Ethan Iverson Interviews Tim Berne

There is a very long interview with Tim Berne, conducted by Ethan Iverson, at Iverson’s Bad Plus blog site.


The Stone in July

From New York’s Stone:

7/1 Wednesday (MP)
8 pm
Jen Shyu
Jen Shyu (vocals)
Live recording performance of vocalist/composer/multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu, presenting new solo material for voice, piano, moon lute, and erhu, in languages including English, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese and Mandarin.

10 pm
Timothy Hill
Timothy Hill (voice)
Timothy Hill performs “Body of Sound”, an ongoing work for solo voice drawing on harmonic singing (overtone singing), folk music from around the world, improvisation and embodied awareness, unifying these diverse streams into an intensely personal, yet universal expression.

7/2 Thursday (DD)
8 pm
Otto Fischer
Otto Fischer (solo guitar, FX, Voice)
Guitarist/Musican Otto Fischer plays a collection of songs from his 2006 INCUS cd release SONGS and his upcoming CD release SOMERSAULT due out summer 2009.

10 pm
Rich Woodson (guitar, vox) Danny Tunick (drums) TBA (keyboards)

7/3 Friday (CWRK)
8 pm
Leni Stern
Leni Stern (guitars, n’goni) Brahim Fribgane (oud, cahon, dumbek) Jacuba Sissoko (kora)Makan kouyate (calabash, djembe, tama) Mamadou ba (bass) Harvie Wirth (drums)
Music inspired by the griot tradition of west Africa and the blues, which is what became of the griot music when it reached american shores.

10 pm
9 Ghosts
Mark Darnell Marquez (piano, guitar, electronics, voice) Justin Peake (drum programmer)
“9 Ghosts” is the songwriting project of New Orleans based singer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Darnell Marquez, merging contemplative post-rock songcraft with new-millennial post-minimalist compositional strategies into an evocative, hyptnotic and seamless unity. Accompanying Marquez is one of New Orlean’s most innovative young talents, the drummer/programmer/sound-artist Justin Peake.

7/4 Saturday (DD)
8 pm
Graham Haynes & Adam Rudolph Duet—Emptiness and Form
Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn, dusun’goni) Adam Rudolph (handrumset, sintir, kalimbas, percussion)

10 pm
GO: Percussion Ensemble
Adam Rudolph (handrumset, cajon, djembe, conga, slit drums, percussion) Brahim Fribgane (dumbek, cajon, tarija, bendir, percussion) James Hurt (sogo & kidi drum kit, bata, percussion) Matt Kilmer (frame drums, djembe, percussion) Jonathan Singer (tabla, mridngam, kanjira, percussion)

7/5 Sunday (DD)
8 pm
Zachary B. Ryalls (guitar) Keith Parker (drums) Ruben Sindo Acosta (keys) Denny Tek (electric bass) Ryan Snow (trombone)
Brooklyn based Afuche brings you up up down down left right left right B A B A, select start.

10 pm
Joel Harrison Ensemble
Joel Harrison (guitar) with his new ensemble

7/7 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Myra Melford Happy Whistlings
Myra Melford (piano) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Taylor Ho-Bynum (trumpet) Stomu Takeishi (bass)

10 pm
Marvin Sewell Group
Marvin Sewell (guitars) Jerome Harris (acoustic bass guitar) Val Jeanty (turntables) Aaron Stewart (tenor sax)

7/8 Wednesday (TC)
8 pm
Nir Felder 4
Nir Felder (guitar) Chris Lightcap (bass)
Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Rubin Kodheli—BLUES IN SPACE
Rubin Kodheli (cellos/compositions) Garrett Brown (drums) Ben Zeff (guitars)

7/9 Thursday (SK)
8 and 10 pm
James Hurt—Circularity
James Hurt (acoustic guitar, piano, drumset, sound design utilizing zero-input signal processing)
Electronic and acoustic applications of spiral based spontaneous composition and improvisation.

7/10 Friday (NYYT)
8 pm
Ted Daniel—International Brass and Membrane Corps
Joe Daley (tuba) Newman T. Baker (percussion) Charles Burnham (violin) Ted Daniel (trumpet and assorted brass)

10 pm
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor (french horn) Keith Witty (bass) Chris Dingman (vibes)

7/11 Saturday (SK)
8 pm
Hardedge (electronics)
Hardedge’s live-mix delves into the more intellectual elements of dark electronic music. His experimental approach to sound, space, and structure owes a lot to the fundamental principles of the Chicago’s A.A.C.M. creative thinkers. His first solo performance in three years.

10 pm
Curtis Fowlkes—Catfish Corner
Curtis Folwkes (trombone, composition) and his new band

7/12 Sunday
8 and 10 pm
IMPROV NIGHT—A Stone Benefit
Brandon Ross (guitar) and many special guests
A very special lineup of all stars play to support The Stone. Come on out for this special community night! TWENTY DOLLARS

7/14 Tuesday (JM)
8 pm
Marika Hughes—The Picasso Commissions
Marika Hughes (solo cello)
A collection of new solo cello pieces written for Marika by composers Eyvind Kang, Charlie Burnham, Dina Maccabee, Nasheet Waits, Shahzad Ismaily, Abraham Burton, Jenny Scheinman and Todd Sickafoose.

10 pm
Lucia Pulido Duo
Lucia Pulido (voice) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar)

7/15 Wednesday
8 pm
Daniel Moreno—Art Of Improvisation
Daniel Moreno (percussion) Marc Kary (piano) Jailton Macedo (brazilian percussion)

10 pm
The Fay Victor Ensemble
Fay Victor (voice, compositions) Anders Nilsson (electric guitar, effects) Ken Filiano (double bass, effects) Michael TA Thompson (drums, percussion)
The Fay Victor Ensemble is a voice-guitar-bass-drum unit that performs original material, providing structure for free improvisational flight; each member contributing equally to proceedings. No divas walking around here. That’s the idea.

7/16 Thursday (DD)
8 pm
Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept
Warren Smith (percussion) Don Eaton (percussion) Daniel Carter (percussion, woodwinds) Reggie Nicholson (drums, percussion)
Performing the music from his recording “Timbre Suite” (Tone Colors).

10 pm
Qasim Naqvi—Dawn of Midi
Qasim Naqvi (drums) Aakaash Israni (bass) Amino Belyamani (piano)

Special concert Series beginning July 17
curated by Brandon Ross
*Asterisks denote a concert in the STATE OF THE AXE Festival taking place during July. A new book “State Of The Axe—Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words” by Ralph Gibson is published by The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston and distributed by Yale University Press 2008. It is widely available and will be on sale at The Stone on AXE Festival nights.

7/17 Friday
8 pm
*Michelle Webb Group
Michelle Webb (guitar and oud) Warren Penderson (bass) Kokayi (MC, rapper, keys) Brian Settles (sax) John Laine (drums)
This set is part of the STATE OF THE AXE Festival taking place during the month. A new book “State Of The Axe – Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words” by Ralph Gibson, published by The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston and distributed by Yale University Press, 2008, is widely available and will be available at The Stone on Axe Festival nights.

10 pm
Rob Reddy Group
Rob Reddy (saxophone) Jef Lee Johnson (guitar) Dom Richards (bass) Pheeroan ak Laff (drums)

7/18 Saturday (DD)
8 pm
Charlie Burnham’s Hidden City
Charlie Burnham (violin, mandolin, voice)

10 pm
JT Lewis’s Middle Passage Squad
JT Lewis (drums)

7/19 Sunday (NYYT)
8 pm
Ben Tyree
Ben Tyree (acoustic guitar)
Ben Tyree performs new (and rearranged) original solo acoustic guitar material. Works and explorations in (standard and) alternate tunings – which have reoriented Tyree to the lush and mysterious instrument he loves so deeply.

10 pm
Guillermo Brown
Guillermo E. Brown, BiLLLL$
Guillermo E. Brown and BiLLLL$ present “Shuffle Mode”, “Crack Unicorns” and more.

7/21 Tuesday (BS)
8 pm
J.D. Allen Trio
J.D. Allen (tenor saxophone) Gregg august (bass) Rudy Roylston (drums)

10 pm
John Lindberg
John Lindberg (double bass) Ensemble TBA

7/22 Wednesday
8 pm
*Ralph Gibson & Chuck Zwicky—Ich Bin Die Nacht
Ralph Gibson (electric guitar, photography) Chuck Zwicky (extemporaneous ephemera and site specific ambient improv for solo guitar and electrical memory)
Ralph Gibson’s images in film with live accompaniment for solo electric guitar.

10 pm
Terrence McManus—The Dream of the Ants-Beta
Terrence McManus (homemade classical guitar, composer) Mat Maneri (viola) Ellery Eskelin (tenor saxophone) Russ Lossing (piano) Gerry Hemingway-drums, percussion)
This new expanded incarnation, derived from the original trio setting, will be performing the multi-sectional, through-composed work entitled, The Machine. The piece is sixty minutes in duration, and is divided into six overlapping sections. A true chamber work in the classical idiom, The Machine is highly influenced by the work of Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Bela Bartok.

7/23 Thursday (CB)
8 pm
Duck Baker—original compositions and improvisations
Duck Baker (solo guitar)
?Acclaimed acoustic guitar master known for his interpretations of everything from traditional folk tunes to Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols, showcases his own compositions and improvisational skills.

10 pm
Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer (solo piano)

7/24 Friday (DD)
8 pm
*Brandon Ross—FoR LiViNG LOvERS
Brandon Ross (acoustic guitars, banjo, voice) Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar)

10 pm
*Brandon Ross—If God Has Planted This Love In My Heart
Brandon Ross (acoustic guitars, voice) Aaron Stewart (saxophone) Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) Sadiq Bey (poetry) Rubin Kodheli (cello) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

7/25 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
*Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory (guitar, voice)

10 pm
*Bern Nix Trio—Metamainstream Jazz Guitar with a Harmolodic bent
Bern Nix (guitar) Francois Grillot (bass) Jackson Krall (drums)

7/26 Sunday (NYYT)
8 pm
Errollyn Wallen
Errollyn Wallen (piano, voice)

10 pm
Paul Steven Ray
Paul Steven Ray (electric guitar, laptop, moog, electronics, embedded vocals) Eli Fountain (percussion)Josh Scott (bass guitar)
Paul Steven Ray’s NineNine: ElectronicRitualGroove in a Psychedelic vein.

7/28 Tuesday (MP)
8 and 10 pm
Butch Morris “Does His Thing”
Butch Morris (conduction)

7/29 Wednesday (DD)
8 pm
*Liberty Ellman
Liberty Ellman (guitar)

10 pm
Ed Cherry
Ed Cherry (guitar) Jared Gold (organ) Maclenty Hunter (drums)

7/30 Thursday (JM)
8 and 10 pm
*The BBC
Tim Berne (saxophone) Jim Black (drums) Nels Cline (guitar)

7/31 Friday (DD)
8 and 10 pm
Me’Shell N’degeocello, Brandon Ross and Lizz Wright—Dyadic
Me’Shell N’degeocello (electric bass, voice) Brandon Ross (guitars, voice) Lizz Wright (voice) Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar)

Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Will Montgomery [Brian Marley] — Legend (Entr’acte)

So it’s well-known — in this current peaking phase in certain music, wherein musicians retreat further and longer from their equipment such that more time can be spent in thought, contemplating and internally devising their next sound devices — that music can be pulled in force from a single everyday object. Objects which […]

Mark Peter Wright – A Quiet Reverie

Throughout the companion book for A Quiet Reverie, Mark Peter Wright thematically refers to the idea of an “incomplete presence”. The idea is that, whether standing in awe on historical grounds, or at the miraculous cusp of a forest’s density, the senses absorb virtually everything, while the mind reaches inward and outward for metaphor […]

Rhodri Davies, the latest

Dark Architecture captures a fascinating meeting between Rhodri Davies (electric harp) and Max Eastley (sound sculptures and arc). Using his e-bows ever more deftly all the time, Davies manages to strike a fine balance between the sound of singing glass and tiny percussion. Eastley responds with a range of sonic detail that tends […]

Philip Samartzis / Michael Vorfeld – Scheckenrock

In a joint artistic venture, the combination of singular approaches and attitudes towards the conception of compelling sounds is a potentially lethal weapon, especially when the human constituents tread entirely different paths to achieve the desired consequence. The products resulting from this sort of collaboration frequently resemble an excessively varicolored pot-pourri in which — more […]

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Open Ears Music 2 June 09 – Jeff Albert Quartet & Magnetic Ear

Free music from Open Ears Music:

This is the audio archive from 2 June 09. The files are 128k VBR mp3s.


Jeff Albert Quartet: Jeff Albert (trombone), Ray Moore (sax), Tommy Sciple (bass), Dave Cappello (drums)

Set 1 (mp3)

Magnetic Ear: Martin Krusche (tenor sax), Dan Oestreicher (bari sax), Charlie Halloran (trombone), Jon Gross (sousaphone), Paul Thibodeaux (drums)

Set 2 (mp3)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


EVOLVING MUSIC (Monday) The next installment of this avant-garde series will feature two trios, each with a strong identity. First up at 7:30 p.m. is Flow Trio, with Louie Belogenis on tenor saxophone, Joe Morris on bass and Charles Downs on drums; the group has a stark but rewarding new album, “Rejuvenation” (ESP-Disk). At 9 the smartly blustery trombonist Ray Anderson leads a trio of his own, with bass and drums. The Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 254-5420,; $10 per set, $15 for the night; students $7 per set, $12 for the night (Chinen)20090625

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 9 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn , (718) 395-3214,; $15. (Chinen)20090625

? MARY HALVORSON (Sunday) Last year the guitarist Mary Halvorson released “Dragon’s Head” (Firehouse 12), a brambly but engaging debut featuring her own compositions for a trio with the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Ches Smith. Ms. Halvorson draws again from that material here, but she’ll also perform newer music for quintet, enlisting the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village , (212) 598-7100,; $12 in advance, $15 at the door, with a two-drink or $12 food minimum. (Chinen)20090625

ETHAN IVERSON AND TIM BERNE (Friday) Mr. Iverson, the pianist in the Bad Plus, has worked memorably with the alto saxophonist Tim Berne: last year they both appeared on “Buffalo Collision” (Screwgun), a self-titled debut by a collective, free-improvising quartet. Here they appear in mano-a-mano format, presumably with all the tension and cooperation that term implies. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20090625

TONY MALABY’S APPARITIONS (Monday) Rhythm and texture are often equal priorities for the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, but that would seem especially true in this band, which includes two venturesome drummers — Tom Rainey and John Hollenbeck — along with a bassist, Drew Gress. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090625

ANDY MILNE AND BENOIT DELBECQ (Sunday) Mr. Milne and Mr. Delbecq are resourcefully contemporary pianists, both drawn to quixotic interrogations of harmony and timbre. They team up here, on two pianos, to revisit themes from a strangely beautiful new album, “Where Is Pannonica?” (Songlines). At 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Klavierhaus, 211 West 58th Street, Manhattan , (718) 732-2276,; $15, reservations suggested. (Chinen)20090625

? NEW TRUMPET UNDERGROUND 2009 (Friday through Sunday) An off-season production of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, this weekend series gathers eight trumpeter-bandleaders under a progressive banner. Highlights include a set by Old Idea, a Chicago group led by the cornetist Josh Berman, which just released its self-titled Delmark debut (Friday at 10 p.m.); a commissioned premiere by Nadje Noordhuis, an Australian-born trumpeter with a strong, pristine sound (Saturday at 9); and the Russ Johnson Quartet, a steady fixture on the New York scene (Sunday at 9:30). For a full schedule, visit Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; $10 per set, or $15 per night. (Chinen)20090625

BEN PEROWSKY QUARTET (Saturday) Mr. Perowsky, an aggressive but nimble drummer, draws here from a very good forthcoming album, “Esopus Opus” (Skirl), with several reliable partners: the saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, the accordionist Ted Reichman and the bassist Trevor Dunn. An earlier set, at 8 p.m., will feature the maniacally creative percussionist Cyro Baptista, improvising alone. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; cover, $10 per set. (Chinen)20090625

MARC RIBOT (Tuesday) Mr. Ribot is a vagabond poet on solo electric guitar, as he proved a handful of years ago with the album “Saints” (Atlantic). He draws partly from the same repertory here, though probably with a few surprises thrown in. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090625

SEX MOB (Friday) The members of this downtown institution have lately been engaged in various other pursuits, but their sound is as raucous, and their rapport as rambunctious, as ever. Steven Bernstein plays slide trumpet and leads the charge, though equal weight is pulled by Briggan Krauss on alto saxophone, Tony Scherr on bass and guitar and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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