AMN Reviews: Bernstein, Marcelo, Popejoy, and Podgurski – Propolis (2017; Minus Zero)

Minus Zero is a new label started by Vijay Anderson, Ben Goldberg, and Dina Maccabee. All of the proceeds from album sales are donated to Planned Parenthood. This is a review in an ongoing series covering the label’s releases.

Recorded live in January 2015 at New York’s Firehouse Space, this two-track album of improvised avant-rock features Sarah Bernstein on violin and voice, Alexis Marcelo on piano and keyboard, Stuart Popejoy on bass, and Nick Podgurski on drums. Perhaps the most immediate observation is the raw power of the rhythm section, with Popejoy and Podgurski providing two-pronged approach. On one hand, they work tightly together to set forth complex, intricate lines, but on the other, then go in their own directions during more free sections of this recording. The former is reminiscent of that of Idiot Flesh, while the latter is more propulsive in nature. Over this, Bernstein and Marcelo supply effects-laden violin and keyboards. They keyboard patches are thick and orchestral, evoking a cinematic and slightly retro feel. Bernstein provides snippets and sawing wails, more for effect than for purpose of melody. A great album for those who like their improv to be creative and not too free.

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Chicago Scene: August 12-19, 2017

Hamid Drake at Moers Festival 2006, Germany

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, August 12th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20)
The Colson Band : Adegoke Steve Colson, Dushun Mosley, Norman Palm, Harrison Bankhead, Iqua Colson

Sunday, August 13th 2017

8:00AM-8:00PM at the Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W Hubbard (Donation)
12 Hours of Sound : Benefit for Refugee One
Tim Daisy Solo

6:00PM in Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S Wabash
Many Weathers
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society : Joshua Abrams, Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Hamid Drake, Ben LaMar Gay, Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein

7:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Dina Maccabee
Bucket Brigade

Monday, August 14th 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Katinka Kleijn Solo

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Jim Baker, Joe Adamik

Tuesday, August 15th 2017

5:30PM-8:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Twin Talk

Wednesday, August 16th 2017

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527 ($5)
Noise Bias
Lucas Brode
Reid Karris, Tim Daisy

Thursday, August 17th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
The Bridge Trio : Joe Dyson, Max Moran, Conan Pappas

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Chris Pitsiokos
Chris Pitsiokos Trio with Jim Baker, Michael Zerang

Saturday, August 19th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Tephra Sound : Nikki Glaspie, Jessica Lurie, Brian Haas, Helen Gillet

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

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Upcoming Events At the Vortex Jazz Club

Alice Coltrane

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 20 AUGUST 2017
FETE QUA QUA FESTIVAL 20-22 AUGUST 2017
Mopomoso – presenting the best in free improvisation Fête Quaqua 2017 Every year the guitarist John Russell puts together a project involving a group of highly creative and individual musicians…

MON 21 AUGUST 2017
FETE QUA QUA (DAY 2)
Fete Quaqua is the 3 day festival out of our monthly Mopomoso sessions. Curated by John Russell, expect extraordinary sets from a group of like-minded musicians

TUE 22 AUGUST 2017
FETE QUA QUA (DAY 3)
Fete Quaqua is the 3 day festival out of our monthly Mopomoso sessions. Curated by John Russell, expect extraordinary sets from a group of like-minded musicians

MON 28 AUGUST 2017
ALICE COLTRANE 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION PERFORMED BY ALINA BZHEZHINSKA QUARTET
Tonight we celebrate on her 80th birthday, the legacy of Alice Coltrane, with some musicians who have been totally immersed in her spiritual musical for a long while.

TUE 29 AUGUST 2017
PAUL DUNMALL / LIAM NOBLE / JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS
A fabulous improvising quartet! These four great musicians explore the cusp where melody, improvisation and rhythm meet. Each time they have played at the Vortex we have all left in…

WED 30 AUGUST 2017
THOMAS/ORRELL/LASH
The trio debut of three of Oxford and Bristol’s most exciting improvisers (Pat Thomas, Dom Lash and Tony Orrell). The musical relationships between these three musicians are hugely varied and…

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Zeena Parkins performing with Cosa Br...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Righteous Return of Sun Ra’s ‘The Magic City! MZM: Myra Melford / Zeena Parkins / Miya Masaoka! Zeena’s Music for Three Harps, Tuning Forks & Electronics! Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp 7 CD Set! New from FMR: Paul Dunmall/Matt Shipp/John Edwards/Mark Sanders! Tipple: Frode Gjerstad / David Watson / Kevin Norton!

Steve Beresford/Trevor Taylor/Ian Brighton! Alvin Fielder/Damon Smith/Joe Hertenstein Qt! Orion Tango: Tim Motzer/Meehan/Carlstedt! Krzysztof Penederecki! Phil Ranelin! Stan Getz/Gary Burton/Chet Baker Qt! Andrea Belfi! Cecil Taylor! Amalgam 3 CD Set! The Last of the Ken Vandermark Momentum Stone Boxes!

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THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday, August 13th:
6pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Solo Alto Sax – Welcome Home from Euro Tour Set!
7pm: BRANDON LOPEZ – Solo ContraBass!

Sunday, August 20th:
6pm: RAS MOSHE and MUSIC NOW!
7pm: REDS & WHITES: JOHN WELSH / AUSTIN WHITE / ANDERS ZELINSKI!

Sunday, August 27th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & NICHOLAS JOZWIAK – Clarinet and Cello Duo!

Rare Tuesday, August 29 Set:
6pm: RAYMOND MacDONALD & GEORGE BURT – Sax & Guitar from Glasgow!

Sunday, September 3rd: Two Debut CD Release Sets in One Night
6pm: KENNY WARREN / ADAM HOPKINS / FLIN VAN HEMMEN – Trumpet / Bass / Drums
7pm: LEONOR FALCON Quartet: JUANMA TRUJILLO / CHRISTOPH KNOCHE / JUAN PABLO CARLETTI –
Violin / Guitar / Bass Clarinet / Drums

Sunday, September 10th:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON & MICHAEL BISIO – ContraBass Duo!
7pm: DOUBLE B: LISA MEZZACAPPA / JOSH SINTON / AARON NOVIK / JASON LEVIS –
Two Bass Clarinets / Acoustic Bass / Drums!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

Uncertainty Music Series Farewell Festival Fundraiser

Source: Indiegogo.

The monthly Uncertainty Music Series will come to an end in September 2017, after 10 years of concerts. As a farewell, we’re organizing a 2-day festival at Firehouse 12, featuring some new and old friends to the series.

Saturday 23 September 2017 8:30pm Jeremiah Cymerman’s SYSTEMA MUNDITOTIUS with Matt Bauder, Patrik Holmes, Aaron Novik plus a set by a collaborative ensemble featuring Anne Rhodes, Chris Cretella, Forbes Graham, James Ilgenfritz, and Adam Matlock.

Sunday 24 September 2017 7:30pm Electronic Music by Val Inc. plus a set by a collaborative ensemble featuring Erica Dicker, Louis Guarino Jr., Junko Fujiwara, Andria Nicodemou, and Carl Testa.