Carla Bley Interview

Carla Bley, Treibhaus Innsbruck 2009. Concert ...

Source: thedailytimes.com.

There’s a radio of some mysterious origin, buried deep in the brain of 80-year-old jazz maven Carla Bley, that’s always on.

It’s unclear from where it originates — her family of origin, perhaps, given that her father was a piano teacher and church choir leader; or the time she spent as a cigarette girl hawking wares to customers at New York’s iconic Birdland jazz club. But it’s always broadcasting, Bley told The Daily Times recently.

“Something is always, constantly playing in my head, and Steve Swallow (Bley’s longtime partner and a renowned jazz bassist) is the same way,” said Bley, who makes her first trip to East Tennessee for one of her extremely rare North American performances next week for Knoxville’s annual Big Ears Festival. “Sometimes, we’ll say to each other, ‘What are you hearing?’ But it goes away when you’re working on your own music.”

Vital Weekly Reviews 1073

Source: Vital Weekly.

EDIDIJA MEDEKSAITE – TEXTILE (CD by Music Information Centre Lithuania) *
TOOG – THE PREPARED PUBLIC (CD by Karaoke Kalk) *
SATOKO INOUE & KENICHI KANAZAWA & HIROYUKI URA – SCORES (CD by Ftarri) *
STEFAN ROIGK – THE RISING OF MATTEO (CD by Tochnit Aleph) *
STEFAN ROIGK – SPRACH MUSIK (CD by Tochnit Aleph) *
RALLIDAE – TURNED, AND WAS (CD by Gold Bolus)
KNUCKLEBALL (CD by Gold Bolus)
RIHARDS BRAZINSKIS & RAITIS UPENS – ALDARIS (CD by Unfathomless) *
KASPER T. TOEPLITZ – GRIS (CD by Recordings Of Sleaze Art) *
KEITH BERRY – ELIXIR (CD by Invisible Birds) *
WHITE (LP by Adaadat)
ELEPHANT HOUSE – PONY RIDE (LP by Adaadat)
ALLEGORY CHAPEL LTD – WITHOUT TEARSL NOISE IN THEORY OR PRACTICE (LP by Throne Heap)
MODELBAU – NEITHER NOR – (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
HLUKAR – UNSPOKEN MISANTHROPIC NARRATOR – (CDR by Urbsounds)
VITALY MAKLAKOV – ZHELEZNIE SKAZKI PT. 2 (CD by Frozen Light)
UTON – ETERNAL FLOW (CD by Frozen Light) *
EASTROD – KEEP NO COMPANY (cassette, private)
CHESTNUT – WATER FOR TEA AND COFFEE (cassette by Land Turtle Records)
HANGJUN LEE & MARTIN TETREAULT – FILM WALK (cassette by Crustaces Tapes)
AGOGOL & NAABTALDEATH – ROMANTIC INTERLUDE (cassette, private)
HOPEK QUIRIN – PASSING TUBES/RÖHREN (cassette by Emitter Micro)

The Bridge Ensembles Tour Dates, Chicago and Elsewhere

Mwata Bowden

THE BRIDGE #13
May 6 – 18

Pierre Antoine Badaroux — alto sax
Jean-Luc Guionnet — alto sax, pipe organ
Jim Baker — piano, keyboards, synthetizers
Jason Roebke — double bass

5/6, The American-Indian Center: “The Bridge to Native Chicago: A music Exchange of Jazz and Songs of the Southern Plains”, 7pm

5/7, Logan Center for the Arts: quartet concert followed by a debate moderated by Sam Pluta, 6.00pm

5/7, The Hungry Brain: lineup TBD, 9.30pm

5/8, Elastic Arts: P.A. Badaroux, J.L. Guionnet, Nick Mazzarella & Mars Williams alto saxophone quartet, 9pm

5/9, Irving Park United Methodist Church: J.L. Guionnet pipe organ solo, 7pm

5/9, The Whistler: P.A. Badaroux & Jean-Luc Guionnet + Ben Lamar Gay, Mwata Bowden, Harrison Bankhead & Isaihah Spencer

5/10, Chicago Temple: J.L. Guionnet solo pipe organ during the ceremony. 10pm

5/10, The Promontory: the quartet plays with Tatsuo Aoki (bass), Kioto A. (taiko drums), Jonathan Chen (violin) & Lou Mallozzi (turntables & electronics). 8pm.

5/11, Comfort Station: P.A. Badaroux, Jim Baker & illusionist Sean Masterson site-specific performance, 7pm

5/11, Elastic Arts: quartet concert, 2nd set with guest Fred Lonberg-Holm + TBA, 9.15pm

5/12, Experimental Sound Studio: quartet concert, 7.30pm
Jean-Luc Guionnet’s visail work will be exhibited in the gallery!

5/13, Corbett vs Dempsey: Jean-Luc Guionnet saxophone solo, 3pm

5/14, Woodland Pattern (Milwaukee, WI): quartet concert, 7pm

5/15, Beat Kitchen: P.A. Badaroux & J.L. Guionnet perform with Extraordinary Popular Delusions, 9pm

5/16, Doug Fogelson Studio: quartet concert, 9pm

5/17, Constellation: P.A. Badaroux, J.L. Guionnet & Jim Baker play two sets with Christian Dillingham & Mikel Patrick Avery. Greg Ward joins in the second set. 8.30pm

5/18: TBA

Bridge Work Ahead !

France, October 2017 — THE BRIDGE #0
Fred Jackson Jr. — saxophones
Stéphane Payen — saxophones
Makaya McCraven — drums
Edward Perraud — drums

Chicago, November 2017 — THE BRIDGE #9
Mike Ladd — spoken word, electronics
Mankwe Ndosi — voice
Sylvain Kassap — clarinets
Dana Hall — drums

France, February 2018 — THE BRIDGE #14
Keefe Jackson — saxophones, clarinets
Dave Rempis — saxophones
Christine Wodrascka — piano
Didier Lasserre — drums
Peter Orins — drums

Chicago, May 2018 — A PRIDE OF LIONS [THE BRIDGE #11]
Daunik Lazro — baritone and tenor saxophones
Joe McPhee — tenor saxophone, pocket trumpet
Joshua Abrams — double bass, guimbri
Guillaume Séguron — double bass
Chad Taylor — drums, mbira

Coming to Philapdelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Saturday, March 18 – 8:00pm
STEPHAN CRUMP’S RHOMBAL
with Stephan Crump, Ellery Eskelin, Adam O’Farrill & Tyshawn Sorey
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street // $20
Tickets: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/stephan-crumps-rhombal-03-18-2017
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present bassist Stephan Crump with his new quartet Rhombal, convened around a body of work composed for Crump’s late brother. Though he’s played regular with Vijay Iyer’s trio and quartet as well as guitarist Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet and drummer Ches Smith’s trio, among others, Crump has focused on more intimate, less traditional projects as a leader for the last 15 years. The tragic events of 9/11 led him to form his all-string Rosetta Trio, while his other recordings have all been duos, whether with Mary Halvorson or Steve Lehman. Rhombal was inspired by another tragedy, the loss of Crump’s older brother Patrick, who lost his battle with a rare sarcoma in May 2014. Despite its origins, Crump says that the quartet “is not about sadness [but is instead] a commemoration of a death well-confronted [and] of a spiritual evolution.”

Saturday, March 18 – 3:00pm
WADADA LEO SMITH / PHEEROAN AKLAFF DUO
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
SOLD OUT

Friday, March 24 – 8:00pm
STEVE LEHMAN’S SÉLÉBÉYONE
with Steve Lehman, Gaston Bandimic, HPrizm, Maciek Lasserre, Carlos Homs, Drew Gress & Damion Reid
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street // $25
Tickets: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/steve-lehmans-sélébéyone-03-24-2017