Newsbits: Klang / Spy Festival

From Improvised Communications: On September 18th, Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s six year-old working quartet KLANG, featuring Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), Jason Roebke (bass) and Tim Daisy (drums), will release its fourth recording, brooklyn lines … chicago spaces (Allos Documents). This new collection of original Falzone compositions was inspired by the aesthetic stimulation he discovered on the streets of Brooklyn during a week-long residency there last summer.

The Spy Music Festival, which starts tonight in New York, is previewed.

Gapplegate Music Reviews

Jessica Lurie, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone...
Jessica Lurie, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, performing at Bumbershoot 2008, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Gapplegate:

Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Megaphone Heart
Remi Alvarez / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, First Duet Live
Dave Mihaly’s Shimmering Leaves Ensemble, Eastern Accents in the Far West
Jerry Granelli Trio, Let Go
John Yao Quintet, In the Now

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Bargemusic (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) There’s a characteristic mix at the floating barge this week. Friday brings Rob Schwimmer playing new music for piano, theremin and continuum, Saturday has a tantalizing program of piano music by Liszt, Cage, Messiaen and Franco Donatoni (with Jeffrey Swann as soloist) and Sunday features music by Haydn, Schumann and Brahms for piano trio. At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083,; $25, $20 for 65+, $15 for students on Friday; $35, $30 for 65+, $15 for students on Saturday and Sunday. (Woolfe)

Darmstadt Institute 2012 (Friday) This lively, casual series ends with a bang — many bangs, actually — as John Colpitts, a k a Kid Millions, the drummer of the avant-rock band Oneida, presents the latest iteration of his Man Forever project, which combines the heady focus of early Minimalism, the exhilaration of free jazz and the chthonic force of punk rock. Mr. Colpitts will also present new works involving guitars and dance. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, at Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313,; $15. (Steve Smith)

‘Empty Words’ (Saturday) John Cage reportedly sought to “demilitarize” language with “Empty Words,” a 12-hour recitation in which he wrested words by Thoreau loose from syntax, grammar and structure. Here, the John Cage Trust and the New Albion record label present a rare airing of a Cage recording of the work, with dusk and dawn music provided by Josh Quillen of So Percussion. At 7 p.m., the Spiegeltent at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, (845) 758-7948,; sold out. (Smith)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Cindy Blackman plays at Willisau Jazz...
English: Cindy Blackman plays at Willisau Jazz 2007, Switzerland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Friday) This shrewdly inclusive outfit — part jam band, part jazz group and increasingly set apart by Chris Combs’s playing on lap steel guitar — recently released “The Race Riot Suite” (Kinnara/Royal Potato Family), a laudably ambitious effort to address a notorious series of events in the band’s hometown, Tulsa, Okla., in 1921. The album’s vibrant eclecticism should come off well in this late-night set, part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. At 12:30 a.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592; $15 cover, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

Out of Your Head Brooklyn (Sunday) This biweekly series, an offshoot of a similar effort in Baltimore, assembles crews of young musicians for first-time spontaneous interplay. The first set, at 9:30 p.m., will include the saxophonists Nathaniel Morgan and Anna Webber, the keyboardists Jessie Stacken and Landon Knoblock, and the drummer Flin van Hemmen. The second set, at 11 p.m., will feature the guitarist Dustin Carlson, the bassist Will McEvoy and the drummer Booker Stardrum. At Freddy’s Bar, 627 Fifth Avenue, South Slope, (718) 768-0131,,; free. (Chinen)

★ Marc Ribot Trio (through Sunday) Marc Ribot, whose persuasively prickly guitar playing has long been a protean feature of the downtown scene, leads the trio previously at the core of Spiritual Unity, his tribute to the free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler. The bassist is Henry Grimes, a survivor of the Ayler-era avant-garde; the drummer is Chad Taylor, who also works in the realm of experimental rock. It’s not a group one expects to see at the Village Vanguard, despite Ayler’s history there, so consider this a momentous incursion. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

★ Spectrum Road (Friday) On its new self-titled Palmetto debut, this jazz-rock supergroup — Jack Bruce on bass, Vernon Reid on guitar, John Medeski on organ and Mellotron and Cindy Blackman on drums — brings combustible intensity to the music of the Tony Williams Lifetime, its north star and repertory muse. The group has more than a passing claim to its chosen repertory: Mr. Bruce, best known as a member of Cream, recorded with the Tony Williams Lifetime in the early 1970s, and Ms. Blackman is Williams’s purest disciple on drums. This stand is part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. At 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (800) 745-3000,; $50. (Chinen)

Jesse Stacken Trio (Friday) The pianist Jesse Stacken applies an obsessive conceptual rigor to his new album, “Bagatelles for Trio” (Fresh Sound New Talent), which negotiates a balance between classical form and jazz improvisation, in ways that aren’t obvious or forced. His colleagues on the album, and in this concert, are the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Jeff Davis; they have constituted a working unit for much of the last decade, and it shows. At 8 p.m., Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, Manhattan, (212) 645-2800,; $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Chinen)

Anthony Braxton Fall Tour Dates

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are not from an official source, but here is what we have been told:

Oct 10 – Anthony Braxton Falling River Music Quartet – Institut français – Berlin (Germany)
Oct 13 – Anthony Braxton 12+1tet – Teatro alle Tese – Venezia (Italy)
Oct 16 – Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet – Ad limitum Festival – Warszawa (Poland)
Oct 17 – Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet – The Seed / AkBank – Istanbul (Turkey)
Oct 19 – Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet – Macedonia Opera and Ballet – Skopje (Macedonia)

July at the Stone

Drummer Whit Dickey performing at the world pr...

Highlights of next month’s shows at New York’s Stone:

July 2012 at the Stone
curated by Tom Abbs / Geri Allen

7/1 Sunday (RJP)
8 pm
Loren Connors Solo Guitar
Loren Connors (guitar)

10 pm
Animal Hospital / Kevin Micka Solo
Kevin Micka (elecronics)
7/3 Tuesday (DDT)

8 pm
Rob Mazurek + Angelica Sanchez
Rob Mazurek (trumpet) Angelica Sanchez (piano)

10 pm
Ryan Sawyer + Darius Jones + Shahzad Ismaily
Darius Jones (alto sax) Shahzad Ismaily (bass) Ryan Sawyer (drums)

7/4 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
John Blum Solo Piano
John Blum (piano)

10 pm
Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston duo
Trevor Watts (sax) Veryan Weston (piano)

7/5 Thursday (CWL)
8 pm
Eugene Chadbourne Solo
Eugene Chadbourne (guitar)

10 pm
Eugene Chadbourne + Thomas Heberer
Eugene Chadbourne (guitar) Thomas Heberer (trumpet)

7/6 Friday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Whit Dickey (drums)

7/7 Saturday (BS)
8 pm
Jessica Pavone
solo violin songs (violin, voice)

10 pm
Andrew Lamb Trio
Warren Smith (drums) Tom Abbs (bass, sousaphone) Andrew Lamb (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)

7/8 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Jason Lescalleet Solo Tapeloops
Jason Lescalleet (tapeloops)

10 pm
Diamond Terrifier
Sam Hillmer (saxophone, electronics)
Diamond Terrifier is Sam Hillmer of Zs. Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation. Named after the english translation of the indo-tibetan god-name Vajrabairahva, Diamond Terrifier is concerned with the potential positive qualities of destruction as mediated by noise/drone sheets of sound music

7/9 Monday (TO)
7:30 and 9 pm
7:30—Open Rehearsal
The latest large group project from Jon Madof (Rashanim, CircuitBreaker) features music by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to arrangements inspired by Nigerian Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

7/11 Wednesday (JI)
8 pm
Arthur Doyle and his New Quiet Screamers
featuring the members of NYMPH

10 pm
Man Forever
John Colpitts (drums)

7/12 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Spanish Donkey
Joe Morris (guitar) Jamie Saft (MiniMoog, Roland Jupiter 6) Mike Pride (drums, percussion & nose whistle)

10 pm
Baczkowski – Nace – Corsano
Steve Baczkowski (baritone sax) Bill Nace (guitar) Chris Corsano (drums)

7/13 Friday (BS)
8 pm
Cooper-Moore Organ Trio
Bernard Myers (drums) Brian Price (tenor sax) Chase Baird (tenor sax) Cooper-Moore (organ)

10 pm
Angelica Sanchez Trio
Johannes Weidenmueller (bass) Nasheet Waits (drums) Angelica Sanchez (piano)

7/14 Saturday (JI)
8 pm
Thurston Moore and Loren Connors Duo
Thurston Moore, Loren Connors (guitars)

10 pm
Blood Trio
Sabir Mateen (woodwinds) Whit Dickey (drums) Michael Bisio (bass)

7/15 Sunday (JM)
8 pm
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
this is the night that pays for our rent and upkeep—please come down and support The Stone! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

7/17 Tuesday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Geri Allen & Laurie Anderson
Geri Allen (piano) Laurie Anderson (violin, electronics)

7/18 Wednesday (HB)
8 and 10 pm
Burnt Sugar Arkestra performs musics inspired by Sun Ra’s work The Nubians of Plutonia
Greg Tate (conduction) Abby Dobson, Mikel Banks, Karma Mayet Johnson (vocals) Latasha Nevada Diggs (effected vocals) Lewis “Flip” Barnes Jr. (trumpet) Micah Gaugh, V Jeffery Smith (saxes) Avram Fefer (tenor sax) Moist Paula (bari sax) Dave “Smoota” Smith (trombone) Vernon Reid, Andre Lassalle aka “Day Glo Jenkins”, Ben Tyree (guitars) Jason DiMatteo (acoustic bass) Jared Michael Nickerson (electric bass) Shelley Nicole (percussion) Chris Eddleton (drums)

7/21 Saturday (RJP)
8 pm
Geri Allen & John Zorn Duo
Geri Allen (piano) John Zorn (sax)

10 pm
Carla Brothers & Treasure Tower
Performance Art Based on an Original Musical

7/23 Monday (MJC)
7:30 and 9 pm
7:30—Open Rehearsal
The latest large group project from Jon Madof (Rashanim, CircuitBreaker) features music by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to arrangements inspired by Nigerian Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

7/24 Tuesday (MJ)
8 pm
Kim Lake

10 pm
Henry Grimes and Geri Allen
Henry Grimes, Geri Allen

7/28 Saturday (RK)
8 and 10 pm
Vijay Iyer, Geri Allen, Graham Haynes
Vijay Iyer, Geri Allen (piano keyboards) Graham Haynes