Arts for Art Evolving Series in NY

William Parker
Cover of William Parker

From Arts for Art, Inc.:

Monday, April 14th
Rob Brown Residency

7:30 William Parker / Rob Brown Duo
Rob Brown – alto sax
William Parker – bass

8:45 Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown – sax
Kenny Warren – trumpet
Gerald Cleaver – drums

10:00 Mezzacappa Trio
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass
Tomeka Reid – cello
Jeff Davis – drums
Monday, April 21th

7:30 Lou Grassi & Friends
Cecile Broche – violin
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Joe Fonda – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

8:45 Jon Irabagon Quartet
Jon Irabagon – sax
Luis Perdomo – piano
Yasushi Nakamura – bass
Rudy Royston – drums

10:00 William Hooker Trio
Mark Hennen – piano
Matt Lavelle – trumpet
William Hooker – drums
Monday, April 28

John Tchicai Birthday Celebration

7:30 Jonathan Finlayson Tribute to Tchicai
Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet
Brian Settles – sax
Mike Pride – drums

8:45 Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host
Songs for J Tchicai
Cooper-Moore – keyboard
Darius Jones – alto
Brandon Seabrook – guitar
Pascal Niggenkemper – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums

10:00 Yoni Kretzmer 2 Bass Quartet
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Reuben Radding – double bass
Sean Conly – double bass
Mike Pride – drums

AMN Reviews: Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (2014; Northern Spy)

chicagoundergroundduo_locus_tcRob Mazurek and Chad Taylor are at it again as Chicago Underground Duo, with an offering that falls somewhere between free jazz, electronica and IDM. Yes, Locus is that broad. Both members of Chicago’s rich creative jazz scene, the pair have teamed up, for the seventh time, to produce a fresh release of genre-twisting intricacy.

Mazurek is no stranger to these pages, as he has been an integral part of a number of brilliant groups, including Sao Paulo Underground (AMN Review), the Rob Mazurek Octet, and Exploding Star Orchestra. Taylor was a frequent collaborator with the late Fred Anderson, and has also played with Jeff Parker, Assif Tashar, Marc Ribot, and many others on over 50 recordings.

Here, Mazurek is credited with cornet, synth, Game Boy, electronics, bamboo flute, and voice, while Taylor plays drums, mbira, guitar and balaphone. In a way, Locus is a logical progression from the latest Sao Paulo Underground release, as Mazurek combines his hard bop roots with electroacoustic improvisation. Taylor brings an Art Ensemble of Chicago influence to the tracks, harkening to that group’s use of non-western polyrhythms.

To the casual listener, they might not even realize that they are experiencing avant-garde music – the overall feel is slick, aggressive, and modern, but also abstract and cerebral. With one foot in jazz, another in layered synthscapes, Locus is a worthy and compelling addition with the Duo’s ongoing legacy.

Sonar Tours Europe

From Sonar:

Sonar European Spring Tour
April 24 – EXIL – Zürich, Switzerland (CD Launch party)
May 10 – Sedel – Luzern, Switzerland
May 15 – Stanzerei – Baden, Switzerland
May 16 – Klubi – Zürich, Switzerland
May 17 – Tangente – Eschen, Liechtenstein
June 6 – Grabenhalle – St. Gallen, Switzerland
June 8 – Festival at the Mines Museum – St. Etienne, France
June 13 – Gate 68 – Solothurn, Switzerland
June 19 – Ono – Bern, Switzerland
June 28 – Brüggli Bar – Thun, Switzerland
July 24 – Komm Doch Festival – Luzern, Switzerland
July 25 – Festival L’abore – Hauptmannsgrün, Germany

Sonar is a progressive, post-minimal band from Switzerland. Their name stands for SONic ARchitecture, a name which alludes to their intention of creating polymetric and highly structured avant-rock. Static Motion is their second full-length release, and their first release outside of Switzerland.

Hideous Porta 12 in London May 10

Paul Dunmall
Paul Dunmall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Hideous Porta:

Hideous Porta 12 will take place at Apiary Studios, London E2. This installment will be an all day event on Saturday 10th May celebrating free improvisation and electro-acoustic forms.

Date: Saturday 10th May
Venue: Apiary Studios, London
Tickets: £6 (advance) £8 (Door)
Doors: 4pm onwards

Lettera 22
Dynamic, fractured concrète mass

Paul Dunmall
Solo pipes – uncompromising air supply

Spoils & Relics
Labyrinthic tape manipulations and entangled electronics

Birgit Ulher
First London performance in a decade
Trumpet, radio, metal, speakers

Bohman Brothers
Everyday objects and spoken collage

Seymour Wright & Patrick Farmer
First time duo. About Saxophone and Electricity

Daniel Jones
Disruption by minimal means

Chicago Scene: April 12 – 26

English: Mars Williams performing live at Doub...
English: Mars Williams 

This is a weekly overview live performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 12th 2014

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Colour and Sound Trio : Jimmy Bennington, Dan Pierson, Charles Kirchen

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Julianna Barwick

Sunday, April 13th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
New Music from Bowling Green — music by Marcos Balter, Louis Andriessen, George Lewis, Stephen Hartke, Christopher Dietz, Marc Mellits, Monte Weber

Monday, April 14th 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
ANODE : Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Shanna Gutierrez, Jesse Langen — music by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Ray Evanoff, Evan Johnson, Fredrick Gifford, Pedro Alvarez, James Dillon, Mauricio Pauly

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, April 15th 2014

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($5)
Sonoi : Adam Busch, Ryan Hembrey, Pierce Doerr
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

10:00PM at Bar DeVille, 701 N Damen, 312.929.2349 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loris : James Davis, Tim Stine, Jeff Greene, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($15)
Chicago Underground Duo : Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor — Record Release

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson, Josh Abrams, Mikel Avery

Friday, April 18th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Pandelis Karayorgis Circuitous Quintet : Dave Rempis, Keefe Jackson, Pandelis Karayorgis, Nate McBride, Frank Rosaly

Saturday, April 19th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Michael Moore 4tet with Harmen Fraanje, Clemens Van Der Feen, Michael Vatcher

Sunday, April 20th 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Christoph Erb, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Monday, April 21st 2014

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

7:30PM at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave, Evanston IL, 847.866.6260 ($10-$5)
Sound Wired Concerts : Draw the Strings Tight
Sarah Beske, Veronica Nettles — music by György Ligeti, John Corigliano, Chan Ka Nin, Edie Hill

10:00PM at Bar DeVille, 701 N Damen, 312.929.2349 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loris : James Davis, Tim Stine, Jeff Greene, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Fonema Consort
Voix de Stras’

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Joshua Abrams, Dana Hall, Ben Waltzer

Thursday, April 24th 2014

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Dave Rempis, Brian Labycz
Jason Adasiewicz, John Niekrasz

Friday, April 25th 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Mivos Quartet : Olivia De Prato, Joshua Modney, Victor Lowrie, Mariel Roberts — music by Ke Xu, David Brynjar Franzson, Helmut Lachenmann
9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($8)
Jason Stein Quartet with Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

Monsieur Délire Reviews

Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp Trio (Photo credit: andynew)

From Monsieur Délire:

TOMAS KORBER / Musik für ein Feld (Cubus)
WING IN GROUND EFFECT / Wing in Ground Effect (BeCoq)
TOYS‘R’NOISE / Toys’R’Noise (BeCoq)
LOUIS MINUS XVI / Kindergarten (BeCoq)
GREG COHEN / Golden State (Relative Pitch Records)
MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO / Root of Things (Relative Pitch Records)