Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Hans Werner Henze in 1960
Hans Werner Henze in 1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Avant Music Festival (Friday through Sunday; through Feb. 23) Organized by the composer Randy Gibson and the soprano Megan Schubert, this new-music festival features among the highlights of its opening weekend the most recent version of Mr. Gibson’s “Apparitions of the Four Pillars,” on Friday at 8 p.m.; a performance of John Cage’s “Apartment House 1776,” on Saturday at 4 p.m.; and, on Sunday at 3 p.m., the punk-classical composer and singer Kitty Brazelton. Various times, the Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village,; $12, $8 for students in advance; $15, $10 for students at the door. (Woolfe)

Bargemusic (Friday) There are always interesting concerts happening at Bargemusic, Brooklyn’s floating concert hall, a scenic and ideally intimate space for chamber music. Friday’s “Here and Now” program, part of the contemporary music series, is especially enticing. Two brilliant artists, the violinist Miranda Cuckson and the pianist Blair McMillen, play duos by Sean Shepherd, Steven Burke, Morton Feldman and (a premiere) Harold Meltzer. It was recently announced that Mr. Shepherd is writing a major piece for the New York Philharmonic’s 2013-14 season. At 8 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-4924,; $35, $30 for seniors, $15 for students. (Tommasini)

Ensemble ACJW (Monday) This excellent group — consisting of talented young professional musicians from the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute — offers the New York premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s “Set That on Fire,” as well as Brahms’s Trio in E flat for Violin, Horn and Piano and Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds. At 7:30 p.m., Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800,; $30. (Vivien Schweitzer)

Talea Ensemble (Tuesday) This searching modern and contemporary music group presents a fascinating program of early works by Hans Werner Henze and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Henze’s “Whispers From Heavenly Death” from 1948 will feature the soprano Sylvie Robert, and the pianist Steven Beck will be on hand for his Piano Sonata from 1959. Stockhausen’s 1964 “Mikrophonie I” will feature the percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky. At 7 p.m., German Consulate New York, 871 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan,; free, but a RSVP must be sent to (Woolfe)

Dawn Upshaw (Thursday) This soprano’s advocacy of contemporary music has been unstinting even in her prominent teaching career. (She is the artistic director of the vocal arts program at Bard College.) For this annual event with singers and pianists from the program as well as the Bard pianist Kayo Iwama, she presents the premiere of a work by George Tsontakis and new compositions by Bard students and alumni. At 7:30 p.m., Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, (212) 685-0008, Ext. 560,; $35. (Woolfe)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Vision Festival
Vision Festival (Photo credit: andynew)


Lucian Ban and Tony Malaby (Saturday) Lucian Ban, a Romanian pianist, and Tony Malaby, an American tenor saxophonist, first crossed paths on “Enesco Re-Imagined” (Sunnyside), a 2010 album released under the joint leadership of Mr. Ban and the bassist John Hébert. For this concert, part of the Sound It Out series, the two musicians interact with no other accompaniment, interpreting a range of material. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, (212) 242-4770,; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Peter Bernstein Quartet (Tuesday through Feb. 24) Peter Bernstein, a guitarist with a clean tone and unwavering technique, leads a postbop combo with the pianist Harold Mabern, the bassist John Webber and the master drummer Jimmy Cobb. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Endangered Blood (Saturday) Organized but not necessarily led by the multireedist Chris Speed, Endangered Blood draws strength from a collective sense of headlong commitment. In addition to Mr. Speed, its roster includes the alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, the drummer Jim Black and for this engagement the bassist Michael Formanek. They’ll be drawing partly from a self-titled album on Mr. Speed’s label, Skirl, which has sold out its initial run. 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)

40Twenty/Jesse Stacken Quartet (Thursday) 40Twenty, a smartly rugged composing collective — Jacob Garchik on trombone, Jacob Sacks on piano, Dave Ambrosio on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums — recently released its self-titled debut on the Yeah Yeah label, exploring an intersection of buoyant swing rhythm and complex harmonic coloration. The band plays at 10 p.m. In an earlier set, at 8:30 p.m., the pianist Jesse Stacken leads a quartet with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Sean Conly on bass and Tom Rainey on drums. At Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10 per set, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

William Hooker Project (Wednesday) William Hooker, a drummer of combustible energies, leads his trio, the Gift — featuring Roy Campbell on trumpet and David Soldier on violin and guitar — in a piece titled “Heart of the Sun.” Also performing at this concert are Duology, a joint effort of the saxophonist Michael Marcus and the trumpeter Ted Daniel, and the Michaël Attias Trio, led by Mr. Attias, a saxophonist, and featuring the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Satoshi Takeishi. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, $10 for students, 65+ and members. (Chinen)

9 Volt (Tuesday) On its new album, “Open Circuit” (OutNow), the collective known as 9 Volt — with Rick Parker on trombone, Eyal Maoz on guitar and Yonadav Halevy on drums — thrashes toward an expressive new-breed fusion, informed by a few generations of downtown experimentation. Serving as a guest of honor on the album, and in this performance, is the alto saxophonist and composer Tim Berne. At 9 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn,,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

William Parker (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Parker is known as a bassist best suited to combustible free-form settings, but he’s also a composer unafraid of pursuing ambitious ideas. He’s wrapping up a three-night residency, with something different each night. On Friday he plays duets with the drummer Milford Graves, interacting with recordings of their own heart beats, and a dance performance by Patricia Nicholson. On Saturday he leads his Essential Orchestra in the premiere of a piece dedicated to Cecil Taylor; in the ranks are commanding improvisers like the pianist Dave Burrell, the trumpeter Roy Campbell and the alto saxophonist Darius Jones. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, $10 students, 65+ and members. (Chinen)

This Week in Buenos Aires

From Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica:


– Santiago Lacabe (drums)
– Enrique Norris (piano, cornet)
– Pablo Puntoriero (saxophoness)
– Nicolas Ojeda (contrabass)
Virasoro Bar After midnight

Saturday 16

Imprólogy: jazz + impro
Ada Rave/Tatiana Castro mejía
Ada Rave: Saxophones & composition
Tatiana Castro Mejía: Piano & composition
Pablo Moser/Juan Bayón
Pablo Moser: Saxophones
Juan Manuel Bayón: Contrabass
At El Quetzal. Guatemala 5616. 21.00 hs

Gabriel Diminiucci , contrabass
andres elstein , drums
leo fernandez , guitar
enrique norris , trumpet & piano
aT Vicente el absurdo , Juilan Alvarez 1886 21.30 HS

Caravana Colemanica ( Ornette revisited )
Ada Rave (saxophones , composer)
Wenchi Lazo (guitar + fx) –
Martín de Lassaletta (contrabass)
Martín López Grande (drums)
At Virasoro bar , guatemala 4328 after night show