Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Thursday, Nov. 20: Frode Gjerstadt Trio with special guest Steve Swell

Trinosophes welcomes back one of Europe’s most intense improvising ensembles, the Frode Gjerstadt Trio, with special guest trombonist/composer Steve Swell.

Both saxophonist Gjerstadt and drummer Paal Nilssen- Love have performed in our series in numerous contexts, often together. Gjerstad stands out for his raw, unique voice on reed instruments; Nilssen-Love became a heavily-in-demand drummer for all sorts of creative music in Chicago, where he lived for a period. In this version of the trio, they are joined by fellow Norwegian Jon Rune Strom on doublebass.

Trombonist Steve Swell is one of the most acclaimed trombonists in America. He has worked primarily in creative improvised music and jazz, working with traditionalists like Buddy Rich and Lionel Hampton, but focusing on the adventurous end of the music with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton, William Parker and many others. He has won numerous awards, critics polls and also a foundation fellowship for his work in NYC’s public schools.

7:30 pm doors; $10 suggested.

Tuesday, Nov. 25: GitGO (Mars Williams, Jeb Bishop, Anton Hatwich, Jeremy Cunningham, Paul Giallorenzo).

GitGo is an ensemble lead by pianist Paul Giallorenzo and featuring some of Chicago’s top improvisors, including Mars Williams on saxophone, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Anton Hatwich on bass and Jeremy Cunningham on drums. The group’s recent record, Force Majeure, was released earlier this year on the Delmark label, an emblematic avenue for his dense compositions that reveal a deep connection to the jazz tradition, but a preference to hang at it’s fringes. Echoes of Monk, Herbie Nichols, Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor all emerge from the piano, but nothing overwhelms the leader’s own, original voice.

Doors at 7:30 pm; $10 suggested minimum.

COMING SOON

Dec. 6: Self Proclaimed Doctors of Detroit
Dec 10: Benefit fundraiser concert for New Music Detroit
Jan 31: Dawn of Midi

Vital Weekly 957

Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival, June 2006, G...
Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival, June 2006, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reviews from Vital Weekly:

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Euclid (Cd by Western Vinyl) *
the Urge Trio – Live in Toledo (Cd by Veto Records)
Arve Henriksen – the Nature of Connections (Cd by Rune Grammofon)
Mirt – Khmer &Amp; Siam Recordings (Cd by Saamleng) *
Johannes Frisch &Amp; Ralf Wehowsky – Which Head You’re Dancing in (Cd by Monotype Records) *
Hubert Zemler – Gostak &Amp; Doshes (Cd by Monotype Records) *
Benedict Taylor &Amp; Anton Mobin – Stow | Phasing (Cd by Raw Tonk Records) *
Sektor 304 – Communiphones (Cd by New Approach Records) *
Sektor 304 – Live Reaction (Cd by New Approach Records) *
Gintas K – Blind Man Tales (Cd by Bolt Records) *
Marcin Masecki – Variations (Cd by Bolt Records) *
Joanna Halszka Sokolowska – Msza (Cd by Bolt Records) *
Regler – Regel #3 (2cd by Turgid Animal Records) *
Nate Hall – Electric Vacuum Roar (Cd by Heart &Amp; Crossbone) *
Owl Glitters – Alchemical Tones (Cd by Heart &Amp; Crossbone) *
Mujahideen – Dead Language (Lp by Heart &Amp; Crossbone) *
Galm Quartet – Trash Is the Future (Lp by Another Shape Records)
Mystery Plays Singles Club (12″ Compilation by Mystery Plays)
Marrach – Black Beacon (Cdr by Luscinia Discos) *
Svarta Stugan – Ep3: Aspects of Our Future Lives (Cdr by, Private) *
Tasos Stamou – Marches of the Broken Hearts (3″cdr by Orila) *
Frond – the Second Continent (Cassette by Esc Rec)
Jack Harris &Amp; Samuel Rodgers – Primary/unit Ii (Cassette by Notice Recordings)
Chik White – Jaw Works &Amp; Behind a Dead Tree on the Shore (Cassette by Notice Recordings)
Ben Owen – Birds and Water, 4 (Cassette by Notice Recordings)
Haptic – Excess of Vision: Unreleased Recordings, 2005-2014 (Cassette by Notice Recordings)

Experimental Music Shows Coming to Houston

From the Houston Chronicle:

Bassist Damon Smith sometimes creates unorthodox meals for his dinner guests. He recently prepared lamb testicles, which, he says, have the texture of scallops, and pair nicely with a complementary beer. Jaap Blonk, a Dutch avant-garde composer who performs with Smith tonight, leans across the table at Siphon Coffee and says, “Breakfast with him was a big plate of brains.”

AMN Reviews: Taavi Tulev – Kuku! (Self-Released)

a0556453714_2Hearing the call of the cuckoo immediately makes one feel at home in the forest, regardless of how foreign the forest. You can hear the cuckoo in so many places around the world that ornithologists classify them as “cosmopolitan.” Soundscaper Taavi Tulev captured his Kuku! in a national park in Estonia.

The cuckoo´s call means it´s daytime and everything is well in the forest. While all the other birds hold their Polish parliament, the cuckoo picks his spots. Each time he unfurls a new banner of calls, he sings from the same music sheet, cutting gracefully but authoritatively through the incessant, high-pitched chatter. Tulev´s straightforward execution is the quintessence of brevity as the soul of wit.

Kuku! comes in perhaps the most heartwarming packaging of the year, playful and interactive in a childlike, pre-digital way. The disc is only partly covered with the silver spot of music, adorned with doodles, and the cover landscape is drawn featuring only the basics, so that you can make it your own by choosing figures from an accompanying sheet of tiny stickers (birds, bees, trees, smiling clouds and a happy little boy). Take a close look, even the barcode on the back cover has been clevery incorporated into the art.

Kuku! won a silver at the Estonian Design Awards of 2014 for best packaging. Tulev´s previous release of playful electronics also deserves a standing ovation for elfish design.

Stephen Fruitman

Igloo Magazine Reviews

From Igloo Magazine:

The Future Sound of London :: Environment 5 (FSOL Digital)
L own :: Hardened Soul (Mindtrick)
Erik Truffaz & Murcof :: Being Human Being (Mundo)
Pouya Ehsaei :: There (Entr’acte)
Stewart Walker :: Ivory Tower Broadcast (Mundo)
Asura :: Radio Universe (Ultimae)