Edgefest 2013

From Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House, this year’s lineup includes:

Parker and Thomas Duo @ Encore
Ban – Maneri Duo & Weed – Filiano Duo
William Parker’s “Raining on the Moon” Quintet
Mike Malis with Piotr Michalowski & Ken Filiano
Lerner – Filiano – Grassi Trio
Kris Davis – LARK
Ursel Schlicht and Robert Dick
Gary Versace Trio
Connie Crothers with Northwoods Improvisors
Thollem McDonas with Box Deserter Ensemble & Soar Trio
Myra Melford
The Michael Formanek Quartet
Steve Rush Piano Concerto
James Ilgenfritz’ Mind Games

Tim Berne Interview

Tim Berne
Tim Berne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Search & Restore:

Tim Berne’s 2012 release Snakeoil (ECM) garnered much repute, and rightly so. His band of the same name is a unit of incredible cohesion, and its members are wholly committed to inhabiting the universe that Berne’s compositions create. The band rehearses exhaustively, and have built a repertoire of a number of sets of Berne’s serpentine and intricate compositions. Helmed by the pianist Matt Mitchell (who seems to juggle all of the bands’ parts simultaneously); lifted by the foundation and percussive accents of Ches Smith; and elevated to a certain ethereality by the clarinets of Oscar Noriega, Snakeoil has a sound all its own, one which is different from any of Berne’s other projects throughout his lengthy and prolific career. And purposefully so. Berne is a relentless searcher and a known innovator. He has an addiction to progress and looking forward, into lands unexplored.

Jazz master Dave Holland keeps creative process flowing with Prism

English: current photograph of dave holland
English: current photograph of dave holland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From LA Times:

At an age when most people are easing into retirement, 67-year-old bassist Dave Holland can’t stop working. Popping up this Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall as one of the marquee headliners of the six-night Angel City Jazz Festival (which kicks off Friday at LACMA), the onetime Miles Davis sideman and longtime fixture on the jazz vanguard will appear with his latest ensemble, Prism. A bracing electric quartet composed of players who are bandleaders in their own right in pianist Craig Taborn, drummer Eric Harland and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, Prism’s churning, groove-heavy sound is a marked departure from some of Holland’s acoustic work with his quintet.

Oliver Lake Interview

Olver Lake
Olver Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Roulette:

Saxophonist, composer, and visual artist Oliver Lake is a living treasure whose broad musical output in jazz, free improv, and new music captures a relentless artist of active imagination, fiery passion, and virtuosic musical abilities. Lake was a important figure in the Black Artist Group (BAG), an influential arts collective that arose in St. Louis in the late 60s, which fostered the multidisciplinary practices of emerging black artists in free jazz/improv, poetry, visual arts, and dance. Upon his relocation to New York in the mid 70s, Lake started his deep immersion in the nexus of free jazz and improvisation and has collaborated with the likes of Anthony Braxton, James “Blood” Ulmer, and with David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett in the World Saxophone Quartet. A 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient for composition, Lake discusses the collection of string-based compositions that he will be presenting at his upcoming concert at Roulette, and reflects on an extraordinary career.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Eddie Prévost playing at Avanto Festival, Glor...
Eddie Prévost playing at Avanto Festival, Gloria, Helsinki, Finland, 2007-11-17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Ken Vandermark’s Topology Nonet feat. Joe McPhee – Impressions of PO Music (Okka Disc, 2012) ****
Jennifer Allum, Ute Kanngiesser, Grundik Kasyansky, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Eddie Prévost, Daichi Yoshikawa – Workshop Concert (Matchless, 2013) ***
Sult – Harm (Bocian, 2013) ****
Antoine Beuger & Michael Pisaro – This Place/Is Love (Erstwhile, 2013) ***
Bruise – Live at the MAC (Foghorn, 2013) ****
Gaspar Claus – Jo Ha Kyū (Modest Launch/Important, 2013) ***½
John Butcher, Thomas Lehn & John Tilbury – Exta (Fataka, 2013) ****½
Anthony Braxton – Echo Echo Mirror House (Victo, 2013) ****
Natsuki Tamura – Dragon Nat (Libra, 2013) ****
Fire! – Without Noticing (Rune Grammofon, 2013) *****

Coming to Seattle

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

THU. 10/3 – Das Oboe Trio performs recent works by Doug Buchanan, Jin-Hwa Choi, Sean Doyle, Gary Powell Nash, Michael Rickelton, and Ursula Sahagian

FRI. 10/4 – Seattle composer S. Eric Scribner, music for piano, contrabass, found objects and found sounds, with pianist Keith Eisenbrey and bassist Mike Sentkewitz

THU. 10/10 – 12k recording artists minamo (Japan) + Marcus Fischer + Loscil

FRI. 10/11 – Fisher Ensemble presents artists TBA

SAT. 10/12 – pianist Adrienne Varner performs music of Gardner Jencks

SAT. 10/19 – Nonsequitur presents Byron Au Yong’s new series of wayward songs, Welladay! Welladay!

WED. 10/23 – cellist Lori Goldston

THU. 10/24 – Earshot Jazz Fest presents Syrinx Effect + Naomi Siegel Quartet

FRI. 10/25 – UW Composers Collective

SAT. 10/26 – Nonsequitur & Earshot Jazz Fest present Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble + Samantha Boshnack’s B’shnorkestra