Billy Bang Quintet & Todd Nicholson’s Otic Band in New York

From New York’s RUCMA:

The Local 269
269 East Houston
at the corner of Suffolk Street
F to Second Avenue

first set @ 7:30PM
Otic Band
Nabate Isles trumpet
Dave Sewelson baritone saxophone
Todd Nicholson bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums

second set @ 9PM
Billy Bang Quintet
Billy Bang violin
James Zollar trumpet
Andrew Bemkey keyboard
Todd Nicholson bass
Newman Taylor Baker drums

Admission $10
Students & seniors $7

For More Info:
tel: 212.254.5420

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AMN Picks of the Week

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

E.R.A. – Introducing…the E.R.A. (2008, free jazz)
Reut Regev – This is R Time (2009, creative jazz)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar – Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007, avant-rock)
Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature (2009, free jazz)
Bertram Turetzky / Damon Smith – Thoughtbeetle (2009, free jazz)
Alex Cline – Continuation (2009, jazz)
David S. Ware – Shakti (2009, free jazz)
Rick Helzer / Vinny Golia (Fancy Meeting You Here (2005, free jazz)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Live @ Largo (2009, jazz)
Squadra Omega – Tenebroso (2008, free form jam)
Squadra Omega – Rennesle Chateau (2008, free form jam)
Michael Riessler – Mirage (2009, modern composed classical / jazz)

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The Naked Future, MEGA*CHURCH, What’s Up?, Neal Morgan 3/4/09 in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

7PM (shows start and end early here!)
MEGA*CHURCH, What’s Up?, Neal Morgan, The Naked Future
The Wail (formerly Rererato):
5135 NE 42nd ave and Sumner (between Alberta and Killingsworth)
Cost: $6 Donation

The Naked Future is members of Ol Time Relijun, Cloaka Cloak, Why I Must Be Careful and Thicket

Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Torben Snekkestad – Conic Folded

Inspired by Jimmy Giuffre’s trio with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, Norwegian Torben Snekkestad – here featured on saxophones and clarinet – releases his first solo CD after having honed his skills in various positions, either relative to jazz or chamber music: he can play with the London Improvisers Orchestra and The Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen [...]

Jim McAuley – The Ultimate Frog

Releases like The Ultimate Frog don’t come around very often, if at all. This double-disc set from Los Angeles guitarist Jim McAuley is a true transcendence of musical genres; though mostly improvised it does speak to the idea of a gestational improvised music, or of improvisation as the “first” music (the “dik” [...]

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

28-Feb-09 Bill Frisell
The Best of Bill Frisell: Vol. 1 – Folk Songs (Nonesuch Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

28-Feb-09 Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn
Farmers By Nature (AUM Fidelity Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

27-Feb-09 HAR-YOU Percussion Group
Sounds of Youth (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet in Amsterdam, February 13

All About Jazz provides a review of this performance.

Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet
Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 12, 2009

How many larger instrumental ensembles endure for over ten years with the core of the line-up unchanged? In the economic climate of the last decade, not many. All the more remarkable, then, that the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, which draws its membership from two continents, is now thriving in its eleventh year. Embarking on their latest European tour, the band descended on Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, where they held court to a packed house on a cold Friday evening.

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Asko Schoenberg Ensemble on Tour in March

A few European shows from Asko Schoenberg:

Saterday, 14 maart, 16:30 uur
The Hague, Theater aan ‘t Spui

Ligeti Academy

Paroxysmal Distorted Resonance
Periods of ellipsis
Punta de Fuga
For Frank O’Hara
Momenti Musicali

Saterday, 14 maart, 20:30 uur
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Auditorium

Redsound: Steve Reich

NB. EXTRA CONCERT 23.30 uur: Music for 18 Musicians

Music for 18 Musicians


sound Jan Panis

“The study of non-Western music led me back to myself”, said Steve Reich in an interview. The American composer was referring to the fact that, especially in retrospect, his music showed similarities to traditional music from Africa and Indonesia:”I wound up looking under my own bed”. Shortly after his study trip to Africa Steve Reich composed Drumming, a milestone in recent music history. In this piece he combines the principle of ‘phase shifting’ (allowing motifs to gradually go out of phase with each other over time) with the use of ‘resulting patterns’. This involves a performer highlighting notes from motifs played by his fellow performers as a result of which hidden melodies become audible. This composition is combined with Reich’s final breakthrough work Music for 18 Musicians.

Tueday, 24 maart, 19:15 uur
Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal
Wednesday, 25 maart, 20:00 uur
Antwerp, De Singel

Contemporaries: About Ligeti

7.00 – 7.45 pm: Introduction in the Spiegelzaal

Musica Concertante
Trois airs pour un opéra imaginare
Three Movements (bew. Carlos Sandova)
Violin concerto

conductor Reinbert de Leeuw
soprano Susan Narucki
violin Frank Peter Zimmermann

The great composers of violin concertos from the Romantic period would probably have got the shock of their lives upon hearing Ligeti’s Violin Concerto. His bizarre tonal colours and pulsating ‘cogwheels’ give one the feeling of walking around in an extraterrestrial factory. In this piece, warm harmonies or folkloristic dance motifs suddenly appear, thus revealing that it is a work created by man. And this is exactly what makes the work so oppressive and fascinating.

One could call Ligeti’s tonal universe an imaginary land – a land having several inhabitants, for Claude Vivier claimed his own secluded corner there with serene, fabulous panoramas. Conlon Nancarrow sought his refuge in the engine room: he created a work that can (only just) be performed by real, live musicians out of music he initially composed for mechanical instruments. And in view of the fact that new sound worlds are always derived from a source, a piece by Sándor Veress will be performed, Ligeti’s teacher and the guardian of his Hungarian roots.

Ticket reservations: +31 (0)20 671 83 45

photo: Susan Narucki

Tueday, 31 maart, 20:30 uur
Amsterdam, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink Hall


conductor Bas Wiegers

Nine new works lasting seven minutes by composition students at the conservatoires in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Nothing is as important to a young composition student as practical experience. At the same time, it’s vitally important for an ensemble focusing on contemporary music to discover new talent as early as possible. On the threshold of tomorrow’s music history, nine students and musicians from the Asko Ensemble find each other in the works lasting seven minutes.
free entrance

photo: Bas Wiegers (Hans Vissers)

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The Michael Musillami Trio + 3’s From Seeds Coming May 19th

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From Improvised Communications:

Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the May 19th street date of the first release on its 10th anniversary schedule, the Michael Musillami Trio 3’s From Seeds (PSR#020109).

The follow-up to 2007’s The Treatment (PSR#050607), his trio’s critically acclaimed collaboration with renowned violinist Mark Feldman, this release finds guitarist/composer Michael Musillami augmenting his seven year-old trio, featuring bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller, with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich and vibraphonist Matt Moran.

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Reminder: Harris Eisenstadt’s March Residency At Ibeam

From Improvised Communications:

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt will be in residence at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio every Saturday night in March.

This series of four concerts (March 7, 14, 21, 28) will feature the first-ever performances of his new nonet, Harris Eisenstadt’s Woodblock Prints, featuring Mike McGinnis (clarinet), Jason Mears (alto saxophone), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Mark Taylor (French horn), Brian Drye (trombone), Jose Davila (tuba), Jonathan Goldberger (electric guitar) and Garth Stevenson (bass).

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Nels Cline turns in a mercurial ‘Coward’

The latest from Sr. Cline gets another review.

It’s tempting to describe the album as an identity crisis commited to tape, but that would involve delving into the fact that I’ve never quite understood what Cline was doing playing guitar for Wilco in the first place, even though the choice also seems perversely satisfying. Coward feels less like the jazz-reared guitarist is blowing off steam from his day job and recalibrating his personal goals, and more like he’s picking back up on a solo and collaborative career that has precious little commercial potential and an embarrassment of merit.

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