Ratchet Series at the Skylark

From Chicago’s Ratchet Series:

The Ratchet Series at the Skylark
2149 S. Halsted St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 948-5275
all shows 10pm

Monday, October 24

Ryan Shultz – bass trumpet
Mitch Paliga – saxophone
Paul Hartsaw – saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Damon Short – drums

Monday, October 31


Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Toby Summerfield – guitar
Anton Hatwich – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Monday, November 7


Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Jon Irabagon (NY) – reeds
Josh Abrams – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

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Laura Altman & Peter Farrar in Melbourne

From Melbourne’s AVANTWHATEVER:

Laura Altman & Peter Farrar – Clarinet & Saxophone
Tom Hall – Banjo
Nigel Brown & Matt Davis – Accordion, Preparations, Synth & Amplifiers
Arek Gulbenkoglu – Snare & Objects

Open Archive
97 Nicholson St
Saturday November 5
Entry $10 | 8pm

Avantwhatever presents the beguiling Laura Altman & Peter Farrar from Sydney, along with locals Tom Hall, Nigel Brown & Matt Davis and Arek Gulbenkoglu.

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DMG Newsletter October 21st, 2011

Kip Hanrahan
Cover of Kip Hanrahan

From DMG:

The Sun Ra 1914-1959 14 CD + Book Box Set LTD Box-Set – If you listen to one disc a day, that’ll take you through All Hallows Day ..Perfect!

Roscoe Mitchell‘s UNreleased 1st album! Myra Melford’s Trio M! Zakarya! Andy Statman! Nechushtan/Swell/Sharp/Kaiser/Dresser! Basya Schecter! Kip Hanrahan! Andy Laster! Weasel Walter/Peter Evans/Darius Jones/Alex Ward/Mary Halvorson! Jason Stein/Keefe Jackson!

Deluxe Crimson Editions: Discipline, Starless And Bible Black! Dollar Brand lost LP! Eugene Chadbourne/Phillip Johnston! Mats Eilertsen! Brad Henkel! Hauschka/Gudnadottir! Eddie Prevost Book! Japanese Obscure Tape Music! Alva Noto/Ryuichi Sakamoto! Philip Corner! Bambara Mystic Soul! P-Funk All Stars!

And a passel of RARE VINYL from Carla Bley & Michael Mantler‘s JCOA and Watt lables including The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra and Escalator Over The Hill Boxes!


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

Sunday, October 23rd at 6pm
Amazing Tenor & Soprano Sax and Drums Duo!

Sunday, October 30th Double-Header – Two Great Duos!
6pm: JEREMY CARLSTEDT & 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 6th Double-Header (note early start time)
5pm: FABIEN SEVILLA – Solo Acoustic Bass!
6pm: DEVIN GRAY Duo!

Sunday, November 13th at 6pm:

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

Sunday, November 27th at 6pm:
JESSE DULMAN & JASON CANDLER – Great Tuba & Alto Sax Duo!

Sunday, December 4th at 6pm:
TOM BLANCARTE / LOUISE D. E. JENSEN / DAMON HOLZBORN ! New Contrabass / Saxophone / Electronics Trio!

Sunday, December 18th – OutNow Records Double-Header featuring:
6pm: Yoni Kretzmer – Tenor & Andrew Drury – drums!
7pm: Roy Campbell – trumpet & Ehran Elisha – drums!

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Vortex – Rockdrill (2011)
Denman Maroney – Double Zero (2011)
Daniel Davidovsky / Ofer Bymel / Ido Bukelman – EFT (2011)
Ehran Elisha / Harold Rubin / Haim Elisha – East Of Jaffa (2011)
Ido Bukelman – Cracked Song (2011)
Ehran Elisha and Roy Campbell – Watching Cartoons With Eddie (2011)

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Vital Vox Festival at Roulette

From New York’s Roulette:

THIRD ANNUAL “VITAL VOX” FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE POWER OF THE HUMAN VOICE AT BROOKLYN’S NEW ROULETTE, NOV. 5-6, 2011. Artists include Iva Bittova; Toby Twining Music; Judith Berkson; Dafna Naphtali; Gelsey Bell and Paul Pinto; & Sasha Bogdanowitsch and Sabrina Lastman

VITAL VOX: A VOCAL FESTIVAL explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. The 3rd Annual festival will take place on November 5 and 6 at 8pm, at the brand new Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR). Tickets are $15 ($10 Students/Seniors/Members) and can be purchased at http://www.roulette.org or by calling 917-267-0363. VITAL VOX (www.vitalvoxfest.com) 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.

Over the course of two diverse evenings VITAL VOX explores “Voice + Keys” as well as “Voice + Strings.” The first evening will explore vocal works supported by keyboard instruments, whether the keys of the piano or ‘keys’ of a laptop. The second will delve into vocal music utilizing traditional western string instruments such as the cello and violin alongside world instruments like the bowed psaltery, hurdy gurdy and Finnish kantele. Performances draw from wide-ranging international influences and genres including jazz, experimental, contemporary, free improvisation, world music, and interactive electro-acoustic; Morse code, audio sampling, a house plant and theater collide in a heady, appealing mix of experimentation.

VITAL VOX premiered in May 2009 at Teatro IATI (International Theatre Arts Institute) in the East Village and continued in 2010 at ISSUE Project Room. Since its founding, the Festival has brought together some of the most talented & creative vocalists in NYC, and featured nearly 20 projects and 30 vocalists. Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman are Artistic Directors for the festival, which is produced by World in One & Roulette.

Roulette is a major New York City venue for contemporary music and intermedia art, internationally recognized for the presentation and promotion of experimental contemporary music, an incubator for young talent and a laboratory where new ideas and new technologies are examined, appraised and developed.

• The November 5, 2011 program (Voice + Keys) includes ‘Vor an Sicht’ by Judith Berkson; ‘Scaling’ performed by Gelsey Bell and Paul Pinto; ‘{kaleid-o-phone}’ performed by Dafna Naphtali.

• The November 6, 2011 program (Voice + Strings) includes ‘Wood in the Wind’ performed by Iva Bittova; Toby Twining Music (Toby Twining & Malina Rauschenfels); SoCorpo (Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman)


‘Vor an Sicht’ is a preview from Judith Berkson’s (www.judithberkson.com) forthcoming opera about Salomon Sulzer commissioned by Six Points and the Foundation for Jewish Culture. Sulzer, a composer and trained musician was Vienna’s chief cantor during the 19th century and led the movement for musical reform. Her Vital Vox performance will be of solo arrangements from the larger work for voice, Farfisa organ, drum machine and samples. Judith Berkson is a New York based soprano, pianist and composer who also performs as Liederkreis. Her live performances combine originals, Schubert lieder, standards and liturgical music. She has played at the BrucknerTage, Museo Picasso Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge, Leipzig Kaufhaus Joske and the American Festival of Microtonal Music, premiering pieces as both a singer and pianist.

Singer, songwriter and scholar Gelsey Bell (www.gelseybell.com) joins with composer and vocalist Paul Pinto (www.pfpinto.com) in a new song cycle. ‘Scaling’ is a song-driven one-act for two using a borrowed piano, a house plant and a pair of shoes. 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). She has performed her site-specific Bathroom Songs (2010) in various locations throughout New York City. She performs regularly with contemporary music ensemble thingNY, and has premiered and developed a number of works by New York City-based composers.

In her solo performance project ‘{kaleid-o-phone}’, Dafna Naphtali (www.dafna.info) uses her laptop-based noise/audio processing “instrument” to alter the sound of her multi-octave singing, vocalisms and personalized recordings. She filters and samples her voice and her audio samples & synthesis, and plays the resulting sounds as an instrument of her own invention, on a wild collision course of the acoustic and the electronic –and along the route paying homage (in a twirl of the radio dial) to all her influences: music concrète, free improvised music, as well as the contemporary classical, near-eastern and many other non-Western music. A singer/instrumentalist/electronic-musician from an eclectic musical background (jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music), since the mid-90’s Naphtali has composed/performed experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of voice and other instruments.

Czech violinist/vocalist Iva Bittová (www.bittova.com) performs her solo ‘Wood in the Wind’: violin and voice as one instrument. She has been described as a visionary whose creativity knows no borders. Born in Bruntál in northern Moravia, Bittová’s father was a multi-instrumentalist, strongly influenced by the music of his home country. His exceptional ability to play almost any instrument he laid his hands on proved a major influence on his three daughters. Iva attended drama school from a young age, specializing in violin and ballet. Around the time of her studies at the Music Conservatory in Brno she also featured as an actress in radio, TV and movie productions. In 1982, Iva started studying with Professor Rudolf Š?astný, the primarius (first violin) of the Moravian String Quartet. In the intervening years the violin has become her life’s passion and the most inspiring musical instrument in her professional life. Iva firmly believes that, as playing the violin places extreme demands on musicians, the composer’s work depends utterly on commitment and diligence.

Toby Twining Music—including Eileen Clark, Avery Griffin and Malina Rauschenfels—performs a set of new works for throat singing and cello, plus songs to the words of Hesse and Basho. Raised in Texas, with family roots in country-swing and gospel, Toby Twining (www.tobytwiningmusic.com) has traveled musically from playing for rock and jazz bands to composing and performing experimental music for voices with a fresh approach to harmony. He moved to New York in 1987, initially writing for modern dance choreographers who wanted the sounds of a new choral music. In 1991 he started Toby Twining Music, which performed in music halls and festivals across the United States and Europe. His recordings include Shaman (SONY, 1994), The Little Match Girl and Emily Dickinson’s Birthday Pizza on A Prairie Home Companion 20th Anniversary Album (Highbridge, 1996), Chrysalid Requiem and Eurydice (Cantaloupe Music 2002 and 2011).

Cellist/composer/singer/dancer Malina Rauschenfels has collaborated with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, airelise, Doorknob Dance Company, Laura Flowers, and Dodge Dance, scored the ?lm LineAge, and composed for C4, In Extensio, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Janus Trio, and Rebecca Danard. Rauschenfels was a 2008 Bang on a Can Composition Fellow.

SoCorpo (www.socorpo.com) is a vocal duo whose music stretches the possibilities of the human voice and bridges gaps between contemporary new music, jazz, folk and world music. The combined talents of Sasha Bogdanowitsch and Sabrina Lastman result in work that is often theatrical, incorporating music performance alongside movement, theater and multi-media. “Inelement” is a new original work by SoCorpo written for Vital Vox 2011 that draws inspiration and influences from the four world elements. An ode to the natural world and to the essences that enliven our bodies and lives. This composed and improvised work is for two voices: live and looped and two Western folk instruments, the bowed psaltery and autoharp: processed, live, plucked, bowed and strummed.

Sasha Bogdanowitsch (www.sashabmusic.com) is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist & composer whose work draws on influences and techniques from contemporary new music, world music, early music and popular music. His work ranges from writing for chamber ensembles and multi-track tapes with live performance to songs and music for unique ensembles, such as gamelan and early music groups, to live and recorded music for theater, dance and film. For the voice, Sasha often uses a language of sounds and has developed a way of singing that incorporates his studies in world, early & contemporary new musics. He has composed music for numerous theater, dance & films, including an interdisciplinary vocal theater work with Sabrina Lastman, ‘Grimm,’ a multimedia dance theater work and ‘Hidden Circle,’ an interdisciplinary work for voice, tape, movement & projections.

Sabrina Lastman (www.sabrina-lastman.com) is a New York based vocalist, and composer born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Drawing from jazz, Latin American and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, Sabrina concentrates her work on jazz projects like the Sabrina Lastman Quartet and the creation of interdisciplinary new music performances combining voice, electronics, sound, movement and visuals. Her album ‘The Folds of the Soul’ was nominated by the Graffiti Award 2008 as one of the best jazz albums of the year. Sabrina has toured internationally playing in many musical and interdisciplinary projects from Tango to New Music.

All About Jazz Reviews

Bobby Bradford, moers festival 2008
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From All About Jazz:

Vinny Golia Quartet: featuring Bobby Bradford, Ken Filiano and Alex Cline
Take Your Time (Relative Pitch Records)

RED trio + John Butcher
Empire (No Business Records)

Bobby Bradford / John Carter Quintet
Comin’ On (Hat Hut Records)

FAB Trio
History of Jazz In Reverse (TUM Records)

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble
Inana (Pi Recordings)

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