Newsbits: Wadada Leo Smith Project / Priester and Bennington Kickstarter / Avantwhatever Show in Australia / Sidony Box

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

Wadada Leo Smith is asking for contributions to his project to add another chapter to Ten Freedom Summers, as well as an elaborate live performance.

Julian Priester and Jimmy Bennington has launched a Kickstarter project to fund a new recording, Blue Veils and Bright Stars.

Avantwhatever presents Mike Majkowski (Double Bass), Alice Hui-Sheng Chang & Jessie Scott (Vocals/Video), and Black Cracker (Jon Watts & Rishin Singh – Mixing Desk/Trombone), at 72a Shepherd St., Marrickville, Melbourne, Australia on Friday February 15.

French avant-garde music troupe Sidony Box have released their third album ‘Sidony Box Rules’.

The Nels Cline Residency at DUENDE, 1/23-1/26, Oakland

Nels Cline
Nels Cline (Photo credit: soundfromwayout)


The Nels Cline Residency at DUENDE, 1/23-1/26
Nels Cline – guitar
Trevor Dunn – bass
Scott Amendola – drums/electronics
special guests to be announced

The Nels Cline Singers is a group of avant-assassins led by guitarist Nels Cline. Formed in 2001, The Singers have released 4 albums on Cryptogramophone, that combine wide-ranging compositions with group improvisations and run the gamut between delicate lyricism and skull-crunching flights of fancy. Each night of this residency will feature two sets of music: The first by the trio exploring music new and old; the second collaborating with a different special guest! Special guests to be announced closer to the shows.



January 11, 2013
Ab Baars Wilbert de Joode Tollef Ostvang John Dikeman, Fabrikken, Oslo
Ab Baars John Dikeman Tollef Ostvang Wilbert de Joode

January 11, 2013
Joke Lanz Shelley Hirsch Lasse Marhaug Stine Janvin Motland, Fabrikken, Oslo
Joke Lanz Lasse Marhaug Stine Janvin Motland

January 11, 2013
Live Jukebox + Concert, Ny Musikk, Oslo
Fred Frith

January 11, 2013
Robert Piotrovicz Solo, Fabrikken, Oslo
Robert Piotrovicz

January 11, 2013
Sidsel Endresen Solo, Fabrikken, Oslo
Sidsel Endresen

January 11, 2013
Steve Noble Peter Brotzmann John Edwards, Fabrikken, Oslo
John Edwards Peter Brötzmann Steve Noble

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

British saxophonist Evan Parker performing liv...
British saxophonist Evan Parker performing live at Spicejazz, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Evan Parker / Georg Gräwe Unity Variations (Okka Disk, 1999) ****
Evan Parker/ Georg Gräwe – Dortmund Variations (Nuscope, 2012) ***½
Evan Parker/Agustí Fernandez: The Voice Is One (Not Two, 2012) ****
John Coxon/Evan Parker/Eddie Prévost: Cinema (Fataka, 2012) ****½
Eric Revis 11:11 – Parallax (Clean Feed 2012) ***½
Joachim Badenhorst – The Jungle, He Told Me .. (Smeraldina-Rima, 2012) ****
Ned Rothenberg – World Of Odd Harmonics (Tzadik 2012) ****½
9 Volt – Open Circuit (OutNow, 2012) ****½
Yoni Kretzmer 2Bass Quartet – Weight (OutNow, 2012) ****
Maroney/Ilgenfritz/Nescier/Drury – MiNDGaMES (OutNow, 2012) ****
Sean Conly & Michaël Attias – Think Shadow (OutNow, 2012) ***
Joelle Leandre/Jerome Bourdellon – Evidence (Relative Pitch) ***½
Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans/Weasel Walter – Mechanical Malfunction (Thirsty Ear, 2012) ****

Joe Morris January 16 Until January 31 at The Stone

Vision Festival
Vision Festival (Photo credit: andynew)

From Voice Places:

8:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from January 16 until January 31
@ The Stone
16 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009

An inspired improviser with an approach to the guitar both well-formulated and idiosyncratic, Joe Morris spent the past three decades refining creative ideas, playing in myriad instrumental situations, and earning what serves as fame on the free jazz scene. Now he has written a book, Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music, which explains the quantifiable aspects of what’s oft-considered a mysterious music—“a methodology that can be used to construct a methodology,” says the bandleader and New England Conservatory teacher. The 27 gigs he has curated at the Stone for the next two weeks will likely reveal the essence of the tome’s tenets. His current cohort stretches from Boston to Barcelona with a variety of characters uniting to make everything from doom skronk (Spanish Donkey) to chamber-prov (Ultra) to ye olde free-bop (Bass Quartet). Need an extended portrait of one man’s provocative vision? Here it is.

Elliott Carter Memorial at Le Poisson Rouge Reviewed

English: (Le) Poisson Rouge.
English: (Le) Poisson Rouge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


In an inspired gesture, a group of exemplary musicians presented a memorial concert for the composer Elliott Carter on Sunday night not at a prestigious performing arts center but at Le Poisson Rouge, the lively, informal Greenwich Village club that caters to all kinds of contemporary music. Carter died in November, a month shy of his 104th birthday, and he was composing and collaborating with performers almost to the end.