Ernesto Diaz-Infante Interview

From Foxy Digitalis:

Since the mid-nineties, composer/guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante has been releasing some of the most boldly unclassifiable and uncompromising music that spans an unbelievably wide range of sounds. Though having studied modern composition in college, Diaz-Infante’s work, particularly in his various collaborations, often taps into the same no-mind realm of free jazz and modern noise. Much of this has come out on his own Pax Recordings, a label “dedicated to the documentation, perservation, and contagion of music from the margins of our culture and psyches”. Ernesto provided some thoughtful responses to our questions about his music and his label.

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Stet Lab October 11th 2010

From Stet Lab:

Monday, 11 October 2010
9:00 pm (doors: 8:45 pm)
Upstairs @ The Roundy [map…]
Castle Street
Cork, Ireland
€10 (€5)

Stet Lab, Cork’s monthly improvised music event, returns on Monday, 11 October 2010 with an event of sustained tones, transient noise and sharp attacks at The Roundy, Castle Street, Cork, at 9:00 pm (doors open at 8:45 pm). With performances by two contrasting violin-guitar-drums trios (Kevin Terry (guitar), Marian Murray (violin) and Jeffrey Weeter (drums), plus Han-earl Park (guitar), Claudia Schwab (violin) and Dan Walsh (drums)), the event features some up-and-coming young performers in the Cork improvised music scene in addition to a couple of veterans.

Cork’s monthly improvised music event, Stet Lab is a space in which improvisers (novice, veteran; student, teacher; part- or full-time; amateur, professional; local or visitor) can meet, play and learn from one another. Stet Lab has successfully brought together improvising musicians with varied experiences and from far afield. Since its launch in November 2007, it has hosted twenty-one events with twenty-seven guest artists, including eighteen international visitors.

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Fall Dates For Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys

From Improvised Communications:

Two weeks from tonight, on October 12th, drummer/composer Mike Pride and his working quartet, From Bacteria To Boys, will celebrate their AUM Fidelity debut, Betweenwhile, with an 11:00 p.m. performance at Korzo in Brooklyn. The group, which features Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Alexis Marcelo (piano) and Peter Bitenc (bass), will also support its new record with performances at Barbès (October 30th) and University Of The Streets (November 16th).

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Interpretations October 21: Jerome Cooper / Min Xiao Fen

From Interpretations:

Interpretations Presents:
Jerome Cooper
Min Xiao-Fen
Thursday, October 21, 2010
8PM at Roulette
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

Dynamic solo music from two of New York’s most unique instrumentalists. Min Xiao-Fen performs her new solo work “Dim Sum” for solo on pipa, Nanyin pipa, children’s pipa, sanxian, electronics, and vocals, incorporating her own calligraphy, paintings and other art. Jerome Cooper will perform his extended four-part work, “RING-PASS-NOT”, showcasing his multi-dimensional percussion concept.

Jerome Cooper’s daring improvisations layer melodic variations over immaculately precise, complex rhythmic patterns, to create profound spiritual experiences. Known for his distinctive approach to solo performance, his role in the deeply influential group the Revolutionary Ensemble, and for work with Cecil Taylor and others, his sound environment is developed with snare and bass drums, African talking drums, balafon, flute, and other fascinating sound objects. He begins with austere simplicity, underlining the pulsing metrical structure with subtle changes of pitch and duration that enfold the listener in an intense concentration which builds to trance-like contemplation.

Pipa player, singer, and composer Min Xiao-Fen moved to the United States in 1992, and has premiered works by such noted composers as John Zorn, Randy Weston, Tan Dun, and Philip Glass. She made an appearance on Björk’s album Volta. As a composer, she received a commission in 2007 for “Return of the Dragon” from The Kitchen in New York, followed by a performance with her Asian Trio.

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Claudia Quintet in Palos Park Wednesday

From the Chicago Reader:

Over the past decade and a half, percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck has used the Claudia Quintet, one of his several working groups, to explore the collision of jazz improvisation, minimalist composition, and progressive rock. This fine-tuned, artful band staked out its territory when the boundaries between those genres were much starker, and now that such lines have all but dissolved, the Claudia Quintet looks positively prescient—though no other group sounds quite like it, many have encroached upon similar territory since the late 90s.

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