Michael Musillami In Austria, Belgium And The Netherlands This Week

From Improvised Communications:

9 May
Joep van Leeuwen & Michael Musillami
Pesthuys Podium
Maastricht, The Netherlands

10 May
Ruud Jacobs Trio featuring Michael Musillami
Grand Café Nexxt
Maastricht, The Netherlands

11 May
Joep van Leeuwen Trio featuring Michael Musillami
La Louviere, Belgium

13 May
Michael Musillami’s European Trio
Schnittpunkte der Musik
Neumarkt, Austria

15 May
Michael Musillami & Friends
Schnittpunkte der Musik
Neumarkt, Austria

Music and More Reviews

From Music and More:

Nate Wooley – (Put Your) Hands Together (Clean Feed, 2011)
Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp – Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity, 2011)
Harriet Tubman – Ascension (Sunnyside, 2011)

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Father Figures join OOYH 5/10 @ Windup Space

From Baltimore’s Out Of Your Head:

Tuesday, May 10 @ The Windup Space

8:00pm–Father Figures
9:30pm–Adam Schatz, Jas Walton-saxophones; Jon Lipscomb-guitar; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums
11:00pm–John Dierker-reeds; Ross Edwards-rhodes; Spencer Zahn-bass; Ian Chang-drums

Father Figures is a band of five friends from Brooklyn, making music that blends the composed and improvised into something that is wild, yet accessible. It is Zombie Jazz, and it is not your grandfather’s music… unless your grandfather juggled knives. Always melodic and strong willed, Father Figures manages sounds into sculptures to make you move your feet, then break a vase, and can neatly package these sounds into a 30 minute set ideal for a dirty basement, or an hour long set ideal for a slightly cleaner warehouse. But they’ll actually play anywhere, and won’t be stopped.

After meeting at NYU, Father Figures studied with instrumental monsters Ralph Alessi, Dave Pietro & Wayne Krantz to help develop their approach to collective improvisation and build a rock solid group sound as a foundation for creative composition from every band member. As a listener, it will be unclear what is improvised and what is not, and that mystery is what carries Father Figures live performance to new heights.

Father Figures is:

Adam Schatz (tenor sax, effects)
Jas Walton (tenor sax)
Ross Edwards (keys)
Spencer Zahn (bass)
Ian Chang (drums)

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hybrid Energy

A long interview from All About Jazz:

Rudresh Mahanthappa is a man on a mission. He’s driven to integrate the saxophone into a vast panorama of settings far beyond its typical range. His output is often reflective of his Indian-American heritage, with an engaging hybrid approach that merges avant-jazz and South Asian elements. His current quartet, also consisting of microtonal guitarist David Fiuczynski, bassist François Moutin and drummer Dan Weiss, is emblematic of that direction.

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Ensemble Dal Niente Closes Season in Chicago

Augusta Read Thomas

From Ensemble Dal Niente:

Ensemble Dal Niente has taken listeners on a whirlwind tour of musical styles in the 2010-11 season; its season finale pairs two undeniable masterpieces, including Ligeti’s wild and exciting Piano Concerto, with works by Drew Baker and Augusta Read Thomas, longtime friends of Dal Niente

SEASON FINALE – Saturday, May 28, 2011, 7:30pm – ($15/$5 students)
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

Michael Lewanski, conductor
Winston Choi, piano
Spektral Quartet

DREW BAKER (b. 1978) – new work for ensemble, title TBA (WORLD PREMIERE)
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS (b.1964) – Rise Chanting for string quartet
GYORGY LIGETI (1923-2006) – Piano Concerto
LOUIS ANDRIESSEN (b.1939) – Workers Union

The 2010-11 season has been breathless and busy for Dal Niente. Come celebrate with us as we cap off the season with a huge program of beautiful, riveting, and ferociously virtuosic music! Drew Baker, a former Chicago composer now based in New York, writes music of dangerous fragility. This new score is so new, we don’t even know the title yet – unless it’s a radical departure from his past work, it will probably involve hissing, buzzing, sweetly trilling sounds inspired by diverse aspects of world events and visual art.

Piano Concerto is a wild ride through amazing rhythmic mazes and stylistic worlds. Its surprising sonic combinations – ocarina! Nutty percussion equipment! Extremely high woodwinds! Winston Choi’s dazzling piano technique and rich artistry! – will likely make this one of the most memorable performances you will hear in Chicago all year. Don’t miss this. We are excited to once again present our friends the Spektral Quartet in a lush, evocative, sultry score by Augusta Read Thomas. We will close the concert with a rollicking, riveting, clangorous reading of Workers Union, Louis Andriessen’s hard-charging, partially improvised piece for unspecified instruments.

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With a perceived age gap, free jazz’s Vision persists

Albert Ayler

From City Arts, and article on the Vision Festival:

Yes, the festival’s driving purpose has been unabashed support of music originating in the ’60s “New Thing,” its heroes the aesthetic descendants of John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp and Cecil Taylor. But several years back the festival began offering matinee performances by younger musicians, players who were often more focused on composition and structure than spontaneous improvisation.

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