Jazz Concerts in NYC This Weekend 

English: Erik Friedlander live at Saalfelden 2...

Source: The New York Times.

KRALLICE at Mercury Lounge (April 6, 7:30 p.m.). This well-regarded New York progressive metal group released two full-length albums last year: “Loüm,” a highly concentrated collaboration with Dave Edwardson of Neurosis, and “Go Be Forgotten,” an inventive, restless set that seemed to sum up the advances Krallice has made over a decade on the creative vanguard of their genre. Enjoy the artful noise at this club show.
877-987-6487, mercuryeastpresents.com/mercurylounge

ERIK FRIEDLANDER at Dixon Place (April 11, 7:30 p.m.). As a cellist, Erik Friedlander is immediately well positioned to stretch and blur the sounds of a typical jazz ensemble. (Not that he plays much with those kinds of bands exactly.) So he’s well suited to the task at hand on “Artemisia,” his new album, which was inspired at first by Pablo Picasso’s “Glass of Absinthe” sculptures, and then by the history of absinthe, a hallucinatory intoxicant. With the help of Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums, Mr. Friedlander craftily conjures something like intoxication and euphoria, without any crude parroting. He and the band from the album will perform at Dixon Place’s intimate theater.
dixonplace.org

‘A TRIPLE BILL OF ADVENTUROUS NEW MUSIC’ at the Cell (April 7, 7 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and the drummer Chad Taylor both improvise in a way that runs rampant and discursive, but their music stays firmly centered in their bodies. Things never go adrift or become overtly theoretical; this is lived music, physical and direct. The duo just released “Radiant Imprints,” an excellent album documenting their interchange, studded with some personal reworkings of John Coltrane themes. Mr. Lewis and Mr. Taylor appear here on a three-part bill that includes another noteworthy duo — Pheeroan akLaff on drums and Mikan Nitta on the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute — and the Rob Reddy Ensemble, which will play the bandleader’s harmonically adventurous compositions.
646-861-2253, thecelltheatre.org

JOHN ZORN’S ‘MASADA’ at Symphony Space (April 12, 8 p.m.). Mr. Zorn, a saxophonist and avant-garde pioneer, is celebrating the release of “The Book Beriah,” the third and final volume of his 613-song epic, “Masada,” based on the Torah’s commandments. “The Book Beriah” is divided among 11 discs, each performed by a different ensemble. This concert features three bands from the new release: Zion80, playing a series of compositions titled “Hod”; Secret Chiefs 3, performing “Malkhut”; and Banquet of the Spirits, led by the percussionist Cyro Baptista, doing “Yesod.”
212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org

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