By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
September 2 TRIFACTOR: BILLY BANG, KAHIL EL ZABAR, AND BLUIETT Griping about Lincoln Center's banishment of outcats will be quelled for a moment; as the unusual blend of violinist Billy Bang and baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett resounds through the North Plaza, it will be given a groove by percussionist Kahil El Zabar. Each is a go-getter when it comes to extended techniques, meaning their instruments are used in ways inventive enough to have earned all three the designation of "experimentalists."
August 4MCCOY TYNER (Castle Clinton) Some music is geared to sound just as strong outdoors as it is indoors. The pianist's modal magnificence has never had a problem reaching for the sky; the first time I ever caught him somewhere in the '70s around the time of Atlantishe created swell after swell of 10-fingered tenacity. That's exactly what he'll do here. Maybe having his current ensemble pointing its collective oomph at the waters of New York's harbor will generate extra inspiration.
'VISION FESTIVAL X'
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(check)June 14-19 The tenth edition of this annual affair finds the post-loft aesthetic in good hands, the alignment of its participants bringing a cultural weight to an underground music that often goes unnoticed by the mainstream. For six days compelling veterans such as trumpeter Bill Dixon and violinist Leroy Jenkins share bills with younger free improvisers. This year, there's a hat tip to Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson, and the overall lineup looks especially rich.
June 14JOSEPH JARMAN+CHARLES GAYLE ENSEMBLE+ELLEN CHRISTI, HAMID DRAKE & WILLIAM PARKER+WARM (Flamboyan Theater)
June 14JORGE SYLVESTER AND NORA MCCARTHY CONCEPTUALMOTION ORCHESTRA+BEJEWELED+THE GIFT (Milagro Theater)
June 15STEVE DALACHINSKY & MATTHEW SHIPP+HENRY GRIMES QUARTET+OLIVER LAKE, PHEEROAN AKLAFF & MICHAEL GREGORY (Flamboyan Theater)
June 16JOSEPH JARMAN ENSEMBLE+THURMAN BARKER STRIKE FORCE+STERLING D. PLUMPP (Milagro Theater)
June 17OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC+SOUND VISION ORCHESTRA+BILL DIXON GROUP+POSTIVE KNOWLEDGE(Flamboyan Theater)
June 17ELOPING WITH THE SUN+DAVID BUDBILL, WILLIAM PARKER & HAMID DRAKE+WHIT DICKEY, ROB BROWN, JOE MORRIS & ROY CAMPBELL+TYSHAWN SOREY+TODD NICHOLSON OTIC BAND+GUILLERMO E. BROWN+TATSUYA NAKATANI N.R.A.(Milagro Theater)
June 18BILLY BANG, SHOJI HANO, NGO THANH NAHN & TODD NICHOLSON+ROY CAMPBELL PYRAMID TRIO+PETER BROTZMAN & NASHEET WAITS (Flamboyan Theater)
June 18JOE MCPHEE & LORI FREEDMAN DUO+PANIC (Milagro Theater)
June 19LITTLE HUEY CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA+JOELLE LEANDRE & INDIA COOKE+MATTHEW SHIPP, WILLIAM PARKER, SABIR MATEEN & HAN BENNINK(Flamboyan Theater)
June 19KAREN BORCA QUARTET+ROB BROWN+DENNIS GONZALEZ YELLS AT EELS & OLIVER LAKE (Milagro Theater)