Just Outside Reviews

Posted: January 24, 2015 by Mike in Reviews

English: Yuko Oshima at moers festival 2010

Yuko Oshima 

From Just Outside:

Jim Denley/Cor Fuhler – Truancy (splitrec)
Jacques Demieree – the thirty and one pianos (Flexion)
Vinzenz Schwab – dings #1 (Canto Crudo)
Adolf Wölfli/Nurse with Wound – Courte Autobiographie (Lenka Lente)
David Michael/Slávek Kwi – Mmabolela (Gruenrekorder)
Marc Spruit – Small bits of indigenous space between the grains (self-released)
Gregory Büttner/Gunnar Lettow/Ernesto Rodrigues/Nuno Torres – Zwei Mal Zwei (Creative Sources)
Great Waitress – Flock (Creative Sources)
Alexander Frangenheim – talk for a listener (Creative Sources)
IKB – Anthropométrie sans Titre (Creative Sources)
IKB – Rhinocerus (Creative Sources)
Lauroshilau – s/t (Creative Sources)
Audrey Lauro (alto saxophone), Yuko Oshima (drums, sampler) and Pak Yan Lau (prepared piano, Hohner pianet, electronics).
Gunnar Lettow/Korhan Erel – Bad Falling Bostel (Creative Sources)
Wade Matthews/Javier Pedreira/Ernesto Rodrigues/Nuno Torres – Primary Envelopment (Creative Sources)
Tensil Test – s/t (Creative Sources)
Ariel Shibolet – 132 Work for Multiphonics (Creative Sources)
Konstantin Sukhan/Yury Favorin/Alexey Sysoev – It Don’t Mean a Thing (Creative Sources)
Un – s/t (Creative Sources)
Naoto Yamagishi – Hossu no Mori (Creative Sources)
Order from Noise Ensemble – Feedback (Mikroton)
Casey Anderson/Jason Kahn/Norbert Möslang/Günter Müller/Mark Trayle – Five Lines (Mikroton)
eRikm/Martin Brandlmayr – Ecotone (Mikroton)
Bryan Eubanks – From the Cistern (Gruenrekorder)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Posted: January 24, 2015 by Mike in Performances

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...

Vijay Iyer

From NYTimes.com:

Dan Weiss Trio (Saturday) Recently the drummer and composer Dan Weiss has been drawn to a large-canvas scrawl, on his excellent “Fourteen” and a forthcoming follow-up album. But he hasn’t stopped working with trios like this one, with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Mark Formanek. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day (Friday and Saturday) A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt walks the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition with Canada Day, with the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Matt Bauder, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the bassist Pascal Niggenkemper. The band plays each night at 8 p.m., followed by another group: on Friday it’s the Vinnie Sperrazza Trio (for which there’s a separate listing); on Saturday it will be the Jeff Davis Quartet. At IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com. (Chinen)

Evolving Music Series (Friday through next Friday) This off-season series from the organizers of the Vision Festival, bearing the poignant title “BlackLivesMatter,” will accommodate a range of avant-garde approaches through the month’s end. Highlights include the bassist William Parker in a duo with the pianist Cooper-Moore, Friday at 8 p.m.; the pianist Connie Crothers with the drummer Warren Smith, Saturday at 9:30 p.m.; the trumpeter Nate Wooley with his quintet, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.; and the Tony Malaby TubaCello Quartet, Thursday at 9:30 p.m. At Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, 212-260-4080, artsforart.org. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer at the Stone (through Sunday) The furiously productive pianist Vijay Iyer has another fine trio album, “Break Stuff,” coming next month, but he’s exploring other avenues during his residency at the Stone. He’ll present two expanded versions of his trio on Friday, including one that adds Graham Haynes on cornet, Rafiq Bhatia on guitar and Mat Maneri on viola, among others; lead a sextet at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed at 10 p.m. by “Open Cityscapes,” featuring a range of musicians and the writer Teju Cole; and play two distinct sets on Sunday with the trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing (Wednesday) Last year this puckish outfit raised some hackles with “Blue,” a concept album that involved the painstaking recreation of Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue.” The uproar has subsided a bit, and the trumpeter Peter Evans has decamped — but there’s still plenty of fight left in the band, now a quartet with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Ron Stabinsky on piano, Moppa Elliott on bass and Kevin Shea on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

‘Northern Spy Presents’ at Sugarcube (Saturday) The Brooklyn avant-garde label Northern Spy presents two bands in a free showcase at Sugarcube, the pop-up space at South Street Seaport: first, at 7 p.m., comes Haunted House, led by the guitarist Loren Connors; then Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog performs at 8 p.m., with Mr. Ribot on guitar, Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At Sugarcube, Fulton and Front Streets, Lower Manhattan, sugarcube.nyc. (Chinen)

Pharoah Sanders (Thursday through Feb. 1) The tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, one of the most significant survivors of 1960s free jazz, has never stopped imbuing his performances with the tone of a spiritual quest. He’ll lead a quartet with William Henderson on piano, Nat Reeves on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, jazz.org. (Chinen)

Vinnie Sperrazza Trio (Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday) Vinnie Sperrazza is a drummer grounded in mainstream jazz traditions, though he moves freely within and around them. He’s celebrating the release of “Play Cy Coleman,” his second album with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Masa Kamaguchi, stocked with tunes like “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Friday at 9:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-499-1199, korzorestaurant.com. Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, seedsbrooklyn.org. (Chinen)

DMG Newsletter January 23rd, 2015

Posted: January 24, 2015 by Mike in Performances, Releases, Reviews

From DMG:

New King Crimson Live At The Orpheum CD/DVD Audio! Wadada Leo Smith & Eco D’Alberi! Butch Morris W/ David Murray/Evan Parker/Hamid Drake/Joe Bowie and many more! Ted Daniel/Oliver Lake/Daniel Carter/Tatsuya Nakamura/Richard Pierce! ÊLoren Connors! Daniel Levin & Juan Pablo Carletti! Damo Suzuki & Mugstar! Aine O’Dwyer’s Organ Music! 2 New Cuneiforms: Andi Schnellmann/Manuell Troller/David Meier & The Kandinsky Effect [Warren Walker/Gael Petrina/Caleb Dolister]! Bobby Kapp! Paul Van Kemenade’s Three Horns And A Bass! Harvey Mandel! Fatal Tangent! Diamono Lemzo! Samba Toure!

The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, January 25th:
6pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT & JON IRABAGON – Two Solos & A Duo!

Sunday, February 1st Double-Header:

Sunday, March 1st Double-Header:

English: Mars Williams performing live at Doub...

Mars Williams

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

Saturday, January 24th 2015

9:00PM at 3310 S Lowe St, 1st Fl
Foundation Series
Bill MacKay, Katinka Kleijn
Michael Zerang, Jim Baker
Vivian McConnell, Tommy Trafton

Sunday, January 25th 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, January 26th 2015

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

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Keefe Jackson, Charles Rumback

9:00PM at the Bedford, 1612 W Division, 773.235.8800 (Free)
Khari Lemuel, Yaw Agyeman
Anchor : Matt Schneider, Frank Rosaly

Saturday, January 31st 2015

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

Sunday, February 1st 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, February 2nd 2015

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

Thursday, February 5th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Loris : Tim Stine, Frank Rosaly, James Davis, Jeff Greene
Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz

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














English: Henry Kaiser (guitar), Steve Beresfor...

English: Henry Kaiser (guitar), Steve Beresford (electronics), John Russell (guitar), Roger Turner (percussion) 

Avant-Garde Guitarist, Composer, Ethnomusicologist and Antarctic Diver/Underwater Photographer Henry Kaiser Celebrates Four Album Releases with Residency at The Stone in NYC: Feb 3-8 2015.

Henry Kaiser will play a residency gig at The Stone in NYC February 3 – 8, 2015. It is very rare for Kaiser to play in NYC. This Stone run celebrates his 4 new albums, released over one week on two labels: The Celestial Squid with Ray Russell, released on Cuneiform Records; and three releases on other labels, including Garden of Memory on which he is a featured guitarist, Relations with Damon Smith, and Leaps with Scott Amendola. The run at The Stone includes collaboration with such NYC luminaries as Samuel R. Delany, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Lukas Ligeti, and Brandon Ross.

Concert Details
The Stone, New York City
Located at the center of
Avenue C and 2nd Street


All 8 PM shows $20All 10 PM shows $15

2/3 Tuesday
8 pm
Invite The Spirit
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Charles K. Noyes (percussion, drums) Sang-Won Park (kayagum, ajaeng, changgo, voice)

10 pm
Kaiser-Noyes Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Charles K. Noyes (guitar)

2/4 Wednesday
8 pm
Kaiser-Laswell-Ligeti Trio
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Laswell Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass)

2/5 Thursday
8 pm
Melvin Gibbs (bass) Henry Kaiser (guitar) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Topography of the Spleen
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Chris Pitsiokos (sax) Weasel Walter (drums)

2/6 Friday
8 pm
Chip Delany & Henry Kaiser
Samuel R. Delany (reading aloud) Henry Kaiser (guitar accompaniment)

10 pm
Brandy Gale – Henry Kaiser – Ava Mendoza
Brandy Gale (live synesthetic painting) Henry Kaiser, Ava Mendoza (guitars)
2/7 Saturday
8 pm
Kaiser-Musso Quintet
Nick Didkovsky, Henry Kaiser, Bob Musso (guitars) Jesse Krakow (bass) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Licht Duo
Henry Kaiser, Alan Licht (guitar)

2/8 Sunday
8 pm
Dunkelman-Kaiser-Mori-Zorn Quartet
Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Henry Kaiser (bass) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)

10 pm
Kaiser-Ross Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Brandon Ross (guitar)


Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell
[Cuneiform Records]

Guitar summits don’t ascend higher than when legendary British free-jazz pioneer and longtime session ace Ray Russell meets the brilliant California avant-improv overachiever and Antarctic diver Henry Kaiser in the realm of The Celestial Squid. An album as cosmically evocative as its title, The Celestial Squid marks both a promising new partnership and a return to the outer-limits sensibility that informed Russell’s earliest work. With sixteen albums as a leader and more than countless session performances to his credit, including the early James Bond film scores, Russell is returning to his bone-rattling, noise-rocking roots for the first time ever since 1971. You’ll be shaken and stirred as Kaiser, Russell, and eight super friends deliver a no-holds-barred, free-range sonic cage match. They evoke improvised music’s past, present, and future while proving that free jazz can still be good, clean, liberating fun.

Henry Kaiser
[Fractal Music]
A 5-CD box set of live guitar solos. Playing in the the trance music mode these solos could be considered to be a tribute to both Terry Riley’s late 70’s keyboard improvisations and the super human solo soprano sax of Evan Parker.

Henry Kaiser & Damon Smith
[Balance Point Acoustics]
Henry Kaiser and Damon Smith have been playing guitar and bass together for 20 years now. This release of acoustic double bass and 7-string acoustic guitar free improvisations celebrates their musical partnership.

Scott Amendola & Henry Kaiser
[Fractal Music]
Featuring Scott Amendola on drums & percussion and Henry Kaiser on guitar(s). Bay area drummer, Scott Amendola is a longtime member of the Nels Cline Singers as well as working with Larry Ochs, Charlie Hunter & Ben Goldberg plus having several discs out as a leader. West Coast guitar great, Henry Kaiser, keeps busy by playing in a wide variety of contexts: solos, duos, trios and bands of different sizes. Mr. Kaiser has recorded a number duos, most often with fellow guitarists like: Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne and Fred Frith, but rarely in a duo with a drummer. Each piece here is very different and shows many sides to these two gifted improvisers. The title piece is first and it is an epic length workout which goes throughout a number of different sections, moods or scenes. From rip-roaring intensity to those Dead-like space jams. It all fits together like fascinating cryptic mosaic or puzzle which unfolds as it evolves. This disc is around 75 minutes long and takes us on a fabulous journey throughout.

RIP Edgar Froese, founder of Tangerine Dream

Posted: January 23, 2015 by Mike in General

Deutsch: Tangerine Dream beim Konzert in Ebers...

Sad news via Tiny Mix Tapes:

On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

My favorite Tangerine Dream recordings are Phaedra and Rubycon. They had a huge influence on me 23 years ago as I was introduced to electronic / ambient music.

Daniel+Rosenboom+-+Astral+Transference+-+Album+ArtThis live double CD is Daniel Rosenboom’s follow up to last year’s Fire Keeper, and was recorded live at Los Angeles’ Blue Whale on May 7, 2014. The first disc consists of the 31-minute Astral Transference, while the second features the longer, multi-part Seven Dreams.

The group includes Rosenboom on trumpet, Artyom Manukyan on cello and effects, Joshua White on piano, Richard Giddens on bass, and Gene Coye on drums. But Astral Transference uses a jazz octet arrangement, augmenting the sound with Gavin Templeton on alto sax, Jon Armstrong on tenor sax, and Alexander Noice on guitar and effects.

Astral Transference is the tightest composition, with as much of a Steve Reich influence as that of Wadada Leo Smith. The octet presents a contrapunctal wall of spiky noise, with the horns and guitar dancing around one another, while the piano and cello stake out strong positions. Somehow, the tracks covers both minimalist and “maximalist” styles, with interlocked melodies but a pounding and dense structure.

Daniel+Rosenboom+-+Seven+Dreams+-+Album+ArtSeven Dreams is a more customary suite, giving each musician room to stretch out, improvise and solo. For instance, The Tears of Venus features a lengthy bass solo, and piano dominates a good portion of Chatting with the Moon. Dancing on the Rings of Saturn provides a catchy melody accompanied by some inspired noodling, while Throwing Fire at the Sky is a rousing piece where Rosenboom and Manukyan play on top of tense rhythms from other three.

Astral Transference and Seven Dreams are two sides of a coin. The former a demanding chunk of avant-jazz, while the latter is more conventional (if one can even use that word to describe the group), yet still featuring free-form blow-outs. Rosenboom has hit a high point in this release, and with any luck, this is an example of much more to come.


Read our interview with Daniel, and check out the live performance of Astral Transference: