ShapeShifter Lab in the Rest of January and All of February

Uri Caine
Uri Caine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Selected shows from Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab:

Jan 25

Sirius + Caine — “String Theories”
8:00p and 9:30p

Sirius Quartet
Fung Chern Hwei, violin I; Gregor Huebner, violin II; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, cello
Featuring Uri Caine, piano/composition

Jan 28

Jim Black Trio w/ Chris Tordini & Teddy Klausner, plus special guest Tim Berne
8:00p; 9:00p

Feb 3

Shayna Dulberger Triple Bill

7PM Jessica Pavone Solo
8PM Shayna Dulberger Quartet
9PM Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio

Feb 5

Nels Cline – guitar
Teddy Klausner – Wurlitzer & oscillator guy
Jim Black – drums and sampler

Feb 8
Sebastien Ammann Quartet

Michael Attias (alto saxophone)
Sebastien Ammann (piano)
Noah Garabedian (bass)
Nathan Ellman-Bell (drums)

Feb 10
7:30p door
Curtis Hasselbring’s Number Stations

Curtis Hasselbring (trombone, guitar)
Chris Speed (tenor saxophone and clarinet)
Matt Moran (vibraphone)
Mary Halvorson (guitar)
Satoshi Takeishi (drums and percussion)
Jim Black (drums and percussion)
Chris Lightcap (bass)

Feb 21
The Alternative Guitar Festival

The Alternative Guitar Festival is a yearly confluence of some of the most unusual, creative guitarists of our time. The artists cross all style and genre. This year’s line up features a rare appearance by the great Wolfgang Muthspiel from Austria, in his first NYC performance in many years.

Elliott Sharp will present the premiere of Ile Tigre Lily, a tribute to Gyorgy Ligeti and Terry Reilly, two composers who were high among the pantheon of E#’s key influences. Ile Tigre Lily is composed for three electric guitars and will be performed by E# with Cristian Amigo and Angela Babin. It will be an algorithmic composition that mixes both predetermined material with instruction sets for the players. E# has worked with such systems for many years and there are links to methods employed by both Ligeti and Reilly.

Brandon Seabrook, feat. Justin Deblase (bass), and Allison Miller (drums) will play new songs for guitar trio influenced by the work of Marty Friedman and Captain Beefheart.

Guitarist and composer Andrew McKenna Lee performs his “Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea” — a psychedelic homage to Jimi Hendrix for solo electric guitar and electronics — as well as other smaller works for solo nylon string guitar.

Joel Harrison will perform three brief pieces from his 1970 Project, which is dedicated to radical re-compositions of songs written in that watershed year, where jazz, rock, country, psychedelia, and minimalist new music were careening into simultaneous convection.

Muthspiel will perform improvisations on solo guitar, partially using loops. Early influences of classical music and later influences of improvisation and jazz will be equally present.

Feb 26
Ches Smith and These Arches
8:00p and 9:30p

Tim Berne–alto sax
Tony Malaby–tenor sax
Mary Halvorson–guitar
Andrea Parkins–accordion
Ches Smith–drums