From Pittsburgh New Music Net:
Sun March 22 8 pm 21+ $16 adv/$20 door
Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St, Lawrenceville
Named the #1 rising clarinetist in the 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll, San Francisco-area musician Ben Goldberg has been around for much longer. He was a member of famed Berkeley klezmer revivalists The Klezmorim (who had releases on important folk labels such as Arhoolie and Flying Fish). With Dan Seamans and Kenny Wollesen (of John Zorn’s Masada) he formed the New Klezmer Trio, right in the thick of the Radical Jewish Culture movement, and released three CDs on Zorn’s Tzadik label with that group in the ’90s (they also reconvened in 2009 with Greg Cohen on bass).
Monday March 10 9 pm $7 21+
Howler’s Coyote Cafe, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
with special guests ((microwaves)) and Billy Castle
The past few months have seen a stream of truly—and in some cases mind-bogglingly—wonderful guitar-centric power trio albums. Yet, the eponymous debut of the Brooklyn-based avant-jazz-rock band Hypercolor stands out, but not for the reasons you’d think. Sure, the trio consists of musical brainiacs James Ilgenfritz and Lukas Ligeti; genre omnivores whose own work and collaborations draw as heavily from the worlds of free improvisation, contemporary classical, various ethnic musics, and art-rock as they do from jazz. How guitarist Eyal Maoz, best known as one of the most distinctive young musicians in John Zorn’s orbit, has remained an underground sort of figure is beyond me. Like his bandmates, his playing is distinctive and virtuosic, and his recordings to date have been consistently fresh and restlessly eclectic. Take, for example Hope and Destruction (Tzadik, 2009) which successfully fused traditional Yiddish melodies and modern metal with the hyperactive rhythms of 70s disco-funk.