György Ligeti Chicago Performances Reviewed

Source: Chicago Maroon.

Last Friday, Amadinda, an innovative Hungarian percussion group, and Eighth Blackbird, a Chicago-based four-time Grammy-winning ensemble joined at the Logan Center in the third concert of UChicago Presents’ György Ligeti Series, honoring the life and legacy of the contemporary classical Hungarian-Austrian composer.

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The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Paint (Hotcup Records, 2017) ****½

John Russell & Paul G. Smyth – Ditch School (Weekertoft, 2017) ****½

Paula Shocron, William Parker, Pablo Díaz – Emptying The Self (Nendo Dango, 2017) ****

Lina Allemano Four – Sometimes Y (Lumo Records, 2017) ****½

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot – Squish It! (Lumo Records, 2017) ****½

Irreversible Entanglements – s/t (International Anthem, 2017) ****½

Haino Keiji / John Butcher – Light Never Bright Enough (OTORoku, 2017) *****

John Butcher / John Edwards / Mark Sanders ‎– Last Dream Of The Morning (Relative Pitch, 2017) ****1/2

Stray – Into Darkness (Illuso, 2017) ****

A Feminist Urge Is Driving the Shape of Jazz to Come 

Source: Improvised and Experimental Music.

There is something about jazz that embodies the vanguard of a revolution that has yet to come. “The music itself is about manifesting the unknown,” said Esperanza Spading at a panel on Gender and Jazz held at the New School as a part of Winter Jazz Fest held in New York City. Master drummer and jazz educator Teri Lyne Carrington moderated the panel which posed an all-too timely question: Given its legacy of calling out injustice and forming the basis for the imagining of new worlds, why is it that the jazz community is struggling so much with respect to inclusivity, representation and sexual harassment? Panelists who addressed the question included young trumpeter Arnetta Johnson, jazz journalist Lara Pellegrinelli, Angela Davis, and pianist Vijay Iyer, as well as Esperanza Spalding.

Steve Swell News

Source: Steve Swell.

I will leave tomorrow for 3 weeks in Europe with my co-led band with Gebhard Ullmann that includes Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang called the Chicago Plan. There is a release out on Clean Feed from last year and we are planning a second very soon. Maybe something from this tour.

After I leave that tour I will join Frode Gjerstad and his trio with Paal Nilssen-Love and Jon Rune Strom in London and spend the next two weeks with them in Norway mostly but will do a concert in Portugal as well. This tour will celebrate Frode’s 70th birthday. The band has a new album being released on the Clean Feed label. I finish that tour with a gig with the great Paul Dunmall in London on March 1. Nice way to end a tour!

In March I will be in residency at the University of Alberta with Dave Burrell and we will perform several concerts in Edmonton and conduct a master class at UofA.

In April I will join Gebhard Ullmann’s Basement Research for Gebhard’s 60th birthday tour with Gerald Cleaver, Pascal Niggenkemper and Julian Arguilles.

There will be some reviews, finally of my Silkheart CD, Music For Six Musicians: Hommage à Olivier Messiaen in Downbeat, NYCJR and hopefully others.

There will be many gigs in New York of course and some news I hope regarding Soul Travelers.

Some new releases to look out for:

Throes are the Only Trouble – Michael Foster/Steve Swell/Brandon Lopez/Weasel Walter (OUT NOW!)

Helix – Michael Moss/Accidental Orchestraw/Rosi Hertlein, Waldron Hicks, Jason Kao Hwang, Elliott Levin, Steve Swell, Badal Roy, Mike Wimberly, and more! (OUT NOW!)

Tim Daisy’s Fulcrum Ensemble – Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Josh Berman, Jams Falzone (Relay Records)

Live in New Orleans – Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder, Joel Futterman, Steve Swell (Valid Records)

Matana Roberts’ New Coin Coin – coming soon on Constellation Records

Jason Hwang’s Burning Bridge recording in March. Pease visit his GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/HwangBurningBridge

Photos From a Musical Tribute to Muhal Richard Abrams

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009

Source: JazzTimes.

On Monday, Jan. 29, the AACM’s New York City Chapter presented “A Musical Tribute to Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams” at the Community Church of New York. Abrams, the profoundly influential pianist-composer and AACM co-founder who died on Oct. 29, was eulogized via words and/or music by his friends, family, colleagues and admirers, among them Jack DeJohnette, Randy Weston, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Oliver Lake, Adegoke Steve Colson, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer and George E. Lewis. (Anthony Braxton was present but unable to perform due to the venue’s curfew.)