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Steve Coleman, who has a strong record coming out soon, has made a substantial amount of his back-catalogue available for free. Download here, and while you’re doing so, read his eloquent words about it here. It’s important stuff.

Book your travel plans. Lisa Bielawa’s ambitious Airfield Broadcasts will be performed at Berlin’s Templehof field May 10-12, and at the site of the former Crissy Field in San Francisco, now part of a gorgeous park, October 26 & 27 — the nicest time of year in my favorite city.

Listen to a track from the upcoming Big Farm release, which can’t come soon enough (May 28).

The Park Avenue Armory’s signature event this season is an installation of Stockhausen’s Oktophonie, designed by Rikrit Tiravanija. It opens tonight and they’ve been adding shows due to demand, so get your tickets now for Sunday afternoon, the last remaining performance with tickets available.

Coming sooner than you think, Wadada Leo Smith and Angelica Sanchez at Greenwich House (April 6).

Synth Nights returns to The Kitchen this Friday and Saturday with sets from David Behrman, Ben Vida, Greg Davis, Sergei Tcherepnin and Woody Sullender.

Pianist Emilio Teubal is celebrating the release of a new recording, Musica para un Dragon Dormido, at (le) Poisson Rouge, April 3.

And Joshua Fried is looking to fund a Radio Wonderland recording project, help him out here.

And a new concert series is staring in Brooklyn, Snug’s Concert Series at 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street. The high-profile open is Oliver Lake, solo.


Attention To Pay

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.

You Know Where To Find Me

There are, of course, constant musical events in New York, and I never experience as many as I’d like. But I do have a list of upcoming events I’ll be attending, and I’m arrogant enough to think that makes them worthwhile for all! So, here’s the annotated selection:

March 31 – April 4: MATA Festival 2009

All the events are at the excellent club/space Le Poisson Rouge. There will be eleven works premiered and performers include noted ensembles like the Knights Chamber Orchestra, Ne(x)tworks and the NOW Ensemble. This year’s festival seems to be enticingly rich in works and talents. I will be missing that last night, however, because I am intrigued by . . .

April 4: Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra

Community ensembles like this are worthwhile; there’s a commitment to music-making that balances the semi-professional level and enhances the rhetoric of performance. I’m struck by the imaginative, ambitious and wide-ranging program and am excited about hearing this concert.

April 9: Interpretations Presents Teresa McCollough at Roulette

The next in this rewarding retrospective series. McCollough is an excellent pianist and this program features truly great, rewarding contemporary music along with new works written for her. Could be a stunning evening.

APril 10 – 11: So Percussion and Matmos with special guest PLOrk

New art-pop music percussion ensemble with abstract electronic dance ensemble with the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. There’s other ways to put it, but what’s not to like? I can anticipate the flavor and nothing else, which is a good sign.

Hope to see you there.