Ars Nova Workshop in Early 2012

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A preliminary Spring-ish schedule from Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Thursday, January 19, 8pm
NATE WOOLEY QUINTET ALPHA
Nate Wooley, trumpet; Josh Sinton, bass clarinet; Matt Moran, vibes; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Harris Eisenstadt, drums
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Free
Led by mighty trumpeter Wooley, this quintet unites five young, leading musicians from Brooklyn’s jazz scene and aims to expand the American jazz vocabulary. Inspired by Out To Lunch-era Eric Dolphy, its debut recording, (Put Your) Hands Together, is a mesmerizing display of muscularity and sophisticated restraint. From brutal breathy blasts, bizarre pops and bright hisses to beautifully dynamic group dialogue, it was one of 2011’s best jazz releases.

Friday, March 9, 8pm
MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO
Matthew Shipp, piano; Michael Bisio, bass; Whit Dickey, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
Sometimes elegant, sometimes brutal, and always uncompromising, Shipp slams and seduces the keys unlike any other jazz pianist to create a delightfully sonic and stunningly physical event. His most recent recording is The Art Of The Improviser—a double-LP showcasing one side of solo pieces and another with his trio featuring bassist Bisio and drummer Dickey. Tonight’s Philadelphia debut is a record release celebration for the trio’s new Thirsty Ear Recordings album, Elastic Aspects.

Wednesday, April 4, 8pm
BALLISTER
Dave Rempis, saxophones; Fred Lonberg-Holm, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums
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LASSE MARHAUG, electronics
The Maas Building, 1325 Randolph Street, $15
The Philadelphia debut of heavy-hitting power-trio Ballister, and a rare solo performance by Norwegian noise artist Lasse Marhaug. Uniting two leading Chicago improvisers and Norway’s Nilssen-Love, Ballister’s debut, Bastard String, celebrates the trio’s furious capacity for daring improvisation, blistering solos and compelling dynamics. Marhaug, who’s worked with Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson and Sunn O))), has been at the forefront of the noise scene for two decades, frequently crossing into the domains of improv, free-jazz and metal.

Saturday, April 14, 8pm
ENDANGERED BLOOD
Chris Speed, saxophone; Oscar Noriega, saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Jim Black, drums
The Maas Building, 1325 Randolph Street, $15
These four artists have been on the scene for many years, working with John Zorn, John Hollenbeck, Satoko Fuji, Susie Ibarra, Nels Cline, Mike Patton, Dave Douglas and Tom Rainey, and in celebrated ensembles such as The Claudia Quintet, Mr. Bungle, Alas No Axis, and Tim Berne’s Los Totopos and Bloodcount groups. With their collective years of diverse musical experiences, when they unite, Endangered Blood forms a sharp jazz-unit with the ferocity of a heavy-metal band.

Sunday, April 15, 8pm
STEVE LEHMAN TRIO
Steve Lehman, saxophone; Chris Tordini, bass; Damion Reed, drums
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Free
The first Philadelphia performance by the Steve Lehman Trio since 2009, and the saxophonist’s first local appearance since ANW’s three-night Composer Portrait: Fieldwork series last March. Whether working with artists like Anthony Braxton and Vijay Iyer, or with the Janacek Philharmonic, JACK Quartet or the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Lehman blurs the lines between traditions and sound-worlds, and consistently offers a unique musical vision, making him one of the most forward-thinking young composers today.

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Coming this Weekend to the Supercoda

From New York’s Supercoda:

Friday, 12/16, 8pm – 2am:

The Super Coda presents: Music for the Apocalypse –

You are you. Don’t be scared. The apocalypse is approaching, and these bands, ensembles, and projects make the top of the list for the Zeitgeist. Let’s take down Forbes, ya’ll. Let’s dance dance dancedancedance but not really.

The following performers will reinvent your eardrums and dissemble your psyche, in opposite order of appearance:

5 – The Rex Complex – Throughout modern pop culture, few acts have successfully walked the fine line between lunacy and ingenuity, while still making a prolific impact on the music scene. The Rex Complex, an experimental rock band residing in Brooklyn, NY, is without a doubt walking this line. Their style—hip hop tinged beats, joyous screaming, distorted accordion, and the odd crashing metal bucket or beer keg, not to mention their penchant for creative lyrical content– could draw them comparisons to Dirty Projectors, Tom Waits or the score to a lost Tarantino soundtrack.http://www.therexcomplex.com/

4 – killer BOB – The formation of killer BOB was an accident. When a friend (visual artist Gavin Gamboa) of drummer Max Jaffe came to New York City to play a show, he asked Jaffe if he had a group that wanted to play. Jaffe said yes, although no such group existed. This was on Monday. On Wednesday, killer BOB played their first show.http://www.myspace.com/killerbobsings.

3 – Dave Treut’s Clarify – http://www.myspace.com/clarifythis

2 – Cheating on New York – Cheating on New York emerged from a mixture of coffee grounds and whisky residue in 2007 in the form of two loud-mouthed New Yorkettes. Having fled the consumptive bustle of the Big Apple for the pleasant stagnation of the Old Country, they found each other trolling Vienna’s underpopulated Craigslist ads and making general mischief. Renee Benson (vocals, energy healing, beatzzz) and Meaghan Burke (cello, vocals) soon became New York’s unofficial, dirndl-clad, sailor-mouthed musical ambassadors to Vienna, and presented their undiplomatic opinions on both cities while impersonating yoga instructors, bedbugs, and nuns.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Y0GMyW954&feature=related

1 – Hannis Brown – Currently working with a number of artists, musicians, and directors in New York and Los Angeles, Hannis is becoming known for a unique and versatile compositional voice which pulls from such disparate influences as concert composers Bela Bartok and Penderecki, jazz great Charles Mingus, electronic musicians Aphex Twin and DJ Shadow and film composers Bernard Herrman and Elliot Goldenthal. “Oh Ah Ee,” Hannis’ debut experimental rock album, is garnering rave reviews and he is presently working on a commission for the world-renowned new-music ensemble ETHEL. He performs regularly with his own experimental rock and jazz groups. http://www.hannisbrown.com/home.html

With Projections by Liquid Light Lab – http://www.liquidlightlab.com/

5-15$ Suggested Donation. Cheap drinks, food, no bullshit.

Monday, 12/19, 8pm – 1am:

The Super Coda @ Small Beast + Telenova CD Release –

Baby Hamsters Love Broccoli.

Admiral Grey – me and my twin make stuff inside our tree, then we throw stuff at people or give them gifts. http://soundcloud.com/snake-in-the-boot

Loop B – The percussion instruments form the other part of the story. Scrap of car: fuel tank, dashboard, door. Scraps computer: monitor, keyboard. Scraps of home appliances: washing machine, refrigerator, stove. And other unusual objects, as empty cartridges of bullets cannon, mannequin leg and swords toy, everyone becomes percussion instrument, enriching the music with their unusual timbres.

onerpm.com/LoopB

Telenova (CD release!) –

Isaac Jaffe and his band Telenovela will be performing their new album in it’s entirety.

Telenovela is:

Jackie Coleman – Trumpet

Nicholas Myers – Sax

Kirk Schoenherr – Guitar

Sam Levin – Drums

Isaac Jaffe – Bass and compositions

Lucas Brode (of Hannibal Montana) will join.

Ellwood Epps/Ryan Snow/Will McEvoy/Valerie Kuehne –

Will revel in your sinuses/hopes/dreams with a good old fashioned improvised quartet, which will grow into a bigger improvised ensemble, structured and no, led by the incomparable Paul Pinto!

http://www.tribes.org/web/2010/01/30/will-mcevoy/

http://www.myspace.com/snowr

http://www.soundcloud.com/zolagothika

http://pfpinto.com/

Emma Alabaster/Charlie Rauh – songs, explorations.

http://emmaalabaster.com/

http://www.myspace.com/charlierauh

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Dave Douglas

From Free Jazz:

Dave Douglas & Sō Percussion – Bad Mango (Greenleaf, 2011) ****
William Parker – Conversations (RogueArt, 2011) **** 1/2
Great Waitress – Lucid (Split Records, 2011) ****
Magda Mayas & Anthea Caddy – Schatten (Dromos Records, 2011) ****
Viktor Tóth – Popping Bopping (BMC Records, 2011) ****
Elliot Sharp & Scott Fields – Afiadacampos (Neos, 2010) ****

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Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, Podcast 37/2011

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, podcast 37/2011

rudi records
black ol’blues: Daniele Cavallanti (tenor sax), Walter Donatiello (electric guitar), Michelangelo Flammia (electric bass), Tiziano Tononi (drums).

emanem
goldsmiths: Paul Rutherford (trombone), Derek Bailey (amplified guitar), Barry Guy (amplified double bass).

gratuitous abuse: Alison Blunt (violin), Ivor Kallin (violin, viola), Hannah Marshall (cello).

cuneiform
chance episodes: Dead Cat Bounce

bruce friedman
edge study: Bruce Friedman (trumpet), Motoko Honda (synth).

new artists
live at The stone: Connie Crothers (piano), Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone), Roger Mancuso (drums), Ken Filano (bass), Mark Weber (poems).

flying note records
an alternate universe: Kali Z. Fasteau (cello, soprano sax, electric piano), William Parker (contrabass), Cindy Blackman (drums).

john esposito
inyo: Jeff Marx (saxophone), Jeff Siegel (drums), John Esposito (piano).

cleanfeed
riptide: Gerry Hemingway (drums), Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax), Kermit Driscoll (bass), Oscar Noriega (alto sax), Terrence McManus (guitar).

wig
ab baars trio 20 years: Ab Baars (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Wilbert de Joode (contrabass), Martin van Duynhoven (drums).

slam
lyric pieces: Martin Pickett (piano), Steve Waterman (trumpet, flugelhorn), Mark Bassey (trombone), Paul Jefferies (double bass), Ben Twyford (drums).

domino’s tales: Marco Colonna (bass clarinet, baritone & soprano saxes), Francesco Lo Cascio (vibraphone, percussion), Lillo Quaratino (double bass).

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