Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Saturday, October 31, 2009
William Parker & Giorgio Dini – Temporary (Silta Records, 2009) ****

Friday, October 30, 2009
Pinton, Kullhammar, Zetterberg, Nordeson – Chant (Clean Feed, 2009) ***½

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Joe Morris – Today On Earth (AUM Fidelity, 2009) ****½
Joe Morris – Colorfield (ESP Disks, 2009) ****
Joe Morris, Simon Fell, Alex Ward – The Necessary And The Possible (Victo, 2009) ****

Monday, October 26, 2009
Larry Ochs & Drumming Core – Stone Shift (RogueArt, 2009) ****

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Nobuyasu Furuya Trio – Bendowa (Clean Feed, 2009) ****½

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Performances Reviews

Axiom – Clearing Musical Hurdles With Poise and Flair reviews this recent performance.

You might wonder, then, why Axiom — a bright, versatile young ensemble formed by students at the Juilliard School in 2005 — chose four toothy examples of latter-day modernism for its season-opening concert at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Monday night. The program, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, included Mario Davidovsky’s “Flashbacks,” Harrison Birtwistle’s “Secret Theater” and “Three Settings of Celan,” and — the relative pop hit of the bunch — Gyorgy Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto.

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New on Deep Listening

From Deep Listening, three new releases.

A dance-opera in primeval time

Written and directed by Ione
Music and sound design by Pauline Oliveros

A collaborative venture among artists of all types, this “dance-opera” is a multimedia panorama of experimental theatre and technical virtuosity that includes aerial ballet, masks, video projection, a sinister thousand-eyed monster, and a highly imaginative electronic soundscape.


Stephan Moore has spent the last five years touring with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as a core member of their live band. At the same time, he has been collaborating with a number of younger choreographers to create sound scores for their performance works. To Build A Field collects the best of these pieces, drawn from six of his commissions by four very different choreographers. The CD’s title refers to Moore’s view of his role in these collaborations: designing and executing sonic structures that define the emotional and rhythmic topography of time. Each track negotiates a balance between acoustic sound sources and electronics, live performance and studio composition, and human vs. algorithmic control of sound materials. Time is continually bent into new shapes, challenging the listener, and his collaborators, to think beyond the easy comforts of a regular tempo, and confront rhythm as texture instead of a reliable grid.


The trio Triple Point was founded by Jonas Braasch, Pauline Oliveros, and Doug Van Nort in 2008 and complemented by Stuart Dempster for this recording. The band derives its name from the thermodynamical point in the phase diagram where all three phases of water exist. Figuratively, this is where the trio operates exploring musical spaces and boundary conditions where contrasting ideas and streams can co-exist, while expanding the vocabulary of musical instruments acoustically (Braasch on soprano saxophone) and electronically (Oliveros, digital accordion and Expanded Instrument System, EIS, Doug van Nort on laptop and GREIS).

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April 19, 2009
Trio X with Rosie Hertlein, Alain Kirili Loft
Steve Dalachinsky, Dominic Duval, Rosie Hertlein, Alain Kirili, Ariane Lopez-Huici, Joe McPhee, Jay Rosen, Stephanie Stone
Solo, Issue Project Room
Eugene Chadbourne

April 18, 2009
Dub Trio, Bowery Ballroom
Stu Brooks, DP Holmes, Joe Tomino
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Bowery Ballroom
Matthias Bossi, Nils Frykdahl, Carla Kihlstedt, Michael Mellender, Dan Rathbun

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April 16, 2009
Anthony Braxton & Walter Thompson Orchestra Soundpainting, Irondale Arts Center
Michael Attias, Anthony Braxton, Jean-Brice Godet, Hollis Headrick, Rob Henke, Bohdan Hilash, Frantz Loriot, Steve Rust, Gil Sellinger, Rolf Sturm, Walter Thompson, Christopher Washburne, Jim Whitney

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Performances Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter April 3rd, 2009

From DMG:

Sun Ra 6 CD Slugs box .. and Live ’64 with Pharoah! Lou Reed Metal Machine Music Trio Live 2CD! Derek Bailey ’74! Melvin Gibbs With Pete Cosey & John Medeski! Joe Morris! Cooper-Moore! Gunter Hampel original Heartplants ’65!

Bob Moses! Roswell Rudd Trombone Tribe! Miles Okazaki! LaDonna Smith/Michael Evans! Andrea Parkins! Josef Van Wissem! Yoshi Wada! Phil Kline! Remaining INCUS backcatalog!



Richard Foreman is one of the most important theatre directors in the world, and has been a personal hero of John Zorn‘s for over 30 years. This theatre/music piece is the historic first-time collaboration for two masters of the bizarre (both MacArthur geniuses) who individually have challenged, enlightened and entertained adventurous audiences for decades.

ASTRONOME: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is a work dominated by ecstatic groans, grunts and babbling, and explores the initiation of a group of people into a world where ambiguous behavior alone leads to freedom–perhaps under the tutelage of the necessary “false messiah.” This is one of those events that can only happen downtown – culminating from a chance meeting in the street – independent of any special grants, funding, institution or administration.

Based on ASTRONOME, the intense second CD of a series featuring Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn and Joey Baron, Richard Foreman’s staging of it is absolutely stunning!

Please make a special effort to see this once in a lifetime event, which opened FEBRUARY 5th and RUNNING ONLY through APRIL 5th at the ONOTOLOGICAL-HYSTERIC THEATRE
@ St Marks Church in the East Village, 131 East 10th St on Second Ave!

to purchase tickets, go to:

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Bang on a Can Marathon in DC Area

From Black Plastic Bag:

For the past few years, the annual Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City has had my mouth watering, juxtaposing performances of fascinating and often under-performed avant-garde classical music with shows by cutting-edge popular music performers (and generally blurring the line between these two categories). Last year’s festival, for instance, featured compositions by Harrison Birtwistle and Terry Riley alongside performances by Marnie Stern and Dan Deacon.

This Sunday, the D.C. area is in for a treat as a scaled-down version of the festival occupies the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for an afternoon and evening (from 2pm until about 9pm). A free performance of Brian Eno’s famed Music For Airports is among the attractions, along with performances of compositions by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche (some of which D.C. concertgoers may have seen when Kotche performed a solo set at the Black Cat back in 2006). A lengthy Terry Riley piece, with Riley himself on vocals and piano, closes out the event.

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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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New on Tzadik

From Tzadik:

Daphna Sadeh & the Voyagers

John Zorn
Filmworks XXIII: el General

Roberto Rodriguez
The First Basket

Uri Gurvich
The Storyteller

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Frank Gratkowski/Chris Brown/William Winant – Wake (Red Toucan)

Sometimes what makes for vivid, exciting free improvisation is not necessarily the foregrounding of a “new” technique, the spontaneous elaboration of an impressive form, or even – perhaps especially – a race to the boiling point, the big rock solo moment in free improv. No, it’s often the case that the documents worth returning to […]

Francisco López Michael Gendreau – TDDM (Sonoris)

Since 2006, many worthy labels have either fallen into depression or ceased production altogether. Franck Laplaine’s Sonoris continues to push out releases at a snail’s pace (roughly a disc per year) from a very personalized operation. A look back through the Sonoris catalog shows quite the range, and the envelope has widened even […]

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