Nels Cline’s New Offbeat Jazz Album

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Source: WSJ.

In Nels Cline’s new solo album, “Lovers,” the lead guitarist for alt-rock band Wilco puts original compositions alongside show tunes, movie music, experimental jazz and punk-rock covers.

The album includes versions of Henry Mancini’s “The Search for Cat” from the score of the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “I Have Dreamed” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1951 musical “The King and I,” “So Hard It Hurts” by the jazz singer and composer Annette Peacock, and “Snare, Girl” from Sonic Youth’s 1998 album “A Thousand Leaves.”

He started making lists of these songs nearly 30 years ago, and the 18-track instrumental double-album, due Aug. 5, reflects longtime influences, like the mood music of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mandel. He wanted to twist these notions with darker, less-sentimental sides of romance.

Brian Eno Explains the Loss of Humanity in Modern Music 

Source: Open Culture.

But the net effect of correcting every perceived mistake is to “homogenize the whole song,” he says, “till every bar sounds the same… until there’s no evidence of human life at all in there.” There is a reason, after all, that even purely digital, “in the box” sequencers and drum machines have functions to “humanize” their beats—to make them correspond more to the looseness and occasional hesitancy of real human players.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

William Parker

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Theoral – Conversations with Hamid Drake and William Parker (Self, 2016) ****
Ko Ishikawa, Tetuzi Akiyama, Hideo Ikegami – Live At Kissa Sakaiki (Confront Recordings, 2015) ****
Ken Aldcroft & William Parker – “Live at Tranzac Vol.1” (Trio Records, 2016) ****
Frantz Loriot Systematic Distortion Orchestra – The Assembly (OutNow Recordings, 2016) ****½
The Claudia Quintet – Super Petite (Cuneiform, 2016) *****
Jonas Cambien Trio – A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed, 2016) ****½
Brad Shepik & Ron Samworth – Quartet 1991 (Songlines, 2016) ***1/2

Seattle Scene: August 4-13, 2016

John Zorn (cropped version)

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Senyawa + Arrington de Dionyso
Thu. August 4; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Senyawa (Jogjakarta, Indonesia) embodies the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music while exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music. Arrington de Dionyso (Olympia, WA) conjures Utopic Spaces with multiphonic vocal work & minimalist instrumentation; shamanic seance meets rock and roll ecstasy.

Alan Cook & Co.: Un Nuit de Trios
Fri. August 5; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Master drummer and recent NW arrival Alan Cook brings together some of the finest improvising musicians from the Seattle creative music scene and beyond for a night of unbridled collaboration and discovery. Alan leads two varied trio sets: The Percussion Discussion teams him up with Greg Campbell and Chris Icasiano, while Big Sky features violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar and guitarist Scot Ray.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

Music in the American Wild
Sat. August 6; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Music in the American Wild is a touring celebration of the 2016 US National Park Service centennial, featuring new music inspired by and performed in national parks across the country. Eleven composers and seven performers, all affiliated with Eastman School of Music, have collaborated to honor this milestone of conservation by creating new works inspired by the national parks.

FRI. 8/12 – Parnassus Project plays music by John Zorn and Lou Harrison

SAT. 8/13 – A Microscope + Curtis Dahl + Kenny Mandell

Lou Harrison Centennial Site

Source: Lou Harrison Centennial.

Other Minds in San Francisco is pleased to announce a new Lou Harrison Centennial website. The new site is a place to keep track of all the performances of his music scheduled for the next two years. Initiated by the occasion of Harrison centennial birth anniversary, Other Minds Festival 22 will focus on the American Maverick composer whose diverse musical languages heralded a return in the 20th century to tonality through a global approach. While Other Minds has turned often to Harrison’s pioneering work both in his personal life and artistic output as a guiding spirit, we are far from being alone. Many other organizations around the world are also presenting concerts and events celebrating Harrison’s life.

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar August 2016 

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: Extended Techniques.

SATURDAY, August 6
8 PM Marcos Campello and Okkyung Lee
A member of a leading Rio de Janeiro free-rock band Chinese Cookie Poets Marcos Campello (guitar) performs with one of the most creative free improvisers in New York Okkyung Lee (cello).
VENUE: The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (240 E 52nd St, New York)

SATURDAY, August 6
8 PM and 10PM Mary Halvorson Octet
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Jon Irabagon (alto sax) Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax) Jacob Garchik (trombone) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar) John Hébert (bass) Ches Smith (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, August 7
10 PM Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter
Mary Halvorson (guitar) Weasel Walter (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY August 9
8 PM Ritual Day 1: Song for Baridegi (Mother of All Shamans)
Jen Shyu (composition, vocals, gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, piano) Mat Maneri (viola) Ikue Mori (electronics). Jen Shyu’s residency at the Stone
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY August 9
10:30 PM Tim Berne, saxophone; Hank Roberts, cello
VENUE: Korzo
ADMISSION: $10+ $10 suggested cover

SATURDAY, August 13
10 PM Ritual Day 5 (Jen Shyu’s residency at the Stone)
Tyshawn Sorey (percussion) Jen Shyu (vocals)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, August 13
8 PM Peter Evans & Joe Mcphee
VENUE: Issue Project Room
ADMISSION: $15 – 12

SUNDAY, August 14
7 PM Influences/Confluences: Bauhaus As Seen By Lukas Ligeti

Influences/Confluences: Bauhaus as seen by Lukas Ligeti

VENUE: National Sawdust

FRIDAY, August 19
8 PM Ned Rothenberg, Josh Abrams, Joe Morris, William Parker, Hamid Drake
Ned Rothenberg (clarinet, bass clarinet, sax) Josh Abrams (bass, zintar) Joe Morris (guitar, bass, banjo, banjouke, fiddle, pocket trumpet) William Parker (bass, dos n’ngoni, zintar, flutes) Hamid Drake (drums, frame drum, percussion, voice)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, August 20
9:00PM & 10:30PM Couvoisier, Feldman, Laubrock and Rainey
Sylvie Couvoisier, piano; Mark Feldman, violin; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Tom Rainey, drums
VENUE: Cornelia street cafe
ADMISSION: $20 cover includes a drink

SATURDAY, August 20
10 PM Gerald Cleaver, Craig Taborn, Joe Morris, William Parker
Gerald Cleaver (drums) Joe Morris (guitar, bass, banjo, banjouke, fiddle, pocket trumpet) William Parker (bass, dos n’ngoni, zintar, flutes) Craig Taborn (piano)
VENUE: The Stone

MONDAY, August 22
10 PM A Little Night Music | Improvisations
Cory Smythe and Craig Taborn anchor a genre-surfing two-piano program, bridging the worlds of classic and modern jazz with their supremely individual styles. Fellow ICE member and versatile trumpeter Peter Evans joins for a keyboard-brass collaboration.
VENUE: Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (Lincoln Center)

TUESDAY, August 23
Tim Berne (alto sax) Jim Black (drums, other sounds) Nels Cline (electric guitar)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, August 27
8 PM Frode Gjerstad/Steve Swell
Norwegian multi-reed player Frode Gjerstad meets with trombone great Steve Swell.
VENUE: Soup & Sound House Concert Series (292 Lefferts Ave., Brooklyn)
ADMISSION: $20 suggested donation

SUNDAY, August 28
7:00 PM David Rothenberg, et al
VENUE: Spectrum

SUNDAY, August 28
10 PM Including Words
Ryland Angel (voice) Zeena Parkins (harp) Jorge Roeder (bass) Nels Cline (electro-acoustic guitar). New music/directed improvisation utilizing the love letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham as text.
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, August 30
7 PM Chiara String Quartet – Bartók By Heart, Part I

Chiara String Quartet – Bartók by Heart, Part I

VENUE: National Sawdust

WEDNESDAY, August 31
7 PM Chiara String Quartet – Bartók By Heart, Part II

Chiara String Quartet – Bartók by Heart, Part II

VENUE: National Sawdust