Music as a Healing Force: William Parker Interview

From Jazz Right Now:

On November 17, 2014, legendary bassist William Parker invited me to his apartment on the Lower East Side to talk about his musical philosophy. I had approached him about an interview after a gig he did in Brooklyn the previous month, introducing myself as a writer who focuses on “young and emerging artists.” He had responded with a wry grin that that still applied to him. Jokes aside, Mr. Parker is an artist who now, in his early sixties, still possesses a rare energy and a fresh curiosity with his creative process. Rising in the 1970s as a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit and other groundbreaking ensembles, Mr. Parker gained greater attention in the 1990s as one of the principle inspirations behind the vibrant Downtown scene. In the two and a half decades since, he has been an incredibly prolific recording artist and has been a profound influence on the next generation of artists.

Brooklyn-based Battle Trance Does Southern/Midwest U.S. Tour

From Jazz Right Now:

One of the greatest musical sensations to hit New York City in the past year, the four-saxophone group Battle Trance is completing its U.S. Tour with a turn through the southern United States before taking their music to the Midwest. Here are the confirmed dates:

Jan 24: Pyramid Atlantic — Silver Spring, MD
Jan 25: Carrack Gallery — Durham, NC
Jan 27: Mothlight — Asheville, NC
Jan 29: Conundrum — Columbia, SC
Jan 30: Eyedrum — Atlanta, GA
Jan 31: Barking Legs Theater — Chattanooga, TN
Feb 1: Emma Bistro — Nasheville, TN
Feb 2: The New Vintage — Louisville, KY
Feb 5: Trinospheres — Detroit, MI
Feb 6: It Looks Like Its Open — Columbus, OH
Feb 7: Andy Warhol Museum — Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 9: Vassar College — Poughkeepsie, PA

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar for January

From Extended Techniques:

WEDNESDAY, January 7
01:00 PM Jen Shyu Vocal Workshop
A rare opportunity to hear and work alongside vocalist phenom Jen Shyu. Students encouraged to bring their instrument.

SATURDAY, January 10
9:30 PM Steven Beck, Piano
Mauricio Kagel: A Deux Mains
Beat Furrer: Voicelessness. The Snow Has No Voice
Tristan Murail: La Mandragore
Magnus Lindberg: Two Etudes
Salvatore Sciarrino: de la nuit anamorfosi

THURSDAY, January 15
6:30PM Viewing Room: Mark Beasley and Arto Lindsay
Looting, performance that involves a dental procedure with an original soundtrack by Arto Lindsay
VENUE:The Kitchen
ADMISSION: Free, RSVP is encouraged:

SUNDAY, January 25
20:00 PM, Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) Vijay Iyer (piano)
VENUE:The Stone

TUESDAY, January 27
6:00 PM Trios by Zorn
Vicky Chow piano
Jennifer Choi violin
Michael Nicolas cello
John Zorn The Aristos (2014) ten metaphysical ambiguities for violin, cello, and piano
Zorn Hexentarot (2013) twelve simple canons for the witches’ Sabbath for violin, cello, and piano
Zorn Amour Fou (1999)
VENUE:Miller Theater

TUESDAY, January 27
8:00 PM The Heschel Project—Songs of Wonder (in Yiddish)
10:00 PM Itzik Manger—Chumesh Lider (A New Project in Yiddish)
Basya Schechter (oud guitar) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys, accordion) Megan Gould (violin) Noah Hoffeld (cello) Rich Stein (percussion)
VENUE:The Stone
ADMISSION:$15 each set

FRIDAY, January 31
8:00 PM Ingrid Laubrock – (ts), Nate Wooley – (tp), Sam Pluta – (Electronics)