An Evening of Experimental Jazz and Electro-Acoustic Music in DC on March 15

From WETA:

New Ting Ting Loft
Two of Richmond Virginia’s long standing experimental music groups (Ting Ting Jahe and New Loft) have been mixing and matching the past year to form a 5 piece electroacoustic ensemble leaving a sonic scorched earth in their trail. Miles, Mingus. Madonna, Merzbow, Mamas & the Papas, Marilyn Manson…we really should have a name that starts with an M.

Cherubim makes noises, drones, pulses and melodies with guitars, trombones, trinkets and computers, sampling and swirling it all into an unearthly sound. After a few years of playing together in the 12,000 Trees collective, guitarist Yuko Pepe and laptop/trombonist Brett Sroka splintered off as a duo, with a strange, yet overlapping aesthetic. Yuko Pepe is an experimental/noise/improvisational musician based in Brooklyn, NY, born in Tokyo. She started playing the guitar in 2001 at university in Tokyo, where she also received her nick name, Pepe. Currently, Yuko plays with 12000 Trees, Cherubim, Helioscope and has performed solo in NYC, Berlin and Tokyo. Brett Sroka is a trombonist, computer musician and composer for film, dance, installations and his own ensembles. He has performed at BAMcafe, the Sonic Circuits Festival, the Guggenheim Museum and the Teatro Fondamenta Nueve in Venice, Italy. His minimal, electro-acoustic jazz trio Ergo released it’s third recording, “If Not Inertia”, on Cuneiform Records in 2012.

The Anthony Pirog Sextet
experimental ambient drone guitar jazz and improvised music rock Washington

Acoustmatic pop duo of Eric Shoster and Nomad Palace from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring 20910

Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 7:30pm

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Chris Speed
Cover of Chris Speed

Darcy James Argue and Secret Society (Friday and Saturday) 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. The group plays some new music here, along with pieces from its two ambitious albums, notably “Brooklyn Babylon,” released last year. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625,; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey’s ‘Obbligato’ (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Rainey is an acute and dryly expressive drummer, closely affiliated with several microclimates within the avant-garde ecosystem. “Obbligato,” his smart new album, brings a formalized abandon to jazz standards, with the same stalwarts who join him for this weekend hit: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, the pianist Kris Davis and the bassist Drew Gress. 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)

Chris Speed at the Stone (Friday through Sunday) The tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed can often be found in sonically restive settings, and that remains true of his residency at the Stone. On Friday he’ll play an 8 p.m. set with the Clarinets, an accurately named collective with Oscar Noriega and Anthony Burr, and a 10 p.m. set with Pachora, a Balkan improv band that was most active in the 1990s. For both sets on Saturday he’ll be joined by Endangered Blood, featuring his Pachora colleague Jim Black on drums, along with Mr. Noriega and the bassist Michael Formanek. And on Sunday he’ll perform in a range of duos (at 8 p.m.) and in a trio that includes the violist Mat Maneri (at 10 p.m.) At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, 212-473-0043,; $15 for each set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

John Zorn’s Masada Book Three: The Book Beriah (Wednesday) Mr. Zorn, the tirelessly prolific composer, organizer and genre-scrambler, throws open the doors to yet another wing of his rambling musical estate with this concert, part of Town Hall’s first Newish Jewish Festival. It will feature the premiere of a third book of compositions under his Masada banner, with a roster of bands including the Masada String Trio, the Jamie Saft Trio, Fieldwork and Secret Chiefs 3. Mr. Zorn will perform on alto saxophone with Aleph Trio, which includes Shanir Blumenkranz on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, 800-982-2787,; $45 to $65. (Chinen)