New Releases from Cipsela Records


Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...

Source: Cipsela Records.

Marcelo dos Reis / Angélica V. Salvi – Concentric Rinds
Angélica V. Salvi . harp
Marcelo dos Reis . acoustic guitar

Joe McPhee – Flowers
Joe McPhee . alto saxophone

Joëlle Léandre / Théo Ceccaldi – Elastic
Théo Ceccaldi . violin
Joëlle Léandre . double bass

New World Records Recent Releases


Source: New World Records.

Lei Liang: Luminous
The Formosa Quartet, Aleck Karis, piano; Third Coast Percussion, Daniel Schlosberg, piano; Michael Lewanski, conductor; Mark Dresser, contrabass solo; The Palimpsest Ensemble, Steven Schick, percussion, conductor

Jon Gibson: Relative Calm
Jon Gibson, winds, keyboards, autoharp, ambient recording, soprano saxophones; Joseph Kubera, keyboards; David Van Tieghem, percussion

Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites! (for Lawrence “Butch” Morris)
Rova: Bruce Ackley; soprano sax; Steve Adams, alto sax; Larry Ochs, tenor sax; Jon Raskin, baritone sax
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Tara Flandreau, viola; Christina Stanley, violin; Alex Kelly, cello; Scott Walton, acoustic bass; John Shiurba, electric guitar; Jason Hoopes, electric bass; Jordan Glenn, drums; Gino Robair, conduction (on Nothing Stopped / But A Future)

Barney Childs: Heaven to clear when day did close
David Ward-Steinman, piano; Nancy Turetzky, flute, piccolo; Bert Turetzky, contrabass; Phillip Rehfeldt, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon; Scott Vance, clarinet; Ron George, percussion, bass drum; Chris Corman, Blake Van Vliet, bass drum

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter


English: Fred Frith performing with (off camer...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Two Gems from Anthony Braxton: New Duo with Miya Masaoka & All-Star Quintet Reissue Rarity! Michel Edelin’s Flute Fever With Nicole Mitchell & John Betsch! New from Hatology/Now: Morton Feldman/James Tenney/Jackson Harrison Trio! Henry Kaiser & Alexei Pliousnine! Chris Pitsiokos Quartet! Bob Drake! Ossatura! Pablo Diax Quinteto! Paula Shocron & Enrique Norris!

Plus Rare Archival Recordings from Sun Ra Arkestra! Keiji Haino! Merzbow! Harry Bertoia! Yoko Ono! Peter Baumann! Two from Ry Cooder! More Enlightenment Reissues: John Lewis! Paul Chambers! Gerry Mulligan! Art Pepper! Oscar Pettiford! Hampton Hawes! Slapp Happy! And Much more!

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The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, December 4th:
6pm: LOUISE D.E. JENSEN & ADAM CAINE
7pm: LOUISE DE JENSEN SAX TRIO With CHRIS PITSIOKOS & NICK LYONS

Rare Thursday, December 8th Event:
6pm Sharp: SHANE PARISH – Solo Acoustic Guitar & CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Solos & Duo

Sunday, December 11th: No In-Store During
Fred Frith Residency at The Stone!

Sunday, December 18th Double-Header:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA – Vocals / Violin
7pm: EMILIE LESBROS – Solo Vocals

Monday, January 2nd 2017: New Years Celebration to Kick Off 2017 With Something Special!
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG Returns to DMG!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Cosy

Los Angeles Free Music Society Profiled


Source: The Guardian.

We were artists using sound as our medium, trying to find a different approach by letting go of the musician part,” wrote Rick Potts in his first-person history of the Los Angeles Free Music Society. Formed in the early 70s in the un-hip enclaves around Pasadena, the LAFMS was a loose collective of individuals who banded together to push the boundaries of sound, noise, music and art. To accomplish these goals, they used an unorthodox array of electronic and analog tools: tape loops, kids’ musical toys, homemade instruments and industrial objects. As founding member Tom Recchion notes: “I always felt like Evel Knievel. I could jump off any building and try to test something out.”

Debut Recording by the Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio Crowdfunding


Source: Indiegogo. Tomas Fujiwara is requesting backing for this effort. Please consider providing a few dollars or more, as it will offset the cost of providing the recording, and you’ll get a copy of it as well.

In a few weeks I will be performing with and recording a new project with some of my favorite musicians – a “mirror-image” double trio with Ralph Alessi and Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet/cornet, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook on guitars, and Gerald Cleaver and myself on drums. For those of you familiar with these artists, you will understand why I am so excited by this ensemble and have been so inspired composing the music.

November Tzadik Releases


Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007

Source: Tzadik.

Ned Rothenberg
Ghost Stories

A downtown mainstay for twenty years, composer/multi-woodwind performer Ned Rothenberg makes his Tzadik debut with a stunning CD of chamber music. Acclaimed for work in a wide variety of contexts from the multi-metric funk of his Double Band to the large chamber jazz of Power Lines, Rothenberg here shows both range and focus in works for unprecedented instrumentations that have epic scope. Asian and western instruments combine in scores mixing improvised solo features with through-composed ensembles. Ghost Stories is one of Rothenberg’s most accomplished works.

Shane Parish
Undertaker Please Drive Slow

A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, Shane Parish is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. Here he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old times folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, boiling them down to their very essence.

Z’ev
The Sapphire Nature

One of the world’s greatest noise percussionists and a learned scholar of Kabbalah, Z’ev has been a vital force in the downtown scene since the late 1970s. His latest solo project, The Sapphire Nature is a metaphonic meditation on the mystical text Sefer Yetzirah. Accompanied by over 54 pages of text in both English and Hebrew, accessible on computer, the music is an atmospheric and hypnotic symphony of spiritual percussion.

Taylor Ho Bynum Year End Update


Source: Taylor Ho Bynum.

My latest album, Enter the PlusTet, was released on October 28 and is now available to purchase or stream at Firehouse 12 Records. I can’t say enough about how happy and honored I am to have a recording with these incredible musicians, and I hope to keep moving this project forwards.

Last month, I also had a great gig with a new group I’m calling Rank Sentimentalist, featuring Evan Patrick, Marika Hughes, Stomu Takeishi, and Chad Taylor. The version we did of Bjork’s heartbreaker of a song Black Lake came out particularly well, so I’m offering it up as a year-end present for anyone interested, click here for audio and here for video.

A couple updates on orchestral matters. I had an amazing time last week with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ilan Volkov, premiering my composition Uncle, Another Tale and improvising on Anthony Braxton‘s Composition No. 63, along with hearing great performances of Braxton’s Comp. No. 27 and the premiere of James Fei‘s The Loudness of Single and Combined Sounds. The whole concert will be broadcast on the BBC 3’s Hear and Now on January 28, 2017 and will be available online for a month following the broadcast, stay tuned. Also, my first orchestra composition, Questions of Transfiguration, which was performed by the Tri-Centric Orchestra in 2013, will be digitally released next month on the new Tri-Centric Forum record label, along with fantastic pieces by Daniel Blake and Ingrid Laubrock that I had the pleasure of conducting. Keep an eye on Tri-Centric for details!

Finally, in my final gigs of the year, I’m playing in a new Double Trio led by my long-time collaborator and dear friend Tomas Fujiwara. It should be an amazing project, also featuring Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook on guitars, and Tomas and Gerald Cleaver on drums.

The performances:

Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday December 1, at the Jazz Gallery in Manhattan. Sets at 7:30 & 9:30
Friday, December 2 at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT. Sets at 8:30 & 10:00

And as some musical sorbet, Tomas and I will be playing a duo at the New Revolution Arts Series in Brooklyn on Saturday December 10.