Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

MARTY EHRLICH RITES QUARTET (Saturday) Marty Ehrlich, a versatile alto saxophonist and virtuoso clarinetist, teams up here with some especially inventive improvisers: James Zollar on trumpet, Erik Friedlander on cello and Pheeroan akLaff on drums. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights , (212) 854-7799, millertheatre.com; $25; $18 for 65+; $15 for students ($7 for Columbia University students). (Chinen)20091022

HARRIS EISENSTADT’S CANADA DAY (Saturday and Sunday) A venturesome jazz drummer and composer, Harris Eisenstadt features a longtime working band on his new album, “Canada Day” (Clean Feed). In the process he introduces a batch of smartly interrogatory new pieces arranged for trumpet (Nate Wooley), tenor saxophone (Matt Bauder), vibraphone (Chris Dingman), bass (Eivind Opsvik) and drums (himself). Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday at 8:30 p.m.; Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20091022

REGGIE NICHOLSON AND ADEGOKE STEVE COLSON (Friday) Mr. Nicholson, a drummer, and Mr. Colson, a pianist, are both longstanding members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians, and in this duo engagement they would seem inclined to pursue that organization’s ideal of intelligent exploration. At 8 p.m., 5C Cultural Center, 68 Avenue C, at Fifth Street, East Village , (212) 477-5993, 5ccc.com; $10, with a table minimum of $6. (Chinen)20091022

? THE THIRD MAN TRIO (Sunday) This improvising collective, which could be named either for the number of its parts or for the immortal 1949 film by Carol Reed, brings together an American accordionist (Will Holshouser) with an expatriate multireedist (Michael Moore) and a mischievous Dutch percussionist (Han Bennink). The level of musicianship will be extremely high, and the interplay, specially honed during a preceding East Coast tour, should border on the telepathic. At 7 p.m., Drom, 85 Avenue A, at Fifth Street, East Village , (212) 777-1157, dromnyc.com; $12. (Chinen)20091022

? HENRY THREADGILL (Sunday) One of the most important living composers in and around the jazz idiom, Mr. Threadgill has a dazzling new album, “This Brings Us To, Vol. 1” (Pi), featuring his working group Zooid, with Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Elliot Humberto Kavee on drums. Here the same ensemble introduces a full-length piece called “All the Way Light Touch,” commissioned by Roulette, which will also stream a live broadcast at roulette.org. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students, those under 30 and 60+; free for members. (Chinen)

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Classical Listings in the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

MMARTISTS IN CONCERT (Friday) The Metropolitan Museum’s resident chamber group, the awkwardly named MMArtists in Concert, play Mozart’s Duo No. 2 for Violin and Viola (K. 424) and the sublime Divertimento in E flat (K. 563), as well as Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Rejoice” Sonata for Violin and Cello. The players are Colin Jacobsen, violinist; Nicholas Cords, violist; and Edward Arron, cellist. At 7 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 212-570-3949 , metmuseum.org; $40. (Kozinn)20091015

MEREDITH MONK (Wednesday and Thursday) As part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave series, Meredith Monk, for more than 40 years a composer, vocalist, performance artist, filmmaker and choreographer who has attracted an ardent following, presents “Songs of Ascension.” This multidisciplinary work explores the theme of spiritual enlightenment through ascent, from Buddhist practice to Jacob’s Ladder. The 65-minute work involves music, movement, video and spirituality. The performers are Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and the Todd Reynolds String Quartet. (Through Oct. 25.) Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene , (718) 636-4100, bam.org; $20 to $50. (Tommasini)20091015

? IANNIS XENAXIS: PANEL DISCUSSION AND PERFORMANCE (Friday and Saturday) Ordinarily, music lovers who want to expose themselves to the work of a contemporary composer are wise to just jump in and listen. But the music of the Romanian-born Greek composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) may be best appreciated along with some commentary. Therefore the Miller Theater’s intriguing free panel discussion and performance, “Iannis Xenakis: Interdisciplinary Connections,” is a rare opportunity to grapple with the music of a visionary composer whose work was both formidably intellectual and intensely intuitive. Xenakis was also a mathematician, architect and political activist. The panel includes Sharon Kanach, a Xenakis biographer; Mark Wigley, the dean of Columbia University’s School of Architecture; David Lang, the composer; and Lara Pellegrinelli, an arts journalist and scholar. The percussionist Steven Schick will perform a seminal early percussion work by Xenakis. The day after the program the Miller Theater presents a Composers Portrait concert featuring Xenakis’s music, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble. Panel and performance: Friday at 7 p.m.; Composer Portraits Concert: Saturday at 8 p.m.; Miller Theater at Columbia University, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights , (212) 854-7799, millertheater.com; Friday, free; Saturday, $7 to $25. (Tommasini)

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Xenakis in New York

Iannis Xenakis
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Two days of Xenakis is coming to the Miller Theatre at Columbia University:

Iannis Xenakis in New York
“Composer Portrait” Concert by International Contemporary Ensemble
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
October 16 & 17, 2009

Presented in conjunction with Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary
On View at The Drawing Center from January 15 – April 8, 2010

What:

Friday, October 16: Iannis Xenakis: Interdisciplinary Connections
-A consortium of artists and experts will join together for a panel discussion
-Panelists include composer David Lang; musicologist, Xenakis biographer, and exhibition co-curator Sharon Kanach; Mark Wigley, Dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and Steven Schick, percussionist and conductor

Saturday, October 17: Concert by International Contemporary Ensemble
-International Contemporary Ensemble will present a “Composer Portrait” of Iannis Xenakis
-Percussion superstar Steven Schick will play and conduct O-Mega, Xenakis’s final composition, together with other musical selections by Xenakis

When:
Friday, October 16, 7:00 PM
Iannis Xenakis: Interdisciplinary Connections
Free Admission

Saturday, October 17, 8:00 PM
“Composer Portrait” concert by International Contemporary Ensemble
Admission: $7 – $25

Where:
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Located north of the Main Campus Gate at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall

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This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From the ISSUE Project Room:

09/23 @ 8pm – Tony Conrad and Branden W Joseph: a reading, discussion and performance
ISSUE Project Room is pleased to present: Tony Conrad and Brandon W Joseph in a reading and discussion followed by a performance by Tony Conrad. Branden W. Joseph is Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. He is the author of Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg […]

09/24 @ 8pm – Littoral Series: Melvin Van Peebles Nondor Nevai w/ Mick Barr
Melvin Van Peebles is unquestionably a renaissance man and his reputation as a living legend is indisputable. The incomparable Van Peebles has found success in every medium of the entertainment industry as a director, producer, writer, actor, composer and editor. From music (a three time Grammy nominee) to television (an Emmy-award winner) to Broadway (eleven […]

09/25 @ 8pm – Byron Coley and Andy Schwartz with Loren Connors
ISSUE Project Room presents author and poet Byron Coley reading from an unpublished novel about record collectors called ”Dominos”… with musical accompaniment by the legendary Loren Connors, plus a reading by former editor of “New York Rocker” Andy Schwartz. Click to Share on Facebook and other sites

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Axiom Ensemble’s take on Messiaen Reviews

Olivier Messiaen
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From the NY Times:

The stars that govern music must have been aligned exactly 100 years ago. Olivier Messiaen was born in Avignon, France, on Dec. 10, 1908. The next day Elliott Carter was born in New York. Messiaen died at 83 in 1992, composing until the end, still playing the organ every Sunday at the exquisite Trinité church in Paris. Mr. Carter remains very much with us and active, a miraculous fluke of nature.

Messiaen’s centenary has been acknowledged around the world this year, and the Miller Theater at Columbia University presented an exciting program as part of its Composer Portraits series on Saturday night. The deft conductor Jeffrey Milarsky led the Axiom Ensemble, a flexible group of Julliard School students who have palpable enthusiasm for challenging contemporary music and the technical skills to play it.

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