Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Ben Owen – radio>in
Ben Owen, who runs the wonderful winds measure label, describes this release as a “document recording consiting of an fm radio transmitter, a portable fm radio, and mixer. The fm transmitter sent a signal to the portable radio, the portable radio to the mixer, and back into the fm transmitter. No radio station signal was […]

Jürg and Marianne Rufer – Les Diaboliques: Jubilee Concert DVD
The trio of Irène Schweizer, Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre – Les Diaboliques – represents a primary factor in the history of Intakt, since they were all present in the label’s very first record (Live At Taktlos) before going on to become one of the most lively expressions in the macrocosm of present-day improvisation. Their […]

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

JAMES CARTER (Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Carter is a saxophonist of rampaging energies, and he does his best work when backed by toughened stalwarts. That should be the case in this run, which will be recorded for a live album: his blue-chip quintet, partly inspired by soul jazz, features John Medeski on organ and keyboards, Adam Rogers on guitar, Christian McBride on bass and Joey Baron on drums. (Through May 10). At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592,; cover, $27.50 at tables, $15 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090430

CYMINOLOGY/THEO BLECKMANN AND BEN MONDER (Thursday) Cyminology is a chamberlike ensemble led by Cymin Samawatie, a German vocalist of Iranian descent. On a reflective new album, “As Ney” (ECM), the group explores jazzlike sonic terrain, but with Ms. Samawatie singing poetic texts in Persian. This album-release performance will include an opening set by Mr. Bleckmann, a vocalist, and Mr. Monder, a guitarist, who have released their own hauntingly ethereal albums together, most recently “At Night” (Songlines). At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090430

JOE MCPHEE (Monday and Thursday) Mr. McPhee is a saxophonist with deep history in free jazz, though his instincts as a performer can hardly be restricted by idiom. On Monday he performs in a solo format (at 7:30 p.m.), and then conducts a large-scale group improvisation (at 9). His set on Thursday will feature a percussive partner, Jay Rosen. Monday at the Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-5420,; $10 per set, or $15 for the night; students $7 per set, or $12 for the night. Thursday at 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $5. (Chinen)20090430

DAVID MURRAY QUARTET (Wednesday and Thursday) The indefatigable tenor saxophonist David Murray has lately been touring with “The Sisyphus Revue: A Bop Opera,” his sanctified collaboration with the poet Amiri Baraka. Mr. Murray leads a more conventional quartet here, but it stands to reason that he’ll be at least partly inspired by his recent efforts, arriving with a fresh head of steam. (Through May 9.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080,; cover, $30 and $40, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090430

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Music innovator Charles Dodge honored at Dartmouth

Dartmouth will honor Charles Dodge. And if you haven’t heard Dodge yet, you’re in for a treat.

A Dartmouth music professor whose compositions changed the course of electro-acoustic music will be celebrated as part of Dartmouth’s 31st Annual Festival of New Musics. The festival is a program of free concerts, lectures and informal sessions featuring visiting artists and Dartmouth composers and performers, from Wednesday, April 29, to Sunday, May 10. All events are free and open to the public.

Visiting Music Professor Charles Dodge, who broke new ground with works that combined speech synthesis and live performance and will retire this spring after 16 years on the Dartmouth faculty, will be featured in the festival’s main event, a concert on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m., in Spaulding Auditorium.

Titled “Charles Dodge: A Celebration of His Legacy in Electronic Music,” the concert features Christopher Redgate, a British oboist considered one of the leading wind players in new music; and Australian-American performer and Bang on a Can All-Stars co-founder Lisa Moore, called “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano” (The New Yorker).

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Firehouse 12 To Present Ben Allison & Man Size Safe May 29th

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On Friday, May 29th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present acclaimed bassist/composer Ben Allison with his newest ensemble, Man Size Safe, as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series. The band, which takes its name from a secret storage vault in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, mixes joyous exuberance and good-humored irreverence with textured grooves and the occasional political jab. Allison will be joined for this two-set performance by Jenny Sheinman violin, Shane Endsley trumpet, Steve Cardenas guitar and Michael Sarin drums.

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