Planeta Imaginario: Stretches in Spain

From Planeta Imaginario: Stretches in Spain:

Recently from Barcelona, Spain, members of the jazz/rock improv group Planeta Imaginario discussed their new recording Optical Delusions (Cuneiform Records, 2011) and the group’s history. Keyboardist and group leader Marc Capel, who speaks Catalan, shared his thoughts through drummer and chief translator Vasco Trilla. Fretless bassist Dimitris Bikos also sat in for the interview. The various influences that can be heard in the music of Planeta Imaginario range from classic progressive rock groups such as Soft Machine, Caravan, and King Crimson to Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Mahavishnu Orchestra. As revealed in this interview, the rich culture and history of Spain has provided Planeta Imaginario’s music with plenty of inspiration.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Ela Vuk – Welcome To The Standard Nightmare III:Malfunction
Churner – Dauerlärm
Discretion – Sewer Meditations
Mike Johnston, Mike Gilmore, Mike Khoury – Impermanence
Moloch – Ein Düsterer Winter Kommt
Bördel Noïr – Elle est morte, elle est pourrie
Tromba – Torrential-(Infinity series part 3)
Sharron Kraus – The Woody Nightshade
Mz.412 – Burning The Temple of God
Steve Roach – Immersion:Four
Riccardo Dillon Wanke – To R.S
Jazkamer – Matthew 28:17
Ghédalia Tazartès – Ante-Mortem
Ethel Azama & Tak Shindo – Exotic Dreamers

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Tim Berne
Cover of Tim Berne


April 3, 2011
Paul Wirkus Solo, Littlefield
Paul Wirkus

April 3, 2011
The Skull Defekts featuring Daniel Higgs, Littlefield
Daniel Fagerström Daniel Higgs Henrik Rylander Jean-Louis Huhta Joachim Nordwall

April 3, 2011
Zomes, Littlefield
Asa Osborne

April 1, 2011
Vinny Golia Quintet, The Stone
Ken Filiano Michael T.A. Thompson Nels Cline Tim Berne Vinny Golia

March 31, 2011
ICP Orchestra, Le Poisson Rouge
Ab Baars Ernst Glerum Han Bennink Mary Oliver Michael Moore Misha Mengelberg Thomas Heberer Tobias Delius Tristan Honsinger Wolter Wierbos

March 31, 2011
Will Holshouser Trio, Le Poisson Rouge
Lindsay Horner Ron Horton Will Holshouser

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Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

Aki Takase
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From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Wednesday, April 6, 8pm
Eugene Chadbourne, guitar + banjo; and Tatsuya Nakatani, percussion

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street
$12 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is excited to present this rare duo performance with guitarist and banjoist Eugene Chadbourne and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. These two sonic adventurers have been working together since 2007, merging their diverse musical languages to create a unique world of cosmopolitan sound. Guitarist and banjoist Eugene Chadbourne has been fusing experimental rock, bluegrass, free jazz, blues and noise since he began making music in the mid-1970s. Equally inspired by the sounds of Appalachia, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Captain Beefheart, he has formulated a
musical language and category of his own. Over the years he has worked with John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Sun City Girls, Aki Takase, and many other leading experimental musicians. Originally from Osaka, Japan but currently living in Easton, PA, Tatsuya Nakatani has articulated his own percussive style that combines free jazz, rock, noise and traditional Japanese folk music. In order to capture this vast aural landscape, his drum kit is supplemented with gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, bells, and metal objects.


ANW Recommends:

Saturday, April 9, 8pm

Montgomery County Community College
340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell | $25

Coleman was the key proponent of M-Base, which has done its part to push modern jazz to ever greater levels of rhythmic and compositional complexity. Many of his early collaborators in that movement, such as Greg Osby, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Robin Eubanks have gone on to great acclaim. His influence can also be found in a whole generation of younger jazz artists, including musicians like Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Steve Lehman. Coleman’s music, based on a lifetime of travel and research into the music of the African diaspora – jazz, blues, Cuban, funk, R&B, hip hop, African, Brazilian, along with Indian and Indonesian – defy easy definition. Much of his work is distinguished by its complex, constantly shifting rhythms that convey a fundamental sense of groove. This effect is not just carried out by the rhythm section; it is also found in the intertwining horns lines that weave a pattern of contrapuntal polyphony. Coleman’s compositions are made
up of many layers, all constantly mutating, coming and going without simple resolution.

Tickets available at

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Instant Joy with The Instant Composers Pool Orchestra

Jazz pianist Misha Mengelberg performing with ...
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From The Echoes Blog:

When you’re talking about avant-garde jazz and free improvisation, joy is often left out of the mix.  You get aggression, exuberance, chaos and hushed, meditative space, but rarely is there simple joy.  That is, unless you attended one of the three nights that the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra played in Philadelphia.  I saw the last show on Sunday, April 3 and wished I’d caught the previous two.  A 10 piece ensemble, the ICPO is put together around pianist Misha Mengelberg and his time-twisted compositions, with a couple of Thelonious Monk tunes tossed in.

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