Wadada Leo Smith’s Defiant And Fearless Elegy For Emmett Till 

Source: NPR.

Wadada Leo Smith bends over to lay his sheet music on the dry mud bank of the Little Tallahatchie River in Glendora, Miss. – population 139. The sun catches the bell of his trumpet as he runs through a few scales. A crop duster circles overhead. “You have some kind of experience that you live through and have to make something out of,” he says. “The good and the bad is all put into the music. It’s me.” Then he steps into a canoe, trumpet in hand, and begins to play an improvised musical elegy for Emmett Till based on a passage from his own composition “Emmett Till: Defiant, Fearless” — while floating down the same river where Till’s 14-year-old lifeless body was found.

Assemblage: Ensemble Dal Niente Presents the Music of George Lewis in Chicago

English: George Lewis, moers festival 2009

Source: The Art Institute of Chicago.


September 21-September 24
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
FREE gallery talks and performances Thursday and Friday
Saturday performance $5 students and members/ $10 adults

Celebrate the release of Assemblage, Dal Niente’s portrait album of the works of George Lewis, with a weekend of music, art, and conversation at Chicago’s Art Institute.

Known for his decades of work as an improviser, composer, scholar, trombonist, computer musician, and creative persona, George draws inspiration for his notated compositions from philosophy, visual arts, sociology, and a wide range of music; he creates a unique style to “generate a feeling of being far from equilibrium, encouraging listeners to do what we do best—stay in the moment and be ready for anything.”

On Thursday, members of Dal Niente improvise in galleries throughout the museum, culminating in a performance of George Lewis’ Artificial Life (2007) which calls for a large ensemble of improvising musicians, in Modern Wing’s main hall of Griffin Court. On Friday at noon, George Lewis joins the Art Institute’s Jackie Terrasa for a free public gallery talk on the “assemblage” approach to art making in the work of artist Joseph Cornell. And on Sunday, September 24, Dal Niente performs Assemblage in its entirety at Fullerton Hall, with a pre-concert talk by George Lewis and John Corbett of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


6pm, Ando Gallery: Alejandro Acierto
6:30pm, Gallery 161: Katie Young and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett
7pm, Griffin Court: Artificial Life (2007)

12pm, meet in Griffin Court: Gallery Talk with George Lewis and Jackie Terrasa

2:30pm, Fullerton Hall: pre-concert talk with George Lewis and John Corbett
3pm, Fullerton Hall: album release concert: Dal Niente performs Assemblage

AMN Reviews: Gianni Lenoci & Francesco Cusa – Wet Cats [Amirani AMRN052]

41EEaFYzc2L._SS500Wet Cats is a single, nearly hour-long improvisation by Italian musicians Gianni Lenoci and Francesco Cusa. Lenoci, whose background includes studies with Paul Bley and Mal Waldron, plays piano and prepared piano and a bit of wood flute at the very end, while Cusa plays drums. Although they are an ensemble of only two, they fill out a broad spectrum of audio space partly by virtue of the nature of their instruments and partly by virtue of their intelligent playing. Lenoci is sensitive to the piano’s percussive qualities as well as its coloristic effects. He’s capable of taking the music into surprising places, shifting smoothly from agitated, abstract atonality to romantic or bluesy implied chord progressions. Cusa’s drumming is energetic when drive is needed and restrained when the music takes a reflective turn. He is as capable of playing a free pulse beyond barlines as he is able to lay down a solid rock beat. The interaction between the two is assured and seamless; given the quality of their collaboration it comes as no surprise that Lenoci and Cusa are able to maintain a taut focus over the entire course of the performance.


Daniel Barbiero

Cafe OTO in September

Source: London’s Cafe OTO.

Friday 1 September 2017, 7.30pm
Usurper & Yoni Silver + Sharon Gal + Holly Pester + Ash Reid + Ego Depletion

Saturday 2 September 2017, 7.30pm

Sunday 3 September 2017, 7.30pm
Cuspeditions Presents:
Hiss & Viscera (Audrey Chen &Amp; Richard Scott) + Partial:recall

Monday 4 September 2017, 7.30pm
Tarab + Seth Cooke + Alice Kemp

Tuesday 5 September 2017, 7.30pm
Sly & the Family Drone + Dead Neanderthals

Wednesday 6 September 2017, 7.30pm
Ahmed (Antonin Gerbal / Joel Grip / Pat Thomas / Seymour Wright)

Thursday 7 September 2017, 7.30pm
Greg Fox + Oliver Coates

Friday 8 September 2017, 2–4pm
Oto Project Space:
Greg Fox Drum Clinic

8–9 September 2017
Josephine Foster – Two Day Residency

Sunday 10 September 2017, 11am
Oto Project Space:
Soundhoppers Workshop
Free Event

Sunday 10 September 2017, 7.30pm
Brunhild Ferrari

11–13 September 2017
Shabaka Hutchings – Three Day Residency

Thursday 14 September 2017, 7.30pm
Amm all-stars + Jack’n’zach

Friday 15 September 2017, 7.30pm
Jon Gibson’s Visitations + Charles Hayward Performing ‘30 Minute Snare Drum Roll’

Friday 15 September 2017, 7.30pm
St John at Hackney:
Clandestine Quartet + Senyawa

Saturday 16 September 2017, 12pm
Hyperlocal Festival
the Bomber Jackets + Farai + I.ruuuuu Featuring Nicolas Humbert + Karnage + Lolina + Olan Monk + More Tba

Sunday 17 September 2017, 11am
Oto Project Space:
Soundhoppers Workshop
Free Event

Sunday 17 September 2017, 7.30pm
Margolis / Zabelka / Corringham

Monday 18 September 2017, 7.30pm
Alex Ward Item 10 – with Sarah Gail Brand / Mandhira DE Saram / Charlotte Keeffe / Andrew Lisle / Cath Roberts / Joe Smith Sands / Yoni Silver / Benedict Taylor / Otto Willberg

19–20 September 2017
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar – Two Day Residency

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 7.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Solo:duo:trio #4 – Lina Lapelyte / John Edwards / Rie Nakajima (Trio) + Colin Webster / Tom White (Duo) + Seiji Morimoto (Solo)

21–22 September 2017
Slip 2 Day Residency:
Object Collection: “It’s all True” (Uk Premiere) + Historically Fucked + Yeah You

Saturday 23 September 2017, 7.30pm
Confront Recordings Present:
Arild Andersen (Solo) + Clive Bell / Mark Wastell (Duo)

Sunday 24 September 2017, 7.30pm
Unconscious Archives Festival 2017 – ‘Compositional Constructs’

Monday 25 September 2017, 7.30pm
Widt + Benedict Drew + Astor

26–27 September 2017
Mike Watt – Two Day Residency

Thursday 28 September 2017, 7.30pm
Sharpen your Needles 6:
Evan Parker / David Toop

Friday 29 September 2017, 7.30pm
Mike Cooper 75th Birthday Concert W/ Pat Thomas / Orphy Robinson / Michael Thieke / Tim Hill

The Stone in September

English: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

Source: NY’s The Stone.

9/1 Friday (JASL)
830 pm
Trio-convulsant play music from “Sister Phantom Owl Fish”
Trevor Dunn (bass) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

9/2 Saturday (FMXX)
830 pm
Trevor Dunn (bass) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Jason Nazary (drums)

9/3 Sunday (HW)
830 pm
ProofReaders play “Ornette On Tenor”
Trevor Dunn (bass) Anna Webber (tenor sax) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Ryan Sawyer (drums)

9/5 Tuesday (RK)
830 pm
Kevin Hufnagel and Craig Taborn Duo
Kevin Hufnagel (guitar) Craig Taborn (piano)

9/6 Wednesday (NH)
830 pm
Chris Potter—Craig Taborn Quartet
Chris Potter (sax) Craig Taborn (piano) plus bass and drums

9/7 Thursday (SZ)
830 pm
Dan Weiss (drums) Chris Speed (sax) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Craig Taborn (piano)

9/8 Friday (XXNA)
830 pm
Heroics Quartet
Dave King (drums) Chris Speed (sax) Chris Lightcap (bass) Craig Taborn (piano)

9/9 Saturday (RBHM)
830 pm
Farmers By Nature
William Parker (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums) Craig Taborn (piano)

9/10 Sunday (NB)
830 pm
Craig Taborn Solo
Craig Taborn (piano)

9/12 Tuesday (JT)
830 pm
Mark Dresser 7
Nicole Mitchell (flutes) Marty Ehrlich (clarinets) David Morales Boroff (violin) Michael Dessen (trombone) Joshua White (piano) Jim Black (drums) Mark Dresser (bass, compositions)

9/13 Wednesday (HW)
830 pm
Craig Taborn, Peter Evans, Earl Howard, Mark Dresser
Craig Taborn (piano) Peter Evans (trumpet) Earl Howard (live electronics, sax) Mark Dresser (bass)

9/14 Thursday (FM)
830 pm
Deep Tones for Peace Bass Ensemble
Rufus Reid (bass) Mark Helias (bass) Linda Oh (bass) Jorge Roeder (bass) Ratzo Harris (bass) Ken Filiano (bass) Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) Trevor Dunn, (bass) Dave Phillips (bass) Thomas Helton (bass) Sarah Weaver (conductor) Mark Dresser (bass/composition)

9/15 Friday (RKHW)
830 pm
Jane Ira Bloom, Denman Maroney, Michael Sarin, Mark Dresser
Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax) Denman Maroney (piano) Michael Sarin (drums)
Mark Dresser (bass, compositions)

9/16 Saturday (NBHM)
830 pm
Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisseur, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Dresser
Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoisseur (piano) Ned Rothenber (reeds) Mark Dresser (bass)

9/17 Sunday
830 pm
Hafez Modirzadeh, Diane Moser, Vijay Anderson and Mark Dresser
Hafez Modirzadeh (reeds) Diane Moser (piano) Vijay Anderson (drums) Mark Dresser (bass)
Compositions by all the players.

9/18 Monday (AV)
830 pm
Jad Atoui & Sharif Sehnaoui DUO
Jad Atoui (electronics) Sharif Sehnaoui (guitar)
A rare duo set with Jad Atoui and Sharif Sehnaoui, virtuoso guitarist and founder of “Irtijal” the oldest music festival in Lebanon.

SEPT 19-24

9/19 Tuesday (DT)
830 pm
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Julian Lage (guitar) Chris Eldridge (guitar)

9/20 Wednesday (NH)
830 pm
Julian Lage (guitar)

9/21 Thursday (HM)
830 pm
Julian Lage and Bill Frisell
Julian Lage (guitar) Bill Frisell (guitar)

9/22 Friday (SZAV)
830 pm
Julian Lage, Jorge Roeder and Dave King
Julian Lage (guitar) Jorge Roeder (bass) Dave King (drums)

9/23 Saturday (ISXX)
830 pm
Quartet with Scott Colley, Dave King, Chris Potter
Julian Lage (guitar) Scott Colley (bass) Dave King (drums) Chris Potter (sax)

9/24 Sunday (RK)
830 pm
Julian Lage and Steve Swallow
Julian Lage (guitar) Steve Swallow (bass)

9/25 Monday (NA)
830 pm
M2duO-20th anniversary
Machiko Ozawa (violin, composition, tap dance) Makia Matsumura (piano, composition)
The M2duO is a duo of two Japanese girls who graduated from Juilliard and Tokyo Gei Dai and have a passion for tango music. This concert celebrates their 20 years in NYC!

9/26 Tuesday (NM)
830 pm
Darius Jones (alto sax) Johnathan Blake (drums)

Kris Davis Capricorn Climber with special guest Michael Nicolas—Michael Nicolas (cello) Mat Maneri (viola) Trevor Dunn (bass) Ingrid Laubrock ( saxophone) Kris Davis (piano)
Tom Rainey- drums
7pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. For details check https://nationalsawdust.org/event/jazz-stone-commissioning-series/

9/27 Wednesday (NM)
830 pm
Darius Jones Trio
Darius Jones (alto sax) Johnathan Blake (drums) Dezron Douglas (bass)

9/28 Thursday (RK)
830 pm
Darius Jones Quartet
Darius Jones (alto sax) Johnathan Blake (drums) Dezron Douglas (bass) Kris Davis (piano)

9/29 Friday (ISSL)
830 pm
Darius Jones Quintet
Darius Jones (alto sax) Johnathan Blake (drums) Dezron Douglas (bass) Kris Davis (piano) Charlie Looker (guitar)

9/30 Saturday (RBSL)
830 pm
Darius Jones Sextet
Darius Jones (alto sax) Johnathan Blake (drums) Dezron Douglas (bass) Kris Davis (piano) Charlie Looker (guitar) Ben Gerstein (trombone)