Kamaal Williams with Shabaka Hutchings, Lauren Faith and Alina Bzhezhinska

by Steve Naud

To mark the release of his new album Wu Hen, British keyboardist Kamaal Williams performs live this Thursday in the company of saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings – another pillar of London’s vibrant jazz scene – as well as soul singer Lauren Faith and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska. Donations can be made to fund the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, an organization that works with youth. 

Here’s a tantalizing preview of what awaits the audience:



Serious Livestream Session: Million Square

by Rupert Bottenberg

The potent pairing of Duncan Eagle’s saxophone and Max Luthert’s modular synths, U.K. duo Million Square impressed with the effective electro-jazz of their recent EP “Spirit Bloom”. They square off live this Friday, June 12, 2pm EST, a free stream care of British arts agency Serious. More info here.


Classical / Contemporary

The thunderbolts of Tristan Murail

by Michel Rondeau

On Monday, June 1 at 1:30pm (EST), a concert by the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, originally scheduled for early April, will be broadcast live.

Raising the curtain, the IEMA ensemble promises Quintette pour hautbois et quatuor à cordes (2007) by Vienna’s Friedrich Cerha. That will be followed by Framed (2011), a piece by Slovenian composer Vito Zuraj, and Acid Rain (1986) by American composer Michael Gordon. co-founder of the Bang on a Can ensemble.

The main course of this programme will be a nearly half-hour-long piece by the spectralist Tristan Murail, one that’s never been recorded: Liber Fulguralis, for instrumental ensemble, electronic and video synthesis (2008). Inspired by the art of interpreting lightning flashes among the oracles of antiquity, the work is a creation whose musical and visual components were developed simultaneously by Murail and visual sequence designer Hervé Bailly-Basin.

After the live broadcast on Monday, the video of the concert will be available until Friday, June 5.

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