April 02, 2009
Carbon performs SyndaKit, Issue Project Room
Rachel Golub, Dave Hofstra, Rubin Kodheli, Ron Lawrence, Okkyung Lee, Will Martina, Jessica Pavone, Reuben Radding, Kevin Ray, Elliott Sharp, Liuh-Wen Ting
Octal, Issue Project Room
Elliott Sharp

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Performances Reviews

Excursion to the Left Coast: John Zorn @ Yoshi’s San Francisco

Masada (via

From Black Plastic Bag:

I recently flew across the country to watch a New York musician play a series of concerts in San Francisco. If that doesn’t seem to make much sense, consider that downtown legend John Zorn, a recent recipient of the half-a-million-bucks Macarthur “Genius” grant, almost never plays live except in New York City and Europe. But last week, he did a six-night residency at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, showcasing a different band each night, all but one playing material from his Masada songbook of tunes based on traditional Jewish scales and melodies.

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New Releases From Leo Records

Sun Ra
Sun Ra (via

From Leo Records:

Sun Ra – Live in Cleveland, 1975
Marilyn Crispell Quartet & Quintet – Collaborations
Collective 4tet – In Transition
Szilard Mezei Wind Quartet – We Were Watching The Rain
Lapslap: Michael Edwards / Martin Parker / Karin Schistek – Scratch
Andreas Willers – Drowning Migrant

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Upcoming Detroit Area Shows

From the Bohemian National Home in Exile:

Sat. March 14th: Jeff Marx Quartet at 2739 Edwin
Detroit native Jeff Marx was inspired to dedicate himself to the saxophone after seeing fellow Detroiter Sonny Stitt as a child. He paid some dues here before relocating to the Bay Area, New York and most recently Chicago. Jeff excells in both traditional and contemporary approaches to his playing, always with a deep tenor sounds that is reminiscent of greats like Sonny Rollins and Gene Ammons. The rest if this quartet consists of Detroit musicians: Marko Novachcoff- winds, Kurt Prisbe- drums, Joel Peterson- doublebass. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10.

Mon. March 16: Frank Gratkowski at 2739 Edwin
Born in Hamburg, Frank Gratkowski is an alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute player who is one of the most noted members of Europe’s improvising avant garde. He has highly developed extended technique that defies the limitations traditionally accepted on his instruments. He has worked with many of Europe and America’s most important musicians, including Fred von Hove, Hamid Drake, Wolter Wierbos, Mal Waldron, Peter Brotzmann, John Lindberg, Muhal Abrams, Greg Osby, Ken Vandermark and many others. It’s been a few years since he’s been in town and we’re excited to be presenting Frank.

4/10 Taylor Ho Bynum/Thomas Fujiwara Duo

5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/17 BoxDeserter Trio (Thollem McDonas, Skeeter Shelton, Joel Peterson) at DIA
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Clinker, On the Other Side… (for L. Cohen) (CDR Dragon´s Eye Recordings)
Dragon´s Eye Recordings have recently slid down the American west coast from Seattle to Los Angeles. Home of a small cadre of artists mainly committed to shaping and manipulating the very air and architecture around them, as witnessed by recent releases like Yann Novak´s pulsating “In Residence”… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:40, 25 Feb 2009

Deadbeat, Roots and Wire (Wagon Repair)
Deadbeat is Scott Monteith, a Montrealer drawn to Berlin by the affinity between the sound he has been honing for nearly a decade and the rich seam of minimal dub which was first disovered and is being so meticulously mined in the German capital. As Deadbeat, the artist is nicely turning out to… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:22, 25 Feb 2009

Various Artists, Perceived Distances (Blue Oasis)
This brand new London, Ontario based label, sistering with Europe´s Data Obscura, collects exclusive tracks by a new generation of ambient artists, most of whom have been garnering a reputation and an audeince through that most ambient of all media, the netlabel. It is the brainchid of one of its… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:10, 25 Feb 2009

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