Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex:

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SAT 8 FEB • 20.00 • £12
London’s cutting edge collective presents their series of Club Nights: Dan Nicholls’ collaboration with visual artist Stephen Byram merges big beats and electro-improv with stunning, highly integrated visuals, whilst Mobo Award-winning saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings brings a group featuring some of the leading lights of the UK creative music scene, including the electronic mastery of Leafcutter John.

WED 12 FEB• 20.00 • £10 • MD
The quartet in this new line up are all mainstays of the London improv/jazz scene (having played with the likes of Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker and Pat Thomas) with improvisation lying at the heart of the music but always framed within compositions that bring to bear their experiences of playing art-rock, groove-improv, punk, funk and jazz. The Golden Age of Steam’s music is a kaleidoscope of sounds and textures traversing a musical landscape that veers between the psychedelic and the serene.

SAT 15 FEB • 20.00 + 22.30 • £18
A very special double show with three musical luminaries. BB&C is an explosive three-headed monster featuring New York City’s Tim Berne (saxophone), Jim Black (drums) & the ever-exploring Nels Cline (guitar). Their debut CD ‘The Veil’ is from a live recording at The Stone in New York City. Combining elements of avant-garde jazz, skronk rock, heavy metal, and other uncategorizable influences BB&C is a collaboration between three international jazz pioneers.

Upcoming Henry Grimes Performances

From Henry Grimes:

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Saturday, Feb. 8th, 2014, 7:30 p.m: Tribute to Amiri Baraka, w/ Ras Baraka, Craig Harris, Layding Kaliba, Sonia Sanchez, Narubi Selah, Quincy Troupe, Ted Wilson, Marvin X with Henry Grimes, et al., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Ave. / 6th Ave.) at 135th St., 212-491-2206, 888-718-4253,, tix, co-produced by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the National Black Touring Company. Take the 2 or 3 train or the M-1 or M-2 bus to 135th St.

Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 3 p.m: Henry Grimes and Melanie Dyer, Tikhonova / Wintner Gallery, 40 West 120th St., 2nd floor, Village of Harlem, 646-242-7909,, Take the M-102 bus to Lenox Ave. / Malcolm X Blvd. / 6th Ave. & 119th St.

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 6:30 p.m. to ’round midnight: Roy Campbell memorial celebration at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., downtown Brooklyn, 212-219-8242, 212-254-5420, 917-267-0363,,,, w/ Lewis “Flip” Barnes, Andrew Bemkey, Connie Crothers, Ted Daniel, Charles Gayle, Henry Grimes, Graham Haynes, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Warren Smith, Lisa Sokolov, Fay Victor, and many more, plus speakers, documentary screenings, etc. Take the 2/ 3/ 4 / 5 / B / C/ D / G / M / N / Q / R train to Atlantic / Pacific / Barclay Center.

AMN Picks of the Week: Ingrid Laubrock / Gran Masa / Chicago Underground Duo / Elliott Sharp

Ingrid Laubrock
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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Ingrid Laubrock / Anti-House – Strong Place (2013)
Gran Masa – Gran Masa (2013)
Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (2014)
Elliott Sharp / Carbon – Void Coordinates (2009)

Newsbits: Nakatani in NY Reviewed / Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas Release / JACK Quartet Performs Lachenmann / Oliveros Marathon in Houston

Jazz Right Now reviews the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra at JACK NY.

Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas have a new release out entitled Other World.

At the Morgan Library & Museum, JACK Quartet will perform Helmut Lachenmann’s Complete String Quartets on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:30pm (Album release date on Mode Records: Tuesday, April 1, 2014).

A marathon performance of scores by Pauline Oliveros, co-presented with DiverseWorks in conjunction with the exhibition SonicWorks, will take place Saturday, February 15th from 12pm at DiverseWorks, 4102 Fannin St., Suite 200, Houston, TX 77004.

Denovali London Swingfest 2014, April 18-19

The Denovali label will be putting on two days of experimental music in London:

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The 2014 London edition of the festival will feature 11 artists. Their sets will be as long as a proper club concert.

DAY 1 – Friday April 18 – Village Underground London
:: Porter Ricks (GER)
:: The Haxan Cloak (UK)
:: Anna von Hausswolff (SWE)
:: Hidden Orchestra (UK) + Lumen (UK) (special AV concert)
:: Ulrich Schnauss (GER)
:: Witxes (FRA)
:: John Lemke (GER)

DAY 2 – Saturday April 19 – Cafe Oto London
:: Thomas Köner (GER)
:: Piano Interrupted (UK)
:: Origamibiro (UK)
:: Petrels (UK)