Thumbscrew’s Short European Tour Starts Tonight

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

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April 5th-8th
Thumbscrew European Tour

Mary Halvorson (guitar), Michael Formanek (bass) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

Wednesday, April 5th @ Stadtgarten (Köln, Germany)
Thursday, April 6th @ Centro Cultural Conde Duque Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Saturday, April 8th @ Transition Jazz Festival (Utrecht, Netherlands)

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Keir Neuringer on Tour

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APR 6: Amsterdam
World Minimal Music Festival with Ensemble Klang
I’m reuniting with friends Ensemble Klang to narrate two very different pieces: Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together & Tom Johnson’s Narayana’s Cows. Coming Together is a setting of a letter fragment written by US political prisoner Sam Melville some months before he was murdered by New York State Police during the Attica Prison Uprising in 1971. Narayana’s Cows is a piece about a math problem.

APR 7: Brussels
I’ll be making a cameo on Moor Mother’s set at the BRDCST Festival

APR 8: Amsterdam
World Minimal Music Festival with Ensemble Klang
I’m joining the ensemble on saxophone for their re-working of Julius Eastman’s epic Femenine.

APR 14: Münster
Simone Weissenfels Trio @ Black Box
Simone Weissenfels, piano
KN, saxophone
Willi Kellers, drums

APR 15: London
SPEAK CITIES featuring Evan Parker @ Cafe OTO
Matt Wright, computer/turntable
KN, saxophone
+ Evan Parker, saxophone
+ DJ Lumpen Nobleman

APR 19: Ramsgate
SPEAK CITIES @ Arco Barco
(This one is invitation only, so let me know)

APR 20: Canterbury UK
SPEAK CITIES @ St Gregory’s Center for Music

APR 21: London
World premiere of The Precipice by Matt Wright with St. Paul’s Sinfonia
St. Dunstan’s College in Catford
Matt’s written a new work for orchestra, turntable, and me, incorporating my solo recording i dreamt there was nothing wrong with my chemistry

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Tetsu Saitoh ‎– Travessia (Travessia, 2016) ****½
Musica Elettronica Viva ‎– Symphony No. 106 (Les Disques Victo, 2016) ****½
Jon Irabagon, John Hegre and Nils Are Drønen- Axis (Rune Grammofon, 2017) ****
Okkyung Lee & Lasse Marhaug – “Silver Stain” b/w “One, One, One” (Trost Jukebox Series #6, 2016) ****
Pita & Chra – “Cynthia” b/w “Not My People (Trost Jukebox Series #5, 2016) ****
Joe McPhee – Cosmic Love (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2016) ****
Ken Vandermark – Momentum 1: Stone (Audiographic Records, 2016) *****
Toshiya Tsunoda – Somashikiba (Edition T, 2016) ****½
Silver/Sanders/Wheatley – NAX/XUS ( Confront records, 2016) *****

Seattle Scene: April 6-22, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Clifford Dunn + Uneasy Chairs
Thu. April 6, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Clifford Dunn is a flutist/composer/software developer pushes the boundaries of his flute capabilities with the most advanced and esoteric technology available to create unapologetic and intense music that will make you think. Guitarist Patrick Neill Gundran (aka Uneasy Chairs) focuses entirely on free improvising and experimenting with sound.

Krausbauer + Yeh + Kelley
Fri. April 7, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

John Krausbauer (Los Angeles) performs an extended-durational piece for amplified violin, voice and synth, utilizing high volumes, just tunings and STROBE LIGHTS. C. Spencer Yeh (Brooklyn) performs on amplified violin, exploring an array of self-taught techniques through minimalist compositional frameworks. Greg Kelley presents a piece for amplified trumpet, using non-standard techniques and electronics.

Melissa Plagemann: Song Cycles
Sat. April 8, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Mezzo-soprano Melissa Plagemann premieres two song cycles for voice and piano: The Burning Harp, by Forrest Pierce, is set to poetry by Rumi, and a cycle by Seattle composer Sheila Bristow, exploring dance and movement in poetry.

FRI. 4/14 – NorCal sound artists Jim Haynes and Ensemble Mecanique + Rob Millis

SAT. 4/15 – Inverted Space Ensemble showcases a pair of newly composed long pieces by Jeff Bowen and John Eagle

FRI. 4/21 – Composer/guitarist Tom Baker reviews his compositions for guitar from 1992 to the present

SAT. 4/22 – Drone Cinema Film Festival, founded by Kim Cascone w/ live set by Seattle drone masters bités

Amina Claudine Myers Coming to Houston

English: Amina Claudine Myers

Source: Nameless Sound.

AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS
PERFORMING TWO DISTINCT CONCERTS
at Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8pm
Piano & Voice Concert
in Sanders Hall at Christ Church Cathedral

Thursday, April 27, 2017
8pm
Pipe Organ Concert
in the Cathedral at Christ Church Cathedral

Amina Claudine Myers (New York, NY) – piano, voice, pipe organ

The first-wave artists comprising the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) encompassed the breadth of what would later become the organization’s motto: “Great Black Music, From the Ancient to the Future”. The groundbreaking initiative of self-determining musicians was born in 1960’s Chicago, and its early members constituted a vital nexus of musically and geographically diverse histories and futures.

Among these first-wave artists, none expresses their deep roots in Southern African American traditions quite like the virtuosic, versatile and emotionally moving pianist, organist, vocalist and composer Amina Claudine Myers. Born in a small Arkansas town of about 250 and raised in Arkansas and Texas, Myers was only four years old when she began playing the piano. While a teenager, the young prodigy was directing choirs and playing organ in her Dallas area church, while also beginning her studies of European classical piano repertoire. Already an experienced professional when she started college, Myers began making jazz, r&b and gospel gigs while attending Philander Smith in Little Rock. At Philander Smith, she majored in music education, played in a college jazz ensemble and studied classical piano. In 1963, a public school teaching job brought Myers to Chicago. There, she would join the AACM, while also working as accompanist to such jazz greats as Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt.