Sergei Tcherepnin’s Music for One at Issue Project Room

From, a tale of a very unusual performance.

There was also the matter of the vodka, but I’m getting ahead of myself. I should explain that I was not only the sole audience member at the performance, I was also the instrument and the acoustic chamber: hence the difficulty of assuming critical distance. The piece was a six-channel electronic composition, which Mr. Tcherepnin played through my body by means of electric impulses sent through a blanket-covered platform I lay on, as well as through four electrodes. Two of these I held against my chest and abdomen while he moved the other two around my head.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Trespass Trio – Bruder Beda (Clean Feed, 2012) ****½
Thollem, Parker, Cline – The Gowanus Session (Porter, 2012) ***½
Lina Allemano Four – Live At The Tranzac (Lumo, 2012) ****
Sam Pettigrew – Domestic Smear (Avantwhatever, 2012)***1/2
Mike Majkowski – Tremolo (Avantwhatever, 2012) ****
Daniel Barbiero – Not One Nor (zeroMOON Records, 2012) ***1/2
Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore: Play Some Fucking Stooges (Quasi Pop/Dumpster Diving Lab, 2012) ****½
Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Maholo-Maholo — Ancestors (TUM, 2012) ****

Ars Nova Workshop Winter / Spring 2013 Schedule

English: ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink
English: ICP Orchestra – Han Bannink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop have announced the upcoming concerts.


Monday, January 14, 8pm
Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone; Joe Fonda, bass; Barry Altschul, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
The Philadelphia debut of the drummer Barry Altschul’s Threedom Trio featuring the tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon and the bassist Joe Fonda. Tonight we celebrate the release of the group’s debut album, The Threedom Factor, and Altschul’s 70th birthday. The New York City drummer Barry Altschul was a member of Circle, the innovative jazz ensemble featuring Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton, which released several stunning albums in the early-1970s on Blue Note and ECM. The Threedom Trio brings together two musicians with whom he has collaborated on several occasions. Altschul played with the bassist Joe Fonda on the classic Dave Holland album Conference of the Birds and in the FAB Trio with Billy Bang, and he most recently worked with the saxophonist Jon Irabagon (a Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition winner) on 2010’s Foxy.

Friday, January 18, 8pm
Jorrit Dijkstra, saxophone + Lyricon; Nate McBride, bass; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Mary Oliver, violin; Pandelis Karayorgis, piano; Hen Bennink, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
The first Philadelphia performance by The Whammies, an all-star sextet featuring leading voices from the improvised music scenes of Amsterdam, Chicago and Boston. Taking its band name from a Steve Lacy song, in 2012 the Whammies released The Whammies Play the Music of Steve Lacy on Driff Records, the label founded by Boston-based band members Jorrit Dijkstra and Pandelis Karayorgis. Dijkstra first saw Lacy perform with Whammies drummer Han Bennink (the co-founder of the Instant Composers Pool) in the early 1980s. The other three band members are the Chicago-based trombonist Jeb Bishop and the bassist Nate McBride (both frequent Ken Vandermark collaborators), and the Amsterdam-based violinist Mary Oliver (who, along with Bennink, is a member of the ICP Orchestra).

Saturday, February 9, 8pm
Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone; Mat Maneri, viola; Trevor Dunn, bass; Kris Davis, piano; Tom Rainey, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
The Philadelphia debut of Capricorn Climber, the new ensemble led by the pianist Kris Davis featuring the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, the violist Mat Maneri, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Tom Rainey. The New York City pianist Davis has worked with Tim Berne, Andrew Cyrille, Mary Halvorson and Bill Frisell. She has recently worked on several albums released by Clean Feed, including her solo album Aeriol Piano, Tony Malaby’s Novela and, with the drummer Tyshawn Sorey and the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, the critically-acclaimed Paradoxical Frog. Laubrock, Maneri, Dunn and Rainey have collaborated with Evan Parker, Jason Adasiewicz, Cecil Taylor, the Melvins, John Zorn and William Parker.

Friday, March 1, 8pm
Tim Berne, alto saxophone; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Andrea Parkins, accordion/electronics; Ches Smith, drums
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Free Admission
Led by the drummer Ches Smith, These Arches features the saxophonists Tim Berne and Tony Malaby, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the accordionist Andrea Parkins. Smith, one of the most versatile drummers working in experimental music today, has played with Xiu Xiu, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Marc Ribot, Iggy Pop, Terry Riley, and many others. For These Arches, initially Smith jha united several impressive voices in contemporary jazz and experimental music. Originally a quartet, Smith recently brought Berne onboard. The two have worked together in the past, most recently in Berne’s group Snakeoil, which released an album in 2012 on ECM. Tonight These Arches will play music from Hammered, their 2013 ECM album.

Wednesday, March 20, 8pm
Mark Turner, tenor saxophone; Ethan Iverson, piano; Ben Street, bass; Billy Hart, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
The Philadelphia debut of the Billy Hart Quartet. Led by the drummer Billy Hart, the group includes the tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, the pianist Ethan Iverson and the bassist Ben Street. All Our Reasons, the quartet’s critically acclaimed album, was released in 2012 on ECM. The Washington, D.C. drummer Hart has worked with Otis Redding, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, Stan Getz, Dave Holland and Oliver Lake. He also played for several years with Herbie Hancock, as well as on Miles Davis’s classic 1972 album On the Corner. Iverson, a member of The Bad Plus, has worked with Tim Berne, Charlie Haden and Leek Konitz, and is the founder of the jazz blog Do The Math; Turner was a member of the Dave Holland Big Band and has played with Joshua Redman and Kurt Rosenwinkel; Street has worked with Holland, Rosenwinkel, Sam Rivers and Weather Report’s Miroslav Vitous.

Tuesday, March 26, 8pm
Masami Akita, laptop + electronics; Mats Gustafsson, saxophones; Balázs Pándi, drums
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; $15
The first Philadelphia collaboration between the Japanese noise artist Merzbow, the Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and the Hungarian drummer Balázs Pándi. With well over 300 albums since 1979, Merzbow has collaborated with many artists, such as Sunn O))), Boris, Keiji Haino, Mike Patton and John Wiese. In 2005, at the Roskilde Festival, Merzbow performed with Sonic Youth, alongside Gustafsson, a member of The Thing, Swedish Azz, Fire! and Sonore. Pándi (who played in duo with Merzbow in Philadelphia when ANW presented them in 2010), has worked Bill Laswell, Andrew WK, Thurston Moore, Lasse Marhaug, Flying Lotus and Venetian Snares.

Thursday, April 11, 8pm
Michael Moore, alto saxophone + clarinet; Tobias Delius, tenor saxophone + clarinet; Ab Baars, tenor saxophone + clarinet; Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Wolter Wierbos, trombone; Mary Oliver, violin; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Ernst Glerum, bass; Han Bennink, drums
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, $15
ANW’s thrilled to welcome the ICP Orchestra back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2011, when we presented the legendary Dutch ensemble for three consecutive nights. ICP is a collective of Dutch composers and improvisers (and instant composers) formed in 1967 by Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. The corresponding artist-run ICP Records has released over 40 albums, and is the longest running label of its kind. Over the years, the always-evolving ICP Orchestra has collaborated with giants of the experimental music world, such as Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, John Tchicai and Alan Silva. The current line-up for the ICP Orchestra consists of nine of the most innovative voices from around the globe, including co-founder Bennink, Michael Moore, Ab Baars, and Wolter Wierbos.

Saturday, April 13, 8pm
Dave Rempis, saxophones; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Nate McBride, bass; Tim Daisy, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
The first Philadelphia performance since 2007 by Chicago improvising unit The Engines featuring the saxophonist Dave Rempis, the trombonist Jeb Bishop, the bassist Nate McBride and the drummer Tim Daisy. All leading voices from Chicago’s improvised music scene, the four have worked in various projects with Mats Gustafsson, Roscoe Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Jason Adasiewicz and Nels Cline, and in groups such as Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchesra, Peter Brotzmann’s Chicago Tentet, Ballister and Vox Arcana. A leader-less quartet, each member brings original compositions to the table in order to foster what the group calls an “equal music relationship.” The Engines’ new album, out in 2013, is a live set performed at Hungry Brain with the late saxophonist John Tchicai.

Wednesday, May 1, 8pm
Craig Taborn, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
The Philadelphia debut of this trio led by the pianist Craig Taborn featuring the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. The New York City pianist Taborn has worked with Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, and many others. Among his recent recordings are three excellent ECM albums: Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory’s Far Side Taborn’s solo piano album Avenging Angel and the Michael Formanek Quartet’s Small Places. Cleaver has worked with Taborn in numerous configurations, including in trios with William Parker and Lotte Anker, and in the Michael Formanek Quartet; Morgan has worked with Paul Motian, Masabumi Kikuchi, Jim Black, Bill Frisell and Lee Konitz.

Saturday, May 25, 8pm
Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Nate McBride, bass; Mike Reed, drums.
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15
A season finale performance by Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms. This Chicago-based trio led by the vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, with the bassist Nate McBride and the drummer Mike Reed, will be playing for the first time in Philadelphia. Adasiewicz, a fixture of the Chicago jazz scene for many years and the leader of Rolldown, has worked in Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra, Josh Berman’s Old Idea, and Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly. McBride, a member of the Whammies and the Engines, has worked with Joe Morris, Joe McPhee, Paal-Nilssen Love, Hamid Drake and Ken Vandermark; Reed, a member and chairman of the AACM and leader of People, Places and Thing, has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Josh Abrams, Jeff Parker and Dave Rempis.
Ars Nova Workshop has only four concerts remaining in 2012. We’re nearly midway through our 13th year as Philadelphia’s leading presenter of jazz and experimental music, and we’ll be presenting the Philadelphia debuts of the Dutch group Duo Baars-Hennemen, and of Unfold Ordinary Mind, the new ensemble led by Ben Goldberg featuring Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. Also, a rare U.S. performance by the Belgian free-jazz legend and pianist Fred Van Hove, and a double-header season finale with the Frode Gjerstad Trio and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten’s The Young Mothers, two ensembles featuring leading Norwegian voices in experimental music.


Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet + 1: London, England, November 9-10, 2012 Reviewed

Brötzmann Tentet+1
Brötzmann Tentet+1 (Photo credit: andynew)

From All About Jazz:

Reprising a legendary three-day residency at Dalston’s Café Oto in April 2011, saxophonist Peter Brötzmann‘s Chicago Tentet roared into town for two nights as part of the London Jazz Festival, the penultimate dates in a nine-day European tour. Incredibly, given the inclement economic climate and the busy schedules of a star-studded roster bursting with leaders in their own right, this band has hit the road relentlessly, several times each year, since its inception in 1997. That depth of shared experience, alongside the possibility absorbing lessons learned over a prolonged period has made the Tentet one of the preeminent large ensembles in free jazz and beyond.

Cafe OTO in December

English: Chris Cutler with the Peter Blegvad T...
English: Chris Cutler with the Peter Blegvad Trio performing at a Rock in Opposition Festival in Southern France in April 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Cafe OTO:

SUN 2 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Solo concert for Portland, Oregon’s Marisa Anderson. ‘Her approach to playing her instrument hovers somewhere between extreme confidence and a kind of poetic tentativeness, coupled with an eager sense of the microtonal exploits you can uncover when a slide meets six strings. Her melodic sense is rustic, earthen, and deep, as though she has been playing these tunes for the better part of her life, but The Golden Hour really takes off when she combines this knowledge with a rambling, almost aleatory zeal for experimentation, most powerfully heard on the strung-out lights of “Electricity”, or the buzzing swarms of feedback that descend upon “Nebulae”.” Jon Dale’…..

MON 3 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £4 adv / £5 on the door

A programme of rarely seen shorts curated by Ian Helliwell, highlighting grass roots, self-funded and autonomous experiments with image and sound. Ranging from the 1950s to the 21st century, the selection includes a hand drawn soundtrack by Stuart Wynn Jones, a time lapse car journey from FC Judd, amateur electronic music by Ralph Broome from 1960, and direct animation film by students at Phoenix Brighton, on the Super 8 for Beginners workshops……

TUES 4 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 / £8 on the door

LUX presents the London premiere of Anne-Marie Copestake’s new Margaret Tait Award film commission, And Under That with a live soundtrack by Stevie Jones and Jer Reid followed by a set by Glasgow’s Muscles of Joy, an all-female vocal-led septet of which Copestake is a member……

WED 5 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £8 adv / £10 on the door

Exciting new trans-continental trio with hyperkinetic percussionist Chris Corsano – a charismatic virtuoso and one of the most noble and generous improvisers of the few last decades; Clayton Thomas – a bass player who has taken Europe by storm since he moved from Sydney to Berlin in 2007 and Alex Ward, who’s intensely concentrated clarinet playing draws deep on his own immersion in free improvisation and reference the whole history of his instrument, invoking everything from the experimental extensions of John Zorn and Anthony Braxton to the prehistoric pipes of frenzied bacchic ritual. He’ll also being weighing in with some loud, skronking guitar as seen in his groups N.E.W. and Dead Days Beyond Help…

THURS 6 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £4 on the door

Author and Strange Attractor founder Mark Pilkington presents an illustrated history of the key themes, ideas and influences that have shaped New Age music, from George Gurdjieff to James Ferraro, AR Orage to Genesis P Orridge. ……

SUN 9 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Pimmel was formed in 2008 by Andy Saunders and Lewes Arts Lab to explore the sonic power of massed fuzz organs. Multiple vintage organs with attached distortion pedals are accompanied by Fender Rhodes, Stylophones, bass and Chris Cutler on drums. The music occupies a unique territory somewhere between drone minimalism and cosmic jazz…..

TUES 11 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

John Tilbury would jokingly refer to our long-serving, slightly battered Dannemann baby grand as ‘that piano shaped box’ and it was in part due to his ongoing encouragement that we took delivery of an ex-rental Yamaha C3 grand piano at the beginning of September this year. We were able to get a great deal from Markson’s Pianos to make this possible. Still, a piano like that doesn’t come cheap and we will need to pay it off over the next two years. To that end, John has kindly agreed to perform a very special programme of Morton Feldman’s early piano works in honour of the new instrument and to raise funds to put towards those repayments. 100% of all ticket sales tonight go to that……

THURS 13 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £5 adv / £6 on the door

L A N D are Daniel Lea and Matthew Waters, a London based duo who have just released their debut album, Night Within on US label, Important Records. Featuring guest contributions from David Sylvian, Ben Frost, Daniel O’Sullivan and Duke Garwood, the album is a vast collision of sound, from free brass and woodwind to “geometric” bowed cymbals and metallic percussionn. For this rare live show, the album will be performed in its entirety for the first time with a full ensemble including electric guitars, saxophones, clarinets, cello and drums. There will also be a befitting set of abstract photographic visuals accompanying each track, shot and directed especially for tonight’s show by Will Davidson, to provide a fully immersive experience. Support comes from Italian sound artist, Roberto Crippa on live improvised electronics…….

SAT 15 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £10 adv / £12 on the door

Hibernate presents A Winter’s Gift with Lowered – the duo of Chris Gowers (Karina ESP) and Katie English (Isnaj Dui) – who create minimal compositions of long-form cello drones and sparse piano over dark swells of sound and grainy field recordings. They’re joined by special guests Clem Leek, Ithaca Trio and Ed Hamilton. Tickets include a free and exclusive compilation album!….

SUN 16 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £7 adv / £8 on the door

Concert pairing the long running duo of pianist Veryan Weston and saxophonist Trevor Watts with the dynamic rhythm section of John Edwards on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums and percussion for a new quartet where all possibilities are open…….

MON 17 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £4 on the door

Good Day Today is a new book by Daniel Neofetou about the films of David Lynch and how they pose a radical challenge to conservative and absolutist ideologies. In the book, Neofetou argues that – by utilising the tropes of the Hollywood movie, but subverting their accepted meanings and combining them with techniques from experimental film praxis – Lynch’s works might engender a mindset which resists prescribed meanings and blind consensus with the dominant discourse. The book launch will feature a talk by Daniel Neofetou, followed by a Q&A and performances from Luke Dean & TH11d..

TUES 18 DEC ’12 • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door

KONK PACK brings together three major figures in contemporary music – Tim Hodgkinson, Thomas Lehn and Roger Turner. This is their first UK tour for six years. The group has amazed audiences at festivals and concerts all over the world with the sheer energy of its rapid fire interplay, earning numerous critical accolades. This is a band that stretches free improvisation, opening out an architecture in which shifting space and detail of sound can volcanically explode into zones of accelerated high volume electronica & sonic detritus…..

Improv/experimental label Peira packages the abstract

From the Chicago Reader:

If you were to classify a label that releases improvisational jazz and experimental music in limited runs of 100 CD-Rs as one that lives on the margins of obscurity, you’d be right on. But when Brian Labycz began the Peira label in 2007, he wasn’t focused on the masses—he just wanted to release a duo album he’d recorded with bassist Jason Roebke. Labycz, 34, had wedged himself into Chicago’s improv community upon his return from a stint in Japan in 2003, where he lived for four years. When he first started performing in the late 90s he was a laptopper interested in processing field recordings. But once he became acquainted with members of the eventual jazz and improv collective Umbrella Music—by hanging out at Heaven Gallery and attending the Empty Bottle‘s now-defunct Wednesday jazz series, he tweaked his setup and created his own interface. He first built a custom midi controller but now plays a modular synth.

You can find samples of all Peira releases here.