Krste Rodzevski Live at Joe’s Pub Reviewed

Source: Jazz Right Now.

Rodzevski’s tenor voice is warm, yet capable of injecting necessary touches of melancholy. And while the leader of the band could have presented these in a solo format, the band that backed Rodzevski contributed significantly to the deep impact of the music. Tomas Fujiwara–one of New York’s most consummate drummers, known particularly for his work in improvised music–propelled the ensemble, providing a constant source of energy and a sense of purpose. Michael Blanco (bass) added structure to the pieces as well as some gripping solo work. Mary Halvorson provided dark fire on guitar and pushed the music to its climax in the penultimate piece of the set through a brilliant solo in a song that Rodzevski noted was about “death” and “going home.”

Newsbits: Rihm Releases Boulez / Polwechsel / New AACM Book / Composers

Wofgang Rihm, Deutscher Komponist (anlässlich ...

German composer Wolfgang Rihm will replace Pierre Boulez as the artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Academy.

Polwechsel has a new release coming out on GOD Records. Currently consisting of Werner Dafeldecker (Double-Bass), Michael Moser (Cello), Martin Brandlmayr and Burkhard Beins (Percussion), they explore the borders between structured compositions and their improvisational aspects.

Editions Parenthesis is publishing a new book on the AACM from Alexandre Pierrepont. It is in French, and is described as follows: “The role played by the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) developments in contemporary jazz field is unanimously recognized. Based in Chicago, moved to New York, broadcast in North America and Europe, the AACM offers multidirectional music (because cosmopolitan community, because cosmopolitan community), multidirectional (the main principles blues or gospel principles to rap or electro, through all improvisation resources) and multidimensional (aesthetic, critical, philosophical and spiritual) – a ‘creative matrix’.”

And on the lighter side, the self-described Composers Doing Normal Shit features, well…

AMN Picks of the Week: Irabagon / Nonsemble / The Necks / Kohoutek / Barry Altschul

English: Jon Irabagon, moers festival 2011

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.

Jon Irabagon – Inaction is an Action (2015)
Nonsemble – Go Seigen vs. Fujisawa Kuranosuke (2015)
The Necks – Vertigo (2015)
Kohoutek – Curious Aroma (2015)
Barry Altschul / 3Dom Factor – Tales of the Unforeseen (2015)

Henry Grimes’s Magic Science Quartet tour, Switzerland and the U.K., Sept. / Oct. 2015

English: Henry Grimes Quartet @ HotHouse (Chic...

Source: Uncool 2015.


KA, Marshall Allen, Henry Grimes, Avreeayl Ra (The Magic Science Quartet)

Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2O15 at 20:30 (8:30 p.m): Henry Grimes’s Magic
Science Quartet, w/ Marshall Allen, KA, and Avreeayl Ra playing a live
improvised score with the world premiere of the silent film “Oedipus” by
Cornelia Mueller, at Casa Torre, Poschiavo, Switzerland; dancer and members
of the film team present including Flavio Alessi, KA, Mauro Lardi, and
Yoshihiro Shimomura; program opening with a dance performance by Yoshihiro
Shimomura as Oedipus,,, (0)
81 839 03 41.

Sunday, Sept. 20th, 8:30 p.m. (20:30): The Magic Science Quartet playing an
improvised score for the screening of the silent film “Oedipus” by Cornelia
Mueller, Cinema Scala, Via Maistra 29, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland, (0)81
833 31 55,,

Tuesday, Sept. 22nd, 8 p.m. (20:00): The Magic Science Quartet, Cafe Oto,
18–22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL, England (U.K.),
rimes-, +44 (0) 20 7923 1231,, train to Dalston Junction
or Dalston Kingsland, or 30, 38, N38, 67, 76, 149, N149, 56, 277, 242 bus,
or bicycle.

Friday, Sept. 25th (KA’s birthday): The Magic Science Quartet playing an
improvised score for the screening of the silent film “Oedipus” by Cornelia
Mueller, Iklectik Creative Space, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane
(corner of Royal St. next to Archbishop’s Park), London SE1 7LG,
M.oo.K Ensemble opens at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 26th (sorry, not open to the public): Student / teacher /
Magic Science Quartet collaboration workshops at Milton Court, 1 Milton
Street, London EC2Y 9BH, Drama Dept. teaching studio, to develop music in
preparation for tomorrow’s public concert, (0)20 7628 2571,,,,

Sunday, Sept. 27th: The Magic Science Quartet, continuation of workshops
during the day, followed by public concert at 6:15 p.m. (18:15) at Barbican
Freestage, level O, Silk Street, Barbican EC2Y 8DT, (0)20 7628 2571,
presenting new work created during this two-day collaboration with Guildhall
students and young people from East London, free admission,,,

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 7 p.m. (19:00): The Magic Science Quartet, Poetry Club,
100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, Scotland, +44 141 357 7246,,,

Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 21:00 (9 p.m.): The Magic Science Quartet playing an
improvised score for the screening of the silent film “Oedipus” by Cornelia
Mueller, Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ,
Scotland, U.K.,, (0)131
228 6382,

Upcoming Grex Tour Dates

Source: Grex.

Grex (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vocals, Rei Scampavia-keys/vocals, Robert Lopez-drums) is an art rock trio based out of Oakland, California.

In Fall 2015, Grex will bring music from its forthcoming album Electric Ghost Parade to the East Coast. This tour will be an opportunity to hear history: highly original, brand spanking new music–the very first of its kind.

Sept. 24, Philadelphia, PA, 8pm at AUX Space (Fire Museum Presents, w/Superlith, George Korein)
Sept. 25, Washington, DC, 9pm at Velvet Lounge (with Chester Hawkins, Plums)
Sept. 27, Arlington, VA, 9pm at Galaxy Hut (with Lost Civilizations)
Sept. 29, Montclair, NJ, 9pm at Meatlocker (with PA Angelo, Ghypsee and the Wichts, et al.)
Sept. 30, Cambridge, MA, at Lilypad (with Kenne Highland of the Gizmos, Fable Grazer)
Oct. 1, Brooklyn, NY, at Muchmore’s (with Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos Duo, Andrew Barker Trio, Max Jaffe/Brandon Seabrook/Tim Dahl)
Oct. 2, Brooklyn, NY, at Pine Box Rock Shop (with Young Nudist, Aaron Novik’s Abebbe, Marc Edwards’s Slipstream Timetravel)
Oct. 3, Brooklyn, NY, at Panoply (Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival, with Naked Roots, et al.)

Coming to Ars Nova Workshop

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Friday, September 18 – 8:00pm
with Charles Evans, baritone saxophone; Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone; Ron Stabinsky, piano; and Tony Marino, bass
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.
$15 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome the Charles Evans quartet featuring Dave Liebman.

Charles Evans is an American baritone saxophonist based in New York, specializing in chromatic improvisation/composition and traditional jazz. In addition to intense study with Dave Liebman, Evans has studied with Julian Sparacino, Jim Buckley, the late Bill Zaccagni, Chris Farr, Ron Kerber, John Swana, and Antonio Hart. He has been included in Downbeat’s Critics’ and Readers’ in both the Rising Star and Baritone Saxophone categories. His sixth and most recent release as a leader, Subliminal Leaps (2013) was released on Peter Evans’ More in More Records Evans’ and Liebman’s interplay on the record “alternates between the nervous and dense to the gentle and introvert, still, and captivating with its bold ideas” (All About Jazz).

David Liebman was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 4, 1946. His interest in jazz was sparked by seeing John Coltrane perform live in New York City clubs such as Birdland, Village Vanguard and the Half Note. As a student of Lennie Tristano and Charles Lloyd, he went on to be a central figure in New York’s loft scene of the 1970s. As one of the few true masters of the soprano saxophone, the list of people he has recorded and toured with read like a jazz history lesson of the last 40 years: Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Black, Steve Swallow, Bobo Stenson, Richie Beirach, Ron McLure, and Vic Juris to name only a few. In 2011 Liebman was rightly named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts. Evans and Liebman will be joined by Liebman’s longtime bassist, Tony Marino and Ron Stabinsky, best known for his work in Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

Advance tickets:


Sunday, September 20 – 6:00pm
with Steve Coleman & Five Elements
Steve Coleman, alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Miles Okazaki, el. guitar; Anthony Tidd, el. bass; and Sean Rickman, drums
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Free Admission

Ars Nova Workshop and Bartram’s Garden invite you to Moon Garden, a free evening-length festival built around a special outdoor performance by the extraordinary Steve Coleman and his band, Five Elements. In celebration of the autumn equinox and his 59th birthday, Coleman – whose compositions draw upon lunar cycles patterns and the relationships of the planets in our solar system – will perform under the night sky at Bartram’s Garden.

More details coming soon:


Thursday, September 24 – 8:00pm
with Barry Altschul, drums; Jon Irabagon, alto saxophone; and Joe Fonda, bass
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.
$15 General Admission


Monday, September 28 – 8:00pm
with Mats Gustafsson, reeds; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; and Paal Nilssen-Love, drums
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.)
$15 General Admission

For more information about all upcoming events visit: