Dusted Reviews

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From Dusted:

Artist: Mike Watt/Nels Cline/Yuka Honda/Dougie Bowne
Album: Floored by Four
Label: Chimera
Review date: Oct. 7, 2010

Artist: Mary Halvorson Quintet
Album: Saturn Sings
Label: Firehouse 12
Review date: Oct. 4, 2010

Artist: Salem
Album: King Night
Review date: Oct. 4, 2010

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Upcoming Los Angeles Events

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From Los Angeles New Music:

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

Reach of Resonance Sneak + Motoko Honda Plays
October 8, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm – Barnsdall Gallery Theater
The Angel City Jazz Festival continues its run across Los Angeles in early October with an evening of creative film and music including a special sneak preview of composer, drummer, documentary filmm…

Angel City Jazz Festival Closing Night with John Abercrombie
October 9, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm – Musicians Institute Theater
Jazz guitar master John Abercrombie will play two sets (8pm and 9:30pm) at the Musicians’ Institute Theater, 1655 N McCadden Place in Hollywood 90028 on Saturday October 9 to close out the program fo…

Onibaba + Open Gate Theatre
October 17, 2010 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
General Admission: $10 General Students, Seniors, and Series Performers: $5 Onibaba Vinny Golia– woodwinds George McMullen- trombone/electronics Scott Collins- Guitar Daren Burns- Bass Craig…

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The Vortex Jazz Club Shows

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From London’s Vortex:

Monday 11
Mujician (Tippett / Dunmall / Rogers / Levin)
Tony Levin, the great drummer from Birmingham, for whom Tubby Hayes named his ‘Second City Steamer’ tune, will be 70 this year and Birmingham Jazz has set up a six-date UK tour with both Mujician and Aki Takase to mark the occasion. Mujician played their first gig in September 1988 when Tony Levin (drums), Keith Tippett (piano), Paul Dunmall (saxophone) and Paul Rogers (bass). decided to pool their talents. In a line-up that shines the spotlight on the value of spontaneous, free-flowing, interactive improvisation, the four immediately recognised a shared philosophy to music making that embraced truth, spirituality and the energy of instantaneous communication.

Takase / Levin / Edwards
From Japan, pianist Aki Takase shares the artistic concepts of the members of Mujician and is a vastly resourceful player who, based in Berlin, is at the cutting edge of new jazz developments in Europe and the USA. With bassist John Edwards and Tony Levin. Part of a six-date tour organised by Birmingham Jazz to mark Tony Levin’s 70th birthday.

Tuesday 12
Samuel Blaser Quartet
Trombonist and composer Samuel Blaser has earned serious attention and enthusiastic praise over the last few years for his daring virtuosity and engaging improvisations. His new CD, 7th Heaven, just released on the Between the Lines/Double Moon label in Germany, advances his artistry to even greater heights. A prolific talent with a truly collaborative spirit, tonight Blaser brings together Marc Ducret (guitar), Bänz Oester (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums) in an exploration of the territory between hard bop and free jazz, all of which confirm that a new trombone star has risen in the realm of improvisation.

Sunday 17
Mopomoso’s regular monthly concert with an international programme from the finest in free improvisation and an afternoon workshop for all instruments and abilities.

Lawrence Casserley / Jean Michel van Schouwburg
Much of the work of Lawrence Casserley (electronics) has crossed media boundaries and recently he has collaborated with artist Peter Jones on sound and light installations. He is also a member of the Evan Parker electroacoustic ensemble. Here, in the company of regular partner van Schouwburg (vocals), the duo move effortlessly between controlled chaos and a delicately poised interactivity.

Gianni Mimmo
A fount of knowledge for all things saxophonic, Mimmo never lets erudition cloud his music, preferring to let the ideas come to him and responding with a melodic delicacy and musical intelligence. The ensuing journey is always a delight and this is a rare opportunity to hear him play solo in the UK.

Terry Day / Ute Kanngiesser / Hannah Marshall
The incomparable Terry Day (self made instruments, voice and words) makes a welcome return to the club with his current trio, featuring Ute Kanngiesser and Hannah Marshall, two of the finest cello players on the scene today. An expansive, warm hearted and playfully intriguing mixture that blurs the boundaries between the spoken word and music.

Yoko Miura / John Russell
A classical pianist, Miura began playing free improvisation on the Shakuhachi. Since 2002 she has performed as an improvisor in her native Japan and in Europe with a.o Osamu Karuda, Jean Borde, Hans Koch and Yoshihiro Goseki. Gaining inspiration from natural scenery and nature, her music contains elements of peace and tranquility. Here in a debut duo with Mopomoso founder John Russell on acoustic guitar.


Special gigs later in the year…

Joe McPhee – Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 October

Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Frank Mobus, Ernst Glerum & Paul Van Kemenade – Friday 22 & Saturday 23 October

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Coming to Bowerbird

Phill Niblock
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From Philly’s Bowerbird:

A night of live video and music collaborations with:

Phill Niblock, live video and sound
Katherine Liberovskaya, live video
Al Margolis, live sound

@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
October 15, 8pm; FREE

Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60’s he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances) and the curator of
EI’s XI Records label. In 1993 was formed an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium – EI v.z.w. Gent – to support the artist-in-residence house and installations there. Phill Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label.

Katherine Liberovskaya is a video/media artist based in Montreal, Canada and New York City. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced numerous videos, video installations and performances shown around the world. Since 2001 her work mainly focuses on collaborations with composers/sound artists mainly in live video+sound performance. Among these: Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat), Zanana, Hitoshi Kojo, Tom Hamilton, David Watson, Anne Wellmer, David First, and many others. In addition to her art practice she has concurrently always been involved in the programming and organization of diverse media art events, notably with Studio XX and Espace Vidéographe in Montreal, as well as Experimental Intermedia, NY (Screen Compositions 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and the OptoSonic Tea series at Diapason in NYC.

Al Margolis has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music, co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. Currently Margolis is label manager for Deep Listening, XI Records, and Mutable Music; plays bass guitar in the legendary punk/post-punk band Styrenes; and continues his work as If, Bwana. He has recorded and/or performed with Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Joan Osborne, Monique Buzzarté, Katherine Liberovskaya, Adam Bohman, Ellen Christi, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jane Scarpantoni, Ulrich Krieger, David First, and Dave Prescott, among others.


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Firehouse 12 To Present Stephan Crump And Rosetta Trio November 5th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, November 5th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present a two-set performance by Brooklyn-based bassist/composer Stephan Crump and his all-string chamber jazz group, Rosetta Trio. The five year-old ensemble, featuring acoustic guitarist Liberty Ellman and electric guitarist Jamie Fox, will be celebrating its second release, Reclamation (Sunnyside Records), which NPR recently named one of the five best new jazz albums of the first half of 2010.

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