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Sad news on the passing of Elliott Carter.

Elliott Carter, the American composer whose kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 103 and had continued to compose into his 11th decade, completing his last piece in August.

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Umbrella Music Through November 21

Posted: November 5, 2012 by Mike in Performances

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Nov 06
Jim Newberry Gallery Opening
Elastic

Nov 07
Umbrella Music Festival
Chicago Cultural Center

Nov 08
Umbrella Music Festival
Chicago Cultural Center

Nov 09
Umbrella Music Festival
Elastic

Nov 10
Umbrella Music Festival
The Hideout

Nov 11
Umbrella Music Festival
Hungry Brain

Nov 15
Baker/Sandstrom/Nakatani
Elastic

Nov 18
SET I: Green Pasture Happiness with Guillermo Gregorio
SET II: Charles Rumbach Quartet
Hungry Brain

Nov 21
SET I: Daisy/Rosaly Duo
SET II: The Russ Johnson Quartet
The Hideout

AMN Reviews: Änglagård – Viljans Öga

Posted: November 5, 2012 by Mike in AMN Reviews

#nearfest Änglagård

#nearfest Änglagård (Photo credit: ranti.junus)

Änglagård remains a standout group in the history of so-called “progressive rock.” Their debut album Hybris, released in 1992, built upon the classic sounds of 70’s groups King Crimson, Genesis, and Van der Graaf Generator, but with even fewer mainstream trappings than those outfits. Änglagård disbanded two years later, and aside from a brief reunion in 2003, have remained dormant.

Despite their shameless retro sound, their music as a whole goes beyond the classic 70’s oeuvre.  Their compositional style is heavily influenced by classical, and most of their tracks come across as short symphonies written for a 5 or 6 piece rock band. For example, there is little emphasis on guitar solos, showy musicianship, or the worst excesses of the old prog bands.

While there are differences between Viljans Öga and Hybris, fans of the 1992 Änglagård should not be disappointed. Entirely instrumental, Viljans Öga provides four 12-minute plus tracks of complex interplay, brooding landscapes, and dark imagery. In many ways, this release has more in common with their second release, Epilog, than Hybris. It is somber, but with explosions of knotty motifs. The emphasis on flute and analog keyboards could paint Viljans Öga solidly in the prog corner, but as usual Änglagård goes beyond that cliche. A fine release.

DMG Newsletter November 2nd, 2012

Posted: November 5, 2012 by Mike in Performances, Releases, Reviews

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From DMG:

John Zorn: Music And Its Double! 9Volt + Tim Berne! AMM Live! Sean Conly/Michael Attias! Ernesto Martinez! Kimara Dixon/Bobby Bradford/Bennie Maupin! David Rosenboom! Meloni/Dunmall/Dessanay/Sanders!

Black Jazz label reissues on CD: Doug Carn, Walter Bishop/Woody Shaw, Henry Franklin, Chester Thompson Gene Russell, Calvin Keys!

Haino Keiji‘s Fushitsusha! Kazuhisa Uchihashi/Hans Reichel! Hijokaidan + Akira Sakata! Ono Ryoko/Tatsuya Yoshida! Bonanzas! Otomo Yoshihide! Sajjanu! TenEleven! Fairplay! Masayuki Takayanagi! YPY!..

Theo Travis/Robert Fripp CD+DVD! The Residents: Live 2003! Can’s Lost Tapes 3CD set: budget reissue! Antibalas! Master Musicians Of Bukkake! Rodrigo Amadado/Jeb Bishop! Chris Watson! Chronomad! Memotone! Carl Oesterhelt/Johannes Enders! Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra!

Trad Dads-Free Fusioneers: Elton Dean, Graham Collier, Mike Osborne..! Thurston Moore/John Moloney! Kevin Drumm! Cold Blue UNreleased tracks! Evelyn Glennie/Cults Percussion Ensemble! Conrad Schnitzler!

Two Dust-To-Digital CD/Book sets! Country Blues 1923-36! Tonto’s Expanding Head Band! Jake Holmes! Ahmad Zahir! Mulatu Astatke! Sensation’s Fix! Scientist! Harald Grosskopf! Brast Burn! Blues Creation! The Bedroom Community Catalog: Ben Frost, Paul Corley, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Nico Muhly, Daniel Bjarnason!

Subliminal Sounds label: Attilio Mineo! Dungen! Trad Gras Och Stenar! Kebnakajse! Life On Earth! Tom Zacharias The Amazing! Peter Grudzien!..

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The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues With:

THIS SUNDAY, November 4th – An Evening with PHILIP GIBBS:
6pm: PHILIP GIBBS With STEVE SWELL, JASON HWANG, KEN FILIANO & GERALD CLEAVER!
7pm: PHILIP GIBBS & MOSSA BILDNER!
UK Guitar Great’s Final Gigs of his Week-Long NY Residency!

Sunday, November 11th Double-Header:
6pm: MOFODISHU: MIKE NOORDZY / CHRIS WELCOME / MAX ROSS! Contra-Alto Clarinet/Guitar/Laptop trio!
7pm: KYOKO KITAMURA & ANN RHODES – Perform ANTHONY BRAXTON Vocal Music!

Sunday, November 18th Double-Header:
6pm: BILL COLE / SHAYNA DULBERGER DUO! Double Reeds & Upright Bass!
7pm: ERIKA DAGNINO / RAS MOSHE / MATT LAVELLE + STEVE DALACHINSKY! Poetry/Sax/Trumpet & Reeds!

Sunday, November 25th Double-Header:
6pm: DEE POP and DANIEL CARTER! Outstanding Drums & Multi-Horn Duo!
7pm: FLIPCITY: DAVID AARON – Saxes / WILL McEVOY – Bass / KATE PITTMAN – Drums!

Sunday, December 2nd – MannyLunch Birthday Double-Header:
6pm: ISAAC DARCHE/HAIM PESKOFF/NICK JOST! New BJU CD – Guitar/Bass/Drums!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN & JASON CANDLER – Tubs & Electric Sax Duo!

Sunday, December 9th Double-Header:
6pm: MATT LAVELLE – Solo Reading from his Book & Music for Trumpet & Reeds!
7pm: JAMES BRANDON LEWIS/MAX JOHNSON/WES REID – Tenor Sax, Bass & Drums

Sunday, December 16th Double-Header:
6pm: GEORGE SCHULLER / PETER APFELBAUM / BRAD SHEPIK! Drums / Tenor Sax / Guitar Trio!
7pm: LISA MEZZACAPPA / MATT NELSON / JONATHAN GOLDBERGER! – Bass, Tenor Sax, El Guitar!

Sunday, December 23rd:
6pm: DMG’s First Annual Happy Holiday Party – Food, Drink, and surprise MUSICal Guests!

Ratchet Series at the Skylark

Posted: November 5, 2012 by Mike in Performances

From Chicago’s Ratchet Series:

nov. 5
owen stewart-robertson quartet

owen stewart-robertson – guitar
katherine young – bassoon
jeff kimmel – bass clarinet
frank rosaly – drums

nov. 12
russ johnson quartet

russ johnson – trumpet
cameron phiffner – reeds
anton hatwich – bass
frank rosaly – drums

All About Jazz Reviews

Posted: November 5, 2012 by Mike in Reviews

English: Yitzhak Yedid

English: Yitzhak Yedid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

Out to Lunch
No One Left Behind (MESA/Bluemoon)

Sean Conly / Michael Attias
Think Shadow (OutNow Recordings)

Anglagard
Viljans Oga (Alvarsdotter)

Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo
Ancestors (TUM Records)

Yitzhak Yedid
Arabic Violin Bass Trio: Suite In Four Movements (Between the Lines)

Multiple Artists
New improvised music label Fataka launches (Fataka)

Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley / Ikue Mori / Ken Vandermark
The Nows (Clean Feed Records)

Donny McCaslin
Casting For Gravity (Greenleaf Music)

Devin Gray
Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl Records)

Kalle Kalima & K-18
Out To Lynch (TUM Records)