ReR Megacorp Releases

From ReR:

COOPER,LINDSAY: Rarities from the Lindsay Cooper Archive
This double CD set collects together, amongst other things, all of Outtakes for Other Occasions and The Small Screen, both of which were never commercially released, all four pieces from The Classic Guide to NoMansLand, the subscription 7” Pictures from the Great Ex…

BIOTA: Funnel to a Thread
Since the late 1970s Biota has ploughed its own furrow, producing a body of work that resembles nothing anyone else has done or is yet doing. Their compositions evolve in long, constantly shifting timbral blocks filled with fragments and echoes of quasi-familiar mus…

A beautifully recorded and produced cycle of pieces that combine complexity and precision with rich and unfamiliar timbres. The ensemble pieces amplify and enrich a core piano with various combinations of harmonium, double bass, violin, percussion, Hungarian zither…

Fifth Season of the Ecstatic Music Festival

Kaki King The 1st Adelaide International Guita...
Kaki King 

From New York’s Ecstatic Music Festival:

Ecstatic Music Festival: Mantra Percussion & Ian Williams
Thu, Jan 15 at 8:00pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: Mantra Percussion & Wet Ink & Deborah Lohse and Shakedown Dance Collective
Fri, Jan 16 at 8:00pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: John Zorn, Talea Ensemble, Tyshawn Sorey & Ikue Mori
Thu, Feb 12 at 7:30pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: Helado Negro & thingNY
Wed, Feb 18 at 7:30pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: Julia Holter, Alex Temple & Spektral Quartet
Wed, Feb 25 at 7:30pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert
Thu, Feb 26 at 7:30pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: Terry Riley 80th Birthday Concert
Wed, Mar 18 at 7:30pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: ETHEL, Kaki King & John King
Sat, Mar 21 at 7:30pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: Xiu Xiu & Mantra Percussion
Thu, Apr 02 at 7:30pm

Ecstatic Music Festival: Annie Gosfield, Roger Kleier, Billy Martin & Wicked Knee
Thu, Apr 16 at 7:30pm

AMN Reviews: Carlo Costa Quartet – Sediment (2014; Neither/Nor Records)

a3453866555_2Based on the lineup of Steve Swell on trombone, Jonathan Moritz on sax, and Sean Ali on bass, along with Carlo Costa on percussion, I was expecting a jazz album. An “outside” jazz album that was perhaps on the unconventional side, but jazz nonetheless. But what I heard upon first listen to Sediment was more along the lines of the textural experiments of Luigi Nono, early AMM, and Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.

Instead of laying down a groove, this quartet establishes an atmosphere. Almost ambient in its approach, the group juxtaposes minimalism and a busy scratching and droning of their respective instruments. The result is a quiet, but tense, set of six improvisations that are deceptively complex. Reflective of the title, the music is a solid material and moves about through natural processes.

As leader, Costa never dominates this recording, focusing on using the drums and cymbals to set a tone rather than drive a rhythm. The other members take similarly spacious approaches, bowing or blowing out discreet, angular motifs, or resting between notes. There are no leads or solos – Sediment is a true group effort.

Costa and group have hit a high water mark with this unconventional release. It takes courage to release an album such as this one, as well as skill to make such disjointed music so engaging and listenable.

Avant-rock trio Zs brings its latest incarnation to Jamaica Plain

From The Boston Globe:

The current lineup of Zs, an outsider rock band-slash-avant-garde ensemble that coalesced in New York in 2000, has been active for more than two years now, and made its recorded debut with a 2013 EP titled “Grain.” Still, unless you’ve caught Zs live recently, it’s entirely possible that you might have no idea what saxophonist Sam Hillmer, guitarist Patrick Higgins, and drummer Greg Fox might actually sound like, playing together.

8 Days of BlackLivesMatter in NY Jan. 23-30

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang performing on 18 Nov...
Violinist Jason Kao Hwang

From Arts for Art:

WHAT: January Pop-Up series BlackLivesMatter
8 days of FreeJazz music poetry dance visual art & conversations
Honoring Amiri Baraka & Roy Campbell who we lost in January, 2014

ART OPENING: Sunday 1/25 Paintings by Dick Griffin Photos by Michael Wilderman, Ellen Davidson.

WHEN: Friday, January 23 through Friday, January 30, 2015
Three sets each night beginning at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Abrazo Interno Gallery at Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk St – between Delancey & Rivington

ADMISSION: one set: $11 / two sets: $16 / 3 sets: $22
Students/Seniors, one set: $8 / two sets: $12 / three sets: $16
8-Day Pass: $100

Friday January 23
7 Naima Penniman Climbing PoeTree
8 William Parker – strings, percussion and flute / Cooper-Moore – strings and percussion
9:30 Chris Speed – clarinet, sax / Trevor Dunn – bass / Kate Gentile – drums

Saturday January 24
7 Patricia Nicholson – dance / Jason Hwang – violin / TA Thompson – drums
8 Joe McPhee Solo – sax, trumpet
9:30 Connie Crothers – piano / Warren Smith – drums

Sunday January 25
5:30 Art Opening with Dick Griffin and Michael Wilderman
7 Yuko Otomo / Steve Dalachinsky – poetry
8 Miya Masaoka – koto / Robert Dick – flutes
9 Tom Buckner – voice / Earl Howard – sax, synth / Steve Swell – trombone

Monday January 26
7 Music Now Unit
Ras Moshe – tenor sax, flute
Bill Cole – sona, hojok, piri, nagaswarm, didgeridoo, flutes
Larry Roland – bass, poetry
Lisette Santiago – congas, bata, theremin
8 James Brandon Lewis – sax / Dominic Fragman – drums
9:30 Ana Ïsma Viel’s Cross Breath
Ana Ïsma Viel – voice / Daro Behroozi – tenor sax / Pascal Niggenkemper – bass

Tuesday January 27
7 Yoshiko Chuma
8 Yoni Kretzmer – sax / Jason Ajemian – bass / Kevin Shea – drums
9:30 Nate Wooley Quintet:
Harris Eisenstadt – drums / Nate Wooley – trumpet
Matt Moran – vibraphone / Eivind Opsvik – bass / Josh Sinton – bass clarinet

Wednesday January 28
7 Henry Grimes
8 MOVIN: Andrew Lamb – tenor sax / Larry Roland – bass /
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
9:30 Ken Filiano Quartet

Thursday January 29
7 David Mills – poetry
8 Lafayette Gilchrist Solo – piano
9:30 Tony Malaby TubaCello Quartet
Tony Malaby – tenor sax / Bob Stewart – tuba
Christopher Hoffman – cello / Billy Mintz – drums

Friday Jan. 30
7 Poetry
8 Joe Morris – guitar / Daniel Levin – cello
9:30 Fay Victor – voice / Daniel Carter – reeds, trumpet / Reggie Nicholson – drums