Artist: Borrowed Beams of Light
Album: Stellar Hoax
Label: Speakertree / World Records
Album: Speculative Solution
Label: Editions Mego
Artist: Richard Pinhas and Merzbow
Album: Popol Vuh: Revisited & Remixed (1970 – 1999)
From Seattle’s Wayward Music:
FRI. 8/5, 8 PM – Paul Kemmish presents Small Sounds Played Quickly, an evening of quiet graphic scores with Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Ollie Klomp (drums), Dara Quinn (piano)
SAT. 8/6, 8 PM – Unit Trio: Christian Asplund (electric viola), Greg Campbell (drums), Jesse Canterbury (bass clarinet) perform Asplund’s “Unit Series”
TUE. 8/9, – Zachary Watkins, Ryan Gregory Tallman, John Krausbauer, Jessika Kenney
THU. 8/11, 6-9 PM – Paper Kingdom, curated by Sharon Alexander: readings by James Yeary, David Hrivnak, Traci Eggleston, Andrew Bleeker; sound installation by Hart Boyd; music by John Teske & Garek Druss; visuals by Nate Orton, Martine Workman, Kelly Bjork, Karl Seng, Arrington de Dionyso; independent publishing projects by many of the above and others
FRI. 8/12, 8 PM – Neal Kosaly-Meyer performs another section of his epic (one note at a time) piano piece Gradus: for Fux, Tesla & Milo the Wrestler
SAT. 8/13, 8 PM – Microdecibel (Lucio Menegon/Sabrina Siegel), Bill Horist, Moe! Staiano!, Paul Pinto/Jeffrey Young duo
FRI. 8/19, 8 PM – Larry Karush performs “The Wheel”, a large scale work for solo piano
SAT. 8/20 – Jeff Bryant, new works for percussion performed by Seattle Percussion Collective
THU. 8/25, 7:30 PM – Jeremiah Cawley & friends perform Andriessen’s “Worker’s Union” and “De Volharding”
SAT. 8/27, 8 PM – Neum (Jenny Ziefel/Paul Hoskin/Jesse Canterbury), clarinet trio improvisations
This year’s Guelph Jazz Festival is about a month away. Here are some reasons to attend.
TILTING – Nicolas Caloia Quartet (Québec)
First act of a double bill with Paul Plimley, William Parker and Gerry Hemingway (BC / USA / Switzerland).
Nicolas Caloia’s Quartet reflects such musical priorities as compelling interlocking rhythms, the juxtaposition of structure and open improvisation, a range of compositional moods from introspective to raucous through the voices of key members of Montréal’s creative music scene.
Paul Plimley, William Parker, Gerry Hemingway (BC / USA / Switzerland)
Second act of a double bill with TILTING – Nicolas Caloia Quartet (Québec).
This geographically dispersed trio features three long-time friends of the Guelph Jazz Festival. Swiss-based American drummer, Gerry Hemingway, the New York City dean of free-jazz bass playing, William Parker, and Vancouver free-jazz pianist, Paul Plimley.
Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn & Gerald Cleaver (Denmark / USA)
First act of a double-bill with the Necks (Australia).
This group is a seasoned and deeply communicative improvisation trio. Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker is joined by Craig Taborn, one of the most exciting jazz pianists today, and drummer Gerald Cleaver, who has a long and varied résumé that reflects his pan-stylistic mastery of the drums.
The Necks (Australia)
Second act of a double-bill with Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn & Gerald Cleaver (Denmark/USA).
This longstanding Sydney-based group deploys classic piano-trio instrumentation to original and striking effect. Unlike the soloistic traditions of conventional jazz, the music of The Necks is produced through layers of complementary, interlocking, repetitive material that unfolds gradually over time.
Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (USA)
Second act of a double-bill with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA).
To listen to Henry Threadgill is to encounter a radical imagination that, with both the force and the subtlety of its utterance, proposes new ways of listening. The harmonies and rhythms swirl, diverge, and coalesce in ways that are mysterious, and yet are just right.
Creative Collective, ft. Kidd Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker and Alvin Fielder (USA)
The Kidd Jordan/Joel Futterman/Al Fielder/William Parker/ Creative Collective is dedicated to exploring new directions in the art of “in the moment” collectively improvised music. They combine skilled musicianship with a celebration of improvisational conversations that take the listener on musical journeys spanning the emotions and musical genres.
Pulses by Jesse Stewart
Pulses (2011) by Jesse stewart is an installation/performance that features a series of water-filled intravenous bags positioned above a specially-designed clear drum set. The I.V. bags release droplets of water at different rates resulting in a series of pulses as the water droplets strike the drums and cymbals.
Rainforest: Guelph by David Tudor, realized by Ben Grossman
Rainforest: Guelph is a collaborative reinterpretation of David Tudor’s work from the 1970s using transducers and pickups attached to various objects to expose their hidden resonant spirits. Essentially an improvised, experimental, complex system, the performers, artists and public will collaborate in the continuous evolution of an ever-shifting soundscape.
Behaviours by Gerry Hemingway featuring video projection by Beth Warshafsky
Behaviours” is a new program of solo acoustic and electronic works which include interactive and formal non-interactive formats with long-time video artist collaborator, Beth Warshafsky.
Aerials by François Houle
Aerials is a suite of solo clarinet improvisations that utilizes several distinct extended techniques that I have acquired, developed, and perfected over the last two decade. These techniques overlap, collapse, clash and permutate into an intricate sonic web, pushing the performer to the brink of chaos.
Geographies by Miya Masaoka
Masaoka’s work draws from the collision of tradition with the modern, the rupture of a sonic past with possibilities of the new. Geographies is a work deploying field recordings, fragmented sounds both synthesized and organic, the Japanese koto, and Laser Koto, a self-designed instrument.
Sonic Night of Delight by Erosonic
An accordion and the baritone saxophone that merge and meld and merge styles from across the spectrum – hints of blues, jazz, improv, com-prov and electro-acoustic works. Their opus has been described by critics as “phenomenal…breathtaking…”
Continuous by William Parker
Music for the restoration of the soul.
The Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society
The bands performances are both hypnotic and propulsive, riding on top of the wave rather than trying to find a resolution. It centers around new compositions for the guimbri, a Gnawa instrument traditionally used for trance and healing ceremonies. The performance will feature Emmett Kelly on guitar, Mikel Avery on drums, Lisa Alvarado on electronics and percussion and Joshua Abrams on guimbri.
REDwIREaRCHaNGEL is George Clinton having tea with Sun Ra and talking about Miles Davis. A conducted, 8 piece, recombinant DNA strand where post industrial New Music smokes the Funk and dreams of better days. We play and sing and you dance.
In Creases by Edges
Edges uses improvisational methods to perform music composed outside of traditional notation systems. This group will perform works by Sandro Manzon, Allison Cameron, Christian Wolff and others. Edges is Sandro Manzon, piano; Joe Sorbara, drums; Ben Grossman, hurdy-gurdy; Allison Cameron, electronics; Kathryn Ladano, bass clarinet; Chris Wattam, voice; Dave Riedstra
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet (Thursday) On “RAAQ” (Abstract Logix), a recent album whose title is an acronym for this band, the guitarist Rez Abbasi brings thoughtful clarity to a program of sharp originals and interesting covers, including a piece by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. His partners in the quartet are the vibraphonist Bill Ware, the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Eric McPherson. At 8 and 10 p.m., Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121, theiridium.com; $25 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Nate Chinen)
Endangered Blood (Tuesday) Organized but not necessarily led by the multireedist Chris Speed, Endangered Blood draws strength from its players’ mutual, headlong commitment. Besides Mr. Speed, its roster includes the alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Jim Black; they’ll be playing music from a recent self-titled album on Mr. Speed’s label, Skirl. At 10 p.m., University of the Streets, 130 East Seventh Street, second floor, East Village, (212) 254-9300, universityofthestreets.org; $10. (Chinen)
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood (Friday) A good long while ago — we were still in the Clinton administration, second term — the guitarist John Scofield began his jam-band crossover career with “A Go Go” (Verve), an album that cast Medeski Martin & Wood in an accompanying role. Since then Mr. Scofield has toured as an equal partner with the band, making another, stronger album and sealing the case for a deeply intelligent jazz-groove alchemy. This concert, part of the Whitney Live series, will also feature a performance by Bachir Attar, of Master Musicians of Jajouka. At 7 p.m., Whitney Museum of American Art, (212) 570-3600, whitney.org; free with museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.; there are no special tickets or reservations. (Chinen)
From The Squid’s Ear:
William Parker and the ICI Ensemble:
Winter Sun Crying
Lopes / Giardullo / Miguel / Duboc / Sorgen:
Town Hall (Trio & Quintet) 1972
Fields Have Ears
Thanos Chrysakis/Wade Matthews/Dario Bernal-Villegas: