This week: concerts in New York (September 30 – October 6, 2013)

Collaborations | Wet Ink Fall Festival

Yarn Wire - Photo by Bobby Fisher

Yarn Wire – Photo by Bobby Fisher

Yarn/Wire performs alongside Mivos Quartet as part of Wet Ink’s excellent Fall Festival of contemporary music. The groups will be performing works by composers who have long been associated with Wet Ink.
Tuesday, October 1 at 8 PM
Tickets $10, free for students
St. Peter’s Church, 346 W. 20th St, New York, NY
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The Acoustic Frontier: Improvisation by Experts

Featuring Eyal Maoz, Guitar; Kyoko Kitamura, Voice; Kathleen Supove, Piano; and Reuben Radding, Bass.
Wednesday, October 2 at 8 PM and 10 PM
Tickets $15
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, Second Floor, New York, NY
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Documerica | BAM Next Wave Festival

ETHEL string quartet - Ralph Farris,Tema Watstein, Kip Jones, and Dorothy Lawson  (photo credit: Stephanie Berger)

ETHEL string quartet – Ralph Farris,Tema Watstein, Kip Jones, and Dorothy Lawson (photo credit: Stephanie Berger)

ETHEL returns to the BAM Next Wave Festival to premiere its largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, Documerica. Inspired by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica—a massive “snapshot” of America showcased in an astonishing archive of images captured during the recession-plagued, tumultuous 1970s—this multimedia meditation interweaves over 3,000 vintage photographs with commissioned contemporary music for a landmark work.
Wednesday, October 2 to Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20-$45
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY
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IAM and Faith and Work: Arts Ministry presents At the Still Point

The program presents composer Christopher Theofanidis’ newly-commissioned piano quintet At the Still Point, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The performance will feature Charles Neidich, clarinet, Mia Chung, piano, Elizabeth Larson and Susan Kim, violins, Molly Carr, viola, and Soo Bae, cello.
Thursday, October 3 at 7:45 PM
W83 Ministry Center, 150 West 83rd Street, New York, NY
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New York Avant-Garde | American Symphony Orchestra

100 years ago, New Yorkers were astonished when the 1913 Armory Show displayed—for the first time in the U.S.—modernism in painting and sculpture. In partnership with New-York Historical Society’s retrospective on this historic exhibit, ASO presents a glimpse of the city’s musical culture in the years surrounding the Armory Show, including the first generation of modernist composers, whose works appeared in the early 1920s. From Varèse’s salute to his new home to works by Antheil and Copland, this concert places in context the modernism that took New York and America by storm.
Thursday, October 3 at 8 PM
Tickets $25-$50
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
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Parameters of Sound

Sarah Plum and Hal Grossman premiere new works by Mari Kimura, Sidney Boquiren, David Bohn, Charles Nichols, Jeff Herriot, Christopher Burns, Bjorn Berkout, and Sidney Corbett.
Thursday, October 3 at 8 PM
Tickets $15
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, Second Floor, New York, NY
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Buke and Gase, Patrick Higgins, and Mivos Quartet

Mivos Quartet - Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana Fran

Mivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana Fran

Record release concert for Patrick Higgins’ Double LP String Quartet No.2 + Glacia — an eclectic and adventurous evening of experimental, classical music, and angular pop. Patrick Higgins, downtown composer and guitarist of ZS, will perform new works for solo stereo guitar as well as a duet for violin and laptop featuring Joshua Modney. The night also features the acclaimed Mivos Quartet performing works by Higgins, in collaboration with the composer. Closing out the concert is Buke and Gase, innovative purveyors of hand-built instruments and expert art-pop.
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $13, $17, and $20
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Zorn@60 | John Zorn + Ryuichi Sakamoto

John Zorn

John Zorn

John Zorn returns to Japan Society for a concert birthday bash held as part of the international series of musical happenings honoring his turning 60. Composer, arranger, saxophonist and Japan aficionado, Zorn, whose music ranges from classical to contemporary and rock to klezmer, curated Japan Society’s Tzadik Label Music Series and was a leading force behind the 3/11 charity Concert for Japan. For this celebratory concert Zorn is joined on stage by musical pioneer composer, pianist and Academy Award-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto. Together, these two visionary artists offer an entirely improvised evening of music.
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
Tickets $36, $28 Japan Society members
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street New York, NY
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Music of Robert Xavier Rodríguez with Jeff Lankov, Piano

Grammy-nominated composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez and pianist Jeff Lankov perform a colorful recital with touches of humor. This program of works by Rodríguez features Semi-Suite, a duet with the composer; Seven Deadly Sequences; Fantasia Lussuriosa, variations of the “Lust” theme from the ballet The Seven Deadly Sins; “Hot-Buttered Rumba,” from the piece Aspen Sketches; and the world premiere of Caprichos, a work based on images by Francisco Goya and written for Jeff Lankov.
Sunday, October 6 at 2 PM
Tickets $25
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY
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Kevin Norton | Rétes

Rétes is a new collaborative series on the first Sunday of each month. Curated by composer and choreographic pianist, Eleonor Sandresky, the series will feature collaborations with fellow composer/performers. Leading up to each concert, she will rehearse and create a new program with each featured guest showcasing her music, their music, and collaboratively-made pieces as well culled through the creative process of exchanging ideas, arranging, improvising and rehearsing. This concert features the music of Kevin Norton.
Sunday, October 6 at 7 PM
Tickets $15
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, Second Floor, New York, NY
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