Chicago Scene: January 23-29, 2016

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

3:00PM at Corbett vs Dempsey, 1120 N Ashland, 3rd Fl, 773.278.1664 (Free)
Ken Vandermark Solo
Book launch of Site Specific

6:30PM at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport, 312.526.3851
Tortoise, early show

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey

8:30PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($20)
Dal Niente Presents
Ben Melsky, Jesse Langen — music by Drew Baker, Fred Gifford, Tomás Gueglio, Kasia Szczech

9:30PM at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport, 312.526.3851

Sunday, January 24th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Trio (1980)
Morton Feldman Chamber Players : Myra Hinrichs, Mira Luxion, Andy Costello

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (Donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Fay Victor, with My Silence : Jason Stein, Nick Butcher, Mike Reed
Nick Mazzarella, Geof Bradfield, Clark Sommers, Jeremy Cunningham

9:30PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Jim Baker, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, January 25th 2016

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, January 27th 2016
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
David Virelles with Damion Reid, Harrison Wood

Friday, January 29th 2016

7:00PM at Space Oddities, 1007 N California, 773.697.4439
Solo Experimental Guitar Sets
Julia Miller
Reid Karris
Christopher Riggs

8:00PM at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W Morse, 773.381.4554 ($23)
Spektral Quartet — album release

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
2×6 : An Evening of Duos
Nate Lepine, Anton Hatwich
Bill Harris, Nick Mazzarella
Dustin Laurenzi, Jeff Swanson
Josh Berman, Matt Schneider
Jake Wark, Tomasso Moretti

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

‘Quicksand’ (Thursday) The composer Robert Ashley teams up with the choreographer Steve Paxton for this world premiere of a mystery story turned ‘opera-novel,’ blending speech, song and electronic music. At 7 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

The Crossing and Prism Quartet (Saturday) The Crossing, a chamber choir acclaimed for performances of contemporary music, celebrates the release of an ECM recording of Gavin Bryars’s “The Fifth Century” with a reprise performance of this reflective, 40-minute work, along with other pieces. The choir is joined by the saxophone ensemble Prism Quartet. At 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Chapel at Trinity Church, 209 Broadway, Lower Manhattan, (Tommasini)

Focus! Festival: Milton Babbitt (Friday, and Monday through Jan. 29) The centenary of the composer Milton Babbitt (1916-2011) is celebrated in the Juilliard School’s annual Focus! Festival. Opening proceedings on Friday are Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble, playing two works by Babbitt — “The Crowded Air” and “Concerti” — along with pieces by Jonathan Dawe, Alexander Goehr, Stefan Wolpe and Ursula Mamlok. At 7:30 p.m., Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street, 212-769-7406; free. A schedule and details of further events are at (Allen)

Nunc (Sunday) Miranda Cuckson leads this chamber group, which she founded in 2007, in two premieres: a Diego Tedesco sextet, and Jonathan Dawe’s work for string trio and vocalist (Mary Mackenzie is the soprano). Also on a sprawling, intriguing bill are works by David Fulmer and Michael Jarrell, as well as Xenakis and Carter. At 8 p.m., 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Allen)

AMN Picks of the Week: Troum / Carrier, Beresford, Lambert, Edwards / Naked Truth / Forrest Fang

English: Steve Beresford

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Troum – Acouasme (2016)
Carrier / Beresford / Lambert / Edwards – OUTgoing (2016)
Naked Truth – Avian Thug (2016)
Forrest Fang – The Sleepwalker’s Ocean (2016)

DMG Newsletter January 22nd 2016

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: DMG.

Two from John Zorn: Madrigals for Six Female Voices & Hermetic Organ 4! Ches Smith/Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri on ECM! Three Fab Duos from Treader: John Tchicai & Evan Parker! John Edwards & Mark Sanders! Alex Ward & John Coxon!

New from Clean Feed: Harris Eisenstadt/Tony Malaby/Jeb Bishop/Jason Roebke! Darren Johnston & Fred Frith! Renku: Michael Attias/John Hebert/Satoshi Takeishi! Dre Hocevar Quintet & Chris Pitsiokos Protean Reality! Chippendale/Gustafsson/Pupillo!

Slopper Pup 2: Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Mats Gustafsson/Balazs Pandi! Naked Truth! Steven Wilson 4 1/2! 2 from Cuneiform: Ed Palermo Big Band! Naima! Sainko Namchylak! Tony Wilson & Pugs & Crows! Robert Ashley! Six from Neos: Helmut Lachenmann! Charles Wuorinen! Bernd Alois Zimmerman and lots more..!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, January 24th:

Sunday, January 31st Double-Header:
6pm: ANA ISMA VEIL – Solo Vocal CD Release Set

Sunday, February 7th:
7pm: JORGE E – Guitar / MICHAEL FOSTER – Sax / KEVIN SHEA – Drums

Sunday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day Special Event with:

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a Buddhist temple. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Music Always Free & the Vibes are Quite Cosy!

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.

Source: The New York Times.

Rez Abbasi’s Invocation (Saturday) Mr. Abbasi, a Pakistani-born guitarist with an ultramodern worldview, revives and extends a project of cultural translation with this ensemble, made up of first-tier collaborators: the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the pianist Vijay Iyer, the bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and the drummer Dan Weiss. They perform a new body of work — “Unfiltered Universe,” inspired by South Indian Carnatic classical traditions — with an additional partner, the cellist Elizabeth Means. At 8 p.m., Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street, 212-517-2742, (Nate Chinen)

Ralph Alessi Quartet (Tuesday through Jan. 31) The trumpeter Ralph Alessi has done strong, scintillating work in an acoustic quartet format in recent years, and his new album — “Quiver,” due out on ECM next month — keeps that momentum going. He’ll make his debut as a bandleader at the Village Vanguard with the same group, featuring Gary Versace on piano, Drew Gress on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Lucian BanMat Maneri New Quartet (Tuesday) The pianist Lucian Ban has a new album, “Songs From Afar,” that honors his Transylvanian folk heritage even as it pursues a modern chamber-jazz ideal. His essential partner on the album is the violist Mat Maneri, who rejoins him — with the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Gerald Cleaver — for a 9 p.m. slot in the weekly Konceptions Music Series. (A following set, at 10:30 p.m., will feature Simon Jermyn’s Trot a Mouse, led by Mr. Jermyn on electric bass, with Mr. Maneri, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums.) At Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

Caroline Davis Quintet (Saturday) Ms. Davis is an alto saxophonist, composer and academic with a strong connection to Chicago, though she now lives in Brooklyn; her new album, partly informed by her recent field research, is “Doors: Chicago Storylines.” She works here with Marquis Hill on trumpet, Julian Shore on piano, Tamir Shmerling on bass and Jaz Sawyer on drums. At 7 p.m., Fat Cat, 75 Christopher Street, West Village, 212-675-6056, (Chinen)

Donny McCaslin Quartet (through Sunday) This pugnacious, plugged-in band, led by the tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, has received a lot of well-deserved attention for its role on David Bowie’s valedictory album, “Blackstar.” Throughout the album, the quartet — with the keyboardist Jason Lindner, the electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and the drummer Mark Guiliana — hunkers down in deep-groove mode, providing something more essential and elusive than strict accompaniment. Nate Wood has been filling in on bass this week, but Mr. Lefebvre will rejoin the group on Sunday, its closing night. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary Bartz (Monday) The rumble of Mr. Tyner’s pianism has quieted a bit over the years, but he can still be a compelling stylist, especially in conjunction with Mr. Bartz, an incisive saxophonist and longtime ally. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592,