Muhal Richard Abrams and Amina Claudine Myers in New York

From the Times.

Muhal Richard Abrams and Amina Claudine Myers, seated at a pair of dovetailed grand pianos, improvised without interruption for nearly an hour at the Kitchen on Thursday night, in a remarkable display of restlessness, responsiveness and focus. And that was only the second half of the concert. A longer first half featured the Wet Ink Ensemble performing intricate chamber pieces, including one by Mr. Abrams. Either part of the program could have stood alone, but they meant a good deal more in juxtaposition.

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Henry Grimes in October

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A few shows this month from Mr. Grimes.

Tuesday, 14 October, O8: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Le Poisson Rouge formerly the Village Gate , 158 Bleecker St. betw. Sullivan & Thompson St s 3 blocks below Washington Sq. Park, New York City, 1O p.m., 212-5O5-3474, 612-735-8366,, calendar , 28323&sid tickets ,,,;

Thursday, 23 October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Teatro Grazia Deledda, Vico Anjoi 5, Paulilatino Oristano , Sardinia, Italy,;

Friday, 24 October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival, Teatro Comunale, Cormons Gorizia , Italy, 9:3O p.m. 21:3O , 39 348 446677O,, also playing in this festival: William Parker s Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield, Henry Threadgill, Randy Weston ;

Saturday, 25 October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Club Uljanic, 4O Godina Tradicije, Pula, Croatia, 9 p.m. 21:OO ,;

Monday, 27 October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Avant Music Festival at Firlej Music Club Osrodek Dzialan Artystycznych Firlej , ul. Grabiszynska 56, 53-5O4 Wroclaw, Poland, 8 p.m. 2O:OO , 48 O71 795 66 67, tickets O71 793 OO 27,,,, tickets Matthew Shipp and Kostas New Programm also playing that night ;

Tuesday, 28 October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Jazz & Beyond at Gornoslaskie Centrum Kultury Upper Silesian Cultural Center , Plac Sejmu Slaskiego 2, 4O-O32 Katowice, Poland, 8 p.m. 2O:OO , 48 O 32 2553 8O6,,, tickets from Jazz Klubie Hipnoza, 32 785 71 3O or 31,;

Wednesday, 29 October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, de Singel Internationale Kunstcampus, Desguinlei 25, B-2O18, Antwerp en , Belgium, 8 p.m. 2O:OO , 32 O 3 244 19 2O, 32 O 3 248 28 28,,,;

Thursday, 3O October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Maison de la Culture de Grenoble MC2 , 4 rue Paul Claudel, 38OOO Grenoble, France, 7:3O p.m. 19:3O , 33 O 1 3O 96 99 OO, O 4 76 OO 79 79, O 4 76 OO 79 12,,

Friday, 31 October: Marc Ribot trio featuring Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Salzburger JazzHerbst Festival at Stiegl Brauwelt, Kendlerstrasse 1, Salzburg, Austria, 1O:3O p.m. 22:3O , 43 O 6 62 83 87 O, 43 O 1 5O4 85 OO, 1373&type 1,,,, tickets This festival runs October 3Oth-November 9th and also includes Dave Douglas, Amina Claudine Myers, & many more, details at

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Interviews Performances

Anthony Braxton: Not A Jazz Musician?

In other Braxton news, he is sounding more like Sun Ra every day.

He’s an improvising saxophonist and a meticulous long–form composer. A 1994 MacArthur Fellow. A product of late ’60s Chicago and a major figure in the black experimental milieu of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians AACM . He’s equally in awe of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and the postwar classical avant–garde. His prose, collected in the Tri–Axium Writings and Composition Notes, is voluminous. He’s created pieces not just for orchestra, but four orchestras much like his role model Stockhausen . He’s perpetually at work on an ”opera complex” called Trillium R. He has conceived of music to be performed simultaneously in different cities, on different planets and in different galaxies.

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

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From the Times:

AACM AT THE KITCHEN (Thursday) The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a new-music organization established in Chicago more than 40 years ago, has lately been celebrating the publication of an important book by George E. Lewis: “A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music” (University of Chicago Press). This concert, loosely tied to the book, features the association’s founder, the pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, and one of its first female inductees, the pianist Amina Claudine Myers, along with an ensemble called Wet Ink; they will perform works by association members, which hardly limits their options. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793,; $10. (Nate Chinen)

DAVE HOLLAND SEXTET (Wednesday and Thursday) On “Pass It On” (Emarcy), his crisply energetic new album, the bassist Dave Holland unveils a batch of compositions for this high-polish ensemble, with the trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, the saxophonist Antonio Hart, the trombonist Robin Eubanks, the pianist Mulgrew Miller and the drummer Eric Harland. (Through Oct. 11.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080,; cover, $30 and $40, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

SUSIE IBARRA AND ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ (Saturday) Ms. Ibarra is a drummer with a passion for texture and abstraction, and a composer committed to the idea of cultural exchange. “Electric Kulintang,” her percussive collaboration with Mr. Rodriguez, adds a contemporary sheen to the chiming kulintang music of the Philippines. At 7:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 539-8778,; cover, $15, with a two-drink minimum.

EIVIND OPSVIK OVERSEAS (Sunday) Eivind Opsvik is a bassist with an experimental streak but also a deep connection to melody, as he demonstrates with this working band, which includes Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Jacob Sacks on keyboards and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

? REGGIE WORKMAN (Friday) Mr. Workman is a bassist of broad experience and deep intuition, and he has the benefit of group rapport here: his partners are the alto saxophonist Oliver Lake and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, with whom he has recorded and toured as the avant-garde supergroup Trio 3. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000, Ext. 344,; $20. (Chinen)

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The Kitchen Celebrates the AACM

George Lewis (cropped version)Image via Wikipedia AACM happenings going down at the Kitchen:

The Kitchen presents A Power Stronger Than Itself: A Celebration of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians Curated by George E. Lewis and Christopher McIntyre

Two evenings of music, October 9 and 11, will include performances by Nicole Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Muhal Richard Abrams, Matana Roberts, Craig Taborn, Chad Taylor and Wet Ink Panel discussion moderated by Christopher McIntyre and Book signing with George E. Lewis will take place prior to the October 11 concert New York, NY, September 9, 2008—In conjunction with the recent publication of George E. Lewis’s book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008), The Kitchen presents A Power Stronger Than Itself: A Celebration of the AACM, Thursday and Saturday, October 9 and 11.

The Kitchen and Lewis—a composer, musician, former Kitchen music curator and long-time AACM member—will host two evenings of performances paying tribute to the seminal music collective, which has reconfigured the trajectory of music-making in America through its devotion to furthering
artistic experimentation and its forward-thinking approach to composition, performance, improvisation and collectivity. The first concert, on Thursday, October 9, will feature Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Myers and the ensemble Wet Ink performing the works of AACM composers. The second, on Saturday, October 11, will feature Nicole Mitchell, Matana Roberts, Craig Taborn, Chad Taylor and Wet Ink. Both concerts will take place at 8:00 P.M. at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Tickets are $10. Prior to the October 11 event, Christopher McIntyre will moderate a free, 5:00 P.M. panel discussion followed by a book signing with Lewis.

Founded in 1965 on the South Side of Chicago, the AACM has remained a singular force in supporting, performing, and recording serious, original music. A collective of exceptionally dynamic artists formed the organization to meet their emergent needs to expose and showcase original compositions, and to create an outlet for the development and performance of their music. Many of its members are now considered visionaries in the history of American music: the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and Lester Bowie, to name a few.

The concerts at The Kitchen will bring together a cross-generational variety of artists, performing works by AACM composers. Some of the performers are founding and early members of the collective, including the pianists Amina Claudine Myers and Muhal Richard Abrams (duo piano). Others, like the flutist and AACM Chicago Chapter Co-President Nicole Mitchell, and the New York-based saxophonist Matana Roberts, joined the AACM more recently. Still others are New York-based artists who are not affiliated but nonetheless make music in the spirit of the collective’s diversity, such as the piano/organ/synthesizer player Craig Taborn, the drummer Chad Taylor and the contemporary music ensemble Wet Ink.

The panel discussion moderated by Christopher McIntyre on the afternoon of October 11 will include Lewis, Myers, Roberts, and Mitchell as well as writers Brent Hayes Edwards, Ted Panken, and Howard Mandel. It will conclude with a book signing by Lewis. The events at The Kitchen bookend a Friday evening concert of the music of Oliver Lake and Reggie Nicholson on Friday, October 10, 8:00 P.M. at the Community Church of New York (40 East 35th Street).

The event is sponsored by the AACM New York Chapter, Inc. For more information, please visit

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