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
Coming in May: Tsigoti (prog/punk protest band featuring Thollem McDonas)
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.
12/14 Keenan Lawler/Jozef Van Wissem
1/25 Frode Gjerstad/Paal Nilssen Love
3/25 Han Bennink/Frode Gjerstad
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.
11/20 Mike Tamburo and Ben Reynolds
Wide Hive Records has a new release coming out featuring Phil Ranelin.
& Tribe Renaissance LIVE! REMINISCENCE
Phil Ranelin’s third release on Wide Hive Records, Phil Ranelin and Tribe Renaissance Live! is inspired by Ranelin’s intuitive understanding of a younger audience’s yearning for music that matters, and the spontaneity and truth that manifests through playing to a live audience.
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.
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)
- Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone Tour America (improvisedcommunications.wordpress.com)
- Mary Halvorson In July (improvisedcommunications.wordpress.com)
- Mary Halvorson And Jessica Pavone On Tour (improvisedcommunications.wordpress.com)
Live shows of Mary Halvorson, reported by Improvised Communications:
Mary Halvorson Trio
Tuesday, July 14th @ Molde Jazz Festival (Molde, Norway)
Friday, July 17th @ Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Tuesday, July 21st @ Bowery Poetry Club (New York, NY)
Saturday, July 25th @ The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)
Monday, July 27th @ Morris Book Shop (Lexington, KY)
Tuesday, July 28th @ TBA (Mt. Comfort, IN)
Wednesday, July 29th @ The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Thursday, July 30th @ TBA (Detroit, MI)
Friday, July 31st @ TBA (Buffalo, NY)
Saturday, August 1st @ Metropolis Underground (Syracuse, NY)
Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio
Saturday, July 11th @ Pomigliano Jazz Festival (Napoli, Italy)
Sunday, July 12th @ North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Myra Melford’s Happy Whistlings
Tuesday, July 7th @ The Stone (New York, NY)
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
Wednesday, July 22nd @ Barbes (Brooklyn, NY)