Suzanne Ciani’s Two Performances in Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Wednesday, March 29 – 8pm [5pm public discussion]
Suzanne Ciani, Buchla synthesizer
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street // $15

Thursday, March 30 – 8pm
Suzanne Ciani, piano
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street // $20

Join us for this special two-day engagement with legendary Buchla synthesizer and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani as part of the project “Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985)” co-presented with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music’s 2017 series MUSICA PRACTICA / ELETTRONICA VIVA and Ars Nova Workshop. This performance will mark Ciani’s Philadelphia debut and a rare return to the instrument she helped define and innovate, the Buchla modular synthesizer.

Newsbits: Tim Daisy / Kauders / English, Crouch, & Bellouin / Sound Etiquette

Jazz Right Now reviews four recent recordings from Tim Daisy.

God Records has released the experimental, sample-based In Another Land pt. I by Kauders

Lawrence English, Robert Crouch, and Ashley Bellouin will perform in Los Angeles on March 31.

On April 15, Sound Etiquette will celebrate the release of its first album with a performance also featuring Grex. Read our review of the album here.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

William Parker

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Niels Van Heertum – JK’s KAMER +50.92509° +03.84800° (Smeraldina-Rima, 2017) ****
Microtub – Bite of the Orange (Sofa Music, 2017) ****
Muddersten – Karpatklokke (Sofa Music, 2017) ***½
Daniel Levin Quartet – Live at Firehouse 12 (Clean Feed, 2017) ****
Joana Gama, Luís Fernandes, Ricardo Jacinto – Harmonies (Clean Feed/Shhpuma, 2017) ****
Matt Mitchell – førage (Screwgun Records, 2017) ****½
William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio – Bass Duo (AUM Fidelity, 2017) *****
Satoko Fujii – Invisible Hand (Cortez, 2016) ****½

Upcoming New York Area Shows

The Stone Commissioning Series Presents NICOLE MITCHELL’S Maroon Cloud
Nicole Mitchell (flute, electronics, compositions)
Aruan Ortiz (piano)
Fay Victor (vocals)
Tomeka Reid (cello)

MARCH 30 – 11 PM – 90 MIN SET
NUBLU (East Village/Alphabet City)
151 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
David Weiss, trumpet
Lawrence Clark, tenor saxophone
Ben Eunson, Travis Reuter, guitars
Matt Clohesy, bass
Kush Abadey, drums

MARCH 31 – 10:30 PM – 1 AM
FatCat (West Village)
75 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
Same lineup as above

Tour Dates

April 2 – SETS AT 7 PM, 9 PM, 10:30 PM
The Falcon (Orange County, NY)
1348 Rte. 9W
Marlboro, NY 12542
Same lineup as above

Avant-Garde Musician Forrest Fang On the Art of the Double Life

Source: KQED Arts. Forrest Fang is interviewed about his new album.

Forrest Fang wears many hats, but during this interview over coffee in the Mission, he’s not actually sporting any haberdashery. Instead he projects the comfortable ease of the longtime employment lawyer he is. Though not a native — he was born and raised in Southern California — he’s called the Bay Area home for over 30 years, living in North Berkeley and currently working for a firm in Hayward.

But while his clients may know Fang for his day job, another set of music fans worldwide know him for something else entirely. By the time he graduated from law school in 1984, he’d already self-released two albums of avant-garde ambient music. In the ’90s, he moved on to release through the Cuneiform label; since 2000 he’s most associated with Portland’s Projekt label. His sixth album for them, Following the Ether Sun, was released this February. It’s his 16th album overall.

Henry Threadgill Coming to Austin 

Source: Liminal Sound Series.

Liminal Sound Series and Epistrophy Arts present:

Henry Threadgill with Zooid in Austin, TX
April 7th: workshop at UT Campus: MRH (Music Recital Hall)
April 8th: Concert at The Scottish Rite Hall

About Henry Threadgill

For over forty years, Henry Threadgill has been celebrated as one of the most forward-thinking composers and multi-instrumentalists in American music. The New York Times has called him “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Born in 1944 in Chicago, Threadgill was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).

The jazz avant-garde has produced dozens of notable improvisers (not surprisingly, since improvisation is arguably the music’s defining element) but relatively few great composers. Henry Threadgill is a member of that exclusive club. With his fellow Chicagoans Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams, he’s one of the most original jazz composers of his generation. Threadgill’s art transcends stylistic boundaries. He embraces the world of music in its entirety, from ragtime to circus marches to classical to bop, free jazz, and beyond. Such might sound merely eclectic in the telling, but in truth, Threadgil always sounds like Threadgill.

In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill was named the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “distinguished musical composition by an American.” In awarding the prize, the Pulitzer committee call the release “a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.” We could not be more ecstatic for Henry and are honored to have been able to help document his work these last 15 years.