Coming to Seattle

Photo of Stuart Dempster at "In the Mood ...
Photo of Stuart Dempster at “In the Mood for Food” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

FRI. 1/25, 8 PM – Dennis Rea Large Ensemble – chamber compositions and guided improvisations with Stuart Dempster (trombone), James DeJoie (bass clarinet), Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Kate Olson (soprano sax), John Seman (bass), Tom Zgonc (drums)

SAT. 1/26, 8 PM – Neal Kosaly-Meyer performs John Cage’s Writing for the Second Time Through Finnegan’s Wake and One7

FRI. 2/1, 8 PM – music of Herbert Brun, his students and friends, with Arun Chandra, Susan Parenti, Mark Enslin and others

THU. 2/7, 8 PM – Seattle Improvised Music Festival: LaDonna Smith (violin, voila, vox), Amy Denio (accordion, alto sax, vox), Beth Fleenor (clarinet, vox), Paul Hoskin (contrabass clarinet); Tucker Dulin, Greg Powers, Stuart Dempster (trombones); Craig Taborn (piano), Ivan Arteaga (sax, clarinet), Paul Kikuchi (percussion), Wayne Horvitz (electronics)

FRI. 2/8, 8 PM – Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Tucker Dulin (trombone), Gust Burns (piano), Mark Collins (bass), Jonathan Way (electronics); LaDonna Smith (vioin, viola, vox); Craig Taborn (piano), Paul Hoskin (baritone sax), Mark Ostrowski (percussion)

SAT. 2/9, 8 PM – Seattle Improvised Music Festival: LaDonna Smith (violin, viola, vox), Tari Nelson-Zagar (violin), Monica Schley (harp); Tucker Dulin (trombone); Craig Taborn (piano), Greg Campbell (percussion)

WED. 2/13 – Beth Fleenor Workshop Ensemble

FRI. 2/15 – Neil Welch, saxophone

SAT. 2/16, 8 PM – David Hahn & Concert Imaginaire – Cave Canum

Newsbits: Stetson and Gustafsson / Cloudburst and Medicine Cabinet in Portland / New Tomahawk Release and Tour / Van Wissem in Pittburgh / Butcher, Davies, and Patterson in Newcastle

tomahawk (Photo credit: /Sizemore/)

Recent work of Colin Stetson and Mats Gustafsson is reviewed and reviewed again.

Cloudburst and Medicine Cabinet play at the Revival Drum Shop 1465 NE Prescott, Portland, Wednesday, February 6, 8 pm. Continuing their tradition of unusual combinations of experimental musics, the creative music guild has located atmospheric electronic artist, Cloudburst , alongside the finely wrought reed and guitar interactions of the Medicine Cabinet.

Tomahawk, a group featuring Mike Patton and Trey Spruance, have a new release coming out, and will be touring the west coast.

Jozef Van Wissem will perform in Pittburgh on Ferbuary 11th.

John Butcher, Rhodri Davies, Lee Patterson (saxophones, electric harp, amplified devices and processes, respectively) will play at Morden Tower, Back Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, January 25, 8pm.

All About Jazz Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa

From All About Jazz:

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Slippery Rock (Hot Cup Records)

Francois Carrier
Shoreditch, London, December 2011: One great gig, two fine albums

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Gamak (ACT Music)

Frank Gratkowski Quartet
Le Vent et la Gorge (Leo Records)

Two John Cale Programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Reviewed

John Cale
John Cale (Photo credit: jasperwiet)


A drone, sustained and hypnotic, opened John Cale’s first program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, “Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico,” on Wednesday. It enveloped Nico’s “Frozen Warnings,” sung by Mr. Cale and Meshell Ndegeocello, to start a concert of Nico’s songs featuring a dozen guest performers. Another drone — Mr. Cale’s sawing, insistent electric viola part in the Velvet Underground’s sadomasochistic “Venus in Furs” (written by Lou Reed) — ended his second program there on Friday (repeated Saturday), featuring Mr. Cale’s own songs backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra, including a full performance of his 1973 album, “Paris 1919.”