Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Adam Rudolph and Moving Pictures in 2006.
Adam Rudolph and Moving Pictures in 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra (Tuesday) Mr. Berger, the composer, conductor and former guiding spirit of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., presides over this loosely defined large ensemble, made up of open-minded improvisers like the multireedist Peter Apfelbaum and the drummer Warren Smith. This performance is part of a series, on alternate Tuesdays through May 15, in which the musicians workshop ideas during a 7:30 p.m. open rehearsal, followed by a proper 9 p.m. performance. At Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20 for workshop and performance ($15 for members and students) and $15 for performance only ($10 for members and students). (Chinen)

Liberty Ellman Trio (Wednesday) The guitarist Liberty Ellman has recently been heard playing some of the most challenging music in his field, with the multireedist and composer Henry Threadgill, and some of the most welcoming, with the bassist Stephan Crump. He seems likely to seek out a fruitful middle ground on this engagement, featuring his own music for a trio with Mr. Crump and the drummer Damion Reid. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20 cover, includes one drink. (Chinen)

Joel Harrison 7 (Saturday) “Search” (Sunnyside), the aptly titled new album by the guitarist and composer Joel Harrison, fleshes out his vision of a far-reaching chamber-jazz, with a rhythm section augmented by strings. He celebrates the album’s release here, with a close approximation of its cast: Donny McCaslin on saxophone, Christian Howes on violin, Dana Leong on cello, Jacob Sacks on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. At 9:30 p.m., Drom, 85 Avenue A, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, (212) 777-1157, dromnyc.com; $10 in advance, $15 at the door. (Chinen)

Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra (Monday) This sprawling, meditative large ensemble, scheduled to perform at Roulette every Monday night in April, is a project of the open-minded percussionist, composer and conductor Adam Rudolph. Drawing inspiration from earthy and elemental sources, it features a total of 38 pieces, in a diverse whorl of woodwinds, strings, percussion and guitars. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, at Third Avenue, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $10, free for members. (Chinen)

Jesse Stacken / 40Twenty (Thursday) Mr. Stacken, a pianist of coolly experimental tendencies, plays a 9:30 p.m. set with a promising lineup: Tony Malaby on saxophone, Ben Gerstein on trombone and Tom Rainey on drums. An earlier set, at 8:30 p.m., will feature the band 40Twenty, with Jacob Garchik on trombone, Jacob Sacks on piano, Dave Ambrosio on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. At I-Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Craig Taborn Trio (Tuesday through April 8) Craig Taborn’s recent solo-piano album, “Avenging Angel” (ECM), was hailed by many jazz critics (including those at The Times) as one of the best of 2011. He also appeared on a less heralded release last year, “Farmers by Nature” (Aum Fidelity), that showcased his rapport with an intrepid pair of improvisers, the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the bassist William Parker. Next week Mr. Taborn makes his debut as a leader at the Village Vanguard, working with Mr. Cleaver and the bassist Thomas Morgan; there’s no telling whether the program will be song-based or largely improvised, but in any case it will be closely monitored. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Nick Didkovsky playing at The Stone in NYC
Nick Didkovsky playing at The Stone in NYC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Beyond the Machine (Friday through Sunday) The Juilliard School’s annual celebration of bleeding-edge music and technology honors John Cage, whose aesthetics and philosophy anticipated today’s interconnected, media-saturated world. The program includes Cage’s “Radio Music,” “Third Construction” and “Winter Music,” as well as a new piece by Nick Didkovsky and a dramatic setting based on a multimedia work by Teru Kuwayama, a journalist who spent nine years embedded with the Marines in Afghanistan. At 8 p.m., Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, (212) 769-7406, juilliard.edu; free, but only standby tickets are available. (Steve Smith)

Cutting Edge Concerts (Monday) This annual new-music series, hosted by the composer Victoria Bond, opens with a program filled with historical resonances. Rufus Müller, a tenor widely admired for his interpretations of Bach’s music, joins the pianist Jenny Lin in Ms. Bond’s “Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming.” And N. Lincoln Hanks, whose piano work “Monstre Sacré” receives its premiere, has extensive experience in early-music vocal groups. Also appearing is the Danjam Orchestra, a jazz ensemble. The festival continues through April 30. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $20, or $15 for students and 65+. (Smith)

Newsbits: Halvorson / Cale / Harrison

John Cale performing in 1977
John Cale performing in 1977 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her trio are headed to California in May to perform at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland (May 10th) and the Penofin Jazz Festival in Potter Valley (May 12th) in support of her forthcoming release, Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12 Records).

An article reviews John Cale‘s career in honor of his 70th birthday.

An Evening for Vaclav Havel will take place in New York, featuring special guests: Edward Einhorn, Ivan Kral, Wendy Luers, Martin Palous, Lou Reed, Ed Sanders and The Fugs, Suzanne Vega. Free Admission at 321 East 73rd Street, Mar 30, 2012 8:00 PM.

The Fotofono blog has been updated to include free downloads of two recent events – a public concert and a closed doors session – with a few photos and two solid hours of downloadable recordings. Participating artists include: Carver Audain (computer), Mike Bullock (acoustic bass), Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Tim Feeney (percussion), Andy Hayleck (computer), Andrew Lafkas (acoustic bass), Cat Lamb (viola), mpld (mpld), Ben Owen (electronics), Doron Sadja (computer), Keiko Uenishi (computer and microphone) and Tyler Wilcox (soprano saxophone, field recordings).

The complete recording of the April 4, 2011 performance at The Roundy, Cork, Ireland, by Catherine Sikora (saxophone), Ian Smith (trumpet) and Han-earl Park (guitar), is now available for download.

The Joel Harrison 7 Releases SEARCH, out on Sunnyside Records, and featuring Donny McCaslin, Gary Versace, Christian Howes, Dana Leong, Stephan Crump & Clarence Penn.