Roulette in February

From NY’s Roulette:

Thu Feb 11 – 8:30 PM
Tenko kicked off her career in music with female rock group Mizutama Shobodan in 1979. Two years later in New York she got captivated by improvised music and back in Japan started performing in a vocal duo The Honeymoons. In 1984 in New York, Tenko made her debut as a soloist and before long started working with New Yorkers Fred Frith, John Zorn, Christian Marclay and David Moss. She also performed and recorded with Art Lindsay, Wayne Horvitz, as well as Japanese Otomo Yoshihide, Tatsuya Yoshida, Ikue Mori duo and Wni-Gohan female improvisers group. Since 1985, Tenko has collaborated with various musicians in festivals in the USA, Europe and Asia. Tonight marks a rare opportunity to hear Tenko in the US.

David Linton: Bicameral Research Sound & Projection System with David First & Satoshi Takeishi : 60 Hz Raga
Sat Feb 13 – 8:30 PM
Originally a percussionist David Linton has created sound for many collaborative dance, theater, & performance settings since his arrival in downtown NY in the early 1980’s. By the later 80’s he was equally known for his live wired solo electro-acoustic drumkit performances as well as his soundscore productions. His 1986 solo LP ‘Orchesography’ (on Glen Branca’s Neutral Label) was an influential collusion of ‘early’ sampling tek with street beats and theatrical post modernism. Throughout the 90’s Linton became a dedicated advocate for the expansion and appreciation of realtime performance in electronic media through the design and/or production of event / environments. Since 2002 Linton’s fascination with instantaneous collaborative audio visual communication among select units of electronic musicians and visualists has assumed the form of a live television Manhattan cable/webcast project – UGTV – Unitygain Television.

John Lindberg’s TriPolar
Mon Feb 15 – 8:30 PM
Tripolar is the new ensemble of bassist/composer/producer John Lindberg, featuring multi-reed instrumentalist Don Davis – renowned for his formidable work with the Microscopic Septet and a wide array of other associations ranging from the Swollen Monkeys to Levon Helm, and master percussionist Kevin Norton doubling on drums and vibraphone – well-known for his numerous albums as a leader in his own right, and for his work with artists as diverse as Anthony Braxton, Milt Hinton and Tony Malaby. John Lindberg has recorded over fifty albums and has been an active member of the String Trio of New York for 32 years, as well as working with artists such as Jimmy Lyons, Wadada Leo Smith, Tony Coe, Steve Lacy, Albert Mangelsdorff and many others.

Ma La Pert: Jennifer Walshe & Tony Conrad
Fri Feb 19 – 8:30 PM
Ma la Pert is the duo of Jennifer Walshe and Tony Conrad. They use voice, violins, viola, bass, autoharps, autotune, keyboard, shells, broken plastic, words, parts of words, stories, chanting, jigs, screaming, shouting, broken drum skins, bells, green furry outfits, breastplates, wire, bird call, and old lady dresses. Walshe and Conrad first began working together after they ran from service as household slaves of King Pepy I at the end of Old Kingdom Egypt. They were subsequently monks in Carolingean Gaul during the period roughly 820 to 850, Venetian courtesans at Pope Eugene’s court during the mid 15th century, and prisoners on Reunion Island in 1738, where Walshe tried to secure Conrad’s escape using “remote viewing” techniques. The unfortunate outcome of the latter incident resulted in Conrad’s work as a medicine man in Australia in the 19th century, where in 1834, trying to quell a cattle riot, they both accidentally ingested leprosy vectors and subsequently lost three legs and two arms between them.

PFL Traject
Sat Feb 20 – 8:30 PM
PFL Traject is the improvisational trio of Pascal Pariaud, clarinets and pipes, Jean-Charles François, percussion, and Gilles Laval, electric guitar, from Lyon, France. The members of the group all went through very different journeys : Pascal Pariaud is a clarinetist specializing in new music performance and early music, a choral conductor and teacher; Jean-Charles François is a composer and percussionist who was professor at UC San Diego and founding member of the improvisation group KIVA; coming from the world of Hardcore and the alternative scene, Gilles Laval has been involved with many unlikelies, like Chef Menteur, Impur with Fred Frith, and La Douzaine., he is also the head of the popular music department at the Villeurbanne National Music School. Each improvisation of PFL Traject is a voyage in the already constituted memory, a promenade in the garden of delights. PFL Traject invites the audience to travel, to stroll, to ramble, to put oneself into orbit, to fly off at a tangent, to make the tour of a world that is well-defined in its individual windings, but is infinite in its collective combinations.

INTERPRETATIONS: Thomas Buckner premieres new works by Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Eckart Beinke and Bun Ching Lam
Thu Feb 25 – 8:00 PM
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).
William Parker, Conrad Bauer & Hamid Drake

Fri Feb 26 – 8:30 PM
Master musician, improviser, and composer William Parker teams up with one of Europe’s finest free jazz trombonists – Conrad Bauer, and virtuosic percussionist Hamid Drake for an evening of off the wall free improv. With a collective resume including collaborations with such names as Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Anthony Braxton, Peter Brotzmann, Cecil Taylor, and Butch Morris – this All-Star trio is NOT to be missed!

Childrens Concert with WOLLESONIC
Sat Feb 27 – 2:00 PM
Wollesonic returns to Roulette for a very special kids workshop/concert where YOU the audience can be a part of the show! Kenny Wollesen and members of Wollesonic will distribute instruments designed and made by Wollesonic Laboratories (balloon bassoons, chika chikas, and scrap wood marimbas) to all participants, then give a brief tutorial on sound making, performance styles, and improvisation techniques….then, freshly armed with our sound devices we will all embark on a sonic exploration where we will attempt to discover never before heard sounds, get a feel for what its like to be “in the lights”, perform our newly learned improvisations and have a great time! Plus you can take your instrument home! join Wollesonic for a one of a kind soniferous situation! All kids welcome!

Steve Swell
Sat Feb 27 – 8:30 PM
“One of the most adventurous and prolific members of the New York free-jazz community” according to Ed Hazell of Signal To Noise, Steve Swell’s reputation, work ethic and committment to excellence has kept him in the forefront of improvised music and a leading voice on his instrument for more than 20 years. Tonights concert will feature a relatively new ensemble with some of improvised music’s finest contributors: Rob Brown, alto; Chris Forbes, piano; Hilliard “Hill” Greene, bass; Michael T.A. Thompson, drums, percussion. It will feature Swell’s writing along with his unique, on the spot direction of incorporating this group’s rich improvisation abilities along with his compositions. An extra element of improvisation that determines the direction of the music.

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AMN Picks General

AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Trayer – One Over Zero (2009)
Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore – Three Less Than Between (2009)
Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris – Live at Jazz Festival Saalfelden (2009)
K-Space – Going Up (2005)
Zao – Ethnic 3 Live (2008)
Yard – DDS (2009)
Neo – Water Resistance (2009)

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Jeremiah Cymerman at Sonic Circuits

From DC’s Sonic Circuits:

Sunday May 3
Doors 730pm Music 7pm SHARP
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front

Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-man) is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York. He was born May 4th, 1980 in log cabin in North Georgia. Since 2002 Cymerman has been active in a wide variety of musical contexts and has been honored to present his work in some of New York City’s most highly regarded venues for avant-garde and experimental music including The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette, Anthology Film Archives, Washington Square Church, and The Tank, among many others. Described by Time Out New York as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer-performers” Cymerman has performed with a broad range of contemporary artists including Otomo Yoshihide, Jandek, Ned Rothenberg, Ikue Mori, John Zorn, Jessica Pavone, Toby Driver, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trevor Dunn, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others.

Also appearing are Beans Cool (3 wacky fellows on wacky electronics) and Nine Strings Pilesar collaboration (acoustic bass duo drums etc).

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ISSUE Project Room Event

From NY’s ISSUE Project Room, some shows this week:

04/15 @ 8pm – henry grimes and brandon ross present leo lindberg
LEO LINDBERG: In 2OO3, when Leo Lindberg was a nine-year-old Swedish bass player, he wrote Henry Grimes a letter after reading in a jazz magazine that Henry had returned to the music world after many years away: “Stockholm, Sweden 21.7.03 Hallo Henry! My name is Leo Lindberg and I am 9 years old. I listen to jazz music all the time […]

04/16 @ 8pm – Kate Valk & Andrew Schneider
Kate Valk began working with The Wooster Group in 1979 and since then has co-composed and performed in all of the Group’s productions. Valk has also worked on and been featured in all of The Wooster Group’s radio, film, and video projects. Valk founded and directs The Wooster Group’s in-school partnership with Dr. Sun Yat […]

04/17 @ 8pm – LAWRENCE D. “BUTCH” MORRIS
LAWRENCE D. “BUTCH“ MORRIS CONDUCTS A CHORUS OF POETS AND STRING ENSEMBLE AT ISSUE PROJECT ROOM SHOWS AT 8PM & 9PM. CHORUS OF POETS: Yasha Bilan, Mark Gerring, Chavisa Woods Nora McCarthy, Justin Carter Alex Bilu, Helga Davis David Devoe STRING ENSEMBLE: Nicole Federici, Jason kao Hwang – viola Shawn McGloin, Jane Wang – bass Skye Steele, Charlie Burnham – violin Greg Heffernan, Alisa Horn – cello WITH TEXT BY ALLAN […]

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Jeremiah Cymerman at Roulette

An upcoming show at New York’s Roulette:

Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-MAN) is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York since 2002. Described by Time Out New York as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer-performers” Cymerman has worked with a broad range of contemporary artists including Otomo Yoshihide, John Zorn, Jandek, Ned Rothenberg, Peter Evans, Jessica Pavone, Toby Driver, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others. After several self-released cds and cdrs, in 2008 the Tzadik label released his album “In Memory of the Labyrinth System”, a highly personal work featuring a series of compositions for solo clarinet and computer processing which Andy Hamilton of the Wire called “a wholly original and intriguing listen”.

On Friday, April 10th composer/clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman will premiere a dramatic new composition for string quartet and electronics entitled “Under a Blue, Grey Sky”. Through-composed and presented as a five-act audio play, the piece works to strike a balance between the creative control that a conductor exercises over an ensemble with the sonic wizardry of dub-inspired live electronic processing.

Based loosely on a series of terrifying nightmares that the composer had from the age of 21-23, “Under a Blue, Grey Sky” is a lyrical, dark, and brooding piece that marks a new direction for a musician that Time Out New York describes as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer/performers”.

After a brief intermission the evening will conclude with two graphic scores from 2007. This concert made possible with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation “Under a Blue, Grey Sky” (2009) Scorpio Rising: Olivia De Prato (violin) Jessica Pavone (viola) Christopher Hoffman (cello) Tom Blancarte (bass) Jeremiah Cymerman (electronics)

“555” & “6 Blocks” (2007) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Christopher Hoffman (cello) Tom Blancarte (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (percussion)

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Vision Festival 2009

Marshall Allen
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This year’s Vision Festival is announced!

Vision Festival XIV !



Featuring performances by
Marshall Allen & the Sun Ra Arkestra ·
Fred Anderson · Billy Bang · Rob Brown · Roy Campbell · Ernest Dawkins · Douglas Ewart · Charles Gayle · Milford Graves · William Hooker · Jason Kao Hwang · Kidd Jordan · Joe McPhee · Butch Morris conduction · Joe Morris · Ras Moshe · Sunny Murray · Zim Nggawana · William Parker · Michelle Rosewoman · Matthew Shipp · Lisa Sokolov · David S Ware

Vision Festival XIV will present more than 50 events, including music and dance performances, poetry readings, film screenings, visual art projections and a beautiful site-specific installation by Jorgo Schäfer, all on two stages. Arts For Art will be hosting three panel discussions, open to the public, which will serve to engage dialogue on pertinent issues in today’s music industry and community.

This year’s festival will honor the lifetime achievement of Philadelphia jazz legend, Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, with a full night of performances on Wednesday, June 10th.

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Jason Kao Hwang’s EDGE at RUCMA

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang performing on 18 Nov...
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From New York’s RUCMA:

Start: 01/26/2009 – 7:30pm
End: 01/26/2009 – 10:00pm

Jason Kao Hwang
Monday, January 26 @ 7:30 pm
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $7
Jam Session @ 9pm: $5

Jason Kao Hwang, violin, viola, &compositions
Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet & flugelhorn
Ken Filiano, bass
Andrew Drury, drums

Composer and violinist, Jason Kao Hwang has created works ranging from jazz, classical, “new” and world music. As violinist, he has worked with Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Pheeroan akLaff, Anthony Braxton, Vladamir Tarasov, Henry Threadgill and William Parker. As composer he has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His chamber opera, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown (New World Records), was named one of the top ten opera recordings of 2005 by Opera News. His duo with Sang Won Park(kayagum, ajeng, voice), Local Lingo, was recently released by Euonymus Records. His most recent releases on Innova Records are STORIES BEFORE WITHIN and his quartet recording, EDGE.

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Gravitas Quartet: 21st century chamber jazz

Wayne Horvitz‘s San Fran performance is previewed.

Wayne Horvitz knows that if he still lived in New York, his Gravitas Quartet, which performs at the San Francisco Jazz Festival on Sunday, Nov. 9, might be a bigger deal.

But the pianist/keyboardist/composer moved to Seattle with his wife, Robin Holcomb, 20 years ago, and besides distancing himself from such long-standing musical friends as John Zorn, Marty Ehrlich, Butch Morris and Doug Wieselman, the migration removed Horvitz from the media limelight that shines on Manhattan musicians, even those in the avant-garde Downtown scene of which he was a key player.

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