Newsbits: “Plays Braxton” / miRthkon / Rader / Collier

Le Weekend
Le Weekend (Photo credit: andynew)

A review of Plays Braxton from the trio of Crispell, Dresser, and Hemingway is available.

Coming on July 1st is the Alumni Orchestra (Wesleyan) 2005, over 110 minutes of Braxton orchestral music recorded on December 9th, 2005, and beautifully mastered by Jon Rosenberg. The Alumni Orchestra was conducted by Anthony Braxton, Sabrina Schroeder, and Andrew Raffo Dewar, and included Pheeroan Aklaff, James Fei, Steve Lehman, Taylor Ho Bynum, Reut Regev, Aaron Siegel, Carl Testa, and many more (we will post the full personnel list on the product page). Free for monthly members, $11.99 on a la carte basis.

Avant-prog band miRthkon has a performance DVD out.

Abbey Rader’s Generations Quartet returns to PAX, Wednesday, June 27th, 8:30 pm. PAX is at 337 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida.

The Ensemble Intercontemporain has a new director.

Videos of Graham Collier performing his penultimate composition, ‘The Blue Suite’, are now available at YouTube and also at his website.


AMN Reviews: Tribil Trio – Self-titled

Tribil Trio [oz054]

The Tribil Trio, made up of Sandro Carta on trumpet, Michele Spanghero on double bass and Marta Vigna on harp, create improvised music that draws its inspiration from recent avant garde art music for small ensembles. The juxtaposition of harp, double bass and trumpet is uncommon, but the use of brass with plucked and bowed strings allows the trio to explore intriguing contrasts in sound color and duration. Their self-titled release on the Ozkye netlabel consists of three tracks of various lengths, each of which offers a kind of polyphonic pointillism leavened with timbral experimentation. The approach is established immediately in Filicem, the release’s opening track, which features a low-frequency buzzing that could be prepared double bass and/or harp over which a long-toned melody floats. This is followed by Psycho Lullaby, an episodic, dirge-like piece in which the three instruments speak in their more conventional voices. The longest and final track, Rain on Mangroves, is a spacious piece that places a plaintive trumpet melody over bowed harmonics and stabs of the harp. These three efforts add up to a worthy experiment in blending disparate instrumental voices not usually heard alone together.

Ribot, Grimes, and Taylor at the Village Vanguard this Week

Henry Grimes Quartet

A rare performance of these icons as the venerable Village Vanguard:

Tuesday-Sunday, June 26th-July 1st, 2012, sets at 9 & 11: Marc Ribot Trio w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, the Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. South at 11th St., Manhattan (NYC), 212-255-4037,, Tickets $25 plus one-drink minimum per set. Take 1, 9, 2, or 3 train to 14th St., or your choice of several area buses.

The last time Henry Grimes played at the Village Vanguard was in 1966 in Albert Ayler‘s group, w/ Albert and Donald Ayler, Call Cobbs, Michel Samson, Bill Folwell, and Beaver Harris, a booking set up by John Coltrane in support of Albert Ayler, whom he very much admired, and the live recording was also set up by John Coltrane, and Mr. Coltrane was in the audience. The recording is still available today on Impulse as “The Village Concerts” and on GRP/Impulse on CD as “Live In Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings.”

NOTE: There will also be an NPR concert Webcast on Wednesday, June 27th at 9 p.m. NYC time, here:

Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston In Orlando July 8th

English: Trevor Watts on alto saxophone, perfo...
English: Trevor Watts on alto saxophone, performing at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur GA USA on 25 Oct 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From thecm5:

Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston
Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:30 pm, free admission, all ages welcome

One last shot at a CM5 concert and intensive summer improvisation fun before fall and winter beset us, folks. After five diverse and successful 2012 concerts (we saw them all, we get to judge) we’ve saved our most august and experienced crew for last. When a series of WPRK-FM concerts metamorphosed into the Civic Minded 5, a list of wannado artists of all stripes and varying degrees of obscuro-music fame emerged. On the more obscuro side was English pianist Veryan Weston; Cecil Taylor-ish pointillism fluidly merged with modern European classicalism. A few CM5ers have witnessed the diversity inherent in Trevor Watts’ delivery as a wind player in the boldly experimental London Jazz Composers Orchestra and the leader of his lilting, jazz-fused, African percussion-arrayed Moire Music Drum Orchestra. While an English duo composed of saxophone and piano doesn’t immediately bring finger-snapping, suburban Bohemianism to Central Floridians, we offer a far deeper affair. Watts and Weston remind us of the heartening emotionalism fused with the Cinemascope widening of the possibilities that emboldened the inhabitants of the 1960’s artist. Fast-forward to 2012, adding on decades of experiential episodes, Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston offer both their past and present.

Umbrella Music Through July 11

English: Michael Zerang, moers festival 2010
English: Michael Zerang, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Jun 27
SET I: Michael Zerang
SET II: Bishop/Rempis/Kessler/Zerang
The Hideout

Jun 28
SET I: Architeuthis Walks on Land
SET II: Jackson/Adasiewicz Duo

Jul 01
SET I: Cameron Pfiffner’s Adolph’S AX
SET II: Dave Miller Group
Hungry Brain

Jul 04
No Immediate Sound Series Show
The Hideout

Jul 05
Rempis/Daisy Duo

Jul 08
SET I: Kimmel/Labycz Duo
SET II: Crypt Keep Us
Hungry Brain

Jul 11
Lumber Night IV
The Hideout

All About Jazz Reviews

John Surman-- Birdland; September 2, 2009 Phot...
John Surman– Birdland; September 2, 2009 Photo: Claire Stefani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform Records)

Federico Ughi
Songs For Four Cities (Skycap Records)

Joel Harrison & Lorenzo Feliciati
Holy Abyss (Cuneiform Records)

Ben Tyree
Thoughtform Variations (Sonic Architectures)

John Surman
John Surman: Saltash Bells (ECM Records)

Henry Threadgill Zooid
Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp (Pi Recordings)

The Thing with Barry Guy
The Thing with Barry Guy: Metal! (No Business Records)