Artist Profile

Jon Irabagon finds the balance between inside and outside jazz

From the Chicago Reader:

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who grew up in Morton Grove and later Gurnee and studied music at DePaul University, has steadily made a name for himself since relocating to New York in 2001 to pursue further studies at the Manhattan School of Music. For the plast few years he’s earned plaudits for his work in the gonzo freebop quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and last year he made an impressive debut as a leader with his band Outright! With these projects and as an in-demand sideman he routinely erases the boundaries between hard bop and free jazz, excelling at both approaches.

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This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From the ISSUE Project Room:

06/25 @ 8pm – Mivos String Quartet and the CNS Symphony Orchestra play works by Tony Conrad, Huang Ruo and Luke Dubois Dave Soldier and Brad Garton

MIVOS quartet is devoted to performing contemporary music. It was founded in 2008 by violinists Olivia DePrato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Isabel Castellvi. They met while pursuing a master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program. Since their inception they have performed and premiered works by both young and established composers including […]

06/26 @ 8pm – Susie Ibarra Quartet

Friday, June 26 at 8pm Susie Ibarra Quartet violin Jennifer Choi, piano Kathleen Supové, harp Bridget Kibbey, drums and percussion Susie Ibarra. Performing Ibarra’s original music for quartet, inspired by Filipino Indigenous folklore. “Composer and Percussionist Susie Ibarra is known for her individual artistry on percussion and genre-defying music. In the past decade, her willingness to step out from […]

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General Performances

Feeding Those Young and Curious Listeners

Le Poisson Rouge is featured in by

There are alternative sites for experimental contemporary music, like Joe’s Pub and the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, Roulette in SoHo, Barbès and the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. But the programming of contemporary music from the classical tradition is especially lively at Le Poisson Rouge.

A “multimedia art cabaret,” as the club bills itself, Le Poisson Rouge was founded by David Handler, a violinist and composer, and Justin Kantor, a cellist, who began envisioning an alternative space for new music when they were students at the Manhattan School of Music. They were exasperated with the traditional concert setting, with its “preacher and congregation seating,” as the lanky, bearded Mr. Handler, 28, said in a recent interview.

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

08-May-09 Mary Halvorson, Reuben Radding & Nate Wooley
Crackleknob (Hatology)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

08-May-09 Lawrence Casserley / Adam Linson
Integument (Psi)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

08-May-09 Allen Toussaint
The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch Records)
Reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

07-May-09 John Zorn
Filmworks XXIII: El General (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

07-May-09 Andreas Willers
Drowning Migrant (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

07-May-09 Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers
Reconcilation (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

07-May-09 Loren Connors / Jim O’Rourke
Two Nice Catholic Boys (Family Vineyard Records)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

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RIP Max Neuhaus

Max Neuhaus in Stommeln-Pulheim, Germany discu...
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From the Houston Chronicle:

Max Neuhaus, a percussionist with Houston ties who pioneered a field of contemporary art known as sound installation, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Marina di Maratea, Italy. He was 69.

Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection, described Neuhaus as a sculptor who worked with nonmusical sound instead of traditional materials such as clay or steel. Neuhaus’ second permanent U.S. museum piece, Sound Figure, was installed at the Menil in May.

“He is really part of that generation who changed art in the 1960s,” Helfenstein said. “What he did is very radical, actually. … He managed to define space with sound.”

Born in Beaumont in 1939, Neuhaus began performing as a percussionist when he was 14. He graduated from Lamar High School in 1957 and trained at the Manhattan School of Music. During the 1960s, he performed solo recitals of contemporary music by composers such as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen at a time when it was rare for a percussionist to be a soloist.

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