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DMG Newsletter June 6th, 2009

From DMG:

Sun Ra Arkestra! Steve Lehman Octet! Jim Black‘s Alasnoaxi! Jerry Granelli’s V16 with Dave Tronzo! Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed Trio Han Bennink DVD! Andy Milne & Benoit Delbecq! Henry Hills DVD! Hypnotic Brass Band!

Spunk, Trad Gras Och Stenar! Bob Moses /Dave Liebman/Jeanne Lee! Long Arms Label from Russia!

Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry! Albert Ayler Box-Set Sale! Six Rare Box-Sets from Jimi Hendrix and the Not Two label!

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June at Brooklyn’s IBeam

From Brooklyn’s IBeam:

June 12th @ 9:00 pm – $10
The Second Approach Trio (Russia, Moscow) With Special Guest – Roswell Rudd (Trombone)
Andrei Razin – Piano/Compositions
Tatiana Komova – Vocals
Igor Ivanushkin – Acoustic Bass

Based in Moscow, Russia, The Second Approach consists of a classically-trained composer and improvising pianist Andrei Razin, an improvising Gypsy singer Tatiana Komova and a jazz bass player Igor Ivanushkin. This is their first visit to the United States. Their newest album, “The Light” was recorded in Moscow, guest-starring the great Roswell Rudd on the trombone.

June 13th @ 9 pm – $10
Jessica Pavone Presents:
Pure Horsehair
Garrett Devoe – Words and Music
Shahzad Ismaily – Bass

Band Without a Name is the Name for Now
Jessica Pavone – viola, violin, compositions
Brandon Seabrook – guitar
Jonti Siman – bass guitar
Harris Eisenstadt – drums

Brooklyn based string instrumentalist/composer Jessica Pavone is best known for her work performing with Anthony Braxton in his current Septet and Twelve+1tet and for her duo project with guitarist, Mary Halvorson. She improvises in bands led by William Parker, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Matana Roberts.

June 19th – 21st
Telluric Currents, Series 1, Curated by Jeremiah Cymerman
Featuring some of the very best young talents working within the realms of compositional & improvised music in Brooklyn, NY, the Telluric Currents series will take place every 3 months, for 3 nights, featuring 3 sets per night.

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

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

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

Jeremiah Cymerman is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York since 2002. Cymerman has worked with a broad range of contemporary artists including Otomo Yoshihide, John Zorn, Jandek, Ned Rothenberg, Peter Evans, Jessica Pavone, Toby Driver, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others.

June 26th – $10
9:00 pm
Loren Stillman / Ryan Ferreira Duo
Loren Stillman – Saxophones
Ryan Ferreira – Guitar

Stillman has performed alongside Charlie Haden, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie, Andy Milne’s DAPP Theory, Michele Rosewoman Quintessence, Joe Lovano, Eivind Opsvik, John McNeil, Brad Shepik, Russ Lossing, Vic Juris, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

10:00 pm
Billy Mintz – Solo Drums

Billy Mintz has played and recorded with the Lee Konitz Nonet (1978), Perry Robinson, Badal Roy, Eddie Daniels Quartet, John Pattitucci, Andy Laverne, Gloria Gaynor, Charles Lloyd, and Alan Broadbent. As a soloist he has performed extensively on both coasts of the US as well as internationally.

June 27th @ 9 pm – $10
Ohad Talmor and Miles Okazaki
Ohad Talmor – Saxophone
Miles Okazaki – Guitar
Special Guests TBA

Ohad Talmor has performed and/or recorded, among others, with Steve Swallow, Jason Moran, Dave Douglas, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Billy Hart, Carla Bley Big Band, Ray Anderson, Curtis Fowlkes, Jim Black, and Bob Dorough. Okazaki has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Stanley Turrentine, Lenny Pickett, Samir Chatterjee, Jen Shyu, Dan Weiss, David Binney, and others.

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Free Music

Leo Ornstein

Leo Ornstein is a mostly-forgotten modern composer. However, a new site provides a long list of free MP3s of his compositions.

Born in Russia around 1893 (the exact year and day are uncertain), Leo Ornstein was recognized as a prodigy at an early age. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Alexander Glazounov but in 1907 was forced to flee with his family to America where he entered what would one day become the Juilliard School of Music. There he studied with Bertha Fiering Tapper in whose classes he met the influential Claire Reis. More significantly, he met Pauline Mallet-Prevost, herself a fine pianist, whom he would marry in 1918; she would become his lifelong collaborator, and musical scribe.

In 1910 Mrs.Tapper accompanied him on his first foreign tour and introduced him to important musical figures throughout Europe. His New York debut took place in 1911 with a completely conventional program. However, within a few years he was dazzling New York audiences with the works of Albeniz, Scott, Schoenberg, Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin, Franck, and Bartok, many of which he performed for the first time in the U.S. He also created a furor with his own radical compositions and soon came to be considered an equal of Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

But along with more radical, atonal works he also composed relatively conservative music, and this confounded his audiences. Having learned to accept him as something of a musical freak, people found such works a retreat. When some of his more lyrical compositions produced accusations of “backsliding,” he concluded that listeners were more interested in novelty and sensation than in what he considered musical substance. He began to feel increasingly remote from the direction modern music was taking, in particular the search for novelty for its own sake. Ironically, having been irrevocably labeled as a radical, he was now unwilling to bend to the demands of his own image. Instead he insisted on writing in whatever style seemed demanded by the music itself.

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Alexei Borisov at Sonic Circuits

From DC’s Sonic Circuits:

Saturday March 21, 2009
doors: 7:30pm
music: 8:00pm 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

Making music on the fringe since the underground movement ignited in Russia in the beginning 80s, Alexei Borisov has developed an impressively diverse body of work as a member of NIGHT PROSPEKT, F.R.U.I.T.S. and VOLGA, among many other projects.

Born in Moscow on December 7, 1960, Alexei Borisov graduated the Moscow State University where he had studied History and Arts. His controversial performing career (as a guitarist) began in the CENTER new-wave group, in 1980. Next year, he formed the PROSPEKT mod-band. And re-loaded it in 1985 as the shifting NIGHT PROSPEKT with then-partner Ivan Sokolovsky. After the actual dissolution of the band in the beginning 90s, he surfaced then in the “noise reconstruction and techno acoustics” duo F.R.U.I.T.S. with Pavel Zhagun (also known as PIEZO) and in various short-lived art/noise/industrial acts like JOINT COMMITTEE, ATOMIC BISQUIT ORCHESTRA and SEVER.

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New Releases From ReR Megacorp

Tim Hodgkinson
Image via Wikipedia

A detailed update from ReR Megacorp:


In 1922 Arseni Avraamov composed and conducted a visionary public sound event, activating the entire port city of Baku: its factory sirens, the ships horns of the entire Caspian flotilla, two batteries of artillery, several full infantry regiments, trucks, seaplanes, 25 steam locomotives, an array of pitched whistles and several massive choirs. Constantly referenced but forever lost, this extraordinary event is here painstakingly reconstructed and spatialised to approximate the original experience. Plus 39 other priceless sound works, including the legendary Victory over the Sun and other lost DOCUMENTs of Malevich, Dziga Vertov, Nikolai Foregger & his Orchestra of Noises, Sergei Prokofiev, El Lissitsky, Velimir Khlebnikov, Ivan Ignatyev & The Ego Futurist Group, Mikhail Matiushin, Alexei Kruchenykh, Georgi Yakoulov, Konstantin Melnikov, Igor Severyanin, Vasilisk Gnedov, Vladimir Kasyanov & The Futurist Circle, David Burliuk, Elena Guro, Olga Rozanova, H2SO4 Group, Simon Chikovani, The Nothingists, Vasily Kandinsky, Danil Harms, Igor Terent ev, Mikhail Larionov, The Psycho-futurists group, Vasily Kamensky, Varvara Stepanova and Roman Jakobson.

CD2: Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 1930 is possibly Dziga Vertov s most revolutionary achievement: a symphony of abstract industrial noise for which a specially designed giant mobile recording system was constructed it weighed over a ton in order to capture the din of mines, furnaces and factories. For Vertov, the introduction of sound film didn t mean talkies, but the opportunity to collage, montage and splice together constructions of pure environmental noise. In addition, this CD collects together for the first time a definitive library of original sound DOCUMENTs from the Russian Avantgarde: contemporary recordings of Alexander Mossolov, Julius Meytuss, Roman Jakobson, Velimir Khlebnikov, Alexei Kruchenykh, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lili Brik, David Burliuk, Sergei Esenin, Vasily Kamensky, Semen Kirsanov, V.I. Lenin, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Alexandra Kollontay, Leon Trotsky, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelshtam, Ilya Ehrenburg, Marina Tsvetaeva, Naum Gabo, Noton Pevsner and Dmitri Shostakovich.

BOOK: A comprehensive overview of the complexity and breadth of the many early C20 Russian avantgarde movements, followed by detailed notes and contexts for the individual recordings – including summary biographies of the main actors; additional work notes about the process of the extraordinary Baku reconstruction; a bibliography, rare photographs, web research links, artwork, facsimiles of contemporary DOCUMENTs, a comparative timeline of European and Russian Avantgardes and the first English translation of an article by Avraamov about the symphony. This is a definitive library collection, some seven years in the making and possibly our most important release of recent years.

Henry Cow Box

HENRY COW: 40th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET – VOL 1 – 5 CDs , box, book

9 CDs and 1 DVD with 2 substantial books – in two solid Boxes. LIMITED EDITION.

Assembled over 15 years, this collection gives for the first time some idea of the breadth and depth of Henry Cow s work. Always very much a live band, performance was their metier, and a concert might range far – always driven by an intense dialogue between tightly knit compositions and radically OPEN improvisation. The officially released LPs tell at best only half this story, and one purpose of this definitive collection is to set the work back into its broader context. These are all previously unreleased recordings, that include many compositions and improvisations new to anyone who only knows the official releases, DOCUMENTation of a number of one-off projects and events and – where different or remarkable enough to justify inclusion – live versions of parts of the LP repertoire. Many of these recordings are high quality radio transcriptions taken directly from the original masters, others are less hi-fi, but justified we think by their historic and musical quality. And everything has been carefully transferred and re-mastered by Bob Drake to the best audio quality that current technology allows without interference or tampering.

MARTUSCIELLO, ELIO: To extend the visibility DVD

In a limited Edition of 2000 numbered copies this DVD comes in a threefold art DVD case with a full colour 48 page book offereng substantial exegetical essays (in English and Italian) by Tim Hodgkinson and Sebastiano Giacobello) and additional artwork by Ale Sordi and Ester Curcio. It s is a fully integrated electronic composition/animation exploring and aestheticising the contemporary fact of the digital unification of visual and aural data. It is also a meditation on the earth, its fragility, order, chaos, art and hubris. In six explorations, using all manner of digital processing techniques Elio animates abstract sequences of imagery derived from satellite pictures of our beleaguered planet and a mixture of concrete and synthetic – always highly composed and processed – sound. It is neither a film with soundtrack nor a composition with pictures but rather a contribution to a still unfamiliar medium, a rather demanding medium. Essentially it is a domestic installation, or the C21 multimedia version of a small print edition.

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