Wayne Horvitz at REDCAT

From LA’s REDCAT:

WAYNE HORVITZ
GRAVITAS QUARTET
Tues Nov 2 | 8:30 pm
REDCAT | Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
Tickets: $20 [Students $16]
213 237-2800 or http://www.redcat.org

(Los Angeles, CA) REDCAT continues its fall music series with a fusion of new music, jazz and improvisation from Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet. About: Jazz has lauded the group: “They plumb the union of jazz and classical styles with results that are melodic, crystalline and haunting.” This special concert will be presented at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm.

Described as a “defiant cross-breeder of genres,” Wayne Horvitz has lead a diverse array of new music ensembles including The President, Pigpen, Zony Mash, and the Four Plus One Ensemble. A co-founder of the New York Composers Orchestra, he has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Robin Holcomb, Fred Frith, Julian Priester, Philip Wilson, Michael Shrieve and Carla Bley, among others and gained notoriety for being the keyboardist of the band Naked City.

Horvitz’ Gravitas Quartet brings together four uniquely defined voices of new music, jazz, and improvised composition to explore the depths of texture, sonority, rhythm, and ensemble fluidity available to masters working with a broad palette. A quartet without a percussionist, Gravitas Quartet consists of pianist Wayne Horvitz, cellist Peggy Lee, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck, and trumpeter Ron Miles. All of the members have been hailed as harbingers of modern music–each emerges from a vast musical background to redefine the sonic landscape.

Gravitas Quartet has two releases on the Songlines label, Way Out East (2006) and One Dance Alone (2008). Of Way Out East, Down Beat’s Bill Shoemaker wrote, “Whether drawing upon the blues or a waltz, Horvitz is not simply manipulating a template, but creating a time-warped ambience, in which the listener feels a stillness that is languid and foreboding. The idiom-free improvisations provide ballast, preventing the album from sinking into sentimentality. Peggy Lee, Ron Miles and Sara Schoenbeck are exquisitely balanced, their every detail precisely etched. For the most part, they are slightly understated in the improvisations; when they move to the foreground, they are persuasive, as is Horvitz.”

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DMG Newsletter October 8th, 2010

Marc Ribot
Cover of Marc Ribot

From DMG:

Keith & Julie Tippett! Dave Douglas & Keystone 3 CD Set! Threadgill’s Mosaic Box -now out! William Parker Organ QT! Michael Formanek/Tim Berne Qt! Erik Friedlander Improv Quintet! Michael Blake QT! Microscopic Septet Play Monk! Jazz Passengers + Marc Ribot, Elvis Costello, Debby Harry! Jason Robinson All-Stars! Scott Colley! Mike Pride! 2 from Benoit Delbecq! 3 from Adam Unsworth! Benny Golson‘s Trane Tribute! Charlemagne Palestine! Stefano Scodanibbio! Smegma! Nurse with Wound! Secret Museum of Mankind LPs!

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

Sunday, October 10th Double-header – Two Amazing Trios!
6pm: BEN SYVERSEN / XANDER NAYLOR/JEREMY GUSTIN! Trumpet/Guitar/Drums!
7pm: YONI KRETZMER – Tenor Sax / SEAN CONLY – Bass / MIKE PRIDE – Drums!

Sunday, October 17th at 6pm:
KRESTON OSGOOD & OLIVER LAKE DUO! Return to DMG!

Sunday, October 24th at 6om:
DEE POP / CATHERINE SIKORA / DAVID AARON!

Sunday, October 31st/Halloween Double-Header:
6pm: JACOB WICK & NATE WOOLEY! Two Titanic Trumpeters Exploring New Sounds!
7pm: SHANE PERLOWIN Solo Guitar Great from Ahleuchatistas!

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

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

Sunday, November 21st at 6pm:
ANNETTE GUH Featuring: EVAN GALLAGHER on Keyboards & ANDERS NILSSON on guitar!

Sunday, December 5th – Double-header:
6pm: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER!
7pm: LORIN BENEDICT / JEN SHYU / CHES SMITH!

Sunday, December 12th at 6pm:
BEN GERSTEIN & GARTH STEVENSON – Smokin’ Trombone & Bass Duo!

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Touching Extremes Reviews

From Touching Extremes:

PATRICK FARMER – Apis Mellifera, Moved To And Fro
STASIS DUO – 3
LEPENIK – Grete Vor Dem Haus
GLORIA COATES – String Quartet No. 9 / Sonata For Violin Solo / Lyric Suite For Piano Trio
YANNIS KYRIAKIDES / ANDY MOOR – Rebetika

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IonSound Project, Eclectroacoustic Show in Pittsburgh Today

Olivier Messiaen
Cover of Olivier Messiaen

From Pittsburgh New Music Net:

This show features Canadian acts Not the Wind, Not the Flag and Fossils along with local talent Edgar Um and Ryan Emmett/Dan Miller (H/T Ryan Emmett). But that’s Sunday night. On Sunday afternoon, Music in a Great Space presents IonSound Project playing Takemitsu and on one of my favorite pieces for the end of all time, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End Time and Shadyside Pres will be a great place to hear it.

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Out Of Your Head October and November Schedule

From Baltimore’s Out Of Your Head:

Trudel / Cramer / Munshower / Spangler
October 12, 2010
9:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Eric Trudel-reeds; Blake Cramer-vibes; Alan Munshower-drums; Erik Spangler-melodica (2nd set). Let’s try this one again! Same group that was booked for last week, but Windup Space had to close early, canceling OOYH.

Frock / Chen / Pirog / Ellman-Bell
October 19, 2010
9:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Ben Frock-trumpet; Audrey Chen-cello, voice; Anthony Pirog-guitar; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums

Madsen / Meredith / Birkholz / Kuhl
October 26, 2010
9:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Brent Madsen-trumpet; Liz Meredith-viola; Jon Birkholz-keyboards, electronics; Mike Kuhl-drums

Alcorn / Leppin / McEvoy / Hochberg
November 2, 2010
9:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Susan Alcorn-pedal steel guitar; Janel Leppin-cello; Will McEvoy-bass; Chad Hochberg-drums

Ballou / Dierker / Ronstadt / Pumphrey / Ellman-Bell
November 9, 2010
9:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Dave Ballou-trumpet; John Dierker-reeds; Michael Ronstadt-cello; Chris Pumphrey-rhodes; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums