Coming to Roulette

Source: Roulette.

Tomas Fujiwara with Meshell Ndegeocello: You Don’t Have to Try
Friday, March 5, 2021. 8pm EST
Resident artist Tomas Fujiwara presents the premiere of new pieces written during quarantine in a debut collaboration with acclaimed bassist Meshell Ndegeocello.

Elena Demyanenko: welter
Wednesday–Friday, March 10–12, 2021. 8pm EST
Roulette is excited to present three nights of performance artist Elena Demyanenko’s latest work welter—a piece growing out of Demyanenko’s long-running period of experimentation with color and saturated light featuring three performers and sound by PussyVision.

XFest 2021 Online Schedule

Source: XFest.

XFEST WHERE YOU ARE
ORGANIZERS: DEI XHRIST, WALTER WRIGHT
TECH: GREGORY KOWALSKI
ASSIST: AL MARGOLIS, MARY ANN KEARNS
In the interest of continued safety, we will be using an online platform allow performers to work together, apart. Performers will collaborate from their individual spaces, and their video feeds will be broadcast live.

February 26, 2021 Stream: Friday 8pm – 10:15pm EST
8:10pm Set 1: Michael Barrett, Nick Bohun, Craig Chin, Christopher Strunk
8:45pm Set 2: Bonnie Kane, Katherine Liberovskaya, Tracy Lisk, Craig Pedersen, Andrea Pensado
9:20pm Set 3: Craig Douglas, Curt Haworth, Joe Mygan, Irman Peck
9:55pm Set 4: Mitchel K Ahern, Kat Dobbins, Loren Groenendaal, JB Ledoux

February 27, 2021 Stream: Session 1: 3pm – 4:40pm EST
3:10pm Set 5: Kat Dobbins, Richard Harrison, Mia Zabelka, Mitchel K Ahern
3:45pm Set 6: David Birchall, Emmanuel Lalande, Marko Wunderlich, Tracy Lisk
4:20pm Set 7: Birgit Goldbourne, Linda Jankowska, Arnaud Le Mindu, Al Margolis

February 27, 2021 Stream: Session 2: 8pm – 10:15pm EST
8:10pm Set 8: Sophie Leetmaa, Al Margolis, Ras Moshe Burnett, Ophra Wolf
8:45pm Set 9: Id M Theft Able, Joe Brown, Callie Chapman, Bbob Drake
9:20pm Set 10: Allie Berger, Duane Ingalls, Angela Sawyer, Sam Wenc
9:55pm Set 11: Federico Balducci, Rick Breault, Peter Chamberlain, Psychedelic Snakeskin

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.

#90: Josh Medina
Three long form ambient meditations on stasis, solitude, the Pacific Northwest bioregion and the past year spent largely at home.

#91: Tiffany Lin
Tiflin makes friends with her new piano with four pieces played on the keys and on the tender insides.

Coming to Constellation Chicago

Source: Constellation Chicago.

Feb 19, 2021
Macie Stewart and Lia Kohl
Lia Kohl is a cellist and multidisciplinary artist. Macie Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and improviser. Macie and Lia recently released an album together called ‘Recipe for a Boiled Egg.’

Feb 20, 2021
Paul Bedal Quartet
Chicago pianist Paul Bedal performs new material off his latest release Cerulean Stars, out on February 19th, on BACE Records. The album marks the fourth release of Bedal’s and the second of this quartet.

Feb 26, 2021
TALsounds
Since picking the moniker nine years ago, Natalie Chami has been flitting between experimental electronica, mood-driven minimalism, and classically trained choral singing as a solo artist in Chicago. On her fifth album, Acquiesce, she dives inward without constraints and invites the listener to do the same, to lose track of time, and to let emotion dictate what happens next.

Coming to Roulette

Source: Roulette.

Lesley Flanigan: Headphone Space
Friday, February 26, 2021. 8pm EST
Lesley Flanigan will perform solo voice and minimal sine-wave electronics intended to be heard by listeners at home using their headphones.

Maria Chavez with Sandy Ewen: RE:pairing, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021. 8pm EST
Maria Chavez and Sandy Ewen’s latest collaboration creates an enhanced presentation of duo’s unique improvised performance language using four turntables, eight needles, two DJ mixers, two guitar pickups, six guitar strings, and a variety of implements.

Matthew Ostrowski: Monograph
Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 8pm EST
Composer Matthew Ostrowski presents Monograph, a new work for voice and electronics drawing on found material from sources as diverse as Icelandic sagas to New Orleans blues, 18th-century science experiments, and 19th-century French newspaper filler.

E#@70 – Concert Nr. 1 – SysOrk: New Works
Thursday, March 4, 2021. 8pm EST
Roulette is proud to present the first in a series of concerts marking the acclaimed composer Elliott Sharp’s 70th year.

Alternative Guitar Summit Lineup Announced

Source: Alternative Guitar Summit.

Adam Rogers has been the guitarist of choice for an array of the some of the greatest names and in jazz, pop and world music: Michael Brecker, Walter Becker, Chris Potter, John Zorn, The Gil Evans Orchestra, and The Mingus Orchestra, to name just a few. He is also a composer who has released numerous ground-breaking CDs under his own name.

Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989.As a leader Peter has released nine albums and a DVD. He has appeared in groups led by Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman, Lou Donaldson, and Brad Mehldau.

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 30 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”

Paul Bollenback has appeared on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. He has performed with Charlie Byrd, Joey DeFrancesco, Herb Ellis, Arturo Sandoval, and Stanley Turrentine.

Rez Abbasi is considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over. He has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including, Grammy winner Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Kadri Gopalnath, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Vijay Iyer, Marilyn Crispell, Greg Osby, and a host of others.

Jeff Miles is one of the foremost young jazz guitarists in New York. A student of Ben Monder, his staggering technique and powerful imagination make him one the players to look out for in 2021.

Oz Noy, since his 1996 arrival in New York, has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All-stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.

Nir Felder, dubbed “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, has been heard with the likes of Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Erykah Badu, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette,and Meshell Ndegeocello. John Mayer, and others. In 2010, he formed his own quartet, and in 2014 released Golden Age, which was praised as “mesmerizing” (Boston Globe), “lofty and lyrical” (The New York Times) and as an Editor’s Pick, a “great record” (DownBeat).

Sheryl Bailey’s playing is unquestionably “sizzling”. She has groomed incredible chops and impeccable taste with which she applies them. It’s said (by Lee Metcalf, The Villager) that she can “go from zero to blazing in two beats”, but she is continually praised for never sacrificing melody and lyricism for technique. She is currently vice chair of the guitar dept. At Berklee.

Ed Cherry played with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992 performing in Gillespie’s quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Cherry released his first recording as a leader, ‘First Take’ (Groovin’ High). That same year, Ed recorded with Paquito D’Riveras’ small group which recorded “Havana Cafe” (Chesky Records). Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years and recorded three CDs with Henry’s ‘Very Very Circus’ group.

Kurt Rosenwinkel, an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer has gained international recognition for his deft artistry and unabated individualism since he first appeared on the New York music scene in 1991. Kurt’s aesthetic vision and multi-genre facility has caught the ear of some of modern music’s most prominent stars; collaborations with Eric Clapton, Q-tip, Gary Burton, Paul Motian, Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, and Donald Fagen are but a few highlights from a remarkably diverse and extensive catalogue of over 150 sideman recordings.

Dezron Douglas has released 6 albums as a leader and as a sideman he has performed with artists such as Ravi Coltrane, Cyrus Chestnut, Michael Carvin, Louis Hayes, Steve Davis, George Cables, Papo Vasquez, Enrico Rava, Eric Reed, Abraham Burton, Eric McPherson, Tomasz Stanko, Makaya McCraven and Brandee Younger.

Nguyên Lê, a self-taught musician, plays out of any stylistic borders: his blend of jazz, rock, Vietnamese folk music (and more) is apparent on his many CDs on the Act label. One of the foremost voices in the European jazz scene, Ngyuen continues to amaze as each new release shows his genius for orchestrating elements from around the world into a seamless whole.

Nels Cline, guitar explorer, is best known these days as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career — spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental — is well into its fourth decade, with over 200 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Cline has received many accolades including Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

Michael Gregory Jackson has tread a winding musical path over his 30-plus year career, embracing everything from creative music, jazz, blues, rock and electronica soundscapes to harmonically rich and lyrically-deep vocal tunes, with the complex arrangements and subtleties that are a signature of his music. Michael Gregory Jackson was barely of his teens when he served as co-commander of the Oliver Lake Quartet, one of the most critically acclaimed and far-traveling ensembles working jazz’s outer fringes.

Wolfgang Muthspiel lives in Vienna and is considered one of the most influential guitarists of his generation. He has been a regularly sought-after sideman for artists such as Trilok Gurtu, Dhafer Youssef, Youssou N’Dour, Maria Joao, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian, Bob Berg, Gary Peacock, Don Alias, Larry Grenadier, John Patitucci, Dieter Ilg, the Vienna Art Orchestra, and many more.

Mary Halvorson, guitarist and composer, has been described as “a singular talent” (Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes). In recent Downbeat Critics Polls Halvorson has been celebrated as guitarist, rising star jazz artist, and rising star composer of the year, and in 2019 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Henry Kaiser is known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the “second generation” of American free improvisers and has released around three hundred CDS of wonderfully experimental music.

Anthony Pirog – Washington, D.C.’s jazz and experimental music scenes wouldn’t be quite where they are today without Anthony Pirog. With fearsome chops and a keen ear for odd beauty, Pirog has helped expand the possibilities of jazz, rock and experimentalism in a town long known for its straight-ahead tradition

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.

#89: Harold Budd & Keith Lowe
This week we have a very special edition of Wayward in Limbo: a beautiful concert by recently departed ambient master Harold Budd and Seattle bassist Keith Lowe, recorded at the Chapel in 2009.

Multi-Continent Performance of Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House Reviewed

Source: New Haven Independent.

The performance began with a bed of sounds — of voices and instruments, working in and out of phase with one another. A drum kit held down what felt like a straight-ahead swing groove. Then a guitar could be heard. A saxophone. A tuba. They worked together to create a texture that a piano climbed out of, while a violin sailed over the top. As they worked toward a kind of consonance, their conductor gave them a series of signals. Under the conductor’s direction, the ensemble moved together, creating a fluid musical line, the sound rising and falling, growing and changing. Then the conductor set it loose again, and the music continued.

The concert was a performance of “Composition 381 (Echo Echo Mirror House Music)” by New Haven-based avant-garde legend Anthony Braxton, whose works integrate structure and freedom to allow for new ways of making music. His ideas, spanning decades of musical exploration, found a place in virtual space on Monday afternoon, using technical tools developed out of necessity during the pandemic and turning their limits and complications into assets for creating art.

The Magic Sun & Eighth Hour 

Source: Fridman Live.

Video premieres of Sun Ra films and operas by Phill Niblock and Dave Soldier, Wednesday, Feb 3,7 pm, shown throughout the month of February

Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm
http://www.fridmanlive.com

Fridman Gallery is pleased to present two films honoring the legacy and continued influence of Sun Ra, Marshall Allen, and the Sun Ra Arkestra on Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm (www.fridmanlive.com). Phill Niblock’s newly restored, seminal film The Magic Sun featuring original footage of Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra, will be followed by Dave Soldier’s new work The Eighth Hour of Amduat, starring Marshall Allen, who leads the Sun Ra Arkestra today. The videos will remain viewable through February 28.

PHILL NIBLOCK
THE MAGIC SUN (1966-68)

Composer, photographer, and filmmaker Phill Niblock’s classic experimental underground film The Magic Sun features a sensational soundtrack by the legendary jazz musician Sun Ra and the members of his Solar Arkestra. Niblock used a very high contrast black-and-white film technique to shoot ultra-tight close-ups on the moving hands and mouths of the musicians.

This is the premiere screening of the newly restored film, which has been transferred from 16mm to HD video, color corrected by Adam Hogan and Laura Stayton, and sound revitalized by Dan Evans Farkas. The 16mm film was originally processed by J&D Film Labs, in NY.

DAVE SOLDIER
THE EIGHTH HOUR OF AMDUAT (2017–20)
AN OPERA BASED ON THE OLDEST SURVIVING MUSICAL SCORE

Marshall Allen, the leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, is featured in the part of the Egyptian god Sun Ra, in Dave Soldier’s new classical/jazz/electronic opera based on the oldest musical score known, the Eighth hour of the Book of the Amduat. In this version from 1425 BC, the sounds and music are clearly specified during Sun Ra’s nightly travels on the underworld river to age, die, and be reborn to rise again every morning. The ancient hieroglyphs are translated to Italian by Egyptologist Rita Lucarrelli (professor at UC Berkeley) and the parts of the other gods and demons are sung by mezzo soprano (Sahoko Sato TImpone from the Metropolitan Opera) and a choir and by additional improvisers (Dan Blacksberg, Nick Millevoi, Michael Winograd, Rebecca Cherry) with a classical orchestra.

Braxton / Tri-Centric Foundation News

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.

Monday February 1
21:00 CET (20:00 GMT, 3PM EST)
Echo Echo Mirror House Music
Composition No. 381 (Anthony Braxton)
Online try-out livestreaming performance
Working closely with Tri-Centric’s Carl Testa, Belgian guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe will present a first step in the realization of a multinational live version of EEMHM. Van Cauwenberghe is joined by saxophonist Steven Delannoye, tubist Niels Van Heertum, violin player Winnie Huang and organist Hampus Lindwall as well as Carl Testa himself, who will perform the sound collage live from New Haven via Zoom.

Tri-Centric has been quietly busy. James Fei is once again working with the International Contemporary Ensemble, this time for a multinational event featuring Braxton works, TBA. Last time they collaborated, they delivered the excellent online lecture on the music of Anthony Braxton. Kyoko Kitamura just taught five classes on Anthony’s music systems to high school students, and will continue working with the next generation of musicians and music lovers. There are other exciting collaborations, as well as a new Anthony Braxton boxset in the works, so please stay tuned!

Kyoko Kitamura is featured on two new releases. William Parker’s epic 10-CD Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World, released yesterday, is a stunning tour de force with women’s voices at the core and a stellar cast of improvisers on the scene. Composer Taylor Ho Bynum and librettist Matthea Harvey’s oratorio The Temp, performed last year, will have a watch party and an album release on Wednesday February 17th, 8PM EST. With the The Coast Jazz Orchestra, under Bynum’s direction, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Filippo Ciabatti, vocalists Kyoko Kitamura and Michael Mayo, saxophonist Jim Hobbs, trombonist Bill Lowe, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and violinist Erica Dicker. Don’t miss! (Please click on cover art for links to Bandcamp for both albums.)

Ingrid Laubrock has two online events coming up.
February 21, 1-5PM EST
Bang on the Can Marathon – 16 brand new works by pioneering composers

February Marathon 2021


February 23, 8PM EST
Arts for Art Online Salon
Ingrid Laubrock tenor saxophone
Brandon Lopez double bass
Tom Rainey drums
https://www.artsforart.org/onlinesalon.html

Thumbscrew’s new album Never Is Enough drops on February 26th, all original material by Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek. In regards to the relationship between The Anthony Braxton Project and the upcoming release, Michael Formanek says, “Braxton’s presence was very strong in this period, spending time with his music, reading some of the composition notes…I think and hope the influence was there. It was definitely in our minds. I don’t know if there’s a direct influence, but definitely inspiration.”

Also on February 26th at 7:30PM EST is Carl Testa’s livestreaming event Sway Solo Demo and Performance. Carl will demonstrate the Sway system, explain how it works, show a bit of the code/software, and give a solo performance for bass and live processing. The audience can ask questions via chat.

Kamala Sankaram’s production in Chicago, Taking Up Serpents, has shifted to an online event. An opera about Pentecostal snake handlers, it will be shown on February 27th 7:30PM CST.

Jessica Pavone is set to release her fourth solo viola album When No One Around You is There but Nowhere to be Found (Relative Pitch Records) in the spring of this year.