Tom Hull’s Jazz Reviews

A few more from reviewer Tom Hull:

Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii: Chun
Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Summer Suite
Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya: Sanrei
Satoko Fujii Ma-Do: Heat Wave
Curlew: 1st Album/Live at CBGB 1980
Eri Yamamoto: Duologue
Maurice Horsthuis: Elastic Jargon
William Parker Quartet: Petit Oiseau
Misha Alperin: Her First Dance
Evan Parker/The Transatlantic Art Ensemble: Boustrophedon
Bobby Previte & the New Bump: Set the Alarm for Monday
Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid: NYC

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Thurman Barker / Douglas Ewart at Interpretations

From New York’s Interpretations:


The concert series featuring leading figures in contemporary music and multi-media arts celebrates its 20th Season! Thursday December 11, 2008, 8pm at Roulette

Strike Force: Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Eli Fountaine, marimba; Wilson Moorman, xylophone and tympani; Ray Mantilla, conga drums and percussion; Thurman Barker, drums

Inventions: Reggie Nicholson, marimba/drums; Henry Grimes, bass/violin; Adegoke Steven Colson, piano; Craig Harris, trombone/didjeridu/percussion; Douglas R. Ewart, reeds/didjeridu/percussion; and special guest Shaku Joseph Jarman, poetry and winds.

Celebrating his 60th birthday, THURMAN BARKER brings his mighty percussion quintet Strike Force to town. Employing multiple mallet instruments, tympani, congas, drum set, and yet other percussion, Strike Force creates a fresh combination of notated and improvised music. “This group allows me an opportunity to compose in a style that comes natural for me. A style where Rhythm and texture is the focus. Writing for skins, metal and wood, provide a wide range to work with. Also, working with exceptional Percussionists, each bringing their own unique skills and style is a challenge and fun for me.”

DOUGLAS EWART’s ensemble, Inventions, maintains its continuum with “Reflection of Haiti”, a set of new works celebrating Ewart’s recent ‘wonderful and challenging’ trip to Haiti and his friendship both musical and personal with the late AACM trumpeter Lester Bowie. “Lester was a powerful spirit and I have a special place for him in my heart for him, as person and a consummate artists and particularly, as a trumpet player. I once wanted to be a trumpeter and it is one of my favorite sound generating devices. One of the sounds that I am particularly fond of is the rattling sound that the players saliva creates, it is alive in every sense!” This program will feature a simultaneous performance with musicians from Haiti, using videoconferencing technology.

Thurman Barker began his professional career at the young age of 16 playing for blues singer Mighty Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music his reputation as a drummer grew quickly. He has played backup for Billy Eckstein, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago for 10 years where he played for national touring companies in Hair, The Wiz, The Me Nobody Knows, Promises, Promises, 1776, Bubblin Brown Sugar, Raisin in the Sun, Grease, One Mo’ Time, and Aint Misbehavin. Mr. Barker is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), an organization with which he continues his association to this day. He has performed and is known worldwide. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Meyers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill. He has produced four recordings under his own record label, Uptee Productions with a fifth currently under production to be released fall of ’08. In 1994, his work “Dialogue,” commissioned by the Mutable Music, was premiered at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. He has since completed a second commission by the Mutable Music as well as two commissions by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra in Sullivan County, New York. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra premiered a chamber piece of his entitled “Expansions” in May of ’99. In the fall of ’99 Thurman Barker was given the honor of being a lecturer at Smolny University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has taught and developed the jazz program at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York since 1993 and is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies there.
Listen to Strike Force here:

Perhaps best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, Douglas R. Ewart is also an educator, lecturer, arts organization consultant and all around visionary. In projects done in diverse media throughout an award-winning and widely-acclaimed 30-year career, Mr. Ewart has woven his remarkably broad gifts into a single sensibility that encourages and celebrates – as an antidote to the divisions and compartmentalization afflicting modern life – the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1946, Douglas R. Ewart immigrated to Chicago, Illinois in the United States in 1963. His travels throughout the world and interactions with diverse people since then has, again and again confirmed his view that the world is an interdependent entity. His determination to spread his perspective is part of the inspiration behind his often multi-disciplinary works and their encouragement of artist-audience interactions. It is also the basis of the teaching philosophy with which he guides his classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has taught since 1990, and the basis of the perspective he has brought to his service on advisory boards for institutions such as The National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Arts Midwest, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). His administrative, teaching and other duties have not prevented Ewart from maintaining two musical ensembles, the Nyahbingi Drum Choir and the Clarinet Choir. Nor has it prevented him from releasing some of the resulting music on his own record label, Aarawak Records (founded in 1983), which has released his Red Hills and Bamboo Forest.

Listen to Inventions here:

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Arts for Art Gala Fundraiser December 15


ARTS FOR ART, INC. cordially invites you to a
A Place for Innovation in Music, Arts and Thinking.

Dinner & Open Bar: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Performances: 9:30pm – 11:00pm
Attire: Festive

172 Norfolk Street
New York, NY, 10002

Margaret Richardson, Obama for America
Marc Lambert, Puffin Foundation
Patricia Nicholson-Parker, Arts For Art, Inc.

Performances by:
Yerba Buena
William Parker’s Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield
Citizen Cope
Burnt Sugar & Surprise Guests

Host Committee:
Willie Mack
Salman Rushdie
Serge Becker
Tenzin Wild
Simon Hammerstein
Ben Pundole
Josh Lucas
Art For Art Board Members
Lupe Ramos
Happy Massee

Tables start at $2000. Individual tickets start at $250.
Special Friends & Artists Price $150.
Price for performance only $50.
Students & Seniors $35.

Special Performances: 9:30pm – 11:00pm

Please RSVP Todd at:

Tickets available through BROWN PAPER TICKETS

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

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From The Squid:

Morton Feldman – Turfan Fragments
(Dog w/a Bone)
– Brian Olewnick

Henri Pousseur – Electronic Experimental and Microtonal 1953-1999
(Sub Rosa)
– Brian Olewnick

Christian Wolff – Early Piano Pieces
– Brian Olewnick

Robert Haigh – Written On Water
– Darren Bergstein

Jacob Wick / Andrew Greenwald – 37:55
(Creative Sources)
– Jeph Jerman

FAB Trio – A Night In Paris
– Jeph Jerman

Memorize The Sky – In Former Times
(Clean Feed)
– Jeph Jerman

Boxhead Ensemble – Dutch Harbor
– Max Schafer

Christina Carter – Original Darkness
– Max Schaefer

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Daniel Zamir
I Believe (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

11-Nov-08 Joe Fonda / Carlo Morena / George Schuller
A Drop Of Water (Konnex Records)
Reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

11-Nov-08 Donny McCaslin
Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

10-Nov-08 Mary Halvorson Trio
Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

09-Nov-08 Louis Moholo-Moholo
Duets With Marilyn Crispell (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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Steve Roach News

Catching up with Steve Roach:

September 28, 2008 Coming late November on Projekt: STREAM OF THOUGHT. This is one of those releases that comes along every now and then where all the elements merge in alignment and a kind of magical sonic-musical alchemy occurs, taking the listening experience to a whole other level — the kind of experience where when it’s over, you immediately want to hit Play again.

September 20, 2008 Steve just completed an informative interview with Bert Strolenberg in the Netherlands for the Sonic Immersion web site. Covered in the interview is info on Steve’s new releases including the collabration with Erik Wøllo, the short-lived Master Class program, thoughts on his recent releases and a lot more.

August 23, 2008 A new book about synth music icon Klaus Schulze is just out. This sizable book by überfan Greg Allen is loaded with photos, album reviews and many interesting interviews with artists who have worked with Klaus or have been inspired by his works over the years. An interview with Steve is featured at the end of the book.

July 26, 2008 A new 2-CD Collectors Edition of EMPETUS is now available, on sale at a special price of $13.99! Any fan of sequencer-based pieces will not want to miss out on the bonus disc (“The Early Years”) with two amazing never-before-released pieces of long-form sequencer bliss recorded circa 1982: “Harmonia Mundi” was recorded live in the L.A.-based Timeroom with Swiss-born electronic musician Thomas Ronkin. At 45 minutes, this is one of the more possessed and intense analog sequencer trance pieces you’re likely to hear. “Release” is a 24-minute solo statement of emotion and energy.

July 15, 2008 Steve’s video KAIROS will be featured at the Paradigms Film Festival in Portugal, August 11th – 18th.

June 25, 2008 Our beautiful and understated “A Deeper Silence” t-shirts are now in stock.

June 25, 2008 Steve’s 20th Timeroom Editions release, LANDMASS, is now available!

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

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From the Squid’s Ear:

Roscoe Mitchell – Nonaah
– Brian Olewnick

Teiji Ito Teiji Ito – Watermill
– Brian Olewnick

Marcel Duchamp Marcel Duchamp – The Entire Musical Work
(Dog with a Bone)
– Brian Olewnick

Coh Plays Cosey Coh Plays Cosey
– Max Schaefer

French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson – Invisible Means
– Wyman Brantley

Pedal Pedal
– Max Schaefer

K-Space K-Space – Infinity
(Ad Hoc)
– Jeph Jerman

Vorwolf Vorwolf – Snake’s Eyes
(Formed Records)
– Jeph Jerman

Lowell Davidson Trio Lowell Davidson Trio
– Jeph Jerman

Anthony Braxton, Milford Graves, William Parker Anthony Braxton, Milford Graves, William Parker – Beyond Quantum
– Wyman Brantley

Hilde Marie Kjersem Hilde Marie Kjersem – A Killer For That Ache
(Rune Grammofon)
– Max Schaefer

Conny Bauer Conny Bauer – Der Gelbe Klang
– Paul Serralheiro

McPhee / Ellis / Plimley McPhee / Ellis / Plimley – Sweet Freedom–Now What?
– Paul Serralheiro

Rivers of Sound Ensemble Rivers of Sound Ensemble – News from the Mystic Auricle
(Not Two Records)
– Paul Serralheiro

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Artist Profile Performances

Events At An die Musik LIVE

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From Philadelphia’s An die Musik LIVE:

@ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE, 409 N.Charles St, Baltimore MD Tel 410 385 2638



$13/10 seniors & students

Named a Rising Star on the alto saxophone in 2006, 2007, and 2008 by the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll, STEVE LEHMAN is a saxophonist and composer whose work resides on the frontiers of contemporary music. He has been recognized as one of today’s truly original creative voices by The Wire, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Downbeat Magazine, as well as by National Public Radio.

A former student of both Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton, he has performed and recorded throughout the United States and Europe with his own ensembles, and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Oliver Lake, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

An award-winning composer, Lehman’s pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the Janacek Philharmonic, members of The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble 21 and Ensemble Sospeso, and by the pianist Marilyn Nonken. His music has received performances at the MusikTriennale Festival in Koln, the Ostrava New Music Days, The Kaleidophon Festival in Ulrichsberg, the Festival International de Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville, Dance Theater Workshop and the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall, both in New York City.


Michiel Braam – piano
Wilbert DeJoode – double bass
Michael Vatcher – drums

Dave Ballou – trumpet
John Dierker – reeds
Marc Miller – guitar
Michael Formanek – double bass
Will Redman – drums
with special guest
Tim Berne – alto saxophone

$20/18 seniors and students w.ID

A mindblowing double bill. Who knows, maybe by the end of the evening it will have morphed into a supergroup!

Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher comprises three of the Dutch jazz scene’s most idiosyncratic musicians, for whom freedom and adventure are essential values. They all play an absolutely equal role in the music, which can go in any which way, depending on decisions made on the spot. The long musical friendship (since 1989) results in intuitive playing of the highest order. Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher shines in short powerful pieces, honoring the jazz tradition by pushing it ahead with consummate, dazzling skill. The trio combines a playful incorporation and expansion of older forms with a great adventurousness. Partnered by powerhouse bassist Wilbert de Joode and drummer extraordinaire Michael Vatcher, Braam delivers some of the most confident and enjoyable piano work I’ve heard in recent years.” (Dan Warburton)

This is truly a meeting of minds (the state of those minds is yet to be determined). These superb Baltimore improvisers (and a lone New Yorker) bring the honk, squeal, and bash, and yes, the quiet and lovely too. The pedigree here ranges from Michael Formanek’s work with Uri Caine, Tim Berne, and other modern jazz luminaries; to Dave Ballou’s associations with Andrew Hill, Dave Leibman, et al; to John Dierker’s collaborations with Lafayette Gilchrist, Jason Willett, Quartet Offensive, and basically anyone doing anything in the avant garde vein in Baltimore; to Marc Miller’s wildly and widely appreciated work with seminal Baltimore math rock band Oxes; to Dr. Will Redman’s compositions studies with the legendary composer Michael Finnissy and Baltimore’s own Stuart S. Smith, as well as co-leading Microkingdom with Marc. This combo plays both kinds of music: free and jazz and sometimes freejazz! Oh yeah, and did we mention that some guy named Tim Berne will be sitting in too!!

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Sixth Sacrum Profanum Festival begins in Krakow

Karlheinz Stockhausen at Old Billingsgate Mark...Image via Wikipedia A new music festival is underway in Poland.

German music is the main theme of the Sacrum-Profanum Music Festival, which began in Krakow last night, with the concert in which Sinfonietta Cracovia under the famous French conductor Marc Minkowski performed Kurt Weill’s Symphony No. 2 and Seven Deadly Sins (with Ute Lemper as soloist).

The programme also includes a wide selection of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the household names in 20th-century avant-garde music, who died last year. His music will be performed by such renowned groups as Theatre of Voices, the Schonberg Enssemble, Ensemble Modern and Asko. Works by Helmut Lachenmann, Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm are also featured on the programme. Kraftwerk, the legend of German electronic music, will give three concerts (19-21 September), in a post-industrial venue of the former steel mill, seating 10, 000.

Founded in 2003, Sacrum-Profanum is among the youngest music festivals in Poland but it has already gained considerable international reputation. Its aim is to explore the fundamental role of the sacred and the profane in the music of the 19th and 20th century. Each year the focus is on a different country. After Russia, France and the United States in previous years, the organizers are planning to make British music the event’s main theme in 2009.

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RIP Richard Wright

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Richard Wright of Pink Floyd fame, has passed on.

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