Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Vandermark 5
Vandermark 5 (Photo credit: andynew)

From the Chicago Jazz Festival, highlights include:

Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Sept. 2 7:10 – 8:10 PM Petrillo Music Shell
Steve Coleman, proclaimed the Wall Street Journal, is “the most influential jazzman of his era.” Said the great young pianist Vijay Iyer, a longtime associate of Coleman’s, the Chicago native has “affected more than one generation, as much as anyone since John Coltrane.”

Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble
Sept. 1 6:00 – 6:55 PM Petrillo Music Shell
In 2007, Marek Winiarski, who runs the Polish jazz label Not Two, invited Ken Vandermark to Krakow to record a large-scale project. The eternally deadline-pressed Vandermark was offered the irresistible opportunity to spend a full week writing for this hand-picked 11-piece band.

Pierre Dørge and New Jungle Orchestra
Sept. 2 6:00 – 6:55 PM Petrillo Music Shell
The personnel of Denmark’s New Jungle Orchestra has changed during its 30-plus years together, and so have its creative outposts. Having traveled to such places as the Middle East and China for inspiration, the NJO recently booked passage on the Trivandrum Express for its latest recording, Sketches of India.

Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee
Aug. 31 5:00 – 6:00 PM Ganz Hall – Roosevelt University
Imagine idolizing a musician as a teenager and not only getting to play with that musician years later, but also forging a close association with him. In 1996, Vandermark brought McPhee to the Empty Bottle for his first-ever performance in Chicago. The rest is history.

Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break Quartet
Sept 2. 2:20 – 3:15 PM Jazz on Jackson Stage
Keeping up with Ken Vandermark’s new bands is a little like keeping up with the Chicago weather: Turn your head and you may miss a new development. The Made for Break Quartet is one of his most far-reaching projects.

Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love
Sept. 1 2:00 – 3:00 PM Jazz and Heritage Stage
Few contemporary artists are doing as much to advance the art of the saxophone-drum duo as Artist in Residence Ken Vandermark, whose trap set opposites have included British great Paul Lytton, Chicago ace Tim Daisy and Paal Nilssen-Love, a hard-hitting Norwegian with impeccable credentials.

Jason Stein Quartet
Sept. 1 1:10 – 2:05 PM Jazz on Jackson Stage
Okay, time to take a special jazz festival listener’s poll. Name your favorite bass clarinetist who leads his own band and has a terrific album to show for it. There’s a catch: It can’t be someone who doubles on the instrument. It has to be a full-time bass clarinetist. The top voter-getter (and, OK, the only vote-getter) is Chicago’s own Jason Stein.

Ken Vandermark
Aug 31, Sept 1, Sept 2
Saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark as its Artist in Residence for this year’s festival. The Chicago Jazz Festival exclusively names Chicago artists for its Artist in Residence program, now in its tenth year, commissioning large-scale compositions and presenting multiple performance opportunities over the course of the four day festival.

Dusted Reviews

Oramics Machine for drawn sound :designed by D...
Oramics Machine for drawn sound :designed by Daphne Oram in 1957 exhibited at Science Museum in London from 29 July 2011 to 1 December 2012. “Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Dusted:

Artist: Coppice
Album: Holes/Tract
Label: Consumer Waste

Artist: Daphne Oram
Album: The Oram Tapes, Vol. 1
Label: Young Americans

Artist: Frank Wright
Album: Blues for Albert Ayler
Label: ESP-Disk

Artist: Keuhkot
Album: Laskeutumisalusastia
Label: Ektro

Artist: Rolf Julius
Album: Raining
Label: Western Vinyl

Artist: Many Arms
Album: Many Arms
Label: Tzadik

Artist: Kandodo
Album: Kandodo
Label: Thrill Jockey

Music and More Reviews

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Music and More:

Thollem/Parker/Cline – The Gowanus Session (Porter Records, 2012)
Henry Threadgill Zooid – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp
Rich Halley 4 – Back From Beyond (Pine Eagle Records, 2012)
Matthew Shipp, et. al. – Black Music Disaster (Thirsty Ear, 2012)
Sonote – OTO (Trost Records, 2011)
Linda Oh – Initial Here (Greenleaf Records, 2012)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Bang on a Can Marathon (Sunday) It is the pathbreaking collective Bang on a Can’s 25th anniversary, and there is no better way to celebrate than with its signature 12-hour marathon of contemporary music, with generous helpings of world and American premieres. The composers include Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros, and the cellist Maya Beiser and the Newspeak ensemble are among the performers. The spectacle alone is always worth it. From noon to midnight, Winter Garden, World Financial Center, West Street, south of Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 417-7050,,; free. (Zachary Woolfe)

Philip Glass Ensemble and Face the Music (Wednesday) The music of Philip Glass has been justly ubiquitous in this, his 75th birthday year. As part of the River to River Festival, the youthful ensemble Face the Music will play Mr. Glass’s signature “Glassworks,” and then the Philip Glass Ensemble will follow with selections from Mr. Glass’s prodigious output. At 7 p.m., Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City, at River Terrace and Warren Street, (212) 219-9401,; free. (Rain location: Winter Garden, World Financial Center.) (Woolfe)

Institute for Contemporary Performance (Monday through Wednesday) On the heels of its Beethoven Institute, Mannes shifts its programming to contemporary fare. On Monday and Tuesday students will perform works by composers including Ligeti, Carter and Xenakis. On Wednesday the Institute’s resident ensemble will perform Davidovsky, Boulez and Webern; the composer David Fulmer will conduct his own works. At 8 p.m., Mannes College the New School for Music, 150 West 85th Street, Manhattan, (212) 580-0210, Ext. 4817,; free on Monday and Tuesday, $20 on Wednesday. (Schweitzer)

Make Music New York (Thursday) This exhilarating daylong festival returns for a sixth year on Thursday, the first full day of summer. There will be approximately 1,000 free concerts in more than 420 public spaces throughout the five boroughs. Events include “Punk Island” (with 50 bands on seven stages on Governors Island); “Mass Appeal: Mass” (a participatory Philip Glass premiere in Times Square); “Jazz on the High Line”; “Gospel Parade” in Park Slope; and a performance of Alvin Curran’s “Maritime Rites” at Central Park Lake, which will be best heard in a row boat. For “Vexations on Wall Street,” a rotating roster of vibraphonists will play an 18-hour version of Erik Satie’s “Vexations,” a short, chorale-like piece that is meant to be repeated 840 times, or so it would seem from Satie’s ambiguous instructions. Those who want to sample culturally diverse performances can reserve (by calling 800-675-6908 in advance) a free place on one of the festival’s party buses, which, from 3 to 8 p.m., will take concertgoers to various sites on the Upper East Side and Harlem. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at various sites in all five boroughs,; free. (Tommasini)

So Percussion (Monday) Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new. On this evening, in what’s billed as “So Percussion’s International Night of Awesome(ness),” the group shares the stage with distinguished forebears from the pioneering Canadian group Nexus, as well as contemporaries and followers. At 8 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $15. (Smith)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...
English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Picture taken in Jazz Club Unterfahrt, Munich/Bavaria Deutsch: Mary Halvorson, Gitarre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Kris Davis Trio (Friday) An inquisitive pianist with a willful but methodical approach to experimentation, Kris Davis has made herself indispensable on New York’s left-of-center jazz scene in recent years. She has top-flight accompaniment here, from the bassist Michael Formanek and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day (Saturday) A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt walks the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition with Canada Day, featuring the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Matt Bauder, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the bassist Garth Stevenson. For this one-nighter the band previews material from its third album, “Canada Day III,” due out next month on Songlines. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up / Josh Sinton & Co. (Saturday) A drummer working along jazz’s experimental fringe, Mr. Fujiwara favors a mode of playing that’s forward-leaning but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He recently released “The Air Is Different” (482 Music), his strong second album with this band, which features the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the saxophonist Brian Settles and the bassist Trevor Dunn; the only substitution here is Michael Formanek, in for Mr. Dunn. The band plays at 8:30 p.m.; its 9:30 set will feature the baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, with guests. At Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House (Thursday) Ms. Laubrock is a tenor and soprano saxophonist of experimental temperament — the name of this band, with its flat negation of shelter, feels appropriate — and she knows how to rally other musicians to her cause. As on an eponymous album released on the Intakt label in 2010, the group includes the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Tom Rainey, with the pianist Kris Davis as a guest. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $15 cover, $10 for members in the first set, $10 and $5 in the second set. (Chinen)

Linda Oh Quartet (Tuesday) As on her propulsive, self-assured second album, “Initial Here” (Greenleaf), the bassist Linda Oh features her own compositions, and the occasional sacramental cover, for a slashing postbop quartet featuring the tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, the pianist Fabian Almazan and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Red Hook Jazz Festival (Sunday) This neighborly outdoor event is in its fifth year, and worth a look even for those whose only experience in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn involves prowling for Swedish furniture. Its lineup features bands inclined toward boisterous smarts: the Rick Parker Collective, Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet, the Nate Wooley Quintet, Spoke and the Mike Baggetta Quartet. From 1 to 6 p.m., the Urban Meadow, at President and Van Brunt Streets, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation for adults, free for children. (Chinen)

David Torn’s Sun of Goldfinger (Tuesday) Mr. Torn, a guitarist and producer, leads a trio with two like-minded sonic adventurers, the alto saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Ches Smith. At 8:30 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $15 at the door. (Chinen)

Vision Festival (Friday through Sunday) The final stretch of this avant-garde convocation features groups that reflect a searching ideal, in one form or another. Among the highlights are a duet between the trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and the bassist Henry Grimes (Friday at 9:30 p.m.); a trio featuring the bassist Joëlle Léandre, the flutist Nicole Mitchell and the baritone Thomas Buckner (Saturday at 8:30 p.m.); Trio 3, an experienced wrecking crew featuring the saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille (Saturday at 9:30 p.m.); Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, a large ensemble conducted by Greg Tate (Sunday at 7 p.m.); and a festival-closing set by the saxophonist Kidd Jordan, with an all-star band (Sunday at 9:30 p.m.) A full schedule is at At Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,,; $30 at the door, $35 in advance, $20 for students, $170 for a full festival pass. (Chinen)

Salim Washington-Darius Jones Quintet (Sunday) Physical exertion and spiritual uplift are a shared subtext for the multireedist Salim Washington and the alto saxophonist Darius Jones, who hail from different jazz eras. Their collaboration here holds promise not only for multigenerational reasons, but also for the catalytic properties of their assembled rhythm team: Jason Moran on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $20 cover, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Upcoming Lukas Ligeti Concerts

From Lukas Ligeti:

Friday Nights 6.29, 7.13 + 7.20 –
Ange Noir Cafe Concert Series

Where: Ange Noir Café, 247 Varet St (between White St & Bogart St), Williamsburg, Train L to Morgan St
Tickets: Free. For more info, call 347.294.4759.


6/29: 7:00pm: Jeffrey Shurdut. 8:00pm: Lukas Ligeti Quintet: Thomas Bergeron (trumpet), Travis Sullivan (sax), Shoko Nagai (piano), Evan Lipson (bass), Lukas Ligeti (drums). 9:00pm: Kenny Jaworski.
7/13: 7:00pm: SoSaLa featuring Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi. 8:00pm: Louie Belogenis + Lukas Ligeti.
7/20: 7:15pm: Hypercolor – Eyal Maoz (guitar), James Ilgenfritz (bass), Lukas Ligeti (drums).

Just off a 3-month long tour in Europe and India, composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti returns to his hometown of New York City with live performances ranging from avant-jazz collaborations to a curatorial concert series in Brooklyn. One of the most innovative composers and improvisers on the new music scene, Lukas neatly bridges the classical-modernist-world-music divide. He combines his post-minimalism compositional style with other facets of contemporary expressions such as noise and electronics as well as indigenous non-Western musical and cultural influences.