Recommendations by an emerging music journalist/tenor sax player for convention-shattering musical events in New York City over the next week (May 16 – 22) . . .
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Friday, May 16 Sunny Murray transcended timekeeping as drummer with
Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler in the 1960’s, and his unbounded approach changed
rhythm evermore. His trio featuring tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis and
bassist Michael Bisio performs at 8 p.m. at Middle Collegiate Church, 50 E. 7th
St., Manhattan. $10
Saturday, May 17 Alto
saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille –
Trio 3 – celebrate their 20th anniversary at Sista’s Place, the
Bed-Stuy neighborhood cultural center, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 456 Nostrand Ave.
Sunday, May 18 improvised electronica from Germany, as installation artist Carsten Nicolai performs in Signal with sound designers Frank Bretschneider and Olaf Bender (aka Byetone), then showcases
others from his Raster-Noton label, at Issue Project Room, the anything-goes
performance space – 8 p.m., The (OA) Can Factory, 232 3rd St. 3rd
Floor. Brooklyn. $10.
Monday, May 19 Bassist-composer James Ilgenfritz leads a smart trio
with saxophonist Michael Attias and drummer Harris Eisenstadt at Spike Hill, a
hipster bar anything but average, given the music. 8 p.m.184 Bedford Ave (at
North 7th St.) Williamsburg, Brooklyn. $ tba.
Tuesday, May 20 The three-year old Brooklyn-based quartet Little
Women (saxophonists Travis LaPlante and Darius Jones, guitarist Ben Greenberg
and drummer Jason Nazary) distills free jazz, pop, thrasher rock and outright noise
into a potent brew — sharing a bill with Seattle-based The Dead Science and
People, the avant-folk duo of violist Jessica Pavone and guitaritst Mary
Halvorson. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Ave Williamsburg, Brooklyn, no cover,
Wednesday, May 21 An intimate performance by Dutch improvising pianist
Achim Kaufmann at the home of pianist Carl Maguire, with trumpeter Thomas
Heberer and drummer Harris Eisenstadt, 888 Lincoln Place, Crown Heights,
Brooklyn. 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 22 Drummer-composer Tyshawn Sorey has established
himself as a new voice in improvised music, earning a nomination for Up ‘n’
Coming Musician of the Year in the 2008 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz
Awards . Trombonist Ben Gerstein, pianist Cory Smythe and bassist Chris Tordini
are in his quartet performing pieces from his 2007 release THAT/NOT at Roulette, 228 W. Broadway, Manhattan. 8:30 p.m.