NYC Calendar: August 2014

Saturday, August 2
9 PM, 10.30PM Mary Halvorson Fest.: Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano saxophone; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Kris Davis, piano; John Hebert, bass; Tom Rainey, drums
VENUE: Cornelia Street Cafe
ADMISSION: $20 includes drink

Saturday, August 9
7.30 PM Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp: Cosmic Lieder Duo
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/portfolio/aug-9/
VENUE: ShapeShifter Lab
ADMISSION: $15

Sunday, August 10
3 PM: JACK Quartet plays Ken Thomson

http://www.noguchi.org/programs/public/artists-noguchi-bang-can-music-series-jack-quartet
Works from composer Ken Thomson’s new CD from Cantaloupe Music, THAW.
VENUE: Noguchi Museum Sculpture Garden
ADMISSION: Free with museum admission.

Monday, August 11
10 PM: Weasel Walter


VENUE: Saint Vitus Bar
ADMISSION: $10

Monday, August 11
8:30PM: Vinny Golia – Woodwinds, Keir Neuringer – Saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock – Saxophone
VENUE: IBEAM Brooklyn
ADMISSION: $15

Sunday, August 17
5PM: International Contemporary Ensemble | All–Sofia Gubaidulina program
Trio; Sotto Voce; quasi hoquetus; Meditation on the Bach Chorale “Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit” http://mostlymozart.org/events/international-contemporary-ensemble-aug-17
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: from $35 (sold out)

Monday, August 18
8.15 and 9.30: go organic orchestra. Ned Rothenberg – b flat & bass clarinet, shakuhachi ;Tim Kieper – dusun’goni, pandiero, percussion; Kenny Wessel – guitars, banjo and many other artists:http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/portfolio/aug-18-go-organic-orchestra/
VENUE: ShapeShifter Lab
ADMISSION: $15

Wednesday, August 20
7:30 PM: Steven Schick, percussion | John Luther Adams: The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/210435?show_date=2014-08-20 19:30:00
VENUE: Mostly Mozart Festival Clark Studio Theater
ADMISSION: $35

Thursday, August 21
7.30PM:International Contemporary Ensemble
Ellie Dehn, soprano, David Fulmer, conductor
Dai Fujikura: Minina (New York premiere)
John Zorn: Baudelaires (New York premiere)
Alvin Lucier: Chambers
Messiaen (arr. Cliff Colnot): Chants de terre et de ciel (New York premiere)
http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/210433?show_date=2014-08-21 19:30:00
VENUE: Mostly Mozart Festival, Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: $25

Monday, August 25
8PM: Oso Blanco (Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh; Ryan Sawyer)


VENUE: Baby’s All Right 146 Broadway, Brooklyn
ADMISSION: $14

Tuesday, August 26
10PM: Allen Ginsberg poetry set w/ Hal Willner (voice) Doug Weiselman (guitar, clarinet) Jane Scarpintoni (cello) Kenny Wollesen (drums)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION:$15

NYC Calendar: July 2014

SUNDAY, July 6
8 PM Geri Allen, Laurie Anderson
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Geri Allen (piano) Laurie Anderson (violin, electronics)
ADMISSION: $15

SUNDAY, July 6

8:30 PM Simon Nabatov
VENUE: IBeam
DETAILS:
Michael Attias & Simon Nabatov (8:30 pm)
Michael Attias – Alto Saxophone, Simon Nabatov – Piano
Simon Nabatov, Max Johnson & Gerald Cleaver (10:00 pm)
Simon Nabatov – Piano,Max Johnson – Bass, Gerald Cleaver – Drums
ADMISSION: $15 suggested donation

FRIDAY, July 11 and
SATURDAY, July 12
8 PM Rosas danst Rosas
VENUE: Lincoln Center Festival, Gerald W. Lynch Theater
DETAILS:
Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Dancers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sandra Ortega Bejerano, Tale Dolven, Elizaveta Penkova, Sue-Yeon Youn
Music Thierry De Mey, Peter Vermeersch

This summer, in a return to her choreographic roots, De Keersmaeker, along with her Belgium–based dance company, Rosas, revisits four of her iconic early works—Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982); Rosas danst Rosas (1983); Elena’s Aria (1984); and Bartok/Mikrokosmos (1987), with live music by Ictus—each a seminal event in the development of one of contemporary dance’s greatest personalities and as exciting and striking today as they were at their premieres.
http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/209378?show_date=2014-07-11%2020:00:00
ADMISSION: from $35

SATURDAY, July 12
9:30 PM Jen Shyu & Mat Maneri
VENUE: IBeam
DETAILS:
Jen Shyu (voice, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum), Mat Maneri (viola)
ADMISSION: $10

SUNDAY, July 13
8 PM John Zorn improv night—A Stone Benefit
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: John Zorn, Louie Belogenis (saxes)
ADMISSION: $25

TUESDAY, July 15
10 PM Eyal Maoz’s Crazy Slavic Band
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Jay Rozen (tuba) Chris Stromquist (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Frank London (trumpet and horn) Rob Henke (trumpet and horn) John Carlson (trumpet and horn) Briggan Krauss (saxophone)
Original music inspired by the newest contemporary Slavic composers.
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, July 15 and
WEDNESDAY, July 16
8 PM Bartok/Mikrokosmos
VENUE: Lincoln Center Festival, Gerald W. Lynch Theater
DETAILS:
Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music Bela Bartok
Musicians Ictus, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Stefan Ginsburgh

http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/209381?show_date=2014-07-15%2020:00:00
ADMISSION: from $35

THURSDAY, July 17
10 PM 9 Volt with Tim Berne
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Rick Parker (trombone, effects) Eyal Maoz (guitar, effects) Yoni Halevi (drums) Tim Berne (sax)
ADMISSION: $15

THURSDAY, July 17
19:00 Music of Morton Feldman
VENUE: Spectrum
DETAILS: Stephane Ginsburgh, piano + Kurt Ralske, video.
ADMISSION: $15

SATURDAY, July 19
10 PM Abraxas plays John Zorn
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar)
ADMISSION: $15

SATURDAY, July 19 and
SUNDAY, July 20
10 PM and 8:30 PM Matt Mitchell Residency – Normal Remarkable Persons

VENUE: IBeam
DETAILS:
Matt Mitchell – piano, compositions, Tim Berne – alto saxophone, Shane Endsley – trumpet, Travis Laplante – saxophone, Tyshawn Sorey – drums, trombone, melodica, Ches Smith – drums, vibes, percussion
ADMISSION: $15 suggested donation

SUNDAY, July 20
10 PM Hypercolor
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Lukas Ligeti (drums) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Eyal Maoz (guitar)
Previewing their upcoming debut CD on Tzadik (TBR 09/14), this strangely marvelous rock-spastic-jazz band features composition by all three members. Like experimental grafting surgery gone horribly awry, Hypercolor bears limbs borrowed from 80s NYC No-Wave, and early jazz/rock, and orchestral rock textures.
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, July 22
8:00 PM Arto Lindsay

VENUE: LPR
DETAILS: w/ Zs and Bigyuki, http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/arto-lindsay-july-22nd-2014/
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, July 25
7:30 PM Pam Tanowitz Dance / eighth blackbird
VENUE: Lincoln Center Out of Doors?Damrosch Park Bandshell
DETAILS:
John Zorn’s PASSAGEN featuring Pauline Kim Harris
Annie Gosfield’s The Spectators (excerpt) featuring FLUX Quartet
Erase by Andy Akiho (New York Premiere)
Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner (New York Premiere)
Counting Duets by Tom Johnson/Etudes by Gyorgy Ligeti
these broken wings 3 by David Lang

http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/210652?show_date=2014-07-25%2019:30:00

ADMISSION: free

SUNDAY, July 27
8 PM and 10 PM Drummingbirds
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Rakalam Bob Moses (drums, percussion, voice) Cyro Baptista (percussion, voice) Billy Martin (drums, percussion, video)
ADMISSION: $15

MONDAY, July 28
10:00PM Wooley/Laubrock/Corsano

VENUE: Evolving Series, 107 Suffolk Street
DETAILS: Nate Wooley – trumpet, Ingrid Laubrock – tenor sax, Chris Corsano – drums
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, July 29
8 PM Marilyn Crispell and Tyshawn Sorey
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Marilyn Crispell (piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
10 PM Marilyn Crispell trio
Marilyn Crispell (piano) Mark Helias (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
ADMISSION: $20

NYC Calendar: June 2014

Highlight of the month: Vision Festival

THURSDAY, June 5
10 PM Nate Wooley, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, Ben Hall
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Nate Wooley (trumpet) Joe Morris (guitar) Agusti Fernandez (piano) Ben Hall (drums)
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, June 6
8 PM  John Zorn, Joe Morris, Nate Wooley, Ikue Mori – A Stone Benefit
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS:
John Zorn (alto sax) Joe Morris (guitar) Nate (trumpet) Ikue Mori (electronics)
ADMISSION: $25

FRIDAY, June 6
9 PM Brad Linde & BANFF Alumni with special guest Wadada Leo Smith
VENUE: Seeds
DETAILS:
Brad Linde – tenor saxophone
Patrick Booth – tenor saxophone
Erika Dohi – Rhodes
Jonathan Taylor – drums and cymbals
*special guest Wadada Leo Smith – Trumpet
ADMISSION: check with the venue

SUNDAY, June 8
7:30 PM Birthday Concert of Two Raga Legends
VENUE:  Jack
DETAILS: Pt. Krishna Bhatt – Sitar, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee – Tabla
Brooklyn Raga Massive, Gurukul and ACST
ADMISSION: $20-$30

WEDNESDAY, June 11
7:00 PM Vision Festival 19, Charles Gayle – A Lifetime of Achievement
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS: Charles Gayle Trio + Dance, Charles Gayle Quartet, & The Vision Orchestra
ADMISSION: $20-30

THURSDAY, June 12
9:15 PM Ned Rothenberg’s Cardinal Points
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS:
Ned Rothenberg – alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, shakuhachi
Gamin – piri, taepyeongso (Korean double reed instruments), saengwhang (Korean mouth organ)
Samita Sinha – vocals, performance
ADMISSION: $20-30

THURSDAY, June 12
10:15 PM Brotzmann/Drake/Parker Trio
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS:
Peter Brötzmann – reeds
Hamid Drake – drums, percussion
William Parker – bass

http://roulette.org/events/vision-festival-19/

ADMISSION: $20-30

FRIDAY, June 13
10 PM Onset
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS:
Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Wayne Horvitz (keyboards) Ches Smith (drums)

ADMISSION: $10

SATUDAY, June 14
10 PM 300 and Elliot Sharp
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS:
Briggan Krauss (alto and baritone saxes) Wayne Horvitz (keyboards) Elliot Sharp (guitar) Kenny Wollesen (drums)
ADMISSION: $15

Saturday June 14
8:15 PM Matthew Shipp Trio
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS:
Matthew Shipp – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Whit Dickey – drums
ADMISSION: $20-30

MONDAY, June 16
9:00 PM Frauke Aulbert voice + Shanna Gutierrez flute
VENUE: Spectrum
DETAILS:
Preliminary program: Beat Furrer (*1954): Auf tönernen Füssen (1998) for amplified voice and contraalto flute Francisco Castillo Trigueros (*1983): Sûr les debris (2013) for bassflute and 4-channel-live-electronics Luigi Nono (1924-1990): La Fabbrica illuminata (1964) for soprano and 4-channel-tape Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Altra voce (1999) for soprano, flute and live-electronics
ADMISSION: $10-15

WEDNESDAY, June 18
8 PM Elizabeth Weisser—Densities and Light
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Elizabeth Weisser (viola)
Giacinto Scelsi: “Coelacanth” (1955) Arcangelo Corelli: “Sonata no. 5, op. 5” (1700) Salvatore Sciarrino: “Di volo” (1974) Don Carlo Gesualdo: “Questi leggiardri odorosetti fiori” (1594) Niccolo Paganini: “Caprice #17” (1802-1817) Pierluigi Billone: “ITI KE MI” (1995) *US Premiere
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, June 20
7 PM Terry Riley and Friends at the River to River Festival
VENUE: Federal Hall
DETAILS: Composer Paola Prestini curates the second iteration of the Ex-Situ series and showcases work created and inspired by Terry Riley with a quartet formed just for this occasion: Cornelius Dufallo, Jenny Choi, Ljova and Jeffrey Zeigler.

http://o-m-w.org/events/ex-situ-terry-riley-friends/

ADMISSION: check with the venue

MONDAY, June 23
8 PM – 11PM Garth Knox
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS:
8 PM Part One: Solo
Garth Knox (viola, viola d’amore) with special guest Melia Watras (viola)
Works by Frederic Rzewski, Rory Boyle, Olga Neuwirth, Garth Knox, John Zorn.
9 PM Part Two: Duos
Garth Knox (viola, viola d’amore) John Stulz (viola) Mark Feldman (violin)
Works by George Benjamin, Garth Knox, Mark Feldman.
10 PM Part Three
Garth Knox (viola, viola d’amore) Equi(k)nox Ensemble
Works by Garth Knox and John Zorn.
ADMISSION: $15 per set

MONDAY, June 23
7 PM Kimmo Pohjonen and Jeffrey Zeigler at the River to River Festival

VENUE: Pier 15
DETAILS: Inspired by the lure of Aokigahara – which has long been associated with demons and spirits in Japanese mythology, and in recent years has become a popular place for suicides – innovative Finnish accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen and former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler collaborate to weave a potent and energetic musical tapestry rife with hope, faith, and resignation.

http://o-m-w.org/events/ex-situ-kimmo-pohjonen-jeffrey-zeigler/

ADMISSION: check with the venue

NYC Calendar: May 2014

SUNDAY, May 4
8:30 PM Ches Smith: These Arches
VENUE: Jack
DETAILS:

Ches Smith, drums, Tim Berne, alto sax, Tony Malaby, tenor sax, Mary Halvorson, guitar, Andrea Parkins, accordion/electronics
ADMISSION: $10

SUNDAY, May 4
8 PM Bladerunner: John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
VENUE: LPR
DETAILS: http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/bladerunner-may-4th-2014/
ADMISSION: $35/40

TUESDAY, May 6
8 PM Ches Smith (drums) Okkyung Lee (cello, composition)
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS:
Premiere of Okkyung’s new compositions for cello and drums.
ADMISSION: $15

WEDNESDAY, May 7
8:15 PM James Ilgenfritz, bass/Briggan Krauss, saxophone/Denman Maroney, piano
VENUE: Spectrum
ADMISSION: $10

THURSDAY, May 8
7:30 PM Inuit Throat Songs with Tanya Tagaq.
VENUE: Carnegie Hall
DETAILS:

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including the Derek Charke composition 13 Inuit Throat Songs featuring Tanya Tagaq. Vincent Ho’s The Shaman featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie.
ADMISSION: $25

SUNDAY, May 11
8 PM Craig Taborn (piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Okkyung Lee (cello)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, May 16
7 PM Collegium Novum Zurich: Live Music & Silent Films
VENUE: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
DETAILS:http://www.zurichmeetsnewyork.org/events/collegium-novum-zurich-br-live-music-silent-films
ADMISSION: FREE

FRIDAY, May 16
7 PM Hardcore Activity in Progress
VENUE: Knockdown Center, Queens
DETAILS: The Thing, Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano, Okkyung Lee and more
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4125644
ADMISSION: $10

SUNDAY, May 18
8 PM Guy Klucevsek
VENUE: Barbes
ADMISSION: $10

SUNDAY, May 18
9 PM Swans
VENUE: Bowery Ballroom
DETAILS:
http://www.boweryballroom.com/event/495321-swans-new-york/
ADMISSION: $35 Sold out

FRIDAY, May 23
7 PM Alvin Lucier’s “Criss Cross” with Stephen O’Malley & Oren Ambarchi / Eyvind Kang / Iancu Dumitrescu + more
VENUE: Issue Project Room
DETAILS:Alvin Lucier, Giacinto Scelsi,Iancu Dumitrescu and more

http://issueprojectroom.org/event/tectonics-luciers-omalley-ambarchi-kang-dumitrescu-more

ADMISSION: $15/$20

TUESDAY, May 27
7:30 PM David Greilsammer, piano & prepared piano “Scarlatti:Cage:Sonatas”
VENUE: LPR
DETAILS:Scarlatti and Cage

http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/david-greilsammer-may-27th-2014/

ADMISSION: $15

THURSDAY, May 29
8:00 PM Frederic Rzewski, Solo Piano
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15/20

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, May 29-31
8:00 PM Tim Berne / Matt Mitchell + David Torn
VENUE: IBeam
DETAILS:

http://ibeambrooklyn.com/events/tim-berne-matt-mitchell-david-torn-2/

ADMISSION: $10

SATURDAY, May 31
8:00 PM Arvo Pärt with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
VENUE: Carnegie Hall
DETAILS:
Fratres
Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Adam’s Lament
Salve Regina
Te Deum

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/5/31/0800/PM/Estonian-Philharmonic-Chamber-Choir-Tallinn-Chamber-Orchestra/
ADMISSION: $30/$130

Just between you and me: Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J is the future classic

On April 19, having rushed to Roulette leaving behind the last minutes of an international Sound and Affect conference in order to experience Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), at first I could not stop thinking: how does this performance affect me and why? And – “whose are these emotions?” – as Deniz Peters questioned earlier that day.

I fail to describe my feelings having never experienced anything like this before. Perhaps one could compare Trillium J to Richard Foreman’s plays in the way it captures the absurd, the unexpectedness and ambiguity of contemporary world. Weave these into the voices of 12 vocalists and the sounds of 12 instrumental soloists with full orchestra, excellent acting, pseudo-philosophical digressions, visual projections, young skipping-rope Jazzy Jumpers and two of New York’s best contemporary dance improvisers Rachel Bernsen and Melanie Maar, and you get the mix.

I could not at any single moment recognize what exactly (music, words, acting, etc.) made me smile in a very strange way – the smile that sometimes comes from experiencing the misfortunes of Daniil Harms’s characters. This is perhaps the genius of a gesamtkunstwerk artist (Braxton wrote both the music and the libretto) – to blend all the media so naturally that a spectator cannot recognize the source.

How does the absurd feel?

As an interlude before the Second Scene of Act IV, Jazzy Jumpers entered with their skipping-ropes and the choir started improvising “random” sounds to their movements. I sensed tears in my eyes, obviously neither out of sadness or joy. What catalyzed the sublime was (perhaps?) the excitement that something so contemporary and so musically apt was composed –the genre of opera has a future – at least it definitely a present.
But the climax was still to come. The interlude could either feel like just another meaningful nonsense – the ridiculousness that was so fittingly at the wrong place, – or depict a stratum of society to be juxtaposed with the final scene – the trial of Sally Wanton.

Despite the obvious references to social injustices of American society, Ms Walton reminded me of Vladimir Putin in her ability to pour complete nonsense and reject obvious evidence of crime with complete confidence (as well as accept it and immediately render crucial statements trifle). This is where, perhaps, “the concept of affinity,” the opera’s major theme, lies. Everyone walked out with a radiant face – those who thought of multiple possibilities of political connotations, or those who just took “the poetic transiency” and “undefinition that seeks its own level” as a flow of beautiful nonsense.

George Crumb once said that he was “frightened of a possibility to write an opera, nothing comes close to Wozzeck.” Whether you agreed with that or not in the past, you would definitely have to consider replacing Wozzeck with The Non-Unconfessionables.  Should 21st century opera, and music for that matter, only be political? It is not always this or that, it is often the other.

Erlena Dlu

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