Fred Frith Interview

English: Fred Frith performing in Wallingford,...From QRD, a short interview with Mr. Frith on music and parenting.

QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a professional musician?

Fred – I never thought about it in that way. I’ve been playing music since I was 4, it never occurred to me to do anything else, & although I’m privileged to make a living from what I like to do, I would do it anyway even if that wasn’t the case (as do many of my friends & a lot of the musicians I admire).

Vital Weekly Reviews 995

Controlled Bleeding

From Vital Weekly:

If, Bwana – Thirty (3cd by Pogus) *
Jarl – Case 1959 – Dyatlov (2cd by Reverse Alignment) *
Controlled Bleeding &Amp; Sparkle in Grey – Perversions of the Aging Savant (Cd by Old Bicycle Records and off Records)
Dead Neanderthals – Endless Voids (2cd by Alone Records) *
Chihei Hatakeyama &Amp; Federico Durand – Magical Imaginary Child (Cd by White Paddy Mountain) *
New Monuments – Long Pig (Cd by Bocian Records) *
Sleaze Art – Infra (Cd by Bocian Records) *
Jestern – Le Retour Des Oiseaux (Lp by Bowindo Records)
Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Aspis (7″ Lathe Cut by Geräuschmanufaktur)
the Dead Mauriacs – Un Cabinet DE Curiosites (Cassette by Geräuschmanufaktur)
Vomir &Amp; Yoshihiro Kikuchi – Collaboration (Cassette by Geraeuschmanufaktur)
Hamitic Myth – Merciless Logic (Cassette by Under Platform)
Caaldruun – Extraction (Cassette by Fox Den)
Nick Forte – Overdoes It (Cassette by Obsolete Units)
Anla Courtis – El Raspiarero (Cassette by Obsolete Units)
Oskar Moberg – Gra Materia (Cassette by Lamour)
Synth Bard – Gold Box Renditions (Cassette by Ephem Aural)

La Monte Young Performance in NY Reviewed

From The New York Times:

“The question is, who decides what music should be?” the composer La Monte Young asked during a recent interview. “What is music, and why is it music, and how did music start?” Sitting in his cluttered loft in TriBeCa, Mr. Young had just been ruminating on the creation myths of Indian music, and continued on to briefly address marches, bagpipes and Dizzy Gillespie before arriving at the conclusion to this circuitous historical trajectory: his own Trio for Strings, from 1958.

National Sawdust Events for October 2015

National Sawdust is a new, large venue in Brooklyn that focuses on artist-driven creative music. Their lineup for October has been posted. Highlights follow.

October 3
Terry Riley Festival: Vol 1

October 4

Terry Riley Festival: Vol 2
Terry Riley Festival: Vol 3

October 5
Terry Riley Festival: Vol 4
Terry Riley Festival: Vol 5

October 9
John Zorn Festival: Madrigals Books I-II
John Zorn Festival: Asmodeus

October 10
John Zorn Festival: Improvisation
John Zorn Festival: Cobra

October 16
In Situ: Yuka Honda and Nels Cline
Cole Ramstad and special guests

October 17
In Situ: Low City & Hess Is More
SONiC Festival: Sounds of a New Century
SONiC Festival AfterHours- Visualizing Music: Composers & Video Artists

October 21
Theo Bleckmann Presents: John Hollenbeck

October 30
John Zorn Festival: Virtuosos with Steve Gosling
John Zorn Festival: Virtuosos, Vol 2: Music for Cello

October 31
John Zorn Festival: Magickal Chamber
John Zorn Festival: Simulacrum

Edgetone Records New Releases

From Edgetone Records:

James Freeman – Echoes of Nature

These compositions arise from a meditative wellspring, listening to the musicality of nature, then traveling beyond. A kaleidoscope of birds, crickets, ocean waves, flute, violin, and viola, float over atmospheric synthesizers. As a result of mathematically derived shifting modality, a powerful, relentless calm pervades the music. Extraordinary soloists, Yehudit, Nika Rejto, and Mads Tolling, soar over the musical tapestry. Their unbridled imaginations dance with the auditory experience.
James Freeman – field recordings, synthesizers Mads Tolling – violin Nika Rejto – flute, piccolo, bass flute Yehudit – violin, viola

James Jamieson – Heard the Voice

This conversation is with African American spirituals. Whether rooted in song, dance and drumming of West Africa, the experience of oppression by an uprooted people, or the teachings of a transformative faith, they are a voice of human truth. Songs of black American slaves spoke that truth around the world. Responses emerged: an array of arrangements, whole new genres of music, and work for a more just world. Andrew Jamieson is dedicated to spiritual transformation through his work as a pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger. With a passion for black gospel music, he plays for faith communities including City of Refuge UCC in Oakland and serves as Minister of Music at Bethel Community Presbyterian Church in San Leandro.
Andrew Jamieson – piano

Portland in September

From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Outset Series Programming
September 2015

Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth
All shows begin 8 PM (ends by 10)
Sliding Scale $5-$15. All ages.

September 2 – Panting, Waver Clamor Bellow
September 16 – Rich Halley, Dan Clucas, Carson Halley, Andre St. James & CATFISH

Performer Bios:


PANTING is Davis Hooker (four track, cassette player, noise synth) and Evan Spacht (four track, trombone, computer.) ( )

Waver Clamor Bellow

Waver Clamor Bellow is the music project of Paul M. Schaefer, Ben Magaziner, & Sage Fisher. It is based in Portland, OR. (

Rich Halley, Dan Clucas, Carson Halley, Andre St. James

Rich Halley is a saxophonist and composer based in Portland, Oregon who has released seventeen recordings as a leader. He leads the Rich Halley 4 which has released five critically acclaimed recordings. Rich has performed with Tony Malaby, Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Michael Bisio, Obo Addy, Andrew Hill and Oliver Lake.

Dan Clucas studied with cornetist Bobby Bradford and trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith, and has performed with many leading musicians in the Los Angeles area as well as the Pacific Northwest and New Mexico, where he co-founded the DO TELL Trio with Dave Wayne and Mark Weaver in 2009. He is a lifelong resident of Southern California, currently living in Pasadena, that city northeast of L.A. where Bob Bradford has taught so many so much.

Andre St James is one of the top bassists in Oregon and has played with many leading jazz musicians. He performs in numerous groups including Get Smashing Love Power, the Kin Trio and Wallsmith/Gross/St James/Duroche.

Carson Halley the drummer for the Rich Halley 4. He has played with Bobby Bradford and Vinny Golia as well as in indie rock bands. All About Jazz said “Drummer Carson Halley is a responsive percussionist… proving himself throughout to be a catalyst and instigator in the evolving artistry of the Rich Halley 4. ( )


Melancholy instrumental trio CATFISH formed in Portland, Oregon in 2013, led by saxophonist Joe Cunningham (Blue Cranes, Battle Hymns & Gardens). After enlisting Portland veterans, guitarist Dan Duval (The Ocular Concern, PJCE Sextet, Gunga Galunga) and drummer Ken Ollis (Ken Ollis Group, The Demolition Duo, Paxselin Quartet), Cunningham formed CATFISH, a vehicle for open improvisations in the vein of Dirty Three, Paul Motian Trio, and early Cat Power.

Also from Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love Duo
Optic Nerve Trio
Friday, September 11, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show
Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave.
$15 suggested (sliding scale). All ages.
Advance Tickets:

Kan Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love Duo

The high impact duo of Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ken Vandermark (reeds) has been working together at an accelerated rate since 2002, and they have put out seven albums of exceptional and wide ranging improvised music since then. Though they have both worked in many critically acclaimed groups- from the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Lean Left (with Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor of The Ex) to Double Tandem (with Dutch saxophonist, Ab Baars)- they have continued to return to their duo for more than a dozen years because it remains crucial to their creative output. Nilssen-Love and Vandermark began this collaboration when they recorded their initial album, Dual Pleasure, for the label smalltownsupersound. Shortly afterward, they performed their first concert at the Molde International Jazz Festival. Since then, they’ve performed on an international basis every year- in Europe, North America, and Japan. Their approach to the duo context is ferocious in its intensity, combining extreme rhythmic velocity with formal deconstruction and re-assembly, and a freedom to use any genre at anytime. In many ways, Nilssen-Love and Vandermark are more open this setting than in any of their other playing situations, creating a unique approach to improvised music that is riveting for both its ideas and execution. In September of 2015 their duo will hit the road in the United States, performing in the Midwest and on the West Coast to celebrate the release of their eighth album, a co-production from their labels: PNL Records and Audiographic Records, recorded live during a blistering performance in Antwerp during their European tour of October, 2013.

Optic Nerve Trio

Optic Nerve Trio is an experimental project featuring Lee Elderton on soprano sax, Dan Duval on guitar and Stephen Pancerev on drums. These veterans of the Portland jazz scene form an improvisational trio blending free jazz with sparse, minimalist pieces as a type of spinoff to their main musical project Ocular Concern. (