The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has selected trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith as one of 14 composers to receive a 2012 Fromm commission. With the commission, Smith will write a new work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Tentatively titled “The March on Washington D.C. – August 28, 1963,” this will be the 22nd composition in Smith’s highly acclaimed civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers, which the trumpeter has written over the past 34 years and calls “one of my life’s defining works.” The new work — composed for Smith’s Golden Quartet, along with string quartet and harp — will premiere on the final evening of a three-night performance of the complete Ten Freedom Summers collection at Roulette in Brooklyn, New York on May 1 – 3, 2013.
This week, the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival. There are many, many artists performing, and quite a few may be “avant.” Nonetheless, I’ve limited the list to the more internationally-known artists. But check the link above for the complete lineup.
TOM HARRELL QUINTET
Tom Harrell Wayne Escoffery Adam Cruz Ugonna Okegwo Danny Grissett
Usina del Arte
MARK HELIAS + ERNESTO JODOS & SERGIO VERDINELLI Mark Helias Ernesto Jodos Sergio Verdinelli
IR ARRIBA22 NOVIEMBRE
HELIAS-DOMÍNGUEZ-HECHT PRESENTAN DROP DOGS
Mark Helias Rodrigo Domínguez Hernán Hecht
IR ARRIBA23 NOVIEMBRE
CLÍNICA DE CONTRABAJO, POR MARK HELIAS
GUILLERMO KLEIN QUINTETO + CARME CANELA
Guillermo Klein Carme Canela Patricio Carpossi Sergio Verdinelli David Xirgu
IR ARRIBA24 NOVIEMBRE
DÚO RALPH TOWNER – JAVIER GIROTTO / KIRK LIGHTSEY SOLOPIANO Ralph Towner Javier Girotto Kirk Lightsey
JOHN HOLLENBECK & MANUEL DE FALLA BIG BAND
John Hollenbeck Manuel de Falla Big Band
MARC DUCRET TRÍO / RAMON FOSSATI GLOWING TRÍO
Marc Ducret Bruno Chevillon Eric Echampard Ramón Fossati Horacio Fumero David Xirgu
IR ARRIBA25 NOVIEMBRE
JOHN HOLLENBECK QUINTET / KIRK LIGHTSEY TRÍO
John Hollenbeck Ernesto Jodos Rodrigo Domínguez Jerónimo Carmona Juan Pablo Arredondo Kirk Lightsey Horacio Fumero Pepi Taveira
Mole Quartet Mark Aanderud Hernán Hecht David Gilmore
Broken Harbour – Gramophone Transmissions
Danny Saul – Kinison-Goldthwait
Carlton Melton – Photos of Photos
Vasectomy Party – The Wulfgar Command II
Truchsess – Entreaty
Necrostasi – Prolification
Bördel Noïr – La Nuit Gruille
Pietro Riparbelli – Three Days Of Silence
Hall of Mirrors – Altered Nights
Devilman – Self Titled
Sabbath Assembly – Ye Are One
Werewolf Jerusalem / Willows – Spilt CDR
Boar – Craft
On June 10th, 1972, shortly after Anthony turned 27 years old, he gave a solo concert at Carnegie Recital Hall (today called Weill Recital Hall). Aside from a New York Times listing kept in Carnegie’s archives, we could find no visual or audio record of the event. Then, earlier this year, a NYC musician contacted the Tri-Centric Foundation about mysterious tapes he had received from an acquaintance. To our surprise, one contained a part of the 1972 solo Carnegie concert. Anthony listened to it and confirmed the content. It took 40 years, but the music made its way back to Anthony, and we are currently working towards a New Braxton House release. Audio sample (unmastered) available here: http://soundcloud.com/tricentricfoundation/nbh036.
Coming on Dec.1 is the Echo Echo Mirror House performance by the 12+3tet recorded on October 7th, 2011 at Roulette. In this musical system, all the musicians wield iPods, loaded with Braxton’s extensive recorded discography. That’s in addition to the instruments they play. The result: a rich sonic tapestry of live performance and Braxton recordings.
On December 15th, Anthony will be appearing at the Kennedy Center with his Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock). More information and tickets available here. Tickets are $38 and, looking at the seating chart on the web, they seem to be selling fast.
As well as three current working (and touring) ensembles, a busy recording schedule and a flourishing teaching career, Toronto, Canada-born percussionist/composer Harris Eisenstadt is also a family man. Now settled in New York City, it’s been a busy year, with four recordings-September Trio (Clean Feed, 2011), Canada Day III (Songlines, 2012), Canada Day II (Songlines, 2011), Canada Day Octet (482 Music, 2012)-all released within the last twelve months or so; a release schedule rivaled only by guitarist Bill Frisell and pianist Chick Corea.