Chicago Scene: August 17-24, 2019

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

Saturday, August 17th 2019

3:00PM-4:15PM at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook IL, 847.272.6224 (Free)
Farnworth Scores
Film screening and performance by Rob Mazurek

Monday, August 19th 2019

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8) (wheelchair-accessible)
William Winant

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Black Diamond Duo : Hunter Diamond, Artie Black
Colour and Sound : Fred Jackson Jr, Dustin Laurenzi, Artie Black, Mike Harmon, Jimmy Bennington

Tuesday, August 20th 2019

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Ben LaMar Gay

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Cinghiale : Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Restroy Chris Dammann, James Davis, Paul Giallorenzo, Avreeayl Ra

Wednesday, August 21st 2019

8:00PM at Outer Sound, 3323 W Armitage
Snek Trio : Janna Lee, Reid Karris, Erik Sowa
Alexander Adams, Bob Bucko Jr
Bastard Sword
Magical Mind

Saturday, August 24th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Marc Ribot
Sarah Clausen, Jakob Heinemann, Emerson Hunton

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Another Lost Album From John Coltrane to be Released

Source: NPR.

Just over a year ago, Impulse! had a phenomenal success with Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, a startling assemblage of studio recordings made by the John Coltrane Quartet in 1963. That two-disc set posthumously gave Coltrane his first-ever debut on the Billboard 200, at No. 21; according to the label, global sales have exceeded 250,000 copies.

Now comes word of another new album by the classic John Coltrane Quartet, with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Blue World will be released on Impulse!/UMe on Sept. 27, and like Both Directions it offers an unexpected view on a pivotal period in the band’s evolution. It was recorded at Van Gelder Studios on June 24, 1964 — a few weeks after the quartet put a finishing touch on the album Crescent — as the soundtrack to a Canadian art film. Because the date had gone unnoted in session recording logs, this music has occupied a blind spot for Trane-ologists, archivists and historians.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues! Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

Sunday, August 18th:
7pm: JACK WRIGHT / EVAN LIPSON / MICHAEL EVANS – Alto Sax / Contrabass / Guitar

Sunday, August 25h:
Guitar / Bass / Drums!
Tenor Sax / Viola / Cello / Double Bass!

Sunday, September 1st:
6pm: SAM WEINBERG / WEASEL WALTER / HENRY FRASER – Tenor Sax / Drums / Contrabass!

Sunday, September 8th:
6pm: KYLE MOTL / KEIR GoGWILT – Contrabass / Violin!
HILLIARD GREENE – Drums / Reeds & Trumpet / Clarinet / Keyboard / Bass!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Assif Tsahar/William Parker/Hamid Drake
In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Fake Music

Alister Spence and Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe
Imagine Meeting You Here

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo
Kikoeru Tribute to Masaya Kimura

Newsbits: Oren Ambarchi / Moondog / Ben Frost / Braxton in Berlin

Oren Ambarchi’s new release, Simian Angel, is reviewed.

Dominique Ponty and Stefan Lakatos have recorded an album of Moondog’s music, including previously unpublished pieces.

Ben Frost has recorded the soundtrack to the second season of Dark, a Netflix series. The first two tracks are released as a preview.

Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome will headline the first night of the Berlin Jazz Festival. The remaining acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

ICE Showcases the Iranian Female Composers Association 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

The Iranian Female Composers Association was founded in 2017 by Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Anahita Abbasi, and Aida Shirazi as a global platform to support, promote, and celebrate Iranian women composers. Their sold-out concert was August 5th, 2019, curated with the International Contemporary Ensemble and presented at the New York Library for Performing Arts as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. It was the first time the women were together in person after years of virtual friendship and collaboration, and the program presented a video portrait of each founder followed by their featured composition plus pieces by IFCA members Farnaz Modarresifar, Shiva Feshareki, Bahar Royaee, and Farzia Fallah.

Shelter Press Overview

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

“Releasing something that couldn’t exist without us—that’s why we continue,” says Bartolomé Sanson, who co-runs the Shelter Press label with ambient ASMR auteur Félicia Atkinson. Seven years in, there’s already plenty that wouldn’t exist without them: career-defining LPs by Atkinson, Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, and jazz savant Eli Keszler. There are also art exhibitions staged in geodesic domes, queer sci-fi novellas, and a creative manifesto penned by a who’s who of the experimental music pantheon including Atkinson, Drew Daniel of Matmos, Jim O’Rourke, and more.