Jazz Cerkno Event in Slovenia

From Jazz Cerkno:

This year’s Jazz Cerkno festival program is boasting with quite some names that were seminal in forming the European and global free jazz. On the very first festival day (Thu., 14. May) we will listen to the legendary Schlippenbach Trio (Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano, Evan Parker, saxophone, Paul Lovens, drums). On the same day there are also concerts by Powertrio from Portugal, and Slovenian/international Jure Pukl High Interaction Group.

Friday (15. May) wll bring the first festival meeting with the famous French double bass player Joëlle Léandre (she will also play at the Saurday afternoon solo concert at the Music School); on the Friday concert she will be accompanied by Carlos Zingaro (violin) and Sebi Tramontana (trombone). The festival covered arena at the Old Square will continue to be well shaken by Peter Brötzmann free-jazz-core trio Full Blast and Slovenian trio Lolita. The last festival day wil bring (apart from Léandre’s solo concert) four more bands, none of which ever played in Slovenia before: Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly (USA), Tiziano Tononi Quartet (ITA), ESS (S) and Push The Triangle (F). There will also be two workshops: photographing musicians (Žiga Koritnik) and „wild food“ (Dario Cortese), at the City Museum Cerkno will be also photograph exhibition „Jazz in Cerkno“ (Photo Club Cerkno).

Quite soon, there will be more information at our 14 th Jazz Cerkno festival website, where we will prepare files with musicians’ biographies and press quality photographs. All these and more will soon be available at our address jazzcerkno.si. You are invited to visit it now, so you can check up what other events did we prepare apart from our main event / fourteenth festival Jazz Cerkno.

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Marilyn Crispell Interview

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Pianist Crispell is interviewed.

Marilyn Crispell is widely considered one of the leading contemporary jazz pianists and composers. Her reach is tremendous. She can coax extraordinary beauty out of standards such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” or Coltrane’s “Dear Lord” by often locating pockets and eddies in the tune that allow for tremendous elaboration while still staying true to the tune. On her own compositions, Crispell has often been much more explosive, playing pounding rhythmic counterpoint opposite cascades of runs up and down the keyboard. Since 1996, on her recordings for ECM, she has explored a more contemplative side, one that emphasizes space, interiority, and quietness. During the 80’s Crispell was a member of Anthony Braxton‘s quartet. She has also played with such major jazz luminaries as Irene Schweizer, Barry Guy, Evan Parker, Reggie Workman, Noelle Leandre and many, many others.

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Mopomoso featuring Evan Parker Trio at The Vortex in London

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AAJ reviews Mopomoso in London:

Fair enough, it’s billed as “Mopomoso featuring Evan Parker Trio.” But still, a five-hour bill culminating in less than twenty minutes from the man himself would try the stamina of all but the most committed free improv devotees.

Thankfully, with the reputation of the Mopomoso (apparently standing—and I don’t think it’s a joke— for “MOdernism POst MOdernism SO what?”) night firmly established after nearly two decades, it’s precisely those free jazz devotees that fill the Vortex tonight.

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Ned Rothenberg

Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007
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Ned Rothenberg is profiled.

Twisting alto and tenor saxophone lines gradually coalesced then dispersed, tacking between consonance and dissonance as Ned Rothenberg and Evan Parker launched their recent duo gig at Issue Project Room. Long circular-breathed patterns were punctuated with overblown tones before the two exchanged almost bluesy lines, complementing and responding in a taut dialogue of fluent masters.

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Evan Parker Interview

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Evan Parker is interviewed.

It may be almost impossible to be involved in free improvisational forms and not be influenced by the compositional genius of Evan Parker. As a saxophonist, he has created one of the most original voices in the history of the instrument and after several decades, remains one of music’s most important pioneers.

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John Wiese w/ PDX Large Ensemble in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

12/13: John Wiese w/ PDX Large Ensemble
The Creative Music Guild Presents
Saturday, December 13, 8PM

John Weise and PDX Large Ensemble at Worksound (820 SE Alder)

$8 ($6 for students, CMG members)

John Wiese is an artist and composer from Los Angeles, California. His ongoing projects include LHD and Sissy Spacek, with plenty of freelance work with many artists as diverse as Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Merzbow, Dave Phillips, Smegma, Kevin Drumm, Cattle Decapitation, and C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core). He has toured extensively throughout the world, covering Europe, Scandinavia and Australia as a member of Sunn O))), the UK as part of the Free Noise tour (a tentet including Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Yellow Swans, etc.), the United States alongside Wolf Eyes, and recently performed in the 52nd Venice Biennale with artist Nico Vascellari. More information can be found at http://www.john-wiese.com.
Wiese will be performing with members of Yellow Swans, Smegma, Flaspar, Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!, Evolutionary Jass Band, Nick Jaina / Loch Lomond, Cex Fucx, Au, Marriage Recs, Blue Cranes, and many others.

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