Steve Lehman, Saxophonist, at Le Poisson Rouge


Steve Lehman, a quietly dazzling saxophonist, is the stylistic progeny of at least two imposing modern-jazz masters, Anthony Braxton and Jackie McLean. In a string of potent albums he has shown a proclivity for intense improvisation, a taste for rhythmic entanglements with pianists and drummers, and a penchant for surrounding himself with like-minded performers. So the music Mr. Lehman makes must be jazz, right?

Not so fast. Mr. Lehman, a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University, is also a resourceful creator of intricately detailed contemporary classical concert works, some of which show the influence of teachers like Tristan Murail and Alvin Lucier. One, “Impossible Flow,” had its premiere during a concert by the International Contemporary Ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday evening, as part of the ensemble’s ICELab series.

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Rich Halley Quartet in Portland May 1

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Saxophonist/Composer Rich Halley and his Quartet with standout Los Angeles trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, Canadian bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley will perform at a release for their new CD “Requiem for a Pit Viper”, at 7:30 PM on Sunday, May 1 at The Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont.  Admission is sliding scale $3-7.

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Jono El Grande Interview

From ALARM Press:

The off-kilter art rock of Norwegian bandleader, composer, singer, guitarist, and kazoo player Jono El Grande is like candy to fans of Frank Zappa and whimsical, progressive rock. In his 10 years of playing with The Luxury Band (née The Jono El Grande Orchestra), he has released four albums, including the multi-layered Neo-Dada in 2009 and the raucous Phantom Stimulance this winter. Though he has enjoyed success in his native Norway, Jono’s delightfully eccentric music isn’t yet as well known overseas. Here he opens up about composing, why there’s no such thing as a “live favorite,” and how songs can take more than a decade to record.

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Touching Extremes Reviews

From Touching Extremes:

BRAD DUTZ / EMILY HAY / MOKOTO HONDA With Guest WAYNE PEET – Polarity Taskmasters
PHILIP HALKE – The Two Edges
PHILIP HALKE – Above The Din
GEN KEN MONTGOMERY – Birds + Machines (1980-1989)
JOHN BERNDT – New Logic For Old Saxophones
JOHN BERNDT – The Private Language Problem (New Electro-Acoustic Compositions, 2001-2007)
SPARKLE IN GREY & TEX LA HOMA – Whale Heart, Whale Heart

Peter Brötzmann For Café Oto Shows

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From The Quietus, news of Brotzmann’s upcoming London shows:

Power skronk legend Peter Brötzmann and a phalanx of hard-blowing (and hitting, plunking and scraping) free-jazz troupers are in residence at London’s Café Oto this week, and they’re all playing at the same time.

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