Upcoming Delmark Releases

exploding star orchestra
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From Delmark:

Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra
Stars Have Shapes

Jazz cornetist Rob Mazurek has created a sound world that is uniquely his own, sculpting a TOTAL sound environment, by fully utilizing the beautiful instrumentation of the Exploding Star Orchestra and sounds from a variety of sources, including: rain from the Brazilian Amazon, insects at the turn of an eclipse, the hammering overdrive of bicycles in Copenhagen, stacked muted cornets run through various filters, drones built from electric eels and piano feedback, hi-frequency sinuous lines from tone generators, pitched bass guitars, and other prepared instruments. With Nicole Mitchell, Jason Adasiewicz, Greg Ward, Josh Abrams, Mike Reed.

Jason Adasiewicz Trio

The Jason Adasiewicz Trio features Jason on vibraphone, Mike Reed on drums, and Nate McBride on bass. The Chicago jazz group formed in 2008, first experimenting as a free improvising trio, and later focused attention on arranging tunes that Adasiewicz wrote during his wife’s first pregnancy in the summer of 2009. In addition, the trio plays homage to Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and Hasaan Ibn Ali – a pianist that was only documented once in his life, in 1964 with Max Roach. Sunrooms is Adasiewicz’s first release on Delmark as a leader, but he is not a stranger to the label. He is currently a member of bands lead by Josh Berman, Rob Mazurek, and Nicole Mitchell.

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Interview with Nobu Stowe

From Roulette NYC:

On September 25 at Roulette, Nobu Stowe – Lee Pembleton Project present “Confusion Bleue” with special guests Perry Robinson and Chris Kelsey.  “Confusion Bleue” merges two distinctive schools of contemporary creative music: musique concrète and total-improvisation – the term coined by Keith Jarrett and refers to a genre of fully improvised music embracing not only the traditional “free elements” but also song- like melody, tonal harmony and rhythmic propulsion.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Concrete Threat – Harsh Noise Death(six tape boxset)
Dominique Leone – Abstract Expression
Lovesliescrushing – CRWTH (Chorus Redux)
The Renderers – Monsters and Miasmas
Gigant – Versus Progress
Namazu Dantai – Nocturnal Veils
Various Artists – BAVE
TenHornedBeast – Hunts & Wars
A Challenge of Honour – No Way Out
Endometrium Cuntplow – Hollowbeast
Fouke – Batutut

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News From Neos

Elliott Sharp live at Saalfelden 2009
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From NEOS:

Wolfgang Rihm, Béla Bartók

Martino Traversa
Manhattan Bridge

Beat Furrer, Mauricio Sotelo, György Kurtág, Steve Reich, György Ligeti, Toshio Hosokawa, John Cage, Galina Ustvolskaya, Klaus Huber, Franck Christoph Yeznikian
Salzburg Biennale – Festival for New Music 2009

Elliott Carter, Udo Zimmermann
musica viva vol. 18

Adriana Hölszky, Conlon Nancarrow, Michael Lentz, Uli Winters, Hans Zender, Olivier Messiaen, Enno Poppe, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Iannis Xenakis, Beat Furrer, Gérard Pesson
musica viva festival munich 2008

Elliott Sharp
Spectropia Suite – Original Soundtrack to the film “Spectropia”

Manfred Kniel
Manfred Kniel and his Reduction Quartet – LOW DOWN MUSIC

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25th anniversary season of North River Music series

From NY’s Greenwich House:


Thursday, October 21 at 8 PM: THE RESPECT SEXTET
“One of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” (Signal to Noise), The Respect Sextet will kick off the 25th anniversary season of North River Music series with music from their newest digital-only release, Farcical Built for Six (August 2010); selections their acclaimed album, Sirius Respect: The Respect Plays the Music of Sun Ran and Karlheinz Stockhausen (2009); and a collaborative composition/improvisation with the audience. The group is comprised of Eli Asher (trumpet, toys), James Hirschfeld (trombone, jamespectronics, toys), Malcolm Kirby (bass), Ted Poor (drums), Josh Rutner (reeds, radio, toys), and Red Wierenga (piano, keyboard, accordion, redspectronics). . http://www.respectsextet.com/

Thursday, November 18 at 8 PM: NE(X)TWORKS
The collaborative ensemble of improvisers/composers Ne(x)tworks will offer sneak previews of multi-instrumentalist/pioneer of the electric harp Zeena Parkins’ The Arcades Project (work-in-progress), inspired by Benjamin Walters’ monumental work of the same title, and ensemble member Christopher McIntyre’s Sites/Nonsites (work-in-progress), drawing from the oeuvre of renowned earthwork artist Robert Smithson. Also included in the evening is German composer Matthias Pintscher’s Study II for Treatise on the Veil (2005) for prepared string trio, and Jon Gibson’s Multiples (1972) for open instrumentation — a classic example of early minimalism from this stalwart member of New York’s experimental music community.

Ne(x)tworks is composed of Joan La Barbara (voice), Kenji Bunch (viola), Shelley Burgon (harp & electronics), Yves Dharamraj (cello), Cornelius Dufallo (violin, Director), Miguel Frasconi (glass instruments & electronics), Stephen Gosling (piano), Ariana Kim (violin), and Christopher McIntyre (trombone). http://www.nextworksmusic.net/

Friday, December 3 at 8 PM: PARTICLE ENSEMBLE (Thomas Buckner and Friends)
Thomas Buckner (baritone), Earl Howard (electronics and saxophones), Mari Kimura (violin and electronics), and J.D. Parran (winds) join forces in Particle Ensemble to perform compositions written by its members. On the program: Howard’s Frond for voice, violin, bass saxophone and live electronic processing; Mari Kimura’s Bucknerian for voice, violin and electronics; and J.D. Parran’s premiere of a new work for voice, winds and electronics.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 8 PM: ENSEMBLE HELACIOUS
Ensemble Helacious, formed in 2007, brings together masterful improvisers/composers J.D. Parran (saxophone), Peter Zummo (trombone), Kevin Norton (drums) for an evening of premieres and original compositions.

Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8 PM: J.D. PARRAN
Multi-instrumentalist/composer J.D. Parran performs an eclectic program of music for clarinet and saxophone, including Menon Dwarka’s premiere of Snake Charmer for alto clarinet and electronics and Parran’s vast array of improvisational compositions with extended techniques. http://www.yallnewyork.org/JD_Parran.html

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 8 PM: JOAN LA BARBARA
An evening devoted to Joan La Barbara, “one of the great vocal virtuosas of our time” (San Francisco Examiner). La Barbara will perform John Cage’s “The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs” (1942) and “Nowth Upon Nacht” (1984), both for voice and piano body, as well as Morton Feldman’s “Only” (1947) for voice alone. The program also includes one of La Barbara’s signature piece, “Circular Song” (1975) for voice alone, and a new work for amplified voice and sonic atmosphere. http://www.joanLa Barbara.com

Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8 PM: JENNY LIN
One of today’s most respected young pianists, Jenny Lin will perform György Ligeti’s complete Études for piano, including Études pour piano, Book 1 (1985); Études pour piano, Book 2 (1988–94); and Études pour piano, Book 3 (1995–2001). Not to be missed! http://www.jennylin.net/

Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 8 PM: MORTON SUBOTNICK
An evening with one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving interactive computer music systems. http://www.mortonsubotnick.com/

VENUE: Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street (between Bedford St. & 7th Ave. S), NYC

TICKETS: $15 General Admission/$10 Students/Seniors
All tickets are payable at the door from 7:30pm

INFO: (212) 242-4770

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David S. Ware Trio At The Blue Note October 4th

From Improvised Communications:

Monday, October 4th, eminent saxophonist David S. Ware will celebrate his new release, Onecept (AUM Fidelity), with a two-set performance at the Blue Note in New York. As on the record, which marks his 50th anniversary as a saxophonist, Ware (saxello, stritch and tenor saxophone) will be joined by William Parker (bass) and Warren Smith (drums and percussion) to perform a completely improvised program of music.

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