Music and More Reviews

Chris Potter – Invisible Cities (ECM, 2015)
John Lundbom and Big Five Chord – Jeremiah (Hot Cup, 2015)
King Crimson – Live at the Orpheum (DGM, 2015)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

John Zorn (cropped version)
John Zorn 

From NYTimes.com:

Tim Berne-Matt Mitchell Duo (Saturday) 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, for a set at Michiko Studios. At 8 p.m., 149 West 46th Street, 212-302-4011, michikostudios.com. (Nate Chinen)

John Hébert’s Bridge and Tunnel (Saturday) Mr. Hébert is a bassist with a deeply centered sound, and the trusted anchor to an impressive array of artists. Bridge and Tunnel (don’t read too much into the title) finds him working with several assertive peers: the tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, the guitarist Peter Bernstein and the drummer Eric McPherson. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Hypercolor/Dither (Monday) Each of these bands has a new album out on Tzadik, which makes this a double release celebration. Hypercolor — a full-tilt jazz-rock band with Eyal Maoz on guitar, James Ilgenfritz on bass and Lukas Ligeti on drums — will play music from its often gripping self-titled debut. Dither, meanwhile, is a guitar quartet (as in: four guitarists, working in acoustic and electric modes) that recorded a batch of John Zorn’s early “Olympiad” game pieces. At 8 p.m., Jack, 505 ½ Waverly Avenue, near Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, jackny.org. (Chinen)

Matt Mitchell Quartet (Wednesday through Feb. 14) Matt Mitchell, a proficient and probing pianist, has had a hand in some of the better bands of recent vintage, like Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and the Dave Douglas Quintet. He holds a four-night residency next week with his own quartet, which recently recorded an album; his bandmates are the saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, the bassist Chris Tordini and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 9 p.m., Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, seedsbrooklyn.org. (Chinen)

John Zorn at the Vanguard (Tuesday through Feb. 15) The composer, alto saxophonist and ringleader John Zorn made his first Village Vanguard incursion last fall, with results encouraging enough to demand this sequel. Of course the particulars will be different: the first few nights have the guitarist Bill Frisell playing solo (Tuesday); the Gnostic Trio, with Mr. Frisell, Carol Emanuel on harp and Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone (Wednesday); and Electric Masada, whose ranks include Mr. Zorn and the guitarist Marc Ribot (Thursday). At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Cantata Profana (Friday) The young composers, instrumentalists and singers of this enterprising ensemble present an intriguing program titled “Reimadrigals.” Along with works by Monteverdi and George Crumb (that composer’s Madrigals, Book I), the program offers modern re-imaginings of old music, including works by Gesualdo and Brahms. At 7 p.m., Edith Fabbri House, House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street, 917-699-8298, cantataprofana.com. (Tommasini)

Ran Dank (Sunday) As part of the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts series, which presents first-rate artists at wallet-friendly prices, this fiery pianist offers a program that includes Boulez’s “Douze Notations,” Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 27, No. 1, three Chopin mazurkas, and Liszt’s Sonata in B minor. At 2 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, 212-586-4680, pscny.org. (Schweitzer)

Thomas Hampson (Monday) A consummate recitalist, this stylish baritone (joined by the pianist Wolfram Rieger) brings to Carnegie Hall a program of Strauss, Zemlinsky, Mahler, Ives and others, along with the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s “Civil Words.” At 8 p.m., 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (Woolfe)

Met Orchestra (Sunday) A typical James Levine program should also play to his strengths. Berg’s “Seven Early Songs,” with the soprano Elina Garanca, and Elliott Carter’s “Three Illusions” are the filling in a symphonic sandwich; the bread is a pair of second symphonies, those of Beethoven and Schumann. At 3 p.m., Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (Allen)

‘Music From Japan’ (Saturday) Juilliard’s “Focus!” festival of Japanese music has concluded, but Asia Society’s series is still going strong. This program explores ties between Japan, China and Korea with a premiere from Ned Rothenberg. The musicians include Mayumi Miyata on the sho (a mouth organ), Wu Man on the pipa (a Chinese lute) and Jin Hi Kim on the komungo (a Korean zither). At 8 p.m., Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street, 212-517-2742, asiasociety.org. (Allen)

Riverside Symphony (Saturday) Groundbreaking music across the ages is the focus of this interesting program, which brings together Haydn’s sparkling Symphony No. 62 and Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” with Ives’s “Washington’s Birthday” and a new double concerto for two bassoons, “Full Faith and Credit.” Marc Goldberg and William Hestand are the soloists. At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-721-6500, riversidesymphony.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

University of Alabama Hosts MacArthur ‘Genius’ Musician Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton

From The University of Alabama:

The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers concert series presents legendary musician and composer Anthony Braxton in a week-long concert series and residency Feb. 6-27.

This event is the first major residency by Braxton in the Southeastern United States and will be one of the largest retrospectives of his work ever produced. Braxton will work with students from the University’s art, percussion, jazz studies, theatre and dance departments, as well as arts administration students in New College and the School of Music.

Upcoming Creative Differences Shows

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
Mat Maneri

From Baltimore’s Creative Differences:

Friday 20 Feb at Creative Alliance
Oliver Lake,Michael Formanek,Lafayette Gilchrist,Eric Kennedy

Thursday Feb 26 at Berthas 2nd Floor Studio
Michael Formanek and Marty Ehrlich

Fri March 6 (venue to be confirmed)
Renga Ensemble -James Falzone,Ken Vandermark,Keefe Jackson,Jason Stein,Ben Goldberg,Ned Rothenberg

Thursday March 19 at Berthas 2nd Floor Studio
Tanya Kalmanovitch and Mat Maneri

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From Vital Weekly:

Le Pot – She (Cd by Everest Records) *
Chihei Hatakeyama – Mist (Cd by White Paddy Mountain) *
Konstruktivits – Anarchic Arcadia (Cd by E-klageto) *
Subterranean Death Trap – Hypnotics (Double Cd by Killerscar)
Otzir Godot – in- (Cd by Epatto Records) *
Elisabeth Schimana – Virus (Cdr by Chmafu Nocords) *
Das Sombreros – the Lamp (Lp by Soft Propulsion Records)
Philippe Lauzier &Amp; Eric Normand – Not the Music (Cdr by Tour DE Bras) *
Marcus M. rubio – Cities Sinking down (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
Brent Fariss – Folk Song for 27 Oboes (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
Matt Krefting – Recitals (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
Highway Issue 1 (Book by Ademas)
Violence as Sprout – Audile Realizations of Atropkying Reality (Cassette by Taste of Crisis)