Pairings Fulfill ‘A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets’

James Carter, Bad Ischl 2006
James Carter, Bad Ischl 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


James Carter, a wildly charismatic tenor saxophonist, and Petra Haden, an equally irrepressible vocalist, had a moment halfway through “A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets,” at Town Hall on Wednesday. It started almost songlike, with a haunting, wordless vocal melody answered by a limpid saxophone obbligato.

Ingrid Laubrock Interview

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Ingrid Laubrock GTa0080 (Photo credit: richardkaby)

From Cleveland Scene:

Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and her husband, drummer Tom Rainey, have intertwined their prolific careers over the past dozen or so recordings with various ensembles. Whether it’s standard jazz tunes or avant-garde improvisations, these two bring a thrilling sincere energy to their art, and can now be heard on their first duo recording: And Other Desert Towns. We spoke with Laubrock about this collaboration to get a sense of what we can expect to hear at tomorrow night’s show at Mahall’s Twenty Lanes, the first stop on their United States tour.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Lucian Ban @ Jazzy Spring
Lucian Ban @ Jazzy Spring (Photo credit: dotro)

From London’s Vortex:

SUNDAY 18 MAY • 20.00-23.00 • £8 (£6 CONC) • MD

Mopomoso presents an evening featuring four established duos from the finest in free improvisation:

Phil Minton / John Russell
Chris Burn / Matt Hutchinson
SQ: Paul Pignon /Thomas Bjelkeborn
Jim Dvorak / Harrison Smith

TUESDAY 20 MAY • 20.00 • £10 • MD

ELEVATION: Lucian Ban/ Abraham Burton/ John Hebert/ Eric McPherson

Romanian pianist Lucian Ban leads NYC-based band in “searching postbop that cranes toward the avant-garde without losing the buoyance of swing” (Time Out NY). This is the London show of the group’s European release tour.

Collect / Project in Chicago June 9

Monday, June 9, 8pm
Presented by the Renaissance Society
Bond Chapel
Swift Hall, 1025 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Frauke Aulbert, soprano
Shanna Gutierrez, flutes
Francisco Castillo Trigueros, electronics

Beat Furrer (b. 1954): Auf tönernen Füssen (1998) for amplified voice and bass flute
Francisco Castillo Trigueros (b. 1983): Sûr les debris (2013) for bass flute and 4-channel live electronics
Luigi Nono (1924-1990): La Fabbrica illuminata (1964) for soprano and 4-channel tape
Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Altra voce (1999) for soprano, alto flute and 6-channel live electronics

Interaction, between performers, between live musicians and electronic sounds, between a composer and a performer: this is the idea at the heart of collect/project, a chamber music collective dedicated to presenting interpretations of contemporary music that empower the performer as part of the creative process. From Nono’s La Fabbrica Illuminata, with its vocal line weaving between industrial noise and political mob chants, to Beat Furrer’s Auf tönernen Füssen, in which “the speaking voice accompanies the ‘walker on the flute’, whispers to him those images, which he, who is totally preoccupied on his next steps, can’t see…” (Frauke Aulbert), the musicians must find a space for expression in the midst of these multi-layered interactions. June’s show features Frauke Aulbert, “Hamburg’s queen of avantgarde”, and award-winning Chicago flutist Shanna Gutierrez in the first concert of collect/project’s inaugural US tour

AMN Picks of the Week: Damon Waitkus / David MacBride / Guy Barash / Ideal Bread / Cosgrove, Shipp, Parker

William Parker
Cover of William Parker

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Damon Waitkus – Anxiety (2006)
David MacBride – A Special Light (2014)
Guy Barash – Facts About Water (2014)
Ideal Bread – Beating the Teens (2014)
Jeff Cosgrove / Matthew Shipp / William Parker – Alternating Current (2014)

The Moon (Adam Caine and Federico Ughi) on Tour

From 577 Records:

May 17: The Spotty Dog, Hudson NY
May 19: The Bop Shop, Rochester NY
May 20: Dreamland, Buffalo NY
May 21: Tranzac, Toronto ON
May 22: Silence, Guelph ON
May 23: Mexicans Sans Frontiers, Grand Rapids MI
May 24: Black Sparrow Pub, Lafayette IN
May 26: Barking Legs, Chattanooga TN
May 27: The Mothlight, Asheville NC
May 28: Max Canada, Athens GA
May 29: Squidco, Wilmington NC
May 31: Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia PA

THE MOON “Good and Evil” (577 Records 2014)
Adam Caine, guitar
Federico Ughi, drums