Peter Brotzmann’s Die Like a Dog Quartet Profiled

Peter Brötzmann at "Sonore" concert,...

Source: Morning Star.

WHEN the Die Like a Dog Quartet was first convened in 1993, it was 23 years after the death of the dedicatee of the foursome’s first album, Albert Ayler, whose lifeless body had been recovered from New York’s East River in November 1970. They were a unique quartet, whom half a century earlier would have been cast as fervent enemies: a German tenor saxophonist, Peter Brotzmann, born in Remscheid in 1941; a Japanese trumpeter who specialised in electronic sonics, Toshinori Kondo, who was born in 1948 in Ehime and educated at Kyoto University, and two African Americans, drummer Hamid Drake, born in the South in Monroe, Louisiana in 1955, and northerner William Parker (pictured, top middle), virtuoso bass player born in the Bronx in 1952.

Brief Robert Rich Interview

Source: Igloo Magazine.

The first album you bought?
I think it was “Chicago Transit Authority” around 1971 or so. I was about 8 years old and I liked the song “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Ironically I’m still really interested in watches and timekeeping, so the thoughts behind the song still resonate, and that album wasn’t a bad beginning for being a music lover.

Seattle Scene: January 15-28, 2016

Source: 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.

SMOMID + Vance Galloway
Fri. Jan. 15; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Nick Demopoulos plays SMOMID (String Modeling Midi Device), a touch-sensitive guitar that emits light and sound and allows him to control beats, harmonies, samples, play his compositions in unorthodox and microtonal tunings. Vance Galloway uses specially designed guitars to generate sustained, slowly shifting sounds which he disassembles, rearranges, and warps using a custom signal processing environment.

Inverted Space plays Earle Brown
Tue. Jan. 19; 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Inverted Space Ensemble presents a retrospective of Earle Brown’s music. The program includes a work from each decade of his musical life, beginning with his first written work and ending with his last. Pieces included on the program are Home Burial (1949), Music for Violin, Cello and Piano (1952), Novara (1962), String Quartet (1965), Centering (1973), Tracer (1985) and Special Events (1999). Funded by a grant from the Earle Brown Foundation.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

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THU. 1/21 – trumpeter Raymond Larsen celebrates two new releases on the Table & Chairs label

FRI. 1/22 – Anne H. Goldberg premiers original pieces combining music and movement + works by Vinko Globokar, Beat Furrer, Georges Aperghis, Jacob ted Velhuis, Kevon Baldwin, and others

SAT. 1/23, 7:30 – Medina/Walsh with filmmaker Emily Stout + Nick Bartoletti + Thunder Grey Pilgrim + somesurprises

THU. 1/28 – Further Records presents Jonas Reinhardt, Panabrite, Monadh



January 10, 2016
Paal Nilssen-Love & Ken Vandermark, The Stone
Paal Nilssen-Love Ken Vandermark

January 10, 2016
Made To Break, The Stone
Tim Daisy Christof Kurzmann Jasper Stadhouders Ken Vandermark

January 9, 2016
Paal Nilssen-Love, William Parker, Steve Swell, Ken Vandermark, The Stone
Paal Nilssen-Love William Parker Steve Swell Ken Vandermark

January 9, 2016
Christof Kurzmann, Okkyung Lee, Marina Rosenfeld, Ken Vandermark, The Stone
Christof Kurzmann Okkyung Lee Marina Rosenfeld Ken Vandermark

January 8, 2016
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley, The Stone
Ken Vandermark Nate Wooley

January 8, 2016
DEK, The Stone
Elisabeth Harnik Didi Kern Ken Vandermark

January 7, 2016
Ikue Mori, Joe Morris, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, The Stone
Ikue Mori Joe Morris Ken Vandermark Nate Wooley

January 7, 2016
Eric Revis 11:11, The Stone
Jason Moran Eric Revis Ken Vandermark Nasheet Waits

This Week in New York


Ken Thomson presents a recently written set of music for sextet featuring 6 virtuoso instrumentalists, improvisers, and bandleaders. Then, Mike McGinnis presents his new Road*Trip Band featuring an expanded palette of three brass, three winds and rhythm section in addition to his clarinet.
Tuesday, January 12 at 8:15 PM
Tickets $10
Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Lauren Cauley (violin), Ashley Bathgate (cello), Ken Thomson (clarinet), and Karl Larson (piano) celebrate the 75th anniversary of the premiere of Olivier Messiaen’s timeless Quatuor pour la fin du temps.
Wednesday, January 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Human artists and computer algorithms collaborate to form a concert of song, machine, gesture, light and space. Beginning with the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” evolutionary algorithms breakdown the music and gradually reconstruct it to transform into “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. Three singers perform a live-generated score. Each performance, the spatial and musical path from the past into the future is different.
Wednesday, January 13 at 9:00 PM, January 14 & 15 at 7:30 PM, January 16 at 3 PM
Tickets $20
La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY

Mivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana FranMivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana Fran
The Mivos Quartet performs music by Weijun Chen, the winner of the 2nd Biennial I Creation/ Mivos Quartet Prize for Chinese Composers, a competition designed to showcase young emerging composers of Chinese descent worldwide.
Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 student
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY

Composer John Zorn (photo credit: John Zorn (photo credit:
This program features John Zorn’s cat o’ nine tails, Villa-Lobos’s Quinteto Instrumental, and Ravel’s Piano Trio.
Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 PM
The Juilliard School, Paul Hall, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

An evening of new sounds and improvisation, featuring a premiere by saxophonist/theorist Hafez Modirzadeh that features the composer on saxophone with Leo Genovese on re-tuned piano.
Thursday, January 14 at 9:30 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Guitarist Trevor Babb presents a program of “Electric Guitar plus …” featuring works for electric guitar and pre-recorded tracks and/or electronics.
Friday, January 15 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Zimbabwean award-winning choreographer Nora Chipaumire curates and works with choreographer Shamar Watt in a new pairing with music by a recent discovery, the cellist/composer Kelsey Lu.
Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

A 60-minute audio-visual performance, Home Within is the newest project of Syrian composer and clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh, and Syrian-Armenian visual artist, Kevork Mourad.
Sunday, January 17 at 12:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

David Krakauer – Photograph by Jean-Marc LubranoDavid Krakauer – Photograph by Jean-Marc Lubrano
Clarinetist David Krakauer with pianist Kathleen Tagg performing music of South Africa.
Sunday, January 17 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

La Reina is an electro-acoustic opera with text in Spanish and English. Drawing its narrative from the drug trade in Mexico and the United States, the opera is inspired by some of the most vivid real life players in this increasingly violent war from the past and present. Composer Jorge Sosa’s music blends classically trained voices with a chamber orchestra of acoustic and electronic forces, and powerfully conveys a gripping libretto by Laura Sosa Pedroza.
Sunday, January 17 at 5:00 PM
Tickets $25
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY