Artist Profile Performances

Claudia Quintet to play First Night

From the Boston Globe, the Claudia Quintet will play Boston’s First Night fest this week.

NEW YORK – When percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck, an eclectically minded veteran of the New York scene with a portfolio ranging from big band and klezmer to avant-garde “new music,’’ set out to form his own group, he didn’t necessarily expect to make something as unusual – nor as durable – as the Claudia Quintet.

Now nine years old and about to release its fourth CD, the quintet features a distinctive front line of clarinet, vibraphone, and accordion. Its distinctive sound and Hollenbeck’s ambitious yet accessible compositions have earned critical acclaim and fueled the emergence of Hollenbeck, 41, as a prominent composer, a Guggenheim fellowship recipient who is frequently solicited for adventurous new commissions.

At: First Church in Boston, Thursday, sets at 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Information and First Night buttons at

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Jürg and Marianne Rufer – Les Diaboliques: Jubilee Concert DVD
The trio of Irène Schweizer, Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre – Les Diaboliques – represents a primary factor in the history of Intakt, since they were all present in the label’s very first record (Live At Taktlos) before going on to become one of the most lively expressions in the macrocosm of present-day improvisation. Their […]

Locrian – Drenched Lands
Doom at its most effective will make the impression upon listeners that relief is a matter of hitting the ‘pause’ button’. With song titles like “Obsolete Elegy In Effluvia And Dross,” and “Barren Temple Obscured By Contaminated Fogs,” one might guess that the latest from Chicago’s Locrian (Andre Foisy, Terence Hannum) seeks […]

Tony Malaby Cello Trio – Warblepeck
Much to my surprise, Tony Malaby’s cello trio – where the saxophonist is joined by Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist John Hollenbeck – sounds remarkably like an updated hybrid of Air and Hemphill on their debut recording. It’s not just because the presence of a cello invokes Abdul Wadud, since Lonberg-Holm’s playing sounds about as […]

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December 20, 2008
Downtown Horns, Roulette
Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Steve Dalachinsky, Sabir Mateen
Improv, Roulette
Louie Belogenis, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz

December 19, 2008
Tony Malaby‘s Cello Trio, Cornelia Street Cafe
John Hollenbeck, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Malaby

December 17, 2008
Elliott Sharp‘s Bootstrappers, Bowery Poetry Club
Anton Fier, Melvin Gibbs, Emanuel ‘MannyLunch’ Maris, Elliott Sharp
Musso-Bjorkenheim Experience, Bowery Poetry Club
Raoul Bjorkenheim, Elliott Levin, Keith Macksoud, Bob Musso, Eric Slick
Tisziji Munoz Heart-Burn, Bowery Poetry Club
Tony Falco, Bruce Lee Gallanter, Bob Moses, Rebazar Munoz, Tisziji Munoz, Don Pate

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Performances Releases

Cuneiform Artist News: Part II

More from Cuneiform Records:

The Claudia Quintet / John Hollenbeck

Upcoming performances Fall 2008:

9/26-barbès, Brooklyn/NY
9/27-Cornelia Street Café, New York/NY

10/2-Jazzfestival ,Leipzig/GERMANY
10/3-Paradox, Tilburg/NETHERLANDS
10/4-MS Stubnitz, Amsterdam /NETHERLANDS
10/5-Stadtgarten, Cologne/GERMANY
10/6-Cafe Wilhelmina, Eindhoven/NETHERLANDS
10/7-Domicil, Dortmund/GERMANY
10/9-Spitalkeller, Offenburg/GERMANY
10/10-Weberhaus, Viersen/GERMANY
10/11-A-Trane, Berlin/GERMANY
10/13-Oben-Kino, Cottbus/GERMANY

11/6-The Outpost, Albuquerque/NM
11/7-Texas Tech, Lubbock/TX
11/8-Percussive Arts Society & late night set at The Parish, Austin/TX
11/10-Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg/GERMANY
11/11-Theatre Municipal, Nevers/FRANCE
11/12-Espace Vauban, Brest/FRANCE
11/14-University of Zagreb CROATIA
11/16-Jazzclub Hipnoza, Katowice/POLAND

The Refuge Trio (Theo Bleckmann, Gary Versace, John Hollenbeck)
11/26 workshop Jazz Institute Berlin, Germany
11/27 Berlin, Germany a-trane
11/28 Dortmund, Germany Domicil
11/29 Bielefeld, Germnany Bunker Ulmenwall
11/30 workshop Hannover, Germany

12/1 Vienna, Austria Konzerthaus
12/2 Cologne, Germany Stadtgarten
12/4 Hannover, Germany Jazzclub
12/5 with Jazz Hochschule Big Band Cologne, Germany
12/6 Munich, Germany Unterfahrt

Lol Coxhill

Lol Coxhill is heading to Berlin for a performance at Club Ausland on Friday September 19th;
Also, Trieste on November 15th with Enzo Rocco at the ‘All Frontiers Festival’.

Doctor Nerve

Nick Didkovsky continues to write new material for Doctor Nerve, and recently acquired a 1967 Gibson SG which his friends are getting sick of hearing about. Still we cannot help but wonder what effect the guitar which in the hands of Tony Iommi was used to create heavy metal will have on the new Nerve tunes.

Nick’s Ice Cream Time project with ARTE Sax Quartet and Tom Dimuzio is going to tour Europe in November.

Nick recently returned from Belfast where he presented a paper on “MaxScore” at the International Computer Music Conference. If you use the computer music program MaxMSP, you can now do common music notation with this new object, visit

The fabulous Dither Electric Guitar Quartet recently performed a bunch of Nick’s pieces to a packed house in a cool new music space in Williamsburg called Listen/Space

As always: and is where you can keep up with the latest.

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