February at Roulette

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From New York’s Roulette:

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students & Under 30s, $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242

Feb 12 – 8:30 PM

Fri Feb 13 – 8:30 PM

ROGER KLEIER “El Pocho Loco” Project
Feb 17 – 8:30 PM

Thu Feb 19 – 8:30 PM

Feb 20 – 8:30 PM

Sat Feb 21 – 8:30 PM

Sun Feb 22 – 8:30 PM

SHOKO NAGAI & SATOSHI TAKEISHI: ABYSM (a tale of floating world)
Thu Feb 26 – 8:30 PM

ODE: Larry Ochs, Lisle Ellis, Trevor Dunn, and Michael Sarin
Fri Feb 27 – 8:30 PM

Feb 28 – 2:00 PM $5

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Meehan/Perkins Duo at Carnegie Hall

An upcoming performance from the Meehan/Perkins Duo:

The Meehan/ Perkins Duo (Todd Meehan and Douglas Perkins), comprised of two of the country’s leading contemporary percussionists, will perform a concert on Friday, January 16 at 8 PM at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. This is the first full-length recital for these two since they performed in NYC as founding members of So Percussion. The Duo will present a diverse evening of chamber and solo percussion music including works by Paul Lansky, Michael Gordon, John Fitz Rogers, Nathan Davis and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lang. Several of the works, including David Lang’s Table of Contents and Paul Lansky’s Travel Diary, were commissioned by the Meehan/ Perkins Duo and will receive their New York premieres at this concert. The repertoire explores the sonic possibilities of percussion, including both acoustic and electro-acoustic works, and showcases the virtuosic talents of the two performers. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Carnegie Hall box office at or by calling 212.247.7800.

Founded in 2006, the Meehan/Perkins Duo has emerged as a driving force in new music through their compelling performances of new works for percussion. The Duo believes in cultivating relationships with living composers through commissions and collaborations that expand the percussion genre. They have commissioned works from David Lang, Paul Lansky, and Nathan Davis, and will premiere a new concerto for percussion duo and orchestra by Jonathan Leshnoff during the 2010-2011 season.

Todd and Doug first began collaborating as chamber musicians in 1999 as founding members of So Percussion. They have since performed at countless venues across the country including the Bang on a Can Marathon, the BAM Next Wave Festival, Miller Theater, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Round Top International Festival-Institute, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. In addition to their performances the duo regularly teaches master classes at universities throughout the country.

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Tom Hull’s Jazz Reviews

A few more from reviewer Tom Hull:

Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii: Chun
Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Summer Suite
Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya: Sanrei
Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Heat Wave
Curlew: 1st Album/Live at CBGB 1980
Eri Yamamoto: Duologue
Maurice Horsthuis: Elastic Jargon
William Parker Quartet: Petit Oiseau
Misha Alperin: Her First Dance
Evan Parker/The Transatlantic Art Ensemble: Boustrophedon
Bobby Previte & the New Bump: Set the Alarm for Monday
Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid: NYC

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Axiom Ensemble’s take on Messiaen Reviews

Olivier Messiaen
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From the NY Times:

The stars that govern music must have been aligned exactly 100 years ago. Olivier Messiaen was born in Avignon, France, on Dec. 10, 1908. The next day Elliott Carter was born in New York. Messiaen died at 83 in 1992, composing until the end, still playing the organ every Sunday at the exquisite Trinité church in Paris. Mr. Carter remains very much with us and active, a miraculous fluke of nature.

Messiaen’s centenary has been acknowledged around the world this year, and the Miller Theater at Columbia University presented an exciting program as part of its Composer Portraits series on Saturday night. The deft conductor Jeffrey Milarsky led the Axiom Ensemble, a flexible group of Julliard School students who have palpable enthusiasm for challenging contemporary music and the technical skills to play it.

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Coming up at RUCMA

From New York’s RUCMA:

RUCMA Series 2008 @ the Yippie Cafe

Monday, December 1, 7:30 pm
Brad Farberman’s Music for Ears
Jam Session at 9 pm
David Rothenberg (clarinets)
Darius Jones (alto sax)
Dave Sewelson (bari sax)
Brad Farberman (guitar)
Andrew Drury (drums)

Wednesday, December 3, 8:00 pm
Cristian Amigo & Kingdom of Jones
Cristian Amigo (electric guitars)
Izzi Ramkissoon (bass & laptop)
Gonzalo Martinez (drums)
Rami El Asser (percussion)

Place: Yippie Cafe, 9 Bleecker Street
between Bowery and Elizabeth

Cost: General ($10), Students & Seniors ($7), Jam Session ($5)

Full Info: ,
tel: 212.254.5420
Brad Farberman’s Music for Ears
Brad Farberman is a tireless performer and organizer on the innovative music scene in New York. Formative experiences like seeing Sunny Murray play, meeting Evan Parker in London and hanging out at Tonic have lead Farberman to a life in music from which, of course, there is no escape. Following some time in Massachusetts under the tutelage of Nick McBride, Glenn Siegel and the flautist Margo Edwards, Farberman relocated to New York City in 2007. As a guitarist, he has performed with Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Steve Dalachinsky, Jason Kao Hwang‘s Spontaneous River and William Parker’s Introscopic Orchestra. He is a founding member of Knucklebean, helped book the 2008 RUCMA series, and curates the monthly This Is Our Music series. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, and is in pursuit of his M.A. in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.

Cristian Amigo & Kingdom of Jones
Guitarist-composer Cristian Amigo straddles the contemporary-classical, improv and rock worlds; no wonder he calls his Kingdom of Jones a “new music jam-band.” During any given performance, Messiaen grapples with Led Zeppelin while Perez Prado teaches Stravinsky to mambo.

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Paul Lytton and Nate Wooley in Portland

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From Work Sound:

SATURDAY, October 25th 8pm

at Worksound
820 SE Alder

$10 general / $8 members and students

Lytton/Wooley Duo
Paul Lytton (drums, percussion, electronics) – legendary London improviser
Nate Wooley (trumpet) – Oregon born, and now an established NYC improviser

The duo will be joined in the second set with local guest Pete Swanson (electronics/tape) – of Portland’s acclaimed Yellows Swans

about the Duo:

Two musicians of different backgrounds share passion for improvisation and redefining their instruments.

Genres are meant to be bent. That’s what legendary British percussionist, Paul Lytton and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley believe. The two musicians, from seemingly different backgrounds and musical circles met up in 2006 to record their eponymous debut LP for Detroit’s Broken Research Records.

Paul Lytton, known primarily in the US as the drummer for the ground breaking Evan Parker Trio, has been forging new ground as a free jazz percussionist, electronicist, and maker of instruments (for example, the lyttonophone) for almost 40 years. Along with Paul Lovens, Tony Oxley, and John Stevens, he is firmly entrenched in the British tradition of experimental improvisers who have gone beyond the jazz tradition to deal with a new way of improvising. Over the years, he has played with such improvising luminaries as Parker, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, and Ken Vandermark.

Nate Wooley is a relative newcomer to improvised music circles, breaking into that public’s consciousness with his solo recording, “wrong shape to be a storyteller” (Creative Sources Recordings) two years ago. Growing up in a small fishing town in Oregon, Nate got a solid jazz education from his father in a northwest coast dance band, but eschewed the tradition of jazz trumpet to concentrate on extreme sound, touring and recording with such hard noise and rock groups as Melee, Graveyards, and Akron/Family. He is currently working in New York with everyone from Drag City’s David Grubbs to new music composer/bagpiper Matthew Welch.

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