Mary Halvorson Trio at Roulette February 13th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, February 13th at 8:30 p.m., Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her trio will perform at Roulette in New York.

The group, which also features bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, will be premiering brand new music in addition to performing selections from its acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records).

The record, Ms. Halvorson’s first at the helm of her own ensemble, is featured on best-of-the-year lists in a long list of publications, including AllAboutJazz-New York, JazzTimes, the New York Times, The Wire and the Village Voice.

The success of Dragon’s Head led critics to call Ms. Halvorson “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) and “the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar-slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now” (Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz).

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Ten Questions with Ches Smith

From Glowing Realm:

Ches Smith is a drummer/composer living in NY. He is an extremely busy and fast rising presence on the new music scene. If there was a tabloid covering free jazz, than he would have been caught by the paparazzi playing with such numerous figures as: Marc Ribot (in Ceramic Dog), Devin Hoff (in Good for Cows), Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby (in These Arches), Xiu Xiu, Trevor Dunn (in Trio Convulsant), and many many more. Luckily Ches was able to take time out of his busy schedule to answer the Ten Questions.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]



September 18, 2008
Kris Davis Quartet, Tea Lounge
Jeff Davis, Kris Davis, Ron Horton, Aidan O’Donnell

September 17, 2008
The Ches Smith & Mary Halvorson Quartet, Barbes
Jacob Garchik, Mary Halvorson, Thomas Morgan, Ches Smith
Pitom, Tea Lounge
Jeremy Brown, Yoshie Fruchter, Noah Jarrett, Kevin Zubek

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

This Week at Ars Nova Workshop

Marc RibotImage via Wikipedia From Ars Nova:

Thursday, September 18, 8pm
Weasel Walter, drums
Peter Evans, trumpet
Mary Halvorson, guitar

The Rotunda, 4012 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Weasel Walter founded the The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991
with late jazz cult figure Hal Russell. Over the years, the band has
included noted Chicago musicians such as Ken Vandermark and Fred Lonberg-Holm, as well as Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez and guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Orthrelm). In addition, Walter has worked with Marshall Allen, Henry Kaiser and Jim O’Rourke. For this special performance he is joined by New York’s Mary Halvorson (Trevor Dunn, Anthony Braxton) and Peter Evans (MOPDTK).

Saturday, September 20, 9pm
Marc Ribot, el. guitar
Shahzad Ismaily, el. bass
Ches Smith, drums

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

Please join Ars Nova Workshop and International House for the Philadelphia debut of Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, and the grand opening celebration of the Ibrahim Theater. OPEN BAR PRECEDING THE CONCERT BEGINNING AT 8PM. Sponsored by Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Party Intellectuals is the new debut recording from Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, a post-everything band combining the energies of two masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist/vocalist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Marianne Faithful, Lounge Lizards,
Elvis Costello) and bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Will Oldham, Jolie Holland, Secret Chiefs 3), with West Coast indie/experimental genius drummer Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn’s Trio Convulsant). Ribot is a widely recognized original on the guitar, with influence across multiple genres of music, including rock, jazz, punk, Latin, soul, 80s No-Wave, avant-garde and noise. Ceramic Dog draws all of this, along with Ismaily and Smith’s indie / electronica experimentation, into a power-packed live performance.

Purchase tickets today at

Sunday, September 21, 8pm
Bojan Z, piano
Matt Darriau, saxophone + clarinet + Kaval + Gaida
Brad Shepik, guitars + Balkan strings
Rufus Cappadocia, 5-string cello
Seido Salifoski, dumbeks + percussion

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

For over 12 years, New York based Paradox Trio has been notorious for their high energy concerts and their innovative exploration of Balkan, Gypsy, Middle Eastern and Klezmer music. This rare appearance will feature the great Serbian-French pianist Bojan Z with members of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Klezmatics, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and Dave Douglas‘ Tiny Bell Trio.

More information and other upcoming activities at

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]