Kronos Quartet’s 40-Year Adventure


Kronos Quartet w/Kimmo Pohjonen & Samuli Kosmi...
Kronos Quartet w/Kimmo Pohjonen & Samuli Kosminen

The quartet, based in San Francisco, has released 57 albums and sold more than 2.5 million recordings. Its adventurous, undecorous approach to programming and cross-cultural collaborations planted the seed for a new generation of innovative string quartets like Ethel, the JACK Quartet and Brooklyn Rider to thrive, as well as inspired individual artists to reimagine musical parameters.

Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

English: Bobby Bradford, moers festival 2008
Bobby Bradford

Wednesday, March 26: Bobby Bradford Quartet with Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten and Frank Rosaly
For this concert Bradford is backed by some of our favorite musicians, who have performed in our series many times with various groups: Norway’s Frode Gjerstad (Frode Gjerstad trio, Joe Mcphee, VCDC, Brotzmann tentet) on saxophone and clarinet; Norwegian/Texan double-bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (The Thing, The Young Mothers, Atomic, Ken Vandermark); and Chicago’s Frank Rosaly (Esacada Music, Fast Citizens, Rempis Percussion Quartet, Josh Abrams’ Natural Information, Fred Lonberg-Holm‘s Valentine Trio, Marshall Allen, Roscoe Mitchell etc.) on percussion.
Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 suggested

March 28: New Bums, Clay Rendering and Shells
Meet Drag City recording artists the New Bums! They’re not your father’s Bums, but they’re bringing good old-fashioned songcraft back for another try. Ben Chasny from Six Organs of Admittance and Donovan Quinn from Skygreen Leopards; two voices and guitars with the occasional other element all compete for the loneliest sound in the room. Lots of laughs too — if you like ’em dark, that is.

With Clay Rendering, the duo of Mike Connelly (Hair Police, Wolf Eyes) and Tara Connelly (The Haunting), and Shells (Shelley Salant of Shells, Rebel Kind, Tyvek, WCBN’s Local Show, Michigan Happenings, and more!).
Doors at 9PM, music shortly thereafter. $8 at the door.

Saturday, March 29: Thollem McDonas and Brian Chase, 696 Blues Band
Perpetual touring-machine and long-time honorary Detroiter Thollem McDonas returns in a duo collaboration with Brian Chase, best known as drummer of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs- but also a fixture on the New York improvised music scene. The two recently collaborated on the group Whistling Joy Jumpers with legendary Half Japanese frontman Jad Fair and became an accidental duo at a session at Olympia’s famous Dub Narcotic Studios when the third member of a trio fell ill and couldn’t make it. Embracing the results and naming the record Dub Narcotic Session, the duo is now on touring in support of the new release. McDonas, in particular, has probably been involved in more Detroit-based projects and performances than any other visiting musician we can think of in recent years. His astounding piano technique, wide-open ears and diversity of presentations has made him a consistent favorite since he first landed here almost a decade ago on his first solo tour.

696 Blues Band is probably Detroit’s most unpredictable act right now- changing radically from show to show. It may or may not include finger-picked guitar, tape loops, echoplex, hammond organ and mixer manipulation. Possibly percussion too, or substitute fuzz-picked guitar. This is blues-based music in the sense that The Magic Band is blues based music– but it doesn’t sound like them either.

Doors at 9 pm; $7-10.

Coming Soon

April 5: Doc Waffles
April 12: Mind Over Mirrors, Chatoyant
April 17: Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break
April 18: Eric Carbonara and Nick Milevoi, Fortuna/Knaggs
April 19: Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet
April 27: BYOBach
April 30: Chicago Underground Duo

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 09/2014

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Graham Collier
Luminosity-the Last Suites: Graham Collier’s Last Two Compositions on a Double Disc Album

Bruce Friedman | Alan Cook
Base 4: Bruce Friedman, Tp/ Derek Bomback, G/ Alan Cook, Dr, Perc

Between the Lines
Itinéraire Bis: Double Trio DE Clarinettes

the Braxtornette Project: Pierre Borel, as/ Louis Laurain, Tp/ Antonio Borghini, B/ Tobias Backhaus, Dr

Corrie Van Binsbergen
Self Prtrait in Pale Blue: Cvb on Guitar

Mike Mahaffay
Escape Velocity: Mike Mahaffay and Tres Gone Ensemble+John Dykstra and His Chamber Group

Josef Dumoulin
Fender Rhodes Solo: Josef Dumoulin, Fender Rhodes

Noel Taylor
Cloudseed: Splatter with Rafal Mazur

Away at Home: John Stevens’s Away

Gregg Simpson
New Orchestra Quintet Complete Recordings 1978-79

Two Philadelphia Shows This Week

From Philly’ Bowerbird:

Michael Gordon’s RUSHES
For 7 bassons
Venue: The Icebox @ Crane Arts
1400 N. American Street
Friday, March 28, 8pm

Bowebird and Crane Arts are please to present “Rushes”, an evening length work for seven bassoons by composer Michael Gordon. Performed by the Rushes Ensemble – with bassoonists Dana Jessen, Michael Harley, Jeffrey Lyman, Rachael Elliott, Saxton Rose, Lynn Hileman and Maya Stone – this unique septet of bassoonists is dedicated to expanding and diversifying the future of bassoon repertoire through commissioning projects and collaborations.

Matt Mitchell
Corinna Burns
Venue: Biello Martin Studio
148 N 3rd St
Sunday, March 30, 7pm

Sound and text. Food and drink. This intimate evening brings together Nmperign, the experimental improvisation duo of trumpeter Greg Kelley and soprano saxophonist Bhob Rainey, a rare home-city appearance by pianist-composer Matt Mitchell, and writer-performer Corinna Burns reading from a new solo work. The night takes place at the Biello Martin Studio, a fanciful space full of operatic neo-classic crystal chandeliers, sensually cascading metallic beads of light, and whimsical clay light sculptures.

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From NY’s ISSUE Project Room:

Oren Ambarchi presents 'Knots' @ Cafe Oto 12/0...
Oren Ambarchi

MON, MARCH 24 – 6:30PM
Benefit for 3 Operas by Robert Ashley at the 2014 Whitney Biennial
Single tickets may be reserved with a pledge of $50 or more via the project’s Kickstarter campaign- just than 48 hours left to contribute!

WED, MARCH 26 – 8:00PM
Chris Brown, Suzanne Thorpe, Nate Wooley trio
Alexandra Gardner

THU, MARCH 27, – 8:00PM
String Theories: Eli Keszler, Catherine Lamb, Zach Layton, & Doron Sadja

TUE, APRIL 1 – 7:00PM
Unsound Opening Party featuring Oren Ambarchi
An exclusive opening party celebrates Unsound Festival NY 2014. Oren Ambarchi previews “Knots”, featuring players from the Sinfonietta Cracovia, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks are provided by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

WED, APRIL 2, – 8:00PM
UNSOUND: Oren Ambarchi’s Knots / EVOL play Hanne Darboven

New Point of Departure

The latest issues of online magazine Point of Departure is out.

Der australische Geiger Jon Rose beim Konzert ...
Jon Rose

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

The Improvising Algorithm: an essay by Jon Rose

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

Following the Moment – an interview with Keefe Jackson: by Troy Collins

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Josh Sinton