Upcoming Washington DC Shows

From the Atlas:

GREAT NOISE ENSEMBLE
Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Washington’s most ambitious and exciting new music ensembles and Atlas Artists in Residence will premiere new works by Randall Woolf, Andrew Earle Simpson, David Smooke, and Stefan Freund.

OUT OF THE COOL: GIL EVANS AT 100
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Jazz at the Atlas Curator Brad Linde directs an impressive tribute to Gil Evans, a jazz pioneer known for his own groundbreaking originality as well as for his multi-album partnership with icon Miles Davis.

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE
Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced, ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new music and new audiences.

Upcoming Detroit Shows

From Detroit New Music:

Wednesday, May 16: Keir Nueringer at Lo and Behold, Hamtramck
Multi-unstrumentalist Keir Nueringer excels in circular-breathing, solo saxophone sets. He’ll take a breath and not come up for air again until the set is over. He uses extended technique to create vivid soundscapes that build in a smartly composed way. Keir also performs as a one-man band, doing more song or loop based material.

Doors at 7:30, $5 suggested minimum.

Saturday, May 19: Arrington de Dionyso and Thollem McDonas, Immigrant Suns at Tangent Gallery
Perennial favorite Thollem McDonas visits Detroit again, this time in a duo with Arrington de Dionyso in a show that- at the artists’ request- is a benefit for our new venue. Detroit’s own Immigrant Suns gives a rare performance as well. It’ll be a great night of New Music piano virtuosity, rock and roll spirit and thnomusicological throw-down.

Doors at 9 pm; $10 suggested minimum donation.
Tangent Gallery is located at 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit.
At Hastings street in The New Center neighborhood.

COMING SOON
6/1 SSM
6/11 Joe McPhee and the Thing
free jazz legend with european improvisors

Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Michael Pisaro
Album: Fields Have Ears (6)
Label: Gravity Wave

Artist: Spill
Album: Stockholm Syndrome
Label: Al Maslakh

Artist: Darius Jones Quartet
Album: Book of Mæ’Bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)
Label: AUM Fidelity

Artist: Will Montgomery / Robert Curgenven
Album: Heygate / Looking for Narratives on Small Islands
Label: Winds Measure

Artist: Mary Halvorson Quintet
Album: Bending Bridges
Label: Firehouse 12

Upcoming Seattle Shows

From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

SAT. 5/12, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Novi_Sad, intense electroacoustic soundscapes from Athens, Greece – fans of Francisco Lopez, Daniel Menche, etc. take note

THU. 5/17, 8 PM – Monktail Composers Series, Vol. 9, music of Kenneth Mandell

FRI. 5/18 – The Many Duo, featuring percussionist Kevin Haag and guitarist Matt Williams

SAT. 5/19, 8 PM – Seattle Modern Orchestra plays Feldman’s Rothko Chapel and Hugues Dufourt’s L’Asie d’aprés Tiepolo

THU. 5/24 – S. Eric Scribner (piano) presents new works, with Matt Kocmierowski and Keith Eisenbrey (found objects); Bruce Greeley (bass clarinet); Natalie Mai Hall (‘cello); and Mike Sentkewitz (string bass)

FRI. 5/25 – Neal Kosaly-Meyer presents an evening of solo compositions, and one ensemble piece, spanning the career of John Cage, in the year of his 100th birthday, with William O. Smith, Melissa Walsh, Stuart Dempster

THU. 5/31 – Christian Asplund, ex-Seattle composer currently based in Utah

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Steve Swallow
Steve Swallow (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, which includes the multireedists Scott Robinson and Peter Apfelbaum and the trumpeter Steven Bernstein. This is the final performance of a series in which the musicians workshop ideas during a 7:30 p.m. open rehearsal, followed by a 9 p.m. concert. 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)

Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra (Monday) Borrowing a page from the playbook of Karl Berger — see the preceding listing — Mr. Bernstein, a ruggedly resourceful trumpeter-arranger-composer, has initiated a residency with his Millennial Territory Orchestra, every Monday night through June. Each week he brings in new arrangements, leading the band in an open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. and a performance at 9 p.m. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)

Gerald Cleaver and Black Host (Friday) A jazz drummer of observant poise, Mr. Cleaver leads an intriguingly blustery new band here: Darius Jones on alto saxophone, Brandon Seabrook on guitar, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Cooper-Moore on piano and diddley bow. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mark Dresser Quintet (Tuesday) A master of abstract texture and extended techniques, the bassist Mark Dresser surrounds himself with sympathetic partners here: Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, Michael Dessen on trombone, Denman Maroney on prepared piano and Tom Rainey on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

★ Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow, Joey Baron (Friday and Saturday) There’s a soft glow of erudition to “Wisteria,” a new piano trio album that ECM released this month. It comes from all three members of the group — the pianist Steve Kuhn, the bassist Steve Swallow and the drummer Joey Baron — but especially from Mr. Kuhn, who at 74 is one of jazz’s most careful rhapsodists. The trio wraps up an album-release engagement this weekend. 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)

★ Cecil Taylor: A Celebration of the Maestro (Wednesday, Thursday and May 19) Mr. Taylor, one of the most distinctive improvising pianists of the last 50 years, receives due tribute with this festival, which began last week. On Wednesday it continues at Issue Project Room with performances by the pianist Thollem McDonas, the bass clarinetist Arrington de Dionyso and the drummer William Hooker. Then Mr. Taylor plays two concerts, on Thursday at Harlem Stage and on Wednesday and May 19 at Issue Project Room; the May 19 show is sold out. Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, at Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15, $12 for members. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, (212) 281-9240, harlemstage.org; $45, $36 for members. (Chinen)

Undead Music Festival (Friday and Saturday) This indie-minded festival concludes with two nights of unconventional programming, each night abiding by a concept. Friday is being billed as Night of the Living DIY, with pop-up shows in a range of spaces around Brooklyn, including 35 Claver Place, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, and Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, in Bushwick. On Saturday, at 92YTriBeCa, the concept involves a string of improvised, interconnected duets, with musicians like the drummer John Hollenbeck, the guitarist Miles Okazaki and the bassist Mark Helias. For more information, visit undeadmusic.com; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

ACME at (le) Poisson Rouge (1)
ACME at (le) Poisson Rouge (1) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

ACME (Friday and Saturday) Also known as the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, this intrepid young band of hardy explorers tackles a pair of diverse assignments in these concerts. Part of the program consists of a world premiere composed by Mick Barr, a guitarist known for his blistering speed and agility in avant-garde metal bands like Orthrelm and Krallice; the rest is devoted to bright, joyous chamber works by William Brittelle as heard on “Loving the Chambered Nautilus,” ACME’s latest release on New Amsterdam Records. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, Ext. 11, thekitchen.org; $12. (Smith)

Bargemusic (Friday through Sunday) This intimate and increasingly adventurous floating concert hall on the East River starts the weekend with an installment of its Here and Now new-music series, performed by Geoffrey Burleson, the pianist. Included are works by Arthur Berger, Scott Wheeler and Frank Zappa, with a rarity by Saint-Saëns for perspective. On Saturday and Sunday the violinists Mark Peskanov and Laura Goldberg, the violist Ah Ling Neu and the cellist Guy Fishman join forces for quartets by Haydn, Borodin and Beethoven. Friday and Saturday 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)

ImproTech Paris/New York 2012 (Wednesday) Kicking off a three-day conference on music and technology at New York University and Columbia University, a heady cabal of American and French composers, performers and improvisers — including George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman and Jean-Baptiste Barrière — offer an evening of electro-acoustic sounds. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $10. (Smith)

★ Look & Listen Festival (Saturday through Monday) This personable festival has hit on a winning formula: vital new music presented by authoritative players in an informal setting, surrounded by contemporary art. So Percussion starts things with a bang on Saturday in a concert featuring the drum mavens Bobby Previte and Doug Perkins. On Sunday, the Mivos Quartet introduces a new piece by Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, the winner of Look & Listen’s 2012 Composers’ Competition. Monday’s finale includes performances by Brooklyn Rider, ACME, janus trio and Michael Brown. Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, second floor, Greenwich Village, (718) 622-3005, lookandlisten.org; $15, $10 for students and 65+, or $35 for an all-festival pass. (Smith)

Terry Riley and Gyan Riley (Sunday) New Yorkers are seeing a lot more of the seminal Minimalist composer and keyboardist Terry Riley now that his son, the guitarist and composer Gyan Riley, has made his home here. The pair returns to Le Poisson Rouge with Tracy Silverman, an electric-violin player, and David Cossin, a percussionist, for an evening of original music likely to remind you of jazz, Bach, New Age music, raga and dreams — sometimes all at once. At 8 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $20 in advance, $25 at the door. (Smith)