Newsbits: Musicians Wanted For Infinitum / Mob Job Improv Video / Moorman Exhibit / Ikue Mori in NY / Magma Documentary

Infinitum is the opening music for the film “In Saturn’s Rings” composed by accomplished film composer and musician Pieter Schlosser. The film producers are seeking musicians – from solo to full orchestra – to create performances of his composition that will be layered into a final mix. Variety and creativity are encouraged!

NY-based free jazz/noise rock band Mob Job recently finished filming a collaboration Walter Thompson, the individual behind the live composition language Soundpainting.  An interesting video resulted:

Northwestern University is hosting an exhibit on cellist Charlotte Moorman, a collaborator of John Cage.

The World Premiere of Ikue Mori’s The Pomegranate Seeds, a new live visual and sound piece based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s retelling of the classic Greek Myth of Persephone and Ceres, will take place Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm. Location is The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013 • 212 219 2166.

And if you’re like me, anything Magma is worthwhile. After 45 years, a documentary is coming that will feature in depth interviews with Christian Vander, and back stage access to a band that continues to tour since 1969. Don’t miss the preview:

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Julian Lage Interview

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Over the years, I’ve covered some of the work of guitarist Julian Lage, writing about the duo records with pianist Fred Hersch (Free Flying) and guitarist Nels Cline (Room), as well as the more recent solo album World’s Fair. Although a bit out of character for the blog, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to speak with Lage, 27, about his work, and enjoyed delving into the guitarists growing relationship with the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City.

NYC Winter Jazzfest Review


Source: The New York Times.

Overflow and bustle and ducking in and out of different rooms (if you can get in at all) is the point of this festival, now in its 12th year. It began as an add-on to the events surrounding the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, and has grown into a ritual of considerable importance. Around 7,000 people attended across Friday and Saturday, traversing nearly two miles of downtown Manhattan, and every sixth person seemed to be carrying an instrument case. Put all that chaos against the fact that jazz is predicated on detail and long-exposure hearings, and you have a paradox. This year’s edition resolved the paradox a little bit.

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Ches Smith at a concert with Marc Rib...

Source: All About Jazz.

Aruan Ortiz Trio
Hidden Voices (Intakt Records)

Jon Irabagon
Behind The Sky (Self Produced)

Scott Clark 4tet
Bury My Heart (Clean Feed Records)

Ches Smith With Craig Taborn And Mat Maneri
The Bell (ECM Records)

Martin Küchen / Johan Berthling / Steve Noble
Night In Europe (NoBusiness Records)

Evan Parker/John Russell/John Edwards, Pat Thomas, Alison Blunt/Benedict Taylor/David Leahy, Kay Grant/Alex Ward
Making Rooms (Weekertoft)