Ole Mathisen on Tour

Source: Ole Mathisen.

This Thursday, June 22, we will be celebrating the release of my new recording, Floating Points, at The Jazz Gallery! The album is distributed as a wearable USB flash drive bracelet with logo art by Hnoss Design. Everybody that attends the concert gets a copy with admission. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30. $15, free for members. http://jazzgallery.nyc

Ole Mathisen – tenor sax
Amir ElSaffar – trumpet
Bobby Avey – piano
Gregg August – bass

Other upcoming dates:
June 23, w/ Ikonostasis (Kari Ikonen and Rakalam Bob Moses) at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn
June 26, w/ Ikonostasis at Rochester Jazz Festival
June 27, Ole Mathisen Floating Points at Rochester Jazz Festival
June 29, w/ Ikonostasis at Nordic Jazz, Washington DC
July 16, Ole Mathisen/Chris Wabich/Jimmy Mahlis at Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles
August 4, w/ Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound at Newport Jazz festival
August 6, w/ Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble, Schenectady

Seattle Scene: June 23 – July 1, 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.

Ronan Delisle + Ryan Feirrera
Fri. June 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Composer and guitarist Ronan Delisle’s most recent project, Cosmic Punishment, is an attempt to marry extremes: the acoustic integrity and organic nature of instruments like the arch-top guitar and double bass with the synthetic, infinite nuance of the synthesizer; through-composed and specific roles with indeterminate and flexible improvised textures. For the second set, guitarist and UW professor Ryan Ferreira performs immersive solo guitar works.

Jonah Parzen-Johnson + Icasiano/Goldston
Thu. June 29, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Jonah Parzen-Johnson (Brooklyn) writes music for baritone sax and analog synthesizer. His carefully assembled synth breathes with his saxophone, building independent melodic layers to support his sound, or soaring above his extended technique-driven sax without any looping or recorded samples. Seattle drummer Chris Icasiano (Bad Luck) and cellist Lori Goldston unite for duo improvisations.

Marguerite Brown
Fri. June 30, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle composer Marguerite Brown presents new works for guitars with the goal of crossing disciplinary lines and sparking new connections between the new music, dance, student, and professional communities. With guitarists Michael Nicolella and Satchel Henneman, choreographer Allison Burke, and dancers Sierra Hendrix, Khadijah Lindo, Fenja Abrams, and Maeve Haselton.

SAT. 7/1 – Ukrainian-Canadian composer/pianist Lubomyr Melnyk returns

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Merzbow – Aodron
The Ebony Tower – Dance, Dance, Dance
R. Schwarz – The Scale of Things
Necrotik Fissure – Eerie Lurking On The Sensors
Dorese – Avancer Sur Les Feuilles Mortes
Sogra – Óäóøüå(Suffocation)
Train Cemetery – Beneath The Roots
Nektar – Journey to the Pyramid Centre of the Eye

‘Ojai at Berkeley’ Reviewed

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Source: The Daily Californian.

Ojai at Berkeley,” in partnership with Cal Performances, is an extension of Southern California’s annual Ojai Music Festival. The concert series ran Thursday through Saturday, hosting a broad selection of talented musicians trained in a wide variety of musical acumens. The program is musically directed by Vijay Iyer, a UC Berkeley alumnus and accomplished pianist and composer.

There were four events in total as part of the festival, each one offering a unique musical reinvention of genre — samplings of Iyer’s original work, pairings with fellow esteemed composers and musicians and collaborations across mediums were all included under the umbrella of “Ojai at Berkeley.” On Friday night in Zellerbach Playhouse, attendees were treated to “Afterword, an opera,” a new piece from innovative composer George Lewis. The following afternoon, Iyer himself took the stage in Zellerbach Hall for “Vijay Iyer and Friends: Confluence,” in which he performed with a group of other musicians in an exploration of the intersection between Carnatic music and jazz.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 119 – Mat Maneri 

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.

Source: 5049 Records.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Framingham, MA by Joe and Sonja Maneri, Mat Maneri has been performing improvised music since he was a teenager. A prodigious violin and violist, he has worked with many of contemporary music’s most engaging and iconoclastic artists: Craig Taborn, Joe McPhee, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Cecil Taylor, Joe Morris, Kris Davis and many more. As a teenager he began playing with his father, Joe Maneri, and over several years, albums and concerts, developed a hyper specific language that is utterly unique and completely transcendent. This conversation took place on June 2, 2017 and is one of my favorite in this entire series.