Cha’ak’ab Paaxil Festival in Mexico, May 16-19

Remi Álvarez
Remi Álvarez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cha’ak’ab Paaxil (“free song”, in Yucatecan Mayan) is a free jazz, electroacoustic improvisation and noise festival held annually in Merida, Mexico. Over the years, our festival has presented artists like: Burkhard Stangl, Paal Nilssen-Love, Dennis González, Blaise Siwula, Bhob Rainey, Bonnie Jones, Robert Piotrowicz, Alan Courtis, Vic Rawlings, Chris Cogburn, Reed Evan Rosenberg, Eric Laska, Lawrence Williams, Remi Álvarez, Germán Bringas, Blair Latham, Marcos Miranda, Wilfrido Terrazas, Angélica Castelló, Mario de Vega, Rogelio Sosa, Manrico Montero, Juanjosé Rivas, Carmina Escobar, Elías Puc, Enrique Rejón, Stalaktos, Amniosis, Misha Marks, Omar Tamez, Armando Martín, Fernando Vigueras, Juan Castañón, María Lipkau, Aimée Theriot, Aarón Cruz, Juan García, Carlos Maldonado, Itzam Cano, Alexander Bruck, Milo Tamez, Hernán Hecht, Gustavo Nandayapa and Gabriel Lauber.

Cha’ak’ab Paaxil
Free Improvisation, Free Jazz and Noise Festival
Sixth annual edition
May 16-19
Merida, Mexico

Video presentation of the festival:

Lineup of the 2013 edition:
Kevin Drumm (electronics)
– Jason Lescalleet (electronics)
– Sean Meehan (percussion)
– Bhob Rainey (soprano sax and electronics)
– Greg Kelley (trumpet)
– Elliott Levin (tenor sax)
– Blaise Siwula (alto sax and clarinet)
– John Blum (piano)
– Misha Marks (tin can guitar and baritone horn)
– María Lipkau (cello)
– Arturo Báez (double bass)
– Juan García (double bass)
– Armando Martín (electric guitar)
– Milo Tamez (drums)
– Darío Bernal Villegas (drums)
– Enrique Rejón (electronics)
– Camilo Solís (electric guitar)
– Elí Pinto (electronics)
– Javier Beci (electronics)
– José Luis Gil (electronics)
– Leonel Traconis (guitar)
– David Escalante (alto sax)
– Javier Jesús Cámara (flute)
– Gonzalo Cárdenas (accordion and voice)
– Alfredo Bojórquez (percussion and electronics)

Venues, dates and set list:
– Thursday May 16, 8:00 p.m.
Auditorio del Centro Cultural Olimpo, $50 pesos
Set 1: John Blum
Set 2: Sean Meehan + Juan García
Set 3: Elliott Levin + Armando Martín + Arturo Báez + Milo Tamez
Set 4: nmperign [Bhob Rainey/Greg Kelley] + Jason Lescalleet
Set 5: Blaise Siwula + Alejandro Folgarolas + John Blum + Misha Marks + Arturo Báez + Darío Bernal Villegas

– Friday May 17, 8:00 p.m.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo (MACAY), free entrance
Set 1: Blaise Siwula + Alejandro Folgarolas + Arturo Báez + Milo Tamez
Set 2: Greg Kelley
Set 3: Sean Meehan
Set 4: Bhob Rainey
Set 5: Elliott Levin + Misha Marks + Darío Bernal Villegas

– Saturday May 18, 9:00 p.m.
Delorean | Santuario Sonoro, $60 pesos (includes a drink)
Set 1: Blaise Siwula + Misha Marks + María Lipkau + Darío Bernal Villegas
Set 2: Jason Lescalleet
Set 3: Ensemble directed by Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley [with Juan García + Enrique Rejón + Elí Pinto + Camilo Solís + Javier Beci + Alfredo Bojórquez + José Luis Gil + David Escalante + Leonel Traconis + Javier Jesús Cámara + Gonzalo Cárdenas]
Set 4: Kevin Drumm + Jason Lescalleet

– Sunday May 19, 6:00 p.m.
Auditorio del Centro Cultural Olimpo, $50 pesos
Set 1: Greg Kelley + Enrique Rejón + María Lipkau + Juan García
Set 2: Kevin Drumm
Set 3: nmperign [Bhob Rainey/Greg Kelley] + Sean Meehan
Set 4: Elliott Levin + Blaise Siwula + John Blum + Armando Martín + Arturo Báez + Milo Tamez + Darío Bernal Villegas

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Ten Years of Avant Music News

Ten years ago today, I posted the first three articles on a web site that I called “Avant Music News.”

I’m not much for sentiment, or for assigning importance to big round numbers. But, I cannot discount the impact that AMN has had on my life. Beyond spending 20-30 minutes every morning sorting through submissions every morning and then doing the same in the afternoons, AMN has been a musical journey for me. Listening to diverse music, meeting interesting people, and hopefully doing my small part to get the word out about interesting events and releases happening the world over. I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll never be able to listen to all of the good music coming out because it just isn’t possible in one lifetime. But I hope that I can point out its existence, if nothing else.

AMN has gotten bigger than just me, which is a good thing. More people are writing for us, and our readers number in the thousands and span the globe. And they all like weird music. I find that oddly comforting.

While I don’t plan for the future of AMN, at least not explicitly, I hope it continues to slowly grow and branch out. In other words, I have no clear idea where the next ten years will lead, but I’m looking forward to them.

Thanks.

AMN Reviews: If, Bwana – Red One

If, Bwana: Red One [Pogus 21068-2]

The six tracks on this CD from Al Margolis’ If, Bwana project share an aesthetic that can be described as spooky intimacy at a distance. With the exception of one duo contribution, each piece consists of a contribution by a solo artist that Margolis then recasts in the studio through multi-tracking. The resulting synthesis manages to conserve the original performance while re-forming it into a new work with its own identity.

Toys for Al opens the set with a blast from Margolis’s toy trumpet, which is then set against the droning undertow of Nate Wooley’s amplified trumpet. The harmonies that emerge seem never to resolve, leaving one with a feeling of perpetual suspense. Ellen, Banned takes the solo voice of Ellen Band and transmutes it into the rising and falling polyphony of a ghost choir. Trombonist Monique Buzzarte provides the core of Xylo 2, a spare piece for long tones and silences punctuated with widely-spaced strikes suggestive of a xylophone. The trombone is layered to generate an uncanny facsimile of a simple diatonic, if random, chord progression. The delightfully titled It Is Bassoon, with Leslie Ross, continues in a like manner, its sound consisting of a cloud of chords generating subtle dissonances as bassoon lines multiply and move against each other. Lisa Verabbit breaks up and reassembles Lisa B Kelley’s voice and Veronika Vitazkova’s flute, while the final track, Toys for Nate, closes the album with Margolis alone on toy trumpet, bringing the recording full circle.

With the multi-tracking choices he makes, Margolis throws each artist’s contribution into high relief and brings out the essential qualities present in the original performance. This is studio alchemy at its most sympathetic.

http://www.pogus.com

All About Jazz Reviews

English: John Butcher
English: John Butcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

Soft Machine Legacy
Burden of Proof (Moonjune Records)

Cactus Truck with Jeb Bishop and Roy Campbell
Live in USA (Tractata Records)

Stirrup
Sewn (482 Music)

Secret Keeper (Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson)
Super 8 (Intakt Records)

John Butcher
John Butcher: Winter Gardens (Kukuruku)

Marbin
Last Chapter of Dreaming (Moonjune Records)

Matthieu Metzger
SelfCooking (Ayler Records)

Ceramic Dog
Your Turn (Northern Spy Records)

John Hollenbeck
John Hollenbeck: Songs I Like a Lot (Sunnyside Records)

Ivo Perelman
Serendipity (Leo Records)

Metropolis Festival Reviewed

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra logo

From Cyclic Defrost:

The Metropolis Festival, presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, is a Festival of New Music. Last year they brought out Steve Reich. This year they surprised with some bold and unexpected decisions, people who you wouldn’t traditionally equate with modern composition. With three artists in residence from London they featured performances from prodigious composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Ades, sample-based electronic producer Matthew Herbert and idiosyncratic electronic artist Mira Calix. Bob Baker Fish managed to get along to a couple of performances from the latter two.

The Stone in May

Cyro Baptista
Cyro Baptista (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Stone:

5/1 Wednesday (CL)
8 pm
Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin and Amir Ziv
Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals) Billy Martin (drums, percussion) Amir Ziv (drums)

10 pm
Black Lamp: Cyro Baptista and Billy Martin
Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals) Billy Martin (drums, percussion)

5/2 Thursday (JA)
8 pm
Pagode Root (Samba, Samba, Samba)
Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals) Bruno Menezes (guitar) Ronaldo “China” Andrade (cavaquinho, vocals) Gil Oliveira (drums) Fernando Saci, Tiago Silva (percussion)

10 pm
Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits
Cyro Baptista (percussion) Brian Marsella (keys) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Gil Oliveira (drums) Surprise Guests

5/3 Friday (ICS)
8 and 10 pm
Young Lions
Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals) Brian Marsella (keys) Jason Fraticelli (bass) John Lee (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums)

5/4 Saturday (RK)
8 and 10 pm
Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Donkeys
Cyro Baptista (percussion) Brian Marsella (keys) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Gil Oliveira (drums) John Lee, Clay Ross (guitars) Scott Kettner, Nicholas Young (percussion) Tim Keiper (drums)

5/5 Sunday (KM)
8 pm
Cyro Baptista and Ikue Mori
Cyro Baptista (percussion) Ikue Mori (electronics)

10 pm
Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits
Cyro Baptista (percussion) Brian Marsella (keys) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Gil Oliveira (drums)

THE STONE RESIDENCIES
TIM BERNE
MAY 7—12

5/7 Tuesday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Snakeoil
Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Ches Smith, Matt Mitchell

5/8 Wednesday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Snakeoil
Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Ches Smith, Matt Mitchell

5/9 Thursday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Snakeoil
Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Ches Smith, Matt Mitchell

5/10 Friday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
The Dilated Pupils
Tim Berne, David Torn, Craig Taborn, Ches Smith, Ryan Ferreira

5/11 Saturday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Tim Berne/7
Dan Weiss, Ches Smith, Michael Formanek, Ryan Ferreira, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Tim Berne

5/12 Sunday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Decay
Tim Bern (sax) Ryan Ferreira (guitar) Michael Formanek (bass) Ches Smith (drums)

5/13 Monday (JA)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
COME ON DOWN AND SUPPORT THE STONE EAST VILLAGE STYLE WITH OUR IMPROV RENT PARTY! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

10 pm
Dr. Rosenberg from Down Under
Dr. Rosenberg with Jeff Zeigler (cello) James Ilgenfritz (bass)
A RARE AND SPECIAL CONCERT BY THE MASTER MUSICIAN FROM DOWN UNDER!

THE STONE RESIDENCIES
URI GURVICH
Alto saxophonist and composer, Uri Gurvich and his group celebrate the release of his new album, BabEl, for John Zorn’s label, Tzadik. Come join them for this special week-long engagement at The Stone!
MAY 14—19

5/14 Tuesday (RJP)
8 and 10 pm
Uri Gurvich and BabEl with special guest Dave Douglas
Uri Gurvich (sax) Leo Genovese (piano, keys) Peter Slavov (bass) Francisco Mela (drums) Dave Douglas (trumpet)

5/15 Wednesday (HB)
8 pm
Duo Argentos
Uri Gurvich (sax) Leo Genovese (piano, keyboards)
Playing Leguizamon, Piazzola and more.

10 pm
Uri Gurvich and BabEl play the music of Sasha Argov
Uri Gurvich (sax) Leo Genovese (piano) Peter Slavov (bass) Francisco Mela (drums)

5/16 Thursday (JA)
8 and 10 pm
Uri Gurvich and BabEl with special guest Brahim Fribgane
Uri Gurvich (sax) Leo Genovese (piano, keys) Peter Slavov (bass) Francisco Mela (drums) Brahim Fribgane (oud, percussion)

5/17 Friday (CL)
8 and 10 pm
Trio Babel
Brahim Fribgane (oud, vocals, percussion) Uri Gurvich (sax, winds) Tim Keiper (percussion, drums, donso ngoni) Special Guest Leo Genovese (piano, percussion)

5/18 Saturday (ICS)
8 and 10 pm
Uri Gurvich and BabEl with special guest Brahim Fribgane
Uri Gurvich (sax) Leo Genovese (piano, keys) Brahim Fribgane (oud, percussion) Eric Doob (drums) Aidan Carrol (bass)

5/19 Sunday (JA)
8 and 10 pm
Uri Gurvich and BabEl with special guest George Garzone
Uri Gurvich (sax) Leo Genovese (piano) Peter Slavov (bass) Francisco Mela (drums) George Garzone (tenor sax)

THE STONE RESIDENCIES
WAYNE HORVITZ
MAY 21—26

5/21 Tuesday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Steve O’Brien, Samantha Boshnack, Al Keith (trumpets) Beth Fleenor (clarinet) Kate Olson (soprano sax) Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Craig Flory (tenor sax) Naomi Siegel, Willem de Koch, Jacob Herring (trombones) Wayne Horvitz (conductor) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Special Guests

5/22 Wednesday (GCP)
8 pm
The Westerlies Play Horvitz
Zubin Hensler, Riley Mulherkar (trumpets) Andy Clausen, Willem de Koch (trombones)

10 pm
Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Steve O’Brien, Samantha Boshnack, Al Keith (trumpets) Beth Fleenor (clarinet) Kate Olson (soprano sax) Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Craig Flory (tenor sax) Naomi Siegel, Willem de Koch, Jacob Herring (trombones) Wayne Horvitz (conductor) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Special Guests

5/23 Thursday (JA)
8 pm
Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Steve O’Brien, Samantha Boshnack, Al Keith (trumpets) Beth Fleenor (clarinet) Kate Olson (soprano sax) Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Craig Flory (tenor sax) Naomi Siegel, Willem de Koch, Jacob Herring (trombones) Wayne Horvitz (conductor) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Special Guests

10 pm
Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than the Day
Wayne Horvitz (piano) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Members of the RRCME (various)

5/24 Friday (GCP)
8 pm
Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Steve O’Brien, Samantha Boshnack, Al Keith (trumpets) Beth Fleenor (clarinet) Kate Olson (soprano sax) Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Craig Flory (tenor sax) Naomi Siegel, Willem de Koch, Jacob Herring (trombones) Wayne Horvitz (conductor) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Special Guests

10 pm
The Westerlies Play Horvitz
Zubin Hensler, Riley Mulherkar (trumpets) Andy Clausen, Willem de Koch (trombones)

5/25 Saturday (JR)
8 pm
Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than the Day
Wayne Horvitz (piano) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Members of the RRCME (various)

10 pm
Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Steve O’Brien, Samantha Boshnack, Al Keith (trumpets) Beth Fleenor (clarinet) Kate Olson (soprano sax) Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Craig Flory (tenor sax) Naomi Siegel, Willem de Koch, Jacob Herring (trombones) Wayne Horvitz (conductor) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Special Guests

5/26 Sunday (JA)
8 and 10 pm
Wayne Horvitz and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Steve O’Brien, Samantha Boshnack, Al Keith (trumpets) Beth Fleenor (clarinet) Kate Olson (soprano sax) Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Craig Flory (tenor sax) Naomi Siegel, Willem de Koch, Jacob Herring (trombones) Wayne Horvitz (conductor) Geoff Harper (bass) Eric Eagle (drums) Special Guests

THE STONE RESIDENCIES
SECRET CHIEFS 3
MAY 28—JUNE 2

5/28 Tuesday (GCP)
8 and 10 pm
SECRET CHIEFS 3
Trey Spruance (guitar) Timba Harris (violin) Toby Driver (bass) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Kenneth Grohowski (drums)

5/29 Wednesday (CWL)
8 and 10 pm
SECRET CHIEFS 3
Trey Spruance (guitar) Timba Harris (violin) Toby Driver (bass) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Kenneth Grohowski (drums)

5/30 Thursday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
SECRET CHIEFS 3
Trey Spruance (guitar) Timba Harris (violin) Toby Driver (bass) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Kenneth Grohowski (drums)

5/31 Friday (JA)
8 and 10 pm
SECRET CHIEFS 3
Trey Spruance (guitar) Timba Harris (violin) Toby Driver (bass) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Kenneth Grohowski (drums)