Jazz Em Agosto Initial Lineup Announced

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: JazzWise.

Annual Lisbon jazz adventure, Jazz em Agosto, celebrates its 35th edition this year with a special programme, running between 27 July to 5 August, dedicated to the wonderfully esoteric soundworlds of New York composer, saxophonist and Tzadik label boss John Zorn. This will be the first time in Jazz em Agosto’s history that the event will be devoted to the work of a single musician, celebrating this extraordinary artist whose eclectic and critically acclaimed output has left such an indelible mark on the music of our time.

The 18 concerts and five films featured at the host venue at Gulbenkian Foundation will capture the essence of Zorn’s unique sonic universe, showcasing his own idiosyncratic material with performances from several of his own numerous and diverse projects, as well as by many of his regular collaborators and artists who continue to divine inspiration from his infectious and innovative creativity.

Kicking off with a special opening-night trio comprising of Zorn, Thurston Moore and Milford Graves, other highlights throughout the 10 days include showcases from Craig Taborn, the Mary Halvorson Quartet, John Zorn’s Masada, Julian Lage, the John Medeski Trio, Ikue Mori, Kris Davis Quartet and Secret Chiefs 3.


Echoes Podcast: The Nightcrawlers Revisited 

Source: Echoes.

Hear The Nightcrawlers in the Echoes Podcast. The Nightcrawlers were the reluctant leaders of a Philadelphia music scene that tapped the sounds of German space music. Electronic music had its first real explosion in the 1970s with European artists like Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis exploring an entirely new music born from the new technology of synthesizers. The second generation of that sound were artists like England’s Mark Shreeve and Ian Boddy, Michael Garrison from Oregon and The Nightcrawlers from Philadelphia. Of all these artists The Nightcrawlers were the most enigmatic and mysterious. You couldn’t add to that mystery more than with the new collection, The Biophonic Boombox Recordings, a double CD/LP comprised of boombox cassette recordings the band made between 1981 and 1991, most in their garage. I interviewed the Nightcrawlers extensively in the 1980s for WXPN’s Diaspar program and the radio series, Totally Wired. We go back to one of those interviews, when the Nightcrawlers were at the height of their impact and creativity.

Tim Daisy Update

Source: Tim Daisy.

New Recordings

Tim Daisy’s Fulcrum Ensemble “Animation” (relay 021)
3 original compositions for sextet, written for my 41st birthday party last summer at Elastic Arts in Chicago.
w/ James Falzone, Steve Swell, Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Josh Berman

Matt Piet and his Disorganization “Rummage Out” (Clean Feed) cd
w/ Matt Piet (piano) Nick Mazzarella (alto saxophone) Josh Berman (cornet)

Rempis/Piet/Daisy “Throw Tomatoes” (Astral Spirits) ltd ed cassette/cd/and digital download available
dave rempis (saxophones) matt piet (piano) tim daisy (drums)

Coming Soon!!: Dave Rempis and Tim Daisy “Dodecahedron” Aerophonic Records (May 2018)

Live Concerts

Saturday, March 31st – Dave Rempis. Tim Daisy. Matt Piet Trio + Matt Piet and his disorganization @ The Elastic Arts Foundation 3429 W Diversey Pky 2nd floor 9pm http://www.elasticarts.org

Friday, April 20th KG Price (turntables) Lou Mallozzi (turntables) Tim Daisy (turntables and small percussion) @ Elastic Arts Foundation 3429 W Diversey Pky 2nd floor 9pm http://www.eleasticarts.org

Sunday April 22nd – Matt Piet and His Disorganization @ The Hungry Brain 2319W Belmont Ave 9pm https://www.hungrybrainchicago.com/

Thursday, May 10th Nicola Hein – (guitar) & Tim Daisy (drums) @ The Elastic Arts Foundation 3429 W Diversey Pky 2nd floor 9pm http://www.elasticarts.org

Friday, May 18th Josh Berman (cornet) Tim Daisy (drums) at the Arts And Literature Lab Madison, WI 8pm http://www.artlitlab.org

Creative Music Studio Upcoming Events

Source: Creative Music Studio.

April 21, 2018, EL TALLER, NYC
CMS IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA, conducted by BILLY MARTIN and KARL BERGER, presents “AFRO NUYORICAN ECLIPSE,” featuring legendary Nuyorican poets Sandra Maria Esteves, Jésus Papoleto Meléndez, Ashley August plus musicians Arturo O’Farril, Frank London and an all-star orchestra. Download Press Release Purchase Tickets

May 26, 2018, EL TALLER, NYC
CMS IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA conducted by PETER APFELBAUM & KARL BERGER, featuring Daniel Moreno, Awa Sangho and Ingrid Sertso

June 23, 2018 EL TALLER, NYC
Featured artists TBA

Ornette Coleman Compositions

English: Ornette Coleman, moers festival 2011

Source: burning ambulance.

Ornette Coleman is obviously best known as a jazz musician. His 1959-61 quartet broke jazz wide open on albums like The Shape of Jazz to Come, This is Our Music, and Change of the Century, and he gave an entire genre a name with Free Jazz. Later albums like The Empty Foxhole, Broken Shadows, Science Fiction, Crisis and Ornette at 12 weren’t as transformative as his previous work—the boundaries of his style had been established, and he was now tweaking the details rather than upending things entirely—but they were every bit as emotionally potent and beautiful. His turn toward electric funk, which began in the mid ’70s and continued for 20 years, alienated almost as many of his fans as his first acoustic recordings had repelled jazz traditionalists, but there were still clearly audible connections to what had come before. His voice on the horn was still uniquely and unmistakably his own, no matter what kind of clatter and squall surrounded it.

But there’s another side of Ornette Coleman‘s music that has often gone overlooked. As early as 1962, and probably much earlier, he was composing for chamber ensembles and orchestras. And while there are relatively few recorded examples of this work, those that do exist are startling, and well worth exploring for what they reveal about his musical personality.

San Francisco Scene: March 23-30, 2018

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, March 23

Fri 3/23 5:30 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend
Celebrating Pauline OLIVEROS and Steven SCHICK
Join us for a weekend of artistry and creativity at our “at the CROSSROADS Series” where we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Pauline Oliveros’ birth as well as Steven Schick‘s final season as SFCMP’s Artistic Director.
The weekend’s events include four concerts, composer talks, a solo-percussion concert by Steven Schick, and a celebratory reception and toast to honor maestro Schick’s seven years of dedication to SFCMP.
Works by
Galina Ustvolskaya
Xavier Beteta
Carolyn Chen
Luciano Berio
Pauline Oliveros
3 Winners of SF Search Under-30 Call for Scores: Danny Clay, John Ivers, Nathan Chamberlain
Morton Feldman
Composer Talk with Carolyn Chen
SPECIAL EVENTS: Reception and toast for Steven Schick followed by Steven Schick solo-percussion concert performing works of Iannis XENAKIS, Kurt SCHWITTERS, and Celeste ORAM

Fri 3/23 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline in West Oakland. Exact locale given to those who sign up.]
Duck Baker solo guitar and 4 course gourmet vegan menu.

Saturday, March 24

Sat 3/24 5:30 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend
Celebrating Pauline OLIVEROS and Steven SCHICK

Sat 3/24 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Miolina: All Good Is Luck

Sat 3/24 8:00 PM The Milk Bar [241a South 1st Street, Richmond, CA]
The 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival continues with a night of Alt-Tuned Rock with ‘Fraid o’ Freyja (the just-intoned psych rock alter-ego of Thingamajigs Performance Group), Vegan Butcher (John Shiurba’s narcotic sad core, written in the 9-note January Scale) and Hazel Atlas (Kevin Thompson of the Enablers solo).

Sunday, March 25

Sun 3/25 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Edward Neeman
Pianist Edward Neeman presents a darkly passionate recital, featuring the West Coast Premiere of Larry Sitsky’s Piano Sonata No. 1, ‘Retirer d’en bas de l’eau’, plus Jan Ladislav Dussek’s final sonata, ‘L’invocation’, and Paul Schoenfield’s Peccadilloes.

Sun 3/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
HUSH Series — Daniel Corral’s Polytope (NorCal Premiere)

Sun 3/25 8:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St San Francisco]
Mike Patton & John Zorn

Thursday, March 29

Thu 3/29 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn: SHE album release

Thu 3/29 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm The Shoes – avant-garde psych jazz
8:40 pm John Ingle Trio w/Kjell Nordeson – drums and Scott Walton – bass
9:20 pm Key West
Brian Pedersen-sax, Jay Korber-drums, Randylee Sutherland-cello

Friday, March 30

Fri 3/30 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Nina Dante: Extending the Voice