Source: Pittsburgh Current.
As Roscoe Mitchell explains some of his current music, which aims to blur the line between composition and improvisation, he cites one of his rules to illustrate his methods: “Don’t follow. If you know your part and I don’t know mine, I’m sitting around waiting to see what you’re going to do,” he says by phone from Portugal. “By the time I do that, I’m behind. And that… would be like being behind on a written piece of music.”
The saxophonist has broken new musical ground several times over throughout his career. He was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a group of Chicago composers and performers who devised a forum for modern works that didn’t fit with the city’s diverse jazz scene. After more than half a century, the AACM continues to nurture new talent. What began as the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble became the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a world-revered band.
Source: I Care If You Listen.
Over the past decade, numerous projects have drawn composer George Lewis, percussionist Steven Schick, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) into collaboration: the premiere of Lewis’ first opera, Afterword (2015), a portrait album, George Lewis: The Will to Adorn (2017), and a summer program, Ensemble Evolution, at BANFF Centre for the Arts and Creativity. On October 18-19, 2019 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the trio assembled to give the New York premiere of Lewis’ recent works that invite critical reflections on movement, place, and collective organization.
November’s installment of flutist Ellen Burr and bassist Jeff Schwartz’ “Thirdsday” (Third Thursday) residency at the Industry Cafe and Jazz is a tribute to underground jazz icon Karl Berger. A pianist and vibraphonist, Berger has worked with artists from Don Cherry to Yellowman to Jeff Buckley. He is also the founder of the Creative Music Studio, a music school in upstate New York which he developed in the 1970s along with Ornette Coleman, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, and a team of other major artists and intellectuals. On Nov. 21, from 8-10PM, Burr and Schwartz will perform two sets of Berger’s compositions, joined by saxophonist Robert Reigle who, like Burr and Schwartz, has studied at the Creative Music Studio, plus saxophonist/clarinetist Andrew Pask and drummer Garth Powell. Berger himself will not appear, but he is assisting with the musical arrangements and may even send some new compositions. There is no cover charge, but donations are encouraged, the artists will have CDs for sale, and the Industry Cafe offers Ethiopian, Eritrean, and soul food, with many vegetarian and vegan options, as well as beer and wine. 6039 Washington Blvd. Culver City.
Source: Edgetone Records.
Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
25 years under the mountain
Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland celebrate 25 years of underground music with their newest album under the mountain. The music features the core trio with drummer Philip Everett and bassist Ray Schaeffer and newest collective member guitarist Alex Cohen.
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones, flutes, kantele, percussion
Ray Schaeffer – 6-string electric bass
Philip Everett – drums, autoharp, electronics
Alex Cohen – electric guitar, viola da gamba
Heikki “Mike” Koskinen
Born out of many years of musical collaborations these free flowing tracks were created in the moment through deep listening and responding to each other’s ideas. Recorded live in Helsinki, August Conversations is a meeting of two music veterans whose collaboration spans over five decades, and celebrates the long standing musical partnership of Finnish improvising musicians Teppo Hauta-aho & Heikki “Mike” Koskinen. It coincides with both of them receiving Finnish Music Archive’s “Jazz Legends” awards # 33 & 34 in Helsinki, on Sept 10, 2019.
Heikki “Mike” Koskinen – e- trumpet & tbn, tenor recorder & perc
Teppo Hauta-aho – bass, cello & perc
Spontaneous improvised textural atmospheres realized with field recordings, manipulated samples, and synthetic magnification of the unknowable.
Andre Custodio – manipulated sampling, synthesizers, percussion
Leroy Clark – field recordings, synthesizers, sampling, mixing