Megasound Releases and Tours

Megasound is a new Italian label soon to launch. They have two recent releases, both highly recommend. A USA tour may follow this summer.

Neo is an italian Jazz-punk-blues trio and have released Water Resistance.
http://www.youtube.com/neojazztrio

Tribraco is a jazz-rock quartet, with a first album “Cracking the Whip.” In August 2009 they had a tour in Sardinia, were they played with Roscoe Mitchell (The Trio) from Art Ensemble of Chicago, at the Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival “Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 009”.
http://www.youtube.com/tribraco

With both of the bands we are organizing a tour all over the USA on summer 2010, 7.500 mi, more than 20 cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., New Orleans.

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DMG Newsletter December 17th, 2009

From DMG:

Agusti Fernandez & Barry Guy! Ab Baars/Ig Henneman/Misha Mengelberg! Elliott Sharp‘s Carbon! Roscoe Mitchell & David Wessel! Paul Rogers Solo! Tim Hodgkinson & Milo Fine! Eugene Chadbourne Volunteer Fire Dept!

Joe McPhee & Joe Morris LP’s! Laura Andel Orchestra! Dafna Naftali & Chuck Bettis! Tatsuya Yoshida DVD’s & CD’s! A Big Alan Lomax in Haiti 10CD+2Book Box Set! Bert Jansch LP/CD combo packs! El Gallo Rojo Catalogue Restocked!..

And, an Impressive HAT CD SALE! [Newsletter readers only – reduced prices NOT in database]

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled (Hey, we gotta relax, too!)

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
ANDY HAAS & DEE POP!
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

Sunday, January 24th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE Returns!

Sunday, January 31st at 6pm:
JESSE ELDER & LOGAN RICHARDSON!
Excellent Piano & Alto Sax Duo & CD Release Celebration!

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Bohemian in Exile Shows

Upcoming performances in Detroit:

Friday, December 4th at Contemporary Arts Institute of Detroit: Steve Cohn with Jeff Marx and Joel Peterson

Saturday, December 5th at 2739 Edwin: Cohn/Marx/Peterson plus Dushun Mosley
Piano and sakuhachi player Steve Cohn is a native of San Francisco. In his early days he worked with notables like Sonny Simmons and Eddie Henderson and also spent 2 years in Japan learning sakuhachi. Upon relocating to New York, Cohn started playing strictly improvised music and immersed himself in the scene there, working with Reggie Workman, William Parker, Fred Hopkins, Oliver Lake and others. Two of his records as a leader have earned 4 star ratings in Downbeat and Cohn has received grants from Arts International, Meet the Composer and The New Jersey Council of the Arts.

Michigan native Jeff Marx is a saxophonist who now lives in Chicago. Like Steve Cohn, he also has spent time in the Bay Area and New York. He was originally inspired on the instrument by seeing Detroit saxophonist Sonny Stitt as a youngtser. He’s gone on to work with Donald Byrd, Jim Pepper, Ira Coleman etc. and co lead the group Second Sight with Dave Douglas,Jeff Siegel and John Esposito.

Chicago percussionist Dushun Mosely is known to many of us as co-leader of The Vizitors (with Kenneth Green) and as drummer for Eight Bold Souls. A member of the AACM, he has performed with some of its most famous figures, including Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Abrahms, Don Moye and Douglas Ewart– as well as other important creative musicians like Don Cherry, Anthony Davis and Henry Threadgill.

Joel Peterson, on doublebass, is familiar to most of you folks.

Friday doors at 8 pm. $5-10.
Saturday doors at 8:30, $10 suggested.

Coming Soon:
12/14 Keenan Lawler/Jozef Van Wissem
1/25 Frode Gjerstad/Paal Nilssen Love
3/25 Han Bennink/Frode Gjerstad

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All About Jazz Reviews

Cover of "Sensible Shoes"
Cover of Sensible Shoes

From All About Jazz:

Charles Tyler Ensemble
Charles Tyler Ensemble (ESP Disk)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Sex Mob
Sexmob Meets Medeski live in Willisau 2006 (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Brandt Reiter

Jon Hassell
Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Carlos Zingaro
Spectrum (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Revolutionary Ensemble
Revolutionary Ensemble: Vietnam and Beyond the Boundary of Time
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Jason Lindner
Now Vs. Now (Anzic Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Multiple Artists
Leo Records 30th Anniversary
Reviewed by Martin Longley

Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey: Koan, The Winding Shell & Labyrinth
Reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

Multiple Artists
Solo Saxophones: Roscoe Mitchell, Paul Flaherty & John Butcher
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Multiple Artists
Large Ensembles: John Hollenbeck & Nicholas Urie
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Joey Baron
Joey Baron: Heaven on Earth, Stolas & Dream Dance
Reviewed by George Kanzler

Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Japan
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

Nate Wooley
Transit: Quadrologues & Nate Wooley: The Seven Storey Mountain
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Chris Speed
Three with Chris Speed/Skirl Records: Big Choantza; Smell The Difference; Esopus Opus
Reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things
About Us (482 Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chris McGregor
Our Prayer (Fledg’ling Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Olaf Rupp / Marino Pliakas / Michael Wertmuller
Too Much Is Not Enough (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

Brian Groder
Groder & Greene (Latham Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Led Bib
Sensible Shoes (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Aki Takase / Louis Sclavis
Yokohama (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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UCSC/ISIM Improvisation Festival/Conference 2009

Yet another upcoming fest, this one from UCSC/ISIM Improvisation Festival/Conference 2009:

Thursday, December 3
4:00pm: Pamela Z
5:00pm: Soraya Murray’s Panel on Electronic Media and Improvisation
6:30pm: Art Jones
7:00pm: UCSC/ISIM Opening Ceremony (at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center)
Featuring:
David Cope‘s Algorithmic Improvisation Program
– Syncline/Anticline: Ben Leeds Carson
– Freddy Redd
– ISIM Open Jam Session

Friday, December 4
With Keynote Speaker: George Lewis
3:30: George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell Duet (with Yamaha Disklavier piano)
5:00: Rob DZ’s Freestyle 101
7:00pm: Featured Headliner Charles Lloyd Concert with Geri Allen (Opening)

Saturday, December 5
1:30pm: David Anthony’s Film Series
3:00pm: Jin Hi Kim‘s Electric Komungo
7:00pm: 21st-Century Musicism: Improvisation for your Imagination
Featuring:
– India Cooke
– Ashwin Batish
– Karlton Hester’s The Divine Particle’s Vision #2

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Avant-garde Edgefest draws national names

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...
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The Detroit Free Press previews this weekend’s Edgefest.

Leading the way is the 13th annual Edgefest, the Ann Arbor-based festival of avant-garde jazz produced by the Kerrytown Concert House. With about 20 performances spread over four days and a lineup deep with national figures, Edgefest is one of the country’s premier showcases of left-of-center improvised music and an indispensible gift of local musical life.

The 2009 theme, “Reeds of Change,” promises a heavy dose of saxophonists and other reed players. Highlights include:

• Gravitas Quartet: An intriguing group with pianist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter Ron Miles, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and cellist Peggy Lee. 8 p.m. Friday.

• 4 Altos: A saxophone quartet with four compelling improvisers — Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg, Michael Attias and Andrew Laster. 10 p.m. Friday.

• Yuganaut with Roscoe Mitchell: A collectivist trio welcomes Mitchell, a titanic figure in the history of free jazz and a poet of sound and silence. 4 p.m. Saturday.

• Brad Shepik’s “Human Activity Suite”: The drummer and composer presents a new extended composition responding to climate change. With Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Yuganaut on Short Midwest Tour

ESP-Disk’s Yuganaut, featuring Steve Rush, Geoff Mann, and Tom Abbs, is currently on tour in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Yuganaut Tour Dates:
Friday Oct. 9th – 4pm – Chicago, IL – WNUR Live on the air
Friday Oct. 9th – 9:30pm – Chicago IL – The Velvet Lounge w/ video artist Selina Trepp
Saturday Oct. 10th – 4pm – Green Bay, WI – Melvin Mcgee’s Art Studio Tour
Saturday Oct 17th – 4pm – Ann Arbor, MI – Edge Fest – Yuganaut w/ Roscoe Mitchell

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Edgefest 2009

This year’s Edgefest takes place late next month in Ann Arbor.

SCHEDULE: Edgefest 2009 (subject to change)
Wednesday:
7PM KCH: Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore
9:30PM KCH: Roscoe Mitchell and Thomas Buckner

Thursday:
8PM KCH: Tomas Ulrich’s Cargo Cult
10PM KCH: Positive Knowledge

Friday:
8PM KCH: Gravitas
10PM KCH: 4 Altos and Third Man Trio

Saturday:
2PM KCH: Conspiracy Winds Ensemble
4PM KCH: Yuganaut with Roscoe Mitchell
7PM KCH: Brad Shepik’s Human Activity Quintet
9PM Place TBA: Reeding-The Riot Act
10:30PM KCH: Hamster Theatre

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

From the Bohemian in Exile folks:

Saturday, August 15th: Kenneth Green/Dushun Mosley Duo, Jeff Marx Detroit Quartet @ Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID)

A member of of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement Musicians, Dushun Mosley is a percussionist extraordinaire. In addition to work with other AACM artists and other greats like Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Davis and Don Cherry, Dushun is a member of Eight Bold Souls, The AACM Big Band and co-leads The Vizitors with Detroit pianist Kenny Green. Kenny also has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart and a host of Detroit favorites like Faruq Z. Bey, Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton. This is duo is reputably a full-tilt powerhouse.

A native of southeastern Michigan, saxophonist Jeff Marx now makes his home in Chicago. His work stradles the fence of post-bop and freer playing, delivered with a big tone and confident approach. His Detroit quartet will consist of Joel Peterson (double bass) and Marko Novachcoff (reeds) with a drummer TBA.

Doors at 8 pm; sliding scale donation, $5-10. CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks, just a couple blocks N. of Warren Ave.

Thursday, August 27th: Sun Ra Tribute by Planet D Nonet, featuring Kenny Millions at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID).
Planet D Nonet, the new big band spearheaded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O’ Donnell, presents a tribute night to Sun Ra. Afficianados of innovative arrangements of Ellingtonia and Fletcher Henderson (who was one of Ra’s first employers), Planet D has always alluded to the edgier stylings of the Arkestra, but this night they’re really going for it. Ex-Detroiter Kenny Millions will be in town to lead the winds through the obstacle course of Ra’s charts, much as he has navigated through the avant compositions of ensembles like the Dutch super-group The Instant Composers Pool.

The evening will also feature a 20 minute film of Ra and Lyman Woodard, Detroit’s recently passed organ legend. Doors at 8 pm; $5-10 sliding scale donation. CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks, just a couple blocks N. of Warren Ave.

9/28 Huun Huur Tu

10/2 Digital Primitives

10/22 Jason Stein

11/20 Mike Tamburo and Ben Reynolds

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Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul at Metropolis 8/10

From Syracuse’s New Thing Productions:

August 10th @ 8pm
Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul
$5-$10 Donation
Metropolis Underground
615 S. Main St (backside of bldg, first door on your left)
N. Syracuse, NY 13212

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 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.
http://www.myspace.com/elikeszler

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