This Week in New York 

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MARILYN NONKEN WITH SOUND ICON: VORTEX TEMPORUM REVISITED
Pianist Marilyn Nonken joins forces with the Boston-based ensemble Sound Icon to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Gérard Grisey.
Monday, May 23 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

PARALLELS | THE RHYTHM METHOD
The Rhythm Method string quartet will perform Parallels, a program that explores forbidden love, internal conflict, and poetic expression. Some of the central topics that run parallel in this program are the poetry of Baudelaire, life and death after war, and the question of how to define “Jewish” music in modern times. Centered around Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite, the program also features recently composed works by Alyssa Weinberg, Meaghan Burke, and Marina Kifferstein.
Monday, May 23 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door, $10 students/seniors
The Actors’ Temple, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY

JACK QUARTET PERFORMS WORLD AND NEW YORK PREMIERES | NY PHIL BIENNIAL
JACK Quartet performs a program featuring premieres by Cenk Ergün, Derek Bermel, and Marc Sabat.
Monday, May 23 at 8:30 PM
Tickets from $25
92nd Street Y, Buttenwieser Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

JENNIFER KOH’S SHARED MADNESS | NY PHIL BIENNIAL
Jennifer Koh premieres 30 violin showpieces written for her by the likes of Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Vijay Iyer, Kaija Saariaho, Julia Wolfe, and more.
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

NED ROTHENBERG’S RYU NASHI, NEW MUSIC FOR SHAKUHACHI
The evening will showcase original compositions for the 5-hole Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi.
Tuesday, May 24 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S NEW MUSIC NEW HAVEN | NY PHIL BIENNIAL
The concert features music by Charles Ives and premieres by Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis, Hannah Lash, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, and Hilary Purrington.
Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St, New York, NY

CONNECTIONS: AUSTRIA-AMERICA
ensemble mise-en performs works by Austrian and American composers.
Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 PM
Free
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

TAK PLAYS WORLD PREMIERES BY MARIO DIAZ DE LEON AND LEWIS NIELSON
TAK premieres Lewis Nielson’s Super Flumina-babylonis and Mario Diaz de Leon’s O Ignis Spiritus. Anne Cleare’s Unable to Create an Offscreen World (C) is also featured on the program.
Wednesday, May 25 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

WILDERNESS OF WOE: THE MUSIC OF SHAWN JAEGER
Contemporaneous premieres Shawn Jaeger’s Wilderness of Woe. Also on the program is Jaeger’s The Cold Pane and Thousands of Years to Make It What It Was.
Thursday, May 26 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

CANTATA PROFANA: ALICE IN WUNDERBAR | KETTLE CORN NEW MUSIC
Kettle Corn New Music (KCNM) and vocal and instrumental ensemble Cantata Profana join forces in this final show of their 2015-2016 seasons. The concert features music by Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti, Alex Weiser, and Unsuk Chin.
Friday, May 27 & May 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

NICK MERYHEW
Trombonist Nick Meryhew performs premieres by five Chicago-based composers.
Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

AMN Reviews: Sidney Bailin – 16-2-60-N-5 Works for Electronics & Piano [Ravello RR7933]

rr7933 - 16-2-60-n-5 - front coverThis first release of works by composer-mathematician Sidney Bailin represents a kind of cyclical return to an earlier field of practice. Bailin studied music with Roger Sessions, Otto Luening, Darius Milhaud and others before abandoning it for advanced studies in mathematics; more recently he has returned to composing for acoustic and electronic instruments.

Two of the three works on this CD are predominantly electronic. Speak, Child, and Reeds by the Shore were composed in the Audacity audio editing program using acoustic sound samples as source material. The former layers and manipulates recordings of Bailin’s infant son’s voice and percussion toys, making particularly effective use of the apparent spatialization of sound; the latter superimposes electronic facsimiles of saxophone and percussion over a recording of a piano repeating a single note. Space Rocks: Shapes and Shadows, performed by pianist Karolina Rojahn, is an engaging three-part work for prepared and unprepared piano that appropriates the ordinarily austere, discontinuous language of late modernism and turns it toward lyrical—and at times even romantic–ends.

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Daniel Barbiero

AMN Reviews: Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, May 21 – Zorn Marathon

image001IRWIN BLOCK

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – John Zorn’s music – his audacious, innovative spirit and knack for getting top performers to give it their all–dominated the third day of the Festival de Musique Actuelle in this quiet city 100 miles northeast of Montreal.

How could it not?

JohnZornBagatelles3Zorn’s brought the cream of his musical family here – 20 in all – for a nine-concert marathon in three separate shows lasting a total of 320 minutes, with two half-hour breaks. The festival is a major showcase of new and experimental music, now it its 32nd year.

Zorn didn’t play a note, but sitting in the wings, smiling and shaking his head in time with the beat, that spirit infused the marathon with a sense of history, the first time these pieces are played outside New York City.

The musicians played brilliantly and with considerable gusto from the 300-piece songbook called bagatelles that Zorn composed over three months– short pieces that could be played by any combination of instruments. The musicians were expected to develop the heads to suit their creative instincts.

Several hundred Zorn freaks sat quietly in chairs that covered the hockey arena floor, seemed enraptured by what they heard, and remained transfixed until the last note sounded at 1:20 a.m.

Bagatelles1-courvoisier Feldman (1)The first show opened with violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier sounding the most inspired by the atonal legacy of Viennese composer Anton Webern, whose Six Bagatelles for String Quartet sparked Zorn’s compositional zeal. Courvoisier roaming over the keys in Don-Pullen like flourishes as Feldman delivered concentrated and rapid-fire multi-octave bowing.

Bagatelles1-TriggerThe math-metal power trio called Trigger – Will Greene (electric guitar), Simon Hanes (electric bass), Aaron Edgcomb (drums) – changed the vibe with their high-energy attack, but as the next group, a quartet led by pianist Kris Davis was about to begin, the only incident of the festival unfolded.

Believing a photographer was breaking the festival’s no recording, no visuals rules. Zorn ordered him to stop filming, and unleashed a short tirade, telling the crowd it was for them, because he insisted on “respect for you, the audience.”

“This is a special, sacred event,” he intoned, insisting that no intermediaries should get between the audience and the performers. “We don’t give a fuck about what the press has to say, we’re here to perform for you,” he proclaimed, adding he was proud that only those in the audience will ever hear what they had to offer.

In all the performances of this music at Zorn’s The Stone, he boasted that not one recording has made it to YouTube.

Bagatelles1-Kris Davis QuartetSome journalists complained privately about not having access to fresh visuals, but Zorn’s action had no effect on the amazing music that soon ensued – pianist Kris Davis, with Mary Halvorson (electric guitar), Drew Gress (bass), and Tyhsawn Sorey (drums) played an intense, free-flowing, melodic and exploratory set that seemed propelled by logic even as it offered the unexpected.

Zorn commented: “They’ve got to do an encore for you because they’re just so fucking good.” The musicians responded with a beautiful piece that featured some brilliant guitar-piano call-and-response.

Bagatelles2-Craig Taborn-1Pianist Craig Taiborn led the second show with a solo outpouring in which he roamed over the keyboard combining intense percussiveness and melodic invention – earning two big hugs from Zorn.

Julian Lage and Gyan Riley sat side-by- side playing acoustic guitar, one soloing while the other accompanied, or playing off each other. They looked at each other constantly and their communication and coordination were so tight that it could hardly last for more than the 20 or so minutes of their gig.

Another power trio emerged when John Medeski took over on Hammond B-3 organ in an avant rock outing with the brazen electric guitarist David Fiuczynski and drummer Calvin Weston, both relatively new to the Zorn musical family. Medeski seemed to make the organ come alive, almost like an extension of his self. The music sang to us, even as it could be felt viscerally.

bagatelles 3 -Mary Halvorson Quartet-1It was ‘Round Midnight when the third segment got underway, first with guitarist Halvorson fronting a quartet of Miles Okazaki (electric guitar), bassist Drew Gress and drummer Thomas Fujiwara. By this time the marathon had a numbing effect on listeners – but the last two groups overcame that barrier.

JohnZornBagatelles3-asmodeus-2Pianist Uri Cain and Medeski on Hammond B-3 played together like two children with new toys – music that combined heart and mind, passion and skill, a total thrill. For the finale, Zorn emerged from the wings to seat himself cross-legged next to electric guitarist Marc Ribot (as he does with such groups as electric Masada) to direct him and band mates Trevor Dunn (electric bass) and the propulsive Tyshawn Sorey (drums) in a high-energy and at times frenzied attack on bagatelles charts – including choosing which they should play.

It was about 1:20 a.m. when all 20 musicians came on stage for final bows, each getting a handshake from a beaming Zorn.

The marathon overshadowed anything else we heard on Day 3. Still, the Vancouver-based Tony Wilson Sextet deserves praise for an outstanding performance.

Plying music from his excellent A Day’s Life CD (Drip Audio), electric guitarist/composer Wilson delivered stirring musical narratives based on his own harrowing days as a homeless drug abuser on Vancouver’s seamy east side. The music took us to his various experiences, thoughtfully interpreted and delivered passionately by his band that included two outstanding avant players – violinist Jesse Zubot and cellist Peggy Lee. Both deserve much wider recognition.

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All About Jazz Reviews

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Fire! Orchestra
Two Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras

Larry Coryell
Heavy Feel (Wide Hive Records)

Sonic Liberation 8 With Classical Revolution Trio & Oliver Lake
Bombogenic (High Two Recordings)

Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family
Beginning of A Memory (Palmetto Records)

Tomasz Dabrowski
S-O-L-O: 30th Birthday/30 Concerts/30 Cities (Barefoot Records)

FAT
FAT: (Living the Dream) (Abstract Logix)

Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser/Dominik Mahnig
Equal Poise (Leo Records)