The Necks on Tour in the US

The Necks are conducting a short US tour starting this week:

Saturday January 16th
at Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN
http://www.knoxbijou.com

Tuesday January 19th
at The Empty Bottle
Chicago, IL
two shows: 7pm and 10pm
http://www.emptybottle.com

Friday January 22nd
London Ontario Arts Live
http://www.lolafest.com
at Museum London
London, Ontario
http://www.museumlondon.ca
Presented by London Ontario Live Arts (LOLA) and Museum London with Grooves Record Store.

Saturday January 23rd
at The Music Gallery
Toronto, Ontario
http://www.musicgallery.org

Sunday January 24th
Suoni Per Il Popolo et CKUT présentent
at La Sala Rossa
Montreal, Quebec
http://www.casadelpopolo.com/suoniperilpopolo/

Wednesday January 27th
at Issue Project Room
Brooklyn, NY
http://issueprojectroom.org

Thursday January 28th
at Issue Project Room
Brooklyn, NY
http://issueprojectroom.org

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

Paal Nilssen-Love
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From the Bohemian in Exile:

Monday, Jan.25th: Frode Gjerstad/Paal Nilssen Love at 2739 Edwin

For more than 30 years, saxophonist/clarinetist Frode Gjerstadt has been a primary figure in the Norwegian improvised music scene. In the early years, he forced to play with musicians from other countries because he had no peers at home. As his international reputation grew, he helped to cultivate players back home. His ferocious sound has accompanied John Stevens, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, William Parker and Hamid Drake.

One fellow Norwegian who paid early dues with Gjerstad is drummer Paal Nilssen Love. Love is a frequent visitor to Detroit and his outstanding approach has been heard here in a variety of settings. Though he is firmly rooted in Europe’s free improvising scene, playing with The Thing and Sten Sandell, he also seems to have a second home in Chicago, where he can be found playing with Ken Vandermark and the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet.

Doors at 8 pm; $10 recommended.

2/4 [project] transmit (german rock project with Nate McBride)
3/25 Han Bennink/Frode Gjerstad
4/1 Arborea

Coming in May: Tsigoti (prog/punk protest band featuring Thollem McDonas)

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Umbrella Music Through January 17

Kent Kessler
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 3 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums

Wednesday, 6 January 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums

Sunday, 10 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Wick/Bishop/Glover/Rosaly
Jacob Wick – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
John Paul Glover – baritone guitar
Frank Rosaly – drum

Wednesday, 13 January 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Sound Is
Rob Mazurek – cornet
Matt Lux – electric bass
Joshua Abrams – acoustic bass
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
John Herndon – drums

Thursday, 14 January 2010
Elastic
10:00PM | Spacer
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Nate McBride – bass
Mike Reed – drums
11:00PM | Halo Defect
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Nate McBride – electric bass
Michael Zerang – drums

Sunday, 17 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Boye/Miller/Kirchner
Ben Boye – pianos
Dave Miller – guitar
Quin Kirchner – drums
11:00PM | Riordan/Thatcher/Daisy
Marc Riordan – piano
Dan Thatcher – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

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Umbrella Music Through January 13

Kent Kessler
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 27 December 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Mike Reed’s People Places and Things
Greg Ward – alto sax
Tim Haldeman – tenor sax
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Reed – drums

two sets

Wednesday, 30 December 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Josh Berman’s Old Idea
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums

two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Peter Margasak Gets Random

Sunday, 3 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Nick Mazzarella Trio
Nick Mazzarella – saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums

two sets

Wednesday, 6 January 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kent Kessler – bass
Hamid Drake – drums

two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Ken Vandermark spins Sounds from Addis
The Music of Ethiopia

Sunday, 10 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Wick/Bishop/Glover/Rosaly
Jacob Wick – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
John Paul Glover – baritone guitar
Frank Rosaly – drum

two sets
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Sound Is
Rob Mazurek – cornet
Matt Lux – electric bass
Joshua Abrams – acoustic bass
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
John Herndon – drums

two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett spins Chronological Heavyweight Match
1940s vs 1960s

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Jazz Times Reviews

From Jazz Times:

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010  •  BY DAVID WHITEIS
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…

12/21/09
Transatlantic Visions
Joëlle Léandre/George Lewis
According to poet Alexandre Pierrepont in the liner notes of Transatlantic…

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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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Bohemian in Exile Shows

Upcoming performances in Detroit:

Friday, December 4th at Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit: Steve Cohn with Jeff Marx and Joel Peterson

Saturday, December 5th at 2739 Edwin: Cohn/Marx/Peterson plus Dushun Mosley
Piano and sakuhachi player Steve Cohn is a native of San Francisco. In his early days he worked with notables like Sonny Simmons and Eddie Henderson and also spent 2 years in Japan learning sakuhachi. Upon relocating to New York, Cohn started playing strictly improvised music and immersed himself in the scene there, working with Reggie Workman, William Parker, Fred Hopkins, Oliver Lake and others. Two of his records as a leader have earned 4 star ratings in Downbeat and Cohn has received grants from Arts International, Meet the Composer and The New Jersey Council of the Arts.

Michigan native Jeff Marx is a saxophonist who now lives in Chicago. Like Steve Cohn, he also has spent time in the Bay Area and New York. He was originally inspired on the instrument by seeing Detroit saxophonist Sonny Stitt as a youngtser. He’s gone on to work with Donald Byrd, Jim Pepper, Ira Coleman etc. and co lead the group Second Sight with Dave Douglas,Jeff Siegel and John Esposito.

Chicago percussionist Dushun Mosely is known to many of us as co-leader of The Vizitors (with Kenneth Green) and as drummer for Eight Bold Souls. A member of the AACM, he has performed with some of its most famous figures, including Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Abrahms, Don Moye and Douglas Ewart– as well as other important creative musicians like Don Cherry, Anthony Davis and Henry Threadgill.

Joel Peterson, on doublebass, is familiar to most of you folks.

Friday doors at 8 pm. $5-10.
Saturday doors at 8:30, $10 suggested.

Coming Soon:
12/14 Keenan Lawler/Jozef Van Wissem
1/25 Frode Gjerstad/Paal Nilssen Love
3/25 Han Bennink/Frode Gjerstad

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ICE does Saariaho chamber works proud

A recent ICE Chicago concert is reviewed:

Chicago has yet to hear any of Kaija Saariaho’s large-scale works, which is a great pity. At least attention is being paid to the instrumental output of this gifted and prolific Finnish composer, a world-class original who just completed the first of two residencies she will undertake this season at Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.

The Museum of Contemporary Art took up the Saariaho cause Thursday night when it presented an entire program of her chamber works as performed by the brilliant Chicago- and New York-based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The crowd received it with rapt appreciation.

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Dal Niente to Perform Saariaho, Yim, Broberg, Lindberg

From Dal Niente:

Layers and Threads–Thursday, December 3 – 8:00pm – $10/5
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1500 W Elmdale Dr.
Chicago, IL 60660

Featured composers: Kaija Saariaho, Jay Alan Yim, Kirsten Broberg, Magnus Lindberg
Featured performers: Gareth Davis, clarinet; J. Austin Wulliman, violin

Layers and Threads explores timbre and texture within both traditionally and unconventionally
structured works. Virtuoso Amsterdam-based clarinetist Gareth Davis joins the group for a
performance of Magnus Lindberg’s Ablauf for clarinet and percussion, a wild and untamed work that dances with fast-flowing polyphony in the clarinet. ensemble dal niente’s principal violinist J. Austin Wulliman will be joined by Notre Dame professor Daniel Schlosberg for the American premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s new work for violin and piano, Calices, and the world premiere of founding composer Kirsten Broberg’s Origins involves a mix of ensembles with guest soloist Gareth Davis featured in the final movement. The U.S. premiere of Northwestern University professor Jay Alan Yim’s Songs in Memory of a Circle simultaneously layers three individual sections of the larger work and is coupled with a video installation by Northwestern professor Marlena Novak.

Founded in 2004 ensemble dal niente performs a broad range of 20th- and 21st- century music for enthusiastic audiences across the country. Through concerts, commissions and educational activities, we explore the wealth and diversity of music composed in the past century — from the European avant-garde, to American high modernism, to styles influenced by popular music and jazz. The ensemble is comprised of young artists and international virtuosos who bring this challenging repertoire to life with enthusiasm and devotion.

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Detroit’s Bohemian in Exile Shows

Show experimental shows coming to Detroit:

Wednesday, Nov. 4th: Marble Sheep, Plastic Crime Wave Sound, Kat Hernandez/Eve Risser Duo, Dark Red at CAID

This night of psyche rock and related musics features Japan’s Marble Sheep, which is making its US debut after years of recording. Marble Sheeps is being lead through America by Chicago’s own champions of psyche, acid rock and folkloric exotica, Plastic Crime Wave Sound. Former Ann Arbor native Katt Hernandez (violin) has been an important part of the creative music scenes in Boston and Philadelphia for years now. Her duo with Paris based pianist Eve Risser features prepared piano and extended technique in a free improvisational setting. Somewhat newer Detroit duo Dark Red (featuring Rob Smith of Paik and Chris Turner) opens the show and scene stalwarts The Frustrations close it. Doors at 8 pm; $7.

Friday Nov. 6th: night one of Lac La Belle’s CD release weekend, with The Raincoats and Technical Drawings at MOCAD

Our group formerly known as Jennie and The Sure Shots has changed its name to Lac La Belle and is playing two shows to support the Detroit release of our new, eponymous CD. Our urban hipster show will be at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Lac La Belle will open with a medium length set, followed by Technical Drawings- the latest project of pianist and Table of the Elements artist Melissa St. Pierre. Her interests range from Cage-ian and Partch piano works to Japanese acid rock clamor and many points between. Detroit’s Sugar Coats, featuring members of Lee Marvin Computer Arm and Detroit Cobras, close the show with some Flying Burrito Brothers style country rock. Doors at 8 pm; $6. Mocad is located at 4454 Woodward, Detroit.

Saturday, Nov. 7th: night two of Lac La Belle’s CD release weekend at The Yes Farm

The second night of our CD release weekend takes place at a favorite newer venue The Yes Farm (located at 3410 Farnsworth, Detroit- at the corner of Farnsworth and Moran). Agrarian hipsters can enjoy two sets of music by Lac La Belle following the Harvest Festival in the heart of Detroit’s longest running urban farm. Doors at 10:30, first set at 11 pm; $5.

Coming Soon:

11/20 Mike Tamburo and Ben Reynolds

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