Source: I Care If You Listen.
The 71st Ojai Music Festival took place in Ojai, CA from June 8-11, 2017 with pianist and composer Vijay Iyer as music director. Since its beginnings in 1946, the festival has programmed music that mixes the new, the old, and the unusual. As such, it is a near-perfect home for a music director like Iyer, who views music not in the limited terms of genre or style but rather of community, people, history — a bustling convergence of the humanities and social sciences. For Iyer, a musical composition, however mechanic or digitized, does not exist in a vacuum, and cannot be extricated from communal social codes and norms giving rise to its conception and providing certain limitations in its reception.
Source: The Free Jazz Collective.
Marginal Consort – Diplarios School, Athens, 4-23-2017
Tiziano Tononi and Southbound – Trouble No More… All Men Are Brothers (Long Song Records, 2017) ****
Tiago Morais Morgado – Viola Solos (Nachtstück Records, 2017)
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney – Reverse Tree (Black Truffle, 2016)
Robert Landfermann & Elisabeth Coudoux – Kehdata (Klaeng, 2017)
Duas Margens – Live at Pletterij (Cylinder, 2017)
Raoul van der Weide & Gonçalo Almeida – 8 Pictures (Nachtstück Records , 2017)
Vilde&Inga – Silfr (Sofa, 2017) ****½
Gunda Gottschalk & Peter Jacquemyn – E Pericoloso Sporgersi, Ma Non Prohibito (El Negocito, 2017) ****
Garth Knox & The Saltarello Trio – Leonard, The Book Of Angels, Vol. 30 (Tzadik, 2017)
Biliana Voutchkova – Modus of Raw (Evil Rabbit, 2016) ****
Source: Touching Extremes.
Keith Berry – Elixir + Simulacra
Rhodri Davies / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell – There Is No Love
Source: The Daily Californian.
Ojai at Berkeley,” in partnership with Cal Performances, is an extension of Southern California’s annual Ojai Music Festival. The concert series ran Thursday through Saturday, hosting a broad selection of talented musicians trained in a wide variety of musical acumens. The program is musically directed by Vijay Iyer, a UC Berkeley alumnus and accomplished pianist and composer.
There were four events in total as part of the festival, each one offering a unique musical reinvention of genre — samplings of Iyer’s original work, pairings with fellow esteemed composers and musicians and collaborations across mediums were all included under the umbrella of “Ojai at Berkeley.” On Friday night in Zellerbach Playhouse, attendees were treated to “Afterword, an opera,” a new piece from innovative composer George Lewis. The following afternoon, Iyer himself took the stage in Zellerbach Hall for “Vijay Iyer and Friends: Confluence,” in which he performed with a group of other musicians in an exploration of the intersection between Carnatic music and jazz.