Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

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ACME (Tuesday) The American Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Jefferson Friedman’s song cycle “On in Love,” which blends elements of rock and classical genres. The singer-songwriter Craig Wedren, once in the band Shudder to Think with Mr. Friedman, is the vocalist. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village , (212) 598-7100,; $15. 20090730

? ASPHALT ORCHESTRA (Wednesday and Thursday) Asphalt Orchestra, described by its producers as an iconoclastic 12-piece marching band, conceived by the Bang on a Can collective of composers and performers, plays its world premiere performance free in the Broadway Plaza at Lincoln Center. The spectacle of a parade will be combined with an eclectic mix of processional music from around the world, from funeral marches to funk, with song arrangements of Mingus, Zappa, Bjork and more. True to its billing, this event is presented as part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival. (Through Aug. 9.) At 7 p.m., Broadway Plaza, Lincoln Center , (Tommasini)20090730

IMANI WINDS (Tuesday) This dynamic ensemble, which explores European, American, African and Latin American traditions while expanding the wind quintet repertory, returns to the Naumberg Bandshell to play a diverse program of works by Eugene Bozza, Arturo Marquez, Julio Medaglia, Lalo Schifrin, Ligeti, Barber and Piazzolla. At 7:30 p.m., Central Park, midpark at 70th Street ,; free. (Schweitzer)20090730

MORTON SUBOTNICK (Friday) As part of the Floating Points Festival 2009, this pioneering electronic-music composer performs an evening of his recent work, at 8, Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 330-0313,; $15. (Kozinn)

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS (Sunday) This metaphysically named series, held every other Sunday in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, reflects the rugged ideals of its organizer, the drummer Mike Pride. In the later sets here, at roughly 10 p.m., he leads a quartet called From Bacteria to Boys; an earlier set, at 9, features a quartet led by the incisive trumpeter Kirk Knuffke. Coco66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, between Franklin and West Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn , (718) 389-7392,; cover, $6. (Chinen)20090716

ANDREW D’ANGELO GAY DISCO TRIO (Friday) Strenuous, polymorphous improvisation is the mandate of this working band with Andrew D’Angelo, an alto saxophonist and bass clarinetist; Trevor Dunn, a focused bassist; and Jim Black, a feverishly inventive drummer. (The name is a red herring, but a tasty one.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090716

DIGITAL PRIMITIVES (Sunday) The multireedist Assif Tsahar, the multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and the percussionist Chad Taylor make up this experimental ensemble, which released an album of the same title a few years ago. For this engagement they welcome a sturdy interloper, Charlie Burnham, on violin. At 8 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934,; no cover. (Chinen)20090716

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Wednesday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; $10. (Chinen)20090716

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY (Saturday) This freewheeling jam band recently expanded from trio to quartet form: its full lineup now includes the pianist Brian Haas, the lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, the bassist Matt Hayes and the drummer Josh Raymer. The group has a new album, “Winterwood,” available for free download at; this one-night stand should strike a similar mood of swirling whimsy. At 11:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village , (212) 598-7100,; $12 in advance; $15 at the door. (Chinen)20090716

JOE MORRIS’S WILDLIFE (Friday) “Wildlife” (Aum Fidelity), an engagingly prickly new album by the guitarist-turned-bassist Joe Morris, features a working free-jazz trio with the expressive saxophonist Petr Cancura and the responsive drummer Luther Gray. It’s a small but potent effort, and it probably only hints at what’s possible in performance. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090716

TRIO 3 (Monday) This avant-garde supergroup, with Oliver Lake on alto saxophone, Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums, has been working on and off together for 20 years. Capable of tenderness as well as of turbulence, it’s a collective entity that explores every available option in the course of a performance — even, one hopes, a free performance in a bookstore. At 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway, at 66th Street , (212) 595-6859; free. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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AB BAARS TRIO WITH KEN VANDERMARK (Sunday) Ab Baars, a saxophonist and clarinetist prominent on the robust Dutch jazz scene, has a new album, “Goofy June Bug” (Wig 15), featuring this trio — with Wilbert de Joode on bass and Martin van Duynhoven on drums — along with Mr. Vandermark, a Chicago multireedist. The same coterie arrives here after more than two weeks on the road, which ensures only the most cohesive brand of mayhem. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 598-7100,; cover, $20, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

ESP-DISK LIVE (Tuesday) ESP-Disk, an important avant-garde label of the 1960s, recently resumed production, selling its visionary catalog through retailers and online at This showcase begins with a set by the percussionist Paul Thornton (at 10 p.m.), and continues with a performance by the Ras Ensemble, a chamberlike group led by the saxophonist Ras Moshe (at 11). Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street, near Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505,; $10. (Chinen)

PAUL MOTIAN OCTET + 1 (Friday through Sunday) A luminous and mysterious post-bop ensemble that consists of two contrasting pairs of improvisers (the saxophonists Chris Cheek and Bill McHenry, and the guitarists Steve Cardenas and Tim Miller); a couple of welcome stabilizers (Jerome Harris and Thomas Morgan, both bassists); a pair of wild cards (the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Jacob Sacks); and a wily mastermind (Mr. Motian, on drums). At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village. (Chinen)

OPSVIK & JENNINGS (Tuesday) The bassist Eivind Opsvik and the guitarist Aaron Jennings have maintained this intelligent electro-acoustic duo collaboration for a handful of years, releasing two strong albums on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. Their live chemistry relies partly on the terse contributions of the trombonist and keyboardist Brian Drye, the trumpeter Rich Johnson and the drummer Dave Christian. From 9 to 11 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village,; free before 10 p.m.; $5 after. (Chinen)

THE THING (Thursday) This rugged Scandinavian collective — with Mats Gustafsson on reeds, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums — specializes in convulsive improvisation, drawing about equally from the protocols of free jazz and punk rock. Here the band shares billing with Sparks, a duo made up of the trumpeter Peter Evans and the bassist Tom Blancarte; and Little Women, a noise-jazz Brooklyn quartet. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934,; no cover.

YEAH YEAH RECORDS AND FRIENDS FESTIVAL (Friday) This series, running every Friday through the month’s end, features artists affiliated with the ruggedly independent Yeah Yeah label. Among them are the guitarist Khabu Doug Young, who performs here at 8 p.m.; a duo featuring the pianist Jesse Stacken and the trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, at 9; and at 10, a trio with the saxophonist Andrew Bishop, the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the bassist Tim Flood. I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

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MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + 3 (Saturday) Michael Musillami, a guitarist firmly entrenched in the contemporary avant-garde, unveils material from a forthcoming release, featuring not only his working trio but also the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum.

SEAN NOONAN (Monday) Mr. Noonan, a drummer and composer drawn to global fusions, celebrates the release of his new album, “Boxing Dreams” (Songlines), with some help from the guitarist Aram Bajakian and the bassist Tim Dahl. At 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 539-8778,; cover, $12 in advance; $15 at the door, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

EIVIND OPSVIK OVERSEAS (Sunday) Eivind Opsvik is a bassist with an experimental streak but also a deep connection to melody, as he demonstrates with this working band, which includes Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Jacob Sacks on keyboards and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

PETE ROBBINS (Sunday and Thursday) Mr. Robbins, an alto saxophonist, works with two different groups in the coming week, each an outlet for his progressive whims. On Sunday he leads Silent Z, an electro-acoustic band that includes Jesse Neuman on trumpet and electronics, Mike Gamble on guitar, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Then on Thursday he teams up with Mr. Sorey and the bassist Mario Pavone for a more freeform trio exchange. Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. Thursday at 8 p.m., Dakar Café, 285 Grand Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 398-8900,; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)

MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO (Tuesday) “Harmonic Disorder” (Thirsty Ear), an intriguing new album by Matthew Shipp, puts his shape-shifting pianism in contact with a rhythm section consisting of Joe Morris on bass and Whit Dickey on drums. They’re regrouping here to celebrate the album’s release. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $20.

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