Music and More Reviews

James Blood Ulmer
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From Music and More:

Henrik Otto Donner and Tumo – And It Happened… (TUM, 2014)
Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch (Blue Note, 1964, 2014)
James “Blood” Ulmer – Revealing (In+Out, 1977, released 1990)

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Extended Techniques April NY Calendar

Emerson String Quartet
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From extended techniques:

FRIDAY, April 4
8 PM JACK Quartet and Joshua Roman
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: music by Jefferson Friedman, Carlo Gesualdo, and John Luther Adams
Chris Otto (violin) Ari Streisfeld (violin) John Pickford Richards (viola) Kevin McFarland (cello) Joshua Roman (cello)
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, April 4
10 PM JACK Quartet performing music by John Zorn
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Chris Otto (violin) Ari Streisfeld (violin) John Pickford Richards (viola) Kevin McFarland (cello)
ADMISSION: $15

SATURDAY, April 5
9:30 PM Dollshot: New Art Songs
VENUE: Spectrum
DETAILS: Dollshot performs new art songs inspired by Lyonel Feininger, Clarice Lispector, and Franz Schubert. We’ve enjoyed performances at (le) Poisson Rouge, The Stone, Galapagos Art Space, and WNYC’s The Greene Space. The band features Rosalie Kaplan (voice); Noah Kaplan (saxophones); Wes Matthews (keyboard); Peter Bitenc (bass); and Mike Pride (drums).
ADMISSION: $10-15

SATURDAY, April 5
10 PM JACK Quartet, Jay Campbell, David Fulmer, and Stephen Gosling performing music by John Zorn
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Chris Otto (violin) Ari Streisfeld (violin) John Pickford Richards (viola) Kevin McFarland (cello) Jay Campbell (cello) David Fulmer (violin) Stephen Gosling (piano)
ADMISSION: $15

SUNDAY, APRIL 6
6:00PM Bocian Showcase: Paal Nilssen-Love & Robert Piotrowicz / James Rushford & Joe Talia / Kapital

VENUE: Issue Project Room
DETAILS: http://issueprojectroom.org/event/unsound-bocian-showcase
ADMISSION: $12-$15

WEDNESDAY, April 9
8 PM Kenny Wollesen
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: As part of a month long celebration of William Burroughs in the East Village, The Stone presents a special two week program of music, film and poetry inspired by and/or dedicated to the work of this radical American genius.
ADMISSION: $15

THURSDAY, April 10
10 PM Anthony Coleman
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Anthony Coleman (piano)
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, April 11
8 PM INTERZONE—Raha Raissnia and John Zorn
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Raha Raissnia (film, projections). Raha performs live visuals to John Zorn’s Burroughs tribute INTERZONE
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, April 11
7:30 PM Jane Sheldon performs Feldman’s “Three Voices”
VENUE: Spectrum
DETAILS: http://janesheldonsoprano.com/
ADMISSION: $10-15

FRIDAY, April 11
7:30 PM Quartet for the End of Time
VENUE: Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Adrienne Arsht Stage
DETAILS:
Jalbert Visual Abstract for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, and Percussion (2002)
Carter Esprit rude/esprit doux II for Flute, Clarinet, and Marimba (1995)
Widmann Fantasie for Clarinet (1993)
Rautavaara Variations for Five, Quintet No. 2 for Two Violins, Viola, and Two Cellos (2013) (CMS Co-Commission, New York Premiere)
Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1940-41)

http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/208004?show_date=2014-04-11

ADMISSION: $30-$62

SATURDAY, April 12
8:00PM Tim Berne & Michael Formanek play Greenwich House Music School
VENUE: Greenwich House Music School
DETAILS: Saxophonist Tim Berne & bassist Michael Formanek – Two Avant-Jazz Titans – Revive Their Head-to-Head Relationship with a Duo Concert.

https://www.facebook.com/events/600277956714785/

ADMISSION: $15

WEDNESDAY, April 16
9:30 PM The Good, The Holy, and The Ugly
VENUE: Spectrum
DETAILS: Jocelyn Ho, piano, Chris Pidcock, cello
Music by Kaija Saariaho, Anna Clyne, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Part, Mauricio Kagel, Giacinto Scelsi, and Kapustin. Jocelyn will also be presenting her composition “Torus”
ADMISSION: $10-15

FRIDAY, April 18
8:00 PM Storylines: The Music of Alfred Schnittke and Avner Finberg
VENUE: The Firehouse Space
DETAILS: http://thefirehousespace.org/event/eunbi-kim/
ADMISSION: $10

FRIDAY, April 18
8:30 PM Travis Laplante Residency

VENUE: iBeam Brooklyn
DETAILS: Record Release Event, Ancestral Instrument
Travis Laplante- Tenor Saxophone
Mary Halvorson- Guitar
Trevor Dunn- Bass
Ches Smith- Drums
ADMISSION: $15 Suggested Donation

SATURDAY, April 19
8 PM John Zorn and Bill Laswell Duo
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: John Zorn (sax) Bill Laswell (bass)
ADMISSION: $20

SATURDAY, April 19
10 PM Bill Laswell and Wadada Leo Smith
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Bill Laswell (bass) Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)
ADMISSION: $20

SUNDAY, April 20
1 PM Neue Vocalsolisten: American Premieres

VENUE: The Kitchen
DETAILS:
Georges Aperghis: Vittriool (2001)
Silvia Rosani: T-O (2013)
Brahim Kerkour: intone (2013)
Zaid Jabri: Two Songs from Mihyar from Damascus (2013)
Francesco Filidei: Dormo molto amore (2013)
Gabriel Dharmoo: Notre Meute (2013)
Lars Petter Hagen: The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Notebook (2011)
Jennifer Walshe: Paddy Reilly Runs with the Devil (2007)

http://www.thekitchen.org/event/mata-16th-annual-festival-of-new-music

ADMISSION: $20

WEDNESDAY, April 23
7:30 PM Emerson String Quartet
VENUE: Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Adrienne Arsht Stage
DETAILS:
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 13
Britten: String Quartet No. 3
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 14

http://www.lcgreatperformers.org/current-season/emerson-string-quartet-apr-23?show_date=2014-04-23%2019:30:00

ADMISSION: $45-80

WEDNESDAY, April 23
10:30 PM Made To Break
VENUE: LPR
DETAILS: Ken Vandermark , Tim Daisy , Devin Hoff , Christof Kurzmann , and Nate Wooley

http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/made-to-break-april-23rd-2014/

ADMISSION: $15, free for members

THURSDAY, April 24
8:00 PM [INTERPRETATIONS] Tom Hamilton// Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS: Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora features Mark Feldman, violin; Erik Friedlander, cello; Jerome Harris, acoustic bass guitar & guitar; Samir Chatterjee, tabla; & Rothenberg on clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax & shakuhachi.

http://roulette.org/events/interpretations-hamilton-rothenberg/

ADMISSION: $10-15

SUNDAY, April 27
4:00 PM Neighborhood Concert: JACK Quartet
VENUE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
DETAILS:
JOHN ZORN Cat o’ Nine Tails
HANS ABRAHAMSEN String Quartet No. 4
FELDMAN Structures for String Quartet
LUTOSŁAWSKI String Quartet

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/4/27/0400/PM/Neighborhood-Concert-JACK-Quartet/

ADMISSION: free

MONDAY, April 28
8 and 10 PM Jon Madof’s Zion80 plays John Zorn’s Book of Angels
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Jon Madof (guitar, conductor) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, April 29
10 PM Sylvie Courvoisier, Ha-Yang Kim and Annie Gosfield
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ha-Yang Kim (cello) Annie Gosfield (sampling keyboard). A reprise of this improvising trio, with Gosfield performing “ghost electronics,” a phantom electric bridge drawn from her extensive collection of altered cello and piano sounds.
ADMISSION: $15

WEDNESDAY, April 30
8 PM Kathleen Supové, MIVOS Quartet, Olivia De Prato

VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Kathleen Supové (piano) MIVOS Quartet: Olivia De Prato and Joshua Modney (violins) Victor Lowrie (viola) Mariel Roberts (cello). Kathleen Supové performs “Shattered Apparitions of the Western Wind.” Imagined as a hallucinatory duet with Claude Debussy, it couples Supové’s wild playing with distorted fragments of the prelude “What the West Wind Saw”, on site recordings of Hurricane Sandy, and lush Debussy harmonies. MIVOS quartet plays “The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon,” inspired by codes used by resistance groups in WWII, and Olivia dePrato performs a piece for violin and satellites.
ADMISSION: $15

April 4, 2014 by erlenadlu
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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
http://artsforart.org/event/evolvingseries/schedule
ADMISSION: $8-11

THURSDAY, March 6
8PM Darius Jones Presents The Oversoul Manual // Featuring The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS: http://roulette.org/events/darius-jones-over-soul-manual/
ADMISSION: $15-20

WEDNESDAY, March 19
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. http://thetownhall.org/event/524-john-zorns-masada-book-three-the-book-beriah
ADMISSION: $45-65

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.
http://www.thekitchen.org/event/okkyung-lee
ADMISSION: $15

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)
ADMISSION: $15

MONDAY, March 24
8:45PM – 9:45PM Tom Rainey & Ingrid Laubrock
VENUE: Evolving Series, 107 Suffolk Street
DETAILS: Ingrid Laubrock – sax, Tom Rainey – drums
http://artsforart.org/event/evolvingseries/schedule
ADMISSION: $8-11

WEDNESDAY, March 26
8 PM Ostrava Days in New York
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS: A part of Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday and the Ostrava Days Institute and Festival.
Compositions by Christian Wolff and Petr Kotik, Martin Smolka, Petr Cígler, Idin Samimi Mofakham, Gyorgy Ligeti. http://www.semensemble.org/concerts/ostrava-days-in-new-york/
ADMISSION: $20/$15

WEDNESDAY, March 26
10 PM Ches Smith and Jim Black
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS:Ches Smith, Jim Black (percussion)
ADMISSION:$15

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

http://new-york.czechcentres.cz/program/event-details/christian-wolff-2/

ADMISSION:Free

FRIDAY, March 28
8PM Kronos Quartet and Friends
VENUE: Carnegie Hall
DETAILS:
ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV Bubbles
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)
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/3/28/0800/PM/Kronos-Quartet-and-Friends/
ADMISSION: $15 – $75

AMN Picks of the Week: Nicole Mitchell / Frode Gjerstad / Igor Krutogolov / Anthony Davis

Igor Krutogolov
Igor Krutogolov (Photo credit: focus.recompose)

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Nicole Mitchell / Black Earth Ensemble – Intergalactic Beings: Xenogenesis II (2014)
Frode Gjerstad / Sabir Mateen / Paal Nilssen-Love – Hasselt (2014)
Igor Krutogolov’s Karate Band – How To Be A Crocodile (2014)
Anthony Davis – Notes From Underground (2014)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

American Composers Orchestra (Friday) This adventurous band of new-music specialists is joined by the Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza for the final installment of its 10th anniversary celebration of the Orchestra Underground series. The program includes works by Derek Bermel, Gunther Schuller, Gabriela Lena Frank, Silvestre Revueltas and Marcos Balter. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $43 and $50. (Schweitzer)

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Sunday) Musicians including the violinist Daniel Hope, the clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois and the cellist David Finckel offer a program exploring music by 20th-century composers who were either born in America or lived here for a period. The program includes scores by Ives, Korngold, Bartok and Prokofiev. At 5 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-875-5788, chambermusicsociety.org; $37 to $70. (Schweitzer)

JACK Quartet at the Stone (through Sunday) This ceaselessly inventive and adventurous ensemble’s residency at the intimate Stone concludes this weekend, with two sets each night through Sunday. Highlights include works by the space’s founder, John Zorn, on Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.; a program that juxtaposes the talented composer Jefferson Friedman with the early-music experimenter Gesualdo on Friday at 8 p.m.; a performance of Ha-Yang Kim’s “Threadsuns” on Saturday at 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, Ari Streisfeld, a JACK violinist, collaborates with his wife, the mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, for the first set before reuniting with the group for Matthew Barnson’s 2011 String Quartet No. 3. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students, free for children 12 and under. (Woolfe)

Oren Ambarchi Interview

Oren Ambarchi
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From The Quietus:

From modest beginnings, in the last two decades Oren Ambarchi has risen to become one of the world’s best-known experimental musicians, whose work crosses genres and boundaries with ease. His initial fame arose from a series of solo records released by Touch that brought him recognition more in electronic circles than in the improvised music world where much of his work now resides, but Ambarchi has never been one to stand still for long. Initially inspired by Japanese noise hero Keiji Haino to find his own approach to the guitar, the Australian went from admirer of the Japanese legend to a friend and performing partner in barely a decade, and they now regularly record and play together in various formations. At this point, Ambarchi’s list of collaborators on record is as impressive for its length as for the names it contains – as well as Haino, it includes Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, Jim O’Rourke, Fire!, Z’EV, Fennesz and Robin Fox – many of whom have made important contributions to 20th and 21st century experimental music.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Chris Speed
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From NYTimes.com:

Claudia Quintet (Thursday) This precisely calibrated but willfully spontaneous chamber-jazz group led by John Hollenbeck, a drummer and composer, makes the layering of timbre a suspenseful event. The ensemble — with Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Matt Moran on vibraphone, Red Wierenga on accordion and Drew Gress on bass — will be playing music from a forthcoming album. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $8 includes one drink. (Chinen)

Kris Davis Trio (Saturday) The pianist Kris Davis shares an aesthetic of unsettled calm and unhurried revelation with her partners in this trio, the tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and the guitarist Mary Halvorson. They have worked often in a slightly larger group led by Ms. Laubrock, but this will be their debut as a trio. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense (Friday) Jonathan Finlayson is an incisive and often surprising trumpeter, as he has demonstrated in groups led by the daring alto saxophonist Steve Coleman. The band he calls Sicilian Defense features the pianist David Virelles, the guitarist Miles Okazaki, the bassist Keith Witty and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. 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; $22, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Jagged Spheres/Matt Mitchell Quartet (Friday) Jagged Spheres is an improvising chamber trio whose members — the flutist and saxophonist Anna Webber, the pianist Elias Stemeseder (or as circumstances may have it, Teddy Klausner) and the drummer Devin Gray — each do their part to fulfill the prickly fluency suggested by the group’s name. After its 8:15 p.m. performance, a separate set, at 9:30 p.m., will feature Matt Mitchell, a probing and highly proficient pianist, with a quartet featuring the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, the bassist Chris Tordini and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 8:15 and 9:30 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $10. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey Trio (Saturday) 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 Cory Smythe, on piano, and Chris Tordini, on bass. At 9 and 11 p.m., Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 212-242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $22, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Tri-Centric Music Festival (Thursday through April 19) The Tri-Centric Foundation, organized around the music of the irrepressible avant-garde composer and multireedist Anthony Braxton, is about to unfurl its banner over two four-day stretches of premieres, beginning next Thursday. At the Eyebeam gallery in Chelsea, from Thursday through April 12 from noon to 6 p.m., the saxophonist André Vida will present “Moving Scores,” a three-day installation of animated scores interpreted by a small ensemble. The opening-night program, at 8 p.m. at Roulette in Brooklyn, will include “Hysteresis,” a piece by James Fei for reeds, trombones, bass and analog electronics, and Mr. Braxton’s “Composition No. 46,” in which he’ll preside over a 13-piece ensemble, the Trillium Chamber Players, stocked with perceptive improvisers like the flutist Nicole Mitchell and the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. A schedule is at tricentricfoundation.org. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, Chelsea. (Chinen)

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Thomas Lehn
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From The Squid’s Ear:

Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette – Navigation (Possibility Abstracts XII & XIII) (Firehouse 12 Records)
Evan Parker / Peter Evans / Craig Taborn / Sam Pluta – Rocket Science (More is More Records)
John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / John Tilbury – EXTA (Fataka)
Paul Stapleton & Simon Rose – Fauna (pfMentum)
Dedalus – Antoine Beuger / Jurg Frey (Potlatch)