Arts for Art Spring Shows in NY

William Parker

Source: Arts for Art, Inc..

Spring Evolving
A NYC Free Jazz Summit
March 26 – April 10, 2016
Abrazo Interno Gallery at THE CLEMENTE
107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002

PERFORMANCE: 14 days / 6 days each week of FreeJazz / Dance Improv / Poetry / Art
WHEN: March 26 – April 10 every night except Easter, March 27
Three sets of performances each night at 7:00 pm / 8:00 pm / 9:00 pm

AFA is proud to announce the 2016 Spring Evolving, a multi-arts platform for NYC based freeJazz artists. The theme ‘Not a Police State / Justice is Compassion’ was arrived at meetings where artists got together to discuss the importance of the context for their art and how that context affects meaning.

This comprehensive multi-arts program will feature Free Jazz music, dance improvisation, poetry, fine arts as well as holding a public forum on diversity, content & context, with an eye towards empowering & building community.

The Evolving is our platform to showcase NYC based dance improv / free jazz collaborations, poets and visual artists that share a concern social struggle and other life events. We present young artists alongside well-established mid-career artists – with an eye towards excellence and diversity as well as a commitment to unique improvisation and socially awareness. In this and other ways we are looking to engage a new and broader audience.

Patricia Nicholson Parker founded Arts for Art and the Vision Festival in the 1990s which promoted and defined Free Jazz as an important part in the history of Jazz. She is an accomplished dancer, poet, producer and a social activist on a global capacity. In the 1980s, she choreographed and produced A Thousand Cranes Peace Opera with one thousand children for the opening of the UN Special Session on disarmament. She has been awarded three times as producer of the year by Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) and won the CMA/ASCAP Award for adventurous programming. In 2015, Parker presented the twentieth anniversary of Vision Festival and simultaneously inaugurated her quintet, Resurrection Revolution (R&R), that brings together dance, art and music.

Saturday March 26th

7pm Tierra Mestiza (CD release)
Omar Tamez – guitar
Angelica Sanchez – piano

8pm Elliott Sharp – solo guitar

9pm AfroHorn Duo
Francisco Mora Catlett – drums
Sam Newsome – reeds

Monday March 28th

7pm Chancey/Carlstedt
Vincent Chancey – french horn
Jeremy Carlstedt – drums

8pm Sylvester/Carter/Nix/Grillot
Reggie Sylvester – drums
Bern Nix – guitar
Daniel Carter – reed
Francois Grillot – bass
guest vocals – Lindsey Wilson

9pm Nick Lyons Group
Nick Lyons – alto
Hill Greene – bass
Roger Mancuso – drums

Tuesday March 29th

7pm Dave Sewelson Sewelsonics
Dave Sewelson – saxophone
Joe Ruddick – piano
David Hofstra – bass
Steve Little – drums

8pm Michael Attias RENKU
John Hébert – bass
Satoshi Takeishi – Piano

9pm Jeff Lederer’s Sangre de Caballo
Jeff Lederer – reeds
Allison Miller – drums

Wednesday March 30th

7pm Duology
Michael Marcus – woodwinds
Ted Daniel – trumpet

8pm Content Provider
Andrew Drury – drums
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor saxophone
Briggan Krauss – alto saxophone
Brandon Seabrook – guitar

9pm Sumari
Matt Lavelle – horns, reeds
Jack Desalvo – guitar, cello
Tom Cabrera – percussion

Thursday March 31st

7pm DCarter/WParker
Daniel Carter – reeds
William Parker – bass

8pm Darius Jones Quartet
Darius Jones – saxophone
Amirtha Kidambi – voice
Jean Carla Rodea – voice
Jaimie Branch – trumpet

9pm Antlers & Capillaries
Daniel Levine – trumpet
Kenny Warren – trumpet
Adam Hopkins – bass
Flin Van Hemmen – drums

Friday April 1st

7pm Dance & Strings
Djassi Johnson – dance

8pm The Why
Anders Nilsson – guitar
Francois Grillot – bass
Jeremy Carlstedt – drums

9pm Edith Lettner Trio
Edith Lettner – saxophone
Warren Smith – drums
Ras Moshe – saxophone

Saturday April 2nd

2pm – 6:30pm – Confluence: Jazz & Poetry
Celebrating Jazz & Poetry Month

Raymond Nat Turner & Zigi Lowenberg’s UpSurge!
Andrea Wolper’s Cento
Andrea Wolper – voice; Nana Simopoulos – strings, voice
Golda Solomon “The Medicine Woman of Jazz”
Golda Solomon – poet; Berta Moreno – tenor; Maksim Perepelica – bass
and more TBA

7pm Clayton / Filiano
Jay Clayton – voice
Ken Filiano – bass

8pm Ali / Mattrey / Bordreuil
Sean Ali – bass
Leila Bordreuil – cello
Joanna Mattrey – viola

9pm Dickey / Brown
Whit Dickey – drums
Rob Brown – sax

Monday April 4th

7pm Nate Wooley Quartet
Nate Wooley – trumpet
Chris Pitsiokos – alto saxophone
Brandon Lopez – bass
Dre Hocevar – drums

8pm Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown – saxophone
Todd Nicholson – bass
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

9pm Farmers by Nature
Craig Taborn – piano
William Parker – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums

Tuesday April 5th

7pm Mara Rosenbloom: Prairie Burn
Mara Rosenbloom – piano & composition
Sean Conly – bass
Chad Taylor – drums

8pm James Brandon Lewis LOTUS
James Brandon Lewis – sax
Hank Roberts – cello
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Chad Taylor – drums

9pm UnEarthish
Sarah Bernstein – violin/voice/poetry
Satoshi Takeishi – percussion

Wednesday April 6th

7pm Oasis excerpt…
Miriam Parker – dance
William Parker – bass and reeds
Rob Brown – sax

8pm Ned Rothenberg Trio
Ned Rothenberg – woodwinds
Billy Martin – drums, percussion
Shahzad Ismaily – bass guitar, moog synth

9pm Warren Smith Trio
Andrew Lamb – saxophone
Larry Roland – bass
Warren Smith – percussion

Thursday April 7th

7pm David Mills – poetry

8pm Lewis Barnes Quartet
Lewis Barnes – trumpet
Connie Crothers – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Warren Smith – drums

9pm Avram Fefer Trio
Avram Fefer – saxophone
Michael Bisio – bass
Michael Wimberley – drums

Friday April 8th

7pm Flin’s The Sun Always Shines In New Jersey
Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone
Ben Gerstein – trombone
Adam Hopkins – bass
Flin Van Hemmen – drums

8pm Morris/Mennen
Joe Morris – guitar
Abraham Mennen – tenor saxophone

9pm Yoni Kretzmer Five
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor saxophone
Steve Swell – trumpet
Thomas Heberer – trumpet
Chad Taylor – drums
William Parker – bass

Saturday April 9th

7pm Carol Liebowitz Quartet
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Nick Lyons – alto saxophone
Adam Lane – bass
Andrew Drury – drums

8pm Luke Stewart Trio OOO
Aaron Martin, Jr – alto saxophone
Luke Stewart – bass
Sam Lohman – drums

9pm Good For Cows
Devin Hoff – bass
Ches Smith – drums

Sunday April 10th

7pm Going Down
William Parker – bass, perc reeds
Mixashawn – reeds, strings perc, voice
Patricia Nicholson – dance perc. voice

8pm Fay Victor Sound Session
Fay Victor – voice
Ben Gerstein – trombone
Tomas Fujiwara – percussion
Mazz Swift – violin

9pm Jason Kao Hwang/Sing House
Andrew Drury – drum set
Ken Filiano – string bass
Chris Forbes – piano
Steve Swell – trombone
Jason Kao Hwang – composer/violin/viola

Lori Freedman and Quasar Saxophone Quartet in LA

English: Fred Frith performing in Wallingford,...

Source: REDCAT.

REDCAT, Calarts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, presents clarinet soloist Lori Freedman and The ­Quasar Saxophone Quartet, featuring guest Artist Fred Frith, Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

Boasting five of North America’s most adventurous exponents of new music for woodwinds, this double bill unites, for the first time, live-wire clarinet soloist Lori Freedman with Quasar Saxophone Quartet’s stellar quartet of saxophone virtuosos —Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair, André Leroux and Jean-Marc Bouchard. Freedman opens both sets with works from her touring solo program by Richard Barrett and Raphaël Cendo—and teams up with Quasar for her own composition, No Man’s Clan (1996/2015). Quasar plays a work by Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay before a rousing finale with Freedman, performing Bouchard’s Le Cri des oiseaux fous (2012) and Fred Frith’s The Big Picture (2012), with a special guest appearance by the composer Fred Frith himself, on guitar.

Lori Freedman is part of a movement of “renaissance musicians,” whose artistic practices span a gamut of activity in making music. Heralded internationally for her provocative and creative performances in both solo and ensemble settings Freedman’s work encompasses composing, improvising and interpreting scores written by others. As an interpreter of written music for clarinet, hundreds of works have been premiered by and/or dedicated to her. While managing a full performance schedule, recording, touring, teaching, Freedman has also been commissioned by an eclectic group of including Arraymusic, Ensemble Transmission, Continuum Ensemble, Ensemble Supermusique, NOW Orchestra, Queen Mab Trio, Lott Dance, Oberlander Films, and Foresite Theatre. Her solo works have been presented across North America and Europe. She is a recipient of the Freddie Stone Award for the “outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of contemporary music and jazz.” Landmark collaborators include Joëlle Léandre, Mauricio Kagel, Rohan de Saram, Tristan Honsinger, Jack Quartet, George Lewis, Helmut Lachenmann, Richard Barrett and Jean Derome. She appears on more than 80 recordings and her most recent features include On No (moderecords), Bridge (CQB/DAME), Plumb (Barnyard Records), 3 and À un moment donné (Ambiances Magnétiques), Huskless! (Artifact), See Saw and Thin Air (Wig).

Fred Frith is a songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar that began with Guitar Solos in 1974. He learned his craft as both improviser and composer playing in rock bands, notably Henry Cow, and creating music in the recording studio. Much of his compositional output has been commissioned by choreographers and filmmakers, but his work has also been performed by Ensemble Modern, Hieronymus Firebrain, Arditti Quartet, Robert Wyatt, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Concerto Köln, and Rova Sax Quartet, among quite a few others. Fred enthusiastically records and performs all over the place with icons of contemporary music, younger players you may never have heard of, and everyone in between. He is currently leading the Gravity Band, Eye to Ear (his film music group), and Cosa Brava, whose second CD—The Letter—was released to critical acclaim in 2012. Fred teaches at Mills College in Oakland California and at the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland. He is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel’s award-winning documentary film Step Across the Border.

Quasar Saxophone Quartet
Known for their energy and bold innovation, the four members of Quasar—Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair, André Leroux, Jean-Marc Bouchard—have been exploring the innumerable facets of musical creation since the group’s founding in 1994. Their repertoire is vast, including chamber music, improvisation, musical theatre, and most particularly, over the past ten years, mixed music featuring live electronics, an area in which they are now recognized as leaders. Five-time winners of the Québec Music Council’s distinguished OPUS awards, Quasar presents an annual concert series in Montréal while performing extensively across Canada, the United States and Europe. Quasar has proudly commissioned over one hundred works over its twenty years of activity. During that time it has performed as a solo group with, among others, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Member of Le Vivier and of the Canadian New Music Network, Quasar is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Socan Foundation and Vandoren.


Richard Barrett: Interference (2000)
for contrabass clarinet

Lori Freedman: No Man’s Clan (1996, rev. 2015)
for saxophone quartet and bass clarinet

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay: Les pâleurs de la lune (2014)
for saxophone quartet and live electronics

Raphaël Cendo: Décombres (2011)
for contrabass clarinet and live electronics

Jean-Marc Bouchard: Le Cri des oiseaux fous (2012)
for saxophone quartet, soloist-improviser and live electronics
I Premier Chant
II De l’aube à midi…
III Jeu d’écho
IV Les temps individuels ne se croisent jamais.
V La folie est une pente glissante
VI Le dernier cri

Fred Frith: Big Picture (2000)
for saxophone quartet and two improvising soloists

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

British saxophonist Evan Parker

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Tomeka Reid Quartet – s/t (Thirsty Ear, 2015) *****
The Nu Band (KSET, Zagreb, Croatia; 2/1/2015)
Carlo Costa’s Acustica – Strata (Neither/Nor Records, 2015) ****
SFS – The Ragging of Time (Bruce’s Fingers, 2015) ****
Dominic Lash, Michael Maierhof & Birgit Ulher – Hamburg Meeting (Self, 2015) ****
Dominic Lash – Riesenfalter (Bandcamp, 2015) ****
Dominic Lash – For Four (Bandcamp, 2015) ***½
Dominic Lash – Four Compositions, 2011-2015 (Spoonhunt, 2015) ***½
Black Top with Evan Parker – #Two (Babel, 2015) ***½

Firehouse 12 Spring Calendar

English: Picture is of Ben Allison. Taken by B...

Source: New Haven’s Firehouse 12.


New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the lineup for its critically acclaimed 2016 Spring Jazz Series. The Spring 2016 Jazz Series consists of thirteen two-set performances by some of the most active, innovative, and respected musicians in improvised music today.

The series begins on Friday, March 18th with a performance by Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid and continues every Friday thereafter through June 10th. The series features debut performances at Firehouse 12 by Reid, Will Vinson, legendary saxophonist Oliver Lake (with the OGJB Quartet), and vocalist Katie Bull, while chronicling the continued development of Firehouse 12 regulars Mario Pavone, Daniel Levin, and New Haven-native Ben Allison. The series concludes on June 10th with a performance by percussionist Jay Rosen’s RDM Trio.

2016 Spring Jazz Series Schedule

03/18 :: Tomeka Reid Quartet
03/25 :: Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet
04/01 :: Will Vinson Quartet
04/08 :: OGJB Quartet
04/15 :: Ari Hoenig Trio
04/22 :: Chris Lightcap & Bigmouth
04/29 :: Clarence Penn and Penn Station
05/06 :: Allison Miller BOOM TIC BOOM
05/13 :: Ben Allison
05/20 :: Katie Bull Group
05/27 :: Daniel Levin Quartet
06/03 :: Mario Pavone
06/10 :: Jay Rosen – RDM Trio

Winter 2016 Edgetone Releases

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

Source: Edgetone Records.

Rent Romus | Teddy Rankin-Parker | Daniel Pearce
Rent Romus, Teddy Rankin-Parker, and Daniel Pearce in their first recording together live at Vamp vintage art & music in Oakland California. “In Old Irish; Lir is a sea god in Irish mythology. His name suggests that he is a personification of the sea, rather than a distinct deity.”
Rent Romus – alto & soprano saxophone Teddy Rankin-Parker – cello
Daniel Pearce – drums

James Freeman – Echoes of Nature III
James Freeman explores his evolution of facilitating virtuoso live musicians freely improvising with nature over a bed of modern synthesized music. Mads Tolling on violin, Yehudit on viola, Nika Rejto on flute, Sheldon Brown on bass clarinet and saxophone, with Freeman playing bass and guitar. The surprising sounds of turkeys, birds, thunder, wolves, and Canadian geese interweave with music created by universal math formulas creating a mind space that is uniquely liberating.
James Freeman – field recordings, synthesizers Mads Tolling – violin Nika Rejto – flute, piccolo, bass flute Yehudit – viola, Sheldon Brown – saxophone, Lisa Wellhausen – flute

Noertker’s Moxie & The Melanchoholics – Curious Worlds (original movie soundtrack) The Art & Imagination of David Beck
Bill Noertker first met David Beck in the late 1990s while playing in a jazz quartet called Playland. At first Bill had no idea that in addition to playing the baritone saxophone he was a highly regarded sculptor of intimately scaled works. Because of Bill’s long-standing musical relationship with David, Olympia Stone asked him to score her film Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck. She and Bill decided that the score would include some original music composed specifically for the film, some music from Animatique, some tunes that David and Bill had written and performed as the Melanchoholics, and some music performed by his working band Noertker’s Moxie. Most of that music can be heard here on this soundtrack CD.
Amber Lamprecht – oboe, Annelise Zamula – tenor saxophone and flute, Bill Noertker – contrabass, Brett Carson – piano, Dax Compise – drums, Jenny Maybee – piano, Jason Levis – drums, Jim Peterson – alto saxophone/flute, David Beck – baritone saxophone, Niels Myrner – drums, David Mihaly – drums, Jim Peterson – alto saxophone