Taylor Swift White Noise Remix Context
Friday, November 7th, 3pm – 6pm
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
On Oct. 21, an apparent glitch at the Canadian iTunes Headquarters resulted in an eight-second file of white noise and silence being made available on for download as “Track 3″ from Taylor Swift’s upcoming album “1989.” The little blurt of an mp3 quickly topped the Canadian iTunes sales charts. Whether or not Ms. Swift is venturing into the world of sound art or digital culture jamming remains to be seen but that’s not stopping us from announcing the TAYLOR SWIFT WHITE NOISE REMIX CONTEST. Download the original track here, bleach it, rinse it, fold it and email the finished product (as an mp3 or download link) to miniature.minotaurs [at] gmail [dot] com by 11/4 (Reverse Information Day). A panel of listeners who donated to Miniature Minotaurs during the October Silent Fundraiser will judge the entries and the results will be revealed on Miniature Minotaurs on Friday, November 7 (3-6 pm).
From London’s Vortex:
FRI 24 OCTOBER • 20.00 • £10 / £12
ROLLER TRIO – SOLD OUT
“Dark, menacing, bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz!” Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music. Roller Trio’s music is a fresh, visceral stew of conventional and experimental sounds that features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes.
SAT 25 OCTOBER • 20.00 • £10 / £12
EVAN@70: EVAN PARKER + TRANCE MAP QUARTET
Evan Parker continues his 70th birthday celebrations with a collaboration with Trance Map Quartet: Matt Wright computer and turntables, Hannah Marshall cello, Barry Guy bass
MON 27 OCTOBER • 20.00 • £10 • MD
ROWLAND SUTHERLAND / ANSUMAN BISWAS / PAT THOMAS / GUILLAUME VILTARD
Rowland’s quartet creates something transcendental and otherworldly. Explorations of free improvisation, jazz and groove sounds with added inspirations from the Caribbean and India. Ethereal themes converge with hypnotic rhythms, celestial textures, raw shifting ostinatos, psychedelic dub waves and colliding counterpoints.
WED 29 OCTOBER • 20.00 • £9 / £10 • MD
JON LLOYD GROUP
Saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Jon Lloyd has played on the UK jazz and improvised music scene for over 20 years, playing with the likes of Paul Rogers, Mark Sanders, Marcio Mattos, Paul Clarvis, Stan Adler, Michel Pilz and Gerry Hemingway. With John Law (piano), Rob Palmer (guitar) Tom Farmer (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums).
THURS 30 OCTOBER • 20.00 • £12.50 / £14
TONY KOFI’S SPHINX TRIO
Tony Kofi (alto saxophone), Larry Bartley (double bass) & Rod Youngs (drums) pay homage to the music of Ornette Coleman. Larry Bartley has become one of the most sought after bass players on the London jazz scene. Rod Youngs has been heard with the late Gil Scott Heron, Gary Crosby, Jon Hendricks and the late Abram Wilson, among others.
From Just Outside:
Takahiro Kawaguchi/Tim Olive/Makoto Oshiro – Airs (845 Audio)
Eventless Plot – Structures (Creative Sources)
Malfinia Ensemblo – Varsovia (Kvitnu)
Ian M Fraser – The Realness (self-released)
BJ Nilsen/Stilluppsteypa/Anla Courtis – Golden Circle Afternoon (Mego)
Bruno Duplant/Stefan Thut – the fullest extent of possible movements in two particular places (diafani)
PARA – PARAphore (Listen Closely)
Rank Ensemble – Papilio Noblei (Leo)
Silvia Tarozzi – Virgin Violin (i dischi di angelica)
Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet (Friday) The indomitable pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams is best known as the patriarch of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed in Chicago in 1965. In this concert, presented by the organization’s New York chapter, he presents music for a quintet that includes Dayna Stephens on tenor saxophone, Bryan Carrott on vibraphone, Lindsey Horner on bass and Reggie Nicholson on drums. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, 800-838-3006, aacm-newyork.com; $30; $15 for students. (Nate Chinen)
Jamie Baum Septet + (Friday) The flutist Jamie Baum favors an orderly approach to composition but clears ample space for improvisation. She draws inspiration from sources ranging from Stravinsky to devotional Sufi music in this ensemble, which features compelling improvisers like the trumpeter Amir Elsaffar, the multi-reedist Douglas Yates and the pianist John Escreet. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $22, $12 for members. (Chinen)
Peter Bernstein Quartet (Tuesday through Thursday) The astute hard-bop guitarist Peter Bernstein can always be trusted in a quartet setting, and this one features extremely capable partners: the pianist Sam Yahel, the bassist Omer Avital and the drummer Billy Drummond. From 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, smallsjazzclub.com; $20. (Chinen)
Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State (Friday) A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt likes to walk the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition. He leads this texture-rich new ensemble — with the clarinetist Chris Speed, the bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and the bassist Pascal Niggenkemper — in advance of a European tour, playing music from a forthcoming album. At 8 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $15 suggested donation. (Chinen)
Oliver Lake at the Stone (through Sunday) Oliver Lake, a multireedist and composer with acres of experience in the self-sustaining avant-garde, is just the right sort of elder to encounter the Stone, where he has been in residence this week. Among the remaining highlights: his octet, “Flow,” on Friday at 8 and 10 p.m.; his organ quartet on Saturday, playing an 8 p.m. set alone and a 10 p.m. set with the saxophonist Billy Harper; and a set with the Flux String Quartet, on Sunday at 8 p.m. Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)
Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints (through Sunday) The saxophonist Joe Lovano and the trumpeter Dave Douglas share a bustling, approachable vision of jazz, geared toward expedition while grounded in post-bop custom. Sound Prints — their well-traveled quintet with the pianist Lawrence Fields, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Joey Baron — has an album due out on Blue Note next year, which should provide much of the material for this engagement. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
Paradoxical Frog (Sunday) “Union,” released in 2012, was a fitting title for the second album by this fearless experimental trio, which interrogates compositions by all three members — the pianist Kris Davis, the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The group performs as part of the Sound It Out series. At 7:30 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)
Tamarindo Trio (Friday and Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has earned a reputation as one of New York’s stalwart improvisers, through a host of sideman appointments and some rigorously rewarding albums. His Tamarindo Trio is a free-form outfit that recently released its third album, “Somos Agua”; its lineup features the drummer Nasheet Waits and the bassist William Parker, but for this two-night stand he’ll have Michael Formanek on bass (a worthy substitute). At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
American Modern Ensemble (Thursday) This excellent new-music group celebrates its 10th anniversary with a program of works by David Del Tredici, George Crumb and Robert Paterson; David Alan Miller conducts a 20-piece ensemble. At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, 646-300-1207, chambermusicny.org; free. (Vivien Schweitzer)
Juilliard String Quartet (Monday) This ensemble brings its distinctive, elegant sound to an absorbing program that includes Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet, Berg’s probing String Quartet and Schubert’s impassioned “Death and the Maiden” Quartet. At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-721-6500, events.juilliard.edu; $30, $15 for students with ID. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)
Tomas Fujiwara is a drummer who appears on so many good recordings that it is difficult to keep up with his activities. Mostly known for being part of New York’s current creative jazz scene – an artistic landscape that combines free jazz with modern composition – he often records and plays with compatriots Mary Halvorson and Taylor Ho Bynum, among many others.
This, his first album as leader of a trio, features Ralph Alessi on trumpet and Brandon Seabrook on guitar, and was recorded live last September. It consists of eight tracks, from 2 to almost 14 minutes in length. At first blush, Variable Bets comes across as more experimental than many of Fujiwara’s efforts. The tracks cannot be pigeonholed into any category, much less jazz. Perhaps the guitar / trumpet / drums lineup contributes to that notion, along with each player’s reluctance to settle on the conventional.
A few particularly high points include when Alessi and Seabrook simultaneously improvise jagged, uptempo melodies over Fujiwara’s agile drumming. Seabrook often lets loose with speed picking and grinding out walls of noise, invoking a cross between Nels Cline and Derek Bailey. Fujiwara is so adept and subtle at times, that it is easy to ignore how much he adds to the music. Alessi combines serious chops with a flair for the unpredictable.
Even of you are familiar with Fujiwara’s works, there will be some surprises here. Though confined to the trio format, the musicians use a broad palette to explore and create. Whatever they do, they do very well. An excellent release that will be out on December 2nd, from Relative Pitch Records.