Lukas Ligeti’s Postmodern Post-African Fusion

Ligeti’s upcoming Chicago show is previewed by the Reader:

On Thursday night Elastic plays host to an intriguing New York trio called Hypercolor. I’ve never seen the group live, and they only have a handful of tracks on their Myspace page, but the presence of percussionist and composer Lukas Ligeti, son of brilliant Hungarian composer György Ligeti, is enough to get me interested.

The group plays intricate, aggressive fusion that borders on math rock, weaving through frequent tempo shifts, dizzyingly jagged unison lines, and terse bits of improvisation at ear-popping volume. Rounding out the band are electric guitarist Eyal Maoz, a Sonny Sharrock-inspired shredder with a thing for the single-note curlicues of Gary Lucas, and electric bassist James Ilgenfritz, who also grounds the out-jazz grooves on Mysterium’s new album.

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March 22, 2009
Kornstad-Opsvik-Wollesen, Nublu
Hakon Kornstad, Eivind Opsvik, Kenny Wollesen
Hypercolor, The Stone
Julianne Carney, James Ilgenfritz, Lukas Ligeti, Eyal Maoz, Odeya Nini

March 21, 2009
Marilyn Crispell Solo and Trio with Michelle Makarski & Lukas Ligeti, The Stone
Marilyn Crispell, Lukas Ligeti, Michelle Makarski

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

MARILYN CRISPELL (Saturday) Ms. Crispell, a pianist equally celebrated for aggressive atonality and delicate lyricism, plays the early set here (8 p.m.) as a solo recital. In the later set (at 10), she works with Michelle Makarski, a violinist, and Lukas Ligeti, a drummer and composer (and this month’s programmer at the Stone). At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, New York,; $20 per set.

MARY HALVORSON AND JESSICA PAVONE (Wednesday) Ms. Halvorson plays acoustic guitar in this duo, and Ms. Pavone plays viola. On their new album, “Thin Air” (Thirsty Ear), they continue their experiments with spindly melodies and confrontational harmonies, playing and singing in a way that suggests intimacy without comfort. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; suggested donation, $10.

MARY HALVORSON TRIO (Saturday) Last year the guitarist Mary Halvorson released “Dragon’s Head” (Firehouse 12), a brambly but engaging debut featuring her own compositions for a trio with the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Ches Smith. Ms. Halvorson will draw again from that material here, with Mr. Hebert and another responsive drummer, Tomas Fujiwara. Also on the bill: a collective quartet composed of the guitarist Chris Forsyth, the multireedist Chris Heenan, the sound collagist Aki Onda and the trumpeter Nate Wooley. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (212) 598-0400,; $10.

JOHN HOLLENBECK’S CLAUDIA QUINTET (Friday and Saturday) This improvising chamber ensemble pursues texturally oriented and often contrapuntal exploration; Mr. Hollenbeck’s drumming is one color on a palette that also includes Chris Speed’s clarinet and tenor saxophone, Ted Reichman’s accordion, Drew Gress’s bass and Matt Moran’s vibraphone. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum.

ETHAN IVERSON TRIO (Monday and Tuesday) Ethan Iverson, the pianist probably best known as one-third of the Bad Plus, digs in with a different trio here, and more of a standard repertory. His partners are the drummer Albert (Tootie) Heath, a bebop veteran, and the bassist Ben Street, a versatile peer. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 252-5091,; cover, $20.

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Raoul Bjorkenheim at Moers Festival 2006, Germany
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March 04, 2009
Raoul Bjorkenheim & Lukas Ligeti Duo, The Stone
Raoul Bjorkenheim, Lukas Ligeti

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The Stone in March

Der Saxophonist Joe McPhee beim Konzert mit de...
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Coming up at the Stone in New York.

March 2009 at the Stone curated by Lukas Ligeti

3/1 Sunday (MP)
8 pm
Borah Bergman solo
Borah Bergman (piano)

10 pm
Rupert Huber solo
Rupert Huber (piano, electronics)

3/3 Tuesday
8 pm
Marc Uys (violin) Jacqueline Kerrod (harp)
Recent commissions from a range of leading voices in contemporary South African music, including Braam du Toit, Neo Muyanga and Matthijs van Dijk.

10 pm
Dick / Radding / Ligeti Trio
Robert Dick (flutes) Reuben Radding (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

3/4 Wednesday (DS)
8 and 10 pm
Raoul Björkenheim & Lukas Ligeti Duo
Raoul Björkenheim (guitar) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

3/5 Thursday
8 pm
Gyan Riley
Timb Harris (violin) Gyan Riley (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

10 pm
Paolo Angeli Solo
Paolo Angeli (prepared Sardinian guitar)
Plays “Ritagli di Tempo”, an impro-travel into Paolo’s three solo albums (Sardinian folk music, compositions by Angeli, Frith and Björk).

3/6 Friday (JM)
8 pm
Helena Espvall
Helena Espvall (cello, banjo)

10 pm
Keenan Lawler
Keenan Lawler (National Resonator guitar)

3/7 Saturday (MB)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night – A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Lukas Ligeti (drums) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) and many special guests
Another Stone Rent Party, East Village style! Plenty of music, madness and more. Support the Stone!

3/8 Sunday (MP)
8 pm
Thierry Gomar solo
Thierry Gomar (vibraphone, electronics)

10 pm
Robert Dick & Ursel Schlicht Duo
Robert Dick (flutes) Ursel Schlicht (piano)

3/10 Tuesday
8 pm
Kathleen Supové
Kathleen Supové (piano, electronics) Adam Fisher (cello) Emanuele de Raymondi (laptop)
Pianist Kathleen Supové will play a set that features world premieres of piano works written for her by Charles Coleman and Emanuele de Raymondi, as well as the premiere of “Mechanical Dolls” by Randall Woolf for Cello and Piano.

10 pm
Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut
Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut (piano, etc.) Joe McPhee (trumpet, sax) Randy Borra (sax) Tom Chess (sax, etc.) Gene Janas (bass)

3/11 Wednesday (GG)
8 pm
The Tehran-Dakar Brothers
Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (saxophone, vocals) Justice Dilla X (vocals) Brandon Ross (guitar, banjo) Damon Banks (bass) Mar Gueye (sabar)
Nu-world trash…silence is sound…

10 pm
Arrington de Dionysio
Arrington de Dionysio (bass clarinet, jaw harps, voice)
Arrington de Dionyso uses performance as a vehicle for driving through the nameless territories held between surrealist automatism, shamanic seance, and the folk imagery of rock and roll. Arrington performs on the bass clarinet, jaw harps, and his voice with a distinctly multiphonic ability inspired by Tuvan throatsinging and the ecclesiastics of Albert Ayler and Don Van Vliet. Pushing the envelope between musicality and pure energy, between shamanic ecstacy and lunacy, he enwraps rooms with resonant sound. He tours constantly, and has performed or/and recorded with notable improvisers throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Italy, France, Israel and Japan. He presents workshops on improvising with the voice in conjunction with his travels around the world.

3/12 Thursday
8 pm
Daniel Pabst (guitar) Chris Janka (guitar) Claudius Jelinek (guitar) Emmanuel Preuschl (guitar)
TRAFO is a guitar Quartet from Austria and plays the music of several TV Series from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Themes from “the Streets of San Francisco”, Knight Rider, Twin Peaks, the Avengers, the Persuaders or Magnum PI are interpreted with four Electric Guitars. Brrrrrrmmmmm.

10 pm
NoisyTown Groove
Daniel Pabst (guitar) Chris Janka (guitar) Lukas Ligeti (drums)
NoisyTownGroove is a collective based in New York City and Vienna. The Music of NTG scratches different styles in all genres. The only important thing is to be authentic in every situation.

3/13 Friday (MB)
8 pm
IDR – Italian Doc Remix
Marco Cappelli (guitar) Doug Wieselman (clarinet, saxophone) Jose Davila (trombone, tuba) Ken Filiano (bass) Jim Pugliese (drums) Special Guest: DJ Logic (turntables)
On a bottle of good Italian wine you’ll find the sticker DOC: “Denominazone di Origine Controllata”, which certifies its good quality. Italian Doc Remix (IDR) is the result of the artistic exchange between Marco Cappelli and Jim Pugliese, whose mutual reverence for the villages’ ritual music brought them to the following statement: reflect the process of memory’s distortion of the second/third immigrants generation, living in the new yorker cultural melting pot with a strong traditional back ground; give back to the audience a music at the same time far from the original source–for geographic, chronological and cultural reasons–and full of tradition’s elements: impossible to fit in any conventional standard. After its first cd and its Italian tour of last summer, IDR comes back in NYC with some new surprises…

10 pm
Hans Fjellestad
Hans Fjellestad (analog synthesizer)
Hans winds trails of analog circuits and vacuum tubes through a darkly lush world of sound, emanating from the contemporary Los Angeles noise scene, with kind nods to Krautrock, Sun Ra, Japanoise and Black Metal.

3/14 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Vergil Sharkya
Vergil Sharkya (electronics)

10 pm
James Ilgenfritz Ensemble
Steve Swell (trombone) Stephen Rush (piano, electronics) James I.E. Ilgenfritz III (bass) Aaron Siegel (drums)
Four improvisers and composers convene to pursue inquiry into extended improvisational forms with an emphasis on the sonorous intersection of texture and harmony.

3/15 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly (piano)

10 pm
Iva Bittova Solo
Iva Bittova (vocals, violin)

3/17 Tuesday
8 pm
William Susman
Demetrius Spaneas (flute, clarinet, sax) Elaine Kwon (piano) Jacqueline Familant (soprano) Tabor Wind Quintet, Ebony String Quartet, William Susman (piano, percussion)
Concert of William Susman’s music for small ensembles including the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Short “Native New Yorker” performed live to picture with string quartet, winds and percussion.

10 pm
Grid Mesh
Andreas Willers (guitar) Frank Paul Schubert (sax) Rudi Fischerlehner (drums)

3/18 Wednesday
8 pm
Ela Orleans and Kevin Shea
Ela Orleans (sampler, guitar, violin, vocals, keyboard) Kevin Shea (drums)
Melodic sound collages haunted by all the best musical ghosts from John Barry to Pierre Boulez.

10 pm
Rory Dolan (drums) Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar) Luke Bemand (bass)
Lespecial mixes tight composition with raw improvisation in their blend of dirty groove stomps and twisted glitch funk hop.

3/19 Thursday (JC)
8 pm
Derek Bermel and Wiek Hijmans
Derek Bermel (clarinet) Wiek Hijmans (guitar)

10 pm
Michelle Makarski Solo
Michelle Makarski (violin)

3/20 Friday (MB)
8 pm
Dan Blake
Dan Blake (soprano, tenor saxophones) Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone) Yoni Niv (laptop) Sergei Tcherepnin (analog electronics)
Saxophonist and composer Dan Blake will premier a composition for electro-acoustic ensemble. This group has collaborated for over two years, crafting a sonic identity that blurs the boundaries between individual players, towards a novel sound world that is best defined by the sum of its parts.

10 pm
Martin Philadelphy’s Paint

3/21 Saturday (BS)
8 pm
Marilyn Crispell Solo
Marilyn Crispell (piano)
Twenty dollars.

10 pm
Crispell/Makarski/Ligeti Trio
Marilyn Crispell (piano) Michelle Makarski (violin) Lukas Ligeti (drums)
Twenty dollars.

3/22 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Eyal Maoz (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

10 pm
Hypercolor with surprise guests
Eyal Maoz (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums) and special surprise guests

3/24 Tuesday (JM)
8 pm
Gary Lucas
Gary Lucas (guitar)
The man The New Yorker calls “The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero” plays both solo tonight and with his new project Church of the Blood, an instrumental power trio twisting elements of jazz, rock, blues, and electronic psychedelia into startling new shapes and colours.

10 pm
Church of the Blood
Gary Lucas (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

3/25 Wednesday
8 pm
Hans Lüdemann “Between the Keys (The Virtual Piano)”
Hans Lüdemann (piano, electronics)
German Jazz pianist, composer and improviser Hans Lüdemann expands the piano into a microtonal and multitimbral instrument on adventurous musical journeys–drawing different perspectives from the layers of African polyrhythm.

10 pm
Miya Masaoka
Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics) Okkyung Lee (cello) Wu Fei (gu zheng) Shoko Nagai (piano)
Musicians from different influences of traditional, electronic and improvisation come together to form and reform sounds, emotions and acts of instantaneous collaboration.

3/26 Thursday (MB)
8 pm
Michael Manring Solo
Michael Manring (electric bass)
Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring’s music employs unorthodox techniques and concepts on instruments of his own design. Has appeared on hundreds of recordings and performs all over the world both as a soloist and in ensembles from many different genres.

10 pm
Lukas Ligeti’s Kaleidoscope Point
Dan Blake (saxophone) Wende K. Blass (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Lorna Krier (synthesizer) Lukas Ligeti (electronics, percussion)

3/27 Friday (MB)
8 pm
Ionel Petroi
Ionel Petroi (piano)
Petroi, a highly original composer from Belgrade via Paris and a recent NYC transplant, performs his solo piano composition, “To Love And To Be Loved”, composed in 2005/06.

3/28 Saturday (MB)
8 pm
Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster

10 pm
Pyrolator Solo
Pyrolator (electronics)

10 pm
David Rothenberg
David Rothenberg (clarinet, whale and bird sounds) Lindsey Horner (bass)
David Rothenberg, author of “Why Birds Sing, Thousand Mile Song”, improvises with the sounds of birds and whales, tonight joined with bassist Lindsey Horner… The animals have left the building, but we’ll have them via machines.

3/29 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Music of Pascal Plantinga
Pascal Plantinga (vocals, bass) Pyrolator (electronics) David Campbell (drums)
Pascal Plantinga stretches the boundaries of modern songwriting. Stylish soundscape grooves in slick-fuzzy arrangements.

10 pm
Risser – Wright Duo
Eve Risser (piano) Jack Wright (saxophones)
Jack Wright, a thirty year veteran of free improvisation on the saxophone, had the chance to meet and play with French pianist Eve Risser in Paris in September. Eve begins her US tour with their duo concert March 29, which will continue their dialogue

3/31 Tuesday
8 pm
Eyal Maoz’ Edom
Eyal Maoz (guitar) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)
Experimental Jewish rock ensemble.

10 pm
NoNet Trio
Ken Thomson (saxophones) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

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Short Chat with Lukas Ligeti

Lukas Ligeti is interviewed.

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Lukas Ligeti at Portland Eye and Ear Control

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

11/10/08 – Lukas Ligeti
Lukas Ligeti – NYC percussionist
MONDAY, 11/10/08
JaceGace (
2045 SE Belmont
donations {please} (suggested $5)

*Also Check out:

–Lukas Ligeti’s Workshop
–at Portland State University
–Monday afternoon
–3-430pm (location to be announced)

“Composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti is developing a style of music uniquely his own, drawing upon Downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa…. Oblivious to categorizations such as “classical”, “pop”, etc., Lukas’ main interests include cultural exchange, new forms of interplay between musicians in an ensemble, polyrhythms/polytempo structures, and non-tempered tunings, and his music ranges from the through-composed to the free-improvised. Other major sources of inspiration include experimental mathematics, computer technology, architecture and visual art, sociology and politics, and traveling…. His concert music has been commissioned by Bang on a Can, the Vienna Festwochen, Ensemble Modern, Kronos Quartet, Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger, the American Composers Forum, New York University, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Company, Radio France, and many others; he has also composed for dance, film, and installation.”

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Plugged into African music

Hand drumming is significant throughout Africa
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The other Ligeti, Lukas, is profiled.

Lukas Ligeti’s style is a wind-blasting mix of classical, electronica, and indie rock, with a pronounced influence of African polyrhythms. “I feel a part of that [classical] tradition,” says Ligeti, speaking from his apartment in New York less than 24 hours after returning from Ghana. “But I’m trying to do something new. There are completely different ways of thinking about music in Africa. I thought, if I use these ways of thinking with my own musical background—European and American—that might lead to some interesting results.”

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