Coming to Detroit

Lucian Ban at Jazzy Spring 2007 Hierogliphycs ...

Source: Trinosophes.

Thursday, March 29: Ben Bennet/Michael Foster Duo, GRID, Betsy Soukup with Molly Jones

Join us for an evening of vanguard experimental music and performance. Percussionist Ben Bennett pairs up with experimental saxophonist Michael Foster for an intense and intimate duo with stage presence that blurs the line between music and performance art. Their recent release, “In It” (Astral Spirits, June 2017), has been characterized as music “with sense of vulnerability … that makes it feel alive and challenging. Both Foster and Bennett pushing each other to the edges of their comfort zones.” Previous performances by Bennet have demonstrated both his prodigious talent as a percussionist and his dead-pan but impish sense of humor as a performer.

GRID is a new project from saxophonist Matt Nelson, who is a member of the tenor sax quintet Battle Trance and the man behind one of our favorite solo electro-acoustic records of recent years, Lower Bottoms. He’s joined by Tim Dahl on bass and Nick Podgurski on drums. Despite the trio formation and the individual players’ backgrounds with jazz, the GRID sound takes the plunge toward the darker, heavier, and more psychedelic realms of improvised music. While undoubtedly harnessing the clamorous spirit of free jazz, the trio ventures beyond its acoustic borders, cleverly implementing electronic processing as well as dirge-like tempos that draw upon the slow-burning qualities of Doom and Sludge for inspiration.

Opening the show is the duo of Detroit creative music musicians Betsy Soukup and Molly Jones. Both musicians performer boundry-pushing music, whether in the form of song composition or improvisation. This will be their first appearance as a duo at Trinosophes.

Friday, March 30: Xylouris White

Xylouris White performs original and traditional compositions firmly rooted in the music of Crete. The band consists of Georgios Xylouris on the Cretan string-instrument laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad and has been playing professionally from age 12. Jim White is an Australian drummer known and loved throughout the world as a member of Dirty Three and Venom P Stinger. For the last four years these two men have been performing louris White, the culmination of 25 years of friendship forged through music and place.

Tuesday, April 3: Peter Evans and Levy Lorenzo Duo

Levy Lorenzo and Peter Evans began performing duo in early 2016. They play a mix of piece composed individually for the duo as well as collaboratively composed pieces, all woven together with an intuitive, improvisatory approach. Their music is an otherworldly blur of dense rhythmic frameworks, elaborate notated pieces, open improvisation and weird drones. Lorenzo’s complex of self-built instruments, gongs, dry percussion, laptop and sound processing engage with Evans’ acoustic trumpet in a dialogue of noise, mystery, precision and chaos.


4/12: Something Holy (Alex Harding, Lucian Ban)

4/13: Circument

4/18: Rempis/Ochs/Johnston Trio

Live Review: Big Ears 2018 

Milford Graves

Source: JazzTimes.

You know you’re at the Big Ears Festival when Nathan Bowles, banjo and bones player for the old-time string band the Black Twig Pickers, enthusiastically shouts out Milford Graves, the sage of avant-garde jazz percussion. “I got my wig flipped!” Bowles said of Graves’ solo set, which took place on the same stage just hours before. Flipping wigs in this fashion is precisely the goal of the annual creative-music confab, which took place March 22-25 in about a dozen venues in downtown Knoxville, Tenn.

Big Ears doesn’t just cater to diehards of any one musical form or discipline. It finds commonalities between them, striving to cultivate a discerning public that finds value and sustenance in music of many kinds. And so iconic jazz composers and improvisers appear under the same banner as bluegrass veterans, classical mavericks, old-time folk primitivists, DJs and electronic sound sculptors. Film, prose and visual art have a role to play as well. There are artist interviews and panels, informal playing sessions and secret pop-up shows. There’s a superbly designed mobile app that allows attendees to customize a schedule and receive alerts as things unfold.

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Soojin Anjou, Askat Jetigen and Robert L – Gletschermusik

The Langham Research Centre – Tape Works Vol. 1

Jethro Tull – Songs From The Wood(40th Anniversary edition)

Round Eye – Monster Vision (Sudden Death)

N.I.H.L. – Harsh Times

PTRKLLR – Anatoma Tobeyoides

Bitum – Dogheart

Hoogle – The Wiseman And The Hat

Dosis Letalis – Humanity…Failing

A Tom Waits Listening Primer

English: Tom Waits during an interview in Buen...

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

“The songs are coming all the time,” Tom Waits said in 1999, more than 25 years after he first debuted with 1973’s singer-songwriter classic Closing Time. “Just because you didn’t go fishing today doesn’t mean there aren’t any fish out there.”

Throughout his 45-year recording career, Tom Waits has amassed one of the most enduring songbooks in American popular music. Waits, 68, is the rare songwriter whose body of work includes both an entire collection of songs that are distinctly and uniquely his (“The Piano Has Been Drinking,” “Bad As Me”) and a whole collection of ballads that have become modern standards (“Picture in a Frame,” “Ol’ 55”).

Waits’s longtime songwriting partner is Kathleen Brennan, who helped expose Waits to more experimental sounds and styles and has co-written nearly every song Waits has composed since the couple met in 1980.

Rebekah Heller Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Since its founding in 2001, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has garnered acclaim not only for stellar musicianship but also for its organizational practices. ICE members can rotate through various leadership and governance roles to provide the collective with variety and alternative skill development. Longtime ICE member Rebekah Heller is the newly appointed co-Artistic Director, and talks with Lana Norris about the mechanics of the leadership model, her vision for ICE’s future, and lessons learned.

Cafe OTO in April

English: Harold Budd in Japan Category:Ambient...

Source: London’s Cafe OTO.

Sunday 1 April 2018, 7.30pm
Collective X & Friends (Mark Sanders / John Edwards / Rachel Musson / Robert Menzel / Alya AL-sultani / Joshua Idehen)

Monday 2 April 2018, 8pm
Sugai Ken + Kirk Barley

Tuesday 3 April 2018, 7.30pm
Kammer Klang:
Zwerm Ensemble Perform Joanna Bailie & Earle Brown & John Dowland + Caterina Barbieri (Live)

Wednesday 4 April 2018, 7.30pm
Zywizna (Raphael Roginski & Genowefa Lenarcik)

Thursday 5 April 2018, 7.30pm
Irreversible Entanglements + Pat Thomas (Solo)

Friday 6 April 2018, 7.30pm
Sounds of Sisso

Saturday 7 April 2018, 7.30pm
Rp Boo

Sunday 8 April 2018, 7.30pm
ŠIrom + Barrel

Monday 9 April 2018, 7.30pm
Jake Meginsky + Paul Abbott + Patrick Ward

Tuesday 10 April 2018, 7.30pm
James Rushford & Joe Talia + Lia Mazzari

Wednesday 11 April 2018, 7.30pm
Faber Social:
Viv Albertine Book Launch

Thursday 12 April 2018, 7.30pm
Ashley Paul – ‘Lost in Shadows’ Album Launch + Hugh Metcalfe / Gwilly Edmondez (Duo) + Fielding Hope (DJ)

14–15 April 2018
The Pastels – Two-day Residency

Monday 16 April 2018, 7.30pm
Repeater Books Presents Anadolu Psych

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 7.30pm
Speaking Rzewski by Stephane Ginsburgh

Wednesday 18 April 2018, 7.30pm
Anton Bruhin Spills the Beans

19–20 April 2018
Discrepant Presents: 7 Years of Discrepancies – a Two Day Event at Cafe Oto

Saturday 21 April 2018, 7.30pm
Rose Kallal + Colin Potter + the Asterism

Sunday 22 April 2018, 7.30pm
the Founder Effect with J. Spaceman

Monday 23 April 2018, 7.30pm

24–25 April 2018
a Hawk and a Hacksaw – Two-day Residency

26–28 April 2018
Alexander Hawkins – Three-day Residency

Sunday 29 April 2018, 2pm
Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents:
Harold Budd in Conversation

Monday 30 April 2018, 7.30pm
Akira Sakata / Giovanni Di Domenico / John Edwards / Steve Noble