Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

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


Pocket Opera Players (Thursday through Oct. 12) This enterprising contemporary-music company offers two new one-acts: “The Death of Webern” (by Michael Dellaira and J.D. McClatchy), about the 1945 killing of the great composer, and “Rerouted” (by John Eaton and his daughter Estela Eaton), a surreal adaptation of Dostoyevsky. (Not recommended for children under 7.) At 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $30, $35 at the door, $25 for students and 18 and under. (Woolfe)

Composer Portraits: Georg Friedrich Haas (Thursday) As part of its Composer Portraits series, the Miller Theater presents works by the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, recently appointed to the faculty of Columbia University. Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal in several of Mr. Haas’s alluring scores, including the seductive song cycle “Atthis,” based on German translations of love poems by Sappho. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799,; $25 to $35. (Schweitzer)

Zorn@60 (Friday) John Zorn, the maverick composer who organized the Japan Society’s Tzadik Label Music Series and whose 60th birthday is being celebrated this year, joins the pianist and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto for an improvisational evening of music. (A waiting list will be started at the box office one hour before each performance.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Manhattan, (212) 715-1258,; sold out. (Schweitzer)

Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

English: Frode Gjerstad, moers festival 2008
English: Frode Gjerstad, moers festival 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – 8:00pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th Street
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Price: $15.00 Buy Tickets
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome the Philadelphia return of Tim Berne’s Snakeoil for a very special performance celebrating the release of their new recording, Shadow Man, on ECM Records.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 – 8:00pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of VCDC, an all-star group comprised of clarinetist Frode Gjerstad, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, and drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg. Norwegian Gjerstad and Chicago-based Lonberg-Holm are frequent collaborators. Their last album, Sugar Maple, together with Chicago drummer Michael Zerang, was released in 2010 on the FMR Record label. In 2007, Gjerstad recorded and produced Strap On for the duo Motsol, comprised of Stine Janvin Motland and Ståle Liavik Solberg.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 8:00pm
Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Ars Nova Workshop presents New York ‘terrorist bebop’ quartet Mostly Other People Do The Killing. Voted Downbeat magazine’s Rising Star Ensemble in 2009, the group has established a reputation for subversion, deconstructing standards and their own material through deliberately erratic experimentation and a humorous performance style. The band is led by bassist Moppa Elliott and features trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and Kevin Shea on drums.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – 8:00pm
Bushman’s Revenge
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
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Price: Free Admission
“Bassist Rune Nergaard and drummer Gard Nilssen chase Hermansen’s impulses as if Jitterbug was a Marshall-amp version of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space.” -Rolling Stone

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Yahya Abdul-Majid of the Sun Ra Arkestra
English: Yahya Abdul-Majid of the Sun Ra Arkestra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ethan Iverson, Oliver Lake, Sam Newsome, Andrew Cyrille (Wednesday and Thursday) A convergence of four fearless improvisers stationed at slightly different aesthetic coordinates, these musicians are more than capable of finding communion. Mr. Lake, a saxophonist, and Mr. Cyrille, a drummer, are the elder statesmen of the bunch, both well-traveled within the post-1960s avant-garde. Mr. Newsome is a brilliantly expressive soprano saxophonist, and Mr. Iverson is a pianist of limitless inquiry; both should find plenty of stimulus in this setting. From 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village,; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer: ‘Open City’ (Friday and Saturday) The pianist Vijay Iyer, who just won a MacArthur Fellowship, has done endlessly compelling work at the intersection of politics, music and the spoken word, often in collaboration with the poet Mike Ladd. “Open City,” a commission from the Peak Performances series, is a large-ensemble work inspired by the Teju Cole novel of the same name. In its premiere, this piece will feature an impressive cast of musical collaborators, including the alto saxophonist Steve Coleman and the trumpeters Graham Haynes, Jonathan Finlayson and Ambrose Akinmusire. Joining the ensemble for spoken-word passages are Mr. Cole and the rapper Himanshu Suri, formerly of Das Racist. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, (973) 655-5112,; $20. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez, Tom Rainey (Friday) This collective trio treads a middle ground between lyricism and abstraction, with Mr. Malaby on tenor saxophone, Ms. Sanchez on piano and Mr. Rainey on drums. For their performance on the Sound It Out series, they will present new music from a coming album, their first studio release as a group. At 7:30 and 9 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770,; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Matana Roberts’s ‘Coin Coin’ (Saturday) Ms. Roberts, an alto saxophonist, weaves history, folklore and genealogy into “Coin Coin,” the ambitious performance piece that has become her defining work. She just released the second album in the series, “Mississippi Moonchile,” which seems likely to provide material for the ensemble she has gathered here: the tenor Jeremiah Abiah, the trumpeter Jason Palmer, the pianist Shoko Nagai, the bassist Thomson Kneeland and the drummer Mike Pride. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (646) 494-3625,; $20, members $10. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey Quartet (Sunday) Tyshawn Sorey can play the drums not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise. He has lately been focused on composition, so it’s a rare treat to hear him in combo mode, digging in with colleagues like the trombonist Ben Gerstein, the multireedist Jeremy Viner and the pianist Angelica Sanchez. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Sun Ra Turns 100 (Saturday) Led by the irrepressible 89-year-old alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Sun Ra Arkestra carries on the cosmic avant-gardism of its namesake with ragtag brio. This centennial celebration strikes a welcome note of inclusion by Jazz at Lincoln Center, though one wonders what the organization’s house band might have done with Sun Ra’s compositions. At 7 and 9:30 p.m., Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 721-6500,; $75 remaining. (Chinen)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 23/2013

Carla Bley, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2009. Concert ...

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Barefoot Records
Bitchslap Boogie: Maria Faust Group

Trio Creepy: Joakim Berghall, Sax/ Adam Pultz Melbye, B/ Hakon Berre, Dr

Like You: Ol Jonas Storli, P/ Jesper Dyhre Nielsen, B/ Hakon Berre, Dr

the Mighty Mouse: Morten Pedersen, P/ Hakon Berre, Dr/ Thommy Anderson, B/or/adam Melbye, B

Matter Anti-matter: Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra

in the Now: John Yao Quintet

Tapping the Furnace: Dorothy Hindman Compositions Performed by Various Ensembles

Enigma: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Matt Shipp, P/ Whit Dickey, Dr/ Gerald Cleaver, Dr

Grid Mesh: Willi Kellers, Dr, P/ Andreas Willers, El G/ Johannes Bauer, Tbn/ Frank Paul Schubert, as, Ss

Anthony Braxton Ensemble Montaigne

Noru Ka Soru Ka: Mike Nord, G, Elec/ Georg Hofman, Dr, Perc/ Makoto Matsushima, Vo

Autumn Songs: Ab Baars, Ts, Cl, Shakuhachi/ Ig Henneman, Viola

Trios: Carla Bley, P/ Andy Sheppard, Ts, Ss/ Steve Swallow, B

New Surfacing: Spontaneous Music Ensemble-John Stevens, Dr/ Nigel Coombes, Vln/ Roger Smith, G

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...
The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vortex Jazz Club. (October 2005) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the The Vortex Jazz Club:

MON 7 OCT • 20:00 • £11 • MD
For three years Florian Weber (Lee Konitz Quartet) and Bob van Luijt (Square Orange) have worked together on several projects ut never with theri own trio. This October, they are joined by the great Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood) on their tour through the UK, Holland and Germany.

TUE 8 OCT • 20:00 • £9 • MD
A world-class ensemble of improv kingpins and band leaders, this transatlantic foursome sway wildly between the control and grace of arrangement and composition, and the unbounded unpredictability of improvisation. Pulling rhythms in all directions, trading swift solos and switching seamlessly from impossible intricacy to great sweeping adventurous soundscapes, this convergence of imagination, dexterity and fire leave every listener slack-jawed, breathless and eager for more.