Winter Jazzfest Initial Lineup Announced

Source: New York’s Winter Jazzfest. Highlights include:

Allison Miller and Carmen Staaf Science Fair

Amina Claudine Myers

Amir Elsaffar’s Rivers of Sound

Artifacts Trio (Tomeka Reid, Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed)

Cleaver, Cline & Ochs

David Virelles Solo

Gary Bartz Plays Another Planet with Pharoah Sanders

Ghost Train Orchestra Plays Moondog

Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game

Liebman, Rudolph & Drake

Mary Halvorson Code Girl

Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, Tim Berne

Pocket Science W/ Gary Bartz, Kahil El Zabar, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Robert Irving Iii

Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn Duo

Chicago Scene: October 20-27, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, October 20th 2018

1:00PM-5:00PM at Lampo Annex, 53 W Jackson, St 1656
Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell (Timed tickets, RSVP)

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
Afrofuturist Weekend Day 2
Sam Lewis
Hearts and Minds : Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, Chad Taylor — Record release
Marvin Tate’s Kitchen Sink

Sunday, October 21st 2018

1:00PM at Lampo Annex, 53 W Jackson, St 1656
Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell (Timed tickets, RSVP)

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Matthew Welch

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback
Keiran Daly, Jason Roebke

Monday, October 22nd 2018

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Gerry Hemingway Solo & Discussion

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Logan Richardson “Blues People”

8:30PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Gerry Hemingway, Jason Stein

Thursday, October 25th 2018

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527 ($5 suggested donation)
Jim Storch
Emily Beisel, Corey Lyons, Angel Marcloid
Alexander Adams, Clyde Moreau, Erik Novak

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Matt Murphy, LeRoy Bach, Anton Hatwich
Sleight Of Hand : Reid Karris, Ethan Parcell, Hannah Bureau

Saturday, October 27th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($30-$25)
Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Erik Friedlanders’s Throw a Glass: Uri Caine / Mark Helias/ Ches Smith! The Return of The Neck! MILFORD GRAVES’ Babi: ARTHUR DOYLE / HUGH GLOVER! Misha MENGERLBERG / Peter BROTZMANN / Evan PARKER / Derek BAILEY/Paul RUTHERFORD / Han BENNINK! Joe McPhee Duos with Hamid Drake & Mats Gustafsson!

Yarn/Wire//Alex Minceck! Jurg Frey & Ordinary Affects! Max Nagle & Koehne Quartet! New from Neos: Wolfgang Rihm, Horatiu Radulecu & 9 More! Karlheinz Stockhausen Box Set!

Zeni Geva & Steve Albini! Plus Archival & Rare Restocked Discs: Roscoe Mitchell’ Sound! Return of Eliane Radigue 3 CD set! Tangerine Dream Early Years 4 CD Set! Spacemen 3! Vinyl from Rare Eugene Chadbourne Solo! Bernard Parmegiani! Francois Bayle & Mary Jane Leach!


Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

Sunday, October 21st:

Sunday, October 28h:
6pm: MAX KUTNER & GREGG BENDIAN – Guitarist from Evil Genius meets Drummer from Mahavishnu Project

November 4th, 2018:
6pm: RADIO I-CHING DUO: ANDY HAAS and DON FIORINO – Saxes and Guitar
7pm: DAVID GROLLMAN / AL MARGOLIS / LUCAS BRODE – Snare Drum / Tapes / Guitar

November 11th:
7pm: SAM NEWSOME and SANDY EWEN – Soprano Sax and Guitar

Two New Ivo Perelman Releases Reviewed

Source: PopMatters.

Free jazz is like abstract art. And like those people who look at a Jackson Pollock painting and say their kids could do better, detractors of free jazz often make similar remarks. Free jazz’s emphasis on improvisation, experimentation, and extemporization over melody, rhythm, and tone can confuse listeners on how to best approach it. The answer is deceptively simple. Just listen without expectations and get caught up in the inventiveness of creation. This is a preamble to a discussion of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman’s most recent two releases with bass clarinetists, Kindred Spirits (Rudi Mahall) and Spiritual Prayers (with Jason Stein).