15 Questions with Trevor Dunn

English: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

From 15 Questions:

For Trevor Dunn making music is all about pleasing himself and it’s a philosophy that has yielded a long and progressive career. Understanding that an artist can’t please everyone, Dunn is contented to be his own audience, having faith that someone out there will enjoy the music he makes. It’s worked out well so far. Dunn has played with Tom Waits, John Zorn and is a key member in pioneering bands like Mr Bungle and Fantomas, most recently taking the bass reigns with Tomahawk. With a penchant for genre blending, Dunn never lets this element of his career define him and is comfortable playing it straight. Metal, jazz or classical, it’s all just music to Dunn and he’ll do with it what he pleases.

Chicago Scene: February 16-28

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a weekly overview live performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

February 16:

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$10)
Phyllis Chen
Carla Kihlstedt

8:00PM at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd (Free)
Off the Record : Listening Party and Performance
David Boykin

February 17:

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($10)
Kris Davis Quintet with Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, Eivind Opsvik, Tom Rainey

February 18:

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

10PM at the Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted Street
Michael Musillami Trio + 1
Michael Musillami – Guitar
Joe Fonda – Bass
George Schuller – Drums
with Special Guest, Russ Johnson – Trumpet

February 19:

12:15 pm LunchBreak Series in Randolph Café
Ari Brown Quartet

February 20:

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($7)
Michael Zerang, Jim Becker, Emmett Kelly, Brent Gutzeit, Brian Labycz

February 21:

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616 ($8)
Rob Mazurek‘s Alternate Moon Cycles, with Leroy Bach, Matt Lux, Mikel Avery

February 23:

5:00PM at PianoForte, 410 S Michigan, Ste 825, 312.291.0291 ($10-$5)
Ensemble Dal Niente
Hommage to Ligeti, Hauer, and Reich
Mabel Kwan — music of Georg Friedrich Haas

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Outer Ear Series
Renée Baker Artet

February 24:

3:00PM at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W Chicago ($15-$10)
Chicago Composers : clarinet/violin
MAVerick Ensemble — featured composer: Murail

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7)
Shofar : Mikolaj Tzraska, Macio Moretti, Raphael Roginski, special guests Josh Berman, Jason Stein

February 25:

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

10PM at the Skylark, 2149 S. halsted Street
Luke Polopnick Trio: Luke Polopnick – Guitar, Anton Hatwich – Bass, Frank Rosaly – Drums

February 28:

7:30PM at the Ruth Page Dance Center, 1016 N Dearborn, 312.337.6543 ($20-$10)
Ensemble Dal Niente
In Vain
Ensemble Dal Niente — music of Christopher Trapani, Georg Friedrich Haas

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616 ($7)
Nick Mazzarella Trio with Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly

March 2:

8:00PM at Old Town School East, 4545 N Lincoln, 773.728.6000 ($10)
The Space Between
Rob Mazurek, Marianne M Kim

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:


Newsbits: El Intruso / Eighth Blackbird / Argue’s Secret Society / League of Composers / End of Zorn’s Filmworks?

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009
English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2013 El Intruso Poll results are out, featuring the free-jazz and related artists and releases voted best by critics (including me).

The Eighth Blackbird has won another Grammy, proving that there can sometimes be justice in the world.

Darcy James Argue‘s Music From Brooklyn Babylon will be released soon, and he has provided one track to his Kickstarter backers. As you might expect, it sounds fantastic.

The League of Composers is holding a competition: The League of Composers/ISCM-US Section Composers’ Competition is open to all composers with United States citizenship or legal residence. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and possible performance in New York City. Up to five additional finalists may also be selected. There are no stylistic limitations. Works must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length, although closer to 10 minutes is encouraged, to increase the likelihood that the piece will be programmed on a League/ISCM concert. Submitted works may be for solo instrument, small ensemble, or any combination up to a chamber orchestra, voice, multiple vocalists, chorus, opera and additional media, and/or electronic components.

The Examiner writes about the possible end of John Zorn’s Filmworks project.

Monsieur Délire Reviews

Français : Pere Ubu en concert au Circolo degl...

From Monsieur Délire:

ANDREW MCPHERSON / Secrets of Antikythera (Innova)
JERI-MAE G. ASTOLFI / Here (and there) (Innova)
KAMIKAZE / Alpha (Unit Records)
SALIM GHAZI SAEEDI / namoWoman (Salim Ghazi Saeedi)
DAO DE NOIZE / Kalam (Psychonavigation – merci à/thanks to John Bourke P.R.)
COLIN WEBSTER, MARK HOLUB & SHEIK ANORAK / Languages Live at Vortex (Gaffer Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
TAKAMOVSKY / In Streams (Etymtone – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
SIMON WHETHAM / Never So Alone (Crónica – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
MARTEAU ROUGE / Noir (Gaffer Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
GIUSEPPE IELASI & KASSEL JAEGER / Parallel/Grayscale (editions Mego – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
TOMAHAWK / Oddfellows (Ipecac)
MARY ELLEN CHILDS / Wreck (Innova)
DAVID FENECH / Grand Huit (Gagarin Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
BROKEBACK / Brokeback and the Black Rock (Thrill Jockey – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
MARC LARDON / Mörder in der Pulvermühle (Deszpot)
ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS / $100 Guitar Project (Bridge Records)
BARRY ALTSCHUL / The 3dom Factor (TUM Records – merci à/thanks to Braithwaite & Katz)
PERE UBU / Lady from Shanghai (Fire Records)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 04/2013

Satoko Fujii,Natsuki Tamura
Satoko Fujii,Natsuki Tamura (Photo credit: andynew)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Kongens Gade: John Corbett, Nick Stephens, Louis Moholo Moholo

Nathan Douds
Nathan Douds Ensemble: Nathan Douds Ensemble

AL Maslakh
Gestalt Et Death: Dead Country Feat. Alfred 23 Harth

Annihaya Records
Shalabi Effect: Lin up Here

Non-extraneaous Sounds: Marial Roberts, Cello

Muku: Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii

the Gift: Ivo Perelman, Matt Shipp, Mike Bisio

New Artists
a Prayer for Peace: Richard Tabnik Trio

Hippin: Crothers, Parsons

Tahrir: Jeff Marx, Jeff Siegel, John Esposito

Michel Lambert
Effugit: Maikotron Unit

Watershed: Denis Fournier, Nicole Mitchell, Hannah Taylor, Tomeka Reid, Bernard Santacruz