Upcoming Events From Detroit’s Trinosophes 

Source: Trinosophes.

Wednesday, September 15
Exhibition opening for “Eugene Chadbourne: Catalog of Birds and Selected Works”
6-9 pm; free

“Off the road for the first time in decades during the pandemic, improviser, composer and human-repository-of-song Eugene Chadbourne (Greensboro, North Carolina) has tried filling some free time with assorted creative projects, one of which is painting the birds that twentieth-century French composer Oliver Messiaen depicted in the music of Catalogue d’oiseaux. The painterly quality of these works will surprise those familiar with the collages and drawings that often figure into the cover art of Chadbourne’s records. Once he made some progress with the series of portraits, he also began transcribing the dense piano music of Catalogue d’oiseaux for solo banjo.” – Joel Peterson, Three Fold

September 30
BoxDeserter / Thollem multi-media project Worlds in a Life
7 pm doors; $10 suggested minimum donation
Another intrepid traveler of creative music, pianist Thollem returns to Trinosophes for a concert performance that includes his long-running Detroit collaborative, BoxDeserter performing in memory of member Hasan Abdur Razzaq, as well as his multi-media collaboration with ACVilla, Worlds in a Life.

October 8
New Music double-bill!! Robert Dick with accompanist, Larry Ochs/Don Robinson Duo

November 6
Michael Zerang/Robbie Hunsinger/Mike Khoury

For Adam Rudolph, Collaboration is Communication

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Over the course of the last few decades, Adam Rudolph has quietly become a giant of world fusion and spiritual jazz. He has collaborated with mentors like Don Cherry and Yusef Lateef, and is a member of both Carlos Niño’s L.A. collective Build An Ark as well as Hu Vibrational, which features Niño and Hamid Drake. He’s mastered instruments from around the world, and has studied the traditions and philosophy behind the music he plays. He treats his many collaborations as a way for him to communicate across cultures and generations. META, the label Rudolph founded in 1997, has become a go-to source for heads into the deeper end of jazz, boasting releases from Rudolph’s towering Go: Organic Orchestra and global improv octet Moving Pictures, as well as works where Rudolph plays alongside legends like Yusef Lateef and Pharoah Sanders.

Big Ears 2022 Lineup Announced

Source: Big Ears. Long list of great acts, as usual. More to come.

All-too-rare in North America outside of New York City, the prolific, iconoclastic composer/instrumentalist John Zorn will present eight concerts spanning some of his most recent work—among them the dazzling virtuoso guitar trio of Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, and Gyan Riley; songs written with lyricist Jesse Harris for Petra Haden; the “heavy metal” Hammond B-3 organ trio fronted by John Medeski; and the New Masada Quartet. Additionally, Terry Allen, Bill Callahan, Joe Henry, Cassandra Jenkins, Hadestown-creator Anais Mitchell (Bonny Light Horseman), and Andy Shauf will share their contributions to a new alternative American Songbook.

There’s a jazz festival within the festival, presenting titans like Andrew Cyrille, Jason Moran, and Ron Miles, powerful younger players like Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and the movers and shakers of the fresh, vital new jazz scenes in Chicago and London—Jaimie Branch, Damon Locks, Angel Bat Dawid, Sons of Kemet, and Nubya Garcia.

The iconic composer/vocal pioneer Meredith Monk returns, collaborating with Bang on a Can All-Stars for the live world-premiere performance of Memory Games, as well as an intimate duo performance with percussionist John Hollenbeck. The renowned Kronos Quartet will return to present their collaboration with filmmaker, Sam Green, A Thousand Thoughts, along with a second special program, and genre-defying legend Annette Peacock will offer a rare solo performance.

A new generation of visionary composers/performers will also showcase new work. Among them: 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw will perform her collaboration with Sō Percussion; 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Reid will present the live premiere of her Soundwalk Ensemble; composer/singer/flutist Nathalie Joachim will perform Femn d’Ayiti celebrating her Haitian heritage with Spektral Quartet; composer Tristan Perich will unveil a new piece for organ, performed by James McVinnie, one-bit electronics and 100 loudspeakers; and San Fermin’s Ellis Ludwig-Leone will premiere a new in-progress chamber opera.

JOHN ZORN
SPARKS
MEREDITH MONK
MOSES SUMNEY
KIM GORDON
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
YVES TUMOR
LOW
ANNETTE PEACOCK
KRONOS QUARTET
BILL FRISELL
SONS OF KEMET
JASON MORAN
BILL CALLAHAN
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
MARC RIBOT
CAROLINE SHAW
JOE HENRY
EFTERKLANG
MDOU MOCTAR
AROOJ AFTAB & THE VULTURE PRINCE ENSEMBLE
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
ANDREW CYRILLE
TERRY ALLEN & THE PANHANDLE MYSTERY BAND
RON MILES QUINTET
SŌ PERCUSSION
NATHALIE JOACHIM
NUBYA GARCIA
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS
KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
DAWN RICHARD
SAUL WILLIAMS
75 DOLLAR BILL
79RS GANG
JOSHUA ABRAMS & NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
ARENI AGBABIAN
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE
ATTACCA QUARTET
BALÚN
JAIMIE BRANCH FLY OR DIE
JOSEPH BRANCIFORTE & THEO BLECKMANN
THEON CROSS
SARAH DAVACHI
KRIS DAVIS’ DIATOM RIBBONS
ANGEL BAT DAWID & SISTAZZ OF THE NITTY GRITTY
BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN
ALABASTER DEPLUME
DOS SANTOS
FENNESZ
HARRIET TUBMAN
JOHN HOLLENBECK
VAL JEANTY
CASSANDRA JENKINS
L’RAIN
LAKOU MIZIK
MARY LATTIMORE
LISEL
ELLIS LUDWIG-LEONE
PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
LEYLA MCCALLA
JAMES MCVINNIE
MYRA MELFORD’S SNOWY EGRET
MSSV
AURORA NEALAND & THE ROYAL ROSES
ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN
JEFF PARKER & THE NEW BREED
TRISTAN PERICH
LIDO PIMIENTA
DAFNIS PRIETO’S SÍ O SÍ QUARTET
RAM
ELLEN REID SOUNDWALK ENSEMBLE
GYAN RILEY ELIXIR
CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH
ANDY SHAUF
CHES SMITH WE ALL BREAK
SPEKTRAL QUARTET
SPORTY’S BRASS BAND
SUDAN ARCHIVES
CRAIG TABORN
WILLIAM TYLER
DAN WEISS STAREBABY
AND MANY MORE!

THE MUSIC OF JOHN ZORN
BILL FRISELL
STEPHEN GOSLING
KENNY GROHOWSKI
PETRA HADEN
SAE HASHIMOTO
MATT HOLLENBERG
JESSE HARRIS
JULIAN LAGE
BRIAN MARSELLA
JOHN MEDESKI
GYAN RILEY
JORGE ROEDER
CHES SMITH
KENNY WOLLESEN

NEW ORLEANS / HAITI AND BEYOND
FEATURING BIG EARS’ FIRST-EVER KREWE DU KANAVAL
CURATED BY PRESERVATION HALL’S BEN JAFFE

New and Recent Mikroton Releases

Source: TON.

MKM: Norbert Möslang, Jason Kahn, Günter Müller / Bangalore / Mikroton 92 / LP

Bangalore marks MKM’s fifth release for Mikroton. Recorded in concert on February 2, 2019 in Bangalore during a tour of India, this LP documents the group’s plunge in the ebb and flow of India’s intense energy. In visiting India the group found a social space which mirrored their own approach to music. Or in the words of David Tudor: Resonance is the condition whereby a tiny input autonomously cascades into a much larger output. It occurs when a small vibration interacts with the internal structure of a material and greatly increases in intensity, threatening to destroy the object if pushed beyond a certain limit. Chaos is the point at which order breaks down, when elements in an organized system start acting randomly and autonomously, creating a situation where it is impossible to predict exactly what will happen next or in what order. Both involve limits and thresholds that have been crossed, organization that breaks down, actions that go out of control, systems that collapse—creating something new and unexpected in the process.

PERIFERIYA: Christian Kobi, Tomas Korber, Kurt Liedwart, Christian Müller, Mikhail Myasoedov, Boris Shershenkov / Boundary Scan / Mikroton 93 / 2LP

How secluded can contemporaneity be? Is every art aimed at an inherent center? Are sound waves soft boundaries? Pack a bag, a sky and a bonfire log to join six exceptional musicians on their expedition to the rough and mellow edges of electronic sound. Periferiya is a Russian-swiss collaboration between Boris Shershenkov (St. Petersburg), Kurt Liedwart and Mikhail Myasoedov (Moscow), Thomas Korber (Zürich), Christian Kobi (Berne) and Christian Müller (Biel) which took place in the remote Vallée de Joux, on the border between Switzerland and France. An encounter of six related yet distinctly different approaches to music, sharing mutual roots in their appreciation for the first generation’s electronic music in Russia and Switzerland. Curated by Christian Müller, the project’s aim was to create querulent and contrasting resonances where the nothing meets the something, where the murmurs range the woods. Recorded during the Hors Normes Festival 2019, Periferiya is an ever playful and surprising sextet that takes you with a minimalistic approach through acoustic layers, through crisp sediments of electronic experiments, microsounds, improv and pop ambient, through full color sound landscapes at last.

SCHNEE: Christof Kurzmann, Burkhard Stangl / Снег / Mikroton 94 / LP

“I love plainness in colour, monotony, snow is rather a monotonous tune. Why should colour not give an impression of singing? White is like a murmur, a whisper, a prayer.” (Robert Walser). The first Schnee record appeared in 2000. 20 years later their fourth album, the first coming on vinyl (!), on Mikroton. In between these years, the laptop player, saxophonist and singer Christof Kurzmann and guitarist Burkhard Stangl went different ways, but met again and again in projects such as Schnee, together with the American spoken word recording artist Ursula Rucker or in the context of Bernhard Fleischmann’s “The Year Of”.

Machinefabriek Update 

Source: Machinefabriek.

Machinefabriek – Re:Moving (Music for choreographies by Yin Yue)
cd/dl/stream on Phantom Limb

Out now, this album with two scores for (sadly unperformed) choreographies by NY dance maker Yin Yue. Both 20-minute pieces are more rhythmic and dramatic than you might be used to from me… as Vital Weekly put it: “There are valid arguments to say that Machinefabriek releases too many things, but this is surely one move I had not anticipated, so for those only interested in a few of Zuydervelt’s releases, this one is surely one different.” But you can stream the whole thing on Bandcamp or any other streaming platform, so take a listen for yourself…

Machinefabriek & Karen Willems – Volt
Live at Rewire, download and video

When you read this, percussionist Karen Willems and I just did a performance at the offline edition of the Rewire festival in the Hague. But earlier, in May, we did a short residency, and a streaming concert (in a power plant!) for the online edition of that festival too. The audio of that gig is made available as download now, and the video is now on YouTube. So if you missed it back then, here’s your chance to catch up!

Anne Bakker | René Aquarius | Rutger Zuydervelt – Hallucine

This one has been in the making for quite some time, and I’m super happy with the result. I love how this project started… Both Anne and René had sent me some recordings for possible collaborations. It wasn’t an idea to work on a trio record, but when I -sort of accidentally- combined their material, something magical happened. This chance encounter was then fine-tuned in a few months, and is now presented as the 33:33 piece Hallucine.
The album will be released October 29 on the Belgian label Consounling Sounds, in a beautiful CD edition with photography by Clive Maidment. Pre-order is open now.

Nicolas Bernier / Simon Trottier – Les éternités vibrantes

I’ve been following Nicolas Bernier’s work for some time now, so surely I was honored when he asked me to do a remix for his new album with Simon Trottier. It’s an amazing release, and if you don’t know Nicolas’ work yet, do check out his other albums!

CM_30 (Music for a performance by Kolja Huneck)

Released last month, but I have plenty of copies left… a good opportunity to quote from Foxy Digitalis’ recent review of the album: “this new score for a light and juggling performance by German circus artist Kolja Huneck stands out as one of my absolute favorite releases he’s done.” Read the whole thing here.

44 X 44 (Orphax Reworked)

This was released a while ago, but thanks to loads of printing issues, the physical copies landed just recently. I have a few for sale. Four discs of droney sounds from Modelbau, Fani Konstantinidou, Siavash Amini, Jos Smolders, and more (including myself). All made using 44 samples of 44 seconds (who would’ve guessed!) samples from Orphax.

Upcoming Tania Giannouli Performances in Europe

Source: Tania Giannouli.

28.11.2021: Tania Giannouli Trio at International Jazz Piano festival, Kalisz (PL)

27.11.2021: Tania Giannouli Trio at Cosmopolis festival, Kavala (GR)

13.11.2021: Tania Giannouli Trio at November Music, s’ Hertogenbosch (NL)

21.10.2021: Tania Giannouli Trio at Skopje Jazz festival, Skopje (MK)

15.10.2021: Tania Giannouli Trio at Enjoy Jazz festival, Ludwigshafen (DE)

JD Allen Interview

Source: News from the Shed.

JD Allen (b. 1972) is a tenor saxophonist and composer. Raised in Detroit, Allen got his first professional break at twenty when he was hired by the legendary jazz singer Betty Carter. In 2008, Allen formed a trio with bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston which would serve as his primary creative vehicle for the next decade. The group released eight acclaimed albums, toured extensively, and was even the basis of an Atlantic Magazine think piece. In 2019, Allen formed a new trio with two musicians a generation his junior: drummer Nic Cacioppo and bassist Ian Kenselaar. That trio’s latest album is Toys / Die Dreaming (2020); Allen’s latest is Queen City, a solo recital.

AMN Reviews: Pedro Melo Alves’ Omniae Large Ensemble – Lumina (2021; Clean Feed)

Percussionist and composer Pedro Melo Alves has been busy of late, this being his fourth release of the year. Recorded live at Centro Cultural Vila Flor in Guimarães in November of 2020 last year, Lumina features Alves’ Omniae Ensemble septet expanded to a 22-piece outfit. It is a full-blown jazz orchestra, with woodwind, brass, string, vocal, and percussion sections as well as a conductor. Yet, Alves does not appear to be constrained by categories, as the album explores a space that includes jazz, classical, free improvisation, electronics, and experimental music.

At first blush, the opening resembles the “big band” modern creative music recordings of Dan Weiss (Fourteen and Sixteen), with tight orchestration and wordless female vocals. But as the first piece, Ubi, evolves, it opens up quite a bit into passages wherein a subset of the instruments explore sparser and less structured directions. The open-endedness of these improvisations contrast with other passages in which the larger ensemble provides a rhythmic underpinning.

Clocking in at 75 minutes split over three long tracks, Lumina provides plenty of space for angular soloing by various instruments. In between, the entire ensemble joins in for a frenetic and contrapuntal set of themes.

Phelia continues the journey, beginning with convoluted piano over a subtle background drone into which abstract vocalizations are slowly merged. Staccato percussion and continued chanting lead a busy and varying group effort. Onirea finishes up with electronics and percussion overlaid with low-end brass motifs. While initially the most overtly outside of the three pieces, it hoves to the general approach of the others, showcasing bass and other strings as well as a mass of sound along the way.

Bottom line, there are so many melodies, fractions of melodies, and themes that move in and out of Lumina, this recording is impossible to nail down. Not unlike an amoeba, it keeps changing its shape and remains amorphous within loose constraints. Very well done, with grist for many repeated listenings.

Lumina will be released on October 22 by Clean Feed Records.