Coming to Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Sunday, November 29, 2009 – 8:00pm
Ellery Eskelin-Erik Deutsch-Allison Miller Trio

Venue:
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
Price: $12 General Admission Buy Tickets

Ellery Eskelin (born 1959) was raised in Baltimore and began playing the tenor saxophone at age ten, inspired by his mother “Bobbie Lee” who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in the early sixties. In 1983 Eskelin moved to New York City and in 1987 began recording with the cooperative group Joint Venture which also began his exposure on the European international touring circuit.

Saturday, December 5, 2009 – 8:00pm
Bill Dixon with Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra
Anti-Jazz: The New Thing Revisited

Venue:
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
Price: $20 Buy Tickets

A crucial figure in the development of Free Jazz, trumpeter Bill Dixon (b. 1925) was first associated with the ensembles of Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp, and was one of the main architects of the Jazz Composers Guild. In 1964, he organized the October Revolution in Jazz – The New Thing’s equivalent to the Armory Show – introducing Free Jazz to a broader audience. In the late 60s he devoted himself to teaching, creating the Black Music Division at Bennington College, VT in 1973.

Sunday, December 6, 2009 – 8:00pm
Claudia Quintet 1

Venue:
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
Price: $12 General Admission Buy Tickets

“This is a true ensemble from top to bottom, a sonic equivalent to a hand-woven tapestry…Impressive.” -DownBeat

Monday, December 7, 2009 – 8:00pm
Wooley-Yeh-Corsano Trio Rempis-Rosaly Duo

Venue:
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
Price: $10 General Admission Buy Tickets

Please join us for what is sure to be a night of incendiary music. Two very unique improvising groups together for a special one-night extravaganza.
Wooley-Yeh-Corsano Trio
Rempis-Rosaly Duo

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Marilyn Crispell Interview

NewMusicBox interviews Ms. Crispell.

When pianist Marilyn Crispell was already in her late twenties, jazz arrived like a spiritual revelation and pushed her through the ensuing decades as smoothly and swiftly as a line of falling dominoes. From Boston to Woodstock, from the Creative Music Studio to the Braxton Quartet and then beyond, Crispell has explored a rich catalog of music both alone and in the company of some of the field’s most talented artists. For a musical trajectory that began behind a piano at the Peabody Conservatory in 1960s Baltimore, it may not have been the most obvious career path, but it’s also not one Crispell seems to have had any doubts about following.

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Concert Review And Download: High Zero Festival, Saturday Night

NPR’s A Blog Supreme is offering a download of part of the recent High Zero festival.

Maybe it was the economy or maybe it was a curatorial decision, but the 11th annual High Zero Festival in Baltimore, Md. didn’t have the “star power” of previous years. There was no Tony Conrad or Joe McPhee, but in a city with a solid bed of new music practitioners — organized by the keen ears of the High Zero organization — you really couldn’t ask for a more creative line-up.

As always, High Zero puts local Baltimore musicians, artists and dancers on the same stage as international veterans to completely improvise “new music,” a rather loose term for sound with little connection to established forms. As a recent set of a CDs documenting the festival’s 11 years reveals, High Zero Festival is the premier showcase for spontaneous sound.

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Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From the ISSUE Project Room:

09/11 @ 8pm – Kenneth Goldsmith sings Roland Barthes with live String Quartet
A live String Quartet (Mari Kimura, Dana Lyn, violins; Jessica Pavone, viola; Egil Rostad, cello) will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and improvisations in the style of Anton Webern while Kenneth Goldsmith sings text by Roland Barthes. Kenneth Goldsmith’s writing has been called some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry by Publishers Weekly. […]

09/13 @ 5pm – Honne Wells and Juan Comas Sacred Harp Greg Jamie FREE SHOW
ISSUE Project Room presents in collaboration with the Old American Can Factory Market: FREE Honne Wells and Sacred Harp Honne Wells and Juan Comas Honne Wells hails from America’s Bible Belt South. It is there that he has been mining below the “underground” music scene for the past four years. After settling in Baltimore, Wells, originally billed as the […]

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Newsbits

Improvised Communications links to a few Youtube videos of Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone In Chicago. The BBC is creating an “audio map” of the world to preserve its varied sounds. Progressive rock band Nektar will be touring Europe soon. Illinois group Random Touch makes some interesting sounds and has information regarding their releases, and samples, available on their site.

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Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone on Tour

From Improvised Communications:

Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone’s latest American tour starts this weekend.

The duo is back on the road supporting its third and latest release, Thin Air (Thirsty Ear), which AllAboutJazz.com’s Farrell Lowe calls “an eminent document by two powerful new voices of the 21st century.”

Here’s the latest itinerary:

Saturday, July 25th: The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)
Monday, July 27th: Morris Book Shop (Lexington, KY)
Tuesday, July 28th: Mt. Comfort (Indianapolis, IN)
Wednesday, July 29th: The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Thursday, July 30th: Le Petit Zinc (Detroit, MI)
Friday, July 31st: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)
Saturday, August 1st: Metropolis Underground (Syracuse, NY)

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