The Jooklo Duo are making a rare appearance in the US this month:
April 4, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ PAGEANT SOLOVEEV / PHILADELPHIA (PA) / USA + Jack Wright, Michael Evans, Joe Moffet + Van Sutra
April 6, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ JACK / BROOKLYN (NY) / USA + Tamio Shiraishi, Jim Hobbs, Stanley Zappa, Steven Leffue
April 7, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO & BILL NACE @ HELDERBERG HOUSE / ALBANY (NY) / USA + Chalaque + Burnt Hills
April 10, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO & BILL NACE @ ISSUE PROJECT ROOM / BROOKLYN (NY) / USA
April 11, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO & BILL NACE @ BOSTON HASSLE / DEEP THOUGHTS RECORDS SHOP / BOSTON (MA) / USA + Chalaque
April 12, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO & BILL NACE @ UNCERTAINTY MUSIC SERIES / NEVER ENDING BOOKS / NEW HAVEN (CT) / USA
April 13, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO & BILL NACE @ IBEAM / BROOKLYN (NY) / USA
April 15, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ BLACK WIDOW EL SIAM LODGE / OAKLAND (CA) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low
April 16, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ TBA / ARCATA (CA) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low
April 17, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ RED ROOM SERIES / INTERZONE / CORVALLIS (OR) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low
April 18, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ VALENTINE’S / PORTLAND (OR) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low + Smegma
April 20, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ REED COLLEGE / PORTLAND (OR) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low + Smegma
April 21, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ WALL OF SOUND / SEATTLE (WA) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low
April 22, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ THE BLACK LODGE / SEATTLE, WA / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low
April 24, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ OUTSOUND / LUGGAGE STORE / SAN FRANCISCO (CA) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low
April 25, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ THE SALT LICK / OAKLAND (CA) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low + Mister Sister
April 26, 2014 – JOOKLO DUO @ VACATION / SAN FRANCISCO (CA) / USA + Bear Bones Lay Low + Mister Sister
Pianist Kris Davis has worked in many group settings, and her frequent collaborators include Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, John Hebert, and many others. Massive Threads is her second solo recording, a follow up to 2011’s Aeriol Piano. While almost all tracks are fully improvised (aside from a cover of Monk’s Evidence), she doesn’t shy away from her classical leanings. In fact, it is as if Davis is performing an avant-classical piano recital, calling upon the ghosts of Cage, Feldman, and Ligeti with her instantaneous compositions.
The album begins with Ten Exorcists, a repetitive, percussive piece for what sounds like a specially-tuned piano. The track also includes brief interludes of ominously-swirling counterpoint. The title track is similar in a way, with playful, yet dark, rolling blending into subsequent pounding, and then a quieter interval leading to similar dynamic chording.
Davis’s musical schizophrenia between the classical and jazz worlds is similar to the disconnect between her left and right hands on the piano keyboard. This is a woman who wants things both ways and is not willing to be pigeonholed or compromise. The result is an intriguing and intellectual effort that is too headstrong to be labelled as academic.
FRI 4 + SAT 5 APR • 20.00 • £15 / £25
ELLIOTT SHARP TWO NIGHT RESIDENCY
Vortex is thrilled to host a rare UK performance from one of the leading lights of the NYC Downtown scene, guitarist Elliott Sharp. In the UK to play the magnificent Frontiers Festival in Birmingham, Elliott visits the Vortex for a very special two-night residency, each night playing a solo/duo set, plus an ensemble set showcasing Foliage with a specially assembled band of some of the UK’s finest players. Friday’s show will be recorded live for broadcast on BBC Radio’s Jazz on 3.
The weekend’s line-up will include Elliott Sharp (guitar/conductor), Riaan Vosloo (bass), Liam Noble (piano), Andrew Bain (drums), Percy Pursglove (trumpet), Alex Woods (tenor sax) and Jeremy Price (trombone).
THU 10 APR • 20.00 • £10 • MD
EVAN PARKER / BARRY GUY / PAUL LYTTON
Monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation and iconic saxophonist Evan Parker. This month Evan is joined by an exemplary rhythm section, with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton. Barry Guy is an innovative bass player and composer of remarkable creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, chamber and orchestral performance. Percussionist Paul Lytton is both an inventive, textural drummer in the tradition of European free jazz, and a pioneer in electronic sound processing and the use of homemade instruments of his own invention.
FRI 11 APR • 20.00 • £15
KEITH TIPPETT OCTET
Following a three-night residency at Vortex in August last year, at which he premièred a new piece; The Nine Dances of Patrick O’Gonogon, commissioned by Richard Wiltshire. We are delighted to welcome back Keith Tippett. Tonight he’ll give a solo performance followed by the Nine Dances with his Octet, featuring Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet/flugel), Sam Mayne alto (sax/clarinet/flute), James Gardner-Bateman (alto sax/flute), Kieran Mcleod (trombone), Rob Harvey (trombone), Tom Mccredie (bass), Peter Fairclough (drums/percussion) and Keith Tippett (piano/composer).
It’s been twenty years since saxophonist-composer-arranger Ed Palermo and his Big Band began playing the music of Frank Zappa. Twenty years, not a lot of bread but a whole lot of love from fans and musicians alike. Oh No! Not Jazz!! on Cuneiform Records marks the band’s fourth Zappa album and the third for that remarkable independent label but it also adds something new to the mix. It’s a double CD set with the second CD devoted to Palermo’s own stuff and proof, were it needed, of the diversity of his talent.