Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Jimmy Carl Black

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn Composer Series! Alex Cline Flower Garland Orchestra 2 CD Mini Box-Set! Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures! A Dozen Discs from Clean Feed: Tony Malaby/Mat Maneri/Daniel Levin! Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day Qt! Angelica Sanchez Trio! Michael Attias Quartet!

Rob Mazurek! Samo Salamon/Achille Succi/Julian Arguelles..! Kaja Draksler Octet 2 CD Set! Trespass Trio! Carlos Bica Azul & Jim Black! Zack Clarke Trio! Daniel Levin/Haker Flaten/Corsano Trio! Sebastien Ammann/Michael Attias Qt! The Urge Trio: Tomeka Reid/Keefe Jackson/Christoph Erb! Steve Jansen!

Plus Historic Discs from Eugene Chadbourne & Jimmy Carl Black! Herbie Hancock/Marsalis Brothers/Tony Williams! Freddie King! B.B. King! Prince Far I! Conrad Schnitzler/Pole! Nine More Lovely Music CD Reissues: Robert Ashley/Joan La Barbara! ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny! David Rosenboom & Anthony Braxton! Plus loads of Great Vinyl!


The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, March 12th: CD Release Set for Rob Price’s New Trio!

Sunday, March 26th Triple Header Starting at 6pm with:
NICOLA HEIN – Solo Guitar
SEAN ALI – Solo Contrabass

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017:
6pm: LEAP OF FAITH Return!
7pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT – Solo Bass

Sunday, April 9th:

Sunday, April 16th: Easter Sunday, no in-store

Sunday, April 23rd:
6pm: J. A. GRANELLI & MR. LUCKY TRIO with: J.A GRANELLI – Piccolo Bass, Lap Steel Guitar / NATE SHAW – Keyboards / OWEN HOWARD – Drums

Sunday, April 30th:

Chicago Scene: March 25 – April 1, 2017

Tatsu Aoki

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

Sunday, March 26th 2017

6:00PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($20) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tortoise, with special guest The Lonesome Organist

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Frode Haltli “The Border Woods” : Frode Haltli, Emilia Amper, Håkon Stene, Eirik Raude

9:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($20) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tortoise, with special guest The Lonesome Organist

Monday, March 27th 2017

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

Tuesday, March 28th 2017

9:00PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($12) (wheelchair-accessible)
Lawrence English
Cleared — CD release
Mike Weis

Wednesday, March 29th 2017

7:00PM at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Ct, 312.360.0234 ($15-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Fred Anderson Birthday Concert
Art Ensemble of Chicago book signing
Tatsu Aoki Quintet with Edward Wilkerson Jr, Mai Sugimoto, Avreeayl Ra, Coco Elysses

Thursday, March 30th 2017

7:30PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Donation)
Deadbeat : Jessica Risker
Rami Atassi, Tatsu Aoki

Friday, March 31st 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
4th Anniversary : The Wrecking Ball and Gala

Saturday, April 1st 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
James Falzone’s Allos Musica, with Ronnie Malley, Jeremiah McLane, Tim Mulvenna — Record release

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Charles Hayward, Sven-Åke Johansson and Weasel Walter in Paris Reviewed

English: Weasel Walter playing bass, with Marc...

Source: JazzWise.

Sonic Protest runs its core festival across various Parisian venues, but it also sends transmissions around the rest of France, staging satellite gigs in cities such as Marseille, Nantes, Lille and Bordeaux. The emphasis is on confrontational and/or challenging rock and/or electronics, but there is also much of interest for the more wayward jazz fan.

A noticeable sub-tendril was the appearance of three drummers with considerable jazz connections, even if they might often inhabit routes taken through other portals. Sticksmen from England, Sweden and the US were involved across three different evenings. Charles Hayward was a founding member of This Heat, one of the most visceral and innovative bands at the late-1970s intersection point of punk, dub, prog, noise and funk. Sven-Åke Johansson is a veteran free improviser, a founder member of the Globe Unity Orchestra. Weasel Walter spends much of his time at the extreme ends of rock, but has always nailed free jazz polyrhythms at the heart of his approach.

Elder Ones, Ethiopian Octopus, and Ted Zook April 14th in DC

On April 14, Elder Ones,  Ethiopian Octopus and Ted Zook at will perform at Bossa Bistro + Lounge; 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC.

Elder Ones is the quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (Seaven Teares/Elizabeth-Caroline Unit).  It lies nestled in a venn diagram of musical spheres and communities in New York City.  Ms Kidambi and her collaborators saxophonist Matt Nelson (Battle Trance/Tune-Yards), bassist Brandon Lopez (Tongues, The Undermine Trio) and drummer Max Jaffe (JOBS, Unnatural Ways) have crossed paths in the DIY underbelly, in incestuous circles of free improvisers, and uncomfortable chairs in concert halls of angular new music.  The instrumentalists chosen for this project draw from a wide variety of vocabularies from hip-hop to free improv, each bringing their own highly individual sound to the group.  The quartet uses composed material and loose structures as a template for improvisation.  Oscillating between worlds of modal Sufi-like circular grooves and free improvisation to jagged rhythmic precision and meditative drones, Thyagaraja, Coltrane or Stockhausen could be equally suspected as illegitimate fathers of their sound.

Ethiopian Octopus is a solo keyboard project of Araya Woldemichael.  Araya is a founder of the Washington DC-based Ethio-Jazz group, Feedel Band. His formal training in music began in Ethiopia and ended was completed in Moscow, Russia. After arriving to the US he quickly started playing with local musicians in restaurants and clubs.  During this period he had an opportunity to play with legendary Ethiopian musicians Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Tilahun Gessesse and Aster Aweke.

Ted Zook is primarily a nylon-string guitarist, but he also plays basscello through digital signal processors and a variety of digitally-processed, non-traditional analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, etc.  He began his study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay (the latter under the guidance of Luis Acosta), and continued upon his return to the U.S. in the early 1960s under Sophocles Papas (classical) and Frank Mullen (jazz).   David Darling ( is Ted’s mentor in improvisation.  In 2016, Ted was recognized as a Steinberger Artist.   Currently, Ted regularly plays experimental music in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.

Free Jazz / Improv Shows Coming to Bristol

The Greenbank Pub, 57 Belle Vue Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6DP
The Bristol FRINGE Cafe-Bar, 32 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BZ
Exchange, 72 – 73 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EJ
Stag & Hounds, 74 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EJ

Wednesday 5th April 8:30pm – Stag & Hounds – free
Noizubito + Foster, Grigg, Sneddon
Noizubito – renegade beats and noises from the jaws of hell
Foster, Grigg, Sneddon – Robin Foster – Electronics, Matthew Grigg – Guitar/Amplifier, Rebecca Sneddon – Alto Saxophone – barbed scree, algorithmic splinters, immolating skronk.

Thursday 13th April 8:30pm – Greenbank – £5 on the door
Strange Strings + Exchange Band
Strange Strings – Julian Dale ‘cello, Hugh Kirkbride double bass, Mark Langford tenor sax, Roger Skerman drums
Playing tunes by Albert Alyer with spontaneous combustion and composting inclusive.
Exchange Band – Paul Anstey and Hugh Kirkbride double bass, Roger Skerman and Roger Telford drums, Mark Langford reeds.

Sunday 16th April 2.00pm – Exchange – free
Exploratory guitar/percussion with
Matthew Grigg – Guitar/Amplifier, Roger Skerman – Drums, Percussion

Monday 17th Apr 8:30pm – Fringe Cafe – free
Calcine Trio with Caitlin Alais Callahan & Mark Langford
Calcine trio – Matthew Grigg guitar, amplifier, Rebecca Sneddon saxes, Roger Telford drums with guests Caitlin Alais Callahan double bass and Mark Langford bass clarinet, tenor sax

Monday 24th Apr 8:30pm – Fringe Cafe – free
FringeFreeMusic – special guest Harry Iceman Furniss
Harry Furniss cornet … boldly making his debut immersion…..
with irregulars Paul Anstey double bass, Phil Gibbs guitar, Bob Helson drums, Mark Langford reeds

Saturday 29th April 2.00pm – Exchange – free
Calcine Quartet
Matthew Grigg – Guitar/Amplifier, Dominic Lash – Double Bass, Rebecca Sneddon – Alto Saxophone, Roger Telford – Drums, Percussion