David Grubbs in Chicago, New Book Reviewed

David Grubbs performing as part of EMP Pop Con...

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On Friday, Grubbs will publish his first book since then, a formally adventurous prose poem called Now That the Audience Is Assembled (Duke), which obliquely describes a fictional musical performance that incorporates text-based score, free improvisation, instrument building, and durational extremes—the point of view shifts without warning and seemingly arbitrarily from third person to the mind of the musician to members of the audience. I’ve only read the 140-page book once, and I know I missed many of its nuances, but its audacity and provocation nonetheless moved me.

BA Podcast 14: Billy Cobham 

Drummer Billy Cobham at the WOMAD (World Music...

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Episode 14 of the Burning Ambulance podcast features an interview with drummer Billy Cobham, an absolute jazz legend. He first came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he worked with Miles Davis on A Tribute to Jack Johnson, and then joined guitarist John McLaughlin‘s new project, a band called the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Cobham started making records under his own name in 1973, with albums like Spectrum, Crosswinds, Total Eclipse, Shabazz, and Inner Conflicts all establishing him as not just an amazing drummer but also a unique compositional voice in the realm of jazz fusion. At the same time, he was doing sessions for McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine and many other artists, particularly on the CTI label. He also played on the John McLaughlin/Carlos Santana album Love Devotion Surrender, worked with the Fania All-Stars on their Latin•Soul•Rock album and the concert that was released as Live at Yankee Stadium, and played on literally hundreds of other records. In this conversation, we discuss as many aspects of his career as we had time for, as well as his approach to drumming and to teaching, what he thinks of younger players, and much, much more.

Another Big Ears Review

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Unlike the programming in years previous, the Big Ears 2018 lineup was particularly jazz- and Appalachian music-focused, limiting the offerings of contemporary art music or experimental-leaning pop. While the spirit of the festival encourages attendees to engage with music with which they typically might not, the new music-forward lineups of years past were missed.

Thankfully, the contemporary classical acts that were programmed this year did a great deal of work that should be celebrated. Bang on a Can All-Stars, Nief-Norf, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and others performed two or more concerts each, showcasing versatility in performing a gamut of styles in their programs.

Amalgama Presents Moon, Line, Shadow in NY, May 3 & 7

Photo of Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles, bel...

May 3rd, 8pm, at Mise-En Place (678 Hart St, Brooklyn, NY 11221)

Event on our website: http://bit.ly/AmalgamaMoonsite
Amalgama presents Moon, Line, Shadow, an intimate performance that places Arnold Schoenberg’s seminal work Pierrot Lunaire, featuring soprano Amber Evans, in musical dialogue with improvisations by Amalgama’s percussionist, Caitlin Cawley. This strange moonlit meeting occurs in tandem with an artistic installation created specifically for the event by Sarah Williams and Katie Bell. Moon, Line, Shadow is a multidisciplinary performance exploring the overlaps and divergences between different artistic languages and traditions.

Moon, Line, Shadow will take place on May 3rd at 8pm at MISE-EN_PLACE and on May 7th, as part of the Queens College Arts Festival, at 7:30 at the Godwin Ternbach Gallery.
Upcoming performances:

April 13, 8PM Performer/Composer:Composer/Performer at Mise-En_PLACE

April 15, 5:30PM Common Senses at Mayday Space

May 3, 8PM Moon, Line, Shadow at Mise-En_PLACE

May 7, 7:30PM Moon, Line, Shadow at Queens College Arts Festival