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

Extended Techniques October NYC Calendar

Erik Friedlander at Joe's Pub, 7/17/07.
Erik Friedlander at Joe’s Pub, 7/17/07. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Extended Techniques:

WEDNESDAY, October 2
08:30 PM Jacque Demierre with guest
VENUE: Seeds
DETAILS: Jacque Demierre – Piano, Andrea Parkins – Accordion, electronics

WEDNESDAY, October 2
8 PM Jenny Lin plays E# piano works
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Jenny Lin (piano) plays E# piano works including Oligosono, Suberrebus, and the world premiere of IX—for Iannis Xenakis

October 3 – 19
8 PM Hoi Polloi: Beckett Solos
DETAILS: OBIE-winning resident theater company Hoi Polloi collaborates with venerable actress Lelia Goldoni, a pairing that began after Goldoni saw Hoi Polloi’s stage adaptation of John Cassavetes’ Shadows, the 1959 film that made her a fundamental figure in the birth of American independent cinema.

SATURDAY, October 5
VENUE: Barbes
DETAILS: Irish singer Susan McKeown and Klezmatics vocalist Lorin Sklamberg, who won Grammys for their work on The Klezmatics’ Wonder Wheel draw from a common repertoire of Yiddish and Irish songs, accompanied by Erik Della Penna.

SATURDAY, October 5
7:00 PM, 9:30 PM Sun Ra Turns 100: Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen
VENUE: Lincoln Center, The Allen Room
DETAILS: On the centenary of Sun Ra’s birth (1914-1993), we warmly welcome The Arkestra to The Allen Room for the first time. Sun Ra organized The Arkestra sixty years ago as a platform to render a vision that simultaneously drew on the ancient and the modern, incorporating elements of black vaudeville, modern dance, Egyptian cosmology, Eastern philosophy, numerology, surrealism, kitsch, and the Bible.

SUNDAY, October 6
3 PM David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
DETAILS: David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Quartet: David Krakauer, Clarinet, Will Holshouser, Accordion, Nicki Parrott, Bass, Michael Sarin, Drums

THURSDAY, October 10
8:00 PM Composer Portraits – Georg Friedrich Haas
VENUE: Miller Theatre
DETAILS: Atthis, for soprano and 8 instruments (2009) Tria ex uno (2001) de terrae fine (2001) http://www.millertheatre.com/Events/EventDetails.aspx?nid=1595
ADMISSION: $25-$35

THURSDAY, October 10
8 PM In Order to Survive
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Rob Brown (alto sax) Lewis Barnes (trumpet) Cooper-Moore (piano) Hamid Drake (drums) William Parker (bass)

WEDNESDAY, October 16
7:00 PM ICE album release event: Xenakis chamber concertos on Mode Records
DETAILS: Charisma (Joshua Rubin, clarinet, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello) Dikhthas (Erik Carlson, violin, Jacob Greenberg, piano) Paille in the Wind (Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello, Jacob Greenberg, piano)

WEDNESDAY, October 16
8 PM Claws & Wings (premiere)
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Erik Friedlander (cello)
This new work is written in memory of Erik’s late wife. He, along with his daughter, were left to ponder how to make sense of the loss, and how to move on. The music strongly resonates with Erik’s mind-set at the time: meditating on a life lost, regaining his balance, and then moving forward with optimism.

WEDNESDAY, October 16
10 PM Mass Cello
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Erik Friedlander (cello) Jeffrey Ziegler (cello) Greg Heffernen (cello) and many special guests
New and old works for multiple celli—this will be a fun night! Guests include Jeffrey Ziegler, Christopher Hoffman, Greg Heffernen, and others! Works by Julius Hemphill, Imogen Heap, Friedlander and Verdi.

THURSDAY, October 17
8:00 PM Cage100 Party Pieces
VENUE: Miller Theatre
DETAILS: This new, evening-length work brings together 125 short compositions by 125 different composers, written according to a compositional model created by Cage in 1945.
ADMISSION: $20-$30

FRIDAY, October 18
8 PM Chimera
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Erik Friedlander (cello) Chris Speed (clarinet) Andrew D’Angelo (bass clarinet) and a special guest bass player Friedlander’s first working band.
This amazing acoustic improvising quartet will reunite to perform for the first time since the late ’90s, performing works from Chimera (Avant) and The Watchman (Tzadik)…a mesmerizing tour through the dark corridors of modern jazz.

WEDNESDAY, October 23
8:00 PM MiND GAMeS: Maroney – Ilgenfritz – Niescier – Drury 4tet
VENUE: Roulette
DETAILS: Pianist Denman Maroney, bassist James Ilgenfritz, saxophonist Angelika Niescier, and percussionist Andrew Drury make up this unorthodox quartet that blends complex time fields with unusual textures and melodies. All four members contribute compositions, balanced with extended improvisations that might at any moment turn from melodious to ethereal.

FRIDAY, October 25
7:30 PM Krzysztof Penderecki @ symphony space
VENUE: Symphony Space
DETAILS: Leonard Nimoy Thalia performs Krzysztof Penderecki http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8046/Music/krzysztof-penderecki
ADMISSION: $20/$32

SUNDAY, October 27
8 and 10 PM Cantorial Brass
VENUE: The Stone
DETAILS: Steven Bernstein & Frank London (trumpets, flugelhorn, alto horn) Jamie Saft (keyboards) Kenny Wollesen (drums, vibes, percussion)

MONDAY, October 28
7:30 PM Up-close, White Light Festival
VENUE: Manhattan Center, Grand Ballroom (Lincoln Center)
DETAILS: Kaori Yamagami, cello, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble: David Bowlin, violin, Michael Nicolas, cello, Jacob Greenberg, piano
Program: All–Michel van der Aa Program -Memo; Oog; Transit; Up-close (U.S. premiere) http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/207902?show_date=2013-10-28%2019:30:00 http://vimeo.com/31200000
ADMISSION: from $35

WEDNESDAY, October 30
VENUE: Barbes
Anthony Coleman; Michael Attias – alto and baritone saxes and Mike Pride – drums.

The Mystical John Zorn

John Zorn (cropped version)
John Zorn (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Huffington Post:

John Zorn has been an inspiration and an influence for me for over 30 years since I first heard his brazenly original music on the Lower East Side. He was making insanity, but insanity that made sense with duck calls and his sax. Somehow the sounds he was making felt exactly like the brush strokes in my paintings. More so the emotional vibe emanating from his rhythms and melodies, or even the harsh brutal sounds with which he expressed the horrific loss in the Shoah, always connected to my soul.