AMN Picks of the Week: Kang / Animals as Leaders / Cosa Brava / Beger & Hemingway

Gerry Hemingway, moers festival 2007
Gerry Hemingway, moers festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Eyvind Kang – The Narrow Garden (2012)
Animals as Leaders – Weightless (2011)
Cosa Brava – The Letter (2012)
Albert Beger / Gerry Hemingway – There’s Nothing Better To Do (2012)

Music and More Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Music and More:

Jenny Scheinman – Mischief and Mayhem (Self-Released, 2012)
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio w/ Jeb Bishop – Burning Live (JACC Records, 2012)
Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, 2012)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Bargemusic (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday) This week brings characteristic variety to the barge. Friday is the latest installment in the Here and Now series, featuring works by modern masters like Takemitsu and Carter alongside the contemporary composers Scott Wheeler and Caroline Mallonée. The weekend brings works for violin and piano by Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and Sarasate, and Wednesday features string arrangements of Bach, Rachmaninoff and De Falla by Steve Cohen as well as the premieres of Mr. Cohen’s “Song for Strings” and Dina Pruzhansky’s “Song of Songs.” At 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083,; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $35, or $30 for 65+; $15 for students; Wednesday, $40, or $35 for 65+, $20 for students. (Zachary Woolfe)

Darmstadt 2012 (Friday and Saturday) For an immersion in avant-gardes past and present, head to Issue Project Room for Nick Hallett and Zach Layton’s stimulating annual festival. The first weekend features a celebration of the composer Pauline Oliveros’s 80th birthday and a concert pairing the Mivos Quartet and the Wet Ink Ensemble in works by Sam Pluta, Alex Mincek and Kate Soper. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313,; $15. (Woolfe)

The Knights and Friends (Sunday) Precisely what this feisty, inventive Brooklyn indie-classical orchestra has planned for these two sets celebrating John Cage’s 100th birthday is a mystery. But the ensemble is full of bright players and has clever friends, so whatever transpires is bound to be fascinating. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; each set $10. (Smith)

Orchestra of the League of Composers (Monday) In 1923, the League of Composers was founded as an organization to foster contemporary music. In 1954 it became the United States chapter of the International Society of Contemporary Music. But what should matter to curious concertgoers is that the ensemble that performs today under the name Orchestra of the League of Composers is technically topnotch and continually adventurous. The orchestra’s next concert presents works by Copland and Ursula Mamlok (Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra), a premiere by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and New York premieres by Anthony Cheung and Pierre Jalbert. James Baker conducts; John Schaefer of WNYC radio hosts. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater of Columbia University, Broadway at 116th Street,; $20. (Tommasini)

Margaret Leng Tan (Wednesday) In a program called “SATIEfaction,” this magisterial modern-music pianist plays works by Satie (including a very rare live performance of his “Extended Lullaby”) and those inspired by him in a multimedia performance featuring projections, film and readings of texts by Satie and John Cage. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, or $10 for students and 65+. (Woolfe)

Tribeca New Music Festival (Friday and Monday) Nomadic despite its name, this worthy grass-roots series concludes with two concerts in downtown Brooklyn. For the first, on Friday evening, the composer Eve Belgarian reprises material from her “River Project,” inspired by a rafting trek down the Mississippi; on Monday, the violinist Mary Rowell and the pianists Geoffrey Burleson and Kathleen Supové offer premieres by Mohammed Fairouz, Preston Stahly, Randall Woolf, David Rakowski and Gary Philo. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $20, or $10 for students and 65+. (Smith)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Guillermo Klein, moers festival 2009
English: Guillermo Klein, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Jon Irabagon Trio (Friday) A saxophonist of frisky temperament and formidable technique, Jon Irabagon works here in his version of an organ trio, with Sean Wayland on keyboards and E. J. Strickland on drums. At 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., Bar Next Door, 129 Macdougal Street, near West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 529-5945,; $12 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos (Friday through Sunday) The pianist and large-ensemble composer Guillermo Klein has a new album, “Carrera” (Sunnyside), that reflects his recent state of mind on returning to Buenos Aires after a long stretch in Barcelona, Spain. He draws from the album here with his flagship band, stocked with improvisers from multiple coordinates, including the trumpeters Taylor Haskins and Richard Nant and the saxophonists Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry and Miguel Zenón. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Steve Lehman Trio (Thursday through June 9) The alto saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman has earned a reputation for sure-footed futurism, notably with his sleek but audacious octet. His new album, “Dialect Fluorescent” (Pi), feels like an attempt to re-establish his grounding in the postbop tradition, without backpedaling. The album features the bassist Matt Brewer and the drummer Damion Reid, a responsive rhythm team that reappears here, with a different guest pianist nightly, starting on Thursday with David Virelles. 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)

The Microscopic Septet (Wednesday) This reliably puckish septet — still led by its founders, the soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and the pianist Joel Forrester — recently released a breezy but insightful tribute to Thelonious Monk, “Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk” (Cuneiform). Revisiting the premise here, the band will also toss in some of its own material, which has always had a Monkish cast. At 7:30 p.m., Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 545-8000,; $20 at the door. (Chinen)

Rhythm in the Kitchen Music Festival (Friday and Saturday) The sixth annual edition of this avant-garde festival, presented by the Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center, features four groups each night. Among the likely highlights are a set by the drummer William Hooker, a founder of the event, with something he calls the Avant-Garde Funk Band (Friday at 9 p.m.); a collective roustabout by the saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, the trumpeter Peter Evans and the vibraphonist Matt Moran (Friday at 10 p.m.); and the festival’s closer, Thumbscrew, featuring Mary Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums (Saturday at 10 p.m.). At Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th Street, Clinton, (212) 333-5583,; $15, or $12 for students; $25 for a two-evening pass. (Chinen)