Chris Corsano is a brilliant and virtuosic percussionist who has worked with everyone from Thurston Moore to Daniel Carter, Nate Wooley to Bjork. He’s an improviser, a thinker and a hell of a guy. For this talk Chris and I get into it, swapping stories of playing with Jandek, improvisiong in New York and raising hell.
August 13, 2014
John Russell & Ståle Liavik Solberg, MIR, Oslo
John Russell Ståle Liavik Solberg
August 13, 2014
LSB, MIR, Oslo
Johan Berthling Fredrik Ljungkvist Raymond Strid
August 15, 2014 Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, MIR, Oslo
Mats Äleklint Ketil Gutvik Klaus Holm Thomas Johansson Lasse Marhaug Børre Mølstad Paal Nilssen-Love Jon Rune Strøm Christian Meaas Svendsen Kasper Værnes Andreas Wildhagen
August 13, 2014
Lemur, MIR, Oslo
Michael Duch Guro Skumsnes Moe Hanne Rekdal Hild Sofie Tafjord
August 13, 2014 Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love, MIR, Oslo
Mats Gustafsson Paal Nilssen-Love
Hrizg – Individualism
Ptomain – Internal Voices
Ostara – Paradise Down South
Dead Body Collection & J.Adolphe – Deep Into The Halls
Led Bib – The People In Your Neighborhood
Tom Scott – Tom Scott & The L.A Express/Tom Cat/New York Conne
Preterite – Pillar of Winds
Stéphane Garin & Sylvestre Gobart – Gurs/ Drancy/ Bobigny’s Train Station/ Auschwitz
Blood Farmers – Headless Eyes
Various Artists – An Exacerbating Eclectic Compilation Vangelis – Heaven & Hell
The Fall – The Remainderer EP
Immaculate Affection – III
On Saturday, August 23, Finley Martin and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project, will appear at St. Elmo’s Coffeepub at 2300 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia (Del Ray); (703) 739.9268.
Growing up in a fishing village on the southeast tip of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Finley Martin (http://www.finleymartinmusic.com/) developed an early appreciation for the great Celtic tradition of storytelling that surrounded him. In the early years, he drove a forklift at the local fish plant, hitchhiked around Europe, sold toy helicopters in San Francisco, and busked on the streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia. One August, he hitched a ride in an 18-wheeler hauling lobster down to the States. After arriving in Washington, D.C., he joined area post-punk veterans Gist, co-founded Red Stapler Records, toured up & down the East Coast of North America in an old church van, and released four albums: Pretest Retest, Art is Now Human, Diesel City, and Conversations Expectations. He also played & toured for 5 years as bass player with local noise-art rock band The Chance releasing the EP Dimensions. Backtracks is Finley’s first solo acoustic album. Its a collection of stories about leaving the rural life behind in search of adventure in the city. He blends his Scotch-soaked Slovak roots with the DIY attitude of D.C.s fiercely independent music scene.
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project:
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/; http://goo.gl/WfSs5) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion); Mark Pry (drums); Larry Gomez (percussion); Patrick Whitehead (horns) and Emily Chimiak (violin). Drummer Brent Robbins (Waking State; http://www.sonicbids.com/band/wakingstate/) will be sitting in with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project at this performance.
Angel City Jazz Festival 2014
Sep 21 to Sep 26
The 2014 festival includes two nights at REDCAT featuring Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Allison Miller, BOOM TIC BOOM!, Master Toshiko Akiyoshi, Paul Gill, Aaron Kimmel, and Eloise Klein Healy.
The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner
Conceived for twin pianos, live electronics and voice, this exhilarating sonic exploration led by Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture, brings fresh insight to the artistic legacy of the late Julius Eastman. Preceded by a solo electronic-percussion interpretation of Eastman’s Crazy Nigger by Amy Knoles using a system of loops to play the parts of the four players.
Crystal Magnets with Tsugukaji-Koto and Saki Murotani: Snakes and Strings
Plying rhythmic forms and sonic colors in a shared language of improvisation, jazz pianists Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq partner with the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO, amidst the swirling washes of Saki Murotani’s projected animation.
David Rosenboom: Zones of Influence
First written 30 years ago, David Rosenboom’s Zones of Influence is a landmark concert-length work for percussion soloist, live computer-generated electronics, and auxiliary keyboard and glissando instruments.
Piano Spheres: Richard Valitutto
The acclaimed Piano Spheres Series of music for pianos marks its twentieth anniversary by launching a new Satellite series at REDCAT with an inaugural concert by Los Angeles-based Richard Valitutto, including the premiere of new works by Nicholas Deyoe and by Valitutto.
Gloria Coates Portrait Concert
A prodigious composer of orchestral and chamber works since the 1960s, Gloria Coates is acclaimed for uncanny music that is part microtonal-expressionist, part postminimalist—at once turbulent and serene.
Piano Spheres: Aron Kallay
An early pioneer of laptop performance—creating work written for networked chamber ensembles and re-engineered consumer products—composer and media artist Mark Trayle is joined by Casey Anderson and Scott Cazan in a program of new multichannel pieces for mixed instrumental and electronic ensembles.
The 2013 relaunch of the Berlin Atonal festival signaled the rebirth of a cultural institution and a weighty development for experimental music worldwide. Lost in the pre-techno prehistory of the (then West) Berlin industrial and electronic scene, details on the festival’s original eight year run from 1982 to 1990 are surprisingly patchy. Founded by the then-newly arrived Dimitri Hegemann, who would later go on to found UFO, Tresor, and a list of other cultural experiments that would eventually change the face of Berlin as we know it, the festival contributed greatly to dragging the bubbling avant garde underground in Berlin above the surface and cementing its connection to the greater world.
Trio Tritticali + 2125 Stanley Street
Wed., Aug. 20, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Trio Tritticali (Helen Yee, violin; Leanne Darling, viola; Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, cello) draws upon jazz, classical, Arabic, Chinese, avant garde and improvisational traditions to create a new jamming universe of string sound. In 2125 Stanley Street, choreographer Dahlia Nayar joins Margaret Paek (dancer), and Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (cellist/composer) explore notions of home using minimal domestic objects and tasks, attemping to reconstruct or re-imagine a poetic consciousness with a focus on intimate exchange within the realm of the domestic.
People. Make. Awesome.
Thu., Aug. 21; 8:00 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Nonsequitur and The Frank Organization present the first of three evenings curated by Beth Fleenor in which improvisational artists from various disciplines are paired randomly on the spot. Round 1 features all musicians: Amy Denio (reeds, voice, accordion), Randall Dunn (synth, prepared piano), Stephen Fandrich (piano, voice), Beth Fleenor (clarinets, voice, electronics), Trey Gunn (touch guitar), and Alex Guy (viola, voice). Future editions (November 13, December 11) will pair musicians with dancers and film/video makers.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change)
MON. 8/25 – The Westerlies play Wayne Horvitz
THU. 8/28 – Black Spirituals + Jessika Kenney + Mamiffer
FRI. 9/5 – Seattle Composers’ Salon: Paul Gillespie, Jessika Kenney, Jim Knapp, Angelique Poteat
SAT. 9/6 – NYC trumpeter Rhys Tivey with locals Gregg Belisle-Chi, Tim Carey, and Chris Icasiano
FRI. 9/12 – saxophonist Neil Welch, new album release concert + John Teske Duo
SAT. 9/13 – Paul Hoskin’s annual 90-minute solo bass clarinet improvisation