Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Kamil Szuszkiewicz – Prolegomena (Slowdown Records, 2011) ****
Benoît Delbecq & François Houle – Because She Hoped (Songlines – 2011) *****
Antonin Tri-Hoang & Benoît Delbecq – Aéroplanes (Bee Jazz – 2011) ****
Combat Astronomy – Flak Planet (Zond, 2011) ****
Kumiko Takara, Massimo Pupillo, Paal Nilssen-Love – Raids On The Unspeakable (2011) ***
Raoul Bjorkenheim, Bill Laswell, Morgan Agren – Blixt (Cuneiform, 2011) ****½
Paul Hession, Alan Wilkinson, Simon Fell – Two Falls & A Submission (Bo Weavil, 2011) ****½

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The Second Annual Ecstatic Music Festival

From New York’s Kaufman Center:

February 2012

Feb 04, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Jherek Bischoff and the Wordless Music Orchestra with Special Guests

Feb 07, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Sxip Shirey & Angélica Negrón with Special Guests

Feb 08, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux & yMusic

Feb 09, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Christopher Tignor/Slow Six, This Will Destroy You & A Far Cry

Feb 23, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Nick Zammuto & Jason Treuting with janus, Daisy Press & Grey McMurray

Feb 25, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Glasser & Roomful of Teeth

March 2012

Mar 01, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Mariam Wallentin & Mikael Karlsson with ACME

Mar 17, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Oneida and Rhys Chatham

Mar 20, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet

Mar 24, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: The Mountain Goats & Anonymous 4

Mar 28, 7:30 pm
Ecstatic Music Fest: Music from China & Music from Copland House

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Alvin Curran makes mad-scientist music in The Fake Book

Alvin Curran
Cover of Alvin Curran

From Straight.com, an interview with Alvin Curran regarding his new book and upcoming performance.

Any cartoon of Alvin Curran would have to include two tiny figures sitting on his shoulders and whispering advice into his ears—but not the stereotypical angel and devil. Instead, Curran’s tutelary spirits are Elliott Carter, at 102 the undisputed dean of American academic composers, and John Cage, the late prankster guru of the international avant garde.

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