They Who Sound Series in Houston

Source: Nameless Sound.

THEY, WHO SOUND

experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and . . .

Different Artists and Performers
Every Monday at Lawndale
Two distinct sets each night

7:30-9:30pm
Doors open at 7pm
FREE Admission. Donations to They, Who Sound welcome.

THIS MONTH’S LINEUP INCLUDES:

Monday, February 4, 2019
Simon Whetham
&
Anisa Boukhlif
Simon Whetham (UK) – speakers, amplified objects, electronics
Anisa Boukhlif (Houston) – electronics, field recordings

Monday, February 11, 2019
Claire Rousey
&
Michael Foster
Details TBA

Monday, February 18, 2019
Ak’Chamal
&
Zizia
Details TBA

Monday, February 25, 2019
Jaap Blonk/?
&
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Details TBA

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Two from Guitarist Wendy Eisenberg

Fred Frith Trio – Closer To The Ground (Intakt, 2018) ****

Olaf Rupp’s World of Guitar

Andrew Cyrille – Lebroba (ECM, 2018) ****½

Mary Halvorson / Bill Frisell – The Maid With The Flaxen Hair: A Tribute To Johnny Smith (Tzadik, 2018) ****

LFU: Lisbon Freedom Unit ‎– Praise of our Folly (Clean Feed, 2018) ****

Latest Releases from John Butcher

Chris Corsano, Bill Nace, Steve Baczkowski – Mystic Beings (Open Mouth, 2018) *****

Matana Roberts & Darius Jones Duo @ DMG 1/20/2019.

Manfred Eicher Interview 

Source: Aquarium Drunkard.

Sometime in early 2016, I met up with Manfred Eicher in a Manhattan hotel lobby just south of Central Park. It was a dreary day, the air was cold enough that I needed a heavy jacket, but I was overcome with the warmth of fulfillment — the kind you experience when you fail and persist for years, and then one day things yield inexplicably. I can’t recall how many phone calls and emails I exchanged with the publicist for ECM -– the record label that has been the basis for Eicher’s reputation. But it took more than a year, and it required an illogical persistence.

Coming to Orlando

Source: thecm5.

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Timucua Arts Foundation, Civic Minded 5 and Iron Cow present
Billy Martin DISAPPEARING solo percussion plus
Karl Berger And Friends with Ingrid Sertso,
Doug Mathews and Billy Martin
Iron Cow Cafe
2438A E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803
6:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm concert
Tickets $20 advanced, $24 day of show

Medeski, Martin And Wood drummer Billy Martin is the new Executive Director of the Woodstock, N.Y.’s Creative Music Studio, the music education non-profit founded by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman in 1971. Karl, Ingrid and Billy come back to Orlando to teach and play during this February visit, joined by longtime Sam Rivers bassist Doug Mathews.

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Timucua Arts Foundation, The Civic Minded 5 and Iron Cow present
Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver/Larry Ochs
Iron Cow Cafe
2438A E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803
6:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm concert
Tickets $20 advanced, $24 day of show

Guitarist Nels Cline is considered one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists by Rolling Stone magazine. While he is most commonly identified as the lead guitarist in Wilco, Cline has a storied career transcending stylistic boundaries as an improvising avant-garde stalwart and emphatic hired gun. He appears in the role of improvisor in the company of Gerald Cleaver and Larry Ochs. Gerald Cleaver is an in-demand drummer in and amongst the world’s meanest competition for that position in New York City. Cleaver’s credits include legendary creatives Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill. Larry Ochs is a co-founder of the forty-one year running ROVA, one of the first saxophone quartets in jazz music. Ochs makes his sixth appearance at an Orlando-area Civic Minded 5 concert with this improvising trio.

Monday, May 24th, 2019
Atlantic Center For The Arts, Timucua Arts Foundation
and The Civic Minded 5 present
Annie Gosfield
Timucua Arts
2000 S. Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert
$10-$20 suggested donation, all ages welcome

Annie Gosfield, whom the BBC called “A one woman Hadron collider,” lives in New York City and works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. Her music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of found sounds, noise, and machinery. She was dubbed “a master of musical feedback” by The New York Times, who wrote “Ms. Gosfield’s choice of sounds — which on (one) occasion included radio static, the signals transmitted by the Soviet satellite Sputnik I, and recordings of Hurricane Sandy — are never a mere gimmick.

Monday, July 8th, 2019
Atlantic Center For The Arts, Timucua Arts Foundation
and The Civic Minded 5 present
Nicole Mitchell
Timucua Arts
2000 S. Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert
$10-$20 suggested donation, all ages welcome

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. Ms. Mitchell, has recently been named as the head of the University of Pittsburgh’s jazz studies program.

Monday, October 28th, 2019
Atlantic Center For The Arts, Timucua Arts Foundation
and The Civic Minded 5 present
Joy Harjo and Larry Mitchell
Timucua Arts
2000 S. Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Fl 32806
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert
$10-$20 suggested donation, all ages welcome

Joy Harjo, of the Mvskoke Nation, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Harjo has published eight books of poetry. Her most recent collection of poetry Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings made the short list for the Griffin International Prize and was named the American Library Association’s Notable Book of the Year. Her awards include the prestigious Ruth Lily Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement; the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim Fellowship; and the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, among others.

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.

 

Big Ears Festival 2019 to Feature 50 Years of ECM

Source: Big Ears Festival. Most (all?) of these acts have been previously announced, but the official celebration of 50 years of ECM has not.

Big Ears Festival focuses on 50 years of ECM…since 1969

Program of 20 concerts – largest in US – spans ECM’s jazz, classical and new music roster – past, present, and future

During the last decade, Big Ears has emerged as the United States’ preeminent festival for exploratory music. This year, the festival honors a visionary international institution that has always operated with the same outlook—ECM Records, the border-erasing label launched by producer Manfred Eicher that has now spent half a century tirelessly pursuing new frontiers and standards of excellence in jazz and classical music.

At Big Ears 2019, some 20 concerts featuring legendary artists such as The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Meredith Monk, Carla Bley and Jack DeJohnette and a new generation of torch-bearing talents like Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Avishai Cohen, and Shai Maestro form the largest group of ECM acts under one banner in the United States (and one of the largest in the world) during this auspicious 50th year.

ECM performances at Big Ears 2019 include, in alphabetical order:

The Art Ensemble of Chicago
Arvo Pärt’s Passio performed by St. John’s Choir
Avishai Cohen Quartet
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan
Carla Bley TRIOS with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow
David Torn
DeJohnette Coltrane Garrison
Larry Grenadier
Kim Kashkashian
Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble Cellular Songs Concert
Mathias Eick Quintet
Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN
Ralph Towner
Shai Maestro
Sun of Goldfinger (David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith)
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn
Wadada Leo Smith’s Nda, performing Divine Love with Bobby Naughton and Dwight Andrews

Tickets for Big Ears Festival 2019—March 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn

AMN Picks of the Week: Eliana Rosales / Ashtoreth / Michael Zerang

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Eliana Rosales – Trazar Líneas Rectas, Curvas (2019)
Ashtoreth – Rites I & II (2019)
Silt Ensemble / Michael Zerang – Follow the Light (2019)
Michael Zerang – The Shuddering Cherub (2019)