Monsieur Délire Reviews

Steve Lacy

From Monsieur Délire:

MARCUS FJELLSTRÖM / Library Music 1 (Kafkagarden)
PAUL ELWOOD / Stanley Kubrick’s Mountain Home (Innova)
HENRI POUSSEUR / Parabolique d’enfer (Sub Rosa – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
VERYAN WESTON / Different Tessellations (Emanem)
THE PATTERN THEORY / The Pattern Theory (Valeot)
TUPOLEV / Towers of Sparks (Valeot)
BURNT FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT / Secret Rhythms 4 (Nonplace – merci à/thanks to John Bourke P.R.)
SLUMGUM / Quardboard Flavored Fiber (Accretions – merci à/thanks to John Bourke P.R.)
STEVE LACY / School Days (Emanem)
OTHERWAYS AND FREE SPACE / Life Amid the Artefacts (Emanem)
ANTHONY BRAXTON / Sextet (Boston) 2005 (New Braxton House)

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Sacramento in the Flow Festival

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The In the Flow Festival is a five day, multiple venue festival taking place now in Sacramento, CA, including Alex Cline, Vinny Golia, Steuart Liebig, Motoko Honda, Ross Hammond, Broun Fellinis, Ava Mendoza, Phillip Greenlief, Gino Robair, Alessandro Cortini, Nagual, Harley White Jr. Big Band, and many, many more!. Additional details at their site.

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Upcoming Pittsburgh Shows

From Pittsburgh New Music Net:

Wed May 25 8 pm $7 all ages welcome
Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Avenue

From Phila/NYC, seen here previously a couple times as member of Peeesseye. on Family Vineyard Records.

improvisational duo
with special guests Ben Opie & Matt Wellins

Guitarist Chris Forsyth is known for hypnotic compositions that assimilate minimalism and psychedelia with art rock, folk, and blues influences. He has performed all over Europe and the US, having toured with such like-minded artists as Träd Gräs och Stenar, Steve Gunn, Tetuzi Akiyama, Ignatz, and Es and is a founding member (with Jaime Fennelly and Fritz Welch) of junk folk expressionists Peeesseye, and a member of the elusive experimental group Phantom Limb & Bison. Other notable collaborators include Koen Holtkamp, Meg Baird, Nate Wooley, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin. Paranoid Cat, Forsyth’s next solo LP, features contributions from members of Peeesseye, Mountains, D. Charles Speer & the Helix, and others, and will be released in March 2011 on Family Vineyard. Drummer Mike Pride, bassist Peter Kerlin, organist Don Bruno, and pianist Hans Chew, aka The Paranoid Cat Band, will be backing Forsyth up on a series of shows following the release. Other recent releases include a contribution to the new Imaginational Anthem 4: New Possibilities compilation LP/CD/DL on Tompkins Square, the Dirty Pool LP (Ultramarine) with organist Shawn Edward Hansen, and Peeesseye’s newest studio LP Pestilence & Joy (Evolving Ear). Forsyth is the caretaker of Evolving Ear and lives in the City of Philadelphia.

Saturday May 28 8 pm all ages welcome $10 adv/$15 door
Modern Formations Gallery, 4919 Penn Avenue, Garfield
Advance tickets at Paul’s CDs, Caliban Books, Dave’s Music Mine, Exchange Sq Hill, Exchange Downtown,
and from the members of Berman/Bernabo/SoySos.

World music-jazz duo on ObliqSound Records
ABLAYE Cissoko (on kora, from Senegal)
& VOELKER GOETZE (on trumpet, from Germany)
with special guests Dave Bernabo / Jeff Berman / Soy Sos (aka Herman Pearl)

This duo has a podcast on WYEP’s website which Rosemary Welsch hosted:

The mutual admiration society that is Volker Goetze and Ablaye Cissoko owes itself to a serendipitous meeting that took place in 2001 at the African-European Jazz Orchestra rehearsals in Saint-Louis, Senegal, where they’d been invited to open for Senegalese legend Youssou N’Dour. Despite any cultural barriers that separated them, the German-born trumpeter and the Senegalese kora player and singer discovered they had much in common, both musically and personally. Their commonalities can be heard on Sira, which is an album that reaffirms the maxim that music is the universal language. The album released on October 2008 on ObliqSound. “He comes from the griot tradition. My grandfathers were highly respected spiritual leaders,” says Goetze. “I learn from him and he learns from me. Our music is very much created in the moment, but we understand each other on a much deeper level.”

Fri May 20 8 pm all ages welcome $5 admission
Kiva Han Coffeehouse, Forbes & Craig, Oakland

avant-garde chamber music in a coffeehouse setting

Tuple is two bassoons: Rachael Elliott and Lynn Hileman. Since 2006 they have performed new music in styles ranging from mystical to funk-inspired, absurdist to minimalist, and electronic to static. The duo has staged concerts and master classes at venues across the United States, including The Stone (NYC), A|V Space (Rochester), Catamount Arts Center (Vermont), [SCENE] MetroSpace (East Lansing), Eyedrum (Atlanta), Flood Fine Art Center (Asheville), University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Northwestern University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, among others. Other appearances include recitals at the 2008 International Double Reed Society and College Music Society Conventions, as well as numerous outreach programs for high school and college students. Tuple has premiered new works by Australian composer Padma Newsome and American Max Grafe, as well as the first bassoon duo version of Marc Mellits’ “Black,” originally for two bass clarinets. New pieces underway for the 2011-2012 season include music by Tawnie Olson and Beth Wiemann.

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The Squid's Ear Reviews

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From The Squid’s Ear:

Carl Ludwig Hubsch’s Primordial Soup – Souped-Up (Jazzwerkstatt)
Kris Davis / Ingrid Laubrock / Tyshawn SoreyParadoxical Frog (Clean Feed)
Lol Coxhill and Roger Turner – Success With Your Dog (Emanem)
Marilyn Crispell / David Rothenberg – One Dark Night I Left My Silent House (ECM)
Isaiah Ceccarelli – Breviaire d’Epuisements (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Soft Machine Legacy – Live Adventures (MoonJune Records)

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Taylor Ho Bynum Update

From Taylor Ho Bynum:

New CDs
Next, a trio recording with guitarist Joe Morris and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck, is now available for pre-order from Porter Records; very intimate and intense improvisational chamber music. And two other recent CDs are still warm from the oven: The Throes, a quartet with Nate Wooley on trumpet, Ken Filiano on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, and Book of Three, a collective trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Gerald Cleaver. All music I am very proud to stand behind, click on the titles for links to sample and purchase.

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Sunday, May 15, two sets starting at 8:30pm
Cornelia St Café, 29 Cornelia St, NYC
THB – cornet; Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone; Bill Lowe – bass trombone, tuba; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Ken Filiano – bass; Tomas Fujiwara – drums.

Coming up later this month:
The North American premiere of Anthony Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House Music, at Firehouse 12 in New Haven on May 20 and at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville on May 21.

On May 27 and 28, I’ll be performing in the premiere of choreographer Rachel Bernsen’s interdisciplinary work Corridor, at the Take Your Time series at the Big Room in New Haven. Then I’ll close out the weekend with a performance with Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge at the Stone in NYC on May 29. Click on the links for more info, or visit the calendar page of my website.


Free Music
Finally, I’m starting a new series of free album-length downloads on my website. In honor of the performances coming up, the first release is a recording of the original THB Sextet at the Vision Fest in 2008, featuring Matt Bauder on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Jessica Pavone on viola, Mary Halvorson and Evan O’Reilly on guitars, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. This group was together for about four years and recorded two CDs, but I think this might have been the band’s best performance; everyone was on fire that night.

I’m also releasing Borgel Songs: a twelve-minute, three-movement song cycle with text by the marvelously absurdist author Daniel Pinkwater. The recording features soprano Lisa Saffer, with Bill Lowe on bass trombone and David Bryant on piano; Bill and I also play some improvised interludes. This was recorded back in 2005, I’ve always loved this but have never found a proper place to fit it, so I’m thrilled to finally just put it up on my website.

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Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival

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Big names coming to Montreal in June at Suoni Per Il Popolo:

Confirmed Suoni Per Il Popolo Artists – June 5 – 25, 2011

Charles Gayle, Greg Burk’s Many Worlds, Satoko Fujii ma-do, David S Ware, Farmers By Nature (William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, and Craig Taborn), The Thing with Joe McPhee, Atomic, Peter Brötzmann’s Full Blast Trio, Joëlle Léandre/François Houle/Raymond Strid, Keiji Haino, Preterite, Esprits Frappeurs, Omar Souleyman, Shadia Monsour, Molly Sweeney, Geneviève Castrée’s Ô Paon, Noveller, U.S. Girls, Bill Orcutt, Shalabi Effect, Kaie Kellough, Dead Rat Orchestra, Colin Stetson, Dolphins Into the Future, Rene Hell, Raglani, Le Révélateur, ARP, Outer Space, Lichens, Soft Circle, Souffle, Volcano the Bear, Pierced Arrows, Daniel Higgs, Hanged Up, Radio People, Eric Chenaux, Doug Paisley, Jason Sharp, Sundrips, The Pink Noise, Locrian, Mammifer, House of Low Culture, thisquietarmy, Parlovr, The Sound of Obsession: Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo by The Lost Orchestras, Ames Sanglantes, Samian, Mozart’s Sister, Les Beyond, AroarA, Héliodrome, Thames, Gambletron presents SOUNDTRACKS, silent land time machine, Nick Kuepfer, Khôra, Will Eizlini and a six vocalist rendition of Stockhausen’s Stimmung, Weird Canada and their traveling Wyrd Fest (Dreamcatcher, Lantern, Duzheknew, Shortpants Romance, Hobo Expanding Cult Band, Ultrathin, D’eon, Headaches, and Feral Children)

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