8, Friday, 8 & 9:30 pm
Pianist-Composer Kris Davis
Releases her first quintet album, Capricorn Climber
Tom Rainey, drums
Ingrid Laubrock, sax
Mike Formanek, bass Mat Maneri, violin
Kris Davis, piano
Long favored by her peers and jazz fans in the know, Davis has earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.”
Tickets: $15/$10 students (full-time with valid ID)
Coat Cooke / Joe Poole – Conversations (Now Orchestra, 2012) **½
Coat Cooke / Rainer Weins – High Wire (Now Orchestra, 2012) ***
Szilárd Mezei Szabad Quintet – Singing Elephant (Not Two Records) 2012 ***1/2
Szilárd Mezei Vocal Ensemble – Fújj szél, Zenta, visshangozz szél (Not Two Records) 2012 ****
Septet – The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II (Unseen Rain, 2012) ****
Various Artists — Wandelweiser und so Weiter (Another Timbre, 2012) ****
Jemeel Moondoc & Connie Crothers – Two (Relative Pitch, 2012) ****
Joy Mega – Forever is Something Inside You (New Atlantis CD, 2012) ****½
Thursday February 21, 2013
8PM at Roulette, in Downtown Brooklyn
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of Atlantic and 3rd Ave)
An evening of intensely focused music from baritone vocalist Thomas Buckner, with Hamburg-based new music specialists L’Art Pour L’Art.
Baritone Thomas Buckner welcomes Hamburg-based L’Art pour L’Art, (celebrating 30 years as an active ensemble). Taking a look at John Cage’s influence on the European experimental tradition, the evening features Cage’s “Four6”, Christian Wolff’s “Edges”, and three works from European composers: Matthias Kaul’s “Thinking About Air… A Song” and “Games for 5”, & Helmut Oehring’s “Philipp”.
For the last 10 years, Thomas Buckner has performed extensively with L’Art Pour L’Art. This concert is part of a North American tour marking the German new music ensemble’s thirtieth anniversary. The core group of the ensemble consists of composer/percussionist Matthias Kaul, flutist Astrid Schmelling and guitarist Michael Schröder, augmented for this occasion by bassist John Eckhart and percussionist Gustavo Aguilar (appearing in place of Matthias Kaul for this tour).
The music and thought of John Cage, whose 100th birthday was celebrated last year, remains a fountainhead of inspiration for both American and European experimental composers. The work of both Ensemble L’Art pour L’Art and baritone Thomas Buckner has been largely concerned with composers in this tradition. This concert will feature Cage’s late work “Four6”, as well as work from two European composers Matthias Kaul and Helmut Oehring, both active in the ongoing experimental tradition focusing on sound itself and different ways of organizing it. Kaul is represented by two compositions, “Thinking About Air… A Song”, based on texts by two four year old scientists and the Belgian surrealist Henri Michaux, and “Games for Five”. Oehring’s “Philipp” will be performed in a version for solo flute. The American composer Christian Wolff was the youngest member of the “New York School” of composers gathered around Cage, (the others were Earl Brown and Morton Feldman), and is the only one still living. His music continues to be an inspiration to experimental composers and performers. The concert will end with his insightful composition for improvisers, “Edges”.