Vijay Iyer Sextet Tour Dates for the Next Nine Months

Source: Vijay Iyer. These shows will be in support of his new album, Far From Over, featuring Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman, Mark Shim, Stephan Crump, and Tyshawn Sorey.

August 5 Newport, RI Newport Jazz Festival
Sept 4 Detroit, MI Detroit Jazz Festival
Sept 17 Monterey, CA Monterey Jazz Festival
Oct 20 Brooklyn, NY BRIC JazzFest
January 9-13 New York, NY Birdland
January 20 San Francisco, CA SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
April 27 Los Angeles, CA Walt Disney Hall
May 11 Appleton, WI Lawrence Memorial Chapel (Jazz Fest)

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Cantaloupe Music New Releases

American composer Terry Riley Interview at Lin...

Source: Cantaloupe Music.

Ars Nova Copenhagen
First Drop

Conducted by Paul Hillier since 2003, Denmark’s Ars Nova Copenhagen has built an immovable reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and inventive vocal ensembles. First Drop is testament to that spirit; it’s a wide-ranging and ambitious project that interprets the choral work of some of the giants of contemporary classical music, including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang and more.

John Luther Adams
Canticles of the Holy Wind

Lauded by the New York Times as a “…hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong,” John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Holy Wind, performed by the renowned chamber choir The Crossing, is his most technically challenging choral work, and yet the music’s mesmerizing aura of stillness encourages listening at its most elemental. The piece is composed for four choirs of eight singers each, and moves through spaces that are as fantastical (“Sky with Four Suns”) as they are serene (“The Hour of the Doves”), always with a connection to our inner world, as well as the world around us.

David Lang & Molly Barth
thorn

thorn is flutist and eighth blackbird founding member Molly Barth’s collection of short works by David Lang, and has been described as “…a varied yet consistent overview of Lang’s chamber music activities, a vital part of his output that deserves continued attention even as he moves into larger forms and more expansive concepts. The performances, by Barth and a small host of excellent associates (including fellow former blackbird Matt Albert on violin), strike just the right balance between nervous tension and technical security.” (Steve Smith, The Log Journal)

Bearthoven
Trios

Bearthoven is a small ensemble that has its roots in the Bang on a Can organization’s Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art—known worldwide as a mecca for emerging composers of adventurous contemporary music. Comprised of Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (upright & electric bass) and Matt Evans (percussion & drumkit), the group started in name only as a cheeky tribute to Beethoven, and quickly took on the mission of making art music more accessible to a wider range of listeners than the traditional “classical music” crowd. Trios features the work of six young composers and serves as a living blueprint of Bearthoven’s support network.

Alarm Will Sound & Meet the Composer
Splitting Adams

Conceived and realized in partnership with Q2 Music’s Peabody award-winning podcast Meet the Composer, Splitting Adams is Alarm Will Sound’s tribute to American composer John Adams, and in particular to his works Chamber Symphony (1992) and Son of Chamber Symphony (2007).

King Crimson Live Review

Source: burning ambulance.

King Crimson has existed in many incarnations since their inception approximately 50 years ago (they formed in 1968). During that time, the only consistent member has been guitarist and primary conceptual force Robert Fripp. The current lineup, at eight members strong, is the largest they’ve ever had. They recently played two nights at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ; I attended the first show.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Alexander von Schlippenbach, German jazz pianist

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

David S. Ware Trio – Live in New York, 2010 (AUM Fidelity, 2017) ****½
William Parker Quartets – Meditation/Resurrection (AUM Fidelity, 2017) ****
Hamid Drake & Sylvain Kassap – Heads or Tails (Rogueart, 2016 ) *****
The Art of Perelman-Shipp (Leo Records, 2017) – Part Two
The Art of Perelman-Shipp (Leo Records, 2017) – Part One
Morten Pedersen 5tet: Sammensurium (Barefoot Records, 2017) ****
The Firebirds – Aladdin’s Dream: The Firebirds play Carl Nielsen (Ilk Music, 2017) ****
Ellipsis – Bulawayo (Creative Sources, 2017) ****
Marcela Lucatelli / Erik Kimestad Pedersen / Henrik Olsson (Self Produced, 2017) ***½
Henrik Pultz Melbye – Frogs // Toads (Insula Jazz, 2017) ***
Tigers Mind – Paradiso Pudding Mix (Jvtlandt, 2017) ***
Blind Man’s Band (Insula Jazz, 2017) ***
Mark Solborg & Christian Skjødt – Omdrejninger (Ilk Music, 2017) *****
Kasper Tom / Alexander von Schlippenbach / Rudi Mahall – Abstract Window (WhyPlayJazz, 2017) ****½
Kira Skov / Maria Faust – In The Beginning (Stunt, 2017) ****½
Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre – Bygning G (Self Produced, 2017) ***½
Liudas Mockūnas / Arnas Mikalkėnas / Håkon Berre – Plunged (Barefoot Records, 2017) ***½
Jeppe Zeeberg – The Four Seasons (Barefoot Records, 2017) ****½
Rawfishboys – Fengling + The White Starline (DeWerf Records, 2017) ****
Zack Clarke — Random Acts of Order (Clean Feed, 2017) ****1/2