Blarvuster and Electric Kulintang at the Kitchen

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From NY’s Kitchen performance space.

On Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, The Kitchen opens its fall performance season with a concert of live music featuring Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster and Electric Kulintang with Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez. This double-bill of composer-driven “band-sembles” reveals two approaches to the fusion of experimental and folk formulas, drawing heavily upon Eastern traditions and the sensibilities of storytelling to weave magical musical textures. Curated by Nick Hallett, the performances will take place at 8:00 P.M. at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Tickets are $12.

Blarvuster is the “border-busting” sextet convened by composer Matthew Welch to play his original compositions, which connect the driving pulse of post-minimalism and rock to dynamic Balinese vocal melodies and rhythms. The ensemble features Leah Paul (flutes), Max Mandel (viola), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), while Welch helms with virtuosity, alternating between the Highland Bagpipe and full-throated vocalism. For more information,

Electric Kulintang is the collaboration between celebrated percussionist-composers Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez. The duo draws upon Filipino musical and folklore traditions to create new kinds of trance music, played on electronics, kulintang gong, and western drum kit. Electric Kulintang’s compositions also incorporate recordings of indigenous culture the pair has taken on recent voyages to the Philippines. For more information,

BLARVUSTER + ELECTRIC KULINTANG with Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez
Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, 2009 at 8pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
A, C, E, L trains to 14th Street
Tickets: $12

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This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From the ISSUE Project Room:

06/25 @ 8pm – Mivos String Quartet and the CNS Symphony Orchestra play works by Tony Conrad, Huang Ruo and Luke Dubois Dave Soldier and Brad Garton

MIVOS quartet is devoted to performing contemporary music. It was founded in 2008 by violinists Olivia DePrato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Isabel Castellvi. They met while pursuing a master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program. Since their inception they have performed and premiered works by both young and established composers including […]

06/26 @ 8pm – Susie Ibarra Quartet

Friday, June 26 at 8pm Susie Ibarra Quartet violin Jennifer Choi, piano Kathleen Supové, harp Bridget Kibbey, drums and percussion Susie Ibarra. Performing Ibarra’s original music for quartet, inspired by Filipino Indigenous folklore. “Composer and Percussionist Susie Ibarra is known for her individual artistry on percussion and genre-defying music. In the past decade, her willingness to step out from […]

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Nick Hallett at the Stone

Hallett will be featured at New York’s Stone.

Nick Hallett in recital
Tuesday, February 17 at 8pm
The Stone
Corner of 2nd Street and Avenue C, New York
$10 admission

Nick Hallett is a musician and avid curator working in the intersection of sound, moving image, and live performance. Nick’s projects encompass singing various genres of new music (from opera to cabaret to extended vocal technique), composing for film and theater, and staging new media performance. He originated the band PLANTAINS, which from 2000 until 2003 operated as a live multimedia act, incorporating electronic music and video. His New York opera debut was in 2005 at the Kitchen in Susie Ibarra‘s Shangri-La at The Kitchen. His has since presented several music-based multimedia concerts at The Kitchen, in addition to singing the music of Arthur Russell there as part of a shared bill in 2008. He is deeply devoted to performing the work of Meredith Monk, and has performed her cycle, Our Lady of Late, at Performa07, Chashama, and Dixon Place. He is the co-curator of the Darmstadt series, which is regularly recognized in the New York Times and Time Out New York for its innovative programming of new music, in addition to being the producer and music curator for the Joshua Light Show. He has two original music-theater works in development, one with playwright Jessica Blank (The Exonerated, Iraq Refugee Project) and another with video-performance artist Shana Moulton (Whispering Pines). Upcoming concerts for 2009 include a solo recital at The Stone, and another tribute to Arthur Russell (which he is performing in and co-organizing) at Le Poisson Rouge, as part of the Wordless Music Series.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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In the Times:

STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA (Monday) “We Are MTO” (Mowo) is the typically brash and exuberant new studio album from this serious little big band, led by the slide trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein. Its sound would seem to be too big for this room, but stranger things have happened. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

BLUIETT (Saturday) Both in the World Saxophone Quartet and in his own groups, this veteran baritone saxophonist — also known by his full name, Hamiet Bluiett — has always advanced an agenda of blustery incantation. He can leap from a foghorn honk to a jarring screech in a flash, and often does; his presence in a small combo, like the one heard here, is heavily, intensely physical. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue, at Jefferson Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, (718) 398-1766,; cover, $20. (Chinen)

? TAYLOR HO BYNUM (Friday and Saturday) As a cornetist, Mr. Bynum works with extreme tension and pinprick control; as a composer he favors jostling counterpoint and elastic interplay. He has a thought-provoking new album, “Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths” (Hatology), featuring his sextet, which performs at 10:30 p.m. on Friday. (In an earlier set, at 9, he enlists just two of the sextet’s members, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara.) Both sets on Saturday feature his improvising chamber group, SpiderMonkey Strings. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15. (Chinen)

JEFF DAVIS BAND (Thursday) Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience, features his own compositions for a group with Kirk Knuffke on trumpet, Tony Barba on reeds, Jon Goldberger on guitar, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Kris Davis, his wife, on Fender Rhodes piano. At 9 and 10 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762,; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)

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 new band with Nate Wooley on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Sean Conly on bass. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

JOE LOVANO QUINTET (Friday through Sunday) Joe Lovano has become one of the stalwart jazz saxophonists, partly by triangulating John Coltrane’s harmonic inquiry, Ornette Coleman’s off-kilter lyricism and Ben Webster’s pathos. This quintet, also called “Us 5,” includes James Weidman on piano, Esperanza Spalding on bass, Francisco Mela on percussion and Otis Brown III on drums. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

MEPHISTA/ANTHONY COLEMAN (Wednesday) Texture and tonality are flexible elements in Mephista, an exploratory trio with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and Ikue Mori on electronics. In a later set Anthony Coleman, a pianist and composer, performs a far-ranging solo recital. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10.

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AUM Fidelity to Release David S. Ware Album

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From Improvised Communications:

AUM Fidelity is proud to announce the January 27th release of Shakti (AUM052), eminent saxophonist/composer David S. Ware’s fifth album for the label and his first studio recording since 2003. This release marks the recorded debut of Ware’s new working ensemble, his first since the disbanding of the long-lived and prolific David S. Ware Quartet (1989-2006). Shakti presents a distinctive selection of Ware compositions written specifically for this ensemble, as well as a new interpolation of “Antidromic” from 1997’s Wisdom of Uncertainty (AUM001). The group, which has solidified both its sound and its line-up through various performances over the past year and a half, features guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith.

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Jazz Listings from the NY Times

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From the Times.

WAYNE HORVITZ AND SWEETER THAN THE DAY (Sunday) A pianist attuned to contrast and texture, Mr. Horvitz has kept the spirit of the downtown scene percolating in Seattle since moving there years ago. His self-released new album “A Walk in the Dark” features the elastic working band appearing here. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

MEPHISTA (Tuesday) Texture and tonality are flexible elements in this exploratory trio, with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and Ikue Mori on electronics. This performance is a benefit for the nonprofit performance space Roulette. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $20. (Chinen)

BOBBY PREVITE AND THE NEW BUMP (Saturday) Revisiting the sound of an atmospheric yet groove-oriented recent album, “Set the Alarm for Monday” (Palmetto), the drummer Bobby Previte convenes a handful of fellow travelers: the trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the vibraphonist Bill Ware, the bassist Brad Jones and the percussionist Jim Pugliese. At 12:30 a.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; cover, $8, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

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Coming Up at the Bohemian National Home

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From the Bohemian National Home:

Thanks again to Aaron and the CAID for covering these shows for us. The CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks Ave., just a few blocks North of Warren, near Wayne State, but to the west in the Woodbridge neighborhood. FOr more info, you can call the Bohemian line at 313 737 6606.

Thursday, 9/25: Worms in Dirt, Traum
Brooklyn’s Worms in Dirt is a guitar and violin duo that plays acoustic improvised music drawing from mostly non-traditional/extended technique vocabulary. The band seems to have infiltrated a few different scenes with its sound; cited are recent gigs with Little Women, Peter Evans 4tet, People, Aids Wolf, and Old Time Relijun. There’s more at:

Traum is comprised of Chris Riggs on guitar and Ben Hall on drums and percussion. Although I haven’t Traum specifically yet, these Detroit musicians have performed at The Bohemian and share an affinity with Worms in Dirt for searching for suprises in sound production and an avoidance of clearly idiomatic playing.
Doors at 8 pm; $5 minimum.

Friday, 9/26 Cooper Moore

One of the first New Music shows at the Bohemian was the duo of Cooper Moore and Assif Tsahar. Legendary musician/improviser/inventor Cooper Moore is best known as a pianist and percussionist who’s played with William Parker, Joseph Jarmin, David S. Ware, Susie Ibarra, Butch Morris and Perry Robinson. He’s also well known for his intriguing home-made instruments; this current tour will be his first as a soloist performing only on instruments of his own design. Not only an amazing improviser and inventor, Cooper Moore is great at getting the audience up and involved. Sure to be one of this year’s highlights. Doors at 8pm, $8-20.

10/8 Baby Dee
Cleveland native Baby Dee is a transgender harpist/acordianist/pianist who has prodigious skills on all three instruments. Classically trained, she has been a music director and organist in a Bronx Catholic church, a circus side show act at Coney Island and eventually a member of the Bindlestiff Family Circus.

When Baby Dee returned to Cleveland, she began performing music of her own composition, mixed with and inspired by tin palley and show tunes that she performs with particular zest. The tremendous musicality of Baby Dee makes this much more than a quirky novelty act- there’s just a lot of eccentricity that goes with all that talent.
Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.

10/10 Wierd Records New York City presents:Martial Canteral w/ Bad Party and Red Rot
10/11 Eric Vloeiman’s Fugimundi
10/12 Shelly Short/Alexis Gideon
10/16 Eastern Seaboard, KBD
10/17 Chris Moore and Sons

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