Wadada Leo Smith at the Stone Schedule Revised

Update: all shows begin at 8:30pm.

Smith’s residency at The Stone has been changed, as of yesterday, to the following:

The Stone Residency
April 18 – 23, 2017

Wadada’s Light-field Harmony with a View of Jupiter

Tuesday, April 18:
Wadada Leo Smith / Hardedge:
The Nile
Duo / Solo / Duo
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Hardedge – soundesign

Wednesday, April 19:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Erika Dohi – piano
Ken Filiano – bass
Reggie Nicholson – drums

Thursday, April 20:
The Crystal Sextet
Pacifica, Viola Quartet No. 12 with Trumpet and Electronics
Stephanie Griffin – viola
Gwen Lester – viola
Tanya Kalmanovitch – viola
Jason Kao Hwang – viola
Hardedge – electronics
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet

Friday, April 21:
Wadada Leo Smith / Pheeroan akLaff:
The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Pheeroan AkLaff – drums

Saturday, April 22:
Wadada Leo Smith’s Najwa:
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Bill Laswell – electric bass
Brandon Ross – guitar
Lamar Smith – guitar
Hardedge – soundesign
Pheeroan AkLaff – drums

Sunday, April 23:
Wadada Leo Smith’s Great Lakes Quartet
The Great Lakes Quartet performs The Great Lakes
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Jonathon Haffner – alto saxophone
Mark Helias – bass
Marcus Gilmore – drums

All Sets start at 8:30pm
Tickets: $20

Coming to Detroit

Trumpeter Peter Evans

Source: Trinosophes.

Wednesday, April . 12: Eric Arn, Ben Willis, TXTH

A veteran of avant rock projects like Primordial Undermind, Temple Lunaire and Crystalized Movements, Eric Arn now performs primarily as a soloist or in duos with Cam Deas, Stefan Kushima (Cruise Family) and Bernadette Zeilinger- as well as several European-based collaborative ensembles.

Spanning the worlds of folk-techniques and extended, modern- techniques, his guitar playing has both an earthy and an alien quality which veers towards dense harmonies and hypnotic drones- which is not to suggest it’s a mellow, dreamy affair; Arn keeps the overall energy high and the mood more intense than most drone-based music.

Two great Detroit acts open the show, including the instrumental art rock duo of Matthew Smith and Kerry Gluckman, THTX. Ben Willis follows with his oustanding extended-technique set on the (always daunting and less than fleet) double bass.

Doors at 8 pm; $7.

Saturday, April 15: Peter Evans Sextet

Perhaps the biggest rising star of avant-jazz trumpet, Peter Evans posses technical skills that re-writes what is thought to be possible on his instrument. Since coming to prominence at the age of 20 or so as a member of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Peter has gone on to work with everyone from Walter Weasil to Evan Parker to Anthony Braxton to Peter Brotzmann.

This will be the Detroit debut of Peter’s septet:
Peter Evans- trumpets
Mazz Swift – violin
Sam Pluta – live electronics
Ron Stabinsky- piano and keyboards
Tom Blancarte- bass
Levy Lorenzo – percussion and live electronics
Jim Black – drums

The Septet is 21st century chamber ensemble dedicated to a broad range of creativity, drawing on dense notated scores, free improvisation, novel combinations of acoustic and electronic sounds, the seamless incorporation of electronic instruments into live improvised textures, and a performance energy channeling both intensity and sincerity. Doors at 8 pm; $12 min donation.

Coming Soon:

4/20: J@K@L
4/21: Seraphine Collective presents R Ring, Stef Chura. Split Single, Casual Sweetheart
4/22: Immigrant Suns, Karuna (Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph)
4/25: Rough Housing (Jack Wight, Evan Lipsome, Zachary Darrup)
4/29: Duo Juthoor

More Details on Vision Festival 22


Source: Arts for Art.

Vision Fest 22:
“A Free Jazz Festival for a Just Future”
May 28- June 3, 2017

Presenting A Full Spectrum of Jazz Today
And Highlighting The Socio-Political Context of The Music And Its Practitioners

Vision Festival 22 Celebrates the Career of Multi-Instrumentalist,
Instrument Designer, and Educator:
Performing on Monday, May 29

On Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, Arts for Art officially opens Vision Festival 22 at historic Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. This first night will honor Cooper-Moore for his Lifetime of Achievement. The renowned multi-instrumentalist, educator and raconteur Cooper-Moore, is an artist whose music has been informed by his own struggle for freedom and who personifies the ideals upheld by AFA.

Cooper-Moore will be featured in a number of configurations throughout the Vision Festival – including his collaborative project Digital Primitives. Much of Cooper-Moore’s contributions have been as a key member in other groups, therefore he chooses to curate his evening with his two favorite bands: William Parker’s In Order to Survive and Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host. A short documentary on his life and work will be screened at the Anthology Film Archives on May 28.

The rest of the festival’s days will be packed with a veritable who’s who of free jazz from across the world – the multifaceted, chameleonic Miya Masaoka; the fire-breathing alto warrior Darius Jones; the celebrated collective Farmers by Nature featuring William Parker, Gerald Cleaver and Craig Taborn; former AACM president and flute innovator NicoleMitchell in a collaborative trio alongside cellist and recent New York transplant TomekaReid and drummer, composer and impresario Mike Reed, playing the music of AACM forbears such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve McCall; French upright bass pioneer Joelle Leandre; drummer and bandleader Tomas Fujiwara’s recently convened Double Trio; BassDrumBone the 40-year-old collective featuring Gerry Hemingway, Mark Helias and Ray Anderson; and the iconoclastic pianist, Matthew Shipp.

Also featured throughout Vision 22 are undeniable living legends of this music: drummer Andrew Cyrille whose influence on successive generations is immeasurable; saxophonists David Murray, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Odean Pope, Oliver Lake, all of whom possess wildly different, singular approaches to the instrument and the singular visionary drummer Hamid Drake, among others.

Digital Primitives
Cooper-Moore (piano, ashimba, etc.), Assif Tsahar (tenor sax),
Chad Taylor (drums), guest: Brian Pace (tenor sax)​

Black Host
Cooper- Moore (piano), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Brandon Seabrook (guitar),
Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), Trevor Dunn (second bassist), Darius Jones (sax)

In Order to Survive
Cooper-Moore (piano), William Parker (bass), Rob Brown (sax), Hamid Drake (drums)

Three Stories
Miya Masaoka (koto), Robert Dick (flute), Joëlle Léandre (bass)

Jazz & Poetry Choir Collective
Michael T.A. Thompson (conduction, percussion), E.J. Antonion (poet),
Rosie Hertlein (violin, poet), Chistopher Dean Sullivan (bass), Golda Solomon (poet),
Phylisha Villanueva (poet), Warren Smith (drums, poet)

Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio
Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Ralph Alessi (trumpet),
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Brandon Seabrook (guitar)

Trio Three
Andrew Cyrille (drums), Oliver Lake (sax), Reggie Workman (bass)

Dickey / Maneri / Shipp
Mat Maneri (violin), Matthew Shipp (piano), Whit Dickey (drums)

Jason Kao Hwang‘s Burning Bridge
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Joe Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (drums)

Charles Gayle Trio
Charles Gayle (sax), William Parker (bass), Michael T.A. Thompson (drums)

Odean Pope Saxophone Choir
Odean Pope (solo tenor), Gene Ghee (1st tenor), Terry Lawson (2nd tenor),
Julian Pressley (1st alto), Louis Taylor (2nd alto), Robert Landham (3rd alto),
Joe Sudler (baritone), Lee Smith (bass), Tom Lawton (piano), Craig McIver (drums)

Darius Jones & Farmers by Nature
Gerald Cleaver (drums), William Parker (bass), Craig Taborn (piano), Darius Jones (sax)

Tomeka Reid (cello), Nicole Mitchell (flute), Mike Reed (drums)

Chicago Plan
Gebhard Ullmann (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Steve Swell (trombone),
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Michael Zerang (drums)

Joe McPhee’s The Dream Book
Joe McPhee (sax, trumpet), Daniel Carter (sax, trumpet, flute), Dom Minasi (guitar),
Dominic Duvall Jr. (bass), Jay Rosen (drums), Larry Roland (bass)

Dave Burrell Quartet
Dave Burrell (piano), Kidd Jordan (sax), William Parker (bass), William Hooker (drums)

Mark Helias (bass), Gerry Hemingway (drums), Ray Anderson (trombone)

Positive Knowledge
Oluyemi Thomas (bass clarinet, sax), Ijeoma Thomas (poet, percussion),
Special Guest: Andrew Cyrille (drums)

Malaby / Maneri / Levin
Tony Malaby (saxophones), Mat Maneri (viola), Daniel Levin (cello)

Ivo Perelman Quartet
Matthew Shipp (piano), Ivo Perlman (sax), Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)

David Murray Trio
David Murray (sax), Gerry Eastman (bass), Kahlil el’Zabar (percussion)

Steve Swell News

Source: Steve Swell.

I will performing with Jason Hwang‘s Sing House at the CD release performance that will take place on April 28 at Andrew Drury’s Soup and Sound. For anyone who has not attended one of these performances at Andrew’s space it is a great place to hear music and, or course, to have some soup which is always delicious. The wine is nice too!
Details here: Soup and Sound

On May 7 I will performing Stuart Popejoy’s innovative piece entitled Pleonid also a CD release performance for Leo Records at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth. Details here: Knockdown Center

On May 20 I will be in Newburgh, NY at James Keepnews new space/series: Jazz At Atlas with William Parker’s Evidence of Endearing Beauty with this year’s Vision Festival Honoree Cooper-Moore along with Daniel Carter.
Details here: Jazz at Atlas

My co lead band with Gebhard Ullmann which has Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang will perform at the Vision Festival on June 2. We just released a CD called the Chicago Plan on Clean Feed.
Details here: Vision Festival

Additional upcoming recordings and performances include
Brotzmann/Swell/Nilssen-Love CD (Live in Tel Aviv!), Soul Travelers to headline Edgefest (Ann Arbor) in October, a new CD from Stuart Popejoy, a new CD from Allen Lowe, residencies in Houston and Krakow, and more! Stay tuned!

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud – En Corps: Generation (Dark Tree, 2017) *****
Slavic Soul Party! – Plays Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite (Ropeadope, 2016) ****
Trouble Kaze – June (Circum Disc, 2017) ****
Evan Parker, John Edwards, John Russell – Walthamstow Moon (’61 revisited’) (Byrd Out, 2017) ****
Wolter Wierbos, Jasper Stadhouders, Tim Daisy- Sounds in a Garden (Relay, 2016) ****½
Craig Taborn – Daylight Ghosts (ECM, 2017) ***½
Dickey / Maneri / Shipp – Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity, 2017) ****

Seattle Scene: April 13-29, 2017

From Seattle’s 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.

Thu. April 13, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Debut performance of saxophonist Steve Griggs with his son Ben Griggs on analog synth. While Steve improvises on the acoustic foundations of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Ben plugs into experimenters Pauline Oliveros and Steve Reich. Greg Campbell joins on percussion.

Haynes + Pyle + Kelley/Millis
Fri. April 14, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Liminal drone-pop from NoCal’s Ensemble Economique (Denovali, Not Not Fun), tactile sound corrosion fromSan Francisco’s Jim Haynes (Editions Mego, Ghostly International), and polyglot esoterica by way of murder ballad and / or blotted collage from Seattle locals Robert Millis (Climax Golden Twins, Abduction, Sublime Frequencies) in duo with trumpeter Greg Kelley (nmperign).

Inverted Space Ensemble
Sat. April 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Inverted Space Ensemble showcases an evening geared at sculpting time in new ways. Drawing on a tradition of long works, Inverted Space returns with a pair of newly composed long pieces. Our co-director Jeff Bowen unveils a world premier ensemble piece. Also on the concert is the Seattle premier of John Eagle’s tuning #3 (first position) performed by our artistic director and violinist Luke Fitzpatrick.

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

FRI. 4/28 – Eveline Müller revives her Klang Quartet and introduces the new Klang Orchestra

SAT. 4/29 – Ask the Ages first gig in over a year, expect new music and special guests

Lost Civilizations and WaBEYA in DC This Weekend

On April 17, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project returns to its residency at Dew Drop Inn DC for an evening featuring a set by Richmond-based WaBEYA.

WaBEYA is a dark ambient r&b project of Singer/Producer Mishika Tshishimbi.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello and Misc. Instruments). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Patrick Whitehead on flügelhorn and trumpet, Sam Lohman on drums, Leah Gage on drums and Emily Chimiak on violin. This project began performing in 2008. The project’s performances are unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot.

Dew Drop Inn DC is located at 2801 8th Street NE; the performance starts at 8 pm; it’s 21+ and it’s free!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/156250504897610/

For additional information: tedzook@hotmail.com