Steve Swell Update

Source: Steve Swell.

Excited to start a new duo this week with the terrific pianist Elisabeth Harnik. We will record also.
Here is the schedule:
November 15- Kulturhofkeller, Villach, Austria
November 16-Cantina Cenci, Tarzo, Italy
November 17-Kunsthaltestelle Streckhammerhaus, Frohnleiten, Austria
November 19-Martinschlossel, Vienna,Austria
November 20-NMS, Eggersdorf, Austria

After a few days off in Berlin we will start the 4th tour of The Chicago Plan co-led with Gebhard Ullmann that includes Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang. We will also record our second CD. The schedule:
Fr, 29 Nov-Jazzkeller 69, Berlin, Germany
Sa, 30 Nov-Neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany
Su, 01 Dec-Offene Ohren, Munich, Germany
Tu, 03 Dec-Lumen Kávézó, Budapest, Hungary
We, 04 Dec-Blue Tomato, Vienna, Austria
Th, 05 Dec-Alter Schlachthof, Wels, Austria
Fr, 06 Dec-Club Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany
Sa, 07 Dec | Recording Day
Su, 08 Dec | Zoglau3 – Raum für Musik, Taubenbach / Reut, Germany

Here are a number of recordings that were just released.

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Steve Swell-Brain in a Dish with Michael Vatcher and Robert Boston (NoBusiness) Recorded at Park West Studios, Jim Clouse, engineer

Impromptus and Other Short Works – Gebhard Ullmann’s Basement Research with Steve Swell, Julian Arguielles, Pascal Niggenkemper, Gerald Cleaver (WhyPlayJazz)

Whit Dickey- Tao Quartets – 1st CD with Matt Shipp, William Parker, Rob Brown -2nd CD with Rob Brown, Steve Swell and Michael Bisio (AUM)
Recorded at Park West Studios, Jim Clouse, engineer

From Here to Hear – Rob Brown Quartet with Chad Taylor, Chris Lightcap, Steve Swell (RogueArt)
Recorded at Park West Studios, Jim Clouse, engineer

So Perhaps-Paul Dunmall, Mark Sanders, Steve Swell, James Owston (FMR)

Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (Constellation) with Matana Roberts: alto sax, clarinet, wordspeak, voice
Hannah Marcus: electric guitar, nylon string guitar, fiddle, accordion, voice
Sam Shalabi: electric guitar, oud, voice
Nicolas Caloia: double bass, voice
Ryan Sawyer: drumset, vibraphone, jaw harp, bells, voice
Steve Swell: trombone, voice
Ryan White: vibraphone
Thierry Amar: voice
Nadia Moss: voice
Jessica Moss: voice

David Haney’s Birth of a City with Bernard Purdie, Julian Priester, Adam Lane, Steve Swell, Jason Hwang, Melanie Dyer, Tomas Ulrich, Dave Storrs (Big Round Records/PARMA)

Allen Lowe’s _An Avant Garde of Our Own: Disconnected Works 1980-2018_Seven CD box set with Doc Cheatham, Julius Hemphill, Roswell Rudd, Matt Shipp, Don Byron, Steve Swell and many many more (ESP)

This Week in New York 


Israeli pianist Renana Gutman joins the Daedalus Quartet to present a sonic exploration of the human response to repression and exile. The program starts with the third string quartet of Viktor Ullman, written in Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, prior to the Austrian-born composer’s murder at Auschwitz. This is followed by Babel, a New York premiere string quartet by the composer Gabriel Bolaños, whose family fled Nicaragua in the 1990s. The program closes with Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s piano quintet, composed in Moscow after his escape from the Nazi invasion of Poland.
Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $16-$36
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

Neil Rolnick presents an evening of deeply personal new work thematically organized around the passing of his wife, Wendy, in 2018. Journey’s End, a New York City premiere features pianist Kathleen Supové and explores the remarkable peace Wendy achieved toward the end of her life and through her transition to the next. Messages, a solo-laptop piece accompanied by dancers Julia Bengtsson and Mauricio Vera, uses deleted voicemail messages, recovered posthumously, and integrated with the fiddle music they discuss.
Tuesday, November 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

The Nouveau Classical Project performs a concert of avant-garde music and performance pieces, including a newly commissioned work by Paul Pinto.
Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Jazz singer, new music composer, and long-time collaborator with Bang on a Can, Theo Bleckmann takes on the songbook of British pop icon Kate Bush in a project entitled Hello Earth! – The Music of Kate Bush that goes beyond re-creating her music to further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him on this performance are long-time collaborators percussionist Ben Wittman, bassist Chris Tarry, and keyboardist Henry Hey, along with special guest, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar, and laptop.
Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 general, $16 students/seniors, $12 members
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY

loadbang performs world premiers by Erik Carlson, Cristina Lord, Oren Boneh, and Yu Kuwabara and works by Daniel Bayot and Alex Mincek.
Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 PM
The National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY

A tiger’s purr, burning pianos, helium balloons, and the Hudson River have all played a part in the music of Annea Lockwood. The intense focus on deep listening of sonic details from nature and electronics has formed the basis of the eclectic output of the New Zealand-born composer and sound artist. Yarn/Wire returns to perform a world premiere commission, alongside three other works, including the technically demanding Becoming Air, written for and performed by trumpeter Nate Wooley.
Thursday, November 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets starting at $20
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

PinkNoise will present three new commissions exploring electro-acoustic sounds along with works by Zosha Di Castri and Chaya Czernowin. The multi-media performance will include video projections and improvisation with live electronics in an exploration of alternative spaces and sounds.
Thursday, November 14 at 8:00 PM
Saint John’s in the Village, 218 West 11th Street, New York, NY

meta.ξ, a collective of Greek composer/artist/design-curators, present a concert of works featuring piano, electronics, double bass, interspersed with electro-acousmatic music. meta.ξ is bi-laterally based between the United States and Greece, with members living and working everywhere in between. The collective aims to strengthen the voice of the post-crisis generation of Greek composers, while embracing subversive and under-represented artists internationally.
Friday, November 15 at 8:00 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

The BluePrint Fellowship, a new National Sawdust initiative in collaboration with Juilliard, is a dual-track career, project mentoring, and commissioning course developed to support student composers. For the fellowship’s inaugural season, Juilliard composition students, Evan Anderson, Hannah Ishizaki, Katie Jenkins, Cheng Jin Koh, and Marc Migo will present their commissioned BluePrint projects performed by both Juilliard students and the National Sawdust Ensemble. Project mentors for the fellowship, spearheaded by Paola Prestini, include women composers such as Prestini, Claire Chase, Reena Esmail, Nathalie Joachim, Laura Kaminsky, and Alex Temple.
Sunday, November 17 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Upcoming Washington DC Shows

From Impending Bloom.

On Wednesday November 13, 2019@7PM, guitarist Alan Licht will be discussing his new book, ‘Sound Art Revisited’ in conversation with DC musician and record store owner Michael Bernstein, followed by an open audience discussion with the audience. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Saturday November 16@8PM, bassist Michael Formanek and saxophonist Peter Formanek Duo. Opening will be More Than A Drum, a DC-based, multi-genre music collective, of the personal and political through poetry, song, dance, and all manner of creative instrumentation. Featuring Abasi Johnson (founder) on percussion and horn, Dine Watson on voice, Wallace Edwards on guitar/ percussion, and Kathy English Holt on vocals, dance and percussion. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Sunday, November 17, 2019@6PM, bassist Micheal Formanek & saxophonist Peter Formanek, Duo, @An Die Musik, @409 North Charles Street, in BMore, Md.

On Friday, November 22, 2019@8PM, Henry Kaiser, Solo Guitar & Video, @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Saturday, November 23, 2019@8PM, Henry Kaiser’s solo guitar explorations of “Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo”, which consists guitar requia for departed heroes and ancestors, such as Derek Bailey, Pete Cosey, Sonny Sharrock, John Fahey, and many others. Kaiser will be experiment with requia requests from the audience, so all are urged to bring hear solo guitar improvisations memory suggestions. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Sunday, November 24, 2019@7PM, Colla Parte, w/Daniel Barbeiro on double bass, Rich O’Meara on vibes and percussion, Kevin O’Meara on drums and percussion, and Perry Conticchio on reeds and flute. @Rhizome@6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC.

The Sunday, November 24, 2019@4PM, “Music For Our Friend”, live music in support of our friend Bill Brower, has been rescheduled to a date TBD in December, to be later announced. It will still be, An Evening of Voices, w/Sara Donnelly, Heidi Martin, Lady Myrrh, Sunny Sumter, and many others. In the Old Firehouse Studio – Outer Space@3840 Bladensburg Rd. Cottage City, MD. All proceeds benefit the William A. (Bill) Brower Rehabilitation Fund.

And on Saturday, December 7, 2019@7PM, COOPER-MOORE, in a rare solo piano performance @Tonal Park’s Alleyworld@7014 Westmoreland Avenue, in Takoma Park, MD. Presented by Transparent Productions in collaboration with Rhizome.

AMN Reviews: Sonar with David Torn – Tranceportation Vol​.​ 1 (2019; RareNoiseRecords)

Collaborators Sonar and famed guitarist David Torn return for a third release in Tranceportation Vol​. ​1. Unlike their first two, a live recording and a set of remixes by Bill Laswell, this effort is live in the studio. Consisting of four long tracks, the album provides a compelling amalgam of styles – Sonar providing proceduralist backing for Torn’s soloing and looping.

Sonar, a four-piece Swiss group, is Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner on tritone guitar, Christian Kuntner on tritone bass, and Manuel Pasquinelli on drums. Their modus operandi falls somewhere between minimalism, post-rock, and 80’s King Crimson. Each melody is based on a relatively simple pattern of notes and/or chords that they slowly explore through polyrhythms and unusual time signatures. Over this, Torn lays down his signature note bending, wails, and effects. The result is a compelling juxtaposition of Sonar’s disciplined approach and Torn’s unpredictability.

Indeed, Tranceportation is a fitting title for these explorations, as Sonar’s parts are lulling and trance-like, while Torn’s are jarring and attention-grabbing. The album is thus suitable for both active listening as well as for providing a background set of grooves, albeit unconventional in nature.

And as you might have guessed from the Vol. 1 designation, a second volume from the same sessions is in the works for 2020.