Birdsongs of the Mesozoic will stage a free concert Saturday September 6th at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Ruins US Tour
The Ruins are touring the US in July, with the following dates announced:
RUINS US TOUR – July
17th Seattle (tba)
18th SF (tba)
Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida is also appearing on tour with Zorn’s Painkiller and Samla Mammas Manna this summer.
The Muffins Live in Philly, June 21st
The Muffins will be putting on their only live show of the year this Saturday in Philadelphia.
Blurb: “This Saturday, June 21, legendary 70s jazz rock legends The Muffins will perform at the Sedgwick Cultural Center in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. Local avant noisemakers The Red Masque will open.
The Muffin’s roots are as an experimentally forward band operating in the thriving Washington, DC music scene of the late 70s. While the scene spawned punk off-shoots like Minor Threat, Henry Rollins, and Fugazi, it also nurtured the Muffins, the group Fred Frith called “the finest progressive band America produced.” In recent years the Muffins have resurfaced at a couple of international progressive music festivals, and they have just come out with their first studio album since 1980, and are in the studio once again this summer. Their music is a heady mix of thick jazzy saxophones, energetic drumming and odd, haunting guitar licks.
This will the band band’s ONLY performance this year as they are currently recording in the studio.“
New William Parker Release
Parker’s latest, entitled “Scrapbook” will be release on June 17th, on Thirsty Ear.
Bang on a Can Festival
This long-running series will have an all day show on Sunday June 15th in New York. Highlights include Amy X Neuburg, Carla Kihlstedt and Two Foot Yard, and DJ Spooky, as well as other artists playing music by John Zorn and Louis Andreisson, Aphex Twin, and more.
New Oliver Lake Release
Oliver Lake has a new release entitiled Cloth that has just come out under the ‘Oliver Lake Big Band’ name.
Blurb: “Expect tossing, blaring, and enthusiastic arrangements, poised between song and pure energy. The band includes: Trumpets Duane Eubanks, Winston Byrd + flugelhorn, Baikida Carroll, Peck Allmand;Alto sax, Oliver Lake and Bruce Williams; Tenor Sax, James Steward + flute and Erica Lindsay; Baritone Sax, Ron Blake; Trombones; Josh Roseman, Al Paterson and Aaron Johnson; Piano, Michael Cochrane; Bass, Mark Helias; Drums, Otis Brown and Jonathan Blake! All tunes (except Bouncin Back) composed and arranged by Oliver Lake“
Robert Rich Summer Tour
Robert Rich’s summer tour is underway, including a number of major cities in the US.
Sez Robert: “I’ll be heading out for my 2003 Summer tour in about a day, and I’m finishing up some small updates to the website, rehearsing, packing the van, doing laundry and all that. I plan to play some old pieces on this tour, some that I never performed live before. I’ll be dragging around the modular system as well, to make squelching noises for Bestiary and Outpost. Some people have asked if I will play pieces from Temple of the Invisible. I wish I could, but that album lives in a strange hermetic place. I couldn’t perform it live unless I had an ensemble of 6 or 8 people, with access to a dozen instruments. Maybe someday I’ll get the ‘Rites of the Bronze Age’ ensemble off the ground to make that happen. In the meantime, I’ll play the handful of compositions and improvisations that feel good to me in concert. There will be some surprises, though. In the meantime, Temple of the Invisible has received some generous press, and I hope that people get a chance to hear this very different direction for my musical inquiries. I hope to see you on tour during the next few months.“
Exmagma Finally on CD
New Release from Mio Records
Israeli label Mio Records has a new release by French flautist Jean Cohen-Solal. Included on 1 cd are his two releases “Flute Libres” from 1971 and “Captain Tathopom” from 1973. Cohen-Solal is a name which is included in the famous Nurse with Wound list of essential recordings.
Steve Lacy Site
Steve Lacy’s official website includes tour schedules, a discography, recent releases, and more.