Irondale Ensemble Project In Brooklyn

Anthony Braxton will be performing in all three upcoming Irondale Ensemble Project shows:

April 15, 16, 17, 18 | 7:30PM

The Walter Thompson Orchestra will perform the world premiere of a WTO-commissioned work by renowned composer Anthony Braxton. Thompson will use his much-heralded Sound Painting conducting language to shape the composition.

Anthony Braxton, one of music’s most original composers and instrumentalists, has composed a new work in collaboration with Soundpainter Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Mr. Thompson will combine Mr. Braxton’s Language Music System with Soundpainting – the multidisciplinary live – composing sign language created by Mr. Thompson. The concerts will feature performances by Anthony Braxton, a woodwind virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist and the fifteen musicians and actors of the Walter Thompson Orchestra.

Prices: Adult $20.00 | Student with ID $15.00
Senior $15.00 | Working Artist $15.00

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April: Portland New Music Society

Michael Bunsen: “Square Waves in Nature” (electronics)
Trillium Voices: Chamber Choir performs original works by Portland composer Giles Buser-Molatore and Veljo Tormis
Adam Reese: “Live Mixing”

Thursday April 16th @ 8pm
Free (donations gladly accepted)
Enterbeing, 1603 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR

Michael Bunsen is a musician/maker and a new import to Portland. He works with DIY electronics and will be presenting a fantastic music program with us in his first appearance at a Portland New Music Society event.

Giles Buser-Molatore is a composer and 2009 graduate of Portland State University. He and his ensemble will be sharing some of his recent works for chamber choir. Beautiful and haunting!

Adam Reese is a regular contributer to the Portland New Music Scene. As an anthropology student at Reed College, Reese brings inspiration from cultures and musics the world over (including a special proclivity for African music). Adam will be performing a piece involving live re-working of recorded material.

* Coming Up:
May 7th @ Enterbeing:
Derek M Johnson
Brandon Conway and Abusive Delay
And (Scott Brazieal, Drew Adams, Kelvin Pittman)

Subtext: Danny Snelson + Chris DeLaurenti in Seattle

From Wayward Music:

7:30 PM; donation at the door. Presented by Subtext Reading Series.

DANNY SNELSON is an editor, writer, and archivist living in Brooklyn, New York. His online editorial work can be found at UbuWeb, PennSound and Eclipse. Gallery screenings and performances at Ontological Hysteric Theater, The State Museum in Russia, Gallery D21 Leipzig, CRG Gallery New York, Lisa Cooley Gallery New York, and free103point9 Transmission Arts. Recent publications include my Dear coUntess (Drunken Boat #9), The Book of Ravelling Women (Aphasic Letters, 2008), Endless Nameless (No Input Books, 2009), and Inventory Arousal (Editions Press, 2009).

CHRISTOPHER DeLAURENTI is a Seattle-based composer, improvisor & phonographer. A new music rabble-rouser, he also writes music reviews and articles. Various CDs here, including: Favorite Intermissions – Music Before & Between Beethoven, Stravinsky, Holst.

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Vinny Golia Sextet, Slumgum, and Axis Trio in LA

Mr. T’s Bowl in LA will be the scene for an event:

Vinny Golia Sextet, Slumgum, and Axis Trio
April 15th, 9pm
Mr T’s Bowl
5621 1/2 Figueroa St., Highland Park

A triple bill featuring LA jazz legend, Vinny Golia! A virtuoso improviser on dozens of woodwind instruments, Vinny has been a featured performer with other avant-garde masters such as Anthony Braxton, Bobby Bradford, and John Zorn. At Mr. T’s he will perform with his electric sextet. Expect explosive solos driven by a psychedelic hurricane from the rhythm section!

Slumgum performs original music that is packed with unbridled imagination. A jazz quartet overflowing with spontaneity, their live shows are volatile and pumped with energy. With a rare band dynamic abounding in vitality, their joy on stage is contagious.

The Axis Trio is a drums/bass/rhodes ensemble with roots in Pakistan, Morocco, and Iran. In an intoxicating whirlwind, they consistently push the boundaries of a traditional piano trio. With compositions ranging from dreamlike dirge to blazing groove, their performances are kaleidoscopes of sonic color.

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

itsnotyouitsme, Walled Gardens (New Amsterdam)
Take two perfectly lovely voices each abandoning their respective egos to harmonize and therewith, you have something greater – listen to Simon & Garfunkel. A duet allows for thoughts developed individually to immediately be responded to, expanding upon and improved. Walled Gardens is essentially a… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:28, 30 Mar 2009

Isnaj Dui, Patterns in Rocks (FBox Records)
Katie English studied flute at the conservatory, electroacoustic music under renowned English performer Philip Waschmann, and gamelan on her own, all of which certainly resonate in her compositions. Given the album title and names of several of the eight cuts, you´d expect a heavier, denser sound,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:23, 30 Mar 2009

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Erik Friedlander’s Broken Arm Trio at Barbes Reviewed

From the New York Times:

The cellist Erik Friedlander possesses a deep, singing tone on his instrument, and when he gives into it completely, he can be a heartbreaker. At the diminutive Brooklyn club Barbès, which he regards as a second home, his sound approaches room-size resonance, with little or no amplification, just about anytime he draws a bow across the strings.

But that was a rare and judicious indulgence in his hourlong set there on Friday night. Instead, as he does on “Broken Arm Trio” (SkipStone), his most recent album, Mr. Friedlander was playing original songs expressly designed for pizzicato. His bow was mostly unused as he plucked his way along the fingerboard. His right hand did the dexterous picking, with a spiderlike efficiency and speed.

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Rova’s Rovaté 2009

From Rova:

Rovaté 2009: Fissures, Futures (for Buckminster Fuller)

May 22 23, 2009, 8PM
Kanbar Hall, JCCSF
3200 California Street
Tickets: 415.292.1233 or
$24 public | $21 JCCSF members | $16 students

Buckminster Fuller drawing drawing by Buckminster Fuller

Rova Saxophone Quartet returns to Kanbar Hall for another no-sounds-barred evening of improvisatory collaboration. Acclaimed Berlin-based multimedia artist/wunderkind Lillevan, joins international music giants from the field of improvised music to perform Fissures, Futures, a set of pieces dedicated to the visionary genius that was Buckminster Fuller. Live music and digital animation will lock themselves into a continuous feedback loop – with the music influencing the real-time films’ creation and the film images inspiring the music. Not to be missed. Both shows will be recorded live for future DVD release.

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Ari Brown is blowing up

Ari Brown is profiled.

Yet Brown’s profile has ascended, perhaps inevitably. Listen to the deep well of sound he coaxes from his tenor, as well as the relentless creativity of his solos, and it’s impossible to deny the man’s artistic stature. When Brown picks up his horn, everything else on the bandstand sounds a little smaller.

No wonder the University of Illinois at Chicago recently recruited him.

“I think the first move I made [at UIC] was to hire Ari,” says Orbert Davis, director of jazz studies at UIC. “Ari is the epitome of the jazz musician for me. He lives the music, he’s forever searching for new things.”

You can hear it in Brown’s work, which crystallizes the philosophies of the biggest musical influence in his life—the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians. Brown was just finding his way as a musician, in the early 1960s, when the South Side collective of innovative musicians was taking shape. Its quest to perpetually redefine jazz through new sounds, unorthodox techniques and novel instrumentation inspired Brown to put music at the center of his life.

Since then, Brown has worked with generations of jazz luminaries, from Roscoe Mitchell to Anthony Braxton to Kahil El’Zabar, embracing their penchant for the experimental.

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Umbrella Music Through April 8

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Image via Wikipedia

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 1 April 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Bishop/Håker Flaten
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
11:00PM | Bishop/Wick/Håker Flaten/Rosaly
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jacob Wick – trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Michael Hartman spins selections from the Kuro Neko
Music, Gentle Giant Records, & BoxMedia catalogs

Thursday, 2 April 2009
10:00PM | Rempis/Baker/Håker Flaten
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jim Baker – piano, electronics
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
11:00PM | Paul Giallorenzo Trio with Mars Williams
Mars Williams – saxophones
Paul Giallorenzo – piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Sunday, 5 April 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | The Outskirts
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Frank Rosaly – Drums

Tuesday, 7 April 2009
9:00PM | The Engines
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 8 April 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Ho Bynum/Reid/Adasiewicz/Reed
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
Tomeka Reid – cello
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Mike Reed – drums
11:00PM | Rempis/Kessler/Fujiwara
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Kent Kessler – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Tim Daisy Spins Prestige and Riverside

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