Pi Recordings to Release Pair of Art Ensemble of Chicago Recordings

Source: Pi Recordings.

Out April 26th – 2CD Release
We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Art Ensemble of Chicago has been at the forefront of creative improvised music since 1969, and has long served as the flagship ensemble of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the august Chicago-based organization that also fostered the careers of members such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, and Wadada Leo Smith, among many others. The greatness of the Art Ensemble has always been the shared commitment of its original members – Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Famoudou Don Moye – to the total realm of African diasporic music: what they have long-termed “Great Black Music—Ancient to the Future.” Also important are the group’s disparate musical and artistic personalities, comprised of jazz, advanced compositional techniques, theatrical performance, poetry, Pan-African percussion, all tied together with improvisational flair and the exploration of pure sound.

Comprised of two discs: a meticulous studio session and the capture of a rousing live set at Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI, We are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is exactly that, a commemoration of a half-century of magical music making. Not content to rest on their laurels, surviving members Mitchell and Moye have recruited a diverse group of fifteen highly-individual talents who bring their own approaches to the Art Ensemble aesthetic. Together, these virtuoso musicians honor the group’s history and help advance the legacy of Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, and the recently departed Joseph Jarman. With clear intent towards representation, the group’s engagement of musicians such as Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa), Christina Wheeler, Silvia Bolognesi and Jean Cook – women who are without peer as improvisers and performers – help bring a new perspective to the music. The sheer breadth of the ensemble’s collective expression is staggering, and it serves as a clarion declaration that Mitchell and Moye are intent on carrying forth the powerful ethos of the Art Ensemble forcefully into its sixth decade. As Moor Mother declares: “We are on the edge!”

Roscoe Mitchell – sopranino, soprano and alto saxophones
Famoudou Don Moye – drums, congas, djembe, dundun, gongs, Congo bells, bendir, triangles, Thai bells, shakers
Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa) – voice, poetry (Disc One #3, 4, 10)
Rodolfo Cordova-Lebron – voice (Disc One #1, 6, 9)
Hugh Ragin – trumpets, flugelhorn, Thai bells
Fred Berry – trumpet, flugelhorn
Nicole Mitchell – piccolo, flute, bass flute
Christina Wheeler – voice, Array mbira, autoharp, Q-Chord, Moog Theremini, sampler, electronics
Jean Cook – violin
Edward Yoon Kwon – viola
Tomeka Reid – cello
Silvia Bolognesi – bass
Jaribu Shahid – bass, tuned brass bowls
Junius Paul – bass
Dudù Kouaté – djembe, tama/talking drum, calabashes, kanjira, whistles, chimes, bells and small percussions (Disc One only)
Enoch Williamson – bongos, congas, djembe, kenkeni, okonkolo, Congo bells, chekeré, shakers, tama/talking drum
Titos Sompa – vocals, congas, mbira, Congo bells, cuica, shakers
Stephen Rush – conductor

Seattle Scene: March 8-16, 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.

Morsel Trio
Fri. Mar. 8, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Morsel Trio is a new Seattle chamber ensemble of Emily Acri (violin), Chris Young (cello), Steven Damouni (piano). This concert presents three commissions from local omposers: Luke Fitzpatrick‘s trio titled Morsel; Charles Corey‘s Memories from Within a Valley Fog; and Daniel Webbon‘s The old is dying and the new cannot be born. The program will close with Kaija Saariaho’s 2014 work Light and Matter.

SMO: A Celebration of Robert Aitken
Sat. Mar. 9, 8 PM; $25, $15, $10 online/at door

Seattle Modern Orchestra celebrates legendary flutist, composer, and conductor Robert Aitken. Instrumental in developing the playing of the modern flute, Aitken has worked with numerous composers such John Cage, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Toru Takemitsu, and Iannis Xenakis. Aitken will play his own music + Takemitsu’s Bryce, and will conduct works by Xenakis and Canadian composer Brian Cherney.

Thu. 3/14 – New York composer Dan Joseph presents Dulcimer Flight, for hammer dulcimer and electronics, informed by acoustic ecology, ambient music and early minimalism. Blevin Blectum (of groundbreaking digital duo Blectum From Blechdom) is a Seattle-based electronic musician and multimedia artist whose work explores “polyphasic avitronic wordless sonic worldbuilding.”

Fri. 3/15 – Seattle Improvised Music Festival presents a tribute to SIMF founder Paul Hoskin, featuring a host of veteran Seattle Improvisers (rescheduled from Feb. 9)

Sat. 3/16 – Guitar Cult performs new music for eight guitars by Ben McAllister + Bill Horist + Evan Flory-Barnes

Creative Music Studio Improvisers Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, March 9

Source: Creative Music Studio.

The Creative Music Improvisers Orchestra, conducted by Karl Berger, opens it’s 2019 season with spontaneous compositions based on musical themes and words by Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and Ingrid Sertso.

Saturday March 9th at 4pm • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
58 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Karl Berger • conductor, piano
Ingrid Sertso • vocals, poetry
Warren Smith • drums
Jason Hwang • violin
Tomas Ulrich • cello
Peter Apfelbaum • tenor sax
Nicolas Letman • bass
John Ehlis, Stuart Leigh • guitar
Hollis Headrick • percussion
Sana Nagano • violin
Haruna Fukazawa, Bill Horberg • flutes
Gene Coleman • alto flute
Nick Gianni • bass flute
Blaise Siwula • clarinet
Michael Lytle • bass clarinet
Avram Fefer • clarinet, bass clarinet
Jason Candler • soprano sax
Welf Dorr, Patrick Brennan • alto sax
Ras Moshe • tenor sax
Bill Ylitalo • baritone sax
Thomas Heberer • trumpet
Westbrook Johnson • trombone

5049 Records Podcast Episode 198 – Raz Mesinai 

Source: 5049 Records.

Producer/Sound Alchemist Raz Mesinai has been a vital force across several strains of the New York Underground since the late eighties. Active as a soundtrack composer, DJ, mix engineer, percussionist, educator and more, he’s released records on ROIR, Asphodel, Tzadik and more. Along with Scotty Hard, he started the Underground Producers Alliance, a consortium of creative producers offering courses in music production. This conversation was recorded in Raz’s studio in Brooklyn.