Coming to Philadelphia

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Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Wednesday, March 28 – 8:00pm
with Erica Dicker, violin; Angela Morris, violin; Jessica Pavone, viola; and Joanna Mattrey, viola
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Being an instrumentalist and composer, the tactile experience and use of the body while creating sound has always been a theme that Jessica Pavone has explored in her compositions. This is most notable in her solo viola music, created exclusively for performance by her. The indeterminate pieces stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, sympathetic vibration and the physicality of playing her somewhat larger-than-comfortable instrument. For the Jessica Pavone String Ensemble, Pavone has merged these two distinct modalities by creating an ensemble she both composes for and performs in. These pieces continue to explore themes of her solo music, while also integrating a deeper understanding of the affects sound has on the listener. The way sound affects the body and psyche have always been an interest and while her discoveries in this area have been primarily through direct experience, she plans to further understand responses through sound with this ensemble.
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Thursday, March 29 – 8:00pm
with Marc Ribot, el. guitar; Shahzad Ismaily, bass, electronics; and Ches Smith, drums
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a special night of incendiary music as Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog makes a very rare Philadelphia appearance.

Wednesday, April 11 – 8:00pm
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present a dream bill of solo performances by guitarist Bill Orcutt of infamous noise rockers Harry Pussy and Medeski Martin and Wood percussionist Billy Martin.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Anthony Braxton

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Tom Wheatley – Double Bass (s/r, 2018) ****

Paul Jolly & Mike Adcock – Risky Furniture (33xtreme, 2018) *****

Paul Van Gysegem, Chris Joris, Patrick De Groote – Boundless (El Negocito, 2017) ****½

Anthony Braxton – Sextet (Parker) 1993, Discs 7-11 (New Braxton House, 2018) *****

Anthony Braxton – Sextet (Parker) 1993, Discs 2 – 6 (New Braxton House, 2018)

Anthony Braxton – Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House, 2018) *****

Large Unit – Fluku (PNL, 2017) ****

Andrew Drury’s Content Provider – Try (Different Track Recordings, 2018) ***½

Seattle Scene: March 30 – April 14, 2018

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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.

Ancient to Future (night 2)
Fri. Mar. 30, 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Ancient to Future is a 3-day festival celebrating the great revolution in jazz and improvised music associated with the mid 60s – and that continues to this day. Tonight features a rare solo set by Julian Priester, tributes to Muhal Richard Abrams and John Carter/Bobby Bradford, and original music by Tiny Ghost w/ guest Julian Priester. Check out the other two nights of this series at the Royal Room on March 29 and 31.

Fri. Apr. 6, 8 PM; $15 – 15 donation at door

A multidisciplinary concert experience in the realms of new music, stop-motion animation, storytelling, visual art, and theatrical performances centered around the theme of “breaking”. Composer Jessi Harvey, animator Becky Joy Aitken, storyteller/photographer Sonya Harris, storyteller and photographer, and performer Aimee Hong explore fragmentation as a form of connection and unity between people.

The Sound Ensemble
Sat. Apr. 7, 7 PM; $5 – $15 advance/at door

The Sound Ensemble presents You Didn’t Know They Composed, a program of compositions by musicians known mainly for their pop and indie rock careers: Murder Ballads by Bryce Dessner of the National; three world premieres by James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, the Album Leaf); selections from Beck’s Song Reader; and Stephen Rush‘s Woodwind Quintet.

FRI. 4/13 – Come take part in an immersive musical landscape with the premier of Adam Briggs’s first string quartet and his percussion concerto

SAT. 4/14 – Seattle Modern Orchestra

The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp, March 2018 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp. From the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling, these compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella. Albums without words that are deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way—these releases come from all corners of the globe. Every month, Aurora Mitchell will take you through the best ambient releases. In this edition, there’s music for snow days, reissued ‘80s Japanese ambient, and themes of loss and emptiness.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 154 – Rebekah Heller

Source: 5049 Records.

Rebekah Heller is an astounding bassoonist, who has been with the International Contemporary Ensemble for the past 10 plus years. She has recently stepped up as their artistic director, while maintaining an incredibly rich and exciting concert and recording schedule. She’s also my neighbor and a super nice & fun person. For today’s talk we cover a lot of ground in a short period of time: Oberlin, the Lower East Side, bassoon and her stellar new solo record, Metafagote. Today is a fun talk with an exceptional musician.

The IBeam Brooklyn in April

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

Novoa / Attias Duo + Arturo Garcia’s FENIX
Saturday, March 31st 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

8:30-9:15 Novoa / Attias Duo
Michaël Attias, alto sax
Eva Novoa, piano & Chinese gongs

9:30-10:15 Arturo Garcia’s FENIX: The music of Santa Sangre.
Arturo García, conductor/percussion
Hery Paz, woodwinds
Ali Bello, violin
Liz Taub, violin
Leonor Falcon, viola
Stephanie Jaimes, cello
Patricia Brennan, vibraphone
Juanma Trujillo, electric guitar
Brian Tate, acoustic bass
Daniel Vargas, percussion

Matteo Liberatore + Mara Rosenbloom / Emilie Lesbros + Slideshow Junky
Thursday, April 12th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Matteo Liberatore, solo guitar
Mara Rosenbloom / Emilie Lesbros duo
Mara Rosenbloom, piano
Emilie Lesbros, voice

Slideshow Junky
Eli Wallace, piano/concept/compositions
Angela Morris, tenor sax
Ben Cohen, tenor sax
Deric Dickens, drums

Aram Shelton and Friends
Saturday, April 14th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

1 set
Aram Shelton (sax)
Harald Berg (drums).

2 set
Aram Shelton (sax)
Harald Berg (drums)
Jaimie Branch (trumpet)
Michael Coleman (keyboards)