Newsbits: Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake / Brandon Lopez / Shokyo Ontei Series / Borbetomagus

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Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake will appear in St. Louis on January 21.

Jazz Right Now reviews a Brandon Lopez performance in New York.

Utech Records has released a boxed set of the Shokyo Ontei series. A number of radical musicians from East Asia, primarily from China and Japan, were invited to reconsider the multiplicity of possible connections between text and music. The result was the Shokyo Ontei series. Shokyo Ontei – a neologism that means literally word echoes/sound writing, emphasizes this overlap between the process of creation of meaning through sound and through the written language.

The set includes the nine original cds from the Shokyo Ontei series and a booklet with liner notes by Alan Cummings and photo by Wilson Au.

The new album from Borbetomagus is reviewed by Burning Ambulance.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

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Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Naomi Moon Siegel – Shoebox View (s/r, 2016) ****½
Roger Turner & Yukihiro Isso – Takanehishigu (Otoroku, 2016) ***½
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio ‎– Desire and Freedom (Not Two, 2016) ****
Steve Buscemi & Elliott Sharp: Rub Out the Word (Infrequent Seams, 2016) *** ½
Mark Dresser Seven – Sedimental You (Clean Feed, 2016) ****½
Jeff Platz – Low Light Filter (Glitch Records, 2016) ****
Fredrik Ljungkvist / Mattias Risberg – And Now the Queen – A Tribute to Carla Bley (Lilalo records, 2016) *****
The Revoid Ensemble – s/t (Found You Recordings, 2016) ****½
Konvoj Ensemble – Mira (Konvoj Records, 2016) ****
Martin Küchen / Johannes Heuer – Bagatellen / Cirfa 01-08 (Lenka Lente, 2016) ***½

International Contemporary Ensemble Events in Chicago

Source: International Contemporary Ensemble.

OpenICE Chicago
December 5 to December 7, 2016
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

OpenICE Chicago continues with free events, all over the city! Three evenings of concerts curated by ICE’s star soloists show their unique perspectives on the repertoire. Open workshops with Polish composer Wojtek Blecharz are also open to the public–get some insight into ICE’s collaborative working process as we design a new project!

Monday 12/5
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St.
1 – 3 pm: Composer workshop #1: with Wojtek Blecharz
7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Ricefall (2)
Michael Pisaro: Ricefall (2) (Chicago Premiere)
ICE has recruited a performance force of 16 “rice players” — all non-professional musicians – with eight ICE musicians also participating as instrumentalists. After a successful premiere during OpenICE’s New York season opening, it’s time for Chicago to get a taste of rice!

Tuesday 12/6
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St.
12 – 2 pm: Composer workshop #2: with Wojtek Blecharz
7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Duos
Steve Lehman: For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton, and Alexander Scriabin for saxophone and piano (ICE commission)
Wojtek Blecharz: Small Talks for accordion reed box and baritone sax
Milton Babbitt: Solo e Duettini for flute and guitar
Vicente Hansen: Blur for bassoon and baritone saxophone (ICE commission)
Anton Webern: Drei Stucke for piano and cello
Lead Curators: Dan Lippel and Cory Smythe

Wednesday 12/7
Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center — 78 E. Washington St.
7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Sequences (2016) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone (ICE commission)
Sabrina Schroeder: He Cuts Snow (2012) for bass flute, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, and cello
Chaya Czernowin: Sahaf (percussion, piano, electric guitar, and saxophone
Liza Lim: Inguz (1996) for clarinet and cello
Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 5 (1968) for solo piano
Sam Pluta: American Tokyo Daydream (2007) for saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion
Lead Curator: Ryan Muncy
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Dan Lippel, guitar
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Cory Smythe, piano
Alice Teyssier, flute

Coming to Detroit

William Parker

Source: Trinosophes.

Wed. Nov. 23: !, 2. Go…to Standing Rock
We’re bring back our festival of solo and duo performers, 1,2, Go, as a benefit for the guardians of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s water supply from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Organized in conjunction with Water is Life and musician/pizza-maker Matt Zolkowski. several local businesses, including Trinosophes, El Club, UFO Factory, Avalon International Breads and others, will be holding fundraising events and sending supplies to Standing Rock over the next several weeks. Our festival will run all day, from 9 am to 8 pm. Any size donation is accepted for the performances and Trinosophes is contributing 20% of sales as well.

Set times TBA, but here’s a sample of who you’ll be able to hear through out the day:
Johnny Ill, Ben Willis, Earle Davis, Warren DeFever, Efe Bes,The Arch Mystics, Betsy Soukup, Sam Hooker, 696 Blues Band, Skeeter Shelton, Matthew Smith, Nick Sternberg, Julian Spradlin, Michael Malis, Marcus Elliot, Dave Shettler, Molly Jones and Nicole Patrick, Vikki Victoria, Heath Moreland, Andrew Coltrane, James Cornish, Joel Peterson, Dave Hurley, Bridget Michaels

Fri. Nov. 25: Freak Energy! Pod Blotz, Jimbo Easter, Little Princess, Viands
A night of noise and ambient electronic music from this mixture of touring and local acts. From the pen of Jimbo: suzy poling resident west coast weirdo artist film maker is a true visual powerhouse on an artform that teeters on the edge of some tear in times fabric broken mirrors pulsing crystals and alien soundscapes /little princess is noise honcho man about town davin brainard / jimbo easter presents a new otherworldly splinter of himself “salvador” / viands synth drifters duo joel peterson dave shettler and bonus treat film screening of smashism!!!! a night not to be missed
9 pm doors; $8.

Wed. Nov. 30: Makoto Kawabata (of Acid Mother’s Temple) and Tatsuya Nakatani Duo, Chatoyant What!?! This combination of the super-psychedelic guitar of Acid Mother’s Temple founder, Makoto Kawabata, and super-human, improvising percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani is sure to be a real mind-bender and one of the great pairings of the year. The charming improvisations of kindred spirits Chatoyant gets the night going. Doors at 8 pm; $10.

Coming Soon
12/15: William Parker and Patricia Nicholson

Upcoming Ole Mathisen NY Shows

TOC (The Take Off Collective) is once again negotiating gravitational fields at ShapeShifter Lab this Wednesday Nov 23rd, 7PM – featuring Matthew Garrison, super strings; Ole Mathisen, wave/particle projections; Marko Djordjevic, time warping. $10 only. (I am also excited to hear Gene Perla’s quartet who is playing after us at 8:15.)

December 2nd, 8:30PM, SpectrumNYC
Ole Mathisen Floating Points (Ole Mathisen – tenor sax, Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Bobby Avey – piano, Gregg August – bass)
Music inspired by elusive reference points and unpredictability in natural phenomena: turbulence, wave patterns, wind shear, currents. Nature is endlessly fascinating and unpredictable. The sound of crashing waves or rustling of leaves never gets old. What if music had that same effect?