Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

5049 Records Podcast: Craig Taborn

Posted: December 16, 2014 by Mike in Interviews, Podcasts

From 5049 Records:

Craig Taborn is an absolute master and virtuoso of the highest order. He plays the piano with an attention to detail and an intensity that we can all learn from. He’s not just a great musician- he’s also a great guy, and for this talk we trace his Mid-Western roots up to the current day. A great talk with an incredible musician.

Max Johnson Interview

Posted: December 13, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

2785235From Jazz Right Now:

Max Johnson is one of the most active young bassists on the Brooklyn scene. He has played in a number of different genres with a great number of musicians and at the age of just 24, he has already released five records under his own name. In 2014 alone, he released the second record by his trio, one from his project The Prisoner, and a third as co-leader of the band Big Eyed Rabbit. Later this month, Johnson has a three-day residency at Ibeam, where he will be unveiling music for his third trio record to be recorded and released in 2015. The band features cornetist Kirk Knuffke and drummer Ziv Ravitz. Each night of the residency will also feature guest appearances by other artists.

Point of Departure 49

Posted: December 10, 2014 by Mike in Interviews, Performances, Releases, Reviews

The latest issue of Point of Departure is out:

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Anthony Pirog: The New Electric: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
Outside Music Inside Voices: Dialogues on Imporvisation
and the Spiritof of Creative Music
by Garrison Fewell
(Saturn University Press; Somerville, Massachusetts)

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Raymond MacDonald

5049 Records Podcast: Mario Diaz de Leon

Posted: December 9, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

From 5049 Records:

Mario Diaz de Leon is both a true master of dark electroacoustic composition and a dear friend. His music has had an incredibly deep impact on me and continues to be a great source of inspiration. For this talk, we trace his early roots, checking in with his death metal roots and his deep immersion into the world of writing for classical instruments.

Harris Eisenstadt Interview

Posted: December 8, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

From Jazz Right Now:

Fresh off a cracking European tour, drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt‘s Canada Day will unveil its latest music at Greenwich House Music School this coming Thursday, December 11, at 8 pm. The performance is also a lead-up to a January recording session for the band’s fourth record. In an age in which few bands record more than one or two releases, Canada Day has developed an impeccable reputation with three innovative releases since 2009. Eisenstadt will be supported by the all-star cast of Nate Wooley (trumpet), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), and Eivind Opsvik (bass).

Another Bill Laswell Interview

Posted: December 7, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

English: Bill Laswell at the Moers Festival 2006

English: Bill Laswell at the Moers Festival 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Bass Musician Magazine:

Known as a “thinking man’s musician/visionary” since becoming an iconic presence on the scene in the late 1970’s, he has folded space with a number of like-minded souls ranging from Buckethead to Zakir Hussein. Long known as a gatekeeper (of sorts) to the musically forward thinker’s club that includes the likes of Toshinori Kondo, Paul Bowles, Tetsou Inoue, Ustad Sultan Khan, Yoko Ono, Bachir Attar, Bernnie Worrell, he is also often associated with those musician/artists more often called “inside the box”: Sting, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, and Karsh Kale! Then again, Bill Laswell is more likely to comment that there is no ‘box’.

An Interview with Bill Laswell

Posted: December 6, 2014 by Mike in Interviews

From No Treble:

Being on the cutting edge of music in itself is no easy task, but Bill Laswell has been doing it for over three decades. A man of many hats, Laswell has been pushing the boundaries of music as a bassist, a producer, an engineer, and a record label owner. While he’s worked in nearly every style, his true passion is discovering new ones.