Making avant-garde jazz in a mostly killing climate

Moppa Elliott of Mostly Other People Do the Killing is interviewed.

The record business is a sinkhole no matter which way you turn.

But in this troubled economy, Moppa Elliott chose an especially tough path: playing in an avant-garde bop band named Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and starting his own tiny jazz label, Hot Cup.

Elliott, 30, a bassist/composer born in Factoryville, says, “Look, we’re just a couple of over-schooled jazz guys who want to play. The problem is that most jazz is not only boring and bad, but irrelevant.”

The mission of MOPDtK: Make valid 21st-century jazz that his label will release. That’s a big load with a long haul.

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Zappa Plays Zappa Tour Dates

A long list of tour dates for ZPZ:

Feb 26, ’09 Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
Feb 27, ’09 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Feb 28, ’09 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
Mar 01, ’09 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Mar 03, ’09 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
Mar 04, ’09 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
Mar 05, ’09 Redding, CA – Cascade Theatre
Mar 06, ’09 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Mar 07, ’09 Santa Rosa, CA – Wells Fargo Center
Apr 6, ’09 Osaka, JAPAN – HATCH
Apr 7, ’09 Tokyo, JAPAN – O-EAST
Apr 8, ’09 Tokyo, JAPAN – O-EAST
Apr 10, ’09 Byron Bay, NSW AUSTRALIA – Byron Bay Bluesfest
Apr 11, ’09 Brisbane, QLD AUSTRALIA – Tivoli Theatre
Apr 12, ’09 Newcastle, NSW AUSTRALIA – Civic Theatre
Apr 14, ’09 Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA – State Theatre
Apr 16, ’09 Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA – Palais
Apr 17, ’09 Adelaide, SA AUSTRALIA – Thebarton Theatre
May 16, ’09 Bochum, GERMANY – Jahrhunderthalle
May 17, ’09 Offenbach, GERMANY – Capitol
May 18, ’09 Paris, FRANCE – Olympia
May 20, ’09 Lausanne, SWITZERLAND -Les Docks
May 21, ’09 LUXEMBOURG – Rockhal
May 22, ’09 Ghent, BELGIUM – Handelsbeurs
May 23, ’09 Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS – Effenaar
May 24, ’09 Groningen, NETHERLANDS – De Oosterpoort
May 25, ’09 Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS – Paradiso
May 27, ’09 Hamburg, GERMANY – Grosse Freiheit 36
May 28, ’09 Berlin, GERMANY – Venue TBA
May 29, ’09 Munich, GERMANY – Theatrefabrik
May 30, ’09 Dresden, GERMANY – Alter Schlachthof
Jun 01, ’09 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC – Archa Theatre
Jun 02, ’09 Vienna, AUSTRIA – The Gasometer
Jun 03, ’09 Warsaw, POLAND – Venue TBA
Jun 04, ’09 Vilnius, LITHUANIA – Forum Palace
Jun 06, ’09 Helsinki, FINLAND – House of Culture
Jun 08, ’09 Stockholm, SWEDEN – The Circus
Jun 09, ’09 Oslo, NORWAY – Sentrum Scene
Jun 10, ’09 Copenhagen, DENMARK – Vega
Jun 11, ’09 Malmo, SWEDEN – Kulturbolaget
Jun 12, ’09 Copenhagen, DENMARK – Vega
Jun 14, ’09 London, ENGLAND – Shepherds Bush Empire
Jun 15, ’09 Birmingham, ENGLAND – Symphony Hall
Jun 16, ’09 Bristol, ENGLAND – Colston Hall
Jun 17, ’09 Manchester, ENGLAND – Bridgewater Hall
Jun 18, ’09 Edinburgh, SCOTLAND – HMV Picture House
Jun 19, ’09 Dublin, IRELAND – Vicar Street

Kronos and Others at MusicNow

Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008
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Cincinnati’s MusicNow Festival features Kronos performing some new pieces.

The Kronos Quartet present a two concerts that highlight the incredible diversity of their performances and recordings. The first evening will include two new pieces commissioned for the festival one from Tyondai Braxton, of Battles and one from Richard Reed Parry, of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre in addition to work by J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus), Glenn Branca, and Michael Gordon. The second evening the Kronos Quartet will explore music from around the world, including Africa, Mexico, India, Greece and the Middle East.

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The Stone in March

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Coming up at the Stone in New York.

March 2009 at the Stone curated by Lukas Ligeti

3/1 Sunday (MP)
8 pm
Borah Bergman solo
Borah Bergman (piano)

10 pm
Rupert Huber solo
Rupert Huber (piano, electronics)

3/3 Tuesday
8 pm
Marc Uys (violin) Jacqueline Kerrod (harp)
Recent commissions from a range of leading voices in contemporary South African music, including Braam du Toit, Neo Muyanga and Matthijs van Dijk.

10 pm
Dick / Radding / Ligeti Trio
Robert Dick (flutes) Reuben Radding (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

3/4 Wednesday (DS)
8 and 10 pm
Raoul Björkenheim & Lukas Ligeti Duo
Raoul Björkenheim (guitar) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

3/5 Thursday
8 pm
Gyan Riley
Timb Harris (violin) Gyan Riley (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

10 pm
Paolo Angeli Solo
Paolo Angeli (prepared Sardinian guitar)
Plays “Ritagli di Tempo”, an impro-travel into Paolo’s three solo albums (Sardinian folk music, compositions by Angeli, Frith and Björk).

3/6 Friday (JM)
8 pm
Helena Espvall
Helena Espvall (cello, banjo)

10 pm
Keenan Lawler
Keenan Lawler (National Resonator guitar)

3/7 Saturday (MB)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night – A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Lukas Ligeti (drums) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) and many special guests
Another Stone Rent Party, East Village style! Plenty of music, madness and more. Support the Stone!

3/8 Sunday (MP)
8 pm
Thierry Gomar solo
Thierry Gomar (vibraphone, electronics)

10 pm
Robert Dick & Ursel Schlicht Duo
Robert Dick (flutes) Ursel Schlicht (piano)

3/10 Tuesday
8 pm
Kathleen Supové
Kathleen Supové (piano, electronics) Adam Fisher (cello) Emanuele de Raymondi (laptop)
Pianist Kathleen Supové will play a set that features world premieres of piano works written for her by Charles Coleman and Emanuele de Raymondi, as well as the premiere of “Mechanical Dolls” by Randall Woolf for Cello and Piano.

10 pm
Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut
Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut (piano, etc.) Joe McPhee (trumpet, sax) Randy Borra (sax) Tom Chess (sax, etc.) Gene Janas (bass)

3/11 Wednesday (GG)
8 pm
The Tehran-Dakar Brothers
Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (saxophone, vocals) Justice Dilla X (vocals) Brandon Ross (guitar, banjo) Damon Banks (bass) Mar Gueye (sabar)
Nu-world trash…silence is sound…

10 pm
Arrington de Dionysio
Arrington de Dionysio (bass clarinet, jaw harps, voice)
Arrington de Dionyso uses performance as a vehicle for driving through the nameless territories held between surrealist automatism, shamanic seance, and the folk imagery of rock and roll. Arrington performs on the bass clarinet, jaw harps, and his voice with a distinctly multiphonic ability inspired by Tuvan throatsinging and the ecclesiastics of Albert Ayler and Don Van Vliet. Pushing the envelope between musicality and pure energy, between shamanic ecstacy and lunacy, he enwraps rooms with resonant sound. He tours constantly, and has performed or/and recorded with notable improvisers throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Italy, France, Israel and Japan. He presents workshops on improvising with the voice in conjunction with his travels around the world.

3/12 Thursday
8 pm
Daniel Pabst (guitar) Chris Janka (guitar) Claudius Jelinek (guitar) Emmanuel Preuschl (guitar)
TRAFO is a guitar Quartet from Austria and plays the music of several TV Series from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Themes from “the Streets of San Francisco”, Knight Rider, Twin Peaks, the Avengers, the Persuaders or Magnum PI are interpreted with four Electric Guitars. Brrrrrrmmmmm.

10 pm
NoisyTown Groove
Daniel Pabst (guitar) Chris Janka (guitar) Lukas Ligeti (drums)
NoisyTownGroove is a collective based in New York City and Vienna. The Music of NTG scratches different styles in all genres. The only important thing is to be authentic in every situation.

3/13 Friday (MB)
8 pm
IDR – Italian Doc Remix
Marco Cappelli (guitar) Doug Wieselman (clarinet, saxophone) Jose Davila (trombone, tuba) Ken Filiano (bass) Jim Pugliese (drums) Special Guest: DJ Logic (turntables)
On a bottle of good Italian wine you’ll find the sticker DOC: “Denominazone di Origine Controllata”, which certifies its good quality. Italian Doc Remix (IDR) is the result of the artistic exchange between Marco Cappelli and Jim Pugliese, whose mutual reverence for the villages’ ritual music brought them to the following statement: reflect the process of memory’s distortion of the second/third immigrants generation, living in the new yorker cultural melting pot with a strong traditional back ground; give back to the audience a music at the same time far from the original source–for geographic, chronological and cultural reasons–and full of tradition’s elements: impossible to fit in any conventional standard. After its first cd and its Italian tour of last summer, IDR comes back in NYC with some new surprises…

10 pm
Hans Fjellestad
Hans Fjellestad (analog synthesizer)
Hans winds trails of analog circuits and vacuum tubes through a darkly lush world of sound, emanating from the contemporary Los Angeles noise scene, with kind nods to Krautrock, Sun Ra, Japanoise and Black Metal.

3/14 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Vergil Sharkya
Vergil Sharkya (electronics)

10 pm
James Ilgenfritz Ensemble
Steve Swell (trombone) Stephen Rush (piano, electronics) James I.E. Ilgenfritz III (bass) Aaron Siegel (drums)
Four improvisers and composers convene to pursue inquiry into extended improvisational forms with an emphasis on the sonorous intersection of texture and harmony.

3/15 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly (piano)

10 pm
Iva Bittova Solo
Iva Bittova (vocals, violin)

3/17 Tuesday
8 pm
William Susman
Demetrius Spaneas (flute, clarinet, sax) Elaine Kwon (piano) Jacqueline Familant (soprano) Tabor Wind Quintet, Ebony String Quartet, William Susman (piano, percussion)
Concert of William Susman’s music for small ensembles including the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Short “Native New Yorker” performed live to picture with string quartet, winds and percussion.

10 pm
Grid Mesh
Andreas Willers (guitar) Frank Paul Schubert (sax) Rudi Fischerlehner (drums)

3/18 Wednesday
8 pm
Ela Orleans and Kevin Shea
Ela Orleans (sampler, guitar, violin, vocals, keyboard) Kevin Shea (drums)
Melodic sound collages haunted by all the best musical ghosts from John Barry to Pierre Boulez.

10 pm
Rory Dolan (drums) Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar) Luke Bemand (bass)
Lespecial mixes tight composition with raw improvisation in their blend of dirty groove stomps and twisted glitch funk hop.

3/19 Thursday (JC)
8 pm
Derek Bermel and Wiek Hijmans
Derek Bermel (clarinet) Wiek Hijmans (guitar)

10 pm
Michelle Makarski Solo
Michelle Makarski (violin)

3/20 Friday (MB)
8 pm
Dan Blake
Dan Blake (soprano, tenor saxophones) Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone) Yoni Niv (laptop) Sergei Tcherepnin (analog electronics)
Saxophonist and composer Dan Blake will premier a composition for electro-acoustic ensemble. This group has collaborated for over two years, crafting a sonic identity that blurs the boundaries between individual players, towards a novel sound world that is best defined by the sum of its parts.

10 pm
Martin Philadelphy’s Paint

3/21 Saturday (BS)
8 pm
Marilyn Crispell Solo
Marilyn Crispell (piano)
Twenty dollars.

10 pm
Crispell/Makarski/Ligeti Trio
Marilyn Crispell (piano) Michelle Makarski (violin) Lukas Ligeti (drums)
Twenty dollars.

3/22 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Eyal Maoz (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

10 pm
Hypercolor with surprise guests
Eyal Maoz (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums) and special surprise guests

3/24 Tuesday (JM)
8 pm
Gary Lucas
Gary Lucas (guitar)
The man The New Yorker calls “The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero” plays both solo tonight and with his new project Church of the Blood, an instrumental power trio twisting elements of jazz, rock, blues, and electronic psychedelia into startling new shapes and colours.

10 pm
Church of the Blood
Gary Lucas (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

3/25 Wednesday
8 pm
Hans Lüdemann “Between the Keys (The Virtual Piano)”
Hans Lüdemann (piano, electronics)
German Jazz pianist, composer and improviser Hans Lüdemann expands the piano into a microtonal and multitimbral instrument on adventurous musical journeys–drawing different perspectives from the layers of African polyrhythm.

10 pm
Miya Masaoka
Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics) Okkyung Lee (cello) Wu Fei (gu zheng) Shoko Nagai (piano)
Musicians from different influences of traditional, electronic and improvisation come together to form and reform sounds, emotions and acts of instantaneous collaboration.

3/26 Thursday (MB)
8 pm
Michael Manring Solo
Michael Manring (electric bass)
Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring’s music employs unorthodox techniques and concepts on instruments of his own design. Has appeared on hundreds of recordings and performs all over the world both as a soloist and in ensembles from many different genres.

10 pm
Lukas Ligeti’s Kaleidoscope Point
Dan Blake (saxophone) Wende K. Blass (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Lorna Krier (synthesizer) Lukas Ligeti (electronics, percussion)

3/27 Friday (MB)
8 pm
Ionel Petroi
Ionel Petroi (piano)
Petroi, a highly original composer from Belgrade via Paris and a recent NYC transplant, performs his solo piano composition, “To Love And To Be Loved”, composed in 2005/06.

3/28 Saturday (MB)
8 pm
Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster

10 pm
Pyrolator Solo
Pyrolator (electronics)

10 pm
David Rothenberg
David Rothenberg (clarinet, whale and bird sounds) Lindsey Horner (bass)
David Rothenberg, author of “Why Birds Sing, Thousand Mile Song”, improvises with the sounds of birds and whales, tonight joined with bassist Lindsey Horner… The animals have left the building, but we’ll have them via machines.

3/29 Sunday (MB)
8 pm
Music of Pascal Plantinga
Pascal Plantinga (vocals, bass) Pyrolator (electronics) David Campbell (drums)
Pascal Plantinga stretches the boundaries of modern songwriting. Stylish soundscape grooves in slick-fuzzy arrangements.

10 pm
Risser – Wright Duo
Eve Risser (piano) Jack Wright (saxophones)
Jack Wright, a thirty year veteran of free improvisation on the saxophone, had the chance to meet and play with French pianist Eve Risser in Paris in September. Eve begins her US tour with their duo concert March 29, which will continue their dialogue

3/31 Tuesday
8 pm
Eyal Maoz’ Edom
Eyal Maoz (guitar) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)
Experimental Jewish rock ensemble.

10 pm
NoNet Trio
Ken Thomson (saxophones) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

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Gunter Hampel + Giuseppi Logan at the Bowery Poetry Club

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From New York’s Bowery Poetry Club and ESP Disk:

ESP-Disk’ LIVE @Bowery Poetry Club
A contemporary music series

Tuesday February 17, 2009

Gunter Hampel (esp 1042)
vibes, bass clarinet, flute
“the art of the solo”

Giuseppi Logan (esp 1007, 1013, 1055) – alto sax
Matt Lavelle – trumpet/fugelhorn, bass clarinet
Francois Grillot – bass
Warren Smith – drums

First 30 people get a free CD w/ card (they’re at music shops etc. around east village)
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, NYC
$10 cover

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