Upcoming Detroit Shows

Paal Nilssen-Love
Paal Nilssen-Love

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Tonight! Wednesday, March 4: Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang

Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.

Composer, improvisor and anti-cellist Fredrick Lonberg-Holm currently resides in Chicago and performed most recently in Detroit at our Over the Pavement festival, with his group Stirrup. Defying categorization, his work deals only with the context of the specific musical situation in which he finds/places/builds for himself. A former composition student of Morton Feldman and Anthony Braxton, his ongoing projects include the groups Terminal 4, In Zenith and the Lonberg-Holm/Zerang Duo. He is also currently a member of the Guillermo Gregario Trio, the NRG Ensemble, Pillow and Witches and Devils (music of A. Ayler).He also has been coordinating and directing performances of his Light Box Orchestra, a non fixed structured improvising ensemble utilizing a light based cuing system .

Doors at 7:30 pm.
$8 min. donation.


Tuesday, March 10: Hydro Park, Divine Circles , Gardener
March 14: Hypercolor (James Ilgenfritz)
March 20: exhibition opening for Yusef Lateef: Towards the Unknown
March 21: tribute concert for Yusef Lateef: Towards the Unknown, featuring Ralph Buzzy Jones and Adam Rudolph
March 28: Giacomo Fiore
April 1: Dave Douglas and High Risk, featuring Shigeto, Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana
April 7: Sir Richard Bishop
April 18: Mid American Center for Contemporary Music
April 22: Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host
April 25: Tribute to Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Ensemble.
May 3: Interwaving strecht
May 5: Instant Composers Pool
May 10: Tim Berne’s Snake Oil
May 23: Laurence Miller
June 19 & 20: Rod Williams
June 23: Paal Nilssen-Love‘s Large Unit

Firehouse 12 Spring Calendar

Tim Berne
Tim Berne

From New Haven’s Firehouse 12:


New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the schedule for its annual Spring Jazz Series, the acclaimed venue’s program of two-set performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in improvised music today.

Each concert will feature sets at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets for all events are $20 for the first set and $15 for the second set and can be purchased online, by phone at (203) 785-0468, or in person at the box office beginning at 7:00 p.m. the night of the show (subject to availability).

2015 Spring Jazz Series Schedule

03/20 :: Ben Wolfe Quartet
03/27 :: Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano/Steve Baczkowski Trio
04/03 :: Ben Williams and Sound Effect
04/10 :: Ches Smith/Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri
04/17 :: Nels Cline and Julian Lage
04/24 :: Joe Fiedler Trio
05/01 :: John Raymond Quartet featuring Billy Hart
05/08 :: Russ Nolan Quartet
05/15 :: Tim Berne and Matt Mitchell Duo
05/22 :: Spectral (Rempis, Johnston, Ochs)
05/29 :: TBD
06/05 :: Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet
06/12 :: Noah Jarrett’s Triage Quartet

Touching Extremes Reviews

From Touching Extremes:

John Duncan / Jim O’rourke – Yeah
Die Geister Beschwören – Drawn to the Investigation of Shadows
Michael Snow &Amp; Thollem Mcdonas – Two Piano Concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Caroline Park – Less than Human
Joe Morris – Mess Hall
Regler – Regel #3

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Delphine Dora & Bruno Duplant – Inner Fields (Wild Silence, 2014) ****
Joana Gama & Luis Fernandes – Quest (Shhpuma, 2014) ****½
Joana Sá & Luís José Martins – Almost A Song (Clean Feed, 2013) ****½
Daniel Levin & Juan Pablo Carletti – Illusion of Truth (OutNow Recordings, 2015) ****
1000 + 1 featuring Eugene Chadbourne – Butterfly Garden (El Negocito,2014 ) ***½
Wacław Zimpel/KlausKugel – Music of Hildegard of Bingen (self-released, 2013) ****
Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff (ECM, 2015) ****½
Atomic – Lucidity (Jazz Land, 2015) *****
Luis Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio – The Line (Clean Feed 2014) ****
Barker/Dunmall/Dahl – Luddite (New Atlantis, 2014)****
Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano – Dream Defenders (MNOAD, 2014) ****

Ekmeles Performs John Cage at the Avant Music Festival Reviewed

From NYTimes.com:

On Saturday, in the small auditorium of Wild Project in the East Village, the Avant Music Festival presented the complete choral works of John Cage. The program consisted of five pieces and it took the contemporary vocal music ensemble Ekmeles all of 70 minutes to perform them. Given Cage’s predilection for nonconventional “found” instruments like bathtubs, seashells and amplified cactuses, it may surprise that he wrote works for vocal ensemble at all — let alone one with so quaint a title as the 1979 “Hymns and Variations,” which closed the program.

NuVoid Reviews Braxton at UA

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton

From NuVoid:

It was enthralling watching the musicians navigate their way through Braxton’s wildly variegated notational strategies, communicating their intentions to each other via furtive glances and cryptic sign languages. Having never seen him perform before, I was impressed not only with Braxton’s instrumental virtuosity (with which I was already familiar) but also with his gentle yet utterly commanding stage presence. This is his music and he is in total control—yet his innate generosity allows his collaborators ample freedom to express themselves fully—more fully, perhaps, than most so-called “free jazz” allows.

Luciano Maggiore, Prado & Bennett, My Tape Archive & Attacked by Wolves in Bristol, March 4

From Bang the Bore:

Luciano Maggiore
Dan Bennett & Miguel Prado
My Tape Archive / Attacked by Wolves
£6, 8pm Wed 4th March
Cafe Kino

Luciano Maggiore (Palermo 1980) lives and works in Bologna. Active musician in the field of electroacoustic music, in recent years he has developed a strong interest in the mechanisms of sound diffusion, using speakers and several analogue and digital devices (walkmans, CD players, tape recorders) as principal instruments. His interest is focused on the architectural and psychoacoustic as well as dynamic and directional values of sound with a strong emphasis on fixed sounds. He regularly plays in duo with Francesco Brasini and Enrico Malatesta. His works are published by Balloon & Needle, Boring Machines, Consumer Waste, Palustre, Senufo editions, 1000Füssler, Triscele Registrazioni and Tulip records.

Daniel Bennett is a Bristol based musician and a co-organiser of the Bang the Bore and Several 2nds events. He has written music for theatre and installation and played guitar in the noise rock band Hunting Lodge. He records solo as Skjølbrot (http://www.skjolbrot.org) and plays in the improvising group Aigon DAAC with Dominic Lash and Stuart Chalmers. Duo record with Stephen Cornford forthcoming. Tonight performing with Miguel Prado on computer, prepared speaker and stylus.

Miguel Prado is a Galician “composer/theorist/ provocateur” (Byron Coley, The Wire) based in Bristol, UK. Since 2007 he has released a number of solo works, and has worked together with artists such as Mattin, Stephen O’Malley, Michael Pisaro and Jozef Van Wissem.

My Tape Archive
 is the project name of artist Matt Davies who for the last decade has been collecting and using reel to reel machines and 16mm projectors as a visible component in his installations. As a consequence of this he has amassed a vast assortment of tapes and found films. My Tape Archive is a survey of the artist’s own collection, exploring this fascinating content.

Attacked by Wolves
 – AKA George McKenzie, of constantly collapsing Bristolian postrocky indie legends Headfall and xylo-hypno-un-rock band Motes, plus many more creations besides. Tonight in a duo with Matt Davies, they will be combining 16mm projections with manipulated 1/4″ tape loops.