Interview with Lisle Ellis

From Roulette NYC:

Lisle Ellis, is a New York-based bassist, composer, visual artist, and teacher. On September 26th at Roulette, Ellis presents Stomping Ground – a “band” of shifting dimensions and a “song” without end – investigating ideas of community and a spectrum of diversity through traditional, experimental, and futuristic concepts, attempting to convey meaningful music through a shared sensibility of custom, territory, and gathering together.

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Lukas Ligeti’s Postmodern Post-African Fusion

Ligeti’s upcoming Chicago show is previewed by the Reader:

On Thursday night Elastic plays host to an intriguing New York trio called Hypercolor. I’ve never seen the group live, and they only have a handful of tracks on their Myspace page, but the presence of percussionist and composer Lukas Ligeti, son of brilliant Hungarian composer György Ligeti, is enough to get me interested.

The group plays intricate, aggressive fusion that borders on math rock, weaving through frequent tempo shifts, dizzyingly jagged unison lines, and terse bits of improvisation at ear-popping volume. Rounding out the band are electric guitarist Eyal Maoz, a Sonny Sharrock-inspired shredder with a thing for the single-note curlicues of Gary Lucas, and electric bassist James Ilgenfritz, who also grounds the out-jazz grooves on Mysterium’s new album.

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Coming up at RUCMA

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
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From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

September 21
3 SETS !!!
7:30 PM
Francois Grillot’s French Contraband
Francois Grillot – Bass
Others – TBA

9:00 PM
Present Personic
Patrick Brennan – alto sax
Bern Nix – guitar
Lisle Ellis – bass

10:30 PM
Special Guests From Japan
Sachi Hayasaka – saxes
Shiro Sadamura – violin
Toshiki Nagata – bass
Pheeroan akLaff – drums

September 22
6:30 PM
Leena Conquest Songs
Leena Conquest – Voice
Jared Botty – guitar
Calvin Jones – drums

8:00 PM
Lisa Sokolov Solo Voice

September 28
7:30 PM
Ole Mathisen – tenor sax
TBA – others

9:00 PM
Gunther Hampel – vibes, bass, clarinet, flute
Johannes Schleiermacher – tenor sax
Andreas Lang – bass
Bernd Oezsevim – drums

September 29
6:30 PM
Ellen Christie – Voice
Juan Quinones – Guitar
Tom Bruno – Drums

8:00 PM
Yoon Sun Choi – voice
Jacob Sacks – keyboard
Thomas Morgan – bass
Vinnie Sperezza – drums

October 5
3 SETS!!!
7:30 PM
Jonathan Golberger – guitar
Trevor Dunn – bass
Harris Eisenstadt – drums

9:00 PM
James Carney – keys & composition
TBA – Others

10:30 PM
Garth Stevenson – bass
Mat Maneri – violin/viola
Randy Peterson – drums

October 6
6:30 PM
Jean Carla Rodea – voice
Oscar Noriega – clarinet & alto sax
Joe Morris – guitar & banjo
Javier Moreno – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums

8:00 PM
Yayoi Ikama – piano
Kyoko Kitamura – voice

October 12
7:30 PM
Ken Wessel – guitar
Ken Filiano – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

9:00 PM
Avram Fever – reeds
Roy Campbell – trumpet
TBA – others

October 13
Golda Solomon – voice
Christopher Dean Sullivan – bass
Michael TA Thompson – drums
Joe Giardullo – reeds
Fay Victor – vocals

Lineup TBA

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Ken Vandermark in the Belly of the Beast

The Chicago Reader discusses Ken Vandermark‘s increased nationwide prominence.

“In North America the only thing that’s happened with festivals have been in Canada—Vancouver, Victoriaville,” he told me. “I’m invisible in the mainstream jazz world in the U.S. I’m generally never covered in mainstream American publications devoted to jazz.” While Vandermark has worked with American musicians who don’t live in Chicago—Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, and Adam Lane among them—they exist in the same sort of odd parallel world that he does, away from New York and criminally relegated to the margins. Of course, Vandermark has done just fine without the imprimatur of the establishment.

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Various Artists, Echoes of Polyhymnia (Hypnos)
Hypnos now boasts a long history and impressive discography of highly-accomplished ambient music hovering in dark, but not lightless, regions, several of which are compilations of exclusive tracks. Recently it added to this bounty with two anthologies released more or less simultaneously. … [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:49, 13 Aug 2009

Coppice Halifax, Ocean Lion (CDR Milieu Music)
In some baffling way, Ocean Lion has a dual effect on body and mind. It lulls the body into sweet submission with captivating, textured beats, while simultaneously engaging the mind with a background sky awash in brand-new pastel colours, ones you can´t find in your box of crayons. I flash back… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:51, 12 Aug 2009

Raz Mesinai´s Badawi, Unit of Resistance (ROIR)
Unit of Resistance is one component of a project Raz Mesinai takes very seriously – the demonization of Islam by the Bush administration, which first manifested itself in Mesinai´s protest action against the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004. Mesinai is ably qualified to… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 14:15, 11 Aug 2009

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September at Roulette

The September schedule from New York’s Roulette:

3 NIGHTS: SKELETON$ BIG BAND: New Works for a Larger Ensemble
Wed-Fri Sept 7, 8 & 9 – 8:30 PM

INTERPRETATIONS: Works by Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph
Thurs Sept 17 – 8:00 PM

Tue Sept 22 – 8:30 PM

The Mara Rosenbloom Quartet CD Release
Wed Sept 23 – 8:30 PM

Music of Mario Diaz de Leon Performed by International Contempoary Ensemble (ICE) and Talea: CD Release Event
Fri Sept 25 – 8:30 PM

Lisle Ellis “Stomping Ground”
Sat Sept 26 – 8:30 PM

The Hassay-DeChellis–Nakatani Trio “An Evening of Spontaneous Beauty”
Wed Sept 30 – 8:30 PM

Fay Victor Ensemble “The FreeSongSuite”
Thurs Oct 1 – 8:30 PM

Bisio / Crothers
Fri Oct 2 – 8:30 PM

Tom Hamilton & Bruce Eisenbeil w/ William Hooker
Sat Oct 3 – 8:30 PM

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Mary Halvorson On Tour

From Improvised Communications:

Mary Halvorson Trio
Tuesday, August 4th @ Yoshi’s (Oakland, CA)
Thursday, August 6th @ The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)

Matana Roberts
Sunday, August 9th @ The Stone (New York, NY)

Tom Rainey
Friday, August 21st @ The Stone (New York, NY)

Positive Catastrophe
Tuesday, August 25th @ Freddy’s Bar & Backroom (Brooklyn, NY)

Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship
Wednesday, August 26th @ Rose (Brooklyn, NY)
Sunday, August 30th @ Jazz in Willisau (Willisau, Switzerland)

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The boundless sonic creativity of Okkyung Lee

From the Chicago Reader:

Okkyung Lee, who plays Sunday night at the Pritzker Pavilion in Min Xiao-Fen’s Asian Trio, is one of the most beguiling young figures in New York’s creative-music community. The Korean cellist—she came to the U.S. in 1993, at age 18—moves effortlessly between different worlds without changing her sound in any significant way. She plays in pianist Vijay Iyer’s multimedia project Still Life With Commentator as well as Laurie Anderson’s art-pop ensemble, but on her own she’s concerned mostly with improvisation.

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Jon Irabagon finds the balance between inside and outside jazz

From the Chicago Reader:

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who grew up in Morton Grove and later Gurnee and studied music at DePaul University, has steadily made a name for himself since relocating to New York in 2001 to pursue further studies at the Manhattan School of Music. For the plast few years he’s earned plaudits for his work in the gonzo freebop quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing, and last year he made an impressive debut as a leader with his band Outright! With these projects and as an in-demand sideman he routinely erases the boundaries between hard bop and free jazz, excelling at both approaches.

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Ras Moshe Ensemble in Syracuse

From New Thing Productions:

Thank you to everyone that came to the show last night, as usual, Thinguma*jigSaw put on such a nice intimate show that again made me think about picking up the saw as a musical instrument.

So hot on the feet of this last gig, here is another one for you. Free jazz for your head. Come on out and support live music.

May 30th @ 8pm
Ras Moshe Ensemble featuring Matt Lavelle, David Miller, Tor Yochai Snyder, Shayna Dulberger

Ras Moshe has been playing in various groups throughout New York City for almost twenty years, with William Hooker, Sabir Mateen, Steve Swell, Marc Edwards and others. His style has been compared to post-1965 John Coltrane and Frank Wright, among others. Born and raised in New York, and with a family history rich in the jazz tradition, Ras has uniquely positioned himself to bring the lineage of free jazz into the present day.

$5.00 to $10.00 donation

Metropolis Underground
615 S. Main St. (backside of building)
N. Syracuse, NY 13212

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