Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative

All About Jazz interviews the founders of Pi Recordings.

Pi Recordings both documents and informs this change. In addition to releasing albums by jazz legends from Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Pi Recordings scouts, records and promotes young artists from the contemporary New York jazz scene. A glance at their roster reveals some of the biggest names in modern jazz, including Roscoe Mitchell, Vijay Iyer, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill and many others.

Founded in 2001 by Seth Rosner, who was joined by Yulun Wang in 2002, Pi Recordings now releases five albums each year. They focus on innovative, unique and, ultimately, significant composers and musicians on the contemporary jazz scene.

Interpretations Winter / Spring 2014 Schedule

Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007
Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Interpretations:

Thursday February 20, 8PM
Joan La Barbara “Windows” // Bruce Gremo

Joan La Barbara layers her signature vocal techniques with natural & electronic sounds in “Windows”, inspired by the dreams & visions of Joseph Cornell. Bruce Gremo performs on his electronic flute controller, the Cilia, as well as the shakuhachi & glissando flute; with Hu Jianbing on Sheng.

Thursday March 20, 8PM
Thomas Buckner with Bradyworks

Thomas Buckner joins Montreal-based ensemble Bradyworks, performing works by Australian composers Eric Griswold & John Encarnacao as well as Tim Brady & Annea Lockwood.

Thursday, March 27, 8PM
Christian Wolff at 80

This evening will feature Wolff’s “37 Haiku” for horn, oboe, viola, cello with guest baritone Thomas Buckner, as well as major works by Bernhard Lang, Petr Kotik and Alex Mincek. Co-sponsored by Interpretations, SEM, Ostrava Center for New Music and Czech Center.

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021 Phone 646 422-3399

Thursday April 24, 8PM
Tom Hamilton // Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora

Tom Hamilton (electronics), with Nate Wooley, Al Margolis, Peter Zummo, Meaghan Burke, & Alan Zimmerman. Ned Rothenberg (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax & shakuhachi), with Jerome Harris, Samir Chatterjee Mark Feldman, & Erik Friedlander.

All concerts at Roulette unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

Han Bennink
Cover of Han Bennink

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Saturday, Jan. 18: The Young Mothers, Jimbo Easter’s repulsive force
Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten first came to our attention through the Scandinavian free-jazz/garage punk unit The Thing and The Frode Gjerstadt Trio, where he shared rhythm section responsibilities in both bands with drummer Paal Nilssen Love. In the past couple years he has relocated to Texas, where he has formed The Young Mothers- a group that features Chicago’s Frank Rosaly on drums; Texans Stefan Gonzales on drums, vibes and vocals, Jason Jackson on saxophones and Jonathon F. Horne on guitar; and trumpet and electronics by Jawwaad Taylor, who splits his time between NYC and Texas. Eclectic as the line-up suggests, The Young Mothers have been compared to a hybrid of Don Cherry’s bands and The Brotherhood of Breath. Touches of free improv, underground rock, modern jazz and afro- grooves propel the dense compositions of Haker Flaten into a pluralist approachability.

Opening the show is Jimbo Easter’s repulsive force.

Doors at 8pm; $8 min.- $10 suggested.

Monday, Jan. 20: Han Bennink and Mary Oliver
Legendary Dutch drummer Han Bennink and his partner, violinist Mary Oliver, return to Trinosophes for a concert of intimate duets, followed by a performance with local improvisers. Han was born in Zaandam near Amsterdam in 1942. His first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. Later his father, an orchestra percussionist, supplied him with a more conventional outfit, but Han never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects he finds backstage at concerts. He is still very fond of playing chairs.

A conspicuous feature of Bennink’s musical life since the 1960s is the spontaneous duo concert with musicians of many nationalities and musical inclinations; in the ’90s he recorded in duo with among others pianists Mengelberg, Irene Schweizer and Myra Melford, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin. Keeping in that tradition, for this concert Han will be appearing in a duo with partner Mary Oliver on violin, followed by a set of the duo performing with local improvisers.

Friday, Jan. 24: Tony Holland with Djallo Djakate, Joel Peterson and Clarence Williams
A member of the front-line of Detroit’s legendary Griot Galaxy, saxophonist Tony Holland is debuting this new group as part of Friday avant-jazz series. A fiery player on all the saxophones, he has been featured on numerous recordings, including several with guitarist Spenser Barefield and fellow Griot percussionist Tani Tabbal, which have recently been re-issued as part of the Beneath Detroit series. For this concert, Tony will be joined by Djallo Djakate on drums, Clarence Williams on guitar and Joel Peterson on bass. We’ll start the evening with a dinner as well, so show up early.

Dinner served from 7 pm – 7:45 pm; music at 8 pm. $10 suggested donation for the concert.

Winter Releases from Edgetone Records

The Band Tri-Cornered Tent Show from left to r...
The Band Tri-Cornered Tent Show 

Coming from Edgetone Records:

Flower Futures from Reconnaissance Fly is both aggressively whimsical and charmingly incoherent. Spam poetry, found texts, original lyrics mixed deliriously to music.
Chris Broderick – saxophones & clarinets
Amanda Chaudhary – piano, organ
Polly Moller – vocals, flutes
Larry The O – drums, percussion
Tim Walters – bass, computer

Welcome to Psychoville Population 4 from Tri-Cornered Tent Show is an Avant-Psych Blues Freak-Out of Daliesque Cabaret involving Appalachian Style Murder Ballads filtered thru and reflecting many levels and degrees of improvisation in the 21st Century.
Philip Everett – electric apharp & xlarinet
Ray Schaeffer – electric basses
Anthony Flores – drums
Valentina O – vocals