Newsbits: Philippe Besombes / Peter Kuhn / Merzbow Does Sun Ra / Brötzman Releases

Rashied Ali

A Philippe Besombes 4CD reissue set is available.

Jazz Right Now reviews two recent Peter Kuhn albums.

Cold Spring Records is putting out a Merzbow remix of Sun Ra.

Jazzword reviews the reissues from Peter Brötzmann, Fred Hopkins, and Rashied Ali as well as Brotzmann and Peeter Uuskyla.

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The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Born Free: The 12th German Jazz Festival (B.Free, 2015) ****½
International Holy Hill Jazz Meeting 1969 (BE! Jazz, 2014) ***½
German Jazz Festivals – An Introduction
Mark Solborg & Herb Robertson – Tuesday Prayers (Ilk Music, 2016) *****
Ryoko Ono & Rogier Smal – Wood Moon (Jvtlandt / Toztizok Zoundz, 2016) *****
Lotto – Elite Feline (Instant Classic, 2016) ****
Lena Circus + Itaru Oki – Zanshin (Improvising Beings, 2016) ***1/2

Seattle Scene: August 18-26, 2016

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

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.

Stacey Mastrian & Stephen F. Lilly
Thu. August 18; 8 PM; $10 donation at door

Composer-performer Stephen F. Lilly and soprano-actress Stacey Mastrian present collaborations from the last fifteen years. At times humorous, at times reflective, the program includes solo voice, spoken word and singing with kalimba, piano, typewriter, and electronics. The program will also feature the world premiere of The Second, and an appearance by composer-pianist Josh Archibald-Seiffer.

Rebecca Gates + The Murkies
Fri. August 19; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Rebecca Gates shifts gears for her Horizon Line Scores, in which landscape determines elements of the performance and voice is used to explore/describe the geography of a specific site. Tonight she’ll reinterpret and re-contextualize field recordings from past scores, using them as a raw sonic data for live performance with vocals and guitar. Local treasure Kyle Hanson (the Murkies) opens with beautiful shimmery accordion solos.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

Michaud Savage & Co.: Departures
Sat. August 20; 8 PM; $10 – $20 at the door

Composer/classical guitarist Michaud Savage presents compositions for solo guitar and small chamber ensembles. These pieces are vignettes, windows. They are glances into rooms, memories as they formed, they are nowhere to go. This collection is a curated series of departures. With Kimmy Harrenstein & Janet Utterbach (violins), Teresa Sandys (viola), Nick Pozoulakis (cello), Ross Gilliland (bass).

THU. 8/25 – Composer/pianist Daniel Salo and vocalist Rachel Green + Erin Jorgenson plays narcotic marimba lullabies for adults

FRI. 8/26 – electronic music with Eric Frye + Raica + RM Francis

Fresh Sound Fall Concert Series

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Concert Schedule Sept – Nov, 2016
All concerts at Bread & Salt 1955 Julian Ave. San Diego, CA 92113
Tickets at the door: $15/$10 students

Friday, September 30th, 2016, 7:30 PM
Ingrid Laubrock (Saxophone) and Tom Rainey (Percussion)
Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey are celebrating the release of their second duo recording ‘Buoyancy’ (Relative Pitch Records) by touring the West Coast. The duo’s music draws on ….. for several years and many projects they have shared since they began working together. Their experiences of playing original compositions, free improvisations and even standard songs inform this intimate setting of improvised duets. San Diego’s Mark Dresser, bassist, will join the duo during the second set.

Wednesday, October 19th 2016, 7:30 PM
Sandbox Percussion Quartet
Percussion chamber music is a relatively new art form. It has only been in the past few decades when percussion has become a platform for chamber music with music written by composers such as Steve Reich and John Cage. It is our goal to take this music and combine it with new commissioned works and original compositions. In this way we can witness the roots of percussion chamber music and simultaneously see the road it is on for the future. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.

Friday, November 4th, 2016, 7:30 PM
Sarah Cahill (Solo Piano)
Sarah Cahill has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, and Pauline Oliveros, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, George Lewis, and others. She is especially devoted to the American experimental tradition and undeservedly neglected composers. Her radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum.

Stereocilia European Tour

Source: Stereocilia.

Stereocilia is Bristol based guitarist and composer, John Scott. John uses his guitar, analog synths and live looping techniques to create dense, rich layers of sound.

10/09/2016 | The Exchange | Bristol | Old Market Music Festival
https://www.facebook.com/events/1577675379193177/

14/09/2016 | Urgence Disk | Geneva, CH
https://www.facebook.com/events/1626192461027266/

16/09/2016 | Off Bar | Basel, CH

18/09/2016 | Cascina Torchiera | Milan, IT
https://www.facebook.com/events/314223185577204/

19/09/2016 | Fanfulla | Rome , IT

20/09/2016 | Circolo H| Latina, IT

21/09/2016 | Keith Bar | Berlin, DE

22/09/2016 | Venue TBC | Dresden, DE

23/09/2016 | Punctum | Prague, CZ
https://www.facebook.com/events/1577022552600877/

09/10/2016 | De Rumite | Amsterdam, NL

Creative Music Studio Fall Workshop, September 19 – 23

English: Steven Bernstein live at Saalfelden 2...

Source: Creative Music Studio.

Composer/educator Pauline Oliveros, pianist/composer Fabian Almazan and Creative Music Studio Associate Artistic Director/trumpeter Steven Bernstein join CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso for the CMS Fall Workshop at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, September 19 – 23, 2016. Percussionist Hamid Drake, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist Omar Tamez and pianist Angelica Sanchez, along with others to be named at a later date, will also be at the workshop. Milford Graves, previously named as a Guiding Artist for this workshop, has to travel abroad.

National Sawdust Announces Second Season

Philip Glass in the WNYC studios on December 1...

Source: The New York Times.

Musical highlights include a celebration of the composer Philip Glass at 80; a 12-hour performance of John Zorn’s “Bagatelles”; a new series called Womanproducer looking at how women create sonic worlds; the world premiere of Judith Palmer’s a cappella opera “Sweat”; and the American premiere of Vasco Mendonça’s “The House Taken Over,” a co-production with the Manhattan School of Music and the Festival d’Aix en Provence.