Rite of Summer Music Festival

English: Theo Bleckmann, moers festival 2008
English: Theo Bleckmann, moers festival 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York’s Rite of Summer Music Festival takes place this summer on Governor’s Island.

2013 Season at a Glance
Sat. July 13 (raindate July 14) 1 & 3 PM
Bang on a Can All Stars

Sat. Aug. 10 (raindate Aug. 11) 1 & 3 PM
Ljova and the Kontraband & Fireworks Ensemble

Sun. Sept. 1 (raindate Mon. Sept. 2) 12-5 PM
Theo Bleckmann, Blair McMillen, Pam Goldberg, TIGUE & Classical Jam

AMN Reviews: Centazzo / Sakata / Fujiwara – Bridges

Centazzo Sakata Fujiwara: Bridges [Ictus 162]

These five tracks, recorded at the Japzitaly benefit concert in Milan in May 2012, are the result of a first time meeting of percussionist Andrea Centazzo, alto saxophonist/clarinetist Akira Sakata, and double bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara. The trio came about as a kind of happy accident, having been put together to fill an opening left by a cancellation. Though unplanned, the match turned out to be a good one.

The most striking feature of this fully improvised music is its implicit sense of structure and rich development of timbre. Fujiwara binds the ensemble together through his sensitive use of counterpoint (Bridge #2), subtle chordal underpinning (Bridge # 4), and discreet employment of extended techniques (Bridge #1). Centazzo’s array of pitched and unpitched percussion provides a vivid gamut of color, while Sakata’s expressive reedwork—and impassioned, wordless vocals on Bridge #4—stands at the emotional center.


(Full disclosure: I appear on Andrea Centazzo’s Moon in Winter CD.)

Burning Ambulance #6 is Out

English: Arve Henriksen, moers festival 2010
English: Arve Henriksen, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Burning Ambulance:

Burning Ambulance issue 6 is available now. This issue features a cover story on trumpeter Arve Henriksen, analyzing his solo career and his work with Supersilent; interviews with sound artist Reto Mäder (RM74, Ural Umbo, Sum of R), Bloody Panda frontwoman turned solo artist Yoshiko Ohara, Dutch grindcore/jazz sax-drums duo Dead Neanderthals, Robert Hampson (of the recently reunited Loop, Main, and sometimes Godflesh) and French black metal duo Spektr; a profile of Brazilian saxophonist and painter Ivo Perelman; an in-depth essay on the life and work of Plugz, Cruzados and Tito & Tarantula leader Tito Larriva; and a history of 1970s blaxploitation horror films. Contributing writers include Clifford Allen, MacDara Conroy, Phil Dyess-Nugent, Leonard Nevarez, and Leonard Pierce.

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet at Montclair State Reviewed

Nederlands: Laurie Anderson in De Vereeniging ...
Nederlands: Laurie Anderson in De Vereeniging te Nijmegen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

The idea of a collaboration between the idiosyncratic New York multimedia artist Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet, a musically omnivorous San Francisco ensemble, seems so obvious that you wonder why it never happened before now. “Landfall,” a new 70-minute piece Ms. Anderson designed to perform alongside Kronos, came to Montclair State University here on Friday night, as part of that institution’s reliably invigorating Peak Performances series.

All About Jazz Reviews

Jaga Jazzist (7)
Jaga Jazzist (7) (Photo credit: aktivioslo)

From All About Jazz:

Jan Bang / Erik Honore / Gaute Storaas / Arve Henriksen
Knut Hamsun’s Victoria (Jazzland Recordings)

Mike Pride
Mike Pride: From Cradle to Grave

Jaga Jazzist
Jaga Jazzist: Live with Britten Sinfonia (Ninja Tune)

Herd of Instinct
Conjure (Firepool Records)

Rich Halley 4
Crossing the Passes (Pine Eagle Records)

Ches Smith and These Arches
Hammered (Clean Feed Records)