Janine Jansen at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village

The recital celebrated the release of Ms. Jansen’s latest CD, “Beau Soir,” a mostly French program (on Decca), and included a few of the pieces from the disc, as well as Franck’s A major Sonata, which is not on it. Ms. Jansen and Mr. Barnatan began with Ravel’s Sonata in G, a piece ideally suited to a Greenwich Village club, given its central “Blues” movement. They played it, with its bent pitches and fluid tempos, as if the blues were — at least for the moment — their musical mother tongue.

Elsewhere in the Ravel, Ms. Jansen’s centered tone and rich vibrato and Mr. Barnatan’s precise, crystalline sound yielded a refined intensity that put the “Blues” movement in its Parisian perspective. That quality also served Messiaen’s “Thème et Variations” particularly well.

Read the full review in The New York Times here.

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Chiara String Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge

Just before the Chiara String Quartet played Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet on Wednesday evening at Le Poisson Rouge, the group’s first violinist, Rebecca Fischer, pointed out that the work was 101 years old. There was a sense of wonder in her tone — an unspoken subtext that seemed to ask, “Can you believe that people still hear this antique as harsh modernism?” Ms. Fischer added that for her, the movements are five “tiny landscapes.”

Read the full review in The New York Times here.

Anthony Braxton – Tri-Centric Modeling: Past, Present, and Future

Featuring Anthony Braxton 12+1tet, plus performances by Marilyn Crispell-Mark Dresser-Gerry Hemingway trio; Steve Coleman-Jonathan Finlayson duo, Nicole Mitchell, Richard Teitelbaum, Matthew Welch, John Zorn-Dave Douglas-Brad Jones-Gerry Hemingway quartet, and more special guests to be announced

The Tri-Centric Foundation presents a two-day benefit fundraiser event celebrating the artistic legacy of composer Anthony Braxton, in honor of his 65th birthday. In addition to rare NYC appearances by Braxton himself, the two concerts will feature a host of performers who have performed with or been deeply influenced by his music, playing both their own music and Braxton compositions. All proceeds will go to benefit the Tri-Centric Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating and realizing the most ambitious projects in the ongoing work and legacy of composer Anthony Braxton, and to cultivating and inspiring the next generation of creative artists to pursue their own visions with the kind of idealism and integrity that Braxton has demonstrated thoughout his five decade career.

– At Le Poisson Rouge, June 18, doors will open at 5:30pm, and performers will include the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet, plus performances by Marilyn Crispell-Mark Dresser-Gerry Hemingway trio; Steve Coleman-Jonathan Finlayson duo, Nicole Mitchell, Richard Teitelbaum, Matthew Welch, John Zorn-Dave Douglas-Brad Jones-Gerry Hemingway quartet, and more special guests to be announced.

– At Issue Project Roon, June 19, doors will open at 5:30, and the performance will include excerpts from Braxton’s recently recorded four-act opera, Trillium E, in addition to sets featuring the recent generation of Braxton-influenced artists, including Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone, Chris Jonas & James Fei, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Tyshawn Sorey, and many more musicians to be announced.

This is a general admission, standing event.

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