Anthony Braxton at Cafe Oto Reviewed

Source: Financial Times.

Saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton has balanced abstraction and fire with scientific rigour for more than 50 years. His first own-name album, 3 Compositions of New Jazz, released in 1968, opens with “(840m)-Realize-44M-44M” and continues with “N-M488-44M-Z”; the third piece, by the earthy trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, is simply called “The Bell”.

Titles that resemble WiFi passwords, with music to match, have featured in his extensive discography ever since. But the saxophonist periodically visits the standards and songbook covers that first attracted him to jazz. This packed and steamy gig, the first of a three-night residency, featured the American with a fiery UK rhythm section, brimming with confidence midway through a short European tour.

Winter Jazzfest and New Releases Reviewed

Source: Stereogum.

Has Winter Jazzfest peaked? When I was out exploring the annual weekend marathon (105 performances spread across 11 venues), it felt significantly less manic and crowded than it had in previous years. The only room I couldn’t get into was Zinc Bar, which was much too small for the crowd drawn by the performers they had booked. The shows at the renovated Webster Hall were busy, but you hardly felt like you needed to squeeze inside; I was sequestered in an upstairs balcony with plenty of room to sit on a couch or walk around. Other shows I attended — at SOBs, Subculture, and the Zürcher Gallery — were full but not oppressively so.

This Week in New York

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

LAUREN CAULEY | POP-UP CONCERTS
Violinist Lauren Cauley performs a program of recent works for solo violin that shows the breadth of sonic potential of her instrument. Composers featured include Richard Carrick, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Clara Ionnatta, Jessie Montgomery, Dai Fujikura, and Timothy O’Dwyer.
Tuesday, January 21 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

RADICALLY PLAYFUL | DECODA
Beginning one hour prior to the concert and during intermission, audience members will have the chance to discover the context and inspiration for this “Radically Playful” program of folk music for an imaginary culture, a kitchen romance, and modern-day “musical offering” with Decoda musicians in the Jacobs Room at Carnegie Hall. Works to be performed include Missy Mazzoli’s Ecstatic Science, three Rags by William Bolcom, Indigenous Instruments by Steve Mackey, the world premiere of Brad Balliett’s Ice Princess (Suite from an Imaginary ballet; after Rameau), and La revue de cuisine by Bohuslav Martinu. A post-concert reception for all ticket holders will also be held in the Jacobs room.
Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

THREE’S KEYS | COMPOSERS CONCORDANCE
Kathleen Supové–Photo by Karjaka StudiosKathleen Supové–Photo by Karjaka Studios
Pianists Laura Ahumada, Carl Patrick Bolleia, and Carlton Holmes perform works by Seth Boustead, Dan Cooper, Masatora Goya, Peter Jarvis, Tamar Muskal, Gene Pritsker, Will Rowe, David Saperstein, Dave Soldier, Kathleen Supové, Richard Sussman, Alicia Terzian, Jessica Wells, and Randy Woolf.
Friday, January 24 at 8:00 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

Magma Upcoming Tour Dates

Source: Magma.

29 FEBRUARY PENMARCH – CAP CAVAL
4 MARCH. NANTES – LE STEREOLUX
6 MARCH BORDEAUX – THEATRE FEMINA
7 MARCH TOULOUSE – HALLE AUX GRAINS
8 MARCH PERPIGNAN – EL MEDIATOR
12 MARCH SAINT-ETIENNE – LE FIL
13 MARCH BESANCON – LA RODIA
14 MARCH STRASBOURG – LA LAITERIE
1 APRIL EPINAL – LA SOURIS VERTE
2 APRIL LILLE – THEATRE SEBASTOPOL
4 APRIL VITROLLES – SALLE GUY OBINO
Tickets: http://www.gdp.fr/artistes/magma/

TWO “ONE-OFF” CONCERTS MAY 15 &16
MAGMA AND THE MONTE-CARLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PERFORM
EMEHNTEHTT-RE & ZESS (special guest Morgan AGREN)
Tickets: http://www.montecarlosbm.com/fr/spectacles-monaco/magma

Coming to DC

From Impending Bloom:

On Thursday, January 23, 2020@7:30PM, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma with drummer Ronnie Burrage and saxophonist Greg Osby. @Keystone Korner, 1350 Lancaster St, Baltimore MD.

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, @8PM, RhizomeDC presents a double offering, featuring The Low Ways Quartet (w/Mark Cisneros on saxophones, Luke Stewart on bass, Anthony Pirog on guitar & Ian McColm on drums), and Janel Leppin’s ‘Volcanic Ash’. @RhizomeDC, 6950 Maple St NW, Washington, DC.

On Thursday, February 13, 2020@8PM, Transparent Production’s presents KAZE, w/ Satoko Fujii on piano, Kappa Maki & Christian Bezos on trumpet, and Peter Menard on drums. @Alleyworld, 7014 Westmoreland Ave Takoma Park MD. Co-presented by Rhizome & Transparent Productions.

On Sunday, February 16, 2020@7PM, Transparent Production’s presentsKahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, w/Kahil El’Zabar on multi percussion/composition/voice, Corey Wilkes on trumpet & percussion, & Alex Harding on baritone sax & percussion. @Rhizome@6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Monday, March 9, 2020@8PM, Transparent Production’s presents the Steve Swell Quartet, w/Steve Swell on trombone, Rob Brown on saxophones, William Parker on bass, & Michael T.A. Thompson on drums. @Rhizome@6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020@8PM, Transparent Production’s Tim Berne Sun of Goldfinger, w/Tim Berne on alto saxophone, David Torn on guitar, & Ches Smith on drums. @Rhizome@6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On March, 25, 2020, @8PM Transparent Production’s presents the Ben Goldberg & Michael Coleman duo ‘Practitioner’, featuring Ben Goldberg on clarinet, and Michael Coleman on keyboards, sharing music of Steve Lacy. @Rhizome@6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

And on Sunday, April 5, 2020@8PM, Transparent Production’s presents the Joseph Daley Tuba Trio, w/Joseph Daley on tuba and euphonium, Warren Smith on drums, & Scott Robinson on saxophones. @Rhizome@6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

The Impending Bloom calendar is heard Saturdays @ approximately 10:30AM, part of WOWD, Clay Fink, and Bobby Hill’s This! Music program, Saturdays from 10AM to 1PM@94.3FM and takomaradio.org. WOWD. New, true, community radio. Set your dial, and wow! your mind!

Chicago Scene: January 18-25, 2020

This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, January 18th 2020

8:00PM at the Steppenwolf Theater, 1650 N Halsted, 312.335.1650 ($30-$15)
The Space Between
Spektral Quartet — composed by Lisa R Coons, directed by Mark Dechiazza

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
James Brandon Lewis with Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake

Sunday, January 19th 2020

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Wet Ink Ensemble : Alex Mincek, Ian Antonio, Eric Wubbels, Josh Modney, Mariel Roberts, Weston Olencki, Sam Pluta — music by Peter Ablinger, Sam Pluta

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis Solo
Animal Mother : Jon Massey, Josh Kline, Matt McAllister

Monday, January 20th 2020

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, January 21st 2020

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard
Special guests TBA

Thursday, January 23rd 2020

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$17)
Kneebody

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jason Roebke Solo
Andrew Clinkman, Jakob Heinemann, Phil Sudderberg

Friday, January 24th 2020
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Junius Paul Quartet with Corey Wilkes, Justin Dilliard, Vincent Davis

Saturday, January 25th 2020

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington, Will Feeney

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Dave Burrell, Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 19 JANUARY 2020
MOPOMOSO: AFTERNOON SESSIONS
We are delighted to start our 30th anniversary year with a programme reflecting the breadth of influences to be found in the free improvising world. Line up Caroline Kraabel (sax)…
Time: 2 – 5.30PM

TUE 21 JANUARY 2020
TOM RAINEY TRIO WITH INGRID LAUBROCK AND MARY HALVORSON
“While Rainey’s evocative, time-morphing and occasionally implosive drumming plays a central role in the musical materiality here, his trio is very much an integrated ensemble. The commanding component parts are…
Time: 8 – 10PM

EVAN PARKER INVITES…
Joining Parker this month are free spirits Mark Sanders and John Edwards. The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to “free improvisation”. Each month Evan…
Time: 8 – 11PM