Bhob Rainey and PDX Large Ensemble in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control: 1/10/09: Bhob Rainey and PDX Large Ensemle:

The Creative Music Guild presents improviser, composer, saxophonist and electronic musician Bhob Rainey.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10
Where: The Wail, 5135 NE 42nd Ave.,
Suggested donation: $7 general / $5 members & students

** This is an all ages show **

Rainey will be performing solo as well as leading a large ensemble including many of Portland’s finest improvisers and electronic musicians including:

Gregg Skloff
John Savage
Tyler Wilcox
Jef Brown
Peter Swanson
Thomas Garcia
Joel Pickard
J Morales
JP Jenkins
Ryan Stuewe
Mary Sue Tobin
Alyssa Reed
John Niekrasz
Matt Carlson

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Gino Robair
Image via Wikipedia

All About Jazz has a long feature on Vijay Iyer.

Gino Robair blogs about download-only music from the perspective of a fan and a musician.

Paul Sears has posted a few videos of Thee Maximalists.

Brooklyn’s Spike Hill will be the locale of a January 4th show featuring the Landon Knoblock Group and Shot x Shot.

Dublin’s Yard has released a new experimental album for free download.

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Telluric Currents, Series 3 to Take Place at Brooklyn’s I-Beam

Coming to the IBeam:

Continuing the new concert series curated by Brooklyn-based composer/clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman, the thirdd installment of the Telluric Currents series will take place January 15th & 16th at Brooklyn’s I-Beam.

Celebrating the diversity and creativity of New York’s underground musicians, each night of the series will present different groups of musicians who masterfully blur the lines between composition and improvisation, acoustic and electronic music, subtlety and extremity. The current experimental music scene in New York is as vibrant as ever and the Telluric Currents Concert Series seeks to pay tribute to the richness of the current musical landscape.

Friday, January 15th
8p Chuck Bettis/Dafna Naphtali Duo
Nate Wooley Solo 9p
10p Zach Layton/Ryan Sawyer/Alex Waterman Trio

Saturday January 16th
8p Jeremiah Cymerman Solo
Sara Schoenbeck/Ursel Schlict Duo
10p Brandon Seabrook Solo

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Myra Melford Interview

From At Length:

Myra Melford is one of the most exciting musicians working in any genre, and though she’s most frequently associated with the more avant garde circles of jazz, sometimes it seems as if she’s working in every genre. Drawing from influences as diverse as the blues of her native Chicago and the North Indian harmonium music she studied as a Fulbright Scholar in 2000, her music defies even the bravest attempts at categorization.

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Free Music Performances Reviews

Concert Review And Download: High Zero Festival, Saturday Night

NPR’s A Blog Supreme is offering a download of part of the recent High Zero festival.

Maybe it was the economy or maybe it was a curatorial decision, but the 11th annual High Zero Festival in Baltimore, Md. didn’t have the “star power” of previous years. There was no Tony Conrad or Joe McPhee, but in a city with a solid bed of new music practitioners — organized by the keen ears of the High Zero organization — you really couldn’t ask for a more creative line-up.

As always, High Zero puts local Baltimore musicians, artists and dancers on the same stage as international veterans to completely improvise “new music,” a rather loose term for sound with little connection to established forms. As a recent set of a CDs documenting the festival’s 11 years reveals, High Zero Festival is the premier showcase for spontaneous sound.

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Lampo: Homeless Again

The Chicago Reader informs us about Lampo once again being without a space.

Normally this is the time of year I look forward to learning Lampo’s fall lineup. One of the midwest’s greatest advocates for experimental music, Lampo has been presenting dynamic work, often in exclusive U.S. engagements, from some of the world’s most important sound artists and musicians for more than a decade. But no announcement of a fall schedule is coming: today Lampo director Andrew Fenchel informed me that the organization is once again without a home.

Lampo brings modern, experimental classical / electronic music to Chicago, and their shows have been very well-received. More details from Mr. Fenchel:

As you may know, we have been exceptionally lucky to call “216” home for the past two years. The space was generously donated by the building’s owner, and we are grateful for the time we had there. Now the owner has something different in mind for the space and we need to move on. Nothing but thanks and appreciation to him.

In the short term, this means our summer hiatus will continue through the fall — although we’ll do our best to surprise you with something before too long.

Looking ahead, we will find a new home and continue the Lampo series. We’ll certainly keep you updated on our search for space and report on new collaborations and projects. Separate from this announcement we have had some cool stuff in the works for a while, and we’ll be excited to tell you about our plans.

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Artomatic Improv Show in DC, May 30

From Sonic Circuits:

Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event that draws together visual artists, musicians and performers and brings their work to the community. Artomatic is free and open to everyone. The event is being held in a building that is atop the Navy Yard Metro Station on Artomatic’s Cabaret Stage 2nd floor. Appearing will be some of DC’s finest proponents of experimental music:

Robert Blake Highway 4pm
Kingdom of Sharks 430pm
Sean Peoples 5pm
Layne Garrett 530pm
Dave Vosh Logan Mitchell Sr. 6pm
Nine Strings 630pm
Fast Forty 7pm
RDK 730pm
Soft Pieces 8pm
BLK w/ BEAR VJ Poppins 830pm
Pilesar 9pm
The Angus Brainpan 930pm
Tone Ghosting 10pm
Twenty-first Century Chamber Ensemble 1030pm
Second Land 11pm
Kuschty Rye Ergot 1130pm
Slug Bait 12am
Aerosolized Mucus 12:30am

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Two from Low Impedance (Merzbow Veliotis/Grivas)

Nikos Veliotis & Anastasis Grivas – Vertical (loz 013)
Merzbow – Somei (loz 015)
By comparison to other indie labels dealing with open form music, Low Impedance is all about the map in its catalog, with no one release preceded or followed by anything that you’d call “similar”. I suppose the common denominator is a matter […]

“Blue” Gene Tyranny – The Somewhere Songs / The Invention Of Memory

A renowned partner in crime of Robert Ashley, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, Carla Bley and then some, “Blue” Gene Tyranny is rarely highlighted as a composer. Perhaps this is due to the deceptively simple façade of a good portion of his music, which hides finesse and attention to detail behind a veil of apparent weightlessness, […]

Xabier Erkizia – Spam Detect (Hamaika)

It’s been far too long a wait for something new from Xabi Erkizia, a musician I intently followed some four to five years ago, around the time I’d been knocked sideways by his Antifrost disc, Entresol. What I’ve since found is that Erkizia is a busy, busy man, still heavily pursuing his own […]

Michael Jefry Stevens Trio – For Andrew

Though in the Sixties the flashier superimpositions and cells of pianist Cecil Taylor got a significant amount of press as the more significant future path of the instrument, there were certainly other approaches to rhythm, tonality and “swing” in free piano music at the time. The equilateral pull of piano, bass and […]

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Jeremiah Cymerman at Roulette

An upcoming show at New York’s Roulette:

Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-MAN) is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York since 2002. Described by Time Out New York as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer-performers” Cymerman has worked with a broad range of contemporary artists including Otomo Yoshihide, John Zorn, Jandek, Ned Rothenberg, Peter Evans, Jessica Pavone, Toby Driver, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others. After several self-released cds and cdrs, in 2008 the Tzadik label released his album “In Memory of the Labyrinth System”, a highly personal work featuring a series of compositions for solo clarinet and computer processing which Andy Hamilton of the Wire called “a wholly original and intriguing listen”.

On Friday, April 10th composer/clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman will premiere a dramatic new composition for string quartet and electronics entitled “Under a Blue, Grey Sky”. Through-composed and presented as a five-act audio play, the piece works to strike a balance between the creative control that a conductor exercises over an ensemble with the sonic wizardry of dub-inspired live electronic processing.

Based loosely on a series of terrifying nightmares that the composer had from the age of 21-23, “Under a Blue, Grey Sky” is a lyrical, dark, and brooding piece that marks a new direction for a musician that Time Out New York describes as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer/performers”.

After a brief intermission the evening will conclude with two graphic scores from 2007. This concert made possible with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation “Under a Blue, Grey Sky” (2009) Scorpio Rising: Olivia De Prato (violin) Jessica Pavone (viola) Christopher Hoffman (cello) Tom Blancarte (bass) Jeremiah Cymerman (electronics)

“555” & “6 Blocks” (2007) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Christopher Hoffman (cello) Tom Blancarte (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (percussion)

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Anthony Braxton and Walter Thompson Premiere in Brooklyn

From the Irondale Ensemble Project:

The Irondale Center Presents:

Anthony Braxton and Walter Thompson Premiere
A New Soundpainting Composition
Performed by Anthony Braxton, Walter Thompson, and the Walter Thompson Orchestra
April 16, 17 & 18, 2009

What: Anthony Braxton and Walter Thompson Premiere – A New Soundpainting Composition
When: April 16, 17 & 18, 2009 @ 7:30pm
Where: The Irondale Center, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20/$15, to purchase tickets go to or call 212.352.3101

In celebration of their recent opening, the BAM cultural districts first new performing arts destination, The Irondale Center, premieres an exciting new work from two highly acclaimed artists.

Anthony Braxton, one of music’s most original composers and instrumentalists, has composed a new work in collaboration with Soundpainter Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Mr. Thompson will combine Mr. Braxton’s Language Music System with Soundpainting – the multidisciplinary live – composing sign language created by Mr. Thompson. The concerts will feature performances by Anthony Braxton, a woodwind virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist and the fifteen musicians and actors of the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Performances will run from April 16 to April 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm at The Irondale Center in the historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY, between Lafayette and Fulton Streets. Tickets are $20/$15 (for students and working artists) and can be purchased by going to or by calling 212.352.3101.

Mr. Thompson will soundpaint Mr. Braxton’s notation, text, and drawings (called Palettes in the Soundpainting language) and then transform them in the canvas of the work. They become the colors and textures used by Mr. Thompson to shape and guide the overall direction of the piece. The resulting composition will be created entirely in the moment. Each of the three performances will assume a unique shape dependent on the recombination of the Palettes, the Soundpainter’s gestures, and the response of the performers. In this unique form of artistic collaboration, the components of the Soundpainting coalesce to saturate the performance in a dynamic interplay.

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