Coming up from RUCMA

From NY’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

December 28
7:30 PM
Ray Anderson Trio
Ray Anderson – Trombone
Mark Helias – Bass / Gerald Cleaver – Drums

9:00 PM
Michael Attias Quartet
Michael Attias – Sax / Ralph Alessi – Tmp
Tom Rainey – Drms / Sean Conly – Bass

10:30 PM
Matt Lavelle – Trumpet
Bern Nix – Guitar / Francois Grillot – Bass

Next Week
January 4
Francois Grillot’s French Contraband
Francois Grillot – Bass
Steve Swell – Trumpet /Daniel Levin – Cello
Claire de Brunner – Bassoon / Jay Rosen – Drums

Patricia & William Parker Duo
Patriia Nicholson Parker – Dance & Words
William Parker – Bass

James Carney Group
James Carney – Keys
Others TBA

Trio Iffy
Chris Speed – Sax & Clarinet
Jamie Saft – Keys / Ben Perowsky – Drums

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9th Annual New Music Festival at Cal State Fullerton

From Los Angeles New Music:

The 9th Annual New Music Festival at Cal State Fullerton March 7th-13th, 2010 features works by composer/pianist in residence Frederic Rzewski and American Classics: Cage, Feldman, Carter plus works from American Women Composers: Augusta Read Thomas, Amy Williams, Pamela Madsen and Carolyn Yarnell performed by world renowned pianists specializing in contemporary music: Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Gloria Cheng, Kathleen Supove and the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo.

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All About Jazz has a long feature on Vijay Iyer.

Gino Robair blogs about download-only music from the perspective of a fan and a musician.

Paul Sears has posted a few videos of Thee Maximalists.

Brooklyn’s Spike Hill will be the locale of a January 4th show featuring the Landon Knoblock Group and Shot x Shot.

Dublin’s Yard has released a new experimental album for free download.

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Jazz Times Reviews

From Jazz Times:

Fred Anderson
21st Century Chase
Delmark Records
The prototype here is “The Chase,” the 1947 Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray workout that virtually defined “tenor battle” for succeeding generations. But this set, recorded at Chicago’s Velvet Lounge during Fred Anderson’s 80th birthday celebration, recasts that…

Transatlantic Visions
Joëlle Léandre/George Lewis
According to poet Alexandre Pierrepont in the liner notes of Transatlantic…

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Another ESP-Disk’ Show in New York

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From ESP-Disk’:

Tuesday, January 19th
ESP-Disk’ LIVE @ The Bowery Poetry Club

Paul Flaherty – alto and tenor sax
Chris Corsano – drums
Daniel Carter – woodwinds and trumpet


Joe Morris Trio (ESP 4056)
Joe Morris – guitar
Steve Lantner – piano
Luther Gray – drums

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery New York, NY 10012
Between Houston and Bleecker
F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Bleecker

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Iancu Dumitrescu Radio Shows

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ResonanceFM will feature two 3-hour online radio shows featuring the music of Iancu Dumitrescu, one of the most important living composers.

Born and bred under the yoke of Ceaucescu’s “communist” regime in Rumania, Dumitrescu proposes an intolerable intensity that blossoms and decays like natural sound in cosmic space. For his admirers and proselytisers, Dumitrescu’s music has wiped the field of modern music clean and restarted everything: he really is the ground-zero sound artist promised in everyone else’s publicity. He’s attracted a weird crew of supporters: the Rumanian government sponsors him at home and abroad; Chris Cutler‘s Recommended Records distribute his CDs; Tim Hodgkinson from Henry Cow plays bass clarinet in his Hyperion Ensemble and even writes his own compositions for them. Having heard his music as a school girl, Ana-Maria Avram, the prize-winning classical instrumentalist, dropped everything to become his lover, promoter and fellow composer. Now industrial-noisemaker Andy Wilson (author of Faust: Stretch Out Time 1970-1975) and Ben Watson (author of books on Frank Zappa and Derek Bailey) join forces to present two 3-hour programmes of his music sourced from Spectrum Festivals in Bucharest and London

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Performances Reviews

American Contemporary Music Ensemble – Kindred Spirits in John Cage and Phil Kline, at Tank


Finding connections between John Cage and Phil Kline, experimental composers from different generations and backgrounds, is not very hard. Cage, the Zen master whose chance operations loosened the strictures of contemporary music, surely provided an early model for the random serendipities of Mr. Kline’s subsequent boombox compositions like “Unsilent Night,” a seasonal processional that wound through Greenwich Village streets just over a week ago.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

The Light – Afekty (MultiKulti, 2009) ****½

Empty Cage Quartet – Gravity (Clean Feed, 2009) ****

Daniel Blacksberg Trio – Bit Heads (NoBusiness, 2009)
David Taylor – Red Sea (Tzadik, 2009)
Superimpose – Talk Talk (Leo Records, 2009)
Noah Rosen, Yves Robert, Didier Levallet – Silhouette (Sans Bruit, 2009)

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Interpretations in 2010

From NY’s Interpretations:

January 21 – Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten / Matana Roberts’ Illumination
Creative ensemble music from two of the downtown scene’s most distinct horn players.Trumpeter and composer Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten performs music from their recent Aum Fidelity release, Live at the Vision Festival 12, with vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, bassist Hilliard “Hill” Greene, and drummer Michael Wimberly. Saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts presents her compositional configuration Illumination, based on ongoing research related to the questions, history, and conundrums of the universal creative act of dreams. Featuring cornetist Graham Haynes, pianist Gabriel Guerrero, harpist Shelley Burgon, and drummer Damion Reid.

January 23, 9PM – BAM Café: Big Red Media and Mutable Music Present Fred Ho & The Green Monster Big Band CD Release Party
Hosted and co-sponsored by BAM Café, Fred Ho debuts the 21 member Green Monster Big Band, and their debut CD, The Celestial Green Monster, on Mutable Music. Featuring Ho’s inimitable compositions and arrangements, including an epic “In-A-Godda-Da-Vida”, Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”, and “Very, Very Baaad: The Michael Jackson Medley Tribute” (featuring Aaron Sherraden, guest bassist and arranger, and Leena Conquest, guest vocalist).

February 25 – Thomas Buckner Premieres New Works by Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Eckart Beinke, and Bun Ching Lam
Baritone Thomas Buckner presents an evening of new works, including Earl Howard’s Frond, for baritone, violin, bass saxophone, and live electrtonics, Bun Ching Lam’s Trois Cadeaux, for baritone, harp, and piano, and Matthias Kaul’s Zappa-esque The Mellow Quark. With French harpist Isabelle Courret, the German ensemble L’Art Pour L’Art, Mari Kimura (violin), JD Parran (bass saxophone), and Earl Howard (saxophone, live electronics and processing).

March 16 – The Paula Cooper Gallery World Premiere: Somei Satoh’s The Passion
Co-sponsored by the S.E.M. Ensemble, The Paula Cooper Gallery hosts the premiere of The Passion, by Japanese composer Somei Satoh, whose works are fragile in their clarity and simplicity, representing a sculptural minimalism infused with the lyrical sense of Romanticism. Featuring baritone Thomas Buckner and an ensemble including oboe, clarinet, two harps, percussion, violin, viola and cello, Satoh’s innovative setting of The Passion of Christ has all roles performed by one singer, with each character represented by a different vocal style, including Syomyo and Biwa song and Nagauta from Japan, along with traditional western singing and Gregorian chant.

March 25 – Sean Heim / Chinary Ung
Challenging and deeply personal contemporary solo and chamber music from a distinguished and renowned elder composer and an acclaimed former protégé. Chinary Ung is the first American composer to win the highly coveted International Grawemeyer Award (sometimes called the Nobel prize for music composition). The evening’s works include Ung’s Seven Mirrors and Heim’s In The Between (Reflections On The Six Bardos), both for solo piano. Ensemble works include Ung’s Spiral IX baritone, viola, percussion and Heim’s Holomovements, for oboe, violin, viola, double bass, and piano.

April 15 – “Blue” Gene Tyranny / Miguel Frasconi
Engaging electro-acoustic music performed on both traditional instruments and imaginative sound objects. Avant-garde composer and pianist “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Conrad Harris perform electro-acoustic works for piano and violin by Philip Krumm and George Cacioppo, including Cacioppo’s Cassiopeia and Krumm’s Four Nations, as well as world premieres by “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Paul Reller. Composer and improviser Miguel Frasconi uses glass objects, electronics, keyboards, and “de-evolved” instruments to create music from a uniquely imagined tradition.

April 29 – Joan La Barbara / Yael Acher With Irina Kalina-Goudeva
Two very different dramatic excursions into the theatrical side of contemporary music. Joan La Barbara and Ne(x)tworks will be performing excerpts from Angels, Demons and other Muses, her opera in-progress exploring inner secrets of the artistic mind. Inspired in part by the dreams of Joseph Cornell, intricate word turnings of Virginia Woolf, and psychological twists of Poe. With Kenji Bunch, Shelley Burgon, Yves Dharamraj, Cornelius Dufallo, Miguel Frasconi, Stephen Gosling, Ariana Kim, and Chris McIntyre. Flutist and composer Yael Acher and contrabassist Irina-Kalina Goudeva, whose work also incorporates voice, drama, and movement, present Two – Walk, a multimedia electro-acoustic performance.

May 25 – Yasunao Tone / Adachi Tomomi
Contemporary music from two generations of Japan’s experimental music community. Yasunao Tone became active in the Fluxus movement in the 1960s and moved to the United States in 1972. Tone will premiere his MP3 Corruption Piece, a new system for live performance, based on the real-time corruption of mp3 files to generate data that controls the playback of various audio materials. Adachi Tomomi is a performer/composer, sound poet, and installation artist living in Japan. He has performed improvised music and contemporary music with voice, computer, sensor system and self-made instruments.

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Myra Melford Interview

From At Length:

Myra Melford is one of the most exciting musicians working in any genre, and though she’s most frequently associated with the more avant garde circles of jazz, sometimes it seems as if she’s working in every genre. Drawing from influences as diverse as the blues of her native Chicago and the North Indian harmonium music she studied as a Fulbright Scholar in 2000, her music defies even the bravest attempts at categorization.

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