Carrying the Avant-Jazz Torch

The California Chronicle provides a brief interview of Erik Friedlander.

In its heyday, the adventurous downtown scene served as a stage for everything from free improvisation to high-decibel rock. Its leaders, saxophonist and composer John Zorn and, later on, trumpeter Dave Douglas, had a penchant for unconventional instrumentation (string ensembles, bird calls, and so on), and repertoire (Bjork‘s songs, and Balkan and Jewish music, among others). This vibrant music scene nurtured such other avant-jazz string players as violinists Jenny Scheinman, Carla Kihlstedt, Jeff Gauthier, and Laura Seaton, as well as cellist Mark Dresser and bassist Devin Hoff.

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Performances Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter July 17th, 2009

From DMG:

Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers 4 CD set! Weasel Walter w/Henry Kaiser & Peter Evans! Bill Frisell w/ Jenny Scheinman! James Carney w/ Tony Malaby & Josh Roseman!

Franz Koglmann/Vladimir Nabokov! Itaru Oki! In the Country! Jandek! Francisco Lopez! Giancinto Scelsi! Bruno Maderna! Peter Hammill!

Plus Historic Discs from Dick Heckstall-Smith, Mel Collin’s Circus, Anekdoten, Gong, Cressida, Chico Magnetic Band, Liverpool Scene, and Powell St. John!

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

Sunday, July 26th at 6pm:
JASON KAO HWANG & STEVE SWELL! Ace Violinist & Tremendous Trombonist!

Sunday, August 2nd at 6pm:
International Electric Bass / Saxes / Guitar Trio!

Sunday, August 9th at 6pm:
TED DANIEL TRIO! CD Release Celebration from Legendary Loft Jazz Trumpet Hero!

Sunday, August 16th at 6pm:

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Artist Profile

Jenny Scheinman: Avant-fiddle and old-fashioned voice

Scheinman is profiled.

Petrolia, Calif., is the westernmost town in the continental U.S., and lies along the biggest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the Lower 48. An outpost of the notorious Humboldt County, Petrolia was once, as the name suggests, an oil town, as well as a settlement for miners, loggers and fishermen. But when those resources began to dry up, it became what Petrolia native Jenny Scheinman calls “a pot town,” with a population of some 300 “back-to-the-lander hippie people who moved there in the ‘70s.” Scheinman, who happened to grow up in the westernmost house in Petrolia, which for much of her childhood was without electricity, says her hometown is about an hour’s drive from the nearest town.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

William Parker
Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

14-Nov-08 Jenny Scheinman
Crossing the Field (KOCH International Jazz)
Reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

13-Nov-08 Angelica Sanchez
Life Between (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

13-Nov-08 Mostly Other People Do The Killing
This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records)
Reviewed by Ivana Ng

12-Nov-08 Kalaparush McIntyre
Extremes (CIMP Records)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

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Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter October 17th, 2008

Evening Star album cover
Image via Wikipedia

From DMG:

Braxton ‘Complete Arista’ 8 CD box! Briggan Krauss! Satoko Fujii! Steven Bernstein MTO! Stapp/Malaby/Takeishi! Jenny Scheinman! Haino Keiji! King Crimson Sextet – Phili 1996!

Wyatt-era Soft Machine Qnt DVD! Classic Fripp & Eno remastered CDs! Tilbury book on Cardew! Nato bargains: Beresford, Zorn, Coe, Hymas! Michael Brook! Raymond Scott!

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