Yells at Eels Play Jazz in the Atrium’s 25th Anniversary Tonight

From the Dallas Observer:

A quarter-century ago, Dallas Museum of Art debuted its weekly music series, Jazz in the Atrium. Local trumpet player Dennis Gonzalez was among the first to perform for the series on Sunday, January 17, 1990. He has not performed for the series since. Gonzalez had not even given the experience or the series much thought until he was recently contacted by the museum and asked to return. It was only then that he realized that performing for Jazz in the Atrium, which is now on Thursday evenings, would have him coming full circle.

Gong and Soft Machine Founder Daevid Allen Has Six Months to Live

Gong, playing live in the Zappa club in Tel-Av...

From The Guardian:

Daevid Allen, the eccentric frontman of the prog-psych-space-jazz fusion group Gong, has announced that he has only six months to live.

In a statement, Allen said the cancer for which he had previously been treated has returned and spread to his lung. He said he would not be pursuing further treatment.

Very sad news. His work in the early 70’s was truly groundbreaking.

Dusted in Exile Reviews

From Dusted in Exile:

Mostly Other People Do The Killing — Blue (Hot Cup)
John Carpenter — Lost Themes (Sacred Bones)
Noveller — Fantastic Planet (Fire)
Michael Pisaro — Continuum Unbound (Gravity Wave)
Icepick — Hexane (Astral Spirits)
Karlheinz Stockhausen — Complete Early Percussion Works (Mode)
Peter Brötzmann/John Edwards/Steve Noble – Soulfood Available (Clean Feed)

Extended Techniques February 2015 New York Calendar

From Extended Techniques:

NYC Calendar February 2015

THURSDAY, February 5
7:30PM Electric Voices!: Pamela Z and Joan La Barbara in Concert
VENUE: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

SUNDAY, February 8
8 pm Dunkelman-Kaiser-Mori-Zorn Quartet
Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Henry Kaiser (bass) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY – SUNDAY, February 10-15
John Zorn’s week at the Village Vanguard
VENUE: Village Vanguard

WEDNESDAY, February 11
8PM Synth Nights: Eli Keszler
Featuring performances by Leila Bordreuil and Mariel Roberts (cello), Tom Chiu (violin), Anthony Coleman (piano), Eli Keszler (drums), and Geoff Mullen, (guitar, controls).
VENUE: The Kitchen

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, February 11/12/13/14
09:00 PM – Matt Mitchell 4tet
Matt Mitchell – Piano
Chris Speed – Ten Sax/Clar
Chris Tordini – Bass
Dan Weiss – Drums
VENUE: Seeds

FRIDAY, February 13 and MONDAY, February 16
8 PM | 7:30 PM Ensemble ACJW
• ROUSSEL Trio for Flute, Viola, and Cello, Op. 40
• MEREDITH MONK Backlight (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
• RAVEL Piano Trio in A Minor
VENUE: Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall
ADMISSION: check with the venue

TUESDAY, February 17
8 pm Uri Caine (piano) Tim Berne (sax) Ches Smith (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, February 21
7:30 PM Symbiosis II: Music from Australia
Performers: Voice (Jane Sheldon), piano (Lisa Moore), and clarinets (Eileen Mack)
Program: Beat Furrer: Invocation VI (2007) for soprano & bass flute 9′ David Lang: vent (1990) for flute & piano 8′ David Bedford: Come in here child (1968) for soprano & amplified piano 9′ Inés Thiebaut: cuncta fluunt (2013-14) for soprano & flute 5′ Claude Vivier: Hymnen an die nacht (1975) for soprano & piano 6′ Beat Furrer: Presto con fuoco (1999) for flute & piano 8′ Maurice Ohana: Deux Incantations (1996) for soprano, flute & piano 10′
VENUE: Spectrum

SATURDAY, February 21
8 pm Dragnet
Uri Caine (piano) Erik Friedlander (cello) Clarence Penn (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, February 21
8:30 PM Katja Cruz & Howard Curtis w/ Darius Jones
Katja Cruz – vocals
Howard Curtis – drums
Special Guest – Darius Jones – Saxophone
VENUE: ibeam

SUNDAY, February 22
Uri Caine (piano) John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, February 24
6PM JACK Quartet
Program: Georg Friedrich Haas String Quartet No. 8 (2014) U.S. premiere
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Edgetone Records Winter Releases

Mikko Innanen at moers festival 2007
Mikko Innanen

From Edgetone Records:

Ceccato/Babin/Golinski – Tor
Ceccato/Babin/Golinski channel the spirits of the jazz trio in an unfolding set of extended improvisations that are both focused and free. Both titles , “Grit” and “Starch,” are completely spontaneous and the natural complicity between the three performers is apparent across remarkably varied textures that are illuminated by the intimate recording style of “Tor”.
Drew Ceccato – tenor saxophone Tommy Babin – bass Chris Golinski – drums

Eli Wallace – Cabbages, Captain, & King
This recording is Cabbages, Captain, & King’s debut album since their genesis in 2013. With a unique trio format of piano, guitar, and drums, the direction of the music and the sound of the ensemble is unconventional. The music can be loosely tied to the avant-garde free-jazz idiom, however the diversity of repertoire creates for variegated musical terrains from bombastic and raucous, to sparse and delicate.
Eli Wallace – piano John Arkin – drums
Karl Evangelista – guitar

Matt Davignon – Oa
Oa (Hugh Behm-Steinberg and Matt Davignon) uses spoken stories, phrases, words and phonemes as the building blocks for improvised experimental music. Matt has been electronically manipulating sounds for over 20 years, including building an organic voice for drum machine on releases such as “Living Things”. Hugh’s poetry has been published in the books “The Opposite of Work” and “Shy Green Fields”.
Matt Davignon – electronics, programming
Hugh Behm-Steinberg – electronics, programming

Heikki Koskinen – Kellari Trio
KELLARI TRIO (Cellar Trio) was born in Teppo Hauta-aho‘s cellar. Long time musical partners Teppo and Mike (Heikki) invited Mikko to a recording session – in the cellar – and the music clicked immediately. Besides a few written melodies, the tunes were created spontaneously with just a few outlines and intrument choices. This recording captures the freshness born out of discovering new musical avenues and responding to ideas through intense listening.
Heikki “Mike” Koskinen – e- trumpet & tbn, tenor recorder, perc. Mikko Innanen – alto & bari sax, flutes, perc. Teppo Hauta-aho – bass, cello, perc

ATTO PLAIN is a sound project based on filmic intentions and the interaction of the two-dimensional plain. With focus in message delivery through morse code, XY assignments, plain-field traveling on water vs. land, and light interaction with circuitry and filmic influence through voices.
IMA is an electro-percussive duo of Nava Dunkelman and Jeanie-Aprille Tang. The origin of this project came from our intention to express our voice through timbre in percussion and electronics.
Nava Dunkelman – percussion Jeanie Aprille-Tang – electronics Michael Mersereau – guitar

‘Drumming’ Puts Spotlight on Percussion Works


During a performance of Thierry de Mey’s “Musique de tables” for percussion trio (1987), Ian David Rosenbaum, Christopher Froh and Ayano Kataoka sat at a table on the stage of Alice Tully Hall like three somber-faced magicians, their athletically choreographed tap-dancing hands eliciting a remarkable array of tones and timbres from the pieces of wood laid flat in front of them.

Over the Pavement Fest Presents Artistic Range

From the Detroit News:

Joel Peterson has hosted a wide variety of concerts since co-founding the Detroit café-cum-performance space Trinosophes in 2013, but until recently, he still had a festival-shaped hole in his heart. From 2006 to 2008, while he was still booking shows at the Bohemian National Home, Peterson organized an event called the Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music. The avant-garde performances the festival presented proved popular, and Peterson says patrons have asked for a revival since Trinosophes opened. They’ll get their wish this weekend, as the venue presents “Over the Pavement: A Festival of Art Music.” Peterson says the event came together when several acts he’d wanted to book for some time all wanted to play Detroit in the same time frame.

February at Arraymusic

From Toronto’s Arraymusic:

Saturday, February 7 @ 8PM
Array Session #30 – Presented by Arraymusic
ALL AGES Welcome; Free/PWYC
Lineup: Nabil Amarshi; Alan Penner; Neil D Retke; Nate Robertson; Rick Sacks.

in February, The Midnight Sessions
– Presented by Branco Džinović
These monthly (closed) late night free-improv sessions (hosted by Branko Dzinovic at The Array Space), are recorded for you to listen to online. “For many artists, night is the time when inspiration strikes and when exciting ideas come to fruition. Some of the finest local improvisers will participate and results should be nothing but exceptional.” – BD

Sunday, February 8 @ 8PM
(2nd Sunday of ea. month)
Somewhere There
– Presented by Somewhere There in Assoc. W/Arraymusic
Lineup: Body Help – Kieran Adams (drums, synths, drum machine); Josh Cole (bass, synth, laptop); Colin Fisher (guitar, electronics). “The trio of Kieran Adams, Josh Cole, and Colin Fisher burns through the unwarped mind, leaving a scorched trail of smooth havoc.” – Weird Canada
@ 9PM
Nicolas Buligan – solo brass – has written an improvisational aid in Max/MSP designed to dynamically compliment and extend his thoughts and phrases. In this instance, it will help him create long drones and layered delays whose parameters are generated only by the musical information coming from his trumpet (rather than using manual inputs).

Tuesday, February 10 @ 8PM
Audiopollination #27.1
– Presented by Somewhere There in assoc. w/Arraymusic
ALL AGES Welcome; $10/PWYC
Artists TBA
Improvisuals by John Creson + Adam Rosen

Sunday, February 15 @ 1pm – 4pm
Array/Evergreen Community Gamelan Meetup #4
– Presented by Arraymusic + The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Have a seat and join in the music making. These are fun, hands on Meet-Ups that bring people together to play beautiful Indonesian instruments. Along with a huge collection of percussion instruments including gongs, bowls, vibes, marimba, drums, djembe, congas, bells, chimes, shells and more, we also use Gamelan Instruments used in the recording of the soundtrack for Life of Pi (music by Mychael Danna).

Tuesday, February 17 @ 8PM
Audiopollination 27.2 – Presented by Somewhere There in assoc. w/Arraymusic
Featuring Improvisations by Tim Crofts (Halifax)+ improvisuals by John Creson and Adam Rosen
ALL AGES Welcome; $10/PWYC
1) Tim Crofts (pno); Ted Phillips (laptop); Nilan Perera (gtr)
2) Tim Crofts (pno solo)
3) Tim Crofts(pno); Nicole Rampersaud (tpt); Pete Johnson (ac. bass)

Saturday, February 21, 7:30PM – 10:30PM
coexisDance #68 – Music + Contemporary Dance Improv
set one: clarke blair/rob piilonen (flute); heather segger (trombone); nicholas ruscica/andy yue (piano); rod campbell (trumpet); stephanie ledger; aisha sasha john/dimitar pentchev (piano); jeffery chan/adrianna monti (vocals).
set two: clarke blair/rob piilonen (flute); heather segger (trombone); nicholas ruscica/andy yue (drums); una wong (piano); stephanie ledger; aisha sasha; john/dimitar pentchev (piano); jeffery chan/adrianna monti (vocals); rod campbell (trumpet).

Sunday, February 22 @ 2PM
Toronto Improvisers Orchestra Concert/TIO
* New Members Always Welcome!

Saturday, February 28 @ 9PM
3 Bands – Trippy/Ambient Music: ModernCollins; Skydome Hotel; Island Ears
It’s Dale’s last opportunity to play in Toronto before he leaves for a year abroad in Germany!