Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: Apocalyptic Art Rock and Absurdist Humor

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Nils
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From ALARM Press:

The group’s Fall 2005 tour provided a few answers via Shinichi Iova-Koga, a movement artist who specializes in Butoh, an avant-garde dance form that grew out of student riots and cultural taboos in 1950s Japan. After hanging beneath a sheet, upside down, for the first half of each Sleepytime show, he would emerge as “The Last Human Being,” painted head to toe in white, writhing like a demon-possessed corpse as his shadows danced upon the wall. These days, the band — clad in tattered tutus, bad-ass boots, and braids — provides a soundtrack for these eerie encounters whether or not Iova-Koga is part of the act. But to take a closer look at this theme of extinction, Sleepytime will soon release a short film called The Last Human Being that explores Iova-Koga’s character while presenting a few new songs.

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Upcoming New York Shows

From the Vision Festival people:

269 E Houston St, New York (corner of Suffolk St)
Regular = $10 per set / $15 for 2 sets / $20 all night
Students/Seniors = $7 per set / $12 for 2 / $17 all night

December 27

· 7pm : Vocal Improv Session #7
“Nora McCarthy is a highly original singer, lyricist, composer, poet and educator” – JazzReview
Nora McCarthy (voice) / Andrea Wolper (voice)
Nicole Peyrafitte (voice) / Francois Grillot (Double Bass)

· 8pm : Jason Mears Group
“his compositions (…) bring us back to the dawn of free jazz ” – Time Out NY
Erika Dagnino (poetry) / Steve Dalachinsky (words)
Jason Mears (sax, cl) / Ken Filliano (bs) / Satoshi Takeishi (ds)

· 9pm : Grass Roots
“Their freedom can be delicate and meditative” – All About Jazz
Darius Jones (alto sax) / Alex Harding (bari sax)
Sean Conly (bass) / Chad Taylor (drums)

· 10pm : Steve Dalachinsky & Ken Filiano
“His words come out of him just like sounds wend their way through
the length of a hornpipe when it is blown” – JazzTimes
Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) / Ken Filiano (bass)

January 3

Celebrating a New Year
· 7pm – Patricia Nicholson & William Parker DUO
“demonstrating her depth of feeling in the unique face of each moment” – One Final Note
Patricia Nicholson (dance) / William Parker (bass)

· 8pm – Gerald Cleaver & Jean Carla Rodea DUO
“tasty embroidery of the groove” – All About Jazz
Gerald Cleaver (drums) / Jean Carla Rodea (voice)

· 9pm – Rob Brown & Daniel Levin DUO
“…among the most talented and original alto players to take the stage…” – Option
Rob Brown (saxophone) / Daniel Levin (cello)

· 10pm – William Parker, Rob Brown & Gerald Cleaver TRIO “William Parker has few peers in contemporary music” – Pop Matters
William Parker (bass) / Rob Brown (sax) / Gerald Cleaver (drums)

January 10

· 7pm : Elena Camerin Group “overwhelming vocals” –
Corriere Trentino
Elena Camerin (voice)
Khabu Doug Young (Baritone Guitar & Ukelele)

· 8pm : Michael Bisio SOLO “His playing appears to be
produced by sorcery” – Cadence Magazine
Michael Bisio (bass)
> CD Release for “Travel Music”

· 9pm : Francois Grillot’s Contraband Quartet
“a dark tone and rare aggression” – One Final Note
Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano sax) / Anders Nilsson (guitar)
Francois Grillot (bass, compositions) / Michael Evans (drums)

· 10pm :Michael Bisio Quartet “The music is warm,
soulful, welcoming gentle and sophisticated” – Stef Gijssels
Avram Fefer (tenor and soprano sax) / Stephen Gauci (tenor sax)
Michael Bisio (bass, compositions) / Jay Rosen (drums)

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Umbrella Music Through January 13

Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, Peter Brötzmann
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 29 December 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett presents Radio Dada Rides Again, Part I

Wednesday, 5 January 2011
The Hideout
10:00PM | Walter/Halvorson/Evans
Weasel Walter – drums
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Peter Evans – trumpet
11:00PM | Williams/Kessler/Nilssen-Love
Mars Williams – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Joshua Abrams vs Paal Nilssen-Love

Thursday, 6 January 2011
10:00PM | John Dikeman Group
John Dikeman – reeds
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Josh Abrams – bass
Mike Reed – drums
two sets

Sunday, 9 January 2011
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Andrew D’Angelo Quartet
Andrew D’Angelo – reeds
Cuong Vu – trumpet
Others TBA
The first Emerging Improvisers’ 10 Anniversary show
two sets

Wednesday, 12 January 2011
The Hideout
10:00PM | Josh Berman‘s Old Idea
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Peter Margasak spins Arabic Picnic

Thursday, 13 January 2011
10:00PM | Gregorio/Roebke/Labycz
Guillermo Gregorio – reeds
Jason Roebke – bass
Brian Labycz – electronics
11:00PM | Mazzarella/Giallorenzo/Hatwich/Riordan
Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
Paul Giallorenzo – piano
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums

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All About Jazz Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith
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From All About Jazz:

Live at 11:20 (No Business Records)

Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela
Hands (Dare2 Records)

Eastern Boundry Quartet
Icicles (Konnex Records)

HNH (Clean Feed Records)

Wadada Leo Smith / Ed Blackwell
The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer (Kabell Records)

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