The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Erlend Apneseth Trio with Frode Haltli – Salika, Molika (Hubros, 2019) ****

Joe McPhee, Piotr Michalowski & Andrew Drury – Live at Edgefest (2019) ***½

Maja S.K. Ratkje – Sult (Rune Grammofon, 2019) ****

Michael Janisch – Worlds Collide (Whirlwind Recordings, 2019) ****

Matt Mitchell – Phalanx Ambassadors (Pi Recordings, 2019) *****

Bertrand Denzler/ Ensemble CoÔ – Arc (Potlatch, 2019) *****

Udo Schindler/Jaap Blonk – Hillside Talks (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****

Composer Portrait of Anthony Braxton at the Miller Theatre 

Source: Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Anthony Braxton
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 8pm

The iconoclastic composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton is one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of our time. Drawing upon a range of influences, from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen, his work examines core principles of improvisation and structural navigation, alongside innovation, spirituality, and intellectual investigation. Joining in a worldwide celebration of the polymath’s 75th birthday, the JACK Quartet and Either/Or perform a selection of his unparalleled body of works.

JACK Quartet
Richard Carrick conductor

Composition No. 1 (1968)
Composition No. 17 (1971)
Composition No. 18 (1971)
Composition No. 40(O) (1975)
Composition No. 46 (1975)
Composition No. 101 (1981)
Composition No. 168 (1992)
Composition No. 358 (2006)

New Music Circle Upcoming Performances

Source: St. Louis’s New Music Circle.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
Off Broadway ( 3509 Lemp Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118 / map )
Ben LaMar Gay: cornet, synth, flute, vocals, compositions
Tommaso Moretti: Drum
Will Faber: guitar, flute , voice
Matthew Davis: tuba, bansuri, voice

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
Joe’s Cafe ( 6014 Kingsbury Ave, 63112 / map)
Fred Frith – solo prepared guitar & electronics

Presented in partnership with Department of Music at Washington University
Friday, January 24, 2020 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
560 Music Center ( 560 Trinity, 63130 / map)
Matthew Shipp – solo piano

solo performances by
Sarah Hennies
Merche Blasco
Friday, February 28, 2020 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis ( 3750 Washington Blvd, 63108 / map)
Sarah Hennies – percussion, compositions
Merche Blasco – electronics, compositions

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
Joe’s Cafe ( 6014 Kingsbury Ave, 63112 / map)
Tashi Dorji – electric guitar
Dave Rempis – saxophone
Tyler Damon – drums

presented in partnership with Saint Louis University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Saturday, March 28th, 2020 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
Xavier Hall at St. Louis University ( 3733 West Pine Mall, St. Louis, 63108 / map)
Amirtha Kidambi – analog synthesizer, vocals, compositions
Max Jaffe – drums & electronic percussion.
Matt Nelson – soprano sax
Nick Dunston – bass

Friday, April 24, 2020 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
Urb Arts ( 2600 N 14th St, 63106 / map)
Claire Rousay – percussion and amplified objects
Michael Foster – saxophones

Late May, 2020 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
at TBA
Eric Revis – double bass
Ken Vandermark – saxophones
Kris Davis – piano
Chad Taylor – drums

Arthur Blythe Profiled

Source: burning ambulance.

Blythe was born in Los Angeles in July 1940, and grew up in San Diego. He made his recorded debut on Horace Tapscott‘s 1969 album The Giant is Awakened, and worked extensively with Tapscott’s Underground Musicians and Artists Association (UGMAA) before moving to New York in the mid-’70s. He gigged around, working with Lester Bowie, Julius Hemphill, Woody Shaw and others before recording a concert that was split into two albums for the India Navigation label.

The first volume, The Grip, featured six tracks ranging from the three-minute solo sax piece “My Son Ra” to the nearly 13-minute “As of Yet.” Blythe’s band on this date was truly unique, including Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Bob Stewart on tuba, Abdul Wadud on cello, Steve Reid on drums and Muhammad Abdullah on percussion. The music had a rich, full sound which the dynamic range of the ensemble, particularly the horns, emphasized in a thrilling manner.

This is the Album of the Future

Source: NewMusicBox. Ruminations on what format can be used to meaningfully deliver music to listeners.

What is the album of the future? I hope for an interface that is as accessible and navigable as the current streaming platforms, one that allows artists to configure a unique experience for their listeners, and one that empowers us to control its monetization. (Bandcamp is well ahead of the pack in this regard.) The ideal platform would not only provide easy access to music, art, text, and all types of media, but be malleable so that new elements can be integrated as they arise. The next sea change in business and technology will surely provide new and unforeseen formats for our music, and within it artists will continue to innovate, adapt, and respond.

DARA String Festival Takes Place August 30-31 in Berlin

Source: DARA String Festival.

Premiering in August 2019, DARA String Festival will present a wide variety of innovative multi-genre music for string instruments, ranging from early contemporary to experimental and freely improvised. DARA transcends genre boundaries, uniting highly renowned international artists from diverse musical backgrounds, in a series of encounters to inspire new thoughts and ideas towards the advancement of individual and collective artistic work. In the longer term DARA aims to present guest editions in collaboration with different partners/curators internationally and expand into electroacoustic and staged multi-media concert performances.

The first festival edition will include open talks and long concert evenings at the fabulous open boat gallery Hošek Contemporary. The concerts will feature solos performed by each artist and selected group combinations. Programmes will include world premiers, compositions and improvisations.

Festival artists
Séverine Ballon – cellist, composer (France)
Isidora Edwards – cellist, composer-performer, improviser (Chile)
Clara Gervais – bassist, composer (France / Germany)
Nina de Heney – bassist, composer-performer, improviser (Sweden)
Nurit Stark – violinist, violist (Israel / Germany)
Biliana Voutchkova – violinist, composer-performer, improviser (Bulgaria / Germany)

August 30/31.2019
Hošek Contemporary
Fisherinsel 3, 10179 Berlin

August 30
festival opening and artist talk

Isidora Edwards – Solo improvisation WP/UA
Chaya Czernowin – Adiantum Capillus Veneris no. I / Songs of the muted one arr. S.Ballon
Steingrimur Rohloff – Magic Number for solo cello

James Dillon – Selections from duos for two violins
Séverine Ballon – Chant mécanique for solo cello
Martin Iddon – Λεύκη for solo cello WP/UA
Iannis Xenakis – Theraps for solo bass

Clara Gervais – N.N. for solo bass WP/UA
Clara Gervais – N.N. for string quintet WP/UA
Edwards/De Heney/Voutchkova – Trio improvisation WP/UA

August 31
artist talk

György Ligeti – Sonata for solo viola
Edwards/De Heney – Duo improvisation WP/UA

Nina de Heney – Solo improvisation WP/UA
Tristan Murail – C’est un jardin secret for solo viola
Peter Ablinger – Ohne Titel 1 – 10 string trio version

Liza Lim – The Su Song Star Map for solo violin
Sofia Gubaidulina – Rejoice! duo for violin and cello
Biliana Voutchkova – Words I’d have never known for string sextet WP/UA