Portland in August


From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

OUTSET SERIES
Marcus Fischer / Corey Fuller & Ian Christensen Trio
August 6, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny

Marcus Fischer (b.1977) is a musician & multimedia artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. Field recordings, chance, and DIY instruments, coupled with acoustic instrumentation and visual art, define what has become Marcus’s minimal signature. In recent years he has also been involved with projects and performances for Art organizations such as the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, SASSAS, Dublab and Berklee College of Music.Past musical releases include “Monocoastal” (12k, 2010), “Arctic/Antarctic” (Luxus-Arctica, 2010), contributions and remixes to various compilations + net labels as map~map, “For Friends This Winter” (dustbreeding.com, 2009), various untitled ltd 3” CDRs, and two CDs as part of the duo Unrecognizable Now. Marcus’ music + visual art has found it’s way onto sites such as MAKE, create digital music, Swiss Miss +Apartment Therapy and the public radio show Radio Lab. (http://www.mapmap.ch)

Born in the US and raised in Japan, Corey Fuller is a musician and multimedia artist from Tokyo, Japan. Growing up between several different cultures and traveling extensively as a child have made geography and a sense of place major components of Fuller’s music. His work is a slow and gradual music composed of infinitesimal details comprised of processed and delicately treated acoustic instruments, field recordings, and other sound sources. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Fuller finds his collaborations with other artists invaluable. Besides his work with Date, he is currently collaborating with Mathieu Ruhlmann, Tyler Wilcox and Chihei Hatakeyama of Opitope. Fuller also belongs to a trio with Hatakeyama and Date called KUUKOKA. The trio’s debut album is scheduled for release in 2012 from Celer’s label, Two Acorns. Hatakeyama and Fuller have a full-length album entitled “euphotic” scheduled for release on Infraction Records in 2011. In December 2009, Fuller released his first solo album, Seas Between on Dragon’s Eye Recordings to critical acclaim. (http://illuha.com)

Saxophonist and Composer Ian Christensen is equally at home in the worlds of Jazz, Rock, and Improvised Music. Inspired by the works of Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Albert Ayler, Claude Debussy, and Elliot Smith, Ian strives to cultivate a new and honest approach, anchored by a strong melodic sensibility and a passion for the unknown. Ian has studied music in New York City, at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, under the likes of Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, Andrew Cyrille, Tony Malaby, and Bill McHenry, and in Portland, OR under David Valdez, Renato Caranto, Tim Bryson, Ben Medler, Michelle Medler, Thara Memory, Randy Porter and Alan Jones. Ian has had the honor of playing with such luminaries as Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Terrell Stafford, Red Holloway, John Stowell, Javon Jackson, Dave Glasser, and many others. In March of 2010, Ian was invited to play at the Bern International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland, with a group from the New School.Ian also remains an active composer, having written extensively for small and large groups. He performs alongside bassist Andrew Jones and drummer Scott Cutshall.

OUTSET SERIES
Blue Lighters & Sam Boshnack Quintet
August 20, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny

Prolific composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack is based in Seattle, where she leads three ensembles of her own music, including the Sam Boshnack Quintet, which features piano, clarinets, trumpet, bass & drums. This performance features Sam Boshnack on trumpet, Beth Fleenor on clarinets & voice, Dawn Clement on piano & keyboards, Isaac Castillo on bass, and Max Wood on drums. In March 2014, the Sam Boshnack Quintet released the critically-claimed “Exploding Syndrome.” Boshnack earned a BA in Music Composition from Bard College in 2003. While at Bard, she studied classical composition with Joan Tower and jazz composition with Erica Lindsay. She has receive support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, ASCAPlus, Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation of the Arts, and Earshot Jazz. Boshnack has toured Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, and extensively in the US. These tours have included international festivals, colleges, grade schools, concerts, theaters, studio, and club performances. She has performed or recorded with artists such as Butch Morris, Eyvind Kang, Oliver Lake, Los Campesinos, Bobby Previte, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Skerik, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Jherek Bischoff, Tom Varner, Sumi Tonooka, Jessica Lurie, Amy Denio, Joshua Kohl, Paul Kikuchi, Evan Flory Barnes, Paul Rucker, Orkestar Zirkonium, among others. (http://samanthaboshnack.wordpress.com)

Cafe OTO in August


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From London’s Cafe OTO:

OTO PROJECT SPACE // BODY OF SOUND: CHARLES HAYWARD & MIREI YAZAWA
FRI 1 AUGUST ’14 • 7:00PM • PROJECT SPACE • FREE ENTRY

UPSET THE RHYTHM PRESENTS… WOLF EYES – THE DOUBLE
SAT 2 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Wolf Eyes + Annihilating Light + Mark Dicker
TUES 5 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Wolf Eyes solo projects: Regression + Crazy Jim + Henry & Hazel Slaughter

WAYS WITH NO GLORY – PHIL MINTON AND VERYAN WESTON: SELECTED SONGS AND IMPROVISATIONS + SYLVIA HALLETT & SUE FERRAR
SUN 3 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

XYLOURIS WHITE (JIM WHITE / GIORGOS XYLOURIS)
MON 4 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £TBA on the door

THURSTON MOORE: TWO DAY RESIDENCY WITH JOHN EDWARDS / ADAM GOLEBIEWSKI + CASPAR BRÖTZMANN
WED 6 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door
THU 7 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • SOLD OUT

BLOW OUT! FESTIVAL
SAT 9 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
- Steve Beresford / Paal Nilssen-Love / Ståle Liavik Solberg
- Rachel Musson / Julie Kjær / Hannah Marshall
- Sten Sandell / Paal Nilssen-Love
- Lotte Anker / Pat Thomas / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Ståle Liavik Solberg
SUN 10 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 3-day pass
- Saka / Pat Thomas
- Sten Sandell / Emil Strandberg / Patric Thorman / John Russell
- Terrie Ex / Paal Nilssen-Love
- Alan Silva / Mette Rasmussen / Ståle Liavik Solberg
- MoE

OTO PROJECT SPACE // BODY OF SOUND: DOMINIC LASH & SELINA PAPOUTSELI
FRI 15 AUGUST ’14 • 7:00PM • PROJECT SPACE • FREE ENTRY

CORDYCEPS IS YOUR FRIEND: LORAH PIERRE + BLACK HEATH COVEN + BBBLOOD + ANJI CHEUNG + GRAPEFRUITS + LAID EYES + BRASSICA (DJ)
FRI 15 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £4 adv / £5 door / £10 bundle with Glottalstop LP

JOHN TILBURY & MAYA DUNIETZ – TWO PIANOS
MON 18 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door

DOMINIC LASH / DIMITRA LAZARIDOU-CHATZIGOGA / PHIL JULIAN (TRIO) + UTE KANNGIESSER / CLIVE BELL / JENNIFER ALLUM (TRIO) + STEPHEN CORNFORD / DAN BENNETT (DUO)
MON 18 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

BE PREPARED FOR: MEMORY DRAWINGS + STEREOCILIA + CHRIS TENZ
TUES 19 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

CHRIS CORSANO – SUMMER RESIDENCY
WED 20 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Chris Corsano Solo
- Ilan Volkov’s Summer Strings
- Lover’s Ritual with Chris Corsano
THU 21 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Okkyung Lee / John Butcher / Chris Corsano
- Mette Rasmussen / Alan Wilkinson / Pat Thomas / Chris Corsano
FRI 22 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Evan Parker / John Edwards / Chris Corsano
- Massimo Pupillo and Chris Corsano
SAT 23 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Vibracathedral Orchestra with Chris Corsano

ROBERT TURMAN + CAM DEAS + TO/TO + CEJERO DJS
SUN 24 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

OTO PROJECT SPACE // STEVE NOBLE / GUILLAUME VILTARD / SEYMOUR WRIGHT / IAN MACLACHLAN
THU 28 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
FRI 29 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
SAT 30 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
SUN 31 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass

SECOND LANGUAGE MUSIC PRESENTS: OLIVER CHERER + ROBIN SAVILLE + GLEN JOHNSON
FRI 29 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

TAPE – ‘CASINO’ LAUNCH CONCERT + LUCASSE
SUNDAY 31 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

AMN Picks of the Week: Reid Karris / Rodrigo Amado / Lamia Vox


Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Reid Karris – Ambiens Sonitus (2014)
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio / Peter Evans – The Freedom Principle (2014)
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio / Peter Evans – Live in Lisbon (2014)
Rodrigo Amado – Wire Quartet (2014)
Lamia Vox – Inlumaeh (EP) (2014)

AMN Reviews: Ross Martin / Max Johnson / Jeff Davis – Big Eyed Rabbit (2014; Not Two Records)


coverNew York bassist Max Johnson is back with a new trio for his third release of this year.  Big Eyed Rabbit features Johnson, as well as Ross Martin on electric guitar and Jeff Davis on drums.  Despite Johnson and Davis being more known for left-of-center New York jazz, their teamup here with Martin is actually a bluegrass recording.  And listening to this release will help drive home the difference between “bluegrass” and “country” – the latter closer to pop and the former more soulful.

Martin’s guitar sets the mood for this release, as he picks through covers and originals. At times the melodies are catchy, though the atmosphere is that of haunted Appalachia. For instance, Cluck Old Hen and Poughkeepsie Ridge are both tuneful and foreboding in their own ways. Without Martin’s playing being what it is here, I don’t think the loose label of bluegrass would apply at all.

As for the other tracks, Brown County Breakdown is almost a dance tune, though with a rhythm too disjoint for that activity. One of My Happiness is mostly upbeat, though with a sadistically complex bass line. Fisherman’s Footlocker follows in suit, while My Last Days on Earth is slow, noisy, and free.

Genre-bending can be hit or miss. Big Eyed Rabbit is not exactly jazz…not exactly country…not hillbilly music. Instead, it is bluegrass informed by modern free improv and stellar musicianship. Martin, Johnson, and Davis hit this bent genre out of the park. A remarkable effort that goes places not expected.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews


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From Free Jazz:

Primitive Arkestra – Dolphy’s Hat (Slam Productions, 2014) *
Paul Flaherty and Randall Colbourne – Ironic Havoc (Relative Pitch, 2014) ****
Ben Bennett and Jack Wright – Tangle (Public Eyesore, 2014) ****
Peter Evans & Raleigh Dailey – Measures from Zero (Llama, 2014) ****
Brandon Ross & Stomu Takeishi – Revealing Essence (Sunnyside, 2014) ***½
Bogan Ghost – Zerfall (Relative Ptich, 2014) ****
Massimo de Mattia 4et – Hypermodern (Rudi, 2014) ****½
Joe McPhee – Nation Time: The Complete Recordings (1969-70) CD box set (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013) *****
Joe McPhee – The CjR Years 1969-1974 (Bo’ Weavil, 2014)
Russ Johnson – Meeting Point (Relay, 2014) ****
Jason Ajemian – A Way A Land Of Life (No Business, 2014) ****
Arktis/Air – en-trance (Wire Globe/Zach Records, 2013) ****½

New England Conservatory Jazz and Classical 2014-15 Season


Anthony Coleman

Cover of Anthony Coleman

Selections from the New England Conservatory‘s upcoming season:

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Nearly 100 Free Performances for 2014-2015 Season

Fall 2014

Concerts at 8 p.m. except where noted. In the Mix events take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., each with a different ensemble.

Tuesday, September 2 – Opening Night – Brown Hall
7:30 pm Join NEC’s groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation Department in kicking off the academic year with a concert featuring CI faculty and teaching fellows, including Hankus Netsky (Chair), Eden MacAdam-Somer (Assistant Chair), Ran Blake (Chair Emeritus), Mal Barsamian, Cristi Catt, Linda Chase, Anthony Coleman, Dominique Eade, Nima Janmohammadi, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Carla Kihlstedt, Jerry Leake, Amir Milstein, Joe Morris, Nedelka Prescod, Ted Reichman, Peter Row, Bert Seager, and David Zoffer.

8 p.m. Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as reflecting “astonishing virtuosity and raw expression,” her music transcends genre through soaring violin, sweet vocals, and percussive dance, weaving in and out of the many cultures that have formed her experience. Tonight’s program features “duos” for one, two, or more musicians, with some of Eden’s newest compositions, inspired by her recent travels to Afghanistan and Italy, as well as works by Charles Ives, Thelonious Monk, and Alan Ridout. She will be joined by special guests, including noir artist extraordinaire Ran Blake and NEC’s President Tony Woodcock.

Thursday, September 18 – Workshop: Evan Parker – Pierce Hall
3 – 5 p.m. A pioneer of free improvisation, Evan Parker is considered to be one of the most influential saxophonists in the Post-Coltrane era. Since the late 1960s he has remained a dynamic and innovative voice who has expanded the range of his instrument and the expressive possibilities of improvised music.

Tuesday, September 23 – Masterclass: John Hollenbeck and Claudia Quintet – Brown Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m. – Widely acclaimed as a composer, conceptualist, drummer and percussionist, Hollenbeck brings his fresh, eclectic, forward-thinking and vibrant musical ideas to NEC in this masterclass with his Claudia Quintet.

Tuesday, September 30 – Masterclass with Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran – Williams Hall
4 p.m

Thursday, October 2 – The Music of Dave Holland – Brown Hall
Visiting artist-in-residence legendary bassist/composer Holland will lead NEC students in a performance of his music.

Monday, October 6 – Fred Hersch Masterclass – Pierce Hall
3 p.m. – Jazz pianist, composer and NEC faculty member/alum Fred Hersch will present a masterclass for NEC students. Hersch’s most recent CD Floating, a studio recording with his trio, is earning rave reviews.

Thursday, October 16 – The Music of George Russell – Jordan Hall
NEC Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ben Schwendener.
NEC faculty member Schwendener will lead the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a program featuring excerpts from several of George Russell’s most ambitious works: “Listen to the Silence,” “Vertical Form,” and “The African Game.” The concert will include two of Russell’s best-known compositions, “All About Rosie” and “Ezzthetic,” as well as “La Folia,” a piece co-composed by Schwendener and Russell. Russell taught at NEC for some 35 years and for many of those, students in the NEC Jazz Orchestra worked with Russell to prepare an end-of-semester concert of his music. Through coachings and rehearsals, they were exposed to Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept and his Vertical Form approach to composition, which demanded a high level of alertness and intuition from soloing players.

Tuesday, November 4 – Fred Hersch Masterclass – Pierce Hall
3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 4 – The Music of John Zorn: A 35-year Retrospective – Jordan Hall
7 p.m. – Pre-Concert Q & A with John Zorn.
8 p.m. – Concert.
Curated by John Zorn and Anthony Coleman, the concert, sponsored by NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, will include NEC’s faculty, students and ensembles. Repertoire will be drawn from a wide variety of Zorn projects including Masada, Naked City, string trios, recent chamber compositions, madrigals, as well as his iconic game pieces. During the concert, NEC president Tony Woodcock with present Zorn with an Honorary Degree.

Monday, November 17 – Jazz Composers Ensemble – Brown Hall
Jorrit Dijkstra coaches performances by NEC jazz students of their own
compositions.

SPRING 2015

Concerts at 8 p.m. except where noted. In the Mix events take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., each with a different ensemble.

Thursday, February 26 – The Music of Ken Schaphorst and John Medeski – Jordan Hall
The NEC Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ken Schaphorst performs music by Schaphorst and keyboardist and NEC alum John Medeski.

Thursday, April 16 – The Music of Gil Evans and Duke Ellington – Jordan Hall
Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra