Day: December 3, 2004

Charlie Haden on the Creation of Free Jazz

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Bassist Charlie Haden talks about the creation of free jazz and his role therein in an audio interview.

DMG Newsletter and Zorn Gig

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This week’s newsletter newsletter includes many reviews, but also an exciting announcement:

JOHN ZORN’S MASADA MINI-FESTIVAL – The Book of Masada Volume II: Newly written compositions!!! at Tonic from Wednesday December 8th to Saturday December 11th, sets at 8 & 10pm each night!!! Featuring an incredible cast with Jamie Saft (keyboard), Ben Perowsky (drums), John Zorn (alto sax), Erik Friedlander (cello), Ikue Mori (drum machine/power book), Dave Douglas (trumpet), Marc Ribot (guitar), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Greg Cohen (bass), Trevor Dunn (bass), Shanir Blumenkranz (bass), Jon Madof (guitar) & Mathias Kunzli (drums). Ten years ago John Zorn composed the first hundred Masada songs in one year. Since September of this year, Mr. Zorn has composed another 240 songs for Second Volume of Masada, he remains immensely inspired & still the book grows! This incredible four-day festival will feature 80 new Masada tunes, ten per set, two sets per night. This is a truly historic occasion and it is John Zorn’s Hanukah present to us!

Classical for the Not-So-Vertically-Challenged

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An article discusses an upcoming performance in Vancouver where the players are on several different floors. Hopefully the music will be as challenging as the neck-craning will be…