Zs, With Extra Life and Wet Ink Ensemble, at 285 Kent Reviewed

sam hillmer
sam hillmer (Photo credit: georgia.kral)

From NYTimes.com:

Zs is a band; it’s also a perpetual itch, an index of unease around the restrictions of genre in New York experimental music. Since it started making records 10 years ago, it has consisted of the lanky, bearded, restless tenor saxophonist Sam Hillmer, with various others. It has made instrumental music, except for a few songs that use words as tough little compositional elements. It has always used notation, but doesn’t perform with scores on paper anymore, in the interest of immediacy.

September Events At An die Musik LIVE

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Selected events from DC’s An die Musik LIVE:

MusikNOW Concerts at
An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201

16 – Sunday, 5 & 7 pm
Matthew Shipp is truly one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants.
After moving to New York in 1984 Shipp quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.
Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own — and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so. Most recently, Shipp has been curator and director of the Thirsty Ear label’s “Blue Series” and has also recorded for them.
Tickets: $15/$12 seniors/$10 students

20 – Thursday, 8 & 9:30 pm

Live at the UFO Factory documents spontaneous improvisations by violinist Jean Cook recorded in Detroit over 3 days in December 2009 with drummer David Brown and multi-instrumentalist and producer War Defever of His Name is Alive. Jean Cook and David Brown met in Washington DC and now both live in New York. In addition to her work with independent rock and pop bands (Ida, DC’s own Beauty Pill, and Jon Langford) Jean has performed and recorded improvised music in the bands of Assif Tsahar, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tom Abbs and William Parker. Live at the UFO Factory is Jean Cook’s debut recording as a leader.

Janel and Anthony are a Washington DC based instrumental duo whose elegant experimental music has gained the attention of some of the world’s most important improvisers and musicians, and captivated live audiences (and NPR and BBC listeners) locally and abroad. ForWhere Is Home, their second album and first release on Cuneiform, the duo has created a lush, orchestral work investigating the treacherous emotional terrain at the hyper-mobile heart of 21st century America.
Tickets: $10

25 – Tuesday, 8 pm
24 Frames – music for electric guitar, electronics and video
“Brady has a distinctive musical language and he can enchant us with his expertise both as a guitarist and a composer…(he) is an extraordinarily talented guitarist and these compositions (24 Frames) show his amazing ability to play in a variety of styles. These are fascinating experiments in musical sound and I thank a great many people will want to hear them.” – Maria Nockin – Fanfare Magazine – 2012
“Brady’s 13 excerpts from his recent work 24 Frames sometimes sounded like a cluster of guitarists, but there was only one onstage – the composer, who is also a monster soloist. His nimble-fingered virtuosity was a big part of these systematic adventures for electric guitar, with and without digital delays, unusual tunings and video imagery.” — Robert Everett-Green – Globe and Mail – 2011
Admission: $10

28 – Friday, 8 & 9:30 pm
Fred Hersch, piano
Drew Gress, bass
Eric McPherson, drums
Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. In addition to his more than three-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader, his numerous awards include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, and a Grammy® nomination for Best Instrumental Composition, as well as two Grammy® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental
Tickets: $20/$18 seniors/$10 students

30 – Sunday, 7 pm reception/8 pm film
ECM Preview/Kickstarter Campaign
Our upcoming eighth season promises to be one of our best and most ambitious to date, featuring evening-length celebrations of music by four of today’s finest composers: Kaija Saariaho, György Kurtág, Missy Mazzoli and John Luther Adams.
That’s where you come in. We not only want you to join us to hear outstanding music and meet some extraordinary artists (Missy and John will take part in the festivities), we want to involve you at the grassroots levelIn exchange for your backing on Kickstarter — which will go towards music rental, artist fees, publicity and recording — we’ve put together what we feel are some terrific rewards, exclusive items and experiences associated with the music and people that will bring this year’s Evolution Series to life.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Peter Brötzmann, moers festival 2010
English: Peter Brötzmann, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Brötzmann-Adasiewicz Duo / Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society with Chad Taylor (Wednesday) This venturesome double bill features two groups largely rooted in Chicago. The first is a duo of Peter Brötzmann, the veteran German saxophonist rightly revered in free-jazz circles, and Jason Adasiewicz, an expressive young vibraphonist; their most recent New York gig, at the 2011 Vision Festival, provided the source material for a new album, “Going All Fancy” (Brö), that will be available at the show. As for Josh Abrams, he’s a multi-instrumentalist who looks far and wide for sonic inspiration, and he’ll draw here from “Represencing” (Eremite), an album due out in October, featuring the resourceful drummer Chad Taylor. At 8 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15 in advance, $18 day of show. (Chinen)

Kirk Knuffke, Mary Halvorson, Rob Garcia (Saturday) The subtitle of this one-nighter, “American Songs,” refers to a repertory that includes jazz standards, pop songs and other common-language tunes. This trio, led by the drummer Mr. Garcia, features Mr. Knuffke, an incisive cornetist, and Ms. Halvorson, a distinctive guitarist. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman Quartet (Friday through Sunday) As a violinist and composer, Ms. Scheinman often goes for rustic charm, but she never tempers her exploratory instincts. With this quartet, which made a splash here four years ago, she has empathetic and enlightened partners, beginning with the pianist Jason Moran, with whom she has established a thoughtful rapport. At the root of the band, but hardly playing subordinate roles, are the bassist Greg Cohen and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors (Friday) As a bassist, Mr. Sickafoose builds grooves from the ground up, but that’s no impediment to the buoyancy of his music. His flagship band features tunes in which horn parts and guitar lines swirl around a calmly asymmetrical pulse; the lineup features the saxophonist and bass clarinetist John Ellis, the trombonist Alan Ferber, the guitarists Jonathan Goldberger and Steve Cardenas, and the drummer Ted Poor. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; no cover, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Nameless Sound Fall Season

Ig Henneman. A Better Noise at the Star & ...
Ig Henneman. A Better Noise at the Star & Shadow. uk.geocities.com/a_better_noise/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Houston’s Nameless Sound:

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:30 pm
Barnevelder Movement / Arts Complex
2201 Preston Street, Houston [map]
$15: general admission | $10: APS and NS members
18 and under FREE (available at the door only)

Tim Barnes (Louisville): drums
Ulrich Krieger (Los Angeles): saxophone, electronics
Alan Licht (New York): guitar
Lee Ranaldo (New York): guitar

Text of Light performs improvised music during the screening of the silent films of Stan Brakhage, a hero of America’s mid-century cinematic avant-garde, yielding a mixed-media collage that unfolds in real-time. Ranaldo, also a member of venerated experimental rock group Sonic Youth, stresses that their improvisations are not soundtracks: “Our view is that the music and the film are two events happening simultaneously.”

Co-presented with Aurora Picture Show as part of the 9th annual Media Archaeology Festival.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 8pm
14 Pews
800 Aurora Street, Houston [map]
$13: general admission | $10 with student ID | 18 and under FREE

Akio Suzuki (Japan): handmade instruments
Otomo Yoshihide (Japan): guitar, turntables, electronics
Gozo Yoshimasu (Japan): voice, video projections

Curated by Aki Onda, Voices and Echoes presents three pioneering figures from the overlapping worlds of Japanese performance art, sound art, video, poetry, and electro-acoustic improvisation. Suzuki is a shamanic presence specializing in playing handmade instruments in unexpected locations. Yoshimasu is a migrant visionary whose poems are also works of visual art. Yoshihide is one of this generation’s most significant musical re-structuralists.

This tour is organized by ISSUE Project Room and Aki Onda and supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan program and the Asian Cultural Council.

Friday, October 19, 2012, 8pm
Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street, Houston [map]
$13: general admission | $10 with student ID | 18 and under FREE

Ab Baars (Amsterdam): tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi
Ig Henneman (Amsterdam): viola

Ab Baars and Ig Henneman are among the leading lights of the Netherlands’ jazz and new music scenes. Baars has previously performed in Houston with the ICP Orchestra and with his own trio; this will be Henneman’s Nameless Sound debut. Their duo program this fall is entitled Autumn Songs, which Baars describes as “compositions and improvisations inspired by poems on autumn inall its different meanings.”

The ‘Autumn Songs’ tour is presented with the support of the Performing Arts Fund NL.

two nights! different groupings each night!
November 6 & 7, 2012, 8pm
Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street, Houston [map]
$13: general admission | $10 with student ID | 18 and under FREE
$18: festival pass for both nights

Remi Alvarez (Mexico City): tenor and soprano saxophone
Carmina Escobar (Mexico City): voice
Juan Jose Rivas (Mexico City): electronics
David Dove (Houston): trombone
Sandy Ewen (Houston): guitar
Damon Smith (Houston): bass

The second edition of Nameless Sound’s groundbreaking cross-cultural exchange draws together significant members of the improvising communities in Mexico and Texas for two nights of varying small group ensembles. Acuerdo aims to shed light on some of Mexico’s most vital creative musicians and to sow the seeds for an ongoing cross-border musical dialog. Acuerdo will be presented in Mexico City on October 26 and 27 with the Escuela Nacional de Música of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Presented with the support of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Chris Biscoe (left) performing at the Paul Rut...
Chris Biscoe (left) performing at the Paul Rutherford Memorial Concert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Squid’s Ear:

Paul Rutherford and George Haslam with the Samuli Mikkonen Trio – RAAHE ’99 (For Paul Rutherford) (Slam)
ErikM & Michel Doneda – Razine (Monotype)
Samuel Blaser Quartet – Boundless (Hatology)
Krebs / Mayas / Caddy – Thread (Another Timbre)
The Vinny Golia Sextet – Abstractions And Retrocausalities (Ninewinds)
Talibam! & Sam Kulik – Discover Atlantass (Belly Kids)