New Releases from Ayler Records

From Ayler Records:

Snus – Niklas Barnö, Joel Grip, Didier Lasserre
This trio was first put together by Marc Fèvre, the active foreman of parisian dynamic wine and free music venue, l’Atelier Tampon, for the celebrations of legendary bassist Alan Silva’s 70th birthday. Ayler Records liked this, and decided to record and produce a CD with the group a few months later. The meeting between the two swedes, Joel Grip and Niklas Barnö, and the frenchman Didier Lasserre, is a clash of free minds, nestled up in improvisation, stating their now’s with a firm but gentle slap in your face. Free music it is, and energ(et)ic all the more. A special blend of free jazz and free improv, a sophisticated mix of talents that tastes different, fresh and highly addictive.

Free Unfold Trio – Ballades
(J. Le Masson, B. Duboc, D. Lasserre)
The Free Unfold Trio ventures, and we with them, where many would instead turn round and go back : to the edge of the unknown, to secret places where an underlying depth permeates every gesture; where it feels good to lose oneself now and again. On the razor’s edge, in the open air, wandering about between silence and what’s unplayed. Four stretched out ballads, their melodies in dotted lines, as if diffracted, of dazzling brightness – gleaming seen as an art form.

Nuts (B. Duboc, R. Siddik, I. Oki, D. Lasserre, M. Sato)
Symphony for Old and New Dimensions
These men are calling home. These men are crying for home. For many a home. France. United States. Japan. Elsewhere… When Benjamin Duboc gathered these four men around him, he knew he had to bring forth an underlying intuition that the gathering, the very act of gathering individuals was the key of music-making today. NUTS is a playground of gathered individuals caught in the act of meeting each other. Live.

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Taylor Ho Bynum in January

From SpiderMonkey Stories, THB provides his schedule of upcoming shows:

Thursday, January 7, noon – 3pm: Out to Lunch, WKCR 89.9FM
I’ll be sitting in the studio at NYC’s most venerable of jazz stations, mostly discussing matters of brass importance in preparation for the upcoming Festival of New Trumpet Music.

Friday, January 8, 7:30pm: Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave (at E. 54th St), NYC
JKH – violin; THB – cornet; Ken Filiano – bass; Andrew Drury – drums
part of Reggie Workman’s Sculptured Sounds Festival

Saturday, January 9, 8:30pm: The Thirteenth Assembly
Cornelia St Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC
THB – cornet; Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Jessica Pavone – viola
part of the Company of Heaven Jazz Fest

January 13 through 16: The Festival of New Trumpet Music
Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street, NYC
This should be an amazing event, and I’ve spilled much blood, sweat, and tears working on this over the past several months. (Not just an idle cliche, as one of the gigs will feature Lew Soloff.) Click here for the full details, which include a celebration of the great Wilmer Wise and concerts by Anti-Social Music, Charles Wuorinen, Chicago Underground Duo, The Low Anthem, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and many many more. Each night is only $15, a festival pass is only $40, an absolute steal. But here are the shows where I’ll be actually putting horn to lips:

Thursday, January 14, 9:00pm: The Chamber Music of Ornette Coleman
Wilmer Wise & Lew Soloff – trumpets; THB – cornet; Meg Okura & Scott Tixier – violins; Judith Insell – viola; Will Martina – cello; Warren Smith – percussion; Gerald Cleaver – drums; Darcy James Argue, Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. & JC Sanford – arrangers
I’ll be conducting Ornette Coleman’s “The Sacred Mind of Johnny Dolphin” for trumpet, string quartet, and percussion, featuring trumpeting legends Wilmer Wise and Lew Soloff. Then we’ll be premiering new arrangements of Coleman works by members of the Pulse Composer Federation for the same instrumentation. It should be a fantastic evening of music.

Saturday, January 16, 9:00pm: Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble
THB, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Franz Hautzinger, Joe McPhee, Itaru Oki & Herb Robertson – trumpets & cornets; William Parker – bass; John Betsch – drums
Thanks to the generous support of the CMA/FACE French-American Jazz Exchange, we’ll be reuniting an international trumpet summit first convened in France by Jean-Luc Cappozzo in the spring of 2008. A really incredible cast of performers from France, Austria, Japan, and the US, something not to be missed!

Sunday, January 17, 7:00pm: FONT in Philly
International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
Co-sponsored by Ars Nova Workshop, FONT makes its first showing outside of NYC, with a triple bill featuring the Chicago Underground Duo, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and the Open Circuit Internation Trumpet Ensemble. More brassy joy than even the city of brotherly love can handle.

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French Jazz Venue Under Financial Pressure

This information comes from a music journalist in France, discussing the potential closing of Instants Chavirés, a Paris venue for improvised music.

On Thursday July 2nd 2009 we were shocked to learn that the balance of the operational subsidy allocated to our Association by the General Council of the Seine-Saint-Denis Department had been slashed by no less than 25,000€ – a drop of more of 19%. This in addition to a 7,000€ cut in our municipal subsidy (at the beginning of the year, the town of Montreuil had announced a reduction of 15,000€, 7000€ being the amount eventually decided upon by the end of June). This means that we have lost 32,000€ in 2009.

The lack of funding has forced us to cancel our Autumn season of concerts, video projections and exhibitions, in its entirety. Even maintaining a strict minimum of programmed events would lead to a budgetary deficit that we simply could not contemplate.

We maintain that an intermediary cultural space like the Instants Chavirés is an essential complement to existing institutions, and that it has made a major contribution to the diversity of the cultural offer, playing an essential role in discovering and promoting art for over 18 years.

We urge you then to sign the online petition (http://instants.mollo.fr), and write to Claude Bartolone, President of the General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, and / or to the Mayor of Montreuil, Dominique Voynet, to inform them of what the Instants Chavirés represents in the local, national and international cultural landscape, and express your own commitment to the lasting nature of this project.

You can address your correspondence directly to us at the following email address soutiens[at]instantschavires.com, or by regular mail to Instants Chavirés, 7 Rue Richard Lenoir 93100 Montreuil. We undertake to forward it to the parties concerned.

Association Muzziques – les Instants Chavirés
http://www.instantschavires.com/

Choice of comments:

-Evan Parker : Les Instants Chavirés is known throughout the world and through its work people see Montreuil as a very hip part of France.

-Mark Dresser : Instants Chavirés is a cultural institution of great importance. It’s budget should not be compromised by the general economic crises. It is short sighted in the extreme. I fully support this venue and those artists and public it serves.

Keith Rowe : Instants Chavirés is amongst the most important venues for new
music, its loss would make Paris and France all the poorer.

-Martin Davidson : It would be better to scrap nuclear weapons rather than
Les Instants Chavirés !

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Christian Pincock in Albuquerque

From the Spectre Series:

Christian Pincock performs improvised and composed music on valve trombone and a computer-based instrument of his own creation with MAX/MSP. Using a keyboard controller and a system of sensors attached to his trombone he is able to control sampled sounds and integrate them expressively and musically. His work is both dynamic and subtle, drawing from diverse styles such as improvised experimental music, contemporary classical, avant-garde jazz, noise, and electronica.

He has performed internationally in events such as the 9th, 10th and 11th Soundpainting Think-tank in Woodstock, Sweden, and France, the Music Omi International Arts Residency in 2007, the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music in Banff, Canada in 2006, as well as venues such as The Stone (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Le Petit Faucheux (Tours, FR).

http://www.christianpincock.net/

When: Thursday, April 23, 7:00 PM
Where: ARTS Lab Digital Media Garage. 131 Pine Street NE, Albuquerque
Map: http://artslab.unm.edu/where.html
How much: $5-10 suggested donation goes to the artists.

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Nu Band Touring Europe

Roy Campbell at Jazzy Spring Festival 2008 (Bu...
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Though on on their web site yet, the Nu Band begins a European tour this week.

THE NU BAND EUROPEAN TOUR

Mark Whitecage – alto sax, clarinet
Roy Campbell, Jr. – trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Fonda – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

Where:
Wednesday, January 7 – De Werf, Brugge, Belgium
Thursday, January 8 – Grand Theatre, Groningen, Netherlands
Friday, January 9 – Sunside , Paris, France
Saturday, January 10 – Le Moulin à Jazz , Vitrolles, France
Sunday, January 11 – open
Monday, January 12 – Aufsturz-Klub, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday, January 13 – IG JAZZ Freiberg , Freiberg, Germany
Wednesday, January 14 – open
Thursday, January 15 – Alchemia Club, Krakow, Poland
Friday, January 16 – Club Zak, Gdansk, Poland
Saturday, January 17 – Club W71 , Weikersheim, Germany
Sunday, January 18- L’Archiduc, Brussels, Belgium
Monday, January 19 – Oben Kino, Cottbus, Germany

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