Upcoming Detroit Shows


From the Bohemian in Exile:

Monday, June 11: Joe McPhee and the Thing at Tangent Gallery
Joe McPhee’s 1970 record “Nation Time” was a landmark release of soul-infused Free Jazz. An emblem of liberations movements here and abroad during the 60s and 70s, the album is a tribute to poet Amiri Baraka. McPhee’s records from the period like “Underground Railroad” and “Trinity” draw inspiration from the same struggles.

In 1974, the now legendary Hat Hut records was started by a Swiss entrepreneur named Werner Uehlinger, specifically to provide an outlet for McPhee’s recordings. There was a steady stream of releases into the 80s, with Hat Hut expanding to include other seminal artists on its roster. But McPhee was much better known in Europe than back home in the US. That started to change in the 90s, as he was featured in more and more recordings and performances with “marquee names” like Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark and composer Pauline Oliveros, who became an influence on his theoretical thinking. In recent years, he is most often seen appearing with his group Trio X.

The Thing is one of the heaviest improvising groups to come out of the Nordic countries. The majority of the material comes from a mixture of unlikely sources like covers of Lightning Bolt and The White Stripes, alongside more genre-related artists like Ornette Coleman, Frank Lowe and James Blood Ulmer. They’re touring with Joe McPhee as a quartet which also includes Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten.

Doors at 7:30 pm; $10 suggested donation
Tangent Gallery/Hasting St. Ballroom is locate at 715 E. Milwaukee
in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Secure parking available.

7/7 Chris Forsyth
7/29 Mike Tamburo
8/17 Thollem McDonas

in Sept: Sonny Simmons

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Paul Dunmall Profiled


From Perfect Sound Forever:

British free jazz achieved its own distinctive voice since its beginnings: the first generation started with the non-idiomatic improvisation of Derek Bailey and “insect music” performed by John Stevens and his Spontaneous Music Ensemble during the sixties. A second generation arrived later, around mid-seventies, with Bead Records and other musicians more interested in the subtleness of restricted/improvised sound, making it thirty years before the successful scene of reductionism. But Paul Dunmall‘s music has nothing to do with restriction and reduction. His playing inherits in some manner of Evan Parker‘s legacy- just to mention Britian’s most famous free tenor sax player– but John Coltrane‘s legacy is an obvious and positive shade in his playing at the same time, along with less evident phrasing techniques that resemble some great masters like Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker, all references that Dunmall accept in open way.

June Events at An die Musik LIVE


June highlights from Baltimore’s An die Musik LIVE:

1- Friday, 8 & 9:30 pm
MARIA NECKAM QUARTET
Maria Neckam, voice & composition
Fabian Almazan, piano
Desmond White, bass
Colin Stranahan, drums

2 – Saturday, 2 pm
THE MISTO DI VOCI ENSEMBLE
The Misto di Voci Ensemble comprised of violin, clarinet and piano, has been thrilling audiences in the Mid Atlantic region with their exciting performances. Translated as “mixed voices” from Italian, Misto di Voci describes the complimentary timbres of the ensemble.
Program:
Lake Samish (1988) – Hovhaness (1911-2000)
L’Histoire du Soldat (1918) – Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Suite for Trio – Arutiunian (b. 1920)
Tickets: $12/$5 students

2 – Saturday, 8 & 9:30 pm
TED BROWN’S FREEWHEELING SEXTET
Ted Brown – tenor saxophone
Brad Linde – tenor saxophone
Sarah Hughes – alto saxophone*
Dan Roberts – piano
Michael Kramer – guitar*
Gavin Fallow – bass
Dave McDonald – drums
The sextet will be playing music by Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Ted Brown, and Lester Young. Tickets: $15/$10 students

8 – Friday 8 & 9:30 pm
THE SAMUEL KING QUINTET
Samuel King, alto sax
Jeron White, bass
Justin Taylor, piano
Johnny Jones, drums
(special guest) on trumpet
Sam King is a writer, musician, and jazz enthusiast from Baltimore, who is an alumni of the Baltimore School for the Arts and finally returned back to Baltimore to graduate from the Cab Calloway Music Program at Frederick Douglas High School. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Howard University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, under the direction of Fred Irby, and has performed with several musical legends.
$10 admission

9 – Saturday, 3 pm
A PIANIST’S GUIDE TO IMROVISATION (WORKSHOP)
Led by Robert Hitz
Open to beginners and accomplished players of any instrument. Bring your instrument and an open mind. Admission: $12/$10 students

9 – Saturday, 8 & 9:30 pm
MALIKA ZARRA ENSEMBLE
Moroccan singer/composer/producer, MALIKA ZARRA is a multi-cultural shape-shifter, an enchantress who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions, uniting them while utilizing each to further enrich the others. The exotically beautiful artist with the velvety, sinuous mezzo-soprano voice has demonstrated a rare ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French and English now a much-in-demand headliner at concert halls and festivals the world over.

10 – Sunday 5 pm
ARMONIA CELESTE ENSEMBLE
“Udite Amanti-Beware Lovers”: Music from the 17th Century Barberini Courts
The ensemble Armonia Celeste (Italian for “heavenly harmony”) brings the music of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras vividly to life for audiences across America.
With three distinct and beautiful female voices singing in close harmony accompanied by plucked-string period instruments, the musicians of Armonia Celeste infuse their historically informed performances with unforgettable passion and joy.
Tickets: $15/$10 students

14 – Thursday, 8 pm
MARYLAND EXPERIMENTAL, ELECTRONIC, ELECTROACOUSTIC (M3E)
Fundraising concert for An Die Musik Live!
Mike Sebastian
T. A. Zook
Doug Kallmeyer
Jerry Busher
Daniel Barbiero
Steven Campbell Hilmy
Basha Teez
Pat Gillis

23 – Saturday, 8 & 9:30 pm
SYLVIE COURVOISIER & MARK FELDMAN
Performing the music of John Zorn, Masada Book II (Book of Angels), from their CDs “Masada Recital” + “Malphas” plus some of their own compositions from their new CD “OBLIVIA” on Tzadik Records.
Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier are two of the most spectacular composer-performers working today. Virtuosos on their respective instruments and sensitive, telepathic improvisers, their quest for perfection results in breathtaking new music that seamlessly blends classical composition with the exciting edge of improvisation.
Working closely as a duo since the mid 1990s, their interplay is now at a creative peak in this, their latest and most beautiful recording. Featuring original material by the both of them, Oblivia redefines the format of violin-piano recitals. The future of classical music is here!

29 – Friday, 8 & 9:30 pm
SUNNA GUNNLAUGSTRIO
Sunna Gunnlaugs, piano
Þorgrímur Jónsson, bass
Scott McLemore, drum
“Long Pair Bond” the new trio album by Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs, marks her move home after spending over a decade in Brooklyn playing mostly in quartets with saxophonists like Tony Malaby, Loren Stillman or Ohad Talmor. Born in Iceland 1970, Sunna Gunnlaugs came to the United States to study jazz at William Paterson College in New Jersey in 1993 and upon graduation moved to Brooklyn, NY where she became a facet of the original jazz scene. She has previously released six CDs and has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Cafe OTO in June


From London’s Cafe OTO:

ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENA // NEW LANGUAGE MEDIUMS
THURS 31 MAY ’12 • 8PM • £5 advance / £7 on the door

Performance event showcasing 4 innovative commissions in voice, glitch and noise as part of an exploration of a new poetic. featuring Anat Ben David, Steven Fowler and Ben Morris, Ross Sutherland, and Nathan Jones…..

JULIA HOLTER + CHRIS VOTEK + COREY FOGEL
FRI 1 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • SOLD OUT

NB: This concert is SOLD OUT. There will be no tickets available on the door.

Field Day and Eat Your Own Ears present an intimate concert at Cafe OTO for Julia Holter ahead of her appearance at Field Day the following day. Julia’s second album, Ekstasis, is a collection of songs written across the span of three years in Los Angeles, California and stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful…..MORE>

OTO BAR • SAT 2 JUN ’12 • FREE ENTRY

Come on in and enjoy an OTO Ale or something else from the bar. We stock organic juices, Devon cider, wines, Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky plus beers from Pitfield, and The Kernel’s Porter, Pale Ale and IPA.

THE LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
SUN 3 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £6 / £4 concs

Regular meeting of The London Improvisers Orchestra. The LIO draws on London’s rich pool of improvising musicians and is part of a long and varied heritage that stretches back to the free-jazz big bands of Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook, the intuitive ensembles of John Stevens and purely improvising groups such as the Continuous Music Ensemble….MORE>

OTO BAR • MON 4 JUN ’12 • FREE ENTRY

Come on in and enjoy an OTO Ale or something else from the bar. We stock organic juices, Devon cider, wines, Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky plus beers from Pitfield, and The Kernel’s Porter, Pale Ale and IPA.

STEVE NOBLE / ALEX WARD / OREN MARSHALL
TUES 5 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 advance / £7 on the door

Different solo/duo and then trio configurations with Steve Noble super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed drumming, Alex Ward’s heady leaps of logic and frenzied bacchic ritual on Clarinet and the ever inventive Oren Marshall on Tuba….MORE>

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BLACK TOP #3 // ORPHY ROBINSON, PAT THOMAS WITH SPECIAL GUEST: CLEVELAND WATKISS
WED 6 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

The ad hoc ‘Black Top’ series is dedicated to exploring the intersection of live instruments and technology such as the looping and sampling used in dub, reggae and other worldly noises. The Black Top project will use improvisation to explore these black influences but not necessarily from an African American perspective. This is the third show in the new series and will feature special guest Cleveland Watkiss, the “Sonny Rollins of the human voice” (Time Out) alongside series founders Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson……

OTO BAR + DJ: Howard Williams (Ethbo/Honest Jons) + Ichikawa Hibiki (live)
THURS 7 JUN ’12 • 7PM (ish) • FREE ENTRY

Free evening of Japanese music with Ethbo label boss Howard Williams digging deep into his collection of Japanese psych, folk, weird pop and traditional music. The night will also have two live music interludes with Tsugaru shamisen player Ichikawa Hibiki. A nice excuse to sample our selection of Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky, too!

OTO BAR • FRI 8 JUN ’12 • FREE ENTRY

Come on in and enjoy an OTO Ale or something else from the bar. We stock organic juices, Devon cider, wines, Japanese snacks, Sake, Shochu, Plum Wine, and Japanese Whisky plus beers from Pitfield, and The Kernel’s Porter, Pale Ale and IPA.

IDEOLOGIC ORGAN #2 // PHURPA + COLIN POTTER + SLOMO
SAT 9 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £12 adv / £14 on the door

For the first event in Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ series at Cafe OTO Elodie played the quietest set we’ve ever hosted as the snow fell outside and Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney took us on a trip through the resonant possibilities of ancient harmony. Properly magical!

The second concert in the series promises something very special, too. This time we’re bringing over Phurpa from Russia to present their own slowed-down, extra-heavy take on the rgyud-skad tradition of Tantric overtone chanting alongside a rare solo performance by Colin Potter of Nurse with Wound and the bass heavy organ pedal/synth/guitar drone of Slomo (Chris McGrail / Howard Marsden)……MORE>

MARTIN KÜCHEN / STEVE BERESFORD / STÅLE LIAVIK SOLBERG

SUN 10 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Scandanavian Sax/Drums pairing of Martin Küchen and Ståle Liavik Solberg with the renegade multi-instrumentalist-master-improvisor Steve Beresford……MORE>

JENNIFER ALLUM, MARJOLAINE CHARBIN, UTE KANNGIESSER, EDDIE PREVOST

MON 11 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

In April 2011 Eddie Prévost and Jennifer Allum released Penumbrae on Matchless Recordings. Penumbrae ‘interrogates, employs and deploys a common system – the bow and its range of purchase’. Eddie Prévost is the percussionist who co-founded the seminal improvising music ensemble AMM in the 1960s. Jennifer Allum is a London-based violinist who focusses almost exclusively on improvised and experimental music. For this concert they will come together as part of a quartet with cellist Ute Kanngiesser and French pianist Marjolaine Charbin……MORE>

THE WIRE SALON: NO REGRETS: THE ENIGMA OF SCOTT WALKER

TUES 12 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £4 on the door only

A talk and panel discussion based on No Regrets: Writings On Scott Walker, a new collection of essays on the music, life and cultural importance of one of the most mercurial and enigmatic figures in contemporary music…..MORE>

ANNE JAMES CHATON & ANDY MOOR + JACKDAW WITH CROWBAR
WED 13 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Invigorating sounclash between Chaton’s poetry fragments and destinctive, deadpan delivery and depth charge electronics and Andy Moor’s radical guitar work. Their duo set will be followed by Jackdaw with Crowbar – the long running multi-media ensemble from Leamington Spa combining film projections with a scratchy punk jazz stomp……MORE>

DUANE PITRE PRESENTS ‘FEEL FREE’ + THESE FEATHERS HAVE PLUMES

THURS 14 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

An evening of infinitely variable harmonic and melodic recombination with American composer Duane Pitre presenting a sextet performance of ‘Feel Free’ with players drawn from London’s vibrant free improvisation community and fellow composer/performers James Blackshaw, Oliver Barrett and Jesse Sparhawk. The evening will open with a set from These Feathers Have Plumes who forges resonating strings and glass and into a soundscape of exacting stillness……MORE>

SHOEB AHMAD + LEVERTON FOX + FLIGHTS OF HELIOS

SAT 16 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door

Mystery Plays Records presents the debut UK performance from Australian electronics and guitar pop experimentalist Shoeb Ahmad to celebrate the launch of his new album “Watch/Illuminate”. Ably supported by electronic-jazz-improv trio Leverton Fox who also launch their new album “The Human Arm”, plus space rock excursions from Oxford ensemble Flights of Helios…..MORE>

NINNI MORGIA & SILVIA KASTEL + TEMPERATURES + BOLIDE

SUN 17 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £6 advance / £7 on the door

Outer limits free improvisation, ecstatic free rock moves and psychedelic excess from this triple header of sympatico sound units – Brighton electro-acoustic sextet Bolide, the radical collapse and rhythmic propulsion of London’s Temperatures and the deeply psychedelic guitar/vox NY-via-Italy combo on Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel…..MORE>

MASAKI BATOH – BRAIN PULSE MUSIC

TUES 19 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Maskai Batoh – perhaps best known as the singer and guitarist for legendary Japanese psych folk ensemble GHOST – presents a live performance of his Brain Pulse Music in Octaphonic sound… BRAIN PULSE MUSIC is the result of years of research into the bioelectric functions of the human brain combined with the traumatic aftermath of Japan’s Great East Earthquake. …..MORE>

DJ SNIFF / EVAN PARKER / JOEL RYAN / ADAM LINSON

WED 20 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Solo and collaborative sets from experimental turntablist DJ Sniff (Takuro Lippit) with Evan Parker (saxophones), Joel Ryan (Electronics) and Adam Linson (Bass, Electronics)…….MORE>

HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS

THURS 21 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £9.50 advance

Bird on The Wire presents a London concert for German experimental, ambient and electronic musician Hans-Joachim Roedelius – best known as a co-founder of the krautrock groups Cluster and Harmonia…..MORE>

UPSET THE RHYTHM PRESENTS: XXL (XIU XIU / LARSEN)

FRI 22 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £10 advance

XIU XIU / LARSEN, also known as XXL, is a billowing collaborative project formed by American avant-pop band XIU XIU and Italian experimentalists LARSEN. Xiu Xiu and Larsen, each aware and vaguely admiring of the other, met at a Jarboe show, exchanged records, vowed to stay in touch, and become so mutually enthralled that they record an album together. They met up in Torino without much of a plan and immerse themselves in the studio with trad rock instruments plus a bunch of theremins and glockenspiels. They jam intensely around sketched-out song structures and sequence the most realized bits as an album, an ephemeral and fractured thing that mirrors its mode of creation. Since then, XXL have released two albums on Important Records, called “¡Ciaütistico!”, “¿Spicchiology?”, whilst July see Tin Angel release the group’s third album “Düde…..MORE>

CLANG SAYNE + BLUE-EYED HAWK + LAURA HYLAND/LAUREN KINSELLA DUO

SUN 24 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Irish musicians/composers, Laura Hyland (Clang Sayne) and Lauren Kinsella (Blue-Eyed-Hawk) bring their respective projects to Cafe Oto, as well as making their debut performance as a duo…….MORE>

THE WORKSHOP SERIES

MON 25 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £5/£4 concs

June’s concert of experimental improvised music drawn from participants of Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop. This month’s musicians are Anat Ben-David (voice, electronics, objects), Philip Clark (piano), Sue Lynch (saxophone), Andre Pinto (saxophone, objects), Romuald Wadych (guitar, objects) and Tim Yates (objects)…MORE>

THOMAS LEHN : TWO DAY RESIDENCY
TUES 26 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door
with Tim Hodgkinson, Hannah Marshall, Philipp Wachsmann

WED 27 JUNE ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door
with John Butcher, Roger Turner

Two day residency with EMS synthi maestro Thomas Lehn joined a ‘string’ trio the first night featuring Tim Hodgkinson on lapsteel guitar/clarinet, Hannah Marshall on cello and Philipp Wachsmann on violin/electronics and on the second night by saxophonist John Butcher and percussionist Roger Turner……MORE>

ZAIMPH + ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB + DALE CORNISH

THURS 28 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door

Zaimph is the solo project of ambient noise artist Marcia Bassett. Although legendary for white-hot guitar and vocal brutality, Zaimph’s recent recordings and performances infuse cracked-raga song structures with dense electronic and synthesiser drones to create soundscapes where a lurking apocalypse is eclipsed by shimmering, meditative beauty. She’ll perform alongside Neil Campbell’s Astral Social Club – a potent trip of shattered technoid psychedelia…..MORE>

WOODEN WAND + DUKE GARWOOD + DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA

FRI 29 JUN ’12 • 8PM • £8 advance / £9 on the door

James Jackson Toth, known to the world as Wooden Wand, is a maverick, good-hearted troubadour whose blend of smoky Americana has been garnering plaudits for the last decade. Unafraid to mix psychedelic workouts with sweet and soulful country, his varied and prolific output has resulted in a wealth of lyrically rich songs; the kind whose lines stick in your head for a lifetimes. With almost 30 albums to his name, for labels like Ecstatic Peace, Young God, Blackest Rainbow and most recently Fire, Wooden Wand is a remarkable and individual talent….MORE>

Le Poisson Rouge: June, 2012


Picture of the composer, George Antheil

Picture of the composer, George Antheil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Le Poisson Rouge:

Fri., June 01, 2012 at 7:00 PM
World Science Festival 2012:
Hedy Lamarr & George Antheil: Improbable Collaborators, Unconventional Innovators”
w/ Richard Rhodes , Philip Glass , Tyondai Braxton , the music of George Antheil performed by Kathleen Supové and Jennifer Choi
featured george antheil
classical contemporary classical avant-garde electronic

Fri., June 08, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Jan Jelinek & Andrew Pekler perform Ursula Bogner: “Sonne = Blackbox”
w/ Dan Friel (of Parts & Labor)
featured ursula bogner
alternative electronic noise contemporary classical minimal

Sun., June 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Ensemble ACJW (Season Finale Concert)
classical contemporary classical

Tue., June 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM
New Amsterdam Presents:
Michael Mizrahi and Nadia Sirota
featured
classical contemporary classical

Mon., June 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM
So Percussion’s International Night of Awesome(ness)
w/ Nexus Percussion Ensemble , Amadinda Percussion Group , So Percussion , Meehan/Perkins Duo , Mantra Percussion , Akros Percussion Collective , Tigue and Siren
lpr anniversary celebration terry riley
classical instrumental contemporary classical percussion world

Wed., June 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Auktyon
“Top” cd release show
featured lpr anniversary celebration streaming
avant-garde fusion jazz

Wed., June 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Terje Rypdal
featured
contemporary jazz

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room


Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Darmstadt 2012 opens with Pauline Oliveros, Mivos Quartet
Pauline Oliveros 80th Birthday Celebration
Friday June 1 – 8pm

From Time Out NY: “For years now, the cultured radicals behind the Darmstadt series have grappled with a seriously befuddling issue: How do you foster a new-music canon that incorporates the radical visions that flourished during the late 20th century? Of course, stating it that way is far too ponderous to express the congeniality and whimsy of this vital program. Darmstadt launches with a salute to maverick composer and Deep Listening guru Pauline Oliveros, featuring performances by Jason Hwang, Alex Waterman, Fast Forward, Jim Alteri and others.”

Mivos Plays Wet Ink
Saturday June 2 – 8pm, Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Mivos Quartet and Wet Ink Ensemblepresent their first joint concert, featuring works by Wet Ink composers Sam Pluta, Alex Mincek, and Kate Soper. Mivos will perform Sam PlutasLyrafor amplified string quartet, a meditation on the flickering of stars in the New England night sky, Alex Minceks arrestingString Quartet No. 3, lift-tilt-filter-split, andCarl Christian Bettendorfs Il y a locan. In addition to the music for quartet, Kate Soper and Joshua Modney will perform Sopers duo for voice and violin,Cipher.

Adam Matlock Interview


From The Tri-Centric Foundation:

As a member of the Syntactical Ghost Trance Choir during its premiere performance at Roulette in October 2011, he was a wonderful collaborator (and if you were there, you may remember his accordion, as well!) . Adam has a new opera, Red Giant, that will have its premiere performances on June 9 and June 10 in New York and New Haven, respectively. The work was commissioned by the Baltimore-based organization Rhymes With Opera.