Source: The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
American trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Wadada Leo Smith, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music, will receive the UCLA Medal, the campus’s highest honor, on Nov. 8 during a ceremony and concert at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Nearly two decades later, Columbia has become an unlikely mecca for world-class free jazz. Daisy and Rempis, who remain critical loci in the Chicago experimental music scene, have, with Taylor’s help, been a conduit for many players who’ve made Columbia a regular touring stop — musicians such as Fred Lonberg-Holm, a member of Daisy’s Vox Arcana, and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Frank Rosaly, members of the Rempis Percussion Quartet. That quartet, which also features Daisy, is particularly connected to Columbia: Its third release, Hunter-Gatherers, was recorded at the Main Street brewpub in 2006. One of its cuts, split in two, is called “A Night at the Ranch”; the Ranch is what musicians call Taylor’s house.
Source: Winter Jazzfest takes place January 9-18, 2020 in NY. Some highlights include:
CHRIS LIGHTCAP’S SUPERBIGMOUTH
DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP
HALVORSON & DIETERICH
HEROES ARE GANG LEADERS FEATURING JAMES BRANDON LEWIS
JAMIE BAUM & SHORT STORIES “OF STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS”
JESSICA PAVONE QUARTET
KNEEBODY + MARK GUILIANA
NATE WOOLEY’S COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
SAMANTHA BOSHNACK’S SEISMIC BELT
STEVE LEHMAN TRIO + CRAIG TABORN
STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MTO@20
SUSAN ALCORN QUINTET
TIM BERNE’S ABSINT W/ DAVID TORN AND AURORA NEALAND
Born in Helsinki in 1952, Kaija Saariaho did not come from a typically musical background. The daughter of a metal worker, her break into composition came after studying at the Sibelius Academy with Paavo Heininen, and later in Freiburg with Brian Ferneyhough. Her diverse repertoire includes operas, orchestral works and experimentation with electroacoustic music. Here’s our pick of six of her best pieces.
Source: Pittsburgh Current.
Larry Ochs, the tenor saxophonist in the Rova Saxophone Quartet, says the group’s baritone man, Jon Raskin, once opined that the group should release an album called The Happy Few. “Because the few who do actually come [to see us] are really happy they came,” Ochs says. “We really should use that at some point.”
That comment might imply Rova is searching for an audience, but the Bay Area quartet has won admirers around the world over the past 42 adventurous years. That includes listeners in the Soviet Union, which Rova first toured in 1983, the first American new music ensemble to make such a journey. (Their travels were filmed for a PBS documentary at the time.) In addition to a wealth of original material, the group has embarked on ambitious projects like Electric Ascension, a reimagining of John Coltrane’s tumultuous “Ascension,” which Rova performed with a 13-piece group of A-list improvisers that included guitars and electronics along with horns.