AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

23-Apr-08 Wayne Horvitz Sweeter Than The Day
A Walk In The Dark (Independent)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

23-Apr-08 Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble
Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute To Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

22-Apr-08 Chant-Lambert-Lexer-Milton / Coleman-Wastell-Wright / AMM
That Mysterious Forest Below London Bridge (Matchless Recordings And Publishing)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

22-Apr-08 Spring Heel Jack
Songs and Themes (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by James Taylor

Improvisation, Community and Social Practice

A new site promotes improv.

Centered at the University of Guelph (and in partnership with McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and Université de Montréal), this international research project explores musical improvisation as a model for social change. The project, funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) program, plays a leading role in defining a new field of interdisciplinary research to shape political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action. It brings together a dynamic international research team from eighteen universities; provides exciting opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows through its work program and summer institutes; provides information-sharing opportunities through its on-line journal, colloquia, website, and publications; and fosters innovative partnerships with several community-based organizations. The project research focuses on issues raised by seven areas related to improvisation: law and justice, pedagogy, social policy, transcultural understanding, gender and the body, text and media, and social aesthetics.

Upcoming at the Bohemian National Home

From the Bohemian National Home:

Tuesday, April 22: American Mars, Birdgang $6
For more than a decade, American Mars have mined song-writerly rock music like The Replacements, The Jayhawks and Ryan Adams to create accessable, electric roots music. Tasty pedal-steel is supplied by Dave Feeny, the man who gave me my start in Detroit rock! Birdgang have pop overtones that recall the softer, introspective moments of the British Invasion.

Wednesday, April 23: Jack Rose, D. Charles Speer and the Helix (members of Sunburned Hand of the Man and No Neck Blues Band) $8
Ex-Pelt guitarist Jack Rose has established himself leading exponent of American Primitive guitar. The techniques of great Country Blues musicians like Charle Patton and Blind Willie Johnson collide with the more experimental tendancies of John Fahey and Robbie Basho.
The members of D. Charles Speer and the Helix are best known for their experimental work in the groups The No Neck Blues Band and Sun Burned Hand of the Man, but have changed course into blues and folk music. Mr. Speers vocals are well suited to the new direction; his rich baritone sounds suprisingly natural in this context

Thursday, April 24: Jewels and Binoculars: Lindsey Horner, Michael Moore, Michael Vatcher play music of Bob Dylan $10 suggested
This trio of improvisers close out the festival with a set of the music of Bob Dylan radically recontextualized. New York bassist Lindsey Horner, who’s played with Muhal Richard Abrahms and Bill Frisell, teams up with Amsterdam ex-pats Michael Moore (Han Bennink, Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway) on reeds and Michael Vatcher (John Handy, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Tristan Honsinger) on percussion. An emblematic end to the week!

Buy 3 or more shows in advance for $5 each. Available at Bohemian National Home.
Doors for all shows at 8:30 pm.

Friday April 25th: Carl Oxley gallery show with music by Scavenger Trio and Carey/Peterson/Prisbe/Cornish/Michalowski
Colorful, whimsical pop art from painter Carl Oxley kicks off our 2008 gallery season. Reception starts at 7:00 pm.
BoHouse regulars Michael Carey, Joel Peterson and Kurt Prisbe team up with James Cornish and Piotr Michalowski for a set of acoustic improvisation. Music at 8:30 pm in the library; $5 min. for the music performance.

Saturday, April 26: ODU
Afrobeat dance night, featuring the undeniable grooves of Odu. Odu is tighter and leaner than ever, with a couple great new members. Expect to hear favorites of the repetoire, plus some newer material too. Doors at 9 pm; $5.

DMG Newsletter April 18th, 2008

From DMG:

Another Exciting Stack of New Discs from: Vijay Iyer Qt, Fieldwork (Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman & Tyshawn Sorey), Benny Maupin Qt, Nicole Mitchell, Miles from India Tribute w/ Pete Cosey, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Dave Liebman & many more, 5 New Ones from El Gallo Rojo, 5 from CIMP: Steve Gauci Quartet

Khan Jamal & Dylan Taylor, Kalparusha Qt, Dave Schnitter Trio & Bobby Zankel Trio, 2 from Mike Westbrook, Connie Crothers & Bill Payne, Sam Newsome /Alex Harding Quintet, 2 from Erstwhile: Lambkin & Lescalleet and Nakamura & English, Pan Sonic DVD

Plus Ten from Charles Tyler’s Bleu Regard Label and Historic Discs from Acid Mother Temple, T2, 2 from John Martyn, A Treasure Chest of Goodies from Bill Laswell – CD’s, Albums and yes, even Cassettes!?!