Eli Keszler, Ashley Paul, Silvum at Sonic Circuits

From DC’s Sonic Circuits:

Tuesday July 7
Doors 730pm Music 8pm SHARP
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front

Eli Keszler

Using drums, along with crotales, bells, bowed metal, strings, Eli creates a unique whirlwind of sound that balances sparse droning harmonics with intense, fast, free rhythms. He has performed, recorded or collaborated with artists such as Jandek, Phill Niblock (performed a new work of his for bowed crotales and saxophone), Roscoe Mitchell, Loren Connors, Charles Cohen, Anthony Coleman (appearing on his New World Records Release), Aki Onda, Bryan Eubanks, David Linton, Steve Pyne (Redhorse), Greg Kelley, Ashley Paul. Eli has performed at venues like The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Irving Plaza, Merkin Hall, Issue Project Room, The Stone and The Knitting Factory (NYC and LA), and countless bookstores, basements, and small galleries around the US and Europe. He has released solo CD’s and cassettes on REL as well as labels such as Rare Youth (debut solo LP, Livingston), Reverb Worship and Something on The Road.

Ashley Paul

Ashley Paul plays reeds, unique string instruments, electronics and sings. Her dream-like music juxtaposes aggressive, sustained high pitched blasts, floating vocals, clattering strings and bells, cry-like saxophones and is somehow tied together by oddly melodic songs. In the past year she performed with Loren connors, Aki Onda, Joe Morris, and Greg Kelley, premiered a new work by Phill Niblock for soprano saxophone and bowed crotales (written for her and Eli Keszler), performed as part of the US premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s masterpiece ‘Der Schall’ at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and was heard in a live feature on wzbc’s Rare Frequency. Additionally, Ashley performs regularly with Anthony Coleman in duo, trio and on his recent New World Records release, plays duo with Eli Keszler and has recently begun performing solo, sharing the stage with Thurston Moore, Mats Gustaffson, Chris Corsano and others.



“I’m always trying to focus and clarify where I am going with my sound works to generate the most honest creations possible. Like anyone, I am inevitably influenced by many things (to view that as negative is utopian), but never want those influences to overcome my expression. In the spectrum of my goals, there’s no point in recreating what has already been done (I have no problem with stylistic explorations of established styles or approaches in other artists / genres), and I am always realizing that my works can be easily classified (I’m not destroying any boundaries). While sound revolution is not the point, I do want to create something as “true” and refined as possible, something that is me, or more practically a part of me: a mood a sensation, a memory. An alchemy where I take the standard elements and generate something unique.”

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This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

07/02 @ 8pm – Hisham Bharoocha w/Ben Vida + Ateleia w/Sadek Bazaraa
+ Ateleia and Sadek Bazaraa + Hisham Bharoocha w/ Ben Vida Issue Project Room Doors at 8PM

Tonight’s performance marks a new instance of ‘Archegram’, the ongoing collaboration between musician James Elliott, aka Ateleia, and visual artist Sadek Bazaraa. Combining Ateleia’s pulsing ambient soundscapes and Bazaraa’s deeply atmospheric video art, the two strive to generate a hermetic sensory environment […]

07/03 @ 8pm – Alan Licht and Loren Connors + Evidence

Over the past two decades, guitarist Alan Licht has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Rashied Ali, Derek Bailey) and electronica wizards (Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke) to turntable masters (DJ Spooky, Christian Marclay) and veteran Downtown New York composers (Rhys Chatham). Licht is also renown in the indie […]

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Musicka Mystica Maxima Fest September in New York

The Musicka Mystica Maxima Fest takes place at Santos Party House, New York, NY, 21 and 22 September 2009.

The lineup of the two-day fest includes Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle with Thee Majesty featuring Bryin Dall and Morrisson Edley, John Zorn and Bill Laswell, and Daniel Higgs.

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New on Ayler Records

Ayler Records has a handful of new releases:

Eyal Maoz & Asaf Sirkis – Elementary Dialogues

Eyal Maoz and Asaf Sirkis share a long history of collaboration. Combining composition and improvisation, their intuitive rapport guides the way through a musical conversation full of unexpected twists and turns and sudden bursts of color and energy, yet with great emotional depth and logical coherence.

Jacob William Quartet – Secondary Deviations

Jacob William is a Boston-based bass player, composer and improviser working to stretch the multicultural paradigm – exploring the innate, ornate and the palpitating roots of diverse musical traditions, here with his “Secondary Deviations” quartet featuring Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Forbes Graham (trumpet) and Croix Galipault (drums).

Rechtern/Zinman/Wang/Cook – Wakte Oglaka

A “Story of War”, told in music, minimal and reduced to the just necessary yet ornamental, by four master improvisers traveling in open spaces, with nothing but some horses, a sword, a jurta and the wind, the wind, the wind, breeding the math layed out throughout that space. Free improvisation at its best.

Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut – Digital Box
2nd installment available now!

Further explorations into the ongoing work of New-York avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Shurdut and friends (including collaborations with Joe McPhee, Blaise Siwula, Brian Osborne, Daniel Carter, Frode Gjerstad, Anders Gahnold, Tom Chess, Marc Edwards, Dave Sewelson, Marcus Cummins, Laura Cromwell, among others).
8 new recordings now available for download along with an updated linerbook. Enjoy the ride!

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Interviews Performances

Interview with Matana Roberts

From New York’s Roulette:

On Thursday, June 18th at 8:30pm, Matana Roberts presents ILLUMINATION, a collection of sound paintings that testify to why any artist would chose to live in New York in the first place. A city unlike any other, with an artistic spirit unlike any other. An Illumination in sound, space, real time. A testament to the tenacity of the creative human spirit.

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Harris Eisenstadt Performances In June

From Improvised Communications:

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt is laying a bit low this month waiting for his first child to be born, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few gigs worth mentioning around New York, including a performance with Jessica Pavone’s new name-challenged quartet and duets with Brahim Fribgane (in Howard Mandel’s ethnomusicology class at NYU) and Ellery Eskelin (as part of Jeremiah Cymerman’s Telluric Currents series).

Band Without a Name is the Name for Now
06/13: Jessica Pavone Presents @ Ibeam (Brooklyn, NY)

Harris Eisenstadt/Brahim Fribgane Duo
06/15: New York University (New York, NY)

Harris Eisenstadt/Ellery Eskelin Duo
06/19: Telluric Currents Series @ Ibeam (Brooklyn, NY)

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Brotzmann / Pliakas / Wertmuller on Tour

From Marino Pliakas:

Peter Brotzmann (GER), Reeds
Marino Pliakas (CH), E-Bass
Michael Wertmueller (CH), Drums

June 9 – Pittsburgh, PA : New Hazlett Theater,
June 10 – Baltimore, MD: The Windup Space,
June 11 – Washington, DC: Velvet Lounge,
June 12 – St.Louis, MO: LEMP Arts Center,
June 13 – Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle,
June 14 – New York, NYC: Vision Festival, Abrons Art Center – 466 Grand Street,

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New Concert Series at Brooklyn’s IBeam

Inaugurating a new concert series curated by Brooklyn-based composer/clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman, the first installment of the Telluric Currents series will take place from June 19th-21st at Brooklyn’s IBeam. Future installments will occur once every three months for three nights, three sets per night.

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 June 19th
8p Alex Chechile Solo
Jeremiah Cymerman/Matt Bauder/Josh Sinton Clarinet Trio 9p
10p Harris Eisenstadt/Ellery Eskelin Duo

Saturday June 20th
8p Woody Sullender Solo
Sam Amidon/Aaron Siegel Duo 9p
10p Peter Evans Solo

Sunday June 21st
8p Sergei Tcherepnin
Doron Sadja 9p
10p Katherine Young Ensemble

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Interview with David Rosenbloom

From the Roulette:

David Rosenbloom has been active as a musician, composer, and painter in New York since the late 70’s no wave period. His projects have included the Electric Chorus & Orchestra, Chinese Puzzle, The Experimental Chorus, and the Outlanders; he performed, toured and recorded with Glenn Branca, and was a member of Rhys Chatham’s early band Meltdown. His work tends to focus on sonic and structural experimentation with an emphasis on dense, melodic textures. He has worked with bassist David Hofstra for over two decades, and has in recent years worked with Stephen Moses in multiple scenarios.

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Performances Reviews

Taylor Ho Bynum and Harris Eisenstadt in London

All About Jazz reviews this recent show.

Convergence Quartet
The Vortex
London, U.K.
April 27, 2009

Last sighted on these shores in the autumn of 2006, the success of the Convergence Quartet ‘s inaugural meeting has now borne the fruit of a further tour for cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, drummer Harris Eisenstadt, and the up-and-coming English pairing of pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Dominic Lash.

“All four band members, though, found ample space within the quartet’s shared aesthetic, which was built upon attentive listening and quick witted response.”

Since the band’s first concert, Bynum has moved ever further from the Braxton penumbra to become an active and prolific leader stateside, while Eisenstadt balances bounteous collaborations with leadership dates like the dazzling Guewel (Clean Feed, 2008). Hawkins and Lash have become increasingly sought after, appearing in Evan Parker’s quartet and multifarious improvising collectives. In addition, Hawkins has toured with his own adventurous sextet, and Lash has made his debut on the New York scene. The quartet’s Live in Oxford (FMR, 2007), a memento of the last tour, now looks like it will be joined by a studio album (a recording date is scheduled for the end of this nine date tour).

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