Steve Coleman Appointed as a Guggenheim Fellow

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004
Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation:

In my music, I have utilized various kinds of musical structure and temperament to symbolize the specific kinds of musical movement necessary to reference various states of energy, with the concepts of change, process, and growth being central to my work. Specifically, I believe that it is through the spontaneous composition of forms that my ideas can be most readily expressed, regardless of external stylistic appearances.

A Tribute to “New York Eye and Ear Control” on June 1

New York Eye and Ear Control
New York Eye and Ear Control (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Dissident Arts:

Brooklyn NY: The summer jazz concert season kicks off to an early start with a rousing tribute to the celebrated recording ‘New York Eye and Ear Control’ as it hits its golden anniversary. This seminal album of the Free Jazz canon was conceived by Albert Ayler and realized with an all-star ensemble of improvisers who defined the movement. Some fifty years hence, a wide swath of New York Jazz underground instrumentalists fete it with three sets of contemporary fire music. The headliners are a one-time only assemblage dubbed here as The Veterans of Free, a quintet of artists who were vital parts of the scene during Free Jazz’s development and still stand now as leading figures. The opening and closing acts represent the improvisational new music sounds of the past thirty+ years heard in Manhattan and Brooklyn performance spaces.

Dissident Arts presents
A TRIBUTE TO “NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL” The 50th Anniversary of the Free Jazz Classic!
In summer, 1964, Albert Ayler gathered Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray in a studio to record the legendary album ‘NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL’, the free score to the film of the same name by Michael Snow, creating a hallmark of the New Thing in a revolutionary time. Fifty years hence it is celebrated by…

Daniel Carter- saxophones, trumpet. Karl Berger- vibes, piano. Warren Smith- drumkit, percussion. Will Connell- saxophone, flute, bass clarinet. Ingrid Sertso- voice. And with the addition of Ken Filiano on bass.

Ras Moshe- saxophones, flute, bells. Dave Ross- electric guitar. John Pietaro- vibes, percussion. Andrew Drury- drum set, percussion

Matt Lavelle- trumpet, alto clarinet, musical direction. Members of this 15+ piece ensembleTBA

Date: Sunday, June 1st 2014,
Time: 3PM – 6PM
Location: The Firehouse Space 246 Frost Street, Brooklyn New York 11211


Coming to the Vortex

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

THU 10
Monthly residency from the master of free improv.

FRI 11
Revered free-jazz pianist Keith Tippett gives a trio performance with Peter Fairclough (drums/percussion) and Tom Mccredie (bass), followed by the Nine Dances of Patrick O’Gonogon with his Octet.

MON 14
An evening of music from four of the giants of free improv.

THU 17
ICHI combines his quirky handmade instrument inventions with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, toys, tape-loops, xylophone, double bass and trumpet, all in the space of one short set.

Led Bib UK Tour and New Album Review

Led Bib at the Vortex 10/4/07
Led Bib at the Vortex 10/4/07 (Photo credit: _mattxb)

From Led Bib:

22 April 2014 St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall
23 April 2014 Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple
24 April 2014 The Hope, Brighton
25 April 2014 Millennium Hall, Sheffield
26 April 2014 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
27 April 2014 Fusebox @ The Fox and Newt, Leeds
28 April 2014 The Bell, Bath
29 April 2014 Freedom Principle @ Dulcimer, Manchester
30 April 2014 Dempsey’s, Cardiff
1 May 2014 Vortex, London *Album launch residency
2 May 2014 Vortex, London *Album launch residency
3 May 2014 Vortex, London *Album launch residency
4 May 2014 Sounds New Festival, Canterbury

Also, their new album is reviewed in London Jazz News.

Peter Brotzmann Interview Book

Peter Brötzmann
Cover of Peter Brötzmann

From Wolke-Verlag, a new book of interviews with and about Peter Brotzmann:

We went to different venues where Brötzmann was playing between those dates. We also had four long interviews with Brötzmann in his home in Wuppertal. Interviews of other people were made at the same time with Jost Gebers, Evan Parker, Fred Van Hove, Han Bennink, Fred Frith, Michael Wertmüller. And others with Joe McPhee, Conny and Johannes Bauer, Michael Zerang and Paal Nilssen-Love, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson, that were not used in the movie.