On March 9, 2012, my co-conspirators and I will be returning to Galapagos Art Space for a double-bill with the estimable Anti-Social Music. In addition to selections from Brooklyn Babylon, Secret Society will be playing music written especially for the band by Vijay Iyer and David T. Little. This is a rare opportunity to hear the band play compositions by someone else for a change. Also, Vijay and David have both written fantastic works that cut against the grain of what's expected from a large ("j-word") ensemble.
For their part, Anti-Social Music will be bringing their own Large Assemblage (though not quite so Large as ours... ) to Galapagos. They are reviving music from 11tet, a jazz composers’ workshop from the late 90′s (do you remember the '90s?), and new works written for ASM by Kamala Sankaram, Dan Lasaga and Pat Muchmore.
I'm a longtime fan of Anti-Social Music -- I think my favorite gig email from them was entitled "ASM presents 'The Glorified Rehearsal!'" -- and this double-bill has literally been years in the making. Tickets are $20 (less than $0.67 per musician! whee!) and may be procured here.