Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch at 50

From Wondering Sound:

Eric Dolphy
Cover of Eric Dolphy

Dolphy’s improvisations have a hectic, can’t-hold-me-back quality that makes Ornette Coleman sound sedate by comparison. Dolphy’s lines make acrobatic leaps over intervals too wide to sound singable, but there was always a voicelike yawp to his tone. On bass clarinet — an instrument he had all to himself as a soloist — his sound is as raw and woody as a broken branch. It bursts with abrasive and changeable overtones. Much the same is true of his alto saxophone playing. And it wasn’t just the music — it was how the rhythm section manhandled it.

Visions of John Zorn at Adelaide Festival

Melissa Lesnie is interviewed about working with John Zorn, in anticipation of performing Zorn’s works in Adelaide.

I first worked for him in November 2012, premiering Holy Visions for New York City Opera’s Vox Festival. I was introduced to Zorn by Lisa Bielawa, who in addition to her incredibly busy life as a composer is also a fab soprano. She was singing in the Vox project but had to pull out so she recommended me to the other singers in the group. Luckily for me, Zorn liked my sound and approach and I’ve been working with him since then. Lisa will be singing in Adelaide too. It’s a really lovely, tight-knit group.


Kyle Gann on Robert Ashley

Kyle Gann writes on his personal experience with Robert Ashley:

And let it be set down, Bob was one of the most amazing composers of the 20th century, and the greatest genius of 20th-century opera. I don’t know how long it’s going to take the world to recognize that. And it hardly matters. He knew it. That the world was too stupid to keep up was not his problem.


Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Joëlle Léandre
Cover of Joëlle Léandre

Adriana Sá, John Klima & Tó Trips – Timespine (Shhpuma,2013) ****
Vijay Iyer – Mutations (ECM, 2014) ****
The Gnostic Trio (John Zorn) – In Lambeth: Visions from the Walled Garden of William Blake (Tzadik, 2013) ****
Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey – Lark (Skirl, 2014) ****½
Daunik Lazro & Joëlle Léandre – Hasparren (NoBusiness, 2013) *****
Benjamin Duboc – St. James Infirmary (Improvising Beings, 2014) ****
Jon Rune Strøm – Jøa (Stone Floor Records, 2013) ***½
Adam Pultz Melbye – Gullet (Barefoot Records, 2013) ***½
Fred Marty – Ondes Primitives (Kadima, 2013) ****
Die Glorreichen Sieben: Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World (Boomslang Records, 2013) ****

Holland Festival 2014

This year’s Holland Festival is featuring the following program:

Spiral Mass | Soldier Songs
Nico Muhly, David T. little
Muziekgebouw Aan ‘T Ij
Mon 2 Jun 8.30 Pm 2

Twitchy Organs
Nico Muhly, Oneohtrix Point Never
Wed 4 Jun 8.30 Pm 4

20 Pianos
Matthew Herbert
Thu 12 Jun 8.30 Pm 12

the Civil Wars – Rome
Philip Glass, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor
Muziekgebouw Aan ‘T Ij
Thu 19 Jun 8.30 Pm 19

Luigi Nono:
Prometeo. Tragedia Dell’ascolto
Ingo Metzmacher, Swr Sinfonieorchester Baden-baden Und Freiburg, Experimental-studio Des Swr, Schola Heidelberg
Westergasfabriek, Gashouder

George Benjamin’s Horizon
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
George Benjamin, Helen Grime, György Ligeti, Maurice Ravel
Het Concertgebouw
Fri 20 Jun 8.15 Pm 20

Fri 20 Jun 8.30 Pm 20

Luigi Nono: LA Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura
Irvine Arditti, André Richard
Westergasfabriek, Gashouder
Sat 21 Jun 11.00 Pm 21

Luigi Nono:
IL Canto Sospeso E.a.
swr Sinfonieorchester Baden-baden Und Freiburg, Ingo Metzmacher, Experimentalstudio Des Swr, Schola Heidelberg, Cappella Amsterdam
Westergasfabriek, Gashouder

Luigi Nono:
Caminantes … Ayacucho
Swr Sinfonieorchester Baden-baden Und Freiburg, Ingo Metzmacher, Experimentalstudio Des Swr, Schola Heidelberg, Cappella Amsterdam
Westergasfabriek, Gashouder

Tarab Cuts
John Butcher, Mark Sanders
Thu 26 Jun 8.30 Pm