Upcoming Detroit Shows

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Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: Trinosophes.

Sunday, Feb 14: Contemporary chamber music concert with ÆPEX Performing Arts

New Ann Arrbor-based contemporary music presenters, ÆPEX Performing Arts, brings us this Valentines Day chamber music concert featuring Oiseaux Exotiques, Oliver Messiaen‘s brilliant composition based on bird-song, as well as three world premieres by composers of today.
Doors at 8 pm; $7-10 suggested.

Thursday, Feb. 18: Ches Smith Trio with Craig Taborn, Matt Maneri

Although the Ches Smith Trio has become a priority project for its participants, its beginnings were casual: “I had a gig in New York,” says Ches Smith, “an opportunity to do something different, so I invited first Craig and then thought about who else I might like to play with and that was Mat. That was the extent of the planning. It wasn’t supposed to be anything but a one-off gig. I definitely was not trying to form another band at that point, but the combination really clicked. It worked so well that it felt like I had to continue with it. The first gig was all-improvised and then I started writing for us. The idea was to keep the writing as minimal as possible. I definitely didn’t want to get in the way of the improvising – because the improvising was amazing.”

Doors at 8 pm. $10 general admission, $18 reserved seating.. Purchase advanced tickets by calling 313-737-6606 or at Trinosophes.

Coming Soon

3/9 Lyman Woodard Orchestra
3/26: Eugene Chadbourne

A Closer Listen Reviews

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Source: A Closer Listen.

Brave Timbers ~ Hope
Lorenzo Masotto ~ Rule and Case
France Jobin ~ Singulum
Drombeg ~ Earthworks

ATTN:Magazine Reviews

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Source: ATTN:Magazine.

Adam Golebiewski – Pool North
Ersatz – Hints of…
Reloc – Batch 0002

Interview with Bill Laswell 

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Source: SF Sonic.

Bill Laswell, producer, musician and record label manager, has been at the center and outer fringes of shaping contemporary American music over the last three decades. His penchant for taking chances, and doing what has not been done before has carved a uniquely successful, and non-traditional cannon of work.

John Zorn, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Rammellzee, Mick Jagger, Material, Praxis, Pharoah Sanders, DJ Cheb i Sabbah, Sonny Sharrock, Fab Five Freddy, Nona Hendrix, Motorhead, Bernie Worrell, Eddie Hazell, Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, Bootsy Collins, DJ Krush, Afrika Bambaataa, Lou Reed, Maceo Parker, The Ramones, Peter Gabriel and Herbie Hancock are just some of the artists he has worked with or produced.

Chicago Scene: February 13-20, 2016

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Kent Kessler

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, February 14th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Wet Ink : Josh Modney, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta

9:30PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300 (Donation)
Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Jim Baker

Monday, February 15th 2016

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Weston Olencki, Katherine Young — improvisations, and compositions by Evan Johnson, Peter Ablinger, Katherine Young

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Peep Show
Urban Bush Women, David Boykin

Wednesday, February 17th 2016

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Volcano Radar : Elbio Barilari, Julia Miller, Rollo Radford, Tim Davis
Sound Of The City Workshop

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson Trio with Jason Roebke, Mikel Avery

Thursday, February 18th 2016

9:00AM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ben Schmidt-Swartz, Albert Wildeman, Matt Carroll
Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Phile Sudderberg

Saturday, February 20th 2016

7:00PM at The Annex, 4660 N Rockwell ($10 donation)
Experimental Artist Series #19
Keefe Jackson, Julian Kirshner
Tim Daisy, Jason Stein
Ben Baker Billington, Carlos Chavarria, Adam Tramposh

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP {lampo.org/archive/evol-2016/})
Lampo Presents
EVOL : Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Hanne Darboven

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Ambrose Akinmusire

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ascension : 50th Anniversary Celebration
Galaxxu : Alexander Adams, Corey Lyons, Zachary Mark, Marc Williams
Set Self on Fire : Ben LaMar Gay, Daniel Van Duerm, Reid Karris, Brendan McAlinden, special guests Aaron Zarzutzki, Andrea Malek

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.umbrellamusic.org, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

February Jazz Reviews

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Mats Gustafsson at Moers Festival, June 2006, ...

Source: The Quietus, a set of reviews of free and creative jazz.

The first Complete Communion of 2016 finds swarthy Swedish sax warrior Mats Gustafsson as busy as ever. October saw him wail on Pole Axe (Rare Noise), the second album from Slobber Pup, a group also featuring guitarist Joe Morris, Jamie Saft on organ and Zu and Venetian Snares collaborator Balazs Pandi on drums.

Daniel Levin Interview

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Source: LondonJazz.

The first time I really improvised was when I was 19, at a summer chamber music and dance festival. The organizers brought the two divisions together in a room, and asked if any musicians would be willing to try improvising with a dancer. When I got on stage, I had no idea what to do. I just watched the dancer and allowed myself to respond to her gestures – it was physical and visual information that informed what to play. What I remember best about that experience was the last 10 or 15 seconds: she was spinning, very fast. I matched this movement by going way up the fingerboard and trilling. As I was doing this, at a certain point, I had the uncanny feeling that she was about to crash to the ground. I just went with it, and slid all the way down to the low end of the cello, the bottom of the C string. She and I hit the bottom at exactly the same time. I was astounded, and excited. The music no longer had to come from the page. It could come from other places – a dancer, my own ideas. This was the first big step in finding my voice as an improviser and composer.