New Releases from Pogus 

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Pogus is proud to release two new CDs. 12 Color Sonnets by Aliona Yurtsevich – a digital only release a Pogus first – a multimedia work based on twelve original poems by Aliona Yurtsevich. And Phonosensitivity (Sound Poems 1979-1987) by Enzo Minarelli consists of 10 sound poems produced by noted Italian sound poet, scholar, and sound poetry archivist Enzo Minarelli between 1979 and 1987, and never before released.


New Archival Magma Release

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Recorded live at the Marquee club, London March 17, 1974

At the time of this concert, Köhntarkösz was still in its phase of elaboration, although the recording of the studio album began only 2 months later.

Large sequences were still not composed, others were borrowed from Köhntarkösz Anteria and were taken away, then used later in the K. A recording of 2004. In a similar way, Theusz Hamtaahk did not have its final shape and its coda was cut soon after.

New Album Coming from Wet Ink Ensemble 

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On Friday, September 15th, 2018, Wet Ink releases Wet Ink: 20 on Carrier Records, the group’s first full-length album focused on works for sinfonietta, featuring the 28 musicians of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble. The release celebrates Wet Ink’s 20th Anniversary, and highlights the ethos of innovation through collaboration that has guided the work of Wet Ink throughout the ensemble’s history. The album includes works by Wet Ink’s four acclaimed composer members Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels alongside music by Katherine Young and Anthony Braxton.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Soft Machine 2018! Peter Blegvad Bandbox 6 CD set! Gunter ‘Baby’ Sommer & Till Bronner! Jon Irabagon Quartet : Tim Hagans / Luis Perdomo / Rudy Royston..! Thomas Heberer / Yoni Kretzmer / Christian Weber! Eli Wallace Two Trios! Rez Abbasi / Vijay Iyer / Rudresh Mahanthappa..! George Crumb / Margaret Lang Ten! The Residents! Roy Montgomery!

Plus Archival Discs & LP’s from the Mighty Diamonds! Bernard Parmegiani 2 LP Set! Aaron Novik! Lee Perry vs. Bunny “Striker” Lee! Howlin’ Wolf! Sonny Boy Williamson! Bukka White!
And a Swell Tzadik CD Non-Zorn Title CD sale!



This Monday, August 20th at 8pm at the Zurcher Gallery – 33 Bleecker Street in NYC!

NATE WOOLEY and CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Trumpet and Alto Sax!

After a year of serious planning, DMG will host another historic event at the great Zurcher Gallery (33 Bleecker St, just east of Lafayette)! I attend a great deal of concerts throughout the year, mostly in Manhattan and in Brooklyn and often 2-4 times a week! Live and recorded Creative Music keeps me nourished, inspired and sane so I continue to check out as much creative music as is possible! The weekly free music series at DMG have been better attended this Summer and the music has often been Glorious! DMG sponsored shows at other locations take time and consideration so we only do them a few times per year.Thomas

This coming Monday, Aug 20th will be one such historic event! Two of my favorite Downtown Creative Musicians will be joining forces to invent some New Sounds: NATE WOOLEY on Trumpet and CHRIS PITSIOKOS on Alto Sax! Both are multiple bandleaders, crafty composers and seasoned improvisers. Mr. Pitsiokos recently got a scholarship to Wesleyan University, so he will not be performing in town as much as the past. Congratulations to Chris! I find that Creative Improvised Music captures a certain democratic, free spirit not found readily anywhere else. Something special, something magical will occur that night so please come down and help us celebrate: Downtown Music Gallery 28 Years and still going strong! Thanks to Gwenolee Zurcher for being such a gracious host! Check out the artwork at Zurcher as well. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

Sunday, August 19th
6pm: ROBERT DICK and LESZEK “HEFI” WISNIOSKI – International Flute Duo
7pm: ALEX LOUDOUDIS and RAS MOSHE – Drums and Tenor Sax

Sunday, August 26th
7pm: XANDER NAYLOR / RICK PARKER – Guitar / Trombone and Electronics!

Sunday, September 2nd:
7pm: KYOKO KITAMURA / LEONID GALAGANOV – Vocals / Percussion & Shakuhachi!
8pm: CARLOS QUEBRADA / NICOLAS DEL AQUILA from Nicotina y Primavera!

New on Chant Records

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Action Friend

Action Friend’s third album (and first for Chant) was produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Tool, Mike Patton) and features original members Jeremy McLean and Paul Alexander along with John Schuller (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Earth) and Mark G. Thornton (God Of Shamisen). ‘bon•ho•mie’ finds the band in top shape, digging deeper into their singular, genre-hopping brand of rock music.

XOL Plays X.EN
Featuring veteran European improvisers Guy Bettini, Harri Sjöström, Luca Pissavini and Francesco Miccolis, XOL composes collectively in the moment, taking the listener on a journey far beyond traditional structures and tonalities. XOL has toured extensively with the legendary Peter Brötzmann, and members have worked with other luminaries including Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor and Gerry Hemingway.

Edgetone Records Summer Releases

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The Equity & Social Justice Quartet, Argle-Bargle or Foofaraw

This project was created to raise awareness and funds for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state.

Trouble Ensemble

Inspired by the lyrics “Wade in the water, God’s gonna trouble the water,” the musicians of the avant-gospel Trouble Ensemble enter into musical conversation that creates, listens to, reveres and questions, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, (and other songs they inspired). They revel in enjoying, discovering and making trouble. The spirituals always illuminated the spiritual force that troubles the waters of injustice and oppression using the power of African and African American music and spirituality. Originally songs of black American slaves, they are rooted in song, dance and drumming of West Africa, the experience of oppression of an uprooted people, and the teachings of a transformative faith. They troubled the dominant narratives, and their message and tradition continue to trouble unjust systems today. Composers and experimenters like Sun Ra, Charles Ives and Pauline Oliveros troubled the musical establishment and its conventions as they envisioned radical new ways of making and listening to sound. Their traditions are a separate musical “voice” from African American spirituality and the two voices cannot merge into one. Instead, they must converse. Listen to one another. Learn from one another. Discover harmony. Enjoy dissonance. Each with our own distinct voices, we create, listen to, revere and question, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, and other songs they inspired, we revel in our own ways of enjoying, discovering and making trouble.

Bill Noertker, Mark Oi

Guitarist Mark Oi and bassist Bill Noertker first met in Northern California in the mid-90s when Oi was playing with John Tchicai and Noertker was playing with the After the End of the World Coretet. When Tchicai moved to France in 2001, Oi moved to Seattle. That was the same year that Noertker formed his working ensemble Noertker’s Moxie. By 2013 Oi had returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then Oi and Noertker have been meeting weekly to hone their unique musical lexicon through the use of non-standard compositional techniques, improvised harmonic textures, cell structure pieces, juxtapositions of incongruent melodic lines, neo-classical formations, telepathic improvisational dialogues, and the blurring of standard electric guitar/electric bass roles.