tanaka, and Ken Ueno, most written for Uitti’s incredible interpretations. REDCAT, Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students

From Beyond Baroque:

Friday, March 23, 9pm
Beyond Baroque presents Beyond Music series with wildUP! – Brooklyn to LA. : New music from one coast to the other coast: Brooklyn/ LA featuring music by Timo Andres, Art Jarvinen, Chris Kallmyer, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Andrew Tholl, and Frederic Rzewski. The music of right now, right this very moment, is being created in basements and recorded in living rooms in high definition. wildUP! : their music is raw, unabashed, and they made it themselves. wildUp! presents two concerts about the music being composed now in LA and Brooklyn. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $15 advance / $20 door

From Beyond Baroque:

Saturday, March 24, 3pm
Beyond Baroque presents Beyond Music series with wildUP! – Brooklyn to LA. : New music from one coast to the other coast: Brooklyn/ LA featuring music by Timo Andres, Art Jarvinen, Chris Kallmyer, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Norman, Andrew Tholl, and Frederic Rzewski. The music of right now, right this very moment, is being created in basements and recorded in living rooms in high definition. wildUP! : their music is raw, unabashed, and they made it themselves. wildUp! presents two concerts about the music being composed now in LA and Brooklyn. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $15 advance / $20 door

From FaceBook:

Saturday March 24, 7pm
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art presents the closing event of GOTHIC, with music by Trestles (electronics +), Toaster Music, and The League of Vampiric Bards. OCCCA, 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana | Free

From Southwest Chamber Music:

Saturday, March 24, 8pm (7:30pm pre-concert talk)
Southwest Chamber Music continues their Cage 2012 Celebration with a concert featuring John Cage works including Lecture on the Weather, Score (40 Drawings by Thoreau), and 23 Parts. Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $38 / $28 seniors / $10 students

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, March 24, 8pm
Music at Boston Court presents the Thies-Krajacic Project: Spontaneous Inventions. Featured performers of the TKP are Damjan Krajacic (flute), Robert Edward Thies (piano), Michael Valerio (bass), and Steven Schaeffer (drums). Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena | $25 / $20 seniors and students

Saturday, March 24, 8pm
Pomona College Faculty Chamber Music presents Annabel Guaita (piano) and Alfred Cramer (violin) in a concert of Music of Norway, selections by 20th-century atonal polyphonic composer Fartein Valen and others. Pomona College, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. 4th St., Claremont | Free

From REDCAT:

Saturday, March 24, 8:30pm
The Los Angeles new music high-fliers meet up with the godfather of techno Morton Subotnick for a live revisit to the electronic music pioneer’s iconic works, rendered with new technology. From the landmark Silver Apples of the Moon (1966) to A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur (1977), Subotnick worked with Buchla synthesizers and tape recorders to create new electronic works meant for the home environment—and later adapted his music for live performance. Now equipped with Ableton Live on his Mac and the new Buchla 200e, he performs with the California E.A.R. Unit—collaborators since 1980—and draws on elements of Silver Apples and Sky in an evening of “spontaneous performance and decision-making.” REDCAT, Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students

From SASSAS:

Sunday, March 25, 1pm (12:30 load in)
SASSAS and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present soundShoppe, a monthly unstructured sound workshop/noise jam for experimental musicians and sound artists. soundShoppe offers a means by which sound artists can hangout on a regular basis and informally explore their medium together. soundShoppe offers experienced sound musicians an opportunity experiment with different instrumentations and approaches and play outside of their comfort zone. soundShoppe also presents the opportunity for novice sound artists to interact with more experienced ones. Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | Free

From the wulf:

Sunday, March 25, 8pm
the wulf presents Casey Anderson: Solo, Many, All – two new pieces (solo live electronics, the other participatory) concluding with an open discussion based on a prompt. The event will shift from an exclusive format (solo) to one in which everyone present is placed on an equal playing field (all). The live electronics piece is rooted around Anderson’s current interest in instrument design for/around chaotic data networks, while the participatory piece is based on a poem about a poem about a painting owned by a poet, and will feature something like writing, breathing, tearing paper (etc.). Concluding the event will be an open discussion on exclusivity. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | donations accepted

From Monday Evening Concerts:

Monday, March 26, 8pm
Monday Evening Concerts presents Jazz Encounters, music as extreme action; music rooted in popular styles. This concert will feature pieces by Stefan Wolpe (Quartet for Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion and Piano)(Piece for Oboe, Cello, Percussion, and Piano), Evan Johnson (ground), Peter Ablinger (Parker Notch), Peter Ablinger (weiss/weisslich 4), and Evan Johnson (Supplement), performed by Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Eliot Gattegno (saxophone), Nicholas Terry (percussion), Vicki Ray (piano),
Gareth Davis (clarinet), Ariana Ghez (oboe), Jason Lippmann (cello), and Donald Crockett (conductor). Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $27

From Athenaeum:

Tuesday, March 27, 7pm
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and San Diego New Music present the Formalist Quartet in concert. This evening’s program will feature pieces by Harold Budd (String Quartet 2001), Toru Takemitsu (Landscape 1), Leos Janacek (String Quartet No. 1), and others. The Formalist Quartet is Andrew Tholl (violin), Mark Menzies (violin, viola), Andrew McIntosh (violin, viola), and Ashley Walters (cello), who will perform this evening with special guest Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist (soprano). Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla | $25 members / $30 non-member, available here

From LA Phil:

Tuesday, March 27, 8pm
Keith Jarrett: An Evening of Solo Piano Improvisations. Experience the music of Keith Jarrett in the pristine acoustics of Walt Disney Concert Hall as he celebrates the release of Rio, one of the finest live solo recordings of his career. <a href=”Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles | $43 to $150, available here

From FaceBook:

Wednesday, March 28, 8pm
Wicked Dreams Celebration! presents at triple bill at the EL Cid Restuarant, featuring Noah and the MegaFauna, Tears of the Moosechaser, and Timur and the Dime Museum, and special guest Maesa Pullman. El Cid Restuarant, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silverlake | $5

From The Last Bookstore:

Thursday, March 29, 7pm
The Last Bookstore presents the End of Quarter Blowout, A multi-level event in which performances flow through three conjoined floors of the Spring Arts Tower (The Crocker Club, The Last Bookstore (natch), and the Mezzanine. Featuring!: Double G and the daKAH Orchestra, NineNet, Killsonic, Poetry Noise Orchestra, and HMS Soundsystem with special guests Robert F. Leng and Tom Steck of Other Criteria, multiple smaller esnsembles, theater installation curated by Poor Dog Group, and a diverse collection of friends and contributors of The Last Bookstore. The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St. (ground floor), downtown Los Angeles | Free

From the wulf:

Thursday, March 29, 8pm
Giacomo Fiore will present a night of recent music for classical and just intonation guitar, with and without live electronics and other trickeries. Works by Lou Harrison, Larry Polansky, Ron Nagorcka, and Toshio Hosokawa. Born in Italy in 1983, Giacomo has been playing and studying music in the U.S. since 2003. He lives in San Francisco and looks forward to his debut at the wulf. the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | donations accepted

Ross Hammond on Tour

Ross Hammond, a jazz guitarist on the border of inside and outside, will be touring next week:

Sunday, 3/25 @ The Downtown Music Gallery Sunday Series, 6pm no cover (13 Monroe Street, NYC)

Monday, 3/26 @ Douglass Street Collective with Tanya Kalmanovitch, 8:30pm $10 (295 Douglass St, Brooklyn)

Tuesday, 3/27 @ Bowery Poetry Club with WKW, 10pm, $10 (308 Bowery, NYC)