Newsbits: Guru Freakout / Noiseless Ensemble / Steve Lehman / John Zorn

Mani Neumeier
Cover of Mani Neumeier

Releasing September 2, Mothership is the debut album from Guru Freakout, the avant garde side project created by percussionist, singer, and frontman of the legendary Krautrock band Guru Guru, Mani Neumeier, along with multi-instrumentalist/producer Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps.

Noiseless Ensemble will perform at Zed’s Cafe, Saturday August 30th, 8-10 pm 8225 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Noiseless Ensemble performs creative improvised music, on the border between jazz and the avant garde. Their compositions range from graphic and textual notation to card games and games of chance. Drummer Robin Ghertner and bassist Harry Walker lead a diverse lineup of DC mainstays on explorations into sonic spaces that can be oblique, melodic, empty, and dynamic. They will be performing with Brad Linde on sax, founder and director of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra and regular collaborator of Lee Konitz.

Steve Lehman is interviewed about his new release Mise en Abime.

The Quietus reviews John Zorn’s new Nova Express release, On Leaves of Grass.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

The Astronomical Unit: Super Earth (Gligg Reords, 2013) ****
Foils Quartet: The Jersey Lily (Creative Sources, 2014) ****
Giacomo Merega, Noah Kaplan & Joe Moffett – Crows and Motives (Underwolf, 2014) ****
Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper (Orenda, 2014) ****
Moskus – Mestertyven (Hubro, 2014) ***½
Baptet – Trash Nova (Brakophonic, 2014) ****
Pharoah & The Underground – Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed CD, 2014) ****½
Pharoah & The Underground – Primative Jupiter (Clean Feed LP, 2014) ****
Led Bib – The People in Your Neighbourhood (Cuneiform, 2014) ***½

Boulez’s Piano Solos in Taka Kigawa’s Hands


Pierre Boulez
Cover of Pierre Boulez

A hall helps create the impression of a piece of music almost as much as the player or the piece itself. It is doubtless largely because the pianist Taka Kigawa’s recital on Monday evening was held at Le Poisson Rouge, the basement club in Greenwich Village, that his program had such a bewitchingly suave, intimate effect. Yes, implausibly enough, the complete solo piano works of Pierre Boulez sounded, in Mr. Kigawa’s hands and with the low-ceilinged Le Poisson Rouge acoustics, glasses tinkling at the bar, like nothing so much as a collection of unusually experimental cabaret music.

September in Portland

From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Outset Series Programming
September 2014
Revival Drum Shop (at its new location)
2045 SE Ankeny
All shows begin 8 PM (ends by 10)
Sliding Scale $5-$15. All ages.

September 3 – Liew Niyomkarn (Los Angeles), TBA
September 17 – Consumer and Halfbird

Liew Niyomkarn is a Bangkok-born dreamer who love to manipulate organic sound, work with electronic circuits and sound sculpture. Her work is known for its ecstatic, whimsical and unpredictable event. often expresses a sensory of flexibility and euphoric momentum behavior. Liew seeks to capture the wisdom and free energy of sound and discover new ways to engage psyche and sense thru space. Liew received her MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from Calarts and currently live in Los Angeles. (

Consumer is the solo project of electronic musician Matt Palenske. Systematically doodles on machines to map his confrontation with infinity and to help rattle restless traditions. Having remained acousmatic in Chicago for 5 years, he has manifested physically in Portland, OR offering savage live loops.

Halfbird is a very noisy trio of Grant Pierce (Not Bitter, Pinkish) on drums, Brandon Conway on guitar and Ben Kates (Thicket, It’s OK, Girl) on saxophone. This is their first show as a trio. Wear earplugs.