Ken Vandermark in Kentucky this Weekend

Ken Vandermark, at "Sonore" concert,...
Ken Vandermark


If any single artist can be viewed as an artistic focal point for Lexington’s long-running Outside the Spotlight Series of improvisational and free jazz-based performances, it would be Ken Vandermark.

From the combustible baritone saxophone work he added to the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet when OTS made its bow at UK’s Memorial Hall in 2002, to the mix of original compositions and what he has long referred to as “free jazz classics” last August at Embrace Church with his own 10-member troupe, Audio One, Vandermark has proven an uncompromising and tireless artist.

Upcoming Vandermark dates in Kentucky:

8 p.m. Jan. 16 with Nate Wooley at Mecca, 948 Manchester St. $5. (859) 257-4636.
9 p.m. Jan. 17 at Dreamland, 810 E. Market in Louisville. $12.
3 p.m. Jan. 18 at W.B. Jones Auditorium of Somerset High School, 301 College St. in Somerset. Free. (606) 875-8234.
12:30 p.m. Jan. 20 for a master class at the Fine Arts Building, Room 22, University of Kentucky. Free and open to the public. (859) 257-4900.
7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at UK. Free. (859) 257-4900.

Magma 45th Anniversary Tour

Christian Vander Quartet in the twentieth musi...
Christian Vander 

From Seventh Records. Hopefully the U.S. dates will be filled in soon.

January 28 – Magma: Guyancourt (78)> The Battery
January 29 – Magma: NANTES (44)> The Stereolux
January 30 – Magma: CENON (33)> The Rock of Palmer
January 31 – Magma: Bruguières – TOULOUSE (31)> The Bascala
February 1 – Magma: LIMOGES (87)> John Lennon Cultural Center
February 6 – Magma: Cergy (95)> The Observatory
February 12 – Magma: AVIGNON (84)> Black Oak Theatre
February 13 – Magma: NICE (06)> Theatre Lino Ventura
February 27 – Magma: CONCARNEAU (29)> CAC
2> April 18 – Magma: United States
April 26 – Magma: TALLINN (Estonia) – Jazkaar Festival
May 7 – Magma: MANCHESTER – Royal Northern College of Music
May 8 – Magma: LONDON> Cadogan Hall
May 15 – Magma: QUEBEC (Canada) – Théâtre du Petit Champlain
May 17 – Magma: VICTORIAVILLE (Canada) – Colosseum – International Music Festival Victoriaville Current
June 4 – Magma: TOKYO> O’East
June 5 – Magma: TOKYO> O’East
June 7 – Magma: OSAKA> Akaso
July 18 – Magma: Bad Doberan (Germany) – Zappanale Festival

First four volumes of Hugh Hopper archival recordings reviewed

English: Photo self-portrait
Hugh Hopper


Much of the pulse and invention that fueled England’s famed Canterbury scene of the 1960s and ’70s can be traced to the eclectic bass playing of Hugh Hopper. Whether he was bestowing the fabled “fuzz bass” with guitar-like abilities or striding a subtle groove, Hopper was one of the most industrious electric bassists of his day. But perhaps because the Canterbury flow of psychedelia, fusion and free jazz expression limited his fame to cultish devotion, he was also largely unheralded.

Music and Words Festival at UC Davis

English: Bob Ostertag
Bob Ostertag

From UC Davis Arts:


Nelson Gallery, Della Davidson Dance Studio, and Courtyard (in Nelson Hall)
January 27, 2015 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
David Coll’s new work, Construction, is a two-part project that addresses the combination of music and installation art. Through fusion, gyration, alternation, dissolution, Construction is a two-hour event that will open the Music and Words festival. The assembled ensemble consists of artists Adam Carlin and Erich Richter; musicians Kristina Dutton and Teddy Rankin-Parker; and composers David Coll and Aaron Gervais.
Nelson Hall, Davis, CA

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
January 29, 2015 – 12:05pm – 1:00pm
Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood
Sō Percussion Members: sept/life is blank
John Cage: Story from Living Room Music
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre,
Mondavi Center
January 29, 2015 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Michael Seth Orland
Melinda Wagner: Four Settings for Soprano and Ensemble
with Nikki Einfeld, soprano
based on texts by Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov,
and Robert Desnos.
Melinda Wagner: Noggin for Solo Piano
with Michael Seth Orland, piano
Tomás Gueglio: Knowledgeable Viuda
Chrissy Seunghee Lee: Bon III, for Flute, Viola, Cello, and Percussion
Dan VanHassel: fzzl for Solo Snare Drum and Electronics
with Megan Shieh, percussion
$8 Students & Children, $20 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
January 30, 2015 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Danielle Heard
Jon D. Rossini
Jessie Ann Owens
Henry Spiller
Christopher A. Reynolds
“Music and Words” Colloquium with presentations by Jon Rossini (Department of Theatre and Dance), Jessie Ann Owens and Henry Spiller (Department of Music), Danielle Heard (Department of English), moderated by Christopher Reynolds (Department of Music).
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
January 30, 2015 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Jason Treuting: Selections from Amid the Noise
fire escapes
life is blank
Selections from Where (we) Live [Composed by Sō Percussion members]
this place the place
5 rooms
Room and Boardlight piece
Steve Mackey: It Is Time
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre,
Mondavi Center
January 30, 2015 – 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Bob Ostertag
A solo work for live electronics by Bob Ostertag. The first movement of Sooner or Later is built from a recording made in El Salvador during the civil war, of a young boy burying his father. The piece has been described by High Performance Magazine as an “audio microscope” of the words spoken by the boy during this emotional experience.
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
January 31, 2015 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Tod Brody
Luciano Berio: Sinfonia for Eight Amplified Voices and Orchestra
with members of Volti, Robert Geary, artistic director
Yuhi Aizawa Combatti, soprano
Cecilia Lam, soprano
Sharmila Guha Lash, alto
Celeste Winant, alto
Jeffrey Wang, tenor
Julian Kusnadi, tenor
Jeffrey Bennett, bass
Sidney Chen, bass
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA 95616

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center
January 31, 2015 – 10:00pm – 11:00pm

ICP Orchestra Plus Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley at FringeArts Reviewed

English: ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink
ICP Orchestra – Han Bannink 

From All About Jazz:

Despite a cold and damp Sunday night in January, a packed house came to hear a stellar group of musicians from the Netherlands for a performance at the FringeArts Center in the Old City section of town. This collective of seasoned and versatile musicians call themselves the ICP or Instant Composers Pool, and they embody guitarist Jim Hall’s broad definition of jazz as (virtually any) improvised music as opposed to adherence to the particular genre or structure of traditional jazz. Some would call it free or avante garde jazz, but these labels don’t quite fit what ICP is all about.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Photography of William Parker at Jazz...
William Parker


Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star (Friday and Saturday) As the curator of a Roots of Americana concert series for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mr. Frisell, the guitarist and composer, has already poked around early country music and vintage surf-rock. Here he turns his ear to the movies, interpreting soundtrack themes with some help from the singer Petra Haden, the violist Eyvind Kang, the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 7 and 9:30 p.m., the Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-721-6500, (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer at the Stone (Tuesday through Jan. 25) The furiously productive pianist Vijay Iyer has another fine trio album, “Break Stuff,” coming next month, but he’ll explore other avenues during his residency at the Stone. Among the highlights are a pair of Tuesday performances featuring Anjna Swaminathan on violin and Rajna Swaminathan on mridangam, a Carnatic hand drum; a 10 p.m. set on Wednesday with the rapper and poet Himanshu Suri and the percussionist Sunny Jain; and one set apiece on Thursday by collectives that include the brilliant drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey, beginning at 8 p.m. with the Intuitionists and continuing at 10 p.m. with Fieldwork. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

William Parker: The Tone Motion Theater Project (Saturday) Mr. Parker, a bassist with a big sound and an imagination to match, has lately been focused on large-scale composition, as he’ll demonstrate here. “Yes I Dreamed of Freedom” is the fifth movement of his ambitious extended work “Flower in a Stained Glass Window,” inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring words by Dr. King as well as by Mr. Parker, the concert will involve the Transformational Music Ensemble, a chamber group directed by Keir Neuringer; the Spirit Catchers Ensemble, a free-improvising unit led by Mr. Parker; and a vocal ensemble composed of Fay Victor, Kyoko Kitamura and Anais Maviel. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

Ches Smith Quartet (Thursday) A smartly unruly drummer active in both art-rock and experimental jazz, Ches Smith leads a recently formed 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, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times


Avant Media (Monday) This innovative organization, founded by the composer Randy Gibson and the filmmaker Ana Baer, continues its series of monthly concerts. The trumpeter-composer Nate Wooley presents the first complete performance of “For Kenneth Gaburo,” an evening-length score for trumpet and electronics dedicated to Mr. Gaburo, a composer, jazz pianist and professor who died in 1993. At 8 p.m., Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, 212-228-1195, (Schweitzer)

JACK Quartet (Friday) This fearlessly adventurous and virtuosic quartet, known for its exciting performances of envelope-pushing new music, presents a program anchored by Elliott Carter’s bracingly thorny String Quartet No. 3. Other works include a world premiere by David Liptak as well as Amy Williams’s “Richter Textures” and Andrew Greenwald’s “A thing is a hole in a thing it is not.” At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Prototype Festival (Friday and Saturday) This bracingly innovative festival of music theater is only in its third season, but it has already become a point of reference. In addition to “The Scarlet Ibis,” this year’s highlights include “Toxic Psalms,” at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, presented by the vocal theater company Carmina Slovenica, an evening of darkly chilling choral storytelling. There are also two workshops that offer glimpses of operas in the nascent stages: “Winter’s Child,” at St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan, to a libretto by Amanda Jane Shank, with music by Ellen Reid, and, at the Park Avenue Armory, “Aging Magician,” which draws on the talents of the composer Paola Prestini, the multigenre vocalist Rinde Eckert, the designer-director Julian Crouch and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. At various times, 212-647-0202, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)