Coming up at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Sat, 01/30/2010 – 8:00pm
International House Philadelphia

Trevor Dunn’s PROOFReaders perform the music of Ornette Coleman
Fri, 02/12/2010 – 8:00pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance

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January 27, 2010

Co-presented with the Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music

Global music forms meet the digital surge of the 21st century as the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra, directed by Ajay Kapur, convenes an international lineup of musicmakers, engineers and digital artists who use custom-built robotic instruments and new and expressive interfaces in live music performance. The KarmetiK Machine Orchestra features appearances by North Indian sarodist Ustad Aashish Khan, electronic artist Curtis Bahn, Balinese gamelan master I Nyoman Wenten, vocal synthesizer Perry Cook, and innovators from the CalArts Music Technology Program. With a theatrical set designed by Michael Darling.

Funded in part through a Durfee Foundation Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant and Subito, the quick advancement grant program of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Composers Forum.

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New York Winter Jazzfest

Also in NY this weekend is the Winter Jazzfest. A few select shows are listed below.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Jamie Saft’s Whoopie Pie
Peter Apfelbaum and the New York Hieroglyphics    
Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran
Vijay Iyer Trio
Bitches Brew Revisited
William Parker Qtet (Zim Ngqawana cancelled)
DJ Logic
Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things
Mary Halvorson
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition
Tyshawn Sorrey: Koan
Elliott Sharp‘s Terraplane
The Claudia Quintet with Gary Versace
Todd Sickafoose Tiny Resistors

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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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Coming in Early 2010 from EMF Productions

From New York’s EMF Productions:

Iannis Xenakis:
Composer, Architect, Visionary
October, 2009—March, 2010

Electronic Music Foundation and other organizations in New York present a series of extraordinary events showcasing the visionary interdisciplinary practices of this revolutionary composer/architect.

In collaboration with Goethe Institute NYC
Unsound Festival
February 2—10, 2010

A first for New York City, Unsound NY will showcase European experimental and electronic music, as well as related visual arts, including the Warhol Series. Details coming soon.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The Fonda Stevens Group – Memphis (Playscape, 2009) ****

Sunday, September 6, 2009
DCIC with Greg Osby – Live At The Warehouse (Self Published, 2009) ***½

Friday, September 4, 2009
Nuts – Symphony For Old And New Dimensions (Ayler, 2009) *****

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Psalm Alarm – Like Machine, Like Voice (Brokenresearch, 2009) ***½
Chris Riggs – Achievement Is It’s Own Reward (Brokenresearch, 2009) **½
Chris Dadge – I’d Drive Yr Ass Across The World If I Had To (Brokenresearch, 2009) **½

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Upsilon Acrux’s European Tour

Tour dates are available (via the link) from Upsilon Acrux:

Upsilon Acrux (Los Angeles, CA, USA), an instrumental quintet (dual guitars, keyboards, bass and drums), is one of the most creative, original and sonically spellbinding bands on the U.S.A.’s thriving post-punk, avant-garde rock scene. Cuneiform Records has just released Radian Futura, the band’s sixth album of explosive, intense and surprisingly beautiful intricate, instrumental rock, which is generating praise and attention for the band in the music press. But in addition to such acclaimed recordings, Upsilon Acrux is reknown for presenting brutally intense live shows. Based on the West Coast, the band is a regular on the circuit of L.A.’s legendary venue, the Smell, where it continues to develop its uncompromising sound. Upsilon Acrux has shared the stage with such acts as The Boredoms, The Ruins, Mission of Burma, the Locust, Don Caballero, Bad Dudes, the Fucking Champs, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cattle Decapitation, Black Heart Procession, Hella, Lightning Bolt, Marnie Stern, Flying Luttenbachers, Orthrelm, Time of Orchids, Experimental Dental School, Truman’s Water and Mick Barr. Never seen on stage before outside the USA, the band will tour Europe for the first time ever in September and October 2009. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Upsilon Acrux’s legendary live performances in Continental Europe and the UK!!

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From The Squid’s Ear:

Max Eastley & Rhodri Davies – Dark Architecture
Ima Ensemble – Tumma
Speak Easy (Wassermann / Minton / Lehn / Blume) – Backchats
Sylvain Chauveau – Touching Down Lightly
Evan Parker / John Wiese – C-Section
Per Anders Nilsson / Sten Sandell / Raymond Strid – Beam Stone
Ami Yoshida / Toshimaru Nakamura – Soba to Bara
Mahogany Frog – DO5
The Jack and Jim Show – We Don’t Have That in the Home
Eugene Chadbourne – Museo Della Musica
Bill Laswell – Invisible Design II
Faust – C’est Com… Com… Complique
Copland, Marc’s New York Trio – Night Whispers

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Emily Hay on Tour in June

Emily Hay announces a few dates in Southern Cali:

June 14, 2009, 8:30pm (event starts at 7:30)
Flutist/vocalist Emily Hay performs with pianist/sound artist Motoko Honda
SIMMS Series
Musicians’ Union Hall, 116 9th Street (at Mission), San Francisco, CA
Also on the bill: Erica Eller with Damon Smith and Weasel Walter

June 15, 2009 sometime after 9:00pm
Emily Hay (flutes/vocals/electronics) performs with keyboardist/sound artist Motoko Honda guitarist/sonic artist Lucio Menegon
Kingman’s Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Avenue (near Solano), Albany, CA
Experimental/Improv Hootenanny & Social Club
Also on the bill: All Ones, Ralph Carney, curated sets with Bass is the Place and Bunny Numpkins

June 18, 2009 8:00pm (we’ll probably play last)
Emily Hay performs with keyboardist/sound artist Motoko Honda and percussionist Brad Dutz
The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Also on the bill: Anna Homler (voice) with Michael Intriere (cello) and Jorge
Martin (electronics) and
Josie Roth (viola and electronics)

June 20, 2009 sometime after 9:00pm
Emily Hay performs with Bavab Bavab
Echo Curio (Echo Park Curiosity Shop and Art Gallery)
1519 Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park, CA

June 28, 2009 7:00pm
Emily Hay performs with guitarist Carey Fosse
The Tribal Cafe
1651 W. Temple Street, #A, Los Angeles, CA
Also on the bill: Motoka Honda, Anna Homler and more!!!

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General Performances

A Revamped AACM Steps Forward

From the Chicago Reader:

Chicago’s venerable AACM recently underwent an executive shuffle that brought in some young blood. Flutist Nicole Mitchell continues in the top spot, but drummer Mike Reed has signed on as vice chair, cellist Tomeka Reid is the new treasurer, and vocalist Saalik Ziyad has stepped in as secretary.

The revamped leadership recently announced its first new endeavor, the Nomadic Sound Experiment, a bimonthly concert series designed to bring the AACM’s music to different parts of the Chicago metropolitan area.

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