Newsbits: Butcher / Hartford New Music Fest / Hollenbeck / Brotzmann / Cartwright

Peter Brötzmann at "Sonore" concert,...
Peter Brötzmann at “Sonore” concert, Lviv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nick Butcher has released Free Jazz Bitmaps, Vol. 1, a compilation of six Chicago-oriented jazz musicians. A reception celebrating the release will take place tonight.

The Hartford New Music Festival is tomorrow and will feature performances of pieces by John Cage and Anthony Braxton.

John Hollenbeck has three upcoming shows in New York.

Peter Brotzmann is interviewed prior to an upcoming show in Moncton, Canada.

Merciless Ghost, a trio featuring George Cartwright, will be playing some shows this summer.

Dusted Reviews

John Butcher
John Butcher (Photo credit: Non Event)

From Dusted Reviews:

Artist: John Butcher and Toshimaru Nakamura
Album: Dusted Machinery
Label: Monotype

Artist: Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch
Album: Concerning the Entrance into Eternity
Label: Important

Artist: Helmut Schäfer
Album: Thought Provoking III
Label: 23five, Inc.

Artist: House of Low Culture
Album: Poisoned Soil
Label: Sub Rosa

Artist: En
Album: Already Gone
Label: Students of Decay

Artist: Bérangère Maximin
Album: No One is an Island
Label: Sub Rosa

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008
Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Barbès Turns 10 (Friday through Sunday) On May Day 2002 a couple of French expatriates opened Barbès, a cozy, neighborly bar in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, and began booking a cosmopolitan array of music, from Afropop to Gypsy swing. This week the place celebrates its anniversary with a crowded parade of regulars, including the bands Endangered Blood, One Ring Zero and Las Rubias del Norte. For a lineup, visit At Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248; $10. (Chinen)

Celebrating Cecil (Tuesday and Wednesday) This two-night engagement, part of the Harlem Shrines Jazz Festival, pays tribute to the indomitable Cecil Taylor, one of the most distinctive pianists of the last 50 years. All three pianists on hand — Amina Claudine Myers, Craig Taborn and Vijay Iyer — are well versed in his style, and each will offer his or her own perspective on it, in solo and duo performances. The poet Amiri Baraka will be the special guest, and on Wednesday a postperformance discussion will be led by the composer and scholar George Lewis. At 8 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, (212) 281-9240,; $10. (Chinen)

Amir ElSaffar Quintet (Friday) Mr. ElSaffar plays the trumpet, the santoor and a hammered dulcimer and sings in the Iraqi maqam tradition. He features his own compositions here, for a group that includes John Escreet on piano, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $20 cover, or $10 for members. (Chinen)

Donny McCaslin Quartet (Monday) On “Perpetual Motion” (Greenleaf), his most recent album, the tenor and soprano saxophonist Donny McCaslin dives into his version of postfusion, mixing up approaches and angles of attack. Drawing from the album here, he enlists several sharp musicians well-equipped for the task: the keyboardist Jason Lindner, the bassist Tim Lefebvre and the drummer Mark Guiliana. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Undead Music Festival (Wednesday through May 12) Encompassing four nights and dozens of musicians, this indie-minded festival begins on Wednesday with its usual Greenwich Village multiclub marathon, at Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall and Kenny’s Castaways; of particular interest is the programming at Le Poisson Rouge, designed to evoke the old scene at the lamented Lower East Side club Tonic. On Thursday the operation moves to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, with a show featuring Medeski Martin & Wood and a slew of guests, including the keyboardists Marco Benevento and Anthony Coleman, the guitarist Vernon Reid and the drummer G. Calvin Weston. More information is available at (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge.
The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Steven Beck (Saturday) Elliott Carter’s solo piano output is compact but varied. Steven Beck, who has played several of Mr. Carter’s works in recitals in recent seasons, now turns his attention to the complete set, which he is presenting at Spectrum, a new performing space in Chelsea. At 7 p.m., Spectrum at the Piano Building, 115 West 23rd Street, No. 22, (650) 400-5100; suggested donation: $20, or $10 for students and 65+. (Allan Kozinn)

David Lang’s ‘Wed’ (Sunday) “I think of it as it being the ability for me to date more people,” the composer David Lang said in a New York Times article about the YouTube-based piano competition he started late last year. On Sunday, Mr. Lang showcases the winner of his contest, Peter Poston — but also keeps his options open by featuring some of the runners-up. At 6 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; seating $20, standing room $15. (Smith)

‘How to Get Started’ (Friday) Presented in collaboration with the PEN World Voices Festival, the John Cage Trust and the Slought Foundation, this pair of events recreates a 1989 work by Cage, in which he extemporized on the contents of 10 shuffled note cards as his recorded voice, played back and altered, formed an increasingly complex accompaniment. Audience members are invited to participate; for instructions, see At 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; at 11 a.m. $15, students $10; at 7 p.m. $20, students $10; both events $30, students $17. (Smith)