The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

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

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Craig Taborn & Ikue Mori (Tzadik, 2017) ****1/2

Léandre – Minton (Fou Records, 2017) *****

Jari Haapalainen Trio – Fusion Nation (Moserobie, 2017) ****

Tomas Fujiwara – Triple Double (Firehouse 12 Records, 2017) ****½

Oliwood – Euphoria (Enja, 2017) ****½

Dave Rempis – Lattice (Aerophonic, 2017) ****

Masahide Tokunaga – Bwoouunn: Fleeting Excitement (Hitorri, 2017) ****½

Platform – Flux Reflux (Clean Feed, 2017) ***½

Wesleyan Music Professor Tyshawn Sorey Awarded Genius Grant

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: Hartford Courant.

Tyshawn Sorey, a composer, experimental musician and music professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly referred to as a “genius grant,” it was announced Wednesday.

A release from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation cited Sorey for “assimilating and transforming ideas from a broad spectrum of musical idioms and defying distinctions between genres, composition, and improvisation in a singular expression of contemporary music.”

Leo Records New Releases

Source: Leo Records.

Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp – Live in Brussels
Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Jeff Cosgrove – Live in Baltimore
Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Bobby Kapp – Heptagon
Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Joe Hertenstein – Scalene
Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley – Philosopher’s Stone
Ivo Perelman / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver – Octagon

New Sounds in New York Feature Ben Neill, Pauline Oliveros, and Colin Stetson

Source: WNYC.

New Sounds Live at Brookfield Place
October 11-13, 2017, 7:30PM
Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street
Admission FREE

Ben Neill’s Manitoga
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hear the New York City premiere of “Manitoga” (2014), composed for Neill’s mutantrumpet and an ensemble of four players using Szymanski’s brass sculptures crafted to function as musical instruments. Also on the program is the world premiere of “STEAK abc,” a new work based on a minimalist poem by Aram Saroyan composed for all 26 of Szymanski’s instruments/sculptures.

“Manitoga” is a new environmental composition for the hybrid electro-acoustic instrument mutantrumpet, and brass ensemble playing Phonemophone Alphabet Horns created by artist Carol Szymanski. (Each instrument forms a letter of the alphabet in a font of her design.) Neill’s mutantrumpet will act as the controller for processing the other instruments along with sounds of the environment.

A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros
Darmstadt Ensemble led by Ben Neill and Zach Layton
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pauline Oliveros was a musical pioneer several times over. She began exploring tape and electronic music as far back as the late 1950s. Her interest in the subtle properties of sound led her to the world of just intonation, a tuning system that leaves the notes in their natural state (as opposed to the “tempered” notes we find on a piano). The rich harmonic world she worked in was the perfect vehicle for her Sonic Meditations – a groundbreaking approach to music as not an intellectual exercise, but an emotional and physical experience. Her interest in “Deep Listening” led her to experiment with unusual sonic venues; she was particularly fond of places with rich reverberant properties (like the Winter Garden atrium), and developed a sophisticated electronic component for many of her works that enabled her to bring that sonic density to concert halls and venues around the world.

Oliveros also believed in the act of music-making as a communal art. She traveled the world leading audiences in Sonic Meditations where everyone in the venue would hum, or sing, or somehow contribute to the “performance.” She wrote hundreds of works where the score was not traditional notes on a staff, but rather a series of simple, practical instructions – or suggestions – on how to bring the piece to life. These works can be played by virtuoso professionals, or by anyone with open ears and the desire to try them. (-John Schaefer)

Colin Stetson
Colin Stetson’s “Sorrow,” a remaking of Gorecki’s Symphony #3
Friday, October 13, 2017

Sax player and composer Colin Stetson is probably best known for his work with Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, Bon Iver, and others, while his solo performances defy categorization. Recently, he released Sorrow, a reimagining of the third symphony of the great Polish composer Henryk Gorecki. Stetson is true to the long, aching melodies of Gorecki’s original. But instead of a symphony orchestra, he employs a mixed classical and rock ensemble, with alternately droning and snarling saxophone and climactic moments that echo the rhythmic and textural tension of black metal. Surely that is a sound that Gorecki would never have imagined, but it fits perfectly into Stetson’s thrilling, heartfelt, and slightly compressed take on this contemporary classic.

Dave Douglas Interview

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.

Source: Jazz Fuel.

Dave Douglas is a trumpeter, composer and educator with more than 50 recordings as a leader, including projects with Joe Lovano (Sound Prints), Uri Caine (Present Joys) & Mark Guiliana (High Risk).

He founded his own label – Greenleaf Records – in 2005 to release both his own projects and those of other musicians. All this, on top of a busy international touring schedule – saw Frank Alkyer – publisher of Down Beat – hail him as “the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.”

In a [jazz] world where musicians are increasingly needing to take careers into their own hands, I wanted to dig deeper on Dave’s work and outlook on the scene.

Seattle Scene: October 12-28, 2017

English: Composer Philip Glass, Florence 1993

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

SMO: In Time of War
Thu. Oct. 12, 7:30 PM; $10 – $25 advance/door

Seattle Modern Orchestra opens its 2017-18 season with music by George Crumb and Julius Eastman, who responded to the cultural and political turmoil of the ’70s with works that resonate today. Crumb’s Black Angels, inspired by the Vietnam war, is a “parable on our troubled contemporary world,” portraying a “voyage of the soul”. Eastman’s minimalist work Gay Guerrilla “glorifies Gay” as a guerrilla – “someone, in any case, that is sacrificing his life for a point of view.”

Jesse Myers: The Minimal Piano
Fri. Oct. 13, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Pianist Jesse Myers presents solo piano music by living American composers. The music will focus on important minimalist works for the piano as well as new music featuring piano and electronics by John Adams, Philip Glass, Christopher Cerrone, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich, and the premiere of Jesse Myers’ new work for piano and six-channel soundtrack.

Sound Ensemble: Kammermusik
Sat. Oct. 14, 7 PM; $10 – $15 advance/door

The Sound Ensemble creates a welcoming space to experience and respond to the music of our time. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the performance! At this concert audience members will have a chance to participate in the music making, and experience for themselves what it is like to make music with others. Music by Michael Djupstrom, James Falzone, Judd Greenstein, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud.

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda
Thu. Oct. 19, 8 PM; $10 advance/at door

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda perform with unconventional and self-made instruments including Walkman cassette players and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of the various sites to guide the flow and development of the performances. Audience is limited to 85 and we expect this to sell out, so get your tickets now!

SAT. 10/21 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee & Neil Welch

TUE. 10/24 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents Matt Mitchell: Music of Tim Berne + Dawn Clement duets

THU. 10/26 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents Robin Holcomb Trio + MIkolaj Trzaska

FRI. 10/27 – Vocalise women’s vocal ensemble performs works by living composers

SAT. 10/28 – Nonsequitur presents analog synth veteran Todd Barton + Jason E. Anderson