Tim Berne Interview

English: Tim Berne, jazz saxophonist; Picture ...
English: Tim Berne, jazz saxophonist; Picture taken in Jazz Club Unterfahrt, Munich/Bavaria Deutsch: Tim Berne, Saxophon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Village Voice:

Saxophone giant Tim Berne is one forward-thinking renegade who started altering the landscape of jazz in the mid-1970s by wielding his horn and, in a show of then-unheard of DIY vision, launched his own record label. A late bloomer, Berne didn’t pick up a sax until his very late teens but upon his moving to Brooklyn in the mid-’70s (and where he resides to this day), the fledgling, wide-eyed musician was quickly engulfed in the loft jazz scene and it was there where he connected with his mentor, sax legend Julius Hemphill. In the ’80s, Berne enjoyed a stint on Columbia Records while achieving omnipresent force status in New York jazz, collaborating with the likes of avant-garde titans John Zorn, Bill Frisell and Joey Baron. Alas, while he was tight with downtown titan Zorn, Berne was relegated outsider to that vibrant scene but certainly doing his own thing on his own terms and that seems to be Berne’s raison d’être. Berne’s aesthetic is the epitome of independent. Since 1996, he’s owned and operated his own record label (Screwgun), books gigs and works without a publicist, while remaining busy as ever. Berne leads his own ensembles, supports longtime friends like Michael Formanek and Nels Cline, and plays with young innovators like guitarist Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith and Matt Mitchell.

Newsbits: Tin Hat / Shelton / Brotzmann & Adasiewicz / Hecker / Nicols & Hargreaves

Tim Hecker
Tim Hecker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Avant chamber group Tin Hat is profiled.

Saxophonist Aram Shelton is profiled in anticipation of his Monterey Jazz Fest gig.

Brotzmann and Adasiewicz in Austin are previewed.

Tim Hecker will play Tory, NY’s EMPAC on September 28.

Whi Music has released a new recording from Maggie Nicols (voice/piano/keybords/sound manipulation) and Phil Hargreaves (saxes/flute/cello/bass/sound manipulation).

Upcoming Experimental Shows in Europe

From PAN:

CARLOS GIFFONI, PARABELLES, DER TAPEMAN, JOKE LANZ | Thursday 20th September, Ausland – Lychener Str 60, Berlin

ELI KESZLER, ASHLEY PAUL, CHRISTOS CHONDROPOULOS | Friday 21st September, KNOT Gallery, Athens

HEATSICK, FRAK, JORDASH | Friday 21 September, Occii, Amsterdam Club 4 Reel

HEATSICK, BILL KOULIGAS, KOEN NUTTERS, DICK RAAIJMAKERS, IKONIKA, MOHN (Wolfgang Voigt + Jörg Burger), PANTHA DU PRINCE, SLANT AZYMUTH (Demdike Stare + Andy Votel), ROLL THE DICE, GERT-JAN PRINS, UNIT MOEBIUS, MARK VAN HOEN, BEN FROST + DANIEL BJARNASON + SIMFONIETTA CRACOVIA – Music for Sólaris | Saturday 22 / Sunday 23 September Today’s Art Festival, Den Haag

BILL KOULIGAS, CALL SUPER (Five Easy Pieces) | Saturday 29 September, Soju Bar, Skalitzerstrasse 36

ADAM X (Traversable Wormhole), BILL KOULIGAS (Live), EKOPLEKZ, SKIRT, VINDICATRIX, MORDANT MUSIC, POWELL | Saturday 6 October, Local Authority at Rhythm Factory, London

JASON LESCALLEET, STEPHAN MATHIEU, VALERIO TRICOLI | Thursday 11 October, Ausland – Lychener Straße 60, 10437 Berlin

HIEROGLYPHIC BEING, LEE GAMBLE | Friday 12 October, The Shacklewell Arms, London

SLIMZEE, VATICAN SHADOW, SOURCE DIRECT, CUT HANDS, CONCRETE FENCE (RUSSELL HASWELL & ***), BLACK RAIN, BRUCE GILBERT IS… DJ BEEKEEPER, YOUNG HUNTING, BILL KOULIGAS, POWELL | Saturday 13 October, Blackest Ever Black at Corsica Studios, London

BEN VIDA, STIAN WESTERHUS | Sunday 14, Cafe OTO, London, 8pm

Brussels, Les Ateliers Claus: HELM, HEATSICK,BEN VIDA, BILL KOULIGAS, Èlg
Monday 15 October | Brabantstraat 23a, 1210, 20:00

Berlin, Berghain: KEVIN DRUMM / MIKA VAINIO / AXEL DÖRNER / LUCIO CAPECE, HELM, BEN VIDA, RABIH BEAINI (dj)
Tuesday 16 October, 19:00 | Info / Tickets

Krakow, UNSOUND Festival: BEN VIDA, NHK’KOYXEN, HEATSICK, BASS CLEF, HELM, BILL KOULIGAS, LEE GAMBLE
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 October | http://unsound.pl/en

HIEROGLYPHIC BEING, METASPLICE, BILL KOULIGAS | Thursday 25 October, West Germany, Berlin

New Releases from Deep Listening

Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006
Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the

Deep Listening Institute:

Primordial / Lift: Pauline Oliveros
Primordial/Lift is a continuation of Pauline Oliveros’ 80th birthday celebration. This double vinyl record contains the previously-unreleased second performance of Primordial/Lift from September 25th, 2010. The first performance of this work, which took place in 1998, was released on CD in both edited and full-length versions. Interpreting a score penned by Oliveros in 1998, Anne Bourne, Andrew Deutsch, Miguel Frasconi, David Grubbs, Jason Kao Hwang and Suzanne Thorpe joined Oliveros at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn to divulge this bizarre and surreal sound work. Centered around a low frequency oscillator, the group swirls cello, voice, sampler, glass drones, e-guitar, violin and V accordion into a molten mass dropped from outer space.

Two From Seven Passages: Pauline Oliveros
Art Edition 7”record
Deluxe edition of only 150 copies archival release of material from 1963 in honour of composer Pauline Oliveros’s 80th birthday: packaged in a silver screen print fold out quad box with screened card insert, Two From Seven Passages presents excerpts from a 1963 recording made at the San Francisco Tape Music Center for a dance choreographed and performed by Elizabeth Harris with Oliveros performing the music. Oliveros uses the internal strings on a piano as well as a series of bowed flexible brass rods from a telephone exchange to generate amazingly resonant Industrial instants that combine percussive pianistic reveries with the sound of scorched metal and warped protesting drones.

Aural Histories – Kristin Norderval
Kristin Norderval cut her musical teeth touring with Einstein on the Beach in 1992, went on to record works of American composers such as Tania Leon, David Lang, and Anne LeBaron, improvised in the New Circle Five with Pauline Oliveros and Susie Ibarra, and co-founded the electro-acoustic duo Zanana with trombonist Monique Buzzarté. Now she has released a solo CD of her works for voice and laptop.

Fundação de Serralves
Pauline Oliveros solo accordion performance at Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal in 2001

A Pauline Oliveros Portrait
Concert performed by LE DONNE IDEALI and guests, direction Anmari Wili.
Concert recorded at Sudhaus Basel, Switzerland in December 1999.

French TV on Tour in Europe

From US prog band French TV:

FRENCH TV European Tour Dates UPDATE:

November 11th: Prog 66 Meeting, Verviers, Belgium – our day of the festival will also feature RPWL and AGENTS OF MERCY
November 14th: Immerhin, Würzburg, Germany w/SVIN
November 16th: Kolloniel Norte, Madrid, Spain w/KOTOBEL
November 17th: Valencia, Spain
November 18th: Sono; Perpignon, France
November 20th: Amanita Muscaria, Toulouse, France w/TURBO SEMELLE
November 23th: L’Alambik, Le Mans, France w/MENTAT ROUTAGE

There are plans afoot to both record and film the Le Mans gig for cd & dvd release.

French TV 2012 Touring line-up:
Shawn Persinger [of Boud Deun/Prester John]: guitar
Nicholas Fabre [of Mentat Routage]: keyboards
Ludo Fabre [of Mentat Routage]: violin
Karl Ledus [of Mentat Routage]: sax/flute
Brian Donohoe [of Volare; Alpha Cop]: drums
Mike Sary: [aw, YOU know…]: bass