Newsbits: Thumbscrew, Zorn, Shipp

A new trio, Thumbscrew, featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, will play its first two gigs at Cornelia Street Café in New York on March 11th and The Windup Space in Baltimore on March 14th.

Doctor Dark, a Captain Beefheart Tribute band, is back together for new recordings and touring.

John Zorn will guest on the next Napalm Death release.

Matthew Shipp is interviewed about his latest release.

The latest Jeff Arnal project, Pale Bug, has a new release out on Generate Records.

Upcoming Detroit Shows

English: Joe McPhee, moers festival 2010

From New Detroit Sounds:

Thursday, February 9th: Soar Trio at Cliff Bells
Formerly known as BoxDeserter Trio, the name change was made to separate the trio’s identity from the large ensemble version of BoxDeserter. An improvising chamber group, Soar Trio consists of pianist Thollem McDonas, saxophonist Skeeter Shelton and double-bassist Joel Peterson. Contemporary Concert Music, Free Jazz and Free Improvisation are all part of the mix; we’ll probably hear some special guests in the course of the evening’s three sets.

3/24 Jürg Wickihalder and Ian Ding

4/2 Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paal Nilssen-Love)

4/4 Many Arms

5/15 novi_sad

6/11 Joe McPhee and the Thing

Upcoming Creative Differences Shows

Ellery Eskelin
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From Baltimore’s Creative Differences:

Janaury 29
Han Bennink w. Mary Oliver, Michael Formanek, Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Lafayette Gilchrist

February 12 – 2nd Sunday Jazz
Darius Jones – alto saxophone w. Dave Ballou/John Dierker/Michael Formanek/Lafayette Gilchrist/Eric Kennedy

March 11 – 2nd Sunday Jazz
Samuel Blaser – trombone & Pierre Favre – drums, with Dave Ballou/John Dierker/Lafayette Gilchrist

March 14
THUMBSCREW – Mary Halvorson – guitar with Michael Formanek – bass & Tomas Fujiwara – drums

March 25
KIHNOUA, Larry Ochs – reeds, Dohee Lee – voice, Trevor Dunn -bass, Scott Amendola – drums

April 2
ENDANGERED BLOOD, Trevor Dunn -bass, Chris Speed – tenor sax, Oscar Noreiga – alto,bass clarinet , Jim Black – drums

April 7
Waltor Weirbos – trombone plus guests

April 12
Steve Lehman – alto sax, Damon Reid – drums, Chris Tordini – bass

April 22
Devin Grey – drums, Ellery Eskelin – saxes, Dave Ballou – trumpet, Michael Formanek -bass

More concerts to be announced.

The Windup Space is at 12. W.North Ave,Baltimore Md 21201

Wet Ink in Gaudeamus Muziekweek at New Issue Project Room


The acoustics suited the experimental works that the Wet Ink Ensemble performed at the inaugural concert, the first installment of Gaudeamus Muziekweek New York. The series is an American version of a Dutch new-music festival that has flourished since 1945. The festival, in Utrecht, does not focus particularly on Dutch music; its scope is international, and the Brooklyn edition is following suit, with a Dutch group, Ensemble MAE, joining two American ones, Wet Ink and the International Contemporary Ensemble, in programs that are global and eclectic.