Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Matthew Shipp

From London’s Vortex:

Tuesday 6 | 8.30pm


Led by guitarist Alex Ward – “one of those musicians who seems to get interesting music out of anything he touches” (Nate Dorward) – Predicate comprises Tim Hill (alto and baritone saxophones), Dominic Lash (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums). Ward writes the compositions for the group and plays electric guitar (he is also known in other contexts as a clarinettist). The music, while often taking a high-energy free-jazz approach as its starting point, also incorporates the electric aggression of rock, the abstract interplay of non-idiomatic improvisation and a diverse range of compositional tactics into aan unclassifiable whole. The group will play pieces from their forthcoming debut album (due this month on FMR records) alongside still newer, as-yet-unrecorded material.


Matthew Shipp residency

Wednesday 7 | 8.30pm

Matthew Shipp & Evan Parker
A two-day residency with the iconoclastic New York free jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, who has collaborated with the likes of Anti-Pop Consortium, Spring Heel Jack, DJ Spooky and Patti Smith. A true original and a hugely imaginative improvisor, Shipp draws on a rich heritage of jazz piano, but nevertheless manages to sound like no one but himself. Playing as a duo with saxophonist Evan Parker, a player who ‘…has single-handedly changed the face of saxophone technique and saxophone music’ (John Zorn) – tonight offers a rare opportunity to see two giants of improvised music.


Thursday 8 | 8.30pm
Matthew Shipp, Paul Dunmall, John Edwards Mark Sanders

Continuing pianist Matthew Shipp’s residency, tonight’s gig features three master musicians who are pillars of the improvised music scene – Paul Dunmall (saxophone), Mark Sanders (drums) and John Edwards (bass). “The deep concentration and commitment of all three players can verge on the scary to witness. Their music can uplift the spirits to the highest.”

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Sonomu Reviews

Hugo Race
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From Sonomu:

Soufferance, Vision, Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The Mind (Valse Sinistre)
Michel Banabila, Fields of Flowers (Tapu Records)
Nigel Samways, Nine Barrow Down (CDR Ephre Imprint)
David Tagg, I Am the Wolf (Second Sun)
Janek Schaefer, Phoenix & Phaedra Holding Patterns (Spekk)
Hugo Race, Between Hemispheres (Gusstaff)

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Upcoming Madison Shows

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From Surrounded by Reality Music:

Sept 9 – SAMUEL BLASER TRIO (Berlin)
location: UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace
time: 5:00-7:00 pm
(Generous support for this show from WUD Music. This show is part of the weekly Behind the Beat series)

Samuel Blaser- trombone
Michael Bates – bass
Jeff Davis – drums

By combining exquisite melodies, the tradition of Albert Mangeldforff great 70’s. Trio and inspiration from classical composers, this exciting band blurs the line between composed and improvised music.

Samuel Blaser Trio will play UW Memorial Union on Sept 9, 5-7 pm

Sept 18 – Mikrokolektyw (Poland)
Kuba Suchar – drums, electronics
Artur Majewski – trumpet, electronics
Sunday, Sept 18

Doors at 7:30 pm / Show at 8 pm
Tickets: $10 at the door

Mikrokolektyw will play at Audio for the Arts on September 18
MIKROKOLEKTYW is a project of the trumpeter Artur Majewski and drummer Kuba Suchar, previously known from an outstanding Polish band Robotobibok. The two started playing in duo in 2004 as a freely improvising outfit in search of new solutions for a jazz duo, inspired by the likes of Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell and Max Roach. Their music is mainly acoustic, only with the minimoog and sampler in the background. This stripped down sound has helped these musicians find new freedom of expression and develop their own idiosyncratic sense of improvisation. Their style is strongly impressionist, somewhat melancholic, organically building musical microworlds. There is no doubt it is some of the finest Polish music around.

Mikrokolektyw explore regions of warped impressionist Don Cherryesque melodies like cartographers from some distant future. Their style is an outline of unexplored electronic hieroglyphs, an almost forgotten language shaped by moog, drums and trumpet. With this language they illustrate a map of vast sonic territories. Drummer Kuba Suchar and trumpeter Artur Majewski have collaborated with dozens of jazz greats as touring members of Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra and Sao Paolo Underground groups. Their electronic driven jazz stands out for its downtown sound, a new freedom of innovation burning with an idiosyncratic sense of expression.

Oct 7 – Valentine Trio (Chicago)
Valentine Trio (Chicago)
Friday, October 7
location: Audio for the Arts (7 South Blair, Madison)
time: 7:30
$8 at door

Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Frank Rosaly – drums
Jason Roebke – bass

The Valentine Trio was begun as a tribute project to  the jazz cello great Fred Katz.   The first record was titled A Valentine for Fred Katz and featured Katz’s compositions and others he recorded.  The bassist was Jason Roebke and the drummer was Glenn Kotche.  The second record, Other Valentines covered compositions by a diverse collection of composers including Gil Scott-Heron, Syd Barrett, Jeff Tweedy, Sun Ra, Cat Power, as well as originals by Lonberg-Holm and Roebke.  Frank Rosaly replaced Kotche, Roebke stayed on.  The third and most recent disc, Terminal Valentine, continues the same line-up and features original compositions by Fred Lonberg-Holm.  The music for this record was conceived of for his quartet Terminal Four.  After trying the charts with Roebke and Rosaly, he decided to develop the book with the trio.

Oct 23 – Dead Cat Bounce
Dead Cat Bounce (Brooklyn)
location: Audio for the Arts (7 South Blair, Madison)
time: 7:30
$8 at door

Jared Sims, Charlie Kohlhase, Terry Goss, Matt Steckler – saxes + winds
Dave Ambrosio – bass
Bill Carbone – drums

Featuring four saxophones of all ranges plus upright bass and drums, Dead Cat Bounce since 1997 has been the unique artistic vision of founder and composer Matt Steckler. Word of DCB’s high caliber as a performance ensemble has brought them to festivals and concerts nationally, and garnered distinctions from Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Boston Music Awards, Jazz Times, The Washington Post, Cadence and many others in the creative music community.

Dead Cat Bounce invokes Charles Mingus and the World Saxophone Quartet with their “tightly arranged, swirling contrapuntal reeds and multi-part, blues n’ roots-infused tricky compositions” (Jon Garelick, the Boston Phoenix). Their eclectic approach to rhythm is informed by traditions from the Caribbean, Deep South, Brazil, West Africa, Eastern Europe and Detroit. In Dead Cat Bounce, solo and collective improvisations energetically complement the poise of its ever-expanding compositional repertoire.

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