Battles and Cheer Accident Featured on NPR Today

From NPR:

The anti-pop element in rock ‘n’ roll began in the late ’60s with groups like Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Henry Cow and continued right through the ’90s with the likes of Nick Cave and Nine Inch Nails. All were compelled to make rock more noisy and intricate rather than catchy or sensual.

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Jessica Pavone Interview

Jessica Pavone
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From Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra:

An active performer in New York City for the past decade, Jessica Pavone has been leading her own bands, performing in ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Cymerman, Matana Roberts, Aaron Siegel, Henry Threadgill and Matthew Welch, and contributing to some musical collectives that readers of this blog likely know and enjoy.  While you’re likely to see her playing viola with Anthony Braxton, if you catch one of her other projects live you’ll probably see her play other instruments such as bass or violin, sing, or begin to incorporate effects pedals in her performance to create the sound of many Jessica Pavones at once.  Jessica has a busy fall ahead of her, with the premiere of several new projects and the release of a new CD.

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Barbes September Calendar

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Highlights from Brooklyn’s Barbes:

Fri 09/02
THE SPOKES. Not So Fast (Strudelmedia Records) CD release party. Andy Biskin – clarinet, Phillip Johnston – soprano saxophone, Curtis Hasselbring – trombone. Come celebrate the release of the first CD by the world’s most portable jazz band. Jazz meets chamber music, combining wry, angular compositions with soulful improvisations, in this unusual ensemble featuring three of Downtown’s most individualistic instrumentalists.
7:00pm

Fri 09/02
JOEL FORRESTER/PHILLIP JOHNSTON – CD release. Live At The Hillside Club (Asynchronous Records).
Party. Joel Forrester – piano, compositions, Phillip Johnston – soprano saxophone. The co-leaders of the Microscopic Septet have been performing together as a duo off and on since 1974. The release of this live CD, recorded during their recent West Coast tour at The Hillside Club in Berkeley, California, shows the results of a 35+ year collaboration. The New Yorker recently called them “two exceptionally individualistic composers (and superb improvisers).
8:30pm

Sat 09/03
ONE RING ZERO. One Ring Zero is led by Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp. The Brooklyn-based band has released six CDs, including their critically acclaimed album, As Smart As We Are, a book-cum-CD, featuring songs with lyrics contributed by such authors as Jonathan Lethem, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Dave Eggers and Rick Moody. Their latest album, The Planets, is a journey though our solar system featuring ORZ’s usual assorment of bizarre sounds and instruments and more than a few references to 1970’s progressive rock, as well as nods to Stravinsky, Mahler, and of course, Gustav Holst.
8:00pm

Sun 09/04
SUPERBALLS – a duo with GYAN RILEY & DAVID COSSIN.
Guitarist and composer Gyan Riley has performed across Europe and the U.S., both as a soloist and in ensemble with various artists such as Zakir Hussain, Mike Marshall, Michael Manring, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, the World Guitar Ensemble and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley. Gyan’s solo guitar pieces feature elements of Western classical music, North Indian raga, American fingerpicking, Spanish/flamenco guitar, and jazz. David Cossin is best known as the Bang On a Can percussionist. He has also recorded and performed internationally with composers and ensembles including Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma and Meredith Monk.
7:00pm

Mon 09/05
THE DARIUS JONES QUARTET. Darius Jones is a critically acclaimed young alto saxophonist and composer who joined the New York music community in 2005. His 2009 debut record, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) was hailed by the New York Times as “a robustly accomplished debut that confirms not only the blunt fact of his arrival but also the ceaseless vitality of his chosen tradition.” His follow-up Trio album, Big Gurl, will be released on AUM Fidelity in October 2011. The group and music he is presenting tonight is a wholly different project featuring Mat Mitchell – piano, Trevor Dunn – bass, Ches Smith – drums and Darius Jones – alto sax and compositions. They will be previewing work from The Book of Mabel, to be recorded this Fall toward an early 2012 release!
8:30pm

Wed 09/07
THE PALIMPSESTIC SERIES, CURATED BY OSCAR NORIEGA. Every Wednesday. $10.
LOTTE ANKER. Highly celebrated transatlantic trio specialised in adventurous improvised music with a very broad spectrum of expressions- and known for their deeply intuitive musical communication. Lotte Anker – saxophones; Craig Taborn -piano and Gerald Cleaver – drums.
8:00pm

Fri 09/09
MAT MANERI. The celebrated violist has worked with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Tim Berne, William Parker, Roy Campbell and Paul Motian. He will be joined by special guests.
8:00pm

Tue 09/13
CHRIS COCHRANE. A solo performance by one of New York’s most inventive and fiercely passionate guitarist/composer/songwriter. Chris has worked with a vast array of great artists such as as Eszter Balint, John Zorn, Fred Frith, T Bone Burnett, Derek Bailey, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot and many more. 7:00pm

Wed 09/14
THE PALIMPSESTIC SERIES, CURATED BY OSCAR NORIEGA. Every Wednesday. $10.
RUSS LOSSING & HEAVY MERGE. Featuring Chris Speed. “Lossing is kind of an improvisational wizard (who) encloses an innate, almost catlike, ability to act within and beyond the structural limits of improvisation, mixing shades in a sophisticated textural labyrinth.” – Enzo Giordano for Amit
8:00pm

Tue 09/20
JENNY SCHEINMAN. Violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman works with a variety of performers including Norah Jones, Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux and Jimmy Dale Gilmore. When she is not touring the world, she can be found here most Tuesdays with an almost infinite variety of lineup. with Doug Wieselman.
7:00pm

Wed 09/21
THE PALIMPSESTIC SERIES, CURATED BY OSCAR NORIEGA. Every Wednesday. $10.
BILL McHENRY. “There are tons of young jazz saxophonists out there pursuing ideas of harmony and structure and rhythm, but [bill mcHenry] has something rare going for him. He has a sound. Mr. McHenry is a fresh new voice: He can play with un-orthodox structure and get as free as you want, but he maintains a ripe, lovely tone straight out of the 1950’s. Lyrical is probably the most overused word in jazz criticism, but if anyone deserves the word, Mr. McHenry is the one.” Ben Ratliff. NY Times.
8:00pm

Tue 09/27
JENNY SCHEINMAN. Violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman works with a variety of performers including Norah Jones, Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux and Jimmy Dale Gilmore. When she is not touring the world, she can be found here most Tuesdays with an almost infinite variety of lineup. This week, with Doug Wieselman.
7:00pm

Wed 09/28
THE PALIMPSESTIC SERIES, CURATED BY OSCAR NORIEGA. Every Wednesday. $10.
THE SOUNDBATS. The Soundbats are a newly formed collaborative trio which blends punk, downtown improv, and progressive rock. Downtown hipsters, head-banging punk rockers, and carnies will all find something in common. With John Mettam – Drums; Briggan Krauss – Alto Sax and Sean Moran – Guita

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Henry Grimes in Chicago

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Henry Grimes will be playing four shows in Chicago at the beginning of September:

Henry Grimes (acoustic bass, violin, poetry), with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, Renee’ Baker, Artistic Director, musicians including Renee’ Baker/ Greg Blackburn/ David Boykin (Sept. 3rd only)/ Elizabeth Diaz/ Ben Lamar Gay/ Todd Matthews/ Bruce Nelson/ William Porter / Karl Seigfried, and surprises

Thursday, Sept. 1st, 9 p.m: Henry Grimes, special guest with members of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (as listed above), Renee’ Baker, Artistic Director, at Brown Rice, 4432 North Kedzie Ave. about a half-block north of Montrose, close to the Kedzie station on the CTA Brown line, Chicago [6O625], 312-543-7O27,,

Friday, Sept. 2nd, 8 p.m: Henry Grimes, special guest with Renee’ Baker and members of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, at DeFibrillator, 1136 North Milwaukee Ave. near the Division Blue Line El stop, Chicago [6O642], 773-485-6284

Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 1O p.m: Henry Grimes, special guest with David Boykin, Renee’ Baker, and members of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, part of the Hereafterfest, at Heaven Gallery, 155O North Milwaukee Ave. betw. Damen Ave. and North Ave., Wicker Park section of Chicago [6O622], 773-342-4597,,, Damen-O’Hare Blue Line stop

Sunday, Sept. 4th, 3 p.m. [not part of the residency and not a public appearance]: Henry Grimes, guest on radio broadcast hosted by Lofton Emenari, WHPK-FM, 88.5, University of Chicago, 773-7O2-8289, streaming at,;

Sunday, Sept. 4th, 8 p.m: Henry Grimes, special guest with members of the Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, at Brown Rice, 4432 North KedzieAve. about a half-block north of Montrose, close to the Kedzie station on the CTA Brown line, Chicago [6O625], 312-543-7O27

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This Week at the Super Coda

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From New York’s Super Coda:

24 WEDNESDAY. 8-10. Jason Anthony Harris August Residency. Have you heard? It’s like being underwater!~ With subway cars and crustaceans floating all about. This Wednesday Jason shares the bill with Jonathan Wood Vincent. What a lucky bill! Like lemon on avocado.
http://jasonanthonyharris.tumblr.com/

25 THURSDAY. 8:30-10:30. Double Bill Via Toronto, featuring:
Not The Wind Not The Flag:
http://notthewindnottheflag.blogspot.com/

Federico Ughi/Kirk Knuffke/Chris Welcome:
http://freejazz-stef.blogspot.com/2009/05/kirk-knuffke-federico-ughi-chris.html

26 FRIDAY. 8-midnightish. Mayhem. Sonic Folklore. The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast. Featuring:
Meaghan Burke/Bernd Klug, Ches Smith, Loop B (Brazil), Anthony Coleman/Andrew Hock, Mike Daily as Birdorgan.


http://www.chessmith.com/
http://www.last.fm/music/Loop+B
http://www.last.fm/music/Anthony+Coleman

27 SATURDAY. 8:30-midnight. Pendulum Swings opening celebration to celebrate their upcoming September Wednesday Residency. A night of inverted, contorted, and funny jazz. Featuring:

Pendulum Swings – http://www.pendulumswings.com/
Solid Goold
The Brooklyn Red Bulls (Louise D.E. Jensen, Tom Blancarte, John Wagner)
http://www.myspace.com/louisejensen
http://www.tomblancarte.com/

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