Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Thursday, Jan. 17: Atomic (Norway/Sweden)
Fredrik Ljungkvist (reeds), Magnus Broo (trumpet), Håvard Wiik (piano), Hans Hulbækmo (drums) Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass)

The Swedish-Norwegian quintet Atomic has held a position at the forefront of the Scandinavian and European contemporary jazz scene for nearly 17 years. Over this time the band has consistently delved ever-more deeply into its own expressive idiom, while remaining inquisitive, vital and full of energy.

Few can combine jazz, improvisation and ideas from classical contemporary music in as spontaneous and memorable a way as Atomic. Naturally their musical interplay is perfectly integrated after 17 years, but the fact that they have also managed to keep their joy of playing together intact is is very rare.

All this time Håvard Wiik and Fredrik Ljungkvist have been responsible for all the compositions, but on the upcoming album Pet Variations (release date November 2, 2019) Atomic will play compositions by by Edgar Varese, Olivier Messiaen, Steve Lacy, Jimmy Giuffre, Jan Garbarek and Brian Wilson – to mention a few.

Postponed! Friday, Jan. 18: Sarah Davachi

1/26: Joel Peterson Wrong Blank Canvas, Eclipse Quartet with James Greer, Abby Alwin and Lisa Raschiatore
2/5: Lucrecia Dalt (Bogota / Berlin)
2/11: Party Knüllers (Fred Lonberg-Holm & Jaimie Branch)
2/15: Land & Buildings (NYC/Ann Arbor duo with new tape on Life Like)
3/4: Jobs (Jessica Pavone)

Coming Soon From Circum-Disc



Points sans surface is a composition by Jean-Luc Guionnet for the Un Ensemble, a large ensemble created in 2012 under the direction of David Chiesa. The piece includes a sound system for 25 musicians and 8 speakers.


GGRIL is a large group of improvisers from a small town in eastern Quebec who bring together a colorful and electric instrumentation, a playful and raw dive into liberated territory. GGRIL has been active since 2007 and, in addition to developing a personal repertoire, has worked with musicians of the calibre of Jean Derome, Evan Parker (Uk), Michael Ficher (Au), and Ingrid Laubrock (Usa). Façons brings together monolithic and obstinate music created during residencies with John Butcher, Isaiah Ceccarelli and Xavier Charles.

Justice is Compassion in NY, January 24 & 31, February 7 & 14

Source: Arts for Art.

Thursday 1/24
7:30pm Val Jeanty – electronics, percussion
9:00pm William Parker – bass / Patricia Nicholson – dance, text / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax / Devin Brahja Waldman – alto sax / Jackson Krall – drums

Thursday 1/31
7:30pm Ava Mendoza – guitar / Sarah Bernstein – violin / Adam Lane – bass / Vijay Anderson – drums
9:00pm Ingrid Laubrock – tenor sax / Brandon Lopez – bass / Tom Rainey – drums

Thursday 2/7
7:30pm Sound Escapes
Jeremy Carlstedt – drums / Brian Settles – tenor sax / Anders Nilsson – guitar
9:00pm Marty Ehrlich Trio Exaltation
Marty Ehrlich – sax, clarinet / John Hébert – bass / Nasheet Waits – drums

Thursday 2/14
7:30pm Luke Stewart – bass / Brandon Lopez – bass
9:00pm Tony Malaby Quartet
Tony Malaby – tenor sax / Leo Genovese – electronics / Billy Mintz – drums / William Parker – bass

New and Coming Soon on God Records

Source: God Records.

KAUDERS – In Another Land part II

The second part of the “In Another Land”-trilogy can be considered as the indispensable conceptual antipode to part I. It’s everything that part I is not and vice versa. It’s sculptural and it’s not pursuing the idea of development, but it’s neither static nor repetitive: The mostly short pieces, consisting of heavily treated snippets of recorded (electro-) acoustic instruments are circling around themselves, always aiming to show their core idea to the listener. The thing is the thing is the thing is the thing… just the perspective is changing.

Coming Soon:



The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Eave – Eave (Astral Spirits, 2018) ****

Mike Faloon – The Other Night at Quinn’s: New Adventures In The Sonic Underground (Razorcake / Gorsky Press, 2018) ****½

Rosalind Hall & Judith Hamann – Gossamers (Caduc, 2018) ****

Winter Jazzfest, NYC 2019

Introducing Percussionist Dane Rousay

Shaku Joseph Jarman – Thanks! (September 14, 1937 – January 9, 2019)

In Memoriam: Alvin Fielder and Joseph Jarman

Elliot Galvin and Binker Golding’s Ex Nihillo + a Q&A with Byrd Out Records

Sunjae Lee – Entropy (Self, 2018) ****½

Seattle Scene: January 17-26, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

FHTAGN + Driftwood Orchestra
Thu. Jan. 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Experimental chamber ensemble FHTAGN has performed as a string orchestra, surround-sound choir, saxophone quartet, and many other formats. Tonight they present two original works for electric guitar ensemble. Driftwood Orchestra is a collective of artists who create improvised music using modified & amplified pieces of driftwood gathered from the Cascade Mountains.

Matt Ingalls + Greg Kelley
Fri. Jan. 18, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer based in Oakland. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Seattle-based trumpeter Greg Kelley constantly seeks to push the boundaries of the instrument and of “music.”

Sound Ensemble: Local Wonders
Sat. Jan. 19, 7 PM; $20, $15 student/senior

The Sound Ensemble has committed itself to performing new and vibrant music from under-represented composers in all of our programs. As a celebration of this, we present an entire program of music by women of our region: Angelique Poteat’s Morning at the Sound, Kaley Lane Eaton’s Sacred Geometry, Carly Ann Worden’s San Juan Sinfonietta, and a world premiere by our own Sarah Bassingthwaighte.

Fri. 1/25 – Sacramento based free-improv banjoist Mike Marlin returns to team up with Eric Dahlman (cornet/bird calls), Jim Knodle (trumpet), Tari Nelson-Zagar (violin), Keith Eisenbray (piano), Jesse Canterbury (clarinet), Carl Juarez (guitar/acoustical gadgets), Debra Scott (voice)

Sat. 1/26 – Seattle Phonographers Union, improvisation with field recordings