Cecil Taylor Celebration in New York Reviewed

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008

Source: The New York Times.

Cecil Taylor: From the Five Spot to the World,” a gala concert at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse on Tuesday night, opened with welcoming remarks wrapped around a disclaimer. “Cecil will not be with us this evening,” Pat Cruz, the executive director of Harlem Stage, announced in a soothing tone, “and we will miss him.”

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Loop 2.4.3 and the Lost Civilizations Experimental Music Project in Virginia, November 23

On Monday, November 23, Loop 2.4.3 and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project return to Arlington’s iconic Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22201). The performance begins at 9 pm.

Loop 2.4.3 offers a “refreshing combination of rigor, complexity, and force” mixed with “emotionally rich expression” (George Grella, The Big City), in original music that’s built around percussion, steel drum, vocals, and electronics. Founder Thomas Kozumplik (also of indie-classical quartet Clogs), multi-instrumentalist Lorne Watson, and guests, create works and give performances described as “visceral and satisfying,” with “brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura, a genuine time warp.” (Gramophone) Their “energetic performances” (New York Times) and “stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago) are featured at music festivals, arts centers, universities, experimental venues, and jazz and rock clubs internationally. They are also often asked to provide educational and community outreach programs. Embracing heritage while pursuing their own path, “Kozumplik and Watson never sound like makers of arbitrary music…it all sounds like part of a well-though-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now.” (Fresh Air, NPR)

Loop 2.4.3 is founded on the work of Kozumplik and Watson as the New York Percussion Duo. After the release of Batterie, their first album, they expanded their writing to include electronics, voices, and strings. Loop 2.4.3 has toured internationally as the New York Percussion Duo and in expanded formation in collaborations with Clogs, Newband (Harry Partch Ensemble), Dafnis Prieto, Belle Orchestre, the Books, Evan Ziporyn, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, the Decemberists), their late mentor Robert Hohner, dancer/choreographer Alan Good, and director John Jeserun. They have soloed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Opera House, and performed at Times Square in a collaboration with Robert Indiana, Michael McKenzie and Teresa Smith Dance. They have performed for radio, theater, and television, including The Learning Channel and MTV, and have appeared at the Sydney Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Japan Society (NYC) among others.

The group has held residencies or has been guest artists at CalArts, Michigan State University, Ithaca College, Cornell University, University at Buffalo, St. Cloud University, UC San Bernardino, CNMAT at UC Berkeley, Stony Brook University, New York University, Oklahoma City University, Central Washington University, and Eastern Oregon University, among others. They have been featured artists at Percussive Arts Society festivals in New York, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota, and are active within the Brooklyn Arts Council in NYC.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello and Misc. Instruments). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Sam Lohman on drums, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Larry Gomez on percussion, Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008. It has been described thusly:

“Combining atmospheric strings with Ayler-esque expression, this group provides a fundamentally different approach to improvisation, with a focus on mood, landscape, and intensity.”

“Veteran performers/composers T.A. Zook and Mike Sebastian create immediately enjoyable, yet endlessly complex soundscapes that seem to conjure a hyper-advanced, yet ancient parallel dimension. The duo regularly feature top improvisers in the greater DC area to compliment their electric strings, saxophone, and various loopers and effects.”

At this performance, Sam Lohman (drums) and Patrick Whitehead (flügelhorn and trumpet) will be accompanying the Lost Civilizations experimental music project.

For further information: tedzook@hotmail.com

Mary Halvorson + Colin Marston in Troy NY, December 3

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: EMPAC.

Mary Halvorson + Colin Marston
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015
In a performance that juxtaposes jazz with extreme metal, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Colin Marston will play solo sets hailing from opposite sides of the musical spectrum.

A composer, bandleader, and improviser, Halvorson is renown for her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style. A student of famed improviser Anthony Braxton, she studied jazz at Wesleyan University and the New School before becoming a member of several of Braxton’s bands and a contributor to six of his recordings. Her education deepened with stints in no-wave guitarist Marc Ribot’s quartet Sun Ship and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant. Her longstanding trio has been named a “rising star” by Downbeat Magazine and critics have called her “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” and “the future of jazz guitar.”

Marston is one of the most powerful figures on the New York death-metal scene, playing with groups such as Behold…The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Krallice, and Gorguts. His complex and technically demanding music weaves jagged rhythms with unrelenting energy to confront listeners with a wall of pure sonic force. Marston also runs a recording studio called Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens where he records, mixes, and masters many forms of music. His prolific output includes extreme metal, progressive/experimental rock, avant garde improvisation, free jazz, new music/modern classical, and ambient genres.

Creative Music in DC

Thursday, November 19 @ 8pm
Embarker :: Matthew Vrazo :: Cain/Scheible/Stewart
EMBARKER (Modular Synth, Philly)
MATTHEW VRAZO (Analog Synth, DC)
CAIN/SCHEIBLE/STEWART (Freedom Music, DMV)
Admission $7
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Events at Union Arts DC
Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, November 20 @ 8:30pm
Time Toss :: Janel Leppin :: UVF Rays
JANEL LEPPIN (multi-instrumental experiments, DC)
TIME TOSS (intelligent smooth jazz, Baltimore)
UVF RAYS (Lo-Fi Experiments, DC)
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Sunday, November 22 @ 8pm
Booker Stardrum :: Andrew Bernstein :: Patrick James Cain
BOOKER STARDRUM (Solo Percussion/mem. of Cloud Becomes Your Hand, NYC)
ANDREW BERNSTEIN (Solo Saxophone/mem. of Horse Lords, Baltimore)
PATRICK JAMES CAIN (Audio/Visual Experiments, DMV)
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, November 27 @ 8pm
THE FULL YUM – Cornel West Theory :: World of Light :: Thaylobleu
Cornel West Theory (HipHop for the Revolution, DC)
World of Light (Hip Hop for the Future, Global)
Thaylobleu (AfroPunk for the People, DC)
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Wednesday, December 2 @ 8pm
Brahja Waldman Ensemble :: Praxis Cat :: Mohamed/Stewart
BRAHJA WALDMAN ENSEMBLE (Creative Music, NYC/Montreal)
PRAXIS CAT (Modular Synth, DMV)
MOHAMED/STEWART (Improvised Duet/mem. of Laughing Man, DMV)
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Thursday, December 3 @ 8pm
Kohoutek :: Sansyou :: Teething Veils
KOHOUTEK (Progressive Psych Rock, Philly)
SANSYOU (Post Rock, DMV)
TEETHING VEILS (Chamber Rock, DMV)
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, December 4 @ 8pm
Winter Songs, the End of Silence
Special performance of revolving Improvised Solos, Duets, and Trios, featuring improvisers living in NYC and DC.
Anais Mavel
Brandon Lopez
Michael Foster
Ian McColm
Luke Stewart
Mei Mei Chang
Nate Scheible
Phong Tran
Patrick James Cain
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Upcoming Los Angeles Shows

English: Eyvind Kang, moers festival 2010

Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm

MorYork Gallery
4959 York Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90042
Admission is $10 (All Kickstarter backers get in free!)
https://www.facebook.com/events/477746289076793/

Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion:
Logan Hone: saxophone
Lauren Baba: viola
Gregory Uhlmann: guitar
Jesse Quebbeman-Turley: drums

Also playing:
Chris Speed: saxophone
Eyvind Kang: viola
Jeff Parker: guitar
Matt Mayhall: drums

Friday, November 20, 2015

Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
University of San Diego
7:30 pm

Jeff Kaiser: ZEITNOT
Premier, new work for solo trumpet, electronics and video.
https://www.facebook.com/events/931521676926104/

Admission is free. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Coming to Detroit’s Trinosophes

Source: Trinosophes.

Nov 18: Tom Carter, Andrew Barrett, 75 Dollar Bill

Tom Carter’s electric guitar work weaves strands of melody, drone, fuzz, and charged silence into intricately detailed instant compositions. Best known for his work with iconoclastic acid-folk improvisers Charalambides (which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991), Carter has focused on solo performances and recordings since 2012. His 2015 double LP on Three Lobed Records Long Time Underground is the final installment of a trilogy begun in 2009 with The Dance From Which All Dances Come and continued with 2014’s Numinal Entry.

Formed in New York City in 2012, 75 Dollar Bill is an instrumental duo drawing from various sources from around the world and across disciplines, everything from Mauritanian guitar to raw minimalism and blown-out urban blues.

Che Chen has recorded and toured playing violin, guitars and other instruments, with a diverse set of artists including True Primes, Jozef van Wissem, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Che-Shizu and Robbie Lee. His guitar work explores a variety of influences, including Mauritanian guitar, Indian music, North Mississippi guitar boogie, Sun Ra, Led Zeppelin, the Velvets, Henry Flynt, and DNA. Rick Brown has been playing drums and percussion on the downtown New York scene since the early ‘80s, and has recorded and toured with numerous bands, including V-Effect, Run On, Timber, Fish & Roses, and Chris Stamey, and has collaborated live or in the studio with Tortoise, Matmos, Yo La Tengo, Charles Hayward, Fred Frith, Malcolm Mooney, Elliott Sharp, Jean Smith, Mark Cunningham and many others.

Andrew Barrett (guitarist of Mountains and Rainbows) opens.
Doors at 8 pm, $8

Saturday, Nov 21: Viands LP release show with Nate Young/John Olson/James Baljo Trio. Jonah Parzen-Johnson

Viands is a spontaneous collaboration between two auteurs of Detroit’s underground music scene: Joel Peterson (Chatoyant, Immigrant Suns, etc) and David Shettler (Moon Pool and Dead Band, etc). Temporal Relics, their debut album on Midwich, is a deep, reflective and fearless alternate-reality keyboard meditation that draws on the pair’s broad musical vision to explore new vistas. Temporal Relic #1 & #2 are carved out of the same continuous 40-minute session that marked the first time the pair sat down together and “just hit record.” Temporal Relics is a vast, expansive and moody inner-journey of epic proportion.

Opening the show is an electro-acoustic set with saxophone by NYC’s Jonah Parzen-Johnson, followed by a super-secret new trip-metal trio featuring Nate Young, John Olson and James Baljo.
Doors at 9 pm; $8

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Merzbow, prominent Japanoise musician, in 2007

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Akira Sakata & Jim O’Rourke with Chikamorachi & Merzbow – Flying Basket (Family Vineyard, 2015) ****½
Achim Kaufmann – Later (Pirouet Records, 2015) ***½
Karl Berger & Kirk Knuffke – Moon (Double Review)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Hannover (Jazzwerkstatt, 2015) ****
Mostly Other People Do the Killing, KSET, Zagreb, Croatia; 10/3/2015
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup, 2015) ****
Barry Altschul‘s 3Dom Factor – Tales of the Unforeseen (TUM, 2015) *****
Sun Ra Arkestra – Duke Ellington’s Sound of Space(Squatty Roo, 2015) ***½
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things – A New Kind of Dance (482Music, 2015) ***½