Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

TOM JOHNSON / Orgelpark Color Chart (Mazagran – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
JIM HAYNES / The Decline Effect (The Helen Scarsdale Agency – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
LAWRENCE ENGLISH / The Peregrine (Experimedia – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
MARIANNE NOWOTTNY / Divine Cantos (Abaton Book Company)
HUBERT HOWE / Clusters (Ravello)
WILLIAM VOLLINGER / Raspberry Man (Navona Records)
NEIL THORNOCK / No Stopping, Standing, or Parking (Navona Records)
STEVEN WILSON / Grace for Drowning (Kscope)
BO HANSSON / Mellanväsen (Silence Records)
MC MAGUIRE / Nothing Left to Destroy (Innova)
LE PELTEUX DE NUAGES / Sans béquille, on n’a plus d’alibi (ind.)
PETER HAMMILL & GUY EVANS / Spur of the Moment (Fie Records)
SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA / Samla Mammas Manna (Silence Records)
DIEGO CHAMY / The Intelligent Dancer (Absinth Records)

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Mark Dresser

NPR is streaming a show of Marc Ribot‘s Ceramic Dog from ATP 2011.

Inspiraling 2011: Telematic Jazz Explorations will take place simultaneously in San Diego and New York on November 2nd. Locations: New York University, 35 W. 4th Street, 6th Floor, New York NY, 10012. Music Technology Program, Music Composition Program, Steinhardt School, New York University. Admission Free, University of California, San Diego Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, CPMC 122. Admission: General: $15.50, UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50, Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID. Personnel: Composers – Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Sarah Weaver, San Diego Ensemble – Nicole Mitchell, flute, Michael Dessen, trombone, Joshua White, piano, Mark Dresser, bass and conductor, New York Ensemble – Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Amir ElSaffar, trumpet, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, Tomas Ulrich, cello, Ikue Mori, laptop, Sarah Weaver, conductor, Video Artists – John Crawford, Sarah Jane Lapp.

Ok, this piece about Prague Modern showed up in my inbox a couple of days after the show, but its still an interesting read.

Marino Pliakas’s Full Blast has a new CD out on Trost.

I just found out about a site that focuses on free-jazz / experimental / avant-garde music in Buenos Aires. Stay tuned as I learn more…

Bridge Records is profiled in honor of its 30th anniversary as a label.

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November at Roulette

Marty Ehrlich
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Shows coming to New York’s Roulette:

509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Contact for any additional info

Ben Gerstein (Jerome Foundation Commission) – FREEDOM CHOIR! A congregation for cathartic improvisational service
Tue Nov 1 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
November 1st, All Saints’ Day, The Day of the Dead — ancient holidays in honor of the saints, known or unknown; deceased friends and family — trombonist/composer Ben Gerstein brings together for the first time a unique ensemble to celebrate the powers of improvisation – FREEDOM CHOIR! A congregation for cathartic improvisational service. Inspired by the micro and macrocosms of nature, ecstatic spiritual and athletic experiences, dream, destiny, ritual, prayer, ancestry, and visions. Featuring Ben Gerstein, trombone; Tony Malaby, Chris Speed, Jonathan Moritz, Andrew Bishop, Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone; Tim Berne, Michael Attias, David Binney, Darius Jones, Loren Stillman, alto saxophone; Dan Weiss, Ches Smith, Mike Pride, Randy Peterson, drums.

Geoff Matters (Jerome Foundation Commission)
Thu Nov 3 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Geoff Matters uses his own software”GDAM” along with innovative homemade and repurposed physical controllers in live and interactive music performances, under his real name or the aliases GeoffGDAM and Lance Blisters. As Lance Blisters, he performs LIVE Jungle, Breakcore, Punk, and Noise using MIDI Guitar and Microphone, and custom software to create cutup political anthems – a new and unique blend of songwriting, live performance, and electronic music.

Peter Evans Quintet (Jerome Foundation Commission)
Marty Ehrlich’s 4Alto(s)
Fri Nov 4 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
The Peter Evans Quintet has existed in various incarnations since the fall of 2009. The group is centered around the integration of heavily notated and completely improvised materials with live electronics. Drawing from his experiences with Evan Parker’s Electro-Acoustic Ensemble and concerts in NYC with Sam Pluta and Nathan Davis, Evans seeks to use the quintet format (piano, bass, drums, trumpet and live processing) as a place to sthesize almost every element of his musical interest into an organic whole. The group released its first albuynm, “Ghosts” on More is More Records in March 2011. Tonight the Peter Evans Quintet debuts a set of newly composed music commissioned by the Jerome Foundation.

Also tonight is a performance by Marty Ehrlich’s 4Alto(s) with Michael Attias, Marty Ehrlich, Andy Laster, and Ned Rothenberg.

VITAL VOX: Judith Berkson, Gelsey Bell, Dafna Naphtali
Sat Nov 5 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Students/Seniors/Members
AL VOX: A VOCAL FESTIVAL this 2-day festival explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. It celebrates composer-performers in the vocal arts who stretch and expand the voice in new and original ways, continuing a strong contemporary tradition developed in the United States. Tonight features performances by Judith Berkson, Gelsey Bell, and Dafna Naphtali.

VITAL VOX: Iva Bittova, Toby Twining Music and SoCorpo (Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman)
Sun Nov 6 – 8:00 PM

Adam Rudolph : Go Organic Orchestra
Mon Nov 7, 21 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Organic Orchestra is unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting. Utilizing non-linear notation in an original music score, Composer and Artistic Director Adam Rudolph conducts between 20 and 50 musicians with his prototypical conducting system. Over the past twelve years he has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians in Organic Orchestra concepts in both North America and Europe, most recently in Naples, Oslo and Istanbul. For this series Rudolph will present new music with his New York based Organic Orchestra. The first CD of the NYC Organic Orchestra will be released in fall of 2011 to coincide with the November concerts.

Kirk Knuffke Septet
Tue Nov 8 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Trumpeter/cornetist Kirk Knuffke has played with everyone from Graham Haynes, Mark Helias, Jim Black, Tim Berne, Eddie Henderson, Daniel Carter, John Zorn, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas, Briggan Krauss, and the Mary Halvorson quintet. Tonight Kirk presents new work for his septet – featuring Doug Wieselman, Christof Knoche, Jacob Garchik, Alisa Horn, and Eivind Opsvik.

Dan Goode – Flexible Orchestra
Wed Nov 9 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Flexible Orchestra was formed by composer, Daniel Goode, in 2004 with the purpose of having an ensemble of about fifteen sound as full as a symphony orchestra—through strategic orchestration. Featured tonight is Guy Klucevsek’s “Suite for Accordion and Flexible Orchestra”, a newly commissioned work by Kamala Sankaram, Daniel Goode’s “Adagietto-ed” which reworks Gustav Mahler’s “Adagietto” from the Fifth Symphony for the Flexible Orchestra, using toy accordions from Chinatown, Barbara Benary’s “Accordingly”, and a new work for full ensemble and narrator by Bill Hellermann.

INTERPRETATIONS: Ralph Samuelson & Yoko Hiraoka / Jin Hi Kim with Samir Chatterjee & Thomas Buckner
Thu Nov 10 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Two innovative projects integrating traditional instruments of Japan and Korea with contemporary western musical forms and concepts. Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi) and Yoko Hiraoka (shamisen and koto) present new works by composers Ned Rothenberg and Elizabeth Brown, and Jin Hi Kim (komungo, barrel drums) presents Digital Buddha II, featuring digital projections from Joel Cadman and Benton C-Bainbridge, and a four-part suite including three world premieres, with Thomas Buckner (voice) and Samir Chatterjee (tabla).

Fri Nov 11 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Barbez is a Brooklyn-based ensemble working at the cross-section of European-Jewish folk music, and experimental rock. Barbez will be performing mainly new works from a forthcoming album for John Zorn’s Tzadik label inspired by ancient Roman-Jewish melodies, the Nazi occupation of Rome, and Italian neorealist cinema. The group will also perform several new pieces from a separate album concerning the wars in the Middle East since 9/11. With Dan Kaufman, guitar; Danny Tunick, vibes, marimba; Peter Hess, clarinet, percussion; Catherine McRae, violin; Peter Lettre, bass; John Bollinger, drums. The group will also present a short piece with the dancer and choreographer Juliette Mapp, an excerpt from “The Making of Americans,” a Gertrude Stein-inspired dance.

Sat Nov 12 – 1:00 PM
$5 General Admission
Come join composer and instrument builder Paul Rudolph and his performance art group GLANK, as they offer a fun and interactive concert utilizing multi-media elements and unique percussion inventions made from recycled materials such as tuned saw blades, LP tanks, motorcycle gears, artillery shells, brake drums, air vents, and more! In this 1-hour event, kids and families will also get the chance to build their own “green” instruments out of recycled plastic and join in for a fun-filled jam session! Paul Rudolph is a composer, arranger and instrument builder currently working in New York as Vocal Music Director for Sesame Street and has been teaching music to students, celebrities, and puppets since 1984.

Lisa Moore
Wed Nov 16 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Described by the New York Times as “lustrous at the keyboard, and at once engaging and challenging”, pianist Lisa Moore has moved audiences across the globe with her powerful and sensitive performances. Lisa Moore’s playing combines music, theatre and expressive, emotional power – whether in the delivery of the simplest song, a solo recital or the most challenging chamber score.

Teresa McCollough and Wet Ink Ensemble featuring premieres by Alvin Singleton, Sally Mitchell and Alex Shapiro
Thu Nov 17 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Pianist Teresa McCollough, has developed an international reputation for her dynamic and expressive playing. As a leading interpreter and advocate for contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered, and performed many new compositions by today’s emerging and established composers including Alvin Singleton, Lou Harrison, Joan Tower, Alex Shapiro, Belinda Reynolds, Zhou Long, Charles Griffin, David Rakowski, Tomas Svoboda, Henry Martin, George Crumb, and others. Tonight Teresa teams up with the Wet Ink Ensemble to present new work by Alvin Singleton, Sally Mitchell, and Alex Shapiro amongst others.

Jon Gibson & Nina Winthrop
Fri Nov 18 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
Constraints II
Choreographer Nina Winthrop formed her company, Nina Winthrop and Dancers, in 1991. Her works have been presented in venues throughout New York City and Los Angeles, including Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Mabou Mines’ Toronada Theater at PS 122, and The Flea Theater. Tonight she teams up with saxophonist/composer Jon Gibson to present two pieces – Constraints II and Three Lives and Something.

In the Shadows: Deborah Gladstein & Garth Stevenson
Sat Nov 19 – 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors
In the Shadows, made in collaboration by movement artist Deborah Gladstein and bassist/composer Garth Stevenson, celebrates the poetic and mysterious possibilities of movement and sound woven together to create a site-specific tribute to Roulette’s newly renovated historic Art-Deco theater. Using a travel-sized upright acoustic bass, the musician is free to move with his instrument through space so that the bass itself becomes another “partner” in the dance.

Ben Stapp & the Zozimos Collective perform Eight Houses
Mon Nov 28 – 8:00 PM
$25 General Admission
$15 Members/Students/Seniors
Composer Ben Stapp, leads his ensemble, the Zozimos Collective in the premier of Eight Houses(2011). Eight Houses is a large multi movement work based on the 8 core hexagrams of the I-Ching. It is written for a brass quintet, two guitars/pedals and percussion & piano with electronics. Sonically, Ben Stapp’s work is based on his harmonic theory – micro-functional tonality. Separate from John Cage’s use of the I-Ching, this piece resolves to musically represent the core elements of the I-Ching, NOT the way in which the elements of the oracle were practiced. Featuring: Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai, Sebastian Noelle, Dustin Carlson, Chris McIntyre, Bryan Drye, Tim Leopold, Dave Ballou and Ben Stapp

Henry Threadgill
Nov 30, Dec 1, 2 – 8:00 PM
$25 General Admission
$15 Members/Students/Seniors
Henry Threadgill is one of the great musical masterminds of the past quarter century – a composer, arranger, and innovator who transcends genres in contemporary music. A multi instrumentalist whose principle axes include alto sax and flute, Threadgill emerged from Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. “It would be difficult to overestimate Henry Threagill’s role in perpetually altering the meaning of jazz..…He has changed our underlying assumptions of what jazz can and should be.” Join us for this Three Night event as Threadgill presents all new work in preparation for his next release.

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Evolving Series Shows in New York

Ed Blackwell

From the Vision Festival people:

October 10 – Celebrating Ed Blackwell
7:30 pm Karl Berger & William Parker
Karl Berger – vibraphone
William Parker – bass
8:45 pm Gerald Cleaver Duo
Gerald Cleaver – drums
Kirk Knuffke – trompets
10:00 pm Open Percussion Circle- in the spirit of Ed Blackwell
percussion conduction with Tiffany Chang, Haim Peskoff, Max Jhin Jaffe, Juan Pablo Carletti.

October 17 – Creative Sounds of Dissension
7:30 pm Ras Moshe Unit
Ras Moshe – tenor sax & flute
Anders Nilsson – guitar
Larry Roland – bass
8:45 Joshua Abrams Trio
Joshua Abrams – bass
Ingrid Laubrock – sax
Gerald Cleaver – drums
10 pm Michael Bisio Duo
Michael Bisio – bass
Tomas Ulrich – cello

October 24 – Words/Words/Words
7:30 pm Sarah Bernstein UnEarthish Solo
Sarah Bernstein – violin, words, electronics
8:45 JazzHag Tour 2011/2012
Golda Solomon – words
Michael T. A. Thompson – soundrhythium
Larry Roland – bass
Will Connell – reeds
10 pm Zen Beatz
Albey Balgochian – bass
Jane Grenier B – words

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Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

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10/12 @ 8:00pm
Hubble + Jason Stein
Since the inception of his new solo guitar project Hubble, Ben Greenberg of Zs and Pygmy Shrews has sought to exploit the guitar for its ulterior qualities, simultaneously displaying a true love for the instrument while redefining how guitar music is understood. Whether distortion-drenched or clean, Ben describes painstaking result as “cyber-dread”, an apocalyptic, beat-less quasi-electronic music, conjuring Terry Riley‘s pulsing minimalist structures and Gregg Ginn’s aggressive, avant-garde rock. The first full-length record Hubble Drums is set for release on Northern-Spy Records in November 2011 in support of which Hubble will tour extensively throughout the US and Europe. Jason Stein is one of the few musicians working today to focus entirely on the bass clarinet. The Stein / Jones / Gerstein / Niggenkemper / Hertenstein Quintet will perform original pieces by Jason Stein, Darius Jones, and Ben Gerstein.

10/13 and 10/14 @ 8:00pm
ISSUE @ 110 Livingston
New Music for Early Instruments: Jozef van Wissem with Susan Alcorn, Loren Connors, Jim Jarmusch, Gregg Kowalsky, Paul Metzger, Heresy of the Free Spirit, and Richard Bishop
New Music For Early Instruments sees van Wissem collaborating with several American artists, all adding essential elements to an ongoing dialogue between the music of our time and early music, when there were fewer written compositions and no recordings.

10/15 @ 8:00pm
Pete Swanson + Mouthus + Golden Retriever
Pete Swanson was one half of the Portland, Oregon, noise duo Yellow Swans, which ran from 2001 – 2008.
Mouthus is a duo of Brian Sullivan and Nate Nelson of Brooklyn and they absolutely destroy, fuzzing minds wherever they blow. Super psyche-snarled feedback guitar and overload drum squall w/ hep sick-wave edge. A brain-gouged cross of Manowar head implosion and New York dustbomb detonation. Golden Retriever was formed in Portland, Or. in 2008 by multi-instrumentalists Jonathan Sielaff & Matt Carlson, both long time participants in the city’s potent music scene. Focusing on the relationship of two primarily monophonic instruments (Carlson on modular synthesizer & Sielaff on bass clarinet), and utilizing layering with a deft balance of improvisation & composition, the duo has created an infinitely varied approachto their sound world: dense, spacious, overwhelming, soothing and completely alien in equal measure.

10/16 @ 8:00pm
Cycling ’74’s Expo ’74 closing party at 110 Livingston Street with Luke DuBois & Todd Reynolds
ISSUE Project Room will host the closing party for Expo ’74 at its 110 Livingston Street space on Sunday, October 16. Luke DuBois, the primary architect of Jitter and an ISSUE Project Room board member, and violinist Todd Reynolds will perform. Luke DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data. He appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet. He currently performs as part of Bioluminescence, a duo with vocalist Lesley Flanigan that explores the modality of the human voice, and in Fair Use, a trio with Zach Layton and Matthew Ostrowski, that looks at our accelerating culture through electronic performance and remixing of cinema. Todd Reynolds is a composer, conductor, arranger and violinist, a longtime member of Bang On A Can, Steve Reich and Musicians, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. His commitment to genre-bending and technology-driven innovation in music has produced innumerable collaborations with artists who regularly cross musical and disciplinary boundaries, placing him in venues from clubs to concert halls around the world.

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