Newsbits 2: Vijay Iyer / Braxton Interview / MATA Festival Review / Kyle Bruckmann New Release

Vijay Iyer
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Vijay Iyer is the topic of Q2 Music’s Spaces.

Anthony Braxton is interviewed by WKCR.

German vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten and the International Contemporary Ensemble premiered Oscar Bianchi’s cantata “Matra” as part of the MATA Festival of new music.

Kyle Bruckmann’s WRACK’s …Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire is coming out on Single Speed Music.

Newsbits 1: New Miles Box / Tohpati / Ben Opie in Pittsburgh

Chad Wackerman
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The Houston Press previews the upcoming Miles Davis release, Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3.

The latest release from Tohpati is coming out on Moonjune. Tohpati is joined by renowned maestros, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Chad Wackerman.

Ben Opie, OPEK, and Nizan Leibovich present the world premiere of Concerto for Orkestra, a brand new symphony for jazz orchestra. Composed by Pittsburgh jazz musician Ben Opie, Concerto for Orkestra features ten movements styled around the idea that music is a kind of transportation. Following in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, Opie has brought his considerable talent to bear to create an original full length symponic composition for jazz orchestra.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Louis Moholo
Louis Moholo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Vortex:

SAT 26 • 20.00 • £12
The great Louis Moholo-Moholo returns to the UK from South Africa for one of his celebrated Vortex nights,

THU 01 – SAT 03 MAY • 20.00 • £12.50
Tenth anniversary celebration with two new releases and THREE live dates at the Vortex.

MON 5 MAY • 20.00 • £10 • MD
Avant-garde, free jazz outfit led by drummer Teun Verbruggen featuring:
Andrew d’Angelo: Alt. sx, bs. cl.
Nate Wooley: Trumpt
Hilmar Jensson: Guitar
Jozef Dumoulin: Fender Rhodes
Tim Dahl: Bass

SUN 25 MAY • 20.00 • £9 • MD
We’re delighted to welcome back this trio, promoting their new album, The Russian Concert (FMR Records). Tonight’s performance will be recorded for release later this year.

Just Outside Reviews

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Café Central – 130129 – Le violon à roue présente Yann Gourdon (Photo credit: fabonthemoon)

From Just Outside:

Toshiya Tsunoda/Manfred Werder – detour (Erstwhile)
Emiliano Romanelli – 333 Loops (Volume 1) (Terziruolo)
Tim Olive/Jason Kahn – Two Sunrise (845 Audio)
Yann Gourdon – s/t (Drone Sweet Drone)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus (through Sunday) The Bad Plus, which has earned high praise for its audacious recasting of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” takes the concept of band unity to an extreme rarely encountered in jazz. Its lineup — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — can deliver a vicious gut punch in one moment and turn delicate as a snowflake in the next, always with a spirit of brave expedition. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232,; $30. (Nate Chinen)

Nels Cline Singers (Thursday) Gauzy beauty and abrasive intensity are only two of the many settings favored by Nels Cline, whose visibility as lead guitarist of Wilco has helped to elevate his standing as a bandleader and solo artist. On “Macroscope,” the fifth album by his longstanding Nels Cline Singers, he moves through a range of textures, joined by the bassist Trevor Dunn, the drummer Scott Amendola and a series of guests — one of whom, the percussionist Cyro Baptista, turns up here. Opening the show, in a solo setting, is Mary Halvorson, a smart guitarist whose sensibility overlaps with Mr. Cline’s a lot more than her sound does. At 6:45 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474,; $18. (Chinen)

Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow, Joey Baron (Tuesday through May 3) There’s a soft glow of erudition to “Wisteria,” a 2012 album by this acoustic piano trio. It comes from all three members of the group — the pianist Steve Kuhn, the bassist Steve Swallow and the drummer Joey Baron — but especially from Mr. Kuhn, one of jazz’s most careful rhapsodists, who recently turned 76. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080,; $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Robert Ashley Operas (Saturday and Sunday) The composer Robert Ashley, who died in March at 83, attracted acclaim for his imaginative, unconventional operas that meshed spoken dialogue and experimental idioms. The Whitney Biennial concludes its celebration (which has included the premiere of his opera “Crash” and a Spanish language version of “Perfect Lives”) with “The Trial of Anne Opie Wehrer and Unknown Accomplices for Crimes Against Humanity,” a 1968 work that Mr. Ashley called a “speaking opera.” At 2 p.m., Whitney Museum of American Art, 212-570-7766,; $20, $15 for students and 65+. (Vivien Schweitzer)

Collected Stories (Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday) The final three nights that the composer David Lang has programmed as part of this series tied to his residency at Carnegie Hall are characteristically wide-ranging. On Saturday the pianist Louis Lortie, a Liszt specialist, performs in a single evening that composer’s profound three-hour cycle “Années de Pèlerinage” (“Years of Pilgrimage”). Younger composers have their day on Sunday, with new and recent works by Kaki King, Kate Moore, Richard Ayres and Donnacha Dennehy performed by the ensemble Alarm Will Sound and soloists like the soprano Kiera Duffy. The program on Tuesday begins with two works by John Cage, “Indeterminacy” and “27’10.554,” performed simultaneously, and continues with the premiere of Mr. Lang’s “mystery sonatas,” composed for the brilliant young violinist Augustin Hadelich. At 6 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800,; $34 and $40. (Zachary Woolfe)

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (Monday) This adventurous series, organized by the composer Victoria Bond, concludes with Sequitur performing the premiere of Harold Meltzer’s “Variations on a Summer Day,” set to poems by Wallace Stevens. The lineup also features premieres performed by the Mivos Quartet and loadbang. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, 212-864-5400,; $20, $15 for students. (Schweitzer)

Ensemble ACJW (Tuesday) Recent and contemporary music by some of the most interesting composers of our time will be the focus of a concert by this excellent and youthful ensemble — together with a smidgen of Bach. On the program are Ligeti’s “Musica Ricercata” and Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, Birtwistle’s “Cortege,” George Benjamin’s “Viola, Viola” and Andy Akiho’s “Ligneous 1,” as well as the Ricercar from Bach’s “Musical Offering.” At 2:30 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470,; $15 in advance, $20 day of show. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

FLUX Quartet (Saturday) For fans of both beauty and endurance, few events in music can surpass a live performance of Morton Feldman’s sublime, glacial String Quartet No. 2, which lasts more than six unbroken hours. This ambitious quartet has, improbably enough, made something of a specialty of it, and are now bringing it to the intimate, newly renovated Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue Armory. At 3 p.m., Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street, 212-933-5812,; $40. (Woolfe)

New Paths Festival Preview

Milford Graves
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From NewsWorks:

Some giants from the world of experimental jazz are coming to play the city of Philadelphia — literally. For the next month, nine musicians will improvise site-specific music in different locations around the city. The New Paths Festival, created by the experimental jazz presenter Ars Nova Workshop, began Monday in the underground auditorium of the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Chicago-based saxophonist Ken Vandermark and his quartet, Made To Break, played an original composition inspired by the artwork in the galleries upstairs.