Braxton Sells Out Firehouse 12

Anthony Braxton
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In a landmark occasion for its acclaimed concert series, Firehouse 12 for the first time presents Anthony Braxton, the legendary multi-instrumentalist/composer/bandleader and creative music theoretician, who performs Friday at 8:30 and 10 p.m. at the New Haven avant-garde center.

Perhaps in anticipation of hearing the celebrated trailblazer’s latest conceptual innovation — a groundbreaking approach he calls Echo Echo Mirror House — both sets are sold out. To be placed on a wait list, however, requests should be sent to

Braxton’s debut at Firehouse 12 also marks a rare non-festival appearance for the globe-trotting luminary, whose complex music enjoys a devoted international following. On the next day, Braxton, a noted music educator and longtime distinguished faculty member at Wesleyan University in Middletown, is set to perform at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec, Canada.

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex:

Sunday 22 | 8.30pm | £7
Okkyung Lee / Phil Minton / Mark Sanders

Based in New York Korean cellist Okkyung Lee has performed and recorded with musicians such as Laurie Anderson, Chris Corsano, Paul Lytton, Evan Parker and John Zorn. She has released two albums as a leader on Tzadik, ‘Nihm’ and ‘Noisy Love Songs’, a solo LP ‘I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said…’ and a trio album ‘Check For Monsters’ with Steve Beresford and Peter Evans.

Steve Noble & Alex Ward
Noble and Ward have been playing in duo for over 20 years – performing in clubs and festivals throughout Britain and Europe, most recently at the Incus Festival, Calling out of Context (ICA) and regular gigs at Boatting. Their music, always totally improvised, veers from abstraction to full on swing- and everything that falls between! They were featured in the TV serialisation of Derek Baileys book ’Improvisation, its nature and practise’.


Tuesday 24 | 8.30pm | £10 | Book online
Julian Siegel Quartet
Album launch ‘Urban Theme Park’
Tonight at the Vortex the Julian Siegel Quartet launch their new album ‘Urban Theme Park’ released on Basho records (SRCD 35-2).

An established presence on the European jazz scene, reedsman Julian Siegel has toured with Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, John Taylor and US improvising stars Joey Baron and Greg Cohen as well as co-leading the influential group Partisans (with guitarist Phil Robson). With the Quartet Julian has chosen to work with this generation’s most distinctive voices – Liam Noble (piano and keyboards), Oli Hayhurst (double bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums) – to create a band that is becoming one of the most in-demand quartets on the scene.


Wednesday 25 | 8.30pm | £12.50
Craig Taborn

Craig Taborn has made a name for himself through ground-breaking work with some of the most important musicians in New York’s ‘Downtown’ scene. Tonight Craig will be playing music from his new solo ECM record ‘Avenging Angel’, (his first under his own name for ECM), a distinguished contribution to the great solo piano tradition from this highly influential label. A powerful, purposeful and rigorous album, which rises to the challenges of the format and then transcends them, the recording explores the textural dimensions of sound, builds new structures and reveals a rugged lyricism.


Thursday 26 | 8.30pm | £8
Evan Parker Quintet

Saxophonist Evan Parker’s monthly free improvisation residency with Stan Sulzmann (tenor saxophone), Tony Hymas (piano), John Edwards (bass) and Tony Marsh (drums).

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Invisible Dog Extravaganza in New York

Marc Ribot

From Invisible Dog:

Noted New York electric guitar quartet Dither unveiled plans for the much-anticipated Invisible Dog Extravaganza. The event, to be held on July 8 at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, boasts an eclectic bill that features an array of experimental sounds, presented by composers and performers notorious for carving out unique musical niches. In addition to Dither, who will perform works by Phill Niblock and Corey Dargel, the lineup includes renowned guitarist Marc Ribot, So Percussion, Ches Smith and These Arches, Ted Hearne and Philip White’s R We Who R We, Lesley Flanigan, Nathan Koci, and a multimedia work by composer Paula Matthusen. In 2010, the festival was dubbed the summer’s “official concert on the edge” by The New Yorker, a description that Dither’s artistic directors state accurately captures the vanguard purpose of the event: to present exciting and exploratory artists in performances that welcome listeners into the sphere of the creative process. This year’s Extravaganza is sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, with funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Dither will perform with the “consistently provocative” (The New York Times) baritone Corey Dargel in his new song cycle Say Yes, for four electric guitars with live and pre-recorded vocals. Noted for their “clock-like precision” by New Music Box, Dither will present minimalist composer and pioneering sound artist Phill Niblock’s dense, microtonal “Guitar too, for four.” Dither and friends will also perform Paula Matthusen’s multimedia piece “Portable,” a choreographed work for eight performers with home-built suitcase-radios.

“NYC experimental powerhouse” (The Village Voice) So Percussion will perform original music from their upcoming project “where (we) live,” and Ches Smith and These Arches (an all-star lineup including Tim Berne, Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot, and Andrea Parkins) will perform their brand of tunefully energetic free jazz. Ribot, hailed by The Village Voice as “one of the most individual of guitarists and a master of introverted ironies,” will also perform a solo set of his transcriptions of the music of John Cage.

The newly formed R We Who R We, a raucous collaboration between composers Ted Hearne and Philip White for voice and homemade electronic instruments, is also featured, along with the sound-sculpting composer/vocalist Lesley Flanigan, who builds her own feedback speakers, and accordionist and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Koci.

WHAT: Invisible Dog Extravaganza, featuring Dither, Marc Ribot, So Percussion, Ches Smith and These Arches, Corey Dargel, Lesley Flanigan, Ted Hearne and Philip White, and Nathan Koci
WHEN: Friday, July 8th, 7pm to midnight
WHERE: The Invisible Dog Art Center – 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY –

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