Delphine Dora is a classically trained French pianist who plays as close to the wild heart you can get. She´s a bogwoman just emerged after spending a thousand years in suspended animation sunk in a northern quag, chewing on her braids, biding her time. Discovering a piano in the wilderness, she tests a voice that hasn´t been used in centuries, inventing a new language to claim the land as far as it reaches.
That Gallo-Celtic glossolalia squats on its haunches and pliés like a silkweed in the wind, expressing some wonted pain and casting purposive alchemical incantation, pagan abstract expressionism in sound. Self-sacralizing, it doubles and triples over itself, as the piano follows, occasionally brushed with the soughing sweep of a low-hanging branch of synth, pelted with its falling pinecones, beneath it nettled strings, the frog croak of harmonica.
Près du coeur sauvage is a kind of masterpiece in its sometimes off-key, very off-kilter insistence; a raw, chthonic, yet fair-complected folk music, old as mountains and unbeholden to any tectonic shift other than within its own, ancient soul.
Source: Ars Nova Workshop.
May 8 & 9 – 8pm
STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
with Steve Coleman, alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Miles Okazaki, el. guitar; Anthony Tidd, el. bass; and Sean Rickman, drums
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$10 General Admission
Hailing the saxophonist/composer’s latest, Synovial Joints, as his favorite album of 2015, New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen said that Coleman “hasn’t met a complex system he couldn’t hijack and adapt for creative uses. On this absorbing album, partly inspired by anatomical terms of movement… Mr. Coleman and his crew keep the music light and lithe, with a slithery sense of groove.” In recent years, Steve Coleman has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a pair of awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He’s been hailed as an influence by some of the most innovative artists in modern music, including pianists Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran. His supremely flexible and inventive band Five Elements – featuring guitarist Miles Okazaki, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, drummer Sean Rickman and Philly-based bassist Anthony Tidd – was last presented by ANW in a pair of unforgettable evenings at Bartram’s Garden celebrating the summer solstice and autumnal equinox.
May 8: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/steve-coleman-and-five-elements-05-08-2016
May 9: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/steve-coleman-and-five-elements-05-09-2016
Source: The Free Jazz Collective.
Marilyn Lerner, Ken Filliano, Lou Grassi – Live At Edgefest (NoBusiness, 2016) ***½
High Definition Quartet – Bukoliki (For Tune, 2015) ****
Østergaard Art Quartet – More Stories from the Village (BoogiePost Recordings, 2016) *****
D.C. Improvisers Collective – Ministry of Spontaneous Composition (s/r, 2016) ****
Jemeel Moondoc & Hilliard Greene – Cosmic Nickelodeon (Relative Pitch, 2016) ***½
Julie Kjær 3 – Dobbeltgæenger (Clean Feed, 2016) ****½
Sarah Bernstein Quartet – Still/Free (Leo Records, 2016) ****
Akira Sakata/Giovanni Di Domenico/Roger Turner/John Edwards – 15.01.14 (OTOROKU, 2016) ****½
Source: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This year’s artists have a strong group of jazz musicians, including:
Wadada Leo Smith