Polarity Taskmasters and William Winant at Oakland’s Duende, May 24

From Duende:

Sat. May 24, 2014 9:30pm Emily Hay (fl./alto fl./voc/FX), Motoko Honda (piano/FX), William Winant (perc.)

At Duende, 468 19th Street, Oakland, CA, Ph: 510-893-0179

Long time collaborators Motoko Honda (piano and FX) and L.A. based flutist, vocalist Emily Hay (with FX), performing with legendary percussionist William Winant. Expect to hear the passionate interactions enabled by highly risk taking moves, wild and fury yet delicate and controlled sounds accompanied with a lot of humor.

Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

Gian Carlo Menotti
Cover of Gian Carlo Menotti

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Friday,May 23: Botanical Fortress performs a live to score to the film Dante’s Inferno, Katabasis
Botanical Fortress performs a new improvisational score for Francesco Bertolini’s 1911, silent film “L’inferno”. Also on the bill is Katabasis, an original video work with live score.

Atmospheric instrumentalists Botanical Fortress are creating a new Detroit institution for unscripted creativity, shunning the traditional take on what determines a viable “band.” Instead the Fortress refers to only 4 guidelines for performance:

Katabasis is a 40 minute video piece that moves the viewer though an elaborately constructed Sketchup junkyard to explore the themes of death, limbo, and rebirth. Created by Cooper Holoweski and projected with an accompanying live score performed by 3 musicians. Sound design by Cooper and Doc Holoweski.

Sunday, May 25: Underground Resistance, Dirty Tech Records
Festival after party with Detroit legends Underground Resistance and special guests Dirty Tech Records, featuring Mark Flash and John Collins (UR) and Lady Monix and Waajeed (DTR).
This all-ages friendly dance party will run late into the night.
Doors at 11pm; $5.

Tuesday, May 27: Man Forever, Isles of ESP, Turn to Crime
Man Forever is the percussion project of Kid Millions, best known from his work in Oneida. The emphasis is on simultaneously layered meters, with each musician playing a
different time signature. Isles of ESP occupy a unique corner of Detroit art-punk, often utilizing a more spacey and atmospheric sound than an aggressive one. Instrumental tracks call to mind a collision of early Pink Floyd with Wire and Mission of Burma. Turn To Crime play fuzzed-out, hook-based rock and roll with the air of another era.
Doors at 9 pm; $7

Thursday, May 29: Tarpit, Paul Bancell
Tarpit is the solo project of MUG-man and Trinosophes employee Sam Hooker. Detuned guitars and brooding, sullen vocals are the hallmarks of a Tarpit performance, as are a spare approach and somber pacing. Paul Bancell is lead vocalist and guitarist with Ritual Howls, but his solo sets veer in a variety of directions, from instrumentals that are more tune-based to performances that
are sound-based and may involve electronics.
9 pm, $6

Friday, May 30: Chamber music with Joe Deller (violin), Mariah Mlynarek (piano) and Lisa Raschiatore (clarinet)
This chamber ensemble of outstanding musicians has put together a great program of early to recent modern art music:
Charles Ives “Largo”
Ned Rorem “End of Summer”
Darius Milhaud “Sonatine”
Gian Carlo Menotti “Trio”
Michael Daugherty “Ladder to the Moon”

Though its a newer ensemble, each member of the trio is a serious symphonic player and we hear they’re well prepared for this concert.
Doors at 7:30 pm; music at 8pm. $10.

Anthony Braxton: It Can’t Get Any Better than This

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Mockingbird Sings, a Braxton profile:

Earlier this year when the NEA named Anthony Braxton a 2014 Jazz Master, he expressed surprise, noting that for over fifty years the jazz community had ‘pushed him back’. It was indeed a surprise seeing Wynton Marsalis as the master of ceremonies for the presentation of the award. The bitter residue of Ken Burns’ PBS jazz documentary is vivid in my memory. Like Braxton himself, I had long gotten used to not thinking about the label of jazz. I like the designation he provides in his acceptance speech: trans-idiomatic music. A small voice inside me—not the best one, no doubt—said, they want to drag him back into the smallness of their world. Or could it be that cracks in that world-view are forming, that they need someone like Braxton? Are jazz fans confused by it all? The musical excerpt chosen for the ceremonies, from Braxton’s opera, utilized jazz language instrumentation, but sounded just like opera. Are we going to call this “jazz” now? Are there political forces behind the scenes of such an award that seek some advantage in trying to bring Anthony Braxton back into the fold? While I am happy to see him being recognized, I think that jazz needs Anthony Braxton more than he needs the award.

100th Anniversary of the Earth Arrival of Sun Ra

Sun Ra
Cover of Sun Ra

From ESP Disk:

Happy birthday to Sun Ra, born May 22, 1914. He claimed to be from Saturn, but he was originally named Herman Poole Blount from Birmingham, Alabama. However, from late 1952 until the end of his life in 1993, his legal name was Le Sony’r Ra. Sun Ra’s big band, dubbed the Arkestra (with a nearly infinite number of expanded variations on the name) was jazz’s longest-lasting avant-garde big band (it existed for four decades), and he ranks among the most original innovators in music history. John Coltrane, George Clinton, and Sonic Youth were just a few of those influenced by his music, their diversity shows the breadth of his impact, which extended across genre boundaries.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

David Torn
David Torn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Tim Berne-Matt Mitchell Duo Featuring David Torn (Thursday through May 31) Over the last five years or so, Mr. Berne, an intensely focused saxophonist and composer, has struck an excellent rapport with Mr. Mitchell, a pianist — notably on a pair of albums featuring Snakeoil, Mr. Berne’s current band. Here they strip down to a duo, sharing the bill with another Berne affiliate, the electric guitarist and producer David Torn. At 8:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $15 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day (Friday and Saturday) A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt walks the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition with Canada Day, featuring the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Matt Bauder, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the bassist Pascal Niggenkemper. During this engagement the group plays new music at 9:30 p.m., with a different opener each night at 8 p.m. On Friday it is Magic Wells, led by the cellist Chris Hoffman; on Saturday it is Musicianer, led by the saxophonist Josh Sinton. At Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 295douglass.org; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense (Thursday) Mr. 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 Marcus Gilmore. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Linda Oh Group Featuring Sirius Quartet (Friday and Saturday) As she did in a similar engagement two years ago, Ms. Oh, an ambitious young bassist and composer, presents music for double quartet, though it isn’t necessarily billed that way. The core of her group features Greg Ward on alto and soprano saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano and Ches Smith on drums; joining them is the dynamic Sirius Quartet, featuring (for this occasion) Sara Caswell on violin. 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; $20, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

David Greilsammer
David Greilsammer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Flux Quartet (Tuesday through June 1) This adventurous ensemble begins a weeklong residency at the Stone, with two events nightly. Offerings next week include works for string duo and a program dedicated to downtown visionaries. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set; $10 per set for students 13 to 19. (Schweitzer)

David Greilsammer (Tuesday) The brilliant pianist David Greilsammer, who is also a conductor, has a gift for devising programs and recordings that juxtapose old and new music. His latest Sony Classics recording alternates Baroque keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti with sonatas from Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. Mr. Greilsammer will play the entire program from this exciting album at Le Poisson Rouge, on two pianos, naturally, one for the Scarlatti, another “prepared” with bolts, clips and such in the strings, for the Cage. At 7:30 p.m., 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15 to $25. (Tommasini)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Saturday and Sunday) This excellent new-music ensemble contributes to the Whitney Biennial with a program dedicated to Pauline Oliveros, whose works explore the sonic possibilities of noise and sound — an aesthetic she fosters with her Deep Listening Institute. International Contemporary Ensemble will present some of Ms. Oliveros’s “Text Scores” on Saturday, and the two will perform together on Sunday, with the composer playing the accordion. Listeners can enter Ms. Oliveros’s sound world before and after the concert in the Deep Listening Room — which processes and plays back the sounds of the Whitney lobby. Saturday at noon; Sunday at 4 p.m., Whitney Museum of American Art, 212-570-7766, whitney.org; $20, $16 for students and 65+. (Schweitzer)

Locrian Chamber Players (Thursday) No program notes, preconcert discussions or music “less than a decade old” are the hallmarks of this chamber group, which here performs the premiere of Nils Vigeland’s “Capriccio,” and new works by Ashley Wang and Edmund Jolliffe. George Crumb’s “Sun and Shadow,” Harrison Birtwistle’s “Lied” and Justin Merritt’s “A Gauze of Misted Silver” round out the program. At 8 p.m., Riverside Church, 10th floor performance space, Riverside Drive at 122nd Street, Morningside Heights, locrian.org; free. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Frederic Rzewski (Thursday) This composer-pianist is the creator of “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” the brilliant series of 32 variations for solo piano on Sergio Ortega’s revolutionary song. Mr. Rzewski offers a program of his own pieces, including “Dreams, Part I” (2012-13) and “Four Pieces” (1977), written for Ursula Oppens and intended as a sequel to “The People United.” At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0368, roulette.org; $20, $15 for students and 65+. (Schweitzer)

Tectonics Festival New York (Friday through Sunday) This new-music festival founded in Iceland in 2012 has since spread internationally. Its first iteration in New York features a rich helping of musical border crossings. On Friday a small ensemble plays works by Alvin Lucier, Giacinto Scelsi and others. Saturday is devoted to the composer, filmmaker and artist Harley Gaber and his work “The Winds Rise in the North,” while Sunday’s program includes music by Eric Richards, Mr. Lucier and others. Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, at Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, 718-330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15 and $20; $12 and $15 for students. (Woolfe)

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Matthew Shipp
Cover of Matthew Shipp

From London’s Vortex:

SATURDAY 24 MAY • 20.00 • £10/£12
Chris Brokaw is a drummer, guitarist, singer/songwriter and a founding member of two of the most influential US post-punk bands: COME (Matador) & Codeine (Sub Pop). He’s played in an incredible number of acts, including GG ALLIN, The New Year, The Thurston Moore Band, The Lemonheads to name a few.

SUNDAY 25 MAY • 20.00 • £9 • MD
We’re delighted to welcome back this trio, promoting their new album The Russian Concert on FMR Records, out in April. They’ll also play music from their Overground to The Vortex album (Not Two Records). Tonight’s performance will be recorded for release later this year.

TUE 10 JUNE • 20.00 • £9/ £10 • MD
Alexander Hawkins is a pianist who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). Alongside Hawkins’ piano are Neil Charles and Tom Skinner, both established bandleaders with an impressive array of credits.

TUESDAY 24 JUNE • 20.00 • £16
A galvanizing force among the free-improvising heirs to jazz’s avant-garde movement of the 1960s, Matthew Shipp has spent the past quarter century building a vast, rolling musical universe.

XYQuartet on Tour in Italy

From XYQuartet, a tour in support of their new album. The group features saxophonist Nicola Fazzini, bassist Alessandro Fedrigo, Saverio Tasca on vibes and Luca Colussi on drums.

May 24th, 4 p.m. @ Piazza Verdi, Radio 3 – Radio Rai live. Listen to it here.
May 30th @ Associazione FUNI Dosso, fraz. di Monticelli Brusati (BS)
May 31st @ Novara Jazz, Palazzo Natta, Novara
June 1st @ Osteria del Quinto, Cremona
June 6th @ Centro d’Arte, Cinema Lux, Padova
July 18th @ Blue Note Art & Jazz Festival, Gorizia
July 22nd @ Valdarno Jazz, Arezzo
July 26th @ Ambria Jazz, Bormio (SO)