Newsbits: Respect Sextet / Magen & Tester / Karl Evangelista / Strung Out Trio in Germany / Guy Klucevsek

Karl Evangelista
Karl Evangelista (Photo credit: michaelz1)

The Respect Sextet will play a CD release show for their new offering “Respect in Yule,” on Friday, Dec. 22, at Joe’s Pub in New York.

Melbourne’s Avantwhatever Presents… The Birds & The Bees by Anthony Magen & Christina Tester. a limited edition 5-Inch Lathe Cut Vinyl, along with a Soundwalk along Merri Creek & BBQ, 2pm Sunday November 25 at Phillips Reserve, Corner of Victoria St & Weigall St, East Brunswick (Near End of 96 Tram Route). A launch for Anthony Magen & Christina Tester’s release ‘The Birds & The Bees’ – a special edition Avantwhatever lathe cut release limited to only 30 copies.

Karl Evangelista’s “Taglish” CD Release (with Grex & Ai-Ai) will perform Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:00pm at The Jazzschool (2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA). This special program celebrates the CD release of “Taglish,” guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista’s exploration of the multifaceted nature of both contemporary creative music and 21st century Filipino-American culture. Inspired by Evangelista’s family experiences, the project synthesizes jazz, American song, 20th century experimentalism, and Filipino folk melody into an aesthetic syntax that is at once universal and starkly personal. Centered around the band Grex (co-led by multi-instrumentalist Rei Scampavia) and featuring trailblazing saxophonist Francis Wong, renowned electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist John-Carlos Perea, and Bay Area drumming dynamo Jordan Glenn, Taglish is a genuinely multicultural, trans-idiomatic work.

Guitarist Matthew Gould, violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould (also known as Duo46)and pianist Nathanael May will perform as the Strung Out Trio (S.O.T) in Germany, November 24 Wurzburg, Academy of Music and November 25, Fuida Great Hall of Ancient University. These concerts will feature the European premiere of German composer Michael Quell’s “A Blurring Cloud” for which they achieved a Barlow Foundation Music Composition Award.

Starkland has released a 2-CD set presenting Guy Klucevsek’s major Polka From The Fringe project, offering 29 radically revised polka pieces that range from Elliott Sharp’s punk-infused Happy Chappie Polka, Fred Frith’s humorous The Disinformation Polka, and John King’s slyly political song about a one-legged polka, to Carl Finch’s (of Brave Combo) beautiful Prairie Dogs, William Obrecht’s witty Guy, Won’t You Play Your Accordion, and Dick Connette’s poignant Wild Goose. Other composers include: Mary Ellen Childs, Anthony Coleman, William Duckworth, Phillip Johnston, Aaron Jay Kernis, Bobby Previte, Carl Stone, Lois V Vierk, and more.