Bluefat January Issue

From Bluefat:

Matthew Shipp: A Crack in the Jazz Egg
Well yeah, go ahead and call Matthew Shipp a jazz pianist, because that in a way is precisely what he is. But, good god, he strides far outside whatever done-to-death images that expression is going to conjur, and clearly, clearly it’s time to do a little probing on that score. The NYC-based musician, who’s also worked in several decidedly non-trad jazz collaborative contexts (David S. Ware, El-P, DJ Spooky, the Maneri Ensemble, Spring Heel Jack, Roscoe Mitchell‘s Note Factory, the William Parker Quartet, among numerous varied others), now comes with the latest in a lengthy series of tightrope walks high above craggy chasms… (Read more)

Like a Rainbow in Curved Air: Terry Riley
Along with his former Berkeley classmate La Monte Young, Terry Riley is the big daddy of the school of composing formerly known as Minimalist, and best known for groundbreaking works such as In C (1968), A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969), Persian Surgery Dervishes (1971) and Cadenza on the Night Plain (2006). Riley’s curious path has led him from the outer reaches of modern jazz to Euro serialism/musique concrète/electronics, and has found him drawing deeply as well on “West Coast” ideas of indeterminacy via John Cage and the alternative-tonality worlds of Harry Partch and Lou Harrison. (Read more)

New Moods for Moderns
A conversation with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington is a native of Portland, Oregon, who grew up in Seattle and founded his ensemble there in 1973. For him, that time and place were crucial in setting the open-eared course of his globe-trotting Kronos, who have carved a unique niche for themselves as the most broad-minded and modernist string quartet in the entire world; their thrillingly eclectic endeavors have found them interpreting works by a vast and disparate range of composers and musicians including Anton Webern, Taraf de Haidouks, Tom Waits, Café Tacuba, John Zorn, Osvaldo Golijov, Harry Partch, Terry Riley and Henryk Gorecki. (Read more)

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Roulette in February

From NY’s Roulette:

Tenko
Thu Feb 11 – 8:30 PM
Tenko kicked off her career in music with female rock group Mizutama Shobodan in 1979. Two years later in New York she got captivated by improvised music and back in Japan started performing in a vocal duo The Honeymoons. In 1984 in New York, Tenko made her debut as a soloist and before long started working with New Yorkers Fred Frith, John Zorn, Christian Marclay and David Moss. She also performed and recorded with Art Lindsay, Wayne Horvitz, as well as Japanese Otomo Yoshihide, Tatsuya Yoshida, Ikue Mori duo and Wni-Gohan female improvisers group. Since 1985, Tenko has collaborated with various musicians in festivals in the USA, Europe and Asia. Tonight marks a rare opportunity to hear Tenko in the US.

David Linton: Bicameral Research Sound & Projection System with David First & Satoshi Takeishi : 60 Hz Raga
Sat Feb 13 – 8:30 PM
Originally a percussionist David Linton has created sound for many collaborative dance, theater, & performance settings since his arrival in downtown NY in the early 1980’s. By the later 80’s he was equally known for his live wired solo electro-acoustic drumkit performances as well as his soundscore productions. His 1986 solo LP ‘Orchesography’ (on Glen Branca’s Neutral Label) was an influential collusion of ‘early’ sampling tek with street beats and theatrical post modernism. Throughout the 90’s Linton became a dedicated advocate for the expansion and appreciation of realtime performance in electronic media through the design and/or production of event / environments. Since 2002 Linton’s fascination with instantaneous collaborative audio visual communication among select units of electronic musicians and visualists has assumed the form of a live television Manhattan cable/webcast project – UGTV – Unitygain Television.

John Lindberg’s TriPolar
Mon Feb 15 – 8:30 PM
Tripolar is the new ensemble of bassist/composer/producer John Lindberg, featuring multi-reed instrumentalist Don Davis – renowned for his formidable work with the Microscopic Septet and a wide array of other associations ranging from the Swollen Monkeys to Levon Helm, and master percussionist Kevin Norton doubling on drums and vibraphone – well-known for his numerous albums as a leader in his own right, and for his work with artists as diverse as Anthony Braxton, Milt Hinton and Tony Malaby. John Lindberg has recorded over fifty albums and has been an active member of the String Trio of New York for 32 years, as well as working with artists such as Jimmy Lyons, Wadada Leo Smith, Tony Coe, Steve Lacy, Albert Mangelsdorff and many others.

Ma La Pert: Jennifer Walshe & Tony Conrad
Fri Feb 19 – 8:30 PM
Ma la Pert is the duo of Jennifer Walshe and Tony Conrad. They use voice, violins, viola, bass, autoharps, autotune, keyboard, shells, broken plastic, words, parts of words, stories, chanting, jigs, screaming, shouting, broken drum skins, bells, green furry outfits, breastplates, wire, bird call, and old lady dresses. Walshe and Conrad first began working together after they ran from service as household slaves of King Pepy I at the end of Old Kingdom Egypt. They were subsequently monks in Carolingean Gaul during the period roughly 820 to 850, Venetian courtesans at Pope Eugene’s court during the mid 15th century, and prisoners on Reunion Island in 1738, where Walshe tried to secure Conrad’s escape using “remote viewing” techniques. The unfortunate outcome of the latter incident resulted in Conrad’s work as a medicine man in Australia in the 19th century, where in 1834, trying to quell a cattle riot, they both accidentally ingested leprosy vectors and subsequently lost three legs and two arms between them.

PFL Traject
Sat Feb 20 – 8:30 PM
PFL Traject is the improvisational trio of Pascal Pariaud, clarinets and pipes, Jean-Charles François, percussion, and Gilles Laval, electric guitar, from Lyon, France. The members of the group all went through very different journeys : Pascal Pariaud is a clarinetist specializing in new music performance and early music, a choral conductor and teacher; Jean-Charles François is a composer and percussionist who was professor at UC San Diego and founding member of the improvisation group KIVA; coming from the world of Hardcore and the alternative scene, Gilles Laval has been involved with many unlikelies, like Chef Menteur, Impur with Fred Frith, and La Douzaine., he is also the head of the popular music department at the Villeurbanne National Music School. Each improvisation of PFL Traject is a voyage in the already constituted memory, a promenade in the garden of delights. PFL Traject invites the audience to travel, to stroll, to ramble, to put oneself into orbit, to fly off at a tangent, to make the tour of a world that is well-defined in its individual windings, but is infinite in its collective combinations.

INTERPRETATIONS: Thomas Buckner premieres new works by Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Eckart Beinke and Bun Ching Lam
Thu Feb 25 – 8:00 PM
Buckner presents an evening of new works, including Earl Howard’s Frond, for baritone, violin, bass saxophone, and live electrtonics, Bun Ching Lam’s Trois Cadeaux, for baritone, harp, and piano, and Matthias Kaul’s Zappa-esque The Mellow Quark. With French harpist Isabelle Courret, the German ensemble L’Art Pour L’Art, Mari Kimura (violin), JD Parran (bass saxophone), and Earl Howard (saxophone, live electronics and processing).
William Parker, Conrad Bauer & Hamid Drake

Fri Feb 26 – 8:30 PM
Master musician, improviser, and composer William Parker teams up with one of Europe’s finest free jazz trombonists – Conrad Bauer, and virtuosic percussionist Hamid Drake for an evening of off the wall free improv. With a collective resume including collaborations with such names as Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Anthony Braxton, Peter Brotzmann, Cecil Taylor, and Butch Morris – this All-Star trio is NOT to be missed!

Childrens Concert with WOLLESONIC
Sat Feb 27 – 2:00 PM
Wollesonic returns to Roulette for a very special kids workshop/concert where YOU the audience can be a part of the show! Kenny Wollesen and members of Wollesonic will distribute instruments designed and made by Wollesonic Laboratories (balloon bassoons, chika chikas, and scrap wood marimbas) to all participants, then give a brief tutorial on sound making, performance styles, and improvisation techniques….then, freshly armed with our sound devices we will all embark on a sonic exploration where we will attempt to discover never before heard sounds, get a feel for what its like to be “in the lights”, perform our newly learned improvisations and have a great time! Plus you can take your instrument home! join Wollesonic for a one of a kind soniferous situation! All kids welcome!

Steve Swell
Sat Feb 27 – 8:30 PM
“One of the most adventurous and prolific members of the New York free-jazz community” according to Ed Hazell of Signal To Noise, Steve Swell’s reputation, work ethic and committment to excellence has kept him in the forefront of improvised music and a leading voice on his instrument for more than 20 years. Tonights concert will feature a relatively new ensemble with some of improvised music’s finest contributors: Rob Brown, alto; Chris Forbes, piano; Hilliard “Hill” Greene, bass; Michael T.A. Thompson, drums, percussion. It will feature Swell’s writing along with his unique, on the spot direction of incorporating this group’s rich improvisation abilities along with his compositions. An extra element of improvisation that determines the direction of the music.

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Newsbits

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A short interview with Medeski, Martin and Wood has been posted.

John Zorn, Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson will play next year’s Montreal Jazz Fest.

Theo Bleckmann has a new album of Charles Ives songs coming out.

Phil Kline‘s latest two releases are reviewed in the Chicago Reader.

Caustic Reverie is an ambient-drone artist with 15 albums available for free download.

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Mahall / Dorner / Roder / Jennessen:
Die Enttauschung
(Intakt)

Fred Frith:
Nowhere, Sideshow, Thin Air
(Recommended Records / Fred Records)

Noyes / Chabala:
The Shade & The Squint
(Roeba)

Furt:
Sense
(psi)

John Zorn:
Femina
(Tzadik)

Phill Niblock:
Touch Strings
(Touch)

Ignaz Schick/Martin Tetreault:
Live-33-45-78
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Kevin Drumm:
Imperial Horizon
(Hospital)

Weightless:
A Brush With Dignity
(Clean Feed)

Fossils:
A Common Confusion
(Bug Incision)

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An Arts for Art/Vision Festival Benefit Marathon

From New York’s RUCMA:

28 Hours of Innovative Art
To Benefit Arts For Art
And NYC’s community of innovative music and arts
November 20th 6 PM thru November 21st at midnght – Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Lower East Side

The purpose of this event is to support Arts for Art’s community-building initiatives to strengthen the presence of innovative music and art in the LES. This “marathon” of music and arts, is a real First. It will explore new and exciting ways of connecting ‘performance’ with ‘audience interaction’ and ‘youth participation’. Arts For Art with the passion of its convictions, has created an opportunity for the art, local business and civil community to come together. So come and help Arts For Art give back to the community that made it possible for all of these art forms to converge under the same roof!!

Thus far, our growing list of contributing artists includes, but is not limited to:

MUSICIANS:

Milford Graves
John Zorn & Bill Laswell
– Lewis Barnes
– Aki Onda & Shelley Hirsch
– The Skeletons Big Band
– George Lewis
– Roy Campbell
Sabir Mateen
– Jason Kao Hwang
– Kali Fasteau
– Matthew Shipp
– Joe Mcphee’s Trio X
– Daniel Levin
Ned Rothenberg
– Sam Hillmer’s Regattas
– Charles Gayle
– Josh Roseman
Matt Lavelle
– Taylor Ho Bynum
DJs Kids With Snakes
– Steven Bernstein / Sex Mob
– Rob Brown
– Fay Victor
– Gerald Cleaver
– Mark Whitecage
– Dominic Duval
– JD Allen
– Francois Grillot
– Ras Moshe
– Jean Carla Rodea
– Perry Robinson
– Rozanne Levine
– Brahim Frigbane
– Rosemarie Hertlein
– Jacob Garchik & Devin Gray

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Open Space Festival for New Music

Next Spring, the University of Northern Colorado brings forth the Open Space Festival for New Music:

The Open Space Festival of New Music is designed to present innovative composers and interpreters of contemporary music annually at the University of Northern Colorado. Composers and performers are featured guests in lectures, seminars and performances. Each Festival gives students the opportunity to perform with guest artists in a number of diverse settings and genres.

Here’s a list of of what happening last spring at UNC:

Thursday, April 9
4:40 p.m.: Composition master class with Paul Rudy, Studio B at Frasier Hall, 7th Street between 9th and 10th avenues
4:40 p.m.: Piano master class with Stephen Drury, Milne Auditorium, 8th Avenue and 17th Street
7 p.m.: Pre-concert talk with Paul Rudy, Milne Auditorium
7:30 p.m.: Music of Paul Rudy and Charles Ives performed by Rudy, Stephen Drury and Roger Landes, Milne auditorium

Friday, April 10
Noon: Lecture/demonstration: “What You See is Not What You Get: Slight of Hand in Sound and Image” by Paul Rudy at the Kress Cinema & Lounge, 817 8th Ave.
2:30-4 p.m.: Open rehearsal for John Zorn’s “Cobra” with Drury, Kress
5 p.m.: Live performance of John Zorn’s “Cobra,” Kress
6-9 p.m.: Live music at the Kress
9 p.m.: Irish, Balkan, Middle Eastern concert with Roger Landis at Patrick’s Irish Pub, 800 9th St.

This spring we’re looking at bringing composer Christian Wolff, Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort to perform a new piece by Wolff, “Songs from Brecht: The Exception and the Rule.” The UNC Cobra Ensemble will be giving a performance of Wolff’s improvisatory piece “Edges.” Composer and performer Michael Hicks from Brigham Young University will also be a part of this spring’s music festival.

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