Newsbits: Melbourne Show / Brotzmann Retires the Tentet / Ross Festival / New Music USA Awards / Ware Memorial / Argue

Melbourne’s AVANTWHATEVER presents Ernie Althoff (‘Accentuate the positive’ – Voice and two manipulated vari-speed cassette recorders), Nigel Brown & Zoe Scoglio (Table driven with tactile transducers & Various objects) and Ross Bencina (Particle Music) at Tape Projects, 1/81 Bouverie St, Carlton, Saturday December 8.

Peter Brotzmann is retiring his Chicago Tentet.

Writer Alex Ross has inspired a festival of 20th century classical music.

New Music USA has granted rewards to a number of musicians, including Meredith Monk, Anthony Braxton, John Luther Adams, and the JACK Quartet.

AUM Fidelity has announced that a David S. Ware Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 7, 2013 @ 7:30pm at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan. The musical portions of the service will be presented by Muhammad Ali, Guillermo E. Brown, Daniel Carter, Andrew Cyrille, Cooper–Moore, Darius Jones, Joe Morris, William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Warren Smith. The memorial service will be open to the public.

Darcy James Argue is profiled as he discusses making big band music.

Dusted Reviews

Kirk Knuffke in the Mark Helias Quartet @corne...
Kirk Knuffke in the Mark Helias Quartet @corneliastcafe = Great Friday night (Photo credit: RogueAngel)

From Dusted:

Artist: BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa
Album: Góða Nótt
Label: Editions Mego

Artist: Rhodri Davies
Album: Wound Response
Label: alt.vinyl

Artist: Satoshi Sonoda
Album: Mimi-Nuki: Secondary Works of Satoshi Sonoda 1982-1989
Label: PSF

Artist: Kirk Knuffke & Ted Brown
Album: Pound Cake
Label: Steeplechase

The Roulette in December

Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...
Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: Claire Stefani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Roulette:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

Alfredo Marin “Death is Progressive” (Jerome Commission)
Musician/Sound Artist Alfredo Marin presents the world premiere of Death is Progressive, composed for eight loudspeakers and one subwoofer it studies the relations that exist between acoustic sound, recording, and the contorting and mangling of such recordings into an agreeable shape. …


Joëlle Léandre “Hommage a John”
French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre presents an evening dedicated to John Cage‘s – including work specifically written for her by Cage, as well as a collaboration with dancer Dominique Boivin….

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

[INTERPRETATIONS] Steve Swell & Omar Tamez / Douglas R. Ewart Inventions Ensemble
Steve Swell and Omar Tamez pay homage to Tamez’s father Nicandro Tamez, a prolific yet unsung Mexican composer in the avant garde tradition, and Swell premieres his new long-form work “Composite #8″….

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

John King’s Kosmos
Guitarist and violist John King is a composer of beautiful and fascinating string quartets. Tonight features the world premiere of Kosmos for King’s Crucible String Quartet and live electronics, as well as a performance of Astral Epitaphs performed by TILT Brass….

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble Featuring Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann
A big band for a new eclectic world, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble celebrates the release of their new record “Songs I Like Alot”

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

Phantom Orchard: Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori // Pet Bottle Ningen
Two of the brightest lights in improvised music, Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori team up for this most dynamic of all dynamic duos – Phantom Orchard.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

Fiona Templeton & Samita Sinha – The Medead
A multilayered poetic soundscape, performed by multiple and contradictory actors.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

Fiona Templeton & Samita Sinha – The Medead
A multilayered poetic soundscape, performed by multiple and contradictory actors.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

[Ear Heart Music presents] Yarn/Wire: A Winter Solstice Landscape
This concert features the inimitable Yarn/Wire performing the world premiere of the complete Negotiation of Context cycle by leading Icelandic composer Davi∂ Brynjar Franzson and a haunting new piece Solus by Turkish composer Cenk Ergün….

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Phill Niblock – Annual Winter Solstice Concert
Roulette welcomes maverick, minimalist composer Phill Niblock presenting his annual Winter Solstice concert featuring 6 hours of music, film and video….

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Darcy James Argue and Secret Society (Friday and Saturday) A composer who understands the grainy particulars behind a sweeping gesture, Mr. Argue has been gaining steep momentum recently with the Secret Society, his flagship orchestra. This engagement seems likely to include some material from its forthcoming second album, “Brooklyn Babylon” (New Amsterdam), due out in the spring. 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)

Tim Berne (Tuesday and Thursday) This alto saxophonist and composer works in two contexts next week, each likely to showcase a different side of his tensile balance between abstract expressionism and intricate design. On Tuesday, performing the later set in the weekly Konceptions series, he leads a quartet with Baikida Carroll on trumpet, Ryan Ferreira on guitar and Ches Smith on drums. On Thursday, as part of the Sound It Out series, he works in a duo with the pianist Kris Davis. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 285-9425,; $10 suggested donation, with a $7 minimum. Thursday at 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770,; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Crystal Magnets (Friday) The name suggests a Brooklyn indie-rock band, but it’s actually the handle of a dual-piano alliance between Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq, inquisitive improvisers with an interest in manipulating timbre. Closing out a three-night residency, they play an 8:30 p.m. set as a duo, and then a 9:45 p.m. set with an impressive guest horn section: Greg Osby on alto saxophone and clarinet, Michaël Attias on baritone saxophone, Jacob Garchik on trumpet and Vincent Chancey on French horn. At Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $15 for two sets. (Chinen)

40Twenty (Sunday and Thursday) This smartly rugged composing collective — Jacob Garchik on trombone, Jacob Sacks on piano, David Ambrosio on bass, Vincent Sperrazza on drums — just released its self-titled debut on the Yeah Yeah label, exploring an intersection of buoyant swing rhythm and complex harmonic coloration. The group plays an album-release engagement on Sunday; on Thursday it resurfaces with a special guest, the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin. Sunday at 9 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10. Thursday at 8:30 p.m., I Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Henry Grimes Trio (Saturday) 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 academically inclined pianist Marc Medwin and the brilliantly dynamic young drummer Tyshawn Sorey. At 9 p.m., Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, third floor, Manhattan, (212) 371-7657,; $15 cover, reservations recommended. (Chinen)

Irabbagast Records Festival (Thursday and next Friday) The inexhaustibly creative young saxophonist Jon Irabagon has simultaneously released two albums on his new label, Irabbagast, which he celebrates with this two-night affair. On Thursday he leads two distinct trios: one featuring the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Barry Altschul, distinguished veterans of the avant-garde (at 9 p.m.); and another featuring the guitarist Mick Barr and the drummer Mike Pride, a heavy-gauge pair who appear on one of Mr. Irabagon’s new releases, “I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze.” At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover per set, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas: Sound Prints (Friday through Sunday) The saxophonist Joe Lovano and the trumpeter Dave Douglas share a bustling and approachable vision of jazz, geared toward expedition while grounded in post-bop custom. Sound Prints is their working band, a quintet capable of hair-trigger movements, featuring the drummer Joey Baron — a trusted colleague to both bandleaders, going back many years — along with the pianist Lawrence Fields and the bassist Linda Oh, younger players of evident promise. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby Tuba Trio (Wednesday) The tuba in question belongs to Dan Peck, the guts and in many ways the glue of this band. Tony Malaby brings his searching tenor saxophone, and his compositions; John Hollenbeck outlines texture as well as tempo on the drums. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; $10 donation is suggested. (Chinen)

Donny McCaslin Group (Tuesday and Wednesday) “Casting for Gravity” (Greenleaf) is another compact but ambitious electro-acoustic venture — part gritty, part gleaming — by Donny McCaslin, a cool-headedly athletic tenor saxophonist and composer. The album features perhaps the best possible rhythm section for the task: Jason Lindner on piano and synthesizers, Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, and Mark Guiliana on drums, all of whom will be on hand here. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Pretty Monsters (Saturday) An aggressively texture-driven project of the bassoonist Katherine Young, Pretty Monsters otherwise features Owen Stewart-Robertson on guitar, Erica Dicker on violin and Mike Pride on drums. The group has a self-titled debut album out, on the Public Eyesore label. At 10 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 donation is suggested. (Chinen)

Loren Stillman and Friends (Friday) Loren Stillman, a smart young alto saxophonist with an inquisitive relationship to jazz conventions, leads a chamberesque group of like-minded souls: the pianist Russ Lossing, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Steve Swell & Omar Tamez / Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions (Thursday) This installment of the experimental Interpretations series will feature a tribute to the fairly obscure Mexican composer Nicandro Tamez, led jointly by his son, the guitarist Omar Tamez, and the trombonist Steve Swell. Also on the bill is Mr. Ewart, a multi-instrumentalist and multidimensionalist, presenting “Water Is Tops,” a piece of fluid focus, with the dancer-choreographer Ni’ja Whitson, the multi-instrumentalist J.D. Parran and others. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, $10 for members and students. (Chinen)

December at the Stone

English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow's parties f...
English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow’s parties festival 2004 (London) Français : Nels Cline @ All tomorrow’s parties festival 2004 (Londres) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Stone:

12/1 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Scott Amendola Trio
Nels Cline (guitar) John Shifflett (bass) Scott Amendola (drums, electronics)

10 pm
Scott Amendola Quartet
Scott Amendola (drums) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Josh Smith (tenor sax) John Shifflett (bass) Special Guest Nels Cline (guitar)

12/2 Sunday (CWL)
8 pm
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter (7-string guitar) Scott Amendola (drums, electronics)

10 pm
Comedies For The Young
Mathias Bossi (percussion, voice) Scott Amendola (drums, electronics, percussion) Special Guests Nels Cline (guitar, stuff) Charlie Hunter (7-string guitar)

12/4 Tuesday (DDT)
8 pm
Larry Ochs and Don Robinson Duo
Larry Ochs (saxes) Donald Robinson (drums)

10 pm
Rob Sudduth Group
Rob Sudduth (tenor sax) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Benjamin Stapp (tuba) Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums)

12/5 Wednesday (RJP)
8 pm
Ben Goldberg’s Unfold Ordinary Mind
Ben Goldberg (contra alto clarinet, compositions) Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax) Nels Cline (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

10 pm
Dougie Bowne
Dougie Bowne (drums)

12/6 Thursday (ICS)
8 pm
Miho Hatori
Miho Hatori (vocals) Christopher Pow Pow Powell (beats) George Langford (samples) Hisham Bharoocha (guitar)

10 pm
The Joshua Smith Quartet
Joshua Smith (sax) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Rob Jost (bass) Joe Tomino (drums)

12/7 Friday (MJC)
8 pm
Yuka Honda (keys, voice) Nels Cline (guitar, voice)

10 pm
Nels Cline and Julian Lage
Nels Cline, Julian Lage (guitars)

12/8 Saturday (SK)
8 pm
Justin Peake-Beautiful Bells
Justin Peake (drums, electronics) Dave LeBleu (electronics, piano) Eivind Opsvik (bass)

10 pm
Jim Campilongo Quartet
Jim Campilongo (guitar) Jay Foote (bass) Bryn Roberts (keys) Taylor Floreth (drums)

12/9 Sunday (ICS)
8 pm
Brandon Ross “Yet Another Plane”
Brandon Ross (acoustic guitars, banjo, taisho harp) Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) Stephanie Richards (trumpet) Hardedge (sound design)

10 pm
Mike Kanan and Peter Bernstein Duo
Mike Kanan (piano) Peter Bernstein (guitar)

12/11 Tuesday (TO)
8 pm
Erik Deutsch Trio
Erik Deutsch (piano, keys) Allison Miller (drums) Special Guest Rene Hart (bass)

10 pm
Marika Hughes Solo
Marika Hughes (cello, voice)

12/12 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
Angelica Sanchez Trio
Angelica Sanchez (piano)

10 pm
Alessi, Davis, Laubrock and Rainey
Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Kris Davis (piano) Tom Rainey (drums)

12/13 Thursday (BS)
8 pm
Alexis Cuadrado Quartet
Alexis Cuadrado (bass, compositions) Noah Preminger (sax) Steve Cardenas (guitar) Eric Doob (drums)

10 pm
Steven Bernstein
Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide Trumpet)

12/14 Friday (DDT)
8 pm
Trevor Dunn Solo
Trevor Dunn (acoustic bass)

10 pm
Endangered Blood
Chris Speed (saxes, clarinet) Oscar Noriega (saxes, clarinet) Trevor Dunn (bass) Jim Black (drums)

12/15 Saturday (JM)
8 pm
Min Xiao-Fen’s Dim Sum with Satoshi Takeishi
Min Xiao-Fen (pipa, Nanyin pipa, child’s pipa, sanxian, vocals) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion, electronics)

10 pm
William Parker’s Winter Music for Mixed Ensemble
Part 1: William Parker (1890 duplex bass, hochiku, bass duduk) Dave Hofstra (bass sax) J.D. Parran (bass sax) Justin Fryer (bass) Keith Park (percussion) Part 2: Kyoko Kitamura (voice) Miya Masoka (koto) William Parker (bolon)
Part one: “Nadir For Bruce Baille (2012)”. Part two “Smiles left In The Snow (2012 ) For Ken Jacobs.

12/16 Sunday (JI)
8 pm
Huang Ruo’s works for two ensembles
Momenta Quartet, Ensemble FIRE
Works for string quartet, clarinet, viola, pipa and voice.

10 pm
Matthias Müller Trio
Matthias Müller (clarinet, sensor augmented bass clarinet) Dan Barrett (cello) Cesare Papetti (drums)
Works for clarinet/sensor augmented bass clarinet, cello and percussion

12/18 Tuesday (RJP)
8 pm
Yoon Sun Choi’s The E-String Band
Yoon Sun Choi (toy piano, voice) Jacob Sacks (melodica) Khabu Doug Young (ukulele) Thomas Morgan (guitar) Vinnie Sperrazza (percussion)

10 pm
Steve Salerno Trio
Steve Salerno (guitar) Dean Johnson (bass) Frank Bellucci (drums)

12/19 Wednesday (TY)
8 pm
Oded Tzur’s Quartet
Oded Tzur (tenor sax) Eden Ladin (piano) Petros Klampanis (bass) Rodney Green (drums)

10 pm
Damon Banks’s Travelguides
Damon Banks (bass) Graham Haynes (cornet) Brian Prunka (guitar) Manu Koch (keys) Bruce Cox (drums)

12/20 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Jane Ira Bloom’s Trio
Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax) Mark Helias (bass) Bobby Previte (drums)

10 pm
Jason Kao Hwang’s EDGE
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, flugelhorn) Andrew Drury (drums) Ken Filiano (string bass) Jason Kao Hwang (composer, violin, viola)

12/21 Friday (TO)
8 pm
PostClassical productions presents: Schubert Uncorked
David Taylor (bass trombone) William Wolfram (piano)
Produced by Joseph Horowitz.

10 pm
Alan Chan’s “Winter News” Project with poetry by John Haines (1924–2011)
Brittany Aujou (vibraphone) Gregory Chudzik (bass) Joe Hertenstein (drums) Sean Sonderegger (woodwinds) Kristin Page Stuart (voice) Harvey Valdes ( guitar)

12/22 Saturday (BLG)
8 pm
Jin Hi Kim’s “KNOT”
Jin Hi Kim (komungo) David Wallace (viola) Richard Carrick (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass)

10 pm
Sarah Weaver”s Cycles of Awakening
Robert Dick (flutes) Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax) Oliver Lake (alto sax) Min Xiao-Fen (pipa) Dave Taylor (bass trombone) Miya Masaoka (koto) Ursel Schlicht (piano) Sarah Weaver (conductor, composer)

12/23 Sunday
8 pm
Mimi Jong’s “AppalAsia”
Mimi Jong (erhu) Jeff Berman (dulcimer) Susan Powers (banjo)

10 pm
Le Zhang Quintet
Le Zhang (vocals) Sebastien Ammann (biano) Russ Flynn (bass) Max Jaffe (drums) Jacob Teichroew (saxophone)

12/26 Wednesday (CB)
8 pm
Esther Venrooy with Lander Gyselinck
Esther Venrooy (laptop) Lander Gyselinck (drums)

10 pm
Ensemble 212
Jessica Taskov (flute) Vasko Dukovski (clarinet) Miyun Chung (violin) Jason Shen (cello) Yoon Jae Lee (piano)

12/27 Thursday (JI)
8 pm
Du Yun Quartet
Du Yun (voice, keys, gadgets, home-made instruments, zheng) Zhou Yi (pipa, qin) Gareth Flowers (trumpet, electronics) Theo Metz (drums, electronics)

10 pm
Trio Tritticali
Helen Yee (violin) Leanne Darling (viola) Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (cello)

12/28 Friday (JI)
8 pm
Shoko Nagai and Satoshi Takeishi
Shoko Nagai (piano, processing) Satoshi Takeishi (drums, electronics)

10 pm
Howie Kenty
Howie Kenty (electronics, guitar, bass) Adrianna Mateo (violin) Elevator Rose: Joe Fee (percussion) Vasudevan Panicker (piano) Elzbieta Polak (violin) Fred Trumpy (drums)
Works for laptop, drum set and percussion, electric bass, keyboard/piano, violin and electric guitar.

12/29 Saturday (MM)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Anthony Coleman (piano) Ron Anderson (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Uri Gurvich (sax) Brian Chase (drums) Ilhan Irsahin (sax) Nonoko Yoshida (sax) Ty Citerman (guitar) and many special guests

12/30 Sunday (CWL)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Anthony Coleman (piano) Ron Anderson (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Brian Chase (drums) Uri Gurvich (sax) Ilhan Irsahin (sax) Nonoko Yoshida (sax) and many special guests

12/31 Monday (MM)
7 pm
details to be announced

11 pm
Marc Ribot (guitar) Henry Grimes (bass) Roy Campbell (trumpet) Chad Taylor (drums)

AMN Reviews: Blind Date Quartet – Blind Date Quartet

Blind Date Quartet: Blind Date Quartet [GPE Records]

The Blind Date Quartet—named for the fact that their first gig together was something of a blind date, in that it was the first time they’d played together as a quartet—is a free improv ensemble notable for an approach that demonstrates the wide range of possibilities open to instruments most often associated with the orchestral or chamber music traditions.

The group, consisting of Angelika Sheridan on flutes, violinist Ulrike Stortz, cellist Scott Roller, and John Hollenbeck on percussion, makes full use of their instruments’ broad spectrum of colors. This chromatic richness is particularly apparent in the timbral contrast of violin and flute. Though both instruments cover the same general pitch range, the difference in timbres makes for a sound relationship at once oppositional and reciprocal. Although not often found in the company of these chamber music instruments, Hollenbeck’s complement of drumkit and other percussion adds an essential element often manifesting as an edge or toughness balancing out the more naturally lyrical sounds of the flute and violin. Added to the mix is a cello that frequently contributes the piquant seasoning of fragmented tone sequences and extended techniques.

The recording opens with the aptly titled Speed Date, which serves as a brief, spiky prelude to what follows. Tarentology’s opening melody features Angelika Sheridan’s flute, which settles in over a drone rich in overtones from Scott Roller’s cello and a galloping underlying rhythm from percussionist John Hollenbeck. Hollenbeck’s playing in fact often serves as the backbone to the pieces, as for example in Update or in Harvesting, where snare and brushes work to create a propulsive feeling. This is enhanced by Ulrike Stortz’s pizzicato violin and Roller’s cello, which alternates between pizzicato and arco figures; gradually, the piece evolves into a conversation between flute and cello. Percussion again sets the tone for Dry Bone Mobile, a clacking, skittering piece full of staccato strings and struck things that sounds exactly like the object named in the title. Truth or Dare, by contrast, opens with well-spaced stabs of strings and flute and develops into a kind of improvised serialism notable for changes in tempo and mood afforded by the musicians’ deeply attentive interplay. The textural pointillism of Sequel brings this satisfying set to a close.