From: The New York Times.
VIJAY IYER SEXTET at Birdland (Jan. 9-13, 8:30 and 11 p.m.). Mr. Iyer’s sextet was one of the most discussed stories in creative music last year, when it released a stalwart debut album, “Far From Over.” The group plays this pianist’s compositions, which cut and weave while maintaining solid structures, and build much of their energy around the jagged interplay of the three-horn front line. The sextet appears here with the lineup from the album: Graham Haynes on cornet, flugelhorn and electronics; Steve Lehman on alto saxophone; Mark Shim on tenor saxophone; Stephan Crump on bass; and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. (Marcus Gilmore takes Mr. Sorey’s place on Jan. 12 and 13.)
AMIRTHA KIDAMBI AND SAM NEWSOME/JAMES BRANDON LEWIS AND ARUAN ORTIZ at the Clemente (Jan. 9, 7 p.m.). The vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, who frequently doubles on harmonium, takes a holistic approach to singing, which can mean treating every element as unfixed: Words can be opened up, rendered nonspecific. Melody can be repeated and frozen and stuck in place. Markings of rhythm can become utterly abstract, freed from cadence. She appears here in duo with Sam Newsome, a soprano saxophonist whose solo performances often deconstruct the workings of his own instrument in a similar way. Earlier in the evening, the tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and the pianist Aruan Ortiz — both prodigious experimenters — will also play in a duo. This concert is part of Arts for Art’s monthlong “Justice Is Compassion, Action Is Power” festival, which ends later in the week. artsforart.org/evolving