Orenda Records Overview Published

We recently published an overview of L.A.’s Orenda Records.  This page collects nine reviews that we’ve written on Orenda releases over the last three years, and provides what I believe to be the only overview of the label.  You can access it at the Retrospectives menu above, or at the link below. Enjoy!


James Ilgenfritz New Release and Short Midwest Tour

Source: James Ilgenfritz.

Ilgenfritz is on tour in advance of the release of his new solo CD Origami Cosmos, featuring works composed by Annie Gosfield, JG Thirlwell, Miya Masaoka, and Elliott Sharp.

Wednesday March 15: Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor MI
Thursday March 16: Dreamland Theater, Louisville KY
Friday March 17: Distro, Pittsbugh PA (presented by The Consortium and Alia Musica)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Mats Gustafsson at "Sonore" concert,...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Mats Gustafsson & Craig Taborn – Ljubljana (Clean Feed, 2017) ****½
Mats Gustafsson/ Alfred Vogel – Blow+Beat (Boomslang, 2017) ***½
Mats Gustafsson & Joachim Nordwall – A Map of Guilt (Bocian, 2017) ***
Harriet Tubman – Araminta (Sunnyside, 2017) ***½
Straytone, Nakamura, Masubuchi, Tokunaga – A Crescent and Moonflowers (Meenna, 2016) ****
Barcode Quartet – Live in Brasil (Grazer Etikett, 2016) ****
Wacław Zimpel – LAM (Instant Classic, 2016) ****½
John Abercrombie – Up and Coming (ECM, 2017) ***½
Ralph Towner – My Foolish Heart (ECM, 2017) ****
Shane Parish – Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tzadik, 2016) ****
Ross Hammond – Follow Your Heart (Prescott, 2017) ****

Lost Civilization and The Dusty Stars in DC on March 20

On March 20, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project, augmented by Leah Gage, returns to its residency at Dew Drop Inn DC for an evening featuring a set by The Dusty Stars .
The Dusty Stars play powerfolk, a contemporary “Peoples’ Music” all about taking a walk through the Now & Then.  This is not the folk music of the 20th Century but rather the evolving folk tradition of the 21st Century here in the melting pot of the USA. The Dusty Stars occupy the space between folk & punk, between citybeat nightpop & sunshine field twang, between roses & corvettes, between slash & flash, between the briar & the road . . . From the little river in their hearts they will ride the rapids down to the tranquil waters of upbeat, feel good music using guitar, bass, piano, drums & vocals.
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics); Sam Lohman (drums); Larry Gomez (percussion); Patrick Whitehead (flügelhorn and trumpet); Leah Gage (drums); Bob Boilen (ARP Synth) and Emily Chimiak (violin). This evening, the project will be accompanied by Leah Gage on drums.  The project’s performances are unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot; all performances are recorded and posted as free downloads.
This event is no cover/no minimum. For additional information: tedzook@hotmail.com
Dew Drop Inn DC is located at 2801 8th Street NE; the performance starts at 8 pm; it’s 21+ and it’s free!