December Concerts at Roulette

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From New York’s Roulette:

Henry Threadgill
Wed Nov 30 – 8:00 PM
Thu Dec 1 – 8:00 PM
Fri Dec 2 – 8:00 PM

Wollesonic Laboratories presents a Sonic Massage (Kids Only!)
Sat Dec 3 – 1:00 PM
Sonic Massage (All Ages)
Sun Dec 4 – 7:00 PM

G. Lucas Crane presents NONHORSE: NOVA CRIMES
Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp
Mon Dec 5 – 8:00 PM

Joel Harrison Large Ensemble
Tue Dec 6 – 8:00 PM

Elliott Sharp: A CARBONic Evening
Thu Dec 8 – 8:00 PM

Tori Ensemble
Fri Dec 9 – 8:00 PM
Sat Dec 10 – 8:00 PM

Jamie Baum Septet
Mon Dec 12 – 8:00 PM

Amy X Neuburg, with Cory Smythe
Tue Dec 13 – 8:00 PM

INTERPRETATIONS: Wadada Leo Smith’s 70th Birthday Celebration
Thu Dec 15 – 8:00 PM
INTERPRETATIONS: Wadada Leo Smith at 70! Silver Orchestra and Golden Quartet
Fri Dec 16 – 8:00 PM

Out To Lunch: The Music of Eric Dolphy with the Russ Johnson Quintet featuring Myra Melford, Roy Nathanson, Brad Jones, and George Schuller.
Sat Dec 17 – 8:00 PM

Phill Niblock – Annual Winter Solstice Concert
Wed Dec 21 – 6:00 PM

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Upcoming Seattle Shows

Cover of "Unsilent Night"
Cover of Unsilent Night

From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

THU. 12/1, 8pm – bassist Darin Gray + Alchimia (Dawud Mateen, saxophones/flute; Brad Smarjesse, violin/keys; Robert Iwanik (bass)

FRI. 12/2, 8pm – Estuary: Sound + Dance by Briana Jones/Sentient Explosive, Victoria Jacobs/Sataray & Celedon, Jessica Ludescher & Christian Swenson/Ahmad Yousefbeigi & Andrew Sorkin

TUE. 12/6 – pianist Brian Kinsella with his trio Fluke

THU. 12/8 – Hell’s Bellows (accordion quartet) + cellist James Hoskins

FRI. 12/9 – guitarist Michael Nicolella

SAT. 12/10 – Nonsequitur presents the Tiptons Sax Quartet + Drums

THU. 12/15 – Trey Gunn & Beth Fleenor

FRI. 12/16 – Neal Kosaly-Meyer

SAT. 12/17 – Resonant Planes: Vance Galloway and Charles Buckingham

WED. 12/21 – Phil Kline‘s Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and mp3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their own boomboxes and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is different from every listener’s perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations. The procession will end at the Chapel, followed by a party. The more participants the better, and all levels of audio fidelity are welcome (including MP3 players and phones). Details are still evolving.

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Touching Extremes Reviews

From Touching Extremes:

RM74 – Reflex
DIATRIBES & ABDUL MOIMÊME – Complaintes De Marée Basse
OLAF HOCHHERZ – Hé, Vous, Là-Bas!
KLIVE – Sweaty Psalms

The Stone in December

Tim Berne
Cover of Tim Berne

From New York’s Stone:

December 2011 at the Stone
curated by Tim Berne / Yale Evelev

Screwgun was founded by Tim Berne and has since released many live recordings, string quartets, work by Berne’s bandmates and many others. Packaging is beautifully distinctive and designed by Steve Byram.

12/1 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Dan Weiss, Marc Ducret and Tim Berne Trio
Dan Weiss (drums) Marc Ducret (guitar) Tim Berne (sax)

10 pm
The Music of Marc Ducret
Tim Berne (sax) Marc Ducret (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Matt Mitchell (piano)

12/2 Friday (KR)
8 pm
Tim Berne, Marc Ducret and Gerald Cleaver Trio
Marc Ducret (guitar) Tim Berne (sax) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

10 pm
The Music of Tim Berne
Tim Berne (sax) Marc Ducret (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Matt Mitchell (piano)

12/3 Saturday (KR)
8 pm
Marc Ducret Solo
Marc Ducret (guitar)

10 pm
The Music of Tim Berne and Marc Ducret
Tim Berne (sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Marc Ducret (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Matt Mitchell (piano)

12/4 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
David Torn and Dave King
David Torn (guitar) Dave King (drums)

10 pm
Tim Berne (sax) David Torn (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

A Benefit for the Creative Music Studio
Ending their 8 month residency at The Stone, Karl Berger presents a special Monday Night Concert of Modern Orchestral Music featuring some very special guest soloists including John Zorn on sax.

12/5 Monday
8 and 10 pm
The list of professional participants includes: Frederika Krier, David Bakridges (violins) Sylvain Leroux (flutes) Yukuri (alto flute) Ken Ya Kawaguchi (shakuhachi) David Sherr (clarinet) Michael Lytle (bass clarinet) Afram Fever (soprano sax) Mercedes Figueras, David Schnug (alto saxes) Stephen Gauci, Yuri Kretzmer, Darryl Foster (tenor saxes) Thomas Heberer, Herb Robertson, Brian Groder (trumpets) Steve Swell (trombone) Harvey Valdes, Kenny Wessel (guitars) Hilliard Greene, David Perrott, Adam Lane, Ken Filiano, Michael Bisio (basses) John Pietaro (percussions) Lou Grassi, Harris Eisenstadt (drums) Philip Foster (odds and ends) Mossa Bildner (vocals)
One of the trademarks of Karl Berger’s Stone Workshop Orchestra is Ingrid Sertso’s uncanny vocalization and poetry. Guest soloist from the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Israel, Finland, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa joined the orchestra in past weeks.

12/6 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman 4tet
Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) John Hebert (bass) Billy Mintz (drums)

10 pm
Gerald Cleaver—Black Host
Darius Jones (alto) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Cooper-Moore (piano, diddly-bow) Eric Revis (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

12/7 Wednesday (CWL)
8 pm
Angelica Sanchez with Mark Helias
Angelica Sanchez (piano) Mark Helias (bass)

10 pm
Tim Berne/Baikida Carroll Wuartet
Baikida Carroll (trumpet) Tim Berne (sax) Ches Smith (drums) Trevor Dunn (bass)

12/8 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Ches Smith and These Arches
Tony Malaby (tenor sax) Tim Berne (alto sax) Andrea Parkins (accordion) Ches Smith (drums, percussion)
An alternate line up of the band explores timbre-centric composition and improvisation.

10 pm
Tim Berne (sax) Oscar Noriega (sax) Matt Mitchell (piano) Ches Smith (drums)

12/9 Friday (NL)
8 pm
Chris Speed
Chris Speed (sax) Dave King (drums) Reid Anderson (bass)

10 pm
Tim Berne (sax) Oscar Noriega (sax) Matt Mitchell (piano) Ches Smith (drums)

12/10 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Mark Helias and Tony Malaby
Tony Malaby(saxophone) Mark Helias (bass)

10 pm
Tim Berne (sax) Oscar Noriega (sax) Matt Mitchell (piano) Ches Smith (drums) with special guest Trevor Dunn (bass)

12/11 Sunday (DDT)
8 pm
Jason Moran, Mark Helias and Tom Rainey
Jason Moran (piano) Mark Helias (bass) Tom Rainey (drums)

10 pm
Matt Mitchell—Central Chain
Tim Berne (saxophone) Oscar Noriega (bass clarinet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) John Hebert (bass) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Matt Mitchell (piano)


12/13 Tuesday (DDT)
8 pm
Matt Mitchell and Dan Weiss
Matt Mitchell (pisno) Dan Weiss (drums)

10 pm
Herb Robertson with Ben Gerstein, Matt Mitchell, Dan Weiss and Tim Berne
Herb Robertson (trumpet) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Matt Mitchell (piano) Dan Weiss (drums) Tim Berne (sax)

12/14 Wednesday (DDT)
8 pm
Matt Maneri with Ed Schuller, Randy Peterson, Oscar Noriega, Craig Taborn
Matt Maneri (viola) Ed Schuller (bass) Randy Peterson (drums) Oscar Noriega (sax) Craig Taborn (piano)

10 pm
Michael Formanek Group
Michael Formanek (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums) Craig Taborn (piano) Tim Berne (sax)

In 1977 I worked in a record store, The Soho Music Gallery, of which John Zorn was a customer and then coworker. After work on some evenings we would go over to a space John had with Wayne Horvitz underneath a pet store called Exotic Aquatics. Most nights there would be improv shows with friends for whoever was around which was mostly other improvisors who were also friends. Sometimes the shows would be more formal and have sort of an audience. There was a red headed Romanian guy who recorded the shows if John was playing. Often no matter who was playing an older couple would be in the audience, Irving and Stephanie Stone. The Stone is named after them and to me is John’s way of recreating a sense of the community that is one reason NYC is different from so many other places. No matter what sort of thing you are into there are quite a few other people here also into it.

None of this has anything to do with Luaka Bop, the label David Byrne started in 1988. The idea of Luaka Bop has always been to release pop music no matter in what language or no matter from what country. We are not a world music label we are just attempting to release music that has a pop aesthetic but gets there in a different way. But for this series we have taken off on John Zorn’s core concept of community and programmed musicians who are in our community, though not necessarily on the label itself. We have asked people to do something different then they would normally do and to use this opportunity to experiment and work with others in our greater community.

12/15 Thursday (JM)
8 and 10 pm
Gamelan Kusuma Laras Invocation and Elliot Bergman’s METAL TONGUES
Elliot Bergman (electric kalimba) Chad Taylor (drums) Ben Vida (synth, guitar)
For the 1964 Worlds Fair the Indonesian Government brought to New York City a complete Javanese Gamelan. When the fair ended in 1965 the gamelan was left at the Indonesian Consulate to the UN. In 1983 Gamelan Kusuma Laras Invocation was formed to study and perform traditional Javanese music on this collection of instruments. A chamber-sized group will perform a short invocation this and the next three evenings. No funny hats will be worn.

Metal Tongues is Elliot Bergman (electric kalimba). With Chad Taylor and Ben Vida. Elliot is in what was an Afrobeat ensemble called Nomo. Metal Tongues however is an electric Kalimba ensemble and begins our attempt at matching unrelated/related groups to the gamelan ensemble.

12/16 Friday
8 pm
Gamelan Kusuma Laras Invocation
Among the things you are not allowed to at The Stone is dance. Neil Fridd/The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! leads what might be the most fun, most involving, most sincere, most genuine, open armed dance band on the planet. He is guaranteed to leave you feeling invigorated and happy and at one with the world at the end of every Terror Pigeon performance. It’s all about you.

10 pm
Gamelan Kusuma Laras Invocation and Moss of Aura
Moss of Aura is Gerrit Welmers. In his spare time he is the keyboard player in a band we love called Future Islands. As Moss of Aura he is an electronic world creator. He does not perform as such often so please take this opportunity to be amazed.

12/17 Saturday (SK)
8 and 10 pm
Gamelan Kusuma Laras Invocation and Kelly Pratt Large Band
Kelly Pratt (trumpet) and band
Kelly Pratt has played in Beirut, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and a host of other bands who want someone who can sing and play the shit out of a whole host of brass instruments. He is also the leader of a band on Luaka Bop called Bright Moments, whose record we have not yet released. In the early set this is what he says: “My idea for this is to play certain late compositions of John Coltrane, and give a little bit of a lecture on him between songs. Certainly more playing than talking, more like interesting tidbits between songs. It will be me on trumpet, Stuart Bogie on tenor, and Ryan Sawyer on drums. Stuart is in Superhuman Happiness and has played with Iron & Wine, TV on the Radio, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Scarlett Johansson and way too many others. Ryan, no shirker has played with or been in At the Drive-In, The Fiery Furnaces, Big Numbers, Galaxian, The Mekons, TV on the Radio, and Massive Attack.”

We signed Kelly Pratt’s band Bright Moments though they have hardly played out much live as all of them are often on the road with others, see above. However for this Bright Moments Trio, Kelly with a stripped down band will extrapolate songs of happiness and heartache.

12/18 Sunday (YT)
8 and 10 pm
Gamelan Kusuma Laras Invocation and Lucky Dragons
Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara
Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara are Lucky Dragons. They are world famous. We tried to sign them once but they told us to go to hell. That didn’t stop us from loving what they do. They make electronic music that connects on an organic and human level that is as unique as it is compelling. In this regard they have no peer.

12/20 Tuesday
8 and 10 pm
George Langford & Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin* and Anand Wilder
Javelin “Canyon Candy” and Anand Wilder (guitar, keyboards)
George says: I’ve got Ahmed Gallab from Yeasayer, Powpow from Man Man and Miho Hatori of Cibo Mato in for my Stone set. I’m gonna have Chris and Owen from Dearraindrop/Critter and Guitari do video synthesis of our jamz. Electronic drum circle rave cave.

Anand Wilder is in the band Yeasayer. Yeasayer makes music that is unlike any of the music on Luaka Bop; nonetheless they have toured with and are fans of many of our bands. Anand has no idea what he will be doing for his Stone experience. We have complete faith in him that it will be fantastic though.

12/21 Wednesday
8 and 10 pm
The Michael Graves Anderson Cinema
Mike Anderson is a filmmaker who creates real world animation. He has never done a show that was not in front of a camera. It’s worth to see how this goes, no?

12/22 Thursday
8 and 10 pm
Sleepy Doug Shaw—HIGHLIFE
Dough Shaw is a blues shaman. He is English and for some reason, outside of the American South, the English have a corner on the Blues shaman thing. He plays guitar and performs also on harmonium and loops. Chants, field hollars, and guitar often in a palm wine style. And if you don’t know what that is come and find out, even if you do know.

Friday December 23
Luaka Bop Presents Dublab Presents
In the mid 1990’s Luaka Bop was based in David Byrne’s house in the West Village. We thought it would be a neat idea to start a pirate radio in the basement with an antenna on the roof broadcasting to the 20 block radius you were then allowed. Nowadays of course… Dublab is one of the best internet radio stations out there. Not only that they are amazing folks. We are honored to give over this day of our series and have them program it.

12/23 Friday
8 pm
Roberto Carlos Lange
Roberto Carlos Lange is a composer and sound artist born in South Florida and is the son of Ecuadorean immigrants. Growing up he was surrounded by tropical heat and hurricanes that represented the rich colors of sound and people living in South Florida. The sound of bass and late-night “peñas” in and around his house carved a deep foundation into his interest for sound and the things producing them. A visual and sonic artist, his Helado Negro project is particularly active at the moment.

10 pm
The Present
The Presant is lead by Rusty Samtos Rusty is a Record producer and Singer-songwriter based in New York City. He is known for producing, Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Born Ruffians’ Owen Pallett’s and others.

In summer of 2007, he started another recording project with his friend Mina, which eventually let to Mina, Santos and Lee founding the band The Present in April 2008. They released their debut World I See in following June on Lo Recordings and the Japanese label Easel Records. According to Santos, the album was entirely written and recorded in Stream-of-consciousness-style. In June they released the follow-up The Way We Are.


12/25 Sunday (MM)
8 and 10 pm
Yuka Yamamoto
Yuka Yamamoto (ukelele, voice) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Leon (drums)
A special night of songs!

12/27 Tuesday
8 and 10 pm
Steve Marion 3 Live Crew
Steve Marion (guitar) Nat Baldwin (bass) Zach Hill (drums)
Steve Marion is the guitar handling multi-instrumentalist bandleader and namesake of Delicate Steve. An unassuming architect of incredible melody, Steve ambled out of pastoral Sussex County, NJ nearly two years ago, shook off the “next big thing” baggage, and hit the road behind Delicate Steve’s acclaimed debut Wondervisions. To be joined by a murderer’s row of friends and collaborators.

12/29 Thursday
8 and 10 pm
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang are friends of ours. Not only that we think the music they have invented part Bubu music from Sierra Leone and part Miles Davis electric period jam is the next step heralding the natural outgrowth of the 21st Century mixture of information and funk.

12/30 Friday (MM)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests.
Come down and support the Stone! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

12/31 Saturday (MM)
8 pm
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests!
Come down and bring in the NEW YEAR with our annual STONE rent party! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

11 pm
Marc Ribot (guitar) Roy Campbell Jr (trumpet) Henry Grimes (bass) Chad Taylor (drums)
Ring in the New Year w/ SPIRITUAL UNITY when they perform a free ritual/jam that will lead through a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler’s masterpiece. Champagne toast included. SIXTY DOLLAR ADMISSION

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