[Polly writes about great events happening in the Bay Area, here.  And, I’ll have a few cool things happening in Seattle soon.  In the meantime here are some interesting performances coming up in NYC ]

It looks like the first couple weeks of June are going to be full of tough choices.  Like, on Saturday, June 5th will I check-out, a) The JACK Quartet on the opening night of the Tribeca New Music Festival, b) Wet Ink meets Yarn/Wire at Roulette, or c) Feldman performed by Flux Quartet and Evan Ziporyn?

Here’s what’s coming up, choose wisely:

June 2: Da Capo Chamber Players will be “Illuminating Darkness” at Merkin Hall (8pm). Daniel Felsenfeld (Insomnia Redux), Carl Schimmel (Four Nocturnes), George Crumb (The Sleeper), Donald Martino (Notturno), and more.

June 4-6: Flux Quartet will be performing five works by Morton Feldman over 3 days over at Bargemusic.  Friday at 8pm: String Quartet #1; Saturday at 8pm: Structures and Three Pieces for string quartet, also Clarinet and String Quartet (featuring Evan Ziporyn); Sunday at 3pm: Piano and String Quartet (again, featuring Evan Ziporyn)(and, no, that is not a mistake!)

June 5: Four of the people behind Wet Ink (Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels) meet Yarn/Wire at Roulette (8pm).

June 5, 7-9: The 2010 Tribeca Music Festival begins at Merkin Hall (all concerts at 8pm).  Concert #1, 6/5: JACK Quartet performs more string quartet goodness. Lisa Bielawa (The Trojan Women), David Crowell (The Open Road), Jeff Myers (Dopamine), and more.  Concert #2, 6/7: “NextGen” featuring Andy Akiho, Timo Andres, A (yet to be named) “Ted Hearne Band,” and others.  Concert #3, 6/8: “Monsters!” Mary Rowell, Geoff Burleson, and Kathleen Supove perform Eve Beglarian, Victoria Bond, Philip Glass, and more.  Concert #4, 6/9: Bora Yoon and Pamela Z with video artist Luke DuBois and the acapella group New York Polyphony.

June 8: MAYA Commissions Concert at Judson Memorial Church (8pm). Works by Gabriel Erkoreka, Yotam Haber, John Hadfield, Robert Paterson.

And as an added bonus…Over the past year (or so) I have recorded audio interviews with many of the people on these concerts.  Click on their name below to hear about their experience working with composers:
Blair McMillen (Da Capo Chamber Players)
Tom Chiu (Flux Quartet) (the background noise is really bad on this one, sorry!)
Evan Ziporyn
Laura Barger (Yarn/Wire)
John Richards (JACK Quartet)
Mary Rowell (performing on Tribeca New Music Festival)
Sato Moughalian (MAYA)