Newsbits: Thumbscrew / HAGL / Martin Kay / Amendola vs. Blades / Pauline Oliveros / Ben Bennett / Hedvig Mollestad

English: Scott Amendola live at Saalfelden 200...

Jazz Right Now reviews albums by Thumbscrew and Heroes are Gang Leaders.

Avantwhatever has a new release out from Martin Kay

Scott Amendola and Wil Blades have launched a Kickstarter to record their first album, Greatest Hits.

Four Meditations / Sound Geometries by Pauline Oliveros is reviewed.

Percussionist Ben Bennett is profiled and interviewed.

Black Stabat Mater by the Hedvig Mollestad Trio is reviewed.

Chicago Scene: July 31 – August 6, 2016

Iannis Xenakis

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

Sunday, July 31st 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$10)
Third Coast Percussion with special guests EARDRUM — music by Nicklaus A Huber, Dieter Mack, Johannes Fischer, Wolfgang Rihm, Iannis Xenakis

Monday, August 1st 2016

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)
Tudo De Bom : Jeff Beer, Juli Wood, Kathy Kelly, Dan DeLorenzo, Peter Mannheim
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound, with Fred Jackson Jr, Artie Black, Dustin Laurenzi, Sam Mosching, Mike Harmon

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Ari Brown

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Jason Stein, Aaron Zarzutzki
Inclusions : Carlos Chavarria, Adam Tramposh, Jeff Wheeler, Scott Dunkerley

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jim Baker, Joshua Abrams, Tatsuya Nakatani

Saturday, August 6th 2016

6:30PM in Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S Wabash
A Tribute to Malachi Thompson
directed by Steve Berry

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
King of Dahomey : Ayana Contreras, David Boykin

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter July 29, 2016

English: Ornette Coleman at Enjoy Jazz Festiva...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Two from Jacob Sacks with Andrew Bishop/Dan Weiss/Jacob Garchik! Three from The Rocco John Iacovone Quartets! Five from Sunnyside: Guillermo Klein/Black Arts Collective/Chris Cheek/Denny Zeitlin! Henry Kaiser/Nels Cline Review & Free DL Gem!

Plus Archival CDs from: Bob Brookmeyer! Jimmy Giuffre! Jim Hall! Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake! Wes Montgomery ‘Full House’! Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry! Archie Shepp/Bill Dixon Quartet! Four Freshmen! Kevin Ayers! Pete Brown & Piblokto! Caravan CD+DVD! Ornette Coleman LP! Half Dozen from Vinny Golia! Two from Fred Anderson and Two from Khan Jamal and A Few More Rarities!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

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

Sunday, August 7th – Rare Triple Bill: 6pm: NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC & KYOKO KITAMORA! 7pm: SPLIT CYCLE: Samuel Blais – sax, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic – bass, Akira Ishiguro -guitar & Chris Carrroll – drums! 8pm: X. Y. / SEAN ALI / J. D. – Voice & Electronics / Contrabass / Laptop!

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



DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Music Always Free & the Vibes are Quite Cosy!

John Cage’s Historical Niche, a Legacy in Letters 

English: Farah Diba greets John Cage and Merce...

Source: The New York Times.

While the radical composer John Cage (1912-92) was alive, it seemed easier to dismiss him as an irritating crackpot than it does now. In death, Cage has only grown. His paintings, his philosophy, his anarchism are better known; it’s far easier to find recordings of his music; he’s much watched on YouTube. We can now see — witness his recurrent appearances in Alex Ross’s superb history “The Rest Is Noise” (2007) — that no study of 20th-century music is complete without Cage. He’s most famous for his all-silent three-part 1952 composition “4’33” (a reference to its duration in minutes and seconds): An end to conventional music, it became a beginning for Cage, opening up the possibilities of sound and noise.

Avantwhatever Show in Melbourne

Source: Melbourne’s Avantwhatever.

Alex Garsden
Amanda Terry & Tim Green
Matthew Revert

The Alderman
134 Lygon St
Wednesday August 10
Entry $10 | 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Alexander Garsden (b. 1987) is a composer, guitarist and electro-acoustic musician, working across multiple exploratory musical disciplines. He is based in Melbourne, Australia. Recent works include commissions from the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Speak Percussion, Michael Kieran Harvey, Jessica Aszodi, Eugene Ughetti, and Golden Fur, alongside performances with Slave Pianos (Melbourne/Yogyakarta), Erkki Veltheim, and Rohan Drape. He performs as a soloist of both notated and improvised musics, and in a range of other contexts including True Strength (with Ida Duelund-Hansen), Francis Plagne, Ned Collette and Wirewalker, Yuko Kono, and Forth Impact (with Sam Dunscombe). Alexander is co-director of the INLAND Concert Series, and has taught through the RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

Amanda Terry & Tim Green are a violin and percussion duo from Brisbane.

Matthew Revert is an author based in Melbourne, Australia. His work tends toward the indescribably unusual and patently absurd and defies easy genre classification. His first book, ‘A Million Versions of Right’ was released in July 2009 by Australian-based press, LegumeMan Books. It has been very well received by those kind enough to read it, which to be honest, isn’t that many people. Outside of writing, Matthew also works as a graphic designer. He tries admirably to record music, however he’s not very good at it. His only area of vague aptitude is in writing.