Montreal's OFF Jazz Festival

The free-jazz centric OFF Jazz Festival starts tonight, featuring the following artists:

Adrian Veday Quartet
Alexandre Côté Quintet
Brahja Waldman Quartet
Cameron Wallis Quartet
Les Cheminées roulées
Chet Doxas Quartet
Clinton Ryder (Nord Perdu)
Derome Guilbeault Tanguay (Trio)
Element Choir Project (The)
Ensemble Supermusique
Eric Harding Quartet
Fables de la patère (Les)
Jean-François Groulx (Trio)
Il était une fois dans l’OFF
Jazz Amnesty Sound System
Jean René (Et Quart)
Joëlle Léandre
Maïkotron Unit
Mark Segger Sextet
Other Voices
Rémi Bolduc Ensemble + J.Bergonzi et P.Dwyer
Rencontre cinéma musique
Sage Reynolds (The Long Drift)
Tania Gill quartet
Trio Bruxo
Trio Trudel Lafrance Graham

The fest is previewed in more detail here.

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Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, Podcast 30/2011

Nicole Mitchell
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From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour

podcast 30/2011 includes:

dark tree records
pourtant les cimes des arbres: Daunik Lazro (saxophone, baryton), Benjamin Duboc (contrabass), Didier Lasserre (caisse claire & cymbales)

daniel barbiero
fields/figures: Perry Conticchio (reeds and flutes), Rich O’Meara (percussion), Daniel Barbiero (double bass)

awakening: Nicole Mitchell‘s unique flute work in an intimate quartet setting, supported and stimulated by some of Chicago’s finest improvisers: Jeff Parker (guitar), Harrison Bankhead (bass), Avreeayl Ra (drums)

double demon: Rob Mazurek (cornet), John Herndon (percussion), Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone)

eto: satoko fuji orchestra new york

watershed: Fuji (piano), her husband Natsuki Tamura (trumpet), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Andrea Parkins (accordion)

music of john coltrane: Dominic Duval (bass), Jimmy Halperin (tenor sax), Brian Wilson (drums)

sangre azteca: Julian Bonequi (drums, vocals)

song of the fly: Steve Day (vocals, drums, percussion), Bill Bartlett (piano), Aaron Standon (alto sax, sop. sax), Peter Evans (violin), Fiona Harvey (bass, vocals), Tom Wielding (trumpet)

generate records
silver ash: Aaron Dugan (guitar), Casey Block (electronics), Jeff Arnal (percussion)

zooming: joost buis & astronotes: Felicity Provan (cornet), Joost Buis (trombone), Jan Willem van der Ham (alto sax, bassoon), Frans Vermeerssen (baritone sax), Paul Pallesen (guitar), Achim Kaufmann (piano), Wilbert de Joode (double bass), Alan Purves (percussion), Michael Vatcher (persussion)

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Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

Marc Ribot

From Ars Nova Workshop:

Thursday, October 20, 8pm
Joshua Abrams, bass/guimbri; and Chad Taylor, drums
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Join Ars Nova Workshop for a free concert at The Rotunda by the Natural Information Society, Chicago multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams’s latest duo project with drummer Chad Taylor.

Abrams, a native of Philadelphia, has been a heavy-hitter on the Chicago scene for over 15 years. He has worked with experimental jazz legends like Roscoe Mitchell and Bill Dixon, up-and-comers like Nate Wooley and Craig Taborn, indie artists like Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Sam Prekop (The Sea & Cake), and hip hop artists such as Prefuse 73 and Philly’s The Roots. He’s also the co-founder of Town & Country and has released four albums under his own name, including 2006’s highly celebrated Reminder.

For this performance, the Natural Information Society will feature a duo with Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor, who’s a member of the Chicago Underground Duo and has worked with Marc Ribot, Ken Vandermark, and Pharoah Sanders. Abrams and Taylor have partnered many times over the years, most notably in their trio with saxophonist Matana Roberts, Sticks & Stones.


Thursday, November 17, 8pm
Marc Ribot, guitar; Shahzad Ismaily, bass + electronics; Ches Smith, drums
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$15 General Admission

Join Ars Nova Workshop for a night of music at Johnny Brenda’s as unrivaled guitarist Marc Ribot brings his Ceramic Dog trio for an incredibly rare Philadelphia concert.

Ceramic Dog is a post-everything band combining the energies of three masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist-vocalist Marc Ribot (who has collaborated with Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Marianne Faithful, the Lounge Lizards, and Elvis Costello), bassist Shahzad Ismaily (an accomplice of Laurie Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jolie Holland, and the Secret Chiefs 3), and former West Coast experimental genius drummer Ches Smith (seen often with Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, and Trevor Dunn’s Trio Convulsant).

Ribot’s a widely recognized original on the guitar, with influence across multiple genres of music, including rock, jazz, punk, Latin, soul, 80s No-Wave, avant-garde and noise, and Ceramic Dog unites all of this, along with Ismaily and Smith’s unique and diverse abilities for sonic experimentation. The trio grew out of a post 9-11 bucket list, when Ribot decided to find out what would happen if he did away with the hyphens haunting his earlier projects: the punk-Latin “Cubanos Postizos,” the punk-experimental “Shrek,” and the punk-Albert Ayler “Spiritual Unity.” It took several years of searching before he found, in Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily, the rhythm section with the energy for The Thing itself.


Saturday, November 19, 8pm
Chris Speed, saxophone; Ted Reichman, accordion; Matt Moran, vibraphone;
Drew Gress, bass; John Hollenbeck, drums; Matt Mitchell, piano; and Theo
Bleckman, voice

Aram Shelton, saxophone/clarinet; Josh Berman, cornet; Jason Adasiewicz,
vibraphone; Jason Roebke, bass; and Frank Rosaly, drums

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Evan Parker, saxophonist, picture taken in Jaz...
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From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Friday 14 | 8.30pm
Evan Parker & Louis Moholo Moholo
Saxophonist Evan Parker stands in for Wadada Leo Smith who is no longer able to appear tonight. Parker is a saxophonist player who ‘…has single-handedly changed the face of saxophone technique and saxophone music’ (John Zorn). Louis Moholo is regarded not only as one of South Africa’s most important musicians, but also one of the world’s finest drummers, and his influence on the development of music in this country has been immeasurable.

John Tchicai & Tony Marsh
Approaching jazz from a wide perspective, John Tchicai is an iconic composer / saxophonist whose music is internationally known for its compelling sense of rhythm, drama and humour, as well as freedom, spirituality and healing qualities. Drummer and percussionist Tony Marsh has been a stalwart of the UK’s free improvising scene for many years. “…a marvelous ability to erase the boundary between time and no-time’ (Richard Williams). The evening will culminate in a trio performance of Evan Parker, John Tchicai and Louis Moholo.


Saturday 15 | 8.30pm
Evan Parker & Louis Moholo
John Tchicai & Tony Marsh
Saxophonist Evan Parker stands in for Wadada Leo Smith who is no longer able to appear tonight. The evening will culminate in a trio performance of Evan Parker, John Tchicai and Tony Marsh. The gig will be recorded for BBC Radio 3.


Sunday 16 | 8.30pm
Mopomoso – the best in free improvisation
Driving force behind the Luna Lounge clarinetist Noel Taylor in the company of string players Noura Sanatian and Benedict Taylor on violin and viola respectively. All three play in the excellent London Improvisers’ Orchestra and founded Redstart in 2010 to explore a more intimate small group music and have since toured in Germany and Italy as well as the UK.

Simon Rose
A rare chance to hear a solo spot from baritone saxophonist Simon Rose, here on a short visit from Berlin. Simon’s music has been described as ‘spectral and textural’ and he employs juxtaposition of differing intensities and tone colourations to create a personal and intriguing view of the instrument.

Beresford / Hutchings / Viltard trio
Put together by pianist Steve Beresford this trio, with Shabaka Hutchings and Guillaume Viltard, features three of the finest improvisers working in the UK today. With credits including Charlie Haden, Derek Bailey, Jack DeJohnette, Christian Marclay and John Zorn and playing across a wide range of musical forms the trio has an enormous amount of experience to draw upon. This is fired by a consistent inventiveness from all three players and it is a delight to have them play for us.

Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 October
Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, Andreas Werlin
FIRE! is an all-star combo from Sweden featuring Mats Gustafsson from The Thing (saxophone/rhodes), Johan Berthling from Tape (bass) and Andreas Werliin from Wildbirds and Peacedrums (percussion), now with added firepower on this special run of dates courtesy of Australian drone lord Oren Ambarchi (guitar/electronics). Their sound is a frenzy of monolithic rock textures, scorched electronics, kosmiche grooves and an all-channels-open free jazz spirit, all amped up at blistering psychedelic voltage.

Sunday 30 October
The Thirteenth Assembly – Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, Tomas Fujiwara
The Thirteenth Assembly features four distinguished musician/composers with diverse backgrounds in classical, folk, rock, jazz and avant-garde. Each of these musicians is a masterly soloist, and they all are creating music that is delicate, complex and eclectic.

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Nate Wooley on Anthony Braxton

Braxton, Anthony
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From Free Music Archive:

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Mr. Braxton for about 6 or 7 years now, and although usually I’ve found that meeting your hero is a bittersweet experience, my time in Braxton’s world has always been positive, instructive, and has done nothing but reaffirm my love of art that follows its true interests and its own rules.  One of the things I hear him tell the people in his groups is that “if you stick with me, sir, you will make a million dollars”.  This is sometimes told in the negative, in that you will LOSE a million dollars.  It’s a joke, of course.

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

Anthony Braxton


Anthony Braxton Tri-Centric Festival (Friday and Saturday) A sphinxlike eminence in the American avant-garde, the composer and multireedist Anthony Braxton has been presiding over a four-day festival at Roulette, which concludes this weekend. On Friday Mr. Braxton will present his Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Choir and a new concept he calls Echo Echo Mirror House, involving his 12+3tet; on Saturday he’ll oversee the premiere of two acts from his opera “Trillium J,” featuring 12 singers and a 35-piece orchestra. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $35 for members and $25 for students, members and 65+. (Chinen)

Ideal Bread / Akiko Sasaki (Tuesday) Led by the baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, Ideal Bread puts a new shine on music by Steve Lacy, the great soprano saxophonist (and, briefly, Mr. Sinton’s mentor). Along with Mr. Sinton, the band, appearing here at 8 p.m., features Kirk Knuffke on trumpet, Richard Giddens on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. Performing a later set, at 10 p.m., is Ms. Sasaki, who plays the koto in an ensemble with the flutist known as Yukari, the pianist Jesse Stacken and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 8 and 10 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Joe McPhee’s Trio X / Andrew Cyrille, Elliott Sharp, Richard Teitelbaum (Thursday) Trio X, led by the saxophonist Joe McPhee, is a rough-and-tumble free-jazz trio, sharpened by experience and mutual conviction. (Its other members are the drummer Jay Rosen and the bassist Dominic Duval.) In this performance, part of the Interpretations series, the band focuses on “EROC TINU,” a piece dedicated to the pianist Cecil Taylor and featuring several guests, including the trumpeter Roy Campbell. Sharing the bill is another experimental trio, spearheaded by Mr. Cyrille, a powerful drummer, with Mr. Sharp on guitar and Mr. Teitelbaum on electronics. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, or $10 for members and students. (Chinen)

Sifter / Bizingas (Saturday) Sifter is a smart-looking new collective trio consisting of acutely responsive fellow searchers: Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Matt Wilson on drums. The group plays a single set at 8 p.m., followed at 10 p.m. by Bizingas, a canny jazz-rock band led by the trombonist Brian Drye, with Mr. Knuffke, the guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and the drummer Ches Smith. At Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Thirsty Ear Presents: NY NOW! (Friday through Oct. 15, except on Mondays) The staunchly independent label Thirsty Ear has taken over the Stone for the first half of October, and its lineup suggests an inspired stretch at the late, lamented Tonic. On Friday and Saturday the pianist Matthew Shipp leads a trio with Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums; in the 8 p.m. set on Sunday the guitarist Mary Halvorson engages in duologue with the drummer Weasel Walter. Among the other highlights are a series of ensembles featuring the violist Mat Maneri, on Tuesday and Wednesday; and Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut, led by Mr. Ward, an alto saxophonist, and playing music from a new release on Thursday at 8 p.m. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 cover. (Chinen)

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