Growth of the Creative Music Micro-Festival

Source: Irish Times.

The recent rush of people to part with their hard-earned money for Ed Sheeran tickets was viewed with a mixture of scorn and envy (mostly the latter) by Ireland’s small band of “art music” promoters. While commercial promoters can rely on large venues and festival audiences, promoters of what might be termed “creative” or “outsider” music (think jazz, contemporary, avant-garde, improv, electronica and dozens of other compound micro-genres) might have to dig deep just to find a hundred listeners for music they think is just as worthy of attention.

But rather than curse the darkness, these art promoters – typically small, non-profit organisations run by fiercely committed individuals – are lighting new candles. They know branding and marketing have a role to play in art music, but rather than promoting individual artists, whose names and resumés are frequently unknown outside a small circle of fans, these enterprising promoters are creating new contexts and narratives which give curious listeners a way in to the music. In particular, the last decade has seen the emergence of the “micro-festival”, clusters of performances drawn together under a single identity that connect with audiences in a more tangible way.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Paul Steinbeck – Message to Our Folks (University of Chicago Press, 2017) ****
Angles 9 – Disappeared Behind the Sun + Equality & Death/Pacemaker
Shitney – Earth Core (Ilk Music, 2017) ****
Tim Daisy- Red Nation “1” (Relay Recordings) 2017 – ****½
Konstrukt — Molto Bene (Holidays Records, 2016) ****
Ab Baars + Terrie Ex – Shifting Sands (Terp, 2016) ****
Terrie Ex & Paal Nilssen-Love – Schobberdebonk (Bocian, 2016) ****½
Terrie Hessels & Ken Vandermark – Splinters (Audiographic, 2016) ***½
AMM – At The Roundhouse 1972 *****
Allum / Kanngiesser – Bell Tower Recordings 2013 ****
Eddie Prévost & Music Now Ensemble – Silver Pyramid 1969 ****1/2
Sebastian Lexer – Dazwischen (2009) ****
BassDrumBone – The Long Road (Auricle, 2016) ****
Jane Ira Bloom – Early Americans (Out-line, 2016) ****

Free Music Production (FMP) Exhibit in Munich

Deutsch: München, Haus der Kunst

Source: e-flux.

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
D-80538 Munich
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–8pm,
Thursday 10am–10pm

Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music
March 10–August 20

The exhibition Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music is devoted to the work of the pioneering Berlin avant-garde production platform and recording label Free Music Production / FMP, which was founded in West Berlin in 1968. FMP’s radically expansive focus on contemporary improvisational music and avant-garde jazz was an international undertaking from the outset. Cutting across diverse musical and cultural practices, FMP invited musicians and composers to explore a range of performance possibilities, resulting in hundreds of concerts, and entirely new formats for presenting music, such as the Total Music Meeting and the Workshop Freie Musik.

Interviews with Barry Cleveland 

Source: Sea of Tranquility.

A respected music journalist and solo recording artist, guitarist Barry Cleveland has recently joined forces with composer, guitarist and ‘electronics innovator’ Richard Pinhas for Mu. An album where a dreamy, if still hard hitting, selection of avant-garde world music is presented through lush instrumental pieces that constantly move and sway with atmospheric mystery. It’s a challenging, deep album which constantly evolves while staying true to its core ideals and messages. Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid delved deep into the music and motivations of Cleveland as they discussed everything from Mu to Joe Meek and much, much more…

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 06/2017

English: Larry Ochs live at Saalfelden 2009 It...

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Raoul Van Der Weide
Earcinema: Raoul Van Der Weide, B, Crackle Box/ Gancalo Almeida, B

Music from Buenos Aires
Gustavo Obligado & Ariel Flores: G Obligado, Saxes/ a Flores, Dr, Electronics

Tecla Gato: Gustavo Obligado, Sax/ Pablo Vasquez, Electronics/ Caro Tierhs, Vln

Larry Ochs
Rova Orkestrova No Favorites

the Reverend and the Chinese Opera
Reflecting Reality

François Carrier
Freedom Is Space for the Spirit: Francois Carrier, as, Chinese Oboe/ Michel Lambert, Dr/ Alexey Lapin, P

Invisible Cities: Eloise Manera Ensemble

Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra

Live at Spanski: Frank Gratkowski, Sax/ Sebi Tramontana, Tbn

the Octopus: Nathan Bontrager, Elisabeth Coudoux, Nora Krahl, Hugues Vincent, Cello

Gerry Hemmingway
the Long Road: Mark Helias, B/ Gerry Hemngway, Dr/ Ray Anderson, Tbn

Rich Halley
the Wild: Rich Halley, Ts/ Carson Halley, Dr