Upcoming Arraymusic Shows

Source: Toronto’s Arraymusic.

Array/Evergreen Community Gamelan
Sunday, December 18, 2016 1pm to 4pm
Array Space 155 Walnut Ave.
Toronto, M6J 3W3
Array/Evergreen Community Gamelan Meetup.
Have a seat and immediately join in the music making. These are fun, hands-on Meet Ups that bring people together to play beautiful Indonesian instruments. Along with a huge collection of percussion instruments including gongs, bowls, vibes, marimba, drums, djembe, congas, bells, chimes, shells and more, we also can use the Gamelan Instruments used in the recording of the soundtrack for Life of Pi (music by Mychael Danna).

Array Session #43
Monday, December 19, 8pm
The Array Space
155 Walnut Ave, M6J 3W3
Spontaneous Group Composition
Session #43 lineup:
Lina Allemano – trumpet
Rob Clutton – string bass
Nicole Rampersaud – trumpet
Martin Arnold – Vox invader

Cascades and Abysses: Stephen Clarke in Recital
Sunday, January 8, 8pm
Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Ave. M6R 2G5
$20 / PWYC
Arraymusic’s resident piano virtuoso, Stephen Clarke presents a concert of works by four radically singular composers, Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988), Udo Kasemets (1919-2014), Horatiu Rădulescu (1942-2008) and Gerald Barry (1952). All four composers bring together extreme clarity with unsettling strangeness.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
The Array Space
155 Walnut Ave, M6J 3W3
Marco Cappelli – Doug Wieselman – Jose Davila – Ken Filiano – Jim Pugliese. Special guest: Francesco Pellegrino
IDR is the result of the artistic exchange between Marco Cappelli and Jim Pugliese, whose mutual reverence for the villages’ ritual music brought them to the following statement: reflect the process of memory’s distortion of the second/third immigrantes generation, living in the New Yorker cultural melting pot with a strong traditional background;

New Tri-Centric Foundation Releases

Ingrid Laubrock

Source: The Tri-Centric Foundation.

Anthony Braxton‘s opera Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) is now streaming on Vimeo On Demand ($6.99 for 30 days, or $29.99 for purchase). This is the latest Braxton opera to be staged, a four-act multimedia tour de force which premiered in 2014 at Roulette featuring a cast of 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists and a 36-piece orchestra. Of course, the opera is still available as a deluxe physical boxset, with 4-CDs, Bluray disc, and booklet with complete libretto and composer’s notes (New Braxton House 906), but Tri-Centric is excited to offer this additional streaming format to make the video of the performance more widely available.

For the inaugural release of Tri-Centric Forum, a new imprint on Bandcamp, we are starting off with Music of Blake, Bynum & Laubrock: Agora, Questions of Transfiguration, Vogelfrei. The album features new music for creative orchestra by Daniel Blake, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Ingrid Laubrock, performed by the Tri-Centric Orchestra and conducted by Bynum in concerts at Roulette in 2013 and 2015. While all three composers have well-earned reputations in contemporary improvised music, these recordings present their first works for an ensemble of this size and scope, and we are proud to offer this fantastic music to our listeners. The music is free to stream and $6 to download, and any proceeds from this release will go to support future commissions and performances by the Tri-Centric Orchestra.

Newsbits: Wadada Leo Smith / Pauline Oliveros / The Freedom Principle / Andrew Cyrille and Bill McHenry / Olivia Block

Andrew Cyrille

The Quietus reviews the latest release from Wadada Leo Smith.

Pauline Oliveros is remembered.

Jazz Right Now reviews The Freedom Principle, an exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

The new album from Andrew Cyrille and Bill McHenry is reviewed.

Videos are available of Olivia Block discussing one of her latest installations, as well as the installation itself.

Chicago Scene: December 17-24, 2016

Hamid Drake at Moers Festival 2006, Germany

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

Saturday, December 17th 2016

3:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($20-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Taiko Legacy
Tatsu Aoki

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($20-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tatsu Aoki

Sunday, December 18th 2016

3:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($20-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Taiko Legacy
Tatsu Aoki

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
For John Cage
Morton Feldman Chamber Players

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mars Williams presents An Ayler Xmas
Mars Williams, Josh Berman, Steve Hunt, Fred Lonberg-Holm, James A Baker, Brian Sandstrom, Kent Kessler

Monday, December 19th 2016

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

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
David Boykin Expanse

Wednesday, December 21st 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake Ensembles

Thursday, December 22nd 2016

6:00AM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25)
26th Anniversary Winter Solstice Concerts
Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Solstice Drum Quartet
Avreeayl Ra, Mike Reed, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

Friday, December 23rd 2016

6:00AM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25)
26th Anniversary Winter Solstice Concerts
Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake

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

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, 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/

Jazzword Reviews

Source: Jazzword.

Henrik Pultz Melbye


More Dreams Less Sleep

Michael Vlatkovich
Myrnofant’s Kiss

Anna Weber’s Simple Trio

Shipwreck 4

Franklin Kiermyer
Closer to the Sun

Advances and Delays


Sergio Armaroli Trio with Giancarlo Schiaffini
Micro and More Exercises

Peter Evans in New York Reviewed

Trumpeter Peter Evans

Source: The New York Times.

Peter Evans brought a piccolo trumpet to his lips at the start of a recent solo performance at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, and within moments he’d cast a deep and disorienting spell. Standing on the concrete floor in semidarkness, he played one long, unbroken improvisation that defied the conventional limitations of the instrument, if not the laws of physics.

At surface level, it was a special-effects demonstration, a bonanza of texture and timbre: quavery drones, like an oscillating synthesizer; delicate ghost tones, hovering in flute range; sharp, plosive rivets of percussive airflow. But Mr. Evans was also engaged in an enigmatic ritual of physical exertion and formal control. His brazen inventions took on a durational logic, as a larger shape emerged from a blizzard of details.