Anthony Braxton in Stockholm Reviewed

Source: Kulturbilagan. Rough translation via Google.

When the composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton visited Sweden this weekend for the first time in 15 years, it was to perform their music in Eric Ericson church next to the Modern Museum in Stockholm. A fitting place for a musician who over the years has become more anxious to present his music as a composer than as a soloist even though 50 years ago he released the first solo record for saxophone ever, For alto.

The Nels Cline 4 in Oakland Previewed

Source: East Bay Express.

Though he appeared unbilled at the talent-packed concert celebrating drummer Scott Amendola’s 50th birthday last week, Nels Cline was hard to miss on the crowded Freight & Salvage stage. Looking lean and lanky as ever, he swayed next to Berkeley guitarist John Schott and LA’s Jeff Parker, picking his spots to play a power chord or bend a note like a contortionist. The cameo served as both a tantalizing scene setter for the Bay Area debut of his new band The Nels Cline 4 at the Freight on Sunday, Feb. 17, and a potent reminder of his deep and abiding East Bay ties.

Kyle Motl Southwest Tour Dates

Source: Kyle Motl.

Feb 16 7pm Eager Ears at Eagle St, San Diego, CA – Duo with Phillip Greenlief (+Greenlief solo)

Feb 17 8pm The Lost Leaf, Phoenix, AZ – BA.ND_01 & Kyle Motl

Feb 18 7pm CFA Downtown Gallery, Albuquerque, NM – Solo & duo with Mark Weaver

Feb 20 7pm Rio Bravo Fine Art, Truth or Consequences, NM – Tatsuya Nakatani / Kyle Motl / Rhonda Taylor

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Friday, Feb. 15: Land & Buildings The New Me, Koltay, Dominic Coppola/Fred Thomas
Land and Buildings is an up-and-coming NYC/Ann Arbor-based electronic duo. They have a new cassette on the Life Like label and helping them celebrate are some favorite like-minded solo and duo electronics practitioners from the Detroit region: The New Me (Matt Conzett and Claire Cirocco), Chris Koltay solo and the duo of Dominic Coppola and Fred Thomas. Expect doses of both the experimental and the catchy. Doors at 8 pm. FREE

Sunday, Feb. 17: Joel Peterson: Chamber Music Works with James Greer, Abby Alwin and Lisa Raschiatore.- plus Matt Smith solo
As a run-up to the larger-scale concert I’ll be doing in May at The Cube @ The Max, this concert will focus on pieces for trio and quartet. Featuring the outstanding talents of Lisa Raschiatore (clarinet), James Greer (viola) and Abby Alwin (cello)- with myself on guitar for some. These are through-composed pieces, so how better to start the evening off than with the “comprovising,” multi-instrumental solo set of Matthew Smith to kick things off. Doors at 7:30; $7.

3/4: Jobs (Jessica Pavone)



February 6, 2019
Lucie Vítková Solo, ISSUE Project Room
Lucie Vítková

February 6, 2019
Jim Jarmusch & Robert Wilson, ISSUE Project Room
Jim Jarmusch Robert Wilson

February 4, 2019
Joe Fiedler’s Open Sesame with special guests Elmo and Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy’s Club
Elmo Steven Bernstein Sean Conly Joe Fiedler Jeff Lederer Wynton Marsalis Michael Sarin

Minneapolis Festival Honors Henry Threadgill


A “zooid” is a cell that can move independently within a larger organism — making it the ideal moniker for Henry Threadgill’s fascinating quintet. Three years ago, Threadgill became only the third jazz composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Zooid’s “In for a Penny, In for a Pound,” a 79-minute suite that includes a concerto-like piece for each of his bandmates. This weekend the group will provide the capstone performance for “Celebrating Henry,” a mini-festival at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It starts Friday, with two dozen local artists marking Threadgill’s 75th birthday by interpreting works from throughout his career. Zooid will perform Saturday along with the jazz power trio Harriet Tubman, comprising alumni from his previous bands.

This Week in New York 


The 2019 Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival will open on February 11th with Steven Burke’s Dream Forms, performed by the di.vis.ion trio which premiered and recorded the work. Dream Forms is comprised of three episodes and was initially inspired by different types of dreams, including precognitive (clairvoyant), lucid, and epic.
Monday, February 11 at 7:30 PM
Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY

String quartet and guitar aren’t a common combination, but the unique pairing is at the core of this Pop-Up featuring the Mivos Quartet and guitarist Nadav Lev. Two works for this amalgamation bookend the program, including two New York premieres and a piece for solo guitar by Tristan Murail.
Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Roulette pays tribute to their past, present, and future with the launch of the Roulette Archive. Celebrating the thousands of artists who have performed at Roulette over the last 40 years, the evening will also honor future artists to be added to this historic platform with recognition of Roulette’s 2019 commissions, residencies, and fellowship artists.
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Robert: Seriously Amused will be flutist/composer Robert Dick‘s first foray into the world of performance art. Developed with director and co-writer Rinde Eckert, Seriously Amused is part biographical, part philosophical, and more than a bit strange and weird. Along with flute playing, Dick will be singing, moving, thinking, monologuing, and giving his inner voices free play.
Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This newly reconstructed opera by the late Robert Ashley (written in 1985 and first performed in 1991) follows the adventures of its protagonist Linda, whose travels and romances can be read as attempts at assimilation and cultural cross-pollination, with varying degrees of success and rejection. The metaphor stretches in time from 1492—the beginning of a European consciousness of America and the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain—to the late 1940s on the West Coast (representing the future of the USA). Densely layered streams of text, lush live vocals, and a minutely structured electronic orchestra combine to present Ashley’s portrait of the American psyche.
Wednesday, February 13 to Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 PM
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Featured on the program are Jürg Frey’s Colours of Silence, for two Casio keyboards and percussion and Michael Pisaro’s Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation, for three musicians playing piano, sine tones, percussion, radios, tapes, and various other sound sources.
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 PM
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY

ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX premieres Gabriele Vanoni’s multimedia electro-acoustic chamber opera, Island of Peoples, based on the stories of immigrants passing through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, with material drawn from interviews from the Ellis Island Oral Histories project. The performance will be highlighted with video art by Malo Lacroix and with soprano Mary Mackenzie and tenor Jonas Budris bringing to life the emotional journeys of the immigrants.
Saturday, February 16 at 9:00 PM
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY

NowNet Arts Festival is an annual event featuring premieres of contemporary network arts works by multiple artists for the NowNet Arts Ensemble and collaborating groups. The works are performed live via the internet by artists in different geographic locations.
Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Benzaquen Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY