New on Tzadik

The next set of Tzadiks will be available shortly:

Davka : Davka Live
An exciting live set of new material from one of the most consistent and creative bands in the Jewish Music scene. Combining a deep knowledge and respect for tradition with a creative imagination, the music of Davka continues to delight music fans the world over with its lyrical passion and sweet sense of swing. Their fourth CD for Tzadik is perhaps their best yet, blending their meticulous craftsmanship with the exciting edge of a live engagement. Over seventy minutes of music including nine songs never before released.

Ni Hao! : Gorgeous
Another vivacious all girl band from Kansai, an area in Southern Japan that has been the home of some of the most exciting new rock bands of the past several decades (Boredoms, Afrirampo, OOIOO, Omoide Hatoba). Featuring the distinctive singer from Limited Express (has gone), whose first CD was released to great acclaim on Tzadik in 2002, Ni Hao is a trio of two basses and drums with all three girls singing in complex contrapuntal arrangements that Brian Wilson would have been proud of. Everything one would expect from a Kansai band is here—looping riffs, unexpected twists and vocals that stroke, caress, smash, stomp, scream and kiss. Ni Hao leaves you begging for more.

Painkiller : 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Twelve
A powerful and breathtaking meeting of masters. With the tight rhythm section of Laswell and Drake, who have a long history working together in a variety of bands and contexts, and the empathetic insanity of Patton and Zorn, this set was as much of a surprise to the musicians as it was to the pumped up crowd that were lucky enough to hear it that night. Although billed as Painkiller, this once in a lifetime unit was really something completely different. At times hilarious, exhilarating, outrageous and transcendent, this is music only the New American Underground could create. East Coast meets West Coast meets Midwest: New York, California and Chicago come together in this twisted, funky improviser’s paradise.

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Ivo Papasov On Tour

Once again, Papasov is on tour in the US:

October 7-9
Richmond,VA 67th National Folk Festival – Free Admission – (804) 788-6466

October 11-12
Las Vegas, NV Magura Restaurant
1305 Vegas Valley, suite B-C
Oct. 11 & 12 – 8:30
Call for reservations (702) 693-6990
October 13
Los Angeles, CA 8pm at UCLA’s Royce Hall
info and tickets: (310) 825-2101

October 14
B erkeley, CA UC Berkeley
Wheeler Auditorium at 8pm
Berkeley, CA 94720

Order tickets online, telephone: (510) 642-9988

October 15
Sebastopol, CA Sebastopol Community Center
Sponsored by Voice of Roma
390 Morris St. Sebastopol, CA
7:30 PM, (707) 823-7941
tickets sold only at the door

October 18
Eugene, OR University of Oregon, sponsored by Cultural Forum

Concert and dance workshop 7 :30 PM
lecture/demo 3:30 PM tel. (541) 346-4373

October 19
Seattle, WA Town Hall 7:30
Advance, reserved section tickets are $21/$18 Town Hall members,
seniors & students only at $23/$20 at the door.
at the corner of 8th and Seneca, one block east of the I-5 Freeway.
Make sure to bring your dancing shoes!!!

October 20
Port Townsend, WA
Wheeler Theater, tickets – (360) 385-3102

October 22
Boston, MA Boston World Music, 8pm
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville

October. 23
Portland, ME Center for Cultural Exchange
One Longfellow Square
Portland, ME 04101
Box Office: (207) 761-1545,
Dance workshop at 6:00, concert: 7:30 pm

October 24-27
Ithaca, NY WICB Ithaca College Sonic Planet radio show and WVBR
Crossing Borders Radio show host a 3-day residency, Concerts,
workshops, Dances, Live radio broadcasts. Call or check website for
times. (607) 277-0573

October 28
Philadelphia, PA Painted Bride Art Center, 7pm & 9pm
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For tickets and info: (215) 925.9914

October 29
New York, NY 8:00 Symphony Space/ World Music Institute
95th and Broadway
(212) 545-7536

November 3
Williamsburg, VA Kimball Theatre
424 Duke of Gloucester St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185 ,
tel. 1-800-HISTORY
Tickets – General admission $15, Seniors/Students $12

November 5
Wesleyan Univ. Crowell Concert Hall
Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University
Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT
Box Office: 860-685-3355,

November 8
Minneapolis, MN 7:30 Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave. South
(612) 338-2674, ext 2

November 9
Madison, WI 8:00 pm University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin Union Theatre
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
Admission is free. For more information, please call:
(608) 262-3379

November 11
Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60625
7pm & 10pm For tickets call (773) 728-6000

November 14
Santa Barbara, CA UCSB Campbell Hall, 8 pm
(805) 893-3535
$35/UCSB students $17

November 16
Pittsburgh, PA Bulgarian Macedonian National
Educational and Cultural Center
449-451 W. 8th. Ave.
8:00 (412) 461-6188,

November 17
Dearborn, MI The Arab American National Museum
World Music Concert Series 7:00
13624 Michican Ave.
Dearborn, MI
(313) 624-0200 –

November 18
Oberlin, OH 8 pm – Oberlin College Finney Chapel
(Corner of S. Professor and W. Lorain Streets)
To purchase tickets – (440) 775-8169

Akineton Retard on Tour

The Chilean group is on a short tour to record for a live DVD.

São Paulo
Dia 3 de setembro (sábado), 19:00 h.
Centro Cultural São Paulo
Sala Adoniran Barbosa Rua Vergueiro, 1000 – Paraíso

Entrada: R$ 10,00 (Compra antecipada) / R$ 12,00

Dia 4 de setembro (domingo), 18:00 h.
Blackmore Bar
Alameda dos Maracatins, 1.317, Moema
Tel.: 11 5041-9340

AKRATARKA (Chile) c/ part. especial do Akinetón Retard
Entrada: R$ 5,00 (apresentando o ingresso de sábado) / R$ 10,00 Rio de Janeiro Dia 7 de setembro (quarta-feira),
19:00 h. Feriado da Independência
Centro Cultural Justiça Federal
Av. Rio Branco, 241 РCinel̢ndia
Tel.: 21 3212-2550

Entrada: R$ 10,00

Dia 10 de setembro (sábado), 20:00 h.
Teatro Municipal de Niterói
Rua XV de novembro 35, Centro, Niterói
Festival “Rock Symphony for the Record”

Gravação de DVD do Akinetón Retard
Entrada: R$ 20,00

Edgefest 2005 Finally Announced

Here we have the scoop on this year’s Edgefest:

Oct 19
EDGEFEST 2005: Educational Sessions — Ken Butler and Kevin Norton (4 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: Kevin Norton’s Bauhaus Quartet & Hubsch’s Longrun Development of the Universe

Oct 20
EDGEFEST 2005: Educational Sessions — Nicole Mitchell (4 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings (8 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: Ken Butler’s Ann Arbor Voices of Anxious Objects & Bright Out: Chamber (10pm)

Oct 21
EDGEFEST 2005: Educational Sessions — Billy Bang, Joe Fonda, and Ed Wilkerson, Jr. (4 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: Nicole Mitchell/Ed Wilkerson Quartet (8 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: FAB Trio & E3Q (10 pm)

Oct 22
EDGEFEST 2005: Sublingual Ensemble (2 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: Educational Sessions — Henry Grimes (4 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: Henry Grimes Trio (8 pm)
EDGEFEST 2005: Tobias Delius Quartet & Les Projectionnistes (10 pm)

Patton Compiles Ennio Morricone Set

Mike Patton has put together a 2CD set of Morricone recordings on his Ipecac label:

“In Crime and Dissonance, Mike Patton has pulled together a rare collection of Morricone tracks that reflect his connection to the Maestro via a shared passion and commitment to the extreme and the experimental. Psychedelic Sitars, heavy breathing, screams, screeches, electric guitar feedback… much of Morricone’s language here keenly intersects with the abstract metal soundscapes of Patton’s own music giving us fresh insights into their deeply powerful and uncompromising aesthetics. Both artists have straddled the pop and experimental worlds throughout their careers, creating a body of work that is honest, authentic, meticulously crafted, imaginative and cathartic. Both artists have also suffered from a measure of misunderstanding. But the music lives on. Like all great music the bizarre miniatures that comprise this remarkable set are still as fresh as the day they were recorded (some thirty to forty years ago) and now through the generosity and vision of a youthful and committed contemporary music master, they reach a new generation of ears to inspire even newer vistas of creativity. It is the responsibility of the few to carry the torch of truth and integrity through the dark ages we find ourselves in and this heroic set of soundtrack rarities shows us that the spirit of freedom is, has been and always will be alive and well. One only has to look for it.”
– John Zorn NYC 2005

One Final Note Reviews

The latest reviews from One Final Note:

22 August 2005
:. Joe McPhee Everything Happens for a Reason (Roaratorio) by Mark Patel
:. Gunter Hampel European Trio Emissions (Birth) by Jay Collins
:. JC Hopkins Biggish Band Underneath a Brooklyn Moon (Tigerlily) by David Dupont
:. Gary Lucas & Jozef van Wissem The Universe of Absence (BVHaast) by Dan Rose
:. Eivind Opsvik Overseas II (Fresh Sound New Talent) by Troy Collins

Ars Nova: More Details

Some more information on the upcoming Ars Nova shows in Philadelphia:

From September 2005 to May 2006, Ars Nova Workshop and International House Philadelphia present Ancient to the Future, a jazz series celebrating the remarkable contributions of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM). Formerly based in Chicago’s racially segregated, all-black South Side, this dynamic collective of black musicians and visionaries has been dedicated to nurturing, performing and recording original jazz and creative music for 40 years. Now the oldest and most venerable organization of its kind in the US, the AACM has developed a repository of original “Great Black Music” that has heightened the environmental and cultural cohesion of our world communities. AACM musicians/ensembles include the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Fred Anderson, Anthony Braxton, George E. Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, and Tortoise’s Jeff Parker.

Performances in the Ancient to the Future series include AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams, the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Roscoe Mitchell, the US debut of the Anthony Braxton Sextet (also celebrating his 60th birthday), the Revolutionary Ensemble’s Leroy Jenkins, and the critically-acclaimed Henry Threadgill, among many others. In addition to the five performances at the International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, ANW will be presenting satellite concerts throughout the city including the Art Ensemble’s Joseph Jarman and the Malachi Thompson Freebop Band, including others to be determined. Information on these events can be found at

“For an astonishing collective of visionaries – representing some of the most rigorous and unique work in the last forty years of jazz – it’s surprising that many of these musicians haven’t visited Philadelphia in decades,” added Mark Christman, curator of the series and Executive Director of Ars Nova Workshop, a Philadelphia-based jazz and experimental music presenting organization that has been presenting progressive music since 2000.

Ancient to the Future is made possible by a grant from the Philadelphia Music Project, an Artistic Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by The University of the Arts. International House Philadelphia and Ars Nova Workshop also acknowledges the generous support of Delmark Records, ECM Records, Mutable Music, Philadelphia City Paper, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Pi Recordings, WRTI Philadelphia, and WPRB Princeton


Saturday, October 8, 2005
Roscoe Mitchell Quartet featuring special guest Muhal Richard Abrams with Roscoe Mitchell, reeds; Muhal Richard Abrams, piano; Jaribu Shahid, bass; and Tani Tabbal, drums

Roscoe Mitchell and Muhal Richard Abrams have been at the forefront of contemporary music for over thirty years. In 1966, Mitchell’s sextet became the first AACM group to record. The resulting album, Sound (Delmark Records), signaled a new, post-Ornette era in jazz and improvised music. Mitchell is also a founding member (along with Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman and Malachi Favors Maghostut) of the critcally-acclaimed Art Ensemble of Chicago. Richard Abrams is a co-founder of the AACM and current President of the New York City Chapter. In 1961, he formed the Experimental Band, effectively the AACM’s birthplace. An enormous influence in jazz and improvised music, he has collaborated with greats such as Max Roach, Dexter
Gordon, Clifford Jordan and the Kronos Quartet, among many others.

Friday, November 4, 2005
Anthony Braxton Sextet with Anthony Braxton, reeds; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet; Jay Rozen, tuba; Jessica Pavone, violin; Carl Testa, bass; and Aaron Siegel, drums

Composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton formed the Creative Construction Company (with violinist Leroy Jenkins and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith) in the mid-60s before recording the seminal For Alto (Delmark Records), the first-ever recording for solo saxophone. Subsequent collaborations included
‘Circle’ with Chick Corea and Dave Holland, Italian free improvisation group Musica Elettronica Viva, and in duo with guitarist Derek Bailey, drummer Max Roach, and pianist Hank Jones. His quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway during the 80s and 90s is often considered Braxton’s most remarkable ensemble. His three decades of recordings is kaleidoscopic and prolific, and has been met with critical praise including prestigious awards. Braxton is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a tenured professor at Wesleyan University.

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet with Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet; Vijay Iyer, piano/Fender Rhodes; John Lindberg, bass; and Ronald Shannon Jackson, drums

With his dry tone, extended use of silence, and abrupt smears of color, Wadada Leo Smith has been a relentless musical innovator since his early days with the AACM. His compositions, which are derived from a personal notation system he calls “Ankhrasmation,” are as distinct as his trumpet sound. While Smith’s personal and inimitable world of sound stands in firm contrast to the instrument’s history, his writing embraces and expands on the roots, philosophies, and histories of many of jazz’s forebearers (such as Don Cherry) and the improvisational traditions of the Delta blues. His new quartet features one of “today’s most important pianists” (The New Yorker), Vijay Iyer, as well as drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson, best known
for his work with Albert Ayler, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman. Smith currently holds the Dizzy Gillespie Chair at the California Institute of the Arts.

Friday, February 3, 2006
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
with Kahil El’Zabar, percussion; Joseph Bowie, trombone/percussion; and Ernest Dawkins, alto/tenor saxopone/percussion

Performing together for over 25 years, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was founded by El’Zabar and tenor saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr., who sought to fuse contemporary Afro-American musics with more traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. Now featuring Joseph Bowie, who was the leader of the jazz-funk group Defunkt, and Ernest Dawkins, founder of the New Horizons Ensemble, the trio’s “harmonically provocative and rhythmically seductive” (Chicago Tribune) compositions impart an ancestral wisdom that conjure an energy rarely encountered in contemporary music.

Leroy Jenkins/Myra Melford Duo
with Leroy Jenkins, violin and Myra Melford, piano

Leroy Jenkins founded one of the first of many AACM ensembles, Creative Construction Company, in the late 60’s (with Braxton, Smith and Steve McCall). In 1970, this group provided New York City with its first
performance of any AACM ensemble, taking what had previously been confined to Chicago into the national circuit. Jenkins has performed with Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, and Alice Coltrane, but it was his work with the Revolutionary Ensemble (co-founded with bassist Sirone and drummer Jerome Cooper) that gained Jenkins’ prominence as the most significant violinist of the modern era. For this performance he is joined by the innovative and thoughtful pianist Myra Melford, who has collaborated with Han Bennink, Dave Douglas and Joseph Jarman.

Saturday, March 17, 2006
Henry Threadgill’s Zooid
with Henry Threadgill, alto saxophone/flute/bass flute; Liberty Ellman, acoustic guitar; Tarik Benbrahim, oud; Dana Leong, cello; Jose Davila, tuba; and Elliot Humberto Kavee, drums

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (a “zooid” is an organic cell capable of independent movement or several cells forming a colony) creates some of today’s most peculiar and adventurous music. With bizarre instrumentation and voicings, Threadgill’s compositions are visceral and compelling, and incorporate his experiences with gospel, blues, world and marching band music. Residing at the forefront of creative music for the past quarter of a century, Threadgill received the ‘Best Composer’ honors in Downbeat Magazine’s International Jazz Critic’s Poll in 1991, 1990, 1989 and 1988, when he placed in 11 categories and had two albums nominated as ‘Record of the Year’. His late-70s ensemble “Air” (with Fred Hopkins and Steve McCall) is one of the AACMs most legendary collectives.