Los Angeles Scene

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004
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From MetalJazz.com

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5pm, workshop/masterclass with Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Wednesday, Sept 21, 9pm, performance by Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka #301, LA

From Camerata Pacifica

Tuesday, Sept 20, 8pm, Huntington Library, San Marino
Thursday, Sept. 22, 8pm, Zipper Hall, Colburn School, LA
Camerata Pacifica performs: Crumb’s Vox Balaenae for 3 masked Players: Electric Flute, Electric Cello, and Amplified Piano; DeMey’s Musique de Table for Percussion; Reich’s Sextet for Percussion and Keyboards.

From MetalJazz.com

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8pm
Atwater Crossing ATX, 3245 Casitas Ave., Atwater
Drones and strange noises by electro-mechanical artists Jason Kahn (based in Switzerland), Devin Sarno, and Damien Romero

From Angel City Jazz Festival 2011

Thursday, Sept. 22, 8:30pm set, 10pm set > The Necks
at Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka #301, LA
Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

Friday, Sept. 23, 7pm at LACMA
Larry Karush Quintet

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9pm
Echoplex, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Burkina Electric with Lukas Ligeti and special guest D.J. Spooky

Sunday, Sept. 25, 8:30pm
REDCAT, downtown LA
Theo Bleckmann shares the bill with Todd Sickafoose and Tiny Resistors

From REDCAT

Thursday Sept. 22, Friday Sept. 23, Saturday Sept. 24 at 8:30pm
REDCAT, downtown LA
New Original Works Festival, Week Three:
Tandem & Timur and the Dime Museum: Zoophilic Follies
Michel Kouakou/Daara Dance: Sack
Victoria Marks: Medium Big Inefficient Considerably Imbalanced Dance

From Carlsbad Music Festival 2011

Friday, Sept. 23, 5:30-9:30pm
red fish blue fish, Calder Quartet, Build, Vicky Chow, and Mandobasso perform at various venues during the Village Music Walk, Carlsbad Village.

Saturday, Sept. 24
12noon – Musicians from red fish blue fish, Build, the Calder Quartet and more perform Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C in a site-specific interpretation spread across the Village Faire courtyard.
1:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Vicky Chow, piano
5:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Penelope
9pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with My Brightest Diamond

Sunday, September 25
12noon – Burkina Electric with Lukas Ligeti in concert, Village Faire
1:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Build and Florent Ghys
5:30pm – Carlsbad Village Theatre concert with Calder Quartet

From SASSAS

Saturday, Sept. 24, 5pm
Kings Road Park Pavilion, 1000 North Kings Road, West Hollywood
SASSAS presents sound. at the Kings Road Park Pavilion: John Schneider’s Just Guitars. Just Guitars is a program designed for adapted guitars and voice by internationally recognized guitarist and composer John Schneider. Consisting of works by renowned composers Lou Harrison, Terry Riley and Ben Johnston as well as two works composed by Schneider, this program unites several works composed specifically for Scheinder’s re-fretted National Steel Guitar tuned using just intonation.

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Wadada Leo Smith with Golden Quartet and Southwest Chamber Music in LA

Wadada Leo Smith
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From Jazztimes and other sources:

Trumpeter/Composer Wadada Leo Smith Presents World Premiere of Civil Rights Opus “Ten Freedom Summers” with Golden Quartet and Southwest Chamber Music

Multi-Media Event October 28 – 30 at the
REDCAT Theater in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, Los Angeles
The musicians will record the project in the days after the premiere for release on Cuneiform in the spring of 2012.

“Ten Freedom Summers” is a collaboration between Smith’s celebrated Golden Quartet featuring pianist/composer Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Susie Ibarra, and the acclaimed Southwest Chamber Music ensemble conducted by Grammy Award-winner Jeff von der Schmidt. The musicians will record the project in the days after the premiere for release on Cuneiform in the spring of 2012. In designing the sprawling multi-movement work, Smith focused on the formative decade framed by the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that overturned the notorious Plessy v. Ferguson decision ratifying Jim Crow segregation, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed many forms of racial discrimination.

More than a three-night musical premiere, “Ten Freedom Summers” is a multimedia project that incorporates archival news footage and evocative but abstract cinematic imagery edited with a self-consciously musical sensibility. The production was inspired conceptually by August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, in which each play chronicles a decade of African-American life in the 20th century.

The REDCAT premiere is the culmination of more than three decades of intermittent work, study and contemplation. Smith has divided the 18 movements into three thematic collections, “Defining Moments in America,” “What is Democracy?” and “Ten Freedom Summers.” With movements dedicated to the indomitable Mississippi Freedom Democracy Party leader Fannie Lou Hamer, the brutally slain teenager Emmett Till, and Montgomery bus boycott catalyst Rosa Parks, the first collection could just as easily be called “Heroes and Martyrs” as “Defining Moments.”

Born and raised in Leland, Mississippi, Wadada Leo Smith got his start playing trumpet in R&B bands, and by the mid 1960s had gravitated to Chicago’s burgeoning avant-garde jazz community. An early member of the seminal AACM collective, he collaborated with a dazzling cast of fellow visionaries, including Leroy Jenkins, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Anthony Davis and Oliver Lake. On faculty at Cal Arts since 1993, he has influenced several generations of improvisers and composers.

Recording prolifically over the past two decades, Smith released an acclaimed series of albums with guitarist Henry Kaiser inspired by the early 1970s fusion of Miles Davis. Since he founded the Golden Quartet with Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, and Malachi Favors the group has undergone several incarnations, featuring prodigious young players such as pianists Vijay Iyer and Angelica Sanchez. His latest release is a captivating, avant funk double album by his Organic orchestra, “Heart’s Reflections” (Cuneiform Records).

While Smith is known for his beautifully rendered graphic scores, he composed “Ten Freedom Summers” using traditional notation. Though true to his status as one of American music’s most inventive composers, Smith’s notation requires unusual discipline and improvisational skills. “Time is determined when you play the piece,” Smith says. “It liberates the player from having to count things. Everybody has the entire score, their parts and everybody else’s. It is traditional notation with five lines to a staff, but it’s a far cry from someone conducting a downbeat and moving across the score. It’s a lot of responsibility, but that’s what makes the world go round.”

TEN FREEDOM SUMMERS CONCERT INFORMATION:

Friday, October 28, 2011 Ten Freedom Summers, Part One 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2011 Ten Freedom Summers, Part Two 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, 2011 Ten Freedom Summers, Part Three 7 p.m.

Tickets: $38 each evening general admission; $28 each evening for students/CalArts Faculty/Staff, http://www.redcat.org/event/ten-freedom-summers (213) 237-2800.

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Cuneiform Artist News

From Cuneiform, edited down to include mostly fall tour dates:

THE CLAUDIA QUINTET

The Claudia Quintet +1 *with special guest Theo Bleckmann
upcoming performances:

October 2 – The Camel, Richmond, VA (link) *
October 3 – James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (link) *
November 18 – The Stone, New York, NY (link) *
November 19 – Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (link) *
November 20 – An die Musik, Baltimore, MD (link) *
December 16 & 17 – Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY (link)

DEAD CAT BOUNCE

Oct 4, 8pm – Ryles Jazz Club – Cambridge, MA – $7.00 – http://www.rylesjazz.com/
Oct 20. 9pm – Bela Dubby – Cleveland, OH – $7.00 – http://beladubby.blospot.com/ – with Oblique Orchestra
Oct 21, 10pm – Edgefest 2011 – Kerrytown Concert House – Ann Arbor, MI – http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com – $10.00 or festival pass
Oct 22, 10pm – Heaven Gallery – Chicago, IL – $10.00 – http://www.heavengallery.com/ – with Hearts and Minds
Oct 23, 7:30p – Surrounded By Reality presents – Audio for the Arts – Madison, WI – $8.00 – http://www.audioforthearts.com/
Oct 24, 7:30p – Studio Z – St. Paul, MN – $10 – http://studiozstpaul.com/
Oct 25 – Univ. of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls, IA -Workshop at School of Music, Russell Hall Rm. 101 (The Jazz Studio) – 3-5pm
Performance at Bengston Auditorium, Russell Hall – 8:00 pm – FREE and open to the public
Oct 26, 3:30p – University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA – Workshop at Parish Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church – FREE and open to the public
Oct 26 – Blue Moose Tap House – Iowa City, IA – http://bluemooseic.com/
Oct 27 – Sugar Maple – Milwaukee, WI – http://mysugarmaple.com/
Nov 25 – The Stone – 16 Avenue C (the corner of Avenue C and Second Street) – NYC, NY 10009

HAMSTER Theatre
HAMSTER THEATRE will be playing a series of dates with Thinking Plague, beginning in Denver:

Sat October 29 – Mercury Cafe
2199 California St.
Denver, CO 80205

Sat November 19 – Cuneifest 2011 – Orion Sound Studios
2903 Whittington Ave., Suite C
Baltimore, MD. 21230

Sun November 20 – PhilaMOCA: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art
531 N 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Mon November 21 – “An Evening with Thinking Plague and Hamster Theatre”
(part-interactive discussion and part “living room concert”)
Trevose, PA
(just outside Philadelphia – details will be available after September 12)

Tues November 22 – The Stone
16 Avenue C (the corner of Avenue C and Second Street)
NYC, NY 10009

LED BIB

Autumn 2011 UK Tour

26 October 2011 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
27 October 2011 The Ballroom, Canterbury
28 October 2011 Green Door Store, Brighton
29 October 2011 The Firestation, Windsor
30 October 2011 Clare Cellars, Cambridge
31 October 2011 The Vortex, London
1 November 2011 The Vortex, London
3 November 2011 Band on the Wall, Manchester
4 November 2011 The Anvil, Basingstoke
5 November 2011 The Harley, Sheffield
6 November 2011 Lichfield Arts Centre, Lichfield

Autumn 2011 Continental European Tour
10 November 2011 Krefeld, Germany
23 November 2011 Jazz Dock, Prague

THE MAHAVISHNU PROJECT

THE COMPLETE “BIRDS OF FIRE” (plus Jeff Beck/Jan Hammer set by Jesse Gress, guest guitarist)
Gregg Bendian, drums / Chad McLoughlin, guitar / Neil Alexander, keyboards / Peter Brendler, bass / Earl Maneein, electric violin

Sat Sept 17 (8pm)
BEARSVILLE THEATER
291 Tinker St.
Woodstock, NY ?845.679.4406
bearsvilletheater.com

MAHAVISHNU PROJECT plays WEATHER REPORT ! (Black Market, Mr. Gone, 8:30, Mysterious Traveler, Night Passage & more)
Gregg Bendian, drums / Neil Alexander, keyboards / Jon Irabagon, saxophones / Peter Brendler, bass

Thu Oct 13 (8 & 10pm)
IRIDIUM
1650 Broadway (at 50th St.)
New York, NY
Tickets: 212.582.2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com http://www.facebook.com/iridiumjazzclub

THE MAHAVISHNU PROJECT plays Mahavishnu/Jeff Beck/Jan Hammer
Jesse Gress, guitar / Gregg Bendian, drums / Neil Alexander, keyboards / Earl Maneein, violin / Peter Brendler, bass

Wed Oct 19 (8pm)?
Daniel Street Club
21 Daniel St, Milford CT
Tel: (203) 877-4446
http://www.danielstreetclub.com
http://www.neko-productions.com/mp.html

Thu Oct 20, 2011 (8pm)
Infinity Hall
20 Greenwoods Road West
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-5531
http://www.infinityhall.com

MAHA-COUSTIC: Unplugged interpretations of classic Mahavishnu
Gregg Bendian, percussion/arranger / Chad McLoughlin, acoustic guitar / Neil Alexander, piano / Earl Maneein, violin / Peter Brendler, contrabass / Leigh Stuart, cello / Melissa Stylianou, voice / Nick Revel, viola

Sun Nov 20 (8pm)
THE STONE
Ave C./2nd Street
New York NY
http://www.thestonenyc.com

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Revolutionary News – September 2011
Wed 7 Sep, 1-2pm: Carl Barron’s 95th birthday party, Cambridge (MA) City Hall
Fri 23 Sep, 7-10pm: Cambridge (MA) Community TV opening celebration and dedication of Karen Aqua Gallery
Fri 30 Sep, 10pm-1am: HONK! Festival kickoff event, with guests from visiting HONK! bands, Johnny D’s, Davis Sq, Somerville, MA
Thu 17 Nov, 8-9:15pm: The Stone, NYC

JASON ROBINSON

Upcoming concerts w/ the Janus Ensemble:

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 8pm, $10
Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble
With Liberty Ellman (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), and George Schuller (drums)
University of the Streets, 130 East 7th Street, New York, NY
http://www.universityofthestreets.org/

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 10pm, all ages, $10
Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble
With Marty Ehrlich (alto sax and bass clarinet), Nir Felder (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), and George Schuller (drums)
The Stone, New York, NY
http://www.thestonenyc.com/

Other upcoming concerts:

Monday, September 12, 2011, 8pm, $10
with James Ilgenfritz (bass), Dave Ballou (trumpet), and George Schuller (drums)
University of the Streets, 130 East 7th Street, New York, NY
http://www.universityofthestreets.org/

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7pm, all ages, free
Performing solo acoustic and electroacoustic pieces from Cerberus Reigning (Accretions/2010) and Cerberus Rising (Circumvention, 2009)
Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
http://www.umass.edu/fac/augusta/

THINKING PLAGUE

Sat October 29 – Mercury Café
2199 California St.
Denver, CO 80205

Sat November 19 – Cuneifest 2011 – Orion Sound Studios
2903 Whittington Ave., Suite C
Baltimore, MD. 21230

Sun November 20 – PhilaMOCA: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art Click here to purchase advanced tickets
531 N 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Mon November 21 – “An Evening with Thinking Plague and Hamster Theatre”
(part-interactive discussion and part “living room concert”)
Trevose, PA (just outside Philadelphia – details will be available after September 12)

Tues November 22 – The Stone
16 Avenue C (the corner of Avenue C and Second Street)
NYC, NY 10009

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Bassist Damon Smith explains the beauty of free improvisation

From CultureMap Houston:

Smith is relatively new to Houston, having relocated to here in August 2010, and has quickly become a vital member of the city’s creative community. He has played and recorded with some of the finest free jazz and free improvising musicians in the world, including Peter Brötzmann, Cecil Taylor, Peter Kowald, Eugene Chadbourne, Mike Watt, Chris Cutler, William Hooker, Alan Silva, John Butcher and Jim O’Rourke.

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Umbrella Music Through October 23

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sep 21
SET I: MIKROKOLEKTYW
SET II: Majewski/Bishop/Abrams/Suchar
The Hideout

Sep 22
Bishop/Rempis/Kessler/Zerang
Elastic

Sep 25
Bishop/Parker/Roebke/Reed
Hungry Brain

Sep 28
SET I: Friction Brothers
SET II: Nick Broste Trio
The Hideout

Sep 29
Ricardo Tejero Group
Elastic

Oct 05
Nick Mazzarella Trio
The Hideout

Oct 06
SET I: Evans/Adasiewicz Duo
SET II: Beatty/Poretti Duo
Elastic

Oct 07
Peter Evans The Renaissance Society
Oct 09
Valentine Trio
Hungry Brain

Oct 11
Trio Braam-De Joode-Vatcher
Elastic

Oct 16
Tony Malaby‘s Tamarindo
Hungry Brain

Oct 23
SET I: Connie Crothers
SET II: Harris Eisenstadt’s Chicago Chamber
Hungry Brain

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All About Jazz Reviews

Steven Bernstein live at Saalfelden 2009
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From All About Jazz:

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Race Riot Suite (Kinnara Records)

Steven Bernstein
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra: MTO Plays Sly

Multiple Artists
Gerry Mulligan / J.J. Johnson / Sarah Vaughan / Misha Mengelberg & Piet Noordijk: Live At Concertgebouw

Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic
Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform Records)

Flaten/ Kornstad/ Christensen
Mitt Hjerte Altid Vanker I: Live At Oslo Jazz Festival (Compunctio)

Paul Motian
The Windmills Of Your Mind (Winter & Winter)

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