Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone Tour Starts In Two Weeks

From Improvised Communications:

Guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone, fresh off their extended stays in Vancouver for performances with Anthony Braxton’s 12+1tet and Sonic Genome Project, as well as three nights at the Time Flies Improvised Music Festival, will hit the road for a six-stop duo tour starting Monday, February 15th in Buffalo.

The pair’s latest disc is last year’s Thin Air on Thirsty Ear Recordings.

02/15 :: Soundlab (Buffalo, NY)
02/16 :: Forest City Gallery (London, ON)
02/17 :: The Attic (Guelph, ON)
02/18 :: The Boat (Toronto, ON)
02/19 :: Raw Sugar Café (Ottawa, ON)
02/20 :: L’Envers (Montreal, QC)

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

Steven Bernstein live at Saalfelden 2009
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From NYTimes.com:

STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA (Thursday) This brashly exuberant little big band, led by the slide trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein, dusts off assorted vintages, with an emphasis on dirty swing. The band’s ranks include serious improvisers, including the clarinetist Doug Wieselman, the saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, the trombonist Clark Gayton and the drummer Ben Perowsky. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)20100128

ELEVATION (Friday) This reflective ensemble, conceived by the pianist Lucian Ban and organized around the playing of the tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, further includes an adaptable rhythm section, with John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $12, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20100128

CHAD TAYLOR AND CIRCLE DOWN (Friday) Mr. Taylor, a versatile and texture-aware drummer, functions as the first of equals in this exploratory trio, which also features the lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez and the responsive bassist Chris Lightcap. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)

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Coming up at An die Musik LIVE

Atomic
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From DC’s An die Musik LIVE:

Friday, January 29, 8 & 9:30 pm
FOUR LIMONES

Tim Berne, saxophone
Rick Parker, piano
Mark Aanderud, trombone
Hernan Hecht, drums

Saxophonist/composer TIM BERNE has become one of the most renowned voices in the avant garde jazz community. Sleek and Modernistic” (David Adler) aptly describes the music of trombonist/composer Rick Parker. Pianist and Composer MARK AANDERUD, is one of today’s most important figures coming out of the Mexican scene. Originally from Argentina and now residing in Mexico, drummer, producer and composer HERNAN HECHT is one of the most exciting talents on the Mexican music scene. Sleek and Modernistic” (David Adler) aptly describes the music of trombonist/composer RICK PARKER. He has released 2 CD’s as a leader gaining him major notoriety by critics and publications such as Downbeat Magazine and Jazz Times. Parker is a 2 time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.

February 4, Thursday, 8 pm
LAPLANTE/FORMANEK/CLEAVER
A must-see for improvised jazz lover!

Travis Laplante is highly active in New York City’s experimental music scene, and at just 27 is already one of the most in-demand and unique young voices in improvisational sound. Michael Formanek’s singular approach to the acoustic bass has led to an impressive range of musical associations during his thirty-plus year career. Gerald Cleaver‘s 2002 “Adjust”, recorded for the Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent, was nominated in the Best Debut Recording category.

February 18, Thursday, 8 & 9:30 pm
ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE
Celebrating Black History Month at An die Musik Live for their sixth consecutive year!

Internationally acclaimed line up:
Trumpet virtuoso Corey Wilkes
Saxophone Titan Ernest Kahbeer Dawkins
Multi/Percussion Wizard Kahil Elzabar

Formed 35 years ago upon Kahil El’Zabar’s return from the University of Ghana to combine concepts of African American music making with the earlier roots of traditional African music and make it something new. After 35 years, this legendary band is still serving the people worldwide with their special brand of 21st century Griot music that truly feed the soul!

February 20, Saturday, 8 & 9:30 pm
THE MAKANDA PROJECT FEATURING CARL GRUBBS

A dynamic pairing of one of Baltimore’s iconic jazz figures with Boston-based Makanda Project. Formed to play previously unrecorded compositions by the late multi-instrumentalist Makanda Ken McIntyre, a significant jazz composer with a unique voice. McIntyre student and sideman pianist John Kordalewski arranged the music for multiple horns. The group’s artists are among Boston’s leading jazz musicians.

March 3, Wednesday, 8 pm
ATOMIC

Fredrik Ljungkvist – reeds
Magnus Broo – trumpet
Håvard Wiik – piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums

Atomic was established in 2000 and already after their first two studio albums Feet Music (2002) and Boom Boom (2003), both their growing audience and music reviewers alike began to perceive them as an original flavor with an entirely individual energy that few Scandinavian jazz groups could match. Even though initially thought of as a sort of rebellion to the quaintness of the “Scandinavian Sound” which had become exemplified by Norwegian artists on labels such as ECM, Atomic found themselves becoming a new sort of unique sound on their own. An explosive blend of American free-jazz with European characteristics is how some reviewers have described them. Or better yet, “part academic lecture, part a fun night out on the town”, is how the band describes themselves, and is what makes their sound truly Atomic.

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A Cultural Conversation With Pierre Boulez

From WSJ.com:

Among musicians and concert-goers there are many who accuse Mr. Boulez of foisting the musical equivalent of gray concrete towers on them by composing and promoting pieces that are unlovable, incomprehensible and, in the words of one recent author, “willfully ugly.” A founding member of the Darmstadt School, a group of composers who came of age in the years after World War II, Mr. Boulez helped set the agenda of modernist music, rejecting tonality and classical forms in favor of new styles that employ exquisitely intricate systems of organizing notes and yet sound, to the uninitiated, bewildering.

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Umbrella Music Through February 10

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Mitch Cocanig spins Hot Music For Cold Weather

Sunday, 31 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Jessen/Attias/Mayas/Lonberg-Holm/Rosaly
Dana Jessen – bassoon
Michael Attias – sax
Magda Mayas – piano
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 3 February 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | project [TRANSMIT]
Magda Mayas – piano
Nate McBride – acoustic and electric bass
Steve Hess – percussion
Tony Buck – percussion
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Frank Rosaly spins 3 Butcher Knives or Better

Thursday, 4 February 2010
Elastic
10:00PM | Mitchell/Savage
Nicole Mitchell – flute
Darius Savage – bass
11:00PM | Cornerback
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Marc Riordan – piano
Toby Summerfield – guitar

Sunday, 7 February 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Face Time
Tony Barba – tenor sax, bansuri, melodica, fx and tunes
Patrick Mulcahy – electric bass
Cory Healey – drums

Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Matt Schneider Solo
Matt Schneider – guitar
11:00PM | My Silence
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Nick Butcher – analog electronics, guitar
Mike Reed – drums
$6 cover

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DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

January 26, 2010
Darius Jones Quartet, Roulette
Lisle Ellis, Darius Jones, Jason Nazary, Angelica Sanchez

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Dana Reason Trio in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Sunday, January 31· Dana Reason Trio
featuring Dominic Duval (contrabass), Dana Reason (piano) and Tim DuRoche (drums)

WHERE: TaborSpace 5441 SE Belmont, Portland, http://taborspace.org/
WHEN: All programs at 7:30 pm — open to the public
COST: Admission: $10-15 sliding scale

Dominic Duval is a legendary free jazz musician based in NYC and one of the most recorded bassists working today. Active for 30+ years at the forefront of improvisation he spent 10 years working with the great piano genius Cecil Taylor. This is an extremely rare West Coast appearance for Duval.

Dana Reason teaches at Oregon State University and is the Founder and Director of the Between the Cracks: A Forum for Music, Arts, Science and Ideas, a cross-disciplinary initiative designed to foster a new community centered in creative, critical and cross-cultural exchange. She’s worked an extensive array of some of contemporary music’s finest innovators.

Tim DuRoche is a composer, jazz musician and artist who’s worked with an extensive array of US and European avant-garde jazz greats (including Frank Gratkowski, Perry Robinson, Toshi Makihara, Lisle Ellis and Paul Plimley) as well as with Beijing Opera musicians, Russian circus clowns, auctioneers, blues legends, performance poets, and as a composer of live soundtracks for classic silent film. His recent work has included collaborations with dance artists including Tere Mathern Dance, Oslund+Co., BodyVox, Cydney Wilkes, and Linda K.

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