January at New York’s Spectrum

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From the Spectrum:

– Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic presents Spectral Interzone – Jazz for the eminently civilized (Jan. 1)
Space short cut: vocalist Kyoko Kitamura, trumpeter Daniel Carter-Reeds and bassist Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic;
pianist/composer Art Bailey, cornetist Kurt Knuffke, bassist Rene Hart and drummer George Schuller.

– Kristin Samadi, piano; Dan Keene, guitar and mandolin (Jan. 3)

– JP Jofre Quintet (Jan. 4)

– Soundscapes Series (Ambient Music) from Cornelius Dufallo & Patrick Derivaz (Jan. 4)

– Gabriel Zucker presents Tuesdays on the Spectrum (Jan. 8)

– Tristan McKay (Jan. 8)

– Jorge Sylvester ACE Collective (Afro Cuban Jazz) (Jan. 9)

– New miniseries curated by the cellar and point (Jan. 9)
Guitarist/composer Ben Monder presents a solo guitar performance featuring original works from his
recordings Flux, Dust, Excavation and Oceana.

– Minor Music Marathon hosted by Jesse Krakow (Jan. 10)

– Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series with 4k4: Mick Rossi, Andy Laster, Andrew Sterman and Mazz Swift (Jan. 10)

– New series curated by Zach Seely: Contemporary Insights launches with pianist Steven Beck (Jan. 10)

– Stuart Breczinksi and Adam Cuthbert (Jan. 11)

– Elizabeth Weinfield’s Spectrum HP series dedicated to historical performances using period instruments
for early and contemporary works continues with Shirley Hunt (baroque cello). (Jan. 11)
Shirley will be joined by mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo and will premiere a work by Benjamin Pesetsky.

– Early/Late Series with Seth Gilman featuring Meredith Moore and Friends (Jan. 11)

– New miniseries curated by the cellar and point (Jan. 11)
Morton Feldman’s 80-minute late masterpiece, Piano and String Quartet, performed by Joseph Branciforte [the cellar and point] on piano and an all-star string quartet: Christopher Otto [JACK Quartet], Pauline Kim Harris [String Noise], John Pickford Richards [JACK Quartet], and Mariel Roberts [Mivos Quartet].

– EEGT (eclectic electric guitar trio): Jane Getter, Alex Skolnick and Bruce Arnold (Jan. 15)

– Music of Timothy Prepsicus (Jan. 15)

– Ensemble Chartreuse (Jan. 16)

– New miniseries curated by the cellar and point (Jan. 16)
Judith Berkson presents new music for piano and voice exploring microtonal tuning.

– Mana Saxophone Quartet (Jan. 17)

– Hans Tammen: Dark Circuits (Jan. 17)
Dark Circuits Series: David Simons – Theremin is reading my thoughts.

– Pianist Ramin Arjomand’s Series, Reinterpretations (Jan. 18)

– Vox Temporum Series with a focus on young composers curated by Spectrum managers
Lester St. Louis & Brian Erickson (Jan. 18)
Featured Composer: Brian Heim

– New miniseries curated by the cellar and point (Jan. 18)
Legendary sound artist (and founder of 12k) Taylor Deupree in a rare duo performance with labelmate Marcus Fischer, utilizing tape loops, surround sound, piano, and electronics.

– Jane Ash and Susan Seliger present Out By Ten (Jan. 22)

– Pianist Yoonjoon Yoon (Jan. 23)

– Guitarist Jordan Dodson (Jan. 24)

– Late Night with The Brothers Balliett (Jan. 24)

– counter)induction Presents: Miranda Cuckson, violin (Jan. 25)
Music of Mario Davidovsky
4-channel versions of the three Electronic Etudes
Synchronism for violin and tape
Other pieces TBA

– Kathy Tagg’s New Sounds Africa Series (Jan. 25)

– Acoustic Frontiers: Michael Lytle, Denman Maroney & Robert Dick (Jan. 28)
Free-improvisation series

– Eva Zollner, accordion (Jan. 28)

– Toomai String Quintet: Music of Montgomery/ Elliot Cole/ Richard Carrick (Jan. 29)

– Karl Larson premieres piano works by David Lang and Robert Honstein (Jan. 29)

– WinterProg Festival: Jeremy Neese / High North (Jan. 30)

– WinterProg Festival: Morning Bound; Tammy Scheffer, et al. (Jan. 30)

– WinterProg Festival: Nick Didkovsky (Jan. 31)

– WinterProg Festival: Ron Anderson, et al. (Jan. 31)

– WinterProg Festival: Julie Slick Birthday Concert with Marco Machera (Jan. 31)

Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side.
Tickets are generally $15; $10 for students and seniors except where indicated.

Igloo Magazine Reviews

From Igloo Magazine:

Asymmetrical Head :: Proper/Random (Bewegung)
Dalglish & Brandon Nickell :: Double review (Ge-stell)
Leigh Toro :: L’Esprit De L’Escalier (Eilean Rec.)
Randomform :: Refolded Fragments Vol. 1 Remixes (2010-2014) (Self-Released)
Seth Cluett :: Forms of Forgetting (Line)

Vital Weekly 963

From Vital Weekly:

Dale Gorfinkel – Switches and Hose (Cd by Split Records) *
Thomas Buckner &Amp; Claudio Parodi – Taken from a True Story (Cd by Extreme Records)
Helll – Pi (Cd by Meenna/ftarri) *
Melodia – Diario DE Viaje (Cd by Home Normal) *
Olan Mill – Half Seas over (Cd by Home Normal) *
Vinzenz Schwab – Dings #1 (Cd by Canto Crudo) *
Karla Borecky – Still in your Pocket (Lp by Recital) *
Jliat &Amp; Dyecap – the Arche-fossil (Cdr by Pre-arlophone Records) *
Bryan Counter &Amp; Satchel Forrester – Twice Stopped (Cassette by Small Scale Music)
Henderson, Mettler, Foisy &Amp; Lachane – Built Like a Brock Shithouse (Cassette by Small Scale Music)
Bord À Bord – Same (Cassette by Small Scale Music)
Federsel/freudl – Peacock King (Cassette by Meteorismo)
Jamie and the Debt – No, Life Isn’t (Cassette, Private) *
Stephan Mathieu – Nachtstücke (Download by Schwebung) *

The Cornelia Street Cafe in January

From Cornelia Street Cafe:

Friday, Jan 02 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Barry Altschul, drums
My long-standing trio with Mark and Barry released It Takes All Kinds (Irabbagast Records/Jazzwerkstatt) early in 2014, and finished a successful European fall tour. We have a whole new book of music that we are getting ready to record in mid 2015, and we’ll be debuting some of that music tonight. Mark and Barry have been playing together for over 30 years and have been tremendous influences on me both in composition and improvisation.

Saturday, Jan 03 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Nasheet Waits, drums
This trio originally formed during the 2nd Irabagon Residency at Cornelia St., and we are happy to reunite to open up this residency. We will be playing select standards, group improvisations and new original music.

Sunday, Jan 04 – 6:00PM
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts
Katie Down, music psychotherapist; Alex Kontorovich, mathematician Entertaining Science: SOUND SYMMETRY – Patterns of Mind

Katie Down is a music psychotherapist and multi-instrumentalist who has a penchant for musical and visual drones (not the ones that fly in the air however!) and incorporates what she has coined Therapeutic Musical Drone as a means for inquiry through deep listening – examining how we engage, and react to our immediate sonic environments.
Alex Kontorovich, mathematician at Rutgers and accomplished sax and clarinet player, studies questions at the intersection of geometry, number theory, and chaotic dynamics. He will investigate a visual environment: the fractal beauty of iterated symmetry, and the people fascinated by it (including Descartes and Leibniz, and Frederick Soddy, the 1921 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry).

Together, Katie and Alex will discuss the primeval tie between mathematical and musical patterns. The evening will have fun “experientials” with the audience looking at and listening to patterns of the visual and aural variety including images of cymatics, fractals, etc. Joining Katie on some of her drone instruments such as Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, Indian shruti boxes, etc., are The Brothers of the Gong, and Aly Sun Panichi on didgeridoo.

Sunday, Jan 04 – 8:30PM
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Luis Perdomo, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Rudy Royston, drums
This quartet performed at my previous Cornelia St. Residency, and the audience reaction was incredible, so we are bringing them back again for this one. This quartet (along with featured guest Tom Harrell) has a record coming out in mid 2015 on Irabbagast Records called “Behind the Sky,” and we’ll be playing music from that (and just might have a few copies of the record) as well as debuting some new material. This group features several of my favorite musicians to play with and represents my more mainstream music and improvisation.

Friday, Jan 09 – 8:00PM
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Chris Speed, tenor sax, clarinet; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Reverse Blue is prolific guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson’s latest project, featuring Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fuijwara on drums. The band’s debut album was released in October 2014 on Relative Pitch Records. Reverse Blue offers Halvorson a different sonic palette than her critically acclaimed Trio/Quintet/Septet configurations – bringing new musical personalities and timbres to her work, albeit within a classic quartet instrumentation. The band originally formed for a one-off concert at the Blue Note in New York City, part of Search and Restore’s “Spontaneous Constructions”, a series designed to generate new collaborations between musicians who hadn’t previously played together. The four musicians immediately felt a strong shared connection, and Halvorson began compose a new book of music specifically for this group. The other three also contributed at least one new composition each, adding to the strong collective nature of the new ensemble.

Friday, Jan 09 – 9:30PM
Tomas Fujiwara, drums, comp.; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Brandon Seabrook, drums
The Tomas Fujiwara Trio is a brilliant new trio developing an innovative musical vocabulary. Drummer and composer Tomas Fujiwara propels this group with his characteristic energy and subtle rhythmic feel. Guitarist Brandon Seabrook and trumpeter Ralph Alessi add their own potent ideas to the mix. The resulting improvisational alchemy begins at the very distant peripheries of our sonic universe, building inward towards a rich and fiery center. All three musicians are confident in their approach, daring as they set their sights, and highly selective in the application of their musicianship. This band is sure to begin making waves wherever they perform. At their live concert at Barbes in Brooklyn, September 11, 2013, they carried an infatuated audience along on an exquisite journey. Surely this is a must-see band for 2014 and beyond. –Cisco Bradley, JazzRightNow.com

Wednesday, Jan 14 – 8:30PM
Andrew D’Angelo, alto sax, bass clarinet; Ingebrigt Håken Flaten, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums

Thursday, Jan 22 – 8:30PM
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mat Maneri, viola; Stephan Crump, bass; Ches Smith, drums

Saturday, Jan 24 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Dan Weiss, drums, comp.; Jacob Sacks, piano; Michael Formanek, bass
Quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation….John Kelman

Wednesday, Jan 28 – 8:30PM
Jon Irabagon, sax; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums

Andrew Drury Upcoming Performances

From Andrew Drury:

Fri, Jan 16th 8:00pm
Other Life Forms–Gordon Beeferman, Stephanie Griffin, Pascal Niggenkemper, Andrew Drury
168 7th Ave
Brookklyn, NY
Price: $10
Other Life Forms plays the first of two Brooklyn performances of Gordon Beeferman’s compositions before receding into the recording studio to give birth to…some new life forms! Gordon Beeferman (piano, organ, keyboard, compositions), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), Andrew Drury (drums).

Sat, Jan 17th 8:00pm
Other Life Forms + Natura Morta
Soup & Sound House Concert
rsvp for location
Brooklyn, NY 11225
United States
Price: $15 suggested donation
2 bands with violas! Other Life Forms plays the compositions of Gordon Beeferman (piano, organ), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), and Andrew Drury (drums). Natura Morta is Frantz Loriot (viola–visiting from Zurich), Sean Ali (bass), Carlo Costa (drums).

Sun, Jan 18th 8:00pm
Jason Kao Hwang‘s EDGE Quintet
Bohemian Caverns
Washington, DC
Jason Kao Hwang (composer, violin, viola), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, flugelhorn), Chris Forbes (piano), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (drums).

Fri, Feb 6th 8:00pm
Jason Kao Hwang: EDGE & Spontaneous River
Brooklyn, NY
A blockbuster evening: 2 of Jason Kao Hwang’s bands in one night–EDGE (a quintet with JKH violin/viola, Steve Swell trombone, Chris Forbes piano, Ken Filiano bass, AD drums) + Spontaneous River (35+ member string orchestra with yours truly on drums).

Sat, Feb 7th 8:00pm
Jason Kao Hwang’s EDGE
Jazz Shares @ U Mass Amherst
Amherst, MA
This is Feb 7 2015! Jason Kao Hwang (violin/viola/composer), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (drums).

Tue, Feb 17th 8:00pm
509 Atlantic Ave (corner of 3rd Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11225
A special performance celebrating the simultaneous release of two different cds by Andrew Drury featuring his quartet and other friends tba. “Content Provider” features Drury’s compositions for a quartet consisting of Briggan Krauss (alto saxophone), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), and Andrew Drury (drums). “The Drum” is his new solo cd consisting of music played on a single floor tom with breath, a bamboo skewer, a couple bells, a sheet of aluminum, and a bow.