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DMG Newsletter for January 6th, 2017

 
 
No poems Today, Nothing witty to say
The “real” news is ridiculous enough
So, choose your sonic medicine from 
The DMG Cabinet of Curiosities 
As it is Filled with All Kinds of Great Stuff!
 
Ken Vandermark Momentum: Stone 6 CD Set with Courvoisier/Laubrock/Corsano/McPhee/Swell/Wiik/Kurzmann..! The Mothers of Invention ‘Uncle Meat’ Variations & Rarities 3 CD set! Paul Dunmall Brass Project! Szilard Mezei Tiszan Innen Ensemble Gem! David Haney Trio 2 CD set! Tisziji Munoz/Lou Soloff/Paul Shaffer Paradox Sextet! 
 
Michael Musillami Duo Tribute to Wayne Shorter! Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra Final Treasure! Thurston Moore Cassette Rarity! Plus Six Sonic Jewels from the Great Greek Thirsty Leaves Electronic Music Label! Eliane Radigue Restocks and More..! 
    
 
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The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:
 
 Sunday, January 8th, 2017:
6pm: ABRAHAM MENNEN / KESIVAN NAIDOO - Tenor Sax & Drums
7pm: DANIEL LEVIN / HENRY FRASER - Cello & Contrabass
 
 Sunday, January 15th:
6pm: SAM NEWSOME Solo Soprano Sax  
7pm: MIKKO INNANEN - Solo Alto Sax
 
 Sunday, January 22nd:
6pm: ALEC HARPER TRIO With BRANDON LOPEZ / FLIN VAN HEMMEN 
7pm: KNUCKLEBALL: DANIEL LEVINE / MARC HANNAFORD / DEVIN GRAY - CD Release set!
 
 Sunday, January 29th:
6pm: HAG: BRAD HENKEL / SEAN ALI / DAVID GROLLMAN - Trumpet / Contrabass / Snare Drum
7pm: MAKOTO KAWASIMA - Solo Alto Sax
8pm: BLAISE SIWULA / ERIC PLAKS - Saxes & keyboard
 
DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. 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 Cosy
 
 
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Commencing with a Dynamite Box-Set:
 
 
KEN VANDERMARK With SYLVIE COURVOISIER/INGRID LAUBROCK/CHRIS CORSANO/MAT MANERI/JOE McPHEE/NED ROTHENBERG/TOM RAINEY/HAVAD WIIK/JOE MORRIS/NATE WOOLEY/CHRISTOPH KURZMANN/OKKYUNG LEE/IKUE MORI/PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE/WILLIAM PARKER/MARINA ROSENFELD/STEVE SWELL - Momentum 1: Stone [LTD Edition of 500, numbered/6 CD Box Set] (Audiographic Records 009; USA) During January of 2016, Ken Vandermark was invited to a residency at the Stone in New York by John Zorn.  Entitled, “New York/United States/Europe,” Vandermark focused on Mr. Zorn’s request to make the residency as accurate a portrait of his current work as possible and to include new collaborations in the concerts that were presented.  This resulted in 12 different sets of music over 6 days, with Vandermark’s working groups, Made To Break, DEK, Side A, and ongoing duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Nate Wooley as essential parts of the program. All of these sets were recorded by Jeremiah Cymerman and Randy Thaler and documented by the photography of Peter Gannushkin. This deluxe box-set features a lovely 30 page booklet with a long essay by Ken Vandermark and Mr. Gannushkin’s impressive pictures. Also included were 6 concerts of first time configurations featuring Vandermark improvising with some of the best musicians working in contemporary music:
CD 1: Quartet with Sylvie Courvoisier, Chris Corsano, and Ingrid Laubrock
CD 2: Trio with Mat Maneri and Joe McPhee
CD 3: Quartet with Tom Rainey, Ned Rothenberg, and Håvard Wiik
CD 4: Quartet with Ikue Mori, Joe Morris, Nate Wooley
CD 5: Quartet with Christof Kurzmann, Okkyung Lee, and Marina Rosenfeld
CD 6: Quartet with Paal Nilssen-Love, William Parker, and Steve Swell
   I was fortunate enough to have attended much of Mr. Vandermark’s residency that week and was delighted by the challenging line-ups that changed every night. I am currently listening to the entire box, 1 set per sitting. This is improvised music at its best, with each musician leading, navigating and collaborating. Listening closely and engaged in some fascinating dialogue. The discs are each around 40 minutes long and contain full sets as well as partial sets and encores, all well-selected and well-recorded. It is the first week of the New Year (2017) and already we have a contender for best box set of this year! Limited Edition of 500 copies, each one numbered. Bravo to Ken Vandermark and his crew for  a job well done! - BLG/DMG  
6 CD Box Set $60 (first week sale 1/4/17-1/13/17 - then the price will increase to $65) 
 
 
FRANK ZAPPA/MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Meat Light (Zappa Records 20024; USA) “Meat Light is a 3-CD compilation of Frank Zappa's ‘Uncle Meat’ recordings. It is project/object #5 in a series of 40th Anniversary FZ Audio Documentaries. This three-disc set includes the original 1969 vinyl mix (restored, remastered and available on CD and digitally for the first time), Zappa's never-before-released original sequence and a variety of unreleased rare alternate mixes, live performances and studio session outtakes.”
   I remember buying the Mothers of Invention’s ‘Uncle Meat’ album when it was released in April of 1969 as a promo copy for $2.99. The Mothers had become my favorite band over the past couple of years since I bought ‘Freak-Out’ in the summer of 1967. Although I loved the four previous Mothers records and Zappa solo albums, ‘Uncle Meat’ became and remains my favorite Mothers record of them all! It was the pen-ultimate combination of progressive, rock, jazz, experimental, satire and silliness. It was the Mothers of Invention at their best with Frank Zappa’s amazing production, sonic manipulation and incredible guitar playing. Plus there is an entire side of perhaps Zappa’s great piece, “King Kong”, taken apart and put back together with a number of great solos from the Mothers. There are a couple of other excerpts from different versions of “King Kong”, especially noteworthy is the one that ends Side Two called “Ian Underwood Whips It Out”. Most musically memorable are the themes of “The Uncle Meat” and “The Dog Breath Variations”, which ring in my mind whenever I think about this album. ‘Uncle Meat’ is a classic and was a major influence on future progressive bands like Henry Cow and many members of the Canterbury Scene. I can’t wait to hear this 3 disc set with two discs worth of rarities. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG     
3 CD Set $30 
 
 
Three Fabulous CDs on the  Slam Label:
 
 
PAUL DUNMALL BRASS PROJECT With PERCY PURSGLOVE/OLIE BRICE/TONY BIANCO/ et al - “Maha Samadhi” (Slam 2105; UK) The Brass Project features a ten-piece ensemble with 3 trumpets, two trombones, two tubas plus Paul Dunmall on tenor sax, Olie Brice on bass and Tony Bianco on drums. After a deluge of discs (65+!) from his own LTD edition Duns label, UK sax master, Paul Dunmall, has had fewer discs coming out on the FMR and Slam labels. This seems to a good thing since Mr. Dunmall has slowed down and works on projects one at a time. Also, after dozens of discs as an improviser, Dunmall has organized an impressive brass-led tentet to play music that he composed. Aside from the regular rhythm team members, the only player here with whom I was previous familiar is trumpeter Percy Pursglove, who has appeared on a few older Dunmall sessions. 
   For this disc, Mr. Dunmall, wrote a suite of pieces based on the life of Sri Ramakrishna, a 19th century Indian mystic and yogi. Although the opening theme seems simple and is uplifting, the the first trumpet solo by Pursglove and tenor solo by Dunmall are both quite explosive! While the solos erupt, the rest of the ensemble plays tightly around them, sounding like someone is conducting each wave. A composer named Ed Bennett is actually doing the conducting here. Each of the five parts of the suite is named after and inspired by an event in the life of Ramakrishna. Bassist Olie Brice, who we know from his work with Ingrid Laubrock, is featured at the beginning of “Temple of the Mother’s Presence” and sounds swell at the center of the ensemble before Dunmall soon steps yp to unleash another ferocious solo, the rest of the rhythm team burring around him. This disc was recorded at the Birmingham Conservatory at the City University in Birmingham, UK. So perhaps the rest of the brass members are students at that school. Each of the three trumpeters and both trombone players all get a chance to solo and stretch out and each one is strong. Another standout is the drumming of Tony Bianco, another longtime Dunmall & Dave Liebman collaborator. What stands out here is Mr. Dunmall’s writing for the large brass section, often with several tight lines crisscrossing and moving in interconnected layers. What this most reminds me of is the spirit, power and sound Keith Tippett from the ‘Dedicated to You…’ and the Centipede sessions. Mr. Dunmall was the the featured saxist for Keith Tippett’s Mujician quartet for more than a decade so it does make sense to see or hear that connection. Although Mr. Dunmall has long been inspired by the playing and spirituality of John Coltrane, he never did a Coltrane tribute until very recently. Dunmall’s fire-breathing playing and tone are at their most Trane-like on the title track, burning brightly at the center of the feisty tentet. Now that Mr. Dunmall’s releases have slowed down to just a handful per year, we can savor each one for a few months until the next chapter appears. Just say: Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG         
CD $14 
 
 
SZILÁRD MEZEI TÚL A TISZÁN INNEN ENSEMBLE - “Nem füstöl a zentaji gyár kéménye/There’s No Smoke Coming from the Chimney of Zentra’s Factory” (Slam 579; UK) Although Serbian-born violist and composer, Szilard Mezei, seems to keep a lo profile, he has remained extremely prolific with more than two dozen discs (including several double discs) on various labels: Leo, Not Teo, Konnex, Ayler and Slam. Whether doing duos, trios, quartet and large ensembles, Mr. Mezei continues to explore and expand his vision. The Tul A Tiszan Innen Ensemble, is an eleven piece project is a moderate sized unit with a handful of players whose names I recognize from other Mezei discs. Like many of his previous discs, this one is based on themes from a dozen Hungarian folk songs, all written and arranged by Mr. Mezei. I played this disc all the way through twice on Monday (1/2/17), marveling at the hard work that Mezei put into it. 
   The ensemble consists of a diverse crew: three reeds, three strings, trombone, piano, vibes, bass & drums. After the folky opening theme, the ensemble erupts with several waves moving independently, led by the viola, the reeds or the vibes. Each piece features a central theme that sounds somewhat familiar and is repeated over and over while subsections of the band play with the themes while someone solos on top. On a song called, “Returning from a Wedding”, the viola takes a fine solo which soon turns into a another solo by the piano, making it difficult to tell where one solo ends and the next one begins. Most unexpectedly, Mr. Mezei sings on a couple of songs, in a resolute yet charming voice, like the ancient spirit of the land, the music (mostly strings and vibes), in dream-like clouds, haunting, enchanting… “Shepherd Lad in the Pusta” has this hypnotic pulsating bass line that churns throughout with some long inventive, story-telling solos from the viola and trombone. Disc one ends with a most impressive piece, “My Yard’s Been Divided by a Trench”, with superb ensemble writing and playing and phenomenal flute and viola interplay, fractured bari sax, crazed marimba and frenzied strings in a later section. There is way too much great music on these discs to describe it all here. It is time for Szilard Mezei to get the recognition he rightly deserves as one of the guiding lights of progress/avant/Eurojazz. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG       
2 CD Set $16     
 
 
DAVID HANEY / JORGE HERNAEZ / DAVID BAGDA - Q Sessions (Slam 576; UK) A double CD release where three composers improvise on two recordings from Argentina in 2015. Haney and Hernaez have worked together regularly since 2002, performing in the USA, Argentina and Chile. Disc One, of the Q Sessions double CD package, is a live recording of this duo at the 2015 Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival. On Disc Two, guitarist David Bajda joins the duo in concert in Mendoza. All the material is spontaneously composed. David Haney’s fourth SLAM CD release, ‘Q Sessions’, gives an insight into his long standing collaboration with Argentine musicians, in particular Jorge Hernaez.
   He writes: “In 2002, I was invited by jazz photographer, Jorge Lardone to perform in concerts throughout Argentina. He wrote to me that I would not get rich off the tour, but I would be treated very well. Fourteen years have passed and seven trips to Argentina have enriched my life and my artistry. The common thread in all of my trips has been my collaborations with bassist Jorge Hernaez. In 2002, we became friends, and over the years we have honed our love of instant composing into an art form. You don't go to Argentina to get famous, you go there to rescue your soul and to rediscover your passion.”
2 CD Set $16 
 
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SZILARD MEZEI INTERNATIONAL IMPROVISERS ENSEMBLE - Karszt [2 CD set) (Slam 550) The ever-ambitious and highly prolific (two dozen discs so far) Hungarian violist and multi-bandleader, Szilard Mezei is back with his largest ensemble yet. The International Improvisers Ensemble consists of 24 musicians: seven reeds, three brass, three strings, piano, acoustic guitar, four double basses and four percussionists. Mr. Mezei composed the music and directs this large ensemble. The music is extraordinary and you can tell that this was challenging endeavor. "Hep 20" is a long (56 minute) work with the entire orchestra moving in a series of waves or layers. The vibe or overall sound reminds me of the spiritual music of Penderecki but not nearly as dark. I can hear chanting in my mind going along with criss-crossing currents. There are sections when it is stripped down so that certain musicians can solo, rising slowly above the waves. Mezei uses the vibes and/or percussion to punctuate the movement or currents as they swim, sail or soar. The music evolves slowly, taking its time to work its way through different section. One part has a "Ghost Trance"-like repeating section, although it doesn't last that long (unlike Braxton) and builds quickly. Besides about a half dozen musicians who have appeared on previous Mezei sessions, the only name I do recognize is bassist Joel Grip who has worked with Gary Thomas and Axel Dorner, an combination to be sure. With some three flutists and four other reeds players, it is nearly impossible to tell who is soloing. Not that it matters very much since all the music is so well organized and played. Considering that this two disc set is nearly 2 1/2 hours long, it does take some time to fully appreciate its depth, spirit and layers of creativity. I would hope that some of you take the time explore this major opus, it is an immensely well-crafted masterwork that will reveal more as you dig deeper into its vast world. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $16
 
GYORGY SZABADOS // GRENCSO OPEN COLLECTIVE / SZILARD MEZEI- Derengé/Dawn [2 CD Set](Slam 565) “These are the compositions of György Szabados played by The Grencsó Open Collective: István Grencsó reeds, Máté Pozsár piano, Róbert Benkö bass, Szilveszter Miklós drums, with guests Szilárd Mezei, Ádám Meggtes, Ábel Fazekas and Gergö Kovás. I wasn’t familiar with the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Szabados before this disc arrived here earlier this week (Feb 2016). I did recall Mr. Szabados as a pianist who collaborated with Anthony Braxton and Vladimir Tarasov in a trio with a fine disc on Leo Records. And lo & behold, Mr. Braxton wrote the liner notes for this marvelous 2 CD set. The music here is performed by the Grensco Open Collective, a strong quartet (personnel listed above) with another four guests. The only name I recognize here is their guest, Hungarian violist Szilard Mezei. Mr. Mezei is an underground hero to adventurous listeners everywhere with dozens of great releases and but is still sadly under-recognized. Disc One begins with a churning acoustic bass intro before the majestic piano comes in. The frontline of soprano sax, viola and piano spin magically together in exquisite waves, the currents building and expanding. Eventually the soprano and viola erupt together as the piano breaks into tight, difficult written section for the entire quintet. As the group speeds up to a furious tempo, Mr. Grencso takes an astonishing soprano solo with Mezei’s viola weaving tightly around him. On “Supplication”, the collective starts with slow and hypnotically. At the heart of these pieces, are what sounds like timeless folk melodies which hover between several flights of fancy with the collective erupts into more intense freer sections. On “Adyton”, a more spiritual sounding melody is at the center played by an incredible trumpeter (Adam Meggyes) and Grensco’s powerful tenor sax followed another great solo from Mezei’s viola. The second disc is equally impressive as the ancient melodies make way for more inspired solos for all members of the collective. There are two more impressive guests on the last piece, clarinet and bari sax, both excellent players. In a more fair world, all members & guests of this collective and the compositions of Gyorgy Szabados would get the strong recognition they rightly deserve. Either way, it is up to you the demanding listener to give this great disc a serious spin. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $16
 
 
TISZIJI MUNOZ / LEW SOLOFF / PAUL SHAFFER With DON PATE/TONY FALCO/RAKALAM BOB MOSES - The Paradox of Completion [2 CD Set](Anami 057; USA) Featuring Tisziji Munoz on guitar, Lew Soloff on trumpet, Paul Shaffer on piano & synth, Don Pate on acoustic bass and Rakalam Bob Moses & Tony Falco on drums. This music was recorded live at the Falcon in Marlboro, NY in October of 2013. Ever since trumpeter Lou Soloff play on the first album from Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1968, I have been a fan of his. Mr. Soloff was a master musician who worked with many giants: Duke Ellington, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, George Russell and many more. Longtime friend and collaborator to Tisziji Munoz, Paul Shaffer, was close friends with Mr. Soloff and brought the two together for this rare live date. The results are just incredible as this special sextet stretch out over almost two hours, perhaps two sets of cosmic music. The group performs mostly the original music of Mr. Munoz, except for first epic-length song, an incredible version of “My Favorite Things”. This classic song, made famous by John Coltrane in the early 1960’s, is given a slowed down, dream-like treatment. Munoz takes a long and winding solo that keeps building, increasing in tempo and intensity throughout. Mr. Soloff also plays a fine solo, once again building as the great rhythm team (piano, bass & two drummers) swell around him in waves. Eventually, both Munoz and Soloff spin webs around one another in the last section of the song, with some superb and occasionally sublime interaction involved. Munoz chose a half dozen of his best songs for this night, each one gets a rousing, inspired version. A number of these songs are anthem-like and Mr. Soloff is in amazing form, exchanging lines with Munoz, revving higher as they ascend toward the stars and beyond. One of favorite songs by Munoz is called “Visiting This Planet”, which gets an especially explosive performance here. The exchange of lines between the guitar and trumpet is just mind-blowing! If music is indeed the healing force of the universe, then what we have here is some healing sounds for our currently troubled times. So jump in and ride the waves higher and higher! This is just what the good doctor ordered! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG           
2 CD Set $18
 
 
MICHAEL MUSILLAMI / RICH SYRACUSE - Of the Night - The Music of Wayne Shorter (Playscape 032816; USA) Featuring Michael Musillami on guitar and Rich Syracuse on bass. “For some reason, Wayne Shorter is in the air, as evidenced by pianist Denny Zeitlin's wonderful Early Wayne and now guitarist Michael Musillami's duo album with bassist Rich Syracuse, Of The Night. 
   As stated in the earlier review, Shorter tunes, for the most part, are almost immediately recognizable as such without being able to be (accurately) sung. Shorter's melodic, harmonic and rhythmic choices create a Shorter style that is very strong without being easily definable. 
   However, if there is one thing that says "Shorter," it is the mood that runs through his work —dark, mysterious, sexy, ambiguous and deep. It is this core essence of Shorter that Musillami and Syracuse have captured in a set will whisk you away from the troubles of this world. 
   The physical sound of the record is the first thing to notice —very cleanly and closely recorded, with Musillami's guitar having just a little reverb. They are playing just for you, as if you were sitting in a club late into the last set. The music flows out of the recording, transforming mere time and space in Shorter-time and Shorter-space. 
   In the notes, Musillami spends much time talking in general about the joys and challenges of playing in a duo, as well as specifically playing here with Syracuse. Jazz travelers of the same time period, both men count Shorter (along with Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Jim Hall, among others) as prime influences. 
   Musillami and Syracuse are virtuosi, and they know each other well, and there is no way of telling whether they went over the tunes beforehand or just sat down and let factors Musillami lays out: Technique, Trust, Experience, Compatibility, Instincts and Honesty take over. Of course, we cannot see the nods, the locking of eyes or the knowing smiles, but the music is seamless, and they do "play as one mind," to use a cliche. 
   "Footprints," arguably Shorter's best know tune, is given a magnificent thirteen minute treatment (almost double the length of the other tunes) that begins referencing the tune, more of less closely, but then takes off on a truly thrilling musical journey, touching down now and then. This track, with all of its space, slow development and almost sharp intensity sets the mood for the rest of the album. 
   Of The Night both dares and encourages the holding of one's mental breath, as Musillami and Syracuse take chances while being completely exposed. This is music making of the highest order.” - Budd Kopman, AllAboutJazz
CD $15
 
 
CHARLIE HADEN/LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA With TONY MALABY/CHRIS CHEEK/CARLA BLEY/ et al - Time/Life (Impulse! 2567102; USA) Charlie Haden, the great American bassist and bandleader, died in 2014 before finishing this final album by his Liberation Music Orchestra – the majestic, politically inspired big band he founded with Carla Bley in 1969. These five pieces (with Haden playing on two, and his bass deputy Steve Swallow on the others) include the classic Miles Davis/Bill Evans ballad Blue in Green – featuring a typically spare and throbbing Haden solo and gorgeous tenor sax playing from Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek – and Carla Bley’s slow-burn throwback to earlier Liberation Music days in the march-time snare-drum beat of the title track. Bley’s Silent Spring glides on a darkly brooding two-chord hook, her famous Utviklingssang moves with its familiarly stately reproach, and Haden’s Song for the Whales joins abstract whale-song sounds from his bowed bass as part of a fast, free-jazz whale hunt, ending with his own guilelessly moving words on the preciousness of all life.” - John Fordham, The Guardian
CD $16
 
 
THURSTON MOORE With DEB GOOGE / JAMES SEDWARDS / RYAN SAWYER - Chelsea’s Kiss (Ecstatic Peace Library 012; USA) “It’s good to hear that a divided Sonic Youth can still be discordantly political. The venerated noise-rockers could often be cryptic, but when the occasion demanded it, they weren’t afraid to wax earnest: “I believe Anita Hill,” Thurston Moore proclaimed, speaking for reasonable people everywhere, on the 1992 punk polemic “Youth Against Fascism.” He hasn’t exactly been subtle lately, earlier this year releasing a single that stitched sound bites from Bernie Sanders speeches into introspective, 12-string acoustic guitar figures that recalled his own mesmerizing 2011 album, Demolished Thoughts.
   The solo Moore’s benefit single for U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year military prison sentence for sharing information on Wikileaks, is once again highly topical. But this time, all that righteousness is put to more raucous use. Drummer Ryan Sawyer joins My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe and Nøught guitarist James Sedwards—both of whom reportedly appear on Moore’s upcoming Rock N Roll Consciousness LP—for a hard-hitting eight minutes of dissonant guitar interplay that brings to mind Sonic Youth’s exploratory 1998 album A Thousand Leaves. If lyrics about “the queen, king, first transgender ruler” don’t quite have the simplicity of his earlier declaration about Professor Hill, well, Moore can’t call out “a fascist twerp” on every song.” - Marc Hogan, Pitchfork
Cassette $10  [LTD Edition of 1,000]
  
 
A DMG Exclusive: New Electronic Music from (a new label based in) Greece!
 
A few weeks ago (12/27/16), a man from Greece named Al came by and left us with six CDs, one compilation and five other discs from his own Thirsty Leaves label. I listened to the comp first and was knocked out by the array of fascinating electronic sounds and samples. Each of these six discs are limited and numbered to either 100 or 50 pieces. Plus one has an impressive hand-made cover, wonderful to look at and unfold. We have just 5 copies of each and they might just be the only copies we will get, so do not hesitate to get yours today! See below for a deal to get the complete set! - BLG  
 
THIRSTY LEAVES MUSIC PRESENTS - Vol. 1 “Should be Feared”? [LTD Edition of 100-numbered/Handmade Covers](Thirsty Leaves; Greece) Strange New Music/electronics/ comp from a Greece-based new label. Artists featured: Giorgios Christianakis, Shanyo, Fastus, Xu(e), Gusev K.P., Steve Sandberg, John Daly/Moody Alien/Zenjungle, KR Seward & James Ross. Excellent assortment of diverse electronics, drones, analogue synths… This disc was compiled by Moody Alien, aka Al from Greece. Commencing with “The Collector” by Giorgos Christianakis, we are floating amongst the ruins, super-minimal drifting piano, distant mouthpiece squeaks, all slowly vibrating together. Shanyto’s “Banat Frost” has several somewhat ominous layers, a heavenly chorus bathed in intense echoes, shifting winds around us. Considering that I haven’t heard of any of these musicians, I am impressed the consistency throughout. Fastus’ “The Wanderer & the Storm”, pulsates majestically, reverberating like 70’s space-rock, sort-of Cluster like. Xu(e) has some thick shimmering bass notes at the bottom and some oft-kilter mellotron samples. Gusev K.P. is a solo artist recorded live in Moscow. Meticulous blend of some electronics and subtle acoustic percussion, sublimely recorded. The overseer of this disc is known as Moody Alien (from Thessaloniki, Greece) and he is part of a trio with John Daly (Ireland) and Zenjungle (Athens, Greece). Another odd blend of layered samples, Eno-esque spaciousness, electronics used a s percussion, the residue or afterglow of a sample that has been stretched out until you hear just the shadow of the vibration. Occasionally a warm toned tenor sax floats by. Sometimes it is difficult to tell who is doing what… on This Time” by KR Seward, sounds are stretched into drone-like ambiance. The last cut is by Brooklyn-based guitarist named James Ross. Ross plays what sounds like Henry Kaiser slowed down to an organ-like drone. Solo Fripp & Eno, perhaps?!? This, the Thirsty Leaves Music comp show how thoughtful and diverse electronic music can be, without any of the academic baggage or alienating harshness. Bravo to Moody Alien for organizing this wonderful palette of sonic delights. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG        
CD $14
 
MULTUMULT - ZigZag [LTD Edition of 100-numbered/Handmade Covers](Thirsty Leaves Music # 5; Greece) Personnel: Calin Torsan on clarinet, alto sax, recorder & flute; Victor Podeanu on electric guitar; Andrei Kivu on electric cello and Juan Carlos Negretti on drums. Recorded in Bucharest, Romania, in a studio early 2015. While listening to this disc, I tried to recall any other Romanian musicians or composers that I was familiar with. Here’s my short list: three great composers: George Enesco, Iancu Dumitrescu and Horatu Radulescu plus Taraf De Haidouks & Mahala Rai Banda (two ethnic ensembles, pianist Lucian Ban, vocalist Maria Raducanu (with a CD on Tzadik) and violinist Frederika Krier, who played here at DMG in the past. 
   Multumult don’t quite sound like anyone else. On the first piece, “Zig”, the quartet improvise but soon get into a rocking groove which doesn’t last very long. It sounds like No Wave at this pony but soon slows down with some James Chance like bent sax. I like that the quartet settle down to a calm episode for “Dedal”, just under five minutes and just enough time to mellow a bit. The music doesn’t seem to sound Romanian in any way as there of no folk-like melodies to speak of. It is more non-idiomatic, free-flowing, episodic yet organic… The guitarist moves through fleeting Jon Abercrombie-like flashes to Phil Gibbs-like twists & turns. When they speed up again, the clarinet and drums play those quick fluttering lines together. There is a section on the 20-minute piece called, “Zag”, where they nearly Henry Cow-like, but with Olly Halsall replacing Frith (in spurts) for some sections. There is even a short section of wacky vocals which are buried a bit yet fit just right. Since Multumult don’t quite sound like anyone else, I can compare then to anyone else. I am impressed since they seem to move to their own twisted logic. An unexpected treat that seems most promising, especially if this is their debut. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG             
CD $14 
 
XU(E) - Brown Jenkin [LTD Edition of 100-numbered/Handmade Covers](Thirsty Leaves Music; Greece)Xu(e) is the duo of Nicola Fornasari (Xu) on pedals, double bass, radio, etc and Andrea Poli (Xue) on ambient software module & samples. The duo haven’t actually seen each other for years but have “developed a kind of alchemical, asynchronous remote collaboration as a creative process, where time and space play almost no role. “Space-Time Continuum” kicks things off with layers of resonating frequencies, fragments of voices, fluctuating static, shimmering currents moving together for the short intro. “Fever” has an almost funky groove buried in the noise, a hypnotic acoustic bass line at the center of flames dancing. I dig the way there is a simple groove at the center with several layers of electronic weirdness bubbling or erupting on top. “A Queer Thrill” is pretty intense, reminding me of an ancient (early 80’s) electronic/noise duo from central Jersey called Smersh. What is interesting is that the duo never layer anything to densely so it is easier to hear what they are doing. Some electronic music tends to be too harsh or dense and unsettling. Not this music, it gets close to being ominous but never goes too far. At around 44 minutes, this disc didn’t seem long enough yet I was often mesmerized nonetheless. I had to listen very closely to hear the textures were surgically manipulated. Time to listen again and again. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG  
CD $14
 
MOODY ALIEN - Down to the Junkyard [LTD Edition of 50/numbered/handmade Covers](Thirsty Leaves Music; Greece) This is mostly a solo project from Al who runs the Thirsty Leaves label in Turkey. Moody Alien is joined by guests: Sono on guitar, Artis Tegos on bouzouki,  Shanyle (Alexandru Hegyesi) on dulcimer & autoharp, Skouras in Spetsai on trombone & drums. It is hard to tell what is going on here. Layers of alien sounding acoustic guitars  with odd bent strings and atmospheric sounds. What this reminds me most of is the long lost cassette culture of the seventies & eighties when the underground exploded with millions of self-produced cassette tapes and labels. Dream-like piano occasional floats through. There is some strange, disorienting bowed dulcimer “Com’ on Down (to the Junkyard)”, it feels as it is orchestral in its own weird way. Moody does a great job of assembling related parts that fit together just right: disembodied spoken words, distant mutant trumpet, soft yet freaky acoustic guitars and well-selected use of space or ambience. Some rather warped acoustic guitars buzz together on “A Empty Mind, The Devil’s Home”, creating an underwater resonance. “All You Ever Do (Repeat Yourself)”, has a most mesmerizing repeating riff that gets right under your skin. At times I thought that some of this was recorded on cheap or old recorders. Yet, Mr. Alien has found a way to carefully manipulate what appears to be normal sounds and then turn them into something more interesting. A few minutes after the last regular track is a bonus track not found on the Download version of this release. There are several shifting layers of drones with  acoustic guitar flourishes added here and there. It does bring things to a grand yet modest conclusion. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG       
CD $14
 
RUI BONITO - Low Key (Thirsty Leaves 007; Greece)[LTD Edition of 50/numbered/handmade Covers] Recorded in Porto, Portugal. This mainly a solo project by Rui Bonito using: prepared & nylon-stringed guitars, piano, analog synth, flute, cymbals, devices and effects. Hmmmm. Space-rock? Ghost-like vocals floating on top, warped flute in dark clouds, most disorienting. There is a thick coat of eerie echoes drowning or droning with some weird guitar pluckings. Baritone saxes or distant viking voiced spirits..? A great of attention was given to the way things are manipulated here, things are not what they seem at first. Mr. Bonito takes some acoustic guitar & flute fragments and turns them inside out, stretching them until they sound tribal or ritualistic while also evoking a space flight on a piece called “Northern”. “In the Woods” glows with a deep chorus of male vocals in the distance, slowed down strings.., heavy reverberations… glissando guitar… sublime minimal piano… similar to the way that Daevid Allen used to evoke the spirit of a space flight with shimmering guitars and spacey sounds. Music fem another dimension. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
CD $14
 
OBERLIN, WRITING ON WATER - s/t (Thirsty Leaves 008; Greece)[LTD Edition of 50/numbered/handmade Covers] The only info we have for this disc is that it was created by Leandro Xhaltez in Koblenz, Germany and performed on a modular synthesizer system. Modular synthesizers were first developed in the mid-sixties (by Moog and Buchla) and became popular in the seventies. In a sense, the modular synth used here is both ancient (forty years) and modern sonically. Similar to the sounds of Terry Riley or Tangerine Dream, from the same period (mid-seventies), the sounds here are warm, and often soothing. What I hear is a series of subtle oscillations or waves, pulsating slowly and expanding as they evolve. The music evolves and changes slowly slowly with with occasional drones or waves crashing on the shores in our minds’ vacation places. The overall effect is like creating a somber sonic web, altering our realities quietly and without too much interference or distractions. Today (1/5/17) it is cold and overcast outside my window. The music here is somehow soothing, warm and enchanting in its own way. Will it snow as they predict? Who knows for sure. The music is enticing nonetheless. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG       
CD $14
 
 
** Here’s the deal for the complete 6 CD package: Take all six of these limited edition discs  (in editions of 50 & 100 only), and pay just $70. We have just five complete sets as of now and would like to sell the complete sets first. Each cover is hand-made and done with immense care. We hope to get another batch to sell as single discs in a few weeks. We do have a few extra copies of the compilation, Vol. 1 “Should be Feared”?, that would be a good place to start if you aren’t willing to commit to all six discs just yet. Please don’t wait too long if this type of music and special packaging interests you since this sale will not last very long.  
 
 
In stock soon… We were only able to get a few of these from our current ECM distributor and will hopefully get more within a month if there is enough of a demand. So please be patient if you are not amongst the first to order this box:
 
KEITH JARRETT - A Multitude of Angels [4 CD Set] (ECM 2500; Germany) A Multitude of Angels is a 4-CD set of recordings from a series of solo concerts in Italy in October 1996, documenting the conclusion of Keith Jarrett’s experiments with long-form improvisation in performances from Modena, Ferrara, Turin, and Genova. “These were the last concerts I played having no breaks within each set,” Jarrett explains in his liner notes.  The arc of the music is characteristically comprehensive: “Jazz is ever present here, alongside my deep closeness with classical music (modern and ancient, Ives and Bach).”
4 CD Set $60 
 
 
Back in stock:
 
JAKOB BRO With THOMAS MORGAN / JOE BARON - Streams (ECM ) On his second leader album for ECM – following on from the prizewinning Gefion - Danish guitarist Jakob Bro continues to refine his trio project, with its emphases on melody, sound, space, layered textures and interaction. The rapport between Bro and Thomas Morgan (Bro calls him “my musical soul mate”) has become something extraordinary, and often guitarist and bassist develop improvisational ideas in parallel. There’s an historical aptness, too, in the choice of Joey Baron as the band’s new drummer, for Bro first encountered Morgan when the bassist was playing in Baron’s band a decade ago… On Streams Joey Baron dives into the music’s detail with obvious pleasure. This recording features five new Bro pieces: “Opal”, “Full Moon Europa”, “Shell Pink”, “Sisimiut” and “Heroines” (heard in both a trio version and a particularly lovely solo version). Completing the album’s repertoire is the freely improvised “PM Dream”, dedicated to the late Paul Motian. Jakob’s approach to melody acknowledges the influence of Motian, and both Bro and Morgan played in the late drummer’s ensembles. Streams was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in November 2015 and produced by Manfred Eicher.
CD $18
 
 
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FAR OUR JAZZ and AFRO FUNK - various artists (Far Out Recordings 146; UK) Bringing together driving Afro beat, trademark Latin funk rhythms and American-styled jazz, this electrifying collection has been re-mastered for super high quality sound and shows off the field at its best. Far deeper and harder than you'd expect, African roots come through in the infectious batuque drumming, percussion and scatting chants. Alongside three previously unreleased tunes comes the very best grooving funk from Azymuth's chart buster "Jazz Carnival" to Sabrina Malheiros's modern classic "New Morning". Fusing the creative talents of this pioneering trio is the outstanding electronic music innovator Natures Plan, aka Marc Mac of 4 Hero: inventive, fearless but always utterly brilliant grooving funk. Brazilian Groove Band's "Dance" is a perfect North American, Latin cross over soulful jazz with the funkiest of edges: vintage New York brass and smoky jazz mix with the deep bass, percussion and '70s jazz funk organs of Brazil. There are also previously unreleased versions of Future Warriors's "Pembe" and Roc Hunter's "Magnetic Feel" before Sabrina Malheiros's beguiling summer anthem spectacular "New Morning" and Azymuth band leader and legendary keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami brings infectious '80s grooves on "Eighties Times". With heavy African and samba (brought to Brazil by predominantly African slaves in the 19th century) influenced tracks showcasing Brazil's musical heritage and the sounds of modern Brazil this is one of the very best, all-encompassing Brazilian jazz and Afro funk compilations, giving a true insight in to this ever evolving genre. Finishing where the album begins with a second track from the kings of jazz funk Azymuth, Offworld's psychedelic re-work of "Chameleon" floats this infectious collection to a beautifully warped close. Following hugely popular guides to bossa nova and samba, Far Out Recordings's third installment delivers a genre-spanning slice of the finest funky, afro jazz. Also features: Marcos Valle, Trouble Man, Grupo Batuque.
CD $15
 
 
OTIS TRIO - 74 Club (Far Out Recordings 178; UK) After being on the road for quite a while, playing for different audiences in many venues, Otis Trio, from the industrial outskirts of São Paulo, is finally releasing their first full-length album, 74 Club. It features many talented jazz cats that add an outstanding groove to the mix. Otis Trio proves to be one of the most intense and active jazz ensembles in the contemporary Brazilian music scene. After the recording of 74 Club, the stage has become smaller and smaller for them, having sometimes five or six musicians blasting the purest jazz instead of just the original threesome. Some names as Andre Calixto (sax) and Beto Montag (vibraphone) are now officially part of the "trio". The opening track of the album, "Montag's Dream" is arguably their most beautiful piece. An initial lethargy sustained by Montag's soft playing of the vibraphone pave the way for the clarinet and the trumpet while the tenor-sax of Andre Calixto slowly comes up and takes its part as the lead role in this tune through an inspired and subtle shift. With a different approach, the track "DNN" starts as a free jazz horn brawl in which sax, trumpet and trombone create a raucous, dense layer that is supported by the frantic rhythm imprinted by Lazzarin (drums) and Ciriaco (double bass) that gradually goes steady to bolster an inspiring dialog between the guitar and the vibraphone only to erupt again with the horns for an appropriate grand finale. "Tempestade", which means "Storm" in English, is a sumptuous, swinging tune that becomes fresh with the addition of horns and vibraphone. This is the kind of song that gets under your skin and stays there, just like "Otis Natu", it's a track that brings such a vibrant, intense drumming work that suits the straightforwardness of the catchy riffs that will be on the back of your head for days. With 74 Club, Otis Trio shows how resolute their project is, with such intense and extraordinary themes, they know exactly where to lead their unique musical expression and passion.
CD $15
 
 
Back in Stock Soon from the Great Composer Elaine Radigue:
 
ELIANE RADIGUE - Trilogie de la Mort [3 CD Set](XI Records 119; USA) Voted one of 1998's top 15 Records of the Year in Modern Composition by the writers and critics of The Wire, Trilogie de la Mort is a work in three parts for anolog Arp synthesizer. The first third of the work, Kyema, is inspired by The Tibetan Book of the Dead and invokes the six intermediate states that constitute the existential continuity of the being. Kailasha, the second chapter, is structured on an imaginary pilgrimage around Mt. Kailash, one of the most sacred mountains in the Himalayas. Koumé makes up the last part of the trilogy and emphasizes the transcendence of death.
3 CD Set $30
 
ELIANE RADIGUE - Adnos I-III [3 CD Set](Important 028; USA) "Eliane Radigue's Adnos trilogy was composed between 1973 and 1980 and is among her finest compositions. Adnos is a deeply meditative work of infinite depth and sensitivity; one of the high points of modern minimal electronic composition. Packaged in a heavy duty 3CD jacket much like the recent Eleh releases and containing extensive archival materials."
3 CD Set $40
 
ELIANE RADIGUE - Triptych (Important 260; USA) Originally released in 2009. "Back to music after three years of silence... On the suggestion of Robert Ashley, Douglas Dunn commissioned this piece from Éliane Radigue for choreography. Only the first part of Triptych was staged at the premiere at the Dancehall/Theatre of Nancy on February 27 1978. Recorded in the composer's studio in Paris. After the premiere of Adnos I (IMPREC 028CD) in San Francisco in 1974, a group of French students introduced Éliane Radigue to Tibetan Buddhism. When she returned to Paris, she began to explore this spirituality in depth, which slowed her musical production up until 1978. Triptych marks her return to composition, and draws its inspiration from 'the spirit of the fundamental elements,' water, air, fire, earth... Éliane Radigue likes to add that this has often been useful to her in her moments of research and transitions. This three-part composition, with its great humility and contemplative simplicity, heralded a new period of work and was the first in a series of masterpieces inspired by Tibetan Buddhism: Adnos II (1980); Adnos III (1981) [both included on IMPREC 028CD]; Songs of Milarepa (1983), with the voices of Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Robert Ashley; Jetsun Mila (1986); as well as the Triologie de la Mort (XI 119CD): Kyema (1988), Kailasha (1991), and Koumé (1993). Archival images included in the accompanying booklet." - Manu Holterbach
CD $15
 
ELIANE RADIGUE - Songs of Milarepa [2 CD Set](Lovely Music 2001/2; USA) Double CD of all 5 of Radigue's songs in tribute to the Tibetan saint and poet from the eleventh century. Two of the tracks date from an 1983 LP (Radigue's first release), 2 are previously unreleased and the final 62-minute track was previously issued as a sole CD in 1987. The material is performed by Radigue (synthesizer & recording), Robert Ashley (English voice) & Lama Kunga Rinpoche (Tibetan voice). Radigue was born in France and has studied under Pierre Shaeffer and Pierre Henry; her musical has an extremely organic and mystical electronics vibe.
2 CD Set $26
 
 
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Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for January of 2017
 
1/6 Friday 
9 pm - TRIO - Songs From My Life - Jerry Granelli (Drums) , Jamie Saft (keyboards/piano), Brad Jones (bass)
 
1/7 Saturday 
9 pm - Badlands - Jerry Granelli (drums) Peter Epstein (soprano sax) Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) Jamie Saft (piano, fender rhodes) J. Anthony Granelli (bass) Briggan Krauss (alto sax, baritone sax)
 
1/8 Sunday 
9 pm - SANDHILLS REUNION - Rinde Eckert (voice) Jerry Granelli (drums) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Ned Rothenberg (bass clarinet) Andy Laster (baritone saxophone) Jeff Zeigler (cello) Christian Kogel (guitar) J Anthony Granelli (bass) TEXT By Rinde Eckert
 
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - JIM BLACK - JAN 10-15
 
1/10 Tuesday
9 pm - Malamute - Loftur Gudmundsson (tenor sax) Elias Stemeseder (keyboards) Chris Tordini (bass) Jim Black (drums, electronics)
 
1/11 Wednesday
9 pm - Not Bloodcount - Tim Berne (alto sax) Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) Michael Formanek (bass) Jim Black (drums)
 
1/12 Thursday 
9 pm - Endangered Blood - Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) Oscar Noriega (alto sax, bass clarinet) Trevor Dunn (bass) Jim Black (drums)
 
1/13 Friday 
9 pm - EYEBONE - Nels Cline (guitar) Elias Stemeseder (keyboards) Jim Black (drums, electronics)
 
1/14 Saturday 
9 pm - Jim Black Trio - Elias Stemeseder (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Jim Black (drums)
 
1/15 Sunday
9 pm - Mystery Night - Jim Black (drums) and many special guests
 
There are no refreshments or merchandise at The Stone. 
Only music. All ages are welcome.
Cash Only at the door. There is no phone. 
There is no food or beverage served or allowed 
just a serious listening environment.
The Stone is booked purely on a curatorial basis
 
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The CORNELIA STREET CAFE - 212-989-9319
29 Cornelia St in the heart of the West Greenwich Village, NYC
 
Friday Jan 06
6:00PM  NEW AIRES TANGO - Malena Dayen, tango singer; David Rosenmeyer, piano
9:00PM & 10:30PM  APAP FEST: DAN WEISS TRIO - Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
 
Saturday Jan 07
8:30PM  APAP FEST: DIDA PELLED QUARTET - Dida Pelled, voice, guitar; Julian Pollack, keys, piano; Or Bareket, bass; Rodney Green, drums
9:30PM  APAP FEST: ITAMAR BOROCHOV QUARTET  - Itamar Borochov, trumpet; Maya Kronfeld, piano; Rick Rosato, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums
 
Sunday, Jan 8th:
9:00PM & 10:30PM  APAP FEST: OR BAREKET QUARTET - Shahar Elnatan, guitar; Nitai Hershkovits, piano;Or Bareket, bass; Jeremy Dutton, drums
 
Thurs January 12th:
8:01PM  GUITAR FEST: SEBASTIAN NOELLE - Sebastian Noelle, guitar; Marc Mommaas, tenor sax; Matt Mitchell, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Dan Weiss, drums
 
Friday Jan 13
6:00PM  THE MONTHLY: 10TH ANNUAL BUKOWSKI MEMORIAL - Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts Neeli Cherkovski; Mike Daisey; Richard Vetere; Puma Perl;  Michael Puzzo; Stephen Adly Guirgis
9:00PM & 10:30PM  GUITAR FEST: BEN MONDER TRIO - Ben Monder, guitar; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Tom Rainey, drums
 
Saturday Jan 14
9:00PM & 10:30PM  GUITAR FEST: REZ ABBASI TRIO - Rez Abbasi, guitar; Marko Churnchetz, keyboards; Kenny Grohowski, drums
 
 
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I-Beam Presents:
 
Sunday, January 8th 8:30 PM
Chris Jentsch NO-NET
Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio + Goldberg / Drye / Sacks
 
Wednesday, January 11th 8:30 PM 
8:30 pm - Goldberg / Drye / Sacks
Ben Goldberg – Clarinet
Brian Drye – Trombone
Jacob Sacks – Piano
9:30 pm - Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio
Mike McGinnis – Clarinet
Tom Rainey – Drums
Angelica Sanchez – Piano
 
Saturday, January 21st 8:30 PM 
Billy Mintz Two Bass Band
Ron Horton – Trumpet
Dave Scott – Trumpet
John O’Gallager – Saxophones
Adam Kolker – Saxophones
Brian Drye – Trombone
Curtis Fowlkes – Trombone
Masa Kamaguchi – Bass
Cameron Brown – Bass
Billy Mintz – Drums / Compositions
 
Sunday, January 22nd 8:30 PM
Sean Moran’s – Sun Tiger
Sean Moran – Guitar
Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums
Hank Roberts – Cello
 
I-Beam is located at  168 7th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Directions: SUBWAY:  Take the F or R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street.  Walk down 4th ave to 7th street.  Make a left on 7th and walk past 3rd ave.  We are located on the ground floor, the grey doors to the right of the stairs of #168.
 
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This from Cellist LEILA BORDREUIL:
 
January 6th @ Arts for Arts, Manhattan
--Leila Bordreuil/ MIchael Foster
--Jason Kao Hwang
--Tony Malaby/ Ben Gernstein/ Tom Rainey
 
January 14th
@ All Ears Festival, Oslo
 
January 16th
--solo @ Mayhem, Copenhagen
January 18th @ Cafe Oto, London
--Leila Bordreuil Solo
--Thomas Ankersmit
 
January 20th @ Occii, Amsterdam
--solo cello - Leila Bordreuil
 
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EVOLVING MUSIC SERIES  - January 2 - 22, 2017
Justice is Compassion / Not a Police State
REFUSE TO ACCEPT A FASCIST AMERICA
The Clemente, Abrazo Interno Gallery
107 Suffolk St. New York, NY 10002 (near Delancey St.)
Admission: $10 per set / $7 poetry reading / $25 per night
Art Show - OASIS - Jo Wood-Brown / www.artsforart.org/evolving
 
Friday January 6
7pm: Bordreuil / Foster - Leila Bordreuil - cello / Michael Foster - reeds
8pm: Jason Kao Hwang - violin
9pm: Larry Roland - poet
9:30: Tony Malaby's Up Against the Wall - Tony Malaby - tenor sax / Ben Gerstein - trombone / Tom Rainey - drums
 
Saturday January 7
4:30: OPEN MEETING: REFUSE TO ACCEPT A FASCIST AMERICA
7pm: held - Miriam Parker - dance / Tomeka Reid - cello
7:30: Jesus Papoleto Melendez - poet
8pm: Fay Victor's Peace Pipe - Fay Victor - voice, texts / Ben Gerstein - trombone
9pm: Michael Bisio Accortet - Michael Bisio - bass / Art Bailey - accordion / Steve Swell - trombone / Michael Wimberly - drums
 
Monday January 9 - Honoring Roy Campbell
7pm: The Nu Band - Lou Grassi - drums / Mark Whitecage - alto sax / Tom Heberer - trumpet / Joe Fonda - bass
8pm: 3 For Roy - Bryan Carrott - vibes / Hilliard Greene - bass / Michael Wimberly 
9pm: Pyramid Trumpets for Roy - William Parker - bass / Hamid Drake - percussion / Nabate Isles - trumpet / Matt Lavelle - trumpet
 
Tuesday January 10
7pm: Irabagon / LabroJon - Jon Irabagon - sax / Julien Labro - accordion
8pm: LathanFlinAli  - Lathan Hardy - alto sax / Flin Van Hemmen - drums / Sean Ali - bass
9pm: Andrew Drury Content Provider Trio - Andrew Drury - drums / Ingrid Laubrock - tenor sax / Briggan Krauss - alto sax
 
Wednesday January 11
7pm: The Benntet  - Bruce Williamson - tenor sax / Hui Cox - guitar / Michael Bisio - bass / Michael Wimberly - drums
8pm: Cooper-Moore / Behroozi - Cooper-Moore - strings, percussion / Daro Behroozi - reeds
9pm: Amirtha Kidambi Vocal Choir - Amirthda Kidambi / Jean-Carla Rodea / Anais Maviel / Charmaine Lee / Emilie Lesbros / Kristin Slipp
 
Thursday January 12
7pm: We Free Strings - Melanie Dyer - viola / Charles Burnham - violin / Gwen Laster violin / Lester St. Louis - cello / Hilliard Greene - bass  / Michael Wimberly - 
8pm: Tomeka Reid Septet 8 - Tomeka Reid - cello / Mazz Swift - viola / Jason Hwang - violin, Sarah Bernstein - violin / Adam Hopkins - bass / Chris Hoffman - cello
Tomas Fujiwara - drums 
9pm: Jaimie Branch Trio - Jaimie Branch - trumpet / Brandon Lopez / Mike Pride - drums
 
Friday January 13 - MLK weekend
7pm: Andrea Wolper's Cento Project - Andrea Wolper - voice / Mazz Swift - violin / Adam Caine - guitar
8pm: Yuko Otomo - poet
8:30: William Hooker Trio With Louie Belogenis - tenor sax / Dave Ross - guitar
9:30: The Ghost - Michael Foster - reeds / Zach Rowden - bass / Derek Baron - drums
 
Saturday January 14 - MLK weekend
6:30: Patricia Spears Jones - poet
7pm: Chuma / Parker / Hwang / Yoshiko Chuma - dance / Miriam Parker - dance / Jason Kao Hwang 
8pm: Swift / McGinnis - Mazz Swift - violin / Mike McGinnis - reeds
9pm: Ken Filiano Trio - Ken Filiano - bass / Michael Attias - alto sax / TA Thompson 
 
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Shapeshifter January 2017:
 
Jan 6  
7-8:30p - JC4 – Brooklyn CD Release Party
JC4: JC Sanford – trombone/tunes, Pete McCann – guitar, Dave Ambrosio – bass, Russ Meissner – drums
 
Jan 8 
7pm: Seamus Blake, Alex Sipiagin, Donald Edwards and Boris Kozlov
 
Jan 6-9
Urban Bush Women - WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING OF SCAT! Created by Choreographer, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Dramaturg, Talvin Wilks
in collaboration with The Company. Original composition by Craig Harris.
Performers Du’Bois A’Keen, Amanda Castro, Courtney J. Cook, Chanon Judson,
Tendayi Kuumba, Stephanie Mas, Samantha Speis with guest Pyeng Threadgill
Band: Kahlil Kwame Bell (Drummer) / Craig Harris (Band Leader & Trombone)
Michael King (Piano Player) / Melissa Slocum (Bassist)
Camille Thurman (Vocalist & Saxophonist)
 
Jan 10 
8:15p - Paul Jones Group featuring Paul Jones - tenor sax, Alex LoRe - alto sax, Matt Davis - guitar, Glenn Zaleski - piano, Johannes Felscher - bass, Allan Mednard - drums
 
Jan 12 - 
7p - Lyric Fury Brooklyn CD Release Party” - Cynthia HIlts - composer/piano/voice, Jack Walrath - trumpet, Lisa Parrott - soprano and bari sax, Lily White - tenor and alto sax, Deborah Weisz - trombone, Leigh Stuart - cello, Ratzo Harris - bass, and Scott Neumann - drums.
 
Jan 13
7pm Luca Rosenfeld Trio feat. Bob Meyer on drums, Steven Frieder on saxophone, and Luca Rosenfeld on bass.
 
Jan 15 
3:30 pm - RISE UP and SING - A family music singalong for peace, unity & justice; Proceeds benefitting the ACLU and SPLC Featuring: A festive crew of family music artists. Including Elena Moon Park, Sonia De Los Santos, Colin Brooks, John Foti, Yoshi Waki, Nils d'Aulaire (Future Folk), Martin Vejerano (La Cumbiamba eNeYé), Domenica Fossati (Underground System) members of the LADAMA project, and more special guests
7pm: Zack Foley Quartet - Zack Foley, vocals; Jesse Elder, piano; Chris Tordini, electric bass; Devin Gray, drums
 
Shapeshifter is located at 
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop
 
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ZüRCHER GALLERY in New York: 
 
Bill Cole and Alex Blake  
 
Tuesday, January 10 at 8pm
 
33 Bleecker St., just east of Lafayette
 
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Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House – 
Concerts, January-February 2017
 
Saturday, January 14, 8:00 p.m. – Hip quartet!
Jerome Sabbagh Quartet w/ Ben Monder - Jerome Sabbagh, tenor saxophone; Ben Monder, electric guitar; Doug Weiss, double-bass; Rudy Royston, drums
 
Saturday, January 21, 8:00 p.m. – Master drummer! The Billy Hart Academy
Billy Hart, drums; Alex Cummings, saxophone; Jackson Laskey, piano; Dan Pappalardo, double-bass
 
Friday, January 27, 8:00 p.m. – Frank Kimbrough/Masa Kamaguchi & Kirk Knuffke
Frank Kimbrough, piano; Masa Kamaguchi, double-bass; Kirk Knuffke, cornet
 
Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. – Vivid double-bill!
Taka Kigawa + Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel Taka Kigawa, piano
Sebastein Ammann, piano; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Noah Garabedian, double-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
 
Saturday, February 11, 8:00 p.m. – Rocking guitarist!
Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio
Nick Millevoi, guitar; Johnny DeBlase, bass; Kevin Shea, drums
 
Saturday, February 18, 8:00 p.m. – Special ECM duo show!
Francois Courturier & Anja Lechner
Francois Courturier, piano; Anja Lechner, cello
 
Greenwich House Music School: 
46 Barrow Street,  just west of 7th Avenue South at Bleecker St.
In New York City’s West Village 
www.greenwichhouse.org, 212-242-4770.