Mulhouse Music Festival

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

The Mulhouse Music Festival will take place on August 22 – 27 in Mulhouse France.

The festival will include performances from:

Additional information including the workshop series and full program available at: WWW.FESTIVAL-METEO.FR


Seattle Scene: May 5-20, 2017

Lou Harrison

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.

Seattle Composers’ Salon
Fri. May 5, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

At bi-monthly, informal presentations, the Seattle Composers’ Salon features finished works, previews, and works in progress by regional composers and performers. Composers, performers, and audience members gather in a casual setting that allows for experimentation and discussion. Tonight: John Kammerer, Jeremiah Lawson, Patrick O’Keefe, John Teske.

S. Nehil + C. Shafii + RM Francis
Sat. May 6, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Seth Nehil (Portland), RM Francis (Seattle) and Cameron Shafii (San Francisco). Each set will be presented in 4-channel quad surround sound.

FRI. 5/12 – Nonsequitur presents Bay Area composer Zachary James Watson w/ ensemble of Seattle musicians

SAT. 5/13 – Gamelan Pacifica: Lou Harrison at 100 Years

SAT. 5/20 – Sound of Late plays music of Missy Mazzoli

Cuneiform Releases for May 2017

Source: Cuneiform Records.

Bubblemath – Edit Peptide

Radical yet refined composer and songwriter Frank Zappa once remarked, “Progress is not possible without deviation,” and if he were alive to hear them, he’d almost certainly agree that Minnesota fivesome Bubblemath exudes his philosophy (and daring spirit) with every unconventional rhythmic change, off-the-wall timbre, and multilayered melody. Like 2002’s debut LP, Such Fine Particles of the Universe, the band’s long-awaited second sum, Edit Peptide, equates to a masterful medley of artful aural arithmetic. Blending the in-your-face intricacy of Between the Buried and Me and The Mars Volta with the eccentric experimentation of Mr. Bungle, the dense and poppy harmonies of Umphrey’s McGee and Echolyn, the symphonic vibrancy and tongue-in-cheek foundation of Beardfish, and the forceful fluidity of Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, and Emanuel and the Fear, Bubblemath ensures that the sequence builds upon itself with enough intriguing discipline to make Fibonacci proud (you know, if he listened to this kind of thing).

Cheer-Accident – Putting Off Death

Against all the odds, in the face of an unstable record industry that never embraced their restless experimentation, Chicago avant-rock pioneers CHEER-ACCIDENT have survived to release their 18th album, Putting Off Death. More than 30 years after first joining forces, fellow eclecticists Thymme Jones and Jeff Libersher have faced down the inevitable and returned with a new set of songs that’s as unpredictable, exploratory and viscerally compelling as anything they’ve released over the course of their erratically evolving career.

The Great Harry Hillman – Tilt

The Great Harry Hillman is a Swiss post-jazz quartet–composed of Nils Fischer on reeds; David Koch on guitar and effects; Samuel Huwyler on bass; Dominik Mahnig on drums–from Lucerne, a lakeside city in the country’s center. About the name: Harry Hillman was an American hurdler who received three gold medals at the 1904 Summer Olympics, memorable as the first Olympics held outside Europe, in St. Louis. The Great Harry Hillman, the band, formed in 2009 – 105 years after Hillman’s victory, a landmark noted by the band – and in 2015 won the 2015 ZKB Jazz Prize. And yes, you’re correct to assume that a European jazz band named in tribute to American athlete Harry Hillman is not your ‘normal’ jazz band adhering to staid standards. Since forming, this band of energetic Millennial musical iconoclasts have played nearly a hundred concerts, performing at jazz festivals and touring extensively across Northern Europe. They’ve recorded two previous albums, 2013’s self-released Livingston and 2015’s Veer Off Course, released by the German label Klaeng records. Now they’ve joined the Cuneiform Records roster for their third release, Tilt.

Miriodor – Signal 9

It’s been more than three decades since Miriodor sent out its first signal with the release of Rencontres. Since then, they’ve established themselves as premier practitioners of the RIO (Rock In Opposition) movement, a wing of progressive music pioneered by the likes of Henry Cow, Art Zoyd and Univers Zero that embraces the avant-garde in its agenda of challenging convention at every turn.

Picking up where the most recent coded message from planet Miriodor, 2013’s Cobra Fakir, left off, Signal 9 arrives like an invitation to an otherworldly voyage. Each track marks another twist and turn in a journey across strange, captivating landscapes populated by creatures, crafts, and constructions whose like has never been glimpsed outside the band’s idiosyncratic ecosystem.

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar for May 2017 

English: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

Source: Extended Techniques.

7 PM Goeyvaerts String Trio – Arvo Pärt
Trivium (for organ)
De Profundis (for voices, organ, percussion)
Sarah Was 90 Years Old (for voices, organ, percussion)
Stabat Mater (for strings, voices)
VENUE: Holy Trinity Church

8 PM Evil Nigger Part IV: A Five Part Performance for Julius Eastman by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and Lamont Hamilton
VENUE: Issue Project Room

8 PM John Zorn: Game Pieces
Eyal Maoz – Guitar
Taylor Levine – Guitar
Matt Hollenberg – Guitar
Ikue Mori – Laptop
Sylvie Courvoisier – Piano
Michael Nicolas – Cello
Trevor Dunn – Bass
TBD – Percussion
Ches Smith – Percussion
Kenny Wollesen – Drums
Brian Marsella – Piano
Okkyung Lee – Cello
Xu Feng (all percussion):
Kenny Wollesen
Kenny Grohowski
Ches Smith
Jim Black
Tim Keiper
Aaron Edgcomb
VENUE: Roulette

8:30 Franz Hautzinger and Isabelle Duthoit
9:30 Franz Hautzinger and Isabelle Duthoit with Leila Bordreuil and Brandon Lopez
VENUE: Ibeam

8:15 PM Isabelle Duthoit, voice + Franz Hautzinger, trumpet
VENUE: gallery 456

8 PM Tim Berne
VENUE: Korzo

8:00 PM Guy Klucevsek: Bellows Brigade
Guy Klucevsek – Accordion
Will Holshouser – Accordion
Nathan Koci – Accordion, Bass accordion
Kamala Sankaram – Accordion, Voice
VENUE: Roulette

FRIDAY, May 12
8 PM Colin Stetson
VENUE: Baby’s All Right

MONDAY, May 15
6 PM Pop-Up Concerts: Michael Riesman and Ensemble Signal Celebrate Philip Glass
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University

8 PM Ken Vandermark + Nate Wooley
VENUE: Issue Project Room

8 PM Kate Boyd, Piano
Sofia Gubaidulina, Chaconne
Bach, Partita No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 826
Elaine Agnew, Seagull
Chopin, Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36
Prokofiev, Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82
VENUE: Carnegie Hall

7 PM Terry and Gyan Riley with special guests
VENUE: national sawdust

8:30 PM Erik Friedlander (cello) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Satoshi Takeishi (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

8:30 PM Anthony Coleman (piano) Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Kim Cass (bass)
VENUE: The Stone

8:00 pm [GENERATE] Joan La Barbara: The Wanderlusting of Joseph C
Joan La Barbara – Composer and Vocalist
Mario Diaz-Moresco – Baritone
Lauren Flanigan – Soprano
Julia Meadows – Soprano

Joan La Barbara – Voice and Laptop
Shelley Burgon – Harp and Laptop
Bryan Hayslett – Cello
Miguel Frasconi – Glass and Laptop
Stephen Gosling – Piano
Christopher McIntyre – Trombone
Kurt Ralske – Light / Video Projections
VENUE: Roulette

8:00 PM Interpretations: SPACE (Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner, & Scott Robinson) // Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept
VENUE: Roulette

8:30 PM Anthony Coleman (piano solo)
VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, May 28
Anthony Coleman (piano) John Zorn (sax) Okkyung Lee (cello) and many special guests
VENUE: The Stone

7PM Dante Counterstamp
Aaron Novik with Trevor Dunn, Sam Ospovat, Ches Smith, Shayna E Dunkelman, Michael Coleman, Ava Mendoza, Amirtha Kidambi and Kristin Slipp.
Brandon Seabrook solo opening
VENUE: Nublu Classic, 62 Ave C

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Howard Riley – Constant Change 1976 – 2016 (NoBusiness, 2016) *****
James Ilgenfritz – Origami Cosmos (Infrequent Seams, 2017) ****1/2
Sean Ali – My Tongue Crumbles After (Neither/Nor, 2017) ***½
Paul Stapleton and Adam Pultz Melbye – SAP (Noema, 2017) ***½
Dominic Lash Quartet – Extremophile (Illuso Records, 2017) ****
STAUB Quartet – House Full of Colors (JACC, 2017) ****½
Trio Heinz Herbert – The Willisau Concert (Intakt, 2017) ****
Agustí Martínez / Eduard Altaba / Quicu Samsó – On the Nature of Will (Discordian Records, 2017) ****

Wadada Leo Smith’s Four Recent Releases Reviewed

Wadada Leo Smith

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The greatest testament to trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s ability to improvise and adapt to creative situations is to look at the list of artists he’s collaborated with since he arrived in the Chicago jazz scene in the mid ‘60s. Along the way, he has worked with the likes of drummer Jack DeJohnette, accordionist and composer Pauline Oliveros, British electronic duo Spring Heel Jack, and, to great acclaim, pianist Vijay Iyer.

Smith is able to move between such varied worlds because he’s a sharp listener, and a player who’s able to utilize silence as much as the quick, clear, stabbing notes and frayed tones he pulls from his instrument. That openness and calm comes across most strongly in his own compositions—beautiful, sweeping post-modern jazz works that tend to use symbolic scores derived from a self-created systemic musical language he dubbed ‘Ankhrasmation.’ On the page, it looks like beautiful abstract art.

His willingness to collaborate and create, especially over the last decade or so, has resulted in a wealth of studio works and live recordings that feature his improvising. We caught up with Smith from his home in Connecticut, after his regular acupuncture appointment, to get his thoughts on four of his recent albums.

Alvin Lucier’s Music for Solo Performer 

Source: Red Bull Music Academy Daily. Andrew Raffo Dewar writes about Alvin Lucier‘s Music for Solo Performer.

A man sits in a chair in the middle of a concert hall, perfectly still and dressed tastefully in a suit and tie. He is somewhat anonymous looking, as if he could have been pulled off an urban sidewalk and plopped in this seat, surrounded by a veritable orchestra of percussion instruments. Timpani, gongs, bass and snare drums and cymbals are strewn about, seemingly without performers to bring them to life. Out of nowhere, thunderous bass sounds bring these instruments into vibratory oscillation, their sonic activity spreading around the space in an ever-morphing wash of sound. The man sits calmly at the center, almost beatific. His eyes are closed as he listens to this remarkable spectral orchestra, which, as it turns out, is being played by his brain.