Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Joëlle Léandre
Cover of Joëlle Léandre

From Free Jazz:

Joelle Leandre & Nicole Mitchell – Sisters Where (Rouge Arts, 2014) ****½
Joelle Leandre & Nicole Mitchell, Thomas Bruckner – Flowing Stream (Leo Records, 2014) ***
Otomo Yoshihide and Paal Nilsson-Love – Self Titled (JVTland, 2014) ****
Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico: Iruman (Mbari, 2014) ****
Akira Sakata, Fred Longberg-Holm, Ketil Gutvik, Paal Nilssen-Love: The Cliff of Time (PNL, 2014) ****
Akira Sakata, Johan Berthling, Paal Nilssen-Love: Arashi (Trost, 2014) ****½
Akira Sakata & Giovanni Di Domenico – Iruman (Mbari Musica, 2014) ****½
Rupp – Müller – Fischerlehner: Tam (Not Applicable Records, 2013) ****½

Liquid Music Series at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Bryce and Aaron Dessner
Bryce and Aaron Dessner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra:

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION AND GLENN KOTCHE: Wild Sound
Composer/percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco) joins Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion for Kotche’s Wild Sound, an expansive piece written for the group that sees the onstage construction and destruction of custom-designed instruments. With music by Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche. Wild Sound is commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the SPCO’s Liquid Music series.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 7:00pm | Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 7:30pm
The Music Room at SCPO Center

DAWN OF MIDI AND NILS FRAHM
Dawn of Midi LARGE copy
Berlin-based keyboardist Nils Frahm and instrumental trio Dawn of Midi each perform their intricately rhythmic music, sharing an evening that explores the interplay between extremes of sonic simplicity and complexity.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

JULIA HOLTER AND THE SPEKTRAL QUARTET: Behind the Wallpaper
Avant-pop composer/performer Julia Holter joins Chicago’s Spektral Quartet to add her haunting and ephemeral voice to Behind the Wallpaper, the quartet’s latest commission from composer Alex Temple. With new arrangements of Holter’s own music and a taste of Spektral Quartet’s signature “sampler pack.”
Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:30pm
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Tickets: $15 ($10 Liquid Music subscribers)

THE MUSIC OF BRYCE DESSNER
Collaborators new and familiar (including Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and The National’s Ben Lanz) will be present as composer/guitarist Bryce Dessner (The National) draws friends from both the pop and classical worlds to perform his music and theirs, bookended by two significant works by Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings for SŌ Percussion and Lachrimae for chamber orchestra featuring the Minneapolis Music Company and musicians of the SPCO
Program A: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 8:00pm
Program B: Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
The Walker’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater

Upcoming Seattle Shows

English: Susan Alcorn
English: Susan Alcorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Wayward Music:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)Seattle Composers’ Salon

Fri., Sept. 5, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
The Seattle Composers’ Salon features finished works, previews, and works in progress by regional artists. Composers, performers, and audience members gather in a casual setting that allows for experimentation and discussion. Everyone is welcome! Composers for this month include Paul Gillespie, Jessika Kenney, Jim Knapp, Angelique Poteat.

Rhys Tivey 4 + Sky Is a Suitcase
Sat., Sept. 6; 8:00 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Innovative NYC-based trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Rhys Tivey teams up with Seattle musicians Gregg Belisle-Chi (guitar), Chris Icasiano (drums), and Tim Carey (bass). The Sky is a Suitcase plays original free-form compositions and improvisations: Michael Gebhart (drums), Carmen Rothwell (bass), Levi Gillis (tenor sax), Raymond Larsen (trumpet).

OF RELATED INTEREST: WITH HIDDEN NOISE
at Henry Art Gallery; LISTENING SESSION, Sat. 9/6, 2 – 4 PM. (RSVP here)

With Hidden Noise is curated by Stephen Vitiello, and features his work along with Seattle composer Steve Peters and six other artists who use sound as a material in distinctive ways. The listening event will be followed by refreshments and conversation with Peters and Vitiello in the Henry’s sculpture court.

FRI. 9/12 – saxophonist Neil Welch, new album release concert + John Teske Duo

SAT. 9/13 – Paul Hoskin’s annual 80-minute solo bass clarinet improvisation

SAT. 9/20 – avant pedal-steel guitarist Susan Alcorn + Wally Shoup solo saxophone

THU. 9/25 – Zero-G Concerts presents a tribute to Charlie Haden, artists TBA

FRI. 9/26 – Boxitania, by Elizabeth Lawrence aka Detonator Beth, with composer Scott Adams

SAT. 9/27 – saxophonist Eric Barber, Ammon Swinbank (flutes), Mike Gebhart (percussion) + others TBA