The Bridge #8 in Chicago Tonight and Tomorrow

The Bridge is kicking off its latest exploratory tour with a gentle introduction: two inaugural concerts, on Monday at Arts Incubator and on Tuesday at the Whistler, by the original and daunting ensemble The Bridge #8, three saxophonists and a drummer who will quite literally blow your minds.

The Bridge #8
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins – saxophones
Antonin-tri Hoang – alto saxophone, clarinet
Mars Williams – saxophones, clarinet
Samuel Silvant – drums

Monday April 27th – The Arts Incubator
doors open 6:30 pm; 2 sets 7-9pm; $10
301 E. Garfield Boulevard

Tuesday April 28th – The Whistler
Relax Attack Jazz Series
2 sets at 9:30pm and 10:30pm
2nd set w/ special guests: Khari B., Jim Baker, Fred Jackson, and Marquis Hill
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave


Cafe OTO in May

English: Fred Frith, moers festival 2010
Fred Frith

From London’s Cafe OTO:

1–2 May 2015
Paal Nilssen-love Large Unit – Two Day Residency

Sunday 3 May 2015, 8pm
Ashley Paul / Olan Stephen / Ben Pritchard (Trio) + Sue Tompkins (Solo) + Ben Pritchard (Solo)

Monday 4 May 2015, 8pm
Alan Wilkinson / Janne Tuomi / Pat Thomas (Trio) + Alan Wilkinson / Janne Tuomi (Duo) + Pat Thomas (Solo)

Tuesday 5 May 2015, 8pm
Kammer Klang – Might Be Silent / Won’t Be Clean
We Spoke &Amp; Aperghis / Applebaum / Wenjing + William Cobbing

Wednesday 6 May 2015, 8pm
Yong Yong + Klein

Thursday 7 May 2015, 8pm
Diagonal Presents:
Beau Wanzer (Live) / Not Waving (Live) / Trevor Jackson (DJ) / Jaime Williams (DJ)

Friday 8 May 2015, 8pm
Uiq Presents:
Lee Gamble &Amp; Dave Gaskarth (Live a/v) + N1l (Live) + Yutaka Makino (Live)

Sunday 10 May 2015, 8pm

Monday 11 May 2015, 8pm
Norberto Lobo &Amp; João Lobo Band

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 8pm
Sarah Brand Sextet

Wednesday 13 May 2015, 8pm
Terry Day / Pat Thomas / Alan Wilkinson / Davey Payne / Neil Charles

Thursday 14 May 2015, 8pm
Brighton Poetry Underground:
Map 71 + Binnsclagg + in Threads + Rebecca E Davies &Amp; Holly Jarvis + Keston Sutherland &Amp; Thf Drenching + Alan Hay + Verity Spott &Amp; Dolly Dollycore

15–16 May 2015
Baby Dee – Two Day Residency + Opal Onyx

Sunday 17 May 2015, 8pm
Bird on the Wire Presents:
Lubomyr Melnyk

Monday 18 May 2015, 8pm
Modern Feelings + Slow Listener

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 8pm
Hangjun Lee &Amp; Chulki Hong, Will Guthrie

Wednesday 20 May 2015, 8pm
Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio / John Butcher

Thursday 21 May 2015, 8pm
Jooklo Duo + West Hill Blast Quartet

Friday 22 May 2015, 8pm
Denovali Festival 2015:
Dalhous + Ricardo Donoso + Karen Gwyer + Matthew Collings

24–25 May 2015
Aska Presents:
Lcdd (Los Caballos DE Düsseldorf) – Two Day Residency with Blowing up the Workshop (DJ) + Clive Bell / Rie Nakajima + Continuo (DJ)

Sunday 24 May 2015, 8pm
Foom &Amp; Toutpartout Present:
Arthur Russell – Instrumentals Directed by Peter Gordon + Benjamin Freeney (Support)

Tuesday 26 May 2015, 8pm
Charles Gayle / Roger Turner / John Edwards Trio

Wednesday 27 May 2015, 8pm
Pre-cert &Amp; Cacophonic Present:
Neotantrik (Andy Votel + Sean Canty) + Cybernetic Grandmother (Sirconical) + Doug Shipton (DJ)

Thursday 28 May 2015, 8pm
Eric Chenaux + Oscilanz (Charles Hayward / Ralph Cumbers / Laura Cannell)

29–31 May 2015
Fred Frith – Three Day Residency

AMN Reviews: Morton Feldman – Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello [Bridge 9446]

9446_cover-CopyCommissioned by the Xenakis Ensemble and written in 1987, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello was Morton Feldman’s final composition, the composer dying five months almost to the day after its 7 April 1987 premiere. As with Feldman’s other late works this one is long—seventy-five minutes—and unfolds slowly and at low volume, a typically Feldmanesque paradox of outsize length and understated sound.

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello is a peculiarly contrapuntal work, its piano and string parts being separate and largely independent of each other. There are no real melody lines to speak of; rather, the substance of the piece is contained its virtually free-standing chords and clusters of notes. Most of these are characterized by a narrowly constructed pitch space, with both parts generally limited to a constricted pitch range set out in closely voiced chords, jarringly flavored with minor seconds.

Overall, the work is a field of tensions shifting between piano, here played by Aleck Karis, and the strings (Curtis Macomber, violin; Danielle Farina, viola; Christopher Finckel, cello). This tension is partly the product of the timbral contrasts between the dampened sound of the piano and the brighter sound of the strings, the latter frequently playing keener-edged harmonics. But it also is created by the clash of dissonances of the piano on one side and the strings on the other, each part running parallel to the other with the occasional convergence in a brusque collision. The few passages in which one part echoes or mimics the other are thus oddly unsettling, the equivalent of a rhyme turning up in an epic of fragmentary free verse.

As with much of Feldman’s later work, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello appears to treat time as a vaporous object at a standstill. This comes out in the deliberate, free-seeming tempo; in the strings’ elongated tones; and in the piano chords’ long decay times. In spite of this the music does carry a sense of motion–typical of Feldman’s late works it seems lateral rather than directed forward toward a melodic or harmonic resolution. The engine behind this motion is the work’s tension-field structure, which consists in shifts between the piano and strings as foreground and background elements; timbral differences between the two voices; and the instability of the harmonies. The piano and strings are like objects alternately attracting and repelling each other; when both sound simultaneously the effect is of opposing or interfering waves. As a result time is felt as a flux, an oscillation between moments rather than as a progression.

All About Jazz Reviews

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008
Cecil Taylor

From All About Jazz:

Rich Halley 4
Creating Structure (Pine Eagle Records)

Great Stone / Blood Dunza (Aussenraum Records)

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up Track Review
After All Is Said (482 Music)

Irek Wojtczak & The Fonda-Stevens Group
Folk Five (Fortune Records)

Cecil Taylor
Garden 1st Set (Hatology)

Philip Glass
Glassworks (Music On Vinyl)

Steve Hackett Extended Analysis
Steve Hackett: Wolflight (Extended Edition) (Inside Out Music)

Hu Vibrational
The Epic Botanical Beat Suite (M.o.d. Technologies)

Various Artists
I Never Meta Guitar Three (Clean Feed Records)

The Pitch
Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam) (SOFA)

Mark Helias Open Loose
The Signal Maker (Intakt Records)

The Stone in May

b07dd5d4bcb65e3af2c6c4029a958From New York’s Stone:

May 2015 at the Stone
curated by Ben Goldberg / John King / Yuka Honda/ Aram Bajakian / Mark Dresser

5/3 Sunday (KM)
2 pm
Alex Fortes (violin) Katie Hyun (violin) DJ Cheek (viola) Michael Nicholas (cello) Logan Coale (bass) Suzanne Farrin (ondes Martenot)

5/5 Tuesday (ICS)
8 pm
Jeanann Dara and John King
Jeanann Dara (viola) John King (viola, electronics)
Violapotheosis and new premieres by Jeanann Dara and John King.

10 pm
Amorphous=Kato Hideki/John King
Kato Hideki (electronics) John King (guitar, electronics)
Active Installation/live interactive electro-acoustic music.

5/6 Wednesday (ICS)
8 pm
TILT Brass Sextet
TILT Brass Sextet, director Chris McIntyre
Past and present brass/brass electronics pieces.

10 pm
Jeffrey Ziegler (cello) Todd Reynolds (violin) Gina Izzo (flute) John King (electronics)

5/7 Thursday (EP)
8 pm
George Lewis/David Behrman/John King
George Lewis, David Behrman (electronics) John King (guitar, electronics)
Trifecta new trio assemblages.

10 pm
Gelsey Bell+Fast Forward+John King
Gelsey Bell (voice electronics) Fast Forward (objects) John King (guitar, electronics)

5/8 Friday (EP)
8 pm
Jenny Lin
Jenny Lin (piano)
Selections from “23 Rubai’yat” and “Piano Diaries” plus a world premiere.

10 pm
Raz Mesinai/John King
Raz Mesinai (electronics) John King (guitar, electronics)

5/9 Saturday (DDT)
8 pm
String Noise
Pauline Kim Harris, Conrad Harris (violins)
“Triple Helix,” “C-H-A-C-O-N-N-E,” plus a world premiere.

10 pm
Flux Quartet
Flux Quartet
“KOSMOS quadrant I” (full realization for string quartet and electronics.)

5/10 Sunday (BS)
8 pm
A Secret Quartet
Cornelius Dufallo, Jennifer Choi (violins) Ljova Zhurbin (viola) Yves Dharamraj (cello)
Selections from Free Palestine string quartets.

10 pm
Wang Wei songs from the T’ang Dynasty
Carol To (soprano) Robert Dick (flute) John King (viola)

5/11 Monday (RJP)
8 pm
24th Anniversary Celebration of DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY
Chuck Bettis, Sylvie Courvoisier, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, Ikue Mori, Chris Pitsiokos, Ned Rothenberg, Steve Swell, Nate Wooley

10 pm
24th Anniversary Celebration of DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY
Matt Shipp, Michael Bisio

5/12 Tuesday (LC)
8 pm
OP-1+ Project
Jared Samuel, Michael Leonhart, Yuka C. Honda
An improvisation centered around the keyboard/sequencer/sampler OP-1 by Teenage Engineering.

10 pm
Simone Giuliani (piano) Devin Hoff (double bass) Nels Cline (guitars) Yuka C. Honda (electronics, other)

5/13 Wednesday (AV)
8 pm
OP-1+ Project
Thomas Bartlett, Merrill Garbus, Yuka C. Honda
An improvisation centered around the keyboard/sequencer/sampler OP-1 by Teenage Engineering.

10 pm
Why Georgia
Brian Close, Justin Tripp, India Menuez, Yuka C. Honda
Sound of Philadelphia, Chinatown, Iceland, Japan and New Jersey.

5/14 Thursday (LC)
8 pm
OP-1+ Project
Sean Lennon, Money Mark, Yuka C. Honda
An improvisation centered around the keyboard/sequencer/sampler OP-1 by Teenage Engineering.

5/15 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Nate Brenner (bass, synth) Dani Markhan (drums) Yuka C. Honda + Special Guest
Why not.

10 pm
Devin Hoff (guitars) Dani Markhan (drums) Yuka C. Honda (bass)
Interpretations of the music of Sonic Youth.

5/16 Saturday (EP)
8 pm
Pseudo Matto
Miho Hatori (vocals) Julian Lage (guitars) Devin Hoff (bass) Yuka C. Honda
Pseudo Matto: Interpretations of the music of Cibo Matto.

10 pm
Where The Boys Aren’t
Charlotte Muhl, Miho Hatori, Dani Markhan, Margaret Glaspy, Jordyn Blakey, Yuka C. Honda
Where the boys aren’t.

5/17 Sunday (EP)
8 pm
Laurie Anderson, Yuka C. Honda

10 pm
Love Evolve
Sean Lennon, Nels Cline (guitars) Money Mark, Yuval Lion (drums) Yuka C. Honda

5/19 Tuesday (EP)
8 pm
Alex Marcelo (piano) Kirk Knuffe (trumpet) Aram Bajakian (guitar)
A night of music inspired by and in homage to Dr. Yusef Lateef, Aram’s first mentor and teacher.

10 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mat Maneri (viola) Aram Bajakian (guitar)
A night of music inspired by Dr. Yusef Lateef, Aram’s first mentor and teacher.

5/20 Wednesday (MJC)
8 pm
Duets and Trios with Jon Madof and Jonathan Goldberger
Aram Bajakian, Jon Madof, Jonathan Goldberger (guitars)

10 pm
Music Inspired By The Color of Pomegranates
Aram Bajakian (guitar)
Aram Bajakian plays new music for solo guitar inspired by Sergei Parajanov’s film The Color of Pomegranates.

5/21 Thursday (AV)
8 pm
Alan Semerdjian and Aram Bajakian
Aram Bajakian (guitar)
Poet Alan Semerdjian recites poems by Armenian poets killed in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 with Aram Bajakian accompanying on guitar.

10 pm
Music Inspired By The Color of Pomegranates
Aram Bajakian (solo guitar)
Aram Bajakian plays new music for solo guitar inspired by Sergei Parajanov’s film The Color of Pomegranates.

5/22 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Two Archtops
Aram Bajakian, Joe Morris (guitars)

10 pm
Dálava Duets
Julia Ulehla (vocals) Aram Bajakian (guitars)
Aram Bajakian and vocalist Julia Ulehla’s collaboration of reworked Moravian folk songs in duet form.

5/23 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Aram Bajakian (guitar) Julia Ulehla (vocals) Tom Swafford, Jake Shulman Ment (violins) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass)
Selections from Aram Bajakian and Julia Ulehla’s 2014 collaboration of reworked Moravian Folk songs Dálava.

10 pm
Selections from Aram Bajakians Kef with Frank London.
Aram Bajakian (guitar) Tom Swafford, Jake Shulman Ment (violins) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Frank London (trumpet)
Tonight’s performance will include pieces from Aram Bajakians 2011 Tzadik release Aram Bajakian’s Kef, as well as new pieces from Sasna Tser, a new collection of pieces based on the Armenian epic, David of Sassoun.

5/24 Sunday (SV)
8 and 10 pm
Dolphy Formations
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Jon Irabagon (saxes) Garth Stevenson (bass) Aram Bajakian (guitar)
Dolphy Formations is a piece written by Bajakian that is based on the Eric Dolphy Synthetic Formations found in Dr. Yusef Lateef’s book, the Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns.

5/26 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
Mark Dresser Solo
Mark Dresser (bass)

10 pm
SLM Ensemble: Spectral Syn and SubTeleToning
Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax) Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, clarinet) Julie Ferrara (oboe) Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) Matthias Ziegler (flutes) Dave Taylor (trombone) Ray Anderson (trombone) Denman Maroney (piano) Matt Wilson (drums) Mark Dresser (bass) Sarah Weaver (conductor)

5/27 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
Trio M
Myra Melford (piano) Matt Wilson (drums) Mark Dresser (bass)

10 pm
Jones Jones
Larry Ochs (saxophones) Vladimir Tarasov (percussion) Mark Dresser (bass)

5/28 Thursday (DDT)
8 pm
Ned Rothenberg and Mark Dresser
Ned Rothenberg (sax) Mark Dresser (bass)

10 pm
Deep Tones for Peace Bass Ensemble
Rufus Reed, Mark Helias, Rob Nairn, Samir Basim, Lindsey Horner, Dave Phillips, Ken Filiano (basses) Sarah Weaver (conductor)

5/29 Friday (HM)
8 pm
Diane Moser and Mark Dresser
Diane Moser (piano) Mark Dresser (bass)

10 pm
Marty Ehrlich (sax) Andrew Cyrille (drums) Mark Dresser (bass)

5/30 Saturday (HM)
8 pm
Roswell Rudd and Mark Dresser
Roswell Rudd (trombone) Mark Dresser (bass)

10 pm
Mark Dresser Trio
Matthias Ziegler (flutes) Denman Maroney (hyperpiano) Mark Dresser (bass)

5/31 Sunday (SV)
8 pm
Ray Anderson and Mark Dresser
Ray Anderson (trombone) Mark Dresser (bass)

10 pm
Peter Evans, Earl Howard, and Mark Dresser
Peter Evans (trumpets) Earl Howard (saxes, live sampling) Mark Dresser (bass)