Cristian Amigo/Clif Jackson Duo & Other Dimensions In Music at RUCMA

From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

Start: 05/11/2009 – 7:30pm
End: 05/11/2009 – 11:00pm

first set begins @ 7:30
Cristian Amigo/Clif Jackson Duo
Cristian Amigo – guitar
Clif Jackson – bass

second set begins @ 9:00
Other Dimensions in Music
Roy Campbell – trumpet
Daniel Carter – saxophones, clarinet, flute, trumpet
William Parker – bass
Charles Downs – drums

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

Admission $10 / $15 both sets
Students & seniors $7 / $5 both sets

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In Praise of Marc Ribot…

From The Village Voice:

You’d figure a guy like Ribot gets a lot of 1099s. Later in the week, he’ll give a duo concert with avant-garde bassist Henry Grimes at the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea, before whisking himself downtown to play an acoustic set at Tribeca’s City Winery with veteran pop icon Marianne Faithfull the same night. Both shows will sell out. (A few days later, he’ll join Faithfull again on the Late Show With David Letterman, offering a stirringly lyrical eight-bar solo on a cover of the Decemberists’ “The Crane Wife 3.”) He’s kept up this lifestyle for several decades now, cementing a reputation as the hardest-working sideman on the downtown scene, in addition to spearheading countless pioneering jazz groups, cutting almost 20 albums as a leader, and lending his mercurial guitar sound to everyone from Tom Waits to John Zorn to Allen Ginsberg to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Oftentimes, the only connection between the various artists he’s played with is . . . him.

And now, to celebrate his 55th birthday, Ribot is bringing together many of those eclectic collaborators for a week-long career retrospective. From May 9 through 16, he’ll spend almost every night in a different downtown venue with a different group: the ethereal Scelsi Morning, Latin-jazz provocateurs Los Cubanos Postizos, gut-busting jazz-punk powerhouse Shrek (no relation), avant-noise genre-benders Rootless Cosmopolitans, Albert Ayler tribute band Spiritual Unity, “post-everything” electro-funk trio Ceramic Dog (to which Ribot also contributes vocals), and the debut of Sun Ship, his latest foray into the ever-expanding world of free jazz, named after the John Coltrane album.

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Henry Grimes’ Event Schedule

From Henry Grimes:

Saturday, May 2nd: noon (U.K. time, five hours later than New York), Cheltenham (U.K.) Jazz Festival: Alyn Shipton interviews Henry Grimes for audience members and BBC Radio 3, event # J21, Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL5O 1QA, Drawing Room, free but tickets required; and 4:3O p.m: Profound Sound Trio concert (Paul Dunmall / Henry Grimes / Andrew Cyrille), also at Town Hall, Pillar Room, event #J26, tickets £15, +44 (O)1242 77582O, box office (also in Town Hall), +44 (O)844 576 7979,,,

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Tuesday, May 5th from 6 to 9 p.m: The Henry Grimes / Leo Lindberg / Brandon Ross trio concert played on April 15th at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn will be broadcast and Webcast on “Jazz Alternatives” over WKCR, 89.9 FM and as part of WKCR’s New York Music Alive series. Info: 212-854-992O

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Monday, May 11th, 6 p.m. (New York time): The Profound Sound Trio concert (Andrew Cyrille, Paul Dunmall, Henry Grimes) played at Cheltenham, U.K. on May 2nd (see above) will be Webcast at, information +44 O3 7OO 1OO 3OO.

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Henry’s friend Marc Ribot is having a week-long 55th-birthday retrospective concert series featuring various Marc Ribot-led groups in several venues around New York City between May 9th and May 16th. Happy birthday, Marc, and we wish you at least 55 more! The concerts include:

Wednesday, May 13th, music from 9:3O p.m: Marc Ribot’s Spiritual Unity quartet, w/ Roy Campbell, Jr., Henry Grimes, and Chad Taylor; and the Marc Ribot Trio featuring Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor, at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (one block west of Third Ave.) at Astor Place (7th St.), NYC, tickets by phone at 212-967-7555 or 212-539-8778,,,, tix $2O, IRT #6 train to Astor Place, or N/ R/ W to 8th St. / NYU.

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Saturday, May 23rd, 11 a.m (NY time): The Henry Grimes interview by Alyn Shipton given on May 2nd at Cheltenham (U.K. — see above) will be Webcast at and will be available for seven days after initial transmission, information +44 O3 7OO 1OO 3OO.

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Wednesday, May 27th, concert at 1O p.m: Jason Hwang’s Spontaneous River, Galapagos, 16 Main St. at Water St. betw. Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges, Brooklyn (DUMBO section), 718-782-5188 or 384-4586, galapagosartspace,, . Musicians (all string players except for Andrew Drury, drums) will include: Cristian Amigo, Trina Basu, Sarah Bernstein, Michael Bisio, David Chevan, Mark Chung, Andrew Drury, Bradley Farberman, Nicole Federici, Ken Filiano, Francois Grillot, Henry Grimes, Rosi Hertlein, Jason Hwang, Judith Insell, Clifton Jackson, Kirsten Jeme, James Keepnews, Daniel Levin, Marlene Rice, Dave Ross, Tor Snyder, David Soldier, Curtis Stewart, Elektra Stewart, Hans Tammen, and Tomas Ulrich. NOTE: Hans Tammen’s Third Eye Orchestra opens at 8 p.m. and includes: Robert Dick, Jason Hwang, Mari Kimura, Briggan Kraus, Denman Maroney, Chris McIntyre, Dafna Naphtali, Ursel Schlicht, David Soldier, Satoshi and Stomu Takeishi, and Tomas Ulrich.

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Sunday, May 31st: Henry Grimes and Andrew Cyrille, 15-minute concert in the Bang on a Can marathon at the World Financial Center, Winter Garden, West St. betw. Vesey & Liberty St’s., NYC, noon-midnight, free and open to the public, featuring many players all doing what they do in short sets of 15 minutes, info 718-852-7755, 212-945-O5O5

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Firehouse 12 To Present The James Carney Group May 15th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 15th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by Brooklyn-based pianist/composer James Carney and his longstanding working ensemble, the James Carney Group. Carney and the band, which features trumpeter Ralph Alessi, trombonist Josh Roseman, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Mark Ferber, will preview segments of his new virtual film score, Ways & Means, commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and perform music from his most recent release, 2007’s Green-Wood Songlines Recordings.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Christof Kurzmann / Burkhard Stangl
Album: Neuschnee
Label: Erstwhile
Review date: Apr. 28, 2009

Artist: Arve Henriksen
Album: Cartography
Label: ECM
Review date: Apr. 28, 2009

Artist: Sun Ra
Album: Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
Label: ESP-Disk
Review date: Apr. 27, 2009

Artist: Thomas Mapfumo
Album: Hokoyo! / Gwindingwi Rine Shumba
Label: Water
Review date: Apr. 23, 2009

Artist: Stars of the Lid
Album: Music for Nitrous Oxide
Label: Sedimental
Review date: Apr. 22, 2009

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Robert Ashley on blending opera and TV

…and weird music. From Times Online:

When he comes to the ICA in London for the UK premiere of his opera Foreign Experiences next month, he will be overseeing a stage production: “I have to perform the pieces on stage in order to get them performed at all,” he says. It will also be slimmed down from the original seven-voice version of 1994 to an opera for two voices — that of his son Sam Ashley and another member of what he terms his “band”, Jacqueline Humbert. To mark the occasion, the ICA will also screen Perfect Lives. It’s 25 years since its first TV success, yet Ashley is farther than ever from realising his dream of opera for television. But, even at 79, he’s patient. He’s even writing an opera-cum-novel called Quicksand. “I still believe it will happen,” he says.

Ashley was raised in unlikely avant-garde soil in the Midwest; his father was a postal worker, his mother laboured in a factory. As a boy he listened to jazz and popular music. While that might seem strange, given his tastes, he says he has no interest in the European opera tradition. He likens today’s opera houses to museums, forever visiting centuries past. He also believes that the English language struggles to rise above the full-bodied strains of traditional opera, so he draws on Minimalism to create more restrained sounds that allow his singers — and himself, as he generally performs in his own operas — to communicate their rather mesmerising incantations. Perfect Lives is typical: the sets are simple, a few props and TV screens, and performers sing lines directly to camera like TV announcers.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Kinit Her – Glyms Or Beame Of Radicall Truthes
Musically Kinit Her sit in place somewhere between mid-pace 90′s Scandinavian black metal, dark horror metal, darkly hued folk rock, blackly sounding Russian and Jewish sounding string pluck and bow, along with hints of ritual elements and a damned theatrical air. And if all that wasn’t an interesting enough concoction just wait until you hear the vocals.

Cloama & Blutleuchte – Self Titled
From Wasteland Mausoleums, the last collaboration between Finish noise maker Cloama & the more atmospheric fellow countrymen Blutleuchte was one of my favourite releasers of 07; with it’s mixture of gothic cinematics, dammed world music and general creative/atmospheric genre pick and mix. So I was very excited to see this appearing.