Tonight in Nashville: FMRL presents Trevor Watts / Veryan Weston and Susan Alcorn

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Trevor Watts

From Theatre Intangible:

Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston will return to Nashville tonight for an intimate performance at Emma Bistro, presented by FMRL Arts (Chris Davis and Tate Eskew). They performed a jaw-dropping set 3 years ago at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. This time around, they’re joined by the phenomenal free-improv pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn. Three virtuoso performers in one night in the most comfortable performance space in Nashville.

FMRL presents Trevor Watts/Veryan Weston and Susan Alcorn
April 11th, 2015, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, $20
@ Emma Bistro, 11 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN

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Okka Fest 7 in Milwaukee this June

From Okkdisk:

OKKA FEST, an annual and international festival of improvised music, returns to Milwaukee June 5 through June 7, 2015 for its 7th edition, featuring another brilliant line up of musicians who will perform 17 sets of music over the course of the event.

Schedule of events:

Friday, June 5
7:00 Joe McPhee & Peter Evans Duo
8:00 Paul Lytton, Jeb Bishop, and Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio
9:00 Kent Kessler, Avreeayl Ra, and Dave Rempis Trio
10:00 Johannes Bauer, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Mars Williams Quartet
DJ Bruno Johnson 11pm to close

Saturday afternoon, June 6
2:30 Palm: Paul Lytton & Mat Maneri (solos & duo)
4:00 Anodyne: Jason Adasiewicz solo
5:00 Rush-Mor: Helen Gillet solo.
6:00 ACME: Ingebrigt Håker Flaten solo

Saturday, June 6
7:00 Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Duo
8:00 Jason Adasiewicz, Helen Gillet, and Mars Williams Trio
9:00 Jeb Bishop Quartet, with Russ Johnson, Jason Roebke, and Frank Rosaly
10:00 Johannes Bauer, Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Frank Rosaly Quintet
DJ Tim Daisy 11pm to close

Sunday, June 7
3:00 ACME: Johannes Bauer solo
4:00 Joe McPhee & Jim Baker electronics duo
5:00 Paul Lytton, Helen Gillet, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Mat Maneri Quartet
6:00 VOX ARCANA: Tim Daisy, James Falzone, and Fred Lonberg-Holm
7:00 Paul Lytton, Johannes Bauer, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Fred Lonberg-Holm Quintet
DJ Ken Vandermark 8pm to close

DMG Newsletter April 10th, 2015

From DMG:

Two from ECM: Tim Berne Snakeoil 3 & Michael Mantler JCO II! Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research! Irek Wojtczak & Fonda/Stevens Group! Sabir Mateen Trio! Three Great Duos from Erstwhile: Jerman/Barnes! Lambkin/Pisaro! La Casa/Unami! 3 from Henry Kaiser Including 7 Discs from the Russian Improv Scene! Cassandra Wilson Redoes Billie Holiday!

Reissues from Alga Marghen: Robert Ashley, David Berman & Charlemagne Palestine! More Reissues from Experimental Intermedia: Phill Niblock, Daniel Goode & Annea Lockwood! Plus Archival Discs from Albert King! Randy California and More Psychedelic obscurities!

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The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, April 12th:
6pm: CECILE BROCHE/STEPHANIE GRIFFIN/JAKE SOKOLOV/FRANCOIS GRILLOT/TODD CAPP!

Sunday, April 19th:
6pm: ANNA WEBBER & NATHANIEL MORGAN – Tenor Sax & Flute/Alto Sax!

Sunday April 26th Double-Header:
6pm: ROB PRICE – Solo Guitar & Video Projection!
7pm: YOSHIE FRUCHTER/MYK FREEDMAN/JAMES ILGENFRITZ/CARLO COSTA! – Oud/Lap Steel/Drums!

Monday, April 27th at Clemente Soto Velez: DMG Anniversary/Celebration Volume 1:
Louie Belogenis Trio / Jason Hwang & others to be announced!

DMG 24th Anniversary/Celebration – 4 Day In-Store Fest! Donation requested!
Saturday, May 2nd at 6:30: WILLIAM PARKER & TONY MALABY + William Parker Book Signing!
Monday, May 4th at 6:30: NATE WOOLEY – Solo Trumpet!
Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30: AVA MENDOZA’S UNNATURAL WAYS With TIM DAHL & MAX JAFFE!

Monday, May 11th at The Stone – 24th Anniversary Celebration of DMG!
8pm: All-Star DMG Improv Set featuring: Sylvie Courvoisier, Chris Pitsiokos, Chuck Bettis, Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg, Nate Wooley, Ikue Mori, Mark Helias, Jason Hwang & Steve Swell!
10pm: Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio!
$20 per set – All proceeds go to helping DMG stay alive!

Magma in Chicago, April 10, 2015

Last night, Magma played in Chicago for the first time since 1999. Like the show that took place 16 years ago, the group sold out a small venue to fans that came from all over the midwest.

The lineup was an eight-piece, featuring Stella Vander (voice), Isabelle Feuillebois (voice), Hervé Aknin (voice), Benoît Alziary (vibraphone), James MacGaw (guitar), Jérémie Ternoy (piano), Philippe Bussonnet (bass), and of course Christian Vander (drums, piano, voice). They hit the stage of Reggies Rock Club at about 9pm and played for nearly two hours.

The set list consisted of Köhntarkösz, Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh, Slag Tanz, and an encore of Zombies, a nice mix of the old and new. As my friend Raymond Benson, who introduced the group, noted: Magma is a force of nature.

Fantastic show and here’s to hoping they return soon.

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Magma album reviews on AMN:

Rïah Sahïltaahk
Slag Tanz

Chicago Scene: April 11-25, 2015

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa 

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 11th 2015

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28) (wheelchair-accessible)
Song of the Jasmine
Ragamala Dance with Rudresh Mahanthappa

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Trio M : Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Matt Wilson

Sunday, April 12th 2015

3:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28) (wheelchair-accessible)
Song of the Jasmine
Ragamala Dance with Rudresh Mahanthappa

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Pesedjet : Carrie Henneman Shaw, Jesse Langen, Mabel Kwan

Monday, April 13th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
3-On-3
Marie Casimir
Bill Harris with Matt Piet, Jake Wark
Julian Kirshner with Nate Lepine, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Zach Moore

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Anagram Series
Twin Talk : Dustin Laurenzi, Katie Ernst, Andrew Green
Quin Kirchner Quartet, with Nate Lepine, Jason Stein, Matt Ulery, Quin Kirchner

Wednesday, April 15th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12-$10)
Ancient Rites II with James Dillon
Fonema Consort : Nina Dante, Dalia Chin, Jonathan Thompson, Emily Beisel, Kathryn Schulmeister, Jake Harpster, Owen Davis, David Kalhous, Samuel Rowe, Pablo Santiago Chin

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Cameron Pfiffner, Nick Mazzarella, Joshua Abrams, Mike Reed
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, April 16th 2015

8:00PM at The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton, 773.384.3243 ($10-$8)
Yakuza
Rabble Rabble

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12-$10)
The SZ Connective : Saalik Ziyad, Taalib-Din Ziyad, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Shantah Nurullah, Alex Wing, Dushun Mosley

Friday, April 17th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube SP
São Paulo Underground

Saturday, April 18th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Francisco Lopez

Sunday, April 19th 2015

5:00PM at 1st Ward, 2033 W North, 773.537.4441 ($18)
Marc Ribot, Daniel Knox — live score to Docks of New York

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Hors d’Oeuvres
Morton Feldman Chamber Players : Drew Baker, Kayleigh Butcher, Andy Costello, Jeff Kimmel, Shawn Lucas, Mira Luxion, Beth McDonald, Weston Olencki, Andrew Tham

Monday, April 20th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Anagram Series
Nick Mazzarella, Avreeayl Ra
Anton Hatwich’s 333 : Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Quin Kirchner

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Quin Kirchner Group : Jason Stein, Nate Lepine, Nick Broste, Matt Ulery, Quin Kirchner
Sound Of The City Workshop

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson Trio with Jason Roebke, Mikel Avery

Thursday, April 23rd 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
DN Proximity
Dal Niente — music by Rebecca Saunders

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
James Falzone Solo
Ed Wilkerson, Jim Baker, Steve Hunt

Friday, April 24th 2015

8:00PM at the Old Town School, 4544 N Lincoln, 773.728.6000 ($25) (wheelchair-accessible)
Still in Motion
eighth blackbird

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Black Host : Gerald Cleaver, Cooper-Moore, Brandon Seabrook, Darius Jones, Pascal Niggenkemper

Saturday, April 25th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Marilyn Crispell

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.umbrellamusic.org, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

André O. Möller – blue/dense (Edition Wandelweiser)
André O. Möller – musik für orgel und eine(n) tonsetzer(in)…2003… (Edition Wandelweiser)
André O. Möller/Hans Eberhard Maldfeld – in memory of James Tenney (Edition Wandelweiser)
Chaz Underriner – reinterprets song 6, song 8, song 9 by Anastassis Philippakopoulos (Edition Wandelweiser)
Eva-Maria Houben – Air – works for flutes and organ (Edition Wandelweiser)
Nzʉmbe – Titubeo (Organized Music from Thessaloniki)
Christine Mannaz-Dénarié – Viridité (Dysmusie)
Diatribes – Great Stone/Blood Dunza (Aussenraum)