From Cyclic Defrost:
Joel Tammik – Horisont (Väli)
DJ Olive feat. Honeychild Coleman – Thwis (The Agriculture)
Mystified with Robin Storey – Music for Transit (Roil Noise)
Jeremiah Cymerman and Frantz Loriot: Seven Bridges [Peira PM18]
This duet set matching clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman with Frantz Loriot (violin and objects) begins with a bang, not a whimper. A short but powerful fortissimo blast of wind and strings introduces the 31-minute long single improvisation that makes up the release. Just beyond this opening eruption, the track reveals itself to be an example of a multifaceted interplay with intense passages leavened by quieter and sparser interludes. Both musicians are attuned to each other, Cymerman’s cries, squawks, plosions and bleats complementing Loriot’s plucking, varied bowings, and exploration of miscellaneous objects. Mostly centered on extended techniques of many kinds, this is an absorbing instance of acoustic musique concrete.
From All About Jazz:
A Different Time (Sony Masterworks)
The 3dom Factor (TUM Records)
Samuel Blaser Quartet
As The Sea (Hatology)
Steve Beresford / Martin Kuchen/ Stale Liavik Solberg
Three Babies (Peira)
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Functional Arrhythmias (Pi Recordings)
Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti (Sex Mob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota) (Royal Potato Family)
Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee
Heels Over Head (Amulet)
Anthony Braxton: Tentet (Wesleyan) 1999 (New Braxton House)
Reviewed by John Sharpe
Tony Malaby/ Per-Oscar Nilsson / Johnny Aman / Peter Nilsson
9 Stygn (Fresh Sound New Talent)
Dictionary 2 (Moonjune Records)
Reut Regev’s R*Time
Exploring the Vibe (Enja Records)
Iva Bittova (ECM Records)
Anders Nilsson / Joe Fonda / Peter Nilsson
Powers (Konnex Records)
Brian Groder & Tonino Miano
FluiDensity (Impressus Records)
From New York’s Roulette:
April 1, 2013, 8pm
Andrew Raffo Dewar – Interactions Quartet East
Interactions Quartet East (Andrew Raffo Dewar, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, and Aaron Siegel) perform excerpts from Dewar’s Interactions #1-6, a series of compositions exploring strategies in notation and performance combining traditional scoring, photographs, structural materials that function invisibly within the music, and improvisation. and Piece for Four – a work using invented spatial notation that explores group dynamics and destabilizes conventional approaches to foreground and background sound.
April 2, 2013, 8pm
8pm – Eri Yamamoto Trio
10pm – The Sarah Bernstein Quartet w/ Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy, Ches Smith
Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz’s most original and compelling pianists and composers. The Eri Yamamoto Trio has developed a unique sound and repertoire, with a strong following in New York and abroad. The Sarah Bernstein Quartet performs compositions that mine the characteristic interplay of structure and freedom found in jazz, while offering glimpses of conceptual and textual aspects that form a bridge to violinist, composer, improviser and vocalist Sarah Bernstein’s other works and projects. Here the focus stays on the musicians’ engagement with the material and the moment, through individual and interactive improvisation.
April 3, 2013
8pm – Connie Crothers
10pm – Allen Lowe “Music for every Occasion”
Connie Crothers, a pianist known for her wide range of expression and her uncompromising spontaneous improvisation presents an evening of entirely improvised materials. “There are no musical ideas, thoughts, no strategies, no procedures.” Saxophonist/Composer Allen Lowe celebrates his newest 4 CD release, Field Recordings, bringing a small band to Roulette, including Randy Sandke, Lewis Porter, Kevin Ray, Ray Suhy, Christopher Meeder, and Rick Moody for a program covering the range of Lowe’s prior work, from blues and gospel rewrites to neo-bop, open improvisational/new music forms, country music, rock and roll references, Afro-Caribbean influences, and both very early and middle period jazz.
April 4, 2013
8:00pm – Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet w/ Scott Colley and Billy Mintz
10:00pm – Vinny Golia “Music for Strings, Piano, and Woodwinds”
After Two Releases on Intakt Records: To Fly to Steal (2010) and Hotel Du Nord (2011), Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet present an evening of spontaneous and exciting new music in anticipation of their next recording with Scott Colley on bass and Billy Mintz on drums. Vinny Golia is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwind instruments working in genres of contemporary music, jazz, free jazz, and free improvisation. Tonight, Golia presents “Music for Strings, Piano, and Woodwinds”.
April 5, 2013, 8pm
Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba’s 30th Anniversary & Birthday Celebration
Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba take the listener on a journey spanning ancient Yoruba culture from Nigeria through Cuba as they pay homage to its contemporary manifestations. Celebrating their 30th anniversary and first studio recording, New Yor-Uba salutes the Orishas (Yoruban deities) through Rosewoman’s original compositions and arrangements of centuries-old Yoruba and Arara chants and Abakwa and rumba musical traditions. Rosewoman, who celebrates her 60th birthday, is one of the first to bring together Cuban Folkloric music with contemporary jazz for a thoroughly uncompromised synthesis.
April 6, 2013, 8pm
Yusef Lateef: Celebrating 75 Years of Music
At 92 years of age Grammy Award winner and NEA American Jazz Master Yusef Lateef is one of the greatest living leaders of improvised music whose influence in the international music scene has spanned over 6 generations. This momentous Roulette event, Lateef’s first full evening of performance in New York in over 10 years, will feature 3 premieres of Lateef’s compositions and highly acclaimed musicians the Momenta Quartet, Adam Rudolph, Marty Ehrlich, JD Parran, Alan Won and Taka Kigawa.
April 9, 2013, 8pm
Hae Young Kim/Ginny Benson, G. Lucas Crane and Alaina Stamatis
Haeyoung Kim is a technologist, sound artist, and performer whose work focuses on immersive experience in sound, human interaction, and perception. Under the name Bubblyfish, Haeyoung explores the territory of sounds, live performance and interactive media. Ginny Benson, G. Lucas Crane, and Alaina Stamatis premiere a collaborative multi-media collage using live video mixing, sound scape, and monologue to create a disjointed narrative and immersive performance experience exploring themes of technology, futility, environment, and apocalypse.
April 10, 2013, 8pm
Mari Kimura & Kyoko Kitamura “Poly-Monologue”
Mari Kimura is at the forefront of creative violinists, widely admired as the inventor of “Subharmonics” and works for interactive computer music. This performance, Poly-Monologue, is a part of a large-scale multimedia project “ONE” written for experimental singer Kyoko Kitamura using trilingual (English, French, Japanese) text. Kitamura interacts with Kimura’s Augmented Violin, created by the Realtime Musical Interaction Team at IRCAM, as well as interactive graphics created by Japanese visual artist in new media, Tomoyuki Kato.
April 11, 2013, 8pm
INTERPRETATIONS: Diotima String Quartet
Paris based Diotima presents music of composers spanning the last 50 years: Dutilleux’s “Ainsi la Nuit”, Toshio Hosokawa’s “Silent Flowers”, and two works from Hugh Levick: “The Unimagined” and “Empire Inc.”
April 12, 2013, 8pm
With the help of balloons, a mask, electronics, and time distortion, pianist Kathleen Supové premieres pieces by emerging composers from around the US in the form of a tribute party. New works by Marita Bolles, Eric KM Clark, Jacob Cooper, Judy Dunaway, and Daniel Felsenfeld. Many are part of a larger Supové project, DIGITAL DEBUSSY.
April 13 2013, 1pm
ROULETTE KIDS: WollesONIC Laboratories “SONIC MASSAGE”
A Wollesonic Laboratories Sonic Massage is an ultra-low volume, 100% acoustic, kaleidophonic, surround-sound, listening experience and the only chance to hear one-of-a-kind, hand-made instruments built by co-founders Kenny Wollesen and Daniel Jodocy. Audience members are invited to lie down on yoga mats while “sonic massagers” move throughout the space delivering sounds directly to their ears.
April 21, 2013, 8pm
Tri-Centric Orchestra – New Compositions (Brooklyn) 2013
Tri-Centric Foundation (TCF) is pleased to present a concert in celebration of its new Commissioning Program, for which 3 extraordinary composers – Jason Kao Hwang, Nicole Mitchell and Kamala Sankaram – have been selected to compose new works for large ensemble. The Tri-Centric Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the ongoing work and legacy of Anthony Braxton, while also cultivating and inspiring the next generation of creative artists to pursue their own visions with the kind of idealism and integrity Braxton has demonstrated throughout his long and distinguished career.
April 25, 26, 27, 2013, 8pm
Toni Dove – Lucid Possession
Musicians, a live mix video operator and stage-controlled robotic screens combine to present a contemporary ghost story – a poetic musing on managing the mass of information ”noise”. The audience is drawn into a world where video characters come to life: the wave of a hand moves a video body, and video characters lip synch live to a singer. The players onstage collectively perform the movie, which spills off dimensional screens onto the stage. The result is like a complex three-dimensional, automated video pop-up book. The boundaries of the real and virtual are blurred.
April 30, 2013 8:00pm
Ear Heart Music Presents: Mantra Percussion “TimberRemixed”
Mantra Percussion performs Michael Gordon‘s highly acclaimed, captivatingly rich work Timber like you’ve never heard it before with reinterpretations performed live by electronic virtuoso Ikue Mori, banjo/electronics pioneer Brandon Seabrook and clarinet/electronics innovator Jeremiah Cymerman. See this unique and mesmerizing work taken to an entirely new level!