Cuneiform Artists on Tour Through July

From Cuneiform Records:

BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC (special tour to promote “Dawn of the
Cycads”, so founding member Roger Miller (Mission of Burma) is
performing with the group in place of current member Ken Field, and
all material will be vintage – 1988 or earlier)
July 23 – AS220 – 115 Empire St. – Providence, Rhode Island 02903

July 24 – Mercury Lounge – 217 E. Houston St – NYC, NY

July 25 – Kung Fu Necktie – 1250 North Front St. – Philadelphia, PA

July 26 – Talking Head – 407 East Saratoga St. – Baltimore, MD 21202
– buy advance tix

July 30 – Johnny D’s – 17 Holland St. – Somerville, MA 02144

DAVID BORDEN/MOTHER MALLARD [40th anniversary celebration]
July 26 – Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art – Cornell University
Campus – Central & University Ave. – Ithaca, NY. 14853-4001

July 8 – Barbican Hall – London, UK (opening for Medeski, Martin and

July 12 – Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleeker Street, NY, NY (7:30pm Todd
Reynold solo violin and electronics / 8:30pm Doctor Nerve / 9:30pm
Dither Guitar Quartet)

June 27 – Danger Danger Gallery – 5013 Baltimore Avenue –
Philadelphia, PA (CD release show!) (with Elliot Levin Trio)

July 3 – Trident Booksellers and Cafe – 940 Pearl Street – Boulder, CO

July 1st – rebroadcast of their gig at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. It
was recorded for NPS Radio 6 in Holland. It will be broadcast in it’s
entirety on at 22:00. You can listen on the radio in Holland or on everywhere else.

July 7 – 8 – Vishnufest – Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St – NYC, NY
The three part program will consist of:

PROGRAM 1. “The Best of Mahavishnu”
Highlights from Birds of Fire, Inner Mounting Flame and The Lost Trident Sessions

PROGRAM 2. “Before & After Mahavishnu: The John McLaughlin Songbook”, featuring music from Extrapolation, Devotion, Electric Guitarist and the WORLD PREMIERE of several really cool, newly discovered CHORAL WORKS, setting the poetry of guru Sri Chinmoy.

PROGRAM 3. “Return to the Emerald Beyond”
The 11-piece band plays the complete Visions of the Emerald Beyond plus “Smile of the Beyond” and a few fan fave encores.

July 10 – Festival d’été de Québec – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
(outside show – opening for Van der Graaf Generator!)


Vancouver Jazz Fest Shows

The Vancouver Jazz Fest happens this week and appear to be putting all of their outside shows in the same place:

Motif and Håvard Wiik Trio
Jun 27

Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Sweden featuring François Houle and Mats Gustafsson 12
Jun 28

Alexander von Schlippenbach “Monk’s Casino”
Jun 29

Trio Braam De Joode Vatcher with Gustafsson / F. Houle and Alexander von Schlippenbach
Jun 30

Taylor Ho Bynum Trio and Fisk / Gestrin / Granelli
Jul 1

N. Mitchell / Plimley / Léandre / Ho Bynum and Horvitz / N. Mitchell / Lee / van der Schyff
Jul 2

Sylvain Kassap Quartet and Léandre / N. Mitchell / Lee / van der Schyff
Jul 3

Félix Stussi 5 & Ray Anderson and ESQ
Jul 4

Trio M (Myra Melford / Mark Dresser / Matt Wilson) and Ilmiliekki Quartet
Jul 5

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Music and More Reviews

The latest reviews from Music and More:

Steve Lehman – Travail, Transformation and Flow
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstacy – Spirit Moves
Wadada Leo Smith and Jack DeJohnette – America
Rempis Percussion Quartet – Rip Tear Crunch
Gutbucket – A Modest Proposal

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Mecha/Orga, 50:01 (Echomusic)
Mecha/Orga has recently completed a trilogy of the breakdown of audio information. By his own admission, Mecha/Orga´s sounds are tortured until they become “intolerable”. No argument here. “56:24” (Absurd) was a classic, long-form drone which turned slightly more vicious over the hour (see… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 16:34, 26 Jun 2009

Various Artists, Midnight Soul Dive (Aleph Zero)
Young Israelis – especially those coming off their three years of compulsory military service – have a particular fondness, maybe even a spiritual and need – for chill-out music, and Aleph Zero has quickly become an Israeli rallying point for classy downtempo ambient. Midnight Soul Dive is the… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 13:46, 26 Jun 2009

Brian Harnetty, American Winter (Atavistic)
Berea College in Kentucky houses a collection of seventy-five years´ worth of audio ephemera made throughout its Appalachian hinterland. When it finally opened its archives to researchers, Brian Harnetty was one of the first through the door. Combing through the tapes, radio broadcasts and oral… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:26, 26 Jun 2009

Annea Lockwood, A Sound Map of the Danube (3 CD Lovely Music)
The Italian author Claudio Magris, just granted a prestigeous German award for his lifetime of cross-cultural humanism, has written a wonderful, eponymous book about it and its hinterland. It had the lead role in a Hungarian documentary about the Holocaust (brilliantly scored by Tibor Szemzö). And… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 05:49, 22 Jun 2009

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Mary Halvorson at Joe’s Pub

Mary Halvorson
Image by cattoo via Flickr

Halvorson will be playing Joe’s Pub in NY tomorrow night.

7:00 PM – June 28

The Mary Halvorson Trio and Quintet will be premiering brand new music in addition to performing selections from its acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records). The record, Ms. Halvorson’s first at the helm of her own ensemble, is featured on best-of-the-year lists in AllAboutJazz-New York, Hartford Courant and The Wire. “A singular talent,” adds’s Troy Collins, “Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser with her trio debut, Dragon’s Head…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.”

Mary Halvorson Trio and Quintet is:

Mary Halvorson (guitar)
John Hebert (bass)
Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
with special guests Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) and Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone)

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