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From California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Friday, Sept. 30, 11am
CalArts, Main Gallery Conference Room, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia
CalArts Office of International Relations presents:
CalArts Plays Itself @ PACT Zollverein in Essen, Germany
Live U-Stream of the Performance Program:
* DARK FARE is an experimental performance trio comprising Chiara Giovando (film/video), Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir (music) and Stephanie Smith (music). DARK FARE utilizes live interactive processing with video and sound. The Trio’s instrumentation includes violin, viola, electronics and voice. The music merges extended technique on strings and vocals with traditional folk ballads, classical training and “dark noise.”
* Set within a simple world of spherical objects and light, Luminis Sphaera is a performance group that incorporates sound, movement, interactive technology and projection. The piece utilizes graphical scores that reference the elemental building blocks of the iron and steel industries central to PACT’s history. Luminis Sphaera is Archie Carey (music), Kerstin Hovland (film/video), Heather Lockie (music), Natalie Metzger (dance), Kalean Ung (theater).
* “2” is a performance for piano and multimedia projections composed by Milen Kirov (music). Utilizing animation and film elements created by Kerstin Hovland and Emilie Sabath, “2” employs the sounds of an electric piano together with prerecorded and live-triggered sounds.

From LA Times blogs

Friday, Sept. 30, 8pm
Zipper Hall, Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown LA
The Angel City Jazz Festival 2011 presents:
Edmar Castaneda Quartet and Nick Mancini Trio with Otmaro Ruiz
The festival tilts toward the sound of Latin America with a date with the young Colombia-born harpist Castaneda, whose unique sound carries a nimble, flamenco-jazz drive. Venezuelan pianist Ruiz should also throw sparks in a pairing with Mancini’s swinging vibraphone.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 5pm
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, LA
The Angel City Jazz Festival 2011 presents Global Jam:
Featuring a stacked roster of international talent including Downbeat’s “alto sax player of the year” Rudresh Mahanthappa, vocalist Dwight Trible, Paris-based trio The Kandinsky Effect, young pianist Tigran Hamasyan, the sprawling improvisations of Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura and local jazz institution the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 7pm
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street (in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex), downtown LA
The Angel City Jazz Festival 2011 presents:
A night dedicated to the ongoing legacy of avant-garde composer Roscoe Mitchell, who will perform in a trio featuring drummer William Winant and fellow woodwind player James Fei. An expansive improvisor as part of Chicago’s groundbreaking Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians scene, Mitchell will also be celebrated in a star-packed large ensemble led by percussionist Alex Cline, who will reinterpret For People in Sorrow, a piece Mitchell composed for the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

From California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Saturday, Oct. 1, 4pm
CalArts, Wild Beast Outdoor Amphitheatre, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia
Wild Beast Concert Series presents CalArts Capitol Jazz, an eclectic line-up of ten CalArts jazz bands in lively performances of their hottest repertoire. Each one will play one number: Latin, world-inflected, free, experimental, traditional, be-bop, fusion. For the past 22 years, Capitol Records, a subsidiary of EMI, has sponsored the annual CalArts Jazz CD, a selection of the most compelling performers and works coming out of the CalArts Jazz Program in the previous year, recorded and mastered in the legendary Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood.

From SundaysLive.org

Sunday, Oct. 2, 6pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Leo S. Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA
SUNDAYS LIVE Chamber Music Series and World Festival of Sacred Music present:
The LOS ANGELES ELECTRIC 8 is a chamber octet in which eight guitarists reclaim classical music for the electric guitar. Their latest program, Interlocking Textures, juxtaposes Indonesian gamelan with American minimalism. The LAE8 is: HUGO AGUAYO, TOM FARRELL, PHILIP GRAULTY, CHELSEA GREEN, KAI KUROSAWA, MARC NIMOY, FELIX SALAZAR, JOHNPAUL TROTTER.

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October at the IBeam

Tony Buck

From Brooklyn’s IBeam:

Experimental Voice in 3 Acts

Saturday, October 1st 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Gelsey Bell – voice/piano
Odeya Nini – voice
Maria Stankova – voice
Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar. She has released two studio albums, Under A Piano (2005) and In Place of Arms (2010), and two experimental albums, February (2008) and Love Is Just a Crack In the Space of You (2009). Composer and vocalist Odeya Nini, constructs acoustic, electro acoustic, and electronic music, incorporating experimental improvisation and malleable forms. Maria Stankova is a vocalist/composer who grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her recent musics explore the liberating powers of restriction and the (im)possibilities of timbre in both performance and composition.

Loop 2.4.3

Saturday, October 8th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Ensemble, Et Al. 8:30 PM

A Brooklyn-based pseudo-classical percussion ensemble led by Ron Tucker.

Loop 2.4.3 9:30 PM
Loop 2.4.3 is a composer/performer duo that has drawn comparisons to Steve Reich, Battles, Harry Partch, Moondog, Konono No.1, Brian Eno, and Belle Orchestre – an assortment that alludes to their hard to classify, yet visceral aesthetic.

Thomas Kozumplik – percussion
Lorne Watson – percussion


This concert showcases 2 groups that both feature drums and keyboard percussion, yet with very different and uniquely interesting results. Melodicism and infectious rhythm are uniting factors, but ensemble, et al focuses more on meditative grooves, while Loop 2.4.3 creates sonic journeys tinged with romanticism and psychedelia.

Ron Tucker, the creator of ensemble, et al, met Loop 2.4.3 at a live show and asked to buy the score for their work, Zodiac Dust, to perform it with a group he was creating. This stimulated Kozumplik and Watson to actually write the piece out! It seems natural that these two groups will now share the stage for the first time.


Friday, October 14th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Magda Mayas – piano
Nate Wooley – trumpet
Tony Buck – drums

Matt Lambiase

Saturday, October 15th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Matt Lambiase – trumpet
special guests – TBA

Darius Jones Trio Four Week Residency

Thursday, October 20th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

The Darius Jones Trio will be in residency to celebrate the release of Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) which officially hits the streets October 11th. This is Jones’ eagerly anticipated second recording as a bandleader that documents the next chapter of his autobiographical “Man’ish Boy” series of compositions introduced on his widely acclaimed 2009 debut, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing).

Darius Jones Trio
Adam Lane – bass
Jason Nazar – drums
Darius Jones – alto sax and composition

Thurs. Oct. 20th
Thurs. Oct. 27th
Thurs. Nov. 3rd
Thurs. Nov. 10th

Soren Raaschou Trio feat. Travis Laplante

Friday, October 21st 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Soren Raaschou – guitar
Travis Laplante – tenor sax
Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – doublebass
Rasmus Toystrup Iversen – drums


Fabien Sevilla

Saturday, October 22nd 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Fabien Sevilla solo bass with special guest Andy Milne.

Fabien Sevilla – contrabass
Andy Milne – piano


Darius Jones Trio

Thursday, October 27th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Darius Jones Trio
Adam Lane – bass
Jason Nazar – drums
Darius Jones – alto sax and composition


Friday, October 28th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

Go-Zee-Lah 8:30 PM

Kyoko Kitramura – voice, laptop
Yayoi Ikawa – piano

ReDDeer Duo 9:30 PM

Fay Victor – voice
Elisabeth Harnink – piano


Sinopia Quartet

Saturday, October 29th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

A program of commissions and submissions from young composers who have been challenged to re-imagine the two-piano/two-percussion instrumentation of the Sinopia Quartet.

Andrea Lodge – piano
Nicholas Woodbury – percussion
Julia Den Boer – piano
Nicholas Gleason – percussion


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Leo Records New Releases

Ernst Reijseger, Moers Festival 2007
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From Leo Records:

Simon Nabatov / Ernst Reijseger / Matthias Schubert – Square Down
Musica Lontana – Musica Lontana
Lisa Mezzacappa & Nightshade – Cosmic Rift
Arrigo Cappelletti – Giulio Martino Quartet – Mysterious
Alexey Kruglov – Identification
Jon Corbett / Louis Moholo-moholo / Nick Stephens – Jon Corbett’s Dangerous Musics
Carolyn Hume & Katja Cruz – Light and Shade
Fourth Page – Blind Horizons
Andrei Kondakov, Arkady Shilkloper, Vladimir Volkov – Outline
The Second Approach – Pandora’s Pitcher

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

A Guide For Reason – VII – VIII
Korperschw?ache – Evil Walks
Steel Mammoth – Radiation Funeral
Lungwash – Wonded Oak(Infinity series Part 12)
Hearse Fetish – Prostitution In the Dark
Black Piss – Mourning in Reverent Bitterness for the Astral Sum
Kenneth Kirschner – Twenty Ten
Torturing Girl – Self titled
Corazzata Valdemone – Adunate
Trettondagen – Kors