AMN Picks of the Week: Andrew Tasslemyer / De Grêle / Casper Nyvang Rask / PAK / Ensemble ILÉA

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.

Andrew Tasslemyer – Surface Textures (2019)
De Grêle – De Grêle (2018)
Casper Nyvang Rask – Slow Evolution Ensemble (2019)
PAK – Bestial (2019)
Ensemble ILÉA – Multi. Cosmes (2018)

Chicago Scene: April 6-13, 2019

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

Saturday, April 6th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Book Release: John Corbett’s “Pick Up the Pieces”
Short readings by John Corbett
Marker : Ken Vandermark, Macie Stewart, Andrew Clinkman, Steve Marquette, Phil Sudderberg
Janet Bean and Azita with Rick Rizzo and Doug McCombs

Sunday, April 7th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Miles Okazaki’s Trickster, with Matt Mitchell, Anthony Tidd, Sean Rickman

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Friends & Neighbors : Thomas Johansson, André Roligheten, Oscar Grönberg, Jon Rune Strøm, Tollef Østvang

Monday, April 8th 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Mario Diaz de Leon Solo
Ted Moore, Ben Roidl-Ward
Willful Devices : Scott Miller, Pat O’Keefe

Wednesday, April 10th 2019

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Mourning [A] BLKstar
Ben LaMar Gay Quartet
DJ King Hippo

Thursday, April 11th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Wet Ink: Josh Modney Engage Trio : Josh Modney, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta
Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard

Friday, April 12th 2019

8:30PM at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl (Free)
Spaces Inside Spaces
~NOIS Saxophone Quartet

Saturday, April 13th 2019

7:00PM at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl
Sudden Impact 2019
Kikù Hibino
Jim Baker, Jamie Kempkers

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Four Letter Words : Jake Wark, Matt Piet, Bill Harris
Jason Stein Solo

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Source: The Squid’s Ear.

Roberto Musci & Giovanni Venosta – Messages and Portraits (Recommended Records)

Joe McPhee – The Willisau Concert (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Escargot (Quost / Émaille / Malmendier / Fertin / Freres) – Dart Love (Creative Sources)

Chesterfield (Burkhard Stangl / Angelica Castello) – Consuelo (Mikroton Recordings)

Martin Archer & Engine Room Favourites – Safety Signal From A Target Town (Discus)

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Michael Bisio / Kirk Knuffke / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Dedicated to Mike Panico! Dave Liebman/Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake! Michael Attias Solo! Five from Paal Nilssen Love: Boneshaker! Ken Vandermark! Frode Gjerstad! Akira Sakata! Five from FMR: Paul Dunmall Sextet!

Otomo Yoshihide Chilean Quintet! Szilard Mezei Trio! Michel Doneda & Matheiu Bec! Two from Eugene Chadbourne: E. Sharp/Jon Rose/Sun City Girls Son of Shockabilly! Two from Sunnyside: Joe Martin QT & Nick Sanders Trio! Blaise Siwula/Rocco John/G Mazzu/L Troja!

Plus Historic Discs from Cannonball Adderley! Bud Powell! Johnny Griffin! LP’s from Agitation Free! Horace Tapscott & Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! Dr. Umezu! Herbie Hancock and more..!


The DMG FREE Music Series Continues Every Sunday at 6pm and Features:

Sunday, April 7th:
6pm: CHET DOXAS – Solo Tenor Sax
Alto Sax & Clarinet / Bass / Drums & Percussion

Sunday, April 14th:
6pm: DAVID GROLLMAN – Solo Snare
7pm: DREW WESELY / DAVE ZAKARIAN – Guitar and Alto Sax
8pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA – Voice / Violin

Sunday, April 21st:
7pm: BENJAMIN SCOTT – Drums Reeds / K. HANK JOST – Bass Reeds

Sunday April 28th:
6pm: OMAR & EMILIO TAMEZ – Tribute to Paul Motian

Chase, Evans, & McPhee Evoke Deep Listening at Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum

Source: I Care If You Listen.

On Saturday, March 23, in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art’s 57th triennial Carnegie International, “A Night of Deep Listening” was presented by the Andy Warhol Museum’s prestigious Sound Series. The program brought together the remarkable talents of flutist Claire Chase, trumpeter/composer Peter Evans, and the legendary multi-instrumentalist/composer Joe McPhee to celebrate the late Pauline Oliveros and her defining philosophical performance practice, Deep Listening.

Free Jazz Group Scrappers to Appear in LA

Source: Industry Cafe & Jazz.

The April 18 installment features a rare appearance by Scrappers. Organized by cornetist Dan Clucas, this improvising ensemble includes guitarist Joe Baiza, Thirdsday co-host Jeff Schwartz on bass, and drummer Brian Christopherson. All four are in-demand members of LA’s musical underground. Clucas has performed with Steuart Liebig, Nels and Alex Cline, Vinny Golia, Peter Kuhn, Henry Grimes, and Love, among other notable artists, and has released several acclaimed albums as a leader. Baiza and Christopherson are best known as half of SST Records art punk legends Saccharine Trust. Many SST artists, such as Greg Ginn and Henry Rollins of Black Flag and Mike Watt of The Minutemen, linked the energy and originality of their music to free jazz, and Baiza and Christopherson are among those who have continued to cross-pollinate the musics in various collaborations, including Scrappers.