Santa Fe New Music encourages appreciation of new music in kids 18 and under.
This week’s DMG Newsletter contains the latest issues and reissues.
The Soft Machine Legacy is a reunion of SM alums Hopper, Dean, Marshall and Etheridge. An album is due in the spring and a tour is being booked now.
An article discusses the best jazz events and releases of 2004.
Innova has released a few new CDs:
Carei Thomas – Sound Window(s) V: Pinnacle
Brief Realities, Poemmetry… Like a Gospel Holy Roller Party, these compositions draw narrative materials from non-linear, fractal-like formations of story and expression, memory and fantasy. SOUND WINDOW(S) V is an experimental sound study using voice, poemmetry and acoustic-electronic instrumentation for an extraordinary ensemble (Carei Thomas â€“ Piano; Gary Schulte â€“ Violin; Steve Goldstein â€“ Laptop Electronics; and Patrick Oâ€™Keefe â€“ Reeds).
Minnesota Chorale – Adventures of the Black Dot
Choir, accordion, and narrator tell of the Black Dot (yes, the musical one) and its escapades. It’s already a children’s classic book and this musical version will surely propel it to legendary status. Judy McGuire, Janika Vandervelde and the Minnesota Chorale team up for the best bedtime you could wish for
Mark Applebaum – Disciplines
Compact Disc-iplines: Solos of complexity and depth from Stanford’s risingest. One may be the loneliest number but Applebaum gives these individuals plenty to keep them occupied.
This review of Ms. Coltrane’s Translinear Light includes some historical details of her life and career.
Braxton has a lot of stuff going on and seems to be the focus of quite a bit of news lately. Jazz Weekly has recently reviewed his 4CD set Six Compositions (GTM) 2001.
Cuneiform is listing the following releases for May 2005:
Graham Collier – Workpoints
Miriodor – Parade
Present – A great Inhuman Adventure
Radio Massacre International – Emissaries
John Surman – Way Back When
Also, material from Hugh Hopper, the Muffins, and Richard Pinhas will be reissued in March.
I have written a new work for the Sound Vision Orchestra, which is a setting of the poem A TRUMPET IN THE MORNING by fellow St.Louis native Arthur Brown. This half hour long work features my long time colleague J.D.Parran as reciter and soloist. Details below.
The Sound Vision Orchestra is pleased to announce our premiere of A Trumpet in the Morning, a new work for improvising orchestra by Marty Ehrlich, commissioned by SVO with funding from the Individual Artists Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. The performance will take place at 8:00 PM on Tuesday 4 January 2005 in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium of the New York City BahÃ¡â€™Ã Center, located at 53 East 11th Street (between Broadway and University Place). The concert will feature Ehrlichâ€™s work on a program including compositions written for the Sound Vision Brass Ensemble by Jeff Hoyer and for the Sound Vision Orchestra by Warren Smith.
The ensemble performing these works will include:
Stephen Haynes, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Sam Hoyt (trumpets),
Jeff Hoyer and Bob Hovey (trombones), Joseph Daley (tuba),
Bobby Zankel and Will Connell (alto saxophones),
Andrew Lamb (tenor saxophone), Scott Currie (baritone saxophone),
J. D. Parran (soprano and bass saxophones),
Mark Hennen (piano), Dominic Duval (contrabass),
Warren Smith (percussion), and Jackson Krall (drums)
Admission for the entire evening will be $15; for advance ticket purchase, please contact the BahÃ¡â€™Ã Center at (212) 222-5159. Interested new-music enthusiasts are also invited to a special limited-seating open rehearsal at New York University on Saturday 18 December 2004. Admission for this event is free but advance reservations are required; please contact Scott Currie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information and reservations.
Mike Heffley has made a few of his academic treatises on Braxton publically available on his site.