Newsbits: Irabagon / Shrunken Head Shop / John Gross Trio and Grammies / Holmes / McDonas and Skloff / McDonas and Denio

Amy Denio performing with the Billy Tipton Mem...

Portland’s Creative Music Guild is featuring the John Gross Trio and Grammies at the Revival Drum Shop, 1465 NE Prescott, Wednesday, November 21, 8 pm, $5-$15 sliding scale. All ages.

Saxophonist/composer Jon Irabagon will celebrate the release of his two new recordings, I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze and Unhinged, as well as the launch of his new label, Irabbagast Records, at Cornelia Street Café in New York on December 6th and 7th.

Recent tour dates in Germany by guitarist Willie Oteri (Spiral Out, WD-41, Tony Levin, Mike Keneally, etc) have produced several live recordings that will be mixed and released with a new band name of Shrunken Head Shop. Look for a release date in January or February of 2013. Shrunken Head Shop is a core group of musicians from the United Sates and Germany, Willie Oteri – guitar, Sylvia Oelkrug – violin, Schroeder – drums and Jan Fitschen – bass and stick with special guests including Dave Laczko – electric trumpet and Italian bassist Alex Arcuri.

Trumpeter / Composer Ben Holmes releases Skirl Records debut Anvil of the Lord Featuring fellow Brooklyn musicians Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Matt Pavolka (bass) and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) on November 12th.

KALA, featuring Thollem McDonas on piano and Gregg Skloff on bass will play Sun., Dec. 9th at 1017 Marine Dr., Astoria, Oregon 97103 at 7pm. Additionally, Thollem McDonas (piano) and Amy Denio (multi-instrumentalist/singer) will play Tues., Dec. 4th at the Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4th floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 at 8 p.m.

Upcoming Detroit Shows

William Parker (Charles Gayle Trio)
William Parker (Charles Gayle Trio) (Photo credit: _mattxb)

From the Bohemian in Exile:

Trinosophes is located at 1464 Gratiot (at Russell St.). Parking at the rear of the building

Saturday, Nov. 17: Tatsuya Nakatani

A perennial favorite of our series, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani has established himself as one of the most important new voices on his instrument. Although he excels in many different situations, there’s no better way to experience what he does than the solo set that he’ll be presenting for us at Trinosophes. From a seemingly limited resource of percussion, Tatsuya creates complete soundscapes, using extended techniques to coax every possible tone from each instrument or object; his mastery of bowed gong has to be seen to be believed. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Tatsuya now resides in Pennsylvania. He has collaborated with Billy Bang, Peter Kowald, Mary Halvorson, Eugene Chadbourne, Akron Family, Thollem McDonas and many others. He also loves Johnny Cash.  Doors at 8 pm; $5-10 suggested donation.

Tuesday, Nov. 20: Positive Knowledge: Oluyemi Thomas, Kenn Thomas, William Parker, Kurt Prisbe

Positive Knowledge is the group lead by bass clarinetist and former Detroiter Oluyemi Thomas and featuring, for this performance, free jazz titan William Parker on double-bass.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

English: John Russell performing with Mopomoso...
English: John Russell performing with Mopomoso at the Vortex Jazz Club, London on 2010-04-18. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Vortex:

FRIDAY 9/11/2012 – 20:30


Bushman’s Revenge mix the energy of rock with the freedom of jazz in the most exciting and exhilarating ways. Jazzwise called their previous album on Rune Grammafon “insanely good”.

Albatrosh are saxophonist André Roligheten and pianist Eyolf Dale. Both players are “formidable improvisers” (The Guardian), and pair structured compositions with improvisation, generating a “quirkily dynamic” soundworld.

Completing this Norwegian triple bill, Synkoke build choir-like drones peppered with edgy saxophone and guitar interventions, stormy percussion, inventive bass and thrash-jazz sprints, playing “with a fearful intensity, as if their lives depended upon it” (The Jazz Mann).


SATURDAY 10/11/2012 – 20:30


He might be older and wiser, but Matthew Shipp has not mellowed with age. A galvanizing force among the heirs to jazz’s avant-garde movement of the 1960s, the pianist has spent the past quarter century building a vast, rolling musical universe.

This event will be broadcast in Jazz on 3 on Monday 12 November.


SUNDAY 11/11/2012 – 15:30


Led by vocalist Pinise Saul, with Chris Batchelor (trumpet), Harry Brown (trombone), Jason Yarde (saxophone), Adam Glasser (piano), Dudley Phillips (bass) and Frank Tontoh (drums), the Comets play the searing, joyous music of saxophonist Dudu Pukwana.


THURSDAY 15/11/2012 – 20:30


Double Tandem is an international collaboration of three fiercely individual artists from Netherlands, the USA and Norway, as they find new ways to explore spontaneous sounds and narrative. A collage of contrasting perspectives on time and melody, their music explores sonic languages inspired by jazz and world cultures, tossing ideas into the air and reinventing them with the intelligence of master improvisers.


SATURDAY 17/11/2012 – 20:30


Keith and Julie Tippett are acknowledged as two of the most distinctive and original musicians in jazz and improvised music. In their fifth decade of marriage and making music together they perform an evening of spontaneous composition, the architecture being complete only when the last note has drifted into silence.

Lithuanian multi-reeds player/composer Liudas Mockunas conjures extraordinary sounds from the bass saxophone, performing a special duet with Estonian guitarist/free improviser Jaak Sooäär ­ an explosive mixture of free jazz and edgy interaction from the Baltic.


SUNDAY 18/11/2012 – 19:30


To coincide with this year’s London Jazz Festival, Mopomoso presents an extended concert from the freer end of things. With an international cast of musicians from France, Belgium, Italy and Spain and with connections to Peru and Korea, the programme illustrates the wide range of approaches to be found in free improvisation.

Eun-Jung Kim, John Jasnoch, Charlie Collins: Traditional and non-traditional, fretted and unfretted instruments here provide the mix for this established trio in an eagerly awaited London debut. Eun-Jung Kim (komungo) , John Jasnoch (oud / banjo – uke) and Charlie Collins (waterphone / perc).

Jean Michel van Schouwburg, Adam Bohman & Jean Jacques Duerinickx: ‘Brussells meets a Bohman!’ Two central figures from the active Brussells improv scene – Jean Michel van Schouwburg (voice) and Jean Jacques Duerinickx (sax), here in the company of the ever inventive Adam Bohman (electronics). UK debut.

Fernando Perales: Another London first for this Spanish musician based in Peru who uses the guitar as a sound source to create a textural based music.

Chefa Alonso, Barbara Meyer & Cova Villages: Alonso’s all female Spanish trio – Chefa Alonso (sax-percussion) / Barbara Meyer (cello) / Cova Villages (voice) – paying a welcome return visit. Collective improvising that is always a pleasure!

Edoardo Marraffa & Nicola Guazzaloca: UK debut for this excellent Italian sax and piano duo. Fiery and imaginative musical narratives unfolding in real time. A real treat for the ears!

Pascal Marzan & John Russell: A highly regarded acoustic guitar duo in a remarkable blend of nylon and steel string, fingers and picks. ‘In full flow, the music seems to pour out of them smoothly and effortlessly’ (John Eyles – All about Jazz)

Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava Plays Morton Feldman


Still, rigor is relative, and Feldman wielded his control relatively lightly in this murmuring, throbbing sequence of sonic events. As in the works of certain influential painters with whom he was friendly, like Philip Guston and Mark Rothko, Feldman sought to impose a kind of objective parity among sounds, dispelling notions of foreground and background.

Upcoming Berlin Performances from Corvo Artists

From Corvo Records:

Fr. 9.11.2012
“ultrasonic TARGETING”
JOKE LANZ – turntables & CHRISTIAN WEBER – doublebass
Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz
Lützowplatz 9

Joke Lanz is one of the most prolific and profound artists working in the border zones where performance and body art meet Improvisation and Noise. In his Sudden Infant guise, Lanz creates a unique blend of physical sound poetry and epileptic noise bursts, using contact microphones, loops, tapes etc. Christian Weber is an internationally acclaimed composer for contemporary music and much sought after sideman in the field of Jazz, contemporary and experimental music. He is as well known as a soloist who is developing pizzicato attacks and arco drones that explode like honey bombs.

Do. 22.11.2012
“Improvised Electroacoustic Music & Dance”
Alessandra Eramo – voice
Simone Quatrana – piano
Stefano Ferrian – saxophone
Wendelin Büchler – electronic devices, guitar

Naherhlung Sternchen

Simone Quatrana and Stefano Ferrian are two musicians from Novara, North Italy who are playing their second “Improv Connection Tour”, performing and interacting with improvisors all over Europe. (Participations include Incubate Festival, Novara Jazz Fest, Umbria Jazz 2012) Collaborations with Ken Vandermark, Mario Gabola, Damo Suzuki. Alessandra Eramo is a sound artist and performer working in the area of extented vocal techniques, sound and visual poetry (Biennale di Venezia 2011, Roulette New York, Liverpool Biennale 2012 – Electronic Voice Phenomena) Many collaborations, a.o. with Marta Zapparoli, Seiji Morimoto, Gino Robair. Wendelin Büchler is running Corvo Records, Vinyl and Sound Art Production and since 2012 he is the artistic director of the experimental music series Emihal at Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin. He performed and recorded with Gino Robair, Paul Hubweber, Fred Frith

Sa. 1.12.2012
“Extended Voice Composition & Improvisation”
Gabriel Dharmoo (Montreal)
Steffi Weismann (Berlin/CH)
Alessandra Eramo (Berlin/IT)
Wendelin Büchler (Berlin)

Sucked Orange – Multidisciplinary Art Gallery
Emserstr. 91

William Basinski Interview

English: William Basinski live. Polski: Willia...
English: William Basinski live. Polski: William Basinski. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Pitchfork:

And now Basinski is moving forward with Nocturnes, due out on his 2062 label later this year. It comprises two pieces: a “trippy” 40-minute work that draws from material that dates back to the late 70s (stream an 11-minute excerpt above), and a 20-minute piece from Basinski’s contributions to Robert Wilson’s opera The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, which recently toured Europe and features the titular performance artist, as well as contributions from Matmos and Antony, a decades-old friend of Basinski’s. “[Wilson] likes a full set of crayons to work with, so Antony and I provided the ultraviolet range.”