Leah Barclay Interview 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Dr. Leah Barclay is a true inter-disciplinarian. A scientist, composer, and artist, she creates immersive site-specific performances and installations to connect audiences with the environment and teach them to listen to the sounds around them. Last year, she designed WIRA: an interactive app designed for the Noosa River in Queensland, Australia, inviting listeners to experience sound art, stories, and field recordings as they walked along the banks. She has also been working on Biosphere Soundscapes: a network of installations, field labs, and art platforms based in UNESCO biosphere reserves around the world.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1018

Cold Spring (label)

Source: Vital Weekly.

Troum – Acouasme (Cd by Cold Spring Records) *
Z’ev – Eleven Mirrors to the Light (Cd by Cold Spring Records) *
Colossloth – Outstretch your Hand for the Impress of Truth (Cd by Cold Spring Records) *
Joao Camoes & Jeanmarc Foussat & Claude Parle Bien Mental (Cd by Fou Records)
M.B. & Les Champs Magnetiques – Segmenti [a+b] (Lp by Tib Prod)
M.B. & Les Champs Magnetiques – Segmenti [C1+c2] (Lp by Tib Prod)
Zweitesystem – Systemversatz (Lp by Koi8-r)
Zov – Yedoma (7″ Lathe Cut by Cyland)
Zov – Radiolaria Oblystar (Cassette, Private)
Leif Elggren – Das Baank (Lp by Fragment Factory/rekem)
Brume & Edward Sol – Grey (Lp by Sentimental Productions) *
Zeitkratzer – Saturation (12″ by Bocian Records/musica Genera)
Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille – Strong & Foolish Heart/blue Ghost Blue (7″ by Tanuki Records)
Eric Lunde – the Fear of Appearing Monotonous Prevents Us from Recording Expressions Which,
upon Such Occasions, Are all Very Apt to Resemble Another (Cdr by Ballast) *
Matt Shoemaker – Flight/chromatic Splitting Injunction (Cassette by Elevator Bath)
Gianluca Favaron – Polline (Cassette by Silentes Tapestry)
Synth Pit – Asteria (Cassette by Tanuki Records)
Del Stephen – Unexpressed (Cassette by Vacancy Niagara)
Proto Proto/sick Days – 45 Minutes of Bleeding, Slowly/kings English (Cassette by Vacancy Niagara)
Martin Rach/kenn Brennan – Nightly/blue Moon (Cassette by Vacancy Niagara)

Breaking Bread at Paris’ Les Instants Chavirés 

A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...

Source: Pitchfork, an overview of what goes into running a non-mainstream music venue in France.

By “this,” he means putting on upwards of 80 concerts every year since 1991: noise, electroacoustic, free jazz, pyschedelic rock of all shades, electronic, black metal, and increasing amounts of ‘outernational’ non-Western sounds. International artists as diverse as Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sunn O))) have played their first French shows here. Others, such as legendary free jazz saxophonists Joe McPhee or Peter Brötzmann, return every time they play in Paris.

Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Thursday, February 11 – 8pm
HIROSHI HASEGAWA
+ DESICCANT
+ EMBARKER
Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$10 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present a very rare appearance from Hiroshi Hasegawa, founding member of the legendary Japan noise act, C.C.C.C..

Using a battery of oscillators, ring modulators and field recordings, Hasegawa’s work masterfully drifts between spaced out analog dream drone and a more extreme form of harsher droning. Born in 1963, Hasegawa began his practice with improvised voice and drums. In 1990, he made the founded C.C.C.C. with the concept of improvised mass-noise. Members included Mayuko Hino, Ryuichi Nagakubo, Fumio Kosakai. Hasegawa began his solo unit ASTRO with analog synthesizers in 1993 and continued playing in C.C.C.C. Though C.C.C.C. is no more, Hasegawa has continued with Astro and his numerous collaborations drifting between dreamy spaced out bliss and full on waterfalls of beautiful noise. Now he is actively playing and issuing and doing many collaboration with other artists. And there are released works beyond 50 titles.

Advance tickets: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/hiroshi-hasegawa-02-11-2016

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Monday, February 15 – 8:00pm
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
with Jon Irabagon, saxophone; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; and Kevin Shea, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

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Saturday, February 20 – 8:00pm
JAMIE SAFT TRIO (John Zorn’s Masada)
with Jamie Saft, Fender Rhodes; Trevor Dunn, bass; Ben Perowsky, drums
+ HOLLENBERG-MILLEVOI QUARTET (John Zorn’s Bagatelles)
with Matt Hollenberg, guitar; Nick Millevoi, guitar; Johnny DeBlase, bass; and Jeff Eber, drums

Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$15 / $25 for both nights

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Sunday, February 21 – 8:00pm
CLERIC (John Zorn’s Masada)
with Matt Hollenberg , guitar; Dan Kennedy, bass; Nick Shellenberger, voice + keyboards; and Larry Kwartowitz, drums
+ URI CAINE (John Zorn’s Masada)
Uri Caine, Fender Rhodes

Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$15 / $25 for both nights

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Friday, February 26 – 5:00pm
CHES SMITH TRIO
with Ches Smith, drums; Craig Taborn, piano; and Mat Maneri, viola

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free After Museum Admission

NYC Calendar February 2016 

Tim Berne

Source: extended techniques.

THURSDAY, February 4
7:30 PM Bang on a Can: Unorthodox
Mivos Quartet: The String Quartets of Steve Reich
http://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2016/02/04/concert-bang-on-a-can-unorthodox
https://www.facebook.com/events/1542878629367428/
VENUE: The Jewish Museum
ADMISSION: $12-$18

THURSDAY, February 4
8 PM The World of Krakauer: Three Perspectives of David Krakauer
http://lpr.com/lpr_events/the-world-of-krakauer-february-4th-2016/
VENUE: LPR
ADMISSION: $25, free for members

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, February 4-6
7 PM Robert Ashley and Steve Paxton: Quicksand
Music and Libretto by Robert Ashley
Orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton
Choreographed by Steve Paxton
Light Design by David Moodey
Performed by Maura Gahan and Jurij Konjar
Sound design and live mix by Tom Hamilton
http://www.thekitchen.org/event/robert-ashley-and-steve-paxton-quicksand
VENUE: The Kitchen
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, February 5
7 PM Jeffrey Zeigler (solo cello)

Jeffrey Zeigler Presents: Only Breath


VENUE: National Sawdust
ADMISSION: $25

FRIDAY, February 5
8 PM Dither plays Zorn: Game Pieces
Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore, Gyan Riley (guitars) Ikue Mori (electronics) Michael Nicolas (cello)
Dither and friends play Zorn’s seminal improvisational game pieces, featuring Hockey, Fencing, Curling and Rugby.
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

FRIDAY, February 5
8 PM Peter Evans Quintet Plus Special Guests Aaron Burnett and Ingrid Laubrock
Peter Evans – trumpets, compositions
Sam Pluta – live electronics
Ron Stabinsky – piano, synthesizer
Tom Blancarte – bass
Jim Black – drums, electronics
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor saxophone
Aaron Burnett – tenor saxophone
http://roulette.org/events/residency-peter-evans/
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15-25

SATURDAY, February 6
7:30 PM Kenny Wollesen (percussionist) and Julia Elsas (artist)
http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/drawingcenter/20/events/21/public-programs/1284/basement-performances/
VENUE: The Drawing Center
ADMISSION: $10

MONDAY, February 8
7:30 PM Dan Tepfer’s Acoustic Informatics featuring ICE
http://lpr.com/lpr_events/dan-tepfers-acoustic-informatics-february-8th-2016/
VENUE: LPR
ADMISSION: $15-25, free for members

TUESDAY, February 9
8 PM Keith Jarrett
An Evening of Solo Piano Improvisations
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/2/9/0800/PM/Keith-Jarrett/
VENUE: Carnegie Hall
ADMISSION: $45- $125

TUESDAY, February 9
8 PM George Lewis: The Kitchen Improvises 1976–1983
George Lewis curates an evening of performances by Thomas Buckner (voice), Earl Howard (saxophones and electronics), Oliver Lake (saxophones), Lewis (electronics, trombone), Michael Lytle (clarinets), Miya Masaoka (koto and electronics), Ikue Mori (electronics), Andrea Parkins (accordion, objects, electronics), and Lucie Vítková (accordion and voice)
http://www.thekitchen.org/event/george-lewis-the-kitchen-improvises-1976-1983
VENUE: The Kitchen
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, February 9
10:30 PM Tim Berne, saxophone; Shahzad Ismaily, bass; Ches Smith, drums
VENUE: Korzo/Konceptions Music Series
ADMISSION: $10

THURSDAY, February 11
8 PM Indigo I
Steve Dalachinsky, Lisa Sokolov (voices) AR’BRAF (rapper) Jesse Henry, Dave Ross (guitars) William Hooker (drums)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, February 16
8 PM Cosmic Lieder
Darius Jones (alto sax) Matthew Shipp (piano)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

WEDNESDAY, February 17
7 PM An Evening Of Luigi Nono Feat. Ekmeles

Miranda Cuckson Presents: An Evening of Luigi Nono feat. Ekmeles


VENUE: National Sawdust
ADMISSION: $25

FRIDAY, February 19
7:30 PM Phoenix Quartet presents The End of Time, Deconstructed
http://thefirehousespace.org/event/phoenix-quartet-presents-the-end-of-time-deconstructed/
VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADMISSION: $10

SUNDAY, February 21
3 PM John Zorn’s Bagatelles: Ikue Mori Solo
Ikue Mori (electronics)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

SUNDAY, February 21
8 PM Chris Pitsiokos – alto sax, compositions, Andrew Smiley – guitar, Henry Fraser – bass, Jason Nazary – drums
Peter Evans – trumpet, Aaron Burnett – tenor saxophone, Brandon Lopez – bass, Weasel Walter – drums
VENUE: Jack
ADMISSION: $12

TUESDAY, February 23
8PM Weasel Walter Large Ensemble
Weasel Walter (drums)
Elliott Sharp (guitar)
Chris Welcome (guitar)
Michael Foster (saxophones)
Chris Pitsiokos (saxophone)
Matt Nelson (saxophone)
Peter Evans (trumpet)
Jaimie Branch (trumpet)
Steve Swell (trombone)
Leila Bordreuil (cello)
Tim Dahl (bass)
Brandon Lopez (bass)
VENUE: Jack
ADMISSION: $12

WEDNESDAY February 24
07:30 PM American Immersion: Jack Quartet
All Georg Friedrich Haas program
http://www.acfny.org/event/american-immersion-jack-quartet/
VENUE: ACFNY
ADMISSION: Free, RSVP http://www.acfny.org/event/reservation/american-immersion-jack-quartet/

THURSDAY, February 25
7:30 Audrey Chen (voice), Flandrew Fleisenberg (percussion)
https://www.facebook.com/events/503724273146599/
VENUE: Fridman Gallery
ADMISSION: $10

FRIDAY, February 26
8 PM American Immersion: Talea Ensemble
All Georg Friedrich Haas program
http://www.acfny.org/event/american-immersion-talea-ensemble/
VENUE: Bohemian National Hall
ADMISSION: Free, RSVP

SATURDAY, February 27
7 PM Tenth Intervention Presents: Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives” Complete: Long Performance
Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives” in a marathon concert with guest artists, dancer, and completely memorized.
VENUE: Spectrum
ADMISSION: $10-15

SATURDAY, February 27
7:30PM and 9:30 PM Ingrid Laubrock, Ubatuba Album Release
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor sax
Tim Berne – alto sax
Ben Gerstein – trombone
Dan Peck – tuba
Tom Rainey – drums
VENUE: The Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $22/$12 members

Creative Music in DC

English: Susan Alcorn

Events at Union Arts DC
Every Wednesday @ 7:30pm
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.
Artists of any discipline welcome!
*Each Wednesday, when there is not a show*
email cmwplayers@googlegroups.com for more information
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, February 20 @ 8pm
Marie Davidson :: Neuromodulation :: Claire :: Rosemary Arp
PRESENTED BY SELECT DC
Marie Davidson (Electro-synth vocalizations, Montreal)
Ginger Breaker (Neuromodulation, Montreal)
Violence de Masse (Neuromodulation/ex Vox Nihili, Montreal)
Claire (Ascetic House, RVA)
Rosemary Arp (Broken Call, DC)
Admission $7
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, March 4 @ 8pm
Kohoutek :: Bonnie Kane :: Jeff Lederer’s DC Blowhards :: Boat Burning
Kohoutek (Improvised Psych Rock, Philly/DC)
Bonnie Kane (Solo Saxophone and Flute, NYC)
Jeff Lederer’s DC Blowhards (Creative Music, NYC/DC)
Boat Burning (Chamber Guitar, DMV)
Suggested Donation $10
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
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

Thursday, February 4 @ 8pm
Nag Champa :: Cxntinue :: GUMP
PRESENTED BY THE Cmpvtr CLVB
NAG CHAMPA (Space Funk, DMV)
CXNTINUE (Garage-electronic duo, DMV)
GUMP (Alternative-hip-hop, DMV)
Babe City Records DJ Set Upstairs 6 – 9 PM
Admission $10
Songbyrd
2477 18th Street NW
Located in Adams Morgan in NW

Friday, February 5 @ 8pm
Captain Phillips :: Pony Moon :: Bushmeat Soundsystem
PRESENTED BY THE MAPLE HOUSE COLLECTIVE
Captain Phillips (Improvised Music Duo, NYC)
David Grollman – snare drum, balloons, objects, voice
Sam Weinberg – tenor sax
Pony Moon (Improvised Music Duo, Baltimore)
Jenny Moon Tucker – sax, objects
Pony Payroll Bones – violin, objects
Nate Scheible/Sarah Schaffer/Gary Rouzer/Ken Manheimer (sound and movement, DMV)
Bushmeat SoundSystem
Dr. Thomas Stanley spinning tunes before/between/after
Suggested Donation $10
Rhizome DC (NEW SPACE!)
6950 Maple St NW
Located on the DC side of downtown Takoma Park

Friday, February 12 @ 12noon
FRINGE MUSIC IN THE LIBRARY
Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind
Curated by Jim Thompson of Multiflora Productions
MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND or MOM²
Bobby Hill – record players
Luke Stewart – bass and sequencer
Thomas Stanley – electronics and effects
Patrons will be able to purchase copies of Dr. Thomas Stanley’s book, “The Execution of Sun Ra: The Mysterious Tale of a Dark Body Sent to Earth to Usher in an Unprecedented Era of Cosmic Regeneration and Happiness (Volume II)”
Admission is FREE
ALL AGES
MLK Library
901 G Street NW
Located on the corner of 9th and G streets NW

Saturday, February 13 @ 8pm
Darius Jones – The OverSoul Manual :: Brian Settles/Jessica Boykin Duo
PRESENTED BY CAPITALBOP
The Oversoul Manual is composer and saxophonist Darius Jones’ landmark a capella composition, the latest chapter in his Afro-Futurist Manish Boy Epic. He directs a quartet of female voices in a suite written in an original libretto developed to portray the birthing of an extra-terrestrial race.
Darius Jones – Compositions/Conductor
Amirtha Kidambi – Voice
Sarah Martin – Voice
Jean Carla Rodea – Voice
Kristin Slipp – Voice
Opening set by D.C. vocalist Jessica Boykin and improvising saxophonist Brian Settles
Q&A with the composer will follow the performances.
Admission $10adv/$15door
ALL AGES
Capital Fringe
1358 Florida Ave NE
Located between Orren and Staples streets NE

Sunday, February 14 @ 7pm
Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores :: Susan Alcorn :: Chester Hawkins
ALEC K REDFEARN & THE EYESORES (Progressive Folk, Providence RI)
Providence excellence for over 15 years. Accordion, combo organ, double bass, French horn and drums with releases on DC-area based record label Cuneiform.
SUSAN ALCORN (Innovative pedal steel guitar, Baltimore)
CHESTER HAWKINS (Masterful Modular Synth, DC)
ALL AGES
Back Alley Theater
5501 Colorado Ave NW
Located in the basement on the corner of Kennedy and Colorado streets NW

Sunday, February 21 @ 7pm
Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
PRESENTED BY TRANSPARENT PRODUCTIONS
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Legendary Creative Music Ensemble, Chicago/St. Louis/NYC)
Kahil El’Zabar – Percussion/Voice
Craig Harris – Trombone
Hamiet Bluiett – Baritone Saxophone/Flute
Admission $15
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street NW
Located on the corner of 11th and U Streets NW

Sunday, February 28 @ 7pm
Ches Smith/Matt Maneri/Craig Taborn
PRESENTED BY TRANSPARENT PRODUCTIONS
Ches Smith – Percussion
Matt Maneri – Viola
Craig Taborn – Piano
Admission $15
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street NW
Located on the corner of 11th and U Streets NW