Bowerbird’s Spring Schedule

From Philadelphia’s Bowerbird. All of these events are free.

Iannis Xenakis
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The Early Electronic Music Andrew Rudin
Venue: The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Friday, February 21, 8pm

XENAKIS: Complete String Quartets
JACK Quartet
Venue: The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Sunday, March 9, 8pm

Venue: The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Friday, April 18, 8pm


Jazz Listings From The New York Times


John Medeski
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Bates-Davis Quintet/The New Old Timers (Friday) The bassist Michael Bates and the drummer Jeff Davis, who share a left-of-center aesthetic (and a fair amount of history on the bandstand), team up to lead a quintet at 9 p.m., with the Canadian trumpeter Lina Allemano, the pianist Jesse Stacken and the multireedist Chris Speed. At 10 p.m., the saxophonists Petr Cancura and Jeremy Udden similarly join forces in the New Old Timers, with Aryeh Kobrinsky on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Albert (Tootie) Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street (Wednesday and Thursday) Mr. Heath is a jazz drummer of far-reaching experience — he was born in 1935, the youngest of the Heath Brothers, and has worked near the music’s aesthetic center for some 60 years — and he presides as a resident sage in this trio. Featuring a pair of collaborators in their 40s, Mr. Iverson on piano and Mr. Street on bass, the group draws from a stylistically diverse and often-delightful recent album, “Tootie’s Tempo.” From 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, 212-252-5091,; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Jon Irabagon Trio (Friday) A smart young saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the mainstream jazz tradition, Jon Irabagon concludes a three-night residency with the inaugural performance of this experimental trio, with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. 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)

Vijay Iyer Trio (Friday and Saturday) Last fall the pianist and composer Vijay Iyer 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 this trio, with which he has made two of his finest statements, “Historicity” and “Accelerando.” The group’s power resides in Mr. Iyer’s connection with a superb rhythm team of Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9:30 p.m., Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-721-6500,; $55 to $75. (Chinen)

Donny McCaslin Group (Tuesday and Wednesday) Drawing from his most recent album, “Casting for Gravity” a compact but ambitious electro-acoustic venture, the tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin regroups perhaps the best possible rhythm section for the task: Jason Lindner on piano and synthesizers, Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, and Mark Guiliana on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232,; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Amina Claudine Myers Trio (Wednesday) A pianist, composer and vocalist drawn to gospel and the blues as a method of inquiry, Amina Claudine Myers makes one of her rare appearances in a New York club, with a trio featuring two longtime partners, the bassist and guitarist Jerome Harris and the drummer Reggie Nicholson. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595,; $30 cover, $15 for students, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Marc Ribot at the Stone (Tuesday through Feb. 2) Marc Ribot, whose persuasively prickly guitar playing has long been a protean feature of the downtown scene, will be in residence at the Stone next week, seeking revelation with a series of partners. On Tuesday he’ll play duos with the free-jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle (at 8 p.m.) and the cellist Francis-Marie Uitti (at 10); on Wednesday he’ll engage with the pianist Jason Moran (at 8 p.m.) and Ms. Uitti again (at 10). Thursday’s offerings include a set with the saxophonist Roy Nathanson, a longtime peer (at 10 p.m.), and something called “Marc Ribot’s Surprise!” (at 8). The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Matthew Shipp (Thursday) Every aspect of music-making sets off a calculation, in real time, for Mr. Shipp, a restive and probing pianist. For this solo concert he’ll draw primarily from “Piano Sutras,” a strong album in that format released last year. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363,; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Two Duos with Gerry (Thursday) The drummer and composer Gerry Hemingway has played his share of expressionistic duo improvisations, including the one that yielded a recent four-CD release with the multireedist Anthony Braxton, “Old Dogs (2007).” For this performance Mr. Hemingway squares off with a pianist, Russ Lossing, at 8:30 p.m., followed by a guitarist, Terrence McManus, at 9:30. At IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Matt Wilson Quartet with John Medeski (Thursday through Feb. 2) The drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson has long held fast to a value system that prizes simplicity and sincerity, rugged effort and sturdy design. He has a new album, “Gathering Call,” that augments his quartet — featuring the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the saxophonist Jeff Lederer and the bassist Chris Lightcap — with a guest pianist, John Medeski, who fits right in, just as he should here. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595,; $35 to $45 cover, with a $10 minimum; $20 to $25 for students. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Sofia Gubaidulina
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Juilliard Focus! Festival (Friday and Monday through next Friday) This annual festival delves deep into corners of the repertory that get less attention than they should. The 2014 iteration celebrates the 80th birthday of Alfred Schnittke, who died in 1998, and includes his music alongside work by Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Part and Valentin Silvestrov. For Friday’s kickoff, the New Juilliard Ensemble plays Schnittke’s Symphony No. 4 (1984) and the premiere of a new version of Part’s “La Sindone.” Next week brings a rich helping of chamber music. The final concert, next Friday, features the Juilliard Orchestra led by Anne Manson in the United States premiere of Schnittke’s 1993 Symphony No. 8 and works by Ms. Gubaidulina and Mr. Kancheli. At 8 p.m. (Tuesday’s program starts at 7), Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street, 212-769-7406,; free. (Woolfe)

Steven Schick (Thursday and Feb. 1) One of the foremost percussionists of his generation, Steven Schick turns 60 this year, and it’s cause for the Miller Theater to celebrate his artistry and commissioning zeal with a two-evening spectacular. On Thursday, Mr. Schick offers a survey (“Origins”) of the solo percussion repertory of the second half of the 20th century, including works by Stockhausen, Feldman and Xenakis. On Feb. 1 the program “Responses” presents more recent compositions by Kaija Saariaho, David Lang, John Luther Adams and others. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799,; $25 to $35; $50 for a two-concert pass. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

The Spectrum in February

From New York’s Spectrum:

Spectrum Listings for February 2014

Friday 31 January
7:30 PM
Halcyon Chamber Players: Hilary Castle, Luke Krafka, David Kaplan, et al.: Violin, cello and piano
Works by Mohammed Fairouz, et al.

Friday 31 January
9 PM

Friday 31 January
10 PM
Brad and Doug Balliett, the creative, engaging and energetic hosts of WQXR’s “Brothers Balliett” program, present a new series at Spectrum.!/programs/balliett/

Saturday 1 February
7:30 PM
Caroline Chin violin recital

JS Bach: Chaconne from Partita in D for solo violin
Michael Vincent Waller: Il Mento Tenuto Alto
Jonathan Katz: Coda
Linda Dusman: Magnificat 3
Luciano Berio: Sequenza VIII

Sunday 2 February
2 PM: Super Bowl Warm-Up with Claude Debussy

Sunday 2 February
6:30 PM
Super Bowl with an Excellent (Ambient) Soundtrack featuring soundtrack maestro (and B-52s guitarist) Pat Irwin with virtuosi Cornelius Dufallo and Patrick Derivaz

Tuesday 4 February
7 PM
George Hunka: Performance on the Edge. Writer and critical theorist George Hunka begins his monthly series at Spectrum with theater critic Jonathan Kalb.

Tuesday 4 February
9:30 PM
Flin van Hemmen presents Canyons Jazz
‘Perceived/ Perceiving’
Ben Gerstein and Flin van Hemmen

Wednesday 5 February
8:15 PM
Acoustic Frontiers co-curator Denman Maroney (hyperpiano) is joined for a set of free acoustic improvisation by drummer Carlo Costa, bassist Sean Ali, trumpeter Joe Moffett, and saxophonist Jonathan Moritz. This will be their third public encounter as a group. Music full of silence, sensitivity, sensuality, and surprise is guaranteed.

Thursday 6 February
7:30 PM and 9:30 PM sets
Nico Letman, Jazz Curator

7:30 Vox Syndrome CD release party Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Robin Verheyen, Travis Reuter, Ziv Ravitz, Nick Anderson


9:30 Christof Knoche’s DEEP END
Christof Knoche – Bass Clarinet
Caro Pook – Violin
Simon Jermyn – Bass
Zack Lober – Bass
Vinnie Sperazza – Drums

Friday 7 February
7:30 PM
Marilyn Nonken: Voluptuous Virtuosity
Pianist Marilyn Nonken starts her monthly series at Spectrum.

Joseph Kubera, piano
John Cage: Music of Changes

Friday 7 February
8:45 PM
Born into Flames series, presented by John King
Elliott Sharp and Musicians perform Mare Undarum
Rachel Golub, violin
Ron Lawrence, viola
Jessica Pavone, viola
Adam Fisher-cello
E#-electroacoustic guitar

Friday 7 February
10 PM
Avant garde musicians Nick Woodbury (Mantra Percussion) and Patrick Higgins (ZS) join forces for an evening of wild experimental chamber music. Immersed deeply in the NYC experimental music scene, the two critically acclaimed musicians perform original works written for the newly created duo, each bringing to the table their unique and brilliant artistic qualities. Rounding out the evening, members of Iktus Percussion perform works for flute and percussion. Show- casing Bulgarian born, and NYC based flute virtuoso Hristina Blagoeva, the ensemble breathes new life into the traditional chamber music setting in presenting recent works by Mark Engebretson and Joseph Pereira.

Saturday 8 February
9 PM
CACAW with Landon Knoblock, et al.

Saturday 8 February
10 PM
Music of Brian Erickson and Andrew Alden, featuring pianist Steve Beck
Andrew Alden
Brian Erickson

Tuesday 11 February
9 PM
Gadfly: New jazz series curated by Chris Pitsiokos

Wednesday 12 February
8 PM
Spectrum is proud to host the CD Release for “There Never is No Light,” the first solo album by ICE’s Joshua Rubin.

Thursday 13 February
8 PM
Robert L. Pepper (PAS) presents a night of Ambient-Chaos featuring: Norton Anti-Virus, Progressive BeatMix, Black Saturn, Parenthesis, and Octonomy.

Friday 14 February
7:30 PM
Ramin Arjomand: Reinterpretations series
Ramin Arjomand, piano
Sam Pluta, electronics

Saturday 15 February
7:30 PM
Composer-Performer Series, hosted by Matt Marks

Sunday 16 February
3 PM
Augustus Arnone, piano: Michael Finnissy’s complete
The History Of Photography In Sound
Concert 3 (of 4)

Sunday 16 February
7 PM
Adam Caine, solo guitar

Tuesday 18 February
7 PM
Gabriel Zucker Presents: Tuesdays on the Spectrum
7pm – Skiwampus Aquarium (Gabriel Zucker, Matt Woroshyl, Bryan Qu, Zan Tetickovich)
8pm – TBA

Tuesday 18 February
9 PM
Joel Forrester, jazz piano

Wednesday 19 February
7:30 PM
Guillermo Laporta / Cre.Art Project Ensemble

Thursday 20 February
9 PM
Tentative: Bryan Jacobs and colleagues

Friday 21 February
8 PM
present “EKPHRASIS” –
in commemoration of the birth of WH Auden, Feb 21, 1907

Saturday 22 February
7:30 PM and 8:45 PM
Alexandrina Boyanova, violin
7:30 Acoustic set
8:45 Amplified set
Violin solo = Theme + Variations
Biber – Passacaglia
Pisendel – Sonata for solo violin
Paganini – Caprice No.24
Ernst – The Last Rose of Summer
Berio – Sequenza for solo violin
Christoskov – Rachenitza

Sunday 23 February
7 PM
Kathy Tagg series

Tuesday 25 February
9 PM
Benefit event for Robert Boston’s new chamber opera Trust in the You of Now

Wednesday 26 February
8 PM
Tentative: Jeremy Nesse chapman stick night

Thursday 27 February
8:45 PM
Hiroya Tsukamoto, acoustic guitar and vocal performances of original compositions

Thursday 27 February
10 PM
Brad and Doug Balliett, the creative, engaging and energetic hosts of WQXR’s “Brothers Balliett” program, present a new series at Spectrum.

Friday 28 February
7:30 PM
Tenth Intervention Presents: Music from the Lyonosphere

Friday 28 February
9:30 PM
Valerie Kuehne presents: Super Coda