AUM Fidelity’s 15th Anniversary Concerts Begin Tonight In Montreal

Hamid Drake at Moers Festival 2006, Germany
Hamid Drake at Moers Festival 2006, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Improvised Communications:

Starting tonight, Brooklyn-based record label AUM Fidelity will celebrate “15 years of premier jazz and avant-garde soul” by presenting special anniversary concerts at two major improvised music festivals, Suoni Per Il Popolo in Montreal and Vision Festival 17 in Brooklyn.

The festivities begin with the North American premiere of bassist/composer William Parker‘s new large ensemble project, Essence of Ellington, at 8:00 p.m. Parker’s Quartet and Raining On The Moon Sextet will perform on Saturday night, followed by alto saxophonist/composer Darius Jones‘ Quartet, which just released Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind Of Sunrise), on Sunday night.

Next up is a hometown celebration at Roulette in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 12th, when the Vision Festival will host the first-ever night of music dedicated to a single record label in its 17-year history. Pianist Eri Yamamoto, Farmers By Nature, the Darius Jones Quartet and William Parker’s In Order To Survive will each perform one set.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Friday, June 8th at 8:30 p.m.
Suoni Per Il Popolo
La Sala Rossa (Montreal, QC)

William Parker’s Essence of Ellington (2 sets)

William Parker, bass
Fay Victor, voice
Roy Campbell, trumpet
Lewis Barnes, trumpet
Matt Lavelle, trumpet
Rob Brown, alto saxophone
Darius Jones, alto saxophone
Sabir Mateen, tenor saxophone and flute
Ras Moshe, tenor saxophone
Dave Sewelson, baritone saxophone
Steve Swell, trombone
Dave Burrell, piano
Hamid Drake, drums

Saturday, June 9th at 8:30 p.m.
Suoni Per Il Popolo
La Sala Rossa (Montreal, QC)

William Parker Quartet

William Parker, bass
Lewis Barnes, trumpet
Rob Brown, alto saxophone
Hamid Drake, drums

William Parker’s Raining On The Moon Sextet

William Parker, bass
Leena Conquest, voice
Lewis Barnes, trumpet
Rob Brown, alto saxophone
Eri Yamamoto, piano
Hamid Drake, drums

Sunday, June 10th at 8:30 p.m.
Suoni Per Il Popolo
Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, QC)

Darius Jones Quartet (2 sets)

Darius Jones, alto saxophone
Matt Mitchell, piano
Trevor Dunn, bass
Ches Smith, drums

Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Vision Festival 17
Roulette (Brooklyn, NY)

Eri Yamamoto, piano

Farmers By Nature

Craig Taborn, piano
William Parker, bass
Gerald Cleaver, drums

Darius Jones Quartet

Darius Jones, alto saxophone
Matt Mitchell, piano
Trevor Dunn, bass
Ches Smith, drums

William Parker’s In Order To Survive

William Parker, bass
Lewis Barnes, trumpet
Rob Brown, alto saxophone
Cooper-Moore, piano
Hamid Drake, drums


Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Steve Lehman Trio
Album: Dialect Fluorescent
Label: Pi Recordings

Artist: Excavacations
Album: Object Permanence
Label: Weird Forest

Artist: Burnt Friedman
Album: Bokoboko
Label: Nonplace

Artist: Lucio Capece
Album: Zero Plus Zero
Label: Potlatch

Artist: David Sylvian
Album: A Victim of Stars: 1982-2012
Label: EMI

Artist: Gareth Davis and Frances-Marie Uitti
Album: Gramercy
Label: Miasmah

Artist: Kelan Philip Cohran and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Album: Kelan Philip Cohran and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Label: Honest Jon’s

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


Contact (Friday and Saturday) The New York Philharmonic’s new-music series turns to eminences for its season-ending concerts, including a world premiere from Elliott Carter (“Two Controversies and a Conversation”) and a classic from Pierre Boulez (“…explosante-fixe…”), alongside Michael Jarrell’s “NACHLESE Vb: Liederzyklus.” The conductor is a Philharmonic favorite, David Robertson. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 570-3949,, and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway, Manhattan, (212) 875-5656,; $20. (Woolfe)

Darmstadt Institute (Friday and Saturday) In devoting attention to seminal avant-garde composers, emerging creators and worthy performers, this lively, casual series provides an invaluable service. On Friday, the violinist Conrad Harris and the pianist Jenny Lin present acoustic and electronic works by Gordon Mumma; Saturday’s concert celebrates the John Cage centenary with performances by Ghostlight Chorus and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, at Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313,; $15. (Smith)

Ensemble ACJW (Sunday) This adventurous young ensemble, the performing arm of a program jointly run by Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute, offers a typically imaginative program titled “Shreds and Sings,” featuring music by the Beatles, Arvo Part and Mahler. There will also be premieres by Ryan Gallagher, Robert Honstein and David Bruce. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $15 in advance, $20 day of show. (Schweitzer)

Philip Glass: Music With Friends (Wednesday and Thursday) Throughout his career, the composer Philip Glass has been an avid collaborator and an eager promoter of emerging artists. “Philip Glass: Music With Friends,” a three-evening series, finds him in both modes. On Wednesday, Mr. Glass showcases the trumpeter and composer Nate Wooley, and performs with the singer and songwriter Stephin Merritt. Jon Gibson, a saxophonist, composer and longtime member of Mr. Glass’s ensemble, performs on Thursday, which also includes new music by Tristan Perich. (The series concludes next Friday.) At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313,; $35, $85 for preferred seating. (Smith)

Institute for Contemporary Performance (Tuesday) On the heels of its Beethoven Institute, Mannes shifts its programming to contemporary fare. The cellist Eric Bartlett and the violinist Rolf Schulte will join the pianist Margaret Kampmeier in a lineup of works by American composers, including Elliott Carter, Donald Martino and Hugo Weisgall. At 8 p.m., Mannes College the New School for Music, 150 West 85th Street, Manhattan, (212) 580-0210, Ext. 4817,; $20. (Schweitzer)

June Days (Tuesday and Thursday) The Incubator Arts Project hosts a grass-roots new-music series that emphasizes unorthodox sounds. On Tuesday, Kathleen Supové and Wil Smith perform a new piece by Paula Matthusen for extracted piano frame, and the trombonist Peter Zummo renews a nearly two-decade collaboration with the sound designer Tom Hamilton. On Thursday, another trombonist, Chris McIntyre, introduces a new project, UllU, with the percussionists David Shively and Eli Keszler. (The series continues through June 17.) At 8 p.m., Incubator Arts Project, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, East Village, (866) 811-4111,; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (Smith)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Adam Nussbaum, Treibhaus Innsbruck 20...


Tim Berne’s Snakeoil (Wednesday) Mr. Berne, the alto saxophonist and composer, has a potent new album, “Snakeoil” (ECM), that typifies his relentlessly inventive style: meticulous but volatile, with a shifting balance between convoluted form and wide-open improvisation. The album features the same well-tested working band that appears here, inaugurating a new concert series called Sound It Out: the clarinetist Oscar Noriega, the pianist Matt Mitchell and the percussionist Ches Smith. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770,; $15, $10 for 65+ and students. (Chinen)

Jazz Gallery Home Run Benefit Concert (Wednesday) The Jazz Gallery, an essential roost and incubator for up-and-coming jazz talent, will lose its current lease in December. The club has been searching for a new home, and this benefit — with a reception at 6:30 p.m., and a concert at 8 — will aid in the effort. Among the many Jazz Gallery regulars scheduled to perform are the trumpeter Roy Hargrove; the pianists Kenny Barron and Vijay Iyer; the saxophonists Henry Threadgill and Ravi Coltrane; and the singer Claudia Acuña. At Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue, at 135th Street, Harlem,; $125 to $250, $100 for members. (Chinen)

Steve Lehman Trio (Friday and Saturday) The alto saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman has earned a reputation for sure-footed futurism, notably with his sleek but audacious octet. His new album, “Dialect Fluorescent” (Pi), feels like an attempt to re-establish his grounding in the postbop tradition, without backpedaling. The album features the bassist Matt Brewer and the drummer Damion Reid, a responsive rhythm team that reappears here, with a different guest pianist each night: Vijay Iyer, a regular partner, joins on Friday, and James Hurt appears on Saturday. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $20 cover, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Steve Swallow Trio (Thursday) Steve Swallow, an electric bassist of elasticity and modernity, has worked well in recent years with the saxophonist Ohad Talmor, his frontman in this trio. Holding down percussive duties — as on the 2009 album “Playing in Traffic,” on the Auand label — is the drummer Adam Nussbaum, a regular partner to them both. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Vision Festival (Monday through June 17) This annual summit of avant-garde jazz now in its 17th season, will unfold in downtown Brooklyn rather than the Lower East Side. But its lineup is true to form. Among the highlights is a tribute to the saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee on Wednesday, featuring Mr. McPhee in two different bands, as well as an appearance by the alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons. Tuesday’s program will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Aum Fidelity label, with the Darius Jones Quartet and William Parker’s In Order to Survive, among others; Thursday’s will include a quintet led by the drummer Hamid Drake, and a dance and spoken-word performance by the festival’s chief organizer, Patricia Nicholson, with the pianist Connie Crothers. For a full schedule, visit At Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363; $30, $20 for students, $170 for a full festival pass. (Chinen)

This Weekend from the Uncertainty Music Series

From New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series:

Saturday 9 June 2012

Paul Arbogast: Low Brass
Michael Cemprola: Woodwinds
Jon Rees: Woodwinds, Celeste
Joshua Stamper: Vocals, Guitars, Compositions

plus a solo set by
José Oyola :: guitar

Never Ending Books
810 State St
New Haven, CT

The Uncertainy Music Series
Sunday 10 June 2012

Rhymes with Opera performs Adam Matlock’s RED GIANT and works by Kathleen Bader and George Lam

Elisabeth Halliday, soprano and tambourine
Lisa Perry, soprano
Robert Maril, soprano and cello
Ruby Fulton, accordion, violin and viola
John Biatowas, viola
George Lam, violin and piano

plus Britt Olsen-Ecker, director

319 Peck St
New Haven, CT

June 14th Benefit for An die Musik LIVE

From An die Musik LIVE:

On June 14, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and a number of other DC-area experimental/avant garde projects will perform at a benefit for and at Baltimore’s wonderful An die Musik ( The event, “Wasington Loves Baltimore”, is sponsored by Maryland Experimental, Electronic, Electroacoustic (M3E).*/ Doors are at 7:30, and an $8 donation is requested.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project’s set will feature Fugazi percussionist Jerry Busher and bassist extraordinaire Doug Kallmeyer. The evening’s bill also includes Steve Hilmy and Daniel Barbiero; Basha Teez; and Pat Gillis. The Lost Civilizations experimental music project performed for the first time with Doug Kallmeyer and Jerry Busher at Artomatic 2012; a recording thereof (it’s a free download!) is posted at . The music was unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot, as will be the case at the June 14 benefit.

All concerned are very much looking forward to this opportunity to support this amazing venue, which not only offers a unique performance space, but also $2 deals on nearby parking and generous restaurant discounts (details at