Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone Tour Starts In Two Weeks

From Improvised Communications:

Guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone, fresh off their extended stays in Vancouver for performances with Anthony Braxton’s 12+1tet and Sonic Genome Project, as well as three nights at the Time Flies Improvised Music Festival, will hit the road for a six-stop duo tour starting Monday, February 15th in Buffalo.

The pair’s latest disc is last year’s Thin Air on Thirsty Ear Recordings.

02/15 :: Soundlab (Buffalo, NY)
02/16 :: Forest City Gallery (London, ON)
02/17 :: The Attic (Guelph, ON)
02/18 :: The Boat (Toronto, ON)
02/19 :: Raw Sugar Café (Ottawa, ON)
02/20 :: L’Envers (Montreal, QC)

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Alessandro Bosetti Interview

From New York’s Roulette:

Central to the music of Trophies is the voice or a multitude of voices.  A type of voices bordering song and speech but not embracing either one of those practices completely. On November 14th at Roulette, composer and sound artist Alessandro Bosetti presented TROPHIES along with Kenta Nagai, and Ches Smith.  We met up with Alessandro to talk about the project. 

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December 01, 2009
Ryan Blotnick Band, Korzo
Ryan Blotnick, Simon Jermyn, Jeff Williams, Perry Wortman
These Arches, Korzo
Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, Andrea Parkins, Ches Smith
Decoupage, The Stone
Mary Halvorson, Curtis Hasselbring, Matt Moran, Satoshi Takeishi

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Mary Halvorson In November

From Improvised Communications:

Fresh off a successful European duo tour with Jessica Pavone that ended earlier in the month, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is only playing a few gigs in November with Crackleknob, Ellery Eskelin and Lisa Mezzacappa.

Next month things heat up again when she will play two gigs with her quintet, record the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), and head back to Europe for a week-long tour with her longstanding trio featuring John Hébert and Ches Smith.

11/15 :: Douglass Street Music Collective (Brooklyn, NY)

Ellery Eskelin
11/21 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)

Lisa Mezzacappa
11/22 :: Zebulon (Brooklyn, NY)

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Firehouse 12 Announces Its Fifth Annual Fall Jazz Series

From Improvised Communications:

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 is proud to announce the schedule for its 5th annual Fall Jazz Series, the acclaimed venue’s 13-week program of two-set performances by some of the most active, innovative and respected musicians in creative music today.

09/18 :: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty
09/25 :: Matt Wilson Quartet
10/02 :: Mauger Trio: Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser/Gerry Hemingway
10/09 :: Steve Lehman Trio
10/16 :: Gretchen Parlato Band
10/23 :: Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre
10/30 :: Taylor Eigsti Trio
11/06 :: ODE: Larry Ochs/Trevor Dunn/Lisle Ellis/Michael Sarin
11/13 :: The Peter Evans Quartet
11/20 :: TBA
12/04 :: Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/11 :: Amy Cervini Quartet
12/18 :: Daniel Levin Trio

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Improvised Communications links to a few Youtube videos of Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone In Chicago. The BBC is creating an “audio map” of the world to preserve its varied sounds. Progressive rock band Nektar will be touring Europe soon. Illinois group Random Touch makes some interesting sounds and has information regarding their releases, and samples, available on their site.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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JOE MORRIS’S WILDLIFE (Monday) “Wildlife” (Aum Fidelity), an engagingly prickly new album by the guitarist-turned-bassist Joe Morris, features a working free-jazz trio with the expressive saxophonist Petr Cancura and the responsive drummer Luther Gray. The group plays the early set here, at 7:30 p.m.; a later set, at 9, will feature Four for Time, a similarly experimental confab consisting of two guitarists, Brad Farberman and Marco Cappelli, and two saxophonists, Ras Moshe and Darius Jones. Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 228-9874,; $10 per set; $7 for students. (Chinen)20090806

MATANA ROBERTS (Sunday) Ms. Roberts, a saxophonist and composer with a keen sense of dramatic impact, leads a promising trio with two equally resourceful improvisers: the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the drummer Ches Smith. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20090806

TYSHAWN SOREY’S ‘OBLIQUE’ (Sunday) The restlessly creative drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey was responsible for this month’s bookings at the Stone, and he took a few opportunities to feature his own work. In an 8 p.m. set here, he leads Oblique, a chamberlike ensemble that includes Pete Robbins on saxophone, John Escreet on piano, Todd Neufeld on guitar and Thomas Morgan on bass. At 10 he presents Mushin, a group with two bassists (Mr. Morgan and Chris Tordini) and two drummers (himself and John McLellan). The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Chinen)20090806

? TRIO 3 WITH GERI ALLEN (Friday and Saturday) Never mind the redundancy in the title, or the fact that this avant-garde collective actually works here as a quartet. The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are battle-ready teammates; they stand only to gain from the addition of the pianist Geri Allen, as they recently proved on an album called “At This Time” (Intakt). At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080,; $30 for general admission; $40 for premium seating; and a $10 minimum.20090806

VANDERMARK 5 (Sunday) The Chicago-based multireedist Ken Vandermark applies a go-anywhere ethos to his signature ensemble, along with a dash of punk-rock cohesion. His co-conspirators are the saxophonist Dave Rempis, the cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, the bassist Kent Kessler and the drummer Tim Daisy; their set list here should include some material from “Annular Gift” (Not Two), an album due out next month. At 8 and 10 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union Street, at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 638-4400,; $10. (Chinen)20090806

DAN WEISS TRIO/CRAIG TABORN (Thursday) In the 10 p.m. slot here, Dan Weiss, a drummer well versed in Indian classical music, along with rock and modern jazz, leads his working trio with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Thomas Morgan. An earlier set, at 8, will feature Mr. Taborn, an acutely texture-aware pianist, in solo performance. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Chinen)

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From Weasel Walter’s no wave archives to your ears

The Chicago Reader describes Weasel Walter‘s latest efforts.

[Weasel Walter] dials down his usual frenzied energy on the brand-new Last Distractions (Singlespeed) with reedist Aram Shelton (another former Chicagoan) and cornetist Josh Berman, and he’s part of an unlikely meeting with drummer Grant Calvin Weston—a longtime cohort of James Blood Ulmer—on last year’s Nassira (Amulet). He’s also put out several albums via his own UgExplode imprint—which he’s been running since his Chicago days—where he plays with folks like Mary Halvorson, Peter Evans, Greg Kelley, and Marc Edwards. He also recently released a knockout archival dig of music by no wave combo the Toy Killers (pictured), The Unlistenable Years.

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Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone on Tour

From Improvised Communications:

Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone’s latest American tour starts this weekend.

The duo is back on the road supporting its third and latest release, Thin Air (Thirsty Ear), which’s Farrell Lowe calls “an eminent document by two powerful new voices of the 21st century.”

Here’s the latest itinerary:

Saturday, July 25th: The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)
Monday, July 27th: Morris Book Shop (Lexington, KY)
Tuesday, July 28th: Mt. Comfort (Indianapolis, IN)
Wednesday, July 29th: The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Thursday, July 30th: Le Petit Zinc (Detroit, MI)
Friday, July 31st: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)
Saturday, August 1st: Metropolis Underground (Syracuse, NY)

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS (Sunday) This metaphysically named series, held every other Sunday in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, reflects the rugged ideals of its organizer, the drummer Mike Pride. In the later sets here, at roughly 10 p.m., he leads a quartet called From Bacteria to Boys; an earlier set, at 9, features a quartet led by the incisive trumpeter Kirk Knuffke. Coco66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, between Franklin and West Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn , (718) 389-7392,; cover, $6. (Chinen)20090716

ANDREW D’ANGELO GAY DISCO TRIO (Friday) Strenuous, polymorphous improvisation is the mandate of this working band with Andrew D’Angelo, an alto saxophonist and bass clarinetist; Trevor Dunn, a focused bassist; and Jim Black, a feverishly inventive drummer. (The name is a red herring, but a tasty one.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090716

DIGITAL PRIMITIVES (Sunday) The multireedist Assif Tsahar, the multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and the percussionist Chad Taylor make up this experimental ensemble, which released an album of the same title a few years ago. For this engagement they welcome a sturdy interloper, Charlie Burnham, on violin. At 8 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934,; no cover. (Chinen)20090716

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Wednesday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; $10. (Chinen)20090716

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY (Saturday) This freewheeling jam band recently expanded from trio to quartet form: its full lineup now includes the pianist Brian Haas, the lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, the bassist Matt Hayes and the drummer Josh Raymer. The group has a new album, “Winterwood,” available for free download at; this one-night stand should strike a similar mood of swirling whimsy. At 11:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village , (212) 598-7100,; $12 in advance; $15 at the door. (Chinen)20090716

JOE MORRIS’S WILDLIFE (Friday) “Wildlife” (Aum Fidelity), an engagingly prickly new album by the guitarist-turned-bassist Joe Morris, features a working free-jazz trio with the expressive saxophonist Petr Cancura and the responsive drummer Luther Gray. It’s a small but potent effort, and it probably only hints at what’s possible in performance. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090716

TRIO 3 (Monday) This avant-garde supergroup, with Oliver Lake on alto saxophone, Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums, has been working on and off together for 20 years. Capable of tenderness as well as of turbulence, it’s a collective entity that explores every available option in the course of a performance — even, one hopes, a free performance in a bookstore. At 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway, at 66th Street , (212) 595-6859; free. (Chinen)

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