Steven Bernstein Residency at the Stone

English: Steven Bernstein live at Saalfelden 2...

Source: New York’s Stone.

An impactful presence on the New York scene over the past 30 years, trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Steven Bernstein has immersed himself in such a wide array of music with his bands Sexmob, Millennial Territory Orchestra, Diaspora Soul, Universal Melody Brass Band, Spanish Fly, Blue Campfire and the Butler-Bernstein Hot 9 that he defies easy categorization. A former member of the Lounge Lizards and Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, Bernstein has also composed works for film, theater and dance in addition to doing arrangements for a diverse list of artists ranging from Lou Reed to Lee “Scratch” Perry, Allen Toussaint, Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt, Rufus Wainwright, Darlene Love, Mario Pavone, Bill Frisell, John Lurie and the Kansas City All-Stars.

He’ll be showcasing all of his main groups during a very special weeklong residency at John Zorn‘s Lower East Side hub of experimentation THE STONE, beginning on Tuesday March 28th and going through April 2. Every night will feature a distinct group.

3.28 – Diaspora Special Edition:
Arturo O’Farrill (piano) Peter Apfelbaum (sax) Tony Scherr (bass) Billy Martin (drums) Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Steven Bernstein takes traditional Jewish music and reworks it in a variety of contexts. From the Cuban and Soul to the blues-informed but never obvious, Bernstein demonstrates with this project that music is truly universal, and can be moulded and shaped an infinite number of ways to make music that is both timely and timeless.

3.29 – Sexmob:
Briggan Krauss (sax) Tony Scherr (bass)
Kenny Wollesen (drums) Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Now celebrating its 20th year, Sexmob is a venerable New York City music institution. The band’s four founding members—Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen—defy genre, instead replacing it with their own inimitable musical language. The quartet fearlessly blows apart musical parameters whether steering their arrangements through gutbucket swing or igniting them with New Orleans brass band second-line fervor; dubbing them out into ether or blasting them with punk jazz abandon. New album, Cultural Capital out on April 14th, the first Sexmob album with exclusively original music.

3.30 – Millenial Territory Orchestra:
John Ellis (reeds) Peter Apfelbaum (reeds) Erik Lawrence (reeds) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Charlie Burnham (violin) Matt Munisteri (guitar) Ben Allison (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums) Steven Bernstein (trumpet)

3.31 – Spanish Fly –
Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Marcus Rojas (tuba) Dave Tronzo (guitar)

4.1 – Blue Campfire:
Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Dave Tronzo (guitar)
Adam Rogers(guitar) Steve Cardenas (guitar)

4. 2 – Universal Melody Brass Band:
Frank London (trumpet) Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Art Baron (trombone)
Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Marty Ehrlich (sax) Oscar Noriega (sax) Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Billy Martin (drums)
Each of the musicians is a band leader and virtuoso improviser in their own right – expect that this combination of two trumpets, two trombones, two saxophones, tuba, and drums will be a sound like no other


Seattle Scene: March 23-April 15, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Cursive: Tall Wind
Thu. March 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Cursive is a new chamber group specializing in performing unjustly neglected modern classical works with a shifting ensemble, making each program unique not only in its instrumentation but in its mixture of composers, styles and moods. This concert is built around a stunning early work by Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung, as well as the 10 Blake Songs of Vaughan Williams and Aether by the Jordan Nobles.

Lori Goldston
Fri. March 24, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle based cellist and composer Lori Goldston plays amplified cello, probably solo, in honor of her friend, visual artist, musician and poet Geneviève Castrée, whose death in 2016 left a gigantic hole in many hearts.

Concert Imaginaire
Fri. March 31, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Concert Imaginaire is a chamber ensemble founded by composer/guitarist David Hahn. Tonight, the world premiere of Chippewa Songs, Aria Anum J, and Slogan, for narrator and ensemble. The title piece features the Orango-Tango dancers – one man, one, woman, one orangutan. Slogan, also a world premiere, for narrator and ensemble. Visuals by Leo Mayberry.

THU. 4/6 – Clifford Dunn + Uneasy Chairs blow your mind with gentle and noisy flute & guitar sounds

FRI. 4/7 – John Krausbauer + C. Spencer Yeh + Greg Kelley

SAT. 4/8 – Mezzo-soprano Melissa Plagemann performs song cycles by composers Forrest Pierce and Sheila Bristow

FRI. 4/14 – NorCal sound artists Jim Haynes and Ensemble Mecanique + Rob Millis

SAT. 4/15 – Inverted Space Ensemble showcases a pair of newly composed long pieces by Jeff Bowen and John Eagle

The Music of Richard Teitelbaum in NY

Source: Greenwich Music House.

The Music of Richard Teitelbaum
Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:30 p.m.

Richard Teitelbaum (composer, electronics),
Marilyn Crispell (piano),
Leila Bordreuil (cello) and
Miguel Frasconi (glass object instruments)

$20 General Admission ($15 Students)
Cash only, at the door

CMS’ presentation of “The Music Richard Teitelbaum’ features an extraordinary combination of improvisers playing together as a quartet for the first time. Several pieces will be debuted this evening, providing the group ample room to improvise in duos, trios and as a quartet. Richard is the thread that connects these musicians, having worked with each of them for many years. Richard and pianist Marilyn Crispell have played together for four decades, having first met at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock in the 1970s and continuing to perform together to this day. Glass instrument player MIguel Frasconi studied with Richard at York University (Toronto, Canada), also in the 1970s, and has performed with him off and on since. Cellist Leila Bordreuil studied and worked with Richard at Bard College and at residencies Richard has lead, including one at the Atlantic Center in Florida. The group promises to explore and expand the sonic possibilities of electronic and acoustic improvisation.

About the Artists:
Richard Teitelbaum, a composer and electronic musician, was born in NYC in 1939. After graduating from Haverford College, he went on to get a Master of Music degree from Yale in 1964. Teitelbaum studied with composers Luigi Nono and Goffredo Petrassi in Italy on a Fullbright scholarship, after which he brought the first Moog synthesizer to Europe. Teitelbaum performed hundreds of concerts with it, and co-founded the pioneering live electronic music group Musica Elettronica Viva with Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Curran. This group was also instrumental at the Creative Music Studio where all three composers taught and worked. Teitelbaum’s opera, Golem, was performed at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria (1991), and Teitlebaum himself has performed throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe. His music is heard on Cantaur, Hat Hut, Tzadik and other labels. Besides making music and working with interactive computer systems, Teitelbaum has taught electronic music and composition at New York’s Vassar College and Bard College where he has also been Director of the Electronic Music Studio. He was also instrumental in the development of the Creative Music Studio, having taught a variety of master classes on experimental and electronic music, further expanding the palette of sounds and musical experiences CMS has offered.

Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music since 1978. For ten years, she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble, and she has performed and recorded extensively as a soloist and with players on the American and international jazz scene, also working with dancers, poets, film-makers and visual artists, and teaching workshops in improvisation. She has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission. She has been deeply involved in the Creative Music Studio since she first came there as a student in the 1970s. Her debut recording with Anthony Braxton kicks off CMS Archive Selection Series Vol. 2.

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound. Leila’s collaborative projects include duos with Michael Foster and Tamio Shiraishi, a trio with Sean Ali and Joanna Mattrey and the no-wave band “Signal Break”. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, The Stone, MoMA PS1, Issue Project Room, All Ears Festival (Oslo, NO), Cafe Oto (London, UK), Ausland (Berlin, DE), Ftarri (Tokyo, JP) and many basements across the U.S.

Miguel Frasconi is a composer and improvisor specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, analog electronics, laptop and hybrid constructions of his own design. He has composed chamber music, operas and numerous dance scores. His opera, Hand To Mouth, was premiered in northern California in 2015, and a new short opera will be premiered at Symphony Space, NYC, in May 2017, as part of Experiments in Opera’s spring season. Miguel has worked closely with composers John Cage, James Tenney, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, and has collaborated with many choreographers, including Alonzo King and modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. In September 2012 the New York Times called his CAGE100 Festival @ The Stone “one of the best observances of John Cage’s 100th birthday” and included performances by his Noisy Toy Piano Orchestra and John Cage Variety Show Big Band. Miguel’s music has been released on New Albion, Porter Records, and recordings of his string quartets will soon be released on the Tzadik label.

Vision Festival 22 Lineup and Schedule Announced

Charles Gayle

Source: Arts for Art.

Digital Primitives
Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host
Carl Hancock Rux
In Order to Survive
Yoshiko Chuma School of Hard Knocks
Miya Masaoka String Stories
Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio
Trio 3
Visionary Youth Orchestra
Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp
K.J. Holmes
Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge
Tracie Morris
Charles Gayle
Odean Pope
Jesus Papoleto Melendez
Darius Jones
Djassi Dacosta Johnson / Shayna Dulberger
Tomeka Reid Artifacts
Chicago Plan
Joe McPhee Dream Book
Fred Moten
Dave Burrell
Oluyemi Thomas Positive Knowledge
Tony Malaby / Mat Manieri / Daniel Levin
Ivo Perelman Quartet
David Murray Trio
Oliver Lake / William Parker

Chuck Bettis Upcoming Shows

Attend a fundraising event for a much needed Sanctuary Program in our community! Brooklyn Defense Committee (BDC) is a community-based group working to build a network of sanctuary spaces in Brooklyn, especially in neighborhoods with high concentration of immigrants. BDC needs your support to continue their crucial work.

Saturday, April 8th
Union Pool
484 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Marc Ribot & Sofia Rei duo + Chelsea Reject + Kill Alters, 2pm, $20

Detailed info & tickets link here.



Tuesday, April 25th
Mick Barr (guitar, banjo) Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat) Johnny DeBlase (bass) Mike Pride (drums)
A very rare chance to experience this murky dungeon thunder.

Wednesday, April 26th
Die Trommel Fatale
Brandon Seabrook (guitar, compositions) Marika Hughes (cello) Eivind Opsvik (double bass) Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat) Dave Treut (drums) Sam Ospovat (drums)
Pre-apocalyptic summit, oozing centuries of purloined caterwauls. A sorceric phenomenon of wood, steel and flesh featuring a clangorous array of aural spasms and geometric quickstep grotesquerie.

Thursday, April 27th
Snake Union Vs. Soft Circle
Dave Grant (modular synth) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Hisham Bharoocha (drums)
A first time meeting of these pillars of the underground

Friday, April 28th
Mick Barr (guitar) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Evan Rapport (sax) Franke Vogl (prepared bass)
Ecstatic spontaneous compositions by the collective. Featuring members of Krallice, Meta-matics & Companion Trio.

Saturday, April 29th
Matmos & Chuck Bettis
Drew Daniel (electronics) M.C. Schmidt (piano, objects, electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)
The sound of surprise

Sunday, April 30th
Mephista with Chuck Bettis
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Susie Ibarra (drums) Ikue Mori, Chuck Bettis (electronics)
Calculated chaos balanced on a razor

all sets start at 8:30pm
admission: $20

The Stone
corner of 2nd St. & Ave. C



March 13, 2017
Pascal Niggenkemper Solo, IBeam
Pascal Niggenkemper

March 13, 2017
Pascal Niggenkemper, Nate Wooley, Carlo Costa, IBeam
Carlo Costa Pascal Niggenkemper Nate Wooley

March 12, 2017
Mars Williams Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
Mars Williams

March 12, 2017
Sophie Agnel Trio, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Sophie Agnel Joke Lanz Michael Vatcher

March 12, 2017
John Russell Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
John Russell

March 12, 2017
Will It Float?, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Steve Beresford John Edwards John Russell Ståle Liavik Solberg

March 12, 2017
Jean-Luc Guionnet Solo, Antoniuskapelle, St Johann in Tirol
Jean-Luc Guionnet

March 12, 2017
Mette Rasmussen & Dieb13, Jugendzentrum JUZ, St Johann in Tirol
Dieter ‘dieb13’ Kovačič Mette Rasmussen

This Week in New York

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in Christchurch Ca...


Running from March 21st through 26th, this will be the first time that an array of Robert Dick’s projects will be presented in New York. Ranging from completely improvised, to a project based on Robert Dick’s works that embrace improvisation within a strong compositional framework, to efforts based on collaboration. These performances all come together to put Robert’s expressive range front and center.
Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $20
The Stone, Corner of Avenue C & Second Street, New York, NY

Radiating through time zones and geography, the program will feature compositions by Schoenberg’s mentors and influential figures of the canon (Zemlinsky, Brahms and Schubert), students (Berg, Webern and Korngold) and students of students (Schnittke and Arvo Pärt) – mapping a rich web of influences and effluences.
Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20, $12 students/seniors
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY

The Kitchen welcomes back Arnold Dreyblatt in a shared evening with MV Carbon. Dreyblatt performs three of his signature works: Nodal Excitation (1979), Calculations (2005, 2016) and Spin Ensemble (2011). Carbon opens the evening by performing The Quarky Leptonic (2017), using amplified objects, oscillations, cello, magnetic tape, projection and pattern repetition/variation to experiment with the perception of space and time, as well as the biological response to vibrational frequency and light.
Wednesday, March 22 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

For the final Curated by Meredith Monk performance of the winter season, Ellen Fisher presents Time Don’t Stop for Nobody, a movement-based performance relating to the perception of age. A small ensemble of four performers, each 25-30 years apart, will collaborate during the creative process to highlight their shared experiences on the progression of growing up.
Thursday, March 23 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

The concert celebrates Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance of his Tehillim, the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s The Hotel that Time Forgot, the world premiere of Trevor Weston’s Flying Fish, and the world premiere of ACO’s 2015 Underwood New Music Readings commission winner David Hertzberg’s Chamber Symphony.
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $43-$51
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Pianist Nils Vigeland plays Morton Feldman’s Piano (1977) and Palais de Mari (1986).
Sunday, March 26 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $10
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY