Jon Irabagon Interview


From All About Jazz:

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon likes challenges in music; likes attempting different things. He’s not opposed to things traditional, but would prefer to come at music and sounds from different angles. He enjoys the journey; enjoys experiencing the results. At 35, he’s on the go all the time, ubiquitous on the New York City music scene. In the next minute, he’s often off to Europe on tour with one of his own groups or playing as a sideman. Not long after he came to New York from Chicago in 2001, he was there for the birth of Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the brazen, experimental, sometimes chaotic group that combines different styles and genres in its improvisational mix. He’s played with daring trumpeter Dave Douglas, is part of guitarist Mary Halvorson‘s group and is putting together an album of more mainstream jazz. In August, Irabagon did a three-day residency at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York, playing with different musicians each night including Michael Formanek, Tom Rainey, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston and others.

5049 Records Podcast: Trevor Dunn


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From 5049 Records.

Trevor Dunn is just about the sweetest dude you’ll ever meet. Whether it’s electric or upright, jazz or intense metal, he plays the bass with a virtuosity that is all too rare and with a true insider’s feel. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2000, he’s worked steadily with the best musicians that the city has to offer, everyone from John Zorn to Marc Ribot, Sean Lennon to Nels Cline. Before that he was an essential part of the Bay Area scene and a founding member of Mr. Bungle. It is safe to say that if I had not discovered Mr. Bungle as an impressionable twelve year old, I wouldn’t be in experimental music.

Point of Departure 48 is Out


From the Poinbt of Departure webzine.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Rich Halley: The Outsider: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
The Execution of Sun Ra
Volume II: The Mysterious Tale of a Dark Body
Sent to Earth to Usher in an Unprecedented Era of
Cosmic Regeneration and Happiness
by Thomas Stanley
(Wasteland Press; Shelbyville, Kentucky)

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Rob Mazurek

Ches Smith Interview


From Jazz Right Now:

Drummer Ches Smith has been a part of a number of cutting-edge ensembles in New York since coming to the city in 2008. He is known for his eclectic style and his ability to play a part in a diverse range of musics. Most notably, he has led his band Ches Smith and These Arches, performed solo in Congs for Brums, and co-led the band Good for Cows with bassist Devin Hoff. He has also played a critical role as a sideperson in Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Mary Halvorson’s Trio, Quintet, and Septet, Brian Drye’s Bizingas, and for work with Matana Roberts, Tim Berne, Trevor Dunn, and other high profile musicians on the New York scene.

5049 Records Podcast: Mark Feldman


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From 5049 Records:

Mark Feldman is a master of the highest order, an absolute virtuoso. He plays the violin with an intense beauty andhas been in high demand as New York musician since the mid 1980s. He’s a Chicago native and has played with everyone from Minnie Pearl to John Zorn, Oral Roberts to Bill Laswell. He just released a quartet record with his wife Sylvie Coursier and Scott Colley & Billy Mintz, called “Birdies for Lulu” that is absolutely spectacular.

Mats Gustafsson Interview


Mats Gustafsson

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From LondonJazz:

Mats Gustafsson, in this interview with Geoff Winston, gives the inside track on the Fire! Orchestra adventure which will be rolling in to The Laundry venue in Hackney on 26 September, as part of the Transcender festival, jointly promoted by Cafe Oto and the Barbican.

Audiences in London have appreciated Mats Gustafsson’s visits here in both small groups and as solo performer. Recent highlights have included collaborations with Thurston Moore and other great improvisers, and in trios including The Thing and the Fire! Trio (with Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin), as well as his participation in the Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.