Avant-garde spirit lives in ‘A Musical Feast’ in Buffalo

Source: The Buffalo News.

In the 1960s and ’70s, the musical avant-garde flourished in Buffalo, exemplified by the Creative Associates at the University at Buffalo. Its shock waves reached Kleinhans Music Hall, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra‘s music director, Lukas Foss, embraced the experimentation.

That old spirit lives on in the concert series called “A Musical Feast.” Organizers describe the season-opening program as “a multimedia event, very much in the now hallowed tradition of performances by the Creative Associates.”


5049 Records Episode 134 – Tomas Fujiwara

Source: 5049 Records.

For episode 134, I talk to a cat whom I’ve known for a long time and should have been on the show ages ago. Tomas Fujiwara has been in New York since the mid 90s and has cut a most impressive career as a drummer, working with artists such as Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Anthony Braxton and Taylor Ho Bynum. More recently, he’s stepped out as a band leader and this Friday, his newest album”Triple Double” comes out on the Firehouse 12 label. Tomas is a wonderful human being and I really, really enjoyed this conversation.



October 14, 2017
Ditmas Quartet, IBeam
Michaël Attias Jeff Davis Max Johnson Eva Novoa

October 14, 2017
Eva Novoa Quartet, IBeam
Ryan Ferreira Devin Gray Masa Kamaguchi Eva Novoa

October 10, 2017
Ben Goldberg Orphic Machine, The Stone
Trevor Dunn Ben Goldberg Carla Kihlstedt Mike McGinnis Myra Melford Ron Miles Nate Radley Ches Smith Kenny Wollesen

AMN Reviews: Kyle Motl Trio w/ Kjell Nordeson & Tobin Chodos – Panjandrums [metatrope-006]

The piano trio has evolved in many different ways since the classic Bill Evans Trio, with bassist Scott LaFaro, introduced the format to a looser, more polyphonic sound. The Kyle Motl Trio, which in addition to the bassist includes pianist Tobin Chodos and percussionist Kjell Nordeson, pushes the piano trio further into territory notable for the independence of its voices and its harmonic complexity.

The music on Panjandrums isn’t made out of conventional melodies and harmonies—far from it—but nevertheless it artfully conveys a range of moods and states of mind: restlessness, exuberance, introspection, capriciousness. Architecturally, each of the group’s three constituent parts is an interlocked piece in a tightly integrated whole. Bass and piano are distinctive but complementary voices carrying convoluted, often dense and rapid lines with, through and against each other. The drums set out a free pulse subdividing time and parceling it out into sequences of irregular but balanced and compact quanta. The closes the trio come to a conventional jazz trio piece is xOr, where the piano clearly takes the lead over a regular meter and a bass laying down a discernible harmonic foundation, complete with the simulacrum of a walking line. This is meticulously constructed music well-served by a crisp and finely balanced recording.


Daniel Barbiero

The Baltimore SDIY Group 2017 Fallfest Concert Two

The Baltimore SDIY Group announces its 2017 Fallfest Concert Two, to be held Saturday, October 21, at the Electric Maid, 268 Carroll Street NW, Washington DC 20012. The concert is all-ages with a $10 admission.

The concert features Dave Vosh; Audio Mace; Geoff Wilt; Novparolo (Arthur Loves Plastic’s Bev Stanton & Winston Psmith/John Saint John); and Chaka Benson.

Saturday, October 21, 7:30 PM. Doors at 7:00.

For more information, visit the Baltimore SDIY webpages.

Heterodyne,  Weird Babies and Bottled Up in DC

On October 21Heterodyne,  Weird Babies and Bottled Up perform at a benefit for HER Resiliency Center, a non-profit that gives young women ages 18 to 25 who are overcoming hardship a safe environment where they can receive the support, skills, and resources they need to make positive decisions and thrive.  The benefit is being held at Saint Stephen and the Incarnation Church at 1525 Newton Street, NW (https://goo.gl/maps/rat125DwCWA2).

Positive Force DC is co-hosting. Doors at 7p. Rock starts at 730p.  All Ages; suggested donation:  $10.