Original Content Survey Results

Last week we conducted a survey on whether AMN should include original content, such as reviews, interviews, profiles, opinion pieces, and/or other content.

The results of the survey were overwhelmingly in favor of doing so.

I’m encouraged by this feedback, and would like to starting including original content on a trial basis. However, I’m still trying to get my head around exactly how to do so. I’d like to provide high-quality writing, but in a such a way that the limited time that I can dedicate to this site does not cause an unnecessary bottleneck.

Quite a few responders indicated that they would like to contribute original content. If you were one of these people, please write me at mike@avantmusicnews.com. In your email, indicate what type of original content you’re interested in providing, and a writing sample if applicable. We can take it from there. This is a great opportunity for those of you who would like a creative outlet and an opportunity to be published on a site that is regularly read by about 1000 people who are into the avant / creative / weird music scenes.

Also, if you like doing album reviews, I get quite a few promo releases. I barely have the time to listen to these releases, much less write about them. If you’re interested in album reviews, I may be able to share these promos with you.

In any case, I’d like to thank everyone for the feedback. Much appreciation.


Michael Formanek

The latest album from Michael Formanek is reviewed.

The first of a trio of Early Music Vancouver experiments features harpsichord music by avant-garde composer György Ligeti, performed by Alexander Weimann, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. at the Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club in Vancouver.

Jazz Talmud: Music & Poetry takes place Thursday September 15, 2011 at 8:30pm, featuring Jake Marmer (voice), Greg Wall (sax), Rob Henke (trumpet), and Uri Sharlin (keys) at the Sixth Street Synagogue, 325 East Sixth Street, New York.

Brooklyn’s Fotofono is featuring, on Monday, September 12, 9:00 pm, the Bryan Eubanks and Jason Kahn duo and the Andrew Lafkas, Cat Lamb, Radu Malfatti and Tucker Dulin quartet.

On Saturday, September 24, 6-8pm, Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood will perform in Philadelphia . Billy will be joined by former Miles Davis-collaborator and saxophonist Bill Evans as well as the exceptional Philadelphia drummer G. Calvin Weston.

On October 3, 2011 at 8pm, at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space Red Light presents music influenced by environments, from the Arctic to the urban to the volcanic. Accompanying visual projections guide the listener through this world of sound. John Luther Adams · The Light Within, Chaya Czernowin · Lovesong, Vincent Raikhel · cryovolcano, Christopher Cerrone · Wall Pieces.

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Creative Differences Updates

Marc Ribot

From Baltimore’s Creative Differences:

September 15 @ The WindUp Space
Jen Shyu & Mark Dresser – Synastry (Pi Recording CD release concert)
plus Leo Svirsky – piano solo

October 1 @ The WindUp Space
Lafayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes

October 9 @ WindUp Space
2ND SUNDAY JAZZ – Gilchrist/Formanek/Kennedy w. Oliver Lake

October 23 @ 2640 Space (2640 St Paul St,Baltimore)
Susan Alcorn,Dave Ballou,John Berndt,Lafayette Gilchrist – solos and duos

November 13 @ The WindUp Space

November 16 @ The WindUp Space
Marc Ribot‘s Ceramic Dog

Dec 3 & 4 @ The WindUp Space
LABYRINTHS – A celebration of piano innovators
Dave Burrell,Marilyn Crispell,Lafayette Gilchrist with Michael Formanek and Eric Kennedy

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Craig Taborn Interview

Image by andynew via Flickr

From the Chicago Reader:

Minneapolis native Taborn first attracted attention as saxophonist James Carter’s pianist in the early 90s; since then he’s worked with a mind-blowing array of bandleaders including Roscoe Mitchell, Chris Potter, and Dave Douglas. He also was a close collaborator of Detroit techno great Carl Craig in his Innerzone Orchestra. He’s a true ensemble player, improving each project he’s involved with, but that’s come at the expense of his own career as a leader; he’s made only four albums on his own. But his newest effort, a solo recital called Avenging Angel, has been deservedly turning heads.

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DMG Newsletter September 9th, 2011

Tim Hodgkinson performing at the Spectral Musi...
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From DMG:

William Parker solo 3 CD set! The Clarinets: Anthony Burr/Oscar Noriega/Chris Speed! Ornette Coleman Original QT Reunion 1990! Bobby Bradford/John Carter Quintet! Matt Shipp/Joe Morris/Mat Maneri!

Book Of Knots: Carla Kihlstedt/Tony Maimone/Matthias Bossi! Marco Cappelli/Art Spiegelman DVD! Fantomas DVD! Chris Brown/William Winant! Fred Ho & the Green Monster Big Band! In the Country! Bun-Ching Lam! Glenn Jones!


The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues With:

THIS SATURDAY, September 10th AT 5 PM (note the early starting time):

WAYNE HORVITZ & BRIGGAN KRAUSS! Electric Keyboard & Alto Sax Duo!
Need we say more?!!

Sunday, September 18th at 6pm:
BONNIE KANE & CHRIS WELCOME – Great Sax & Guitar Duo!

Sunday, September 25th at Double-Header:
6pm: Take a Trip to Outer Space with ECSTASY MULE: LEN37 and CASEY GAKA!
7pm: GLOBAL GROOVE: BILL BUCHEN – Tabla, Kanjera, Cuica, Udu & Cajon / DAVID ACKER – Guitar/ DALE KLEPS – Alto Flute & Bass Clarinet!

Sunday, October 2nd Double-Header – Two Extraordinary Duos!
6pm: MAX JOHNSON & KIRK KNUFFKE – New Acoustic Bass & Cornet Duo!
7pm: DOROTHEA SCHURCH & TIM HODGKINSON! Swiss Experimental Vocalist & Saw Player Meets Henry Cow Clarinet Hero!

Sunday, October 9th Double-Header:
6pm: YUKARI – Flutist Extraordinaire Returns!
7pm: LAGHIMA: Gian Luigi Diana: live electronics/laptop & Frederika Krier: violin!

Sunday, October 16th at 6pm: UK’s finest featuring:
ALEX WARD – Clarinet & DOMINIC LASH – Contrabass!

Sunday, October 23rd at 6pm:
Amazing New Tenor & Soprano Sax/Contrabass/Drums Trio!

Sunday, October 30th Double-Header – Two Great Duos!
6pm: JEREMY CARLSTADT & BRIAN SETTLES – Great Drums & Tenor Sax Duo!
7pm: PascAli – A Prepared Bass Duo featuring: SEAN ALI on Double Bass & PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER – Double Bass!

Sunday, November 20th: Two CD’s Release Celebration Featuring:
6pm: KEN ALDCROFT – Solo Guitar Compositions & Duo with WILLIAM PARKER!

Sunday, December 4th at 6pm:
New Contrabass / Saxophone / Electronics Trio!

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