ICE Performs Zorn, Oliveros, Lewis and Others in NY

From the Abrons Arts Center:

ICE: Centenary Concert #1: Smythe/Evans, Wolff, Zorn
January 29, 2015 | 8 PM
Abrons Arts Center
Underground Theater

ICE celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Henry Street Settlement with three concerts representing the best of New York’s new music. This show features brand new works by some of New York’s best-known composers, commissioned by ICE: the World Premiere of a new collaborative piece by trumpet virtuoso Peter Evans and brilliant pianist/improvisor Cory Smythe, a woodwind quintet unlike any other by downtown legend John Zorn, and a beautiful and touching tribute to Pete Seeger by experimental music pioneer Christian Wolff.

International Contemporary Ensemble
David Fulmer, conductor

Concert #1:
Cory Smythe/Peter Evans: New Work TBA WORLD PREMIERE (2015)
John Zorn: Il n’y a plus de firmament, for woodwind quintet (2014)
Christian Wolff: Pete, for chamber ensemble (2014) NEW YORK PREMEIRE
This concert is presented FREE through OpenICE.
Performers:
Claire Chase, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Nicholas Masterson, oboe
Peter Evans, trumpet
Ryan Muncy, sax
Cory Smythe, piano
Dan Lippel, guitar
Erik Carlson, violin

ICE: Centenary Concert #2: Music of Lewis, Zorn and Oliveros
January 30, 2015 | 8:00 PM
Abrons Arts Center
Underground Theater
ICE celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Henry Street Settlement with three concerts representing the best of New York’s new music. This program features new music by some of New York’s best-known composers, commissioned by ICE: George Lewis’ Born Obbligato, a piece inspired by the delicate chamber music of Beethoven’s Septet, a piece by legendary New York experimentalist Pauline Oliveros, and John Zorn’s Baudelaires, scored for an evocative band including harpsichord and guitar.

International Contemporary Ensemble
David Fulmer, conductor

Concert #2:
George Lewis: Born Obbligato (2013)
Pauline Oliveros: work TBD
John Zorn: Baudelaires (2013)
This concert is presented FREE through OpenICE.
Performers:
Erik Carlson, violin
Miranda Cuckson, viola
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Tony Flynt, bass
Claire Chase, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Cory Smythe, piano
Dan Lippel, guitar

ICE: Centenary Concert #3: Zorn, Oliveros and ICElab’s ExclusiveOr:
January 31, 2015 | 8:00 PM
Abrons Arts Center
Underground Theater

ICE celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Henry Street Settlement with three concerts representing the best of New York’s new music. This show features new music by some of New York’s best known musicians: Music by Pauline Oliveros; the energetic improvisatory team, ExclusiveOR, headed by Jeff Snyder and Sam Pluta; and the World Premiere of a new large work by John Zorn, Oviri, inspired by Gauguin.

International Contemporary Ensemble
David Fulmer, conductor
Ikue Mori, electronics

Concert #3:
ExclusiveOr: Magnets (2014)
Pauline Oliveros: work TBD
John Zorn: Oviri (2014) WORLD PREMIERE
This concert is presented FREE through OpenICE.
Performers:
Dan Lippel, guitar
Peter Evans, trumpet
Michael Lormand, trombone
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Ross Karre, percussion
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Alice Teyssier, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Andrew Bove, tuba
Nathan Davis, percussion
Jeff Snyder, electronics
Sam Pluta, electronics
Ikue Mori, electronics

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Michael Francis Duch – Tomba Emmanuelle (Sofa, 2014) ****
Alexandra Grimal and Giovanni Domenico: Chergui (Ayler, 2014) *****
Lotto – Ask The Dust (LADO ABC, 2014) ***½
ROIL – Raft of the Meadows (NoBusiness, 2014) ****
WHO Trio – Zoo (Auricle, 2014) ****½
Grünen – Pith & Twig (Clean Feed, 2014) ****½
Áine O’Dwyer – Music For Church Cleaners Vol I & II (MIE, 2014) ****
Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet – Afterimage (Driff Records, 2014) ****½
Jorrit Dijkstra: New Crosscurrents – Live Bimhuis Amsterdam (Driff Records, 2014) ****
We Like We – A New Age of Sensibility (The Being Music, 2014) **** ½

Magma North American Tour Announced

Photo du concert de Magma à la salle des Fetes...
Magma

Magma was founded in Paris in 1969 by Christian Vander, who derived his inspiration from a “vision of humanity’s spiritual and ecological future” that profoundly disturbed him. Vander was a self-taught musician, who received some tips from drum legend Elvin Jones. In the course of Magma’s first album, the band tells the story of a group of people fleeing a doomed Earth to settle on the planet Kobaïa. Later, conflict arises when the Kobaïans, who are descendants of the original colonists, encounter other Earth refugees. A distinguished aspect of Magma’s music is that Vander actually invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, in which most lyrics are sung. Later albums told different stories set in more ancient times; however the Kobaïan language remained an integral part of the music. Reportedly, Christian Vander is also highly influenced by the work of jazz legend John Coltrane. “For my work, it is still Coltrane who actually gives me the real material to work on, to be able to move on.,” says Vander.

Magma:
Christian Vander
Stella Vander
Isabelle Feuillebois
Hervé Aknin
Benoit Alziary
James Mac Gaw
Jérémie Ternoy
Philippe Bussonnet

Magma US tour dates:

April 2 – Venue – Vancouver, BC
http://bplive.electrostub.com/event.cfm?id=141752&cart

April 3 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA

April 4 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/772633?utm_source=os

April 6 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
http://www.attheecho.com/event/772815
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/772815?utm_medium=bks

April 8 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
http://tickets.slims-sf.com/events/476797

April 10 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/772697

April 11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004E3A2260DA49

April 13 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
http://lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/magma-april-13th-2015/

Deleuzer fuses disparate voices at Washington Street Arts

From The Boston Globe:

Among performers involved in freely improvised music, a chance encounter among unfamiliar artists is a well-worn method for generating fresh, unexpected results. Still, the history of the genre, typically traced back to the freedom-besotted 1960s, is dotted with notable examples of working groups, some whose players might stick together for decades: AMM, Musica Elettronica Viva, Globe Unity, and so on.

The Stone in February

Uri Caine
Uri Caine

From New York’s Stone:

2/1 Sunday (MJC)
8 pm
The Best of Pharoah’s Daughter—A Retrospective Concert
Basya Schechter (voice, guitar) Daphna Mor (flute) Meg Okura (violin) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys) Mathias Kunzli (percussion) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums)

10 pm
New Experiments with Guests
Basya Schechter (voice, guitar) Daphna Mor (flute) Meg Okura (violin) Uri Sharlin (piano, keys) Mathias Kunzli (percussion) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Yuval Lion (drums) and special guests

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

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

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

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

2/5 Thursday (RJP)
8 pm
MG-HK-WW Trio
Melvin Gibbs (bass) Henry Kaiser (guitar) Weasel Walter (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

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

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

10 pm
Brandy Gale – Henry Kaiser – Ava Mendoza
Brandy Gale (live synesthetic painting) Henry Kaiser, Ava Mendoza (guitars)

2/7 Saturday (SC)
8 pm
Kaiser-Musso Quintet
Nick Didkovsky, Henry Kaiser, Bob Musso (guitars) Jesse Krakow (bass) Weasel Walter (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

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

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

10 pm
Kaiser-Ross Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross (guitars)

2/17 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
Uri Caine, Tim Berne and Ches Smith
Uri Caine (piano) Tim Berne (sax) Ches Smith (drums)

10 pm
Uri Caine, Jim Black, Kirk Knuffke and Scott Colley
Uri Caine (piano) Jim Black (drums) Kirk Knuffke (trumpet) Scott Colley (bass)

2/18 Wednesday (RJP)
8 pm
Ofakim
Uri Caine (piano) Julie Patton (voice) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Uri Caine, Ikue Mori, Jim Black, Ralph Alessi, Chris Otto
Uri Caine (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Jim Black (drums) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Chris Otto (violin)

2/19 Thursday (EP)
8 pm
Wintereise
Uri Caine (piano) Theo Bleckmann (voice)

10 pm
Trio with Ben Perowsky and John Hebert
Uri Caine (piano) Ben Perowsky (drums) John Hebert (bass)

2/20 Friday (DDT)
8 pm
Uri Caine Solo
Uri Caine (piano)

10 pm
String Quartet Caprices

2/21 Saturday (ICS)
8 pm
Dragnet
Uri Caine (piano) Erik Friedlander (cello) Clarence Penn (drums)

10 pm
Catto Project
Uri Caine (piano) Barbara Walker (voice) Brad Jones (bass) Clarence Penn (drums)

2/22 Sunday (RK)
8 pm
IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
Uri Caine (piano) John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
These are the nights that pay our rent and keep us afloat—so come on down to our East Village Rent Party and dig the freaks, the music and “eat all the Spaghetti and Chili you can scarf!” TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

10 pm
Trio with Mark Helias and Clarence Penn
Uri Caine (trio) Mark Helias (bass) Clarence Penn (drums)

2/24 Tuesday (LC)
8 pm
Washboard Duo
Warren Smith (washboard, percussion) Newman Taylor Baker (washboard, percussion)

10 pm
WIS: TONES‘N’BONES
Llyod Haber (drums) Abdul Mboup (drums) Warren Smith (percussion)

2/25 Wednesday (LC)
8 pm
WIS with Howard Curtis, Katja Cruz and Edith Lettner
Warren Smith (percussion) Howard Curtis (drums) Katja Cruz (voice) Edith Lettner (saxes)

10 pm
WIS trio
Warren Smith (percussion) Ras Moshe (sax) William Parker (bass)

2/26 Thursday (JA)
8 and 10 pm
WIS w/ Bill Cole & Joe Daley
Warren Smith (percussion) Bill Cole (reeds) Joe Daley (tuba)

2/27 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Dogon Duo: Andrew Lamb & Warren Smith
Andrew Lamb (reeds) Warren Smith (percussion)

10 pm
WIS Quartet
Mark Taylor (french horn) Tom Abbs (bass) Andrew Lamb (reeds) Warren Smith (percussion)

2/28 Saturday (HM)
8 and 10 pm
Percussion Discussion
Warren Smith, Eli Fountain, Thurman Barker, Newman Taylor Baker (percussion)

The Red Fetish and the Lost Civilizations Experimental Music Project in DC This Weekend

On January 31, The Red Fetish and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will perform at Green Island, 2327 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009. The performance begins at 8 pm, and is part of the Indie Adams Morgan series.

The Red Fetish is a project of Alejandro Castaño and collaborators. Known for unpredictability in style, as well as an expansive catalog, The Red Fetish runs the stylistic gamut, from progressive string quartet compositions to stripped-down acoustic blues-tinged ruminations to experimental folk and prog spaces.

After two years of silence, The Red Fetish released Temporal Joke pt. I and II in December 2014. Temporal Joke is a three part song cycle focusing on religious themes from an atheistic perspective. The first part consists of songs for synthesizers, voices, guitars, and features vocalists Ianje Castellanos and Kris Kagei (of Betsy and the Bicycles). The second part consists of songs for marimba and piano. The third part, for chamber orchestra, will be released at a later date.

On January 31, 2015. Alejandro Castaño will play a set consisting of experimental and ambient pieces. As is common for The Red Fetish performances, there may or may not be collaborators.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Amanda Huron on percussion, Larry Gomez on percussion, Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin.