An Interview With Toby Driver of Kayo Dot

Kayo Dot

Cover of Kayo Dot

From Empty Lighthouse:

Toby Driver is the main composer/frontman behind perpetual envelope-pushers Kayo Dot. In an e-mail interview with Empty Lighthouse, he spoke about the influence film has on his work, the pros and cons of the internet, how Kayo Dot fans are pretty much unalienable by this point and the band’s spellbinding new album, Coffins on Io.

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An interview with Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer

Cover of Vijay Iyer

From the Chicago Reader:

nist and composer Vijay Iyer belongs to a breed apart, alongside the likes of pianist and fellow MacArthur “genius” Jason Moran, drummer and bandleader Tyshawn Sorey, and flutist and music professor Nicole Mitchell—they all move with confidence among styles and artistic disciplines. Iyer’s oeuvre has its roots in jazz’s improvisational impulse but expands from there to encompass chamber music, abstract electronics, hip-hop, Indian classical music, and more. (He also has a PhD in the cognitive science of music.) Last year he was named a MacArthur fellow, and earlier this year he joined the music faculty at Harvard University.

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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Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 Italiano

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