Keith Rowe With Graham Lambkin and Michael Pisaro at Temp Reviewed

Axel Dörner and Keith Rowe in Chicago, Illinoi...
Axel Dörner and Keith Rowe in Chicago, Illinois, 22 September 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Keith Rowe is 72, and the instrument he’s been associated with for nearly 50 years is an electric guitar, laid flat on a table. Near the guitar are the things he uses for manipulating the sound of the guitar or interacting with it: flat objects of various weights and hardnesses, a couple of effects pedals, a small electric fan, a wad of steel wool, a small radio, an iPod, a sound mixer.

Coming the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

SUNDAY 20/01/2013 – 20.30


Mopomoso starts the New Year with three great sets of free improvisation:

Stefan Keune (sax) / Dominic Lash (bass) / Steve Noble (drums) trio

Known more in the UK for his work on alto and sopranino German saxophonist Keune brings out the baritone for what promises to be a blistering set with two of the UK’s finest. Sonic pyrotechnics of the highest order!

Hannah Marshall (cello) / Paul G Smyth (piano) duo

Ireland’s foremost improvising talent Smyth revisits a duo with remarkable cellist Marshall in a Mopomoso debut. Empathetic and inventive interplay across the spectrum.

Satkoko Fukuda (violin) / Henry Lowther (trumpet) / John Russell (guitar) trio

Well respected and highly musical trio make a welcome return, playing a rare music of poise and elegance. Engaging, open ended and fluid improvisation from three great players.


TUESDAY 22/01/2013 – 20.30


Alto and Baritone saxophonist “Iron lungs” Alan Wilkinson is joined by 2 of the UK’s most inventive and uncompromising free improvisers, pianist and electronics player Pat Thomas, and drum maestro Mark Sanders, and one of the most talented new double bass exponents, Neil Charles. Between them they have played with many of the greatest names in contemporary music including Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Jah Wobble, Spiritualized, and The Mingus Big Band. This will be a night for those who like their music hot and dangerous. Hold onto your seats and take the plunge!


THURSDAY 24/01/2013 – 20.30


Performing works by George Crumb, Fred Rzewski, Stephen Montague, Louis Andriessen and Trent Reznor as well as original works, tonight Jetsam presents ‘A Dreamlife of Hackney Marshes’ featuring Hackney Marshman Gareth Rees, Dave Smith and Dan Nicholls and images by Dave Maric.


SATURDAY 26/01/2013 – 20.30


After sell-out shows throughout 2011 and 2012, Match&Fuse present a night of cutting-edge and innovative groups to kick-start 2013, featuring Tubax.

Tubax experiment with psychedelic bravado and rhythm – they promise to melt your brain with their acid-trip math jazz AND get you dancing anyway. Live they are tour-de-force guaranteed to drop jaws. Giaccomo Schirru Manca (bass) / Davide Stampini (synth, sampler, guitar) / Alberto Fogli (drums).

Psylus: Fresh from their packed out 2012 London Jazz Festival performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Psylus is the melding of five progressive minds that together create realms of sound transcendent of genre. A dynamic exploration of textures and styles, Psylus finds its foundations from each members’ respective roots in Jazz, Hip Hop and Electronic Music, which serve as a platform for abstraction and musical evolution.

Honey Ride Me A Goat: Ultra tight, gnarly progressive, beastly riff-and-groove-heavy avant-punk from three childhood friends hailing from Kent.

“This trio’s approach is similar at times to the musical cubism of the Magic Band but at others they go into overdrive to create a maelstrom of sound without ever completely abandoning melody and rhythm. Their music ends up balanced, unpretentious, and pretty accessible. Honey Ride Me A Goat’s music is potent and life-affirming” BRAINWASHED

Nameless Sound Spring Season

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...
saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano Jazz Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Houston’s Nameless Sound:

Nameless Sound launches its winter/spring 2013 season with free jazz supergroup TRIO 3

TRIO 3 featuring
Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, and Reggie Workman
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8pm
The Historic Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin, Houston [map]
$13 general / $10 with student i.d. / free, 18 and under

Drawing its membership from the World Saxophone Quartet, the Cecil Taylor Unit, and the John Coltrane Quartet, TRIO 3 is a true supergroup of the jazz avant-garde, a self-described “band where the music is the leader.” In the 1960s, drummer Andrew Cyrille (b. 1939, Brooklyn) developed an pan-metrical approach to the kit which helped pave the way for a new kind of drummer, freed from the constraints of mere timekeeping. Oliver Lake (b. 1942, Marianna, Arkansas) is best known for his piercing, bluesy tone on the alto saxophone, as well as for his compositional prowess with the WSQ, and his work outside of jazz with the likes of Bjork, Lou Reed, and Mos Def. And Reginald Workman (b. 1937, Philadelphia) is an expressive, first-call doublebassist whose playing provides a direct link between the classic sessions of the Blue Note Records heyday and the present day free jazz scene. The combined pedigree of this all-star trio in their Houston debut makes this an unmissable event.

Three public events highlight the
Roscoe Mitchell Houston Residency

Nameless Sound & Contemporary Arts Museum Houston present
Roscoe Mitchell and Alvin Fielder
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:30pm
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose [map]
free concert

Nameless Sound’s Resounding Vision Award Gala
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8pm
The Historic Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin, Houston [map]
featuring dinner, art auction, music, and special guests
tickets start at $200

Nameless Sound and Project Row Houses present
Roscoe Mitchell Quartet
Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8pm
The Historic Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin, Houston [map]
$13 general / $10 with student i.d. / free, 18 and under

Saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell (b. 1940, Chicago) is a key figure in the second wave of jazz avant-gardists who see themselves as composers just as much as improvisers. He is a founding member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and of its flagship group, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, which expanded the music beyond the ecstasies and expressionism of their “post-bop” and “free jazz” predecessors. In the new century, he’s been revered as one of the music’s most articulate elder statesmen, holding prestigious teaching posts at the University of Wisconsin and Mills College, and serving as a beacon for a new generation of creative musicians. Nameless Sound is pleased to welcome Professor Mitchell to Houston for a weeklong residency, during which he will lead a series of workshops and rehearsals, and participate in three public events.