Touching Extremes Reviews

From Touching Extremes:

ZACHARY JAMES WATKINS – Suite For String Quartet
JOE FRAWLEY – A Book Of Dreams
ROBERT CROUCH – An Occupied Space
MINAMO – Durée
RLW – Herzblutanteil (IKK IV)
ELEKTRONAVN – Quantum Vacuum

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Trombonist Ray Anderson is interviewed.

The Thing plays Melbourne Wednesday evening.

Noa Guy’s Drops of Consciousness is on Roulette TV.

Frances-Marie Uitti, world renowned two-bow cellist and avant-garde composer, will perform solo works and play improvised duets with guitarist Ayman Fanous, at ST. MARY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH on FEBRUARY 15, 2011. Featured will be works of Scelsi and Sciarrino.

Barbiero / Rouzer / Videll have released a free download of an experimental improv EP titled Indigo Over Red on Grey.

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Witold Lutoslawski Works at Focus! Festival


The Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, who died in 1994, used aleatoric procedures to vivid effect in his one-movement Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1970). The work received a terrific performance by Jay Campbell and the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, at Alice Tully Hall on Friday evening.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Alan Pasqua
Cover of Alan Pasqua

From All About Jazz:

Frank Gratkowski / Jacob Anderskov
Ardent Grass (Red Toucan Records)

Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / Derek Oles / Alan Pasqua
Standards 2, Movie Music (Fuzzy Music)

i know you (482 Music)

Live In Copenhagen (Jvtlandt Records)

Bryan and the Haggards
Pretend It’s The End of the World (Hot Cup Records)

Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

Hans Koller with Bill Frisell
Cry, want (Psi)

Gerald Cleaver / Uncle June
Be It As I See It (Fresh Sound New Talent)

Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell: Live Download Series #1-13 (Songline/Tonefield)

Roscoe Mitchell and The Note Factory
Far Side (ECM Records)

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Umbrella Music Through February 13

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 2 February 2011
The Hideout
10:00PM | Parker/Adasiewicz
Jeff Parker – guitar
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
11:00PM | Jeff Kimmel Quartet
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Devin Hoff – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Joshua Abrams Spins The New Groundhog’s Day Classics

Thursday, 3 February 2011
10:00PM | Beatty/Poretti
Josh Beatty – saxophones
Anthony Poretti – drums
11:00PM | Branch/Bishop/Shelton/Jackson/Stein
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Aram Shelton – reeds
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Jason Stein – bass clarinet

Sunday, 6 February 2011
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Aram Shelton Quartet
Aram Shelton – reeds
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan -drums
two sets

Wednesday, 9 February 2011
The Hideout
10:00PM | Fast Citizens
Josh Berman – cornet
Aram Shelton – reeds
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Steve Marquette Spins Ladies’ Night

Thursday, 10 February 2011
10:00PM | Zarzutzki/Mazzarella/Kimmel
Aaron Zarzutzki – electronics
Nick Mazzarella – saxophone
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
11:00PM | Breakway
Paul Giallorenzo – electonics
Brian Labycz – electronics
Marc Riordan – drums

Sunday, 13 February 2011
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Dual Precipice
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Steve Hunt – drums
two sets

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suddenlyLISTEN Events

Gerry Hemingway, moers festival 2007
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From Halifax’s suddenlyLISTEN:

Having Wandered This Far
8pm, February 1 and 2, 2011
The Presbyterian Church of Saint David
1544 Grafton Street (at Blowers)
Gerry Hemingway – percussion
Tim Crofts – piano
Norman Adams – cello
Lukas Pearse – contrabass

Gerry Hemingway is one of the significant creative musicians of the past 30 years. He has played as a soloist and collaborated with all of the best musicians, most significantly Anthony Braxton, and with other groups that have played together for years. He tours and plays constantly, a wide range of music from modern jazz to more classical type compositions. He is sooo heavy! The Crofts/Adams/Pearse trio has played together for 4 years, and realeased one CD Sonomatopia. This concert will be recorded for a second release. – Norman Adams

Ocean’s Deep
8pm, May 20, 2010
Saint Matthews United Church
1479 Barrington Street
EHRES featuring Pauline Oliveros
Pauline Oliveros – accordion/electronics
Ione – words/processing
Norman Adams – cello/processing
John DS Adams – electronics

Pauline first came here in 2004 and EHRES was born. Since then we’ve played shows in Ontario, New York and worked together in Banff. She is one of my most influential teachers, and the teacher of many others, through her Deep Listening practice. She is a senior American artist – at the source when electronic music was invented, a revolutionary woman. Our concerts create an immersive environment when sounds travel around the room through 8 speakers, little words pop up unexpectantly, it’s an amazing experience to be in the middle of! – Norman Adams

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Hamid Drake
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The Ethel String Quartet will perform at Herkimer County Community College in March.

Assemblage artist George Herms will perform at LA’s REDCAT next week.

Henry Kaiser is interviewed.

Chicago’s Jazz Showcase will feature a Fred Anderson Birthday Celebration, Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Featuring Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Tatsu Aoki, Jim Baker, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake, and Chad Taylor.

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Upcoming New York Shows

From the Vision Festival folks:

Mondays at the Local 269

269 E Houston St, New York (corner of Suffolk St)
Regular = $10 per set / $15 for 2 sets / $20 all night
Students/Seniors = $7 per set / $12 for 2 / $17 all night

January 31
All About the Muse

· 7pm Vocal Improv Session #8

“Levine is a scatting, swinging Jazz singer” – Cadence
Dori Levine (voice) / Rosie Hertlein (voice) / Simon Jermyn (bass gtr)

· 8pm Rosi Hertlein
“destined for great things” – Richard Cook & Brian Morton
Rosie Hertlein (voice)

· 9pm Mike Prides’s From Bacteria To Boys
“a successful balance of the tuneful and the abstract” – Jazztimes
Mike Pride (drums) / Darius Jones (alto sax)
Alexis Marcello (keyboard) / Peter Bitenc (bass)

· 10pm Harvey Valdes & Damion Reid
“Damion Reid’s drumming – melding the frenetic flurries of India
percussion to an Art Blakey-like time keeping. “
Harvey Valdes (guitar) / Damion Reid (drums)

February 7

· 7pm Darius Jones Trio
“unique, alternative, and soulful” – AAJ
Darius Jones (sax & composition)
Adam Lane (bass) / Jason Nazary (drums)

· 8pm Staley / Kitamura / Wooley
“redefining the sound of the trumpet” – Dowtown Music Gallery
Jim Staley (trombone) / Kyoko Kitamurra (vocals)
Nate Wooley (trumpet)

· 9pm Macroscopia
“instruments-as-chemicals interact with one another ” – AAJ
Ken Silverman (guitar) / Daniel Carter (trumpet)
Tom Zlabinger (bass) / Claire DeBrunner (bassoon)

· 10pm Federico Ughi & Darius Jones
“Ughi is characteristically splendid” – Cadence
Darius Jones (sax), Frederico Ughi (drums)

February 14

Love at First Note

· 7pm Golda Solomon & Language of Swans
“masterful swordplay” – Times Union
Golda Solomon (poetry) / Christopher Dean Sullivan (bass artisan)
Michael TA Thompson (soundrhtythium) / Joe Giardullo (reeds)

· 8pm Katie Bull Group Project
“a dazzling voyage” – Jazz Times
Katie Bull (vocals) / Landon Knoblock (piano) / Joe Fonda (bass)
George Schuller (drums) / Jeff Lederer (reeds) + Chocolates

· 9pm Music for Lovers and Dreamers

“a full-bodied, attractive sound” – AAJ
Lorenzo Sanguedolce (tenor sax)
Sofie Sorman (voice) / Ratzo Harris (bass)

· 10pm Twisted Standard Trio
“making every note count” – Downtown Music Gallery
Judith Insell (viola) / Tomas Ulrich (cello)
Reut Regev (trombone & flugabone)

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Coming to REDCAT


Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:30pm

Polish-French composer and electric bass player Kasper Toeplitz teams with dancer and choreographer Myriam Gourfink to create an evening of movement and sound. The movement is based on internal visualizations and the sound moves between pitch, noise, oscillations and stillness. Toeplitz has collaborated with Zbigniew Karkowski, Dror Feiler, Art Zoyd, Éliane Radigue, Phill Niblock and Ulrich Krieger.

631 West Second Street
Downtown Los Angeles 90012
In the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex

Monday, February 7, 2011 8:30pm

Bassist Mark Dresser, “hyperpianist” Denman Maroney and flautist Matthias Ziegler form the Mark Dresser Trio. The trio uses unconventional amplification and extended techniques to explore sonic possibilities. Mark Dresser’s most notable collaborators have been Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton and John Zorn. In The New Yorker, Dresser’s musical style was referred to as “slanted…the jazz tradition is only so much grist for the mill.”

631 West Second Street
Downtown Los Angeles 90012
In the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex

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