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RIP Gunther Schuller

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From The New York Times:

Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.

Newsbits: Women in Electronic Music / Bhob Rainey in Philly / Jaga Jazzist in DC / The Bridges in Paris

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Prepared Guitar has a nice list of women in electronic music. Of course, any such list is not complete, but these artists are all worth exploring.

Philadelphia’s Bowerbird will close out it’s 2014 – 2015 GATE season with a double bill of audio-visual spectaculars inspired by Iannis Xenakis‘ “Polytopes”. The evening features a new electronic work by Bhob Rainey and a performance of Keroaän, Ian M Fraser and Reed Evan Rosenberg’s laser, strobe, and sound performing Artificial Intelligence platform. Sunday, June 21 @ The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, 8pm.

Jaga Jazzist and Among Savages will appear June 21 at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20009.

Fred Jackson, Stephane Payen, Edward Perraud, and Frank Rosaly will play in Paris on June 21st and 22nd, as part of the Bridges project.

Ornette Coleman’s Funeral, Tribute to Jerome Cooper in NY

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Funeral Services for Ornette Coleman
Saturday, June 27 at 11am
The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive between West 120 & West 122 Street, Ne wYork

A Musical Celebration
of the Life of Jerome Cooper
the iconic percussionist ‘Revolutionary Ensemble‘ …
Tuesday June 30 at 7pm
Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Musical Tributes By  Thurman Barker, Tom Buckner, Cooper-Moore, William Parker, Charles Gayle, Reggie Nicholson, OGJB Quartet (Oliver Lake, Graham Haynes, Joe Fonda, Barry Altschul), William Hooker, Adam Rudolph and others

AMN Picks of the Week: Nilssen-Love & Ex / Rent Romus / NYM / Craig Pedersen

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English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...
Rent Romus 

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.

Paal Nilssen-Love / Terrie Ex – Hurgu! (2011)
Rent Romus / Life Blood – The Otherworld Cycle (2015)
NYM – Untitled (2015)
Craig Pedersen Quartet – Ghosts (EP) (2015)

John Luther Adams on Leaving Alaska for New York

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From The New Yorker:

Throughout the nineteen-eighties, I lived alone in a cabin down in the black spruce forest, several miles from here. There I would roll out of bed in the morning, crawl down the ladder from the sleeping loft, and find myself standing in the middle of my work. I loved it. And I couldn’t imagine living any other way.

Doris Duke Impact Awards Winners

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Milford Graves

From the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, this year’s winners include:

Kris Davis
Mark Dresser
Milford Graves
Matt Mitchell
Tyshawn Sorey
Henry Threadgill
Reggie Workman
Pamela Z

AMN Picks of the Week: Steve Roach / Black Dirt Oak / Jantar / Iron Fist of the Sun / Abbey Rader / Barton Rage and Bill Laswell

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English: Bill Laswell at the Moers Festival 2006

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.

Steve Roach – The Desert Collection Volume One (2014)
Black Dirt Oak / Jantar – Presage (2015)
Iron Fist of the Sun – We Can Yield Our Own Footsteps (2015)
Abbey Rader West Coast Quartet – First Gathering (2015)
Barton Rage / Bill Laswell – Realms I (2015)