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The Independent Promoters Alliance - February, 2020 Gig Newsletter

Lists & Links from Bruce L Gallanter (DMG), Chris Stern (Eric’s House of Improv), Kevin Reilly (Shortlist), Sarah Vallee (, Jessica Hallock (, Kurt Gottschalk and Matt Vernon.



As many of you know, our good friend ERIC STERN passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 15. Eric started his own series of concerts with his wife Chris in October of 2018, around the time our friend Mike Panico passed away. The series was known as Eric’ House of Improv. Eric & Chris organized some 30 shows over some 15 months, last one featured Satoko Fujii and Naksuki Tamura on December 15th, this is the night that Eric passed away later that evening. Chris Stern with the help of Matt Vernon and myself are determined to continue the series. We are also organizing a memorial for Eric, more about that later.

Here is a show we have currently booked:

The Independent Promoters Alliance Presents:


March 19th at 8pm

At Michiko  Studios
149 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036


The Downtown Music Gallery 29th Anniversary Celebrations begins in 2020 and Will Continue throughout the year! May 1st is our Actual 29th Anniversary!
Every In-store throughout the Year Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

 Sunday, February 2nd:
6pm: JUDI SILVANO and BRUCE ARNOLD - Voice and Electric Guitar!
7pm: JOHNNY BUTLER - UK Solo Sax and Electronics with Two Dancers!
8pm: WILL BOLLINGER - Solo Banjo with Extended Techniques!

 Sunday, February 9th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO - Clarinet / IVAN BARENBOIM - Contralto Clarinet /
      NICK JOZWIAK - Cello!

 Sunday, February 16th:
6pm: NICK FRASER / TONY MALABY / BRANDON LOPEZ - Drums / Tenor Sax / ContraBass!
8pm: ERIN ROGERS - Solo Sax - New CD on Relative Pitch Records!

 Sunday, February 23rd:
6pm: LAURENT DAVID - Solo Electric Bass!
7pm: JOE McPHEE & RAF VERTESSEN - Reeds & Brass / Drums!
8pm: LELE DAI - Solo Sewing Machine or Some Other Unusual Device!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to  Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check excerpts from the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed.

Since the turn of the new year, there have been even more interesting musicians contacting me to play at DMG’s weekly series than ever before. You will notice we now have several triple bills coming up in the next few months. This will continue for as long I find important New Musicians who need an outlet for their creative music making. Our triple solo set last week (1/26/20) with Jeremiah Cymerman, Sam Newsome & Nick Dunston, was especially incredible! Sets listed in the DMG weekly newsletter occasionally change from what we post since we do get the rare cancelation. This coming Sunday (2/2/20), we did have a cancelation and now have British saxist & electronics wiz Johnny Butler, who records for the Hi4Head label will be here, perhaps with some dances. So surprises are often possible. Please come down to visit, these sets are FREE and we often have wine & other goodies.  


BRUCE LEE GALLANTER Recommendations for February, 2020:

NATIONAL SAWDUST is in Brooklyn and is one the best places for Modern Classical and all sorts of New Music Beyond Categories. Check out their calendar here: //

Here are a few upcoming concerts recommended by yours truly, BLG:

ELI KESZLER - Tuesday, February 18th at 8:30



JOHN ZORN COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS - Performed by THE JACK QUARTET - Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14th at 8pm

National Sawdust is located at:
80 North 6th in Brooklyn, NY, 11249 / 646-779-8455


ROULETTE is Another Great Place for New Music in Brooklyn.

Here are a few Recommended gigs for February, 2020:


CP UNIT RECORD RELEASE: ONE FOOT ON THE GROUND SMOKING MIRROR SHAKEDOWN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020. 8:00 PM - Young Sax Giant, Chris Pitsiokos, has been working on the piece for the past year and it will feature his regular CP Quartet Augmented by three more string players. This will be a world premiere!

509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Telephone: (917) 267-0363

ZURCHER GALLERY is a Wonderful Place to Attend Creative Music Events
The Art Installations are always worthy of inspection and the music performances are Rare and Well Selected - Just tow sets this month:

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 6 PM
Flutes and Voices

Tuesday, February 25 at 8 PM
Trilight TRIO
Teri Roiger
Joel Frahm
John Menegon

Zürcher Gallery
33 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10012 (just east of Lafayette)
1 block from the Broadway & Lafayette stop on the F, 6, M, N & R
Tel: 212-777-0790



Always check: and

Saturday, February 1st, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock; The Stone at The New School 8:30pm
Wednesday, February 5th, Gerald Cleaver’s Sun Burn Out Your Eyes with Brandon Seabrook, Brandon Lopez; Bar Bayeux 8pm
Wednesday, February 5th, Luke Stewart & Brandon Lopez; Muchmores 10pm
Thursday, February 6th, Sylvie Courvoisier/Mary Halvorson; The Stone at The New School 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 11th, Satoko Fujii Kaze; Roulette 8pm
Sunday, February 16th, Erin Rogers (CD Release); DMG 6pm
Tuesday, February 18th, Tim Berne Quintet: Tony Malaby, Ryan Ferreira, Devon Hoff, Elliott Kavee; Halyards - 8pm
Wednesday, February 19th, Cecilia Lopez solo; Luke Stewart / Michael Foster duo; JACK 18 Putnam Ave Brooklyn 8pm
Tuesday, February 25th, Reut Regev, Igal Foni; Barbes 7pm
Thursday, February 27th, Chris Pitsiokos; Roulette 8pm
Saturday, February 29th,  Jaimie Branch Trio w/Luke Stewart, Mike Pride; The Record Shop 8pm


Friday, February 7th, Sylvie Courvoisier, Thomas Morgan, Kenny Wollesen; The Stone at The New School 8:30pm
Saturday, February 8th, Sylvie Courvoisier, Wadada Leo Smith, Kenny Wollesen; The Stone at The New School 8:30pm
Monday, February 10th, Brandon Seabrook Trio w/Cooper-Moore, Gerald Cleaver; Threes Brewing 8pm
Saturday, February 15th, Bill Nace solo, 2058 Mountain Street, Philadelphia 7pm
Saturday, February 22nd, Oren Ambarchi/Crys Cole; Public Records 7pm

The above list is Kevin Reilly’s Monthly Gig Recommendation List a/k/a/ “The Shortlist”. Kevin Reilly co-founded the Relative Pitch label with Mike Panico. Relative Pitch has more than 60 releases of challenging music from around the world. Check out this list of musicians who’ve recorded for RP: Bruce Ackley, Ab Baars, Susan Alcorn, Joey Baron, Michael Bisio, Leila Bordreuil, Jaimie Branch, Tayloy Ho Bynum, Eugene Chadbourne, Greg Cohen, Sylvie Courvoisier, Michel Doneda, Paul Flaherty, Michael Foster, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Ben Goldberg, Mary Halvorson, Ig Henneman, Henry Kaiser, Kirk Knuffke, Kyoko Kitamura, Ingrid Laubrock, James Brandon Lewis, Thollem McDonas, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, Jessica Pavone, Tom Rainey, Matana Roberts, Catherine Sikora, Luke Stewart, Nate Wooley, Otomo Yoshihide and many more!!!

   Recently Relative Pitch released two discs of solo sax music by Erin Rogers and Chris Pitsiokos. Both are extraordinary and if you want to hear the true cutting edge of solo sax exploration, I urge to check them out. Ms. Rogers will be playing a solo set at DMG on Sunday, February 16th. Don’t miss it!   


Kurt Gottschalk's New (and Newer) Music Picks for February, 2020:

February 2, 7:00pm
Argento New Music Project with Charmaine Lee: Double Take
Compositions by Arnold Schoenberg, Erin Gee
Austrian Cultural Forum
11 E. 52nd St., NYC
Free, RSVP at

February 8, 7:30pm
Flauto d’Amore Project: Purple
Compositions for flauto d'amore, strings and electronics by Nirmali Fenn, Howie Kenty, Erin Rogers, Clint Needham and James-David Stoker Johnsen-Young.
Greenwich House
46 Barrow St., NYC

February 10, 7:30pm
Sound ON: Leading Voices
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic play new works by Joan La Barbara, Nicole Lizée and Paola Prestini along with compositions by Luciano Berio and George Crumb as a part of the Project 19 commissions marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center
10 Columbus Circle, NYC

February 13, 7:30 and 9:30
Wet Ink Ensemble: Collaborative Premieres
Eric Wubbels and Charmaine Lee, Mariel Roberts and Josh Modney
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St., Brooklyn

February 19, 7:30pm
Ensemble Échappé: Convergences
Works by Elliott Carter, Isabel Mundry and Christopher Trapani
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Ave., NYC
Free, no tickets required

February 20, 7:00pm
International Contemporary Ensemble: Collecting Performers
Premieres by Rebecka Ahvenniemi and Sigurd Fischer Olsen and works by Liza Lim, Sky Macklay, Du Yun and others with discussion by the performers.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Vincent Astor Gallery
111 Amsterdam Ave., NYC

February 21-22, 8:00pm
Alvin Lucier: Orpheus Variations and Glacier
Performed by Charles Curtis, Abigail Levine, dancers and wind ensemble
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

February 23, 7:00pm
Dhegrae & Digression
Sopranos Lucy Dhegrae and Ariadne Greif perform a setting of poems by Phillis Levin.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens
Free, RSVP at

February 25, 6:00pm
Austin Wulliman & Conrad Tao
Premieres by Wulliman, Ann Cleare, Andrew Greenwald and works by
Elliott Carter and Morton Feldman
Miller Theater at Columbia University
2960 Broadway, NYC
Free, no tickets required

February 27, 7:30pm
Bearthoven: New Works featuring Popebama
Premieres by Michael Gordon and Shelley Washington and other works.
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker St., NYC

Kurt Gottschalk writes about music for Bachtrack, the NYC Jazz Record, the Red Hook Star-Revue, the Wire and other outlets and hosts the Miniature Minotaurs show on WFMU.  
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Over the past few years, the weekly Sunday gigs at DMG, have become more musically diverse and attendance has increased with handful of diehards who attend every week or relatively often. I have made a number of new friends who are also inspired by Creative/Challenging music and have reached out to do something to help promote this music:

Another great gig-list calendar is provided by our pal SARAH VALLEE. Sarah is a big fan of Marc Ribot, John Zorn and dozens of other Downtown musicians. Here is link to her own recommended calendar with many links…


Another good friend is JESSICA HALLOCK who runs a her own site/recommended monthly calendar. It lists a wealth of shows for nearly every day of the month, sometimes as many as 25 sets per day!!! With dozens of appropriate links. Here is her website address:     


The Independent Promoters Alliance is a loose-knit group of friends who attend many musical performances, organize shows and independently promote music that inspires them and hopefully others. Mostly we do word-of-mouth & relatively small e-mail lists. We have put together a monthly gig newsletter but time will tell if we can do this consistently. — Organized by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Eric & Chris Stern, Kevin Reilly, Sarah Vallee, Matt Vernon, Jessica Hallock and Kurt Gottschalk. You can often find us sitting upfront at The Stone, Jazz Gallery, I-Beam, etc. We are all friendly and opinionated and love to discuss music. Come join us. - BLG

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