Wadada Leo Smith Exhibition and Concerts in Chicago

Wadada Leo Smith

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents the first comprehensive exhibition of trumpeter / composer / Pulitzer finalist and visual artist Wadada Leo Smith‘s scores, October 11 – 29, 2015. Titled: Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores, 1967-2015, the exhibition is presented by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and features 45 works on paper including the first of Smith’s scores to use non-standard visual directions, The Bell, which was debuted on Anthony Braxton‘s seminal 1968 recording Three Compositions of New Jazz.

Organized by Hamza Walker and John Corbett, both of whom have served as music curators at the Renaissance Society, this exhibition is accompanied by a series of related events, all of which are free and open to the public:

Opening reception Sun, Oct 11, 4 to 7pm, at the Renaissance Society

Panel: Ankhrasmation and Improvisation Sat, Oct 24, 4pm, at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center, 915 E 60th St, Chicago; with Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis, John Corbett, and Hamza Walker

Concert: The Golden Quartet Sat, Oct 24, 7pm, at the Logan Center; with Smith, Davis, John Lindberg, and Mike Reed, and live visuals by Jesse Gilbert

Gallery walk-through Sun, Oct 25, 2pm, at the Renaissance Society; with Hamza Walker

Concert: Wadada Leo Smith Sun, Oct 25, 3pm, at the Renaissance Society; with live visuals by Jesse Gilbert

AMN Reviews: Yair Elazar Glotman – Études [Subtext SUB013]

R-7265770-1437553488-8865.jpegIn recent years, the uniquely resonant properties of the double bass have attracted both composers and improviser/performers interested in exploring the implications of its distinctive sonic profile. Through the application of electronics, the insertion of foreign bodies into the instrument, the use of special techniques and articulations, or simply the isolation of its sound in a resonant space, innovative artists such as Adriano Orrù, Pascal Niggenkemper and Benoit Cancoin—to name just three—have created intriguing works that have taken as a starting point the double bass as a material fact—an object of wood and metal capable of producing tones with almost infinitely malleable overtone structures. Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman joins them with Études, a set of ten solo studies for an electronically enhanced double bass.

Glotman was trained as a classical double bassist and also studied electroacoustic composition. His current focus seems to be on electronics-centered sound art, some of which has made use of analogue tape loops. These latter come into play in the Études, in conjunction with the close placement of microphones and amplification.

Each one of Glotman’s études is in essence a study of one type of sound or sound quality. The first three—with the addition of the sixth, which is a kind of reprise or continuation of the second—are largely centered on the timbral kaleidoscope obtainable from a single pitch whether this is produced by slow, rhythmically regular bowing, by striking or by plucking. From this basic material, rumbling waves of sound crest and break on a plain of rattling and fluttering wood on metal. Whether these ancillary sounds are artifacts of a recording / amplification / feedback loop or of the performer’s physical gestures is difficult to say and probably beside the point as well. Subsequent études layer additional pitches or pitch sequences onto the ground drone, but in these pieces as well the main interest lies in the ways that looping, rhythmic stimulation of the strings and amplification push and pull out sounds and overtones ordinarily just latent in a tone.


Daniel Barbiero


Arraymusic in September and October

Source: Toronto’s Arraymusic.

Presented by eVoid in assoc. w/Arraymusic
Fri., September 18; 7:30PM; $10 or PWYC
@ The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON
Featuring: The eVoid Collective, Leader: Pierre Mongeon (piano/trumpet), who produces a unique event that inspires and uplifts, offering flowing interaction with intuitive spirited soundscapes… “Get lost in smooth etheric chill vibes, liberating heavy jungle grooves, formless chaotic tapestries and everything in between.” And you can dance barefoot, or… simply sit back and enjoy.

Presented by Arraymusic
Sun., September 20 @ 1PM; $20
@ The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON
Composers explore new sounds, learn best compositional tactics and bring in a percussion part for one-on-one consultations with Array Artistic Director Rick Sacks, and to discuss with others, as well as experiment with timbral combinations and logistics.

Sun., September 20; 8:30PM; $5 – $20
@ The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON
Presented by Somewhere There in assoc. w/Arraymusic – An All Ages Show
Featuring: 8:30PM Fisher+Hundevad: Colin Fisher (drums/guitar/percussion/saxophone), Mark Hundevad (vibraphone).
9PM Causings: Derek Baron (flute/electronics/percussion/mbira), Sandy Gordon (percussion/electronics), Adam Gundersheimer (electronics/percussion/keyboard/guitar), James Krivchenia (electronics), John Welsh (guitar).
10PM Bly de Blyant: Shahzad Ismaily (bass/electronics), Hilmar Jensson (guitar), Øyvind Skarbø (drums).
Attend this one, if for no other reason than that some of its principals wear fuzzy animal costumes head to toe then go running around in the woods to catch a photo op; plus their names are so damn cool. In my next life, please call me Øyvind… Or because this is said (Bly de Blyant): “The beats here lay the road ahead like a steel railway line – and use its throbs of energy to power the more melodious textures that splash upon and around the rhythmic lines, gathering into resonant and familiar chord changes and then spilling outward as impulsive monologues of whatever.”

Sun., September 27
@ The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON
Presented by TIO in assoc. w/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!

Presented by Somewhere There in assoc. w/Arraymusic – An all Ages Show
Sun., September 27; 8PM
An ongoing series the last Sunday of each month
@ The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON
Curated and presented by bassist and improviser, Michael Lynn, Audiopollination is a vibrant series of concert events that feature a smorgasbord of improvised music and visuals.

Co-presented by The Canadian Opera Company’s Free Noon Hour Series w/Arraymusic
Tues., September 29 @ 12 PM, FREE
@ The Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
Performances by The Array Ensemble with Special Guest Sopranos Ilana Zarankin and Brooke Dufton.
Featuring: Works by two outstanding composers, Barbara Monk Feldman and Linda Catlin Smith — both which include voice — this is a particularly fitting concert for the noon hour series as The Canadian Opera Company premieres Barbara’s new opera this season. We celebrate Barbara’s work by performing Love Shards of Sappho (2001), a work of ethereal beauty for chamber ensemble and soprano. Also on the program, Hieroglyphs, a suite of 9 dictionary definitions set to music by Linda Catlin Smith.

Presented by Arraymusic in collaboration w/ The Toronto Public Library System and Toronto New Music Alliance.
Sat., October 3; 2 PM; FREE
@ The Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
Featuring: Special guest singer: Brooke Dufton and Linda Catlin Smith’s Hieroglyphs, which consists of definitions of nine words, drawn from dictionaries dating From 1859, 1906 and 1939. The list of words, and of definitions, was assembled by Elissa Poole and Linda C. Smith.
*special support provided by The SOCAN Foundation

Presented by Arraymusic
Tues., October 27; 8PM; $20
@ St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe Street, Toronto M5J 1W9
Featuring: Array Pianist Stephen Clarke w/ special guests Violist Vincent Royer (France) and Cellist Émilie Girard-Charest (Montreal) perform works by Émilie Girard-Charest, Horatiu Radulescu (Romanian-French), Vincent Royer and Giacinto Scelsi (Italian).
Array Ensemble Pianist Stephen Clarke performs on a Bösendorfer piano with the extended range that is required to play Radulescu’s final piano composition — giving us the rare opportunity to hear this work, especially in the company of Scelsi/Radulescu specialist Vincent Royer who will shed light on the outstanding contributions of one of the 20th Century’s most influential and original composers. Like the finest of wines, the Bösendorfer produces sounds that are richer, darker, and more full bodied than other pianos.

Presented by Arraymusic
Fri., October 30; 8PM
@ The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON
Featuring: The Array Ensemble performs the electronic music of one of the world’s foremost acousmatic and mixed music composers, Gilles Gobeil (Quebec), who brings his rich palette of sounds to one of Toronto’s more intimate rooms, The Array Space. And, Suzanne Binet-Audet (Quebec) performs a trilogy composed by Gilles on the Ondes Martinot — one of the earliest electronic instruments now rarely seen! Gilles also presents a selection of recent acoustic works, and Rick Sacks reprises Gilles monster-piece GOLEM for MalletKat.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 20/2015

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Deric Dickens
Pallaksch!: Deric Dickens, Dr/ Jarrett Gilgore, Sax

the Observer: Bob Murad, P/ with Lots of Musicians

the Mister P Sessions: Sangeeta Michael Berardi, El G, Singing Bowls/ with Lots of Musicians

Calling Coltrane: Sangeeta Michael Berardi, G/ John Esposito, P, Dr/ James Finn, Ts, FL, Bells/ Hilliard Greene, B/ Peter O Brien, Dr

Howard Riley and Jaki Byard: Hr, P/ Jb, P

Maintenant: Lucia Ianniello, Tp, Flghrn/ Diana Torti, Vo/ Giuseppe LA Spina, G/ Paolo Tombolesi, Keyb, B, Perc

Jon Irabagon
Behind the Sky: Jon Irabagaon, Ts, Ss/ Luis Perdomo, P/ Yasushi Nakamura, B/ Rudy Royston, Dr/ Tom Harrell, Tp, Flghrn

Inaction Is an Action: Jon Irabagon, Sopranino Sax

Glance and Many Avenues: Gianni Mimmo, Ss/ Ove Volquartz, Bcl, Cbcl/ Gianni Lenoci, P/ Cristiano Calcagnile, Dr

El Negocito
Spontaneous Acts of Provocation: Kris Wanders, Ts/ Yusuke Akai, G/ Shoji Hano, Dr

Cycles: Steve Lacy, Ss

Our Lady of the Flowers: Matthew Shipp Quartet

Entropy/enthalpy: Harrison Bankhead, Benjamin Duboc, B/ Hamid Drake, Ramon Ropez, Dr, Perc

Maria Schneider
the Thompson Fields: Maria Thompson Orchestra

 São Paulo Underground US Tour

unnamed (3)Source: Rob Mazurek.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Sets at 8:30PM & 9:50PM
3111 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
$15 Advance/$20 Door 18+

Friday, September 18, 2015
Free Workshop at 6PM & 8PM Performance
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
Free Workshop Open to the Public
$10 Admission to Performance/All Ages
Global Fridays Concert Series

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Sets at 8PM & 9:30PM
Loft Society
119 Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Call Al after 8:30pm with questions: 513.559.9220
$20 at Door/BYOB/All Ages

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Set at 8PM
810 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206
$20 Admission

Monday, September 21, 2015
Sets at 8PM & 9:30PM
Bop Stop at The Music Settlement
2920 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
$15 Admission

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Set at 8PM
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
$15 Admission/$12 Students & Seniors/$10 Members

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Set at 8PM
3S Artspace
319 Vaughan Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
$14 for Members/$16 for Non-Members/All Ages