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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International Contemporary Ensemble 2009-2010 Season

ICE has released its schedule for the coming season. Excerpts below.

Friday, September 25, 8:30pm
CD Release Event:
Mario Diaz de León on Tzadik
Roulette
20 Greene Street
Reservations/Tickets: 212.219.8242

Mario Diaz de León’s music focuses on acoustic/electronic hybrids that often fuse the two elements into unified meta-instruments. Often structured as walls and gestures of shimmering sound, his work is influenced by contemporary composers Scelsi, Ligeti, Dumitrescu and Radulescu as well as a wide range of electronic music, free improvisation, underground metal and American noise bands like Metalux and Sejayno. ICE is featured on his debut album for John Zorn‘s Tzadik label, and members will perform several of his pieces from the album live at this event.

Kaija Saariaho
Thursday, September 30, 7:30 pm
ICETank I: Saariaho
Curated by Wendy Richman and Nathan Davis
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Kaija Saariaho is a singular figure in music today and has massed a volume of chamber music intricately weaving the colors of live musicians and electronics. In advance of large-scale concerts of Ms. Saariaho’s music at Miller Theatre and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, ICE opens it’s 2009-10 series at the Tank with this intimate show featuring some of ICE members’ favorite music by Saariaho. Featuring Noa Noa for flute and electronics, Vent Nocturnes for viola and electronics, and Six Japanese Gardens for percussion and electronics.

Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY

ICE returns to RPI’s state-of-the-art performance and recording venue, EMPAC, to record an album of the electro-acoustic music of Nathan Davis.
David Bowlin, violin

Friday, October 9, 7:30 pm
ICE @ MoCP I: Reversed Images
David Bowlin, violin
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago

In collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, ICE begins its Chicago season with this unmissable show featuring Luigi Nono’s late masterpiece, La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura, a poignant and sweeping work for violin and live sound, performed by ICE violinist David Bowlin. David will also play music by Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino, to whom Nono’s piece is dedicated.

Iannis Xenakis
Saturday, October 17, 8 pm
Composer Portrait: Xenakis
Steve Schick, conductor and percussionist
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Composer Portraits Series
116th & Broadway
New York, NY

ICE brings its acclaimed portrait of iconic composer Iannis Xenakis to Miller Theatre and teams up with one of the leading musical minds of the 21st century, the percussionist and conductor Steven Schick. Schick will open the program with his world-renowned performance of Psappha, and the program will build in instrumental forces until ICE takes over the entire stage. Ticket info…

Claire Chase
Sunday, October 18, 7:30 pm
aliento CD Release Concert & Party
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Claire Chase, ICE’s fearless founding director and flutist, releases her first solo CD, aliento, on New Focus Recordings, in collaboration with members of ICE. Featured are 21st century flute works by Jason Eckardt, Edgar Guzmán, Dai Fujikura, Marcelo Toledo and ICE composers Nathan Davis, Du Yun, all heard here in their world premiere recordings. Produced by Claire Chase and Daniel Lippel; Ryan Streber, engineer. ICE performers Jennifer Curtis, Wendy Richman and Kivie Cahn-Lipman featured.

Come celebrate with Claire, ICE, and New Focus!
Bowling Green State University
October 22–24
The 30th Annual New Music Festival
at Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

ICE presents two concerts featuring music of Kaija Saariaho, Philippe Hurel, George Aperghis, Steve Reich, Du Yun and Nathan Davis, among others.

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7:30 pm
ICEtank II: Oboe Showdown
Nicholas Masterson and James Austin Smith, Oboes
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

The oboe gets its moment to shine in the first of four ICETank Showdowns, featuring ICE’s instrumental sections jointly presenting concerts of new works for their instrument.

Kaija Saariaho
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:30 pm
Saariaho at the MCA
Brad Lubman, conductor
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago

Kaija Saariaho’s music bursts with color, eliciting shocking sounds and textures from instrumental ensembles. Ms. Saariaho joins ICE in Chicago under the baton of Brad Lubman for a rare portrait of chamber music works from this living master.

Sunday, November 22, 2009, 8 pm
Composer Portrait: Saariaho
Jennifer Koh, violin
Brad Lubman, conductor
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Composer Portraits Series
116th & Broadway
New York, NY

Kaija Saariaho joins ICE in New York for a unmissable portrait of works from a modern master of sound and texture. Jennifer Koh performs Graal théâtre, for solo violin and chamber orchestra. Also on the program is the atmospheric Terrestre and two sparkling works for orchestra and electronics, the classic Lichtbogen and the energetic Solar. The composer herself will be in attendance for panel discussion during the concert.

December 1–3, 2009
Concerts at Harvard University and MIT
ICE premieres new works on concert series at Harvard and MIT during this mini-residency. Details TBA.
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
December 2, 4, 5, 2009
Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica
Conceived and Composed by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid/Paul D. Miller
Part of the 2009 BAM Next Wave Festival
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Members of ICE perform live with DJ Spooky’s hip-hop and sample-infused soundscape to create a riveting electronic symphony as live video projections reconstruct Antarctica—the real and the imagined—in this acoustic portrait of our embattled Earth.

Jennifer Curtis
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:30 pm
ICEtank III: Jennifer Curtis
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

This concert gives Tank audiences the chance to catch up with rising violin superstar Jennifer Curtis, who effortlessly negotiates diverse styles of music with extreme virtuosity and charisma.

Lowfirm and WIRED
Friday, December 11, 2009
ICE @ MoCP II: Wired/Lowfirm
Claire Chase and Eric Lamb, Flutes
Campbell MacDonald and Joshua Rubin, Bass Clarinets
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago

The electrifying flute duo Wired and the bassy clarinet duo Lowfirm face-off in a concert featuring a precision display of woodwind acrobatics. Music by Steve Reich, Philippe Hurel, John Zorn, Richard Barrett, Felipe Lara and Olga Neuwirth.

WIRED and Lowfirm
Monday, December 14, 2009
ICE @ the Southern Theater
Claire Chase and Eric Lamb, Flutes
Campbell MacDonald and Joshua Rubin, Bass clarinets
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

ICE makes its Southern Theater debut with two woodwind duos in works by Steve Reich, John Zorn, Philippe Hurel, Richard Barrett, Felipe Lara and a world premiere by Minneapolis native Ryan Ingebritsen. A “powerhouse of new-music programming” (The New Yorker), ICE brings its tight-knit virtuosity, youthful intensity and emotional chemistry to the Southern stage for an adventurous program sure to melt the coldest of winter hearts.

January 8-10, 2010
ICE: Music on the Edge
University of Pittsburgh

ICE comes to Pittsburgh for the Music on the Edge concert series at the University of Pittsburgh. Music by Kaija Saariaho, Philippe Manoury, Magnus Lindberg and Amy Williams.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
ICE @ UCSD: Xenakis
Steve Schick, conductor and percussionist
University of California, San Diego

ICE comes to San Diego to play five great chamber works of Iannis Xenakis. Featured on the program are Akanthos, Palimpsest, Echange, and Thallein. As an additional treat, San Diego local and Xenakis expert Steve Schick will play Psappha for solo percussion and O-mega, Xenakis’ final work for percussion and chamber ensemble.

January 30-February 1, 2010
ICE @ Brandeis University

ICE plays a concert of dazzling chamber music at Brandeis University. Music by Dai Fujikura, Franco Donatoni, Julio Estrada, and Philippe Manoury.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
ICETank IV: Eric Lamb and the Lambtastix
Eric Lamb, flute
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Belonging to a new generation of young international soloists, Eric Lamb is making a name for himself as an artist who defies definition. He is a soloist, orchestral musician, passionate chamber musician and much sought after lecturer and teacher. On this special ICETank program he will present music by Kaija Saariaho, Atli Ingolfsson, Philippe Manoury, and Heiner Goebbels.

Friday, February 12, 2010
ICE @ MoCP III: Oboe Showdown
Nick Masterson and James Austin Smith, oboes
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago

ICE’s double-reed masters bring their “showdown” of rarely heard works to Chicago for an evening of insane oboe action.

Columbia University
Saturday, February 27, 2010
ICE and Columbia University Composers

A concert of recent chamber works by graduate composers working in the Music Department at Columbia University. An unusual subsection of ICE’s instrumental lineup performs in this terrifically varied program, with virtuoso electronics, at Symphony Space’s intimate hall.

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank V: Around the Horn
David Byrd, horn
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

ICE horn virtuoso David Byrd presents this concert of rarely-heard music for this most euphonious of instruments. Music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Oliver Messiaen, and others.

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8 pm
Pauline Oliveros Tribute Concert
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Composer Portraits Series
116th & Broadway
New York, NY

ICE performs at this concert honoring legendary composer/performer Pauline Oliveros on the occasion of her receiving the prestigious William Schuman award. This concert features works that span Ms. Oliveros’ career from earlier chamber music, to recent music that draws listeners and performers alike deep inside the stucture of sound.

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank VI: Violin Showdown
David Bowlin and Jennifer Curtis, violins
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Friday, April 9, 2010
Saariaho @ Mount Holyoke
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

ICE is the featured ensemble for Kaija Saariaho’s academic residency as part of the Weissman Center’s “Leading Women in the Arts” series at Mount Holyoke College.

April 22, 2010
Claire Chase’s New York Debut Recital
Concert Artist Guild
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY

ICE flutist/founder Claire Chase makes her Weill Recital Hall debut with a tour de force program of flute masterworks by JS Bach, Salvatore Sciarrino, Franco Donatoni, Pierre Boulez, Toru Takemitsu and Iannis Xenakis. She will be joined by ICE pianist Jacob Greenberg and ICE harpist Bridget Kibbey.

Dan Peck
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank VII: Dan Peck presents
An Archeological Dig into the Dark Frequencies
Dan Peck, tuba
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

ICE tubist Dan Peck presents his new show tracing the symbiotic history of human beings and low sounds. Peck (with the help of his tuba) will lead us on this historical dig from pre-civilization to the present day.

Friday, May 7, 2010
ICE @ MoCP IV: Dan Peck presents
An Archeological Dig into the Dark Frequencies
Dan Peck, tuba
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago

Fresh on the heels of his New York performance, ICE tubist Dan Peck repeats his archeological dig after a short flight to Chicago.

Giacinto Scelsi
Thursday, June 3, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank VIII: Giacinto Scelsi
Curated by Wendy Richman and Nathan Davis
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Giacinto Scelsi was an Italian composer who forged a unique musical path even by the open standards of the 20th century. His music often works with simple material, extracting beautiful melodies and harmonies from a single note or a spontaneous improvisation. Like John Cage, he has come to be regarded as a pioneer and something of a musical guru — an extraordinarily influential figure for many of today’s composers. This final ICETank illuminates the wonderful chamber music of this fascinating composer.

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The Stone in September

From the Stone in NY:

September 2009 at the Stone curated by Nonoko Yoshida / Connie Crothers

9/1 Tuesday (YT)
8 pm
Michael Clemow
Michael Clemow (granular synthesis instruments)

10 pm
Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble
Natsuki Tamura (trumpet) Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) Andrea Parkins (accordion) Satoko Fujii (piano, vocal)
Min-Yoh means folk music in Japanese. After Satoko studied classical and jazz, she has come to find in Min-Yoh a totally different power from the music she had previously studied and played. Satoko and her Min-Yoh Ensemble put its deep and powerful expression into this music.

9/2 Wednesday
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Special Birthday Concert
John Zorn (sax) and some VERY special guests
TWENTY DOLLARS

9/3 Thursday
8 pm
Leesa & Nicole
Leesa Abahuni, Nicole Abahuni (visuals, sound arts)

10 pm
Live Footage
Topu Lyo (electric cello, loops) Mike Thies (drums, keys)
Brooklyn based duo performs original compositions with lots of room for improvisation based on live looping. Some have described their music as a combination of Squarepusher meets Debussy. http://www.livefootagebrooklyn.com

9/4 Friday
8 pm
Anima——’De l’autre côté du monde’
Aya Nishina (piano, voice, electronics) Thierry Gomar (vibraphone) with Red Light New Music—Christiana Little (soprano) Eileen Mack (clarinet) Jessie Marino (cello) John Popham (cello) Yegor Shevtov (piano)
Thierry Gomar’s vibraphone reverberates like no other, between the worlds—jazz, medieval and baroque music, contemporary and repetitive music. Anima, a duet collaboration formed by Aya Nishina and Thierry Gomar since March 2009, features graphically noted compositions by Toru Takemitsu and Scott Wollschleger; improvisations inspired by a new work for solo clarinet by Vincent Raikhel; personal interpretations of music from medieval era.

10 pm
Red Light New Music
Christiana Little (soprano) Eileen Mack (clarinet) Jessie Marino (cello) John Popham (cello) Yegor Shevtov (piano)
Red Light New Music opens it’s 5th season with new chamber works at the Stone. The Red Light Ensemble performs works by Liza Lim and Reiko Füting, alongside new pieces by Red Light Composers Vincent Raikhel, Scott Wollschleger, Chris Cerrone and Kyle Hillbrand. Red Light New Music is a New York-based ensemble, concert series, and composers collective dedicated to presenting exciting and original contemporary music from musicians around the world. We perform, present, and compose works that are both avant-garde and visceral, challenging and edifying — we strive to present works which both expands and enriches what the word music means.

9/5 Saturday
8 pm
Ky (from Paris)
Yann Pittard (baritone guitar, oud, fx) Maki Nakano (sax, metal-clarinet) guest Gaston Zirko (drums)
Named after a French word for ‘who’, Ky never know who is the third musician. Undoing the boudaries between the original and improvisation, they take tunes of Erik Satie and mingle with their own improv-mindset. http://www.myspace.com/lamusiquedeky

10 pm
Word Games
Dave Schnug (alto sax) Trevor Lagrange (wurlitzer, piano) Dave Miller (drums, cymbals)

9/6 Sunday
8 pm
Yuko Fujiyama
Yuko Fujiyama (piano)

10 pm
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass)

9/8 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Centric 3
Shoko Nagai (moog,piano,electronics) Elliot Sharp (guitar, effect)

10 pm
SSSS (Super Seaweed Sex Scandal)
Nonoko Yoshida (alto sax) John Stanesco (tenor sax) Paul Wheeler (guitar) Borey Shin (piano, accordion) Joe Merolla (bass, cello) Justin Veloso (drums)
The youngest generation of the Downtown Music Scene! Everyone come on out and hear these twenty-something lunatics KICK OUT THE JAMS! FIVE DOLLARS

9/9 Wednesday
8 pm
Joe Onishi
Davindar Singh (baritone sax) Noelle Doresy (voice) Andrew Eisenberg (percussion) Joe Onishi (synth)
From Boston.

10 pm
Trevor Dunn
Trevor Dunn (bass)
From Brooklyn.

9/10 Thursday
8 pm
Chris DiMeglio’s Imaginary Quartet
Chris DiMeglio (trumpet) Steve Swell (trombone) Adam Lane (bass) Andrew Drury (drums)
The debut of a new group performing sometimes-jazz-derived-sometimes-not compositions by DiMeglio.

10 pm
Eishin Nose
Eishin Nose (piano) Dave Ambrosio (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (drums)

9/11 Friday
8 pm
Ned Rothenberg
Ned Rothenberg (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Alex Waterman (cello)

10 pm
AZMARI (from Japan)
Hiroshi Morita (keyboard) Bunpei Shibuya (guitar) Takahisa Oji (drums)
AZMARI -an European equivalent of bard in Ethiopia- was formed in 2005. Emerging from Tokyo basement jam sessions, the trio hits tropical-jazz-rock taking a comfortable ride on aboriginal rhythms. http://www.myspace.com/azzzmari

SPECIAL NIGHT OF JAPANESE JAZZ
Tsuyoshi Furuhashi, Sachi Hayasaka and Toshiki Nagata
An exciting night featuring two spectacular saxophonists here in a rare visit from Japan.

9/12 Saturday
8 pm
Tsuyoshi Furuhashi
Tsuyoshi Furuhashi (tenor sax, flute) Reggie Nicholson (drums) plus guests
Special appearance at The Stone by this exciting saxophonist from Japan.

10 pm
Sachi Hayasaka, Toshiki Nagata and Shiro Sadamura
Sachi Hayasaka (sax) Toshiki Nagata (bass) Shiro Sadamura (violin)

9/13 Sunday
8 pm
Mermort Sounds Film (from Japan)
Satoshi Tanaka (guitar) Mamiko Shimizu (keyboard, vocal) Haruhisa Tanaka (laptop, sampler) Takahisa Oji (drums) Takumi Ozuru (imagery)
Formed in 2004, the five-piece sound/film collective from Tokyo has been creating another universe combining rock, hard-core, progressive, classical and noise galore. Their lyrical yet vivid pieces possess messages that bite you, then leave you with luke-warm feelings. http://www.myspace.com/mermortsoundsfilm

10 pm
Tom Zlabinger Quartet
Tom Zlabinger (bass) Dave Schnug (sax, flute) Dave Miller (drums) Nonoko Yoshida (alto sax)

9/15 Tuesday (MP)
8 pm
Chuck Bettis
Chuck Bettis (electronics)

10 pm
Jon Madof
Jon Madof (guitar)

9/16 Wednesday
8 and 10 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Connie Crothers (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) and many special guests
Another East Village Rent Party to support The Stone. TWENTY DOLLARS

9/17 Thursday
8 pm
Andy Fite
Andy Fite (guitar, voice)
Andy Fite is an American jazz guitarist, singer and song writer, living in Sweden since 1994. His main concern as a performer is to do just whatever he wants and his hope each time is to spark a little joy for his audience, and perhaps to let them hear something they might not have expected.

10 pm
Bill Payne and Connie Crothers
Bill Payne (clarinet) Connie Crothers (piano)
Music from the heart, free as a bird.

9/18 Friday
8 pm
Harvey Diamond
Harvey Diamond (piano)

10 pm
Richard Tabnik Trio
Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone) Roger Mancuso (drums) Adam Lane (bass)
Tonight’s set will feature the world premier performance of Symphony for Jazz Trio: A Prayer for Peace

9/19 Saturday (RK)
8 and 10 pm
Jemeel Moondoc Quartet
Jemeel Moondoc (alto saxophone) Connie Crothers (piano) Henry Grimes (bass, violin) Chad Taylor (drums)
Fifteen dollars.

9/20 Sunday
8 pm
Carol Liebowitz
Carol Liebowitz (piano, voice)

10 pm
TranceFormation
Andrea Wolper (voice) Ken Filiano (bass) Connie Crothers (piano)
Three musical “voices” join to make music cooperatively as they weave in, out and among one another, extending, bending and experimenting with the sonic capabilities of their respective instruments.

9/22 Tuesday
8 pm
Bud Tristano and Valentina Nazarenko
Bud Tristano (guitar) Valentina Nazarenko (piano)

10 pm
Ursel Schlicht
Ursel Schlicht (piano)
Ursel Schlicht will play a rare solo set of her music, exploring the piano from subtle glissandi on the strings to resounding groove.

9/23 Wednesday
8 pm
Dori Levine
Dori Levine (voice)
Dori Levine explores the possibilities of solo voice in and out of the box, including traveling to other cultures, planets, worlds, forests, jungles, musical genres, relationships–wherever the journey leads. Program is improvised and not augmented by electronics or other devices…raw and naked solo voice.

10 pm
Virg Dzurinko
Virg Dzurinko (piano)

9/24 Thursday
8 pm
Nick Lyons
Nick Lyons (alto saxophone)

10 pm
John Wagner and Tom Blancarte
John Wagner (drums) Tom Blancarte (bass)

9/25 Friday
8 pm
Kazzrie Jaxen
Kazzrie Jaxen (piano)
Love’s Fire,” an improvisational journey into the dreamtime through the portal of Rumi poetry.

10 pm
Kazzrie Jaxen
Kazzrie Jaxen (piano) Charley Krachy (tenor saxophone) Ratzo Harris (bass)
“Sculpting Light,” duo/trio improvisations exploring the luminosity of melody and mystery.

9/26 Saturday
8 pm
Connie Crothers Quartet
Connie Crothers (piano) Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone) Roger Mancuso (drums) Ken Filiano (bass)
How do you open up music this far, all the while leaving its nature to be itself? Connie’s band is like seashells who all spiral in the same direction, the core mystery is how the spiral is really the improvisation. — M. Weber

10 pm
Connie Crothers Quartet with Mark Weber
Connie Crothers (piano) Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone) Roger Mancuso (drums) Ken Filiano (bass) Mark Weber (poet)
You have to be careful what you say, words rule the world, maybe tonite we’ll find the words to make it real. — M. Weber

9/27 Sunday (MP)
8 pm
Kevin Norton
Kevin Norton (vibes, percussion)
Kevin Norton plays solo percussion rarely, this perhaps being his second solo performance (the first was after the release of “Quark Bercuse: Solo Percussion, Volume 1”). Kevin is a bandleader, composer and percussionist-collaborator with musicians like Anthony Braxton, Joëlle Léandre, Connie Crothers and Frode Gjestad.

10 pm
Lorenzo Sanguedolce and Michael Bisio
Lorenzo Sanguedolce (tenor saxophone) Michael Bisio (bass)
This dynamically expressive sax-bass duo will be celebrating the release of their new LP on No Business Records, a limited vinyl pressing and Sanguedolce’s debut album.

9/29 Tuesday
8 pm
Cheryl Richards
Cheryl Richards (voice) Nick Lyons (alto saxophone) Adam Lane (bass)
Sometimes sparse and simple, sometimes complex and lush. Improvised pieces and freely interpreted jazz standards.

10 pm
David Arner
David Arner (piano)
An avid birder, Arner will premiere his “Birds of Central Park,” another improvisatory composition in his ongoing series called “Abstract Songs for Birds.” This is Arner’s first solo piano appearance in NYC since the Knitting Factory in the 90s.

9/30 Wednesday
8 pm
Stefano Pastor
Stefano Pastor (violin)
Stefano Pastor presents “Chants”, his new CD for the English label “Slam,” a solo work which represents a moving challenge and an expansion of violin sound. If solo violin works are very rare, a solo work exploring the standard repertoire with just a bow instrument is probably unique.

10 pm
Adam Caine
Adam Caine (guitar)

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The Stone in August

Shows coming next month to New York’s Stone:

August 2009 at the Stone curated by Tyshawn Sorey

8/1 Saturday (KR)
8 pm
Johannes Lauer/Tyshawn Sorey Duo Plus
Johannes Lauer (trombone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, piano, compositions) plus special guests

10 pm
First Meeting
Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) Kris Davis (piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Mat Maneri (viola) Thomas Morgan (bass)

8/2 Sunday (NYYT)
8 and 10 pm
Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey/Kris Davis
Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Kris Davis (piano, compositions)

SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT
LAURIE ANDERSON AND COLIN STETSON
Each set will be about 40 minutes in duration.
A special set of music by the inimitable Laurie Anderson on keyboards, electronics, violin and voice and Colin Stetson on saxophone.

8/3 Monday (CB)
8 and 10 pm
Laurie Anderson and Colin Stetson
Laurie Anderson (electronics, violin) Colin Stetson (saxophones, clarinet, flute)
TWENTY DOLLARS

8/4 Tuesday (SK)
8 pm
Kris Davis
Kris Davis (piano)

10 pm
Johannes Lauer Quartet
Johannes Lauer (trombone, compositions) Tony Malaby (saxophone) Drew Gress (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

8/5 Wednesday (DD)
8 pm
Weiss-Sorey Duo
Dan Weiss (drums) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

10 pm
Tyshawn Sorey Guitar Trio
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)
A celebration of their forthcoming 482 Music release “Koan.” FIFTEEN DOLLARS

8/6 Thursday (DD)
8 pm
Oblique – I
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Pete Robbins (saxophone) John Escreet (piano) Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass)

10 pm
Oblique – II
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Pete Robbins (saxophone) John Escreet (piano) Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass)

8/7 Friday (DD)
8 pm
Oblique – III
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Pete Robbins (saxophone) John Escreet (piano) Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass)

10 pm
Mushin
Tyshawn Sorey (piano, compositions) Chris Tordini (bass) Thomas Morgan (bass) John McLellan (drums)

8/8 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Jesse Elder + Aya Nishina Duo
Jesse Elder, Aya Nishina (piano four hands)

10 pm
ALO
Jesse Elder, Aya Nishina (piano four hands) James Brendan Adamson (live electronics) Ned Rothenberg (shakuhachi, clarinet, saxophone) Mat Maneri (viola)
The innovative four hand piano duet ALO (the Latin word meaning to nourish, cherish, support, and sustain) is a collaborative project between long time friends Jesse Elder and Aya Nishina. ALO focuses on generating a new repertoire for 4 hand piano duo through improvisations, compositions and arrangements. The duo will be creating a radical sound sculpture together with live electronics by the great James Brendan Adamson and with woodwindist Ned Rothenberg as part of their program.

8/9 Sunday (BS)
8 pm
Martin Urbach
Max Siegel (bass trombone, tuba) Jesse Lewis (guitar) Martin Urbach (drums, compositions)

10 pm
Matana Roberts
Matana Roberts (woodwinds) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

8/11 Tuesday (JM)
8 pm
Terrence McManus’ “The Wealthy Industrialists”
Terrence McManus (guitar, compositions) Tim Berne (alto saxophone) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Mark Helias (bass) Gerry Hemmingway (drums, percussion)
Initially formed in 2008 as a contemporary chamber trio featuring Terrence McManus, Tim Berne, and Herb Robertson, The Wealthy Industrialists is now expanded to a quintet and will be exploring a suite of newly rearranged material, specifically for this performance. While the suite will consist of some newly composed music, it will also feature some material composed almost a decade ago, which hasn’t been performed in many years.

10 pm
Vijay Iyer + High Priest
Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics) High Priest (voice, electronics)

8/12 Wednesday (JM)
8 pm
BOMB-X
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass, compositions) Samuel Blais, Masa Yamamoto (saxophones) Art Hirahara (piano) Ziv Ravitz (drums)

10 pm
ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich
Fay Victor (voice) Anders Nilsson (electric guitar) Tomas Ulrich (cello)

8/13 Thursday (NYYT)
8 pm
Craig Taborn
Craig Taborn (piano)

10 pm
Dan Weiss Trio
Jacob Sacks (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Dan Weiss (drims, compositions)

8/14 Friday (JC)
8 pm
Gerry Hemmingway Solo
Gerry Hemmingway (drums, percussion)

10 pm
Wayne Krantz & Mark Guiliana Duo
Wayne Krantz (guitar) Mark Guiliana (drums, percussion)

8/15 Saturday
8 pm
Pete Robbins and siLENT Z
Pete Robbins (saxophone, electronics) Jesse Neuman (cornet, electronics) Mike Gamble (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tommy Crane (drums)

10 pm
Ben Gerstein Collective
Ben Gerstein (trombone) Tony Malaby (saxophone) Jacob Sacks (piano) Jacob Garchik (laptop, accordion) Thomas Morgan (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)
Improvisations…

8/16 Sunday (MP)
8 pm
BassDrumBone
Gerry Hemmingway (drums, percussion) Ray Anderson (trombone) Mark Helias (bass)

10 pm
Peripatetics
Liberty Ellman (guitar) Vijay Iyer (piano)
Fifteen years in the making.

8/18 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Joe Albano’s “The Meanderthals”
Joe Albano (woodwinds, compositions) Steve Ruel (saxophones) Aki Ishiguro (guitar) Nick Jozwiak (bass) Dave Cole (drums)

10 pm
Steve Ruel: Untitled Composition (2009)
Steve Ruel (alto saxophone, oboe) Michael Sperone (vibraphone) Tyshawn Sorey (piano) TBA (french horn)

8/19 Wednesday (MP)
8 and 10 pm
Fieldwork
Steve Lehman (alto saxophone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Vijay Iyer (piano, compositions)
A collaborative group. This is the trio’s first performance since last Fall, and they will be premiering new compositions during the set.

8/20 Thursday
8 pm
Pascal Niggenkemper Trio
Pascal Niggenkemper (bass, compositions) Robin Verheyan (saxophone) Tyshawn Sorey (piano, drums)

10 pm
Okkyung Lee, Mat Maneri, and Tyshawn Sorey
Okkyung Lee (cello) Mat Maneri (viola) Tyshawn Sorey (piano, drums)

8/21 Friday (KR)
8 pm
Robbins-Pavone-Sorey
Pete Robbins (alto saxophone) Mario Pavone (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

10 pm
Tom Rainey with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson
Tom Rainey (drums) Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

8/22 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Mario Pavone Quartet
Mario Pavone (bass, compositions) Tony Malaby (saxophone) Dave Ballou (trumpet) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

8/23 Sunday
8 and 10 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT–A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (saxophone), Tyshawn Sorey (drums, piano, trombone), and many special guests
Please come out and support the Stone!

TWENTY DOLLARS

8/25 Tuesday (BS)
8 pm
“Crash, Braaaww, Thud, Aaaaah”
Fay Victor (voice, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (percussion) with special guest Roswell Rudd (trombone)
New York debut performance of this trio! TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
In Medias Res
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, composition) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Steve Ruel (woodwinds) Terrence McManus (guitar) Christopher Tordini (bass)
A concert-length composition composed during the spring of 2009. This will be the first and only performance of this composition for the year.

THREE SPECIAL NIGHTS
WU-WEI
featuring Todd Neufeld, Cory Smythe, Thomas Morgan, Christopher Tordini, Ben Gerstein, Masabumi Kikuchi and Tyshawn Sorey
Composer amd multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey presents his long form composition Wu-Wei, originally commissioned by Roulette and supported by the Jerome Foundation and the Van Lier Fellowship.

8/26 Wednesday (NYYT)
8 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter One
Cory Smythe (piano) Christopher Tordini (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (composition)

10 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Two
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Cory Smythe (piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)

8/27 Thursday
8 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Three
Ben Gerstein (trombone) Cory Smythe (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)

10 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Four
Cory Smythe (piano) Christopher Tordini (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, composition)

8/28 Friday
8 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Five
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Cory Smythe (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Christopher Tordini (bass) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)

10 pm
Wu-Wei: Postlude
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Masabumi Kikuchi (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
First performance with this improvising quartet in nearly a year! FIFTEEN DOLLARS

8/29 Saturday
8 pm
Thomas Morgan
Thomas Morgan (bass, acoustic guitar)
Performing compositions and improvisations for solo bass and solo guitar.

10 pm
Kyle Quass Quartet
Kyle Quass (trumpet) Cory Smythe (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

8/30 Sunday (TD)
8 pm
An Evening with Steve Lehman and Craig Taborn
Steve Lehman (saxophone, live electronics) Craig Taborn (piano, live electronics)

10 pm
An Evening with Steve Lehman and Craig Taborn
Craig Taborn (piano) Steve Lehman (sopranino and alto saxophones)

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