Burning Ambulance Reviews

Raoul Bjorkenheim at Moers Festival 2006, Germany
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From Burning Ambulance:

São Paulo Underground – Três Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform)
Raoul Bjorkenheim/Bill Laswell/Morgen Ågren – Blixt (Cuneiform)
Levin Torn White – Levin Torn White (Lazy Bones)

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Marc Ribot
Cover of Marc Ribot

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Friday 28 | 7.00pm | £16.50

Marc Ribot Trio
A rare opportunity to see the Marc Ribot trio with a classic line-up comprising legendary bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor.

Marc Ribot’s experimental trio draws on the improvising telepathy developed in performance working as Spiritual Unity to reach new heights and depths of free/punk/jazz.

Ribot was a prodigious talent from his teens when he played guitar in various garage bands whilst studying under his mentor, Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus.

Moving to New York City in 1978, Ribot was a member of the soul/punk Realtones and John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards. He also worked as a side musician with Brother Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry, and many others.

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Saturday 29 | 8.30pm | £12
The Joy of Making Music

The final leg of Leo Records International Tour

Carolyn Hume & Katja Cruz
Pianist Carolyn Hume forged her own style of playing the piano and more than once her CDs have been named the best CD of the year by “Independent on Sunday, UK”.

Katja Cruz (voice) is a multiple talent working in different idioms from Latin to improvised music. Presenting their new CD “Light and Shade”, together the duo spontaneously create the most beautiful, mesmerising, haunting melodies.

Alexey Kruglov, Jaak Sooaar & Paul May
Alexey Kruglov (saxophones), Jaak Sooaar (el. guitar) and Paul May (drums) present their new CD ‘Karate’.

Sooaar himself is a real find – a guitarist as capable of wit as aggression and yet with an amazing, open-minded approach to rhythm.

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Sunday 30 | 8.30pm | £12
The Thirteenth Assembly
Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, Tomas Fujiwara

Forged from a shared history of collaborations ranging from intimate duos to Anthony Braxton’s various ensembles, The Thirteenth Assembly features four distinguished musician/composers working together as equals to create distinctively eclectic, yet cohesive music.

Drawing on years of familiarity, as well as its members’ diverse backgrounds in genres including classical, folk, rock, jazz and the avant-garde, this collective ensemble has performed across the United States and Europe since 2007, and released its debut recording (un)sentimental (Important Records) in 2009.

The group’s follow-up CD, Station Direct, will be released by Important Records in the summer of 2011.

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Monday 31 | 8.30pm | £10

Led Bib

Relentlessly dodging definition, Led Bib are both a maverick jazz band and an unlikely rock quintet. Taking their name from a protective garment used on patients during dental treatment, this Walthamstow based five-piece pride themselves on side-stepping convention, with incendiary results.

Led Bib appeal to all fans of good music – it’s the reason that drum ‘n’ bass heads, jazz aficionados and folk and pop fans are dotted across their audiences. They have drawn references from across the musical spectrum from Captain Beefheart and John Zorn to Pink Floyd.

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Tuesday 1 | 8.30pm | £10

Led Bib

Relentlessly dodging definition, Led Bib are both a maverick jazz band and an unlikely rock quintet. Taking their name from a protective garment used on patients during dental treatment, this Walthamstow based five-piece pride themselves on side-stepping convention, with incendiary results.

Led Bib appeal to all fans of good music – it’s the reason that drum ‘n’ bass heads, jazz aficionados and folk and pop fans are dotted across their audiences. They have drawn references from across the musical spectrum from Captain Beefheart and John Zorn to Pink Floyd.

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Wednesday 2 | 8.30pm | £6 adv / £8 door

Chik Budo

Chik Budo are a London five-piece who marry the jazz experimentalism of John Zorn and the energy of post-punk luminaries such as Fugazi, twisted through contemporary electronic dance music, 8-bit electro, French house and early 80’s No-Wave.

The result is a hugely accessible and enjoyable blast of 21st Century electro- jazz punk.

Plus support from

Satelliti

An experimental duo recognising no rules or structures. Just two musicians talking to each other in notes.

“… live free jazz drums with bizarre pulsating synthesised drones and spacetime-tearing distorted fender rhodes. Like a psychedelic journey through the blood vessels of an intoxicated predator” (Vessels).

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Saturday 5 | 8.30pm | £12

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits Trio

The unassumingly virtuosic guitarist John Etheridge explores the classic Blue Note guitar ‘n’ Hammond sound with with Pete Whittaker (organ) and Enzo Zirelli (drums).

John is capable of playing anything from straightahead jazz, through blues and what used to be called ‘progressive’ rock, to Frank Zappa material. Blue Spirits allows him to relax into a relatively informal groove, playing soul-jazz type material and the odd standard with his trademark fluency.

San Francisco Bay Area Scene

RTD3 1
RTD3 image by michaelz1 via Flickr

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, October 27, 8pm
Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th Street), SF
OutSound presents Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series
* 8pm – Cartoon Justice: Mika Pontecorvo (guitars, flutes, electronics, laptop, voice), Kersti Abrams (alto Sax, clarinet, flutes), Mariko Miyakawa (cello, electronics, voice), Gred Baker (laptop, didgeridoo, jaw Harp), Hakan Guven (drums), Loren Steele (bass, bass clarinet), Nabil Abdulhay (drums, percussion).
* 9pm – dead western: Troy Mighty (vocals, guitar, bass, various others), Anup Kishore Pradhan (bass), Kevin Corcoran (percussion), Caley Monahon-Ward (violin).
more info available here.

Friday, October 28, 6:30pm
Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Beware! the Blob! That amorphous 1970s mocu-monster movie is coming, slowly undulating its way into Gallery B. This will be a B2B viewing experience––Blob to BAMscape. Blobular music to be performed by the East Bay’s own gelatinous combo, Brale.co (Bruce Anderson, Gregory Hagan, Nico Sophiea, and Dale Sophiea) with the optical antics of light sculptor Curtis Tamm (and Maneesh Madahar).

From Squid List:

Friday, October 28, 8pm
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda
Brenda Wong Aoki + Mark Izu’s Kabuki Cabaret Screaming Jazz + Haunting Performance
Blending Noh and Kyogen dramatic performance with thundering Taiko, under a cascade of contemporary koto steeped with jazz, this Kabuki Cabaret will further tantalize the audience with a program of traditional Japanese ghost legends.Veterans on the avante garde music and theater scene, writer/actor Brenda Wong Aoki, and her long time creative partner bassist/composer Mark Izu, a seminal force on the Asian-American jazz scene, bring together the best of the best – Grammy nominated multi-percussionist Dr. Anthony Brown, natori koto master Shoko Hikage, Mas Koga 2010 Best Latin Jazz flutist, vocalist Moy Eng and Janet Koike with PJ Hirabayashi on Taiko. More information available here.

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, October 29, 8pm
784 65th St., (784 65th St.)(2 blocks from Ashby BART), Oakland
NEW SERIES – OPENING CONCERT!
* Trio: Kristian Aspelin (guitar), Tony Dryer (bass), Jacob Lindsay (clarinets)
* Gino Robair Solo (energized surfaces/voltage made audible)
* RTD3: Doug Carroll (cello), Ron Heglin (trombone & voice), Tom Nunn (electroacoustic percussion)
more information available here.

Saturday, October 29, 9pm
First Church of the Buzzard, 2601 Adeline St. (@ 26th), Oakland
The Electronic Parlor Trick presents The Haunted Dismal Swamp
Come take a swamp tour with the sights and sounds of Moira Scar, Prize Hog, Omnivorous Sincillium, Anti Ear, De Seta Scura, Malditos!, Nakatani/Nishi/Heule, Styrofoam Sanchez, Tit Pig (Seattle, WA.), Dj Liverwart and the Elms, plus 2 stages, 2 screens of Horror projections, & other Ghoulish surprises..
more information available here.

From Squid List:

Sunday, October 30, 5pm
Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Kabuki Jazz Cabaret: Haunting Performance, Screaming Jazz…
Blending Noh and Kyogen dramatic performance, with thundering Taiko, under a cascade of contemporary koto steeped with jazz, veterans on the avante garde music and theater scene, writer/actor Brenda Wong Aoki, and her long time creative partner bassist/composer Mark Izu, a seminal force on the Asian-American jazz scene, bringing together the best of the best – Grammy nominated multi-percussionist Dr. Anthony Brown, natori koto master Shoko Hikage, 2010 Best Latin Jazz flutist Mas Koga, vocalist Moy Eng and Janet Koike with PJ Hirabayashi on Taiko.

From Bay Improviser:

Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1, 8pm
NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street (between Florida and Alabama), San Francisco
THE DREAM MACHINE, a performance piece that presents a stream of dreams, narrated by “the dreamer”, realized in dance and set to the other worldly music of Ghost In The House.
The Dreamer – Dean Santomieri
The Dancers – Kinji Hayashi, Bob Marsh
The Music – Ghost In The House – Karen Stackpole (gongs), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe, English horn), Tom Nunn (inventions), David Michalak (lap steel), John Ingle (soprano sax), Dean Santomieri (resonator guitar).
Directed by – David Michalak

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Loadbang Returns in Pittsburgh

From Pittsburgh New Music Net:

Trumpeter and Pittsburgh native Andy Kozar returns with loadbang for a concert at CMU’s Kresge Theatre. The New York City-based new music ensemble (comprising trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice) showcases the breadth and variety of their repertoire with a program of recent commissions and avant-garde classics.

Reiko Füting’s Land of Silence and Alexandre Lunsqui’s Guttural both exploit the air-based sound production employed by the ensemble as a whole, calling on the baritone to act as an instrument, and the instrumentalists to act as vocalists, blurring and blending the sounds. As a complement to these commissions, John Cage’s classic Living Room Music also calls on the players to speak and play household items as instruments. Paul Pinto’s Goodbye Dido is a kind of foggy remembrance of a small portion of the lament of Dido from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, stretching and exploring the spaces between the original notes. With How to breathe underwater, Chris Cerrone has written a kind of wordless ambient pop song for loadbang; Nick Didkovksy’s Firm, soapy hothead on the other hand is a wild and jittery computer-composed setting of faux aphorisms. To round out the program, loadbang splits into its component parts as an instrumental trio and vocal solo. Timothy McCormack’s Disfix explores the limits of notation and its link to the physical activity of loadbang’s instrumentalists; Aaron Cassidy’s I, purples, spat blood, laugh of beautiful lips pushes the voice similarly, battling with an ever-changing computer counterpart.

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