The Squid's Ear Reviews

Bill Dixon

From The Squid’s Ear:

Koch / Rohrer / Gianfratti – Aico (Creative Sources)
Agnel / Gauguet / Neumann – Spiral Inputs (Another Timbre)
Bill Dixon – Envoi (Victo)
Pedersen / Johannesen / Corsano – Door to Door (FMR)
Richard Pinhas & Merzbow – Rhizome [CD + DVD] (Cuneiform)
William Hooker – Crossing Points (NoBusiness)

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Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Juana Molina


10/05 @ 8:00pm
Emerging Artists Commission
Doron Sadja
For his Emerging Artists Commission, Doron Sadja will premiere Breath, Heart, Skin. — a new work for solo electronics utilizing ISSUE’s unique multichannel sound system. Delicate, slow, and synthetic, Breath, Heart, Skin. combines pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, extreme frequencies, and computer-enhanced cello/clarinet/percussion to create a post-human, hyper-emotive landscape. Doron Sadja is a Brooklyn-based sound and visual artist investigating how sound, light, movement, and the body can react to and augment the architectural, atmospheric, and psychological space of the performance environment.

10/06 @ 7:00pm
at 110 Livingston
Ergodos + Ekmeles
+ Ascoli Ensemble
ISSUE Project Room presents three ensembles exploring and pushing the boundary of contemporary vocal music: Ergodos, a production company and ensemble based in Dublin, Ireland; The Ascoli Ensemble, a vocal sextet performing medieval and contemporary work based in The Netherlands; and New York’s own Ekmeles, led by baritone Jeffery Gavett. They take inspiration from Greek theory, medieval manuscripts, and the 12th-century music of the French organum master Léonin. The performance will take place at ISSUE’s future home at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn, one of a handful of authentic European style chamber halls in the United States.

10/07 @ 8:00pm
at 110 Livingston
Telebossa, made up of Brazilian Chico Mello and Berlin-based cellist and producer Nicholas Bussmann explore the intersections of bossa nova and European chamber music. Repetitive cello figures, spacious, pounding bass and gently bubbling electronics, with the occasional tenderly strummed guitar and hushed vocals, are reminiscent of the transparent sambas of the Argentinean Juana Molina or the minimalist disco cellist Arthur Russell.

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Ron Anderson's PAK on Tour

From Ron Anderson:

Saturday, October 2 – Funkadelic Studios – 335 West 35 Street, New York, NY – Ron Anderson will once again be performing with Lawry Zimrah with music for two Korg MS-20 synthesizers and electric bicycle wheel. This is part of Brett Zweiman’s Night of Clutter Series. $10 9pm

Sunday, October 3 – Littlefield – 622 Degrew Street, Brooklyn, NY – PAK with Hans-Jochim Roedelius and XAMBUCA. PAK will open this night will be a large ensemble with Ron Anderson – bass guitar and synthesizer, Keith Abrams – drums, Tim Byrnes – trumpet and keyboards, Will Redmond – bass guitar, Tom Swafford – violin, Stefan Zeniuk – tenor saxophone. Door at 7pm $10

PAK Europe Tour (we will be adding some more dates, please check
22 – Dunkerque, France @ 4 écluses – with Yolk
23 – Blois, France @ Chez Matthias, France – with Yolk
24 – Rennes, France @ La Bascule – with Yolk
25 – Toulouse, France @ L’émergence – with Yolk
26 – Montpellier, France @ Secert Palce/la TAF – with Yolk and Rectus
27 – Geneva, Switzerland @ L’Ecurie – with Yolk
28 – Clermont-Ferrand, France @ Raymond’s Bar – with Yolk and Zea
29 – Valenciennes, France @ La Péniche – with Yolk and XHOHX
30 – Maastricht, Netherlands @ LLB – with Yolk and XHOHX
31 – Ghent, Belgium @ Kinky Star – with Yolk

1 – Antwerp, Belgium@ bàr à Bas – with Yolk
2 – Turnai, Belgium @ Le Water Moulin – with Yolk and XHOHX
6- Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
7 – Mons, Belgium @ Le Café Cheminot – with Karambolage
9 – Ostrava, Czech Republic @ Bogota
10 – Ceske Bujovice, Czech Republic (Budweiss) @ Velbloud–w Shield Your Eyes
11 – Wurzburg, Germany @ Immerhim
13 – Dresden, Germany @ AZ with Made to Break
14 – Wroclaw, Poland @ CRK
15 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Intergalaktická Obluda
16 – Kosice, Slovakia @ Tabacka Club
17 – Szeged, Hungary @ Jazz Kocsma
18 – Rijeka, Croatia @ Klub Palach
19 – Trento/Rovereto, Italy @ Centro Sociale Bruno
20 – Milano, Italy (waiting for confirmation)
23 – Rome, Italy @ Init with Squartet.
25 – Copertino, Italy @ Sotterranei
26 – Molfetta , Italy @ Le Macerie

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Vernon Reid


Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up / Peregrine (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara, a drummer of acute reflexes and subtle control, plays a 9 p.m. slot with the Hook Up, a compelling postbop cohort featuring the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and the bassist Trevor Dunn. Opening the bill (at 8 p.m.) is Peregrine, an intriguing post-bop band led by the baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, with Nate Wooley on trumpet, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Chad Taylor on drums. At 8 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation per set. (Chinen)

The Andrew Hill Legacy Project (Tuesday through Thursday) Before he died in 2007, the brilliant pianist-composer Andrew Hill saw his music find traction among younger generations of musicians, some of whom he mentored. This promising tribute begins on Tuesday with a quartet featuring the alto saxophonist Greg Osby (a former collaborator), the pianist Frank Kimbrough (a longtime follower) and one of Mr. Hill’s terrific late-period rhythm sections, with John Hébert on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. On Wednesday the pianist Vijay Iyer, another sworn acolyte, digs in with Mr. Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. And on Thursday the trumpeter Ron Horton and the multireedists J.D. Parran and Marty Ehrlich — all former members of Mr. Hill’s large ensembles — join Mr. Kimbrough, Mr. Hébert and Mr. McPherson. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $25 cover. (Chinen)

Mingus Big Band (Monday) The Mingus Big Band, a recent Grammy winner for “Live at Jazz Standard” (Jazz Workshop), has held down a weekly residency here for three years now, a fact worth observing and celebrating. One reason for the group’s success is, of course, the rugged sophistication of Charles Mingus’s music; another is the enthusiasm brought to the task by longtimers like the baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber and the pianist David Kikoski. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $25 cover. (Chinen)

Thirsty Ear Presents: NY NOW! (Saturday through Oct. 15, except on Mondays) The staunchly independent label Thirsty Ear has taken over the Stone for the first half of October, and its lineup suggests an inspired stretch at the late, lamented Tonic. The guitarist Vernon Reid kicks things off on Saturday, with two sets and two separate bands; the pianist Lafayette Gilchrist does the same on Sunday. Other highlights include the saxophonist Jon Irabagon and the drummer Mike Pride, a veteran tag team, joined by the experimental-metal guitarist Mick Barr (Tuesday at 10 p.m.), and the guitarist Elliott Sharp, in a trio (Thursday at 8 p.m.) and with the Orchestra Carbon (Thursday at 10 p.m.). At 8 and 10 p.m., The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 cover. (Chinen)

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Frank Zappa: The clean-living hellraiser

Records on wheels, Toronto, sept. 24 1977
Image via Wikipedia

From BBC News, a review of a new Zappa memoir:

But by and large her new memoir of the Zappa years will disappoint anyone who thinks it must have been non-stop hedonism and exotic substances. She says Zappa’s true character was not as outsiders expected. “Frank Zappa was so serious about his work: it was his whole life. He did nothing but get up in the morning, compose all day at the piano and then go to bed. Between times he was chain-smoking and drinking endless cups of coffee. The melee went on around him but he ignored it.

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