Anton Hatwich Trio, June 24th in Madison

From Surrounded by Reality Music:

Friday, June 24th
7:30 pm
at Audio for the Arts
7 South Blair

Anton Hatwich – bass
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Frank Rosaly – drums

The Anton Hatwich Trio was formed in 2010. Its regular members are Chicago free jazz veterans Jaimie Branch on trumpet, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums. The band plays all original material composed by the bandleader. The music is influenced by the work of Ellington and Monk, as well as Sun Ra, Henry Threadgill, Steve Lacy, and Jimmy Giuffre. The compositions favor an open-ended harmonic approach, yet are structurally devised to encourage focused melodic development.

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Jack Curtis Dubowsky on Tour

From Jack Curtis Dubowsky:

JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE
LIVE In CONCERT at THE WHISTLER, CHICAGO IL
In support of new THIRD ALBUM: JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE III
Midwest Tour June 25 – July 6, 2011

DATE / TIME: Thursday June 30, 9:30 PM.
VENUE: The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. Logan Square Chicago IL 60647.
VENUE PHONE: 773-227-3530
CHARGE: 21+. NO COVER CHARGE.
ALSO APPEARING: Local group Red Electric Rainbow.
Venue Website: http://www.whistlerchicago.com

The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble is an internationally recognized new music group that combines acoustic instruments, electronic hardware, composed material, and structured improvisation. Hear analog synthesizer treated as a rare and unpredictable performance instrument! The Ensemble’s contemporary electro-acoustic music is performed and recorded live, with no overdubs or sequencing.

The Ensemble has played chamber concert series, new music series, galleries, and alternative performance spaces nationwide, including The Tank (NYC), AS220 (Providence RI), The Lilypad (Cambridge MA), Meridian Gallery (SF), Cafe Du Nord (SF), and Trinity Chamber Concerts (Berkeley).

The Ensemble has presented extensive programs of live music to experimental film. In 2010, the Ensemble attracted global attention with concerts of Depeche Mode’s Violator, performed entirely live, start-to-finish, with a complement of strings arranged by Jack Curtis Dubowsky, to mark the album’s 20th anniversary.

This June the Ensemble releases its third full length album and CD, Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble III. It continues the tradition of a brainy mix of nocturnal ambient tracks, slow jams, and funky krautrock.

The Ensemble features Jack Curtis Dubowsky on Roland Jupiter Six and bass, and Fred Morgan on drums and percussion. Dubowsky and Morgan met at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and have played together as the Ensemble since 2008. Dubowsky has an extensive catalog of concert music distributed online by Sheet Music Plus and Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc.

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Long Song Records

Long Song Records is a label based out of Italy that focuses on free jazz, experimental, and other types of music. I recently had the opportunity to hear a good piece of their catalog and was duly impressed. Some of their more recent releases include:

Piero Bittolo Bon feat. Jamaaladeen Tacuma – Mucho Acustica
Nicola Cipani – Klaviermassagen
Giovanni Maier – The Talking Bass
Gianni Lenoci & Gianni Mimmo – Reciprocal Uncles
The Foot Job Band – Porno Jazz
Acoustic Guitar Trio – Vignes
Daniele Cavallanti & Tiziano Tononi – Rings Of Fire
Nicola Cipani – The Ill-Tempered Piano
Plays Monk – Plays Monk

Overall I found the output of Long Song to be quite good. Surprisingly good in many cases. For example, the two Nicola Cipani releases are solo piano, which is not usually something that will stand out to me. However, these releases are such a unique take on the instrument that at times they barely sound like piano at all.

A highly recommended label, and worth a listen or three.

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Victoriaville Heroes

From The Santa Barbara Independent:

No matter how many times an avid “outside” music fan heads to the May festival in the pleasant little dairy town of Victoriaville (pop. 40,000)—more than a dozen for this devotee—you get hit upside the head with the contrast between the placid place and the extreme culture descending. It’s a beautiful paradox, and no small part of the charm in Victoriaville. Here, the world-renowned (well, renowned in this select and esoteric cultural world) festival—aka FIMAV, Festival International du Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville—is the finest place on our side of the Atlantic to hear a concentrated dose of left-end jazz, artful noise, rock of the prog, anarchic and other kind, and ideas with no name or melody in the familiar sense.

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Outpost of Avant-Garde Music in Downtown N.Y.C.

Downtown Music Gallery is profiled by NYTimes.com:

Beneath the incense burners and chanting celebrating the 2,555th anniversary of Buddha’s birth at a Chinese temple upstairs, an unearthly din rose from the basement of 13 Monroe Street in Chinatown the other Sunday to observe a more recent anniversary. The extended 20th birthday party of the Downtown Music Gallery, purveyors of progressive music of all stripes since 1991, was in full, lurching swing, and more than a dozen brave souls huddled around a makeshift stage for another weekly ritual, a free performance series that gives literal meaning to the term underground music.

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