George Hurd in NY and DC

George Hurd and The Hurd Ensemble are coming to New York and D.C., seamlessly blending percussive, kaleidoscopic electronics with evocative, traditionally-composed classical music. They will perform at Spectrum in NYC on Sat. July 23rd, leading up to their Mon. July 25th show at the Kennedy
Center’s Millennium Stage. The only event taking place at Spectrum in July, they will be playing music from Hurd’s album Navigation Without Numbers (Innova, 2016) which has received national and international praise for its adventurous, genre-bending take on classical composition,
including multiple features on WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2/WFMT, All About Jazz and BBC Radio 3.

Hurd is coming to the Millennium Stage by special request of celebrated Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Mason Bates. “George and I share a passion for electro-acoustic classical music,” said Bates, a fellow Bay Area composer whose Stereo Is King came out on Innova in 2014. “I have very much enjoyed the powerful and unique works he has created with his own ensemble. These pieces integrate electronic sounds and classical instruments in creative and visceral ways.”

Opening the show at Spectrum will be Kills to Kisses – solo bass/vocal/electronics act by Australian double-bass pioneer Lisa Dowling (Concert Black). Praised as “Bjork-like” and “innovative” by The New York Times, Lisa has been an influential force in the NY post-classical scene for years. Hurd will be closing out the Spectrum show, performing electronics within his group, comprised of violin, cello, upright bass and piano. More information available at George Hurd’s website: http://www.georgehurd.com

SHOWS

Saturday, July 23rd – 8pm with Kills to Kisses
Spectrum – 121 Ludlow St., 2nd Floor, NY, NY
$15 sliding scale

Monday, July 25th – 5:30 doors, 6pm show
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage – 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC

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Two Upcoming Bonnie Kane Shows

From Starry Night Records.

GREENFIELD, MASS
Wednesday July 20, 8pm
Jaume I
14 Miles Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301

A Night of 6 Solos:
BONNIE KANE
– pentamorous flute – Holyoke, ex-NYC/Phl – bonniekane.com
STEPHEN GAUCI
– solo saxophone -Brooklyn
LAUREN COSTELLO
– cello / electric guitar / performance / live aesthetics – Burlington VT
https://ouzkxqlzn.bandcamp.com/releases
WREN KITZ
– acoustic / electric guitars / voice / electronics / multi-FI textural exploration and A+ constructions in songform – Burlington VT
HYPNAGOGIA
– Miranda Wiley – Belchertown, MA!

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Saturday July 23, 8pm
OUTPOST 186
186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Kit Demos’ Dark Matter Series
Kit Demos – bass, electronics
Bonnie Kane – saxophone, flute, electronics
Jeff Platz – guitar,
Joe Musacchia – Drums

Chicago Scene: July 16-23, 2016

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, July 16th 2016

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Pitchfork Festival After Show
Sun Ra Arkestra

Sunday, July 17th 2016

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($15-$12) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave King’s Trucking Co, with Erik Fratzke, Adam Linz, Chris Speed, Brandon Wozniak

10:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20)
Pitchfork Festival After Show
Holly Herndon

Monday, July 18th 2016

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Jaimie Branch, Fred Lonberg-Holm
Jaimie Branch, Ben LaMar Gay, Josh Berman

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Unknown New : Mike Pinto, Chris Siebold, Jim Tashjian, Paul Mutzabaugh, Rich Stitzel, Jon Deitemyer
Jeff Albert Quartet with Greg Ward, Matt Lux, Quin Kirchner

Tuesday, July 19th 2016

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jaimie Branch’s Space Sounds, with Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, Todd Carter, Matt Lux, Anton Hatwich, Avreeayl Ra

Thursday, July 21st 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jason Stein, Albert Wildeman, John Collins McCormick
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Aaron Zarzutzki, Ben Bennett

Saturday, July 23rd 2016

8:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($12-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Astral Spirits in Chicago
Tim Stine Trio with Anton Hatwich, Charles Rumback
Ben Bennett
Nick Mazzarella, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Avreeayl Ra
Tashi Dorji, Thom Nguyen, Tyler Damon

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.umbrellamusic.org, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Rob Mazurek Interview

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

It wouldn’t be too difficult to draw comparisons between the creative fearlessness of cornetist Rob Mazurek and the work of Miles Davis. Both carved out their niches with brass instruments, and both have prolific recording histories that cross any number of unwritten music borders. They may sound nothing alike, but what they share is a drive to expand their sonic perception—to seek out something original, in both the new and the familiar.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Four from Relative Pitch: Ab Baars/Ig Henneman/Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey! Joe Morris Power Trio! Jessica Pavone & Catherine Sikora Solo CDs! Three from Henry Kaiser: Paul Plimley/Nels Cline/Weasel Walter/Jim Thomas..! Two from Tisziji Munoz: CD + DVD!

Ivo Perelman Qt! Nine from Clean Feed: Lotte Anker/Sten Sandell/Susan Santos Silva/Whit Dickey & Kirk Knuffke/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Carate Urio Orchestra/Cortex & More..! Alchemy Sound Project with Salim Washington! Four from Leap of Faith! Three from Blaise Siwula! Pansonic! Ash Ra Temple! Nurse With Wound! Iannis Xenakis! John Cage and Much More..!

Sunday, July 17th:
6pm: PAULA SHOCRON / DANIEL CARTER / PABLO DIAZ!
7pm: TOM BLANCARTE / LOUISE DE JENSEN / LEILA B. LOVELL – Bass / Alto Sax / Cello!

Sunday, July 24th:
6pm: ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE/RICH ROSENTHAL/FRANCOIS GRILLOT/TOM CABRERA!
7pm: JEFF LEDERER & BROOKLYN BLOWHARDS!

Sunday, July 31st:
6pm: ALAN BJORKLAND / KIM CASS / SAM OSPOVAT – Trumpet/Bass/Drums!

Sunday, August 7th – Rare Triple Bill:
6pm: NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC & KEN-YA KAWAGUCHI – Contrabass & Shakuhachi!
7pm: NICO’s SPLIT CYCLE!
8pm: X. Y. / SEAN ALI / J. D. – Voice & Electronics / Contrabass / Laptop!

Rare Monday, August 8th:
6pm: SUSAN ALCORN & TOTO ALVAREZ!