Mary Halvorson on Tour

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January 24th- 27th
Tom Rainey Trio US Tour
Tom Rainey (drums), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) & Mary Halvorson (guitar)
Wednesday, January 24th @ Bucknell University (Bucknell, PA)
Thursday, January 25th @ Bop Stop at the Music Settlement (Cleveland, OH)
Friday, January 26th @ Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)
Saturday, January 27th @ Constellation (Chicago, IL)

January 30th- February 4th
Mary Halvorson Residency at The Stone!
(Avenue C @ 2nd Street, NYC… one set at 8:30pm nightly)
Tuesday, January 30th- Mary Halvorson (guitar) & Randy Peterson (drums)
Wednesday, January 31st- Mary Halvorson (guitar) & Liberty Ellman (guitar)
Thursday, February 1st- Mary Halvorson (guitar) & Ben Monder (guitar)
Friday, February 2nd- Mary Halvorson Trio with John Hébert (bass) & Ches Smith (drums)
Saturday, February 3rd- Mary Halvorson Quartet plays Masada Book of Angels with Mary Halvorson & Miles Okazaki (guitars), Drew Gress (bass) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
Sunday, February 4th- Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue with Chris Speed (saxophone & clarinet), Eivind Opsvik (bass) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Møster/Parker/Abrams/Herndon – Ran Do (Clean Feed, 2017) ****

Beam Splitter – Rough Tongue (Corvo Records, 2017) ****½

Redox – Orbitals (Creative Sources, 2017) ***½

Not On The Guest List – Free! Spirit! Chant! (Gaffer, 2017) ***1/2

Tomomi Adachi & Jaap Blonk – Asemic Dialogues + Jaap Blonk – Irrelevant Comments (Kontrans, 2017) ****½ / ***½

Native Instrument – Camo (Shelter Press, 2017) ***½

Winter Jazz Fest ’18: New York City

Aalberg, Kullhammar, Zetterberg, Santos Silva – Basement Sessions Vol. 4 (The Bali Tapes), (Clean Feed, 2017) ****½

Aalberg, Kullhammar, Zetterber, Santos Silva – Basement Sessions Vol. 4 (The Bali Tapes) (Clean Feed, 2017) ***½

Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp – Live In Brussels (Leo, 2017) *****

Arashi – Trost Live Series 001 (Trost, 2017) ****½
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Newsbits: Vijay Iyer / Yarn / Wire / Marc Ribot / Robert Rich / Olivia Block

Two Vijay Iyer concerts in San Francisco are reviewed.

Yarn / Wire in Losa Angeles is reviewed.

Marc Ribot at Cafe Oto is also reviewed.

Robert Rich will be performing a sleep concert on February 23-24 in San Francisco.

Olivia Block is planning an interesting sound installation in Florida. It involves fake oyster shell mounds.

Coming to Philadelphia’s Bowerbird

Toshimaru Nakamura (performing with John Butch...


Winter / Spring 2018

Marilyn Nonken and Toshimaru Nakamura
Venue: University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut Street
Thursday, February 8, 8pm

The Music of Pauline Oliveros
with Arcana New Music Ensemble
Venue: The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Friday, February 16, 8pm

Morton Feldman: For John Cage
With Karl Larson (piano) and Maya Bennaro (violin)
Venue: University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut Street
Thursday, February 22, 8pm

Morton Feldman: Rare Solos
with Arcana New Music Ensemble
Venue: University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut Street
Saturday, February 24, 8pm

A portrait of Arthur Russell
Venue: The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Friday, March 16, 8pm

Tom Johnson: Rational Melodies
with Arcana New Music Ensemble
Venue: Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catherine Street
Saturday, March 17, 8pm

Friction Quartet
performs Rosie Langabeer
Venue: University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut Street
Thursday, March 22, 8pm

Morton Feldman: Three Voices
with the Quince Vocal Ensemble
Venue: University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut Street
Saturday, March 24, 8pm

Featuring Mauricio Kagel‘s “Zwei Mann Orchester”
Venue: Pearlstein Gallery
3401 Filbert St
April 19 to May 25

Moondog II
with Arcana New Music Ensemble
Venue: University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut Street
Saturday, February 24, 8pm

Seattle Scene: January 25 – February 3, 2018

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.

Spontaneous Combustion: Iktus Duo
Thu. Jan. 25, 8 PM; $20 general/$12 students

The 4th concert of Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival features Iktus Duo (Hristina Blagoeva, flute, and Chris Graham, percussion) from New York City, performing works by Lou Harrison, Joseph Pereira, Adam Vidiksis, James Romig, and Washington-based composer Bruce Hamilton. In addition to tickets for individual concerts, festival passes are available here ($50/3-day).

Inverted Space Ensemble
Fri. Jan. 26, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Inverted Space explores the music of three major 20th Century Composers. Pairing the Etudes of John Cage and György Ligeti, the second concert of the season will present Book 1 of Cage’s Freeman Etudes for solo violin (performed by Luke Fitzpatrick) with Book 1 of the Ligeti Études for solo piano (performed by Steven Damouni). The second half will feature Karlheinz Stockhausen’s enigmatic Plus Minus.

Sarah Pyle: Flora/Fauna
Sat. Jan. 27, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Sarah Pyle plays experimental music for baroque and modern flute. Inspired by styles from Early Baroque to noise music and beyond, the program explores tropes of flora and fauna across more than 400 years. Three world premieres by Pyle and Seattle-ites Andrew Stiefel and Daniel Webbon, + works for solo flute by Elizabeth Brown and Vivian Fine, and improvisations on baroque melodies by Francesca Caccini.

THU. 2/1 – Violinist Karen Bentley-Pollick performs new works from a New York Women Composers call for scores

SAT. 2/3 – Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Mesh Collaborative (networked computer music) + Seattle Phonographers Union (improvisation with field recordings)