William Parker’s 65th Birthday Celebration Concert Reviewed

William Parker

Source: All About Jazz.

To celebrate the 65th birthday of legendary bassist William Parker, the Painted Bride Arts Center, Ars Nova Workshop, and Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound joined forces to sponsor a top of the line sextet including Parker in the catbird seat and Zankel at the helm. For those who don’t know about Parker, he is an outstanding bassist, composer, and band leader, who for many years has been a prominent force in the New York and world-wide experimental jazz scene. Socially conscious and deeply spiritual, he came to Philadelphia not so long ago to present a stunning original composition based on the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the same musicians participated in this birthday event.

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Ingrid Laubrock

Source: New York’s ISSUE Project Room.

On Tuesday, February 28, Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presents The Evolution Suite for jazz quintet, string quartet, and electronics. The five-movement, hour-long composition was premiered and recorded in December 2015 at Symphony Space in New York City.

The following day, Wednesday, March 1, Travis Laplante presents A Dance That Empties, a newly commissioned long-form composition. The evening will also feature Laplante’s saxophone quartet Battle Trance performing the album-length composition Blade of Love. Released on New Amsterdam Records/NNA Tapes in August 2016 to wide critical acclaim, Blade of Love was included on best-of-2016 lists from Rolling Stone, NPR, Stereogum, Bandcamp, and more.

Finally, on Thursday, March 2, Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from their recent Firehouse 12 Records release Enter the PlusTet, followed by the U.S. premiere of Uncle, Another Tale – a piece first performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra last fall, and now reimagined for improvising creative orchestra. Featuring an all-star cast of Roulette regulars including Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ingrid Laubrock on saxophone, and Tomeka Reid on cello, the PlusTet is the expansion of Bynum’s core sextet into a fully-fledged orchestra.

Tuesday, February 28 @ 8pm
Richard Sussman Evolution Ensemble: The Evolution Suite

Wednesday, March 1 @ 8pm
[COMMISSION] Travis Laplante: A Dance That Empties // Battle Trance: Blade of Love

Thursday, March 2 @ 8pm
Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet

Saxophone Quartet Battle Trance Works Toward Transcendence 

Source: Portland Mercury.

Travis Laplante’s relationship with music goes beyond the simple joys of performing and listening. The New York-based saxophonist and qigong healer sees sound as something elemental that can have a huge impact on listeners.

“The transcendent quality of music, that’s what I’m interested in,” he says, speaking from his home in Brooklyn. “It’s so mysterious that it’s hard to describe with words. But there’s something about being in the moment with everyone as a human and letting the movement come alive and take a hold of our hearts. It’s a transmission that I’ve felt and I know any music lover has felt. Something is happening there that is greater than the sum of all the parts.”

It was this kind of transmission that Laplante was hoping to create when he literally dreamt up his current group, Battle Trance.

Boulez’s South American Experience

Pierre Boulez in 2004

Source: The Guardian.

The composer and conductor Pierre Boulez died in January last year, aged 90. He was the first of many great musicians to die in 2016 but his name was rarely mentioned in the end-of-year roundups, simply because he didn’t have the public prominence of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen or Prince. Nonetheless, Boulez changed the concept of music – the very idea of what it is – far more than those who are more publicly mourned. He completely transformed the rules of composition, and his work challenged preconceptions in postwar Europe just as it does today.

Franck Vigroux’s Tempest and Centaure in New York Next Week

English: photo

Source: WhiteBox.

DATE: February 1st, 2nd and 3rd @ 7pm
LOCATION: 329 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002
COST: Suggested donation: $10 at the door.

WhiteBox presents
two exceptional music + video performances:
FRANCK VIGROUX AND ANTOINE SCHMITT’S
TEMPEST
+
FRANCK VIGROUX AND KURT D’HAESELEER’S
CENTAURE

TEMPEST
FEBRUARY 1ST & 3RD @ 7 PM

Tempest is a live audio and video performance by Franck Vigroux and Antoine Schmitt.

Just after the big bang, the universe was completely shapeless, filled with matter and energy, but irregularities were born, which became atoms, suns and planets…Within the primitive soup on Earth, indistinct molecules started to group as bacterias, to become life, animals, humans…Tempest recreates the sound and fury of these original maelstroms within which it searches for the origin of form. As an audio and visual performance, Tempest associates the analog instruments of Franck Vigroux with the visual algorithms of Antoine Schmitt, to create a real system-universes of pure chaos, that can be seen in the movements of millions of particles and can be heard through the roaring of air. By manipulating the internal forces of this chaos, the performers give birth to audio and visual shapes that develop in time, with more or less stability, more or less evidence.

CENTAURE
FEBRUARY 2ND @ 7 PM

Centaure is a live audio and video performance by Franck Vigroux (music) and Kurt d’Haeseleer (video).

Centaure is a postdigital road trip to a dystopic future. It’s a virtual ‘safari’ to a world populated by cloned creatures and mutations of species that seem to have been artificially rebuilt from contaminated DNA. Man has disappeared, absorbed by technology, which has become anthropomorphic. Everything breathes, smells, rot, transforms … The grass, the trees, the water, the clouds, everything is contaminated with a barely visible, but omnipresent technology. Human flesh has exploded and has morphed with machines to give birth to a perverted new nature.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1066

Source: Vital Weekly.

DAVE PHILLIPS – SELECTIVE MEMORY/PERCEPTION (CD by Noise Below) *
DAVE PHILLIPS – SOUTH AFRICA REDORDINGS (2CD, private) *
DAVE PHILLIPS – RISE (LP by Ideal Recordings)
FOND OF TIGERS – UNINHABIT (CD by Drip Audio)
SOME SOME UNICORN – UNICORNUCOPIA (CD by Clutter Music)
BAKERS OF THE LOST FUTURE – I BELONG TO THE BAND (2CD by Inexhaustible Editions)
TECH RIDERS – IN THE SKY (CD by Gold Soundz / attenuation circuit / Korm Plastics) *
ANNA ERIKSSON – GHOST INSIDE GHOST (CD by Lamour Records)
IM WALD – ORION (CD by Wide Ear Records)
TOC & THE COMPULSIVE BRASS – AIR BUMP (CD by Circum Disc)
MURDER CORPORATION – RULE OF DESTRUCTION (CD by Menstrual Recordings) *
GEIR SUNDSTOL – LANGEN R6 (CD by Hubro Music)
CHRISTIAN WALLUMROD ENSEMBLE (CD by Hubro Music)
ASMUS TIETCHENS – SOIREE FANTASTIQUE (miniCD by Auf Abwegen) *
GILLES AUBRY – AND WHO SEES THE MYSTERY (LP by Corvo Records)
MURMER – SONGS FOR FORGETTING (LP by Gruenrekorder)
JOACHIM NORDWALL – THE IDEAL BLACK (LP by Ideal Recordings)
IDEALISM VOLUME II (LP compilation by Ideal Recordings)
MARTIJN COMES & ORPHAX (CDR, private) *
LASZLO KOVACKS/FREIBAND (cassette by Powdered Hearts) *