Pharoah Sanders Interview

Source: Pollstar.

In retrospect, it would seem jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders had a master plan, much like the title to one of his most famous compositions. The 78-year-old Grammy-winning musician and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters honor built his luminous legacy on the hard scrabble streets of 1960s New York City where no matter how difficult things got, he always had his horn nearby.

Here, in conversation with his manager Anna M. Sala of AB Artists, Sanders goes into depth on making his way from Little Rock to Oakland to New York City in the early 1960s, living on the streets and having to go to blood banks to survive.

Decoding (This Is Not) This Heat

Source: Big Ears Festival.

This Heat were aptly named: The Brixton trio existed in a white-hot flash of only five years, doggedly rehearsing and recording in an old meat locked they cutely dubbed “Cold Storage.” But the two albums and handful of EPs and live recordings they made during that span became a hugely important impetus for the rise of post-punk, post-rock, and even the warped alien tones of IDM.

In 2016, the two surviving members reunited with a fresh crew of collaborators as This Is Not This Heat, an equally wild band that uses those early songs as invitations to improvise. In a very rare stateside appearance, they play Big Ears 2019, one of only a few dozen shows since that return.

Four New Works Coming to Arraymusic

Source: Toronto’s Arraymusic.

Feb. 8, 8PM, The Array Space ($20/PWYC)

The Array Ensemble performs four new works commissioned by Arraymusic written by four of the most exciting composers working in Canada today: Marielle Groven (Montréal), Christopher Mayo (Toronto), Francis Ubertelli (Toronto) and Christina Volpini (Hamilton).

It will be a night of richly textured, physical, affecting music; generous, disorienting soundworlds open for exploration.

Marielle Groven (Montréal)
“… might be the coolest thing to ever happen to music.”
– Lauren O’Neill, Noisey

Christopher Mayo (Toronto)
Characterized by a distinctive rhythmic language and eclectic inspirations, Christopher’s work is described as “cogent, haunting… desperately poignant” (The Times) and “a steampunk collection of gnarly machine-like noises, flashy timbres, and explosive rhythms” (Classical Voice North America).

Francis Ubertelli (Toronto)
“…To say new things is to find or uncover that incommunicable meaning, that indefinable light that sleeps within the reflection of what one is able to reach.” — Ubertelli

Christina Volpini (Hamilton)
Explores varied textures and timbres, found objects, sonic spatialization & small changes unfolding over time.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

“A” Trio & AMM – AAMM (Al Maslakh, 2018) ****

Lonely Woman

Corey Mwamba – (s)kin, volumes 1–12 (self-released, 2018) ****½

Okkyung Lee – Dahl-Tah-Ghi (Pica Disk, 2018) ****½

Okkyung Lee – Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird) (Tzadik, 2018) ****½

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem, 2018) *****

Pandelis Karayorgis’ New Trios

Atomic @ NuBlu, NYC. 1-14-19

Roscoe Mitchell Named United States Artists Fellow

Source: United States Artists.

Roscoe Mitchell is an internationally-renowned musician, composer, and innovator serving as the Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills College in California. His virtuosic resurrection of overlooked woodwind instruments spanning extreme registers, visionary solo performances, and assertion of a hybrid compositional/improvisational paradigm have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music. Mitchell is a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and the Trio Space. He is also distinguished as the founder of the Creative Arts Collective, The Roscoe Mitchell Sextet & Quartet, The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, The Sound Ensemble, The New Chamber Ensemble, and the Note Factory.

Seattle Scene: January 25 – February 1, 2019

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.

Mike Marlin & Friends
Fri. Jan. 25, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Sacramento-based free-improv banjoist Mike Marlin returns to Seattle, teaming up with co-conspirators Eric Dahlman, Jim Knodle, Tari Nelson-Zagar, Keith Eisenbrey, Debra Scott, and Carl Juarez to set a backfire against the raging inferno of ridiculosophy and abandonment of reason. The theme will be a sonic purge to exorcise demons ideally leading to a positive, temporal shifting of civic space.

Seattle Phonographers Union
Sat. Jan. 26, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Engaging in collective improvisation using only unprocessed field recordings, the Seattle Phonographers Union explores the ways in which we recognize, differentiate, map and navigate our sonic environment. Both novel and familiar sounds are juxtaposed in ways unique to each event. Our intent is to investigate and enrich both our intuitive and analytical relationship with sound.

Thu. 1/31 – New York bassoonist Sarah Schoenbeck and local keyboardist Wayne Horvitz play solos and duos, and may be joined by other guests

Fri. 2/1 – Guitarist/bagpiper/composer/improviser and New Zealander David Watson in a duo with Oakland multi-instrumentalist and dronemeister John Krausbauer; locals Bill Horist (guitar) and trombonist Amelia Coulter open with solo sets.

Massaker Reissues

Source: burning ambulance.

Though they’re far from a household name, those in the know have long elevated guitarist Caspar Brötzmann’s avant-rock power trio Massaker to legendary status, with Julian Cope calling them “the trio to end all power trios.” Another fan, Southern Lord owner and one-half of Sunn O))), Greg Anderson, is now trying to gain the group the recognition they deserve. Southern Lord is reissuing all five Massaker albums in 2019 and 2020, starting with their 1988 debut The Tribe and its follow-up, 1989’s Black Axis, both of which were released on January 18. Once Southern Lord completes the series, they will release a special limited edition box set containing all the albums along with a plethora of liner notes and exclusive artwork.