Rituals in Musicality – Wadada Leo Smith at Firehouse 12

From the New Haven Advocate, previews tomorrow’s Firehouse 12 show.

To describe Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith as a musician with a holistic vision is an understatement. From his earliest days performing blues and R&B in Mississippi to his late-’60s stint as a member of the Chicago organization the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, to his mid-’70s tenure within the nucleus of an improvised music scene in New Haven and in his current position as director of the MFA program in African American Improvisation at Cal Arts, Smith has actively pursued a theory and practice of music that embraces nearly every conceivable element of human life.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits Duo May 8th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 8th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present the duo of legendary German multi-instrumentalist Peter Brötzmann and acclaimed New York-based drummer Nasheet Waits. Part of Brötzmann’s 12-stop spring tour of America, this two-set performance will feature all spontaneously improvised music blending the artists’ diverse backgrounds and musical points of view.

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Firehouse 12 To Present The Michaël Attias Quintet May 1st

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 1st, New York-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias will make his Firehouse 12 debut as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series. Fresh off a two-week stint performing his original live electronic score for the Yale Repertory Theater’s production of Dostoevsky’s “Notes From The Underground” in late March and early April, Attias will return to New Haven with his new quintet. The group expands his longtime trio, Renku, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, to include French horn player Mark Taylor and pianist Jacob Sacks.

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Eclectic Improvisers Release First Disc and Play Firehouse 12

From Courant.com:

The New Haven Improvisers Collective, a catalytic force in New Haven’s burgeoning music scene, is celebrating the release of its debut disc, “Interference” (NHIC Records), a live recording of its 2007 performance at New Haven’s Firehouse 12.

The collective champions what it calls “avant progressive chamber punk jazz.”

The seven players, led by Bob Gorry, a guitarist/composer with a rock, jazz and experimental music background, return to Firehouse 12 to perform Saturday at 8:30 and 10 p.m., presenting highlights from the new disc and premieres of new works.

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