Planetary Unknown On The Jazz Session

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From Improvised Communications:

Today’s landmark 300th episode of The Jazz Session features a 45+ minute interview with the improvising collective, Planetary Unknown. The group, which brings together saxophonist David S. Ware, pianist Cooper-Moore, bassist William Parker and drummer Muhammad Ali in one ensemble for the first time in their long and distinguished careers, had just walked off stage following its debut performance at Vision Festival 16 in June.

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AMN Picks of the Week

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Jack O’ The Clock – How Are We Doing and Who Will Tell Us? (2010)
Jack O’ The Clock – Rare Weather (2008)
Anthony Braxton – Two Compositions (Festival of New Trumpet Music) 2007 (2007)
Anthony Braxton – Composition No. 19 (For 100 Tubas) (2006)
Steve Roach / Brian Parnham – The Desert Inbetween (2011)
Turn Around Norman – We Turn Around (2011)
Larry Ochs / Sax and Drumming Core – Stone Shift (2009)
Matthew Shipp / Joe Morris – Broken Partials (2011)

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

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From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Thursday 11 | 8.30pm | £8

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Matthew Wright (turntable /computer), Evan Parker (soprano saxophone) and John Edwards (bass).

“Evan Parker and Matthew Wright’s intriguing collaboration edits layers of live performance into a shimmering mist of undulating and unbroken sonic textures. The opening silence is interrupted by distant electronic chirrups, Parker’s virtuosic soprano sax flutters briefly, is cut into fragments and merged with the spray of Wright’s live turntables. There are sporadic underground thuds, a waft of gentle percussion and a final ambient pulse that fades to nothing. Studio production spanned two years, and the result enthrals and soothes in equal measure” (The Financial Times).


Sunday 21 – Tuesday 23 | 8.30pm | £8/6

Fete Quaqua

Mopomoso presents John Russell’s annual three day ‘Fete Quaqua’ in an unfolding celebration of the best in free improvisation. A major event in the improvised music calendar and one not to be missed!

The idea behind all Quaqua projects is to extend existing collaborations in juxtaposition with new groupings and thus provide a fertile ground for free improvisation.

The music is very much about the here and now of performance and this is reflected in the fact that almost all Quaqua line-ups are never repeated after the event for which they were assembled. You can truly say you won’t have heard this music before!

This years’ ‘Fete Quaqua’ features fourteen musicians from three continents, some of whom have worked together for many years, and others who have never played together before.

Their musical backgrounds stretch across an enormous variety of styles and settings, the common denominator being a shared interest in free improvisation.

Fete Quaqua 2011 musicians are;

Adam Bohman (electronics), Chris Burn (trumpets/piano), Luo Chao yun (pipa), Lol Coxhill (saxophone), Satoko Fukuda (violin), Nicola Guazzaloca (piano/accordion), Adam Linson (bass), Henry Lowther (trumpet), Hannah Marshall (cello), Thomas Rohrer (rebeca), John Russell (guitar), Roger Turner (percussion), Alex Ward (clarinet), Ute Wassermann (voice).

Each concert will start and finish with a short ensemble piece, the main part of the evening comprising smaller groupings to be decided immediately prior to performance.

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Another Review of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival

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Charles Wuorinen, the composer who directed this year’s festival, which ran from Wednesday through Sunday, made an effort to bring together the old new music and the new new music in his programming. And he made this very much a festival of the here and now: except for several works by Milton Babbitt, who died this year, the programs were devoted fully to music by living composers.

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