IndieGogo Campaign for critic Grego Applegate Edwards

Friends of musician / composer and critic Grego Applegate Edwards have put together an indiegogo fundraising campaign to help Grego out of a debt and foreclosure situation. All donations are appreciated. The campaign’s last day is April 15th. If you miss the deadline, donations are gratefully accepted directly to his PayPal account, which can be accessed by typing in the appropriate box.

Grego runs the awesome Gapplegate Reviews sites, which include:
Gapplegate Music Review
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog

I have personally donated on behalf of AMN, and you should too. Skip $4 lattes for the week and give him a fighting chance.


Coming to the Issue Project Room

English: Maya Dunietz on stage, 2006
Maya Dunietz

From New York’s Issue Project Room:

Henning Christiansen’s “Fluxorum Organum” for pipe organ, performed by James Rushford
James Rushford performs an overlooked and mesmerizing durational work for solo pipe organ by late Danish artist Henning Christiansen. Originally composed to accompany Joseph Beuys‘s 1967 action “Eurasienstab”, Rushford interprets the mammoth score in its purest form, as an unaccompanied solo piece.

THU, MAY 7 – 8:00PM
TECTONICS: Works by Nate Young & Mario Diaz de Leon, Klaus Lang, Morton Feldman & Annea Lockwood
116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn

SAT, MAY 9 – 8:00PM
TECTONICS: Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain V, Maya Dunietz, Fritz Welch, TILT play William Dougherty
466 Grand St., NYC

SAT, JUNE 13 – 8:00PM
Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit
116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn

SAT, JUNE 20 – 6:00PM
SOLD OUT! Dead Moon, J Mascis, Borbetomagus, Das Audit
159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn

Creative Music in DC

Upcoming Performances of Creative Music in DC

Wednesday, April 15 @ 8pm
KO SOLO :: Brad Linde’s StraightHorn
Seattle-based saxophonist Kate Olson is a stalwart member of that city‘s fertile Creative Music community. Her solo project KO SOLO explores her love for minimalism, ambient music, noise, and found sounds. Using soprano saxophone, laptop and other noisemakers, she creates loops that overlap and shift gently over the course of her improvisations. Celebrating the centennial of Billy Strayhorn’s birth, Brad Linde’s STRAIGHTHORN is a soprano saxophone quartet featuring with new arrangements of Billy Strayhorn compositions and free improvisations. Joining Brad Linde are Kate Olson, Patrick Booth, and Brian Settles.
Suggested Donation $10
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Sunday, April 19 @ 7pm
Tomas Fujiwara and the Hookup :: Janel and Anthony
Presented by CapitalBop
Based in New York City, drummer Tomas Fujiwara is a seminal member of the city’s vibrant community of musicians who straddle lines between jazz, avant-garde, and new musics. In addition to his seemingly endless flow of collaborations, he is an active composer and bandleader. His group ‘The Hookup’ is a collective of some exciting musicians in contemporary avant-garde-leaning jazz, among whom features DC’s own Brian Settles. Janel and Anthony, together and separately, have long been an important and active part of Washington D.C.’s vibrant new-music community. Anthony Pirog, an omnivorous, multi-faceted guitarist who studied jazz at Berklee and has performed country, fingerstyle, rock and surf music and Janel Leppin, a conservatory trained cellist steeped in North Indian and Persian classical music, who also plays electric bass in rock bands, have created a lavishly detailed musical journey, by turns ravishing and harrowing. Janel and Anthony alternately charm and challenge, with music that draws from classical, experimental, jazz, rock and electronic traditions but that ultimately is simply theirs.
Admission $12
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, May 9 @ 10pm
Natural Information Society :: Ancestral Duo :: Underdog and Native Sun
Bassist and composer Joshua Abrams has been deeply involved in Chicago’s vibrant music scene for nearly 20 years. In addition to being the original bassist for the Roots while still living in Philadelphia, Joshua has since been a seminal part of some of Chicago’s most innovative performers. He formed Natural Information Society is centered around the sound of the Guimbri (a Gnawan lute), integrating composition and improvisation to create hypnotic, highly rhythmic, psychedelic environments, an instrument deeply connected to the traditions of the storied Gnawa people. The band draws inspiration from jazz’s long history of cross-cultural experimentation as embodied by artists such as Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Minimalism, traditional musics, free jazz, and krautrock all help inform the group’s sound. This incarnation of Natural Information Society will include Lisa Alvarado – harmonium, Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang) – electric guitar, Ben Boye – chromatic electric autoharp, Frank Rosaly & Mikel Avery – drums, and Abrams – guimbri and bass. Ancestral Duo is the special collaboration of multi-instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electro-acoustic meditations that aim to reach deep within one’s soul and offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future. For this performance, they will present their first release on cassette. Underdog and Native Sun are two of DC’s most venerated DJs. Armed with a deep knowledge of various musical styles, their sets are known to traverse all five continents, blending traditional music with different electronic dance music genres.
Admission is FREE
Capital Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of Florida Ave and Staples Streets NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE

Portland in May

Some upcoming shows in Portland from the Creative music Guild:

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil & Blue Cranes
May 5, 2015 — 8PM
Jimmy Mak’s
221 NW 10th Ave.

Brötzmann/Parker/Drake & Not Bitter
May 12, 2015 — 8PM
$12 / 15
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave.

Instant Composers Pool Orchestra
May 17, 2015 — 8PM
$12 – 20, sliding scale
Redeemer Lutheran Church
5431 NE 20th Ave.

AMN Picks of the Week: Garin, Luro, and Martin / Fernández, Løkkegaard, and Heebøll / Tecumseh / ICP Orchestra / Rich Halley

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Stephane Garin / Catherine Luro / Billy Martin – 0 (for radio) #70 (2009)
Agusti Fernández / Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard / Bjørn Heebøll – Amarnath (2015)
Tecumseh – Seven (2015)
ICP Orchestra – East of the Sun (2015)
Rich Halley / 4 – Creating Structure (2015)