Jazz Listings From The New York Times

John Escreet
John Escreet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Darcy James Argue and Secret Society (Thursday) Led by Mr. Argue, a composer with roughly equal investment in the currency of big band jazz, post-minimalism and atmospheric indie-rock, the Secret Society has emerged as one of the signature large ensembles of our age. For this one-nighter, the group draws partly from “Brooklyn Babylon,” an album of billowing ambition but not lacking a strong center of gravity, released this year. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (646) 494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Jeff Cosgrove Point of Variation Trio (Wednesday) Jeff Cosgrove, a drummer originally from Washington, D.C., favors a searching disposition in his music, and this free-improvising trio pairs him with two experts at illuminating the unknown: the bassist William Parker and the pianist Matthew Shipp. At 7 p.m., Klavierhaus Recital Hall, 211 West 58th Street, Manhattan, jeffcosgrovemusic.com/shows.html; free. (Chinen)

Amir ElSaffar (Saturday) The Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, who recently began a course of musical study in Cairo, continues his cross-cultural experiment with “Alchemy,” an album full of compositions provocatively scaled for jazz quintet. His partners are the tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen, the pianist John Escreet, the bassist François Moutin and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (646) 494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio (Friday through Sunday) The pianist and composer Vijay Iyer recently received a MacArthur Fellowship, an honor that presumably had something to do with his ambitious and politically engaged large-format work. But his sturdiest vehicle is still the acoustic trio, with which he has made two of his finest statements, “Historicity” and “Accelerando.” As on those recent albums, he works here with the superb drummer Marcus Gilmore; on bass is Harish Raghavan. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25 and $30. (Chinen)

Marc Ribot Trio (Tuesday through Nov. 10) Marc Ribot, whose persuasively prickly guitar playing has long been a protean feature of the downtown scene, made his Village Vanguard debut as a leader with this trio last year, delivering astonishing results. His partners in the group are the bassist Henry Grimes, a survivor of the 1960s avant-garde, and the drummer Chad Taylor, who also works in the realm of experimental rock. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Experiments in Opera (Saturday) In a partnership with VisionIntoArt, this innovative opera venture presents an All Souls evening of semi-staged choral operas, including John Zorn’s eerily beautiful “The Holy Visions,” based on the mystical writings of Hildegard von Bingen; Jessica Pavone’s “When No One Around You Is There”; Jason Cady’s zombie comedy, “Nostalgia Kills You”; and Matthew Welch’s “Reanimator Requiem.” At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (866) 811-4111, experimentsinopera.com; $30, $20 for students. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Calder Quartet (Friday) In a three-concert series, this young ensemble is offering the six quartets of Bartok alongside new works. This second installment features Bartok’s Quartets Nos. 3 and 4 and David Longstreth of the rock band Dirty Projectors. He will join the quartet, and they will perform new compositions that he has created for the program, as well as arrangements of Dirty Projectors songs for voice and string quartet. At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 535-3949, metmuseum.org/tickets; $40. (Schweitzer)

Silk Road Ensemble gives John Zorn new zing

John Zorn with band Masada
John Zorn with band Masada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Georgia Straight:

BURIED IN THE fine print surrounding the Silk Road Ensemble’s upcoming Vancouver Recital Society concert is some extremely startling news, and it has nothing to do with the whereabouts of founding member Yo-Yo Ma. (Just for the record, the esteemed cellist won’t perform at Friday’s concert, although 11 equally gifted musicians from around the globe will.) Instead, it’s that Silk Road will be performing a suite of pieces from American avant-gardist John Zorn’s Book of Angels compositional project.

Monday Evening Concerts 2013/14 Season

From LA’s Monday Evening Concerts:

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Kondo and Feldman

For nearly half a century, the Japanese composer Jo Kondo has been writing works which quietly ask us to listen to music in new ways. Kondo’s friend Morton Feldman stated that Under the Umbrella for 25 cowbells “is going to be another kind of classic as the years go by.” Feldman’s setting of Beckett’s radio play receives a very rare public performance. One of his final compositions, Words and Music defies simple categorization, but contains what the composer saw in both his and Beckett’s work: “this saturated, unending longing.”

Jo Kondo Sight Rhythmics
Jo Kondo Under the Umbrella
Samuel Beckett / Morton Feldman
Words and Music

Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Newman and Beethoven

A true polymath (composer, visual artist, poet), Chris Newman is like no other. His songs were described by one critic as “Schubert meets Captain Beefheart.” He often relies on coarse and improbable musical materials to create works projecting an unfamiliar yet visionary beauty. His uncompromising vision brings to mind the music of one of his idols, Ludwig van Beethoven, whose blazing Op. 95 String Quartet and rarely performed Andante Favori will be heard alongside two major United States premieres of Newman.

Chris Newman Weird Words in a Language which we Understand UNITED STATES PREMIERE
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 95
Ludwig van Beethoven Andante Favori

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Schweinitz and Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg and La Monte Young – two of the major peaks in 20th century musical history. They are fused together in Wolfgang von Schweinitz’s fascinating Plainsound String Trio “KLANG auf Schön Berg La Monte Young”. Based on harmonies from Schoenberg’s textbook “Structural Functions of Harmony”, this deeply spiritual exploration of sound will be heard after Schoenberg’s landmark string trio and an arrangement by von Schweinitz of the three voice Ricercare from Bach’s Musical Offering in an experimental tuning.

Marc Sabat / Wolfgang von Schweinitz
Johann Sebastian Bach RICERCAR Musikalisches Opfer 1 INTONATION (2001/2011) (version for string trio)
Arnold Schoenberg String Trio, Op. 45
Wolfgang von Schweinitz
Plainsound String Trio “KLANG auf Schön Berg La Monte Young” op. 39

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Arditti String Quartet:
40th Anniversary

The contemporary string quartet repertoire would be unimaginable without the Ardittis, one of the most influential contemporary music ensembles of our time. After numerous memorable performances for Monday Evening Concerts, the group returns to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a selection of works close to the group’s heart. This will be the group’s first performance in Los Angeles in its present configuration.

Elliot Carter String Quartet No. 5
Jonathan Harvey String Quartet No. 2
Brian Ferneyhough Dum Transisset I-IV
Helmut Lachenmann String Quartet No. 3 “Grido”

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
New Voices II

A sequel to our New Voices concert last December, we introduce recent pieces by Thomas Meadowcroft, Joe Lake and other composers pushing the boundaries of new music.

Thomas Meadowcroft Cradles
Thomas Meadowcroft The Great Knot
Joseph Andrew Lake Almost There

Taylor Ho Bynum Release and Tour

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (Photo credit: John Pham)

From Other Side Artists:

The Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet will perform four concerts in the Northeast celebrating the November 12, 2013 release of Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings), a four-album, multi-format set from Firehouse 12 Records. In addition to the leader/composer on cornet, the ensemble features Jim Hobbs on alto saxophone, Bill Lowe on bass trombone and tuba, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ken Filiano on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.

The concert details are as follows:
7pm, Thursday, November 7 – Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St, Hartford CT

7:30 & 9pm, Friday, November 8 – Lilypad
1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA

9 & 10:30pm, Saturday, November 9 – The Jazz Gallery
1160 Broadway, 5th floor, New York NY

7 & 8:30pm, Sunday, November 10 – Transparent Productions at Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th St NW, Washington DC

ShapeShifter Lab in November

Selections from New York’s ShapeShifter Lab:

Nov 6
old and new downtown music aesthetics – triple bill at ShapeShifter Lab

William Hooker Quartet / Welf Dorr Unit / On Ka’a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Music Players

7pm – William Hooker Quartet: William Hooker (drums), Matt Lavelle (trumpet), Mark Hennen (piano), Larry Roland (bass)

8:15pm – Welf Dorr Unit: Welf Dorr (alto sax, bass clarinet) Dave Ross (guitar), Dmitry Ishenko (bass), Joe Hertenstein (drums)

9:30pm – On Ka’a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Music Players: On Ka’a Davis (guitar, vocals), Welf Dorr (alto sax), Nick Gianni (baritone sax), Cavassa Nickens (bass), Peter Barr (drums)
Nov 7
Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra
Nov 8
Michael Musillami Trio / 7:00
Mario Pavone Arc Quartet / 9:30
$15 each set

Michael Musillami Trio
Michael Musillami – guitar
Joe Fonda – bass
George Schuller – drums

http://michaelmusillami.com and

Live Performance Video:

Nov 18
Nate Wooley/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Chris Corsano Trio

Nate Wooley – trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Chris Corsano – drums

Improvised music with strong references to jazz in a classic trio format.

Nov 19
Dan Blake

The RicTer Scale
Terri Hron: recorders
Ricardo Gallo: piano
with special guests
Dan Blake: saxophones
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Nov 21

MARCO CAPPELLI, guitar – KEN FILIANO, double bass – SATOSHI TAKEISHI, percussion

http://tzadik.com/ (
Nov 22
Benefit Tribute To The Great Arthur Blythe; Oliver Lake, Amiri Baraka, Vernon Reid, Bob Stewart, Kelvyn Bell

Amiri & Amina Baraka – poets
Reggie Nicholson – drums
Gerry Gibbs – drums
Bob Stewart – tuba
Kelvyn Bell – guitar
Darius Jones – alto sax
Bruce Williams – alto sax
Oliver Lake – alto sax
Charles Compo – sax
Vernon Reid – guitar
Dominic Duval Jr. – guitar
Santi Debriano – bass
William Parker – bass
Dominic Duval – bass
Craig Harris – trombone
Michele Rosewoman – piano

Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

Deutsch: Ken Vandermark mit dem "Free Mus...
Deutsch: Ken Vandermark mit dem “Free Music Ensemble” am 15.5.2004 im Club W71 in Weikersheim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Wednesday, Oct 30: VCVD (Frode Gjerstadt, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Stine Janvin Motland, Stale Liavik Solberg), Jason Stein/Tim Daisy Duo

Two outstanding improvised music groups in one evening! Headlining the show is VCDC, a quartet comprised of leading Norwegian improvisers and one American. Our series has often featured the talents of saxophonist Frode Gjerstad over the years, most often in his trio with young powerhouse drummer Paal Nilssen Love; he’s also a member of the Brotzmann Tentet and has worked with Joe McPhee. This time he brings some fellow Norwegians that haven’t been heard here yet: Stine Janvin Motland (vocals) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums). Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chicago’s most versatile creative cellist, rounds out the group. Not only has he worked with improvised music heavy-weights like John Butcher, Peter Brotzmann, Michael Zerang, Joe McPhee, Jim O’ Rourke, Peter Kowald etc., but he’s also contributed to recordings and performances by Smog, Wilco, US Maple, Super Chunk, God-is-my-co-pilot and other rock notables.

Opening the show are two more of Chicago’s finest improvisers, Jason Stein and Tim Daisy. Jason is one of the few people in creative music to exclusively focus on the bass clarinet. He’s had an active career, with recordings on such notable labels as Delmark, Leo, Atavistic and Clean Feed; collaborators include a range of American and European notables: Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Eric Boeren, Michael Zerang and many others. Tim Daisy is a heavily in-demand creative drummer and award winning composer who was also named one of “13 Drummers for the Future” by Downbeat magazine. He’s recorded 6 records with The Vandermark 5 and is on dozens of releases with some of the premiere musicians in new music- including John Tchicai, Jeb Bishop, Fred Anderson, Dave Rempis etc.

Friday, Nov. 1: Amir ElSaffar workshop

Hailed as one of the most important new voices in jazz, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar has one foot firmly in the world of jazz improvisation and the other firmly in the music of the middle east. He’ll be performing with his quintet at Arab American National Museum Friday evening, but first he’ll conduct a workshop Friday morning at Trinosophes. ElSaffar has developed an extensive method of playing quarter tones on brasswinds and his knowledge of middle eastern modal improvisation is extensive. We expect this to be an informative workshop for musicians and non-musicians alike- all are welcome.

11 am; $5-20 donation

Coming Soon:

Nov. 15: Clay Rendering, Rebel Kind, Hydropark and more
Nov. 16: The Blackman’s Revue
Nov. 18: William Hooker