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DMG Newsletter for October 14th, 2016

A Plentiful Bounty of Sonic Delights
Is Listed and Described Herein from These Musical Wizards:

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet! Alex von Schlippenbach/Evan Parker/Paul Lovens in Warsaw! Ingrid Laubrick Serpentines: Peter Evans/Miya Masaoka/Dan Peck/Sam Pluta/Craig Taborn/Tyshawn Sorey! Bobby Kapp/Matthew Shipp! Marc Ribot & Young Philadelphians: Mary Halvorson/Jamaaladeen Tacuma/G Calvin Weston! Dave Douglas/Frank Woeste QT!

Guy Klucsevsek! São Paolo Underground! Darcy James Argue Secret Society 3rd CD! New from FMR: 3 from Paul Dunmall/Philip Gibbs/Liam Noble/John Edwards/Mark Sanders/Trevor Taylor..! Amalgam CDs Return! 3 from BPA: Damon Smith with Fred Van Hove/Peter Jacquemyn/Sandy Ewen/Weasel Walter & Alvin Fielder! The Delegation on ESP!

Bushman’s Revenge! Ravi Shankar! Three from Neos & Ergodos! King Crimson’s ‘Beat’ & ‘Three of a Perfect Pair’ Reissues! Tim Buckley! Psychic TV! Plus an Impressive selective of Vinyl: Henry Threadgill, Tyshawn Sorey & Jason Stein!

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The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, October 16th Double-Header:
6pm: HARVEY VALDES / MARCO OPPEDISANO / DARIO ISCARO - 3 Guitarists
7pm: JEREMY CARLSTEDT & ANDERS NILSSON

Sunday, October 23rd Double-Header:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON / TONY MALABY / JOE HERTENSTEIN
7pm: DAMON SMITH & NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC Contrabass Duo

Sunday, November 6th:
6pm: LISA MEZZACAPPA & KEN FILIANO Bass Duo
7pm: JACK WRIGHT - Solo Saxophone

Sunday, November 13th:
6pm: DAVID AARON / DAVE GOULD - Sax & Drums Duo

Sunday, December 4th:
6pm: LOUISE D.E. JENSEN & ADAM CAINE
7pm: LOUISE DE JENSEN SAX QUARTET

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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JOHN ZORN’s Music & Performances for October, 2016, Three Will Take Place Next Week:

OCT 20 - COMPOSER PORTRAIT AT MILLER THEATRE at Columbia University - 8pm - Five Premiers! - (check: //www.millertheatre.com/events/john-zorn-2016)

OCT 22 - BAGATELLES SHUFFLE CONCERT AT NATIONAL SAWDUST - 20 BANDS!!!
(check://nationalsawdust.org/event/multi-john-zorns-ultimate-bagatelles-marathon)
BAGATELLES QUARTET: JOHN ZORN / DAVE DOUGLAS / TREVOR DUNN / KENNY WOLLESEN
JULIAN LAGE-GYAN RILEY
JIM BLACK TRIO
TRIGGER
CRAIG TABORN SOLO
KRIS DAVIS
IKUE MORI
NOVA QUARTET
CHRIS OTTO-MARK FELDMAN
MATT HOLLENBERG QUARTET

INTERMISSION

MARY HALVORSON QUARTET
ERIK FRIEDLANDER-MICHAEL NICOLAS
JAMIE SAFT TRIO
DITHER
JON IRABAGON
SYLVIE COURVOISIER AND MARK FELDMAN
JIM BLACK GUITAR QUARTET
BRIAN MARSELLA
HARRIS EISENSTADT TRIO
JOHN MEDESKI

OCT 23 - 24 - COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE AT THE GUGGENHEIM
(www.guggenheim.org/event/commedia-dell-arte) Ticketing link: //guggenheim.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=893030 USE CODE “ZORN” TO ACCESS $20 TICKETS
Schedule:
1. HARLEQUIN (2014) 6’00
Tara O'Connor - flute
Josh Rubin - clarinet, bass clarinet
Rebekah Heller - bassoon
Kyle Armbrust - viola
2. COLOMBINA (2015) 6’00
Sarah Brailey - voice
Eliza Bagg - voice
Rachel Calloway - voice
Kirsten Sollek - voice
3. SCARAMOUCHE (2015) 6’00
Steve Gosling - piano
Shanir Blumenkranz - bass
Tyshawn Sorey - drums
4. PULCINELLA (2015) 5’30"
American Brass Quintet
Kevin Cobb - trumpet
Louis Hanzlik - trumpet
Eric Reed - horn
Michael Powell - trombone
John D. Rojak - bass trombone
5. PIERROT (2015) 6'30
Jay Campbell - cello
Mike Nicolas - cello
Jeff Zeigler - cello
Mihai Marica - cello

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New Things! New Things! New Things! Beginning with:

WADADA LEO SMITH With GOLDEN QUINTET: ANTHONY DAVIS/ASHLEY WALTERS/JOHN LINDBERG/PHEEROAN AKLAFF - America’s National Parks (Cuneiform 430/431; USA) Featuring Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, compositions & direction, Anthony Davis on piano, Ashley Walters on cello, John Lindberg on bass and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. Wadada Leo Smith continues to work on an epic scale. For this new project, Mr. Smith was inspired by six national parks in the US, doing an extensive tribute to each over a sprawling 90+ minute two CD set. Instead of visiting each of the six parks, Mr. Smith did some historical research of each one. The inside booklet includes both pictures and explanations of many of these parks, but it is the music that truly captures the majesty of what makes each park unique. For this ambitious work, Wadada uses his ongoing Golden Quintet whose personnel still includes longtime cohorts Anthony Davis, John Lindberg and Pheeroan AkLaff as well as cellist named Ashley Walters, who brings her own marvelous playing to an already great ensemble. Mr. Smith, who turns 75 in December, is at the center of the music and is incredibly fine form throughout this entire work. The interplay between all five members of this quintet is extraordinary! The more I listen to this epic 2 disc set, the more astonishing it gets. Last week, I spent an hour in a local park watching the sunset and listening to the birds, it was like a symphony for he ears and eyes as long I paid close attention. I found this music to have a similar effect: majestic, thoughtful, adventurous, often breath-taking - creating waves and currents for the imagination. I dig the way this music uses spaciousness to give it ab organic quality, similar to the way Mother Natures does her thing when creating national parks. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $21

ALEX VON SCHLIPPENBACH / EVAN PARKER / PAUL LOVENS - Warsaw Concert (Intakt 275; Switzerland) Featuring Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano, Evan Parker on tenor sax and Paul Lovens on drums. “These recordings, from 16 October 2015 in Warsaw, make a great all-round representation of the trio as we are right now. The ‘free’ improvisations also develop material which has crystalised over the years. There was no plan agreed in advance. Nothing was discussed or decided. Everything improvised. The paraphrases of particular jazz themes, like embedded particles, should not be understood as quotations. They are a reference to our history, creating contrasts and also serving as an springboard for further development. We played continuously, without planned breaks. That’s how it mostly goes with us.
The immortal trio. It has already achieved a lot, and in many cases you could say, that’s enough. But not necessarily for us. It’s like this: we’ve been playing together so long it doesn’t really matter if we carry on or not. If we were to stop, there are things we’d miss (the anti-depressive effect for instance) but in some senses it might also be a relief. If we carry on it’s also good, because people do actually need our music, and there’s still lots to be said. So we will carry on and in December we’ll be going on our ‘Winter Journey’.
And it was great in Warsaw. A top rate concert hall from the broadcasting company. Good recording technology. But we never saw Kinga, an assistant it was agreed we would be given. - Alexander von Schlippenbach, July 2016
CD $18

INGRID LAUBROCK SEPTET With PETER EVANS / MIYA MASAOKA / DAN PECK / SAM PLUTA / CRAIG TABORN / TYSHAWN SOREY - Serpentines (Intakt 272; Switzerland) Featuring Ingrid Laubrock on tenor & soprano saxes & compositions, Peter Evans on trumpets, Dan Peck on tuba, Miya Masaoka on koto, Craig Taborn on piano, Sam Pluta on electronics and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. I can’t wait to hear this new from Downtown’s most ambitious saxist & composer Ingrid Laubrock. Each of Ms. Laubrock’s several projects/bands (Anti-House, Sleep Thief, Duo with Tom Rainey & Paradoxical Frog), shows her growth as a diverse, skillful composer as well as becoming a daredevil, risk-taking saxist. Considering the line-up, this looks to be one the year’s most talked about discs. CD release concert at Roulette on Thursday, December 15 at 8pm.
CD $18

BOBBY KAPP / MATTHEW SHIPP - Cactus (Northern Spy 079; USA) “Drummer Bobby Kapp, free jazz spirit in New York in the mi-sixties, relocated to Mexico City, to the Artists' colony San Miguel de Allede. But he gets around, and on a return to New York he joined pianist Matthew Shipp to record a terrific set of duo improvisations called Cactus.
Mr. Shipp, the better-known half of the team, plays with a vehemence that parallels his public persona—a prickly, chip-on-the-shoulder, in-your-face approach, a sort of Randy Weston meets Cecil Taylor to and rub elbows with Bud Powell—if Powell had played with serious attitude. Kapp, for his part, rumbles and rolls, he whispers and shuffles. He rat-ta-tats to make you break into a dance step, and sometimes he stomps, and he may be the most simpatico band mate Shipp has ever worked with.
Shipp is prolific. His Wikipedia page list five releases in 2015, and they probably missed a couple. Kapp has available recordings with his Fine Wine Trio, a collaboration with free jazz saxophonist Noah Howard, and his 2015 offering, Cilia Sin Embargo (Self Produced).
‘Cactus’ opens with the eight and half minute "Overture," a frenetic improvisation full of angles, and a momentum that waxes and wanes. Shipp leaves more space than he normally does. He seems to search, discover, then explore new tangents. His normal percussive approach is leaner, crisper, as Kapp lays down a tight weave of textures. "Before" sounds composed. Shipp's left hands plays walking bass to Kapp's bright cymbal splashes. Kapp—like Billy Mintz and the late Paul Motian—is a rare drum kit poet. His melodic intro to "Money" is a divinely masterful ninety seconds, leading into Shipp's discombobulation of notes that gels into a compelling, light-stepping beauty. Everything meshed on this set. Cactus proves itself cohesive CD full of unpretentious, adventurous, improvised beauty.” - Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz
CD $14

MARC RIBOT / THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS with MARY HALVORSON/JAMAALADEEN TACUMA/G. CALVIN WESTON - Live in Tokyo (Yellowbird/Enja 7760; Germany) “Art be damned, let's dance. If you are of a certain age, let's say the baby boomer generation, then the vintage sounds of Philadelphia soul are imprinted on your brain. The 1970's began with The O'Jays "Back Stabbers," which you might have heard on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, a show that originated in Philly, or perhaps you've ridden "The Love Train" or danced to "Me And Mrs. Jones" at a wedding. Those tunes were stamped in your soul, and at a time of great turmoil in society (both then and now) the innocence of the Philly sound is life affirming.
Enter guitarist Marc Ribot, avant gardist with soul. He has backed performers such as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and Joe Henry and covered music by Albert Ayler, the Haitian-born Frantz Casseus, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison. His projects, Ceramic Dog, Caged Funk, Rootless Cosmopolitans, and many others, always turn left when you expect a right-on-red. Same can be said for the quartet The Young Philadelphians with guitarist Mary Halvorson and Philadelphia natives Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass) and G. Calvin Weston (Drums). There have been rumors and much speculation about this band, thankfully we get a taste of it live from a 2014 concert in Tokyo.
The left turn here is Ribot's logical mish-mash (not an oxymoron) of classic Philly soul with elements of Ornette Coleman's electric Prime Time band. For that he recruited original members Tacuma and Weston. Remarkable how Ribot orchestrates the classic tunes, "Love Epidemic," "Love Rollercoaster," "TSOP [The Sound of Philadelphia]" and even the eye-rolling wedding dance tune "The Hustle" with his unique hipster (not used in the pejorative sense) logic.
With the help of a string trio, a layer often added to those classic Philly records, he negotiates "TSOP" with the same sincerity he applied to Ayler's music. Weston applies the beat apropos and Tacuma the funk, allowing for Halvorson and Ribot to sing the body electric guitar. The disc is packed full of rump shaking steak and cheese party sounds.” - Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz
CD $17

DAVE DOUGLAS & FRANK WOESTE QUARTET With MATT BREWER/CLARENCE PENN - Dada People (Greenleaf Music 1051; USA) Featuring Dave Douglas on trumpet, Frank Woestre on piano & Fender Rhodes, Matt Brewer on bass and Clarence Penn on drums. In the years between the two World Wars, the Dada movement questioned, altered, teased and undermined the very idea of art. A century later, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste draw inspiration from that “art of reinvention” with their collaborative album ‘Dada People’.
Perhaps no single artist embodies Dada’s slippery juxtapositions quite like Man Ray. Both French and American, commercial and avant-garde, Jewish by birth and mysterious by design, Man Ray epitomized the conflicting personae and attitudes that have come to define so much of the modern art world of the last century. Bridging the Atlantic through support from the French American Jazz Exchange, Douglas and Woeste explore those concepts through a 21st century lens, realized by a stellar quartet rounded out by bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Clarence Penn.
CD $15

GUY KLUCSEVSEK With ALAN BERN/TODD REYNOLDS/KAMALA SANKARAM - Teetering on Verge of Normalcy (Starkland 225; USA) “Friendship and tributes bind this album together” is how new music pianist Sarah Cahill describes the CD “Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy” from the “trailblazing virtuoso” (The Wall Street Journal) accordionist Guy Klucevsek. “Compared to his previous work, this heartfelt album has an especially elegiac quality, informed by the loss of comrades and colleagues.”
Several pieces are dedicated to close friends. Guy composed For Lars, Again for fellow accordionist Lars Hollmer (died 2008), Shimmer for composer William Duckworth (died 2012), and Bob Flath Waltzes with the Angels for arts patron Bob Flath (died 2014). Regarding the latter, Klucevsek writes: Bob Flath was a major patron and organizer of the arts in the Oil City, PA area. A retired high school teacher and wrestling coach, he curated Oil City’s “First Night” event for many years, and hosted concerts in a beautifully retrofitted barn on his property, where I most recently played in September 2014, for an event which he jokingly referred to as his living wake. Although in his mid 80s, Bob looked to be in good health at the time, but he must have had a premonition, because he passed away quietly two weeks later.
Other pieces are tributes to composers who have inspired Klucevsek: Three Quarter Moon for Kurt Weill;Little Big Top for Fellini’s long-time composer, Nino Rota; and The Asphalt Orchid for Astor Piazzolla. The violin and accordion duos are part of the score for Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, a dance work inspired by the modern dance pioneer, Ruth St. Denis. Klucevsek identified with her works’ eclecticism and world cultures roots, both of which have been reflected in his music for decades.
He wrote Haywire Rag (A Waltz) for his friend Joseph Franklin, founder and long-term Director of the new music group Relâche, and Ice Flowers for fellow accordionist Otto Lechner. Guy is joined on these recordings by hand-picked, stellar musicians, including violinist Todd Reynolds, soprano Kamala Sankaram, and pianist Alan Bern.
CD $15

SãO PAULO UNDERGROUND - Cantos Invisíveis (Cuneiform 423; USA) Featuring: Rob Mazurek -cornet, Mellotron, modular synthesizer, Moog Paraphonic, OP-1, percussion and voice; Mauricio Takara – drums, cavaquinho, electronics, Moog Werkstatt, percussion and voice, Guilherme Granado – keyboards, synthesizers, sampler, percussion and voice and Thomas Rohrer – rabeca, flutes, soprano saxophone, electronics, percussion and voice.
With their breathtaking fifth album Cantos Invisíveis, the multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-everything São Paulo Underground sounds more confident and intrepid than ever, with a glorious program of music evoking lost haunts, enduring love, and the sheer delirious joy of making music together.
In many ways the music on Cantos Invisíveis is a celebration of camaraderie and the spaces that allow love and friendship to unfurl.
Alchemical aural conspirators for some 10 years, the group has developed its own approach to structure, with slippery forms, unabashedly beautiful melodies and lapidary textures laced with disquieting electronica beats and stutter, stepping improvisation. Rather than evoke a particular time and place, the music inhabits multiple planes simultaneously as "a projection of sound that celebrates as well as mourns past, present and future times," Mazurek says. "The vocal quality of this particular music shouts and hollers for love and compassion, the joy and sorrows of life. It’s a street parade for everybody."
The experience of listening to Cantos Invisíveis often feels like stepping through the fourth wall, as if you’re in the room with the guys, watching the instrumental conversations unfold in real time. The production enhances the intimacy, creating space to enter the music rather than building a protective shell. It’s a communion that can only develop "as a result of a lot of beautiful time spent together working on music and ideas and then traveling together playing throughout the world," Takara says. "I think there´s a certain atmosphere that only living and spending time together bring, and the record captures that beautifully."
These singular players create music unlike any other ensemble in São Paulo Underground, which expands into realms seen and unseen on Cantos Invisíveis. The title translates from Portuguese as "invisible corners" or "invisible songs" or "disappearing corners or songs." This music evokes the elusive nature of these songs, "the way we make our music, always masking it in some kind of way, a disappearing through layering and sound manipulation," Mazurek says. "The songs kind of disappear in a way like a cloud of pink in the sky. We create atmospheres that cause form and melody to disappear, and to reappear", so that savvy sound explorers can join São Paulo Underground on an unforgettable journey.
CD $15

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY With SEBASTIAN NOELLE/INGRID JENSEN /SAM SADIGURSJY/JOHN ELLIS/JACOB GARCHIK/RYAN KEBERLE/ et al - Real Enemies (New Amsterdam 081; USA) Real Enemies premiered as a multimedia performance (co-created by Argue with writer/director Isaac Butler and filmmaker Peter Nigrini) to impressive acclaim at BAM’s 2015 Next Wave Festival. Taking its title from Kathryn Olmsted’s 2009 book Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11, the project is the product of extensive research into a broad range of conspiracies, from the familiar and well-documented to the speculative and outlandish. Real Enemies traces the historical roots, iconography, and language of conspiracies, and examines conspiratorial thinking as a distinct political ideology. It chronicles a shadow history of postwar America, touching on everything from COINTELPRO to the CIA-Contra cocaine trafficking ring, and secret weather control machines to reptilian shape-shifters from Alpha Draconis infiltrating our government at the highest level. Real Enemies invites the listener to explore and engage with the conspiratorial mindset. Argue explains:
“Belief in conspiracies is one of the defining aspects of modern culture. It transcends political, economic, and other divides. Conservative or liberal, rich or poor, across all races and backgrounds there exists a conspiratorial strain of thought that believes there are forces secretly plotting against us. Conspiracy theories often take hold because they provide an explanation for disturbing realities. They tell a story about why the world is the way it is. Paradoxically, it’s often more comforting to believe that bad things happen because they are part of a hidden agenda than it is to believe that they came about as a result of mistakes, ineptitude, or random chance.”
As befitting a journey into postwar paranoia, Real Enemies draws heavily on 12-tone techniques, a compositional system based on tone rows — a sequence of all 12 pitches in the chromatic scale — devised by Arnold Schoenberg in the aftermath of World War I and embraced by American composers during the conspiracy-rich postwar era. However, Argue’s wide-ranging score exhibits a mischievous disregard for how those techniques have been traditionally deployed. Other musical touchstones include the paranoia-inducing film scores of Michael Small (The Parallax View) and David Shire (All The President’s Men), the revolutionary songs of Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, the psychedelic space-jazz of Sun Ra, the FM synth-fueled grooves of early 1980’s LA electro funk-influenced hip hop, and much more. Significant pieces of spoken text from figures like JFK, Frank Church, George H. W. Bush, and Dick Cheney are expertly woven throughout the robust and provocative score, with a concluding voice-over narration provided by actor James Urbaniak. Real Enemies is an intense musical and sensory experience that spins and explores a web of paranoia and distrust, and resonates long after its last note.
CD $15

Seven Fabulous New Discs from the Mighty FMR Label:

PAUL DUNMALL / LIAM NOBLE / JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS - Chords of Connections (FMR 419; UK) Featuring Paul Dunmall on tenor & soprano saxes, Liam Noble on piano, John Edwards on bass and Mark Sanders on drums. Recorded live at Birmingham University in January of this year (2016). Although UK saxist Paul Dunmall has worked with both John Edwards and Mark Sanders on dozens of previous sessions, this appears to the first recording with Dunmall and UK pianist Liam Noble. You should recognize the name of Mr. Noble from his ongoing work with Ingrid Laubrock, as well as a handful of dates as a leader on Basho and Slam. Considering that the instrumentation here is the same as the classic John Coltrane Quartet as well as Mujician (with Keith Tippett, now defunct), the sound here is similar: turbulent, intense, powerful, ever-engaging, often brilliant! Mr. Dunmall does a great job of unleashing those Trane-like torrents and is well-matching by his ever resourceful rhythm team. There are also some fine moments of cerebral, dream-like improv which I find to be most hypnotic as well. There is a superb balance between all four members of this superb quartet with each member being integral to the quartet sound. One of the highlights is when Mr. Dunmall switches to soprano sax on “Part Two”, spinning out serpentine lines faster and faster as the rest of the quartet match his streams wherever he goes, sailing and then soaring to new heights. Another incredible gem in a long lines of jewels from the Paul Dunmall treasure chest. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

PAUL DUNMALL / PHILIP GIBBS / ASHLEY JOHN LONG / TREVOR TAYLOR - Cardiff (FMR 409; UK) Featuring Paul Dunmall on saxes, EWI and flute, Philip Gibbs on electric guitar, Ashley John Long on double bass and Trevor Taylor on vibes & electronic percussion. Ever since (the early seventies) musicians like Eddie Harris and Lee Konitz were playing their wind instruments through electronic devices, jazz snobs have complained about these instruments. The EWI or Electronic Wind Instrument has been around for a long while and rarely gets the recognition it deserves. A number of players have persisted and often with great results. Longtime UK sax colossus is one such restless explorer who doubles on various saxes, flute and bagpipes so hence he is able to shine on the EWI. The new name here is bassist Ashley John Long, whose name sounds unfamiliar. Since everyone in this quartet plays electronics of some sort, it is hard to tell who is doing what at times. The balance/blend between the electronics, guitar, sax or flute, vibes or electronic percussion is often restrained yet mesmerizing. Both guitarist Philip Gibbs and vibes/percussionist Trevor Taylor have collaborated with Mr. Dunmall on dozens of dates, hence work and interact in intricate, ever-shifting ways. This disc was recorded at the Cardiff School of Music and it has clean, warm, superb sound. There are little or no solos going o here, as this is much more about creating strange atmospheres while several instruments slowly weave a subtle kaleidoscopic tapestry. While some electronics leave certain listeners cold, I found the select use here to be to be just right. Mr. Gibbs nimble guitar playing is also altered with soft yet odd effects so he is also a perfect ingredient to the tasty cosmic stew. Mmmmmmm, delish! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

PAUL DUNMALL / PHILIP GIBBS - Electrosonics (FMR 415; UK) This one features Paul Dunmall on WX11 Wind Synthesizer and Philip Gibbs on guitar. The first bit of good news is that this disc was recorded by Jonathan Scott at the Victoria Rooms studio. Mr. Scott has recorded dozens (hundreds?) of discs for Mr. Dunmall in the past and always gets incredible sound. The other good news is this: even though Mr. Dunmall plays just a Wind Synthesizer and no other reeds, Duns has figured out numerous ways to get incredible sounds from an instrument that is often ignored and misunderstood. Once again, Mr. Dunmall has selected a perfect partner, longtime collaborator Philip Gibbs, perhaps one of the UK’s finest (under-recognized) guitarists. This disc contains a nine-part improvised suite. Although Mr. Gibbs often uses few devices to alter the tone of his guitar, his approach is filled with surprising twists and turns. Gibbs will place a guitar in his lap and tap on the strings fast and furiously coaxing out a stream of hammered notes. Dunmall matches him high speed electronic swirls which sound similar to musique concrete tape-manipulated sounds. Much of this exploration is often subtle and warm in tones, cerebral and more like a somber dreamscape. Both players here are extremely well-matched and seems to move together through any terrain, speeding up, slowing and soaring to world unknown. What this often reminds me of is a soundtrack for an old-fashioned science fiction cartoon. Another incredible duo journey awaits those who listen. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

UDO SCHINDLER & MARCO VON ORELLI - Luft.Spiele (FMR 416; UK) Featuring Udo Schindler on sopranino & tenor saxes & cornet and Marco Von Orelli on trumpet. The great FMR label continues to present a wealth of gifted musicians from different scenes. German reedman, Udo Schindler appeared on another newer duo CD from FMR with fellow saxist Frank Paul Schubert. Swiss trumpeter, Marco Von Orelli, has two fine more recent discs out on Hatology. This disc was recorded live in Munich, Germany) in September of 2015. These two players seem well matched, spinning quick lines around one another, from fast & furious to slow & assured. Both men take their time to explore, bending and twisting notes carefully. The song titles all start with ‘Luft’ and deals with terminology which is involved with wind, like suction or airspace. Midway, the duo slow down for some more contemplative dialogue, which is calm yet somehow fascinating. They eventual move into soft, steaming radiator sounds which were popular with Erstwhile trumpeters Axel Dorner & Frantz Hautzinger for a short while. A rather striking, intense and unsettling duo that shouldn’t be ignored. Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $13

MIA ZABELKA / NICOLA L. HEIN - The Honey Pump (FMR 421; UK) Featuring Mia Zabelka on violin and Nicola L. Hein on guitar. We know Vienna-based violinist, Mia Zabelka, from several discs on the Monotype label, which includes trios with Lydia Lunch and Pavel Fajt as well as a solo effort. I wasn’t familiar with guitarist Mr. Nicola L. Hein before this disc arrived, although he has worked with Evan Parker, Phil Minton and Rudi Mahall. This disc was recorded live at public recording session in Vienna in March of 2016. This disc begins with an eerie ambiance, thick, suspense-filled acoustic (or mildly altered) strings are rubbed and bowed carefully, their sounds well-woven together into a an odd tapestry. Since both players use or manipulate mostly acoustic strings, it is hard to tell who is doing what at times. Eventually a more intense, abrupt exchange breaks through and erupts. This is when the sh*t hits the fan and the sound becomes mind-blowing, almost too much to deal with for the faint-hearted amongst us. I dig the sound of shimmering strings, slowly vibrating at different frequencies, an assortment of ghosts being set free and communing with one another. It sounds like a series of rituals which when we join, we become part of a larger group, all as one warped yet inviting spirit. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $13

NTSHUKS BONGA / ANDY CHAMPION / COREY MWAMBA - Paperstone Suite (FMR 422; UK) Featuring Ntshuks Bonga on alto & soprano saxes, Andy Champion on bass and Corey Mwamba on vibes & percussion. There seems to be an ever-evolving scene of new musicians from the UK, who combine forces in different bands, keeping themselves fresh in attitude and adventurous in spirit. This is a new trio it features Corey Mwamba on vibes who recently recorded with Paul Dunmall in a sextet as well as with the Spirit Farm, both discs are on the Slam label. Saxist Ntshuks Bonga has recorded with the legendary drummer Louis Moholo for a couple of discs on Ogun. I can’t say that I recognize the name of bassist here, Andy Champion, before this disc arrived. The trio take their time, the disc evolving in a most organic way, calm at the beginning. This trio sounds as if they playing together for a longtime previously as they play with a united singular sound. Each part of this suite builds in intensity and spirit. The saxes and vibes continually moving tightly around one another, creating tight waves which erupt from time to time, escalating to some dynamic conclusions. After working with masters like Paul Dunmall and Louis Moholo, these younger players have been handed the baton to evolve to the next level and are doing a great job of creating extraordinary, free music that succeeds on several levels simultaneously. Superb! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $13

VASCO TRILLA - The Rainbow Serpent (FMR 417; UK) Excellent disc of solo percussion, which I will review next week.
CD $13

THREE Treasures From Damon Smith’s Balance Point Acoustics Label:

FRED VAN HOVE / PETER JACQUEMYN / DAMON SMITH - Burns Longer (BPA; USA) This unique, ad-hoc trio features Belgian master pianist Fred Van Hove, one of the architects of European free improvised music and close collaborator of influential European improvisers such as German reed man Peter Brötzmann, late bassist Peter Kowald, Dutch drummer Han Bennink, fellow countryman and double bassist (and sculptor) Peter Jacquemyn. Both of them rarely recorded in recent years with prolific American double bassist Damon Smith, who initiated this meeting and is influenced by the European approach to free improvisation.
The three dense and conversational improvisations were recorded in L'Archiduc art gallery in Brussels on Easter Sunday, 2008. The date of the recording may have inspired Van Hove to introduce bluesy-church-like resonance to the piano, mainly on the first 27-minutes of improvisation. Smith (mixed intro the the right channel) and Jacquemyn (on the left channel) solidify the flowing energetic and intense approach with highly physical playing, both with the bow and pizzicato, enjoying to contrast and challenge each other.
The second, 10-minute improvisation, is a relaxed interlude compared to the first or the the last improvisation. The third one, a wild tough slow burning 35-minute sonic journey led by Van Hove with eccentric accordion playing and later on the piano and Jacquemyn, who adds overtones and growls, with Smith intensifying this associative and super fast interplay with masterful, extensive usage of extended techniques and continuous madcap energy. This improvisation brings to mind the early FMP label albums that were the first ones to introduced similar, tough and uncompromising approach to free improvisation.” - Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz
CD $14

SANDY EWEN / DAMON SMITH / WEASEL WALTER - Live in Texas (BPA LTD 707; USA) Featuring Sandy Ewen on guitar & objects, Damon Smith on double bass & 7-string electric upright bass and Weasel Walter on percussion. This is the second disc from this trio which features Houston-based guitarist Sandy Ewen along with bassist Damon Smith (recently moved from Houston to Boston) and NY drum wizard Weasel Walter. Since the first disc was released Ms. Ewen has gone on to record a duo with Henry Kaiser and a quartet with Damon Smith, Jaap Blonk & Chris Cogburn. It was actually Mr. Kaiser who first sung the praises for Ms. Ewen’s guitar playing, making sure that other guitar fanatics took notice. Both Damon Smith and Weasel Walter are well-seasoned improvisers who have worked with a diverse array of musicians from across the spectrum: Damon has worked with Peter Kowald, Fred Van Hove & Frank Gratkowski while Weasel Walter gets around with Lydia Lunch to Mary Halvorson to Marc Edwards. Hence, these two gifted players give Ms. Ewen a chance to stretch out and go wherever she wants. Ms. Ewen, who is still pretty young, sounds like Derek Bailey at times, uncompromising, focused and determined to navigate the never-ending stream of rapidly changing ideas that Smith and Walter provide. There is a certain magic that strong, spirited improv provides when it works and there is quite a bit of that magic/glue going on here. My favorite part is when the spirits or ghosts start to peek their heads through the other side… so say hello to the friends spirits as they usher us into another land. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

ALVIN FIELDER / DAMON SMITH DUO - Song for Chico (BPA 6; USA) Featuring Alvun Fielder on drums and Damon Smith on double bass. Early AACM member and legendary drummer, Alvin Fielder, whose career stretches back more than fifty years, can be found on some thirty discs but mostly playing with the same group of musicians: Kidd Jordan, Joel Futterman, Dennis Gonzalez, starting out with Roscoe Mitchell in 1965. A generation or two younger,contrabassist Damon Smith has worked with heavies like Peter Kowald, Fred Van Hove and Henry Kaiser. Three of the six pieces are dedicated fellow musicians/inspirations Cecil Taylor, Chico Hamilton (title piece) and Johnny Dyani. I recall reading a fascinating interview with Mr. Fielder in Cadence magazine in which he described at length what was unique about each of his favorite drummers. Alvin Fielder has studies drummers at length and his playing reflects this wealth of observations put to good use. The balance, blend and exchange of ideas is consistently splendid. There is an ongoing conversation, an organic back and forth flow of ideas. What is interesting is the way both of these instruments blend into one sound/stream, the drums played melodically and the bass played percussively, often blurring the lines between both players. Mr. Fielder’s playing on “Variations on Untitled by Cecil Taylor” reminds me of Andrew Cyrille, the great former Cecil Taylor alumni. Damon Smith is a master of bowed bass and sounds inspired throughout, weaving a web with Mr. Fielder’s equally creative drumming. Best rhythm team only record I’ve heard since those two by William Parker and Hamid Drake, and that is really something special! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

Two Cassette Releases from the Balance Point Acoustics label:

JAAP BLONK + DAMON SMITH - Hugo Ball: Six Sound Poems, 1916 (BPA; USA)“This is a realization of a cycle of "Six Sound Poems" by the Dada master Hugo Ball, Sechs Laut- und Klanggedichte, 1916. Jaap Blonk as reciter-vocal artist and Damon Smith as double bassist freely recreate the sound poems in an avant improv mode. It is uncompromising sound event-music that both pays homage to the iconoclastic Ball and shows us how his inspirational methods still remain prophetic to the avant movement we still recognize as central to modernism today.
Blonk enacts the texts with very inventive vocalizations that utilize all the dramatic and sonic resources of his vocal apparatus. Damon Smith makes of his contrabass an extension of his creative sound-producing imagination, using conventional and extended techniques in an avant bass kind of tour de force.
What that means is that you get a full CDs worth of adventure. This may put off those not used to the avant stylistic universe, though an open mind will get you at least half the way to where you need to be to appreciate such sounds. Those used to progressive avantness might need a few listens to get acclimated, but in the end the bass-vocal interactions will fascinate and give you much to experience. Recommended listening for the intrepid. And some fabulously inventive bass and vocal performances!” - Grego Applegate Edwards
Cassette $10

PETER KOWALD & DAMON SMITH - Mirrors - Broken But No Dust (BPA 001; USA) “Peter Kowald was one of the greatest avant jazz improv bassists alive before his untimely demise. Damon Smith was and is an important bassist on the scene as well, very deserving of our attention. The two recorded an extended album of duets when Peter made a rather triumphant tour of the US in 2000. It has been out of print for a while but happily is now again available as an audio cassette. Mirrors - Broken But No Dust (BPA 001) brings us the music in all its glory.
What is perhaps most striking about the duets is the incredible rapport established between the two. Whether a hornets nest of busy pizzicato, an ethereal thicket of bowed harmonics or a jungle of slapped string tones, the two form a perfect interlocking of duality-in-singularity.
It is music of great energy, manic expression, exuberant simultaneity. It gives you improvisational segments of sonic unity and virtuoso outness.
For a supremely unified two-bass expression, this recording has few rivals. Grab it while you can. Contrabass aficionados take note. A two-bass hit!” - Grego Applegate Edwards
Cassette $10

NICK SANDERS / LOGAN STROSAHL - Janus (Sunnyside 1469; USA) Pianist Nick Sanders and saxophonist Logan Strosahl have named their duet outing Janus. The Janus of the Roman Empire era was a God with two faces, a God of time, with one gaze directed forward, the other backward in time.
Mr. Sanders and Mr. Strosahl began playing in the duo format a decade ago, wood-shedding in the dorms at Boston's New England Conservatory, where they were both students. They revisit those sessions, in a sense, a wide-ranging, Janus-ian, forward/backward exploration of their dynamic, modernistic, twenty-first century originals, versus the 18th century Baroque sounds of Francois Couperin, the 14th century music of Guillaume de Machaut, and, visiting some twentieth century Standards, tunes from Thelonious Monk ("Thelonious") and Hoagy Carmichael ("Stardust").
Improvisation is the key. Sanders and Strosahl are fluid improvisors, their individual ideas melting into each other with a telepathic grace, whether it's on the prickly opener, the Sanders-penned "Sigma," or Stosahl's dignified "Allemande," or the brash, playful take on "Thelonious."
Strosahl's "Mazuka" shifts from mysterious to jaunty. Olivier Messiaen's "Selections From Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant—Jesus" goes deep into a dark sense of wonder, with Strosahl lamenting inside Sanders' repetition of an ominous, for-whom-the-bell-tolls piano note. The title tune, written by Strosahl, bounces with a quirky elan. Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" has a smoky bar room feeling—a bar room that's emptying out as closing hour approaches. A superb recording, remarkable for its focus and its journey through a long chronology of disparate source material.” - Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz
CD $15

THE DELEGATION - Evergreen [2 CD Set](Canceled World)(ESP Disk 5017; USA) The Delegation features Gabriel Zucker on piano, electronics, voice & compositions, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Eric Trudel, Jacob Teichroew & Bryan Qu on tenor saxes, Ron Lawrence, Mark Chung & Eric Allen on strings, Bam Bam Rodriguez on bass, Gabriel Globus-Hoenich on drums plus David Su on electronics, Artemisz Polonyi & Lorena del Mar on vocals. I didn’t quite know what to expect from this ambitious but mostly unknown 12 piece ensemble from NYC. The only musician here with whom I know is trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, who is part of the O’Farrill clan: bandleader Chico O’Farrill was his grandfather, his father is pianist Arturo O’Farrill. The other name I well know is violist Ron Lawrence, who works in the Sirius & formally with Soldier String Quartets.
The instrumentation of piano, three saxes, trumpet, three strings, two voices, bass and drums is definitely unique. This double disc set was produced, written and arranged by pianist & occasional vocalist Gabriel Zucker. This band began at the Banff Jazz Festival in 2013, as a part of a workshop. Starting with “You’ll Always Know” which seems to feature the poignant, drifting voice of one of the three singers with the laid-back dreamy playing of distant piano, ghost-like sax and electronics all lurking nearby. There are several exciting sections where the ensemble takes off as the horns play layers of complex lines together, sometimes these sections are furiously paced and at times the ensemble plays these tranquil lines together. Vocals are minimal, drifting in and out when you least expect it but always serve what is going on without being a focal point of any sort. Although there are a few melodic lines that emerge and repeat throughout, I am unsure if there is any sort of theme that connects this entire long work although there is one refrain,”You’ll Always Know”, that does come back several times throughout. Vocalist Ms. Lorena del Mar has a warm, enticing voice that rises to the surface, balancing the darker, more turbulent currents which erupt and wash over us like different waves churning. What impresses me the most is the way Mr. Zucker writes for the horn and string sections, tight, complex third stream-like layers rising and falling and embracing each other in odd places. There is way too much fascinating music going on here, especially since there are so many unexpected twists and turns. We shouldn’t be surprised that this disc was released on the ESP label, since ESP has passed the half-century mark and has long been the champion of the avant-garde/experimental and impossible to pigeon-hole. Don’y miss out on this unexpected treasure! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $15

STEFAN AEBY TRIO - To the Light (Intakt 274)Featuring Stefan Aeby on piano, Andre Pousaz on bass and Michi Stulz on drums. Acclaimed Swiss pianist and composer Stefan Aeby presents with his trio his debut on Intakt Records as a bandleader. His excellent new album "to the light" with bass player André Pousaz and drummer Michi Stulz has a clear, unique identity. The trio
follows a free vision of minimal sound art, leaving space and time to react to each other, and to revel in the sounds.
Florian Keller writes in the liner notes: "To build their multi-layered sound architecture, these three music fanatics avoid the weight of the monumental, instead using their atmospheric musicianship to create a soundtrack for the poetry of the unobtrusive. The magic of this expansive music lies in a courageous aesthetic of modesty, which favors fine-fingered sensitivity over the muscular gestures of musical high-performance sport, and thus a statement against the thundering excesses of spectacle. Yet this graceful sonic art is indeed spectacular in its filigree way. Unpretentiously, the trio have cultivated a kind of gallant tiptoe. The principle is to play softly and generate tension walking on velvet paws. This urgent ensemble music often creates its magic through a calmness bordering on silence." - Intakt Records
CD $18

BUSHMAN'S REVENGE - Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen (Rune Grammafon 2185; Norway) Bushman's Revenge have been called the missing link between Albert Ayler and Black Sabbath and a Marshall amp version of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (1974). With Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen, their eighth album, they go all the way back to their humble beginnings and for the first time do what can loosely be dubbed a "proper" jazz album, hence the album title which translates to "Jazz, From Memory" in English. The goal, according to guitarist Even Hermansen, is still to explore the link between the Shorter/Coltrane world on one side and electric blues/Hendrix on the other, but without having to turn everything up to eleven. Sporting four originals and two covers - McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation" and Albert Ayler´s "Angels" - this is easily their most confident, spiritual, heartfelt and fully realized album. "Gamle Plata Til Arne" originates from the first ever jam session they had before starting the band and the album closer "Lola Mit Dem Gorgonzola" is an elegant slice of Scandinavian summer melancholy, in a jazz tradition first explored by legendary Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johanson in the mid '60s.
CD $15

RAVI SHANKAR - In Hollywood, 1971 (Northern Spy 073; USA) Pandit Ravi Shankar was a sitar master and pioneer; widely credited with popularizing sitar and Indian classical music in the West. Through his association with George Harrison, he also popularized the benefit concert with Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Earlier that same year, Ravi Shankar performed a morning concert in his home on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California with Harrison in attendance. As Ravi’s wife, Sukanya Shankar, attests in her amazing liner notes, this concert most certainly sowed the seed for the overwhelmingly successful Concert for Bangladesh. These four Ragas are beautifully recorded, and they sound phenomenal after tape transfer, audio restoration, and mastering by Barry Phillips. Participants: Ravi Shankar (Sitar), Alla Rakha (Tabla) and Kamala Chakravarty (Tanpura).
2 CD Set $20
2 LP Set $25

NADIA SIROTA & NICO MUHLY - Keep In Touch (Bedroom Community Hvalur 026; Iceland) “Keep In Touch” is a viola concerto from Nadia Sirota & Nico Muhly. When Nico had the opportunity to write a bona-fide viola concerto, there was no question that the piece would be premiered by Nadia, whose input has influenced Nico's writing throughout their history of intimate collaboration. Nadia points out that Nico's compositions, in particular Keep In Touch, have influenced her playing: Valgeir Sigurðsson's unforgiving recording of those sessions, were actually designed to highlight the flaws in her sound, encouraging her to play more boldly and transparently - "to show my work," she says, in what has become one of the defining features of her style. Recorded with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Alarm Will Sound, the piece demands a virtuosity of expression, forcing the viola to navigate extremes of register and the huge leaps between them, or to freight a naked, sustained note with rapidly changing musical and psychological dynamics. While the piece may have a tragic ending, as Nadia believes it does, this concerto's very existence suggests a far less lonesome narrative for its real-life creators. Nadia Sirota is a violist best known for her singular sound and expressive execution, coaxing works and collaborations from the likes of Daníel Bjarnason, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and Missy Mazzoli. She's been called "A one-woman contemporary-classical commissioning machine" by Pitchfork. Nico Muhly is a composer of chamber music, orchestral music, sacred music, opera, ballet, and music for collaborators across a variety of fields. In addition to arranging music by Antony & The Johnsons, Björk, Grizzly Bear, and The National, he is a co-founder of the Icelandic record label Bedroom Community, alongside Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson.
CD $15

THE ORB - COW / Chill Out, World! (Kompakt 134; Germany) The Orb, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann, have become known for their genre-bending curiosity and surprising sonic detours, exploring experimental soundscapes as well as club-friendly beats. COW / Chill Out, World! is a masterful ambient album that branches out in many directions, but unmistakably sounds like The Orb. In contrast to their much-acclaimed previous full-length Moonbuilding 2703 AD (KOMP 124CD/KOM 330LP, 2015), which took years to prepare and fine-tune, COW / Chill Out, World! was produced over the course of only five sessions in six months, directly following the like-minded Alpine EP (KOM 339EP, 2016). Paterson on recording the album: "It got so spontaneous that a track like '9 Elms Over River Eno (Channel 9)' consisted only of material collected at North Carolina's Moogfest in May - second-hand records from local stores, field recordings, live samples from gigs that we liked, and of course an excursion to the Eno River, which actually exists. This geographic intimacy and the spontaneity are among the top reasons why we love this album so much." Fehlmann sees the duo's relentless gigging schedule as a formative influence on the new album: "the countless performances we've played in the last years have brought us closer as a musical unit. The spice of our concerts is improvisation - a fertile process that we've brought to the studio, where we operate with very simple rules of engagement and go wherever the flow takes us." It's an approach that one might expect from traditional acoustic instrumentation, not necessarily an electronic set-up. Once more, The Orb's trademark playfulness is on full display on COW / Chill Out, World! and it doesn't limit itself to the multi-layered sampling and psychedelic sound composites. It's not so much an obscure trope coming full circle as a perfect example for The Orb's multi-timbre approach to sound and meaning - a compelling, immersive journey to diverse places and impressions. Each track title is a conceptual work in its own right, playing with multiple references, some of which remain highly personal and mysterious. But the greatest feat of The Orb's latest outing might just be how all this semantic doodling never gets in the way of the actual listening, at all times directly relating the artists's sonic vitality and cheerful nosiness.
CD $15

Two More KING CRIMSON CD + DVD Reissues:

KING CRIMSON [ROBERT FRIPP/BILL BRUFORD/ADRIAN BELEW/TONY LEVIN] - Beat (40th Anniversary Edition/CD+DVD-A)(DGM 674009; USA) This is the eleventh release in King Crimson's superlative 40th Anniversary series. It features the 2016 stereo and 5.1 surround mixes (by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp), Sid Smith sleeve notes and extra tracks, this is a definitive edition of King Crimson's classic 1982 studio release.
* Mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (fully approved by Robert Fripp).
* CD features a 2016 stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson and also features the track Absent Lovers.
* DVD-A (compatible with all DVD players and DVD Rom players) features a 5.1 DTS mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes.
* DVD-A players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes.
* DVD-A features both the original album mix and the 2016 album mix in High Resolution stereo.
* DVD-A also features the complete album in rough mix form dating from the time of the original sessions.
* DVD-A also includes footage of performances featured on German TV live from The Alabamahalle and the original, rarely seen, promotional film for Heartbeat.
* As with the other 40th Anniversary releases, the set is presented in a double digipak format in a slipcase and contains sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith (along with rare photos and archive material).
The second part of King Crimson's acclaimed and influential Minimalist Ethno-Art-Rock/Post-Punk 1980s trilogy sounding and looking better than ever before.
CD+DVD $23

KING CRIMSON [ROBERT FRIPP/BILL BRUFORD/ADRIAN BELEW/TONY LEVIN] - Three of a Perfect Pair (40th Anniversary Edition/CD+DVD-A)(DGM 6740010; USA) This is the twelfth release in King Crimson's superlative 40th Anniversary series.
Featuring 2016 stereo and 5.1 surround mixes (by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp), Sid Smith sleeve notes and extra tracks, this is a definitive edition of King Crimson's frequently surprising 1984 studio release. Featuring:
* Mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (fully approved by Robert Fripp).
* CD features a 2016 stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson and also features six additional studio tracks.
* DVD-A (compatible with all DVD players and DVD Rom players) features a 5.1 DTS mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes.
* DVD-A players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes.
* DVD-A features both the original album mix and the 2016 album mix in High Resolution stereo.
* DVD-A also features the additional tracks (called Other Side) from the 30th anniversary edition CD.
* DVD-A also includes new additional tracks as featured on the 2016 CD.
* DVD-A includes the promotional film for the Sleepless single.
* As with the other 40th Anniversary releases, the set is presented in a double digipak format in a slipcase and contains sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith (along with rare photos and archive material).
The third part of King Crimson's acclaimed and influential Minimalist Ethno-Art-Rock/Post-Punk 1980s trilogy re-tooled for the 21st Century.
All material featured on this cd/dvda will also appear on a forthcoming box chronicling King Crimson's 1980s material.
CD+DVD $23

Three New Ones from Neos:

PETER RUZICK - Crossing The Border (Neos 11521; Germany) "Music has to learn how to sing again" - this was Peter Ruzicka's formulation as a way out of a creative crisis around 1980. Peter Ruzicka composed the works on Crossing The Border during three different creative periods. The cantata "...Der Die Gesänge Zerschlug..." (Who Shattered the Songs) was created halfway along the path towards his first opera, Celan. Alongside the violin concerto "...Inseln, Randlos" (Islands, Edgeless) and the orchestral piece “Vorgefühle" (Presentiments), it marks a significant predilection, in terms of both musical language and structure, for staged music. "Sturz" (Plunge) was written between the Celan opera and its successor, the music theatre Hölderlin, and went into the music of the second stage work via several metamorphoses. The cello concerto "...Über Die Grenze" (Crossing the Border), closely related to the ensemble piece "Trans", explored the expressive and structural terrain for a new opera before either its essential content or working title were known. Österreichisches Ensemble Für Neue Musik, performing all pieces on Crossing The Border, has dedicated itself to the performance of contemporary music for over 40 years and has established itself internationally as one of the leading ensembles of its kind. With over 300 world premieres since its founding and regular participation at numerous major festivals, the ensemble residing in Salzburg has meanwhile become indispensable on the world's great concert stages. Österreichisches Ensemble Für Neue Musik personnel on Crossing The Border is: Johannes Kalitzke - conductor; Dietrich Henschel - baritone; Peter Sigl - cello.
CD $15

HORST LOHSE - Letzte Dinge. Hieronymus Bosch Triptychon (Neos 11604; Germany) 2016 is the year the world celebrates the 500th year of death of the outstanding Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch (1516). "Hieronymus Bosch's pictorial worlds exercised an immense fascination on me already during my youth, and this has not at all waned over the years", Horst Lohse notated whilst working on his Hieronymus Bosch Triptych. In the parts of this work, composed consecutively over the course of 23 years, he dedicates himself to three elements of the "Madrid Panel" ascribed to Bosch, which came to Spain via Philip II and is today preserved in the Museo del Prado. First of all, the central round picture, "Die Sieben Todsünden" ("The Seven Deadly Sins", 1989), then the four small round pictures in the corners of the panel, "Die Vier Letzten Dinge" ("The Four Last Things", 1996/97) and, finally, the tension between the black base and the center of the middle round picture, "Cave Cave Dominus Videt" (2011/12). Organist, Christoph Maria Moosmann, talks about the recording: "The demands made by the Hieronymus Bosch Triptychon on the instrument are enormous: remote aliquots, two 32' registers, glockenspiel, mechanical stop action, a manual range up to C7 and a sound 'like an echo sounding from afar'. In the case of live performances, the challenge lies in finding individual solutions according to the stop list and the acoustics of the venue, in order to come as close as possible to the sonic visions of the work. For the present recording, the interpreter was interested in finding instruments with which the instructions in the score could be realized as literally as possible. This possibility presented itself for Parts I and III with the three organs of Rottenburg Cathedral. The richness of their colors is immense. Thanks to precise synchronization, it was possible to more or less simultaneously access the three instruments and coordinate their respective expressive spectra ranging from trembling wind sounds to almost surreal, seemingly electronic sounds." Personnel: Christoph Maria Moosmann - organ; Bamberger Symphoniker; Aldo Brizzi - conductor; Robert Hunger-Bühler - voice.
CD $15

TRIO TRANSMITTER - Camera Obscura (Neos 11617; Germany) Trio Transmitter plays current music, for and about the present day. Through a large number of preparations and expanded playing techniques, the three musicians coax highly differentiated and very personal sounds from their instruments. The most varied objects, such as record players, megaphones and additional recordings, enrich the sonic possibilities, becoming integral parts of the compositions. An important factor in this is the collaboration with the composers, who are engaged in constant exchange with the ensemble even in the compositional process. Since its founding in 2012, the Trio Transmitter has commissioned and premiered diverse compositions, receiving a furtherance prize of the Initiative New Music Berlin in 2015. Camera Obscura features compositions by Florian Bergmann (with texts by Ronald D. Laing), Markus Wettstein, Nuria Núñez Hierro, Hanna Hartman and Benedikt Bindewald. Trio Transmitter are: Florian Bergmann - bass clarinet; Benedikt Bindewald - violin and viola; Alba Gentili-Tedeschi - piano. Additional personnel on Camera Obscura: Jonathan Sheratte, Rilli Willow - voices on "Knots I"; Sarah Saviet, Benoit Pitre - voices on "Knots I" & "Knots II"; Georg Bochow - countertenor on "Knots III".
CD $15

Three More Discs from the Irish Modern Classical label - Ergodos:

ERGODOS MUSICIANS - I Call To You (Ergodos 009; Ireland) Ergodos Musicians present I Call to You. I Call to You is a record of music inspired by baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, and performed by the Dublin-based group Ergodos Musicians. A project conceived in the darker moments of Ireland's financial crisis, this is music that underlines a sense of hope, and renewal. "... perhaps the most important record of new Irish music released this year. Five stars." -- RTÉ Ten. "... characteristically intelligent, inquisitive and full of altogether beguiling sounds. With baroque sensibilities left intact, the overall tone here is contemplative and quietly celebratory ... one of the year's most beautiful and moving discs. Five stars." - Classical Ear.
CD $15

JONATHAN SAGE - Counterpoint (Ergodos 010; Ireland) Jonathan Sage presents Counterpoint. A captivating release by one of England's finest young musicians combining three different approaches to counterpoint, an elemental musical technique running through centuries of music. Compositions by Steve Reich, Johann Sebastian Bach and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly. "In every track Jonathan's playing is excellent [...] I found myself listening to ['Another Country' by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly] time after time. Excellent! - Kenneth Morris, Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine.
CD $15

TONER QUINN & MALACHY BOURKE - Live At The Steeple Sessions (Ergodos 011; Ireland) Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke present Live At The Steeple Sessions. Appearing together for the first time in many years, fiddle duo Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke performed Dublin's Unitarian Church in June 2011. This is a record of that concert - a document of two of Ireland's finest traditional musicians re-visiting and evolving a shared, highly personal language. "A distilled delight." - The Irish Times.
CD $15

ABAYOMY AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA/CHINESE COOKIE POETS/AVA ROCHA/NEGRO LEO/ Various Artists Collection - Real Rio (Mais Um Discos 033; UK) A compilation of new left-field pop, rock, folk, electronic, baile funk, noise and experimental music from artists born or living in Rio de Janeiro, the "Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvellous City)". Real Rio is compiled by Chico Dub, the curator of Rio de Janeiro's acclaimed experimental music festival Novas Frequencias. Chico says: "The aim is to showcase the best of the independent music scene from Rio: rock, noise, house, drone, new styles of baile funk, Afro-beat, pop. We want to dispel the myth of a city dominated by easy listening bossa nova and show just how broad Rio's sound palette is". Disc one introduces artists such as Ava Rocha, Ricardo Dias Gomes, Negro Leo and Meia Banda who are creating national awareness of Rio's lo-fi alternative scene, whilst B Negão, Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra and Andre Sampaio are at the forefront of a local Afro-influenced movement whilst veteran artists Elza Soares and Arto Lindsay are bringing elements of these scenes into the Brazilian music mainstream. On disc two Ceticências, Superficie and Eric Alves represent Rio's evolving downbeat electronic scene whilst Leo Justi, Marginal Men and Woo create twisted new club sounds influenced by baile funk and Cadu Tenorio, Bemônio and Chelpa Ferro push local experimental music into unexpected directions limits. Whilst the tracks included represent the new wave of Rio music, there are links to the older generation - Opala's Maria Luiza Jobim is the youngest daughter of Antonio Carlos Jobim (the Brazilian composer wrote the music for "The Girl from Ipanema"), Ricardo Dias Gomes played bass on Caetano Veloso's last three studio albums and Ava Rocha is the daughter of acclaimed "Cinema Novo" Brazilian film director, actor and writer Glauber Rocha. Real Rio is the fourth compilation from respected UK-based Brazilian label Mais Um Discos. Their compilations have re-defined the international view of Brazilian contemporary music scene with releases such as Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! (MAIS 001CD, 2010), Daora: Underground Sounds Of Urban Brazil (MAIS 016, 2013) and Rolê: New Sounds Of Brazil (MAIS 026CD, 2014). Real Rio is the latest chapter in Mais Um Discos quest to uncover Brazil's astonishing contemporary music scene. Comes in gatefold digipack. Edition of 1000 (hand numbered). Also features. Bruno Cosentino, Os Ritmistas, Lila, Seletores de Frequência, Otto, Os Afromandinga, Goma-Laca, Lucas Santtana, Benjão, Supercordas, Marginal Men, Omulu, Erica Alves, Ilustradora Carmen Alves, Carrot Green, Manara, Repetentes 2008, Jucara Marcal, Chinese Cookie Poets.
2 CD Set $19

VAUDOU GAME - Kidayu (Hot Casa 046; France) When recording Kidayu, the album from Vaudou Game, Peter Solo immersed his Lyon companions in the flourishing Afro-beat rhythms of the 1970s along with traditional song. Marked at times by James Brown-style shouts, Kidayu pairs voodoo harmonies with funk and blues. Born in Aného-Glidji, Togo, the birthplace of the Guin tribe and a major site of the Voodoo culture, Peter Solo was raised with this tradition's values of respect for all forms of life and the environment. At an early age, he made a makeshift guitar, and his music propelled him into the spotlight. Mastering traditional percussion instruments, his desire to discover the world and to carry his practice forward led him to England, where he became immersed in gospel music and then to France, where he calls home today. The idea of integrating the haunting voodoo lines, sung in honor of the divinities, into energetic '70s Afro-funk, is, in Solo's mind, an obvious extension of the analogy he found between this voodoo tradition and trance inducers such as the soul, funk, and rhythm 'n blues of James Brown and Otis Redding. Solo had a vision of codifying the musical scales that are found in sacred songs of Beninese and Togolese vodun music. Entirely produced, recorded, mixed and mastered using vintage material and instruments produced in the '70s, old cassette tapes were the "grigris" (or lucky charms) which proved most effective to ward off digital corruption of their music and allow them to thrive as a tight-knit group. "Kidayu" means "sharing" in Kabye, the language spoken in northern Togo, and sharing, is the philosophy of Vaudou Game. In songs like "Natural Vaudou", "Chérie Nye" and "La vie c'est bon", the unbeatable trance rhythm inherited from James Brown and Fela Kuti are evident. Across Kidayu, Vaudou Game sound like the big bands from the golden age of Ethiopian dance music but it's in songs like "La dette", "Revolution" and "Elle décide" where they show their greatest inspiration - James Brown. In using the original form of ecstatic voodoo rituals, he decorates his songs with guitars, keyboards, bass, rhythms and counter rhythms, and a steaming pair of brass. On Kidayu, Solo is joined by: Vicente Fritis - keyboards/backing vocals; Jerôme Bartolome - saxophone/percussions/backing vocals; Guilhem Parguel - trombone/percussions/backing vocals; Simon Bacroix - bass/backing vocals; Hafid Zouaoui - drums; Stephane Pauze - sound engineer.
CD $15

Historic & Archival Recordings, Restocks & Reissues:

TIM BUCKLEY - Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions (Future Days Recordings 631; USA) "In 1967, the face of rock was changing. In that year alone there were debut albums from The Velvet Underground, The Doors, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Beatles had combined orchestration with their music -- the result was Sgt. Peppers in June, the same month that Tim Buckley recorded Goodbye And Hello. Buckley was no longer just another singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar; he was drenched in acid-folk tinges of harpsichord and harmonium. Lyricist Larry Beckett embellished Tim's songs with introspective lyrics at times, worldly views at others. It was the first major triumph for Tim as an album artist, partially because there were a remarkable amount of pre-production demos that led to it. Available here for the first time are these newly discovered master tapes, recorded by Goodbye And Hello's producer Jerry Yester, along with an ultra-rare acetate, found to be in co-songwriter (and best friend) Beckett's possession. Of the 13 previously unreleased solo acoustic songs contained here, six of them did eventually appear with more expansive instrumentation on Goodbye And Hello (along with another four not included here). However, the crown jewel of this package is seven never-before-heard compositions. These will be new to even the most devoted Buckley fan. Arguably, two of them crept out decades after Tim's death (albeit, much different recordings than what you have here) but with little fanfare. So much has been written about Tim Buckley but so little of it by people who actually knew him. This booklet, however, includes a detailed interview with both Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester, providing real insight on how these recordings came to be and attempting to uncover the man behind all the myths, the real Tim Buckley. Several rarities releases in the 1980s and '90s shed light on his talent, especially the live recordings, but all of the studio material has generally been alternative versions of songs that fans already knew - until now. This is the first-ever posthumous release that reveals a wealth of previously unreleased and unheard tracks from Tim at the peak of his career. In short, you need this! 13 previously unissued solo acoustic demos. Remastered from the original analog tapes and acetate. Book includes in-depth interview with Buckley's lyricist Larry Beckett."
CD $16
LP $24

PSYCHIC TV - Fishscales Falling: A Smorgasbord ov Delights - Mixtape Volume 1
(Sweet Nothing 059; UK) Born in 1981 from industrial music progenitors Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV is fronted by Throbbing Gristle cofounder, anti-hero, artist, and pandrogyne Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Psychic TV is particularly known for its intense and visceral live performances and for a creative lineage that includes such cultural luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Derek Jarman, and Timothy Leary, among others. In 2003, New York-based artist and musician Edley ODowd gently persuaded Genesis to rekindle their desire to perform and create music as Psychic TV. The result has been a run of concerts and releases as Psychic TV and PTV3, many recordings of which were made available digitally though Dais Records on January 22, 2016 -- many for the first time ever in a digital format outside of a 2014 self-released flash drive. To commemorate the release of this catalogue, the band has put together Fishscales Falling: A Smorgasbord ov Delights, a compilation of live recordings, demos, outtakes, and other material from 2003 through 2016. Originally released as an LP for Record Store Day 2016. Includes a CD-only bonus track.
CD $16

KING JAMMY - Dubbing At King Tubby's (Jamaican Recordings 063; UK) Jamaican Recordings selects a set of tunes that were rebuilt with King Jammy at the controls for Dubbing At King Tubby's. Prince Jammy became a king while cutting his musical teeth working for the dub master himself, King Tubby. In that old Jamaican way, when everyone in Jamaica was given a new name to work with, Prince Jammy so impressed his colleagues that he rose from a prince to a king. Both names were given to him by producer Bunny "Striker" Lee. Out of the many protégés that trained and worked at King Tubby's, Scientist, Pat Kelly, Phillip Smart to name a few, it was King Jammy's work that was the mainstay.
CD $15

AMALGAM CDs Back in Stock + A Few Other FMR’s:

There was a recent primer/spotlight on Spontaneous Music Ensemble (SME) & Amalgam in The Wire (October, 2016) which is essential reading for those of us interested in the history/evolution of British Avant/Improv/Free/Jazz from the sixties onwards. Serious collectors know to check each & every disc by SME (around two dozen!?!) and Amalgam (9 or 10), as well as other solo & group efforts by John Stevens and Trevor Watts (too many to name here). We just got back in four Amalgam Cds and each one is essential in different ways…

AMALGAM [TREVOR WATTS/JOHN STEVENS/JEFF CLYNE/BARRY GUY] - Prayer for Peace (FMR 96; UK) Outstanding early studio session from May of 1969 from an all-star SME offshoot trio featuring Trevor Watts on alto sax, John Stevens on drums, Jeff Clyne and Barry Guy (title piece only) on contrabasses. This is an aptly titled work - immensely spiritual, free flowing and sublimely cosmic. Trevor Watts has said of the title track, 'The mood of Prayer for Peace' is a very strong part of my musical personality The theme came to me during an improvisation. Afterwards I rememberedit because the feeling was so beautiful for me I wanted to recreate it, and give the feeling of peace and beauty to others'.The FMR label is becoming more difficult to get and keep in stock, so grab this soon if it tickles your fancy.
CD $14

AMALGAM [TREVOR WATTS/STEVE HAYTON/PETE COWLING/LIAM GENOCKEY] - Another Time (FMR 116; UK)Featuring Trevor Watts (alto & soprano saxophones), Steve Hayton (guitar), Pete Cowling (bass guitar), Liam Genockey (drums). First time outing on CD for this classic Amalgam recording originally released on Berlin's Vinyl Records in 1976. Trevor Watts heads a highly experienced line up which includes Steve Hayton on guitar, the bass guitar of Pete Cowling and the confident drumming of Liam Genockey and features six mostly Watts composed original quartet pieces.
CD $14

AMALGAM [TREVOR WATTS/DAVE COLE/HARRY MILLER/LIAM GENOCKEY] - Deep (FMR 120; UK) F**king incredible! Featuring Trevor Watts on alto sax, Dave Cole on electric guitar, Harry Miller on contrabass and Liam Genockey on drums. Recorded on November 17th of 1977 at Riverside Studio and without a doubt on the most astonishing dates we've heard in quite a long while! - BLG/DMG
CD $14

AMALGAM [TREVOR WATTS/WILLIAM KUHNECOLIN McKENZIE/LIAM GENOCKEY] - Mad (FMR 267; UK)Featuring Trevor Watts on saxes, Willem Kuhne on electric piano, Colin McKenzie on bass and Liam Genockey on drums. Recorded live in 1977. This is the 9th Amalgam disc released on FMR and each one has been a different and distinctive gem. Amalgam was saxist Trevor Watts' ever-evolving band both during and after he left the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Amalgam had first an acoustic period with bassists Jeff Clyne or Barry Guy and guests like Keith Tippett. Their electric period featured the same rhythm team of Colin Mackenzie on electric bass and Liam Genockey on drums with different electric guitarists Dave Cole, Steve Layton and even Keith Rowe from AMM. 'Mad' seems to be the one Amalgam disc with an electric piano, Willem Kuhne, replacing the electric guitar. When Trevor left SME, he moved more into the (cosmic) groove. Hence, the electric version of Amalgam always had a great groove in the center of whatever they did. Although you can tell that this disc was taken from vinyl, the sound is still just right. The rhythm team has a consistent, joyous, somewhat funky vibe which is both in-the-pocket and mutating at the same time. Trevor does a fabulous job of riding the groove and soloing with infectious glee on top. "Jive" is fast and furious tune that approaches that over-the-top fusion intensity level. With the rhythm team slamming hard, Trevor spins cascading lines of notes as if he is running a race or being pursued some monster about to swallow him whole. Mr. Kuhne also takes a smokin' solo, giving Trevor a run for his money, as does bassist Colin Mackenzie. . The second side of the album, consists of the two-part "Berlin Wall" and "Mad". On "Berlin Wall," Trevor almost sounds like a horse as he solos (whinnies) on top of another slower yet still celebratory groove. Drummer, Liam Genockey, was also a member of Trevor's next band, the Moire Music Society which included African musicians as well. Listening to this creative groove wonder, I can hear the connection between Amalgam and MMS. I dig the way the sax and piano are always interconnected, soloing and working their way around one another seamlessly. Amalgam is/are a powerful quartet that must've really been a joy to witness live, too bad we can't just jump into a time machine and check them out live. In the meantime, this disc will have to do. - BLG
CD $14

PAUL DUNMALL/PAT THOMAS/MARK SANDERS - Descent III (FMR 354; UK)Featuring Paul Dunmall on tenor & soprano sax, Pat Thomas on piano and Mark Sanders on drums. Although UK sax titan Paul Dunmall has recorded with master drummer Mark Sanders on some twenty previous discs, this is his first recorded outing with keyboard wiz and author Pat Thomas. Dunmall playing with pianists is very rare (outside the excpetion of Keith Tippett in the Mujician quartet). Mr. Thomas is an immensely diverse and creative keyboard player who has worked with the likes of Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Charles hayward, Gail Brand and the Mancini Project. This session was recorded at Birmingham Conservatoire in February of 2013. Like most (all?) discs from Mr. Dunmall on the FMR label, this is an all improvised affair and a powerful one at that. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

THE MANCINI PROJECT [PAT THOMAS/SIMON H. FELL/HAN BENNINK/STEVE NOBLE] - Views of Mancini (FMR 263; UK) Featuring Simon H. Fell on double bass, prerecordings & direction, Pat Thomas on piano, Steve Noble on turntables & manipulations and Han Bennink on drums. I was a bit surprised to see Simon Fell, British bassist, composer and label head, do a tribute to the influential, sixties-based American film composer, Henry Mancini. Although, this strange quartet does actually cover seven of Mancini's themes, their versions are reconstructed and often mutated beyond recognition. The immensely corny, "Days of Wine & Roses" consists of layers of samples, recordings, piano and (brushes on) drums. I dig the way the quartet spins their web of sounds all over but I am not sure that the melody of the song actually appears anywhere in the mix. These pieces do have a cinematic vibe/sound. On "Charade" we hear the subtle melody played skeletally on piano, bass and drums, while Mr. Noble spins in soft layers of eerie samples like a web of wonders. On "Moon River" (an even cornier song), we hear the soundtrack music from a scratchy record in confused layers while Mr. Thomas adds another layer of piano as a connected dialogue to this strange dreamscape. "Peter Gunn" has many layers of warped sounds like falling in a vat of molasses. Han Bennink is often the central player hear, his drums providing the only anchor the real world. There are two mainly improvised pieces here that are free yet still focused but without a cinematic theme holding them together. Two of my and most folks favorite Mancini themes are found here as well, "The Pink Panther" and "A Shot in the Dark". Both are also turned inside out and often warped beyond recognition, yet still have a dramatic aura that makes them feel like a soundtrack to movie for your mind. I get the feeling that it take a bit of time to fully appreciate all of the (buried) references and engaging ideas that Simon H. Fell and his colleagues have sown into this bizarre treasure. - BLG
CD $14

Two Recent CD’s from Leo Records, Both Sold Out & Now Back in Stock:

FRANK GRATKOWSKI / SIMON NABATOV / ALEXEY KRUGLOV / OLEG YUDANOV - Leo Records 35th Anniversary Moscow (Leo 719; UK) The title says it all. The 3rd international Leo Records Festival in Russia. DOM, The Moscow Cultural Centre, is filled to capacity. The whole intellectual Moscow is there, 400 people are buzzing with anticipation. Two Germans; Frank Gratkowski (saxes) and Simon Nabatov (piano) and two Russians; Alexey Kruglov (saxes) and Oleg Yudanov (drums) are going to play their first gig together. They start as four individuals but the level of musicianship is so high, the telepathic understanding of each other is so complete, the response of the audience is so great, they finish as a German-Russian free jazz quartet. This is the triumph of new music.
CD $16

PETER FREY - DANIEL STUDER With JOHN BUTCHER/GERRY HEMINGWAY/HANS KOCH/MAGDA MAYAS/GIANCARLO SCHIAFFINI/CHRISTIAN WEBER/ et al - Zurich Concerts - 15 Years of Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey [2 CD Set](Leo 750/751; UK) Featuring the contrabass duo of Peter K Frey and Daniel Studer with guests John Butcher on saxes, Jacques Demierre on piano, Gerry Hemingway on drums, Harald Kimmig on violin, Hans Koch on bass clarinet, Magda Mayas on piano, Giancarlo Schiaffini on trombone, Jan Schegel on electric bass, Michael Seigner on electric guitar, Christian Weber on bass and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello. Contrabass duos are still relatively rare although I have heard the Marks Brothers (Helias & Dresser), as well as several duos with Peter Kowald: William Parker, Barry Guy and Damon Smith. This bass duo has been together for 15 years. I don’t know very much about either bassist although both have worked with Christopher Gallio. Each piece of this double disc set features either 1 or 2 guests and as mach as five on one section. I recognize half of the names of the musicians here (Hemingway, Butcher & Koch), but at least a new name for me (Seigner). A number of these musicians are Swiss and can be heard on labels: Intakt, Leo and Percasso. Each guest musician brings their own sound and improv approach to the bass duo. The sonic interplay is often fascinating and always changing depending on who is featured. Legendary Italian trombonist Schiaffini and Hans Koch are up first and work together quite well. All four players spin several lines around one another, blending and bending and weaving impressively. Berlin based pianist, Magda Mayas, is known by those have heard her inside-the-piano explorations, but is under-recorded. She fits extremely well here,rubbing strings with objects of some sort which sounds right when the bassist are bowing or plucking their strings in similar ways. The second disc has three long trios with Gerry Hemingway, John Butcher and Jacques Demierre. Each of these are strong and spirited as each of these men are master improvisers. Extraordinary! Hemingway sounds like he is playing with his old partner bassist Mark Dresser since both bassists here also deal with similar extended technique sonic palette. The trio with John Butcher is nearly thirty minutes long and takes time to evolve. Even on their own without a guest, the two bassist sound fine exploring the contrabasses together. There hasn’t been a double CD on Leo in a long while. This one is filled with captivating sounds so spend some time with it. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $30


LP Only Section:

HENRY THREADGILL/ZOOID - In for a Penny, In for a Pound (Pi Recordings 58; USA) Zooid currently features Henry Threadgill on alto sax, flutes & compositions, Jose Davila on trombone & tuba, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Elliot Humberto Kavee on drums & percussion. Pi Recordings began in 2001 with two great recordings by Henry Threadgill, one from each of his bands, Make a Move (their final) and Zooid (their debut). In the fourteen years since then, Pi has released three more single discs from Zooid, each a few years apart. Mr. Threadgill likes to take his time so that each disc is a perfected for him and a cause for celebration for us, his dedicated listeners. Since the last Zooid CD, there has been a change in personnel with the loss of bassist Stomu Takeishi, who was the only member of Threadgill's previous band to move to Zooid. The program consists of six sections which include four quintets with Threadgill's three reeds interwoven into the different sections. Each quintet piece features one member plus there are two introduction interludes which begin each disc. Considering how long Zooid has been together, you do get the feeling of how well Mr. Threadgill's music and vision have become more and more successful. The music is chamber-like in sound, which works well since all of the instruments are acoustic and exquisitely recorded. A theme is stated in the opening section by Threadgill and then expanded by one of the other players in the other, longer sections. Mr. Davila often switches roles between playing bass-like parts as well as interacting with the rest of the quintet and getting a chance to stretch out for one long feature on Disc 2. Zooid sound better than ever here and one can hear the way certain themes are well developed in different sections. Zooid have consistently evolved and matured. They have their own sound and approach. This release might just be their greatest treasure yet. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 LP Set $25

TYSHAWN SOREY With TODD NEUFELD/THOMAS MORGAN - Koan [2 LP Set / LTD Edition] (482 Music 1091; USA) Includes additional material not found on the CD version. Featuring Todd Neufeld on guitars, Thomas Morgan on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums & compositions. When young drum wiz & composer, Tyshawn Sorey curated The Stone in a last month (August, 2009), we got a chance to see & hear how diverse this wonderful musician and composer has become in the past few years since appeared on the scene. I caught Tyshawn on some half dozen nights and was knocked out on various levels. Although Tyshawn has worked with a large number of collaborators like Vijay Iyer, Fieldwork, Kali Fasteau, Michael Dessen, John Escreet, Jacan Manricks, Steve Lehman and Anthony Braxton, this is only Tyshawn's second disc as a leader. Tyshawn composed or co-composed all six pieces on this disc. Mr. Sorey has a unique way of stretching his pieces out and suspending time. On "Awakening", it is as if we are floating in a dream-world with some Loren Mazzacane-like shimmering notes hanging in the air. When Tyshawn finally enters it is with a cosmic reverberating splash. The pieces are both ultra-subtle and often mesmerizing. What makes this trio unique is that pieces sound written or planned and not like any other jazz guitar trio that I've heard. I didn't know of their guitarist, Todd Neufeld before this, but did know Thomas Morgan from his work with Paul Motian, Dave Binney, Joey Baron and John Abercrombie. It takes some patience to appreciate what is special about this music since nothing hits you over the head. There is something most enchanting about this in the way that things unfold with delicacy and grace. The real creativity happens in between the cracks and in unexpected places. This is music to be savored for quiet reflection. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
2 LP Set $20

MY SILENCE [JASON STEIN/NICK BUTCHER/MIKE REED+SHARON VAN ETTEN] - It Only Happens at Night (482 Music 1078; USA) Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Nick Butcher (electronics, turntable, guitar, keyboards), Mike Reed (drums, bass, baritone ukulele, editing), Sharon Van Etten (voice). "I assembled the trio My Silence specifically for the opportunity to play with two of my favorite improvisers, Nick Butcher and Jason Stein," says Mike Reed. "After one gathering we decided to book studio time and see what we could get. It was another five months before we'd actually play a gig and figure out how to do it live." It Only Happens at Night was made in three installments over two years. First came a five-hour session of trio improvisations. Reed selected from this material to choose sections that would become the basic tracks of the album. In a second session six months later, additional, composed, parts were recorded either to give the improvisations a song- like quality, or in other instances to further complement the dense, raucous aspects of the improvisations. The recording was thought to be completed until the idea was put forward to add a female voice to some of the material. Reed suggested singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, who he had recently heard and met and been favorably impressed by. Reed says, "She has a great range, a natural ability to find harmony and a unique ability to craft melody." In a fortunate coincidence, Van Etten and Nick Butcher were old friends from Murpheesborro, TN. Van Etten came to Chicago to layer vocal tracks designed by Reed, as a shadow harmony to bass clarinet, for example, or to harmonize with herself on pre-conceived vocal parts. In other instances she improvised wordless cantor-like passages which allowed the music to appear as if it was always designed to have her in and out of the focal point. After layering this material, Reed further edited down her vocal parts and finally the record was complete. My Silence performs as the trio, sometimes with Van Etten's vocals accompanying via computer (and possibly at some point live, if everyone can be in the same place). The trio has also performed with various guests, including Didier Petit, Devin Hoff and Matt Schneider.
LP $10

MIKE McGINNIS With KYOKO KIRTAMURA/SARA SCHOENBECK/KHABU DOUG YOUNG/SEAN MORAN/JASON KAO HWANG/ et al - Angsudden Song Cycle (482 Music 1086; USA) Featuring Mike McGinnis on clarinets & compositions, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, Khahbu Doug Young on cavaquino (small guitar with 4 strings), Sean Moran on acoustic guitar, Jason Kao Hwang on viola, Dan fabricatore on bass, Harris Eisenstadt on drums & vibes and Kyoko Kitamura & Jun Kubo on vocals. Over the past years, I have been noticing the work of local reeds player, Mike McGinnis more and more. He is a member of crafty but under-recognized Four Bags, as well as collaborating with Rob Reddy and Sean Moran. McGinnis also had an earlier CD on the RKM label which I found recently and thought was pretty great. For this disc, Mr. McGinnis has put together a fine octet of Downtowners whose names you should recognize (like Schoenbeck, Eisenstadt & Kitamura). 'Angsudden Song Cycle' was recorded on my birthday (6/19/12) a year ago and sounds like McGinnis has put a great deal of work into composing this work. All of the instruments are acoustic, superbly recorded and the sound is most exquisite. Ms. Kitamura, who has sung here at DMG on several occasions with Ras Moshe, uses her soft, charming voice selectively speaking and singing skeletal story. I love the way blend of the clarinet, acoustic guitars, bassoon, strings and percussion sounds, consistently enchanting. There is a section where the bassoon and vocals play together and actually sound like the same instrument. I love that this music is in between categories, sort of chamber jazz but really it is unique. I reviewed this disc on CD and would imagine that it sounds even better (warmer) on vinyl. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
LP $12

JESSE MAE HEMPHILL - Jessie Mae Hemphill (Mississippi Records 084; USA) "Compilation of great recordings by Jesse Mae Hemphill. Mississippi Hill Country blues at their finest. Jessie Mae rocks out on the electric guitar with minimal percussion. By far some of the best blues recorded in the '80s. Jessie Mae is the granddaughter of the great Sid Hemphill and the torch bearer of one of the most beautiful traditions in the world of music. Co-release with Moi J'Connias. (This LP was previously released by them with a silk screened cover)"
LP $18

ASSAGAI With DUDU PUKWANA - Assagai (Prog Temple PT 8027; UK) Prog Temple present a vinyl reissue of Assagai's self-titled album, originally released in 1971. Assagai's debut for Philips's progressive subsidiary Vertigo was realized in 1971 to quiet applause. Critics soon became favorable as Afro-rock gained a foothold as the "next big thing" and it wasn't long before they would make their (only) appearance on Top of the Pops. Their journey in London's predominantly progressive underground music scene was brief, but also established a further chapter in the annals of Afro-rock alongside Black Velvet, Osibisa, Thor's Anvil, Uhuru and the Cosmic Grass Band. Numerous musical figures were assembled from the South African and Nigerian communities resident in London at the time with contributions from Dudu Pukwana, Fred Coker, Ayinde Folarin (Demon Fuzz) and Fred Fredericks (Jimmy James And The Vagabonds). An unlikely partnership with progressive-folk legends Jade Warrior would provide backing on their 1971 Zimbabwe LP (KH 9012CD), co-writing material for their self-titled debut. Unbeknownst to Jade Warrior at the time, they were part of a combined contract with their label mates. Assagai is as fresh and alive as it was when it was recorded in 1971, hypnotic in its rhythm and tantalizing in its mix of punctured brass and provocative vocals. Their ruthless brand of handsome rhythm offers copious potent vibes, but simultaneously employs a simple narrative achieving an elementary perspective of London's rapidly changing times.
LP $24

ASSAGAI - Zimbabwe (Prog Temple PT 8060; UK) Prog Temple present a reissue of Assagai's Zimbabwe, originally released in 1971. Led by South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, Assagai spearheaded the UK's so-called "Afro-rock" movement in the early '70s. The lost classic Zimbabwe is their second and last album, and originally appeared in the UK only in 1971. Featuring guest appearances from Jade Warrior (who also contribute some songs), Zimbabwe is an extremely funky blast from start to finish. Includes insert. "This is a blast, and will definitely appeal to Afro-rock heads" - Galactic Ramble.
LP $24

MIDWINTER - The Waters of Sweet Sorrow (Prog Temple 8018; UK) Presenting a vinyl reissue of Midwinter's The Waters of Sweet Sorrow, originally released in 1993. Midwinter's now legendary status in the field of acid-folk had only been established when their 1973 demo recordings were unveiled to a wider audience 20 years after their conception. Until then, Midwinter had existed only in local knowledge and in the shadows of Stone Angel, the post-Midwinter outfit whose privately-pressed self-titled album from 1975 (PT 8026CD) has since commanded deserved attention by fans and collectors alike. Also included in this retrospective edition is the earliest-known recordings by Midwinter/Stone Angel front-man Ken Saul, taken from his highly rare and sought-after debut single from 1970. Includes detailed liner notes. Digitally remastered.
LP $24

IMARHAN TIMBUKTU/DINTCHERE/OUSMANE AG OUMAR - Timbuktu Echoes (Clermont Music 013; USA) Imarhan Timbuktu, Dintchéré and Ousmane Ag Oumar present Timbuktu Echoes. Shock, sadness, nostalgia. A world shattered. Acoustic guitars echo the pain of dislocation, the loss of a past and the impediments to the future. Imarhan Timbuktu, renowned Tuareg band from Timbuktu in the Sahara, is featured on five of these ten tracks. Their rhythm guitarist, Ousmane Ag Oumar, contributes two solo pieces. The third group, Dintchéré, are young musicians from Timbuktu. Music doesn't provide the answer. It's only therapy. Waiting in empty rooms, in refugee tents, at campfires in the desert brush. Geopolitics. As always, innocent people are left as collateral damage. Cultures erased. These ten tracks are meditations on hope and despair, haunting with hypnotic guitar grooves. An abruptly reordered world has put dreams on hold. Includes download code.
LP $20

BENEDICT SCHLEPPER-CONNOLLY - The Weathered Stone (Ergodos 026; Ireland) The product of three years of work, The Weathered Stone marks Benedict Schlepper-Connolly out as a voice of compelling individuality. Inspired by the secret histories of landscapes, old maps and memory, this is music that possesses the ecstatic, unforced beauty of the natural world. Across only four tracks, the Dublin composer lays out a many-hued musical statement that is at once minimal and teeming with matter. The monumental opening track, "The Weathered Stone," and the explosive string quartet that follows, "A View From Above," both deal in large, distinct, swathes of music in which a pattern warps elegantly over time. Schlepper-Connolly was inspired here by the corrosion and erosion of building materials and landscapes. He writes: "Landscapes erode, reshape and accumulate; my use of musical material here behaves in a similar way, with musical states exposed to time and altered, often subtly, sometimes more violently." "Beekeepers," which Schlepper-Connolly sings himself, forms the record's intimate core. A song of memory, reflection and renewal, "Beekeepers" reveals new, expansive possibilities latent within Schlepper-Connolly's musical language. These are further explored in the harmonically lush closing track, "Field", which is again inspired by the action of time on the land. "In 'Field'," the composer writes, "musical material is much like earthly material: it retains many of its features over time, but its surface is continually transformed." The Weathered Stone features performances of extraordinary grace and virtuosity, with the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, and pianist Saskia Lankhoorn, and reedman Seán Mac Erlaine, joining Schlepper-Connolly to bring his vivid music to life. Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and producer from Dublin. As a composer, he moves between various musical forms, including chamber music, choral writing, orchestral work, arrangement, songwriting, field recording and music for dance and film. Benedict's compositions frequently seek out an ecstatic quality, with a reduced palette of materials, rich tonal harmonies and rhythmic intricacy.
LP $24

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Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for September of 2016:

THE STONE is located at the NW corner of Avenue C & East 2nd Sts.

THE STONE RESIDENCIES = BRIAN MARSELLA - OCT 11–16

10/14 Friday
8 and 10 pm - iMAGiNARiUM - Brian Marsella (piano, keys) Rich Stein (percussion) Yoni Halevy (drums) Jason Fraticelli (acoustic bass) Shanir Blumenkranz (electric bass, oud, gimbri) John Lee (guitar) Meg Okura (violin) Dan Blankinship (trumpet) Mark Allen (baritone sax, clarinet, flute) Jessica Lurie (alto sax, flute); Official NYC CD-release concert for chapter one: THE CLOCKS HAVE GONE MAD on Red Palace Records

10/15 Saturday
8 and 10 pm - Banquet of the Spirits - Cyro Baptista (percussion) Brian Marsella (piano, keys,) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud, gimbri) John Lee (guitars) Gil Oliveira (drums, percussion)

10/16 Sunday
8 pm An Evening of Duos - Brian Marsella (piano, keys) Cyro Baptista (perc) Erik Friedlander (cello) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Sam Newsome (soprano sax)
10 pm - Brian Marsella Solo (piano) - Playing a mix of original compositions and Zorn Bagatelles.

THE STONE RESIDENCIES - BRIAN CHASE - OCT 18–23

10/18 Tuesday
8 pm - Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano saxes) & Brian Chase (drums)
10 pm-Robbie Lee (flutes, electronics) James Ilgenfritz (acoustic bass) Brian Chase (tuned snare drum, electronics)

10/19 Wednesday
8 pm - Andrea Parkins (accordion, computer, electronics) Brian Chase (drums, electronics)
10 pm - PALE HORSE - Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Chris Hoffman (cello) Brian Chase (drums)

10/20 Thursday
8pm - Alan Licht (guitar) & Brian Chase (drums)
10 pm - Peter Aaron (guitar) & Brian Chase (drums, electronics)

10/21 Friday
8 pm - Susie Ibarra & Brian Chase (drums)
10 pm - Lee Ranaldo (guitar) Susie Ibarra, Brian Chase (drums)

10/22 Saturday
8 pm - Anthony Coleman (piano) & Brian Chase (drums)
10 pm - COLLAPSIBLE SHOULDER - Chris Cochrane (guitar) Kevin Bud Jones (synth, sampler) Kato Hideki (bass) Brian Chase (drums)

10/23 Sunday
8 pm - DRUMS AND DRONES
Brian Chase (tuned snare drum, computer, electronics)
10 pm - Samita Sinha (voice, electronics) Brian Chase (drums)

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 Oct 14
9:00PM & 10:30PM MICHAËL ATTIAS' ELECTRIC NOON - Michaël Attias , alto sax; Matt Mitchell, piano, analog synth; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Kim Cass, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Saturday Oct 15
6:00PM AUDREY SILVER CD RELEASE—JAZZ STANDARDS, ORIGINALS & CONTEMPORARY SONGS - Audrey Silver, vocals; Bruce Barth, piano; Steve LaSpina, bass; Alex Norris, trumpet; Tony Jefferson, drums

Sunday Oct 16
6:00PM THE FRIKATIV QUARTET - Sarah Bernstein, violin/composition; Scott Tixier, violin/composition; Leonor Falcon, viola; Tomeka Reid, cello
8:35PM NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: ARTHUR KAMPELA - Arthur Kampela, voice, guitar; Denise Puricelli, keys, piano; Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet; José Moura, bass

Tues Oct 18th:
8:01PM MATT SLOCUM TRIO, CD RELEASE: TRIO PACIFIC, VOL. 1 - Dayna Stephens, saxes; Steve Cardenas, guitar; Matt Slocum, drums

Wednesday Oct 19
8:01PM JOHN RAYMOND & REAL FEELS CD RELEASE - John Raymond, flugelhorn; Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Colin Stranahan, drums

Thursday Oct 20
8:01PM CLAUDIA QUINTET - Chris Speed, clarinet, tenor sax; Red Wierenga, accordion; Chris Tordini, bass; Matt Moran, vibraphone; John Hollenbeck, drums, comp.

Friday Oct 21
9:00PM & 10:30PM JOHN HÉBERT'S WALKING IN NEW ORLEANS - John Hébert, bass; Michael Pellera, piano; Eric McPherson, drums

Saturday Oct 22
6:00PM PORCH MUSIC BACK FOR THE FIRST TIME - Leslie Goshko, keyboards, vocals; Andy Christie, banjo; Phil Dennison, guitar, mandolin, vocals; Rick Dennis, bass; Chris Sanchez, percussion
9:00PM & 10:30PM GILAD HEKSELMAN ZUPEROCTAVE - Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Gerald Clayton, piano

Sunday Oct 23
6:00PM GEMINI JOURNEY PRESENTS: CITIES OF LIGHT - From Paris to London to the Big Apple! Diane Block, violin; Terry Batts, cello; Fred Simpson, percussion, poet; Barbara Branca; Bernard Block, poets
8:30PM ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: ITAMAR BOROCHOV QUARTET - Itamar Borochov, trumpet; Shai Maestro, piano; Rick Rosato, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums
10:00PM ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: SHACHAR ELNATAN BAND, ONE WORLD CD RELEASE
Shachar Elnatan, guitar; Daniel Schwarzwald, piano; Tal Mashiach, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums

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I-Beam Presents:

Saturday, October 15th 8:30 PM
8:30pm – Half Bandits
Peyton Pleninger – tenor sax
Michel Maurer – drums
9:30pm – Augmented Triad
Aaron Rubinstein – guitar
Jonathan Milberger – tenor sax

Wednesday, October 19th 8:30 PM
Russ Lossing’s KING VULTURE
Adam Kolker, tenor,sop. saxes, bass clarinet
Matt Pavolka, bass
Dayeon Seok, drums
Russ Lossing, piano, compositions

Saturday, November 5th 8:00 PM
Nate Wooley + Joe Morris
Zack Clarke Trio,
Dre Hocevar Surface of Inscription
1st set: Nate Wooley — Joe Morris
2nd set: Zack Clarke Trio
3rd set: Dre Hocevar Surface of Inscription
Michael Foster, saxophones
Weston Olencki, trombone
Charmaine Lee, voice
Dre Hocevar, drums
Elias Stemeseder, piano
Bernardo Barros, electronics

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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Shapeshifter October Schedule:

Oct 14
The Vibe Theory Triple Bill
7p - Broca's Area
- Royal Khaoz
- The Vibe Theory

Oct 16
Rob Reddy's Bechet: Our Contemporary
8:30p doors / 9:00p show - Rob Reddy – soprano saxophone; John Carlson – trumpet; Josh Roseman – trombone; Charlie Burnham – violin; Christopher Hoffman – cello; Marvin Sewell – guitars; Dom Richards – double bass; Pheeroan akLaff – drums.

Oct 17
8:15p - JD Warren & The Rudiment
Dermel Warren-vocals
Wayne Tucker-trumpet
Cesar Orozco-piano
Jake Leckie-bass
Jeremy Warren-drums/composer

Oct 18
7pm - Bob Gingery Group - Bob Gingery bass/composition, Jon Irabagon sax, Mike Baggetta guitar, Jeff Hirshfield
8:15p - Echo Chamber - Adam Holmes (Percussion/co-artistic director)
Kyle Tieman-Strauss (co-artistic director) / Peter Scuderi (Clarinets)
Borah Han (Piano) / Aimee Niemann (Violin)
Aya Terki (Cello) / Douglas Aliano (Bass)
a world premiere by Florent Ghys, as well as music by Brooks Frederickson and Matt Frey
9:30: Peter Lenz’ Lithium
Chris Speed - ts,cl
Keisuke Matsuno - guit
Marty Kenney - b
Peter Lenz - dr/comp

Oct 19
7pm: Aaron Irwin Trio
Aaron Irwin - alto saxophone
Mike Baggetta - guitar
Jeff Hirshfield - drums
8:15pm:Jon Irabagon/Julien Labro Duo
Jon Irabagon - soprano saxophone
Julien Labro - accordion

Oct 20 -21
Sirius Quartet and ShapeShifter+ Present
Progressive Chamber Music Festival
Day 1, Thursday, October 20th, 2016:
Unanimity Music Collective (Stelios Mihas, gtr; Daniel Carter, winds; Vasko Dukovski, clarinets; Jeff Harshbarger, bass; George Spanos, drums)
Pauline Kim Harris of String Noise
RighteousGIRLS (Gina Izzo, flute and electronics; Erika Dohi, piano)
Seven)Suns (Earl Maneein, violin/viola; Amanda Lo, violin; Fung Chern Hwei, violin/viola; Jennifer DeVore, violoncello)

Day 2, Friday, October 21st, 2016
Cruche Trio - (Shoko Nagai, piano; Gregor Huebner, violin; Jonathan Goldberger, guitar)
Warp Trio - (Mikael Darmanie, piano; Ju Young Lee, violoncello; Josh Henderson, violin)
Mark Feldman (violin) and Sylvie Couvoisier (piano)
Sirius Quartet - (Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, violoncello)
Set 1: 7-7:40pm
Set 2: 8-8:40pm
Set 3: 9-9:40pm
Set 4: 10-10:40pm

Oct 23
7pm: A Night of Jazz and Hip-Hop Chamber Music for Strings
8:15p - Benjamin Sutin's Big String Band (7-8pm) & J.etzine

Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop

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Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House
Concerts, Sept-Dec 2016

Saturday, October 15, 8:00 p.m. – Strings and Things!
Hank Roberts Sextet: Hank Roberts, cello; Dana Lyn, violin; Mike McGinnis; reeds; Brian Drye, trombone; Jacob Sacks, piano; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 p.m. – From the Windy City Scene!
Jason Stein’s Hearts & Minds: Jason Stein, bass clarinet; Paul Giallorenzo, synthesizer, pianet; Chad Taylor drums

Thursday, November 3, 8:00 p.m. – Hot New Trio!
Anna Webber’s Simple Trio - Anna Webber, saxophones; Matt Mitchell, piano; John Hollenbeck, drums

Friday, November 4, 8:00 p.m. – Beautiful New Ensemble!
Oded Lev-Ari Group: Oded Lev-Ari, conductor; full band lineup, TBA

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m. – In Praise of Ornette!
Fay Victor’s In Praise of Ornette: Fay Victor, voice, arrangements, text; Darius Jones, alto saxophone; Kenny Wessel, electric guitar; Sean Conly, double-bass

Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. – Guitar Double-Bill!
Mike Baggetta Trio + Anders Nilsson Trio: Mike Baggetta, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass; Billy Mintz, drums; Anders Nilsson, guitar; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Ken Filiano, double-bass

Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m. – Great Quintet!
Dave Scott Quintet: Dave Scott, trumpet; Rich Perry, tenor saxophone; Gary Versace, piano; John Hébert, double-bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums

Thursday, December 15, 8:00 p.m. – Powerhouse Double-Bill!
Mara Rosenbloom Trio + Sean Conly’s Re: Action+1
Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Sean Conly, double-bass; Chad Taylor, drums
Sean Conly, double-bass; Michaël Attias & Tony Malaby, saxes; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Greenwich House Music School:
46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South in New York City’s West Village; / www.greenwichhouse.org, 212-242-4770

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Spectrum Presents:

Friday 14 October
7 PM - Kris Wettstein and Andrew Jameson
"Solo piano sets reimagining the tradition of Gospel music."

Saturday 15 October
8:30 - Acoustic Frontiers: Michael Lytle, Robert Dick and James Ilgenfritz
Robert Dick — low flutes (and high)
Michael Lytle — bass clarinet
James Ilgenfritz — bass

Sunday 16 October
3 PM - Teodora Stepancic
Tom Johnson: Networks
Stepančić.Gidron duo: piano, keyboards, sine tones

Tuesday 18 October
7 PM - Dre Hočevar Surface of Inscription/Nate Wooley Quartet/Lester St.Louis Large Ensemble/Sam Newsome

Friday 21 October
7 PM - Ambient-Chaos Event with Robert Pepper

Saturday 22 October
7 PM - Sky Macklay Composer Portrait in Contemporary Insights

Saturday 22 October
9 PM - Scapegoat

Sunday 23 October
3 PM - Eliot Cardinaux - Eliot, who will be visiting from the New England Conservatory in Boston, will be presenting two distinct and distinctive programs involving both through-composed and improvised music, one on 23 October, and one on 30 October.

Sunday 23 October
7 PM - Mivos Quartet

Spectrum NYC
121 Ludlow #2
New York, NY 10002

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JOHN ZORN’s Music & Performances for October, 2016, Three Next Week:

OCT 20 - COMPOSER PORTRAIT AT MILLER THEATRE at Columbia University - 8pm - Five Premiers! - (check: //www.millertheatre.com/events/john-zorn-2016)

OCT 22 - BAGATELLES SHUFFLE CONCERT AT NATIONAL SAWDUST - 20 BANDS!!!
(check://nationalsawdust.org/event/multi-john-zorns-ultimate-bagatelles-marathon)
BAGATELLES QUARTET: JOHN ZORN / DAVE DOUGLAS / TREVOR DUNN / KENNY WOLLESEN
JULIAN LAGE-GYAN RILEY
JIM BLACK TRIO
TRIGGER
CRAIG TABORN SOLO
KRIS DAVIS
IKUE MORI
NOVA QUARTET
CHRIS OTTO-MARK FELDMAN
MATT HOLLENBERG QUARTET

INTERMISSION

MARY HALVORSON QUARTET
ERIK FRIEDLANDER-MICHAEL NICOLAS
JAMIE SAFT TRIO
DITHER
JON IRABAGON
SYLVIE COURVOISIER AND MARK FELDMAN
JIM BLACK GUITAR QUARTET
BRIAN MARSELLA
HARRIS EISENSTADT TRIO
JOHN MEDESKI

OCT 23 - 24 - COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE AT THE GUGGENHEIM
(www.guggenheim.org/event/commedia-dell-arte) Ticketing link: //guggenheim.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=893030 USE CODE “ZORN” TO ACCESS $20 TICKETS
Schedule:
1. HARLEQUIN (2014) 6’00
Tara O'Connor - flute
Josh Rubin - clarinet, bass clarinet
Rebekah Heller - bassoon
Kyle Armbrust - viola
2. COLOMBINA (2015) 6’00
Sarah Brailey - voice
Eliza Bagg - voice
Rachel Calloway - voice
Kirsten Sollek - voice
3. SCARAMOUCHE (2015) 6’00
Steve Gosling - piano
Shanir Blumenkranz - bass
Tyshawn Sorey - drums
4. PULCINELLA (2015) 5’30"
American Brass Quintet
Kevin Cobb - trumpet
Louis Hanzlik - trumpet
Eric Reed - horn
Michael Powell - trombone
John D. Rojak - bass trombone
5. PIERROT (2015) 6'30
Jay Campbell - cello
Mike Nicolas - cello
Jeff Zeigler - cello
Mihai Marica - cello