Lukas Ligeti 50th Birthday Events

From Lukas Ligeti:

– 3.01-3.15 CD Release concert tour with Hypercolor in Washington, DC, Columbia and Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Chattanooga, TN, Charlottesville, VA, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit and Kalamazoo, MI, Louisville, KY, South Bend, IN, Cleveland, OH, and more

– 3.16 @ Spectrum, NYC, improvised duo with Thollem McDonas (piano), playing works off of their latest album Imaginary Images (Leo, 2014)

– 3.22 @ Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), NYC, performance on Marimba Lumina of a Meredith Monk piece, Shadow Song, as part of the special Meredith Monk & Friends concert

– 3.31-4.05 @ The Stone, NYC, week-long residency showcasing some of Ligeti’s old and new improvised (free and partially improvised) projects; guest artists include Hypercolor, Susie Ibarra, Marilyn Crispell, Gary Lucas, Miya Masaoka, and more

– 4.11 @ Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, solo drum performance as part of a special exhibition celebrating the Zero Group

– 5.09 @ Conservatorio di Musica di Vicenza + Vicenza Jazz Festival, Italy, concert of Ligeti’s partially-composed/partially-improvised music as well as workshops with students

– 6.09 and/or 6.11 50th Birthday Festival concert @ Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), NYC, performers and works to be announced soon

– 6.14 50th Birthday Festival concert @ Roulette, Brooklyn, NYC, featuring world premiere for chamber orchestra commissioned by ACFNY, world premiere of a large solo marimba piece commissioned by a consortium of 16 leading American marimbists, US and NYC premieres for chamber orchestra performed by Ensemble Mise-En and conducted by Oliver Hagen, and more

Marilyn Crispell Reviews

Marilyn Crispell in concert, April 29, 2008 Ph...
Marilyn Crispell

From Morning Star:

A compelling pianist whose sounds span the perceived gulfs between classical music and jazz, Marilyn Crispell was born in Philadelphia in 1947 and studied classical piano and composition and the New England Conservatory of Music as a young woman. She virtually abandoned music for medicine for six years, but began singing blues in a folk rock group after the breakdown of her marriage. She then discovered the free jazz beauties and profundities of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and the pioneering free pianism of Cecil Taylor, and since the 1970s she has performed and recorded prolifically as a jazz artist and improviser with many of the US eminences of the avant-garde, from multiple reedman Anthony Braxton and arch-bassist Reggie Workman to European free masters like Evan Parker and Barry Guy.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Torben Snekkestad & Barry Guy – Slip Slide And Collide (Maya, 2014) ****
Ross Hammond & Catherine Sikora – Perfect Plasticity (Gold Lion Arts, 2015) ****½
Jorrit Dijkstra – Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland (Driff, 2014) ****
YODOK III – The Sky Flashes, The Great Sea Yearns (A New Wave of Jazz, 2015) ****½
John Dikeman / Dirk Serries Cult Exposure (A New Wave of Jazz, 2015) ***½
Dirk Serries – The Origin Reversal (Projekt, 2014) ****
SAW – No Way Black (Lamour, 2014) ***
PUUL – Puul (Optical Substance Records, 2015) ***
Kris Davis – Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed, 2014) ****
Tim Daisy and Jason Stein – Alive at the Woodland Book Center (Relay,2014) ****

Newsbits: Varese Radio Program / Mike Osborne Releases Reviewed / Heiner Goebbels & Frank Zappa SACD / Shipp and Bisio in St. Louis

Mothers of invention, Theatre de Clichy, Paris...
Frank Zappa

WQXR features a long interview between guest host Claire Chase (flutist and co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble) and Chou Wen-chung, Edgard Varèse‘s long-time assistant and confidant.

The Chicago Reader features the new recording of Mike Osborne from Cuneiform Records.

Perfect Strangers is a Heiner Goebbels / Frank Zappa SACD, reviewed by Audiophile Audition.

Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio will perform in St. Louis, Saturday, March 28, at 7:30pm.

Two Films of Rova’s Take on John Coltrane’s Ascension

Ascension (John Coltrane album)

From YBCA:

Two Films About the Rova Saxophone Quartet‘s Inventive Re-Imagining of John Coltrane‘s Seminal Record Ascension, San Francisco, March 13th

John Coltrane’s Ascension was called, “…the most powerful human sound ever recorded,” by Bill Mathieu in DownBeat in 1965, and “the most vexatious work in jazz history,” by jazz critic Gary Giddins; astonishing claims for a piece of music that was only performed twice. Ascension still causes arguments, like much of Coltrane’s post- Love Supreme music. All the more reason to rejoice in Electric Ascension, reincarnated for the 21st century in live performances by the large, all star ensemble Orkestrova. Rova Saxophone Quartet arrangers Larry Ochs and Jon Raskin have cast their Electric Ascension with improvisers weaned on Coltrane and the sonic experiments of the decade that followed his passing. Over the last 12 years, performances in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Lisbon, Paris, Saalfelden, Toronto, and Velz, Austria, have been a revelation; and met with standing ovations and critical acclaim.

Rova Channeling Coltrane, is a duet of films on the Rova Saxophone Quartet’s reincarnation of John Coltrane’s, Ascension.

Cleaning the Mirror, is a documentary on the musical history and creative process behind Electric Ascension. Shot at jazz festivals in Paris, Saalfelden (Aus.), and Philadelphia, the musicians speak about their inspiration, their approach to the music, and their connection to Coltrane. Interviewed are Nels Cline, Andrew Cyrille, Art Davis, Trevor Dunn, Peter Evans, Jason Kao Hwang, Eyvind Kang, Marina Rosenfeld, Rova, Jenny Scheinman, and Elliot Sharp. With musical excerpts, archival photographs, and behind the scenes footage.

Electric Ascension, Live at the Guelph Jazz Festival, is a multi-camera, surround sound, concert video of Electric Ascension, by the large electrified ensemble, Orkestrova, led by the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Film director, John Rogers, says, “We wanted to give audiences the opportunity to experience Electric Ascension for themselves in real time, to feel the energy flow on the stage, to witness the playing out of musical ideas, and ultimately to participate in Coltrane’s vision.”

Electric Ascension Lineup:

Bruce Ackley – Soprano Saxophone
Steve Adams – Alto Saxophone
Larry Ochs – Tenor Saxophone
Jon Raskin – Baritone Saxophone
Chris Brown- Electronics
Nels Cline – Electric Guitar
Hamid Drake – Drums
Fred Frith – Electric Bass
Carla Kihlstedt – Violin, Electronics
Rob Mazurek – Cornet, Electronics
Ikue Mori – Electronics
Jenny Schienman – Violin

The Kandinsky Effect on Tour

From The Kandinsky Effect:

The Kandinsky Effect will be touring Spring/Summer 2015 and throughout the 2015/16 season in support of their new release, Somnambulist, out now on Cuneiform Records.

March 2 – New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
212.477.4155 /
11:00 pm / 21+ / FREE (one drink minimum per set)

March 3 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Rex
194 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V1Z1, Canada
416.598.2475 /

March 4 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Rex
194 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V1Z1, Canada
416.598.2475 /

March 5 – Cleveland, OH
12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.795.0550 –
8:00 PM / $15 [Buy Tickets]

March 6 – Detroit, MI
Cliff Bell’s
2030 Park Ave.,
Detroit, MI 48226
313.961.2543 /
9:00 PM / $10

March 7 – Detroit, MI
Cliff Bell’s
2030 Park Ave.,
Detroit, MI 48226
313.961.2543 /
9:30 PM / $10

March 10 – Salem, OR
Willamette University
Rogers Music Center
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
7:30 PM

March 11 – Portland, OR
Lewis and Clark
Portland, OR

March 11 – Portland, OR
Mount Hood Community College
Portland, OR

March 12 – Reno, NV
The Loving Cup
188 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509
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March 13 – Reno, NV
University of Nevada
Reno, NV

March 13 – Truckee, CA
100007 Bridge Street
Truckee, CA 96161

March 14 – Truckee, CA
100007 Bridge Street
Truckee, CA 96161

March 16 – Sacramento, CA
Luna’s Cafe
1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.441.3931 /
March 17 – Petaluma, CA
139 Petaluma Blvd. North Ste. B
Petaluma, CA 94952
707.776.4631 /

March 19 – Los Angeles, CA
Blue Whale
123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.538.8038 /


April 2 – London, UK
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ, UK
020.7254.4097 /

April 3 – Lyon, France
Le Périscope
13 rue Delandine
69002 Lyon, France

April 4 – Marseille, France

April 5 – Torino, Italy
Corso Tortona, 52
10153 Turin, Italy

April 7 – Eaubonne, France
Jazz á Eaubonne
l’Orangerie avenue de l’Europe
Eaubonne, France 95600

April 8 – Paris, France
Alimentation Generale
Paris, France

April 9 – Zagreb, Croatia
Unska 3
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
+385 1 6129 758 /

April 10 – Murska Sobota, Slovenia
Trubarjev drevored 4
9000 Murska Sobota, Slovenia

April 11 – Prague, Czech Republic
Mladi Jazz Festival
Prague, Czech Republic

April 15 – Savona, Italy
Raindogs House
Piazza Pippo Rebagliati
17100 Savona SV, Italy