The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From The Squid’s Ear:

Nurse With Wound:
The Surveillance Lounge
(Dirter Promotions)

Oren Ambarchi:
(Black Truffle)

Polwechsel & John Tilbury:

Lawrence English:
A Colour for Autumn

Florian Hecker:
Acid in the Style of David Tudor
(Editions Mego)

Greg Davis:
Mutually Arising

Mary Oliver / Johanna Varner:

Urs Leimgruber & Thomas Lehn:

John Cage:

Lussier / Tetreault / Yoshihide:
Elektrik Toboggan

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Jazz History Scrambled, With Love and Respect, at Zebulon in Brooklyn reviews Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

There’s a bustling, ostentatious impiety in the music of Mostly Other People Do the Killing. Led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, it’s a jazz quartet with a diligent grasp of history but an anarchic take on convention. At Zebulon in Brooklyn late on Thursday night, the group riffled through jazz idioms with hammy geniality, like an impressionist flaunting celebrity voices. The unruliness didn’t remotely make it a mess.

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Vision Festival 2009 Review

Downtown Music Gallery’s Bruce reviews this year’s Vision Festival.

Vision Festival 14 began on June 9th, 2009, at the Abrons Arts Center on Grand St. The previous year’s Vision Fest took place at the Soto Clemente Center which had no working air conditioning during a sweltering week of June. It was a nightmare to sit through those long, hot nights for the audience and for many of the performers as well. No doubt it turned off some of the fans who were considering attending this year’s fest. Their loss. Both the brisk, welcome AC and the mostly great sound made this fest a much better experience for us all.

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Kohntarkosz is a new blog focused on the music of Magma. New York’s Knitting Factory is set to reopen in Brooklyn. Also in New York, the music of Ligeti and Stockhausen was performed at a Mostly Mozart festival. Paul Amlehn is currently collaborating with Robert Fripp and Joan Jeanrenaud on some new music. A recent new music performance featuring Stockhausen, Braxton, and others has been reviewed.

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September at the IBeam

From Brooklyn’s IBeam:

September Music Listings 2009
168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sept 4th
9 pm – $10 Suggested Donation
Franck Vigroux (electronics)
Michel Blanc (drums, electronics )
Ben Miller (voice)
Elliott Sharp (reeds, guitar) + guests
Franck VIGROUX, Composer, guitarist, turntablist, videoartist and producer, Franck Vigroux works in various media electronic music, new media, composition and improvisation. He leads many bands and projects featuring musicians such as Bruno Chevillon, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ducret, Hélène Breschand, Joey Baron, Michel Blanc, Stéphane Payen, Matthew Bourne, Kenji Siratori , Mariano Equizzi, Scorpene Horrible.

Sept. 5th
9pm (Two Sets) $15 donation
Roberta Piket – “Improvised Chamber Music”
Perry Robinson – clarinet
Roberta Piket – piano
Lisle Ellis – bass
Peter Nilson – drums

Roberta Piket has played professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Benny Golson, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton and the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra and has twice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio.

September 11th
9pm – $10 Suggested Donation
The Landon Knoblock/Phil Doyle Duo
Landon Knoblock – Piano
Phil Doyle – Saxophone

The Stacken/Knuffke Duo
Jesse Stacken – Piano
Kirk Knuffke – Trumpet

Phil Doyle and Landon Knoblock began their collaboration at the University of Miami, 9 years ago.Their focus has always been on improvisation, and playing in the moment. “The pianist Landon Knoblock, from Miami by way of Brooklyn, has quietly been making waves for his reflective and lyrical style.” (NY Times)

Sept 12th and 13th
8pm – $10 Suggested Donation
The Nightingale and the Rose
A new opera by Benjamin Scheuer

Sept 18
$10 Donation
8pm Russ Lossing Trio
Russ Lossing – Piano
Masa Kamaguchi- bass
Billy Mintz- drums
9:30 The Two Bass Band
featuring Rock Ciccerone ( bn), Bryan Drye (bn), Clay Jenkins (tpt), Dave Scott (tpt), John O’Gallerger (alto sx), Loren Stillman (alto sx), Adam Kohker (tn sx), Masa Kamaguchi (bs), Johannes Weidenmueller (bs), Billy Mintz (drms)

Telluric Currents, Series 2
Curated by Jeremiah Cymerman
Featuring some of the very best young talents working within the realms of compositional & improvised music in Brooklyn, NY, the Telluric Currents series features 3 sets per night.

Friday, September 25th – $10 Donation
8p Jessica Pavone Solo
9p Anthony Coleman/Jeremiah Cymerman/Christopher Hoffman
10p Matthew Welch’s “Looking at Mondrian” performed by Shawn Onsgard
Saturday September 26th – $10 Donation
8p Mario Diaz de Leon/Doron Sadja
9p Ches Smith Solo
10p Jon Irabagon/Mike Pride Duo

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