Van der Graaf Generator – Asking Existential Questions, 40 Years On

A recent VDGG show is reviewed:

Van der Graaf Generator cited general relativity theory in the first song it played on Sunday night at the Nokia Theater, “Interference Patterns.” The music reflected the song title: jagged, overlapping keyboard patterns moving in and out of phase, precise and tricky, as Peter Hammill sang, in counterpoint with his own piano parts, about physics and the nature of reality. Then came ruminations on war (“Scorched Earth”), totalitarianism (“Every Bloody Emperor”) and self-destruction versus survival (“Lemmings”). Mr. Hammill, the band’s main songwriter, doesn’t take on small or frivolous topics. His lyrics are philosophical disquisitions, carried by ambitious progressive rock.

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DMG Newsletter June 19th, 2009

From DMG:

Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy! Masayuki Takayanagi Box Set! John Hebert! Vinny Golia/Peter Kowald! Carl Maguire! Paul Hartsaw’s SCMM! The Hellboys with Robert Fripp! Jason Kahn! Nick Cave! Stravinsky/Goldman! Jac Berrocal! Iannis Xenakis! Fennesz/O’Rourke/Rehberg! et al..

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule:

Sunday, June 28th at 6pm:

TOM HAMILTON & BRUCE EISENBEIL!
Pogus CD Release Celebration for this wonderful Guitar & electronics Duo!

Sunday July 5th Double-Header:

6pm – ADAM LINSON & TOM BLANCARTE!
Two Amazing Contrabassists in a Rare & Intimate Setting!
Adam Linson has a solo & duo disc out on Evan Parker’s Psi Label and Tom Blancarte is half of Sparks with Peter Evans!

7pm – SKYE STEELE & JOHN HADFIELD!
Extra Special Violin & Percussion Duo!

Sunday, July 12th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE & THE INTERSTELLAR EXPLORERS!

Sunday, July 19th at 6pm:
STEW CUTLER Solo Guitar!

Sunday, July 26th at 6pm:
JASON KAO HWANG & STEVE SWELL!
Ace Violinist & Tremendous Trombonist!

Sunday, August 2nd at 6pm:
GIACOMO MEREGA / NOAH KAPLAN / MARCO CAPPELLI!
International Electric Bass / Saxes / Guitar Trio!

Sunday, August 16th at 6pm:
CLIFTON HYDE – Solo Guitar ..and Madness!

Sunday, August 23rd at 6pm:
THINK SHADOW Featuring MICHAEL ATTIAS & SEAN CONLY!
New Alto Sax & Acoustic Bass Duo!

Sunday, August 30th at 6pm:
PIERRE YVES MARTEL!
Solo Viola da Gamba!

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Perspective on Vision Festival XIV

Vision Festival
Image by one_dead_president via Flickr

Lyn Horton reviews the recent Vision Festival.

Response to the Vision Festival, held in NYC for the past fourteen years, resists prosaic declarations and superlatives. Rather the Festival inspires poetry because the senses are stimulated beyond simple sentences; it is a cultural event that includes visual art, dance and music. In the words of William Parker: “There is nothing not to enjoy.”

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SICPP Review

From The Boston Globe:

How to generalize a 36-piece, eight-hour sweep? Much of the program seemed compositionally less concerned with advocating particular vocabularies (tonal/atonal) or concepts (minimalism/serialism) than with exploring the means of production, the various orthodox and unorthodox ways instruments can make noise. Results were often mobile-like, artfully arranged rather than intensely plotted. Flutist Ashley Addington and guitarist Mark Wilson deftly placed the stop-and-go Impressionism of Toru Takemitsu’s “Toward the Sea.’’ Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Refrain’’ uses the decay of vibraphone, celesta, and piano (John Andress, Christopher Lim, and Stephen Olsen) to chart loose, ringing constellations. Lukas Foss’s “Ni bruit ni vitesse’’ explores the far reaches of two pianos – Lim and Leah Kosch at the keyboards, percussionists Victoria Aschheim and Masako Kunimoto working inside the instruments’ cases – and the combination of clanging, buzzing, and slow-rolling scales was mysterious and magical.

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The Convergence Quartet Live Show Available

The Birmingham Jazz Jukebox is hosting a recent live recording of the Convergence Quartet.

The Convergence Quartet
Recorded Live for Birmingham Jazz
@ Jazz Club, The Rainbow, Birmingham
29th April 2009

Taylor Ho Bynum – Cornet, etc.
Alexander Hawkins – Piano, etc.
Domonic Lash – Contrabass
Harris Eisenstadt – Drums

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

24-Jun-09 Fred Anderson
Staying in the Game (Engine Studios)
Reviewed by Henry Smith

23-Jun-09 Objets Trouves
This Side Up (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

22-Jun-09 Katharina Weber
Woven Time (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

21-Jun-09 John Hebert
Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

21-Jun-09 Dave Fox Group featuring Bruce Eisenbeil
Home Again (Konnex Records)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

19-Jun-09 Rob Mazurek / Tortoise
Rob Mazurek and Tortoise: New Chicago
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

19-Jun-09 Indigo Trio
Anaya (Rogueart Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

17-Jun-09 Tortoise
Beacons Of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

17-Jun-09 Stefan Keune / Hans Schneider / Achim Kramer
No Comment (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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