Happy Thanksgiving to all!
No in-store performance this week
Our favorite local Clarinet hero, GUILLERMO GREGORIO, is back and has put together an amazing double bill: the Duo of GG & OMAR TAMEZ on guitar at 6pm and a Trio with GG, OMAR TAMEZ and RAYMON LOPEZ on drums. Mexican guitarist OMAR TAMEZ is a rather mysterious figure, a sort of Shaman who has played here in a duo with Angelica Sanchez. Spanish drummer RAYMON LOPEZ rarely if ever comes to these shores so it is great to have him play his US debut here at DMG! Check any of his discs on Leo or Intakt, especially his trio with Barry Guy and Agusti Fernandez.
On Dec. 3, 630pm, at Downtown Music Gallery, composer and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp will read from his new book IrRational Music, a mix of memoir, music theory,and ruminations on culture, art, and philosophy. Speaking of IrRational Music, author Jonathan Lethem states “Elliott Sharp’s writing, like his music, recombines the scrupulously discursive with the deeply humane and reflective. What a joy it is to be informed by this remarkable account of the coming-of-age of his psyche, his curiosity, and his methodology. Sharp paints a picture of lost kingdoms of the avant-garde which aren’t really lost, but continuous in our present if we’re inclined to notice them. With this book, a reader joins Sharp in the step-by-step reinvigoration of intentional sound itself – sound as culture, as science, as art -- a process that can never be finished.” From composer and electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick: "Sharp is of the first generation of composers to come of age in a musical environment when everything seemed connected; Gregorian Chant to John Cage's chance. His book, IrRational Music, is a fascinating window into that moment in time when music opened up to everyone and all things became possible.”
‘IrRational Music’ is published by TerraNova Books and distributed by MIT Press. There will be copies available for purchase and signing.
Will Take Place at Roulette in Brooklyn on Monday, November 12th from 7:30 to 9:30
The ReR label started out as Recommended Records and was/still is run by Chris Cutler, drummer & lyricist for Henry Cow, the Art Bears, News from Babel, Hail… As far as documenting the history of truly creative, progressive music, there are tow labels which have long done the great job: ReR and Cuneiform. As a longtime proghead myself (3 faves of all time: Mothers of Invention/Soft Machine/Henry Cow), I collect everything that both of these labels have released. We just got in a large bunch of
The Jazz Journalists Association recognized Bruce Gallanter as the 2018 Jazz Hero for New York City.
DAVID S. WARE TRIO with WILLIAM PARKER / WARREN SMITH
WILLIAM PARKER with DANIEL CARTER / STEVE SWELL / ABRAHAM MENNEN / DAVE SEWELSON / ERI YAMAMOTO / NICK LYONS / et al
Monday, May 1st was the 26th Anniversary of Downtown Music Gallery! That’s right, you heard right! We opened our doors on May 1st of 1991 in the East Village at 211 East 5th (between 2nd & 3rd Aves), having no idea how long we would last considering that there were upwards of a hundred record stores in Manhattan alone at that time. Now there are less than a dozen!?! We are in our third location (13 Monroe St in Chinatown), for eight years now, struggling to survive but still providing creative