Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Lol Coxhill
Lol Coxhill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Vortex:

SUN 20 • 20.00 • £8/£6 • MD

More eclectic out-sounds brought to you from our improv resident, curated by John Russell. This month featuring a free improv quartet led by Kay Grant, an elegant, impressionistic duo set from visiting Japanese pianist Yoko Miura and Charlie Collins (percussion), and an experimental electronics set from FURT with John Russell guesting on electric guitar.

MON 21 • 20.00 • £9 • MD

The result of what was meant to be a one-off performance in commemoration of the late Lol Coxhill, the music produced by the group proved so good it seemed natural to continue. Consisting of two legends of Improvised music in Watts and Sanders, and two younger veterans with their own international reputations with Edwards and Bevan, it’s hard to describe the quartet as anything but a supergroup.

TUE 22 + WED 23 • 20.00 • £8 adv / £10 door • MD

The Chaos Festival rolls into town and we are proud to present two nights of brave, cutting edge new music, curated by the ever-impressive Chaos Collective.


Having received critical acclaim since its release last year, Laura Jurd presents the music from her debut album ‘Landing Ground’ featuring the Ligeti Quartet. The opening night of the festival will also be the premiere of a commissioned work for string quartet and vocalist Lauren Kinsella, which sets a poem by Simon Collings to music.

WEDNESDAY: The Chaos Orchestra presents: ‘THE RITE’

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s revolutionary work, ‘The Rite of Spring’, The Chaos Orchestra will play re-works of themes and motifs from this iconic 20th Century masterpiece, followed by some original work. This ensemble of musicians have been highly praised for their rich orchestration and bold improvisational concepts, and this innovative performance promises to be a fine example of these talents.

THU 24 • 20.00 • £10

The group first came together as a quartet in 1998 and recorded an album Live at the Vortex in this very club. The quartet’s unrelenting excitement and momentum is a thing to behold; that they can consistently generate this live is incredible. If Foxes Fox were a rock band, it would doubtless be labeled a “super group” as all four members are among the very best players in their fields. However, this is an improvising group so any notions of “stars” must be dispelled in favour of collective music making and interaction. And the quartet delivers exactly that right from the start.

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

John Surman-- Birdland; September 2, 2009 Phot...
John Surman– Birdland; September 2, 2009 Photo: Claire Stefani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Squid’s Ear:

Catherine Jauniaux / eRikm – Mal Des Ardents / Pantonéon

Chris McGregor‘s Brotherhood of Breath Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath – Procession — Live at Toulouse

S.O.S. (John Surman, Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore) S.O.S. (John Surman, Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore) – Looking for the Next One

Urs Leimgruber / Roger Turner Duo Urs Leimgruber / Roger Turner Duo – The Pancake Tour
(Relative Pitch Records)

Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

Harry Partch (c. 1969), from the cover of The ...
Harry Partch (c. 1969), from the cover of The World of Harry Partch (Columbia Masterworks LP) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Detroit’s Trinospheres:

Friday, Oct. 18: Clem Fortuna presents a Microtonal Music Revue, featuring Jacob Barton and Andrew Heathwaite, plus the music of Clem Fortuna, Frank Pahl, Joel Peterson and Harry Partch

This concert features music written for unusual tuning systems that utilize microtones (pitches that are a smaller distance apart than the standard Western “half-step”). Headlining the show will be two preeminent microtonal composers, Jacob Barton and Andrew Heathwaite. Also featured will be new works and performances by Detroiters Clem Fortuna, Frank Pahl, Joel Peterson, Jennie Knaggs, as well as works by maverick microtonal composers such as Harry Partch (1901 – 1974) and Nicola Vicentino (1511 – 1575).

Almost all western music (and increasingly a lot of Eastern Music) conforms to a single tuning using only certain notes. While blues and jazz musicians sometimes slide between these tones, they are rarely treated as autonomous notes because we have been conditioned to considered them “out of tune”. Despite this, they have figured prominently in the music of the near and far east and Africa for centuries. A small number of Western composers and songwriters have investigated microtonal pitches, and have that besides being applicable to traditional musics, these “out of tune” notes can also open up endless musical worlds. However, playing them requires unlearning everything we know about music, and in some cases building whole new instruments or modifying existing instruments. This concert will include works played on refretted guitars, glass harmonica, voices, strings, pedal steel guitar, specially tuned piano, and the “udderbot”, a new wind instrument made from a glass bottle and a rubber glove.

Jacob Barton grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where his musical hunger led him to learn piano, saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, and musical saw. He studied composition at Rice University, where he received a BMI Student Composer Award for “Xenharmonic Variations on a Theme by Mozart”. His passion for instrument building led serendipitously to the collaborative invention and development of the udderbot, for which he is the chief advocate and only known virtuoso. Jacob has played the udderbot in traditional bands, children’s concerts, experimental music venues, theater productions, New York City subway stations, and humanitarian clowning missions in Ecuador.

Andrew Heathwaite is a performer, composer, teacher and student, whose work by his own characterization centers around compassionate creative skepticism, trivialization of power differences, and transformation of (at first invisible) constraints to provoke the new. “I no longer want to see microtonality slip under the radar into pop music without anyone noticing, just to be sold back to us by the greedy kings of copyright. That’s not good enough..” As a project of Oddmusic Urbana-Champaign, Andrew re-fretted a steel-string acoustic guitar to 22 tones per octave in 2009 and a mountain dulcimer to a 20-tone Just Intonation scale in simple overtone relationship in 2010. He also plays cümbüş, a fretless Turkish lute.

Saturday, Oct. 19: Chuck Johnson, Nick Schillace
Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and minimalist composition. He will be performing at Trinosophes in support of his solo acoustic guitar LP Crows In The Basilica, released last May on Three Lobed Recordings.

Nick Schillace is well-known to Detroit music aficionados as a stellar solo guitarist/banjoist and member of such diverse groups as the folky Lac La Belle, Odu Afrobeat Orchestra, the experimental strings-driven Duo Unduo and Dixieland jazz ensemble Detroit Pleasure Society. Although he’s spent most of his recent musical energy on performing in his groups, this concert is part of a planned return to his solo instrumental material. Drawing on his time spent with all styles of banjo and traditional guitar, Schillace’s recent solo instrumental compositions draw on the elements of early 20th music.

$5-10 suggested donation.

Coming soon
Oct. 25: Opening reception for the solo exhibition “Limited Dictionary” by Radek Szlaga
Oct. 26: Disappears, Ritual Howls
Oct 30: VCVD (Frode Gjerstadt, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Stine Janvin Motland, Stale Liavik Solberg), Jason Stein/Tim Daisy Duo
Nov. 5: Eric Boeren Quartet
Nov. 15: Clay Rendering, Rebel Kind, Hydropark and more
Nov. 16: The Blackman’s Revue
Nov. 18: William Hooker
Dec. 7: Tatsuya Nakatani’s NGO

Igloo Magazine Reviews


Justin Walter :: Lullabies And Nightmares (Kranky)
Deepchord :: 20 Electrostatic Soundfields (Soma)
Dao De Noize & Naoki Ishida :: Split Series #1 (Zero Kei)
Valanx :: Ejecta (diametric.)
Meridian Brothers :: Devoción (Works 2005-2011) (Staubgold)
Wall to Wall Carpeting :: Pilliad Echons (Orila)
Sense :: The Dream (Psychonavigation)

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

English: Tony Conrad at the DeStijl/Freedom Fr...
English: Tony Conrad at the DeStijl/Freedom From Festival 2003 in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States on 2003-10-04. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Friday, October 18th – 8:00pm
Tony Conrad
Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer
Lee Noble
$15 / $12 members & students

A pioneering force behind the evolution of minimalism, violinist and composer Tony Conrad’s performances employ a droning, mesmerizing performance idiom of long durations, amplification, and precise pitch to explore new worlds of sound. This evening as part of Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain, Conrad plays solo, a night that opens with the lo-fi analog drones of LA multi-instrumentalist and No Kings label head Lee Noble.

Presented in collaboration with Triple Canopy, a collaborative performance by Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes and Tom Thayer pairs McMahon’s plaintive, sonorous composition, primarily for voice and guitar, and Thayer’s evocative projections, consisting of strobing digital color forms and analogue abstractions. McMahon and Thayer are joined by collaborators John Jines and Xander Duell.

Saturday, October 19th – 8:00pm
William Basinski
Aki Onda & Raha Raissnia
$20 / $15 members

Advance tickets recommended! Composer William Basinski has been active for over three decades, creating a vast body of haunting and melancholic soundscapes that have secured his place as an icon of contemporary ambient music. Tonight he plays solo.
Aki Onda and Raha Raissnia return to ISSUE for their second duo, performing with black oil paintings, film and slide projectors, tape recorders and tube amps and synthesizer. Projecting 16mm footage with 35mm slides onto a white wall and dark surface of oil paints, Raissnia creates a deepened sense of immersion in an alien landscape, while Onda’s soundscape of field recordings challenge the boundaries of the picture plane, and explore the power of imagination.

Sunday, October 20th – 8:00pm
No-Neck Blues Band
Loren Connors & Tom Carter
Suzanne Langille & Cammisa Buerhaus
$15 / $12 members & students

The No-Neck Blues Band is legendary as one of the most enigmatic, mysterious, and defiantly anti-commercial groups to emerge from 90s New York. Twenty years later, it is still difficult to say exactly what is going on with this group, other than that they will appear in full force for one night, once more, at issue’s behest, to celebrate dual anniversaries: ISSUE’s tenth, and their own twentieth.

Loren Connors, known for his singular adaptation of Delta bottleneck and ancestral blues, is paired with Tom Carter, whose electric guitar work weaves immensely stacked, long-form drones and psychedelic melodies. The iconic and otherworldly songwriter and vocalist Suzanne Langille performs a collaborative set with Cammisa Buerhaus, performing tonight with vocal manipulations, damaged tape loop, and shortwave radio.

Coming Up:

Thursday, October 24th – 8:00pm
Ann Liv Young / Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh
Friday, October 25th – 8:00pm
Marina Rosenfeld / David Grubbs & Susan Howe

Saturday, October 26th – 8:00pm
Yarn/Wire play Tristan Perich / Ashley Paul