Steve Swell News

Source: Steve Swell.

First up. This coming Wednesday, May 12 at 8pm will be a first time duo performance with Tom Rainey and myself with a live audience (limited) and live stream at Roulette Performance Space. I’ve always liked Tom’s playing and I am looking forward to this meeting and being in front of a live audience at this great venue.
For info, please click the link:

On Tuesday, May 25 at 6pm I will be performing in Craig Harris’ “Breathe” at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. For info, click here:

On Thursday, July 22 Dave Sewelson’s terrific group Music For a Free World will perform at this year’s Vision Festival. On bass, the great William Parker and on drums, the legendary Marvin “Bugalu” Smith. This performance will take place at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.

Also please check out this new recording of Andrea Centazzo, Anthony Coleman and myself made at WKCR.

Chicago Jazz String Summit Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

The seventh annual Chicago Jazz String Summit took place virtually on April 30-May 1, 2021, with evening performances and daytime workshops live-streamed on Twitch and hosted by Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio. This year’s program could be summed up in one word—diverse. From bluesy twoubadou to experimental abstractions, the program ventured into far corners of jazz-adjacent contemporary music on strings.

Wayward in Limbo Recordings

Source: Wayward Music Series.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been considering how we can most directly assist the artists who inhabit our particular niche of the Seattle music community.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series now moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is curating and commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of exclusive material. Many of these will be essentially “live” performances recorded at home for this occasion. Others may create a mix of pre-recorded material that has not been previously released elsewhere.

These tracks are available to stream at no charge on SoundCloud via the links below, and will be promoted like our concerts via our weekly e-newsletter, our Facebook group, and our Twitter feed. The artists retain all rights to their recordings. We strongly encourage you to visit their web sites and purchase their recordings or contribute to their personal crowdfunding campaigns.

This series will continue for as long as we are unable to use the Chapel for performances.

#111: Beverly Setzer & Greg Powers
Improvisations for bass clarinet/PVC “didjeridu” and trombone/tuba/flugelbone. LISTEN

#112: James Falzone
Solo improvisations for lightly prepared piano, pennywhistles, clarinet, and shruti box.

Upcoming Quarantine Concerts

Source: Experimental Sound Studio.

MAY 7, 2021
TQC: Flow Symposium Attendees Live Performance

MAY 8, 2021
TQC: Flow Symposium Attendees Live Performance

MAY 9, 2021
TQC: Flow Symposium Lunchtime

MAY 10, 2021
OPTION: Vasco Trilla

MAY 10, 2021
Place of Assembly: Art, Organizing, + Culture in East EU Pt. 1 – Slovakia

MAY 11, 2021
TQC: COTFG Presents: Sounding the Body

MAY 13, 2021
TQC: Jumaane Taylor

MAY 14, 2021
TQC: Center for Psychic Technology Presents: a Richard R. Ross Production

DC JazzFest Announces Lineup

Source: DC JazzFest.

This year’s full 2021 DC JazzFest Lineup includes:
Regina Carter ● Maria Schneider Orchestra ● Spanish Harlem Orchestra ● Orrin Evans Presents “Terreno Comum” ● Lakecia Benjamin Presents: “Pursuance” ● Cyrus Chestnut ● Allyn Johnson ● Afro Blue ● Jenny Scheinman ● Laurin Talese ● Immanuel Wilkins ● The String Queens ● Carr/Keys ● Elijah Jamal Balbed Quartet (Reigning DCJazzPrix Champions) ● Ernest Turner Trio ● Vox Sambou ● Chuck Redd ● More TBA!

Plus two special presentations:
Celebrating Billy Taylor’s Centennial
A Grand Night for Strings: From Stuff Smith to Jean Luc Ponty

S.E.M. Ensemble to Perform Three Concerts in May

Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.

S.E.M. Ensemble Presents

Petr Kotik’s Letters to Olga (1988)
With text by Václav Havel
For two narrators, winds and guitars

World premiere of
Kotik’s The Lost Guitar (2021)
For solo guitar

Sunday, May 16 @ 5 pm
Willow Place Auditorium – Outside Yard
25 Columbia Place, Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 19 @ 7 pm
93 Allen Street, NYC

Thursday, May 20 @ 7 pm
Kentler International Drawing Space*
353 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

The S.E.M. Ensemble, directed by Petr Kotik, will perform an in-person mini-tour across Brooklyn and Manhattan on May 16th, 19th and 20th. Since each concert will have limited seating in accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines, the ensemble will offer the same program three times to reach an audience similar to a single, pre-COVID concert. The programs will include Petr Kotik’s Letters to Olga (1988) – a 50-minute piece for two narrators, four winds and three guitars, which uses text from letters that Václav Havel wrote to his wife while imprisoned for political activities from 1979 to 1982; Havel would go on to become the first president of Czechoslovakia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The concerts will also feature the world premiere of Kotik’s new solo guitar piece The Lost Guitar, performed by Xander Naylor.

Kotik composed Letters to Olga in 1988, during a time of major political upheaval in Europe. Havel’s letters cover a broad range of topics, from descriptions of jail to ruminations on modern life. “It was this mixture of profound and trivial, meditative and practical, the continuous and discontinuous stream of thought that attracted me to the text,” Kotik explains. “Upon learning about my composition, Václav was thrilled, and encouraged me to use the text in any way I needed to complete the piece.” Letters to Olga was premiered at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York on December 19, 1989, and Václav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia on December 29th of that same year. It has not been performed since 2010.

The Lost Guitar was composed in 2021 for the Slovakian guitarist Ondrej Veselý and is dedicated to the memory of Morton Feldman. The title refers to a guitar piece Feldman composed for Christian Wolff, which was irretrievably lost.

(On view at Kentler: Joanne Howard’s exhibition SKID MARKS through May 30th)

The May 16th performance will take in the yard adjacent to the Willow Place Auditorium, located at 25 Columbia Place, Brooklyn. In case of rain, it will be moved inside. FREE/RSVP Required. To RSVP, visit

The May 19th performance will take place at WhiteBox Gallery, located at 93 Allen St, NYC. Tickets: $15 General. To order tickets, visit

The May 20th performance will take place at Kentler International Drawing Space, located at 353 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn. Tickets: $15 General. To order tickets, visit

Petr Kotik: Letters to Olga (1988)
Petr Kotik: The Lost Guitar (2021)

The S.E.M. Ensemble
Petr Kotik, director/conductor
Ashley Robyn Patten, narrator
Zach Hendrickson, narrator
Roberta Michel, flute
Laura Cocks, flute
Sam Jones, trumpet
Clint McLendon, trumpet
Xander Naylor, guitar
Chris Nappi, guitar
Troy Rinker, bass guitar

Influx Offers Online Acousmatic Concert

Source: Influx

On Wednesday the 5th of may at 9pm (UTC+2), will take place our fourth online concert on our youtube channel.

On the program:

ONLINE CONCERT #4 – Generation 1946-1956 – First part

Ingrid Drese, Ines Wickmann – “Landscape with mirror” (video-music) 2006
Patrick Ascione – “Figures of style : Ascionerie n°2” (acousmatic) 2006
Christian Calon – “Lettre à M'” (acousmatic) 1995.
Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans – “Ouf” (acousmatic) 2021
Michel Chion – “Credo mambo” (acousmatic) 1992

In order to attend this concert online, please visit our youtube channel on Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 9pm (UTC+2):

A second online concert will be dedicated to the 1946-1956 generation and will take place on May 19th also on our youtube channel.

Virtual Fundraiser Honoring Marshall Allen

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Ars Nova Workshop’s 2nd Annual (Virtual) Fundraiser
Honoring Jazz Legend Marshall Allen
Thursday, May 20, 7-8PM ET
with Yo La Tengo, William Parker, and The War on Drugs’ Charlie Hall

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present its 2nd Annual (Virtual) Fundraiser on Thursday, May 20, 7-8 PM ET, online. This dynamic virtual event will honor Marshall Allen, alto saxophonist and director of the Sun Ra Arkestra. At 97, Allen is recognized as a pioneer of avant-garde and free jazz. He is best known for his collaboration with Sun Ra, which began in the late 1950s, and as the leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra since 1993.

The hour-long program will include a very special performance by Yo La Tengo, a special appearance by composer and bassist William Parker, as well as pre-recorded video tributes to Marshall Allen by luminaries of jazz and experimental music. Charlie Hall, drummer with the Grammy Award-winning band The War on Drugs, will serve as host and MC.

Coming to Constellation Chicago

Source: Constellation Chicago.

Friday, May 7, 2021
8:00 PM 9:30 PM
Vivary is the much-anticipated follow up to Kimmel.Ali.Harris’s well-received 2020 release A Pound Of Salt on Brooklyn’s 577 Records. Kimmel.Ali.Harris celebrates the release of this record at Constellation with this performance.

Saturday, May 8, 2021
8:00 PM 11:00 PM
Cellist Tomeka Reid, flutist Nicole Mitchell, and drummer Mike Reed are torchbearers of Chicago’s innovative jazz scene, as well as the most prominent members and educators of the third generation of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM), a historically important Chicago arts organization.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
8:00 PM 9:30 PM
Charles Joseph Smith (piano and drums) and Angel Bat Dawid (piano, clarinet, and voice/ spoken word) perform as a duo. Then, Johanna Brock and Marvin Tate perform America the Blue.

Friday, May 14, 2021
8:00 PM 9:30 PM
Jazz Journal UK wrote that “Black and Diamond’s augmenting of their in-the-moment work stops short of straightforward overdubbing and has the effect of deepening their spontaneity and the acute degree to which they are a meeting of musical minds.”

Residency Earth’s Forest Music

Source: Forest Music.

Residency Earth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the experimental sonic arts and connecting artists to various landscapes, ecosystems, communities and disciplines across earth. We are an artist-run collective that aim to establish and model new structures that support and nurture the artistic process through globally-networked residency programs nd presenting work to broad audiences.

Today we also launch our first project titled Forest Music. Forest Music was originally scheduled as a single lineup of live presentations of sound works in Nov. 2020 in Forest Park, Portland, OR. In response to an updated pandemic mandate on public assembly, the project shifted into the form of a no-audience, open-air performance series which took place throughout the winter of 2020-2021 in various areas throughout Oregon. Artists include CV + JAB (Christina Vantzou & John Also Bennett), GUZO (Maddy Villano), John Also Bennett (solo work), JP Jenkins + David Weinburg, Morgan Ritter.