Another NYC Calendar for March

From extended techniques:


NYC Calendar: March 2014

MONDAY, March 3
8:45PM – 9:45PM William Parker & Ingrid Laubrock
VENUE: Evolving Series, 107 Suffolk Street
DETAILS: Ingrid Laubrock – sax, William Parker – bass

8PM Darius Jones Presents The Oversoul Manual // Featuring The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit
VENUE: Roulette

8 PM John Zorn’s Masada Book Three: The Book Beriah
VENUE: The Town Hall
DETAILS: World Premiere, with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Secret Chiefs 3, Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, John Medeski, Jon Madof and Zion 80, Klezmatics members Frank London and Matt Darriau, Abraxas, Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits, Many Arms, Sofia Rei, Eyvind Kang, Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Jamie Saft, Cleric, Uri Gurvich and many more.

FRIDAY, March 21, SATURDAY, March 22
8 PM Okkyung Lee

VENUE: The Kitchen
March 21 – 22, 8pm
Tickets $15
DETAILS:Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s “First Love” and Korean surrealist writer Yi Sang’s “The Wings,” composer and cellist Okkyung Lee presents a new suite of fragile yet visceral and dark compositions for strings and percussion.

FRIDAY, March 21
8 PM, 10PM Banquet of the Spirits

VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Cyro Baptista (percussion, voice) Brian Marsella (piano, keys) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Tim Keiper (drums, hunters harp)

MONDAY, March 24
8:45PM – 9:45PM Tom Rainey & Ingrid Laubrock
VENUE: Evolving Series, 107 Suffolk Street
DETAILS: Ingrid Laubrock – sax, Tom Rainey – drums

10 PM Ches Smith and Jim Black
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS:Ches Smith, Jim Black (percussion)

THURSDAY, March 27
7:00 and 9:00 pm | Christian Wolff: Concert & Party Christian Wolff at 80
VENUE: Czech Center
This evening will feature Christian Wolff, S.E.M. Ensemble, Philip Glass and Ostravska banda, conducted by Petr Kotik


THURSDAY, March 28
8PM Kronos Quartet and Friends
VENUE: Carnegie Hall
BRYCE DESSNER Aheym (Homeward)
TERRY RILEY The Serquent Risadome (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
WILEY “Last Kind Words” (arr. Jacob Garchik)
OMAR SOULEYMAN “La Sidounak Sayyada” (“I’ll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You”) (arr. Jacob Garchik)
TRAD. “Tusen Tankar” (“A Thousand Thoughts”) (arr. Kronos Quartet, trans. Ljova)
BRISEÑO “El Sinaloense” (“The Man from Sinaloa”) (arr. Osvaldo Golijov)
LAURIE ANDERSON Flow (arr. Jacob Garchik)
PHILIP GLASS Orion: China (arr. Michael Riesman) (NY Premiere)
JHEREK BISCHOFF “A Semiperfect Number”
CLINT MANSELL “Lux Aeterna” from Requiem for a Dream (arr. David Lang)
CLINT MANSELL “Death is the Road to Awe” from The Fountain (arr. Kronos Quartet)
ADMISSION: $15 – $75

AMN Reviews: Mike Cooper & Yan-Chiu Leung – Right (H)ear Side by Side

Mike Cooper & Yan-Chiu Leung: Right (H)ear Side by Side [linear obsessional]

Right (H)ear Side by Side pairs Mike Cooper’s guitar, electronics and effects with Yan-Chiu Leung’s sheng, a Chinese reed instrument. The recording, which was made in January 2013 as part of the Around Sound Art Festival in Hong Kong, represents the first face-to-face meeting of the two musicians. The result of their collaboration is a fusion of sounds and styles that navigates a vast territory of varied features.

The first and longest piece provides a good epitome of the richness of texture and density that Cooper and Leung typically create. Beginning as a mosaic of discrete moments that gradually converge into a more narrative flow, Hong Kong 1 has Cooper’s guitar producing sparse, zither-like sounds, complete with percussive strikes and detuning to approximate the string bending of traditional Chinese string music. Sustained sound is had from the sheng, its chords held during the silences between guitar activities. As the piece progresses the sound becomes denser and more active, encompassing backwards loops, drones, and a kind of two-chord progression at the end, over which Cooper plays a nearly conventional guitar solo. Hong Kong 3 is a kind of essay on breath and its sonic repercussions, whether mediated through the sheng and Cooper’s harmonica, or in the vocal-like interjections of the guitar and the actual voice that makes an appearance as the piece moves toward its conclusion. In contrast to the elemental feel of Hong Kong 3, Hong Kong 2 and Hong Kong 4 are shaped primarily by electronics and effects.

Performance Roundup: Cyro Baptista in Pittsburgh / ICE in St. Louis / Crispell in Orlando

Cyro Baptista
Cover of Cyro Baptista

Brazilian percussionist and composer, Cyro Baptista, and his genre-defying quartet, Banquet of Spirits will perform in Pittsburgh on March 5th.

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with Claire Chase will play on Friday, April 4th, at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 3716 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO.

Marilyn Crispell performs tonight in Orlando at Timucua white house, solo and with the ACA Ensemble.

5049 Records Podcast: Billy Martin

From 5049 Records:

English: Billy Martin at Bennett Alliance
English: Billy Martin at Bennett Alliance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Billy Martin is a world class drummer who has made a name for himself as a founding member of the legendary Medeski Martin & Wood. When not on the road with MMW, Billy keeps busy running his record label, improvising with a broad range of musicians, focusing on his visual art and most recently, composing for film. This talk took place just after New Years on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Billy’s house in New Jersey.


All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Miroslav Vitouš
Cover of Miroslav Vitouš

Uri Caine Ensemble extended analysis
Caine Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (Winter & Winter)

Sam Rivers
Contrasts (ECM Records)

Jon Irabagon w/Mark Helias & Barry Altschul
It Takes All Kinds (Jazzwerkstatt Berlin-brandenburg E.v.)

Alexander Hawkins
Song Singular (Babel Label)

The Necks extended analysis
The Necks: Open (ReR Megacorp)

Jason Kao Hwang / Ayman Fanous
Zilzal (Innova Recordings)

Miroslav Vitous Group extended analysis
Miroslav Vitous Group: Miroslav Vitous Group (ECM Records)