Sound It Out! – Greenwich House Concert Series in NY

Tim Berne

Source: Sound It Out!.

Thursday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. – “Motian in Motion!”
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone/bandleader; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Dan Blake & Adam Kolker, tenor sax; Frank Kimbrough, Russ Lossing & Jacob Sacks, piano; André Matos & Ricardo Grilli, guitar; Sean Conly, Lim Yang and Chris Lightcap, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, Jeff Davis, Vinnie Sperrazza, Harris Eisenstadt, Billy Mintz & Francisco Mela, drums

Friday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. – Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols Sung (two sets)
Fay Victor, voice; Michaël Attias, alto and baritone saxophones; Anthony Coleman, piano; Ratzo Harris, double-bass; Devin Gray, drums

Thursday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. – Matt Mitchell solo + Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell duo (two sets)
Matt Mitchell, piano; Tim Berne, alto saxophone

Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. – “Monk on Guitars!”
Rez Abbasi, guitar/bandleader; Nels Cline, Julian Lage, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Liberty Ellman, Steve Cardenas, Anders Nilsson & Mike Baggetta, guitars; Stephan Crump & Jerome Harris, bass; Colin Stranahan, Richie Barshay & Mark Whitfield Jr, drums

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Mills College’s Plan to Ax Jazz Legend Roscoe Mitchell Draws International Outrage 

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009

Source: East Bay Express…as it should.

Mills College intends to lay off seminal composer and improviser Roscoe Mitchell, due to the school’s budget crisis — and the international music community is incensed.

In May, the historic college announced emergency measures — namely, restructuring departments and jettisoning mostly tenured professors — in order to resolve a $9 million projected budget shortfall. And earlier this month, Mitchell, who’s contracted for two more years, says he was one of eleven faculty members told their employment could be over come July.

Ojai Music Festival Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

The 71st Ojai Music Festival took place in Ojai, CA from June 8-11, 2017 with pianist and composer Vijay Iyer as music director. Since its beginnings in 1946, the festival has programmed music that mixes the new, the old, and the unusual. As such, it is a near-perfect home for a music director like Iyer, who views music not in the limited terms of genre or style but rather of community, people, history — a bustling convergence of the humanities and social sciences. For Iyer, a musical composition, however mechanic or digitized, does not exist in a vacuum, and cannot be extricated from communal social codes and norms giving rise to its conception and providing certain limitations in its reception.

The Ethereal Genius of Craig Taborn

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

Source: The New York Times.

The jazz pianist Craig Taborn often goes to museums for inspiration, carrying a notebook to record ideas for compositions and song titles. He also sometimes performs at museums, becoming a sort of art object himself. This is a complicated situation for Taborn, who is very private. His mother, Marjorie Taborn, remembers seeing him at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, where he played a recital to a full house at the debut of his solo album “Avenging Angel.” After the show, she was chatting with his friend Tim Berne, a saxophonist, while her son signed copies of his album, smiling graciously and patiently fielding questions. She and Berne looked at each other, because they each knew how much effort this required from Taborn. “Look at Craig,” Taborn’s mother recalls telling Berne, “he’s getting everything he never wanted, all the attention he’d never seek.”

Vital Weekly Reviews 1086

Source: Vital Weekly.

THE HONKIES – HOW DO PREVENT THE ADVANCE OF THE DESERT? (CD by Music ‘A La Coque) *
23REDANTS & PABLO ORZA (CD by Creative Sources Recordings) *
JOÃO CASTRO PINTO – SUNTRIA – IMAGINAL SONOTOPES (CD by Unfathomless) *
MARC NAMBLARD – F. GUYANA (CD by Gruenrekorder) *
KATHERINA KLEMENT – PHERIPHERIES – SOUND PORTRAIT BELGRADE (CD by Gruenrekorder) *
ALAN JENKINS – DISASTER CAKE INTERROGATION BUNNY (CD by Cordelia Records)
SIMON WHETHAM – INTOLERANCE (CD by Kohlhaas Records) *
BLAKE’S OPTIMISM – THESE THINGS AND US (7″ by Steelwork Maschine)
THE AUSTRASIAN GOAT / COBER ORD – Et Ils Franchirent Le Seuil (CD + 7″ by Steelwork Maschine)
THE LAST SENSE TO LEAVE US: A TRIBUTE TO PAULINE OLIVEROS (CDR by Rural Colours)
JLIAT – THE SWAN DEVICE – BLACK SWANS (CDR and book by Jliat) *
LÄRMSCHUTZ – REQUIEMS (cassette by OJC Recordings) *
CHEMIEFASERWERK – KOPFBILD (cassette by Soft Error) *

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Source: New York’s ISSUE Project Room.

LESLEY FLANIGAN & MARIEL ROBERTS / LAZURITE
Wed 28 Jun, 2017, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE presents the collaborative debut of musician/vocalist Lesley Flanigan and cellist Mariel Roberts, together performing new work for amplified speaker instruments, cello, electronics, and voice. The evening also sees musician Lazurite (Megan Moncrief) performing abstracted rhythmic noise.

TOXIC CITY MUSIC: EVAN CAMINITI & PAUL CLIPSON / SADAF
Thu 06 Jul, 2017, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Thursday, July 6th, New York artist Evan Caminiti and San-Francisco-based filmmaker Paul Clipson present an audiovisual collaboration drawing from Caminiti’s most recent album Toxic City Music. Iranian-born, NYC-based producer, violinist, vocalist and multi-media artist SADAF also presents new work.

3D Sound Object
DAVID ROSENBOOM / VIV CORRINGHAM
Fri 14 Jul, 2017, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Friday, July 14th, ISSUE and Harvestworkos present composer and synthesis pioneer David Rosenboom and vocalist and sound artist Viv Corringham each premiering new pieces focused on approaching acoustician Paul Geluso’s immersive 3D Sound Object.

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Monday, June 26: Bill Brovold, Frank Pahl, Benjamin Miller, Eric Gustafson and Beth Wilusz Duo

Composer, guitarist Bill Brovold returns to his adoptive home of the ’90s to give us an update on his musical wanderings. As a New Yorker in the ’70s, Bill was involved with the evolution of Rhy Chatham’s “Guitar Trio,” and NYC’s Downtown experimental scene in general. Word is he’s been veering towards acoustic music and traditional songwriting, but you never know what might happen — especially as he’ll be joined on the bill by a duo of Eric Gustafson and Beth Wilusz, from his Detroit-based art rock group Larval.

The rest of the show is rounded out by two of Bill’s most interesting contemporaries in the region, who are both serious composers in their own right: Frank Pahl (Only A Mother, Little Bang Theory, Scavenger Quartet) and Bejamin Miller (Sproton Layer, GKW, Destroy All Monsters etc.).
Doors at 8 pm; $8.

Coming Soon

7/1: Silver Ochre (Thollem), Organix Trio (featuring Jamal Moore)
7/8 : Jonah Parzan Johnson
7/16: The Jason Alder & Piotr Michalowski Contra Clarinet Tour