Interview with Tomas Fujiwara

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From Jazz Right Now:

Cisco Bradley: You played with the Matana Roberts Quartet. I would love to hear about your involvement with that. Maybe I am wrong, but it was my impression that that band never recorded.

Tomas Fujiwara: There actually is a record, a live record, called The Calling, it was basically done on the room mic at Zebulon at one of our gigs. We had a regular gig there about once a month or once every six weeks.

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Nate Wooley Interviews Anthony Braxton

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From BOMB Magazine:

Anyone possessing a passing familiarity with Anthony Braxton as a public figure has probably fallen prey to the caricature of him as a bespectacled, musical “mad scientist” in a cardigan sweater. As a caricature it is not far off, but it only addresses the surface trappings of a singular saxophonist, composer, and man of incredible depth and power. From his earliest days as part of Chicago’s AACM to the present third millenium, Braxton has used a saxophone and a pencil to radically define a new, non-genre specific, musical language, making him the persona sui generis of the modern American iconoclast.

Oren Ambarchi Interview

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From The Quietus:

From modest beginnings, in the last two decades Oren Ambarchi has risen to become one of the world’s best-known experimental musicians, whose work crosses genres and boundaries with ease. His initial fame arose from a series of solo records released by Touch that brought him recognition more in electronic circles than in the improvised music world where much of his work now resides, but Ambarchi has never been one to stand still for long. Initially inspired by Japanese noise hero Keiji Haino to find his own approach to the guitar, the Australian went from admirer of the Japanese legend to a friend and performing partner in barely a decade, and they now regularly record and play together in various formations. At this point, Ambarchi’s list of collaborators on record is as impressive for its length as for the names it contains – as well as Haino, it includes Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, Jim O’Rourke, Fire!, Z’EV, Fennesz and Robin Fox – many of whom have made important contributions to 20th and 21st century experimental music.

Ed Palermo Interview

From All About Jazz:

It’s been twenty years since saxophonist-composer-arranger Ed Palermo and his Big Band began playing the music of Frank Zappa. Twenty years, not a lot of bread but a whole lot of love from fans and musicians alike. Oh No! Not Jazz!! on Cuneiform Records marks the band’s fourth Zappa album and the third for that remarkable independent label but it also adds something new to the mix. It’s a double CD set with the second CD devoted to Palermo’s own stuff and proof, were it needed, of the diversity of his talent.

Interview with Matthew Shipp

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From Jazz Right Now:

In the early 80s—seemed in the downtown avant scene there was really a separation between the so-called black school and white school—seems to me having everyone—white and black play at the knitting factory sort of brought the idea of downtown avant more together as opposed to a William Parker-type school and a John Zorn-type school—but also there was a big division between the uptown straight ahead school with Wynton [Marsalis] as the head honcho—and the downtown school both white and black

5049 Records Podcast: Miguel Frasconi

From 5049 Records:

Miguel Frasconi is a unique and very thoughtful musician. His musical roots run deep in the experimental tradition of New York City and his instrument of choice, glass, is a clear reflection of that. After spending many years living on the West Coast, Miguel returned to New York ten years ago to care for a sick parent and to put down some new musical roots. The last few years have been very challenging for him and after a lot personal hardship, he is on the verge of releasing some new and exciting music. This is a great talk that goes to some very touching and personal places.

Dominic Lash Interview

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From Bang the Bore:

Dominic Lash is a double bassist, improviser, and composer, based in Bristol. Like most of us he’s also a lot of other things, including in his case a writer, a cat owner, an organiser of concerts, a poor whistler, and fine company. But keeping just to his music, Lash has performed in more than a few countries of the world with a huge array of musicians ranging from Tony Conrad to Steve Reid with detours to take in the likes of Joe Morris and Evan Parker; in the course of this he’s recorded innumerable records of innumerable sorts, all of which contain music. His main projects include The Dominic Lash Quartet, The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group focused on the work of the Wandelweiser collective) and The Convergence Quartet. More at his homepage here.

Patrick Breiner Interview

From Jazz Right Now:

Patrick Breiner is a tenor saxophonist with an array of fresh ideas who performs regularly in Brooklyn and other parts of New York City. His animated performances and personal touch are designed to establish a connection with each individual member of the audience. He is gifted not only as an instrumentalist but aims to be “a performer who specializes in music.” His Sulde label, featuring the design of Connie Wang, brands his unique aesthetic in handmade packaging.

Breiner leads and co-leads a number of innovative groups. His band Double Double, a quartet with two basses (Will McEvoy and Adam Hopkins) and drums (Flin van Hemmen), is set to release its debut record, Mileage at Korzo, April 1, at 9 pm. He has released three records with his solo act, Vartan Mamigonian. He also co-leads the group VAX set to release its second album, Count to VAX (vinyl only) at Downtown Music Gallery, March 30, 7 pm, before embarking on a European tour (details below). He also co-leads Premoticon (with a new record out last month), and Sons of Daughters.

Anthony Braxton Interview

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From Wondering Sound:

When multi-reedist and composer Anthony Braxton got the phone call last year telling him he’d been named an NEA Jazz Master, he thought there’d been some mistake. Over 20 years ago, jazz conservatives made him the poster boy for everything they hated. His arcane structures and gasping wide-leaping solos made it plain that swinging was not his top priority. His many albums of standards just angered them more. He was declared not a jazz musician — this guy who admitted the influence of modern classical musicians like Karlheinz Stockhausen.

5049 Records Podcast: Ches Smith

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Ches Smith

From 5049 Records:

Ches Smith is an intensely talented drummer and a true road dog. He’s been touring for over fifteen years with Secret Chiefs 3, Xiu-Xiu, Tim Berne, Ben Goldberg, Mr Bungle, John Zorn and many others. He’s one of the most in demand drummers around and for good reason- he fucking rules. For this talk Ches and I discuss heavy touring, balancing family and music life, and his introduction to Haitian music.