AMN Reviews: Various Artists – Baroque Music in the 21st Century (Winter & Winter)

Ernst Reijseger, Moers Festival 2007
Ernst Reijseger, Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As its two hundred and first release, Winter & Winter erects a caravansarie arraying its dedication to the Baroque era music which speckles its hefty catalogue of innovative jazz, “audio films” about Alpine sanatoriums, the streets of old New York and old, metropolitan Shanghai, visits to bordellos and Bulgarian weddings, and contributors as diverse as Jim Black and Werner Herzog.

With its clarity and ornamental virtuosity, Baroque music, which thrived between roughly 1600 and the mid-18th century, is kind of the great-grandfather of popular electronic music, from seventies kosmische krautrock to faster-than-light drum´n´bass – it´s no surprise that the first big selling synthesizer album was Walter Carlos´ “Switched-On Bach”.

“Baroque Music in the 21st Century” stays close to traditional early music interpretations, the “historical performance practise”, featuring for example two of the more sedate pieces by Uri Caine from his otherwise wildly unorthodox “Goldberg Variations”, but also features Teodoro Anzellotti´s nearly possessed accordion from the same double set. A wise choice in context, a way to showcase the music and the vitality with which it is still performed by the likes of Lorenzo & Vittorio Ghielmi, Susanne Rydén, Ernst Reijseger, Forma Antiqva and Die Freitagsakademie – in other words, both those dedicated to preserving the spirit of the period, of Vivaldi, Bach and Scarlatti, and master players open to anything of lasting quality.

More than just an audio balett of courtliness and Christian piety, it´s as vivid and alive as the laboured breathing you hear over the viola da gamba on Ghielmi and Pianca´s “La Couperin”. I suppose it automatically becomes the best Baroque compilation of the new millennium.

http://www.winterandwinter.com/index.php?id=1863

Stephen Fruitman

Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Matt Earle / Adam Sussmann / Jason Kahn
Album: Draught
Label: Consumer Waste

Artist: Kostis Kilymis / Sarah Hughes & Kostis Kilymis
Album: More Noise Ahead / The Good Life
Label: Entr’acte / Organized Music from Thessaloniki / Consumer Waste

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Kris Davis (Saturday) The pianist Kris Davis has been generating nothing but interesting music in recent months, and she has a new band, Capricorn Climber, that seeks out the unexpected corners within established musical relationships. Her partners, all adept with spontaneous texture, are the violist Mat Maneri, the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

Jeff Davis Trio and Friends (Friday) The drummer and composer Jeff Davis augments his working trio, featuring the pianist Russ Lossing and the bassist Eivind Opsvik, with a robustly inventive front line: Kirk Knuffke on cornet and Oscar Noriega on alto saxophone and bass clarinet. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

Dave Douglas Quintet (Friday through Sunday) The industrious trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas recently broke in a new band, making two albums on his own Greenleaf label: “Be Still,” a contemplative recasting of Protestant hymns, with vocals by Aoife O’Donovan, and “Time Travel,” a more rambunctious postbop outing, due out in a few weeks. He’ll likely draw from both releases during this engagement, during which he has turned 50. Featured are Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25 to $30. (Chinen)

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (Tuesday) The drummer and composer John Hollenbeck uses his namesake orchestra as a panoramic canvas, blending color and texture with an eye toward the sweeping view. He has a gorgeous new album, “Songs I Like a Lot” (Sunnyside), featuring his arrangements executed by the Frankfurt Radio Big Band; here he has the Large Ensemble at his disposal, along with the album’s two unerringly expressive singers, Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Honey Ear Trio (Thursday) “Steampunk Serenade” (Foxhaven) is the sure-footed recent debut by this trio, an adventurous but grounded collective with Erik Lawrence on saxophones, Rene Hart on bass and electronics and Allison Miller on drums. For this one-nighter Mr. Lawrence will have a worthy substitute, Jeff Lederer. At 8 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Randy Ingram Quartet (Tuesday) A young pianist drawn to contemporary harmony and a sleek rhythmic sensibility, Randy Ingram convenes the same musicians who appear on his forthcoming second album: the guitarist Mike Moreno, the bassist Joe Martin and the drummer Jochen Rueckert. From 7 to 9 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; no cover, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Darius Jones’s Man’ish Boy/Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch (Sunday) Drawing from his 2009 debut album, “Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)” (Aum Fidelity), Mr. Jones, an explosive alto saxophonist, leads a trio with Cooper-Moore on piano and Jason Nazary on drums. The other half of this double bill will feature Ms. Mezzacappa, a bassist, leading a band with Matt Nelson on tenor saxophone, John Finkbeiner on guitar and Vijay Anderson on drums. At 8 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $12. (Chinen)

Matthew Shipp Residency (Tuesday through April 7) A restive and probing pianist, Matthew Shipp works in several settings next week, including his trio with the bassist Michael Bisio and the drummer Whit Dickey (Tuesday and next Friday and Saturday); and improvised duos on Wednesday with the saxophonists Ivo Perelman (first set) and Darius Jones (second set). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 for each set. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Wofgang Rihm, Deutscher Komponist (anlässlich ...

From NYTimes.com:

How to Get Started (Tuesday) The multigenre conceptual artist Ralph Lemon teams up with Arturo O’Farrill, founder of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, to tackle John Cage’s experiment in extemporized public thinking and verbal improvisation. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $30, $25 for members, $15 for 30 and under. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Rebecca Saunders (Thursday) The music of this British composer is in the spotlight here, featured as part of the Composer Portraits series. Richard Carrick conducts the Either/Or Ensemble in the New York premieres of three works by Ms. Saunders, a protégé of Wolfgang Rihm. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799, millertheatre.com; $25 to $30. (Schweitzer)

Zorn @ 60 at the Lincoln Center Festival this July

Acoustic Masada (ii)

From the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts:

In celebration of his sixtieth birthday, Lincoln Center honors the boundless musical vision and virtuosity of John Zorn as one part of a larger, international celebration. A saxophonist, avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, collaborator, impresario, Pulitzer nominee, and MacArthur Fellow, Zorn has explored a vast and impressive spectrum of genres—including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, popular, and improvised, among many others—over the past four decades of his career.

Zorn@60: The Holy Visions
Thursday, July 18 8pm
Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
The first night of Zorn@60 consists of two lyrical works for a cappella female voices.

Zorn@60: The Complete String Quartets
Saturday, July 20 8pm
Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
The second night of Zorn@60 turns the focus to Zorn’s six powerful works for string quartet, performed together in a single evening.