Newsbits

Billy Bang

A live recording of the Magic Band will soon be available.

The Guelph Jazz Festival is previewed.

A memorial service & birthday celebration of the life and musical Legacy of Billy Bang will take place September 19, 2011 at 6:00pm at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, [at 54th Street] New York.

A couple of Eugene Chadbourne shows are coming to Vancouver.

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Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

MICHEL DONEDA & JONAS KOCHER / Action mécanique (Flexion Records)
OLAF RUPP, JOE WILLIAMSON & TONY BUCK / Weird Weapons 2 (Creative Sources)
COLLECTION OF COLONIES OF BEES / Giving (Home Tapes)
ELECTRIC BIRD NOISE / Fragile Hearts… Fragile Minds (No More Stars)
MATS EILERTSEN / Sky Dive (Hubro)
ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS / Heavy Pedal: Works for Organ (Navona Records)
ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS / Archipel électronique Vol. 1 (D’autres cordes – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
MCCORMICK DUO / McDuo (Ravello)
FLUID / Duality (Alrealon Music)
ANTHONY BRAXTON / Trillium E: Wallingford’s Polarity Gambit (Composition No. 237) (New Braxton House)
STÉPHANE GARIN & SYLVESTRE GOBART / Gurs. Drancy. Bobigny’s train station. Auschwitz. Birkenau. Chelmno-Kulmhof. Majdaneck. Sobibor. Treblinka. (Bruit Clair / Gruenrekorder)
ANTHONY BRAXTON / Solo (Allentown) 1991 (New Braxton House)

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Steven Schick Brings ‘Nine Rivers’ to New York

Bang on a Can All-Stars

From NYTimes.com:

Well before “Nine Rivers,” a major work by the Scottish avant-garde composer James Dillon, was given its premiere by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow last November it had acquired a singular reputation. Interviewed in The Telegraph, a London newspaper, Mr. Dillon referred to his nine-part cycle as “the most canceled premiere ever.” Five previous attempts to mount it had been called off, casualties of its elaborate technical requirements, daunting difficulty and four-hour duration.

The sixth too almost derailed. Just a week before the concert, meant to commemorate Mr. Dillon’s 60th birthday, the conductor withdrew because of illness. Just when it seemed that all hope was lost, an unlikely savior emerged. Steven Schick, a virtuoso percussionist long associated with the New York composers’ collective Bang on a Can and a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, where he directs the percussion ensemble Red Fish Blue Fish, volunteered to conduct the premiere.

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