Wadada Leo Smith Interview

From All About Jazz:

Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As dreamers go trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith lies at the more serious end of the spectrum. Not for him dreams that fade with the daylight, as evidenced by the realization of his epic Civil Rights inspired Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, 2012). Smith actually composed the first piece of what developed into a 21 piece magnum opus back in 1977, which demonstrates prodigious staying power to see it through to completion in 2012. Once released, the work generated remarkable acclaim for its tremendous scope, consistency of achievement and weighty emotional impact. Widely nominated in best of year lists, it is likely to remain pertinent for many years to come. As Thom Jurek said “it belongs in jazz’s canonical lexicon with Duke Ellington‘s Black Brown & Beige and Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite.” By way of culmination to a fantastic year, Smith was a finalist for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in recognition of his work.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

David Binney
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Chris Potter – The Sirens (ECM, 2013) ****
David Binney – Lifted Land (Criss Cross, 2013) ***1/2
Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: Step Wide, Step Deep (Babel Label, 2013) *****
Abdelhaï Bennani – New Today, New Everyday (Improvising Beings, 2012) ****½
Survival Unit III: Game Theory (Not Two, 2013) ****½
Konvoj Ensemble feat. Evan Parker & Sten Sandell – Colors Of (Konvoj, 2013) ****
2° Ètage: Grey Matter (NoBusiness, 2013) ****
Jeremiah Cymerman & Frantz Loriot – Seven Bridges (Peira, 2013)
Jeremiah Cymerman – Sky Burial (5049 Records, 2013) ****
Jeremiah Cymerman – Real Scars (Mnóad, 2014) ****
Jeremiah Cymerman – Pale Horse (5049 Records, 2014) *****
Rempis / Abrams / Ra – Aphelion (Aerophonic, 2014) ****
The Rempis / Daisy Duo – Second Spring (Aerophonic, 2014) *****

Transparent Productions in February

From Washington DC’s Transparent Productions:

February 2nd, 2014 – ‘Black February’ Tribute to Butch Morris at 5PM
A special screening of ‘Black February: Music is an Open Door”
at The Takoma Park Community Center
Introduced by Dr. Thomas Stanley / Music: Lewis “Flip” Barnes – trumpet/conductor
Brad Linde – reeds, Luke Stewart – electric bass, Warren G. Crudup III – drums
Anthony Pirog – guitar, Mike Noonan – vibes, Recitation – Thomas Stanley, Bobby Hill

Feb. 9, 2014 – Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Kahil El’Zabar–dr. Corey Wilkes–tr., Ernest Dawkins-reeds

Feb. 16, 2014 – Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio
Stephan Crump–bass, Liberty Ellman, Jamie Fox–guitars

 

Japan’s free music pioneer Sabu Toyozumi

From Globaltimes.cn:

Fete Qua Qua
Fete Qua Qua (Photo credit: andynew)

As one of the first improvisational musicians in Japan, Sabu Toyozumi has toured around the world and collaborated with many free jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Derek Bailey and John Russell. He plays the drums and the erhu, a traditional Chinese two-stringed instrument. On January 25 and 26, Toyozumi was invited to Shanghai to take part in a two-day free music festival at 696Live with other artists including Argentinean psychedelic musician Anla Courtis and Chinese electronic musician Ronez. They played as duos, trios and even quartets, sparked by random and instant inspiration.

The Roulette in January

From New York’s Roulette:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
The Connie Crothers Quartet – Deep Friendship, A CD Release Celebration Performance of new songs with boundless improvisational turns by the finest free improvisers today

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[MIXOLOGY FESTIVAL 2014] Pete Swanson/Ben Vida/C. Lavender An electronic music festival of live performances & demonstrations of cutting-edge technology

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014 @ 1:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[MIXOLOGY FESTIVAL 2014] Outer Space, M. Geddes Gengras, Loud Objects with Greg Fox, Workshops: “SHNTH” and Monome’s “Aleph” Soundcomputer and more… An electronic music festival of live performances & demonstrations of cutting-edge technology

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Neil Rolnick – Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand // With Vicky Chow, Kathleen Supové & Bob Gluck Three recent large-scale works for piano & computer

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[EAR HEART MUSIC] Aeolus Quartet – Appalachian Portraits A mixed-media concert that evokes the sounds, sights & the soul of the Appalachians with projections from controversial portrait photographer Shelby Lee Adams…

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[INTERPRETATIONS] Bruce Gremo // Joan La Barbara New solo & duo works from Bruce Gremo with Hu Jianbing // vocal & electronic sounds from Joan La Barbara

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Ray Anderson & Sarah Weaver – The Point Being // Slideride A new large-ensemble work of deep multidimensional perspectives & the R&B meets avant-garde stylings of a raucous trombone quartet

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble Re-worked pieces culled from the ensembles acclaimed 2012 album, Tiresian Symmetry & as the debut of a new suite of compositions

Duende in February

Coming to Oakland’s Duende:

Secret Chiefs 3
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Larry Ochs & Don Robinson Duo + Evelyn Davis & Crystal Pascucci Duo 2/3/14 9PM
Amendola vs Blades 2/5/14 9PM
Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet 2/7/14 9:30PM
Secret Chiefs 3 Perform “Masada” 2/9/14 9PM
Fred Frith & Shelly Hirsch 2/12/14 9PM
Henry Kaiser Valentine’s Day Solo Guitar, Electric & Acoustic 2/14/14 9:30PM
Mo’Fone 2/15/14 9:30PM
Motoko Honda Group – Simple Excesses 2/16/14 9PM
Josh Jones & Peter Apfelbaum Duo 2/19/14 9PM
Active Music Festival: Night 3 2/22/14 9:30PM
The Achyutan-Evangelista Quartet 2/23/14 9PM