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East West Quintet – Anthem (2015)
This New York based sextet blends rock and jazz with a hard-hitting lineup of sax, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. While the East West Quintet has been around since 2003, Anthem is their first album since 2009. The name of the album perhaps sets the stage, as the group blends iconic hard-rock moves with jazz improvisation and introspection. Nowhere is their approach more apparent than the first track, Draft, on which the horns and piano slowly build tension until exploding into a heaving riffing, pounding release. With most tracks coming in around the 4-6 minute mark, there is a minimum of pretension – but an abundance of instrumental goodness.
Ahleuchatistas – Arrebato (2015; International Anthem)
This guitar / drum math-rock duo is back with a new effort that is a natural extension to their trademark sound. Guitarist Shane Parish lays down complex, oft-multitracked melodies, while drummer Ryan Oslance maintains a busy, bell-heavy, percussive attack. Stylistically, they are all over the map, incorporating aspects of progressive rock, avant-rock, jazz, minimalism, and more. On Arrebato, they add guitar loops and effects that mimic keyboard and sequencer tracks. The result in an intense 33-minute example of what two intrepid musical adventurers can accomplish. Never a dull moment.
Source: the Sacred Realism Series
bar opens at 19:30
events begin promptly at 20:00
#077: Sunday, October 25th, 8:00pm
JD Zazie electronics
Ute Wasserman voice & Richard Scott analog synthesizer
Kazuhisa Uchihashi electric guitar/electronics
#078: Sunday, November 1st, 8:00pm
Mazen Kerbaj (Lebanon/Berlin) – trumpet, objects, drawings
Karen Power field recordings
solos and duo
#079: Sunday, November 8th, 8:00pm
Listening Objects – for oboe and objects, with Susie Whaites
Piccolo and Tape – with Rebecca Lane
Choral no. 11 – for clarinet, accordion, harmonica and voices, with Mateusz Rybick and Lucie Vítková
Source: New Music Circle.
NMC will feature two concerts this November by composer, performer, and visual artist, Charlemagne Palestine. On Saturday, November 7th he will perform a concert utilizing piano, electronics, and voice at Pulitzer Arts Foundation. On Sunday, November 8th he will perform a pipe organ set at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church (located in Soulard). Please see below for information on these concerts plus TWO special artist talks (both are free and open to the public).
Piano / Electronics / Voice / Installation
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
at Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Blvd, 63108
7:00pm doors / 8:00pm concert
Pipe Organ Concert
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
812 Soulard St., 63104
6:00pm doors / 7:00pm concert
$20.00 Regular Admission
$10.00 Students and Struggling Music Supporters
$30.00 *Special discounted admission for both concerts (at regular admission rate only)
Charlemagne Palestine will participate in two lectures. Both are free and open to the public. Please check website for updates.
Friday, November 6th, at Washington University / Sam Fox School
Room and time TBA
Friday, November 6th at Webster University
Q+A and conversation between Charlemagne Palestine and Curator / White Flag Projects Assistant-Director, Marie Heilich
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sverdup Hall, 8300 Big Bend Blvd.
Source: The Rempis Percussion Quartet.
The Rempis Percussion Quartet, one of the hardest hitting bands to emerge from the Chicago improvised music scene in the last decade, kicks off their first North American tour in eight years this week! The tour is in support of their recent Aerophonic Records release Cash and Carry, and begins with a two-night record release celebration at Elastic Arts in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday, October 19th and 20th. The band heads east and south from there visiting cities in the Midwest, Canada, and the East Coast. Tour dates are as follows:
19 OCT :: Chicago, IL | Elastic Arts
20 OCT :: Chicago, IL | Elastic Arts
21 OCT :: Lafayette, IN | The Spot Tavern
22 OCT :: Cleveland, OH | The Euclid Tavren
23 OCT :: Hamilton, ON | Zula Presents
24 OCT :: Montreal, QC | Casa Del Popolo
26 OCT :: Philadelphia, PA | Ars Nova
27 OCT :: Raleigh, NC | Neptune’s Parlour
28 OCT :: Columbia, SC | Conundrum
29 OCT :: Asheville, NC | The Mothlight
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
Tim Daisy – drums