Interview with Joe Morris

Vision Festival
Vision Festival (Photo credit: andynew)

From Burning Ambulance:

Joe Morris has been a crucial figure on the global free jazz/free music scene since the 1980s. Starting out as a guitarist, he expanded to bass, and has worked with many of the major figures on the avant-jazz scene, including Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, David S. Ware, Barre Phillips, Ken Vandermark, Joe and Mat Maneri, Ivo Perelman, and many, many others. He’s also been a teacher at the New England Conservatory for many years. His extensive experiences as a player, and his teaching career, have led him to codify his thoughts on music in the book Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music, which he’s published under his own Riti imprint.

Upcoming New York Shows

From Arts for Art, Inc.:

Sunday September 23rd, 2012
A Celebration of John Coltrane‘s Birth Day – Interstellar space. Children’s Magical Garden, Norfolk&Stanton New York, NY 10002
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Ras Moshe & Tiffany Chang
Ras Moshe – tenor saxophone
Tiffany Chang – drums
3:00PM – 4:00PM – Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor saxophone
Tom Rainey – drums
4:00PM – 5:00PM – Rob Brown & Juan Pablo Carletti
Rob Brown – alto saxophone
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

Sunday September 30th, 2012
6 BC Garden 6th street, between Avenues B&C
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Clif Jackson & David Gould
Clif Jackson – bass David Gould – drums
3:00PM – 4:00PM – Chris Welcome & Shayna Dulberger
Chris Welcome – guitar
Shayna Dulberger – bass
4:00PM – 5:00PM – Remember Reflect Mark
Nicole Peyrafitte – vocal Michael Bisio – bass

Sunday October 7th, 2012
6BC Garden 6th street, between Avenues B&C
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Journey without a map
Zak Sherzad – saxophone / cello Daniel Carter – alto saxphone
3:00PM – 4:00PM – Roy Campbell Solo
Roy Campbell – Trumpet
4:00PM – 5:00PM – Tor Snyder
Tor Snyder – guitar

Sunday October 14th, 2012
6BC Garden 6th street, between Avenues B&C
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Kirk Knufke & Brian Drye
Kirk Knufke – trumpet
Brian Drye – trombone
3:00PM – 4:00PM – Maryanne DeProphetis Trio
Maryanne deProphetis – composition, voice
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Ron Horton – trumpet

Music and More Reviews

Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Music and More:

Pharoah Sanders – In the Beginning 1963-1964 (ESP, 2012)
Elliott Sharp Trio – Aggregat (Clean Feed, 2012)
Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet – Stellar Pulsations (Delmark, 2012)
Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul – Reunion: Live in New York (Pi Recordings, 2012)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Spirits Up Above (Rhino, 2012)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009
English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Muhal Richard Abrams (Friday) The pianist-composer Muhal Richard Abrams is best known today as the patriarch of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed in Chicago in 1965. A New Yorker for a good long while now, he kicks off that organization’s fall series with a concert in two parts, performing a solo piano recital and a quartet set with the trumpeter Jack Walrath, the vibraphonist Bryan Carrott and the bassist Brad Jones. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan,; $30, $15 for students. (Nate Chinen)

The Bad Plus (Tuesday and Wednesday) “Made Possible,” the self-released new album by this rough-and-ready trio, changes the script just slightly, adding synthesizers and electronics to what had previously been a strict palette of piano (Ethan Iverson), bass (Reid Anderson) and drums (David King). The effect is noticeable, but hardly transformative: the band’s rapport, on a series of compact but questing original tunes, feels as immersive and hard-fought as ever. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, Lower East Side,; $25. At 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) on Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn,; $25. (Chinen)

Jim Black Group (Thursday) Jim Black is known as a drummer of convulsive intensity and a bandleader rooted in the protocols of noise-rock. But on “Somatic” (Winter & Winter), his most recent album, he leads an acoustic trio featuring the young Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder and the American bassist Thomas Morgan. Mr. Black reinvestigates that material here, in conjunction with a workshop led by the alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman. At 8 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $15. (Chinen)

Coltrane Revisited (Friday and Saturday) In advance of what would have been John Coltrane’s 86th birthday, the pianist Steve Kuhn — one of Coltrane’s sidemen, however briefly — assembles a smart and respectful cast. Filling the saxophone seat is Eric Alexander; on trumpet, in a welcome twist, is Tom Harrell. The rhythm section consists of Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080,; $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Oct. 7) Now in its 10th annual season, this festival rolls on this Friday with TILT Brass, performing music by Dave Ballou, Nate Wooley and Louis Andreissen at University Settlement. Natsuki Tamura and Josh Deutsch work in solo and duo formats at the Village Zendo on Sunday; on Wednesday and Thursday the action shifts to Smalls for a series organized by Jeremy Pelt, with bands led by Jean Caze, Jon Crowley, John Raymond, David Weiss and others. A full schedule is at Friday at 8 p.m., University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, at Rivington Street, Lower East Side,; $15, $10 for students. Sunday at 7 p.m., the Village Zendo, 588 Broadway, Suite 1108, at Houston,; $20 suggested donation. Wednesday and Thursday at Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 252-5091,; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Henry Grimes Trio (Thursday) Mr. Grimes, a long-lost, load-bearing pillar of the 1960s avant-garde, plays bass and violin and reads poetry in this trio, featuring the veteran free-jazz pianist Dave Burrell and the brilliantly dynamic young drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The group plays one set, at 8 p.m., and a solo set, with the pianist Anthony Coleman, follows at 10 p.m. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $20 for the first set, $10 for the 10 p.m. show. (Chinen)

Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (Friday and Saturday) The pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and the poet-performer Mike Ladd have collaborated on large-scale sociopolitical works before, with sharp results. For “Holding It Down” — a reflection on the dreamscapes of American war veterans, commissioned by Harlem Stage’s WaterWorks program — they further enlisted the poets Maurice Decaul and Lynn Hill, veterans of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. In its premiere, the work will feature those contributors alongside Guillermo Brown and Latasha Nevada Diggs on vocals and electronics, Okkyung Lee on cello, Kassa Overall on drums and Liberty Ellman on guitar. At 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, (212) 281-9250,; $30, $24 for HarlemStage members. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby’s Novela (Sunday) The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has a burly but beseeching tone, and in his own bands he often pushes toward an amiable ruckus. For this performance, part of the Sound It Out series, he leads Novela, a richly textured nonet featuring collaborators like Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Dan Peck on tuba and Ben Gerstein on trombone; the compositions are all Mr. Malaby’s, and the arrangements are by Kris Davis, the pianist in the group. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770,, ; $20, $15 students. (Chinen)

Paradoxical Frog (Saturday) “Union” is a fitting title for the second album by this fearless experimental trio, released this week on Clean Feed. The ensemble, which interrogates compositions by all three members — the pianist Kris Davis, the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey — shoulders its collectivity as a useful challenge. 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)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


‘Einstein on the Beach’ (Friday through Sunday) Now that the polemical battles between the uptown and downtown contemporary music scenes are long past, “Einstein on the Beach,” the 1976 opera by the composer Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, the director and set and lighting designer, can be appreciated for the pathbreaking, personal and mystical work it is. The current revival, on a nine-stop, three-continent tour, is a re-creation of that original production, with the spellbinding dance sequences created by Lucinda Childs for the 1984 revival and used ever since. “Einstein” has not been in New York in 20 years, so this luminous and surreal production is a major event of the season. The opera lasts four-and-a-half hours with no intermission. But in keeping with the everything-goes ambience of the experience, audience members are invited to bop out of the theater for breaks. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100,; limited ticket availability. (Anthony Tommasini)

Ear Heart Music (Wednesday) Ear Heart Music, a feisty contemporary-classical concert series organized by the flutist Amelia Lukas, opens its new season in a new home. While based in Manhattan, Ms. Lukas piloted impressive events on a shoestring budget. Roulette offers greater resources, and Ms. Lukas is taking advantage in a season filled with premieres and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Wednesday’s program includes Build, a rootsy post-Minimalist ensemble; On Structure, a performance-art duo; and a pairing of Andie Springer and James Moore, two model new-music citizens. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, at Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; (917) 267-0363,; $15, or $10 for students and 65+. (Smith)

Efterklang With the Wordless Music Orchestra (Saturday) If you seek signs of change in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s venerable Concerts and Lectures series, look no farther than this offbeat opening-night offering: Efterklang, an appealingly moody Danish art-rock trio, collaborates with the Wordless Music Orchestra in material from an ambitious new LP, “Piramida.” Missy Mazzoli, Karsten Fundal and Daniel Bjarnason provide the arrangements; Budgie, the drummer of the veteran goth-pop band Siouxsie and the Banshees, offers propulsion. At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 570-3949,; $25. (Smith)

Momenta Quartet (Saturday) This searching ensemble brings to the Rubin Museum a program of contemporary music inspired by Buddhism, from Kee Yong Chong’s “Clouds Surging” (2011), inspired by an ink painting, and Ushio Torikai’s “Four Teen” (2003), which incorporates Japanese Buddhist chant. In honor of the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, the performance will close with his “Quartet in Four Parts” (1951), accompanied by a video piece by the Canadian artist John Gurrin. At 4 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Manhattan, (212) 620-5000,; $12. (Woolfe)

Talea Ensemble (Friday) This accomplished group specializes in toothy works by important modernist composers, making its performances stick through refinement and utter conviction. Those qualities should serve the players well as they venture into a characteristically challenging bill, including the United States premiere of pieces by James Dillon, Pierluigi Billone and Ondrej Adamek. At 8 p.m., Czech Center New York, Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan, (646) 422-3399,; free. (Smith)

Twelve in 12 (Thursday) Concerts at One, Trinity Wall Street’s long-running and popular series of free, hourlong programs at 1 p.m., has been offering this special mini-festival — a series of works by the last 12 composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Music, with Julian Wachner conducting the NOVUS NY ensemble. Thursday’s program offers pieces by John Adams, Henry Brant, Steve Reich and Ornette Coleman. At 1 p.m., Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 602-0800,; free. (Tommasini)

Bonnie Barnett at REDCAT


Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Words and Music: Bonnie Barnett

Armed with a sonorous, agile contralto, plenty of extended techniques, and a fearless approach to free jazz improvisation, “extreme vocalist” Bonnie Barnett trades chops with consummate players Ken Filiano, on bass, and Anders Nilsson, on electric guitar. In addition to Barnett’s intense, often otherworldly wordless improvisations, her program includes idiosyncratic settings of poems by Gertrude Stein, Gary Snyder and Federico García Lorca. The evening begins with a tribute to the late Los Angeles poet Dottie Grossman, who, among other things, was known for signature “call and response” live performances with musicians. The opening set revisits this format, as visiting poet Elaine Terranova reads from Grossman’s poetry while trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, guitarist Tom McNalley and drummer Rich West volley back with improvised responses.