Wadada Leo Smith’s new festival in New Haven.

Wadada Leo Smith, the venerable trumpeter, composer, improviser, and bandleader who recently performed at National Sawdust alongside pianist Vijay Iyer, has just announced a new two-day celebration built around some of his most ambitious and profound works. The inaugural CREATE Festival is scheduled to take place on April 8 and 9, 2017, at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT.

Early Audition: Molly Joyce, Shapeshifter

Our friends at New Amsterdam Records have given us the opportunity to share a number of exclusive album previews in recent months. Today we’ve got something different to offer along with NewAm: our first video premiere, for the Molly Joyce composition Shapeshifter.

Playlist.

Luca D’Alberto, Nicole Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, The Necks, Merzbow, ‘Moana,’ and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Performance Review: Kate Soper, Ipsa Dixit

Soper presents a variable treatise on art and its available meanings, one as clever and sly as it is erudite and provocative. But instantly, the musical conversation – and as often as not it’s exactly that, given Soper’s demands on her instrumental accomplices to verbalize, to engage in theatrics, to deliver lines outright – suggests some nuances she clearly intended, along with others she surely could not have foreseen entirely.

Performance Review: Robert Ashley, Dust

Let’s begin bold: There surely will be no student undertaking of an operatic or music-theater work more significant than the new production of Robert Ashley’s 1999 opera Dust that the College of Performing Arts at the New School unveiled on February 2 in the school’s Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall.

Early Audition: ACME, Thrive on Routine

Listen to an exclusive preview of a gorgeous John Luther Adams piece included on ‘Thrive on Routine,’ the forthcoming album by New York’s much admired ensemble ACME on the consistently impressive audiophile label Sono Luminus.

Playlist.

Víkingur Ólafsson, Syrinx, Tanner Porter, Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School, Dana Jessen, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Cage and Feldman – and more – at Hauser and Wirth

Exploring links between the visual arts and music is always a fascinating venture, and that’s certainly the case when examining the rich connections that brought together artists of myriad disciplines and persuasions in New York during the 1950s. This week, a new exhibition mining that fertile territory will open at the Hauser & Wirth gallery on the Upper East Side.

Playlist.

Kelly Moran, Nordic Affect, ACME, Morbid Angel, Linda Catlin Smith, and other stirring sounds playing lately at Night After Night HQ.

Heavenly rhetoric: Oracle Hysterical meets New Vintage Baroque.

The Passionate Pilgrim, a new collaboration between composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical and period-instruments ensemble New Vintage Baroque, is a fascinating Baroque-pop song cycle based on mostly debunked Shakespeare, coming soon on VIA Records and at National Sawdust January 21.