April at Roulette

English: Elliott Sharp live at Saalfelden 2009...
English: Elliott Sharp live at Saalfelden 2009 Italiano: Elliott Sharp live a Saalfelden 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Roulette:

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013 @ 8:00
Andrew Raffo Dewar – Interactions Quartet East The Interactions Quartet East (Halvorson, Pavone, Siegal, Dewar) perform the scored-improvisations of composer Andrew Raffo Dewar

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013 @ 8:00
Eri Yamamoto Trio The Eri Yamamoto Trio share their unique take on jazz, riding the economic, fantastic, and swinging tones of Yamamoto’s piano..

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013 @ 10:00 PM
The Sarah Bernstein Quartet with Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy, Ches Smith

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Connie Crothers – Entirely Improvised

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013 @ 10:00 PM
Allen Lowe – Music For Every Occasion

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman QUARTET w. Scott Colley and Billy Mintz

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 @ 10:00 PM
Vinny Golia – Music for Strings, Piano, and Woodwinds

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba’s 30th Anniversary and 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 living contemporary manifestations. …

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013 @ 8:00
Celebrating 75 Years of Music

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Bubblyfish // Ginny Benson, G. Lucas Crane, and Alaina Stamatis

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Mari Kimura & Kyoko Kitamura – Poly-Monologue Violinist and composer Mari Kimura performs her IRCAM-designed “augmented violin” with singer Kyoko Kitamura with interactive graphics by Tomoyuki Kato….

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Diotima String Quartet

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Kathleen Supové “SINGLED OUT” Kathleen Supové brings the multi-media theatre of her Exploding Piano to Roulette’s stage.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Tri-Centric Orchestra – New Compositions (Brooklyn) 2013 Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra kicks off its new Commissioning Program, featuring works for large ensemble by Jason Kao Hwang, Nicole Mitchell, and Kamala Sankaram…

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Toni Dove – Lucid Possession Toni Dove rallied a dreamteam (Todd Reynolds, Elliott Sharp, R. Luke Dubois, et al) to present this night’s ghostly robot-assisted performance, bouncing between stage and screen….

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Toni Dove – Lucid Possession Toni Dove rallied a dreamteam (Todd Reynolds, Elliott Sharp, R. Luke Dubois, et al) to present this night’s ghostly robot-assisted performance, bouncing between stage and screen….

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Toni Dove – Lucid Possession Toni Dove rallied a dreamteam (Todd Reynolds, Elliott Sharp, R. Luke Dubois, et al) to present this night’s ghostly robot-assisted performance, bouncing between stage and screen….

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Mantra Percussion – TimberRemixed International DJ’s join Mantra Percussion to remix Michael Gordon’s captivatingly rich work, “Timbre”.

AMN Reviews: Brian Chase – Drums & Drones

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Brian Chase: Drums & Drones [Pogus P21070-2]

The title of this CD-DVD package by Brian Chase, best known as the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, announces its content with cheerful simplicity: All ten tracks are dedicated to the sounds of drums and drones.

The essence of the project represented here is to apply La Monte Young’s theory of just intonation to percussion. Chase does this by exploring the varieties and patterns of overtones that can be produced by a vibrating drumhead supplemented by electronic amplification and processing. For each piece, the drumhead was tuned to a fundamental tone and then made to vibrate, the resulting overtones then being isolated or amplified through techniques such as looping, creating feedback, and equalization. The different tracks employ different methods for sounding the drumhead, and aim at producing different overtone profiles. Typically a piece will begin with a strike or series of strikes and then will build into a drone of changing complexity and intensity. By the middle of the track the sustained, electronically-tinged sound is such that it’s easy to forget that it originated in a drum.

The audio CD includes a companion DVD of the sound tracks accompanied by video images from Ursula Scherrer and Erik Z.


Twenty Perfect Jazz Albums of the 21st Century

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The Numeral Nine Music Blog opines on 20 perfect jazz albums. Included are works by The Bad Plus, The Claudia Quintet, Nels Cline, William Parker, Matthew Shipp, and others.

To me at least, jazz is alive and thriving, and to make my case, I’ve listed twenty jazz albums released since 2000 that I consider essentially perfect, worthy of five stars. I’m mostly ignoring larger influence and thinking more on a personal level. These are albums that continue to totally captivate me after countless listenings. There are many more albums I love and am tempted to include—and on another day I might—but these are the ones that say to me right now “five stars” rather than “four and a half.”

Portland’s Creative Music Guild in April and Beyond

English: ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink
English: ICP Orchestra – Han Bannink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From creativemusicguild.org:

Confluence: The Instant Composers Pool Orchestra on April 5

On April 5, the CMG will present the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra at the Redeemer Lutheran Church (5432 NE 20th Ave). The evening starts with an artist talk at 7pm by members of the ICP followed by a concert by this amazing 9 piece. Tickets to this all ages event are sold on a sliding scale from $8-20 at the door. Advance tickets (with reserved seats at the front of the house) are available here at Brown Paper Tickets.

The ICP is a legendary music collective started in 1967 by Willem Breuker, Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink. For this tour the ICP is composed of Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Ernst Glerum, Thomas Heberer, Tristan Honsinger, Michael Moore, Mary Oliver and Wolter Wierbos.

Featuring Marc Smason, André St. James and Tim DuRoche

Wednesday, April 17, 7–9 pm
Camellia Lounge, 510 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
$5-15 sliding cover

Friday, April 19, 8 pm
Piano Fort, 1715 SE Spokane Street in Sellwood
$15 general; $10 Creative Music Guild & PDX Jazz members
Cosponsored with Creative Music Guild, with promotional support from PDX Jazz
Also featuring a screening of the film MOLDAVIAN BLUES: A FILM OF BURTON GREENE, directed by Malcolm Hart

The Outset Series:

April 3: The Tenses and MSHR
Revival Drum Shop 1465 NE Prescott
Wednesday, April 3, 8 pm (ends by 10)
Sliding Scale $5-$15
All ages.

Performer Biographies:

The Tenses are Ju Suk Reet Meet and Oblivia – longtime members of the legendary Smegma.

In 2008, The Tenses began a new Live Act using Musical Concepts developed with Smegma. The Tenses are a more intimate ” Live ” experiment ,that is GREATLY INFLUENCED by the room/audience “feel”. Moving Images that reflect our influences and creative patterns are projected on or behind us. Our creative intent is only one aspect. We Attempt to collaborate in” The Moment “.

The Tenses have performed successfully in Portland, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Cork, London, Brighton, Helsinki, Brussels, Paris , Geneva and others , so far.

Ju Suk Reet Meate- Founding Smegma and core LAFMS member since 1973: Lap Steel Guitar, Pocket Trumpet , Electronics, Toys, ect.

Oblivia (Rock and Roll Jackie) Smegma Member Since 1981: Record Player, Electronics, Toys, ect.

MSHR is an audiovisual project by Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper of Oregon Painting Society.

April 17:
John C. Savage – flutes (CD Release show!)
Marisa Anderson (guitar) / Lori Goldston (cello) duo

John C. Savage is a local flute and saxophone player whom the Willamette Week called “a baddass, knock-down-drag-out force to be reckoned with” and plays in local groups The Demolition Duo, Red #40, lie very still and others. This show marks the release of John’s solo CD “A Moment in Mythica”.

Marisa Anderson’s guitar playing has been called “rustic, earthen and deep” by Signal to Noise. Marisa has played in The Evolutionary Jass Band and collaborated with Mirah, Tara Jane O’Neil and others. Her 2011 record The Golden Hour, released on Mississippi Records, was called “utterly fabulous” and “spellbinding” by Signal to Noise. Her next record, Mercury, will be out on Mississippi Records in June.

Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher based in Seattle. She has played and collaborated with Earth, Mirah, David Byrne, Nirvana, Cat Power, Laura Veirs, Secret Chiefs 3, Portland Cello Project, Vanessa Renwick and Lynn Shelton. She is co-founder of the Black Cat Orchestra, and has toured the U.S. and Europe with Earth, and recorded Angels of Darkness Demons of Light, Parts 1 & 2; in 2010 she opened as a soloist on tour with Earth and Wolves in the Throne Room.

Her work has been commissioned by and/or performed at the Kennedy Center, TBA, WNYC, Northwest Film Forum, On the Boards, Frye Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, Bumbershoot, Museum of Fine Arts, Joe’s Pub, the Stone, Wayward Music Series, Oregon State University, University of Chicago Film Studies Center and One Reel Film Festival. She has received awards from Meet the Composer, Artist Trust, 4 Culture and Seattle Arts Commission, and has taught at the University of Washington, EMP, Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Vera Project and the Bush School.


Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1
Sandbox Studios
(420 NE 9th ave)
$12-$18 – single day, $20-40 for both day
All Ages.

William Hooker (from NY) & the PDX large ensemble, Why I Must Be Careful Big Band, Battle Hymns & Gardens, Daniel Menche, Linda Austin, Danielle Ross, Doug Theriault, Eet, Elfin Elephant (members of AU!), 1939 Ensemble, The Experimental Film Festival, Cinema Project, Golden Retriever, Grammies, Gregg Bielemeier, Gulls, HITS, Jim McGinn, John Gross Trio, John Niekrasz, Like a Villain, Noelle Stiles, Tere Mathern, Thollem McDonas

All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:


English: Photograph of percussionist, Ches Smi...
English: Photograph of percussionist, Ches Smith. Photograph by David Horvitz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ches Smith and These Arches
Hammered (Clean Feed Records)

Verneri Pohjola & Black Motor
Rubidium (TUM Records)

Mitt Ferieparadis (Va Fongool)

Curtis Hasselbring
Number Stations (Cuneiform Records)

Kris Davis
Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed Records)

Brian Groder / Tonino Miano
FluiDensity (Impressus Records)

Joe Hertenstein – Achim Tang – Jon Irabagon
Future Drone (Jazzwerkstatt)

Ido Bukelman / Daniel Davidovsky / Ofer Bymel
EFT II (OutNow Recordings)