Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


ACME (Tuesday) The American Contemporary Music Ensemble embarks on a rare performance of all three of Steve Reich’s surging, sensitive quartets: “Different Trains” (1988); “Triple Quartet” (1998); and “WTC 9/11” (2010), in the premiere of an all-live version for three string quartets and tape. It has been announced that the composer will be in the audience. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $35. (Zachary Woolfe)

Conlon Nancarrow Tribute (Wednesday) The adventurous Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo (Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams) celebrates this brilliant composer in his 100th birthday year with a series of arrangements of his works alongside music by Stravinsky, Kurtag and Ms. Williams. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $15 in advance, $20 day of show. (Woolfe)

JACK Quartet (Saturday) Ha-Yang Kim, a New York-based Korean-American cellist and composer, writes music that draws from a wide range of influences, including Western classical, contemporary experimental, rock electronic and noise. At the inviting alternative performance space Roulette in Brooklyn, the exciting Jack Quartet, which champions contemporary music, performed Ms. Kim’s “Threadsuns,” a 40-minute work inspired by the elusive, mystical poetry of Paul Celan. Ms. Kim will also perform some of her music for amplified cello. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, $10 for members, students and 65+. (Anthony Tommasini)

Moving Sounds Festival (Thursday) This series, organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum, looks at music on the blurry line between classical and electronic composition. On the first evening Mivos Quartet plays works by Reiko Fueting and Carl Christian Bettendorf; Christian Meyer, the director of the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna, and the jazz trumpeter Franz Hackl offer a lecture and performance about Schoenberg’s relationship to the avant-garde. (The festival continues next weekend.) Mivos Quartet at 6 p.m., German Consulate General, 871 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan; lecture and performance at 8 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 319-5300,; free with online reservation. (Woolfe)

Twelve in 12 (Thursday) Concerts at One, Trinity Wall Street’s long-running series of free, hourlong programs at 1 p.m., recently began its new season with a program that opened a mini-festival titled “Twelve in 12.” Julian Wachner, conducting the NOVUS NY ensemble, is offering works by the 12 recent winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The next program offers pieces by Jennifer Higdon, David Lang and John Corigliano. At 1 p.m., Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 602-0800,; free. (Tommasini)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Mary Halvorson with Tom Rainey and An...
English: Mary Halvorson with Tom Rainey and Anti-House at Club W71, Weikersheim. Deutsch: Mary Halvorson mit Tom Rainey und Anti-House im Club W71, Weikersheim. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Tim Berne’s Big Satan (Friday) Mr. Berne, a vigorous and exploratory saxophonist and composer, makes free-form interplay the driving force in this trio with the guitarist Marc Ducret and the drummer Tom Rainey. The group is newly reunited after an uncertain hiatus: this concert, part of the Sound It Out series, is said to be its first New York gig in a decade. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, (212) 242-4770,; $20, $10 students. (Chinen)

Anthony Braxton (Thursday) Last year around this time, Mr. Braxton, the irrepressible avant-garde composer and multireedist, presided over a four-day festival of his music at Roulette, featuring a wide range of pieces and ensembles. He returns next week for just one night, with only two groups: his quartet, which includes Dan Blacksberg on trombone and euphonium, Ken Filiano on bass and Mike Szekely on percussion; and his Diamond Curtain Wall Music Ensemble, with Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Josh Sinton on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, Maura Valenti on harp, and five vocalists. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, at Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; (917) 267-0363,; $25 in advance, $30 at the door; $20 in advance, $25 at the door for members, students and 65+. (Chinen)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (Saturday and Thursday, through Oct. 7) Now in its 10th season, this accurately named annual smorgasbord kicks off on Saturday evening with a free site-specific performance at Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park: “Rotations, Rotations,” composed and conducted by Stephanie Richards, features a brass and percussion ensemble interacting, both in movement and sound, with the carousel’s jubilant twirl. The festival picks up again on Thursday at the Jazz Gallery with Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, presenting a premiere of its own, “The Bright and Rushing World: Suite for Five Musicians.” A full schedule is at Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Dumbo; free. Thursday 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 cover, $5 for members in the second set. (Chinen)

Henry Grimes-Roberto Pettinato Quartet (Friday) Mr. Grimes, a bassist, violinist and long-lost pillar of the 1960s avant-garde, recently made an album with the Argentine saxophonist Roberto Pettinato — better known in his homeland as a journalist and television personality — and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The same personnel reconvenes here with the vital addition of Dave Burrell, a fearsome pianist with whom Mr. Grimes recorded back in the day. At 9 p.m., Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, third floor, Manhattan, (212) 371-7657,; $20 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Septet (Friday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson has gradually been expanding her palette as a bandleader-composer: her first album on Firehouse 12 featured a trio, and her second and third involved a quintet. The ensemble performing brand-new music here includes all the members of the quintet — Ms. Halvorson, the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Ches Smith — along with Jacob Garchik on trombone and Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn,; $15, $10 for members, students and 65+ ($5 discount for advance online purchase). (Chinen)

Mark Helias’s Open Loose (Sunday) Mark Helias is a bassist equally committed to the causes of momentum and texture, and in that sense he has a very good thing in Open Loose, a band with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums. The group appears as part of the Sound It Out series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, (212) 242-4770,; $15, $10 for students and 65+. (Chinen)

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet (Thursday) The incisive alto saxophonist Oliver Lake has a soulful recent album, “Makin’ It” (Passin’ Thru), featuring a trio with Jared Gold on Hammond B3 organ. Here Mr. Lake expands to a quartet, enlisting Mr. Gold along with the trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and the drummer Chris Beck. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $25. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby Paloma Trio (Saturday) Paloma Recio, a vigorous working quartet led by the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, explores shadowy post-bop terrain with the subtlest of Spanish accents. The band is usually a quartet with the guitarist Ben Monder, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Nasheet Waits; Mr. Opsvik won’t be on hand for this one-nighter. 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)

Tarbaby (Tuesday) A collective rooted in its own brand of forward-thinking traditionalism, Tarbaby features musicians of smartly combustible temperament: the pianist Orrin Evans, the bassist Eric Revis and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 10 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $15. (Chinen)

Peter Brötzmann and Jason Adasiewicz at Le Poisson Rouge

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


It’s still near the beginning of the relationship between the German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, an elder of free jazz at 71, and the Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, who at 34 is not even half that age. But pretty early in this set of free improvisations on Wednesday night at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, they dived into a system, with intuitive dimensions of tone, rhythm, energy and narrative, in which it seemed that nothing could possibly go wrong. They were rough bosses of their own sound, attacking their instruments, almost extorting music out of them. They were making their own kind of stepping music.

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Saturday, September 8 – 8pm
RSVP | FREE ($10 suggested donation)
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen St, Brooklyn ( MAP)

Drawing on Indian music, Minimalism, and the outsider tradition of instrument building composers, Che Chen and Sherlock Terry’s collaborative work is rooted in the sonic potential contained within a single note. Using zithers and monochords that they have built or modified to their own designs, the sound world of the piece is one of harmonic tunings, vibrating strings, long, resonant decays and meditative, minimal structures. Chen and Terry have devised customized instruments that feature large numbers of strings (as many as 80 on a single instrument) arranged according to highly redundant tuning schemes designed to maximize on the occurrence of string sympathy.

Arnold Dreyblatt: Turntable History / Spin Ensemble
Tue, September 11, 2012 – 8pm
BUY TICKETS | $15 / $12 members + students
At Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen St, Brooklyn ( MAP)

Composer Arnold Dreyblatt presents two works, including “Turntable History / Spin Ensemble”, created from deconstructed recordings of a radiological imagining scanner which he treats as a giant Tesla coil. He also performs “Nodal Excitation”, a 1979 work for amplified ‘excited strings’ bass.

TOM CARTER BENEFIT: Chelsea Light Moving, Steve Gunn, White Out + Dave Shuford
Wed, September 12 – 8pm
BUY TICKETS | $20 – all proceeds go to Tom Carter
At 285 Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn ( MAP)

Chelsea Light Moving, the new project from Thurston Moore, Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski and John Moloney give their New York premiere in support for Charalambides’ Tom Carter. Guitarist Steve Gunn and White Out with Dave Shuford round out the bill. All proceeds go directly to Tom Carter.

Harris Eisenstadt’s September Trio Tour Europe

Harris Eisenstadt 2
Harris Eisenstadt 2 (Photo credit: michaelz1)

Harris Eisenstadt’s September Trio embarks on their first European tour and records their second Clean Feed CD in Portugal for a spring 2013 release. Via Harris Eisenstadt:

September 18, Cornelia Street Cafe, NY/NY
September 20, Salzstadl, Krems/Austria
September 21, Alter Schlachthof, Wels/Austria
September 23, Porgy & Bess, Vienna/Austria
September 24, Cafe Stockwerk, Graz/Austria
September 25, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana/Slovenia
September 27, Storyville, Molde/Norway
September 28, Stanzerei, Baden/Switzerland
September 29-30, Portalegre Jazz Festival, Portalegre/Portugal