All Star Ritual Trio in Pittsburgh

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...

Source: Pittsburgh New Music Net.

Sun Dec 11 7:30 pm $25 advance/$30 door
James Street Gastropub (Ballroom), 422 Foreland, North Side


Tickets at Juke Records (Bloomfield), Stedeford’s (North Side), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland)
and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side). Available online at

Jazz legends join together for the first time in two decades!

A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, David Murray is an American jazz musician who mainly plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He was initially influenced by free jazz musicians such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp and evolved a more diverse style in his playing and compositions. Murray set himself apart from most tenor players of his generation by not taking John Coltrane as his model. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s. He was named Village Voice Musician of the Decade, and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grammy, and the Danish Jazzpar Prize. He was recently in Pittsburgh performing with the World Saxophone Quartet courtesy of City of Asylum.

Harrison Bankhead is an American jazz musician who plays double bass and cello. He is one of the long-standing members of the AACM and worked in Chicago jazz scene with Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Von Freeman, Oliver Lake, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell and Dewey Redman. He was in Pittsburgh last year performing with Transatlantic avantjazz supergroup The Turbine.

Kahil El’Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. He regularly records for Delmark Records. He joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975. During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, and Paul Simon. He performs annually in Pittsburgh with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, usually around February.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Solo Discs by John Zorn! Thollem McDonas! Henry Kaiser/Alexei Pliousnine/Marco Eneidi/Jon Raskin/Scott R. Looney/Damon Smith/Gino Robair/John Hanes! Jack Wright & Zach Darrup! Van Der Graaf Generator! Jah Wobble & Keith Levene! Sun Ra Meets Merzbow! Steve Reich / Terry Riley!

The Delegation! Ingrid Laubrock’s Serpentines Reviewed! Michel Redolfi! Nadja! Francisco Ali-Brouchoud! Plus Archival Discs from Michael Snow! Dexter Gordon! Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band! Washington Phillips! Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra! Moondog! Bun-Ching Lam! Conrad Schnitzler and Ryuichi Sakamoto!

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

Sunday, November 13th:
6pm: GLOBAL INTERLUDE Featuring DAVID AARON / DAVE GOULD – Saxes and Drums & Toys

Sunday, November 20th: NYC Debut of FREE WORLD MUSIC Featuring:
6pm: LI DAIGUO and RICK PARKER- Cello/Pipa/Vocals and Trombone/Synth/Electronics

Sunday, December 4th:

Sunday, December 18th Double-Header:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA – Vocals / Violin

Monday Evening Concerts 2016/17 Season

Source: Monday Evening Concerts.

DECEMBER 10, 2016
Monday Evening Concerts opens its 78th concert season with Morton Feldman’s late-career masterwork for flute, piano and percussion soloists, Crippled Symmetry. Inspired by the intricate patterning of Anatolian rugs, Proust’s transfiguring fog of memory, and the perpetually evolving mobile-form sculptures of Alexander Calder, Feldman creates a hushed sound world in which lines function simultaneously interactively and independently. Subtly unfolding over the course of ninety minutes, Crippled Symmetry is Feldman’s meditative, existential response to the urgencies and anxieties of modern life.

JANUARY 23, 2017
MEC Ensemble
Jonathan Hepfer, conductor
Richard Valitutto, piano
Brendan Nguyen, piano
Todd Moellenberg, piano
Joseph Kubera, piano

MARCH 6, 2017
Ever since its earliest days in the 1930s, Monday Evening Concerts has striven to find kindred musical spirits from diverse historical epochs. In the third concert of our season, we pair the works of two composers: Michael Pisaro and Guillame de Machaut. Pisaro, who lives in Los Angeles, is one of the foremost representatives of the Wandelweiser Group. Writing pieces that feature microtonal electric guitar, bowed percussion, field recordings, rustling pine cones and choir, Pisaro has garnered wide critical acclaim. His counterpart on this concert, Guillaume de Machaut, was one of the great poets and musicians of 14th Century France. While the surfaces of these respective composers’ works differ greatly, by placing them side by side, we examine the deeper connections that exist between these sublime artists separated by seven centuries.

MARCH 27, 2017
MEC presents its third installation of its “New Voices” series, this time featuring two of the established giants of the avant-garde – Chaya Czernowin and Helmut Lachenmann – alongside the rising stars Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri and Trevor Bača. In this concert, we hear three generations of living visionaries and observe the way each composer sought to (or seeks to) express themselves at the dawns of their respective maturities, as interpreted by Los Angeles’ own Formalist Quartet and the brilliant French cellist Séverine Ballon.

APRIL 24, 2017
For our season finale, Monday Evening Concerts presents the return of the Talea Ensemble in the West Coast premiere of Georges Aperghis‘ Happy End for chamber orchestra, electronics, animated video and prerecorded voices. Widely celebrated in Europe, but virtually unknown in California, Aperghis is one of the most original and masterful voices in music today. Extroverted, theatrical, virtuosic, playful and profound, the musical language of Aperghis is vivid and unforgettable. Happy End is Aperghis’ musical re-telling of Charles Perrault’s classic children’s tale, Little Thumb, from 1697.

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

ANTHONY CHEUNG (Friday) A composer portrait of sorts, which enlists the Talea Ensemble to celebrate the release of a new recording on the Wergo label. Mr. Cheung plays his own piano suite, “Roundabouts,” and the violinist Yuki Numata Resnick presents the premiere of a new addition to “Character Studies.” On a larger scale are “Refrain From Riffing,” for harp and saxophone, plus “Centripedalocity,” to be conducted by the omnipresent James Baker. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Allen)

COMPOSER PORTRAITS: LEI LIANG (Thursday) The Chinese-born composer Lei Liang, who came to America to study at the New England Conservatory and Harvard, has long been on the faculty at University of California, San Diego. For this Miller Theater program devoted to Mr. Liang, which includes a premiere, a roster of impressive artists will perform, including the chamber ensemble Loadbang and the JACK Quartet, with Steven Schick conducting. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Tommasini)

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION (Thursday through Nov. 20) “See You Later” is the title of this thought-provoking program of new music staged, with cinematic elements, by the innovative theater company Cryptic. Sharing the program are Gavin Bryars’s “The Other Side of the River,” Peter Garland’s “Apple Blossom” and David T. Little’s “Haunt of Last Nightfall,” a musical investigation of the gruesome El Mozote massacre, which took place in 1981 during the Salvadoran civil war. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, N.J., 973-655-5112, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

WHITE LIGHT FESTIVAL (Saturday, Monday through Wednesday) The glittering pomp of a 16th-century Venetian state ceremony promises to fill Alice Tully Hall on Saturday when the conductor Paul McCreesh and his ensemble Gabrieli recreate the 1595 coronation of Doge Marino Grimani. From Monday through Wednesday, the artist William Kentridge joins forces with the Handspring Puppet Company to stage Monteverdi’s “The Return of Ulysses” at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, with live music provided by the Ricercar Consort under the direction of Philippe Pierlot. And the ever-inventive pianist Jeremy Denk draws a wide arc across time periods on Wednesday with “Medieval to Modern,” a recital at Alice Tully Hall that includes more Monteverdi as well as music by Machaut, Bach, Ligeti and Philip Glass. Full schedule online at (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

LOVE AND MUSIC: CELEBRATING CONNIE CROTHERS (Sunday) Ms. Crothers was a pianist and teacher who carried on the legacy of Lennie Tristano, while carving her own path as a melodic improviser. She died this year at 75, and will be celebrated here by a panoply of admirers in the avant-garde, including the bassists Michael Bisio and Ken Filiano, the saxophonists Jemeel Moondoc and Rob Brown, and the vocalists Jay Clayton and Andrea Wolper. At 4:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

ERIK FRIEDLANDER’S BLACK PHEBE (Thursday) Mr. Friedlander is a cellist at home in both experimental and rootsy terrain, and adept at reconciling the two. He has a fine new album, “Rings,” featuring a trio he calls Black Phebe, with Shoko Nagai on piano and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion; it appears on the Interpretations concert series alongside the Same Animal Band, led by the guitarist David First. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

MCCOY TYNER QUARTET (Monday and Tuesday) The rumble of Mr. Tyner’s pianism has quieted a bit over the years, but he’s still a compelling stylist — especially alongside Gary Bartz, the incisive saxophonist and longtime ally who joins him here, in a band with Gerald Cannon on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, (Chinen)