Grex on Tour

Source: Grex.

Oakland art rock band Grex celebrates 10 years of making music, previewing music from its forthcoming album, Everything You Said Was Wrong.

Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, “grex” refers to the aggregation of a multitude of tiny, amoeba-like creatures combining to create a superorganism. Grex (the band) works the same way: two musicians who can function as one, the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Grex has been called “essential current-and-future listening” (Tiny Mix Tapes), exploring the meeting point between psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. The band recalls the explosive power of late John Coltrane, the dark energy of Suicide, and the whimsical weirdness of Skeleton Crew and Deerhoof.

Tour Dates:
July 19, Seattle, WA at Central Saloon (w/Bad Luck, Rae)
July 20, Portland, OR at Specks Records (w/Galaxy Research, Teton, Pat Keen)
July 21, Olympia, WA at O’Malley’s (w/New Born Babies, Mansion)
July 23, Chico, CA at Tender Loving Coffee (w/Guest No. 66)
July 24, Santa Cruz, CA at Blue Lagoon (w/Aurora Beam, Blonda, Chris Peck)
July 26, Pasadena, CA at Battery Books (w/Similar Fashion)
July 27, Long Beach, CA at Wine Bar (w/MajicBulletTheory)
July 29, Corrales, NM at Live at Thrive
July 30, Lubbock, TX at Boston Space (w/Tyler Simpson)
August 1, Washington, DC at Dew Drop Inn (w/Sonic Eddy, Fanoplane)
August 2, Philadelphia, PA at The Mothership (w/members of Elkhorn/Dire Wolves)
August 4, West Haven, CT at Crunch House (w/Phoebe, Them Airs
August 5, New York, NY at Nublu Classic (w/Practitioner, Eli Wallace/Karl Evangelista/Matt Nelson/Gerald Cleaver)
August 6, Allston, MA at O’Brien’s (w/Brown Lasers, Soaked in Strange)
August 8, Chicago, IL at Whistler (w/Mako Sica, Tatsu Aoki/Karl Evangelista/Avreeayl Ra)
August 15, Oakland, CA at The Uptown (w/Hare and Arrow, Jeweled Snakes)
August (TBA), Sacramento, CA at Gold Lion Festival

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Nature Work – s/t (Sunnyside, 2019) ****

Tyler Damon & Tashi Dorji – Soft Berm (Magnetic South, 2018) ****

Daniel Barbiero & Cristiano Bocci — Wooden Mirrors (Plus Timbre PT086)

Tomeka Reid / Filippo Monico – The Mouser (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****½

Sarah-Jane Summers – Kalopsia (Dell Daisy, 2019)

Reflecting on Monk … Live

Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research – Impromptus and Other Short Works (Whyplayjazz, 2019) ****

George Lewis Named 2019 Doris Duke Artist

Source: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

George Lewis, a 2019 Doris Duke Artist in the jazz category, is a composer and trombonist whose audacious experimentalism has pushed both jazz and contemporary classical music forward. Lewis’s music has been performed by ensembles all over the world, and he has worked with the world’s most exploratory musicians, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, Count Basie, Anthony Davis, Gil Evans, Douglas Ewart Steve Lacy, Joëlle Léandre, Misha Mengelberg, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Sam Rivers, Irene Schweizer and John Zorn.

Seattle Scene: July 10-20, 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.

26 Minutes = 1 Day + Blake DeGraw
Wed. July 10, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Filmmaker Nadya Kadrevis, pianist/composer David Haney, and trumpeter Nathan Breedlove present a multimedia interactive performance in eight movements using short field recordings made at specific times by participants around the world, with recorded drum tracks by Bernard Purdie and Dave Storrs. Blake DeGraw also guests and opens with The Ersatz, a 20-minute work for guitar ensemble.

Earshot: Friends & Heroes + DX-tet
Thu. July 11, 7 PM; $5 – $15 online or at door

Earshot’s Jazz: The Second Century series returns with innovative music by local artists performing original work that questions and expands the conventions of the jazz form. Tonight: trombonist Haley Freedlund’s group Friends & Heroes with James Falzone, Tom Varner, Abbey Blackwell, Evan Woodle, drums + DX-Tet, an octet co-led by pianist Dylan Hayes and drummer Xavier Lecouturier.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Gradus…
Sat. July 13, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Gradus for Fux, Tesla, and Milo the Wrestler (Three Rungs) is a piano composition in perpetual progress. The score, in a nutshell is: “learn to play the piano one note at a time.” Since 2002, that is more or less what Neal Kosaly-Meyer has been doing, gradually adding notes with each iteration. Silence is an important element and embraces all unintended sounds which occur during the performance.

Wed. 7/17 – pianist Rich Pellegrin and saxophonist Neil Welch perform solo and duo improvisations

Thu. 7/18 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: The 2nd Century,, a juried series featuring local artists redefining jazz; FrancescoJazz + Kissyface

Fri. 7/19 – Seattle Improvised Music Festival presents extraordinary Portland vocalist/clarinetist Holland Andrews + Ambrosia Bardos (voice, electronics) / Ebony Miranda (cello) duo (rescheduled from Feb. SIMF show cancelled due to snow)

Sat. 7/20 – Symbion Project (Kasson Crooker) & Dahliia (Tom Butcher & Cindy Reichel of Patchwerks) return for an evening of electronics, modular synths, and Japanese koto in 4-channel quadraphonic sound