If you don’t feel like showering me with dough during this stretch of Spring blegging, perhaps you’d might direct those dollars towards two of my favorite musicians, both of whom have performances over the next week.
William Brittelle, who previously has made mad and magnificent pop music, has a new chamber music disc coming out next month called Loving the Chambered Nautilus, and he’ll be presenting some of the music with ACME at the Kitchen, this Friday and Saturday. I’ll have more to write about the release after he and I sit down for an interview/play-date, but I can tell you that it is a set of brightly exuberant pieces, written with skill and verve and, like his previous work, both embracing the chosen idiom and undermining its tenets with a creative sense of glee.
You can pre-order the music here during his fundraising release and, for a variety of amounts, garner some extra Brittelle-swag. Go indulge.
You also have two chances to see Ken Thomson and his group Slow/Fast, who are playing at Korzon Conception series on May 15 at 9mp and at Barbes on Saturday, the 19th at 6pm, each show is a bargain at $10. While I will be missing both (i’m attending City Opera and Cecil Taylor’s performance at Issue Project Room on those dates), I can tell you that this group’s set at Music at First in December of 2010 was one of the best jazz shows I’ve seen in recent memory, and the concentrated energy the live setting brings out just enhances Thomson’s smart compositions. The music is a true blend of sophisticated structures and muscular playing. Go, and tell me how it is.