John Geggie Interview

From the Ottawa Citizen:

The Geggie Series was discontinued for the 2013-2014 season, but Geggie that year was given one April 2014 show to program and strut his stuff with some Canadian invitees. The NAC’s largesse was extended again this season, and this Friday, Geggie will play host a potent meeting of horn players, Toronto’s Kelly Jefferson and Montreal’s Frank Lozano, with Montreal drummer Jim Doxas rounding out the quartet.

Olivia Block on Jason Lescalleet, Alvin Lucier, and Sonorous Vessels

From Night After Night:

As reported for my Newer Music column in the Boston Globe yesterday, sound artist Jason Lescalleet is launching a quarterly duo-concert residency at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, this Saturday night with the world premiere of Sonorous Vessels, a composition jointly created with Chicago sound artist and composer Olivia Block. Inspired by Alvin Lucier‘s Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels, the collaboration marks the first time that Lescalleet and Block have worked together.

As a part of the column, Block — whose most recent solo album, Karren, was among 2013’s most extraordinary achievements — kindly consented to answer a few questions about the project via email. As these things go, only a very tiny portion of her response made it into the final edit. But what she has to say about Lescalleet and the project is well worth reading, so with her permission, I’m posting the entirety of her response here.

Matthew Shipp Interview

From Dialogue Talk:

Well, I moved to New York in 1984. I joined the Ware Quartet in ’89. Now, David had been on the scene. After he played with Cecil Taylor, he played with the drummer Andrew Cyrille, did a series of albums, and then he kind of disappeared.1 And he was driving a cab in New York. And at the time, he was also — but he was practicing, composing, and starting to conceptualize a concept of what he wanted to have with his own band. And he just refused sideman gigs and things like that, because he really had this vision of having his own quartet. He just really kind of incubated the whole thing. And so, he got a record deal with Silkheart Records, which was a multi-record deal in around ’88, I think.

Julian Priester Interview

From The Stranger:

At age 79, Priester is a sleek, avuncular savant who speaks in a hushed, humble tone. His is a very soothing, intimate voice, but it subtly suggests a staunch pride despite years of under-recognition for his remarkable accomplishments. This man has played and/or recorded with a hall of fame’s worth of artists, including Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Joe and Eddie Henderson, and Sunn O))). When Priester veered off on tangents, I let him ramble, because who am I to stop a world-historical figure in fascinating-raconteur mode?

Bill Laswell Interview

English: Bill Laswell at the Moers Festival 2006

Bill Laswell

From All About Jazz:

For some people music is a mere entertainment product, a pastime amusement. For others music is a powerful force and the act of its creation carries within itself a sense of discovery. Bill Laswell‘s music, production and remixes have always carried that sense of discovery and riskiness. Multifariously creative and independent, he has always been revered by avant-gardists, jazz and improv and electronic music fans with equal zeal.

In the last 30 years, this incontrovertibly cool producer has emerged as as one of the most important figures in today’s music. He has been involved in the making of so many records that chances are that anybody with the least interest of modern music will have crossed paths with one of his recordings. His pieces are like busy intersections of different sounds, cultures and people that in a way resemble global conversations. They are rooted in the process of collaboration and, especially in the ’90s, these records represented exciting points of musical confluences. The band Material was a loose aggregation of musicians where many people contributed to these unusual records, ranking from guitarists Sonny Sharrock, Nicky Skopelitis, Fred Frith, Nile Rogers to saxophonists Henry Threadgill, Archie Shepp, to keyboardists Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell or percussionist Aiyb Dieng and tabla player Zakir Hussain, to name a few. Laswell’s records are much more in line with Miles Davis‘ or Jon Hassell‘s explorations of sound and choice of musicians rather than simply creating tapestries of exotic but shallow sounds.

Myra Melford Interview

From KWIT:

Jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford‘s latest album is a suite of music inspired by the Memory Of Fire trilogy — a three-volume history of the Americas by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. More simply, it’s the recorded debut of what she calls a “killer band.” In an interview with NPR’s Arun Rath, she explains the genesis of Snowy Egret — the name of both her new album and the group behind it.

Immersing oneself in Magma: a Christian Vander interview

From The Big Takeover:

I vividly recall standing at a CD store in the suburbs of Tokyo, circa 2001, looking at the art and cover of Magma’s Köhntarkösz, turning over the CD in my hands and thinking, “what a cool band name!” Magma has been around since 1969, and I’ve been around one year longer, and a music geek for most of my life, but at that point I had no idea what Magma could be. Based on external signifiers only – the molten colours, the striking logo – I imagined something like the Stooges’ Funhouse. I was ill-prepared for the artful, complex, challenging journey contained therein (though I came to prefer their 1973 album Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh).

With lyrics written in an invented language, Kobaïan, and a background cosmology involving “refugees fleeing a future Earth and settling on a fictional planet called Kobaïa” – saith Wikipedia, which is unusually informative on the subject, like a deep-end Magma fan (or member) has taken charge of the writing – there’s something truly unique about Magma, something that puts them on a shelf with singular musical experiences like the Sun Ra Arkestra or Rock In Opposition fellow travelers like Henry Cow.