2015 JJA Jazz Awards

From the JJA Jazz Awards, a list of this years winners. Notables include:

Composer of the Year:
Wadada Leo Smith

Historical Record of the Year:
Miles at the Fillmore (Columbia-Legacy)

Record Label/Platform of the Year:
Motéma Music

Flutist of the Year:
Nicole Mitchell

Guitarist of the Year:
Mary Halvorson

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Newsbits: Grimes Reviewed / Haynes’ Pomegranate Streaming / Electric Eclectics Fundings / Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra in NY

Adam Rudolph and Moving Pictures in 2006.

Henry Grimes‘ Tone of Wonder release is reviewed.

The Wire is streaming tracks from Stephen Haynes latest release, Pomegranate.

The Meaford Electric Eclectics Festival has received funding from the Canadian government.

The Summer Solstice Concert of the Go: Organic Orchestra takes place Thursday June 25, 2015, 8:00 pm at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217. The music is composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph.

AMN Reviews: Tara Jane ONeil – Where Shine New Lights (Kranky)

homepage_large.1908b0afWhere Shine New Lights is perhaps the loveliest quasi-ambient setting for a strong, serious but soft-spoken singer/lyricist since Michael Brook and Brian Eno produced Jane Siberry on When I Was a Boy. “There’s a long stream that binds us together,” Tara Jane ONeil sings, and tributaries run straight to the brain and all the way out to the tips of the limbs. The album is snow and ONeil is a pearl. Look very closely.

Stephen Fruitman

10th Annual Dissident Arts Festival in New York

From Dissident Arts:

The Dissident Arts Festival, the annual gathering of revolutionary creativity, will fete its 10th anniversary with a special weekend-long “2 nites/2 sites” edition. The event takes place on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 at El Taller Latino Americano (Manhattan) and ShapeShifter Lab (Brooklyn), respectively.

A highlight of this year’s special anniversary Festival will be the reunion of free jazz master Daniel Carter’s 1980s hardcore/no wave band Dissipated Face. Other features include modern dance performance by Patricia Parker (producer of the Vision Fest/Arts for Art), neo-beat spoken word by Steve Dalachinsky, Downtown stalwart Trudy Silver’s solo piano, the Nueva Cancion of Bernardo Palumbo, liberation jazz by the Red Microphone, the expansive sound of the 12 Houses Orchestra (conducted by Matt Lavelle), poet Raymond Nat Turner’s Remembrance of the Victims of Police Violence, the “other-world art music” of Sumari, topical spoken word by Chris Butters, Safiya Martinez and Sana Shabazz, and Festival founder John Pietaro’s Literary Warrior Project.

THE 10th ANNUAL DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL:

Day One: Saturday August 15, 7pm – 11:30pm
El Taller Latino Americano
PS109 Arts Space 215, East 99 street, between 2nd and 3rd avenue (212) 665-9460
7PM- Raymond Nat Turner- Remembrance of the Victims of Racist Police Violence
7:20-Sumari
8:05-Sana Shabazz, poetry
8:20-The Red Microphone
9-Steve Dalachinsky, Free Jazz poetry
9:30-Bernardo Palombo, Nueva Cancion
10:20- The 12 Houses Orchestra

Day Two: Sunday August 16, 7pm – 10:30 PM
ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (646) 820-9452
7:10-Trudy Silver
7:45-Safiya Martinez, poetry
7:55-John Pietaro’s Literary Warrior Project
8:30-Patricia Parker, Dance
9:05-Chris Butters, poetry
9:20-Dissipated Face featuring Daniel Carter

DMG Reviews FIMAV 2015

From DMG:

Jason Kao Hwang‘s Burning Bridge was the first set on the first night. It was a perfect opening set. This amazing octet split in half – three brass stage right: Steve Swell on trombone, Herb Robertson on trumpets & flugel & Joe Daley on tuba, with the drums of Andrew Drury in the center, there were 4 strings on stage left – Jason Hwang on violin, Sun Li on pipa, Wang Guowei on erhu & Ken Filiano on contrabass. There were five or six long pieces which included partially written sections with a series on duos & trios interspersed. A pipa & violin duo was first and it was intense & spirited with the erhu & violin weeping or just bending notes together. There was a written brass trio section with the bass & erhu interacting. No doubt that it was difficult to write for the Chinese instruments like a pipa and erhu, but Mr. Hwang did a great job of blending the ethnic and distinctive sounds of the Far East and the West seamlessly. I had not heard of either Chinese musician before this set, but both were phenomenal. This set was a bit long at nearly ninety minutes but it did give each instrument a chance or two to stretch out and solo at length. Everyone in the octet played at least one amazing solo although it was the ongoing interaction between all the members that made this set so special. The best of several worlds.