Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Jason Kao Hwang live at Saalfelden 20...

Source: The New York Times.

THE MUSIC OF KARL BERGER at Greenwich House Music School (May 13, 8 p.m.). “They are simply statements that want to happen”: That’s how the multi-instrumentalist, composer and radical pedagogue Karl Berger describes the gently protean piano music he has written over the past several years. These compositions declare no specific direction, changing keys and harmonic shape with a smoky languor. Mr. Berger — a founding artistic director of the influential Creative Music Studio in upstate New York — has released two albums of piano music on the Tzadik label since 2010, the first a solo album and the second with a trio. At this concert he will debut the third and final suite in the series, and he’ll be joined by Steve Gorn on clarinet, Jason Kao Hwang on viola, Tomas Ulrich on cello, Ken Filiano on bass and Sana Nagano on violin.
212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org

SATOSHI TAKEISHI at the Stone (May 16-21, 8:30 p.m.). Mr. Takeishi, a percussionist, hails from Japan but draws much of his inspiration from the music of South America, particularly Colombia. He favors music of humid exposure, often slow or sparse enough to take you into a deeply receptive place. In residence next week at the Stone, Mr. Takeishi will perform with a different group each night. Look out for his duet on Wednesday with the saxophonist Michael Attias, and his trio on May 21 with the vocalist Fay Victor and the clarinetist Ned Rothenberg.
212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com

KEN VANDERMARK AND NATE WOOLEY at Issue Project Room (May 16, 8 p.m.). Mr. Vandermark and Mr. Wooley are anti-path musicians: As composers and improvisers, they find their destination without following a known route. Mr. Vandermark, a MacArthur fellow, plays saxophones and clarinets. Mr. Wooley is a trumpeter (in his solo work, he uses effects and loops as well). They have released two lovely duo albums — both streaming on Bandcamp — that treat atonality and absence as compatriots to melody. Moments of harmonic clarity are rare, and they tend to arrive by happenstance. Mr. Vandermark and Mr. Wooley are using their current tour to develop a series of long-form compositions.
718-330-0313, issueprojectroom.org