Upcoming Cleveland Shows


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Rent Romus

From Cleveland’s New Ghosts:

SU 5/8 Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
MO 5/18 Lina Allemano‘s Titanium Riot @ The Bop Stop
TU 5/19 Spectral (Rempis/Ochs/Johnston) @ The Bop Stop
MO 6/1 Jonah Parzen-Johnson @ The Bop Stop
W 6/10 Rent Romus‘ Rustbelt Ensemble @ The Bop Stop
SU 6/14 Will Guthrie w/ Aaron Dilloway & Fire Death @ Now That’s Class

Out and Upcoming Avant Releases


The following are a random bunch of releases that have either come out recently or are coming out soon.

Ross Hammond
Flight (Prescott Recordings)
Available: April 14, 2015
Hammond draws from both a vast lineage of individualistic folk and blues music as well as the more egalitarian traditions of collectively improvised jazz and free improvisation, arriving at a synthesis of concepts that is strikingly current. His solo music is a testament to the notion that there is plentiful depth, soul, and, in all meanings of the term, “swing” in guitar playing that embraces diverse musical strategies while striking out, in definitive fashion, on its own journey.

Erik Friedlander
Illuminations (Skipstone Records)
Available: April 21, 2015
Cellist Erik Friedlander’s latest solo release was originally commissioned by the Jewish Museum in New York City which hosted an exhibit of ancient books from Oxford University’s Bodleian Collection. The exhibit brought together ancient illuminated texts in Arabic, Latin and Hebrew. Illuminations weaves inspirations from ancient book making with ritual dance movements and Renaissance vocal forms. The listener may feel they are hearing a lute or a viol da gamba.

Kris Davis Infrasound
Save Your Breath (Clean Feed Records)
Available: May 12, 2015
With the release of this record, pianist-composer Kris Davis – one of the most progressive, prolific figures on New York City’s creative jazz scene – will debut her octet project Infrasound. Davis has created an album-length suite for a unique instrumentation, one whose power led to the name Infrasound – that being the term for a low-frequency sound that’s felt as much as heard. The virtuoso Infrasound band features four bass clarinets – played by Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop and Joachim Badenhorst – plus guitarist Nate Radley, accordion and organist Gary Versace, drummer Jim Black and the leader on piano.

Andrew Bishop
De Profundis (Envoi)
Released: May 12, 2015
Tenor saxophonist Andrew Bishop has been playing trio with bassist Tim Flood and drummer Gerald Cleaver for the better part of two decades, with all of them being from Michigan. On their latest release, De Profundis, Bishop seeks inspiration from the Renaissance composer Josquin de Prez, and places his compositions in an improvised framework.

Dave Douglas
High Risk (Greenleaf Music)
Available: June 23, 2015
Extending his experimentation with electronics from the mid-aughts, trumpeter and conceptualist Dave Douglas releases High Risk, which pairs his precocious talents alongside those of an equally virtuosic talent, electronic musician Shigeto. The quartet is rounded out by two other expansive musical minds: drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Jonathan Maron.

John Hollenbeck
Songs We Like A Lot (Sunnyside Records)
Available: June 23, 2015
Following up on his previous release Songs I Like A Lot, John Hollenbeck releases his second recording with The Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Songs We Like A Lot: a series of Hollenbeck’s arrangments, covering Cyndi Lauper, Daft Punk, Burt Bacharach, and more. Features Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry (vocals); Uri Caine (piano/keyboards), and Hollenbeck (mallet percussion)

Ben Goldberg
Orphic Machine (Royal Potato Family/BAG Production)
Released: March 25, 2015
Featuring Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Ron Miles – cornet; Nels Cline – guitar; Myra Melford – piano; Greg Cohen – bass; Ches Smith and Kenny Wollesen – drums

Myra Melford
Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird)
Released: March 25, 2015
Featuring Myra Melford – piano; Ron Miles – cornet; Liberty Ellman – guitar; Stomu Takeishi – bass; Tyshawn Sorey – drums

Chicago Scene: April 25 – May 9, 2015


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Han Bannink

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

Saturday, April 25th 2015

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$22) (wheelchair-accessible)
ICE — music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Marilyn Crispell

Sunday, April 26th 2015

7:00PM at Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th, 773.702.8068 ($35, 100 VIP ticket)
AACM 50th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Monday, April 27th 2015

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

Wednesday, April 29th 2015

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Proyecto Libre : James Sanders, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra, Jean-Christophe Leroy, special guest Edward Wilkerson

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Keefe Jackson, Russ Johnson, Anton Hatwich, Tollof Estvang
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, April 30th 2015

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jason Stein, Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Tollof Estvang

Friday, May 1st 2015
10:00PM at 3310 S Lowe St, 1st Fl (Donation)
Foundation Series
WREST : Jack Wright, Evan Lipson, Ben Bennett
Tollof Estvang, Josh Berman, James A Baker
Chris Riggs

Saturday, May 2nd 2015

7:00PM Rhythm Room Bar and Bistro, Evanston
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, featuring pianist Dan Pierson and bassist Charles Kirchen

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$22) (wheelchair-accessible)
Nicole Mitchell

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
ICP : Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Thomas Heberer, Mary Oliver, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink

Sunday, May 3rd 2015

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
ICP Orchestra : Small Groups
Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Thomas Heberer, Mary Oliver, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink

Monday, May 4th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Peep Show
Ben Wardell/The Cambrians, Joel Valentin-Martinez, Michael Moore

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

Thursday, May 7th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
AACM Presents
Ernest Dawkins’s Rhythm and Rhyme, with Douglas Ewart, Ben Lamar Gaye, Will Faber

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Bridge
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Douglas Ewart, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

Friday, May 8th 2015

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, $30 series pass)
OUTER EAR 2015: The Bridge #1
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Douglas R Ewart, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

Saturday, May 9th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Tim Berne’s Snake Oil : Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith

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/

New From Tzadik


John Zorn (cropped version)

John Zorn

Coming soon on Tzadik:

David Rosenboom
Naked Curvature

Active since the 1960s, composer/performer/ educator/instrument builder and improviser David Rosenboom, has been at the cutting edge of contemporary music, scoring for orchestra, opera, solo performance, chamber ensembles, improvisers, electronics, dance and more. This exciting release presents his whispered chamber opera/concerto grosso for six instrumentalists, whispering voices, electronics and interactive computer software. The recording was produced and conducted under the composer’s direction and features the virtuosic CalArts Chamber Ensemble. A unique masterwork from this legendary composer.

John Zorn
The Song Project Live at Le Poisson Rouge

A live concert version of Zorn’s acclaimed song project! In celebration of his 60th birthday, Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write lyrics to select compositions from his vast musical catalog. Including music originally written for Naked City, Masada, The Dreamers, a variety of film soundtracks and more, “The Song Project” is a retrospective of some of Zorn’s most lyrical compositions from the past 25 years. This CD presents an all-star band performing live in New York after a dozen European concerts and at the peak of their powers. Electricity is in the air from first note to last! A perfect companion to the studio versions presented in the acclaimed box set of vinyl 7-inch singles.

Remembering Bernard Stollman: 10 Essential ESP-Disk Albums


ESP-Disk

From Stereogum:

Bernard Stollman died this week at 85. Unknown to most but a legend to many, he was one of the most important non-musicians in the history of the 1960s jazz avant-garde. Stollman, a lawyer, founded the ESP-Disk label in 1964, initially so he could release Ni Kantu En Esperanto, an album of songs and poetry in Esperanto (a language invented in the 1880s and intended to transcend national boundaries and thus foster international peace and understanding). The imprint’s second release, though, turned out to be one of the landmark jazz albums of all time — saxophonist Albert Ayler’s Spiritual Unity. Scorching and raw, this trio session can still take the top of your skull off.

Rova Saxophone Quartet Profiled


From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

The Rova Saxophone Quartet came together in 1977 and performed its debut concert in February 1978 at a music festival at Mills College in Oakland, California. The group’s lineup — Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, and Steve Adams — has been the same since 1988, when Adams replaced Andrew Voight. Rova’s emphasis over the years has been on composition, mostly from its members but also from a distinguished list of composers who have written new-music works, including free-jazz pieces, for the quartet. Rova has made a place for itself at a point where those two categories overlap, making it at once adventurous and experimental.