Vision Festival 20 Early Announcement

Kidd Jordan playing saxophone at Luscher Schoo...
Kidd Jordan

From Arts for Art, Inc.:

July 7 – 12, 2015
at Historic Judson Memorial Church

WHAT: 20 Years of Vision / 50 Years of AACM – The On-going Legacy of FreeJazz
WHERE: Judson Memorial Church, (55 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY)
TICKETS: Daily admission $40 per day / $25 students & seniors
INFO: / (212) 254-5420

As we prepare for the Twentieth Anniversary of VISION, Arts for Art is thinking about what has come before that inspires us all to be our best, our most profound and in fact, our most Visionary. We stand on the shoulders of artists like John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Rashied Ali & Jayne Cortez, wondering what our role might be to carry their legacy forward. We are thinking of the German bassist, Peter Kowald who initiated and helped organize the Sound Unity Festivals in the mid 80’s. We remember all of the work of the AACM, BAG and the NY musicians such as Billy Bang, Roy Campbell and David S. Ware. How do we keep alive in the hearts and minds of a new generation, all of the idealism, integrity and sense of responsibility that lay at the heart of those creative movements? This is what we are considering as we prepare for our landmark Twentieth Anniversary: VISION 20.

A few highlights: Milford Graves, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra, Henry Grimes, Joe McPhee, Dave Burrell, Joelle Leandre, Hamiet Bluiett, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell, Karl Berger, Matthew Shipp, Kidd Jordan, Douglas Ewart, Wadada Leo Smith, Ingrid Laubrock, Darius Jones, more TBA soon!

Coming to Ars Nova Workshop

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...
Craig Taborn 

From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Thursday, February 19, 8:00pm
with Lotte Anker, soprano, alto + tenor saxophones; Craig Taborn, piano; and Gerald Cleaver , drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission
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Friday, February 20, 8:00pm
with Jon Irabagon, saxophones; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliot, bass; and Kevin Shea, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission
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Sunday, February 22, 7:00pm
with Oliver Lake, alto saxophone; Kevin Diehl, drums, bata, percussion; Elliot Levin, soprano + tenor saxophones, flute; Veronica MJ, viola; Connor Przybyszewski, trombone; Matt Engle, acoustic bass; Nichola Rivera, bata + percussion; Ron Howerton, bata + percussion; Tom Lowery, drums + percussion; Russell Kotcher, violin; Eric Coyne, cello; and Melanie Hsu, cello
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
$15 General Admission
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Satoko Fujii and Kappa Maki in San Francisco Reviewed

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...
Satoko Fujii 


Having just been featured as performers in the New Frequencies Fest at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Kappa Maki brought their own distinctive approach to free jazz improvisation to the Center for New Music last night. In a program entitled Existence: Quartet Music for Improvisers curated by Larry Ochs, they jammed their way through four improvisatory compositions in the company of Bruce Ackley (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, and B-flat clarinet) and Jordan Glenn on percussion. The program consisted of a single set, performed without a break and covering three pieces by Ackley and one by Maki.

AMN Reviews: Lineage of the Solar Dynasty – Transit of Venus (2013)

Transit of Venus album coverThis San Francisco-based free-jazz outfit features Micah O’Malley on sax, Mark Brumwell on clarinet, Joseph Burke on bass, and Bob Hubbard on drums.  A transit of venus occurs when that planet passes between the Sun and the Earth, visually appearing as a small disk against the Sun.   The last such transit was June 5-6, 2012, when this effort was recorded.

Regardless, Lineage of the Solar Dynasty appears to have one speed – flat out. Their breakneck tempo and dual-reed approach are reminiscent of later-period Coltrane, as well as early 60’s Ornette. But throw in a bit of Brotzmann to obtain a European flavor, as well as John Zorn‘s over-the-top sax style, and you’ll be closer to the mark.  The drumming and bass work are also full speed ahead.  As a consequence, this quartet takes on the thick, full sound that you might expect from a larger outfit, such as a double-trio or an octet.

Perhaps the main thing lacking in this release is a bit of variety; yet, the formula herein works.  Let’s hope that this group doesn’t wait for another rare astronomical phenomenon before heading back to the studio.

Creative Music in DC

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

Thursday, February 12 @ 8:30PM
Time is Fire :: Ancestral Duo :: Howard Weiss
Rooted in DC’s storied post-punk scene but reaching out to embrace rhythms from West Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and beyond, Time is Fire summons a kaleidoscopic sound that knows no borders. This is “weird world” music for the present moment. A brave new sound bringing people together under one transcendent, global groove. Ancestral Duo are Luke Stewart and Jamal “Sa Ankh Djed” Moore. Both are heavily steeped in the traditions of American Experimental Music, Improvisation, and Jazz. Together they create sonic textures based in music of the black diaspora. 64-year old attorney Howard Weiss has exploded onto the DC comedy scene over the past few years. His humor defies boundaries, expectations, and taste limitations. It attempts to bridge the huge age gap between Howard and his audiences with ethnic, sexual and excretory riffing. Prepare to laugh!
Admission $5
Bossa Bistro and Lounge
2463 18th Street NW
Next door to Madam’s Organ

Saturday, February 14 @ 3:00PM
VDay Matinee
Lucas Brode :: Meredith Bove :: Layne Garrett Luke Stewart :: McColm/Scheible Duo
Final Show at the Communiverse
Guitarist & composer Lucas Brode draws from jazz harmony, experimental rock textures, and African rhythms. He currently performs solo and with various groups, including Post-Rock / Math-Rock hybrid Hannibal Montana, throughout the United States. Meredith Bove hails from a small town in Vermont. She lived in Berlin where she enjoyed performing and collaborating with many in the city’s rich artistic community, presenting work at various venues in Berlin, including the adastudio, Salon Bruit, K77, and Die Kunst Apotheke, as well as with the Gruntwork collective. Additionally, she has performed in the work of Jérôme Bel, Zinzi Buchanan, Luis Lara Malvacías, and Jillian Peña, and has enjoyed collaborations with dancer/choreographer Andrea Jenni and sound and conceptual artist Luke Munn. Layne Garrett is a musician and sound artist based in Washington, DC. He plays guitar non-conventionally both on his own and in the improvising duo Weed Tree (with drummer Amanda Huron). He also works with found objects, found sounds and self-built instruments recorded to cassette tape and layered in real time. Ian G. McColm is a multi-instrumentalist and composer residing in Alexandria, Virginia. McColm has performed nationally and internationally in a variety of ensembles including the drone/ambient duo, Nagual, and under his solo moniker, I.G.M. Nate Scheible is a transplants from Cleveland, OH, now living in DC. They play saxophone, drums, electronics, and cassette loops, occupying a space somewhere between free jazz and electro-acoustic tape-based composition. Oftentimes, films are involved. installation by Sarah Schaffer, Nate Scheible, and friends
The Communiverse
1406 Webster St NW
Off the corner of 14th and Webster Streets NW

Saturday, February 21 @ 8:00PM
Cyrus Pirah :: Jonathan Badger
Cyrus Pireh is the world’s greatest living electric guitarist. 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.
Suggested Donation $8
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

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

Friday, February 27 @ 8:00PM
Layne Garrett
Suggested Donation $8
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

English: Matana Roberts @ ATP Curated by The D...
Matana Roberts

From Free Jazz:

Zanussi Five – Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed, 2014) ****½
Rich Halley 4 – Wisdom of Rocks (Pine Eagle Records, 2014) ****½
Dog Life – s/t (Omlott, 2014) ****½
Reinhard Gagel & Mirio Cosottini – Pieces Without Memory (IRC, 2014) ****½
Jacaszek & Kwartludium – Catalogue Des Arbres (Touch, 2014) ****½
Thomas Heberer & Pascal Niggenkemper – Miner’s Pick (FMR, 2014) ****½
Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee (Constellation, 2015) *****
Bill Laswell & Wadada Leo Smith – The Stone (Akashic Meditation) (M.O.D. Technologies, 2014) ****½
New Vocabulary – New Vocabulary (System Dialing Records, 2014) ****
Joseph Daley – Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love (JoDa Music, 2014) ****