Chicago Scene: November 4-11, 2017

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009

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

4:00PM at Corbett vs Dempsey, 1120 N Ashland, 3rd Fl, 773.278.1664 (Free with reservation)
Rebekah Heller, Ryan Muncy, Jacob Greenberg, Katinka Kleijn, Ross Karre — music by Mario Diaz de Leon, Jenna Lyle, Anne Cleare, Bryan Jacobs, Anthony Braxton

7:00PM at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
In Tribute to the ascension of Muhal Richard Abrams
AACM : Eccentric Coincidental Configurations

8:00PM at Tritriangle, 1550 N Milwaukee, 3rd Fl ($10-$5)
Sandy Ewen
Sandy Ewen with Reid Karris, Ben Billington
Ampyre + Death Factory
More TBA

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Barry Gifford with Jason Adasiewicz, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Joshua Abrams
8:30PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Nestle : Rob Lundberg, Ryan Packard, Cyrus Pireh
Jessie Marino

Sunday, November 5th 2017

3:00PM at the May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N Ravenswood (Free)
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, with Jason Adasiewicz, Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein

5:00PM at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island, 312.857.5561
In Tribute to the ascension of Muhal Richard Abrams
The Great Black Music Ensemble

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Steel House : Edward Simon, Scott Colley, Brian Blade

8:30PM at the Subterranean, 2011 W North, 773.278.6600 ($17-$15)
Lee Ranaldo
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, with Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Jason Stein

Monday, November 6th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Steel House : Edward Simon, Scott Colley, Brian Blade

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Mike Ladd, Mankwe Ndosi, Damon Locks, Wayne Montana

Tuesday, November 7th 2017

7:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 ($10)
The Bridge #9
Mike Ladd, Mankwe M N Ndosi, Sylvain Kassap, Dana Hall

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Jim Baker and Michael Zerang – Celebrating 35 Years
Jim Baker, Michael Zerang, Matchess

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 ($5 donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Andrew Scott Young String Quartet with Hannah Brock, Kimberley Sutton, Samuel Bradshaw
Jason Stein, Anton Hatwich, Avreeayl Ra

Wednesday, November 8th 2017

9:15PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
The Bridge
Mike Ladd, Mankwe M N Ndosi, Sylvain Kassap, Jason Stein, Dana Hall

Thursday, November 9th 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
SAIC Graduate Student Showcase

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
ensemble, et al.
Nick Photinos

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dustin Laurenzi, Kieren Daly, Jason Roebke
Gato Libre : Kappa Maki, Neko Jaras, Satoko Fujii

Friday, November 10th 2017

7:30PM at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
The Bridge #9
Mankwe Ndosi, Mike Ladd, Sylvain Kassap, Dana Hall

Saturday, November 11th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Ensemble Pamplemousse : Dave Broome, Natacha Diels, Andrew Greenwald, Bryan Jacobs, Jessie Marino, Weston Olencki

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Experimental Labels Seek New Musical Forms in Beijing and Shanghai

Via Bandcamp Daily.

On paper, Beijing and Shanghai are almost polar opposites. Beijing, with its dusty alleys and dynastic past, is home to emperors, bureaucrats, and artists. Shanghai is bigger, richer, and newer, a swinging port city with a futuristic skyline that went up virtually overnight.

Yan Jun, a pioneer of experimental music in China, summarized the differences memorably in a 2014 Wire essay: “Beijing turns to olden times and Shanghai escapes to another dream, a future world that does not exist and never will. There are all kinds of music in Beijing and Shanghai, but, following the above line, nostalgic music typically accompanies Beijing and an international standard of music fits Shanghai.”

Yan, who lives in Beijing and has spent plenty of time in both cities, started his music career in the ‘90s as a rock critic. His pithy, poetic writing style earned him an instant fan base, and bands from all around the country would send him hand-dubbed cassette demos to be reviewed in the few music magazines that existed before the Internet made its way to China.

Today, Yan’s Sub Jam label has become mandatory listening for anyone who wants to get a grip on the early days of experimental music in China, and Yan remains a go-to arbiter of interesting sounds being made on the level of Chinese underground culture. His latest dispatch on that front is There Is No Music From China, a 14-track compilation co-released by Wellington label End of the Alphabet and Beijing label Zoomin’ Night.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

Via Downtown Music Gallery.

Anthony Braxton: Solo at FIMAV! David Bindman with Frank London / Reut Regev..! Jen Shyu with Mat Maneri / Anna Webber / Thomas Morgan..! Acid Mothers Temple! Alan Sondheim & Stephen Dydo on ESP! Nine from FMR: Frode Gjerstad & Fred Lonberg-Holm! Glasgow Improv Orchestra with Marilyn Crispell! Alan Tomlinson / Dave Tucker Trio! Szilard Mezei Trio!

Two from Udo Schindler Sebastano Tremontana! Francois Carrier & Michel Lambert! Half Dozen Gems from Confront: Derek Bailey & Simon H Fell! Beins / Butcher / Wastell! Ian Brighton Solo! Tin: Axel Dorner / Dominc Lash / Roger Turner! 10Tet: Akiyama / Malfatti / Unami / Sugimoto!

Plus Archival Discs from the Mothers of Invention! Hermeto Pascoal! Nurse with Wound! Two Generations of Dave Brubeck! And Rare Vinyl from: Okay Temiz & Johnny Dyani! Che Chen & Robbie Lee! Alvarius B.! Bob Dylan! Fifty Foot Hose! Serge Gainsbourg! Dizzy Gillespie and The Raincoats!



Sunday, November 5th:
6pm: BEYOND GROUP: CHERYL PYLE – Flutes / MICHAEL EATON – Soprano sax / JAMIE BAUM – Flutes / CLAIRE DALY – Bari Sax / MATT LAVELLE Bass Clarinet / GENE COLEMAN – Flutes
7pm: JONATHAN MORITZ / SEAN ALI / CARLO COSTA – Tenor Sax / ContraBass / Percussion

Sunday, November 12th:
6pm: ROBERT DICK – Rare Solo Flute Performance
7pm: GIACOMO MEREGA / ANDREW SMILEY / ELI ASHER – Electric Bass / Guitar / Trumpet

Sunday, November 19th:
7pm: ANDY HAAS and DON FIORINO – Sax/Electronics and Guitar

Sunday, November 26th:
7pm: VIV CORRINGHAM and GLEN HALL – Experimental Vocals and Multi-Instruments

Sunday, December 3rd:
6pm: ANDERS NILSSON / HAMPUS OHMAN-FROLUND / SAM KULIK Scandinavian Guitar & Drums Trombone
7pm: AARON NOVIK / PATRICK HOLMES / THOMAS HEBERER – Clarinet / B-flat Clarinet / Trumpet

Steve Swell News

Via Steve Swell.

On November 11 I will be at Joe’s Pub performing David Haney’s “Jazz Stories” concert once again with Bernard Purdie. November 16 I will be at Dizzy’s for a tribute to Roswell Rudd, December 4th I will be at the Stone for Mars Williams‘ celebration of Albert Ayler with Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano and on December 8th I will reconvene a trio with William Parker and Michael TA Thompson at Clemente Soto Velez part of Arts for Art Evolving series.

New releases to look out for:

Matana Robert’s latest Coin Coin on the Constellation label in Montreal.

A live performance in New Orleans with Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder, Joel Futterman and myself on the Valid label.

Also look for my live performance/recording of “Music for Six Musicians: Hommage à Olivier Messiaen” completed and performed on June 13. The recording is due out very soon on the Silkheart label. The cover art is a painting of Stanley Whitney’s.

Ensemble, et al. in NY and Chicago

Ensemble et al. is a classical percussion quartet based in New York. They have a new album coming out and some associated performances.

NYC Record Release:
Sunday November 5, 2017
Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11211)
21+ • 6:30 PM • $15
with Empyrean Atlas

​Chicago Show:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Constellation (3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618)
18+, $10
with Nick Photinos(Eight Blackbird)​

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Taylor Ho Bynum on Muhal Richard Abrams

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009

Source: The New Yorker.

One of the most important figures in American creative music, Muhal Richard Abrams, died peacefully at home last Sunday, at the age of eighty-seven. “Pianist/composer” will be the description most commonly ascribed to him, but Abrams was so much more: organizer, philosopher, visionary, motivator, teacher, and always, learner. His innovation was not about developing a specific sound or style but in cultivating a certain kind of creative ethos that nurtured and launched some of the most extraordinary music and musicians of the past fifty years.