This Week in New York

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

EITHER/OR: PRECURSORS AND PARALLELS | POP-UP CONCERTS
This Pop-Up celebrates a number of groundbreaking composers whose work weaves together the musical traditions of Romania with international influences—especially the use of mathematics in acoustic exploration. It traces the development of spectral music from George Enescu to Stefan Niculescu to his student Horatiu Radulescu, as well as the parallel explorations of Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis.
Tuesday, March 1 at 6:00 PM
Free
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

TANGENT: ROBOTICA | AVANT MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tangents at the 2016 Avant Music Festival closes with Dafna Naphtali’s Robotica, inspired by the work of Al-Jazari, the 13th century Mesopotamian inventor and author of the Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.
Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12, $8 students/seniors
Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY

IN CELEBRATION OF STEVEN STUCKY
Chris Grymes presents an evening of songs in celebration of the life of Steven Stucky. The program will include performances of music that inspired, and was inspired by, the composer, including works by Brahms, Debussy, and Lutoslawski, Harold Meltzer and a world premiere written for this occasion by Christopher Stark. This concert features Stucky’s dear friends and musicians Xak Bjerken, Mimi Stillman, Caroline Stinson, Blair McMillen, and Laura Strickland, with more to be announced.
Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

LEE RANALDO & DITHER | ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sonic Youth founding member Lee Ranaldo and the experimental electric guitar quartet Dither perform Hurricane Transcriptions, a series of songs bridged with instrumental pieces.
Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $15 students
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

R. ANDREW LEE PREMIERES WALLER AND KNIGHT
Pianist R. Andrew Lee performs music for solo piano by Michael Vincent Waller, William Duckworth, and Adrian Knight.
Wednesday, March 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

EITHER/OR: CHAMBER MUSIC OF ANA-MARIA AVRAM | POP-UP CONCERTS
Either/Or performs the chamber music of Ana-Maria Avram at this Pop-Up Concert.
Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 PM
Free
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

PERMUTATIONS030316: BEARTHOVEN
Fresh off their midwest tour, Bearthoven returns to NYC for a homecoming show featuring their three new commissions for the 2015-2016 season. These new works by Amanda Feery, Adrian Knight, and Charlie Wilmoth, made possible by the Johnstone Fund for New Music, are the latest installment in the trio’s rapidly growing catalogue of commissions.
Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Benzaquen Hall, 250 West 37th Street, New York, NY

RANDY GIBSON | AVANT MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 2016 Avant Music Festival closes with the world premiere of Gibson’s immersive drone-epic Apparitions of The Four Pillars in The Midwinter Starfield Symmetry in a setting of Quadrilateral Starfield Symmety A:L Base 11:273 in The 181 Profusion. Lasting between three and four hours, it is played by a sextet with voices and instruments, underpinned throughout by a harmonically complex drone rooted in a 72 hz (low ‘D’) fundamental tone.
Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $16, $12 students/seniors
Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, New York, NY

LIVE45
New Thread Quartet performs the music of Diarmid Flatley and Spencer Arias.
Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

IANCU DUMITRESCU | COMPOSER PORTRAITS
Either/Or performs the music of Romanian composer Iancu Dumitrescu.
Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

AUGUSTUS ARNON
Augustus Arnon presents the complete solo piano works of Milton Babbitt.
Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

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This Week in Buenos Aires

Source: Buenos Aires, su Nueva Musica.

MARCH 1 – 19 hs
IMPROVISARTE @ CCEBA (Florida 943).
Javier Moreno Sánchez, bass
Ernesto Jodos, piano
Sergio Verdinelli , drums
Rodrigo Dominguez, saxophones

MARCH 3 @ Suipacha 384, CABA
ELSTEIN6.
Emma Famin: clarinete, alto sax.
Lucas Goicoechea: alto sax.
Vio Garcia: cello.
Juan Bayon: contrabass.
Maximiliano Kirszner: contrabass.
Andrés Elstein: drums

MARCH 4, 20:00 hs.
FREE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016 @ Espacio Cultural del Sur, Av. Caseros 1750,

SET I– Pancho Saminovich (, guitar ).

SET II–Tekó Porá : Carolina Rovira (contrabass), Ramiro Larrain (winds), Omar Grondoso (trombone), Osvaldo La Porta (guitar).

SET III -King Kong:, Mariano Monrad (soprano sax ), Walter Cuestas tenor sax ), Martín González (trumpet), Eseban Belén (bass), Carlso Vuelta ( drums )

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Paul Jebanasam – Continuum
Simon Balestrazzi – Ultrasonic Bathing Apparatus
Achim Wollscheid & Bernhard Schreiner – Calibrated Contingency
Lost Fairy Realm – Lost Fairy Realm
Ivar Grydeland – Stop Freeze Wait Eat
Jute Gyte – Dialectctics
Z’ev – The Dossier Years
H.P. Lovecraft – The Hound & The Music Of Erich Zann

AMN Reviews: Magma – Triton Zelekt Zund 1 (2016; Jazz Village)

71HI-oIp9hL._SX425_Part of the massive 12-disc Kohnzert Zund boxed set of Magma‘s official live recordings, Triton Zelekt Zund 1 captures a 2005 concert. Unlike many Magma live releases (official or otherwise), the music herein is sourced exclusively from their self-titled debut, their mid-to-late 70’s efforts Üdü Ẁüdü and Attahk, as well as 1984’s Merci. While these three albums are usually not listed as “essential Magma” by fans, this recording may change a few minds.

Kicking off with Stoah from 1970’s Magma, the harsh vocal utterances on the studio version are replaced by distorted guitar. Then, the entire group heads into a chaotic free-improv jam, something that Magma rarely has done in the studio. Otherwise, this version of the track features the expected martial chanting, dominant horns, and flute interlude.

Photo du concert de Magma à la salle des Fetes...

Next up is De Futura from Üdü Ẁüdü, opening with that track’s signature guitar lead, followed by 17 minutes of pounding, bass-heavy rhythms and ominous chanting. Toward the end, as the tempo increases, and the mix of male and female vocals reach a transcendent crescendo. The Last Seven Minutes from Attahk, follows, with its bristling repetitive bass lines and catchy-yet-strange choral voices. Magma turns up the speed on this one, moving through the track at a breakneck pace, yet making it last eleven minutes instead of the nominal seven.

The next tracks are two that I had never felt much affection for on the studio albums: Nono from Attahk and Otis from Merci. For the former, I’ve now done a 180-degree turn, as the version herein makes the vocal melodies quite appealing, while the rhythms slowly build tension and then release. In fact, I’m finding Nono to be the unexpected highlight of this release. Otis also has its appeal, as a slower, more straight-forward, funk-inflected Magma piece.

Français : Photo du concert de Magma à la sall...

Kobaia, the opening track from the band’s first album finishes things off with more free-jazz blowing and distinct vocal phrasing.  This choice is quite fitting – the album comes full circle, as Magma has to some extent. Known for putting out their most powerful material between 1971 and 1975, forty years later Magma continues to record and tour, producing some of the best material of their career. Triton Zelekt Zund 1 is yet another excellent post-2000 recording from this venerable, yet cosmically powerful group.

The Cornelia Street Cafe in March

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Wednesday, Mar 09 – 8:00PM
JEFF DAVIS, DRAGON FATHER BAND
Jason Rigby, tenor, soprano sax; Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Jon Goldberger, guitar; Russ Lossing, piano; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Jeff Davis, drums, comp.

Thursday, Mar 10 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
BEN MONDER & ANDREW CYRILLE
Ben Monder, guitar; Andrew Cyrille, drums

Friday, Mar 11 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
JACOB SACKS QUARTET
Jacob Sacks, piano; Eivand Opsvik, bass

Saturday, Mar 12 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TONY MALABY QUARTET
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Hank Roberts, cello; Michael Formanek, bass; Ben Perowski, drums

Monday, Mar 21 – 8:30PM
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING SEPTET
Thomas Heberer, sax; Jon Irabagon, piano; Dave Taylor, bass; Brandon Seabrook, drums; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums

Tuesday, Mar 22 – 8:00PM
SHARP PLAYS MONK, SHARP PLAYS SHARP
Elliott Sharp, guitar

Tuesday, Mar 22 – 9:30PM
BOOTSTRAPPERS, ELLIOTT SHARP & FRIENDS
Elliott Sharp, guitar; David Hofstra, bass; Don McKenzie, drums

Friday, Mar 25 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TYSHAWN SOREY TRIO
Tyshawn Sorey, drums, comp.; Cory Smythe, piano; Chris Tordini, bass

Saturday, Mar 26 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TYSHAWN SOREY TRIO
Tyshawn Sorey, drums, comp.; Cory Smythe, piano; Chris Tordini, bass

Georg Friedrich Haas in NY Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

The American premiere of “I Can’t Breathe,” a solo-trumpet work written in memory of Eric Garner, had to be nixed, for health reasons. “I Can’t Breathe” would have been the centerpiece of Friday’s concert by the Talea Ensemble, the second in a two-part tribute to Mr. Haas’s music that the Austrian Cultural Forum presented last week, which included a performance by the JACK Quartet of “In iij. Noct.” on Wednesday. If the remaining program felt thin, the evening still offered plenty of evidence of Mr. Haas’s uncanny command of texture and tone color and the emotional weight he wrests from subtle intonation games. But Wednesday’s intensely beautiful performance by the JACK was a hard act to follow. “In iij. Noct.” is a string quartet meant to be performed in complete can’t-see-your-hand-before-your-eyes darkness.