Newsbits: Neofuturist Music / Chaos Echoes / Crimson’s Lizard / Shipp in Philly / Smith and Lindberg

Tiny Mix Tapes comments on neofuturist music.

Chaos Echoes has a new release, Transient, out on Utech Records.

45 years ago King Crimson released Lizard, and it is still a controversial album.

Echoes reviews Matthew Shipp live in Philadelphia.

The new release from Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg is reviewed.



December 13, 2015
Ståle Liavik Solberg, Michael Foster, Leila Bordreuil, JACK
Leila Bordreuil Michael Foster Ståle Liavik Solberg

December 13, 2015
Ståle Liavik Solberg, Joe McPhee, Pascal Niggenkemper, JACK
Joe McPhee Pascal Niggenkemper Ståle Liavik Solberg

December 12, 2015
Matthew Welch, Jeremiah Cymerman, Toby Driver, The Stone
Jeremiah Cymerman Toby Driver Matthew Welch

December 12, 2015
Matthew Welch’s “And Here We Are” with Blarvuster and Mantra Percussion, The Stone
Joe Bergen Al Cerulo Brian Chase Ben Holmes Emily Manzo Kate Maroney Daniel Neer Ian Riggs Jude Traxler Matthew Welch

December 10, 2015
Jaimie Branch & Ståle Liavik Solberg, IBeam
Jaimie Branch Ståle Liavik Solberg

December 10, 2015
Jaimie Branch, Matt Bauder, Brandon Lopez, Ståle Liavik Solberg, IBeam
Matt Bauder Jaimie Branch Brandon Lopez Ståle Liavik Solberg

December 8, 2015
The Relative Trio, ShapeShifter Lab
Michael Bates Owen Howard John Stetch

December 8, 2015
Gordon Grdina Quartet, ShapeShifter Lab
Gordon Grdina Jon Irabagon Matt Mitchell Satoshi Takeishi

Rova Sax Quartet Stone Residency

English: Larry Ochs live at Saalfelden 2009 It...

Source: Rova will spend some time in January at New York’s Stone.

Rova Saxophone Quartet Residency: Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley present highlights from the first 38 years.

1/19 Tuesday
8 pm
Rova—Zorn Quintet
Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, John Zorn (saxes)
Collaborating in one way or the other over the entire 38 year span of Rova including shows in Bay Area and in NY. This quintet always seems to sound like it’s been playing together forever. TWENTY DOLLARS
10 pm
Rova Plays the Music of Berne, Carter, Curran, Smith, Zorn
Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes)
Rova Quartet plays 4 pieces commissioned by Rova in the late 20th century from Wadada Leo Smith, Tim Berne, Alvin Curran, and the late, great John Carter; plus a classic Rova arrangement of a piece from Zorn’s Masada song book.

1/20 Wednesday
8 pm
ROVA plus Nels Cline + Trevor Dunn + Allison Miller
Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes) Nels Cline (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Allison Miller (drums)
Rova plus Nels Cline, Trevor Dunn and Allison Miller: performing pieces by Cline, Adams, Ochs and Rova, some recorded in 2011 for the New World Records label.
10 pm
Rova Quartet NOW
Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes)
New Original Works for sax quartet by Raskin, Ackley, Ochs, Adams.

1/21 Thursday
8 pm
European Windows 1 — Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special
Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs (saxes) Jon Raskin, Eyal Maoz (guitar) Chuck Bettis (electronics)
Rova’s reworking of Lacy’s classic sextet recording from 1974.
10 pm
European Windows 2 — Rova Quartet plays John Butcher, Lindsay Cooper, Fred Frith, Barry Guy
Bruce Ackley Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes)
Pieces by four great British-born composer-improvisers, specially commissioned by Rova.

1/22 Friday
SAX & DRUMS!! ROVA plus Tom Rainey and Michael Sarin
Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes) Tom Rainey, Michael Sarin (drums) Originally performed at Leipzig Jazz Festival in 20033 with Paul Lytton and Raimond Strid. This is only the 3rd show in USA, the first two being in San Francisco Bay Area in 2005 and 2015. Music by Rova members, plus John Coltrane’s “Living Space.”

1/23 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Figure 8 aka ROVA Saxophone Octet
Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax) Marty Ehrlich, Vinny Golia, Jon Irabagon, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes)
The 1993 Smash-Up commissioned by JazzFestival Saalfelden. All original works by Larry Ochs and Steve Adams for 8 saxophones. TWENTY DOLLARS

1/24 Sunday (VPMC)
8 pm
Art of the Improviser: Rova Quartet plus Ava Mendoza + Andrea Parkins + Ken Filiano + Mike Lockwood
Ava Mendoza (guitar) Ken Filiano (bass, effects) Andrea Parkins (electronics) Mike Lockwood (drums) Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes)
For its entire 38 year existence, Rova has practiced and performed free improvisations, created a visual cueing system, and designed structured improvisations. Join us for this special set of spontaneous compositions.
10 pm
Rova Quartet: The Works
Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin (saxes)
Music composed by Raskin, Ackley, Ochs, Adams; chosen from the 20th century book (1978 – 1999) just for this concert.

AMbassadors of Morning, Yoko K., Lost Civilizations, and Utenzil in DC

On December 20, 2015, AMbassadors of Morning and Yoko K. will be joining the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and Utenzil in the Indie Adams Morgan series at the Black Squirrel’s Tap Room, which is located at 2427 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009.

AMbassadors of Morning:

Yoko K. soundclips:

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (; is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone saxophone) and T. A. Zook (basscello). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Sam Lohman (drums); Larry Gomez (percussion); Patrick Whitehead (flügelhorn and trumpet) and Emily Chimiak (violin). At its December 20 performance, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will be joined by Jerry Busher on drums and Patrick Whitehead on flügelhorn and trumpet.

Utenzil is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.

This event is no cover/no minimum and all ages.
Facebook event:
For further information:

Seattle Scene: December 15, 2015 – January 9, 2016

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Inverted Space
Tue. Dec. 15; 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Inverted Space‘s ongoing Long Piece Fest performances feature a single piece that is 60 minutes or longer. This month’s selection: Antoine Beuger: jankélévitch sextets Featuring 2 electric guitars, electric violin, theremin, gestural control device and EWI (electronic wind instrument). Long-tone meditation. Electronic world. Sonic possibility.

Seattle Phonographers Union
Fri. Dec. 18; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Engaging in collective improvisation using only unprocessed field recordings, the Seattle Phonographers Union explores the ways in which we recognize, differentiate, map and navigate our sonic environment. Tonight they’ll focus on a winter soundscape of small, quiet sounds coming from different sources spread around the space.

19 Crimes | Bad Luck | All Region Player Thu. Dec. 17; 7 PM; $7 at the door

Nineteen Crimes is percussionist Jen Gilleran’s latest manifestation of all the images and sounds that swirl in her head and in her garage, with Erica Carlson, set design; Joe Malcomb, modulator. Also: Bad Luck (Chris Icasiano & Neil Welch), and from NYC All Region Player (Rob Price, guitar; Ben Gallina, bass; Andy O’Neill, drums.

A Gathering
Sat. Dec. 19; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

A Gathering is a limited edition box of visual art, text, and music by Steve Peters, Renko Dempster, Jessika Kenney, Alan Lau, Mariko Marrs, Cristin Miller (Stella Haze), Shin Yu Pai, and Matt Shoemaker. Each contributed 56 items to put in the boxes, along with a CD. Tonight we assemble everything in the boxes and make them available, along with live music performances, readings, and improvised painting.

THU. 1/7 – Dead Tosa + Arrington de Dionyso & Oomung Varna + Hair & Space Museum

FRI. 1/8 – Seattle Composers Salon, artists TBA

SAT. 1/9 – Don Berman Chris Icasiano, Neil Welch, Tim Volpicella