Hugh Hopper, who as the bassist for the British progressive rock band Soft Machine was a central figure in the forward-looking music scene that bloomed in Canterbury in the 1960s and ’70s, died on Sunday in the county of Kent, England. He was 64 and lived in Whitstable, Kent.
On Wednesday night, the 14th annual Vision Festival (one of the many New York jazz festivals still going on this summer) will honor saxophonist Marshall Allen with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Allen’s an interesting case as he’s not so much recognized for his own achievements, but the legacy he’s carried on — namely (and solely) that of Sun Ra. Allen traveled the outer spaceways for four decades leading the reed section of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. In 1995, he took over its direction when tenor saxophonist John Gilmore passed away, who had picked up the reins when Sun Ra left planet Earth in 1993.
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From Wayward Music:
THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL:
THU. 6/11, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Harold Budd, celebrates new book of poems in duo with Seattle bassist Keith Lowe (reservations strongly suggested, sent to email@example.com – include name and number of people in party)
FRI. 6/12 – Gregory Campbell, percussion with Eric Barber, saxophones; Jesse Canterbury, clarinets; Christian Asplund, viola/piano
SAT. 6/13 – Wally Shoup Quartet – WS, alto sax; Gust Burns, piano; Paul Kikuchi, percussion; Bob Rees, drums & vibes
FRI. 6/19 – Briana Jones, butoh performance
SAT. 6/20 – Affinity, contemporary chamber ensemble
THU. 6/25 – Nonsequitur presents Novi_Sad (Athens, Greece) and Colin Andrew Sheffield – electro-acoustic
FRI. 6/26 – Clifford Dunn, Seattle composer/flutist presents new and recent compositions
WED. 7/1 – Subtext Reading Series presents Stacy Szymaszek + Don Mee Choy
FRI. 7/3 – Seattle Composers’ Salon, artists TBA
THU. 7/9 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA
FRI. 7/10 – Seattle Improvised Music presents, artists TBA
FRI. 7/11 – Seattle Improvised Music presents, artists TBA
THU. 7/16 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA
THU. 7/23 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA
FRI. 7/24 – Seattle Improvised Music presents, artists TBA
SAT. 7/25 – Nonsequitur presents pioneering sound artist Richard Lerman
THU. 7/30 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: the 2nd Century, artists TBA
Time Out Chicago reviews last week’s Xenakis performance. I was at the show and it was something special.
Judging by the number of wait-listers who hovered at the entrance to the MCA Stage Thursday night, the guerilla marketing tactics of International Contemporary Ensemble’s Street Team—including hipster-friendly “X” and “Xenakis” buttons—seemed to have paid off. Brainy Greek composer Iannis Xenakis is known for the sometimes impossible demands he makes on the musicians, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who came to see how ICE navigates his scores.
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Improv duo Essl.Burger have a new, free release out. Nick Howell and Collin Thomas have released a series of electronics albums for free download. Under Your Skin is a Youtube channel with many interesting interviews, including Satoko Fujii, Gary Lucas, Kahil El Zabar, and Marshall Allen. Composer Joel Kennedy is interviewed.