Cover of Ken Vandermark
Free-Times.com profiles Ken Vandermark ahead of his South Carolina performance.
“It’s funny, this word jazz,” says Ken Vandermark. “For me, I see jazz as this open methodology and not a stylistic thing. For me, Miles Davis’ electric period, that’s still jazz. It’s just the music’s gone in another direction. Because it needs to.” Vandermark, for his part, has been pushing jazz in exciting directions for decades. A fixture in Chicago’s avant-garde jazz scene since the early ’90s.
Rob Mazurek @ Serralheria (Photo credit: cássio abreu)
From São Paulo Underground’s Rob Mazurek:
May 16, 2014 – Vincenza, Italy
Villa Ghislanzoni Curti – Via S. Cristoforo 73 (loc. Bertesina) – Vicenza, Italy
May 17, 2014 – Forli, Italy
Area Sismica – Via le Ravaldino in Monte Selve, 23, 47121 Forlì Forlì-Cesena, Italy
May 18, 2014 – Foligno, Italy
Young Jazz Festival 2014 – Zut! Ex Cinema Vittoria
May 20, 2014 – Schwaz, Austria
Eremitage – Innsbrucker Str 14, 6130 Schwaz, Austria
May 22, 2014 – Bergen, Norway
Nattjazz Festival – Georgernes Verft 12, 5011, Bergen, Norway
May 24, 2014 – Cerkno, Slovenia
19th Jazz Cerkno 2014 – Trg Prekomorskih Brigad 1
May 25, 2014 – Wels, Austria
Alter Schl8hof Wels – Dragonerstraße 22 4600 Wels, Austria
A few new albums from Boring Machines:
La Piramide di Sangue – Sette LP
LA PIRAMIDE DI SANGUE (The bloody pyramid) – is a seven musician ensemble from Torino, Italy. The sound of the band is built on two guitars, two basses, one clarinet, one synth, several effects, drums and percussions. There’s a rich history in psychedelic music, and we all know it. The best trip is always the one yet to be embarked upon. And each trip is different from the one before. You can’t jump into the same lysergic river twice. Don’t even try. Instead, prepare to be washed away by the sonic waves of Sette – a sunbaked stoner trip for both the funky freshman and the psychedelic veteran.
The latter may find traces of Santana’s Caravanserai or Embryo’s Reise when listening – as well as some strong Spiritual Jazz vibes, resembling the Phill Musra Group and the likes. It’s all there and much more.
Maurizio Abate – A Way to Nowhere LP ( released May 16th )
Another co-production, this time with Black Sweat Records, with whom we already shared the Eternal Zio album. Maurizio Abate is a self taught guitarist active since the early 2000s, with an instinctive approach to experimentation. He is always looking for new forms of expression, to mould a personal shape to the blues and to psychedelic matter, mainly driven by a particular fascination for stringed instruments. He has an impressive activity both live and in the studio, alone or as a part of many different projects.
Adriano Zanni – Red Desert Chronicles (Postcards from Ravenna)
This will be our first non musical release, even if this images are so loud you can hear the sound through them. Red Desert Chronicles is a collection of pictures taken by Adriano Zanni aka Punck. Punck released a record titled Piallassa (Red Desert Chronicles) on Boring Machines in 2008, with field recordings and sounds taken from the same area he was born in 1964, same place same year when Michelangelo Antonioni shot his famous movie Red Desert. The collection of pictures is the ideal continuation of Adriano’s wandering around his birthplace.
Dream Weapon Ritual
Simon Balestrazzi is a key figure of italian underground since the early ’80s when he founded T.A.C. (Tomografia Assiale Computerizzata). Since then he has pioneered many different styles from post-industrial noises to electronic soundscapes. His duo with actress/vocalist Monica Serra incorporates electronic and industrial elements, mixed with drones and futuristic folk music. The result is something which tries to defy categorisation, with a dreamy and visionary aspect.