June in Buffalo

June in Buffalo gives you a reason to head to Buffalo NY this week.

Presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers, will take place from May 31- June 6, 2010 at the University at Buffalo. June in Buffalo offers an intensive schedule of seminars, lectures, workshops, professional presentations, participant forums and open rehearsals as well as afternoon and evening concerts open to the general public and critics. Each of the invited composers will have one of his/her pieces performed during the festival. Evening performances feature faculty composers, resident ensembles and soloists renowned internationally as interpreters of contemporary music..

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All About Jazz Reviews

From AllAboutJazz.com:

Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections
Emerald Hills (Rogueart Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Bushman’s Revenge
Jitterbug (Rune Grammofon)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Keefe Jackson
Keefe Jackson and Aram Shelton: Seeing You See and Two Cities
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Contact: Dave Liebman / John Abercrombie / Marc Copland / Drew Gress / Billy Hart
Five on One (Pirouet Records)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Metropole Orkest / John Scofield / Vince Mendoza
Metropole Orkest / John Scofield / Vince Mendoza: 54 (EmArcy)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Ernesto Diaz-Infante / Manuel Mota / Gino Robair / Ernesto Rodrigues
Our Faceless Empire (Pax Recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

David S. Ware
David S. Ware and Joe Rigby: Loft Jazz Soloists
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Cosa Brava
Ragged Atlas (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

Paul Motian / Chris Potter / Jason Moran
Lost In A Dream (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Martin Gladu

Willisau (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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Umbrella Music Through June 13

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 2 June 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Leimgruber/Hug/Lonberg-Holm/Demierre/Mallozzi
Urs Leimgruber – reeds
Charlotte Hug – viola
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jacques Demierre – piano
Lou Mallozzi – turntables
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Jason Stein spins Reed My Lips

Thursday, 3 June 2010
10:00PM | Leimgruber/Demierre/Hug Solos
Urs Leimgruber – solo reeds
Jacques Demierre – solo piano
Charlotte Hug – solo violin

Sunday, 6 June 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Jeb Bishop Trio
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Wednesday, 9 June 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Lonberg-Holm/Nilssen-Love/Rempis
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
Dave Rempis – saxophones
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : PNL spins Gluttony

Thursday, 10 June 2010
10:00PM | Rempis/Rosaly Duo
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Kyle Bruckmann’s WRACK
Kyle Bruckmann – oboe, english horn
Jen Clare Paulson – viola
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Anton Hatwich – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Sunday, 13 June 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | WRACK
Kyle Bruckman – oboe
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jen Clare Paulson – viola
Anton Hatwich – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Coming to RUCMA

From NY’s RUCMA series :

This Week
May 31: Evolving Voice & Music’s 2d Annual Tribute to John Coltrane‘s Interstellar Space!
Four Sax & Drums Duos!

7PM – Satoshi Takeishi & Michael Attias
Michael Attias – Sax
Satoshi Takeishi – Drums


9PM – Michael T.A. Thompson & Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake – Sax
Michael T.A. Thompson – Drums

10PM – Gerald Cleaver & Charles Gayle
Charles Gayle – Sax
Gerald Cleaver – Drums

Coming Up:

Next Week

June 7

7PM – Objects in Mirror
Andrea Wolper – Vocals
Adam Caine – Guitar
Fung Chern Hwei – Violin
Ken Yamazaki – Percussion

8PM – Jeremy Carstedt / Brian Settles Duo
Jeremy Carlstedt – Drums
Brian Settles – Sax

9PM – Stephen Gauci’s Basso Continuo
Stephen Gauci – Sax
Nate Wooley – Trumpet
Michael Bisio – Bass
Ken Filiano – Bass

10PM – Juju Seahorse
Hill Greene – Bass
Kris Davis – Piano
Joachim Badenhorst – Bass
Michael Wimberly – Drums
Paul Harding – Spoken Music

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010
Jesse Stacken – Magnolia (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2010) ***½
John Hébert Trio – Spiritual Lovers (Clean Feed, 2010) ***½
Bernardo Sassetti Trio – Motion (Clean Feed, 2010) ***½
Sophia Domancich & Raphaël Marc – Lilienmund (Sans Bruit, 2010) ***½
Carolyn Hume & Paul May – Come To Nothing (Leo Records, 2010) ****
Aki Takase – A Week Went By (PSI, 2010) ****

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010
Angles – Epileptical West/Live In Coimbra (Clean Feed, 2010) *****
Originalljudet (Kalligrammofon, 2010) ****

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Alio Die & Martina Galvagni, Eleusian Lullaby (Projekt)
The weightless drift of ambient music has always been a natural setting for an ethereal, wordless vocalist. Make that ”female vocalist”. For ambient is somehow a most feminine genre. Two highly accomplished efforts from the recent past immediately spring to mind – Jeff Greinke & Anisa Romero,…

Yan Jun, Wormhole Trip (Kwan Yin)
Knowing who Yan Jun is is essential to knowing the contemporary avantgarde in China. Starting his career in 1998, his leadership credentials are impeccable – curatoring festivals, art shows, and his own record label (named after the Buddhist embodiment of eternal compassion and mercy) – while his…

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New Releases on Utech

From Utech Records:

Title: Emanations of a New World
Vivian Wang and Leslie Low, both of The Observatory, recount childhood memories of mythological fantasy theme park called Haw Par Villa. First called Tiger Balm Garden, the odd but colorful attraction contained a strange mix of characters and familiar tales from Chinese mythology and folklore, mixed in with earthy depictions of modern life and the Chinese concept of hell. The mutual love and dread of the park is told over eight recordings. Voice, guitar, percussion and other traditional instrumentation weave a cloth of surreal bliss, eeriness and horror.

Artist: RM74
Title: Reflex
Reflex is the fifth solo album by Switzerland’s Reto Mäder (Ural Umbo, Sum of R, Pendulum Nisum) as RM74. A creepy, paranoid record of sinister melody and complex structure. Electronics, organ, synthesizer, guitars and other instrumentation drifts in and out of bizarre atmospherics. The tracks gain emotional resonance as they move among vexing swells of dense, rotting psychedelia. Presented in a heavy matte sleeve printed with dark metallic ink. Includes fold out insert. Photograph by Phillip Nesmith.

Artist: M. Bassett/J. Gräf
Title: Peradam
In Rene Daumal’s Mount Analogue, a peradam is described as a clear and extremely hard stone, a true crystal. It is so transparent that it is nearly impossible to see. To discover a peradam was always the result of an inner act. At said moment in time, the stone’s brilliance might catch the eye of one who seeks the truth. Most peradams were found on the rough and dangerous trails up the mountain. Peradam is the result of Marcia Bassett (Zaimph, Hototogisu) and Jenny Gräf (Harrius, Metalux) collaborating to map the arrival of their music. The three recordings on display reveal grainy, melodic vocal expressions combined with ritualistic, slow-burning noise and both women’s belief in mysterious creativity. Photograph by Masahiro Miyasaka.

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Signal, a New-Music Orchestra, Plays at Merkin Concert Hall

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From Music Review – Signal, a New-Music Orchestra, Plays at Merkin Concert Hall:

After its debut at the Bang on a Can marathon in 2008, Signal, the new-music orchestra conducted by Brad Lubman, built its reputation mainly with the music of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. But this year Mr. Lubman has been expanding the ensemble’s diet. Last month the group devoted a concert to the idiosyncratic music of Helmut Lachenmann. And at Merkin Concert Hall on Thursday evening Mr. Lubman led Harrison Birtwistle’s “Corridor,” a musically and psychologically thorny piece that focuses on one particularly fraught moment in the Orpheus legend, and a new work by Nico Muhly.

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