DMG Newsletter November 20th, 2009

From DMG:

Vandermark All-Star 10-CD Set! Evan Parker QT! Brotzmann Solo! Meredith Monk! Jose Maceda! Braxton & Leandre! Ivo Perelman Trio! John Wolf Brennan Solo! Bobby Previte Group! Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum!

Gianluca Petrella Cosmic Sun Ra Band! Campbell/McPhee/Parker/Smith Ayler Project! David Murray! Trevor Watts! Leandre/Vidal/Boni! Jamaaladeen Tacuma! Bauer/Thomas/Buck! Tom Waits Live! Luc Ferrari! Rolf Kuhn Tri-O!

Wertmuller/Rupp! .. and Rupp/Pliaks/Wertmuller! Sommer/Phillips/Schoof/Trovesi! Leimgruber/Demierre/Phillips! Stockhausen! Bern/Brody/Rodach! Merzbow! Erdman/Steidle! Oren Ambarchi! Four Moondog CDs! Thomas Heberer Trio!

Bloodbath: King/Otomo/Umezu/Koichi! Gong 2032: Classic ‘Radio Gnome’ lineup Re-United! Unreleased Funkadelic!

and ..omigosh! ..Classic ‘Horo’ Albums FINALLY released on CD: Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, Konitz/Solal, Johhy Griffin!

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm:
ANDERS NILSSON – Guitar Wiz Will Blow Your Mind!

Sunday, November 29th at 6pm – DoubleHeader!: NONOKO YOSHIDA & DAVE SCANLON!
Wonderful New Sax & Guitar Duo!
BIGGI VINKELOE & STEVE SWELL!
Swedish Alto Sax Great Meets Downtown Trombone Giant!

Sunday, December 6th at 6pm:
ERGO! Cuneiform Recording Artists Featuring:
BRETT SROKA / SAM HARRIS / SHAWN BALTAZOR!
Celebrating the Release of their Fabulous New CD!

Sunday, December 13th at 6pm:
MIKKO INNANEN / JOE FONDA / LOU GRASSI!
Superb Reeds / Acoustic Bass / Drums Trio!

Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm:
DANIEL LEVIN / INGEBRIGT HAKER-FLATEN / FRANK ROSALY!
New Cello / Contrabass / drums Trio! Rare DMG Tuesday Gig!

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
ANDY HAAS & DEE POP!
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

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DMG Newsletter November 13th, 2009

From DMG:

Bill Dixon Triple Disc Set! Dave Douglas Big Band! 4 from ReR: 2 Gems from Fred Frith! Many Intergalactic Gems from Sun Ra! Ochs/Dresser/Tarasov Trio!

New Magma & Van Der Graaf CD & DVD! James Blood Ulmer/Calvin Weston Trio! Han Bennink Trio! Eddie Prevost/Seymour Wright Trio! Julie Wolfe! Philip Glass! Erik Satie and Lots More Amazing Gems!

Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday, November 15th at 6pm:
JEFF ARNAL & LIUDAS MOCKUNAS!
Downtown Drum Wiz Engages Lithuanian Saxist!

Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm:
ANDERS NILSSON – Guitar Wiz Will Blow Your Mind!

Sunday, November 29th at 6pm – Doubleheader!: NONOKO YOSHIDA & DAVE SCANLON!
Wonderful New Sax & Guitar Duo!
BIGGI VINKELOE & STEVE SWELL!
Swedish Alto Sax Great Meets Downtown Trombone Giant!

Sunday, December 6th at 6pm:
ERGO! Cuneiform Recording Artists Featuring
BRETT SROKA / SAM HARRIS / SHAWN BALTAZOR!
Celebrating the Release of their Fabulous New CD!

Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm:
DANIEL LEVIN / INGEBRIGT HAKER-FLATEN / FRANK ROSALY!
New Cello / Contrabass / drums Trio! Rare DMG Tuesday Gig!

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

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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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DMG Newsletter October 23rd, 2009

From DMG:

John Zorn‘s Femina! Fujii & Kihlstedt! Jessica Pavone! Lester Bowie: The Entire 1967 ‘Numbers’ sessions! David Simons! Bob Downes/Barry Guy Open Music! Amiri Baraka & Rob Brown DVD! Chad Taylor! Mike Reed! Leo Smith’s Spirit Catcher!

Matthew Welch! Radu Malfatti/Klaus Filip! Anders Nilsson! Keith Lowe/Toshimaru Nakamura! Phill NIblock! OOIOO! European Jazz Ensemble! Espers! Christopher Hobbs! Kai Fagaschinski/Burhard Stangl! Brian Groder & Burton Greene! Dom Minasi String Qt!

Historic Recordings from Disconforme: Lots of Ornette Coleman! Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry! John Lewis! Bob Brookmeyer! ..Mosaic 3CD Sets from John Handy & Denny Zeitlin!..and Rare DIW Out-Of-Print CDs!

..and much more!

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Friday, November 6th at 7pm –
KEN ALDCROFT & WILLIAM PARKER – Rare Friday Set!
Toronto Jazz Guitar Great meets Downtown’s Best Bassist!

Sunday, November 15th at 6pm:
JEFF ARNAL & LIUDAS MOCHUNAS!
Downtown Drum Wiz Engages Lithuanian Saxist!

Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm:
ANDERS NILSSON – Guitar Wiz Will Blow Your Mind!

Sunday, November 29th at 6pm: NONOKO YOSHIDA & DAVE SCANLON! Wonderful New Sax & Guitar Duo!

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Sunday, October 18, 2009
Vandermark 5 – Annular Gift (Not Two, 2009) ****
Resonance Ensemble – 10 CD Box (Not Two, 2009) ****
Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love – Chicago Volume (Smalltown Superjazzz, 2009) ****
Ken Vandermark – Fox Fire (Maya, 2009) ****
Frame Quartet – 35mm (Okka Disk, 2009) ****

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Charles Rumback – Two Kinds Of Art Thieves (Clean Feed, 2009) ****

Friday, October 16, 2009
Mats Gustafsson – The Vilnius Implosion (NoBusiness, 2009) *****

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet – Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed, 2009) ****½
Calling Signals 08 – From Café Oto (Loose Torque, 2009) ****

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DMG Newsletter October 2nd, 2009

From DMG:

Wadada Leo Smith: 2 groups on double Live CD! Tyshawn Sorey! Ergo with Carl Maguire! John Esposito/Jeff Marx/John Siegel! Beat Circus! Vinny Golia/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter! Tony Wilson 6tet! Roger Reynolds!

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, September 27th Double Header!
6pm – DAVE GROLLMAN/BRAD HENKEL/VALERIE KUEHNE!
A Fine New Drums/Trumpet/Cello Trio!
7pm – BEN GERSTEIN & TONY MALABY!
Wow! Powerful Trombone & Tenor/Soprano sax Duo!

Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm:
STEFANO PASTOR/GIACOMO MAREGA/SATOSHI TAKESHI!
Amazing violin/bass/percussion Trio!
Slam Recording Artist Performs a Rare Tuesday Set at DMG!

Sundays, October 4th & 11th – No in-store sets
While the Evan Parker Festival at The Stone Continues!

Sunday, October 18th at 6pm:
JOACHIM BADENHORST & NICO ROIG!
Superb New bass clarinet & baritone guitar duo!

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Two from Free Albums Galore

Free Albums Galore has dug up a couple of notable recordings.

Jozef Van Wissem – A Priori
Genre: Classical, Modern Composition, Avant-Garde

The lute is not exactly the first instrument I think of when someone says “avant-garde” or “contemporary music”. Yet Jozef Van Wissem uses his lute virtuosity to create exactly that. His compositions are clearly minimalist with the use of musical palindromes or mirror structures rather than precise compositional forms. Hearing a Jozef van Wissem compositions is a hypnotic trip down a rabbit hole. I think it is safe to say that most people have never heard the Renaissance minded lute in such a modern yet beautiful way.

A Priori is freely available through Ubuweb and is an excellent introduction to the the composer and lute virtuoso’s odd and quiet world. Very accessible yet very meditative, these tracks lulls you into a calm. Yet this is not casual listening but the kind that pulls you into the structure and gives rewards with every listen. While Van Wissem does work with electronics on some albums this is a pure acoustic effort and, in my opinion, the best way to experience his music.

Interkosmos – Interkosmos
Genre: Space Rock

The space jam band Interkosmos is an European affair with musicians from Germany, Austria, and Spain. Their brand of space rock goes back to the psychedelic 60s but is also influenced by the experimental electronic artistry of the 21st century. Interkosmos can weave an interesting tapestry of sounds for a trio. Their self-titled album is a good collection of this type of jam rock and is recommended to space jam fans, jaded Deadheads, and sci-fi buffs of all ages.

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DMG Newsletter September 18th, 2009

From DMG:

Zorn’s Arcana Book Vol 4! Rare John Cage Book! New London Jazz Composers Orchestra! Takase & Sclavis! Die Enttauschung, Vandermark’s Frame Qt! Fred Anderson 80th B-Day CD!

Gottschalk & Fengxia! Fonda/Stevens Group! Dennis Gonzalez/Frank Lowe Qt! Allan Holdsworth/John Stevens/Danny Thompson ..and Holdsworth ‘Tony Williams‘ Tribute! Laswell’s InnerRhythmic label!

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, September 20th at 6pm:
MATT LAVELLE & JASON STEIN!
Two Colossal Bass Clarinetists in a Rare Duet!

Sunday, September 27th Double Header!
6pm – DAVE GROLLMAN/BRAD HENKEL/VALERIE KUEHNE!
A Fine New Drums/Trumpet/Cello Trio!
7pm – BEN GERSTEIN & TONY MALABY!
Wow! Powerful Trombone & Tenor/Soprano sax Duo!

Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm:
STEFANO PASTOR/GIACOMO MAREGA/SATOSHI TAKESHI!
Amazing violin/bass/percussion Trio!
Slam Recording Artist Performs a Rare Tuesday Set at DMG!

Sundays, October 4th & 11th – No in-store sets
While the Evan Parker Festival at The Stone Continues!

Sunday, October 18th at 6pm:
JOACHIM BADENHORST & NICO ROIG!
Superb New bass clarinet & baritone guitar duo!

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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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