Tonight in Portland: Blue Cranes & Ballrogg

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

We are presenting a wonderful Norweigan avant-garde duo,BALLROGG, this Wednesday, 11/3 in Portland. we’ll be playing together at a wonderful space in Northeast, on NE Prescott at 6th, at the Portland Playhouse. it is a BEAUTIFUL old acoustic church space that is mostly being used now for performing plays

Wednesday, November 3
Portland Playhouse (602 NE Prescott Ave, Portland)
All Ages. $8. 8pm.

Mary Halvorson Heads To Europe With Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship

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From Improvised Communications:

Starting tomorrow night in Rüsselsheim, Germany, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson will be in Europe for the next two weeks touring with fellow guitarist Marc Ribot and his quartet, Sun Ship.

The group, which takes its name from the John Coltrane album, also features bassist Jason Ajemian and drummer Chad Taylor.

Here’s the complete itinerary:

11/04 :: Theater Rüsselsheim (Rüsselsheim, Germany)
11/05 :: Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
11/06 :: Old Customs House (Tampere, Finland)
11/07 :: Domicil (Dortmund, Germany)
11/09 :: Pole Sud (Strasbourg, France)
11/10 :: Kurhaus Bad Aibling (Bad Aibling, Germany)
11/11 :: Porgy & Bess (Vienna, Austria)
11/12 :: Hangar 23 (Rouen, France)
11/13 :: New Morning (Paris, France)
11/14 :: Stadtgarten (Köln, Germany)
11/15 :: Teatro Palamostre (Udine, Italy)
11/16 :: Cankarjev Dom, Cultural & Congress Center (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

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Metal Underground has a piece on some new experimental metal bands.

Wally Shoup and Paul Kikuchi recently recorded in an abandoned train tunnel in the Cascade Mountains. Prefecture Records recently posted a high-def/high-fi video prior to the CD release.

Alarm Press debates the qualities of a recent John Zorn release.

The Chicago Reader previews the first show of this week’s Umbrella Music Fest.

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Touching Extremes Reviews

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From Touching Extremes:

MARCO PANELLA – Eastern Landscapes
CHRISTOPHER MCFALL – One Last Call For The Flightless Swagger Of Departing Objectors
SLOWCREAM – River Of Flesh
ALAN HOVHANESS – Solos / Duos / Trios
ELODIE LAUTEN – Piano Works Revisited
PHIL MILLER / IN CAHOOTS – Conspiracy Theories

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Achim Kaufmann, Robert Landfermann, Christian Lillinger – Grünen (Clean Feed, 2010) ****½
Kablys – Live At 11:20 (No Business, 2010) ****
Alexander Frangenheim – The Knife Again (Creative Sources, 2010) ****
David S. Ware – Onecept (AUM Fidelity, 2010) ****
Wadada Leo Smith & Ed Blackwell – The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer (Kabell, 2010) *****

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Firehouse 12 To Present Tim Berne’s Los Totopos December 3rd

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From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, December 3rd, veteran saxophonist/composer Tim Berne will bring his new touring ensemble, Los Totopos, to New Haven for a two-set concert at Firehouse 12. Berne, who has performed at the venue in the past with both guitarist David Torn and his own Big Satan ensemble, will be presenting a brand new book of original music written for this acoustic quartet. Los Totopos features clarinetist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Ches Smith.

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