Newsbits: Talea Ensemble / Brotzmann & Leigh / Susan Alcorn / John Zorn / Irène Schweizer / Bassoon Weaponry

A recent Talea Ensemble performance is reviewed.

A Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh performance in Sydney is also reviewed.

Elysium Furnace Works is proud to present the acclaimed experimental pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, who will perform in a solo concert at the Howland Cultural Center on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. Opening for Ms. Alcorn will be the Beacon-based musician Mark Trecka.

John Zorn’s new album, Insurrection, gets a review.

Irène Schweizer has been given the Swiss Grand Award for Music 2018.

And in news of the unusual, a man’s bassoon was mistaken for a gun. Luckily for everyone, they did not have to pry it from his cold, dead hands.