Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 12/2014


Drummer Whit Dickey performing at the world pr...

Drummer Whit Dickey 

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Klaxon Mutant Allstars
Robot Invasion: Klaxon Mutant Allstars

Emanem
Tandem: Bobby Bradford, Cornet/ John Carter, Cl

Avignon &Amp; After 2: Steve Lacy, Soprano Sax

Leo
the Summary of 4: Ensemble 5

the Other Edge: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Matt Shipp, P/ Mike Bisio, B/ Whit Dickey, Dr

Two Men Walking: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Mat Maneri, Viola

Slam
to Be Continued: Howard Riley, P

Dolphy’s Hat: Primitive Arkestra Live

Graham Collier
Luminosity: Graham Collier’s Last Suites Performed by a Jazz Ensemble

Jim Hegarty
Time Space: Hegarty, P/ P Steinbec, B/ S Robles, Dr

Ayler
Monologue DE Schonberg: Klangfarben Ensemble

Klaxon Mutant Allstars
Robot Invasion: Klaxon Mutant Allstars

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Spring Releases From Edgetone Records


Rent Romus

Rent Romus (Photo credit: michaelz1)

Coming out on Edgetone Records:

Rent Romus Lords of Outland – The Proceedings of Dr. Ké
The Lords of Outland celebrate 20 years of music with the release of The Proceedings of Dr. Ké is inspired by the essays and fiction of experimental psychologist Dr. Charles Poncé on what he termed “Blade Runner Psychology”, as well as the mythical figure in Dr. Poncé’s fiction known as Dr. Ké.
Philip Everett – drums/electronic autoharp Collette McCaslin – trumpet, electronics Ray Schaeffer – electric bass Rent Romus – alto, soprano saxophone Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone Hasan Abdur-Razzaq – tenor saxophone L.A. Jenkins – electric guitar

Keith Kelly – The People Who Left
The People Who Leftis a snap shot. A series of relationships captured in real time. Any record is a record from the past. Any moment captured is one set adrift, ready to take harbor at some future point. Any music is music referencing some other time, some other place, some other version of self.
Keith Kelly – soprano, tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute Ari Chersky – guitar Shaun Lowecki – drums Doug Stuart – upright bass

The Equity & Social Justice Quartet, The Whisper of Flowers
The Equity and Social Justice Quartet, a new jazz group formed by San Francisco Bay Area bassist and educator Markus Hunt. The title of the album was taken from a quote from bassist William Parker: “It is not about jazz, it is about sound as revealed through the mysteries of life. About those who have said yes to the whisper of a flower and the shout of a blue hurricane.”
Markus Hunt – doublebass David Boyce – tenor saxophone Henry Hung – trumpet Timothy Orr – drums

Nashville Electric
Nashville is a town of musicians of all stripes and many talents, some of whom simply go where the music takes them, stubbornly rejecting the notion they must belong to a single genre. One fine spring day in 2013 this led four well known musicians and one budding noisemaker, all fierce proponents of improv, to assemble at the home of producer Ed Pettersen to record this debut album.
Tracy Silverman – electric six string violin, effects Ryan Norris – keyboards Dylan Simon – keyboards, effects Thollem McDonas – keyboard Ed Pettersen – guitar, effects, percussion

Edgetone artists also have the following upcoming tour dates:

Sunday April 27 – Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
The Proceedings of Dr. Ke CD Release & 20 year Anniversary Celebration @ Outsound SIMM Series, Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th Street S.F. CA
7:30pm $10/$8 sliding – Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, Philip Everett, Ray Scheaffer, Joshua Marshall, Collette McCaslin, Joshua Allen, Darren Johnston, and Jim Ryan

Thursday May 1 – Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
The Proceedings of Dr. Ke CD Release @ FutureWang Series Shine Cafe 1400 E. Street Sacramento, CA
8pm $5 – also performing Chickading

Monday May 5- Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
The Proceedings of Dr. Ke CD Release @ Makeout Monday @ The Makeout Room 3225 22nd Street @ Mission S.F., CA
8pm $5 – also performing Ross Hammond’s Little Bluebird, Reconnaissance Fly

Sunday May 18- Equity & Social Justice Quartet
The Whisper of Flowers CD Release @ Outsound SIMM Series, Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th Street S.F. CA
7:30pm $10/$8 sliding – also performing Revenant Quartet

New Music Circle Showcase in St. Louis May 20


Drummer Tom Rainey perforrming live in concert...

Drummer Tom Rainey 

From New Music Circle Showcase:

Ingrid Laubrock + Tom Rainey (duo)
Tyler Damon/Chris Trull/Kevin Harris (trio)
Nathan Cook (solo)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
concert 7:00 PM, doors 6:30PM William A Kerr Foundation
21 O’Fallon St (map)
St. Louis, MO 63102

This year’s annual NMC Showcase concert will see three separate sets by local, regional, and touring musicians. Performances include: touring duo Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey, a collaborative trio of Tyler Damon/Kevin Harris/Chris Trull, and a solo performance by Nathan Cook.
Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Rainey (NYC)

German-born Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey are perhaps two of New York City’s most active jazz improvisers and sought-after collaborators – both may be found on any given night performing with names such as Anthony Braxton, William Parker, or Mary Halvorson.

Performing last year in a NMC concert featuring pianist Kris Davis, Laubrock/Rainey will make a return to STL amidst a United States tour. Given Tom Rainey’s voluminous recording credits and the artistic caliber of the musicians with whom he has performed (Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, amongst others), he could easily be placed on the A-list of drummers closely identified with the New York City modern creative jazz scene, from the late ’80s onward. Ingrid Laubrock’s saxophone phrasings swiftly range from pensive melodiousness to the tough muscularity of free-jazz. She is at once capable of recalling the fierce tones of Albert Ayler and the spontaneous tonal sequences of Eric Dolphy.

Tyler Damon / Chris Trull / Kevin Harris (Bloomington, IN/ St. Louis)

Drummer Tyler Damon (Bloomington, Indiana) will also make a return to St. Louis after playing a concert last summer at the St. Louis Art Museum in a power-house trio with Darin Gray and Mars Williams. Tyler has been described by Darin Gray as “the up-and-coming young drummer in the midwest, and a voice that will be active for years to come.” This showcase will see Damon pairing with local guitarist Chris Trull and electronic musician Kevin Harris. As a member in experimental-rock groups such as Yowie and Grand Ulena, Chris Trull’s razor sharp guitar intonations employ unique tunings and scalings with mathematical dexterity. Whether curating sound-installations at CAM, building elaborate audio/visual systems, or performing in countless collaborations and solo performances, Kevin Harris has remained a gem of STL’s experimental community.

Nathan Cook (St. Louis)

St. Louis sound-artist and label proprietor Nathan Cook will round out this event with a performance combining electronic, acoustic, and playback sounds. Since arriving in St. Louis in 2008, Cook has become one of St. Louis’s most prolific artists on the underground experimental scene, consistently performing and collaborating with other artists, composing sound installations (as featured this winter at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis) and releasing two volumes to date on his Close-Far label of cassette compilations that exclusively feature local experimental acts.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews


From Free Jazz:

Benoît Cancoin – Instants Minuscules – Solo Pour Un (Blumlein, 2013) ****
Antonio Bertoni – Half Hour Drama (Leo, 2013) ****
Coti ‎– Solesulsuolo (Antifrost, 2013) ****½
Marco Serrato – Seis Canciones Para Cuervo (Self, 2014) ****
Jon Mapp – The World Will End With A Bang (We Are K Records, 2014) ***
David Helbock’s Random/Control – Think of Two (Traumton Records, 2014) ***½
Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (Northern Spy, 2014) ****
Colin Vallon Trio: Le Vent (ECM, 2014) ****
J. Spaceman and Kid Millions – Live at the Poisson Rouge (Northern Spy, 2014) ****
Sax Ruins – Blimmguass (Skin Graft, 2014) ****½
Frode Gjerstad-Hasselt (NotTwo, 2014) ****½
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord – Liverevil (Hot Cup, 2014) ****½
Boots Brown – Dashes to Dashes (Häpna, 2014) ****

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room


Arne Nordheim

Cover of Arne Nordheim

From the ISSUE Project Room:

WED, APRIL 23 – SAT, APRIL 26
Ultima Festival New York
Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, the Nordic region’s premiere contemporary music festival, descends on New York for its first stateside edition. Over five events in collaboration with ISSUE, Ultima Festival NY presents a rich program of diverse and challenging contemporary music as well as avant-garde sounds past and present from the Nordic countries.

WED, APRIL 23 – 7:00PM
Catherine Christer Hennix & Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage
FREE / $10 SUGGESTED DONATION
Swedish-American artist / mathematician / philosopher CC Hennix appears alongside her Berlin-based just intonation ensemble Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage. In their first-ever US performance the group premieres Blues Alif Lam Mim in the mode of Rag Infinity/Rag Cosmosis (1434 A.H.), intended to reveal the blues’ origins in the eastern musical traditions of raga and maqam musics. The ensemble features Imam Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer— one of the most famous imams in Turkey for his rock music career— CC Hennix, and Amirtha Kidambi, voice; Amir Elsaffan, Paul Schwingenschlögl, Hilary Jeffery, Elena Kakaliagou, and Robin Hayward, Brass; Stefan Tiedje and Marcus Pal, computer/Live electronics.

THU, APRIL 24 – 8:00PM
Jacob Kirkegaard presents Else Marie Pade, Yarn/Wire
$15 / $12 MEMBERS + STUDENTS
Berlin-based Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard presents Faust as well as other works by the pioneering electronic musician Else Marie Pade (not present). Born in 1924, after serving time in a WWII prison camp, Pade cultivated a diverse body of works and became the first artist in Denmark to compose with electronics. Recently Pade has developed a collaboration with Jacob Kirkegaard— bridging an age difference of over 50 years, the duo released a collaborative record in 2013. Piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire perform works by composers Øyvind Torvund, Simon Steen-Andersen and a collaborative pice by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Sigurdur Gudjonsson.

FRI, APRIL 25 – 8:00PM
Henning Christiansen: Requiem of Art (NYC) Fluxorum Organum / Ne(x)tworks
$15 / $12 MEMBERS + STUDENTS
Renowned experimental cellist and artist Anton Lukoszevieze (UK) has developed a new interpretation of Christiansen’s monumental piece— a special commission for Ultima Festival NY— and leads a performance by the superb Ne(x)tworks ensemble. A central figure of Danish Fluxus and of the radical art movement Ex School, Christiansen is highly regarded for his collaborations with Joseph Beuys and for works that trespass conventional boundaries between artistic disciplines. In the first half of the program, Ne(x)tworks perform pieces by composers Arne Nordheim, Kristin Norderval and Shelley Burgon.

SAT, APRIL 26 – 3:00PM
Lubomyr Melnyk / Antti Tolvi
$15 / $12 MEMBERS + STUDENTS
AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH: 116 PIERREPONT ST., BROOKLYN
An afternoon concert at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights pairs solo piano performances by the young Finnish musician Antti Tolvi and acclaimed composer/performer Lubomyr Melnyk, architect of the “Continuous Music” method. Both pianists venture far outside the classical tradition, sharing a special emphasis on the instrument’s capacity for extended harmony and overtone, and explorations of non-linear duration.

SAT, APRIL 26 – 8:00PM
Serena-Maneesh & Vocal Ensemble / Frode Haltli
$15 / $12 MEMBERS + STUDENTS
Ultima closes with attention turned to composer Arne Nordheim, a pioneer of electronics who stands beside Edvard Grieg as Norway’s most celebrated composer. Nordheim’s Flashing is performed by Frode Haltli, one of the most outstanding accordion soloists in contemporary music, alongside works by Magnar Åm, Aldo Clementi, and Hans Abrahamsen. Serena-Maneesh and Vocal Ensemble— a critically acclaimed Nordic alt-rock outfit synonymous with its frontman Emil Nikolaisen— gives the US premiere of Somnambulism (2013), a tribute to Arne Nordheim’s unusual and fascinating musical spirit.

COMING SOON

WED, APRIL 30 – 8:00PM
A Celebration of Muriel Spark

THU, MAY 1 – 8:00PM
Yarn/Wire/Currents: Christopher Trapani & Pete Swanson

FRI, MAY 2 – 8:00PM
Jacob Kirkegaard: ISFALD

Daniel Levin and Friends in New York


Two New York dates from Daniel Levin:

April 25th
Daniel Levin Quartet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Daniel Levin, cello
Matt Moran, vibraphone
Peter Bitenc, bass
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC. 9:00 & 10:30

April 29th
Mandala
Mat Maneri, viola
Daniel Levin, cello
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, bass
Mike Pride, drums
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, NYC. 8pm
Mandala brings together four distinct and original musical voices to form a powerful unit, equipped to explore both the outer reaches of sound and experience, as well as deeply resonant harmonies and grooves.