AMN Reviews: Moser / Dresser / Anderson / Modirzadeh – For My Mother (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.

Featuring Diane Moser on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, Vijay Anderson on drums, and Hafez Modirzadeh on saxophones, this album is the first time the group came together and was recorded live at Dizzy’s Jazz in Pacific Beach, California. Unlike many other releases on the Minus Zero label, the free improv is turned down a few notches. Instead, the instrumentation herein embodies the “classic jazz” quartet of the 1960s, and the music does not stray terribly far from that mold. With a nod to Coltrane and Miles, Moser, Dresser, Anderson, and Modirzadeh provide a set of largely composed, yet angular pieces. Modirzadeh and Moser lead with playful themes that even swing a bit. Modirzadeh’s warblings are punctuated by Moser’s accentuations. Dresser and Anderson combine to a busy yet understated rhythm section, with walking lines and cymbal-heavy work. This is not to say that For My Mother does not explore or go outside from time to time, just that such excursions are not the focus here.

AMN Picks of the Week: Mostly Other People Do The Killing / Barry Altschul / Lorenzo Feliciati / Bashan / Keith Price

English: Barry Altschul, moers festival 2011

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Paint (2017)
Barry Altschul / 3Dom Factor – Live in Krakow (2017)
Lorenzo Feliciati – Elevator Man (2017)
Bashan – EP1 (2017)
Keith Price – Double Quartet (2017)

Monday Evening Concerts 2017/18 Season

Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, at the ...

Source: LA’s M.E.C. .

DECEMBER 4, 2017:
FOSSIL VOICES

The Talea Ensemble returns for its third visit to Monday Evening Concerts to give the West Coast Premiere of Pierluigi Billone’s FACE for voice and ensemble. One of the most highly regarded composers living in Europe today, Billone’s large-scale work has never been heard in California. Drawing upon the traditions of composers such as Luigi Nono, Helmut Lachenmann, and Salvatore Sciarrino, Billone serves as a living poet and alchemist of the avant-garde.

JANUARY 8, 2018:
YARN/WIRE

Over the past decade, the piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire has established itself as one of the most innovative and understatedly virtuosic ensembles working in the United States. For its MEC debut, the ensemble will present a program of works by international emerging composers Thomas Meadowcroft, Linda Caitlin Smith, Øyvind Torvund and Cat Lamb.

MARCH 26, 2018:
NICOLAS HODGES

Perhaps the greatest living pianist of the European avant-garde, Nicolas Hodges makes his solo recital debut in Los Angeles. His program alternates between canonized giants of high-modernism such as Brian Ferneyhough, Luigi Nono, and Iannis Xenakis, and selections from the series ‘Voices and Piano’ by the Austrian composer Peter Ablinger. In this series, Ablinger musicalizes the voices of revolutionaries, artists and philosophers such as Angela Davis, Bertolt Brecht, Morton Feldman, Orson Welles and Mother Teresa. Here, the voices provide political, aesthetic, spiritual and poetic context for the works that surround them.

APRIL 16, 2018:
SCIARRINO

MEC artistic director Jonathan Hepfer calls Salvatore Sciarrino’s Aspern Suite one of the key chamber works of the late 20th century. The piece, which Sciarrino bases loosely on Henry James’ novella The Aspern Papers (which itself is based on lore surrounding Lord Byron), concerns the theme of secrecy – or what must remain forever sacred and hidden. In the piece, Sciarrino employs Venetian boat song, snippets of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, artful techniques of seduction, as well as his own iconic sonic universe. The work will be presented with Sciarrino’s gorgeous surreal lullaby Perduto in una città d’acque, and Isabel Mundry’s imaginative and masterful re-workings of works by the Renaissance composer Guillame Dufay.
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Salvatore Sciarrino

MAY 21, 2018:
​MONK/EASTMAN

For the finale concert of MEC’s 79th season, we offer a pairing of two extremely rarely performed works by the American mavericks Meredith Monk and Julius Eastman. Eastman’s Femenine was described by the New York Times as “a longing, tender, grandly unruffled 70-minute masterpiece that takes its place at the pinnacle of the Eastman works that have survived,” and Monk’s storied career as a vocalist, composer, dancer, choreographer and filmmaker has influenced luminaries from Bruce Nauman to Jean-Luc Godard. Eastman and Monk, who were collaborators in real life, are reunited in spirit in our season finale.

MAY 23, 2018:
*RADIGUE*

Along with the musique concrète pioneers Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, Éliane Radigue is one of the legendary figures in the landscape of electronic music. Although her works have frequently pushed the limits of what was thought possible with electronic sound, she eventually transitioned into writing solely acoustic works in the most recent decade of her storied career. Despite her iconic status, her works have rarely been heard in Los Angeles. MEC presents a concert honoring a living legend.

The Roulette in November

Source: New York’s Roulette.

Chris Lightcap &Amp; Superbigmouth
Friday, November 3, 2017 @ 8:00 Pm

Mari Kimura: Mugic in Hues
Monday, November 6, 2017 @ 8:00 Pm

David First: the Western Enisphere
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 8:00 Pm

Raz Mesinai: Sleepwalker 3
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 8:00 Pm

Go: Organic Orchestra: Murmuration
Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 8:00 Pm

Go: Organic Orchestra: Murmuration
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 8:00 Pm

The Stone in November

English: Marc Ribot at Jazzfestival Saalfelden...

Source: The Stone.

11/1 Wednesday (SZ)
8:30 pm
Matthew Shipp, Louie Belogenis & Michael Wimberly
Matthew Shipp (piano) Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Michael Wimberly (drums)

11/2 Thursday (NH)
8:30 pm
Louie Belogenis, Roberta Piket & Billy Mintz
Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Roberta Piket (piano) Billy Mintz (drums)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
NICOLE MITCHELL
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS NOVEMBER 3-4 AT 830PM
FRIDAY NOV 3—Nicole Mitchell (flute) Sara Serpa (voice) Liberty Ellman (guitar)
SATURDAY NOV 4— Nicole Mitchell (flute) Taylor Ho Bynum (trumpet) Rufus Reid (bass) Shirazette Tinnin (drums) Fay Victor (voice)

11/3 Friday (NBHM)
8:30 pm
Flow Trio with Joe McPhee
Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Joe Morris (bass) Charles Downs (drums) Joe McPhee (trumpets, saxes)

11/4 Saturday (HMAR)
8:30 pm
Twice Told Tales
Tony Malaby, Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxophones) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Ryan Sawyer (drums)

11/5 Sunday (NH)
8:30 pm
Louie Belogenis, Russ Lossing & Kenny Wollesen
Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Russ Lossing (piano) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

11/7 Tuesday (SZ)
8:30 pm
MARC RIBOT SOLO—IMPROVISATION
Marc Ribot (guitar)

11/8 Wednesday (SZ)
8:30 pm
MARC RIBOT—COOPER MOORE DUO
Marc Ribot (guitar) Cooper Moore (string instruments)

11/9 Thursday (ICS)
8:30 pm
MARC RIBOT SOLO
Marc Ribot (guitar)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
JIM BLACK
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS NOVEMBER 10-11 AT 830PM
Jim Black (drums)

11/10 Friday (RBHW)
830 pm
SONGS OF RESISTANCE
Marc Ribot (guitar) Shahzad Ismaily (percussion, bass, keys) Briggan Krauss (sax)

11/11 Saturday (RKFM)
8:30 pm
MARC RIBOT TRIO
Marc Ribot (guitar) Henry Grimes (bass) Chad Taylor (drums)

11/12 Sunday (NB)
8:30 pm
MARC RIBOT SOLO—COMPOSITIONS BY CASSEUS, ZORN AND CAGE
Marc Ribot (guitar)

11/14 Tuesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Mephista with special guest Jim Staley
Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Susie Ibarra (drums) Jim Staley (trombone)

11/15 Wednesday (DT)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Ikue Mori (electronics) Satoko Fujii (piano) Kappa Maki (trumpet) Erik Friedlander (cello)

11/16 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Ikue Mori (electronics) Zeena Parkins (harp) Fast Forward (percussion) Cyro Baptista (percussion)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
JENNIFER CHOI
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS NOVEMBER 17-18 AT 830PM
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17—The Secret Quartet: Cornelius Dufallo, Jennifer Choi (violins) Lev Zhurbin (viola) Yves Dharamraj (cello) Earle Brown-String Quartet / Lev Zhurbin – Culai / Trevor Dunn- String Quartet
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18—Jennifer Choi (violin) Kathleen Supove (piano) Neil Rolnick (laptop) Vasko Dukovski (clarinet) Alexandra Joan (piano) / Rolnick-Deal With the Devil (duo) * / Jen Shyu-Jum Jeng Yi* / Missy Mazzoli-A Thousand Tongues / Stravinsky-The Soldier’s Tale (Trio Version) *world premiere

11/17 Friday (HWSK)
8:30 pm
Ikue Mori, Ned Rothenberg, Magda Mayas and Billy Martin
Ikue Mori (electronics) Ned Rothenberg (reeds) Billy Martin (drums) Magda Mayas (piano)

11/18 Saturday (RBAR)
8:30 pm
TRIO
Ikue Mori (electronics) Okkyung Lee (cello) George Lewis (trombone)

11/19 Sunday (RK)
8:30 pm
STONE BENEFIT IMPROV NIGHT
Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax) and many special guests

11/21 Tuesday (AV)
8:30 pm
Volar Portex
Chris Cochrane (guitar) Jessica Lurie (saxes, flute) Terry Dame (soprano sax and homemades) Billy Martin (drums)

11/22 Wednesday (JT)
8:30 pm
Chris Cochrane with Mamal Dap, playing the music of J Dilla and Madlib
Chris Cochrane (guitar) Killian Karlsson (guitar) Reed Sutherland (bass) Colin Jalbert (drums) Zack Cross (keyboards)

11/24 Friday (NA)
8:30 pm
The Chutneys
Chris Cochrane (guitar) Fast Forward (percussion) Gelsey Bell (vocals)

11/25 Saturday (AV)
8:30 pm
Collapsible Shoulder with Special Guest Stuart Popejoy
Collapsible Shoulder: Chris Cochrane (guitar, vocals) Kato Hideki (bass) Kevin Bud Jones (electronics) Brian Chase (drums) Special Guest Stuart Popejoy (bass, effects)

11/26 Sunday (RK)
8:30 pm
Chris Cochrane, Kevin Shea, Zeena Parkins and Gordon Beeferman
Chris Cochrane (guitar) Kevin Shea (drums) Gordon Beeferman (keyboards) Zeena Parkins (harp)

11/28 Tuesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Jon Madof, Ty Citerman, Jessica Lurie, Yoshie Fruchter, Yonadav Halevy
Jon Madof, Ty Citerman (guitars) Jessica Lurie (baritone sax) Yoshie Fruchter (bass) Yonadav Halevy (drums)

THE STONE COMMISSIONS
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29: JAD ATOUI
In collaboration with National Sawdust The Stone presents a series of World Premieres the last Wednesday of every month through 2017.
7pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. For details check https://nationalsawdust.org/event/jazz-stone-commissioning-series/

11/29 Wednesday (JD)
8:30 pm
Blivet
Jon Madof (guitar) Brian Marsella (organ) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Mathias Künzli (drums)

THE STONE AT RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE!
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30: BRIAN MARSELLA
ONE SET AT 8PM—ADMISSION FREE!
The Stone is proud to present music at Russ and Daughters Cafe at 127 Orchard Street the last Thursday of every month! Drop by for smoked fish, pickles and great music!

11/30 Thursday (JD)
8:30 pm
Jon Madof + Eden Pearlstein
Jon Madof (guitar) Eden Pearlstein (emcee) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Yonadav Halevy (drums)