Newsbits: New Dischord Festival / Roscoe Mitchell Release / New York Art Quartet / Vijay Iyer Interview

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009
English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New Dischord Experimental Arts Festival takes place in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 6-9.

Mutable Music features a new release from Roscoe Mitchell entitled Not Yet, and including performers Thomas Buckner, Eclipse Quartet, James Fei Alto Quartet, Petr Kotik, Dan VanHassel, William Winant, Jacob Zimmerman, and more.

A newly-released boxed set from the New York Art Quartet is reviewed.

Jazz Club Jury has a video interview with Vijay Iyer.

June Evolving Voice / Evolving Music Shows

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang performing on 18 Nov...

From New York’s Evolving Voice / Evolving Music:

Evolving Music: 4 days of uncompromised music & art
MAY 31 / JUNE 1 / JUNE 2 / JUNE 3
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street – Near Delancey / Essex Subway

FRIDAY May 31st
7.30 ZenBeatz
Jane Grenier B – words, poetry
Albey Balgochian – bass

8:30 Ches Smith ‘good for cows’
Devin Hoff – bass,
Ches Smith – drums

9:30 LPHC, Inc.
Daniel Levin – cello
Ivo Perelman – sax
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

7.30 Serious Sounds
Amina Baraka – words
Patricia Nicholson – words, movement
William Parker – bass, words
8:30 Joe Morris Quartet
Joe Morris – guitar
Charles Downs – drums
Chris Lightcap – bass
Jim Hobbs – alto

9.30 Duology – music from Jazz Werkstaat Recording
Ted Daniel – Trumpet
Michael Marcus – Clarinet

2.00 Moving Music Ensemble
Kyoko Kitamura – voice
Khabu Doug Young – ukulele and guitar
Andrew Drury – percussion

3.00 Swell Band workshop / performance
Steve Swell – trombone
Rob Brown – sax
Hill Greene – bass
Michael Thompson – drums
Chris Forbes – keyboards

7.30 David Schung Trio
David Schnug – sax, compositions
Will McEvoy – bass
Max Goldman – drums

8:30 Karl 2000
Daniel Rovin – tenor sax, jonaphone
Austin White – bass
Dave Miller – drums

9:30 Sabir Mateen leads Sound Band
Sabir Mateen – conductor, sax
Ras Moshe – director, sax
James Brandon Lewis – sax
Matt Lavelle – trumpet
Pete Dragotta – trumpet
Tor Snyder – guitar
Zak Sherzad – cello
Max Johnson – bass
Tom Zlabinger – bass
Dominic Fragman – drums

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Chris Cheek, Moers Fesival 2009
English: Chris Cheek, Moers Fesival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Dave Douglas Quintet (Thursday) The industrious trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas recently broke in a new quintet, releasing two albums on his own Greenleaf label. He features the band — with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano, Rudy Royston on drums and Chris Tordini (filling in for Linda Oh) on bass — in an evening that will also involve the guest vocalist Becca Stevens. And before the main concert, at 8:30 p.m., there will be a 7 p.m. performance of Mr. Douglas’s sextet music by students enrolled in a workshop. At Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $15. (Chinen)

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Wednesday) With “Deluxe” (Clean Feed), released in 2010, the bassist Chris Lightcap delivered a righteous dispatch from the New York jazz grid, full of streamlined rhythm and stark, suggestive harmony. He explores the same concept here with the tenor saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Ches Smith. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $20 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

The Microscopic Septet (Thursday) Still led by its founders, the soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and the pianist Joel Forrester, this outfit semi-recently released a breezy but insightful tribute to Thelonious Monk, “Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk” (Cuneiform). With luck, a bit of that music will turn up here, on a gig otherwise devoted to material for a forthcoming release. At 7:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555,; $20, with a two-drink or $12 food minimum. (Chinen)

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things (Friday) The Chicago drummer Mike Reed has an abiding interest in the jazz heritage of his hometown, and with the excellent pianoless quartet People, Places & Things — featuring the alto saxophonist Greg Ward, the tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman and the bassist Jason Roebke — he explores that history from multiple angles. This stop on the band’s east coast tour seems likely to include music from “Clean on the Corner” (482 Music), an album it released last year. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $20 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Ryuichi Sakamoto 2008
Ryuichi Sakamoto 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Either/Or (Thursday and next Friday) The first day of this excellent ensemble’s two-day festival of contemporary chamber music features premieres of pieces by Anthony Coleman and Jin Hi Kim alongside recent works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ian Power and François Rose. Works by Miya Masaoka, John Zorn and others will be performed next Friday. At 8 p.m., The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, Ext. 11,; $15. (Woolfe)

Ryuichi Sakamoto (Wednesday) This electronic music veteran teams up with his regular collaborator Alva Noto, a k a Carsten Nikolai, to produce a soundscape of liquid piano solos, crackling rhythms and throbbing bass lines. At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 570-3949,; sold out. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)