RIP Muhal Richard Abrams

Many sources are reporting that AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams has passed away at age 87.

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5049 Records Podcast Episode 136 – Colin Stetson

Source: 5049 Records.

Colin Stetson is an unbelievably talented saxophonist who has been on a very personal musical journey since a young age. An undisputed virtuoso, he has been blowing the minds of audiences around the world with his solo concerts since the early 2000s. His personal language is incredibly lyrical, using extended sax and extra musical mic’ing techniques to add multiples layers of complexity and soul to his work. He’s worked closely with the Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Sara Neufeld and most recently with the quartet Ex-Eye. This conversation took place just a few weeks ago and was an utter delight.

Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour

Source: Cuneiform Records.

BLUE CRANES
November 18 – Jack London Revue – Portland, OR

THE CLAUDIA QUINTET
October 31 – Jazz Club Ferrara – Rampari di Belfiore 167 – Ferrara, Italy
November 1 – Casa del Jazz – Viale di Porta Ardeatina 55 – Rome, Italy
November 2 – Un Tubo Jazz Night – SunTUBO – via Luparello 61 – Siena, Italy
November 3 – Sud des Alpes / Salle de Concert – 10, rue des Alpes – Geneva, Switzerland

THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN
November 15 – The Early Bird – Innsbruck, Austria
November 16 – Generalmusikdirektion – Graz, Austria
November 17 – Sarfabrik featuring Edi Nulz – Wien, Austria

LED BIB
November 12 – Match & Fuse Present at The London EFG Jazz Festival – Rich Mix – 35-47 Bethnal Green Road – London, E1 6LA – UK [with Schnellertollermeier and Worldservice Project]

ED PALERMO
October 28 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY 12542
November 13 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY [The Adventures Of Zodd Zundgren record release party!]

RICHARD PINHAS
November 15 – Lima Music Fest – Lima, Peru

PIXEL
November 8 – The Jazz Bar – Edinburgh, UK
November 9 – The Cinnamon Club – Altrincham, UK
November 10 – London Jazz Festival – The Spice Of Life – London, UK
November 11 – London Jazz Festival – The Spice Of Life – London, UK

SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER
November 4 – Point 11 – Sion, Switzerland
November 12 – Match & Fuse Present at The London EFG Jazz Festival – Rich Mix – 35-47 Bethnal Green Road – London, E1 6LA – UK [with Led Bib and Worldservice Project]
November 23 – Flatterschafft – Basel, Switzerland

THUMBSCREW [Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara – Mary Halvorson]
November 2 – Masada Club – Milano, Italy
November 4 – Jazz Fest Sarajevo – Dom Policije – Sarajevo, Bosnia
November 5 – Area Sismica – Forli, Italy
November 6 – tba – Rome, Italy
November 7 – Tante Betty – Nürnberg, Germany
November 8 – Thalhaus Theater – Wiesbaden, Germany

Interview with Mike Johnson of Thinking Plague

English: Mike Johnson, composer/guitarist and ...

Source: Arlequins.

Over the last 30 years, few bands, such as Thinking Plague, have been so influential on the Progressive Rock World scene. There was no avant-prog band that did not have to face the work of the US band. So we took the opportunity of the release of their seventh studio album, “Hoping Against Hope”, to retrace with Mike Johnson, the band’s guitarist and composer of all the music, all their career and more.

Blank Forms in November

Source: New York’s Blank Forms.

Kazuki Tomokawa
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
8:00 PM
Venue Greene Naftali / 508 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

Known as the “screaming philosopher” for the guttural exorcisms of his voice at its most extreme, Kazuki Tomokawa’s mercurial songs in turn exude the soulful lyricism of a troubadour’s life lived to its fullest, on the furthest edge. A poet, singer, artist, bicycle race tipster, essayist, actor, and drinker, Tomokawa’s devastating music radiates such immediacy that it begs for the authentification that his down-and-out vagabond’s biography can’t help but verify. He found his voice in Tokyo’s freewheeling 1970’s underground, setting harrowing verse inspired by Osamu Dazai and Hideo Kobayashi to primal guitar playing for an ongoing string of avant-folk recordings as frenzied as they come. Until recently sung exclusively in Japanese, both the madness and introspection of his ragged delivery transcend the limitations of any individual language. Since 1993 he has recorded, alongside artists like Fushitsusha, Keiji Haino, and High Rise, for the venerable PSF Records label. His New York appearance with Blank Forms marks his first-ever performance in the United States.

Dominique Lawalrée
Saturday, November 18th, 2017
8:00 PM
San Damiano Mission San Damiano Mission
$20 General / $15 Members

Dominique Lawalrée (b. 1954) is a Belgian composer and keyboard player, often associated with the New Simplicity movement, with over 500 compositions and 29 albums of hermetic, euphonic minimalism to his name. While pursuing a career as a music educator in his native Brussels, Lawalrée founded the Editions Walrus imprint in 1976 as a vehicle for non-commercial music, privately releasing a string of intimate solo records throughout the ‘80s featuring his own multi-tracked piano, synthesizers, tape, percussion, Wurlitzer, organ, and voice. Littered with references to forebears like Erik Satie (“Musique Satieerique”), Brian Eno (“Listen To The Quiet Voice”), Morton Feldman (“Morton A Fait Peur À Karlheinz”), and The Beatles (“Now Peace For Beatle John”), Lawalrée’s whimsical music of this period makes no secret of its influences. Yet while the elegant consonance of his recordings owes much to ambient or furniture music, a more apt metaphor would be that of wallpaper. Ornate and repetitive, its casual patterns can invite careful admiration from the willful listener or provide a subtle, comforting framework for domestic life.