Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

David Sylvian / Rhodri Davies / Mark Wastell! Riverside: Dave Douglas/Steve Swallow/Chet & Jim Doxas! Ryan Keberle & Catharsis! Gato Libre: Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Yasuko Kaneko! From Cantaloupe: Bobby Previte Terminals Quartets!

John Luther Adams Canticles! David Lang / Molly Barth! Contact/Brian Eno’s ‘Discreet Music’! Arto Lindsay! Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay! Dan Tepfer / Thomas Morgan / Nate Wood! Adam Kolker / Steve Cardenas / Billy Mintz!

Rhys Chatham & Oneida! Dominique Eade & Ran Blake! Invisible Guy: Michael Coleman & Ben Goldberg! Machine Mass Does Jimi Hendrix! Diego Barber! Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones! Come On! Plus Rare Vinyl from Dorothy Ashby Roberto Musci, Maria Teresa Luciani & Ragnar Johnson!



Sunday, June 25th:
6pm: THOMAS HEBERER / CHRISTOF KNOCHE – Trumpet and Bass Clarinet
7pm: JOHN McCOWEN – Solo B-flat and ContraBass Clarinet (from Wie Zhongle)

Sunday, July 2nd:

Sunday, July 9th:
ELIJAH SHIFFER / BRITT CIAMPA – Acoustic Bass / Sax / Drums!

Super Rare Night Saturday, July 15th Set:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

Sunday, July 23rd:

Complete Communion Jazz Reviews

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Source: The Quietus.

For the first Complete Communion of the summer, we bring you American free jazz heavyweights, an Italian bass virtuoso, some Anglo-Swiss oddballs, several generations of British eccentrics, and Franco-Portuguese chamber groups. The new double album from William Parker’s Quartets is the big news, but I’m also bowled over by the second studio album from Hear In Now, the US-Italian string trio of Mazz Swift, Tomeka Reid, and Silvia Bolognesi. Also in the mix are Chamber 4, The Selva, Gregor Vidic & Nicolas Field, Sam Andreae/David Birchall/Otto Willberg, and Lol Coxhill & Raymond MacDonald. Onwards faithful jazzers!

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – June 2017

Source: Stereogum reviews the Vision Festival as well as some recent jazz releases.

The Vision Festival is a totally unique event on the New York jazz scene. Every year, Patricia Nicholson-Parker (wife of bassist William Parker) and the Arts For Art organization put on a series of concerts over the course of a week to 10 days. The musicians who perform mostly fit under the broad umbrella of “free jazz” or avant-garde improvised music, though a few rock- and hip-hop-oriented acts have appeared in the past; I saw the turntablist group the X-Ecutioners one year, and the improvising jazz-funk-rock ensemble Burnt Sugar have played the festival twice.

How Japan’s Landscape Inspired a New Kind of Electronic Music

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Japan’s ever-changing, contrasting landscapes have influenced its culture for centuries, through both technological advancement and natural phenomena. The awe-inspiring wonder of Mount Fuji is just a 30-minute train ride from the Blade Runner-like high-rises of Tokyo. New volcanic islands surrounding Japan have been formed as recently as 2013. The crashing seas of Kanagawa, in the east of Japan, became a muse for Hokusai famous 1830s woodblock painting, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

While Japan’s role in the evolution of contemporary music cannot be understated, much of the popular music we commonly associate with the country is created by machines. The Osaka-based Roland Corporation’s legendary line of synthesizers and drum machines have continued to reinvent everything from dub to DnB ever since its first release, the TR-77 rhythm box, in 1972. The hyperbolic madness of J-Pop is defined by the hi-NRG kicks and kaleidoscopic synth lines that soundtrack Tokyo’s neon-lit walkways and fill its arenas. And let’s not forget the massive contribution of 8-bit composers like Koji Kondo, and the video game music he and his contemporaries pioneered. But away from computer music or button-bashing classics, the natural sounds of Japan are equally encapsulating sources of inspiration for those who search them out.

AMN Picks of the Week: Charles Rumback / Eric Revis / Magma / Jeff Herriott / Kristo Rodzevski

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Charles Rumback / Jim Baker / John Tate – Threes (2017)
Eric Revis – Sing Me Some Cry (2017)
Magma – Wurdah Itah (2017 Remaster)
Jeff Herriott / Third Coast Percussion – Due East (2017)
Kristo Rodzevski – Bitter Almonds (2017)

Chicago Scene: June 24 – July 1, 2017

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

Saturday, June 24th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights : Josh Berman, Mars Williams, Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang

Sunday, June 25th 2017

12:15PM-8:45PM at the Logan Square Monument, Milwaukee Ave Stage, 3100 W Logan Blvd
Logan Square Arts Festival

6:15PM-7:00PM Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights
7:45PM-8:45PM The Eternals (Team International) Espíritu Zombi Group

2:00PM at Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust, Milwaukee WI, 414.263.5001
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Mars Williams, Jim Baker, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Edge Ensemble : Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Dan Phillips, Krzysztof Pabian, others TBA

Monday, June 26th 2017

6:30PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jaga Jazzist

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Option Series
Dave Rempis Solo

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, June 27th 2017

9:30PM at The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton, 773.384.3243
J@K@L: Keefe Jackson, Julian Kirshner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, special guest Katherine Young

Wednesday, June 28th 2017

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Daniel Levin, Jeb Bishop, Aaron Zarzutzki, Peter Maunu

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Oliver Lake with Ed Wilkerson, Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake

Thursday, June 29th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dream Stuff : G RA, Peter Maunu, Ed Wilkerson, Steve Berry, Jim Baker, Jason Roebke, Alex Duvel, Avreeayl Ra

9:00PM at Resistor, 5053 N Lincoln, 312.863.1375 ($10 suggested donation)
Andrew Weathers
Mirror of Nature
Double Morris
Matt Christensen

Friday, June 30th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Jacob Garchik’s Ye Olde, with Ava Mendoza, Mary Halvorson, Jonathan Goldberger, Vinnie Sperrazza
Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity with Peter Eldh, Andre Roligheten

Saturday, July 1st 2017

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Hope Cries For Justice
Patricia Nicholson, William Parker, Hamid Drake — round table and performance

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