Performances Releases

Roger Kleier: New CD, Live Performance

Roger Kleier has a few words to share about a CD releases and an upcoming New York performance.

Roger Kleier’s “El Pocho Loco” Project
Tuesday, February 17, 8:30 PM
Roulette (at Location One)
20 Greene Street, New York City, between Canal & Grand Streets.
Admission $15, (DTW, Harvestworks, Seniors, Under 30, and Students $10)
212 219 8242

This concert is the premiere performance of “El Pocho Loco”, Roger Kleier’s new quartet,
and celebrates the release of his new CD “The Night Has Many Hours”.
Roger Kleier (guitar), Annie Gosfield (keyboards), Trevor Dunn (bass), Ches Smith (drums and percussion)

Join us as we charge through noisy guitar instrumentals, twangy improvisation, and mangled, tangled, and newfangled electric sounds. Led by downtown stalwart guitarist/composer Roger Kleier, the band includes innovative percussionist Ches Smith, who has worked with Marc Ribot and his own project Good for Cows; bassist Trevor Dunn from the influential band Mr. Bungle and John Zorn‘s Electric Masada; and keyboardist Annie Gosfield, a composer with three releases on the Tzadik label.

Roger’s newest CD release, “The Night Has Many Hours” (Innova 685), is a collection of Kleier’s personal vocabulary of manipulated guitar sounds and electronic effluvia incorporated into fully notated compositions, driving instrumentals, and pure texture. It features a three movement piece for cello and electronically altered guitar performed by ex-Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, titled “What Is The Price Of Iron?”, and a ripping organ solo by composer Annie Gosfield. “The Night Has Many Hours” consists of 11 diverse pieces Inspired by urban chaos, cold and icy winters, deserted alleyways, dark subway tunnels, rolling California hillsides, and even an occasional quiet pool of beauty.

Roger says of the CD:

This CD is the final third of a trilogy that includes my previous two releases “KlangenBang” and “Deep Night, Deep Autumn”. The entire trilogy has been a while in the making, but, at last, here it is…

I have always enjoyed the works of fiction writers who have main characters that reappear in sequential novels, especially noir masters like Raymond Chandler, Walter Mosley, and William Gibson. For my three solo CDs, I have thought of my own guitar playing and the sound world it occupies as a “character” who shows up repeatedly in a myriad of musical situations, with each variation somehow related to the last one.

For the first part of the trilogy, “KlangenBang”, my musical character dealt with concert performance, improvisation, and song form. In “Deep Night…” this character explored a dark world of electronic manipulations and sinister development. For this final episode, “The Night Has Many Hours”, the guitar player character investigates the concept of variations in ambience. These ambiences might include those found in urban chaos, cold and icy winters, deserted alleyways, dark subway tunnels, rolling California hillsides, or even an occasional quiet pool of beauty…

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The Stone in November

Mark Feldman
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Coming up at New York’s Stone:

November 2008 at the Stone curated by Brad Lubman / Stephanie Stone

11/1 Saturday (DSNJ)
8 pm
Andy Akiho
Andy Akiho (steel pan)

10 pm
Ken Thomson and SLOW/FAST
Ken Thomson (alto sax, bass clarinet, composition) Russ Johnson (trumpet) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Adam Armstrong (bass) Fred Kennedy (drums)

11/2 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
So Percussion
Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinsky, Jason Treuting, Lawson White (percussion)

10 pm
Phil Everall (bass clarinet) Andy Kozar (trumpet) Will Lang (trombone) Jeff Gavett (baritone)
Loadbang plays musics new, improvised and electronic, written by the band and composer friends.

11/4 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
Gregg August
Gregg August (bass) Mike Lowenstern (bass clarinet) JD Allen (tenor saxophone) Rudy Royston (drums)

11/5 Wednesday (TCDS)
8 pm
Mark Stewart & Friends
Mark Stewart (guitar) and special guests

10 pm
The Music of Paul Coleman
Paul Coleman (composer)

11/6 Thursday (JC)
8 pm
Lisa Moore
Lisa Moore (piano, voice and sampler)
Lisa Moore performing music by Don Byron, Annie Gosfield, Missy Mazzoli, David Lang and Martin Bresnick. For more Moore visit

10 pm
Annie Gosfield
Annie Gosfield (composer)

11/7 Friday (TCBS)
8 pm
Lauren Radnofsky
Lauren Radnofsky (cello)

10 pm
Olivia DePrato
Olivia DePrato (violin)

11/8 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
The Wierenga Manoeuvre:
Chris Wicks (alto saxophone, feedback) Red Wierenga (piano and respectronics) Greg Chudzik (acoustic bass, electronics) Charlie Dye (drums, percussion)
The debut performance of a new hardcore electro-acoustic free jazz ensemble.

10 pm
The Respect Sextet
Eli Asher (trumpet and toys) Josh Rutner (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, toys) James Hirschfeld (trombone, electronic valve instrument, toys) Red Wierenga (piano and respectronics) Malcolm Kirby (bass) Ted Poor (drums)
The Respect Sextet will perform copious free improvisations, selections from their forthcoming Sun Ra/Stochausen disc on Mode Records, and new themes from the work-in-progress Executive Suite.

11/9 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Ning Yu
Ning Yu (piano)

10 pm
Baljinder Sekhon—A Collection of Solo Works

11/11 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
itsnotyouitsme and 5707
Caleb Burhans (e.violin, keys, loops) Ryan Ferreira (e.guitar, loops) Grey McMurray (e.guitar, loops) Garth Stevenson (bass, loops)
An evening of lush ambient soundscapes.

10 pm
Amanda Baker (viola) Nuiko Wadden (flute) Beth Meyers (harp)
Featuring music by Anna Clyne, Jason Treuting, and Caleb Burhans

11/12 Wednesday (TCDS)
8 pm
Jessica Schmitz and Kathy Supove
Jessica Schmitz (flute) Kathy Supove (piano)

10 pm
The Ukuladies
Katie Down (ukes, voice, toy piano, flute, glockenspiel, penny whistle, and kazoo) Mary Myers (ukes, voice, kazoo, toys) Philippa Thompson (ukes, voice, fiddle, saw) Heather Warfel (tap and interpretive dance, toy accordion, party favors and antics)
Audience sing-a-longs? Cheap champagne? Balloon animals? Delicious bacon? What more could you want? The Ukuladies, a perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one tap-dancing-cousin act from Winnipeg, Canada with a lust for life and its idle curiosities include fraternal twins Genevieve (Katie Down), Jimmy Lou (Philippa Thompson), Aunt Mary (Mary Myers), and Cousin Bunny (Heather Warfel) are proud to have hit nearly every Holiday Inn on the Eastern seaboard. Come and join the “ladies” as they share cowboy love songs, Hawaiian hits, Ruth Wallis medleys, George Fornby favorites, and originals tunes. (

11/13 Thursday (BSNJ)
8 pm
bedroom community
Steven Swartz (ukulele, voice, live electronics) Kristi Sunde (accordion, voice).
ukuelctronica: bedroom community performs The Waves Recede from Reseda and other songs, with live loops and the occasional backing track.

10 pm
Philippa Thompson
Philippa Thompson (voice, musical saw, spoons, ukulele, violin) David Crowell (saxophone), Mary Myers (voice, piano), Eric Rockwin (bass), Jeremy Thal (French horn), Ken Thomson (clarinet), and more
An evening of music (including several world premieres) for musical saw, spoons, and other non-traditional instruments written especially for Philippa. Music by Ryan Brown, David Crowell, Ruby Fulton, Derek Johnson, Jonas Jurkunas, David Lang, Chris Marianetti, Paula Matthusen, Kate Moore, Tristan Perich, John Wriggle.

11/14 Friday (TCBS)
8 pm
Todd Reynolds
Todd Reynolds (violin)

10 pm
Michael Lowenstern
Michael Lowenstern (bass clarinet, electronics)

11/15 Saturday (DSNJ)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night I—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
Come out and support The Stone! A night of wild improvisation East Village style to benefit THE STONE. TWENTY DOLLARS.

11/16 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Shelley Hirsch
Shelley Hirsch (voice)

10 pm
Consilience and Altruism: Of the Other Way of Thinking and Stephanie Stone
Herb Robertson (trumpet) Marty Erhlich (clarinet, saxophone, flute) David Taylor (bass trombone) Terry McManus (guitar) Mark Helias (bass) Jay Rosen (drums)
“A Bio-Musical Imaginative Theoretical Tribute” written and created by Ana Isabel Ordonez. Improvisational patterns and concepts by Herb Robertson. Design created by Claude Marc Bourget. Performed by The Herb Robertson Sextet. The sense of exhilaration that characterize Herb Robertson’s experiences under improvisational patterns is heightened for his new sextet as storytellers by his complicated and sincere intellectual and emotional active exertion, and by the intensity of struggling with a creative process under the pressure of a steady beat. From the outset of this performance the improvisers will enter into an artificial world of time in which reactions to the unfolding events of Stephanie must be immediate. The consequence of their music and action will be irreversible.

11/18 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
Steve Dalachinsky
Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) Stepahanie Stone (piano) Yuko Otomo (poetry)

10 pm
Yuko Fijiyama
Yuko Fujiyama (piano)

11/19 Wednesday (GG)
8 pm
Ikue Mori (laptop) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Suzie Ibarra (drums)

10 pm
Anthony Coleman
Anthony Coleman (piano)

11/20 Thursday (MP)
8 pm
Annie Gosfield Trio
Annie Gosfield (keyboards) Ches Smith (drums and percussion) Roger Kleier (electric guitar)

10 pm
Oscar Noriega
Oscar Noriega (sax)

11/21 Friday (TCBS)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night II—A Stone Benefit
Okkyung Lee (cello) John Zorn (sax) and many surprise guests
These are the nights that pay our rent and expenses. Only with your help can we continue to bring you the best and most diverse programming in New York. Come out and support The Stone! TWENTY DOLLARS

11/22 Saturday (DSNJ)
8 pm
Robin Holcomb
Robin Holcomb (piano, voice) Doug Wieselman, Marty Ehrlich (clarinet) David Hofstra, Kenny Wollesen (drums)
Robin Holcomb with Doug Wieselman, Marty Ehrlich, David Hofstra and Kenny Wollesen playing music from Larks, They Crazy and new tunes.

10 pm
Mark Dresser
Mark Dresser (bass)

11/23 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Andrea Parkins
Andrea Parkins (accordion)

10 pm
Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoiser
Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoiser (piano)

11/25 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
William Parker
William Parker (bass)

10 pm
Roy Campbell
Roy Campbell (trumpet)

11/26 Wednesday (MP)
8 pm
Erik Friedlander
Erik Friedlander (cello)

10 pm
Joey Baron Solo
Joey Baron (drums)


11/28 Friday (TCBS)
8 pm
Dave Sewelson
Dave Sewelson (sax)

10 pm
Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey trio
Tony Malaby (sax) Angie Sanchez (piano) Tom Rainey (drums)

11/29 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Tim Keiper
Tim Keiper (percussion)

10 pm
Ned Rothenberg
Ned Rothenberg (alto sax, clarinets)

11/30 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Butch Morris Conduction
Butch Morris with a spectacular ensemble

10 pm
Ellery Eskelin
Ellery Eskelin (tenor saxophone) Jamie Saft (organ) Jim Black (drums)

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