60th Anniversary of Bartok's Death

To commemorate the composer an article provide biographical information, as well as some upcoming events.


New On Tzadik (Again)

As reported earlier the following releases are out on Tzadik. Apparently they were held up at the pressing plant due to the aftermath of the recent Hurricane.

Davka : Davka Live
An exciting live set of new material from one of the most consistent and creative bands in the Jewish Music scene. Combining a deep knowledge and respect for tradition with a creative imagination, the music of Davka continues to delight music fans the world over with its lyrical passion and sweet sense of swing. Their fourth CD for Tzadik is perhaps their best yet, blending their meticulous craftsmanship with the exciting edge of a live engagement. Over seventy minutes of music including nine songs never before released.

Ni Hao! : Gorgeous
Another vivacious all girl band from Kansai, an area in Southern Japan that has been the home of some of the most exciting new rock bands of the past several decades (Boredoms, Afrirampo, OOIOO, Omoide Hatoba). Featuring the distinctive singer from Limited Express (has gone), whose first CD was released to great acclaim on Tzadik in 2002, Ni Hao is a trio of two basses and drums with all three girls singing in complex contrapuntal arrangements that Brian Wilson would have been proud of. Everything one would expect from a Kansai band is here—looping riffs, unexpected twists and vocals that stroke, caress, smash, stomp, scream and kiss. Ni Hao leaves you begging for more.

Painkiller : 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Twelve
A powerful and breathtaking meeting of masters. With the tight rhythm section of Laswell and Drake, who have a long history working together in a variety of bands and contexts, and the empathetic insanity of Patton and Zorn, this set was as much of a surprise to the musicians as it was to the pumped up crowd that were lucky enough to hear it that night. Although billed as Painkiller, this once in a lifetime unit was really something completely different. At times hilarious, exhilarating, outrageous and transcendent, this is music only the New American Underground could create. East Coast meets West Coast meets Midwest: New York, California and Chicago come together in this twisted, funky improviser’s paradise.

The Best of Filmworks – 20 Years of Soundtrack Music
Film and film music has had a tremendous impact on the life and work of composer John Zorn, and his own soundtrack work reflects his affinity, love for and deep knowledge of the medium. As of this writing he has released sixteen volumes of film music-twenty years of work on over twenty-seven films, and dozens of commercials. Drawing upon his talented downtown musical community, the players on these recordings reads like a “who’s who” of modern music: guitarists Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot and Arto Lindsay; keyboardists Jamie Saft, Wayne Horvitz, Peter Scherer and Anthony Coleman; string players Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander; bassists Bill Laswell, Greg Cohen and Trevor Dunn; percussionists Joey Baron, Bobby Previte, Kenny Wollesen and Cyro Baptista-the list goes on and on. As one would expect, Zorn’s methods in the soundtrack world are remarkably unique, and have resulted in some of the most unusual and creative music for films in the past several decades. This CD is an excellent introduction to the burgeoning sixteen volume series and features twenty-seven tracks handpicked by Zorn for this rare “best of” compilation. As a bonus is an unissued track from Zorn’s most recent soundtrack release Workingman’s Death.

Aum Fidelity Artists in NYC

William Parker and related Aum Fidelity label mates are playing in New York.

A mighty meeting of three masters. Tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan from New Orleans, percussionist Hamid Drake from Chicago and our own William Parker on bass and (more). This very special performance is fortuitously happening at this intimate space due to the fact that we are flying Kidd and Hamid in for a recording session in Brooklyn this week. Do not miss this rare opportunity!
> Saturday, SEPTEMBER 24:
> ONE PERFORMANCE 7:00pm SHARP / $10- (all money direct to the artists)
376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn 718.965.9177

> WILLIAM PARKER QUARTET @ Blue Note (note inexpensive admission) !
NOTE: we NEED to pack this night FULL UP, OK? So DO make it out for this and tell all of your friends to come on down as well…
Indeed – an exclusive one-night appearance at the legendary NYC Jazz Club to celebrate the new album Sound Unity, and life in general.
> Monday, SEPTEMBER 26: two sets 8:00pm /10:30pm
> SPECIAL Admission Price: $10- seated / $5- at the bar.
Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd St
New York, NY 10012

> Monday, October 3: 8:00pm / $10-
Celebrating the October 4th release of their impeccable new album, The Beautiful on AUM Fidelity.

Ken Vandermark on Tour

The latest tour dates from Vandermark:

Sep 22, 2005
at Artists At Large Gallery: Boston, MA
6 Elm St, Hyde Park
FME (Nilssen-Love, McBride, Vandermark)
8:00pm, $12
show comments:..as part of the ‘MIM Series’ at the First Congregational Church

Sep 23, 2005
at Casa Del Popolo: Montreal, QC Canada
4873 Boul St. Laurent
FME (Nilssen-Love, McBride, Vandermark)
10:00pm, $13 advance, $15 door

Sep 24, 2005
at Now Lounge: Toronto, ON Canada
189 Church Street
FME (Nilssen-Love, McBride, Vandermark)
8pm, $15 advance, $20 door
show comments:(2 sets!!!)

Sep 28, 2005
at Empty Bottle: Chicago, IL
1035 N Western Ave
Ken Vandermark Quartet w/Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly, Fred Lonberg-Holm

Sep 30, 2005
at Green Mill: Chicago, IL
4802 N. Broadway Ave
Vandermark 5
9pm, $10
show comments:**Record Release Show (part one!!)**

Oct 01, 2005
at Green Mill: Chicago, IL
4802 N. Broadway Ave
Vandermark 5
8pm, $10
show comments:**Record Release Show (part two!!)**

Oct 04, 2005
at Empty Bottle: Chicago, IL
1035 N Western Ave
Strings w/ Vandermark (Kent Kessler, Nate McBride, Jeff Parker, Fred Lonberg-Holm)

Oct 08, 2005
at Carrie Secrist Gallery: Chicago, IL
835 West Washington Blvd
Ken Vandermark (solo)

New Soft Machine CD/DVD Announced

Cuneiform has announced that this new release will be available in May 2006.

Cuneiform Records is very pleased to announce that in May, 2006, they will release a CD/DVD package (as yet untitled) by Soft Machine.

The CD portion is from a show from fall, 1970 and is an excellent recording of the quartet at the height of their popularity, as Third had been very recently released to huge acclaim. Additionally, there is a never-before released version of Elton Dean’s composition “Grides”, which includes quite a bit more compositional material than the later, more often heard ‘blowing’ version of this piece.

The DVD is their performance on the German Beat-Club TV program, recorded March, 1971. While 12 minutes of this footage is known to collectors (“Compositon based on 3 themes”), this is the first time it has appeared on DVD, licensed and mastered directly from the original films in the Beat-Club archive. Additionally, there is an extra 8 minutes of footage of the band performing “Virtually” that was filmed but never broadcast and which no one has ever seen.