Firehouse 12 To Present Eric Hofbauer With Special Guest Garrison Fewell October 22nd

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, October 22nd, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by Boston-based guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer celebrating his new recording, American Fear, on Creative Nation Music. This innovative solo guitar showcase features stripped-down interpretations of music from Andrew Hill, Nirvana, Charlie Parker, Tears for Fears, Van Halen, Fats Waller and Hank Williams interspersed with spontaneous original compositions. Hofbauer will highlight selections from the record before being joined by longtime collaborator, and fellow guitarist, Garrison Fewell, with whom he recorded the cosmopolitan 2008 release, The Lady Of Khartoum (Creative Nation Music).

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Frode Gjerstad, Skaset, Grenager, Tafjord, Mølstad, Moe – Sekstett (Conrad Sound, 2010) ****
Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra – Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed, 2010) *****
Joe McPhee & Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten – Blue Chicago Blues (Not Two, 2010) ****

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Chicago Jazz Festival Reviewed

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From Jazz Reviews:

Also at the Cultural Center on Thursday was a rousing set by the AACM Experimental Ensemble, named in homage to the Experimental Band, the Muhal Richard Abrams-led aggregation that evolved into the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in the mid-‘60s. Led by multi-woodwind virtuoso Douglas Ewart, the eleven-member Ensemble incorporated sounds and influences ranging from aboriginal sacred music (invoked by Ewart’s didgeridoo) through strutting, free-form neo-New Orleans clarinet fusillades (courtesy of Mwata Bowden) and contemporary Afro-Cuban dance rhythms (the group boasted no less than three percussionists, and at various times almost everyone picked up a shaker, a bell, or some other “little instrument” as well) to tumultuous blasts of the AACM’s patented group improvisation. Swirling aural dreamscapes came into focus, shifted, morphed, and then dissolved into freshly-imagined sonic realms, sometimes tranquil, other times daunting, all held together by the group’s skill at anticipating and complementing one another’s ideas, no matter how spontaneous or unexpected. The set concluded with “The Ascension Of The Prophet,” Ewart’s tribute to the late saxophonist and AACM founding member Fred Anderson, a piece that again led both ensemble and audience through a labyrinthine emotional journey, ranging from mournfulness to trickster-like antic irreverence, before finally concluding with a series of meditative chords from pianist Ann Ward.

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Vandermark 5/Atomic in London

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From The Guardian:

Chicago-based saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark’s long-running quintet played the first half of a spectacular double bill, also featuring Norwegian/Swedish quintet Atomic – and it was like hearing several decades of jazz evolution in an hour. Vandermark, as engrossing as a composer as he is powerful as an improviser, strikes a balance between order and freefall comparable to any band leader in the world.

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The Group Red Light New Music at Symphony Space

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The program the enterprising ensemble Red Light New Music played on Monday evening at Symphony Space was devoted largely to mustache painting. The group — part new-music band, part composers’ collective — dedicated most of the first half to Salvatore Sciarrino’s deftly iconoclastic reworking of four pieces by the Italian Renaissance composer Gesualdo. After intermission the musicians offered a freewheeling version of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in which each movement was reconfigured by one of the composers who runs Red Light.

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Upcoming Los Angeles Shows

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From Los Angeles New Music:

Pasadena Creative Music Series
September 22, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm – Pasadena Central Library
With The Brothers Landau, Chris Votek Quintet, and Ana Caravelle and Friends.

Alt + Piano: Aron Kallay’s Faculty Piano Recital at USC
September 30, 2010 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm – Alfred Newman Recital Hall, University of Southern California
Alt + Piano : Alternative Keyboard Literature Keyboard repertoire that’s a bit off the beaten path… Aron will be playing piano, toy piano, retuned keyboard, prepared piano, amplified teapot, keybo…

Henry Grimes and Friends
October 2, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm – REDCAT
Party of the Angel City Jazz Festival.

Annie Gosfield in Concert
October 2, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm – Fais Do-Do
An evening devoted entirely to the music of Annie Gosfield, one of NYC’s most daring composers, showcasing the composer performing her own work, and featuring many of LA’s finest chamber players. The…

Dirty Baby (Nels Cline, Ed Ruscha, David Breskin)
October 7, 2010 from 7:30pm to 10pm – LACMA – Bing Theater
Featuring: Nels Cline, ensemble leader and composer Ed Ruscha, art David Breskin, Ghazals Part of the Angel City Jazz Festival

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