Bob Drake News

Catching up with Bob

14 May 2007:
The “turbofolkgypsypunkcountryprog micro-orchestra” Vialka are here, we recorded four more songs for their next album; of which the first batch were recorded here back in October 2006. They are a mighty duo and getting better and better, and really do not sound like anything else I know of. Listening to the last album they recorded here, Curiosities of Popular Customs, I think I’ve gotten a clearer, punchier sound this time in the recording. I’ll be mixing it for the next week or two.

3 May 2007:
Zoambo Zoet Workestrao were here for a few days and we mixed their new album. I think it’s a good thing to occasionally have to mix and master an entire album (of fairly complex music in this case) in two or three days. I must say, in typical self-aggrandizing mode, I’m quite good at that kind of instant mixing; though if you really want the full BD treatment I need around 2.5 days per song. Anyway, Zoambo Zoet Workestrao is a bloody excellent band, I love what they do and they are really nice people too.

Besides repairing the roof broken by a freakish hailstorm while I was at the RIO fest, I’m currently still mixing Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp’s new album, riding my bicycle because it’s not winter anymore, and playing guitar and banjo looking for some new songs, and rehearsing my NEARFest show. Lots of sessions coming up this summer too, more news as it happens.

Mark Feldman Wins Alpert Award in the Arts

And is now $75,000 richer:

Mark Feldman, Music: The composer/performer/improviser melds classical violin with jazz and improvisational styles. His unconventional approach has caught the attention of others; Feldman has recorded with Willie Nelson, John Zorn, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne and Johnny Cash. The prestigious Kronos Quartet commissioned and performed one of his string quartets, and he has appeared as a violin soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne, Germany — both of which commissioned concertos specifically for Feldman to perform.

Nicole Mitchell Interview

Flautist Mitchell is interviewed:

Composer, bandleader and flutist Nicole Mitchell isn’t quite a household name in jazz circles outside Chicago, but there’s not a more talented flute player—or, for that matter, composer, or large-ensemble bandleader—working in improvised music today. It’s not surprising she’s a co-president of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Chicago collective associated with Windy City improv greats like the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Muhal Richard Abrams and Henry Threadgill, because her own work is a direct continuation of the Afrocentric, roots-inspired but courageously experimental and warmly humanistic music of those artists.

AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

14-May-07 Billy Martin / John Medeski
Mago (Amulet)

13-May-07 Emily Hay / Brad Dutz / Wayne Peet
Emily Hay, Brad Dutz, Wayne Peet (pfMentum)

13-May-07 Sean Noonan Brewed By Noon
Stories To Tell (Songlines Recordings)

13-May-07 The Gang Font feat. Interloper
The Gang Font feat. Interloper (Thirsty Ear Recordings)

Umbrella Music Through May 24

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 16 May 2007
The Hideout
10:00PM | The Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Anton Hatwich – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Mitch Cocanig Presents
Clash of the Soprano Titans – Bechet vs Lacy

Thursday, 17 May 2007
10:00PM | Lost Data Project
Jon Mueller – percussion, cassettes
Lou Mallozzi – turntables, electronics
Hal Rammel – amplified palette, turntable
Jim Schoenecker – electronics, turntables
two sets
$7 requested donation

Sunday, 20 May 2007
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Evans/Reminick Duo
Peter Evans – trumpet
David Reminick – saxophone
11:00PM | Evans/Reminick/guests
Peter Evans – trumpet
David Reminick – saxophone
with special Chicago guests TBA

Monday, 21 May 2007
Gallery 37
7:00PM | Jeb Bishop Ensemble
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Mars Williams – saxophones
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Nate McBride – bass
Josh Abrams – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
(but tickets required)

Wednesday, 23 May 2007
The Hideout
10:00PM | Fred Lonberg-Holm Solo
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | AAT
Josh Abrams – bass
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Nori Tanaka – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Stray Dog “Plays the Numbers”

Thursday, 24 May 2007
10:00PM | Jason Roebke Trio
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Anton Hatwich – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums