New Amsterdam Records Profiled

Source: WSJ.

Picture a roomful of New York record execs, and one might imagine some sleek Midtown office where cynical moguls strike big deals over cocktails and yellowtail tartare. Then there’s the crew at New Amsterdam Records, the prestigious local label known for releasing some of the nation’s most cutting-edge new classical and “post-genre” music. The setting for a recent listening session: their publicity director’s kitchen table. The spread: Popchips and coffee. Short on manpower, they did double-duty stuffing envelopes for a press mailing.

June at the Stone 

English: Erik Friedlander live at Saalfelden 2...

Source: New York’s Stone.

6/1 Wednesday (AI)
8 pm
The Vermilionaires (plus Lost Bayou Ramblers Unplugged)
The Vermilionaires: Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals) Andre Michot (accordion) Lost Bayou Ramblers Unplugged: Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals) Andre Michot (accordion, lapsteel) Eric Heigle (drums) Bryan Webre (bass) Jonny Campos (guitar)

10 pm
Spider and the Cajuns (Songs of The Pogues
Spider Stacy (whistle, vocals) Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals) Andre Michot (accordion, lap steel) Eric Heigle (drums) Bryan Webre (bass) Jonny Campos (guitar)

6/2 Thursday (JB)
8 pm
Beasts of the Southern Wild
David Kaplan (piano) Pauline Kim, Amanda Lo, Conrad Harris, Andie Springer (violins) Jeanann Dara (viola) Christine Kim (cello) Doug Ballet (bass) Matt Mead (trumpet) William Lang (trombone) Seth Faulk (percussion) Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals) Andre Michot (accordion) Bryan Webre (banjo) Jonny Campos (guitar)

10 pm
Le String Noise (Violins ’n’ Fiddles)
Pauline Kim, Conrad Harris (violins) Jacques Boudreaux (fiddle) Louis Michot (fiddle)

6/3 Friday (AK)
8 pm
Michot’s Melody Makers
Jacques Boudreaux (guitar) Kirkland Middleton (drums) Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals) Bryan Webre (bass)

10 pm
The Stoned
Jason Robira (drums) Spider Stacy (whistle) Jeff Tobias (sax) Louis Michot (guitar)

6/4 Saturday (LC)
8 pm
The Mello Joy Boys (Cajun Swing)
Ryan Brasseaux (lap steel) Bryan Webre (guitar) Kirkland Middleton (drums) Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals)

10 pm
Pilette’s Ghost
Zack Smith (drums) Louis Michot (fiddle)

6/5 Sunday (LCHM)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: MATT MITCHELL TRIO
Matt Mitchell (piano) Kim Cass (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)

8 pm
En Francais: Les Chansons Originale
Charlelie Couture (piano, guitar, vocals) Jacques Boudreaux (guitar, vocals) Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals) Bryan Webre (bass)

10 pm
Moi Tout Seul
Louis Michot (violin, accordion, guitar) Alex Steyermark (78 vinyl recorder)

6/7 Tuesday (NB)
8 pm
John Zorn’s Bagatelles
Mike Nicolas (cello) Erik Friedlander (cello)
From March to May 2015 John Zorn wrote 300 new tunes collected in a book of music called The Bagatelles. Like the Masada book (only more atonal) the compositions are meant to be interpreted by a wide range of musicians. Tonight two great cellists take up the challenge.

10 pm
Claws & Wings
Erik Friedlander (cello) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics)
Claws & Wings is written in memory of Erik’s late wife. He, along with his daughter, were left to ponder how to make sense of the loss, and how to move on. The music strongly resonates with Erik’s mind­set at the time: meditating on a life lost, regaining his balance, and then moving forward with optimism. Claws & Wings is dedicated to this ongoing process.

6/8 Wednesday (NB)
8 pm
50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet
(premiere)
Jennifer Choi (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Trevor Dunn (bass) Michael Sarin (percussion) Erik Friedlander (cello)
Fifty is a seriesof miniatures some as brief as 7 seconds that are snapshots of stylistic variety. The piece was composed for a commission from the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco in 2008 for the museum opening. Fifty has never been performed live, this will be the performance premiere.

10 pm
Vanishing Point (premiere)
Craig Taborn (piano) Erik Friedlander (cello)
The first time these two great improvisors have ever performed together. Come and hear the fireworks.

6/9 Thursday (ICS)
8 pm
Black Phebe “RINGS” (premiere)
Shoko Nagai (piano, accordion) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) Erik Friedlander (cello)

10 pm
Velvet White (premiere)
Erik Friedlander (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

6/10 Friday (DDT)
8 pm
Broken Arm Trio
Michael Sarin (drums) Trevor Dunn (bass) Erik Friedlander (cello)

10 pm
Arrullo de la Noche Honda (NY premiere)
Erik Friedlander (cello) Lucia Pulido (voice)

6/11 Saturday (AI)
8 pm
The Time Quartet (premiere)
Erik Friedlander (cello) Mark Helias (bass) Uri Caine (piano) Ches Smith (drums)
Join us for the exciting premier of this great new band. All new music!

10 pm
Oscalypso
Michael Blake (tenor saxophone) Erik Friedlander (cello) Michael Sarin (drums) Trevor Dunn (bass)

6/12 Sunday (ISAV)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: URI CAINE-JON IRABAGON
Jon Irabagon (sax) Uri Caine (piano)

8 pm
Illuminations
Erik Friedlander (cello)

10 pm
Nothing on Earth
Shoko Nagai (piano, accordion) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) Erik Friedlander (cello)

6/13 Monday (ICS)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: QUARTET ANIMULA and SECRET QUARTET
SECRET QUARTET: Cornelius Dufallo (violin) Jennifer Choi (violin) Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin (viola) Yves Dharamraj (cello) QUARTET ANIMULA: Pauline Kim (violin) Conrad Harris (violin) William Hakim (viola) Okkyung Lee (cello)
Two fabulous string quartets perform their arrangements of John Zorn’s Bagatelles!

6/14 Tuesday (HW)
8 and 10 pm
35 Year Anniversary of AMARCORD NINO ROTA
Hal Willner (samples & stuff) Giancarlo Vulcano (arranger) Steven BERNSTEIN (arranger, trumpet) Karen MANTLER (arranger, harmonica) Doug Wieselman (guitar, clarinet) & more
A revisit to my first project!

6/15 Wednesday (AK)
8 and 10 pm
The words and music of Ken Nordine’s “Word Jazz” & Del Close & John Brants’ “HOW TO SPEAK HIP”
Laurie Anderson (voice, violin), Adam McKay (voice) , Hal Willner (voice, samples) with Terry Adams (piano) & SPANISH FLY (Steve Bernstein (trumpet), Dave Tronzo (guitar), Marcus Rojas (tuba)

6/16 Thursday (HW)
8 pm
Whoops I’m An Indian performs a tribute to Joel Dorn
Martin Brumbach, Mocean Worker (Adam Dorn) & Hal Willner

10 pm
Allen Ginsberg – words and music
Terry Adams (piano) Hal Willner (voice)

6/17 Friday (AK)
8 and 10pm
LET’S EAT—FEASTING ON THE FIRESIGN THEATER
Hal Willner, Chloe Webb, Janine Nichols, a handful of Saturday Night Live alumni with Steve Weisberg & his Orchestra

6/18 Saturday (VP)
8 and 10 pm
GARTH HUDSON & HAL WILLNER & guests
Garth Hudson (organ, accordion, synth) Hal Willner (samples, turntables) Eric Mingus (voice guitar) & Karen Mantler (harmonica) & SPANISH FLY (Steve Bernstein (trumpet), Dave Tronzo (guitar), Marcus Rojas (tuba)

6/19 Sunday (ISNB)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: JIM BLACK TRIO
Elias Stemeseder (piano) Chris Tordini (bass) Jim Black (drums)

8 and 10 pm
DOING THE THINGS WE WANT TO
Chloe Webb (voice) Hal Willner (voice, samples) Lee Ranaldo, Don Fleming (guitar) Sim Cain (drums) Jacob Faulkner (bass) Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Doug Wieselman (woodwinds, voice)

6/21 Tuesday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Flow Trio with Joe McPhee
Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Joe Morris (bass) Charles Downs (drums) Joe McPhee (trumpets, saxophones)

6/22 Wednesday (JB)
8 pm
Matthew Shipp, Louie Belogenis, Ken Filiano and Michael Wimberly
Matthew Shipp (piano) Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Ken Filiano (bass) Michael Wimberly (drums)

10 pm
Rob Brown, Louie Belogenis, Roberta Piket and Billy Mintz
Rob Brown (alto sax) Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Roberta Piket (piano) Billy Mintz (drums)

6/23 Thursday (HW)
8 pm
Darius Jones, Louie Belogenis, Mark Hennen, Adam Lane and Michael Wimberly
Darius Jones (alto sax) Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Mark Hennen (piano) Adam Lane (bass) Michael Wimberly (drums)

10 pm
Louie Belogenis, Russ Lossing and Kenny Wollesen
Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Russ Lossing (piano) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

6/24 Friday (ICS)
8 and 10 pm
Twice Told Tales
Tony Malaby (soprano and tenor saxes) Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Trevor Dunn (bass) Ryan Sawyer (drums)

6/25 Saturday (HM)
8 and 10 pm
Blue Buddha
Dave Douglas (trumpet) Louie Belogenis (tenor sax) Bill Laswell (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

THE LAST OF THE BAGATELLES SUNDAY MATINEES!
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: MARK FELDMAN-CHRIS OTTO DUO
Mark Feldman (violin) Chris Otto (violin)

6/26 Sunday (AVHM)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: MARK FELDMAN-CHRIS OTTO DUO
Mark Feldman (violin) Chris Otto (violin)

430—630 pm
The Jeremy Steig Memorial Gathering
Jamie Baum, Anders Bostrom, Andrea Brachfeld, John Kruth, Erik Lawrence, Sarpay “SharpEye” Özçağatay, Cheryl Pyle , Premik Russell Tubbs (flutes) Roberta Piket (piano) Ratzo Harris (bass) Gerry Gibbs (drums)

8 pm
Ikue Mori, William Parker, Louie Belogenis, and Ches Smith
Ikue Mori (electronics) William Parker (bass) Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Ches Smith (drums)

10 pm
Daniel Carter, Louie Belogenis, Andrew Bemkey, Dave Hofstra and Lou Grassi
Daniel Carter (flute, clarinet, saxes, trumpet) Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Andrew Bemkey (piano) Dave Hofstra (bass) Lou Grassi (drums)

6/28 Tuesday (HW)
8 pm
Anthony Coleman and Matt Wilson
Anthony Coleman (piano) Matt Wilson (drums)

10 pm
Anthony Coleman and Eli Keszler
Anthony Coleman (piano) Eli Keszler (drums, percussion)

6/29 Wednesday (MJC)
8 pm
Anthony Coleman and Grant Calvin Weston
Anthony Coleman (piano) Grant Calvin Weston (drums)

10 pm
Michael Attias’ Without Autumn Sonata
Anthony Coleman (piano) Mike Pride (drums)

6/30 Thursday (BS)
8 pm
Anthony Coleman, Doug Wieselman and Billy Martin
Anthony Coleman (piano) Doug Wieselman (clarinet, guitar) Billy Martin (drums, percussion)

10 pm
James Brandon Lewis, Anthony Coleman, Brad Jones, J.T. Lewis
James Brandon Lewis (tenor sax) Anthony Coleman (piano) Brad Jones (bass) J.T. Lewis (drums)