Archive for September, 2009


From New York’s Roulette:

Coherence without predictability, speed without tempo, direction without a roadmap – an unlikely foray into the world of out-jazz and free improvisation. On Saturday, October 3rd at Roulette, Hamilton and Eisenbeil will be joined in one set by their special guest, the great percussionist William Hooker.

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Kent Kessler, Jeb Bishop
Image by cattoo via Flickr

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 30 September 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Frank Rosaly‘s Milkwork
Frank Rosaly – solo drums
Record Release Concert For Self-Titled Debut on Contraphonic/Molk
11:00PM | Oxbow
Frank Rosaly – drums
James Falzone – Bb clarinet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax, contrabass clarinet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Jason Roebke – bass
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Joshua Abrams spins Music For Feh Thu Les Byp Eds, Part II

Thursday, 1 October 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Stein/Kessler
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Kent Kessler – bass
11:00PM | Baker/Kimmel/Labycz
Jim Baker – piano, electronics
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Brian Labycz – electronics
$7 suggested donation

Sunday, 4 October 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Mackay/Boye/Golombisky/Rumback
Bill Mackay – guitar
Ben Boye – keys
Matthew Golombisky – bass
Charles Rumback – drums
11:00PM | Stein/Baker/Abrams
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jim Baker – piano, electronics
Josh Abrams – bass

Wednesday, 7 October 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Gjerstad/Lonberg-Holm/Zerang
Frode Gjerstad – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Michael Zerang – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Quin Kirchner spins Drums I Like

Thursday, 8 October 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Frode Gjerstad Group
Frode Gjerstad – reeds
Josh Berman – cornet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jim Baker – piano
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jason Roebke – bass
Charles Rumback – drums
two sets

Sunday, 11 October 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Dikeman/Bishop/Roebke/Reed
John Dikeman – tenor saxophone
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Reed – drums
two sets

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Next week features an avant concert in St. Louis:

The performance will begin with Music of Changes Book IV: New York, December 13, a piece for solo piano by experimental composer John Cage (1912 -1992). Written in 1951, Music of Changes was Cage’s second fully indeterminate work, with compositional decisions made in consultation with the I Ching, the classic Chinese text. Performer will be Peter Henderson, assistant professor of music at Maryville University.

Next on the program will be The Oracle, a new improvisatory work based on a mobile hanging from the ceiling of the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall. Performers will be guitarist William Lenihan, director of jazz performance; percussionist Henry Claude, teacher of applied music; and cellist Tracy Andreotti. In addition, the performance will feature three dancers: Mary-Jean Cowell, associate professor and coordinator of the Dance Program; David Marchant, senior lecturer in dance; and post-doctoral fellow Ting Ting Chang.

Following intermission, the program will conclude with In C, a classic 1964 work by Terry Riley (b. 1935). Often credited with launching the minimalist movement, In C consists of 53 short, simple musical phrases — lasting from one-half to 32 beats — each of which can be repeated an arbitrary number of times by any combination of musicians.

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From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Saturday, October 3, 8pm
STEVE LEHMAN TRIO
Steve Lehman, alto saxophone; Matt Brewer, bass; and Damion Reid, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Named a Rising Star on the alto saxophone by the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll, Steve Lehman’s work resides on the frontiers of contemporary music. He has been recognized as one of today’s truly original creative voices by The Wire, The New York Times, National Public Radio and The BBC. A former student of both Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton, he has performed and recorded throughout the world with his own ensembles, and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Oliver Lake, and High Priest of Anti-Pop Consortium. For his only Philadelphia appearance in 2009, Lehman will present a set of his cutting-edge trio music, including selected compositions from his critically acclaimed Pi Recordings octet record, “Travail, Transformation & Flow”, meticulously re-arranged for the acoustic trio format.

Saturday, October 10, 8pm
CUONG VU TRIO
Cuong Vu, trumpet; Stomu Takeishi, bass; and Ted Poor, drums

+ PLANET-Y
Yanni Papadopoulos, dg-20 Casio digital guitar; and Charles Cohen, Buchla
Music Easel

Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$10 General Admission

Vietnamese trumpeter Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, SunnO))) and Cibo Matto. Since 1994, Cuong has been actively leading various groups, most notably his trio with Stomu Takeishi (Don Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Paul Motian) and Ted Poor (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jerseyband, Aaron Parks), which has toured extensively throughout the world. His most recent recordings as a leader include “It’s Mostly Residual” featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and “Vu-Tet” featuring Chris Speed. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory on the trumpet while blurring all stylistic borders. This evening will also feature a rare appearance from Planet-Y – Buchla Music Easel master Charles Cohen and Stinking Lizaveta’s Yanni Papadopoulos, best described as “Subotnick meets Sun Ra meets Schnitzler.”

Tuesday, October 13, 8pm
THIRD MAN TRIO
Han Bennink, drums; Michael Moore, reeds; and Will Holshouser, accordion

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 100
$12 General Admission

Since the demise of the legendary and critically-acclaimed Trio Clusone – featuring Han Bennink, Michael Moore and Ernst Reijseger – in 1998, the jazz community has been anxiously awaiting a vehicle for composer Moore and the raucous Bennink to carry on with their peculiar melodic, harmonic and rambunctious work. Following a near decade-long search, Bennink and Moore,
both members of Misha Mengelberg’s Instant Composers Pool, found the ideal “third man” in Brooklyn-based accordionist Will Holshouser. Holshouser, a student of Anthony Braxton, has collaborated with Antony and the Johnsons, David Krakauer & Klezmer Madness, Maria Schneider and Regina Carter.

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Sonomu Reviews

Posted: September 30, 2009 by Mike in Reviews

From Sonomu:

Killa Sista, From Far East (Killa Sista Far East Records)
You´d think that if you´ve loved and lived with the music for so long as a fan, you´d have heard of one from Jamaica before. But Killa Sista is the first all-female live dub band to come to my attention, and they are based in Tokyo. No less an authority than On-U producer Adrian Sherwood… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:13, 26 Sep 2009

Tarkatak, Mormor (Genesungswerk)
Tarkatak is Lutz Pruditsch, a German electronic experimentalist whose latest full-length album Mormor explores “melodies celebrat[ing] their own birth and decay”. The cover art features time-worm family portraits, including one of his own grandmother, and the music is resplendent with a sense of… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:38, 26 Sep 2009

Bionulor, Bionulor (CDR Etalabel)
Around the edge of this disc runs the scaly body of the Ouroboros, the classic symbol of the snake biting its own tail, which has commonly been interpreted down through the ages as standing for renewal. Of life and the stuff of which it is made. As Bionulor, Sebastian Banaszczyk claims to be… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:50, 25 Sep 2009

AMN Picks of the Week

Posted: September 29, 2009 by Mike in General

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.

Henry Cow – Later and Post-Virgin: 40th Anniversary Box Set, Vol. 7 (1977)
Hardedge / Graham Haynes – Is it that Dark? (2008)
Hardedge / Graham Haynes – Burned to the Water’s Edge (2009)
Sunn0))) – Monoliths and Dimensions (2009)
Phil Ranelin / Tribe Renaissance – Live Reminiscence (2005)
Dennis Gonzalez / Boston Project – No Photograph Available (2006)
Carlos D. Perales – Acousmotion (2009)
Gordon Grdina, / East Van Strings – The Breathing of Statues (2009)

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These three indie / avant groups will be playing Syracuse at Metropolis Underground this weekend. That’s about all we know.