Things to Do

Good stuff over the next few days:

  • Tonight at the DiMenna Center you can hear Ghost Ensemble, which is made up of smart, cool, and curious musicians and composers like Sky Macklay and Ben Richter, with something of a release show for their upcoming album We Who Walk Again—they’ll be playing music off that album.

 

  • Saturday, the concert series Ambient Church has a unique headliner, Malcolm Cecil. As Tonto’s Expanding Headband, Cecil and Bob Margouleff made the classic electronic music album, Zero Time. Not coincidentally, Cecil built the TONOT synthesizer. This all so impressed Stevie Wonder, who was on the cutting edge of music technology, that he hired Cecil to producer the amazing string of Talking Book, Music of My Mind, Innervisions, and Fullfillingness’ First Finale. So, an interesting guy, and an interesting show.
  • Sunday, check out the new group Caterpillar Quartet, at Branded Saloon (603 Vanderbilt at Bergen, Brooklyn—Free admission). The band is drummer Ken Kobayashi (you can hear him on an excellent recent ESP release, Boundary, with Magumi Yonezawa and Masa Kamaguchi), bass guitarist Jochem van Dijk, alto sax player Henry Raker, and keyboardist Steve Holtje, founder of Theoretical Mustache and some times accompanist to the esteemed Steve Dalachinsky. Note the 6 p.m. start.
  • Monday, April 23, cellist Thomas Demenga plays a solo recital at Weill Recital Hall (7:30 p.m.). He’ll be playing Bach, Carter, and B.A. Zimmermann, and his recent ECM release of the Bach Cello Suites is simply outstanding, sinewy and full of ideas.

gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.

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