Day: May 13, 2009
Peter Evans solo 2 CD set! Keith Tippett Septet! Magma: Tokyo 2005! Marilyn Crispell Groups! KOJ & Louis Sclavis! Arne Henriksen With David Sylvian! J. G. Thirlwell (Foetus) Cartoon Music! Mike Patton Cranked Up! Ernst Reijseger!
Live DVDs from: Thirteenth Assembly [Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, Tomas Fujiwara], Michael Vlatkovich Qt, Weasel Walter Trio with Halvorson and Evans!
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From the Bohemians in Exile:
Thursday, May 14th: Offonoff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love), plus Skeeter Shelton‘s Spectrum 4 @ Old Miami
This is a super group of experimental musicians that cross the boundaries between jazz, free improv, rock and noise. Terry Ex is the guitarist of seminal Dutch group The Ex, who have pushed the sound of rock further than almost any European group. His guitar playing has all the fuzzed out intensity and timbre of his early punk roots, but the Ex evolved over several years to include music from Turkish, Ethiopian and Eritrean sources. Massimo Pupillo is the bassist from Italy’s Zu, a group that is at home collaborating with members of the Melvins, but varied enough to get some kudos from Jazz writers at The Village Voice. A native of Norway, Paal Nilssen Love is fabulous jazz/free improv drummer who has performed at The Bohemian with the group The Thing (featuring Matts Gustafsson) and Frode Gjerstad. I believe that this is Offonoff’s first American tour.
Spectrum for is the latest line-up under the direction of Skeeter CR Shelton, with Michael Carey, Kurt Prisbe and Joel Peterson.
Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.
Saturday, May 30th: Jack Wright/Bob Marsh Duo at CAID
This is an auspicious show, as this notable duo had its orgin in Detroit, where Jack and Bob first met. Jack is one of the longest running free improvisers in America, having devoted himself exclusively to the music since the mid 70s. His a multi-instrumentalist most recognized for his work on alto saxophone; he’s one of a hand-full of people who has expanded the extend technique on the instrument since the late 60s.
Ex-Detroiter Bob Marsh originally came to prominence as an improvising cellist- but he has a long history with electronics and has performed more with them in more settings over the years. He also performs on accordian, violin and voice. His work has included microtonal ensembles and massed accordian groups.
You can check out more on Jack and Bob at
Doors at 8 pm; $6 minimum donation.
Gay Beast, Huun Huur Tu and some exciting suprises
From Wayward Music:
THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL:
Only one concert this week, but it’s a good one…
FRI. 5/15, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Chicago composer Olivia Block performing Untitled for piano and electronics, and Stupid Afternoon, a new piece for chamber ensemble with Tiffany Lin, Paul Taub, Jesse Canterbury, Tari Nelson-Zagar, Sarah Bass, Lori Goldston, and Julia Tai.
FRI. 5/22, 8 PM – WA Composers Forum presents Michael Nicolella, guitar
SAT. 5/23, 7 & 8:30 PM – Nonsequitur presents Deep Listening Band with Stuart Dempster, David Gamper, and Pauline Oliveros (reservations strongly suggested – email firstname.lastname@example.org and specify which show and how many in your party)
SAT. 5/30 – Oana Rusu-Tomai (piano) with Julie Cho (cello), Natalie Lerch (soprano), and Victoria Parker (violin) – music of Gabriela Lena Frank and Argentinian composers Piazzolla, Guastavino, Buchardo, and Cassadó
WED. 6/3, 7:30 – Subtext Reading Series
FRI. 6/5 – Simon Wickham-Smith and Santiago La Torre, electro-acoustic music
SAT. 6/6, 2 PM – Keith Eisenbrey, piano
SAT. 6/6, 8 PM – Pran – Greg Powers & Stuart Dempster play Dhrupad music on trombone and dijeridu
THU. 6/11, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Harold Budd, celebrating new book of poems and duos with bassist Keith Lowe
FRI. 6/12 – Gregory Campbell, percussion
SAT. 6/13 – Wally Shoup, alto saxophone
FRI. 6/19 – Briana Jones, butoh performance
SAT. 6/20 – Affinity, contemporary chamber ensemble
THU. 6/25 – Nonsequitur presents Novi_Sad, electro-acoustic composer from Greece
FRI. 6/26 – Clifford Dunn, flute
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From Time Out Chicago:
A fearless physicality marks any set from OFFONOFF. The aggressive improvisational combo brings together three of Europe’s most heroic, genre-defying musicians. Norwegian drummer and regular Hideout guest Paal Nilssen-Love a steady collaborator of avant-garde heavyweights such as Peter Brötzmann and Mats Gustafsson propels the aggressive group, his blinding stickwork an angular counterpoint to the blurry, pounding bass figures from Massimo Pupillo of Italian jazz-overdrive outfit ZU.
From DC’s Sonic Circuits:
Tuesday May 26
Doors 730pm Music 8pm SHARP
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front
Jack Wright and Bob Marsh have been playing together since they met in Detroit in 1986, their duo transforming over time as their music has developed. This despite moving far apart; Bob now lives in the Bay area of California and Jack is in Easton Pa, so their meetings are infrequent but always their friendship is renewed and quite evident through the playing. In 2002 they toured the West Coast and released the recordings released on Public Eyesore records as Birds in the Hand. They have toured on the East and West Coast and the Midwest, most recently connecting in the Bay Area. Their music has shifted from a huge web of notes and fast-shifting directions on conventional instruments to sound and space, with Bob playing electronics and distorted voice….yet still they are indelibly the same duo.