Francois Carrier and Michel Lambert Tour Canada and Europe

From Francois Carrier:

European Spring Tour 2014
May 17 : FIMAV, Victoriaville, QC, Canada
François Carrier – Michel Lambert

May 20 : The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham, UK
May 21 : Workshop, TBA, UK
François Carrier – Michel Lambert – John Edwards

May 22 : Jazz North East, Newcastle, UK
François Carrier – Michel Lambert – Steve Beresford

May 23 : The Old Fire House, Hadleigh, Essex, UK
May 25 : The Vortex, London, UK
May 26 : Workshop, TBA, UK
François Carrier – Michel Lambert – John Edwards

May 28 : DOM Cultural Center, Moscow, Russia
May 29 : ESG-21, St. Petersburg, Russia
May 30 : Improviser’s School, St. Petersburg, Russia
François Carrier – Michel Lambert – Alexey Lapin

June 1 : Alchemia Club, Krakow, Poland
June 2 : Recording Session, Krakow, Poland
François Carrier – Michel Lambert – Rafal Mazur

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Coming to Seattle

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Mark Hosler + Noel Brass, Jr.
Thu., April 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Negativland co-founder Mark Hosler ditches the band but steals their boopers for a solo set of highly idiosyncratic homemade low-fi electronic noise. Seattle’s Noel Brass, Jr. (Afrocop) dons his Soulgazer hat, playing improvisational psych-ambient soundscapes inflected with twisted bits of gospel, jazz, sci-fi and film noir.

DX ARTS & UW Composers
Sat., April 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

An evening of electronic music featuring a variety of new works for electronics, video, and interactive media. Included are new and recent works by Hector Bravo Benard, Marcin Pączkowski, Abe King, Josh Archibald-Seiffer, Jeff Bowen and Gérard Pape.

Carlson + Kurek + Suzuki
Fri., April 18, 8 PM; $5 – 15 at the door

Portland’s Matt Carlson (Golden Retriever), Warsaw-based Piotr Kurek, and Seattle’s Kaori Suzuki mine varied and virtuosic takes on electronic music; timeless yet very contemporary, often turning the idea of “electronic music” inside out, going against expected tropes. Three uncompromising, singular approaches.
Upcoming Events (subject to change)

FRI. 4/25 – Jay Hamilton & the Turtling Dithers: Love Songs & Other Fairy Tales
SAT. 4/26 – Ivan Arteaga & Kromer, music for saxophone quartet
FRI. 5/2 – Seattle Composers’ Salon, artists TBA
SAT. 5/3 – Sue Ann Harkey and friends

Robert Ashley’s Work Lives On at the Whitney Biennial


Followers of Ashley’s work — a rich, edifying, idiosyncratic mix of directness and ambiguity, singsong vocals and complex technologies, the mythic and the mundane — know that a kind of preservative transformation has been mounting for a while. His oeuvre includes plenty of works created expressly for other performers and ensembles, but Ashley typically performed in his operas with a close-knit cadre of collaborators, including the vocalists Jacqueline Humbert, Joan La Barbara, Sam Ashley (the composer’s son) and Thomas Buckner, and the sound designer Tom Hamilton. Self-agency resulted in a canon of remarkable consistency, despite myriad topical concerns and a gradual evolution toward simpler surfaces and interpretive liberty.

New Paths Festival Update: Vandermark, Zorn, Graves, Parker, Gustafsson, Brotzmann and Others

We recently posted the lineup for this upcoming Philadelphia festival, but Ars Nova Workshop has announced some further acts that will be appearing. Here is the whole lineup as it stands today.

Milford Graves

Cover of Milford Graves

Monday, April 21, 8pm [7pm, pre-concert discussion*]
Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break
Featuring Ken Vandermark, reeds; Jasper Stadhouders, el. bass; Tim Daisy, drums; and Christof Kurzmann, electronics [lloopp]
Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway ($25)
MacArthur Fellow and Chicago jazz legend Ken Vandermark visits Philadelphia for the first time in over five years to premiere a piece inspired by the Barnes collection with his latest and most radical ensemble, Made to Break. Inspired by elements of Ethiopian music, Dutch group The Ex, the New Music concepts of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and jazz and improvised music history, Vandermark has devised a compositional framework that engages and complements Dr. Barnes’s peculiar personal curatorial philosophy.

Saturday, April 26, 8pm
Milford Graves
Featuring Milford Graves, drums + percussion
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard ($40)
Free Jazz legend, herbalist, acupuncturist, martial artist, professor, savant, and shaman Milford Graves (b. 1941) is best known for his work with Albert Ayler, the New York Art Quartet (featuring Roswell Rudd, Reggie Workman and John Tchicai) and John Zorn. Graves has spent decades connecting healing practices and herbology (he’s been co-director of George Washington Carver Botanical Garden in New York) to his personal improvising and composing approaches. For his first Philadelphia appearance in over four decades, Graves will present a very rare solo performance inside the oldest barn in Philadelphia County at Bartram’s Garden, the birthplace of American botany. Seating for this concert is extremely limited.

Saturday, May 10, 8pm
John Zorn’s Hermetic Organ
Featuring John Zorn, organ
Girard College Chapel, 2101 South College Avenue ($10)
Maverick American force of nature, John Zorn visits Philadelphia for a rare solo organ performance at the non-sectarian Girard College Chapel, an acoustical and architectural environment of commanding grandeur. One of the largest pipe organs in Philadelphia, the Chapel’s organ is the last authoritative Ernest M. Skinner (of Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company) statement and stands as one of the most powerful pipe organs ever built in the United States. Often crediting Lon Chaney in the silent classic Phantom of the Opera as a primal influence, Zorn’s first instrument was the organ. It wasn’t until 2011, however, during Thirdbird’s BLINDSPOT Festival at Philadelphia’s historic Christ Church that he made his first concert appearance on the instrument. Drawing upon traditions as varied as Messiaen, Xenakis, Bach, Ives, and Korla Pandit, Zorn’s organ improvisations are transcendent, inspiring, ecstatic experiences, offering a direct line to the workings of his rich compositional imagination.

Sunday, May 11, 8pm
William Parker & Muhammad Ali + Odean Pope
Featuring William Parker, double-bass; and Muhammad Ali, drums + percussion; with Odean Pope, tenor saxophone

Monday, May 12, 8pm
William Parker & Muhammad Ali Duo + Marshall Allen
Featuring William Parker, double-bass; and Muhammad Ali, drums + percussion; with Marshall Allen, saxophone

Tuesday, May 13, 8pm
William Parker & Muhammad Ali Duo + Dave Burrell
Featuring William Parker, double-bass; and Muhammad Ali, drums + percussion; with Dave Burrell, piano

Wednesday, May 14, 8pm
William Parker & Muhammad Ali Duo + Bobby Zankel
Featuring William Parker, double-bass; and Muhammad Ali, drums + percussion; with Bobby Zankel, alto saxophone
First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, 2125 Chestnut Street ($25 each)
When Martin Luther King Jr. was a seminary student in nearby Chester, he attended a lecture at the First Unitarian Church on how Mohandas K. Gandhi integrated Henry David Thoreau’s theory of non-violent civil disobedience that ultimately inspired King’s non-violent protests for civil rights. William Parker and Muhammad Ali are two of the most important living Free Jazz musicians today, contributing to many seminal recordings by Albert Ayler, Noah Howard, Frank Wright, David S. Ware, and Cecil Taylor. Over four nights at the breathtaking Frank Furness designed First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, these musicians will perform music inspired by this story, inviting four Philadelphia heavyweights as guests: Dave Burrell, Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen, Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope. Over these four nights Parker will reveal a new four-part suite, Flower In Stained Glass Window (for creative music ensemble and improvising trio), featuring an all-Philadelphian chamber ensemble led by Keir Neuringer.

Saturday, May 17, 8pm
Mats Gustafsson’s Swedish Azz
Featuring Mats Gustafsson, saxophones + electronics; Per-Åke Holmlander, tuba; Kjell Nordeson, vibraphone; dieb13, turntables + electronics; and Eric Carlsson, drums
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue ($25)
The Golden Age of Swedish Jazz occurred in the mid-1950´s and was represented by very distinct and personal voices (such as Lars Gullin and Jan Johansson) that were taking inspiration from American West Coast Jazz as well as traditional Swedish Folk Music. Groundbreaking Swedish saxophonist-composer Mats Gustaffson – who has collaborated with everyone from Sonic Youth to Merzbow to Neneh Cherry – will lead this US debut of Swedish Azz, an all-Swedish ensemble that explores the intersection of these histories at the American Swedish Historical Museum, the oldest Swedish museum in the United States, built to commemorate the 1638 settlement of the New Sweden colony formed along the Delaware River.

Monday, May 19, 8pm
St. Francis Duo
Featuring Steve Noble, drums; and Stephen O’Malley, el. guitar
St. Francis de Sales Auditorium, 4625 Springfield Avenue ($15)
St. Francis was born to wealth, enjoyed it, and then renounced worldly goods and privilege in order to be closer to God. He was the first recorded stigmatic in Christian history. The ominous St. Francis Duo – featuring pioneering British jazz drummer Steve Noble (Derek Bailey, Wadada Leo Smith, The Bow Gamelan Ensemble) and experimental guitarist-composer Stephen O’Malley, best know for his work in Sunn0))) and Khanate – will perform at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in West Philadelphia in what will be their first North American performance.

Friday, May 30, 8pm
Peter Brötzmann
Featuring Peter Brötzmann, reeds
German Society of Pennsylvania’s Horner Memorial Library, 611 Spring Garden Street ($25)
Peter Brötzmann is one of the most important and uncompromising figures in free jazz and has been at the forefront of developing a unique, European take on free improvisation since the 1960s. Brötzmann will perform at the German Society of Pennsylvanias’ Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library (named in honor of the Philadelphia Orchestra musician), an awe-inspiring space built in 1817 with the largest private collection of German books in the United States. This Volksbibliothek stands as a commitment to German heritage and has remained an authentic cultural outlet for Philadelphia Germans for centuries. This very rare solo performance from Brötzmann will provide a unique dialogue with this historic and impressive collection.

Arts for Art Evolving Series in NY

William Parker

Cover of William Parker

From Arts for Art, Inc.:

Monday, April 14th
Rob Brown Residency

7:30 William Parker / Rob Brown Duo
Rob Brown – alto sax
William Parker – bass

8:45 Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown – sax
Kenny Warren – trumpet
Gerald Cleaver – drums

10:00 Mezzacappa Trio
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass
Tomeka Reid – cello
Jeff Davis – drums
Monday, April 21th

7:30 Lou Grassi & Friends
Cecile Broche – violin
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Joe Fonda – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

8:45 Jon Irabagon Quartet
Jon Irabagon – sax
Luis Perdomo – piano
Yasushi Nakamura – bass
Rudy Royston – drums

10:00 William Hooker Trio
Mark Hennen – piano
Matt Lavelle – trumpet
William Hooker – drums
Monday, April 28

John Tchicai Birthday Celebration

7:30 Jonathan Finlayson Tribute to Tchicai
Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet
Brian Settles – sax
Mike Pride – drums

8:45 Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host
Songs for J Tchicai
Cooper-Moore – keyboard
Darius Jones – alto
Brandon Seabrook – guitar
Pascal Niggenkemper – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums

10:00 Yoni Kretzmer 2 Bass Quartet
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Reuben Radding – double bass
Sean Conly – double bass
Mike Pride – drums

Sonar Tours Europe

From Sonar:

Sonar European Spring Tour
April 24 – EXIL – Zürich, Switzerland (CD Launch party)
May 10 – Sedel – Luzern, Switzerland
May 15 – Stanzerei – Baden, Switzerland
May 16 – Klubi – Zürich, Switzerland
May 17 – Tangente – Eschen, Liechtenstein
June 6 – Grabenhalle – St. Gallen, Switzerland
June 8 – Festival at the Mines Museum – St. Etienne, France
June 13 – Gate 68 – Solothurn, Switzerland
June 19 – Ono – Bern, Switzerland
June 28 – Brüggli Bar – Thun, Switzerland
July 24 – Komm Doch Festival – Luzern, Switzerland
July 25 – Festival L’abore – Hauptmannsgrün, Germany

Sonar is a progressive, post-minimal band from Switzerland. Their name stands for SONic ARchitecture, a name which alludes to their intention of creating polymetric and highly structured avant-rock. Static Motion is their second full-length release, and their first release outside of Switzerland.

Hideous Porta 12 in London May 10

Paul Dunmall

Paul Dunmall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Hideous Porta:

Hideous Porta 12 will take place at Apiary Studios, London E2. This installment will be an all day event on Saturday 10th May celebrating free improvisation and electro-acoustic forms.

Date: Saturday 10th May
Venue: Apiary Studios, London
Tickets: £6 (advance) £8 (Door)
Doors: 4pm onwards

Lettera 22
Dynamic, fractured concrète mass

Paul Dunmall
Solo pipes – uncompromising air supply

Spoils & Relics
Labyrinthic tape manipulations and entangled electronics

Birgit Ulher
First London performance in a decade
Trumpet, radio, metal, speakers

Bohman Brothers
Everyday objects and spoken collage

Seymour Wright & Patrick Farmer
First time duo. About Saxophone and Electricity

Daniel Jones
Disruption by minimal means

Chicago Scene: April 12 – 26

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English: Mars Williams 

This is a weekly overview live performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 12th 2014

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Colour and Sound Trio : Jimmy Bennington, Dan Pierson, Charles Kirchen

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Julianna Barwick

Sunday, April 13th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
New Music from Bowling Green — music by Marcos Balter, Louis Andriessen, George Lewis, Stephen Hartke, Christopher Dietz, Marc Mellits, Monte Weber

Monday, April 14th 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
ANODE : Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Shanna Gutierrez, Jesse Langen — music by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Ray Evanoff, Evan Johnson, Fredrick Gifford, Pedro Alvarez, James Dillon, Mauricio Pauly

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, April 15th 2014

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($5)
Sonoi : Adam Busch, Ryan Hembrey, Pierce Doerr
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

10:00PM at Bar DeVille, 701 N Damen, 312.929.2349 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loris : James Davis, Tim Stine, Jeff Greene, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($15)
Chicago Underground Duo : Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor — Record Release

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson, Josh Abrams, Mikel Avery

Friday, April 18th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Pandelis Karayorgis Circuitous Quintet : Dave Rempis, Keefe Jackson, Pandelis Karayorgis, Nate McBride, Frank Rosaly

Saturday, April 19th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Michael Moore 4tet with Harmen Fraanje, Clemens Van Der Feen, Michael Vatcher

Sunday, April 20th 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Christoph Erb, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Monday, April 21st 2014

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

7:30PM at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave, Evanston IL, 847.866.6260 ($10-$5)
Sound Wired Concerts : Draw the Strings Tight
Sarah Beske, Veronica Nettles — music by György Ligeti, John Corigliano, Chan Ka Nin, Edie Hill

10:00PM at Bar DeVille, 701 N Damen, 312.929.2349 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loris : James Davis, Tim Stine, Jeff Greene, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Fonema Consort
Voix de Stras’

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Joshua Abrams, Dana Hall, Ben Waltzer

Thursday, April 24th 2014

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Dave Rempis, Brian Labycz
Jason Adasiewicz, John Niekrasz

Friday, April 25th 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Mivos Quartet : Olivia De Prato, Joshua Modney, Victor Lowrie, Mariel Roberts — music by Ke Xu, David Brynjar Franzson, Helmut Lachenmann
9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($8)
Jason Stein Quartet with Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

Blasting Opera Forward: Braxton in New York Previewed

Anthony Braxton

Cover of Anthony Braxton

From The New York Review of Books:

Though Anthony Braxton’s contributions to jazz have been substantial, he has spent the last three decades on the genre’s fringes. A MacArthur Award-winning saxophonist, composer, and teacher, Braxton has released a number of acclaimed works, including For Alto, the first album for unaccompanied solo saxophone ever recorded, and has for years been a leading proponent of merging avant-garde jazz with contemporary art music. Yet when I spoke to him in early April, Braxton told me he was surprised to be included on the list of “Jazz Masters” honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, in January. And, once again, he was already looking ahead: more eager to talk about Richard Wagner and Karlheinz Stockhausen, influences on his own opera-cycle in progress, Trillium. The latest work in what he calls his “opera complex,” Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), will have its premiere this month at Roulette in Brooklyn, from April 17 to April 19. The weekend before, Braxton will also play saxophone in performances at the same venue with a chamber orchestra and with a nonet that includes Ingrid Laubrock, Nate Wooley, and Mary Halvorson.