Source: Jazz Right Now.
Vocalist Anaïs Maviel has been an exciting and unique new presence on the Brooklyn/New York scene over the past few years. Since arriving, her fearless approach to performance has made her an in-demand musician in a number of innovative ensembles, most notably William Parker’s Martin Luther King Project, Parker’s Plaza Band, Dave Ruder’s The Gentleman Rests, Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson’s A Mother’s Lament, Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses, Patrick Breiner’s Red Metal, and a number of other groups. Encouraged by mentors Nicole Mitchell, Jen Shyu, and Ernest Dawkins, she first came to New York to study with Kris Davis, Gerald Cleaver and Tony Malaby, among others.
Source: The Renaissance Society.
The Renaissance Society presents the first comprehensive exhibition of Smith’s Ankhrasmation scores. The more than 45 works on paper include the first of Smith’s scores to use non-standard visual directions, The Bell, which was debuted on Anthony Braxton’s seminal 1968 recording, Three Compositions of New Jazz. A number of scores from the exhibition will be performed by Smith’s Golden Quartet in a concert on October 24, and Smith will perform solo in the gallery on October 25.
Source: The New York Times.
The Momenta Quartet, to judge not only from its performance style but also from its choice of repertory and the nature of the works written for it, seems to prize individuality at least as much as homogeneous blend. Its very name, using the plural of momentum, is meant, the group says in a program, to signify “four individuals in motion toward a common goal.”
So the structure of its first Momenta Festival (envisioned as an annual affair), which opened on Wednesday evening at the Tenri Cultural Institute, came as no surprise. Each of the four evenings is curated by a different member.
Ron Anderson and Brian Chase appear in duet form tonight at 7:30PM at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge.
AMN Picks of the Week: Mostly Other People Do The Killing / Noah Preminger / Mats Gustafsson / Rich Halley / Michael Bisio
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.
Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Mauch Chunk (2015)
Noah Preminger – Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (2015)
Mats Gustafsson – Piano Mating (2015)
Rich Halley / 4 – Eleven (2015)
Michael Bisio – Accortet (2015)