A celebration of Fred Ho in NY August 10


From ShapeShifter Lab:

Scientifc Soul Sessions presents:
To Sing You Down
a celebration of Fred Ho on his frst birthday in the sky
featuring the Eco-Music Big Band

ShapeShifter Lab
August 10, 2014 at 7PM
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
$20 admission

Join the Eco-Music Big Band in a tribute to its founder, Fred Ho – one of a kind revolutionary composer, writer, producer, political activist, and the “best baritone saxophonist of all time” (The New Yorker) whose awards and distinctions include becoming the youngest person to receive the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. Fred Ho passed away in his home in Greenpoint on the morning of April 12, 2014, surrounded by friends and family. This tribute program will honor Fred’s legacy, including his last big band work, The Grace of the Guerilla, My Love, the music of Cal Massey, and new works by 21st century big band composers Zack O’Farrill, Livio
Almeida, Albert Marques and Marie Incontrera.

The Eco-Music Big Band is a 16-piece, multi-generational big band that includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, including bass trombonist David Taylor (Gil Evans, New York Philharmonic), saxophonist Jay Rodriguez (Ornette Coleman,
Craig Harris), Zack O’Farrill and Adam O’Farrill (Arturo O’Farrill, Fred Ho).

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Steve Swell Interview


From All About Jazz:

Free Jazz” and “Avant-Garde Jazz” are catch phrases often associated with musical pioneers such as Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor but more broadly refer to music that goes outside of the mainstream of melody, harmony, rhythm, and structure. When that happens, opinions and emotions abound. Reactions vary from disgust to excitement and enthusiasm, and it is rare to find a balanced view on the subject. The question arises, why does the same music so strongly attract and repel? To seek answers to this and related questions about music that presses the limits of the expectable, All About Jazz initiated a conversation with Steve Swell, a highly respected, accomplished, and articulate musician who is immersed in these genres but has a strong background in mainstream music.

The Stone in August


Nels Cline

Cover of Nels Cline

Select shows coming to The Stone:

8/1 Friday (RK)
8 pm
Paradoxical Frog
Kris Davis (piano, compositions) Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
Fieldwork
Vijay Iyer (piano, compositions) Steve Lehman (alto sax, compositions) Tyshawn Sprey (drums, compositions)
TWENTY DOLLARS

8/2 Saturday (AV)
8 and 10 pm
Tyshawn Sorey Piano Trio
Cory Smythe (piano) Chris Tordini (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)

8/3 Sunday (HM)
8 pm
Shyushan
Jen Shyu (vocals) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

10 pm
Victor-Sorey duo
Fay Victor (vocals, piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, piano)

8/5 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
BB&C—Lines From the Timeline
Tim Berne (alto sax) Jim Black (drums, electronics) Nels Cline (guitar)

10 pm
BB&C—As We Are
Tim Berne (alto sax) Jim Black (drums, electronics) Nels Cline (guitar)

8/6 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
THE NELS CLINE SINGERS with secret special guest
Nels Cline (guitar) Scott Amendola (drums, electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass)
Cyro Baptista (percussion)

10 pm
THE NELS CLINE SINGERS
Nels Cline (guitar) Scott Amendola (drums, electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass)
Cyro Baptista (percussion)

8/7 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Le Jazz Free—influences…
Nels Cline (guitar) Vinny Golia (woodwinds) Devin Hoff (bass) Michael “TA” Thompson (drums)

10 pm
The Entire Time
Vinny Golia (woodwinds) Nels Cline (guitar)

8/8 Friday (HM)
8 pm
Balladeers: Doug Wieselman, Dougie Bowne, Jorge Roeder, Nels Cline
Doug Wieselman (woodwinds) Dougie Bowne (drums) Jorge Roeder (bass) Nels Cline (guitar)

10 pm
ACOUSTIC GUITAR DUETS
Elliott Sharp (guitar) Nels Cline (guitar)

8/9 Saturday (ICS)
8 pm
Reunited
Andrea Parkins (accordion, electronics) Tom Rainey (drums) Nels Cline (guitar)

10 pm
Tandem Telepathy
Michael “TA” Thompson (drums) Nels Cline (guitar)

8/10 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Collaboraton with WHITE OUT
Lin Culbertson (keyboards, electronics) Tom Surgal (drums) Nels Cline (guitar)

10 pm
Old Themes with New Schemes
Mary Halvorson, Nels Cline (guitars)

8/12 Tuesday (DDT)
8 pm
Bielawa as Bard
Lisa Bielawa (voice) Paul Vasile (piano)

8/13 Wednesday (RJP)
8 and 10 pm
Lisa Bielawa and Carla Kihlstedt
Lisa Bielawa (voice) Carla Kihlstedt (violin, voice)

8/14 Thursday (ICS)
8 pm
Solo Virtuosi: Lisa Bielawa with Colin and Eric Jacobsen and Bruce Levingston
Lisa Bielawa (voice) Colin Jacobsen (violin) Eric Jacobsen (cello) Bruce Levingston (piano)
Lisa Bielawa with Colin and Eric Jacobsen and Bruce Levingston.

8/15 Friday (SV)
8 pm
Selections from VIREO Part I
Lisa Bielawa (conductor) Melanie Russell, Hai-Ting Chinn, Jesse Blumberg (voices) American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
Excerpts from an opera-in-progress Part I.

10 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and many special guests

8/16 Saturday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Lisa Bielawa with Joshua Roman and Evelyne Luest
Lisa Bielawa (voice) Joshua Roman (cello) Evelyne Luest (piano)

8/17 Sunday (TY)
8 pm
Selections from VIREO Part 2
Lisa Bielawa (conductor) Melanie Russell, Kristin Slipp, Kirsten Sollek, Tomas Cruz (voices) American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

8/19 Tuesday (RJP)
8 pm
TranceFormation
Connie Crothers (piano) Andrea Wolper (voice) Ken Filiano (bass)

10 pm
Connie Crothers, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Nick Lyons, Pete Swanson, Todd Capp
Connie Crothers (piano) Lorenzo Sanguedolce (tenor sax) Nick Lyons (alto sax) Pete Swanson (bass) Todd Capp (drums)

8/20 Wednesday (SV)
8 pm
Connie Crothers, Jemeel Moondoc, Henry Grimes
Connie Crothers (piano) Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax) Henry Grimes (bass)

10 pm
Connie Crothers, Adam Caine, Ken Filiano, Federico Ughi, Alexis Parsons
Connie Crothers (piano) Adam Caine (guitar) Ken Filiano (bass) Federico Ughi (drums) Alexis Parsons (voice)

8/21 Thursday (SV)
8 pm
Connie Crothers and Jessica Jones
Connie Crothers (piano) Jessica Jones (tenor saxophone)

10 pm
Connie Crothers, Louie Belogenis, Ken Filiano, Michael Wimberly
Connie Crothers (piano) Louie Belogenis (tenor sax) Ken Filiano (bass) Michael Wimberly (drums)

8/22 Friday (JI)
8 pm
Connie Crothers, Kevin Norton, Ed Schuller, Roger Mancuso
Connie Crothers (piano) Kevin Norton (vibes, percussion) Ed Schuller (bass) Roger Mancuso (drums)

10 pm
Connie Crothers, Bill Payne, Tomas Ulrich, Michael Bisio
Connie Crothers (piano) Bill Payne (clarinet) Tomas Ulrich (cello) Michael Bisio (bass)

8/23 Saturday (SC)
8 pm
Connie Crothers, Richard Tabnik, Ken Filiano, Roger Mancuso, Mark Weber
Connie Crothers (piano) Richard Tabnik (alto sax) Ken Filiano (bass) Roger Mancuso (drums) Mark Weber (poet)

10 pm
Connie Crothers, Richard Tabnik, Ken Filiano, Roger Mancuso
Connie Crothers (piano) Richard Tabnik (alto sax) Ken Filiano (bass) Roger Mancuso (drums)

8/24 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Connie Crothers and Pauline Oliveros
Connie Crothers (piano) Pauline Oliveros (accordion, electronics)

10 pm
Connie Crothers, Cheryl Richards
Connie Crothers (piano) Cheryl Richards (voice)

8/26 Tuesday (AV)
8 pm
Allen Ginsberg poetry set 1
Hal Willner (voice) and a very special guest pianist

10 pm
Allen Ginsberg poetry set 2
Hal Willner (voice) Doug Weiselman (guitar, clarinet) Jane Scarpintoni (cello) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

8/27 Wednesday (KM)
8 pm
Spoken word reading of Lou Reed’s “The Raven”
Readers may include: Hal Willner, Elizabeth Ashley, Jenni Muldaur, Fisher Stevens, Amanda Plummer, Chloe Webb and others

10 pm
Whoops i’m An Indian
Martin Brumbach, Adam Dorn & Hal Willner

8/28 Thursday (SK)
8 pm
CHLOE WEBB and HAL WILLNER read Gregory Corso with the Steve Weisberg band
Chloe Webb (voice) Hal Willner (voice) Steve Weisberg and his band

10 pm
Unspeakable American Literature 2 – “Give Me Your Hump” by The Unspeakable Terry Southern
Nile Southern (voice) Josh Allen Friedman (voice) Tony Torn (voice) Steven Bernstein (trumpet) and his band

8/29 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Terry Adams & Hal Willner with special guest Karen Mantler
Terry Adams (piano, prepared piano) Hal Willner (turntables/samples) Karen Mantler (voice)

10 pm
Homage to Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Hal Willner (samples) John Kruth (guitar) Terry Adams (piano) Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Karen Mantler (voice) Steve Turre (trombone)

8/30 Saturday (MJC)
8 pm
Arch Obler radio plays from the radio show “Lights Out”
Hal Willner, Penny Arcade, Karen Mantler and more cretins

10 pm
EDGAR ALLEN POE readings with music
Hal Willner (voice) Ed Sanders (voice) Lenny Pickett (sax) and lots more!

8/31 Sunday (JA)
8 pm
Homage to Allen Sherman
Hal Willner (voice) Janine Nichols (voice) Charlie Burnham (violin) Doug Weiselman (guitar) and many many stars who are too embarrassed to be announced

10 pm
Hal Willner performs with silent films
Hal Willner (improv samples, keyboards, synths, turntables) with special guests Art Baron (trombone) Karen Mantler (voice)

AMN Reviews: Sandro Sciarratta – Pietra [kmp productions cd02]


PietraSandro Sciarratta’s (mostly) solo CD Pietra reflects the diverse interests that have been part of the Sicilian double bassist’s work since the 1980s. Moving from jazz in the 1970s to improvisation and electronic exploration in the following decades, Sciarratta followed an increasingly experimental route, the essential elements of which are documented in this set of ten pieces for prepared double bass, electronics, tape and object, composed between 1997 and 2013.

The recording was inspired by the rough, igneous rock—the “pietra” of the title—so common to the Sicilian landscape. And there is a parallel between the textured, irregular surfaces of the rock and the almost tactile quality of the sound Sciarratta derives from his instrument—supplemented, as it often is, by an array of miscellaneous objects. His is a profoundly physical approach to the bass, a wrestling against the resistance of the real as this latter is embodied in wood and steel. Sciarratta’s playing is rooted in a robust, muscular pizzicato and an arco style that foregrounds the scrape latent in the meeting of bow and string. On Zubbia Sciarratta draws deep, bell-like tones from the bass; in many of the other pieces, including one dedicated to John Cage, the preparations add a layer of rattling and grinding miscellany to the underlying sound, which is then enhanced and often thickened by the electronics and backing recordings. Pietra 6 features Sciarratta’s brother Luca on live electronics while Pietra 5—itself a heavily electronically manipulated track–includes his frequent duet partner Filippo Portera on reeds.

http://sandrosciarratta.bandcamp.com/album/pietra

All About Jazz Reviews


Matthew Shipp

Cover of Matthew Shipp

From All About Jazz:

The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp
The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp (Self Produced)

Jeff Cosgrove
Alternating Current (Self Produced)

Ross Hammond
Humanity Suite (Prescott Recordings)

Phillip Blackburn
Music of Shadows (Innova Recordings)

Joelle Leandre / Nicole Mitchell
Sisters Where (Rogue Art)

Lars Bech Pilgaard
I Want You To Be Around Me (Mom Eat Dad Records)

Jason Ajamian
A Way A Land Of Life (NoBusiness Records)

Matthew Shipp multiple reviews
Your Shipp Has Come In

August at the Cornelia Street Cafe


From New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe:

Aug 01
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST. : MARY HALVORSON TRIO
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Chris Lightcap, bass; Jim Black, drums

Aug 02
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST.: INGRID LAUBROCK’S ANTI-HOUSE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano saxophone; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Kris Davis, piano; John Hebert, bass; Tom Rainey, drums

Aug 03
8:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST.: MARY HALVORSON AND JON IRABAGON- SOLOS AND DUOS
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jon Irabagon, tenor sax

Aug 17
8:30PM VIOLA FEST! NIGHT ONE
Alexandra Honigsberg, curator and host
Tanya Kalmanovitch; Mat Maneri; Greg Williams

Aug 24
8:30PM THE DAVID ULLMANN 8
David Ullmann, guitar ; Deric Dickens, drums; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Brian Drye, trombone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mike McGinnis, alto saxophone; Chris Speed, clarinet; Gary Wang, bass

Aug 27
8:30PM MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
Jon Irabagon , tenor sax; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums

Aug 28
8:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON QUARTET
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Luis Perdomo, piano; Luis Perdomo, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Aug 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON TRIO
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Barry Altschul, drums

Aug 30
9:00PM & 10:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON GROUP
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Michael Formanek , bass; Tom Rainey, drums; Special Guest, tba