RIP Paul Bley

Paul Bley, the Montreal-raised pianist and giant of free jazz who played with Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, has died at the age of 83.

Articles from the Ottawa Citizen, Something Else, and KQED.

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Rova Saxophone Quartet News


Source: Rova.

Rova Channeling Coltrane – a special DVD/Bluray/CD package releases January 15, 2016. It includes the Kickstarter-funded five-camera shoot of Electric Ascension; that concert-filming recorded at 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival in Canada.

Rova appears in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on January 17, 2016 performing Channeling Coltrane – Rova’s Electric Ascension. This will be the final event in the 2016 Winter Jazzfest and will celebrate the release of the live concert shoot of Electric Ascension made at 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival. Finally! Thanks again to all those people giving to the Rova:Arts 2012 Kickstarter campaign. More details on this three disc package here soon.

Immediately following the Poisson Rouge show, Rova’s residence takes place from January 19-24 at The Stone, curated by John Zorn. All details of the 12 sets of Rova quartet and collaborative music are in Upcoming now.

This Week’s Concerts in New York

English: Carla Kihlstedt performing with Sleep...

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

THE LIGHT WITHIN | LE TRAIN BLEU

John Luther Adams

Flutist and composer Ransom Wilson brings his eclectic musical collective, Le Train Bleu, in this NS debut, featuring a program of works by John Luther Adams, Jacob TV, Huang Ruo, and Reena Esmail, as well as multimedia by Guillerma Laporta and live painting.
Tuesday, January 6 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

COME WANDER WITH ME | DARREN SOLOMON

Come Wander With Me is a hybrid DJ set/live instrumental performance piece by NS curator Darren Solomon, featuring choreography by Jennifer McQuiston Lott and video projections by Owen O’Neill. Incorporating the repurposed and transformed music of Charles Ives, Beethoven, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West, among others, this work sails the waters of improvisation, spoken word, minimalism and electronic ambient music.
Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

THE REAL ME | JEREMY FLOWER & CARLA KIHLSTEDT

Jeremy Flower’s The Real Me is the debut record from the Cambridge, MA composer and multi-instrumentalist. The album is a catalog of realizations made while getting older; like diary entries from someone that finally understands all the axioms preached by an older generation are full of truth. It features the voice of Carla Kihlstedt with a core group of guitar, bass, drums and electronics, which live within a chamber ensemble of winds, brass, and strings.
Thursday, January 8 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

SÁGA | PROTOTYPE

Sága stands midway between a modern opera and a song cycle, told through the prism of the Belgian indie band Dez Mona in a sparkling collaboration with B.O.X. (Baroque Orchestration X), along with the outstanding vocalist Gregory Frateur, and tells stories of the soul, and goes in search of love for the land, a home and the world in which it lives. The title refers to the well-known epic tales composed in Iceland and Greenland some time between the 12th and 14th centuries, as well as to Sága, the goddess of history and storytelling in Norse mythology.
Friday, February 9 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM & Saturday, January 10 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Lustmord January Shows

Source: Lustmord.

Lustmord will perform two shows in Sweden in January 2016.

The first at Inkonst, Malmö on January 16th. Time: 23:00, on stage 24:00. Rooms: Club. Admission: 150: – Advance booking: 150: – at the Culture Centre.

The second at Art’s Birthday at Södra Teatern, Stockholm on January 23rd.

Lustmord manipulates and arranges intensive subwoofer, field recordings and other acoustic phenomena, to evoke feelings of fear and mayhem while he creates an experience of temporary escape, renewal and rebirth.
Welsh-born, now more California-based Brian Williams, was born during a time that a member of the influential industrial band SPK. As a solo artist Lustmord created classics like Heresy (1990), The Place Where The Black Stars Hang (1994) and Stalker (1995). He has often been cited as a prominent figure in the genre of “dark ambient“, but it would be fairer to say that Brian’s music often goes deeper and further than what is standard for the genre. His last major work, The Word As Power was released on Blackest Ever Black 2013.

At New York’s Spectrum in January

Erik Friedlander at Joe's Pub, 7/17/07.

Source: The Spectrum.

– Chartreuse Ensemble (Jan. 7)

– Richard Valitutto (Jan. 7)

– Bright Dog Red (Jan. 8)

– Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series with doG’s in Space (Jan. 9)
Rossi, Erik Friedlander, CJ Camerieri & Jeff Davis

– Urban Film Festival hosted by Andrew MacNair (Jan. 9)

– Carolyn Enger’s 3@3@3 Series (Jan. 10)

– Sylvia Hinz (Berlin) (Jan. 10)

– 75th Anniversary of the premiere of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (Jan. 13 )
Karl Larson, Ashley Bathgate, Ken Thomson & Lauren Cauley

– Trevor Babb (Jan. 15)

– James Haddad Quintet (Jan. 15)
Haddad, Rodney James, Sam Towse, Jonah Pomerantz & Julius Rodriguez

– Zach Seely’s (con)temporary (in)sights Series feat. Josh Modney & members of Wet Ink Ensemble (Jan. 16)
Modney, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels & Sky Macklay

– Electric Diamond: Stuart Diamond & Karen Bentley Pollock (Jan. 16)

– Francesa Anderegg (Minneapolis) & Erika Ribero (Brazil) – Contemporary Brazilian Music (Jan. 17)

– Erika Ribero & Luis Leite (Brazil) (Jan. 17)

– Taka Kigawa & Eric Edberg (Jan. 19)

– GravityFest: Gravity’s Rainbow Quasi-Bi-Weekly Series hosted by Sam Bodkin – Spectrum’s Deep Culture Program (Jan. 20)

– Cedric Theys possibly joined by Jeremy Nesse (Jan. 21)

– Andy Kozar (Jan. 21)

– Jeffrey James presents Beth Anderson & Judith St. Croix (Jan. 22)

– Spectrum’s Friday Night Prog feat. Marco Cappelli (Jan. 22)

– Martha Cargo & And/Play (Jan. 23)

– Teodora Stepančić (Jan. 23)

– Augustus Arnone performs The Complete Piano Works of Milton Babbitt, Concert II (Jan. 24)

– Jeffrey James presents Beth Anderson & Laurie Spiegel (Jan. 24)

– Elizabeth Crone et al Curated by Lester St. Louis (Jan. 30)

– Jocelin Ho (Jan. 30)

– North/South Piano Salon Curated by Lester St. Louis (Jan. 31)

– Louise Rogers & Mark Kross (Jan. 31)

Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side. Tickets are generally $15; $10 for students and seniors except where indicated.