Oliver Lake Interviewed

Olver Lake

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

For the last five decades, saxophonist/composer Oliver Lake has been a leader in the worlds of improvisation and composition. As a cofounder of St. Louis’s famed Black Artists’ Group (BAG)—a part of the wider Black Arts Movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s—Lake was instrumental in organizing performances by black experimentalists across artistic disciplines. Actors, poets, dancers, and musicians have all collaborated in BAG. After the organization disbanded, Lake also continued to work with fellow BAG alumni like Julius Hemphill, in the popular World Saxophone Quartet. Lake still collaborates with a wide array of groups, using his big band to reinterpret tunes by Outkast and Mystikal, and performing a fully-improvised set at this month’s Bang On A Can marathon.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Rempis/Piet/Daisy – Hit the Ground Running (Aerophonic, 2017) ****½

Gonçalo Almeida / Rodrigo Amado / Marco Franco – The Attic (NoBusiness / Tombed Visions, 2017) ****

Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp – Le Poisson Rouge, May 7th, 2017

Carlos Bica & Azul – More Than This (Clean Feed, 2017) ****

Brötzmann / Leigh – Sex Tape (Trost, 2017) ****

Brötzmann / Nilssen-Love – Levontin 7, Tel Aviv, 30th March 2015 (No Label, 2017) ****

Sound Etiquette (Orenda, 2017) ****

Dialectical imagination – The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of the Rapture (Atamandi, 2017) ****

Joshua Abrams Interview

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

If Joshua Abrams is succeeding in jazz, it’s because he’s focused on three very distinct ideals: focus, continuity, and repetition. The Chicago-based bandleader has honed this particular vision of music since 2010, surrounding himself with a rotating group of players he calls the Natural Information Society. Until now, Google searches have yielded little more than “Did you mean…” suggestions, but with Abrams’s latest, Simultonality, the bass player has amassed a larger following than ever before.

Mako Sica, The Mantis, and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project in DC May 19

On May 19, Mako Sica (Chicago); The Mantis (DMV) and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project (DMV) appear at Rhizome DC, which is located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. The performance begins at 8 pm.   A donation to cover Mako Sica’s travel expenses would be appreciated, but nobody will be turned away.   The event is open to all ages.
Mako Sica” is a translation of what many Native American tribes called “land bad”; hence the moniker of dusty mazes of buttes and spires created by millions of years of erosion, mostly deserts poisoned by little to no drinking water or vegetation. Taking on a phrase from an extinct language for a band name certainly carries a fair share of social metaphor, political baggage and spiritual darkness.  The group started in 2007 with original members Brent Fuscaldo and Przemyslaw Drazek.  Since then, they’ve collaborated with Mark Shippy (US Maple, Shorty, Invisible Things), Michael Kendrick (Rope) and currently Chaetan Newell (Variety Lights).
Their music grows out of a city from which artists (past and present) including Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra push their music to the outer limits of definition. Traces of Ennio Morricone and prog rockers Soft Machine can also be found in their music. What all three members have in common is an early discovery of punk.  The ethos of American underground DIY labels such as Dischord and Constellation had a lasting impression on their approach to making music.   In fact, Drazek and Fuscaldo first started practicing together in the basement of Southern Distribution where they both worked at the time.
The Mantis is a multimedia group comprising of Dempsey Hamilton on drums and percussion, David Barker on treble string instruments, Doug Kallmeyer on bass string instruments, and Monica Stroik on visual projections. With an improvisational approach to musical arrangements and real time video manipulations, the group has drawn comparisons to Mogwai, Tycho, Explosions in the Sky and SunnO))).  Hear a live cut from Verses Records ACLU benefit compilation here:  https://versesrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-mantis-dc-rhetoric-live
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello).  Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Sam Lohman (drums) Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns), Leah Gage (drums & electronics), Dominic Fragman (drums) and Emily Chimiak (violin).   The project has been performing in the DMV region since 2008.
Project co-founder Ted Zook is proud to be a Steinberger Artist.
For more information:  tedzook@hotmail.com

6th Annual Queens New Music Festival Takes Place This Weekend

Source: Random Access Music.

The mission of the festival is to promote new music in Queens by highlighting the wealth of artists living and working in Queens, as well as inviting artists from other parts of New York City and the country to contribute to the livelihood of the most diverse borough of the city.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 8pm
Aaron Copland School of Music Student Concert (curated by Michael Lipsey)

Friday, May 19, 2017, 7pm
Svrček-Ojeda piano duo (Susan Svrček & Nelson Ojeda-Valdes)
(h)artDrive electric guitar duo (Giacomo Baldelli & Nadav Lev)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
3pm Flutist Robert Dick performs William Hellermanns monumental work Three Weeks in Cincinnati in December
5pm Coast to Coast: violinist Myroslava (Mira) Khomik & pianist Füreya Ünal arrive from L.A. to perform works by John Adams, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Torke, and more!
8pm New York City Guitar Orchestra

Sunday, May 21, 2017
1pm loadbang
4pm Random Drama: vocal works by RAM composers, Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schulz, as well as guest composer Kamala Sankaram