Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

‘CONQUISTADOR! THE LEGACY OF CECIL TAYLOR’ at the Clemente/Soto Vélez Cultural Center (Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.). The pianist Cecil Taylor was a world-altering talent, a hero of modern American creativity whose only loyalty was to the promise of invention. He pried at the languages of bebop and stride and Romantic piano, breaking them open and refusing to suture them back together into any sort of hybrid. Taylor died in April at 89, and this event pays tribute to his artistry in an appropriately broad fashion: with music from the pianists Craig Taborn, Kris Davis and Matthew Shipp, as well as the drummer Andrew Cyrille (who played with Taylor in the 1960s and ’70s); poetry from Tracie Morris and Steve Dalachinsky; and readings from the scholars Fred Moten and Adam Shatz.
212-998-2101, nyihumanities.org

SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO AND NATE WOOLEY (Dec. 3, 8 p.m.). The pianist Sylvie Courvoisier recently released a sneakily expansive album — packed with small surprises and irreverent redirections — titled “D’Agala.” She appears here with the trio from that recording: Drew Gress on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums. After a set break, she will join the trumpeter Nate Wooley in a different group, with the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and the vibraphonist Matt Moran, playing the fourth installment of Wooley’s “Battle Pieces.” This continuing work, specifically built to feature these four musicians, mixes free improvisation with flexible miniature elements composed by Wooley.
917-267-0368, roulette.org

FORWARD FESTIVAL at ShapeShifter Lab (Dec. 6-7, 7 p.m.). An independent label devoted to presenting concerts as well as releasing albums, 577 Records convenes its annual festival, featuring eight sets over two nights from a range of experimental improvisers. On Thursday the bill includes a performance from the British saxophonist Rachel Musson, playing solo, and one by a quartet featuring both of the label’s founders: the versatile wind instrumentalist Daniel Carter and the drummer Federico Ughi (the group also features the pianist Mary Anne Driscoll and the bassist William Parker). The following night, the electronic musician Tobias Wilner will give a solo set under the name Bichi, and New York United, a quintet featuring Carter and Ughi, will close the evening.
shapeshifterlab.com

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN at Le Poisson Rouge (Dec. 2, 8 p.m.). Since the release of his 2015 album, “In the Moment,” McCraven, a drummer, has become one of improvised music’s vanguard bandleaders. His latest record, “Universal Beings,” collects performances in four cities across the United States and Britain, each with a different band; after the shows, using an approach that’s become his calling card, McCraven sliced up the recordings and created original tracks that, at their best, feel as fresh as the live performances themselves. He performs here with many of the musicians who appear on “Universal Beings,” including the New York-based harpist Brandee Younger, the Los Angeles violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, the British tenor saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia, and the Chicagoan bassist Junius Paul.
212-505-3474, lpr.com

PHAROAH SANDERS at Birdland (Dec. 4-8, 8:30 and 11 p.m.). When John Coltrane died unexpectedly in 1967, leaving the jazz world in shock, Pharoah Sanders came to be seen as the musician best equipped to carry his torch. (He had played in some of Coltrane’s last ensembles, then joined the band of Alice Coltrane.) Ever since Sanders has remained a symbol of the upward-bound spiritual jazz that took root in that era. Now 78, he retains an ebullient stage presence and a broad, enchanting tenor saxophone sound. Sanders appears here in a quartet featuring William Henderson on piano, Nat Reeves on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com

Vital Weekly Reviews 1159

Source: Vital Weekly.

FEDERICO DURAND – PEQUENAS MELODIAS (CD/LP by IIKKI) *
ADAM HOPKINS CRICKETS – MUDBALL (CD by Out of Your Head Records)
RENE LUSSIER QUINTETTE – SAME (CD by Circum Disc)
JEFF MORRIS – INTERFACES (CD by Ravello Records)
O YUKI CONJUGATE – SCENE IN MIRAGE (LP/CDR by OYCLimited) *
MARIACHI (LP by Doubtful Sounds/No Lagos Musique)
ANDREAS O. HIRSCH – EARLY CARBOPHONICS (10″ by Makiphon)
OGROB – EXOCRIME/GENERATIONS (7″ lathe cut by Fissile)
TOM WHITE – RUN AMOK (CDR by Glistening Examples) *
SIMON WHETHAM – CAL Y CANTO (CDR by Glistening Examples) *
COLIN ANDREW SHEFFIELD – REPAIR ME NOW (CDR by Glistening Examples) *
SIMON VINCENT – AUTUMN REVELATIONS (CDR by Vision Of Sound) *
TAKUJI NAKA/TIM OLIVE – QUINCE (CDR by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
LISA CAMERON & ROBERT HORON – THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS (CDR by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
MARKUS MEHR – LIQUID EMPIRES (cassette by Hidden Shoal Recordings) *
LÄRMSCHUTZ – REJECTED SOUNDTRACKS VOL. 1: PARADIGME (cassette by Faux Amis)
AR.MA – WINTER (cassette by Plaza Zachodnia) *
TAKAHIRO MUKAI – THE PASSION OF VOJTEK (cassette by Plaza Zachodnia) *
PLEQ & PHILIPPE LAMY – SPACE (cassette by Plaza Zachodnia) *
FRIEDRICH JÜRGENSON – FROM THE STUDIO FOR AUDIOSCOPIC RESEARCH (USB by Parapsychic Acoustic Research Cooperative/Ash International/Spectral Electric) *

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

The Runcible Quintet – “Four” (FMR, 2018)

Joe McPhee / Hamid Drake – “Keep Going” (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2018)

Peter Evans – “The Veil” (More Is More, 2018)

MARS WILLIAMS – “MARS WILLIAMS PRESENTS: AN AYLER XMAS VOL 2” (Soul What Records/ESP Disk, 2018)

David Byrd-Marrow/Peter Evans – “Eye of the Mind” (More Is More, 2018)

Malin Bang/Curious Chamber Players/UmeDuo/Karin Helqvist – “Structures of Light and Spruce” (Neos, 2018)

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet – “Time Like This” (Intakt, 2018)

December at the Cornelia Street Cafe

Source: Cornelia Street Cafe.

Saturday, Dec 01 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
JOE MORRIS TRIO
Joe Morris , guitar; Dezron Douglas, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums

The legendary master improviser Joe Morris teams up with longtime collaborator Gerald Cleaver and, for the first time, the great young bassist, Dezron Douglas. The three will improvise their way through the night and offer a unique perspective of the guitar trio.

Sunday, Dec 02 – 6:00PM
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: POLYPHONIC MINDS: NEUROSCIENCE AND CUBIST JAZZ
Dave Soldier, host
Peter Pesic, author; Denman Maroney, piano; Ratzo Harris, bass; Bob Meyer, drums; Lisa Karrer, vocalist; Wally Glickman, poet

Many voices sounding together: how do musicians intertwine them? how does the mind make sense of them? Peter Pesic, author of Polyphonic Minds: Music of the Hemispheres and Music and the Making of Modern Science (both from MIT Press) will speak about the ways we can understand the mind as functioning through a kind of neural polyphony performed by our hundred billion neurons. To explore this, we’ll experience the cubist jazz of alt.timers, a trio of distinguished old timers—Denman Maroney (piano), Ratzo Harris (bass), Bob Meyer (drums), joined by vocalist Lisa Karrer and poet Wally Glickman.

Thursday, Dec 06 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
DAN WEISS & MILES OKAZAKI
Dan Weiss, curator
Dan Weiss, drums; Miles Okazaki, guitar

Dan Weiss and Miles Okazaki have a long history playing together. Their repertoire is highly varied and developed and should make for an exciting evening of music.

The Roulette in December

Source: New York’s Roulette.

SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO // NATE WOOLEY: BATTLE PIECES IV
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Composers Sylvie Courvoisier and Nate Wooley return to Roulette for a two-part presentation of new work.

LOADBANG: THE MUSIC THAT DEFINES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
loadbang performs music by Charles Wuorinen, Reiko Füting, Eve Beglarian, Andy Akiho, Hannah Lash, and Alexndre Lusqui.

WAYNE HORVITZ: THE SNOWGHOST SESSIONS
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Wayne Horvitz presents two projects from his new releases in the Fall of 2018.

FACE THE MUSIC
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Face the Music is the country’s first youth ensemble dedicated to studying and performing music by living composers.

CECIL TAYLOR MEMORIAL
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
In honor of jazz pioneer and avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor, Roulette and Arts for Art host a memorial to celebrate his life after his passing […]

MICHAËL ATTIAS: NINE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Nine is seamless weave of freedom and notation, texture and groove, dissolving soundscapes, spontaneous kaleidoscopes, melodies uncoiled.

INTERPRETATIONS: ANTHONY DAVIS // EARL HOWARD
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Composers Anthony Davis and Earl Howard reconvene a quartet built on long-standing associations to present two sets of music built […]

BILL FRISELL: A BENEFIT FOR ROULETTE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Legendary guitarist and composer Bill Frisell returns to perform brand new work in this special performance dedicated to Roulette.

PHILL NIBLOCK: 6 HOURS OF MUSIC AND FILM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
As the longest night of the year unfolds, join us for an hour or 6 of Phill Niblock’s annual immersive, multimedia Winter Solstice concert.

Co-incidence Festival Artist Announcement

Source: co-incidence festival.

The third season of the co-incidence festival will take place from January 11—20, 2019, at Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, MA. As with the past two years, the overarching goal of the festival is to bring together experimental composers/performers/artists to focus on collaboration, critical discussion, workshopping, and performance. In 2019, this will last 8 full days (not including arrival and departure days). The festival is directed by experimental composer/performers Aaron Foster Breilyn and Luke Martin.

Artists include:

Clara Allison
Derek Baron
Jordan Dykstra
Joachim Eckl (past Resident Artist, 2018)
John Eagle
Michael Pisaro (past Resident Artist, 2017)
Angeles Rojas
Tim Tsang