June in Toronto

From Toronto’s Arraymusic:

Tuesday, June 2 @ 8PM
Array Session #32 – Presented by Arraymusic
An evening of improvisation by some of Toronto’s finest musicians, along with their friends and guests from out-of-town, heralds a return to the Columbia U Radio jams or the great tradition of CCMC Music Gallery evenings. Lineup: To be announced.
Nabil Amarshi – bass
Meghan Cheng – violin
Cheryl Ockrant – cello
Rick Sacks – perc
Bob Vespaziani – perc

Friday, June 5 – Doors between 7PM + 8PM
Wire Circus Trio In Concert – Presented by Alex Fournier
Pin your ears back as you witness consummate performers execute “glitchy, pixelated sounds through a filter of post literate magic realism… with a unique blend of circuit crushing colours and hardware hacking hyperbole.” Oh yeah.
Details: TBA

Tuesday, June 9 @ 8PM
Audiopollination 31.1
An ongoing series curated and presented by bassist and improviser, Michael Lynn, in association with Somewhere There and Arraymusic, Audiopollination is a vibrant series of concert events featuring a smorgasbord of improvised music and visuals. See audiopollination.ca for complete info on upcoming events + photos and streaming audio from past shows.
1.Pamala Palmer and Glen Hall
2. Neil D Retke (an Eel) + Dominique Banoun
3. Michael Kaler + Mike Daley+ Arnd Jurgensen + Martin Loomer

Friday, June 12 @ 8PM
Thin Edge New Music Collective Concert – Co-Presented w/Arraymusic
Program TBA
Recently returned from a tour of Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and East Vancouver, Thin Edge brings its fresh take on contemporary chamber music back home to T.O.

Sunday, June 14 @ 8PM
Somewhere There – Presented by Somewhere There in association w/ Arraymusic
On the Second Sunday of each month, Somewhere There presents two sets of creative music at the Array Space (155 Walnut Avenue) starting at 8pm. All events are are pay-what-you-can with a suggested cover of $10.
Lineup: TBA

Wednesday, June 17 @ 8PM
Thursday, June 18 @ 8PM
How It Storms: An Opera For Gamelan and Voices By Allen Cole – Presented by The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan in Association w/ Arraymusic
“It is better to blaze up, even for a moment, than to smolder forever with desire.”
How It Storms taps into the mythologies that define the human condition. Cole and Roca have infused beauty and poignancy in the flawed and infallible. The Evergreen Club performs Coles’ music with…
LINEUP: Claire de Sévigné – Sopranno; Danielle McMillian – Mezzo; Chris Mayell – Tenor; Keith O’Brien – Baritone.

Saturday, June 20 @ 8PM
Snow, Oswald, Vandermark!
Presented by Rough Idea
A summer snow show in Toronto!
Ken Vandermark met Michael Snow in 1984 at the Music Gallery when Michael was playing there with the CCMC. The young Vandermark did not realize that Michael Snow the musician was also the Michael Snow, experimental filmmaker, that he was studying in the McGill film department. Vandermark has composed an homage So Is This [for Michael Snow] included on the solo okkadisk release Furniture Music. Michael Snow will perform in this concert just prior to his departure to Barcelona for an exhibition. The WYCIWYG film series continues throughout the year at TIFF, as curated by Chris Kennedy. John Oswald will join the musical meeting for one of the two sets of absolutely improvised music.
Lineup: Michael Snow (piano, Cat analogue synth); Ken Vandermark (multiple reeds); and John Oswald (alto Saxophone).

Saturday, June 27 @ 8PM
Audiopollination 31.2 – Presented by Somewhere There In Association w/Arraymusic
An ongoing series curated and presented by bassist and improviser, Michael Lynn, in association with Somewhere There and Arraymusic, Audiopollination is a vibrant series of concert events featuring a smorgasbord of improvised music and visuals. http://www.audiopollination.ca
Lineup: Featuring Kathryn Ladano

Sunday, June 28 @ 2PM
Toronto Improvisers’ Orchestra – Presented by TIO in association with Arraymusic
The TIO was formed to explore improvised music played by a large group of musicians. It uses a simplified version of hand signals made popular by Butch Morris. Come one, come all and join in!

Music of John Zorn and Myra Melford in Chicago Tomorrow

John Zorn (cropped version)

From the Chicago Reader:

The final concert of the season in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s MusicNow series happens on Monday night, marking the end of the curatorial efforts here by Anna Clyne and Mason Bates. The pair have functioned as Mead Composers-in-Residence at the CSO for the past five years, and part of the job involves programming this new-music series—they’re going out on a high note, with work by some composers who deftly straddle the worlds of jazz, improvised music, and new music. Few figures have accomplished that feat more eloquently and prolifically than John Zorn, whose 2002 piece for violinist Jennifer Choi, “Goetia,” will be performed Monday by Yuan Qing Yu. A good chunk of the evening will focus on pianist and composer Myra Melford, an Evanston native who studied with local boogie-woogie icon Erwin Helfer.

Ron Anderson and Oblique in Mexico City

From Ron Anderson:


Friday, June 5th – Multiforo Alicia
OBLIQUE QUARTET CD release concert – 9 pm
Cuauhtémoc 91, Colonia Roma, Cuauhtémoc
Mexico City 06700

Sunday, June 7th – Salon Bach
Oblique Quartet – 8pm
Avenida 5 de Mayo 17, Cuauhtemoc, Centro
Mexico City, D.F. 06000

Friday, June 2015 – Casa Max Rojas
Oblique Quartet – 8pm
Calle Máximo Rojas No. 12, a 5 minutos del Casco de Santo Tomás y metro Popotla
Mexico City

Newsbits: Magma Interview / Ross Hammond Interview / E.L.C.O. in Pittbrugh / Coleman vs. McLean

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland

The BBC hosts an interview with Christian and Stella Vander of Magma.

The Jazz Session features an interview with Ross Hammond about his latest album, Flight.

The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra appears tonight in Pittsburgh, featuring performances of the music of Pauline Oliveros, James Tenney, Radiohead, and Nick Drake.

Ornette Coleman has sued Jordan McLean of afrobeat group Antibalas about the latter’s release of a recording that Coleman contends was never approved for release.

The Cornelia Street Cafe in June

Mark Helias at Cornelia street cafe Pnoto: Cla...
Mark Helias

From New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe:

Tuesday, Jun 02 – 8:00PM
Michael Attias, alto sax; Jon Davis, piano; Peter Brendler, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

Thursday, Jun 04 – 8:00PM
Jacob Sacks, piano; Masa Kamaguchi, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

Thursday, Jun 04 – 9:30PM
Jesse Stacken, piano, comp.; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Sean Conly, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Saturday, Jun 06 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Kris Davis, piano; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Sylvaine Helary, flute; Stephan Crump, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums
Kris Davis Quartet image

Saturday, Jun 13 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Darius Jones, alto sax; Aruan Ortiz, piano; Mark Helias, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums

Saturday, Jun 20 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Michael Formanek, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums

Sunday, Jun 28 – 8:30PM
Peter Evans, trumpet; John Hébert, bass; Kassa Overal, drums

Tuesday, Jun 30 – 8:30PM
Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax; Adam O’Farril, trumpet; Stephan Crump, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums

Setola di Maiale New Releases

From Setola di Maiale:

Being Together
Hanoi New Music Festival Ensemble 2013
W/ Lotte Anker, Jakob Riis, Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Ngo Trà My, Pham Thi Hue, Sonx, Kim Ngoc, Patrizia Oliva, Stefano Giust, Terje Thiwång, Henrik Frisk, Stefan ÖStersjö, Burkhard Beins

Andrea Massaria / Giancarlo Schiaffini
W/ Guests Tiziana Ghiglioni, Silvia Schiavoni

23redants and Pablo Orza
Red Night
W/ Macarena Montesinos, Niet F-n, Pablo Orza

Brzytwa / Golia
W/ Maryclare Brytzwa, Vinny Golia, Guest Justin Asher

Catania Violenta
Silent Noise
W/ Chris Iemulo, Giuseppe Schillaci, Francesco Cusa

Neem Teatrinz
W/ Francesco Donnini, Edoardo Ricci, Massimo Falascone, Eugenio Sanna, Roberto Del Piano, Filippo Monico, Guest Andrea ‘Pippo’ Picchietti

Tiziano Milani
Materia (Storie Da Ciò Che Rimane)

Anders Lindsjö / Jakob Riis