AMN Picks of the Week: Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord / Vaults of Zin / Iyer & Smith / Naima / Gareth Davis & Merzbow

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...

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.

Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Bring Their ‘A’ Game (2016)
Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Make the Magic Happen (2016)
Vaults of Zin – Kadath (2016)
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (2016)
Naima – Bye (2016)
Gareth Davis / Merzbow – Atsusaku (2016)

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Coming to Portland in February

Source: Portland’s Creative Music Guild.

OUTSET SERIES
Matt Hannafin & Machete Order
February 3, 2016 — 8pm
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn, Turn, Turn
8 ne Killingsworth

CONFLUENCE: THE VISITING ARTIST SERIES
Ches Smith / Craig Taborn / Mat Maneri & Blue Cranes
February 15, 2015 — 8pm
$15-20, sliding scale
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

OUTSET SERIES
Daniel Charles Hunt & Survival Skills
February 17, 2016 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn, Turn, Turn
8 ne Killingsworth

February at the Cornelia Street Cafe

Mark Helias at Cornelia street cafe Pnoto: Cla...

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Tuesday, Feb 09 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
THE DAVE SCOTT QUINTET, CD RELEASE: BROOKLYN AURA
Dave Scott, trumpet; Rich Perry, tenor sax; Jacob Sacks, piano; Peter Brendler, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums

Wednesday, Feb 10 – 9:30PM
VINNIE SPERRAZZA QUARTET
Vinnie Sperrazza, drums; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Ben Monder, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass

Friday, Feb 12 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
ELLERY ESKELIN TRIO
Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax; Christian Weber, bass; Michael GreenAir, drums

Saturday, Feb 13 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
LUCIAN BAN & MAT MANERI TUBA PROJECT FEATURING BILLY HART
Mat Maneri, viola, comp.; Bruce Williams, alto sax; Lucian Ban, piano, comp.; Bob Stewart, tuba; Billy Hart, drums

Wednesday, Feb 17 – 9:30PM
BASSDRUMBONE
Ray Anderson, trombone; Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums

Friday, Feb 26 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
THE JAMIE BAUM SEPTET +
Jamie Baum, flutes; Amir ElSaffar, trumpet; Sam Sadigursky, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Komer, french horn; Brad Shepik, guitar; John Escreet, piano; Zack Lober, bass; Jeff Hirshfield, drums

SLM Ensemble: TransForm at Symphony Space in February

Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007

Source: Symphony Space.

SLM Ensemble: TransForm
An Evening of Experimental Music Works
Friday February 19, 2016 8:00PM

Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone
David Morales Boroff, violin
Min Xiao-Fen, pipa
Ned Rothenberg, alto saxophone, bass clarinet
David Taylor, bass trombone
Denman Maroney, piano
Gerry Hemingway, drumset
Sam Pluta, computer, electronics
Doug Van Nort, computer, electronics
Mark Dresser, bass, composer
Sarah Weaver, conductor, composer

Program:
“Newtown Char” by Mark Dresser
“Universal Synchrony Music” by Sarah Weaver

The SLM Ensemble will perform TransForm, an evening of experimental music works integrating influences of jazz, contemporary music, improvisation, computer music, and the innovative individual languages of the performers. “Newtown Char” (2015) was composed as a musical response to the tragic events of Newtown, Connecticut and Charleston, South Carolina. In the spirit of John Coltrane’s “Alabama” this title creates a performative context. An invocation by the bass clarinet leads into a slow ostinato in 15/8, with cross-flowing descending triads. A plaintive melody lends itself to expressionistic improvisational developments and soloism into layers of musical and emotional interdependence. “Universal Synchrony Music” (2013-2016) is a multi-year electroacoustic project in collaboration with the NASA Kepler Mission and NASA ArtSpace exploring musical, technological, and metaphorical realizations of synchrony. Sonification of data on stars and planets in the Kepler field 1000-3000 light years away is utilized for presence across distance, inherent expressions of multiplanetary habitable systems, and interactions for synchrony. TransForm expresses new synthesis and creation through this music into the future.