Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

From NYTimes.com:

The Free Spirit (Wednesday) What binds the musicians in this collective — Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Brandon Seabrook on guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass and Oscar Noriega (usually a clarinetist) on drums — is a fierce commitment to the real-time unfolding moment, along with a dogged curiosity about texture and dynamic effect. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Open Loose (Saturday) A rough-and-tumble trio made up of intelligent searchers — the bassist Mark Helias, the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, the drummer Tom Rainey — Open Loose is celebrating the release of a new album, “Explicit: Live at the Sunset” (Merge), that gives some indication of the energies sure to be expended here. 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)

Respect Sextet (Friday) This mischievous and technically accomplished post-bop combo sends its sleigh caroming down the road less traveled on “Respect in Yule” (Mode), a sharp new holiday album. Along with fare like “Suddenly It’s Christmas,” by Loudon Wainwright III, and “The Lamb,” by the British composer John Tavener, the band delivers a keening pair of Hanukkah songs, and soulful readings of lesser-known Christmas tunes by Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra. At 7:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555, joespub.com; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Festival at Cornelia Street Cafe January 3-5

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

From New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe:

Three-day Mary Halvorson Jazz Festival at Cornelia Street Café, January 3-5, 2013

8:30pm, Thursday, January 3rd: Mary Halvorson Trio (with John Hébert – bass, Ches Smith – drums)
9pm & 10:30pm, Friday, January 4th: Reverse Blue (with Chris Speed – reeds, Eivind Opsvik – bass, Tomas Fujiwara – drums)
9pm & 10:30pm, Saturday, January 5th: Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek – bass, Tomas Fujiwara – drums)

At the Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com, 212.989.9319, all sets $10 cover with a $10 minimum

The festival begins on Thursday January 3rd with the Mary Halvorson Trio, featuring John Hébert on bass and Ches Smith on drums. This longstanding group has been Halvorson’s flagship ensemble since their acclaimed 2008 recording Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), also serving as the rhythm section for Halvorson’s expanded Quintet (as heard on her latest release, Bending Bridges, one of PopMatters.com “jazz albums of the year” for 2012). On this evening, the trio will be premiering brand new compositions by Halvorson.

On Friday, January 4th the collective quartet Reverse Blue takes the stage, with Chris Speed (clarinet), Eivind Opsvik (bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). The group began as a one-off collaboration in 2011, but has grown into a working ensemble performing compositions by all its members, showcasing four of the leading voices in the Brooklyn new jazz scene.

On Saturday, January 5th the festival closes with the newest of Halvorson’s projects, Thumbscrew. Halvorson and Fujiwara are joined by acclaimed Baltimore-based bassist Michael Formanek in a band that made its debut at Cornelia Street Café in March 2012. While this collective trio features compositions by all three musicians, it has quickly developed a strong band sound fusing jazz, rock and experimental styles.

‘Unsilent Night’ and Participatory Music Reviewed

Cover of "Unsilent Night"
Cover of Unsilent Night

From NYTimes.com:

Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of “Unsilent Night,” a communal caroling party and ambulant sound installation that has become one of the more unlikely New York holiday traditions. When Phil Kline — the man in the horn-rimmed glasses — composed the music in 1992, it was intended to be played on portable cassette players, which participants shouldered as they walked through the streets of Greenwich Village. The work, made up of sustained chords, bells and, toward the end, wordless choral singing, is recorded on four separate tracks; parade participants receive one of these to play on their devices. These days most use iPhones and MP3 players, but there was a hard core of regulars who shouldered archaic-looking boomboxes, and the occasional parent perching a laptop on the roof of a stroller.

Upcoming Wordless Music Shows

From New York’s

Wordless Music:

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Max Richter: Vivaldi Recomposed (U.S. premiere)
Daniel Hope, violin
Ensemble LPR
6:30pm doors / 7:30pm show / all ages / SOLD OUT

Friday, January 11, 2013
Dirty Projectors
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium
7:30pm doors / 8pm show / tickets now on sale

Friday, January 18, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
John Cale: “When Past and Future Collide: Paris 1919”
Wordless Music Orchestra (Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor)
Arrangements by Randy Woolf
Part of the 30th Next Wave Festival
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
7:30pm doors / 8pm show / tickets now on sale

Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Music Tapes present:
Traveling Imaginary Circus Tent Show
Church for All Nations
7:30 & 9:30pm shows / tickets now on sale

Friday, February 15, 2013
Jeff Mangum
Tall Firs
Bardavon 1869 Opera House (Poughkeepsie, NY)
7:30pm doors / 8pm show / SOLD OUT

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Clint Mansell
With string quartet and live band
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
7pm doors / 8pm show / all-ages / tickets now on sale