Daniel Barbiero

Daniel Barbiero is an improvisor who has been active for a number of years. His productivity is reflected in a number of releases, including several below that are available for free download.

The Sounding Table, just released on the Music Is Big Place net label.
The Third Object Orchestra, recently released on the Zeromoon net label.
And, a live performance by the same trio that recorded The Sounding Table, at the New Atlantis Festival a couple of weeks ago.

All of these recordings are engaging free improv worth many listens. Start with the second.

DMG Newsletter September 17th, 2010

Scorch Trio
Image by svennevenn via Flickr

From DMG:

Raoul Bjorkenheim & UMO Jazz Orchestra! Trio X Box-Set! Evan Parker/Peter Evans/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton! Adam Lane’s FT Orchestra! Meta-Solo Guitars Collection! Hugh Hopper Benefit Disc! Jeff Davis Sextet! Garrison Fewell Duo! Joe Morris QT! Sun Ra Heliocentric Vols 1-3! Charles Tyler! David First! Philip Glass! Jason Robinson & Anthony Davis!


DON’T MISS.. THIS SUNDAY, September 19th at 6pm

Downtown Music Gallery Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with The Debut Performance of this Super Trio..

Raoul Bjorkenheim returns from Helsinki for a week of rehearsing & recording with this amazing new trio, and they will play their first-ever live set – for us at

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, between Houston and Bleecker
$20 General Admission / http://www.bowerypoetry.com/?#Event/94050

Multi-discipline fret-meister Raoul Bjorkenheim has wowed audiences worldwide, starting in 1985 with his group Krakatua [on ECM], and more recently with Scorch Trio (with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten & Paal Nilssen-Love) as well the ‘DMG Trio’ (with William Parker & Hamid Drake) and his duo work with Lukas Ligeti. Mr. Bjorkenheim has also recorded with Paul Schutze, Nicky Skopelitis, Edward Vesala, and Trevor Dunn. He’s done solo discs, and composed for/recorded with orchestra. Raoul has recordings spanning over 25 years released on TUM, Rune Grammofon, Cuneiform, Nemu, Douglas, and even for our own DMG/ARC label.

Morgan Agren is one of Europe’s finest drummers, co-leading the great prog band Mats/Morgan Band (currently on Cuneiform) with his partner, keyboardist Mats Oberg. Mr. Morgan was once a member of (Frank) Zappa’s Universe, as well as working with Kaipa, Fleshquartet, Simon Steensland, and also with his brother Jimmy Agren, the known slide guitar wiz.

Bill Laswell, a legendary unique stylist of very-low end eclectric Deep Bass, remains one of the most influential musicians during a span of three decades, with over 700 (!) recordings/albums to his credit, having worked with – and produced – a genre-bending who’s who of world-famous musicians that would literally take another five paragraphs to mention here – so we’ll only do a short one: His own projects/bands like Material, Praxis, Painkiller, Last Exit ..and his collaborations with Fred Frith, John Zorn, Gigi Shibabaw, Herbie Hancock, Sly & Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Sharrock, Ginger Baker, Tony Williams, Brian Eno, Toshinori Kondo, Peter Brotzmann, Mick Jagger, Bachir Attar, Motorhead, Simon Shaheen, PIL, Derek Bailey, Sussan Deyhim, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, Henry Threadgill, Pharoah Sanders, al, et al, et al …!!! Given his CV and work-ethic, his appearances on NYC – or any – stages, are RARE!

In October Mr. Laswell will launch a new international label known as Method of Defiance Technologies (MODT) with two new releases, Jahbulon and Incunabula, from his ongoing project Method of Defiance, each one will feature different guests… and a great new solo album from Gigi!


Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday – We’ll be at Bowery Poetry for our 20th Anniversary Celebration! [see above]

Sunday, September 26th at 6pm:
BLURBOXER featuring:
GL DIANA on Sitar & Live Electronics & LISA DOWLING on Double Bass!

Sunday, October 3rd at 6pm:

Sunday, October 10th at

Sunday, October 17th at 6pm:

Sunday, October 24th at 6pm:

Sunday, October 31st/Halloween at 6pm:
Two Titanic Trumpeters Exploring New Sounds!

Sunday, November 7th at 6pm:
JESSE DULMAN – Tuba & JASON CANDLER – alto sax & electronics!
7pm: PATRICK BRENNAN – Rare Alto sax Solo!

Sunday, November 14th at 6pm:
Great New Trumpet & Drums Duo!



Legendary French Progressive Band Play a Rare Local Performance!

This Monday, September 20th at 9pm
At Highline Ballroom (212) 414-5994
Located at 431 West 16th St (between 9th and 10th Aves)

$25 in advance/$30 day of show
(212) 414-5994

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Sonic Circuits Festival 2010 Preview

Another Preview of Sonic Circuits:

Most bands can’t even stick around for ten years, much less niche music festivals. Yet, the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music is back for its tenth year and still drawing renowned acts from places like Italy, Japan and Austria as well as from right here in D.C. “Experimental music” is such a loose, wide-reaching term that can encompass anything from jazz improv to hissing screeching electronica and often anything in between. There may be audience participation, there may be unlikely musical instruments and toys and there will almost certainly be a need for earplugs for at least one act per night.

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Sonic Circuits: How the Muffins, Early D.C. Prog Rockers, Survived Punk Rock

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From Washington City Paper, a preview of Sonic Circuits, as well as a profile of the Muffins:

It’s a somewhat ludicrous thing to say about an event that spotlights so many alienating artists, but in its 10th year, the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music feels, well, kind of big. This year there are veteran prog and avant-rock draws, like Magma and Univers Zero, and the noise and improv fans that the festival has traditionally drawn can look forward to two of the most notable, critically adored names in those spheres: Fennesz and Merzbow. And so it’s a marquee year for the area’s umbrella of experimental music, whose homegrown acts can now regularly be seen at venues like Bossa in Adams Morgan, Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, and Orion Sound Studios in Baltimore. But more than 30 years ago, D.C. also housed a constellation of progressive and experimental acts—a small scene that emerged but never quite flourished in the 1970s.

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Tenzier.org has its first release out.

Bobby Naughton has released a download-only single Composition 23J by Anthony Braxton.

The the 7th Annual UNCG New Music Festival will be held September 21-23

Fotofono has a new free release up, featuring a live recording of three performances: Vic Rawlings (cello, electronics) and Tim Feeney (percussion), Mike Bullock (bass + electronics) and C. Spencer Yeh (violin/voice), and Andrew Lafkas (bass/electronics), Bryan Eubanks (soprano sax/electronics), and Todd Capp (drums).

Composer Michael Pisaro is interviewed.

Pietro Riparbelli and The Mamuthones are labelmates on the Boring Machines label, and both are putting out some interesting dark / ambient / trance music.

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Fight the Big Bull: An American Band

From Jazz Times:

Leading a 10-piece ensemble that incorporates swing, rock, folk and free jazz in Richmond, Va., admits composer-guitarist Matt White, “can be like creating music in a vacuum.” So when Fight the Big Bull’s debut CD, Dying Will Be Easy, began to garner accolades, White and his bandmates felt they’d proved a point. “I wouldn’t say we have a chip on our shoulder,” White says, “but we’re here, we’re creating music, and we’re confident that what we’re doing is unique. I think that’s really kept people together.” Originally intended to be a demo, Dying Will Be Easy caught the ear not only of Clean Feed Records, who released it in 2008, but of two of White’s biggest influences: saxophonist Ken Vandermark and slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, both of whom have gone on to collaborate with the band.