Interview with Okkyung Lee 

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Source: ATTN:Magazine.

Movement and vigour. As a performer, Okkyung Lee is seldom still. Her improvisations seem to manifest from the agitation of body and material: the convulsing body of the artist, the swaying body of the cello, the scraping bow against the string. It’s an urgent, two-handed throttling of the present tense; a transient action that does its utmost to leave a permanent mark upon space, upon time and upon the listener.

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Newsbits: Trevor Barre on Free Improv / Kelan Philip Cohran / Lisa Bielawa’s Vireo / Zeena Parkins

English: Zeena Parkins performing at the Music...

Trevor Barre has written a book entitled: “Convergences, Divergences & Affinities: Further Beyond Jazz, The Second Wave Of English Free Improvisation, 1973-9”

The New York Times profiles the recently deceased Kelan Philip Cohran.

I Care if You Listen reviews Lisa Bielawa‘s Vireo.

Zeena Parkins is profiled in anticipation of her Orlando performance.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1088

Source: Vital Weekly.

ORPHAX – WARSCHAUER STRASSE (CD by Opa Loka Records) *
ZBEEN – TONAL WHIPLASH (CD by 13/Silentes) *
HAARVÖL – BOMBINATE (CD by Moving Furniture Records) *
NYTT LAND – FIMBULVINTER (CD by Cold Spring)
LA BREICHE – LE MAL DES ARDENTS (CD by Cold Spring)
AMANDA PALMER AND EDWARD KA-SPEL – I CAN SPIN A RAINBOW (2LP/CD by 8ft)
DANS LES ARBRES – PHOSPHORESCENCE (CD by Hubro Music)
ARCHER / MWAMBA / BENNETT / FAIRCLOUGH -SUNSHINE! QUARTET (CD by Discus Music)
ARCHER / CLARK / GRE / HUNTER – FELICITY’S ULTIMATUM (CD by Discus Music)
FLORIAN WITTENBURG — DON’T PUSH THE PIANO AROUND (CD by MurNichtNur) *
YUMIKO TANAKA – MUSIC PERFORMANCE (DVD by Ftarri)
KAZUYA MATSUMOTO – OCHIRU CHIRU MICHIRU (CD by Spekk) *
DANE ROUSAY – ANATOMIZE (CDR by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE – THE LIMITS OF THE POSSIBLE (CDR by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
ONIN – ERRERY (CDR by Verz Imprint) *
TROY SCHAFER – UNTITLED NO. 5 (cassette by Tree Tapes)
CHRISTINE WEBSTER – DIARY #1 (USB, private) *

Milford Graves Interview

Milford Graves

Source: Red Bull Music Academy Daily.

Milford Graves helped usher in the ‘60s free-jazz revolution through his groundbreaking work with Albert Ayler, the New York Art Quartet and others. But there’s nothing obscure or chaotic about what this 73-year-old plays. Graves is a scientist of sound, a master of manipulating vibration in space. Performing on a custom handpainted set – with all bottom drumheads removed, to allow for maximum resonance – Graves turns the instrument into an international percussion chorus, blending nimble ride-cymbal patterns adapted from his formative years playing Latin-jazz timbales with scurrying tom-tom work informed by Indian tabla studies and the proud, booming thump of African polyrhythms. This is percussion at its wisest and most elemental, an enlightened communion with wood, metal and skin.