RIP Bern Nix 

Source: Wikipedia. Sad news that has still not hit the main news sites. Bern Nix passed away yesterday.

Nix led the Bern Nix trio from 1985 to his death in 2017. In 1993, the band released the album Alarms and Excursions.[2] The album made many critics’ top ten lists.[1] Nix released a solo recording entitled Low Barometer (Tompkins Square Records) which became available online in September 2006. Another recent Nix composition, “Les is More”, appears on Art and Money, an album released by 1687, Inc. in 2006. In 2013, the Bern Nix Quartet released an album entitled Negative Capability.[3]

Nix also performed with James Chance and the Contortions and appears on their 1981 Live in New York recording. He has also appeared with Jayne Cortez, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Jemeel Moondoc, Ronald Shannon Jackson, James Chance, and Kip Hanrahan.

Avant Scena Reviews

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang performing on 18 Nov...

Source: Avant Scena.

Jason Kao Hwang​ – “Sing House” (2017)
Mario Pavone – “Vertical” (Clean Feed, 2017)
Rempis/Piet/Daisy – “Hit the Ground Running” (Aerophonic, 2017)
Mike Caratti/Rachel Musson/Steve Beresford – “Hesitantly Pleasant” (Iluso Records, 2017)
Chamber 4 – “City Of Light” (Clean Feed, 2017)
Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban – “Sounding Tears” (Clean Feed, 2017)
Alarm Will Sound & Meet the Composer – “Splitting Adams” (Cantaloupe, 2017)

Seattle Scene: June 2-10, 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.

Kaley Lane Eaton: Lily
Fri. June 2, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle composer Kaley Lane Eaton presents Lily, an electroacoustic “opera” exploring the psyche and heart of Lily Isabel Bunny, Eaton’s great-grandmother, an orphan who fled England at the start of WWI in 1915, alone, 25, female. She took a ship to Montreal and then a train, which she rode to the end of the railroad, arriving at Cascade Tunnel east of Everett, WA.

SMO with Carol Robinson
Sat. June 3, 7:30 PM; $25, $15, $10

For its season finale concert, Seattle Modern Orchestra collaborates with Paris-based clarinetist Carol Robinson in a program centered around enigmatic Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, with whom she worked closely. She will also premiere a new work by SMO co-artistic director Jérémy Jolley, and celebrate the 90th birthday of renowned Seattle clarinetist/composer William O. “Bill” Smith.

THU. 6/8 – chamber ensemble Cursive performs wirks in honor of Spring and Summer by Copland, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, Matyas Seiber, Netty Simons, and Anteo Fabris

FRI. 6/9 – electronic and electroacuostic music by Roarke Menzies (NYC), Samson Stilwell (Portland) and Norm Chambers (Seattle)

SAT. 6/10 – Inverted Space Ensemble performs music of Elliott Carter and John Zorn

Kamasi Washington Profiled

Source: Seven Days.

Enter Kamasi Washington. The saxophonist, composer and bandleader is being hailed by aficionados and neophytes alike as a bold new voice in jazz — and, in certain quarters, an outright savior of the genre. Washington and his band, the Next Step, headline the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on Wednesday, June 7, at the Flynn MainStage in Burlington.

“For a long time, I wondered if anyone would come along who could really connect with this next generation,” says John Gennari, a University of Vermont associate professor of English, jazz scholar and author. In his view, Washington is “a serious musician” who has the “kind of magnetism and charisma and cultural-political ambitiousness and presence” to do the job.

Washington burst onto the scene in 2015 as if from nowhere. Though the 36-year-old has been playing music his entire life, only in the last two years has he become a household name — or as close to one as a jazz musician can be in the 21st century. As UK website the Independent pointed out, his debut album, The Epic, sold more than 70,000 copies in its first six months. That’s a rare feat for a modern jazz record.

Coming to Portland

Source: Creative Music Guild.

CJ Boyd and Coordination
June 7th, 2017 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth

YARD & Thicket
June 21st, 2017 — 8pm
5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE KIllingsworth

Improvisation Summit of Portland 2017
June 30 – July 1st, 2017
$15-30/day, sliding scale
Disjecta
8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Vital Weekly Reviews 1084

Source: Vital Weekly.

PAUSAL – AVIFAUNAL (CD by Dronarivm)
BLEACH FOR THE STARS – THE TIME FOR SILVER FLOWERS (CD by Cromlech Records)
ANEMONE TUBE – IN THE VORTEX OF DIONYSIAN REALITY (CD by Blossoming Fern, LP by The Epicurean)
ORA – TIME OUT OF MIND (CD by Shining Day)
KYLE MOTL – TRANSMOGRIFICATION (CD by Metatrope)
ORPHAX & MACHINEFABRIEK – WEERKAATSING (CD by Moving Furniture Records)
NURSE WITH WOUND/FRANZ KAFKA – RAPPORT A UNE ACADEMIE (miniCD and booklet by Lenka Lente)
DENEUVE – LIGHT HEELED FLEET FOOTED CHEAP ARTISTS (LP by Blowpipe)
ALEX KELLER & SEAN O’NEILL – KRUOS (LP by Elevator Bath)
BRUNK – SHELTER (CDR, private)
AN ANT AND AN ATOM – EXTERIOR (cassette, CDR, private)