AMN Reviews: Suzuki Junzo – If I Die Before I Wake (2016; Utech Records)

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On this release, guitarist Suzuki is joined by drummer Ikuro Takahashi for six long tracks of Krautrock-inspired improvisation. Suzuki’s guitar positively soars through driving psychedelia and space rock. But he also has a side that is more influenced by Derek Bailey. Teamed with Takahashi, who is known for contributions to Fushitsusha among others, Suzuki powers through heavy and dense swathes of feedback, echo, and delay. Not every track is all-out, however, and Suzuki does slow it down a bit to create textural guitarscapes now and again. Takahashi stays busy throughout, not unlike recent percussion work from Balázs Pándi.

The album ends with two tracks from a 2014 live recording in San Francisco. The end result is a nice 65-minute slab of metallic distortion, and congratulations to Utech Records on their 100th release.

Chicago Scene: August 27 – September 3, 2016

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Mwata Bowden

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

Saturday, August 27th 2016

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($14)
International Anthem Summer Release Weekend
Jeff Parker with Josh Johnson, Paul Bryan, Jamire Williams, Ruby Parker
Meridian Trio : Nick Mazzarella, Matt Ulery, Jeremy Cunningham
DJ Duane Powell with live accompaniment by Makaya McCraven

Monday, August 29th 2016

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, August 30th 2016

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Fred Anderson Legacy Band

Thursday, September 1st 2016

Chicago Jazz Festival
3:00PM Charlie Haden “Rambling Boy” — Film + Q&A
12:30PM Mwata Bowden “One Foot In, One Foot Out”

9:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tony Malaby, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang
Vincent Chancey, Josh Berman, Joshua Abrams, Mikel Patrick Avery

Friday, September 2nd 2016

Chicago Jazz Festival
6:00PM Tarbaby featuring Nasheet Waits, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis
8:30PM Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra directed by Carla Bley

9:00PM at Alhambra Palace, 1240 W Randolph, 312.666.9555 ($12)
Harrison Bankhead, Ari Brown, Edward Wilkerson Jr, with Jazz Fest guests

9:00PM at the Corner Store, 5555 N Sheridan ($15)
Hothouse Jazz Fest Aftersets
Edward Wilkerson Jr, Tatsu Aoki, James Sanders, Marcus Evans, Silvia Bolognesi

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
After Fest
Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder and guests

Saturday, September 3rd 2016

Chicago Jazz Festival
5:00PM Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project
8:30PM The Bad Plus with Tim Berne, Ron Miles, Sam Newsome

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
After Fest
Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder and guests

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

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Soup & Sound Upcoming Shows

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Source: New York’s Soup & Sound series.

Saturday August 27, 8pm
Soup & Sound House Concert #77
FRØDE GJERSTAD multi-reeds (Norway)
STEVE SWELL trombone
ANDREW DRURY percussion

Two intrepid masters of the art of improvisation–Norwegian saxophonist Frøde Gjerstad and NY trombonist Steve Swell–join S&S host Andrew Drury for a night of trombone, saxophone, and drum alchemy. Plus excellent soup (or something appropriate to the season/heat), hang, vibe, etc. as usual. What’s not to like?

Sept 16–Joe McPhee/Steve Dalachinsky

Oct 1–Howard Johnson 75th!

Dec 3–Jay Clayton/Ken Filiano + Milo Tamez/Angie Sanchez

Dec 10–Michael Thieke/Biliana Voutchkova/Hans Tammen

292 Lefferts Ave. (b/n Nostrand & Rogers)
(6th row house from Nostrand)
2 train to Sterling St.–1 minute walk
B/Q train to Prospect Park–12 minute walk
Music starts at 8
Doors open 7:30
$20 suggested donation

Frode Gjerstad Interview

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English: Frode Gjerstad, moers festival 2008

Source: FrodeGjerstad.com.

Frode Gjerstad [fro-duh year-stad] (b. March 24, 1948, Stavanger, Norway), generally considered to be “the Father of free Jazz in Norway,” is an intensely expressionistic, yet lyrical player on saxophone, clarinet and flute. Avant-garde Jazz caught his ear early on, after hearing albums by Eric Dolphy and Albert Ayler. As a young trumpeter and tenor saxophonist, his path was blocked. There was no tradition in Norway for free Jazz at the time and it was difficult to find other musicians to play and practice with. Gjerstad studied in Sweden in the early ‘70s, where he found kindred spirits.

Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

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Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

Source: Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop.

Friday, September 2, 8pm
ICEPICK
with Nate Wooley, trumpet; Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten, bass; and Chris Corsano, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of Icepick, the new trio featuring prolific improvisers Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten and Chris Corsano.

Bringing together three of the most venturesome and imaginative musicians in modern creative music, Icepick crafts epic-scale, wide-ranging improvisations that draw on its members’ extensive experience across the gamut of styles and approaches. The two pieces on the group’s debut cassette release, Hexane (Astral Spirits), veer between Ayler-esque free jazz combustion and richly detailed textural constructions, while their follow-up, Amaranth, builds on that foundation, with the trio sculpting pointed and succinct songs out of free jazz improvisations.

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Friday, September 9, 7-10pm
JACE CLAYTON’S ROOM 21
Philadelphia Fringe Festival Opening Night

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
$10 General Admission

Program
7–8­­pm gallery access
8–9:30pm performance

The Barnes Foundation is pleased to present Room 21, a new musical performance piece by composer Jace Clayton, also known as DJ /rupture, on the Opening Night of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The project is curated by Lee Tusman, in association with Ars Nova Workshop. The site-specific hour-long composition is written and choreographed by Clayton in response to the art and objects included in the Barnes collection as well as Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s own vinyl record collection. Clayton was drawn in particular to room 21 of the Barnes collection, which contains an eclectic mix of works including Pennsylvania German furniture, Amedeo Modigliani’s painting Reclining Nude from the Back, African masks, religious works, and paintings by Barnes students. The composition includes select melodies and themes from Barnes’s extensive vinyl record collection, which features a variety of spirituals and classical music.

Room 21 will be performed in the Barnes Foundation’s Annenberg Court by an ensemble consisting of more than a dozen musicians, including the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, banjoist Ben Lee, Ethiopian Musician Gezachew Habtemariam and Pianist Emily Manzo, all wearing custom costumes handcrafted by fashion designer Rocio Salceda of Prellezo. Based in New York City, Jace Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. Bob Hammond of New York Magazine called him “a one-man musical Venn diagram, linking up genres, people, styles, and beats.”

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Sunday, September 11, 8pm
PATRICK ZIMMERLI QUARTET
with Patrick Zimmerli, tenor saxophone; Ethan Iverson, piano; Chris Tordini, bass; and John Hollenbeck, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$20 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Patrick Zimmerli Quartet, performing the Philadelphia premiere of a new work for the saxophonist/composer with pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer John Hollenbeck.

Based in both New York City and Paris, saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli bridges jazz and contemporary classical music. His newest piece, “Clockworks,” was supported by a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant and assembles a quartet of musicians who are each genre-blurring composers in their own right. Zimmerli describes the piece as being “about scales of time: time within a beat, within a phrase, a movement, a piece, and within an oeuvre, over a span of decades… More generally, the piece is about what it has been like to live in a changing society from the late eighties through the present.” The program will also feature a selection of early work by Zimmerli, whose Aspects of Darkness and Light, an evening-length suite for saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Scott Colley, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, will be released by Nonesuch in early 2017.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn’s Commedia dell’ Arte! Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways! Naked City LP Reissue! Paul Dunmall Sunship Quartet! Pauline Oliveros/Roscoe Mitchell/John Tilbury/Wadada Leo Smith! Terry & Gyan Riley/Tracy Silverman! Christian Wolff/Robyn Schulkowsky/Apartment House! Billy Mintz/Tony Malaby/John Gross/Roberta Piket/Hilliard Greene!

Plus Archival Discs & Reissues from Arthur Williams/Toshinori Kondo/Peter Kuhn/William Parker/Denis Charles! Wadada Leo Smith’s Reflectativity! Frank London’s ‘The Debt’! The Return of Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host CD! The Tempo Anthology of Fifties British Jazz:

Dizzy Reece/Tubby Hayes/Ronnie Scott..! Frank Zappa Boston 1974! Rare Sonny Murray LP with Albert Ayler & Don Cherry! Sahib Shihab’s Jazz Party! Maya Homburger & Barry Guy! Pierre Henry! Otto Luening! Vladimir Ussachevsky and a Short but Strong USED CD list!

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The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, September 4th:
6pm HERB ROBERTSON – Trumpet/ JOE BATTAGLIA – Guitar/ RICH MESSBAUER – Bass/ ALLAN MEDNARD – Drums!

Sunday, September 11th:
6pm: CAMILO ANGELES – Flutist from Peru / CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Alto sax / BRANDON LOPEZ – Contrabass!

Sunday, September 18th: DMG Welcomes Two New Tenor Saxists to Town:
6pm: ABRAHAM MENNEN!
7pm: ALEC HARPER!

Sunday, September 25th:
6pm: GHOSTS OF THE HOLY GHOST SPERMIC BROTHERHOOD: ANDY HAAS / DAVID GROLLMAN / MICHAEL EVANS Return!
7pm: STEVE SWELL & DIDRIK INVALDSEN – Trombone & Trumpet Duo!

Sunday, October 2nd:
6pm: OMAR TAMEZ / GUILLERMO GREGORIO / ANGELICA SANCHEZ / MARIA GRAND!

AMN Picks of the Week: Cryo Chamber Collaboration / Happy Place / Haunted Me / Suzuki Junzo / Henry Threadgill / Battle Trance

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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.

Cryo Chamber Collaboration – Azathoth (2015)
Happy Place – Northfield (2016)
Haunted Me – The Pale Ones (2016)
Suzuki Junzo – If I Die Before I Wake (2016)
Henry Threadgill / Ensemble Double Up – Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (2016)
Battle Trance – Blade of Love (2016)