2014 Best of Year Lists: Part VI

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2014 lists from around the web and provide links here. Enjoy.

The Jazz Record includes its best of 2014
John Sharpe
Peter Margasak
Chris Reider’s favorite netlabel releases of experimental music
Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2014

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Interpretations Winter / Spring 2015 Schedule

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009
Muhal Richard Abrams

From New York’s Interpretations:

Thursday, January 29, 2015
STRING NOISE (Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim) // Bozzini Quartet

An exciting evening of music for strings, with the Montreal based Bozzini Quartet and New York’s premiere violin duo, String Noise. Violinists Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris present new works for their duo String Noise, by Bernhard Lang (Austria), Petr Bakla (Czech Republic), Spencer Topel (USA), and Dan Siegler (USA). Montreal’s Bozzini Quartet perform works by Canadian composers Nicole Lizée and Martin Arnold, as well as James Tenney’s Koan For String Quartet .

AACM50: Interpretations Celebrates 50 Years of the AACM

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The AACM is devoted “to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music,” according to its charter. Throughout 2015 Interpretations will present the work of many of the AACM’s most renowned figures, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Thurman Barker, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith, and Henry Threadgill, all of whom are featured in the Spring 2015 season.

Thursday February 26, 2015
AACM50: Amina Claudine Myers Trio // Thurman Barker’s Strike Force Plus

New music from two important figures of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Pianist and composer Amina Claudine Myers brings her trio with Jerome Harris (bass guitar) and Reggie Nicholson (drums). Composer and percussionist Thurman Barker presents the premiere of ‘Chicago Suite’. Featuring his Strike Force Plus, with Malik Washington (timpani, percussion) Bryan Carrott (vibes, percussion), Eli Fountain (marimba, percussion), Ray Mantilla (percussion), Lonnie Gasperini (hammond organ) and Thurman Barker (drumset and percussion).

Thursday, March 19, 2015
AACM50: Thomas Buckner performs works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill & Wadada Leo Smith

Baritone Thomas Buckner celebrates 50 years of the Association For the Advancement of Creative Musicians with an evening of works written for him by AACM composers. Accompanied by pianists Joseph Kubera and Amina Claudine Myers, violist Stephanie Griffin, cellist Christopher Hoffman, flutist JD Parran, and percussionists Matthew Gold and Alex Lipowski, Buckner performs concert works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith, and Henry Threadgill.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ The Bohemian National Hall
AACM50: SEM Ensemble performs Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, John Cage, Petr Kotik, & Christian Wolff

Petr Kotik leads the SEM Ensemble and members of the Ostravska Banda (Czech Republic) works for chamber ensemble by noted composers of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary. Works by AACM members Roscoe Mitchell (with Thomas Buckner, baritone), Wadada Leo Smith, and Henry Threadgill are featured alongside works by John Cage, Petr Kotik, and Christian Wolff.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ The Bohemian National Hall
AACM50: Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble & Ostravska Banda Perform Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, & Roscoe Mitchell // The Trio (Abrams/Mitchell/Lewis)

Petr Kotik leads the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble and members of the Ostravska Banda (Czech Republic) in orchestral works by George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell (with baritone Thomas Buckner), and AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams. The evening also includes a rare New York appearance by The Trio, the distinguished improvising trio of Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell.

All concerts start at 8PM and take place at Roulette unless otherwise noted.

ROULETTE:
509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR.
General admission: $15 / $10 Roulette Members, Students, Seniors.
Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.INTERPRETATIONS.INFO

Seattle Scene: January 2 – 24

English: Photograph of Amy Denio, taken in Sea...
Amy Denio

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Briggan Krauss
Fri. Jan. 2, 8:00 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
The brilliant NY saxophonist and Cornish grad returns to Seattle for an evening of improvised music with Beth Fleenor (clarinet), Isaac Castillo (bass) and Stephen Fandrich (piano).

Seattle Composers’ Salon
Fri. Jan. 9, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Music at 8 with Neil Welch, Ivan Arteaga, Cole Bratcher, Matthew James Briggs. But come at 6:30 for the annual New Music Holiday Office Party with refreshments and CD exchange!

THU. 1/15 – SF Bay Area guitar improviser Amy Reed

FRI. 1/16 – Seattle composer Angelique Poteat presents new chamber works

SAT. 1/17 – The Tiptons & friends return with Mythunderstandings

THU. 1/22 – The Ballad of Ishtar, an improvisational opera by Heather Bentley, Amy Denio, Beth Fleenor, Paris Hurley, Maria Mannisto, and many others

FRI. 1/23 – The Ballad of Ishtar (see above)

SAT. 1/24 – The Ballad of Ishtar (see above)

Marilyn Crispell at Colony Café, Woodstock, NY

Marilyn Crispell plays tonight at the Colony Café:

This particular title scramble, however, may provoke a chuckle in anyone familiar with Crispell’s fractalized piano playing and the hash that this legendary avant-gardist makes of the conventional syntax of jazz. Crispell: Woodstock Concert (1995) The is actually a pretty tenable album name (a little staid, even) for a performer who rose to prominence accompanying Anthony Braxton, the experimental reed player/composer famous for his symbolic, non-ASCII song titles and his alternative notation systems.

January at Le Poisson Rouge

The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge.
The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Le Poisson Rouge:

Thu., January 08, 2015 at 7:00 PM
NYC Winter Jazzfest presents Blue Note Now!
w/ Robert Glasper Trio , Jose James , Derrick Hodge , and Kendrick Scott

Thu., January 08, 2015 at 6:30 PM
NYC Winter Jazzfest supports Jazz Legends play for Disability Pride NYC @ The Quaker’s Friends Meeting House

Fri., January 09, 2015 at 5:00 PM
NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon 2015 – 100+ Groups performing in multiple venues

Sat., January 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM
NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon 2015 – 100+ Groups performing in multiple venues

Tue., January 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Mad Rush – Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass (as part of The LPR (New)Classical Series)

Wed., January 21, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Zs ‘Xe’ Album Release Party
w/ Mick Barr , Michael Beharie , Bryan Kasenic , Phil Tortoroli , and presented by AdHoc & Northern Spy Records

Mon., January 26, 2015 at 6:30 PM
“Glass & Blood”: concert works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass
w/ Michael Riesman and Chase Spruill

Thu., January 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM
A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80 – Sarah Cahill, piano (as part of The LPR (New)Classical Series)