Weekend Nashville Shows: Suzanne Thorpe, Bonnie Jones, Jeremy Bible, Silent Film The Temptress w/ Live Dulcimer Score


From Theatre Intangible:

Just a few short years ago, it was really difficult to find experimental programming in Nashville. But now our city has one of the most active experimental scenes in the country, thanks to the hard work and passion of people like Chris Davis, Leslie Keffer, Brady Sharp, Greg Bryant, Cody Bottoms, and Crom Giguere.

Take for example the evening of Friday, July 25th. Nashville hosts two must-see experimental lineups. At the new Wedgewood/Houston arts venue abrasiveMedia (I wrote about the space in Nashville Arts here), we have the duo Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones. Thorpe performs on flute, electronics, and laptop, and Jones performs on circuit-bent electronics and spoken word. They’re in town for an electronics workshop at Southern Girls Rock Camp, which I think is fantastic.

The Voight-Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp on prepared guitar and Stephen Seifert on synthesizers) will open. The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is organized by Brady Sharp.

On the same evening at Emma Bistro, Chris Davis and Tate Eskew’s experimental art company FMRL is presenting Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew. Bible is an Ohio sound artist and founder of the label Experimedia.

Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew are all amazing local musicians. Dig Deep Light Show will provide the visuals. The FMRL show begins at 9 p.m. I recommend starting the evening at abrasiveMedia and then high-tailing it over to Emma to catch as much of this as you can.

Over at Cult Fiction Underground, they’re screening the silent film The Temptress, starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, and Lionel Barrymore. What makes this a must-see is the live hammered-dulcimer score by Ricko Donovan. The Temptress is playing at 8p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Of course, I recommend seeing the abrasiveMedia and Emma shows on Friday and catching this Saturday night.

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Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows


Friday, July 25
Fri 7/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aaron Novik is among the most prolific and startlingly original voices to emerge from the Bay Area’s independent/underground music scene in the past decade. With influences ranging from klezmer and Balkan music to chamber minimalism to heavy metal, Tropicalia and indie rock, Novik has developed a cohesive, expansive and extremely personal body of work for a variety of ensembles, working with avant-music heroes like Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, Fred Frith, William Winant, Cornelius Boots, Ches Smith and many others.

Fri 7/25 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento San Francisco]
sfSound plays the west coast premiere of compositions by John Zorn, Hans Tutschku, and Christopher Burns and works by Terry Riley, and György Ligeti/Ingalls.

Saturday, July 26

Sat 7/26 8:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St San Francisco]
3 nights of music celebrating the music of local composer Aaron Novik for his 40th birthday.

Sun 7/27 1:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
An OutSpoken Event
Improvisation Workshop with International Touring Artist, Pianist, Composer Thollem McDonas
All musicians and backgrounds welcome to investigate the process of free improvisation.

Sun 7/27 7:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
An OutSpoken Event
Touch the Gear Expo

Sun 7/27 9:00 PM Amnesia [853 Valencia St. Between 19th & 20th San Francisco]
3 nights of music celebrating the music of local composer Aaron Novik for his 40th birthday.

Mon 7/28 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
An OutSpoken Event
Improvisation Workshop Concert
Thollem McDonas performs with the Participants of the Improvisation Workshop Ensemble

Mon 7/28 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Orchestra Euphonos and Opera Wolf
Members Crystal Pascucci – Cello Robert Lopez – Percussion Joshua Marshall – Saxophone

Wednesday, July 30
Wed 7/30 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
PoetryFreqs – a night of spoken word, poetry, electro-acoustic music, and noise
Watkins/Trammell/McZeal
Zachary James Watkins – Electronics, Marshall Trammell – Percussion, Amber McZeal – Voice
Poet ruth weiss”Goddess of the Beats”
Hal Davis – hollow log & Doug Lynner -Buchla Mystery Serge
Pitta of the Mind
Maw Shein Win: poetry – spoken word, Amanda Chaudhary – Electronics

Wed 7/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Grale, with Thomas Carnacki

Thursday, July 31
Thu 7/31 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Guitars a showcase of seven talented and provocative guitarists
Henry Kaiser
Amy Reed/Ross Hammond Duo
John Finkbeiner/Noah Phillips Duo
Sandy Ewen/Jakob Pek Duo

Thu 7/31 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A live performance and release party for guitarist Giacomo Fiore’s iv: american electric guitars, featuring music by Christian Wolff, Larry Polansky, Eve Beglarian, and Anthony Porter.

Thu 7/31 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa Street (near Harrison), San Francisco, CA]
ROOM: The Body Electroacoustic. The ROOM Series presents an evening of electroacoustic music by composer/performers Donald Swearingen, Jon Leidecker, Pamela Z, and Kadet Kuhne, with special guests Suki O’Kane and Giselle Eastman. Donald Swearingen translates gesture into sound via a series of sensor-based instruments of his making. Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) inscribes gestures on a tablet to generate sonic events. Pamela Z’s hand and vocal gestures deliver and transform live and sampled sounds. Kadet Kuhne layers electroacoustic material while Suki O’Kane and Giselle Eastan’s dexterous gestures excite sonorities from vibraphone, bass drum, and clarinet.

Friday, August 1
Fri 8/01 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Constructions a night that bring two extremes together
Teddy Rankin-Parker/Daniel Pearce Duo
The Deconstruction Orchestra
Josh Allen, conductor, composer and tenor saxophone
Saxophones: Aaron Bennett-alto, Sam Flores-tenor, John Ingle-baritone, Matt Ingalls-alto/clarient, Josh Marshall-tenor, Dan Plonsey-baritone, Dave Slusser-tenor, Vinny Golia-soprano/tenor, Rent Romus-alto, Cory Wright-baritone
Brass: Peter Bonos-trpt, Collete McCaslin-coronet, Matt Gaspari-Flugel, Ron Heglin-tuba, Jeff Hobbs-trpt, George Moore -trpt, Matt Streich-trombone
Rhythm: Henry Kaiser-guitar, John Finkbeiner-guitar Timothy Orr-drums, William Winant-drums, Lisa Mezzacappa-bass, Matt Montgomery-bass

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2014 Week III Preview


Pittsburgh New Music Net:

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season continues with the world premiere of a new commission by Ryan Anthony Francis for PNME and guitar virtuoso Mattias Jacobsson. The program also includes Amy Williams’ First Lines for flute and piano and a song cycle by Christopher Cerrone, I will learn to love a person, featuring soprano Lindsey Kesselman. The concerts take place Friday and Saturday nights at City Theatre at 8 p.m.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Ingrid Laubrock Quintet (Friday) The saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock this year released “Strong Place,” her second album with the restless unit she calls Anti-House. Here she enlists a slightly different assortment of intrepid texturalists: the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the trombonist Ben Gerstein, the tuba player Dan Peck and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $22, $10 for members. (Chinen)

James Brandon Lewis (Thursday) A hale-sounding tenor saxophonist originally from Buffalo, Mr. Lewis had that rarest of things this year: an avant-garde album on a major label, in the form of “Divine Travels.” The album features an unassailable rhythm team, with William Parker on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Dominic Fragman fills in for Mr. Cleaver here, and the accomplished poet Thomas Sayers Ellis joins as a special guest. At 6 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby Quartet (Friday) Mr. Malaby, a tenor saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon, leads a band full of veteran collaborators, all of whom share his range: the guitarist Ben Monder, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Jeff Williams. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Matana Roberts’s Anthem (Saturday) Ms. Roberts, a restlessly inventive alto saxophonist with a knack for teasing out unlikely connections, presents her current ensemble, featuring the guitarist Liberty Ellman, the bassist Kevin Tkacz and the drummer Ches Smith. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $22, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey at the Stone (Tuesday through Aug. 3) Tyshawn Sorey can play the drums with gale-force physicality or with a sense of scale and equipoise, and he’s as serious a composer as you’ll find among his peer group. He’s calling on a wide range of collaborators during this residency, starting on Tuesday with the pianist Marilyn Crispell. On Wednesday he’ll lead his Koan Trio in the early set, and then play duets with the pianist Matt Mitchell; on Thursday he’ll connect first with the pianist Dave Burrell and the bassist Henry Grimes, and then with the guitarist Joe Morris and the cornetist Stephen Haynes. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, 212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set ($20 on Thursday), $10 for students. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (Tuesday through Aug. 3) Mr. Threadgill, a penetrating saxophonist, flutist and composer, has long been a sly maestro of unconventional timbres, bristling counterpoint and tough but slippery rhythms. Zooid — his steady outlet over the last decade or so, making its Village Vanguard debut — features Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on tuba and trombone, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Elliot Kavee on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Portland in August


From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

OUTSET SERIES
Marcus Fischer / Corey Fuller & Ian Christensen Trio
August 6, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny

Marcus Fischer (b.1977) is a musician & multimedia artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. Field recordings, chance, and DIY instruments, coupled with acoustic instrumentation and visual art, define what has become Marcus’s minimal signature. In recent years he has also been involved with projects and performances for Art organizations such as the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, SASSAS, Dublab and Berklee College of Music.Past musical releases include “Monocoastal” (12k, 2010), “Arctic/Antarctic” (Luxus-Arctica, 2010), contributions and remixes to various compilations + net labels as map~map, “For Friends This Winter” (dustbreeding.com, 2009), various untitled ltd 3” CDRs, and two CDs as part of the duo Unrecognizable Now. Marcus’ music + visual art has found it’s way onto sites such as MAKE, create digital music, Swiss Miss +Apartment Therapy and the public radio show Radio Lab. (http://www.mapmap.ch)

Born in the US and raised in Japan, Corey Fuller is a musician and multimedia artist from Tokyo, Japan. Growing up between several different cultures and traveling extensively as a child have made geography and a sense of place major components of Fuller’s music. His work is a slow and gradual music composed of infinitesimal details comprised of processed and delicately treated acoustic instruments, field recordings, and other sound sources. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Fuller finds his collaborations with other artists invaluable. Besides his work with Date, he is currently collaborating with Mathieu Ruhlmann, Tyler Wilcox and Chihei Hatakeyama of Opitope. Fuller also belongs to a trio with Hatakeyama and Date called KUUKOKA. The trio’s debut album is scheduled for release in 2012 from Celer’s label, Two Acorns. Hatakeyama and Fuller have a full-length album entitled “euphotic” scheduled for release on Infraction Records in 2011. In December 2009, Fuller released his first solo album, Seas Between on Dragon’s Eye Recordings to critical acclaim. (http://illuha.com)

Saxophonist and Composer Ian Christensen is equally at home in the worlds of Jazz, Rock, and Improvised Music. Inspired by the works of Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Albert Ayler, Claude Debussy, and Elliot Smith, Ian strives to cultivate a new and honest approach, anchored by a strong melodic sensibility and a passion for the unknown. Ian has studied music in New York City, at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, under the likes of Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, Andrew Cyrille, Tony Malaby, and Bill McHenry, and in Portland, OR under David Valdez, Renato Caranto, Tim Bryson, Ben Medler, Michelle Medler, Thara Memory, Randy Porter and Alan Jones. Ian has had the honor of playing with such luminaries as Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Terrell Stafford, Red Holloway, John Stowell, Javon Jackson, Dave Glasser, and many others. In March of 2010, Ian was invited to play at the Bern International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland, with a group from the New School.Ian also remains an active composer, having written extensively for small and large groups. He performs alongside bassist Andrew Jones and drummer Scott Cutshall.

OUTSET SERIES
Blue Lighters & Sam Boshnack Quintet
August 20, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny

Prolific composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack is based in Seattle, where she leads three ensembles of her own music, including the Sam Boshnack Quintet, which features piano, clarinets, trumpet, bass & drums. This performance features Sam Boshnack on trumpet, Beth Fleenor on clarinets & voice, Dawn Clement on piano & keyboards, Isaac Castillo on bass, and Max Wood on drums. In March 2014, the Sam Boshnack Quintet released the critically-claimed “Exploding Syndrome.” Boshnack earned a BA in Music Composition from Bard College in 2003. While at Bard, she studied classical composition with Joan Tower and jazz composition with Erica Lindsay. She has receive support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, ASCAPlus, Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation of the Arts, and Earshot Jazz. Boshnack has toured Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, and extensively in the US. These tours have included international festivals, colleges, grade schools, concerts, theaters, studio, and club performances. She has performed or recorded with artists such as Butch Morris, Eyvind Kang, Oliver Lake, Los Campesinos, Bobby Previte, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Skerik, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Jherek Bischoff, Tom Varner, Sumi Tonooka, Jessica Lurie, Amy Denio, Joshua Kohl, Paul Kikuchi, Evan Flory Barnes, Paul Rucker, Orkestar Zirkonium, among others. (http://samanthaboshnack.wordpress.com)

Cafe OTO in August


Paal Nilssen-Love

Cover of Paal Nilssen-Love

From London’s Cafe OTO:

OTO PROJECT SPACE // BODY OF SOUND: CHARLES HAYWARD & MIREI YAZAWA
FRI 1 AUGUST ’14 • 7:00PM • PROJECT SPACE • FREE ENTRY

UPSET THE RHYTHM PRESENTS… WOLF EYES – THE DOUBLE
SAT 2 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Wolf Eyes + Annihilating Light + Mark Dicker
TUES 5 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
Wolf Eyes solo projects: Regression + Crazy Jim + Henry & Hazel Slaughter

WAYS WITH NO GLORY – PHIL MINTON AND VERYAN WESTON: SELECTED SONGS AND IMPROVISATIONS + SYLVIA HALLETT & SUE FERRAR
SUN 3 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

XYLOURIS WHITE (JIM WHITE / GIORGOS XYLOURIS)
MON 4 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £12 adv / £TBA on the door

THURSTON MOORE: TWO DAY RESIDENCY WITH JOHN EDWARDS / ADAM GOLEBIEWSKI + CASPAR BRÖTZMANN
WED 6 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £12 adv / £15 on the door
THU 7 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • SOLD OUT

BLOW OUT! FESTIVAL
SAT 9 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 2-day pass
- Steve Beresford / Paal Nilssen-Love / Ståle Liavik Solberg
- Rachel Musson / Julie Kjær / Hannah Marshall
- Sten Sandell / Paal Nilssen-Love
- Lotte Anker / Pat Thomas / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Ståle Liavik Solberg
SUN 10 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door / £18 3-day pass
- Saka / Pat Thomas
- Sten Sandell / Emil Strandberg / Patric Thorman / John Russell
- Terrie Ex / Paal Nilssen-Love
- Alan Silva / Mette Rasmussen / Ståle Liavik Solberg
- MoE

OTO PROJECT SPACE // BODY OF SOUND: DOMINIC LASH & SELINA PAPOUTSELI
FRI 15 AUGUST ’14 • 7:00PM • PROJECT SPACE • FREE ENTRY

CORDYCEPS IS YOUR FRIEND: LORAH PIERRE + BLACK HEATH COVEN + BBBLOOD + ANJI CHEUNG + GRAPEFRUITS + LAID EYES + BRASSICA (DJ)
FRI 15 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £4 adv / £5 door / £10 bundle with Glottalstop LP

JOHN TILBURY & MAYA DUNIETZ – TWO PIANOS
MON 18 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £6 adv / £8 on the door

DOMINIC LASH / DIMITRA LAZARIDOU-CHATZIGOGA / PHIL JULIAN (TRIO) + UTE KANNGIESSER / CLIVE BELL / JENNIFER ALLUM (TRIO) + STEPHEN CORNFORD / DAN BENNETT (DUO)
MON 18 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

BE PREPARED FOR: MEMORY DRAWINGS + STEREOCILIA + CHRIS TENZ
TUES 19 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £9 on the door

CHRIS CORSANO – SUMMER RESIDENCY
WED 20 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Chris Corsano Solo
- Ilan Volkov’s Summer Strings
- Lover’s Ritual with Chris Corsano
THU 21 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Okkyung Lee / John Butcher / Chris Corsano
- Mette Rasmussen / Alan Wilkinson / Pat Thomas / Chris Corsano
FRI 22 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Evan Parker / John Edwards / Chris Corsano
- Massimo Pupillo and Chris Corsano
SAT 23 AUGUST ’14 • 8PM • £8.50–£25 / £30–£47.50 4-day pass
- Vibracathedral Orchestra with Chris Corsano

ROBERT TURMAN + CAM DEAS + TO/TO + CEJERO DJS
SUN 24 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

OTO PROJECT SPACE // STEVE NOBLE / GUILLAUME VILTARD / SEYMOUR WRIGHT / IAN MACLACHLAN
THU 28 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
FRI 29 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
SAT 30 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass
SUN 31 AUGUST ’14 • 6PM • PROJECT SPACE • £5 adv / £15 4-day pass

SECOND LANGUAGE MUSIC PRESENTS: OLIVER CHERER + ROBIN SAVILLE + GLEN JOHNSON
FRI 29 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

TAPE – ‘CASINO’ LAUNCH CONCERT + LUCASSE
SUNDAY 31 AUGUST ’14 • 8:00PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

New England Conservatory Jazz and Classical 2014-15 Season


Anthony Coleman

Cover of Anthony Coleman

Selections from the New England Conservatory‘s upcoming season:

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies & Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Nearly 100 Free Performances for 2014-2015 Season

Fall 2014

Concerts at 8 p.m. except where noted. In the Mix events take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., each with a different ensemble.

Tuesday, September 2 – Opening Night – Brown Hall
7:30 pm Join NEC’s groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation Department in kicking off the academic year with a concert featuring CI faculty and teaching fellows, including Hankus Netsky (Chair), Eden MacAdam-Somer (Assistant Chair), Ran Blake (Chair Emeritus), Mal Barsamian, Cristi Catt, Linda Chase, Anthony Coleman, Dominique Eade, Nima Janmohammadi, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Carla Kihlstedt, Jerry Leake, Amir Milstein, Joe Morris, Nedelka Prescod, Ted Reichman, Peter Row, Bert Seager, and David Zoffer.

8 p.m. Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as reflecting “astonishing virtuosity and raw expression,” her music transcends genre through soaring violin, sweet vocals, and percussive dance, weaving in and out of the many cultures that have formed her experience. Tonight’s program features “duos” for one, two, or more musicians, with some of Eden’s newest compositions, inspired by her recent travels to Afghanistan and Italy, as well as works by Charles Ives, Thelonious Monk, and Alan Ridout. She will be joined by special guests, including noir artist extraordinaire Ran Blake and NEC’s President Tony Woodcock.

Thursday, September 18 – Workshop: Evan Parker – Pierce Hall
3 – 5 p.m. A pioneer of free improvisation, Evan Parker is considered to be one of the most influential saxophonists in the Post-Coltrane era. Since the late 1960s he has remained a dynamic and innovative voice who has expanded the range of his instrument and the expressive possibilities of improvised music.

Tuesday, September 23 – Masterclass: John Hollenbeck and Claudia Quintet – Brown Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m. – Widely acclaimed as a composer, conceptualist, drummer and percussionist, Hollenbeck brings his fresh, eclectic, forward-thinking and vibrant musical ideas to NEC in this masterclass with his Claudia Quintet.

Tuesday, September 30 – Masterclass with Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran – Williams Hall
4 p.m

Thursday, October 2 – The Music of Dave Holland – Brown Hall
Visiting artist-in-residence legendary bassist/composer Holland will lead NEC students in a performance of his music.

Monday, October 6 – Fred Hersch Masterclass – Pierce Hall
3 p.m. – Jazz pianist, composer and NEC faculty member/alum Fred Hersch will present a masterclass for NEC students. Hersch’s most recent CD Floating, a studio recording with his trio, is earning rave reviews.

Thursday, October 16 – The Music of George Russell – Jordan Hall
NEC Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ben Schwendener.
NEC faculty member Schwendener will lead the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a program featuring excerpts from several of George Russell’s most ambitious works: “Listen to the Silence,” “Vertical Form,” and “The African Game.” The concert will include two of Russell’s best-known compositions, “All About Rosie” and “Ezzthetic,” as well as “La Folia,” a piece co-composed by Schwendener and Russell. Russell taught at NEC for some 35 years and for many of those, students in the NEC Jazz Orchestra worked with Russell to prepare an end-of-semester concert of his music. Through coachings and rehearsals, they were exposed to Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept and his Vertical Form approach to composition, which demanded a high level of alertness and intuition from soloing players.

Tuesday, November 4 – Fred Hersch Masterclass – Pierce Hall
3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 4 – The Music of John Zorn: A 35-year Retrospective – Jordan Hall
7 p.m. – Pre-Concert Q & A with John Zorn.
8 p.m. – Concert.
Curated by John Zorn and Anthony Coleman, the concert, sponsored by NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, will include NEC’s faculty, students and ensembles. Repertoire will be drawn from a wide variety of Zorn projects including Masada, Naked City, string trios, recent chamber compositions, madrigals, as well as his iconic game pieces. During the concert, NEC president Tony Woodcock with present Zorn with an Honorary Degree.

Monday, November 17 – Jazz Composers Ensemble – Brown Hall
Jorrit Dijkstra coaches performances by NEC jazz students of their own
compositions.

SPRING 2015

Concerts at 8 p.m. except where noted. In the Mix events take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m., each with a different ensemble.

Thursday, February 26 – The Music of Ken Schaphorst and John Medeski – Jordan Hall
The NEC Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ken Schaphorst performs music by Schaphorst and keyboardist and NEC alum John Medeski.

Thursday, April 16 – The Music of Gil Evans and Duke Ellington – Jordan Hall
Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra

DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos


From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

July 13, 2014
Jesper Zeuthen, Jacob Anderskov, Jeppe Skovbakke, Rune Kielsgaard, 5e, Copenhagen
Jacob Anderskov Rune Kielsgaard Jeppe Skovbakke Jesper Zeuthen

July 13, 2014
Bushman’s Revenge with David Wallumrød & Kjetil Møster, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen
Even Helte Hermansen Kjetil Møster Rune Nergaard Gard Nilssen David Wallumrød

July 13, 2014
Nanchen 314 featuring Qarin Wikström, 5e, Copenhagen
Knut Finsrud Nana Pi Aabo Larsen Herman Müntzing Qarin Wikström

July 13, 2014
Thomas Morgan, Oliver Laumann, Emanuele Maniscalco, Lars Greve, Mellemrummet, Copenhagen
Lars Greve Oliver Laumann Emanuele Maniscalco Thomas Morgan

July 13, 2014
Asfour/Merrill Duo, Harbo Bar, Copenhagen
Ayman Asfour Daniel Merrill

July 13, 2014
S.A.L.I.G.A, PH Caféen, Copenhagen
Maria Dybbroe Rasmus Juncker Valdemar Kragelund Kristoffer Nybye

July 12, 2014
Tigers Mind, Mayhem, Copenhagen
Niklas Adam Danielle Dahl Thomas Eiler

July 12, 2014
Fjernsyn Fjernsyn, Mayhem, Copenhagen
Andreas Führer Johs Lund Toke Tietze Mortensen Tobias Fuglsang Mynborg

Coming to Seattle


Wayne Horvitz

Cover of Wayne Horvitz

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

netcat + Volpicella & Marcus Quartet
Thu., July 24; 8 PM; $5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Earshot Jazz’s annual Jazz: The Second Century series presents netcat (Brandon Lucia, David Balatero, Andrew Olmstead), exploring the intersection of technology and free improvisation, combining computers, drums and cello. The Tim Volpicella – Michael Marcus Quartet features Grammy-nominated guitarist and recent NW transplant Tim Volpicella and Teatro ZinZanni bassist Michael Marcus, steel guitarist Lucien LaMotte ,and drummer Max Wood.

The Noise Makers
Sat., July 26; 8 PM; $7 at the door

The Noise Makers explores the essence of music by weaving in and out of pre-composed material and group improvisation. By means of medley, The Noise Makers tonight will present their concept through a more theatrical approach. Inciting the help of an M.C. known as Sister Nader, The Noise Makers will take you on a journey of surreal entertainment.

Briggan Krauss & Wayne Horvitz
Fri., July 25; 8 PM; $5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Seattle ex-pats Briggan Krauss and Timothy Young reunite with long time collaborator Wayne Horvitz along with some of Seattle’s finest for an evening of mixed-ensemble improvisations. With Alex Guy: viola, violin; Timothy Young: guitar; Naomi Siegel: trombone; Briggan Krauss: alto sax, guitar; Beth Fleenor: clarinet, bass clarinet; Wayne Horvitz: piano, electronics.

THU. 7/31 – Earshot’s Jazz: the 2nd Century series: Greg Belisle-Chi + Trimtab

FRI. 8/1 – Brad Linde (sax) & Erika Dohi (piano) + Syrinx Effect

WED. 8/6 – Lawson + Park Details + Kolovos + $75 Bill

THU. 8/7 – Jesse Olsen Bay + Megan O’Donoghue-Williams

SAT. 8/9 – Rene Barge & Gustavo Matamoros, electroacoustic music from Miami

Transparent Productions Fall 2014 Shows


Tim Berne

Cover of Tim Berne

From DC’s Transparent Productions:

Fall 2014 – Our 18th Season

Ingrid Laubrock Quintet
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor sax
Tim Berne – Alto sax
Ben Gerstein – Trombone
Dan Peck – Tuba
Tom Rainey – Drums

Darius Jones Group
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Darius Jones – Alto sax
Matt Mitchell – Piano
Sean Conly – Bass
Ches Smith – Drums
Emilie Lesbros – Vocals

Cooper-Moore Ensemble
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Cooper-Moore – Piano
Pascal Niggenkemper – Bass
Brian Price – Tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet

BOHEMIAN CAVERNS
2001 11th St. NW DC 20001
$15 advance / $20 door
Sets at 7PM & 8:30PM
tickets at http://www.bohemiancaverns.com or (202) 299-0800