Terry Riley – More Than Just Minimalism at Le Poisson Rouge


More than 45 years have passed since Terry Riley composed “In C,” a watershed work that heralded the breakthrough of Minimalism. The piece is in no danger of losing its freshness; the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, a mostly undergraduate group based in Michigan, will release a new recording of “In C” in November, along with a second CD containing 18 imaginative remixes. The Michigan players will celebrate their new album with a concert at Le Poisson Rouge on Nov. 8.

But when Mr. Riley appeared at that club on Sunday night, “In C” was the furthest thing from the agenda. What became clear during the performance — which also featured Mr. Riley’s son, the guitarist and composer Gyan Riley; Tracy Silverman, an electric-violinist; and Ches Smith, a percussionist — was just how poorly the Minimalist label suits Mr. Riley now.

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Yuganaut on Short Midwest Tour

ESP-Disk’s Yuganaut, featuring Steve Rush, Geoff Mann, and Tom Abbs, is currently on tour in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Yuganaut Tour Dates:
Friday Oct. 9th – 4pm – Chicago, IL – WNUR Live on the air
Friday Oct. 9th – 9:30pm – Chicago IL – The Velvet Lounge w/ video artist Selina Trepp
Saturday Oct. 10th – 4pm – Green Bay, WI – Melvin Mcgee’s Art Studio Tour
Saturday Oct 17th – 4pm – Ann Arbor, MI – Edge Fest – Yuganaut w/ Roscoe Mitchell

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

From the Bohemian in Exile folks:

Saturday, August 15th: Kenneth Green/Dushun Mosley Duo, Jeff Marx Detroit Quartet @ Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID)

A member of of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement Musicians, Dushun Mosley is a percussionist extraordinaire. In addition to work with other AACM artists and other greats like Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Davis and Don Cherry, Dushun is a member of Eight Bold Souls, The AACM Big Band and co-leads The Vizitors with Detroit pianist Kenny Green. Kenny also has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart and a host of Detroit favorites like Faruq Z. Bey, Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton. This is duo is reputably a full-tilt powerhouse.

A native of southeastern Michigan, saxophonist Jeff Marx now makes his home in Chicago. His work stradles the fence of post-bop and freer playing, delivered with a big tone and confident approach. His Detroit quartet will consist of Joel Peterson (double bass) and Marko Novachcoff (reeds) with a drummer TBA.

Doors at 8 pm; sliding scale donation, $5-10. CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks, just a couple blocks N. of Warren Ave.

Thursday, August 27th: Sun Ra Tribute by Planet D Nonet, featuring Kenny Millions at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID).
Planet D Nonet, the new big band spearheaded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’ Donnell, presents a tribute night to Sun Ra. Afficianados of innovative arrangements of Ellingtonia and Fletcher Henderson (who was one of Ra’s first employers), Planet D has always alluded to the edgier stylings of the Arkestra, but this night they’re really going for it. Ex-Detroiter Kenny Millions will be in town to lead the winds through the obstacle course of Ra’s charts, much as he has navigated through the avant compositions of ensembles like the Dutch super-group The Instant Composers Pool.

The evening will also feature a 20 minute film of Ra and Lyman Woodard, Detroit’s recently passed organ legend. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10 sliding scale donation. CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks, just a couple blocks N. of Warren Ave.

9/28 Huun Huur Tu

10/2 Digital Primitives

10/22 Jason Stein

11/20 Mike Tamburo and Ben Reynolds

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Upcoming Detroit Area Shows

Image of Nate Wooley from Facebook
Image of Nate Wooley

From the Bohemian National Home in Exile:

Friday, April 10th: Taylor Ho Bynum/Thomas Fujiwara Duo, The Sure Shots, Jeff Marx Detroit Quartet
At Detroit Evolution Laboratory
Our first event at Detroit Evolution Laboratory in Eastern Market is a variety show like we haven’t seen in a while. Taylor Ho Bynum and Thomas Fujiwara are two leading improvisers of theor generation. Bynum has played cornet with the heaviest of the older generation, including Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor and Bill Dixon. He has also shined in groups with Jason Kao Hwang and Joe Morris. Fujiwara plays percussion in both Bynum’s trio and sextet; he also performs with another noted brasswind player, Nate Wooley, and spent some time touring with the off-Broadway hit Stomp.

Jeff Marx made a big impression on those only familiar with his inside playing at our recent 2739 Edwin performance. His agile phrasing and big sound on assorted saxophones was a real pleasure to hear in an unamplified settinG. We’ll have more of the same from his quartet of Marko Novachcoff, Kurt Prisbe and Joel Peterson.

Jennie and the Sure Shots just can’t stop playing everywhere all the time! We’ll be fresh out of the studio and rearing to go.

Detroit Evoltion Gallery is a new space in Eastern Market dedicated to healthy living through food, exercise and community events. They serve food, teach cooking classes, host yoga-and now they feature music and other events as well. 1434 Gratiot (at Russell St.). Doors at 8:30. $5-15 suggested.

Wednesday, April 15th: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Psychedelic Horsesh!t and TBA at Old Miami
The amazing Quintron and his puppet-wielding partner Miss Pussycat return to Detroit for the first time since their huge, just-after-Katrina show at the Bohemian. Swap rock organ, automate d drum buddies and Edgar Varese style percussion can all find their way into Quintron’s bag. But undeniably, this is dance music of a type unique to Quintron’s spell casting.
With Columbus’ Psychedlic Horsesh!t and another act TBA.
The Old Miami is at 3930 Cass Ave. Doors at 8:30; $8.

Friday, April 17th: BoxDeserter Trio at Detroit Institute of Arts
Our favorite pianist, Thollem McDonas, returns to his favorite American city to kick off a tour by BoxDeserter Trio, with Skeeter Shelton and Joel Peterson. Speaking of favorites, Diego Rivera’s mural in the DIA is another of Thollem’s, which he didn’t realize was in Detroit until I took him to the museum. Now he gets to perform surrounded by it!

BoxDeserter mixes new chamber music, free improvisation and the broad repertoire of its members to create innovative, yet highly accessible music. Thollem has a new record coming out on ESP Disk and another release featuring his recent concert on Debussy’s piano in France! Skeeter Shelton is one of the great unsung saxophonists in Free Jazz and has performed with Fred Anderson, James Blood Ulmer, Dushun Mosley, Hakim Jami, Faruq Z. Bey and others. This will be the kick-off to BoxDeserter Trio’s midwest and east coast tour, so join us in The Rivera Court for two amazing sets- it’s free, of course!

5/5 Peter Brotzmann Duo
5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex, Massimo Pupillo of ZU and Paal Nilssen Love)
5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

Boxdeserter Trio tour dates:

Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 19 2009 8:00P
Hungry Brain Chicago
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Iron Post Urbana, Illinois
Apr 21 2009 7:30P
Charles and Limey’s Lounge (w/ End Times Trio) Springfield, Illinois
Apr 23 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St Louis, Missouri
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
Schlafly Tap Room St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 28 2009 8:00P
Exile Long Island, New York

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