Mary Halvorson Interview

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Guitarist Mary Halvorson is one of the most prolific artists on the current jazz/improv scene; she’s appeared on 65 albums since 2003, including several as a leader (she has a trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, to which she adds horn players—trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, saxophonists Jon Irabagon and Ingrid Laubrock, trombonist Jacob Garchik—to make a quintet or a septet). She’s been a member of groups led by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Mike Reed, Marc Ribot, and many others, and participated in more improvisatory contexts with, it seems, half of New York’s avant-music community. Now, she’s releasing her first solo album, Meltframe, on the Firehouse 12 label.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City.

Source: The New York Times:

Chris Dingman Subliminal Trio (Friday) Mr. Dingman, a vibraphonist and composer drawn to softly luminous effect, has a chamberlike new album, “The Subliminal and the Sublime,” inspired by nature — with an eye toward both the grandeur and the granular. This trio features two core members of its cast: the pianist Fabian Almazan and the guitarist Ryan Ferreira. At 10:30 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com. (Chinen)

Go: Organic Orchestra (Sunday) The percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph has an endlessly pliable outlet in the Go: Organic Orchestra, a (very) large ensemble trained to execute his ideas, and stocked with improvisers like the multireedist Ned Rothenberg and the cornetist Graham Haynes. This is the conclusion of a monthlong residency at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. At 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-622-3300, bqcm.org. (Chinen)

Jon Irabagon Quartet (Wednesday) Jon Irabagon has two new albums arriving in a couple of weeks: “Inaction is An Action,” an often starkly abrasive solo recital played on sopranino saxophone; and “Behind the Sky,” a reflective, melodic post-bop affair for a small group. This one-nighter focuses more on the second option — though perhaps not to the exclusion of the first — with a band featuring the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Chinen)

Mario Pavone: ‘Blue Dialect’ (Sunday and Monday) The rock-solid yet deeply exploratory bassist Mario Pavone has an excellent new album, “Blue Dialect,” featuring his trio with Matt Mitchell on piano and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. The group draws from the album in this engagement, joined (on Sunday only) by Dave Ballou on trumpet and Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

August Tzadik Releases

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English: John Medeski. Concert with Medeski, M...

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Blue Buddha : Blue Buddha

Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today, this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual.

John Zorn : The True Discoveries Of Witches And Demons

“The True Discoveries of Witches and Demons” is the second release by Zorn’s heavy new organ trio of John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski. Described as Tony Williams’ Lifetime on steroids, here they are joined by special guests Marc Ribot and Trevor Dunn to make the music even heavier and more intense. This is white hot, mind bending music filled with heavy riffs, fiery solos and improvisational madness. Three generations of musical explorers come together to rip your mind to shreds in the second installment from Zorn’s heaviest new ensemble Simulacrum.

Vital Weekly Reviews 996

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Fryadlus – Musical Expo (Cd by Kaico) *
Kita Kouhei – Endless Cycle of Rebirth (Cd by Lantern) *
Periskop – Immerse (Cd by Kabalion Records) *
Jonas Kocher & Ilan Manouach – Skeleton Drafts (Cd by Bruit)
Nichi Nichi Kore Koniche – P.u.r. (Cd by Fortune)
Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston (Cd by Fortune)
Graham Stephenson & Aaron Zarzutzki – No Dice (Cd by Hideous Replica) *
Dominic Lash & Seth Cooke – Canary (Cd by Hideous Replica) *
Adam Asnan & Dale Cornish – Mounting (Cdr by Hideous Replica) *
Michael Speers – Damped, Driven System (Cassette by Hideous Replica)
Coppice – Bypass Ideal (Cassette by Hideous Replica)
Chaotalion – Tannenholzrauch (Cd by Attenuation Circuit) *
Metek – Psychededlic Noise (Feat. Vmood and Pythahora) (Cdr by Attenuation Circuit) *
Unii/emerge – … Distant Glow… (Cdr by Attenuation Circuit) *
Emerge Feat. Eljara of Prinzip Nemesis – … Staub (Cdr by Attenuation Circuit) *
Truus – Surrealist Ball (Cdr by Dew Claw Ditties) *
Kayaka – Sonic Kitchen (Cdr by Adaadat) *
Dunningwebsterunderwood – Bleed (Cdr by Adaadat) *
Hamilton Yarns – 2 Coins in a Fountain/the Eye of the Storm (2cdr by Hark!) *
More Eaze – Accidental Prizes (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
Fossils – with Brian Ruryk (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
Jen Hill – the Shape of It (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *

Ennio Morricone’s 25 Greatest Musical Cues 

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In honor of the composer’s upcoming work in Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight.

Source: Vulture

Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight will be the first time that the legendary composer Ennio Morricone has scored an entire movie for the spaghetti Western–loving director. (Indeed, it will be the first time that any composer has scored an entire movie for Tarantino, who generally prefers his music repurposed.) Morricone, age 86, has continued to work fairly steadily, but it will be exciting for those of us who are fans of the composer to see the spotlight shine brightly on him once again. Because to say that Morricone is a great soundtrack composer — or even the greatest of all soundtrack composers — doesn’t quite do him justice. His influence is monumental across musical genres, and his innovations have been adopted even by avant-garde musicians.

Bestia Festival, Curated by John Zorn, December 5-6 in Mexico City

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From Bestia Festival, a rough translation follows.

The 3rd edition of BEAST Festival is curated by John Zorn, one of the most influential artists of the scene avant-garde New Yorker of the past 4 decades. While the first edition of the Festival was set as the closing of the international tour of the celebrations of its 60th anniversary, Zorn at 60 , performed in prestigious and landmarks such as the MOMA, MET, Guggenheim and Diego Rivera Museum Anahuacalli in Mexico where he presented and he led his ensemble Moonchild (Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn and Joey Baron).

This time the festival expands its program with the support and co-production of the National Auditorium and alternate forum Lunario under marathons Zorn made ​​this year to comprehensively present their work. The Masada Marathon to perform in Bogota for the first time in Latin America as well as presented at LACMA ( LA County Museum of Art ), inspired programming BEAST 2015.

This year more than 25 national and international musicians of first level as Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Fantomas), Bill Laswell, Secret Chiefs 3, Abraxas and Klezmerson, among others, involved with Zorn in the interpretation of Masada, as well as proposals jazz, rock and improvisation.

The closing of the Festival will be held with the Latin American premiere of the film most representative of German Expressionism, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari , restored and performed live by John Zorn who see first run the version monumental organ of the National Auditorium : the largest instrument of Mexico, Latin America and the seventh in the world in an event especially to highlight the organ as equity.

DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

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August 21, 2015
Not on the Guest List, MIR, Oslo
Ole Mofjell Natalie Sandtorv

August 20, 2015
Maria Chavez Solo, MIR, Oslo
Maria Chavez

August 20, 2015
Magda Mayas & John Russell, MIR, Oslo
Magda Mayas John Russell

August 21, 2015
Will it float?, MIR, Oslo
Steve Beresford John Edwards Sören Runolf John Russell Ståle Liavik Solberg

August 21, 2015
Joe McPhee Solo, MIR, Oslo
Joe McPhee

August 20, 2015
Heat Death, MIR, Oslo
Mats Äleklint Dag Erik Knedal Andersen Ola Høyer Martin Küchen Kjetil Møster Simon Ohlsson

August 21, 2015
Schlippenbach Trio, MIR, Oslo
Paul Lovens Simon Ohlsson Evan Parker Alexander von Schlippenbach

August 20, 2015
Joe McPhee, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Per Zanussi, Paal Nilssen-Love, MIR, Oslo
Joe McPhee Paal Nilssen-Love Alexander von Schlippenbach Per Zanussi