Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Tomorrow! Friday, May 9: Rod Williams with Shinji Takagi, Marion Hayden and Alex White
A native Detroiter who apprenticed with none other than local legend Kenny Cox, Rod Williams carries on the great tradition of Detroit creative pianists while pushing the music in exciting, new directions. Now a long-time New Yorker, Williams has established himself as one the great under-heralded players in that city’s jazz scene, performing with an astonishing who’s who of musicians that includes Lester Bowie, Dewey Redman, Oliver Lake, James Spaulding, David Murray, Eddie Harris, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Billy Higgins and many more. He’s also performed extensively with Detroit greats Faruq Z Bey, Tani Tabaal, Jaribu Shahid, Marcus Belgrave, James Carter and Geri Allen.

Thursday, May 15: Keir Nueringer
Although he’s performed our series numerous times in various iterations on saxophone, Farfisa organ, vocals and percussion, Keir Nueringer’s new album is a solo sax releases that focuses on his excellent circular-breathing technique. In support of this new release, he’ll be performing his ecstatic,physically demanding solo set of extended compositions that can last a half hour without Nueringer taking a conventional breath. He uses the continuous flow of sound from his horn to explore overtones and multiphonics, testing the limits of the instrument. The overall effect is more hypnotic and physical than cerebral, but Nueringer’s playing delivers on all counts.

Friday May 16: Films by Jeanne Liotta presented by Corktown Cinema
JEANNE LIOTTA was born and raised in NYC where she makes films and other ephemera – including photographs, works on paper and live projection performances. Her latest body of work takes place in a constellation of mediums investigating the cosmic landscape, at a curious intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Her 16mm film OBSERVANDO EL CIELO received the Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival and her work has been represented in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, The New York Film Festival ; KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne; The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Museum of Modern Art; and The Sundance Channel among others. She has been the recipient of awards from The Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Museum of Contemporary Cinema. She also maintains ongoing scholarly research into The Joseph Cornell Film Collection at Anthology Film Archives and has taught widely and variously over the last decade, including The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute, The San Francisco Art Institute, The Museum School, Boston, and SUNY Binghamton. She is also presently on the core faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College.

May 25: BYOBach/ later: Underground Resistance
May 27: Man Forever, Isles of ESP, Turn to Crime
May 29: Tarpit, Paul Bancell
May 30: Chamber music with Joe Deller (violin), Mariah Mlynarek (piano) and Lisa Raschiatore (clarinet)

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Sun Ra
Cover of Sun Ra

By Irwin Block (irblock@hotmail.com)

MONTREAL, Que. – If you want to explore music that is unexpected, unique, challenging, and varied, the place to be is in Victoriaville, Que. May 15-18. That is the where the Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville is presenting a remarkable series of 20 concerts for its 30th edition.

During four days, this normally placid town halfway between Drummondville and Quebec City becomes a mecca for hundreds of avid fans from across North America who are drawn to a cultural experience that cannot be duplicated. For those who stay over for the entire series, it’s illuminating and fun.

Over the many years that I’ve attended, the common denominator for this “music of the moment” is the lack thereof: It is experimental and free in sprit, improvised, composed, or both, that can fit a range of categories, including electro-acoustic, electronic, acoustic, avant-jazz, free jazz, avant-rock, folk or beyond labelling.

The major concert on opening night (May 15), Montreal’s Ratchet Orchestra, led by bassist/composer Nicola Caloia, fits the bill exactly. It plays at 10 pm at the city’s hockey coliseum, re-arranged with a stage, drapes on two sides with art on the walls, and a bar at the back.

Caloia first brought together fellow musicians in the early 1990s in the spirit of Sun Ra, the legendary leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, who died in 1993. His concerts were visual as well as musical celebrations – fun-filled and richly creative. He claimed to have come to Earth on a goodwill mission from outer space. Among other things he used popular Walt Disney film themes as vehicles for expansive musical excursions.

Says Caloia: “I wanted to make a large band that improvised and also could interpret pieces that were not limited by musical genres. I like Sun Ra because he didn’t seem to respect any type of boundaries whatsoever. “When he found himself in an unacceptable environment he created a new one without limiting his imagination in any way. I find that generally inspirational. I like his sound, the way he went at it in many different ways, simultaneously.”

To celebrate the Sun Ra centenary, Marshall Allen, the saxophonist who took over the Arkestra after the leader died, is coming to Victoriaville to join the orchestra. Allen turns 90 at the end of May, and the show also will be “a very sincere and humble offering” to him. With 19 musicians, including some of Montreal’s most experienced improvising artists, the orchestra will perform what Caloia calls “one giant piece, a kaleidoscope of material.”

Asked how long he’s been working on the structure, Caloia responds, “The first show was in ’98. The idea then was to improvise but also interpret pieces in way that is not inhibited or limited by musical genres.”

Another highlight is the return of British saxophonist Evan Parker, 70, one of the founders of the improvised music scene and a master musician and expert in circular breathing, the technique that allows wind players to produce a continuous and uninterrupted tone. Parker performs twice: May 17, 8 pm with British electric guitarist Fred Frith, a Victo regular, and May 18, 3 pm, when Parker presents his current version of the Electro Acoustic Septet. It includes veteran improvisers George Lewis (trombone), Ikue Mori (electronica), and Ned Rothenberg (clarinet).

Ken Vandermark, 49, a hard-blowing saxophonist and composer who is part of a younger generation of free jazz leaders, performs with his new tentet (May 17, 10 pm) It’s the current group’s first gig outside of hometown Chicago and exciting, energetic and kinetic music is in the cards.

At midnight that Saturday, there will be no need for coffee. Listening to Japanese Noise master Keiji Haino will wake up the ghosts. He appears with Oren Ambarchi, Australian electronic guitarist and percussionist, and guitarist Stephen O’Malley, master of death drone. Bring earplugs. Haino also performs on Friday at 10 pm in a super show that links him with French avant rock guitarist Richard Pinhas, powerhouse drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and Masami Akita (electronica).

The Victo scene is male-dominated, but some remarkable women are in the lineup, including the wordless vocals of Meredith Monk, with Katie Geissinger (May 15, 8 pm), Brooklyn-based avant-rock electric guitarist Ava Mendoza (May 15, midnight), Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld (May 18, 1 pm), and Paris-based sound sculptress Maja Ratkje (May 18, 5 pm).

Two other larger ensembles also stand out. On Saturday, May 17 (3 pm), Gordon Grdina’s ten-member Haram orchestra has its Victo debut with Arabic-based melodies and rhythms in an avant context. On Sunday, May 18 (10 pm), guitarist Fred Frith presents his 11-member Gravity Band, based in San Francisco.

Tickets range from $22 to $38 (Canadian), with discounts for purchasing a group of concerts. A two-concert package (8 and 10 pm), with a room (double occupancy) and breakfast at Hotel Victorin costs $106, plus taxes. Info: 819-752-7912.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Marc Ribot
Cover of Marc Ribot

From NYTimes.com:

Darcy James Argue and Secret Society (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, including “Brooklyn Babylon,” released last year. At 7 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15 in advance, $18 at the door. (Nate Chinen)

John Escreet Quartet (Friday) On his exploratory new album, “Sound, Space and Structures,” the pianist John Escreet connects with an uncompromising elder, the great British free-jazz saxophonist Evan Parker. For this album-release show, the trumpeter Amir ElSaffar will stand in for him, and the rhythm section will feature a pair of serious texturalists, the bassist François Moutin 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)

Danny Fox Trio (Friday) Led by its namesake pianist, this acoustic trio — with Chris van Voorst van Beest on bass and Max Goldman on drums — favors a muscular but formally intricate take on chamber jazz, working some of the same strategies as the Bad Plus. The group just released its second album, “Wide Eyed” (Hot Cup), which will provide much of the repertory here. At 7:30 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470, subculturenewyork.com; $15. (Chinen)

Go: Organic Orchestra (Monday) This sprawling, meditative large ensemble is a project of Adam Rudolph, an open-minded percussionist, composer and conductor. Drawing inspiration from earthy and elemental sources, it features three dozen musicians, in a diverse whorl of woodwinds, strings, percussion and guitars. At 7 p.m. (open workshop) and 8:15 p.m. (performance), ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15. (Chinen)

A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets (Wednesday) The art of spontaneous duologue gets a supersize platform in this special concert, a joint presentation of Red Bull Music Academy and Undead Music. Unfolding as an overlapping series of one-on-one exchanges, it will feature a staggering array of musicians, including Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans pianist and singer-songwriter; Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, the stylistically voracious guitarists; Amp Fiddler and Daedelus, the head-trippy electronic producers; David Murray and James Carter, both unstoppable saxophonists; and Wadada Leo Smith and Dave Douglas, both incisive trumpeter-composers. At 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org; $22 to $32. (Chinen)★ Marc Ribot (Sunday through Tuesday and next Friday) As a centerpiece of this spring’s Undead Music series, Mr. Ribot, the flinty and endlessly inventive guitarist, plays in a range of settings over the next week, starting on Sunday with Ceramic Dog, his experimental rock band. On Monday, he celebrates the release of a gripping live album with his trio, featuring the bassist Henry Grimes and the drummer Chad Taylor; on Tuesday, he’ll play a live score at a screening of the Charlie Chaplin film “The Kid.” Finally, next Friday, he’ll convene Los Cubanos Postizos, his beloved retro Cuban band. Sunday at 8 p.m., Rough Trade, 64 North Ninth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, roughtradenyc.com; $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Monday at 10 p.m. and May 16 at 6:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15 in advance, $18 day of show on Monday; $20 in advance, $25 day of show next Friday. Tuesday at 8 p.m., Anthology Film Archives, 32-34 Second Avenue, at Second Street, East Village, anthologyfilmarchives.org; $15, $12 for members. (Chinen)

Ches Smith Quartet (Wednesday) A smartly unruly drummer active in devious art-rock and outsider jazz, Ches Smith leads a new band made up of compatible searchers: the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the violist Mat Maneri and the bassist Stephan Crump. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tamarindo Trio (Friday and Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has earned a reputation as one of New York’s stalwart improvisers, through a host of sideman appointments and some rigorously rewarding albums. Tamarindo Trio, his free-form outfit with the bassist William Parker and the drummer Nasheet Waits, celebrates the release of a new album, “Somos Agua.” At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Argento Chamber Ensemble (Friday and Sunday) The Austrian Cultural Forum plays host to an absorbing exploration of new music tinged with electronic effects, with an arrangement of Schoenberg’s dense and melancholic “Five Pieces for Orchestra” alongside new works by Michael Klingbeil, Hannah Lash, Jonathan Forshee and Jeff Brown. Free beer and discussions with some of the composers will follow the performance by this fine ensemble. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, 212-319-5300, acfny.org; free, $10 suggested donation. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Ensemble ACJW (Saturday) The Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki, a rising star, takes the helm of this probing and gifted ensemble in a program bracketed by Schoenberg’s vibrant “Chamber Symphony No. 1” and John Adams’s vibrantly oddball “Chamber Symphony.” The fine tenor Topi Lehtipuu joins in for “Mora” by his and Ms. Malkki’s fellow Finn Jukka Tiensuu; “Three Inventions” by George Benjamin offers yet another reflection on Schoenberg’s chamber work. At 8 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $43 to $50. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Loadbang (Sunday) The League of Composers/ISCM presents this contemporary music ensemble, which offers the unusual configuration of baritone voice, bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone. Here the group performs recent works by Christian Carey and Alexandre Lunsqui; world premieres by Rob Deemer and Ryan Francis; and the New York premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Alphabetical Ashbery.” At 7:30 p.m., DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, 212-594-6100, loadbangmusic.com, leagueofcomposers.org/season; $20, $10 for students and 65+. (Schweitzer)

Peter Serkin (Saturday) Juxtaposing old and new works in interesting ways in becoming a popular approach to programming among younger performers. But the adventurous and masterly pianist Peter Serkin has been doing this kind of thing for decades. He does it again with this recital: After opening with a capriccio by the Renaissance Dutch composer Sweelinck, he will play three works by Charles Wuorinen, all 92nd Street Y commissions. He then plays the Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s little-heard 1917 Theme and Variations, Op. 40. To end? Beethoven’s splendid “Les Adieux” Sonata. At 8 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, 92y.org; $25 to $57. (Tommasini)

Nadia Sirota and Missy Mazzoli (Tuesday) The violist Nadia Sirota has become a major presence on the New York contemporary music scene; if there’s a new work for viola, chances are she had a hand in commissioning it. Here Ms. Sirota performs music by Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly and Shara Worden, plus excerpts from her albums “First Thing First” and “Baroque.” Ms. Mazzoli will lend a pianistic hand. At 8 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470, subculturenewyork.com; $20. (Schweitzer)