A Vision Festival show this weekend.
VISION/RUCMA Series 2008 @ the Living Theatre
Friday May 2
Matana Roberts Solo Works for Sean Bell
Matana Roberts: Alto saxophone
Date/Time: 10:30 PM Friday, May 2nd â€“ Matana Roberts Solo Works for Sean Bell
Place: The LES Gallery â€“ 107 Suffolk street, in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
F to Delancey Street or J,M,Z to Essex Street
Cost: $10 / students and seniors: $7
Full Info: http://www.rucma.org
Smith was profiled in anticipation of his Australian tour.
Smith is on his first tour of Australia for a series of performances and workshops. He is a leading member of Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and cut many legendary recordings with peers Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, and others.
His compositions have been performed by contemporary music ensembles such as Smith’s band Nda Kulture, AACM -Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Player, New Century Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, S.E.M. Ensemble and California E.A.R. Unit.
NPR Music covers the recently departed Giuffre.
WGBH, April 28, 2008 – Composer and jazz clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre died on April 24, after suffering from pneumonia and complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 86. Here, WGBH contributes a 28-minute history of Jimmy Giuffre, recorded in 1994 and narrated mostly by Giuffre himself.
From Improvised Communications:
On Friday, May 2nd, New Havenâ€™s Firehouse 12 will welcome the all-star trio BassDrumBone to town for a two-set performance as part of the venueâ€™s ongoing 2008 Spring Jazz Series. This improvised music supergroup, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, brings together the distinctive talents and well-established rapport of bassist and Yale alumnus Mark Helias, drummer and Hartford native Gerry Hemingway and trombonist Ray Anderson. Their latest release is The Line Up (Clean Feed, 2006).
Today, Avant Music News in 5 years old.
I started this blog back in 2003 on a whim. It seemed like it would be useful to have a place where news and information is posted about weird and creative music without too much spin or opinion.
The focus of the site has always been on reporting the facts. Thus, I’ve eschewed writing too many reviews or opinion pieces. However, I’m not big on rules, so I let the site vary from this path from time to time.
Readership has held steady at around 400-600 people daily over the last couple of years. I get tons of email each day and try to sift through it the best I can for 4-8 relevant articles to post. Some days are better than others.
I don’t believe that I’ve missed a day for over two years now. Granted, a lot of credit should go to the people wrote wrote the WordPress software, as it allows me to schedule future posts. This permits me to take a day off now and then.
I’ve received a great many emails from readers and musics with comments, and occasionally criticism. I read all of these, though I can only respond to a few, and usually do so very briefly. But keep them coming. I enjoy staying in touch with many of you.
While I’ve got your attention…should you wish to read reviews of all kinds of interesting music, head over to our sister-site, Outer Music Diary. Tom and Mike have been reviewing like madmen this year and you’ll be hard pressed to find two more knowledgeable writers.
Thanks to everyone for all of the support over the years.
An upcoming show from Delmark:
NEW ANNOUNCEMENT- Delmark new jazz release- The Art of Dying
Delmark recording debut as leader for Jason Ajemian (Born Heller, Chicago Underground Trio, A Cushicle, Exploding Star Orchestra, and many more!)
JASON AJEMIAN’s Smokeless Heat – Delmark CD release party on Wednesday, April 30, Heaven Gallery, Chicago
Former Chicagoans Jason Ajemian and Nori Tanaka back in Chicago for special rare performance!!
Jason Ajemian’s Smokeless Heat Delmark CD release party for The Art of Dying,
Wed. April 30, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor, Chicago’s Wicker Park, http://www.heavengallery.com
Ajemian’s web presence: http://www.myspace.com/lovealloverit http://www.sundmagi.com
Chicago/NYC bassist and composer Jason Ajemian and his group Smokeless Heat will be celebrating their brand new release on Delmark, The Art of Dying (DE 581) This new release is a wonderful example of a recording that will appeal to both avant-garde and straight ahead jazz lovers.
This will be a special welcome back to Chicago gig for drummer Nori Tanaka from Japan.
It will be a trio for the first set @ 8:30 pm
Jason Ajemian : bass
Tim Haldeman : tenor sax
Nori Tanaka : drums
The 2nd set will be a five piece @10:00 pm
Jason Ajemian, Haldeman, Tanaka w/
Matt Schneider : guitar
Jaimie Branch : trumpet
Jason Adasiewicz (marimba) will not be performing…