Artist: Bardo Pond + Tom Carter
Album: 4/23/03 (+ 4/25/03)
Label: Three Lobed
Artist: Lull & Beta Cloud
Album: Circadian Rhythm Disturbance Reconfigured
Label: Cold Spring
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Monday) Victoria Bond’s festival is particularly expansive this year, touching on jazz, indie classical and more conventional contemporary settings. The Monday installment includes a new work by the composer and electric violinist Cornelius Dufallo, as well as new works by Matt Van Brink, Carlos Carrillo, Alexandra Gardner, Mark Mellits and Ms. Bond. At 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $20, or $15 for students and 65+. (Kozinn)
Klangforum Wien (Wednesday and Thursday) This contemporary music ensemble from Austria returns with a challenging program on the 10th anniversary, to the day, that it played for the inauguration of the recital hall at the Austrian Cultural Forum’s new building. Works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Gyorgy Kurtag, Agata Zubel and other composers are on the bill, which is repeated on Thursday. The program is part of the institution’s seasonlong anniversary celebrations. At 7:30 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 319-5300, acfny.org; free, but reservations are required. Call or e-mail email@example.com. (Tommasini)
MATA Festival (Tuesday through next Friday) This annual spring celebration of young composers and new music opens on Tuesday with a performance and party at the Paula Cooper Gallery, including performances by the inventive loadbang ensemble, as well as electronic remixes of works from festival concerts by the electronica virtuoso Preshish Moments. The main concerts, at Roulette, begin on Wednesday with performances by the JACK Quartet and the Quartet New Generation, performing music by Huck Hodge and Qin Yi. On Thursday the festival looks at composer-performers, with Cecilia Lopez, Matt Marks and Kate Soper presiding over their own works. Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, Chelsea, matafestival.org; $50. Wednesday through next Friday at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $20 to $25, or $15 for students. (Kozinn)
Mivos Quartet (Friday) An accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet that specializes in the contemporary repertory, the Mivos Quartet plays “Corde Vocale” by Felipe Lara, a gifted Brazilian-American modernist who was recently named the winner of the quartet’s inaugural Kanter/Mivos String Quartet Composition Competition. The program also features music by Gyorgy Kurtag, Wolfgang Rihm, Marcos Balter, Stephanie Huegein and Carl Kanter. At 8 p.m., Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, 240 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 371-1556, mivosquartet.com; $15, or $10 for students. (Smith)
‘The Sinking of the Titanic’ (Sunday) On the 100th anniversary, to the day, of the Titanic’s sinking, the Wordless Music Orchestra and Ensemble LPR play an in-the-round performance of Gavin Bryars’s ambient elegy, which superimposes a shifting array of electronic and acoustic sounds over the Episcopal hymn “Autumn,” which was reportedly playing as the great ship went down. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $30 seated or $20 general admission for the 7:30 p.m. show; $20 for 10 p.m. (Woolfe)
Unsound Festival (Wednesday through April 22) This freewheeling festival presents the latest from the European avant-garde at halls and clubs all over New York. Among the highlights is an opening-night program devoted to three female composers — Julia Kent, Jenny Hval and Julia Holter — at the new Issue Project Room. A Thursday evening concert at Le Poisson Rouge offers several hybrid forms, including Next Life, a Norwegian ensemble that combines electronics with metal; Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, who do performance art as Hype Williams; and Actress, a London-based electronic music producer. Wednesday at 9 p.m., Issue Project Room, 110 Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15. Thursday at 11:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (Kozinn)
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)
Carlo De Rosa Cross-Fade (Thursday) On his sharply dynamic recent album, “Brain Dance” (Cuneiform), Mr. De Rosa, a bassist, features his own complex music for an ensemble of fellow searchers: Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Vijay Iyer on piano and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Here he modifies the lineup a bit, with James Hurt filling in for Mr. Iyer and Justin Brown for Mr. Gilmore. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20, includes one drink. (Chinen)
Holshouser, Bennink & Moore (Wednesday) What might sound like a personal-injury firm is in fact an improvising trio of the highest order, composed of the accordionist Will Holshouser, the Dutch drummer Han Bennink and the saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore. The group has a new album, “Live in NYC” (Ramboy), recorded on a night much like this one. It’s also worth noting that Mr. Bennink, a legend of avant-garde jazz, is the subject of a 70th birthday marathon broadcast, Tuesday through April 21, on WKCR, 89.9 FM, and wkcr.org. At 7:30 p.m., Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, Lower East Side, (212) 219-0736, dixonplace.org; $5. (Chinen)
Vijay Iyer Trio (Friday and Saturday) The pianist and composer Vijay Iyer just released “Accelerando” (Act), the second album featuring his superb trio with the nimble but grounded bassist Stephan Crump and the magically propulsive drummer Marcus Gilmore. Already the subject of much praise in these pages and elsewhere, the album seems likely to spark an even more dynamic interplay in person, during this album-release engagement. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
Darius Jones Quartet (Tuesday) The alto saxophonist Darius Jones favors a robust and personal take on post-1960s free jazz, working here with a smartly adaptable rhythm section featuring Matt Mitchell on piano, Trevor Dunn on bass and Chad Taylor on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $20 cover. (Chinen)
Kneebody (Friday and Saturday) This quick-change electro-acoustic chamber ensemble is finishing a four-night residency courtesy of the indie promoter Search and Restore, presenting a different concept each night. The band will play its own music in an early set on both Friday and Saturday; the second set on Friday will revolve around the experimental electro-pop artists Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, while the second set on Saturday will feature as-yet-unannounced special guests. At 7:30 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn, littlefieldnyc.com; $15, or $12 for students. (Chinen)
Daniel Levin Quartet (Wednesday) Demonstrating an impressive breadth of texture and contrast, the cellist Daniel Levin comes well prepared for a career in jazz’s contemporary avant-garde. He has enlisted equally skilled partners here, in a working band: the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the bassist Peter Bitenc and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20 cover, includes one drink. (Chinen)
Tony Malaby Tuba Trio (Friday) The tuba in question belongs to Dan Peck, the guts and in many ways the glue of this band. Tony Malaby brings his searching tenor saxophone, and his compositions; John Hollenbeck outlines texture as well as tempo on the drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $25 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)
Mephista (Sunday) Texture and tonality are flexible elements in Mephista, an exploratory trio with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and Ikue Mori on electronics. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $15, $10 for students and 65+, free for members. (Chinen)
Adam Rudolph: Go Organic Orchestra (Monday) This sprawling, meditative large ensemble, performing 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; $15, or $10 for students, 65+ and members. (Chinen)
Angelica Sanchez Trio (Saturday) Ms. Sanchez, a probing pianist, has worked often in a collective mode with the members of this trio: Tony Malaby, a smartly blustery tenor and soprano saxophonist, and Tom Rainey, a starkly suggestive drummer. Here she leads the expedition, featuring her own music. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20 cover, or $10 for members. (Chinen)
ACME, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, announces three New York concerts in May and an album release in June 2012. At 8 pm on both Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 the group will take the stage at The Kitchen (512 W. 19th St., NYC) for two performances of the music of William Brittelle and Mick Barr. At 8 pm on Monday, May 14, ACME performs Timothy Andres’ I Found it by the Sea as part of the 2012 Look & Listen Festival, held at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery (144 W. 14th St., 2nd Floor, NYC).
From New Detroit Sounds:
Friday, April 13: Matthew Shipp Trio at N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
Pianist/improvisor Matthew Shipp will be appearing with what has become one of his most acclaimed groups, a trio featuring Whit Dickey (percussion) and Michael Bisio (bass). Among the biggest names in Creative Music to emerge in the past 20 years, Shipp first came to wider notice with David S. Ware‘s groups in the early 90’s, as well as through his numerous collaborations with William Parker. He released the first of what would become dozens of records as a leader in the same era, many of them with Whit Dickey playing a crucial role in the drummer’s seat. Newer to the ensemble is bassist Michael Bisio, who is said to be truly outstanding. He fills the role held by Joe Morris when the trio headlined our festival of Jazz and Improvised Music in 2008. Shipp has often referred to retiring from touring, and though it may not be immediately imminent, why take the risk?
Advance tickets are available for $10 at N’Namdi Center or on line at http://matthewshipptrionnamdicenterdetroit.eventbrite.com/?ref=etckt
Tickets are $16 at the door day of show. N’ Namdi Center for the performing arts is located at 52 E. Forest Ave, just off Woodward. 313 831 8700. Doors at 7:30 pm; music at 8:30.
Friday, April 20: Mike Tamburo, Windy and Carl, Nick Schillace at Lo and Behold, Hamtramck
Practically every time I’ve seen Mike Tamburo, he’s on to new investigations: first I knew him as a finger style guitarist, then as a dulcimer player, then as a gong player and most recently on Japanese koto. But no matter what instrument he uses, the essentials remain the same: intensely focused playing- that communicates a great deal of what Mike is like as a person- a clear build-up of energy and a distinct movement towards a climatic point in the set. His music is often trance-inducing and is a sort of intersection between raga, experimental sounds, ritual and folk music.
Windy and Carl is one of the many important groups birthed in the rich musical ferment of 1992-1993 Detroit. Although frequently tagged as “space rock,” they probably have less in common than other groups given that moniker. While it is certainly spacey and spacious, Windy and Carl’s sound is more raw and bare than the synth-based indulgences of their precursors. It could even be said that the group redefined the genre and influenced the next generation of space rock around the world. Performances by Windy and Carl have always been rare and have become even more so in the past several years-don’t miss this special chance!
Nick Schillace is probably the leading finger-style guitarist in the region and definitely the most important as a musical artist. Although steeped in the traditional songbook, Nick springs from that foundation to primarily original pieces that display his excellent writing more than his prodigious technique. In recent years he’s also pick-up the banjo and other strings, which may be on display in his solo set- which is also becoming more rare.
Doors at 7:30 pm; $5-10 suggested donation.
Lo and Behold is located at 10022 Jos. Campau, in Hamtramck.
5/16 Keir Nueringer
5/19 Thollem and Arrington Dionyso
5/23 Charles Gayle
From Music and More:
Henry P. Warner, Earl Freeman, Philip Spigner – Freestyle Band (NoBusiness, 2012)
Freddie Hubbard – The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard / The Body And The Soul (Impulse 2-on-1) (Impulse, 2012)
Steve Horowitz – New Monsters (Posi-Tone, 2012)
Steve Joel Harrison 7 – Search (Sunnyside, 2012)