Lots of good music coming up in the next couple of days...
Tonight at Barbès (8 PM hit), Secret Society co-conspirator Josh Sinton unleashes his new band, Ideal Bread, a group dedicated to the music of the late and much-lamented Steve Lacy. Josh studied with Lacy and knows his music intimately, and he and Kirk Knuffke (trumpet), Reuben Radding (bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) have spent a long time getting inside this music. Here's how Josh describes the hit:
The evening's show will be filled with songs about art, gymnastics, love, philosophy, food, garbage, marriage, wine, tobacco, literature, oration, protestation, defenestration, New York, Paris, Rome, New Jersey and all points in between, outside of and inclusive of.
Also tonight at the Good Shepherd-Faith Church (6:30 PM reception -- free wine, y'all; 7:30 PM hit) is the second installment of the innovative Wordless Music series, featuring Albuquerque-based postrockers A Hawk and a Hacksaw, violinist and indie darling Andrew Bird, and classical pianist Stephen Beck playing an all-Bach program. (I reviewed the first Wordless Music hit here.)
Tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 16) at The Tank (9:30 PM hit), Corey Dargel and Kamala Sankaram perform apart and together. In addition to your favorite tunes from Less Famous Than You (reviewed here), and some timely "policy anthems," Corey will be premiering a set of songs about the Virgin Mary, presented in collaboration with violinist Jim Altieri -- by all accounts, Corey and Jim stole the show at the American Composers Orchestra hit last month. Meanwhile, Kamala's band Squeezebox will present the live musical accompaniment to an original film, bloodletting, an expressionistic horror flick about the struggle for artistic survival -- and just plain survival. But before all of that, Corey and Kamala will open with a pair of songs from Nick Brooke's chamber opera Tone Test.
Meanwhile, that same night, back at Barbès (8 PM), singer Monika Heideman -- whose record has already been flagged by the Boston Phoenix as the "the jazz-vocal debut of the year... make that the jazz debut of the year... make that the debut of the year" -- returns to Brooklyn with her regular lineup: Khabu (guitar), Erik Deutsch (keyboards), Reuben Radding (bass), and Take Toriyama (drums). Monika also studied with Lacy, and may even sing some of his music if you ask real nice-like.
See also this Destination Out post on Lacy's recordings with Mal Waldron.