AMN Reviews: Lindsay Cooper, Rarities Volumes 1 & 2

By Dan Coffey

LindsayCooperLindsay Cooper, like contemporaries Fred Frith, Tim Hodgkinson, and John Greaves, cut their avant-garde teeth in the uncompromising leftist band Henry Cow. Cooper had been playing with the progressive rock band Comus when she was invited to join Henry Cow. The rest really is history, but not a well-known one. After Henry Cow’s demise, Cooper started a band called News from Babel. Both the Henry Cow and News from Babel material are fairly well-documented, but there is so much more to Cooper’s musical legacy that remains largely unknown to any but the most diehard fans. Rarities, Volumes I & II attempts to redress the various oversights in Cooper’s eclectic career as composer and improviser on some of the toughest instruments to bring to any kind of combo – jazz, rock, or improvisatory – mainly the oboe, bassoon and sopranino saxophone.

Cooper suffered for many years from Multiple Sclerosis and had to retire from playing before her time. After succumbing to the disease in September, 2013, plans were made to hold a concert in her honor, with various combinations of musicians performing Cooper’s compositions. Thankfully, there’s a recorded legacy to go with that concert. This 2 disc set is full of treasures. Not all of the tracks are previously unreleased, but the ones that aren’t are extremely rare. Throughout the span of this set we get to hear songs that were originally released on limited edition cassettes or as bonus LPs that came with a subscription.

The set starts out with a suite of 26 short songs written for films and television shows. Other highlights feature a “piano roulette” that was previously unreleased. Also seeing the light of day for the first time is a performance by the band Trio Trabant, formed by Alfred Harth, who invited Cooper and Phil Minton to join. Trio Trabant have only ever released one CD; the music here is from a live performance made available for the first time.

This is an essential album that fills in the cracks between the Lindsay Cooper that most people are aware of, and at the same time is not esoteric enough to be a “collector’s only” item; although labeled as “rarities,” it is an excellent introduction to the varied career of the sadly missed Cooper.

Creative Music in DC

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...
Kahil El’Zabar

Saturday, January 24 @ 9:00PM
Anthony Pirog :: Jonathan Badger :: Luke Stewart
Guitarist, composer and loops magician Anthony Pirog is a quiet but ubiquitous force on stages around his hometown. With fearsome chops and a keen ear for odd beauty, Pirog has helped expand the possibilities of jazz, rock and experimentalism. Jonathan Badger is a guitarist, composer and video artist whose work ranges from postrock sludge to neobaroque chamber music. In live performance his compositions and improvisations show themselves in electronic garb, all the while maintaining the character of solo guitar, including the use of a distinctly musicalized video projection system. Multi-instrumentalist Luke Stewart creates transcendent sounds, Music for the Third Ear.
Admission $8
Velvet Lounge
915 U Street NW
Washington, DC
On Black Broadway between Vermont Avenue and 9th Street

Saturday, January 24 @ 7:30PM
Battle Trance :: Praxis Cat :: Lost Civilizations
Presented by Sonic Circuits
Battle Trance’s Travis Laplante leads a tenor saxophone Quartet alongside Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. The music is an exploration of Spritual connectivity, sure to expand one’s perceptions of the possibilities in Music. Praxis Cat is the moniker of Christine Paluch, performing with modular synthesizers and guitar. She improvises deconstructed atmospheres and loops interlaced with both beauty and anxiety. The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello). Special guests are often featured to accentuate the ambient textures associated with the group.
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue
A short walk from the Silver Spring Metro

Sunday, January 25 @ 3:30PM
Mensa Kondo
The New – The Unexpected
solo Exhibit of visual artist Mensa Kondo
Musical Performances By
Exaktly :: Sex God 1977 :: SHAKA :: Eboneé AD :: Native Sun :: Luke Stewart :: Meche Korrect :: Ayescold :: Bushido Jones :: Underdog :: DJ K-Meta
Suggested Donation $7
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, February 7 @ 7:30PM
Dan Joseph :: Chester Hawkins :: Noiseless Ensemble
New York City – based composer, performer, and curator Dan Joseph has been active in a variety of musical contexts. Dan performs regularly with his chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble. CHESTER HAWKINS has recorded and performed a wide range of experimental music since 1985. The best-known project was BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT, which began as an exercise in modern audio Dadaism (via musique concrete and tape-collage) and later expanded to embrace drone, krautrock, electronic psychedelia, brutal noise, and cinematic sound design. Noiseless Ensemble draws on a wide range of influences to create improvisational experiences that are truly new. Though the quartet has been performing together for a year in the DC area, the musicians are veterans in the East Coast avant garde and jazz scenes. Their improvised performances include a mix of spontaneous composition, games of chance, and graphic and textual notation – as well as ample audience participation.
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue
A short walk from the Silver Spring Metro

Sunday, February 22 @ 7:00PM
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Presented by Transparent Productions
For over forty years, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has carried the banner for creativity, with an emphasis on the spiritual over the technical, deeply soulful sounds with cultural roots. Kahil El’ Zabar established the group, stemming from the school and musical environment that the AACM had established in the 60’s and 70’s. Many musicians have played in the Ensemble, from Pharoah Sanders to Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre to “Light” Henry Huff. For the past decade the group has consisted of fellow Chicagoan musicians Ernest Dawkins (New Horizons Ensemble) and Corey Wilkes (Art Ensemble of Chicago).
The Historic Bohemian Caverns
1101 11th Street NW
Washington, DC
One the corner of U Street and 11th Street NW

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Just Outside Reviews

English: Yuko Oshima at moers festival 2010
Yuko Oshima 

From Just Outside:

Jim Denley/Cor Fuhler – Truancy (splitrec)
Jacques Demieree – the thirty and one pianos (Flexion)
Vinzenz Schwab – dings #1 (Canto Crudo)
Adolf Wölfli/Nurse with Wound – Courte Autobiographie (Lenka Lente)
David Michael/Slávek Kwi – Mmabolela (Gruenrekorder)
Marc Spruit – Small bits of indigenous space between the grains (self-released)
Gregory Büttner/Gunnar Lettow/Ernesto Rodrigues/Nuno Torres – Zwei Mal Zwei (Creative Sources)
Great Waitress – Flock (Creative Sources)
Alexander Frangenheim – talk for a listener (Creative Sources)
IKB – Anthropométrie sans Titre (Creative Sources)
IKB – Rhinocerus (Creative Sources)
Lauroshilau – s/t (Creative Sources)
Audrey Lauro (alto saxophone), Yuko Oshima (drums, sampler) and Pak Yan Lau (prepared piano, Hohner pianet, electronics).
Gunnar Lettow/Korhan Erel – Bad Falling Bostel (Creative Sources)
Wade Matthews/Javier Pedreira/Ernesto Rodrigues/Nuno Torres – Primary Envelopment (Creative Sources)
Tensil Test – s/t (Creative Sources)
Ariel Shibolet – 132 Work for Multiphonics (Creative Sources)
Konstantin Sukhan/Yury Favorin/Alexey Sysoev – It Don’t Mean a Thing (Creative Sources)
Un – s/t (Creative Sources)
Naoto Yamagishi – Hossu no Mori (Creative Sources)
Order from Noise Ensemble – Feedback (Mikroton)
Casey Anderson/Jason Kahn/Norbert Möslang/Günter Müller/Mark Trayle – Five Lines (Mikroton)
eRikm/Martin Brandlmayr – Ecotone (Mikroton)
Bryan Eubanks – From the Cistern (Gruenrekorder)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...
Vijay Iyer


Dan Weiss Trio (Saturday) Recently the drummer and composer Dan Weiss has been drawn to a large-canvas scrawl, on his excellent “Fourteen” and a forthcoming follow-up album. But he hasn’t stopped working with trios like this one, with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Mark Formanek. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day (Friday and Saturday) A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt walks the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition with Canada Day, with the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Matt Bauder, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the bassist Pascal Niggenkemper. The band plays each night at 8 p.m., followed by another group: on Friday it’s the Vinnie Sperrazza Trio (for which there’s a separate listing); on Saturday it will be the Jeff Davis Quartet. At IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

Evolving Music Series (Friday through next Friday) This off-season series from the organizers of the Vision Festival, bearing the poignant title “BlackLivesMatter,” will accommodate a range of avant-garde approaches through the month’s end. Highlights include the bassist William Parker in a duo with the pianist Cooper-Moore, Friday at 8 p.m.; the pianist Connie Crothers with the drummer Warren Smith, Saturday at 9:30 p.m.; the trumpeter Nate Wooley with his quintet, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.; and the Tony Malaby TubaCello Quartet, Thursday at 9:30 p.m. At Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, 212-260-4080, (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer at the Stone (through Sunday) The furiously productive pianist Vijay Iyer has another fine trio album, “Break Stuff,” coming next month, but he’s exploring other avenues during his residency at the Stone. He’ll present two expanded versions of his trio on Friday, including one that adds Graham Haynes on cornet, Rafiq Bhatia on guitar and Mat Maneri on viola, among others; lead a sextet at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed at 10 p.m. by “Open Cityscapes,” featuring a range of musicians and the writer Teju Cole; and play two distinct sets on Sunday with the trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing (Wednesday) Last year this puckish outfit raised some hackles with “Blue,” a concept album that involved the painstaking recreation of Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue.” The uproar has subsided a bit, and the trumpeter Peter Evans has decamped — but there’s still plenty of fight left in the band, now a quartet with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Ron Stabinsky on piano, Moppa Elliott on bass and Kevin Shea on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

‘Northern Spy Presents’ at Sugarcube (Saturday) The Brooklyn avant-garde label Northern Spy presents two bands in a free showcase at Sugarcube, the pop-up space at South Street Seaport: first, at 7 p.m., comes Haunted House, led by the guitarist Loren Connors; then Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog performs at 8 p.m., with Mr. Ribot on guitar, Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At Sugarcube, Fulton and Front Streets, Lower Manhattan, (Chinen)

Pharoah Sanders (Thursday through Feb. 1) The tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, one of the most significant survivors of 1960s free jazz, has never stopped imbuing his performances with the tone of a spiritual quest. He’ll lead a quartet with William Henderson on piano, Nat Reeves on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, (Chinen)

Vinnie Sperrazza Trio (Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday) Vinnie Sperrazza is a drummer grounded in mainstream jazz traditions, though he moves freely within and around them. He’s celebrating the release of “Play Cy Coleman,” his second album with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Masa Kamaguchi, stocked with tunes like “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Friday at 9:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-499-1199, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

DMG Newsletter January 23rd, 2015

From DMG:

New King Crimson Live At The Orpheum CD/DVD Audio! Wadada Leo Smith & Eco D’Alberi! Butch Morris W/ David Murray/Evan Parker/Hamid Drake/Joe Bowie and many more! Ted Daniel/Oliver Lake/Daniel Carter/Tatsuya Nakamura/Richard Pierce! ÊLoren Connors! Daniel Levin & Juan Pablo Carletti! Damo Suzuki & Mugstar! Aine O’Dwyer’s Organ Music! 2 New Cuneiforms: Andi Schnellmann/Manuell Troller/David Meier & The Kandinsky Effect [Warren Walker/Gael Petrina/Caleb Dolister]! Bobby Kapp! Paul Van Kemenade’s Three Horns And A Bass! Harvey Mandel! Fatal Tangent! Diamono Lemzo! Samba Toure!

The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, January 25th:
6pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT & JON IRABAGON – Two Solos & A Duo!

Sunday, February 1st Double-Header:

Sunday, March 1st Double-Header:

Chicago Scene: January 24 – February 5, 2015

English: Mars Williams performing live at Doub...
Mars Williams

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, January 24th 2015

9:00PM at 3310 S Lowe St, 1st Fl
Foundation Series
Bill MacKay, Katinka Kleijn
Michael Zerang, Jim Baker
Vivian McConnell, Tommy Trafton

Sunday, January 25th 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, January 26th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Keefe Jackson, Charles Rumback

9:00PM at the Bedford, 1612 W Division, 773.235.8800 (Free)
Khari Lemuel, Yaw Agyeman
Anchor : Matt Schneider, Frank Rosaly

Saturday, January 31st 2015

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio

Sunday, February 1st 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, February 2nd 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Thursday, February 5th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Loris : Tim Stine, Frank Rosaly, James Davis, Jeff Greene
Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

Henry Kaiser Stone Residency and New Albums

English: Henry Kaiser (guitar), Steve Beresfor...
English: Henry Kaiser (guitar), Steve Beresford (electronics), John Russell (guitar), Roger Turner (percussion) 

Avant-Garde Guitarist, Composer, Ethnomusicologist and Antarctic Diver/Underwater Photographer Henry Kaiser Celebrates Four Album Releases with Residency at The Stone in NYC: Feb 3-8 2015.

Henry Kaiser will play a residency gig at The Stone in NYC February 3 – 8, 2015. It is very rare for Kaiser to play in NYC. This Stone run celebrates his 4 new albums, released over one week on two labels: The Celestial Squid with Ray Russell, released on Cuneiform Records; and three releases on other labels, including Garden of Memory on which he is a featured guitarist, Relations with Damon Smith, and Leaps with Scott Amendola. The run at The Stone includes collaboration with such NYC luminaries as Samuel R. Delany, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Lukas Ligeti, and Brandon Ross.

Concert Details
The Stone, New York City
Located at the center of
Avenue C and 2nd Street
All 8 PM shows $20All 10 PM shows $15

2/3 Tuesday
8 pm
Invite The Spirit
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Charles K. Noyes (percussion, drums) Sang-Won Park (kayagum, ajaeng, changgo, voice)

10 pm
Kaiser-Noyes Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Charles K. Noyes (guitar)

2/4 Wednesday
8 pm
Kaiser-Laswell-Ligeti Trio
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Laswell Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass)

2/5 Thursday
8 pm
Melvin Gibbs (bass) Henry Kaiser (guitar) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Topography of the Spleen
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Chris Pitsiokos (sax) Weasel Walter (drums)

2/6 Friday
8 pm
Chip Delany & Henry Kaiser
Samuel R. Delany (reading aloud) Henry Kaiser (guitar accompaniment)

10 pm
Brandy Gale – Henry Kaiser – Ava Mendoza
Brandy Gale (live synesthetic painting) Henry Kaiser, Ava Mendoza (guitars)
2/7 Saturday
8 pm
Kaiser-Musso Quintet
Nick Didkovsky, Henry Kaiser, Bob Musso (guitars) Jesse Krakow (bass) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Licht Duo
Henry Kaiser, Alan Licht (guitar)

2/8 Sunday
8 pm
Dunkelman-Kaiser-Mori-Zorn Quartet
Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Henry Kaiser (bass) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)

10 pm
Kaiser-Ross Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Brandon Ross (guitar)


Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell
[Cuneiform Records]

Guitar summits don’t ascend higher than when legendary British free-jazz pioneer and longtime session ace Ray Russell meets the brilliant California avant-improv overachiever and Antarctic diver Henry Kaiser in the realm of The Celestial Squid. An album as cosmically evocative as its title, The Celestial Squid marks both a promising new partnership and a return to the outer-limits sensibility that informed Russell’s earliest work. With sixteen albums as a leader and more than countless session performances to his credit, including the early James Bond film scores, Russell is returning to his bone-rattling, noise-rocking roots for the first time ever since 1971. You’ll be shaken and stirred as Kaiser, Russell, and eight super friends deliver a no-holds-barred, free-range sonic cage match. They evoke improvised music’s past, present, and future while proving that free jazz can still be good, clean, liberating fun.

Henry Kaiser
[Fractal Music]
A 5-CD box set of live guitar solos. Playing in the the trance music mode these solos could be considered to be a tribute to both Terry Riley’s late 70’s keyboard improvisations and the super human solo soprano sax of Evan Parker.

Henry Kaiser & Damon Smith
[Balance Point Acoustics]
Henry Kaiser and Damon Smith have been playing guitar and bass together for 20 years now. This release of acoustic double bass and 7-string acoustic guitar free improvisations celebrates their musical partnership.

Scott Amendola & Henry Kaiser
[Fractal Music]
Featuring Scott Amendola on drums & percussion and Henry Kaiser on guitar(s). Bay area drummer, Scott Amendola is a longtime member of the Nels Cline Singers as well as working with Larry Ochs, Charlie Hunter & Ben Goldberg plus having several discs out as a leader. West Coast guitar great, Henry Kaiser, keeps busy by playing in a wide variety of contexts: solos, duos, trios and bands of different sizes. Mr. Kaiser has recorded a number duos, most often with fellow guitarists like: Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne and Fred Frith, but rarely in a duo with a drummer. Each piece here is very different and shows many sides to these two gifted improvisers. The title piece is first and it is an epic length workout which goes throughout a number of different sections, moods or scenes. From rip-roaring intensity to those Dead-like space jams. It all fits together like fascinating cryptic mosaic or puzzle which unfolds as it evolves. This disc is around 75 minutes long and takes us on a fabulous journey throughout.