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DMG Newsletter for Friday, August 31st, 2018

The Summer is Ending and the Heat is Sizzling
100 Degrees Yesterday Here in NJ, Where I dwell
Have We Made Mother Nature Angry or is it Just the Way Things Are?!?
Does Climate Change seem Obvious or Not?
Is there more Calamities and Natural Disasters happening around the planet?
Or is this what the (fake) news wants us to Think? Is this the New Normal?
Can’t wait for Fall and the Cool Weather to Wash Over Us…
So Let us Savor Some New Music, Many Sonic Treasures from:

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey! Michael Musillami Trio Jason Robinson & Kirk Knuffke! Peter Madsen’s Seven Sins Ensemble! The Skopje Connection Meets Ernst Reijseger! Don Fiorino & Andy Haas! Asmus Teitchens! Keiji Haino & Konstrukt!

Archival Discs from The John Cipollina and Nick Gravenites Band! John McLaughlin’s My Goal’s Beyond! Creative Music Studio 1981: Anthony Braxton / Chick Corea / Pat Metheny..! Faust ‘Tapes’, Univers Zero!

Plus a Great Big ReR CD Sale: Art Bears! Biota! Camberwell Now! Chris Cutler & Fred Frith! Henry Cow! News from Babel! Goebbels & Harth! Christian Marclay! Mnemomists! The Necks! Sun Ra! Slapp Happy and The Work..!

Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery - FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

Sunday, September 2nd - Rare Labor Day Weekend Triple-Header!
6pm: CHARMAINE LEE / BEN BENNETT - Vocals & Percussion
7pm: KYOKO KITAMURA / LEONID GALAGANOV - Vocals / Percussion & Shakuhachi
8pm: CARLOS QUEBRADA / NICOLAS DEL AQUILA from Nicotina les Primavera

Sunday, September 9th:
6pm: SAMDY: SANDY EWEN / SAM WEINBERG - Guitar on Lap & Sax!
7pm: JOSH SINTON / GUILLERMO GREGORIO - Baritone Sax & Bass Clarinet / Clarinet!

Sunday, September 23rd:
DERIC DICKENS - Two Saxes / Guitar / Drums

Sunday, September 30th:
6pm: HANS TAMMEN and CHRISTOPH IRMER - Buchla Synth and Violin

Sunday, October 7th:
6pm: SHANE PARRISH & FRANK MEADOWS - Guitar & ContraBass

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


Free Concert This Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 pm.

At the Union Pool -
484 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211
Union Pool is accessible from the Lorimer St. Station L subway
or the Metropolitan Ave. G subway trains.
This is the concert postponed from June 23, 2018.


This Week’s Gems Begin with this Great Duo:

INGRID LAUBROCK / TOM RAINEY - Utter (Relative Pitch 1076; USA) Featuring Ingrid Laubrock on soprano & tenor sax and Tom Rainey on drums. This is the third duo disc from Downtown’s great couple and they have continued to improve, evolve and explore. In addition to be being married, Ms. Laubrock and Mr. Rainey, often work together in each others projects: Tom Rainey Trio, Sleepthief, Anti-House and Obbligato. While each of these projects are successful in their own ways, it is the duo where these two highly creative musicians must balance their talents in perfect sync. What makes this disc different from the first two is that the duo had decided to compose pieces for their second extended tour instead of mainly improvising, so this disc is the results: partially written and recorded in a Brooklyn studio. Right from the gitgo, we can hear the duo thinking together, the tenor and drums are tightly wound, intricate in the way the move, expanding, interweaving like a fascinating, heated conversation. Although many fans give credit to Joey Baron for the unique way he plays his drums set with just his hands (on a number of Masada songs), Tom Rainey has been doing this for just as long and is also a master at this technique. Watching Mr. Rainey play live reveals his unique approach to the drums, an organic magic that is his own. On this disc, we hear Mr. Rainey rubbing the surfaces of his drums, tapping lightly and creating several layers of nuanced percussion. Since moving to New York, Ms. Laubrock’s sax playing has expanded in leaps and bounds, taking chances by working with a wide variety of other strong creative spirits: Anthony Braxton, Ben Goldberg, Kyoko Kitamura and many more. On “Chant II”, Ms. Laubrock dips into the Dexter Gordon-like warm & lyrical bag before she launches onto some Trane-like lines on “Riddled”. One of the things I like most about this disc is that the duo sounds most relaxed, often calm at the center, with occasional bursts controlled chaos. When Ingrid and Tom play in the Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson, they usually go pretty far into the outer regions of free playing, yet this duo here show quite a bit of restraint, making it easier for those have a hard time with engaging intensity of the trio. Another winner is at hand. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO 2 With JASON ROBINSON / KIRK KNUFFKE / JOE FONDA / GEORGE SCHULLER - Life Anthem (Playscape 091717; USA) Featuring Michael Musillami on guitar & compositions, Jason Robinson on tenor & soprano sax & flute, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Joe Fonda on bass and George Schuller on drums. Recently we ran a spotlight on the late, great reeds wizard Thomas Chapin, listing more than a dozen discs that he was involved with. Guitarist, Michael Musillami, like Mr. Chapin hails from Connecticut and they both worked together on some three discs released in the early 1990’s. We recently got all three back in stock, having been reissued on Musillami’s own Playscape label and they still sound great! I have been a longtime fan of Mr. Musillami who now has around two dozen discs on his own label and long forward to each and every release. There are tow newer ones out now and both are great!
Mr. Musillami has had an ongoing trio with Joe Fonda and Ed Schuller which began in 2002, and often adds other musicians to spice things up. For this dynamite disc, Mr. Musillami, has added two strong musicians: reeds wiz, Jason Robinson, formerly of Cosmologic (from San Diego) and the ubiquitous cornetist, Kirk Knuffke, who has a recent duo with Ben Goldberg as well as with Ideal Bread, Max Johnson and Steve Swell. Mr. Musillami had a brain tumor removed in June of 2016, a near-death experience from which he has recovered, hanse the title of the this disc, ‘Life Anthem’. All of the pieces were written in the wake of Mr. Musillami’s operation and recovery. This disc starts off with a solo cornet piece, the title piece, which is most sublime. “I Hear Sirens in the Distance” has a dark, cerebral sound as if it was coming from great depths, perhaps in the ocean, the guitar at the center of the storm, speeding up and slowing down as the waves churn around it. “MRI Countdown” reminds me of one of those great, well-crafted Mario Pavone pieces, in which the quintet is broken into sections which play their complex, interlocking parts together. Bassist & composer, Pavone, also hails from CT and has worked with Musillami & Thomas Chapin as well. Perhaps there is something in the drinking water up there?!? Although each piece seems to be named after some aspect of Mr. Musillami’s operation, the overall vibe is one of having a strong, spirited life-force or vision. No doubt that Musillami is glad to alive and well, that infectious spirit emanates here. I love when things slow down to a nice simmer for “June Recovery”, both Mr. Knuffke and Musillami take superb, haunting, bluesy solos while the rhythm teams floats underneath. The longest piece here is called “Visions” and it is something else with the trio taking off for the stratosphere, the nervous energy speeding up and rising higher throughout until they reach a more moderate plateau, giving Knuffke a chance to stretch out while the sax and guitar swirl tightly underneath. This entire disc is very long (nearly 73 minutes) and feels like a journey through the land of the living through certain depths that life provides. An outstanding effort on all counts! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $15

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI & RICH SYRACUSE - Bird Calls (Playscape 061517; USA) Playscape Recordings is proud to release Bird Calls, a duo recording of the music of Charles Mingus by veteran guitarist/composer Michael Musillami and master bassist and co-leader Rich Syracuse, a long-time member of the late baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola's Quartet. Bird Calls is Musillami's second recording with bassist Syracuse, following their 2016 collaboration Of the Night, recordings from the Wayne Shorter songbook, also released on the Playscape Recordings label. In their early years, both Musillami and Syracuse recall the introduction of the music of Charles Mingus as a heavy influence in how they framed jazz music going forward. Writes Musillami, "For as long as I can remember I've always referred to Mingus' writing and arranging style as a guidepost for what I can possibly add or imply in my compositions." Syracuse adds, "Even at the young age of eight years old I heard the seriousness, the swinging, the improvisation and the brilliance of Charles Mingus. This album is not a tribute to Charles Mingus as much as it's an exploration of his music." This latest release documents personal interpretations of Mingus' "Opus 3", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Boogie Stop Shuffle" and the titular and beautifully melodic "Bird Calls". "Free Cell Block F", "‘tis Nazi USA", "Nostalgia in Times Square", Carolyn Kiki Mingus and Duke Ellington’s "Sound of Love" are also included in the set list. "In general, we approached much of this set with an open mind - not trying to recreate what Mingus did, but use the elements in his music, melody, harmony, and rhythmic figures to create something that is our personal statement." - Michael Musillami
CD $15

PETER MADSEN’S SEVEN SINS ENSEMBLE - Never Bet the Devil Your Head (Playscape 042317; USA) “Pianist Peter Madsen has come up with a novel idea for a jazz record: A Tribute to Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), America's founding father of macabre/horror fiction. Bringing together a jazz quartet—piano/bass/drums/trumpet—and a string quartet, Madsen and his Seven Sins Ensemble capture the moods and atmospheres of some of the author's better-known tales on Never Bet The Devil You Head.
Madsen's translation of Poe's most famous poem, "The Raven," sets the stage for the program. The string quartet plays with an energy of high-octane jazz married to adventurous classical stylings. The strings dominate the sound in the beginning, then the jazz guys sneak in, adding a muscular foundation and an appropriately haunting mood supplied by Herbert Walser's muted trumpet.
The close touchstone for this sound seems to be saxophonist Stan Getz's Focus (Verve, 1961), an early and highly successful jazz "with strings" album. Call it pared-down Third Stream.
Each of Madsen's tune comes from an individual Poe tale. The stories are dark stuff for the most part, and so are Madsen's compositions. "Tell Tale Heart" sounds like doom, like something that could thrive in a heavy metal rendition—it's not stylistically that far from it. "A Dream Within A Dream" is a foreboding, slinking-in-the-dark-hallway piece of work. On the other hand, "The Cask of Amontillado" exudes light-stepping whimsey, like the soundtrack to a Pink Panther cartoon. Add to the mix on the tune some cool Ellingtonian, jungle cat growling from Walser to lighten the mood, followed by Madsen's crisp, astringent, Ellingtonian piano.” - Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz
CD $15

THE SKOPJE CONNECTION With LUCA AQUINO - Meets ERNST REIJSEGER (Losen Records 110; Norway) Featuring Luca Aquino on trumpet & flugelhorn, Dzijan Emin on French horn & melodica, Georgi Sareshi on guitar and Ernst Reijseger on cello. Late at night, I spend time searching for new and unrecognized discs by combing through new release catalogues and databases of the few distributors that are left standing. On occasion, I find buried treasons in unlikely places. I am a longtime fan of Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, who has worked with the ICP Orchestra, the Clusone Trio and has many great discs out on Winter & Winter. I had not heard of the Skopje Connection before now, but have heard about the Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia which takes place in late May/early June and started in 2002. The selection of artists appears to the cream of creative world music: Iva Bittova, Noura Mint Seymali and Boubacar Traore.
The Skopje Connection is an international quartet with Mr. Reijseger as a guest. I know of trumpeter Luca Aquino from discs he has on Auand, Splasch and Leo. Guitarist Georgi Sareski has his own CD on a label called Chicken Madness while French hornist Dzijan Emin does come from Macedonia, but that is all we know.The songs on this disc were written by either Mr. Sareski or they are group improvs plus one by Mr. Emin. The music is most extraordinary. “Giovanni da Nembro” features an exquisite blend of cello, acoustic guitar, trumpet and French horn. From the quaint, wistful found of Oregon (the band), there is something dreamy and most enchanting about the blend. “Branko, Branko, Branko” is led by strong Ralph Towner-like guitar with melodica backing and an excellent solo from Mr. Aquino on trumpet or flugel. The improv pieces which tend to be shorter balance well with the written pieces which are consistently charming and well-played. Mr. Emin’s melodica is featured on “Zlust” and has a most delightful sound with spirited solos from the trumpet and cello. If this disc were more conceptual or soundtrack-like, it might’ve been on the well-respected Winter & Winter label and get more notice. Since Mr. Reijseger is a guest and not the leader, all four members are essential to the strong quartet sound. Out of all of the current releases which I’ve reviewed recently, this one is perhaps the enchanting one of the batch. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $16

* DON FIORINO / ANDY HAAS - American Nocturne (Resonant Music 016; USA) Featuring Don Fiorino on guitar, lap steel & glissentar (fretless guitar) and Andy Haas on sax, electronics & drum machines. While DMG was located on the Bowery (2003-2009), there was trio called Radio I-Ching that used to rehearse in the space below and play in our in-store series regularly. Radio I-Ching were Don Fiorino on guitar, Andy Haas on sax and Dee Pop on drums. They were both good friends and one of my favorite local ensembles. Since moving to Chinatown, I have lost touch with Dee Pop, but am still in contact with Mr. Haas and Mr. Fiorino. Andy and Don reunited to play here at DMG last year and decided to continue as a duo, playing live from time to time. This disc was recorded live in a studio earlier this year.
The title of this disc, ‘American Nocturne’, seems appropriate since nocturne refers to “an instrumental composition of a pensive, dreamy mood”, the fate of America is precarious at best. “Waning Empire Blues” opens the is disc with a soft, hypnotic tabla/drum sample groove and some rather moody lap steel. The title track features a haunting, cerebral vibe with droning sax, eerie electric guitar a slow, sad, ghostlike rhythm in the distance. Often, when I see “drum machine” listed in the credits, I wince since they are so overused in more commercial music. For many years, Mr. Haas has been working with rhythm samples, which are not consistently steady and seem to move in unexpected ways, dropping in and out of the mix, in very selective ways. I love the way Mr. Fiorino creates these unsettling, moody vibes with his guitars, bending notes with a slide or lap steel which seems to drift around us while creates layers of suspense with his sax and/or odd samples. Each piece creates a different mood or vibe, with the guitar often setting the pace and the sampler weaving select fragments in and out of the mix. The cover of this disc has what looks like a silhouette of the Statue of Liberty at dusk perhaps. There is something softly dark about the vibe of this picture which does capture what many of us currently feeling. The found within also captures the vibe just right. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

* Don Fiorino and Andy Haas will play a duo set here at DMG on November 4th at 6pm

ASMUS TIETCHENS - Linea (Klanggalerie 226; Germany)Asmus Tietchens is a sound artist and composer from Hamburg, Germany. He got interested in Musique Concrete by listening to a German radio programme when he was 10 years old. In 1965, at the age of 18, Asmus started experimenting with tape loops and turned them into musical collages. Soon, the use of synthesizers was added. In 1980 his debut album Nachtstücke was released, produced by Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream. This was soon followed by a series of albums of electronic pop music for the Sky label, home of many Krautrock bands. Tietchens often uses special source materials for his compositions such as water (Seuchengebiete), human voices (Von Mund zu Mund), paper (Papier ist geduldig). He is associated with the Industrial music scene through his collaborations and releases on labels such as United Dairies, Esplendor Geometrico or Dom Records. Tietchens never studied composition, he has no academic background, everything he does is self taught or learnign by doing. Nevertheless, he was professor for sound design in Hamburg in recent years. Linea was originally released on cassette on Dutch Korm Plastics label, later re-issued as a CDR in 1999. It is one of Tietchens's most minimal compositions, and has a special place in our music hearts here at Klanggalerie. For our new edition, Asmus Tietchens has dug deep into his archive and unearthed two further Linea pieces that have so far never seen the light of day. Full running time now 75 minutes. Remastered and repackaged.
CD $18

BAUDOUIN DE JAER - 4 Geomungo Sanjo Vol II (Sub Rosa 470; Belgium) “New compositions for ancient Korean instrument: the Geomungo. Follow-up to Baudouin de Jaer's highly-acclaimed Compositions for Geomungo and Gayageum (SR 373CD, 2012). Baudouin de Jaer tells... his large hands stir the air, drawing soft and assured lines, they connect distant planets and micro-particles in a space that does not exist yet. There is the encounter with the Geomungo. a traditional Korean instrument, the geomungo is an ancient table zither, an improbable association of wood and tense strings, with sounds in turn soft, brutal, limpid, rough, mute, and light. It is the voice that imposes itself and guides us through the worlds. Baudouin de Jaer takes you irresistibly, back and forth, from the deepest of oneself to the universality of life. Four-panel digipack with 16-page booklet.
Baudouin de Jaer is a composer and violinist. Baudouin de Jaer studied composition with Philippe Boesmans, Henri Pousseur, Frederic Rzewski and at McGill University (Montréal) with Bruce Mather. He composes for the Korean instruments Daegeum, Haegeum, Gayageum, and Geomungo, and for orchestras of Korean traditional instruments. In 2010 he resolved the enigmatic music system of Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli and released a CD called The Heavenly Ladder on Sub Rosa (SR 312CD, 2011). In 2010, Baudouin de Jaer was awarded a prize from the National Gugak Center for his Gayageum compositions.”
CD $16

Historic Recordings, Restocks and Reissues:

JOHN CIPOLLINA / NICK GRAVENITES BAND - Live At Rockpalast: Dortmund 1980 (Made in Germany MIG 90822; Germany) "John Cipollina (1943-1989) made American rock history as a co-founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Copperhead. A typical 'jam area' musician, he played in a number of other bands, among them Terry And The Pirates, and worked with Huey Lewis and Robert Hunter ('Dark Star'), a member of the Grateful Dead who never joined the band on stage. And with Nick Gravenites: born in Chicago in 1938 and influenced by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf and a friend of the great Paul Butterfield, he took the Chicago Blues roots west. He also produced the first album of Quicksilver Messenger Service. Together with Mike Bloomfield, he founded Electric Flag, who with their mélange of blues, rock, soul, country and jazz -- practically an all-American mix -- delivered their debut performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, helping to kickstart the flower power hippie era. A few years later, Nick Gravenites joined Janis Joplin's former backing group Big Brother And The Holding Company. The openness of the Bay Area music scene was on par with Rockpalast credos: 'I always tried to get the musicians together on stage for a final jam session -- sometimes with success' --Peter Ruechel, Rockpalast."
2 CD DVD $26

JOHN McLAUGHLIN With DAVE LIEBMAN / JERRY GOODMAN / BILLY COBHAM / AIRTO MOREIRA - My Goal’s Beyond (Douglas S3; USA) The 3rd of the classic three solo albums McLaughlin released between 1969 and the forming of Mahavishnu Orchestra in '71, this one is primarily acoustic in nature - and receives our highest recommendation! "The startling thing about this record is that it points the way toward two directions McLaughlin would take in the future - exploring Indian music and the acoustic guitar - and this while he was in the thick of the burgeoning electronic jazz-rock movement. The first half is a John McLaughlin acoustic guitar tour de force, where he thwacks away with his energetic, single-minded intensity on three jazz standards and five originals (including one genuine self-penned classic, "Follow Your Heart") and adds a few percussion effects via overdubbing. The second half is devoted to a pair of marvelously intricate fusions of Indian rhythms and drones called "Peace One" and "Peace Two," with jazz flights from flutist/soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, a simpatico encounter with future Mahavishnu cohorts Billy Cobham on drums and Jerry Goodman on violin, and Airto blending his sounds seamlessly with the Indian tambura and tabla. Throughout, McLaughlin's acoustic lines faultlessly straddle the line between the subcontinent and jazz, and the ethereal results still hold up beautifully today. - Richard S Ginell, AMG
CD $16

CREATIVE MUSIC STUDIO [V.A. With ANTHONY BRAXTON / CHICK COREA / PAT METHENY / LEE KONITZ / MIROSLAV VITOUS / JACK DeJOHNETTE] - The Song Is You: Woodstock Jazz Festival Vols 1 & 2 (Douglas S9; USA) This is a double disc compilation of the Creative Music Studio's Woodstock Jazz Festival, a tenth-anniversary celebration for the upstate New York progressive "world music" study center of Karl Berger and friends, which took place during a stormy day on the Oehler Lodge Olympic soccer field next to the CMS studios, classrooms and living quarters, on Sept. 19, 1981. The day long festival, organized by DeJohnette and his wife Lydia as a benefit for CMS, captures the better portion of a dead-on tour-de-force presentation featuring Chick Corea on acoustic piano with drummer DeJohnette, bassist Vitous, and duets with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and Corea. As concert pieces, they are naturally lengthy and stretched. Precedent-setting events and brilliant musicianship combine forces. The sound quality is well above average, and an intimate feeling is evident. The opener, "Waltz," has the trio dancing, probing and swinging, as only the quicksilver Corea and the lunging, animated DeJohnette can inspire. It's also the first-ever public performance for this Corea piece. At nearly 19 minutes long, "The Temple of Isfahan" follows, with Corea introducing the piece introspectively, then poignantly muting strings with fingers to a staccato effect, thus evoking stark, abstract echoes of Iran/Persia, especially during Vitous' haunting bowed bass solo. Corea is possesed with a Cecil Taylor-like spirit, a reminder of his days with Circle. The Corea/Konitz duet pieces are "Stella by Starlight" and "'Round Midnight." "Stella" struts in its own conversational way, these two geniuses turning the standard into a composition of their own over a beautiful 16 minutes. Corea is even more playful, with Konitz spare, droll or whimsical. Monk's "Midnight" is captured as if it were an orchestral suite, utilizing a "circle the wagons" approach to hinting at, teasing, and seducing the widely practiced classic melody; it's a big sound for two people. An important musical and archival document, and probably just the tip of the iceberg for what other musical magic was conjured up on that special day in the rain. The second disc continues with an augmented combo on three long selections. An upbeat "Impressions" has alto saxophonist Braxton joining Corea/Vitous/DeJohnette. He plays impassioned, lemon-tart, sometimes frenetic, challenging lines, and the trio is even more energized by Braxton's musings as the 12 minutes go by, especially on Corea's bold, out-of-body solo. "No Greater Love" a mere 13 minutes, sports the quartet plus Konitz; he and Braxton provide shining moments as individualists and foils for each other. Konitz's burnished bronze tone questions Braxton's brittle, mercurial approach. A true delight. A 23-minute "All Blues" empties the well, with help from Pat Metheny on an ultimate workout with Corea and DeJohnette; Konitz's saxophone inquiries and Braxton's abject wail ignite fierce tension and release from the rhythm section. Corea is even more forceful and Mad Hatter-ish during all of the saxophonist's solos. Landmark music, made on the spot, in the rain, for 1600 enthusiastic listeners who could sense they were a part of a historical event, and a one-of-a-kind meeting of jazz minds. - Michael G. Nastos, AMG
2 CD Set $20 [In stock next week]

LP Section:

KONSTRUKT & KEIJI HAINO - A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire (Karl Records 052; Germany) Second album by Turkish free jazzers Konstrukt and the Japanese avant-garde/noise icon Keiji Haino, this time recorded live in concert. Celebrating their tenth anniversary these days, Konstrukt have since been creating an impressive catalog including collaborations/performances with significant musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Akira Sakata, Marshall Allen, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Michael Zerang, Alfred Harth, or Alexander Hawkins that gained them an ever growing audience and media attention (e.g. a recent feature in the Wire), and they keep exploring new grounds. Like in 2016 when Konstrukt invited Keiji Haino to their home town of Istanbul for a recording session that resulted in a quite unique album: A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire offered -- besides all the elements you may well expect from such a musical meeting like Konstrukt's "acerbic razor-edged sound" (Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz) and Haino's unmistakable voice/guitar explosions -- some actual surprises like the really groovy opening track with a funky feel and a kind of '70s fusion style album closer. Two days later the free jazz quartet and the Japanese avant-garde icon continued their adventure with a public performance at SalonIKSY, pushing things further and raising the level of energy and rawness. Carrying the same title, A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire proves a condign sister release to their previous studio effort (KR 043LP, 2017). Or, as the famous Asian phrase goes: "same same but different!". Recorded and mixed by Deniz Sağdıç at SalonIKSY, Istanbul. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Cover painting "Solar" by Artur Trojanowski. Personnel: Korhan Futacı - alto and tenor saxophones, zurna, kaval, sipsi, instant loops, voice; Umut Çaglar - Moog (MicroMoog), Korg (X-911), gralla, bamboo flutes, xylophones, percussion, tape echo, Vermona (Retroverb); Berkan Tilavel - Nord (Drum2) electronic percussion, tef, cymbal; Erdem Göymen - drums, cymbals, percussion; Keiji Haino - electric guitar, percussion, voice, air synths. Includes download.
LP $21

FAUST - The Faust Tapes (Superior Viaduct 118; USA) "Faust stand among the most influential creative forces to have emerged from Germany in the late '60s and early '70s. Along with Can, Agitation Free, Neu!, and others, Faust rejected the Anglo-American norms of rock 'n' roll to start a back-to-basics and uniquely Teutonic revolution in sound, later dubbed by the UK press with the semi-derogatory term 'krautrock.' Faust would reach near-mythical status through a series of classic albums recorded between 1970 and 1973 at their secluded Wümme studio. As Dave Segal writes in the liner notes, 'There's no consensus about which Faust album represents their zenith. But a survey of the group's fans would likely find the collage-heavy messterpiece The Faust Tapes (1973) triumphing. Its freewheeling, jump-cut nature and unlikely earworm moments conspire for more what-the-fuck epiphanies per minute than just about any other record about which Krautrocksampler (1995) author Julian Cope has raved. Comprised of twenty odd tape-manipulation experiments and freak-out jams, The Faust Tapes stashes away some of the band's best-known songs. 'Flashback Caruso,' with its delicate acoustic guitar and Rudolf Sosna's airy vocals, could easily have appeared on So Far (1972) or Faust IV (1973), while on 'J'ai Mal Aux Dents,' Jean-Hervé Peron's playful lyrics and this ecstatic, era-defining riff perfectly represent Faust's magical mischievousness. This first-time domestic release of The Faust Tapes on vinyl reproduces the original sleeve design, featuring artwork by Bridget Riley."
LP $26

UNIVERS ZERO - Ceux Du Dehors (Sub Rosa 403; Belgium) Ceux Du Dehors is the third album by Belgian band Univers Zero, originally released in 1981. The title alludes to the short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft; the players read the story in studio, then proceeded to record the piece. A key release for the band, Ceux Du Dehors sometimes suggests a darker and more complex version of the motorik minimalism of classical music contemporaries Philip Glass and Steve Reich. It finds the group continuing to evolve and return to the more general and varied chamber music sound of their first release, 1977's 1313 (SR 399LP), except with more precision and skill. The tricky charts of percussionist Daniel Denis and new keyboardist Andy Kirk are executed with great panache. The labyrinthine compositions are typically filled with unexpected twists and turns, and angular repetitions of jagged riffs that accelerate, decelerate and mutate in passages of acute tension or quiet but ominous dread. Vinyl comes on clear/red vinyl.
LP $16

MASSIMO TONIUTTI - Il Museo Selvatico (Black Truffle 040; Australia) Black Truffle present the first reissue of a true underground masterpiece, Massimo Toniutti's Il Museo Selvatico ("The Wild Museum"), originally self-released on LP in 1991. Like his better-known brother Giancarlo -- whose classic 1985 Broken Flag LP La Mutazione was reissued by Black Truffle in 2015 (BT 014LP) -- Massimo Toniutti was active in the vibrant underground industrial/noise scene of the 1980s, contributing to releases on legendary labels such as Broken Flag and RRR and self-releasing a series of cassettes between 1984 and 1988. Existing in a private world apart from the noise and dark industrial tropes of many of his contemporaries, Toniutti's Il Museo Selvatico is an entirely singular work of domestic electro-acoustic exploration. Made up primarily of what Toniutti calls "small and rare noises" or sonic "knick-knacks" recorded between 1987 and 1990, the five pieces that make up the original LP usher us into a crepuscular space populated by mysterious traces of everyday life. Toniutti weaves a loose net of distant clanks, dull thuds, metallic resonance, and skittering percussive sounds, allowing the sounds to breathe against a backdrop of near-silent atmosphere. Although the haunted ambience recalls the work of contemporaries like Organum, Toniutti generally steers clear of long tones and drones, preferring to arrange brief, sometimes staccato sonic objects into patters of repeating figures and isolated events whose overall compositional shape remains somehow ungraspable. Although glimpses of recognizable location recordings and instrumental sounds can occasionally be made out, for most of the record the sources of the sounds you hear remain teasingly mysterious, an abstracted memory of everyday actions and atmospheres. I Museo Selvatico is accompanied here by an additional LP of material recorded at the same time, composed especially for this reissue into two side-long suites that inhabit the same haunted space as the original LP while occasionally making use of more maximal compositional strategies. Essential listening for fans of Organum, Nurse With Wound, Christoph Heemann, and the tradition of outsider musique concrete. Comes as a double-LP in a lavish gatefold with printed inner sleeves featuring archival images and notes. Remastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
2 LP Set $30

THOMAS ANKERSMIT - Homage To Dick Raaijmakers (Shelter Press 096; France) LP version. 140 gram vinyl. Thomas Ankersmit's new album for Shelter Press Homage To Dick Raaijmakers is an all-analog electronic music composition inspired by legendary Dutch composer/electronic and tape music pioneer and multimedia artist, Dick Raaijmakers (1930-2013). The work takes inspiration from Raaijmakers's music from the 1960s, his texts on sound composition like "Cahier M", and notes on his own music. On this recording, Ankersmit plays Serge Modular feedback and sine/pulse/random generators, contact mic, and tape speed variation; mirroring some of Raaijmakers's work, Ankersmit plays his Serge synthesizer as a kind of weather system. He references storms, thunder, crashing and falling objects, and distant radio transmissions in his electronic sounds, as well as dragging a contact mic across his equipment. Despite the abstract nature of the material, a sense of loss or mourning sometimes emerges from the music. With his homage Ankersmit re-contextualizes Raaijmakers's ideas about electric sound, composition, and spatial experience. Like Raaijmakers himself Ankersmit exclusively uses analog devices, such as sine/pulse/random generators, modulators, filters, and especially feedback processes between them. The music focuses on the sounds of raw electricity through creatively abused electronics, composing with analog micro-sounds, and the creation of three-dimensional sound fields. The piece also uses tones produced by the listener's own ears, inspired by Raaijmakers's thoughts on "holophonic" sound fields to be individually explored by the listener. With this phenomenon, the listener's inner ears actively generate sounds that don't exist in the recorded signal, and which can change with a small movement of the head. Homage To Dick Raaijmakers was commissioned by Sonic Acts and was premiered live at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in February 2016. Ankersmit also dedicates the work to his father Thijl Ankersmit (1947-2016), who first demonstrated feedback to him. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker.
LP $21
CD $16 [in stock 1-2 weeks)


The ReR label started out as Recommended Records and was/still is run by Chris Cutler, drummer & lyricist for Henry Cow, the Art Bears, News from Babel, Hail… As far as documenting the history of truly creative, progressive music, there are two labels which have long done the great job: ReR and Cuneiform. As a longtime proghead myself (3 faves of all time: Mothers of Invention/Soft Machine/Henry Cow), I collect everything that both of these labels have released. We just got in a large bunch of CD’s from ReR which have been in storage for a while so we are having a big ReR sale. Everything below is essential listing for those who have demanding tastes. If you don’t know some of these artists, do some research and/or check out at least a CD or two from any… This is a first come, first served offer and we have perhaps a half dozen of each so you might want to list a few alternate titles.

Anyone who orders 5, will get a free surprise disc of a similar nature

Anyone who orders 10 or more will get 2 surprise CD’s

Big ReR Sale CD List:

ART BEARS [DAGMAR KRAUSE/FRED FRITH/CHRIS CUTLER] - Winter Songs (ReR AB2; UK) Second brilliant release by the blessed Art Bears. Digi-pack and remastered excellently by Bob Drake, this was the 2nd and best known album by the successor band to Henry Cow, as it was released in the States by The Residents' Ralph label, in the early 80's and at the peak of their market influence at that time. With Dagmar Krause-vocals, Chris Cutler-drums, electronics & Fred Frith-guitars, keyboards, violin, etc. all the rest of Henry Cow. Songs with powerful lyrics built upon experimental kernels. This is many folks' favorite of their three. "Wintersongs...offers an even stronger, clearer set of artistic visions. Here the trio of ART BEARS stand alone, and the stripped- down sense of instrumentation, which almost resembles a standard combo (guitar, bass, piano, drums and singing), makes a simpler (though more poignant) musical statement. Often Fred Frith's penchant for angular melodies is forestalled, and re- placed with single note, "non-melodies" in a sort of minimalist, rhythmic accordance to the text's settings. Experimental studio work and effects abound, yet the sound is more economical and hard-hitting than the band's earlier work." - Steve Feigenbaum, Cuneiform
CD $10

ART BEARS [DAGMAR KRAUSE/FRED FRITH/CHRIS CUTLER] - The World As It Is Today (ReR ReR AB3; UK) This was the 3rd and final album by the successor band to Henry Cow. I'm not really sure why (short playing length? the press had gone onto other things to champion? it wasn't released stateside, unlike the first two?) but this one slipped under the radar of a lot of folks, compared to their 1st two. It's a very bleak, but also a very solid work. And very clever and sly in its own way - who else would have the opening lyrics for "The Song Of Investment Capitol Overseas be: "Out of town; my work takes me out of town"! With Dagmar Krause-vocals, Chris Cutler-drums, electronics & Fred Frith-guitars, keyboards, violin, etc. all the rest of Henry Cow. Songs with powerful lyrics built upon experimental kernels. "A scathing, brutal and disturbingly honest venture into the horrors of contemporary inhumanity and political digression. Here Art Bears forage even more boldly into aspects of using the recording studio as a compositional instrument : A tape of a lawnmower is slowed down several steps to convincingly create the sounds of machine-gun fire and bombs. A Geiger counter is emulated by radically drum sticks played on a tile flooring in the studio. No punches are pulled, and the band goes all-out on this, their final recording. The playing is aggressive and hefty, and the sound immaculate, intense and, at times, downright scary." - Steve Feigenbaum, Cuneiform
CD $10

BIOTA [MNEMONIST ORCHESTRA/MNEMONISTS: WILLIAM SHARP et al] SUSANNE LEWIS/CHRIS CUTLER et al - Object Holder (ReR B4; UK) Stunning thorough worked piece that breaks new ground altogether; an extraordinary achievement, 3 years in the making and rewriting a lot of rules. Text and singing (Susanne Lewis, inimitably) Also features Charles Vrtacek (Piano), Andy Kredt (Guitar) and Chris Cutler (percussion, electrics, texts). A Dense, profound field of sound, music, silence.
CD $10

BIOTA - Cape Flyaway (ReR B7; UK) Biota craft sonic worlds that relate to, but are not built like, the music with which we are familiar; for them time is a continuum rather than a sequence of events; a simultaneous present in which past and future possibilities exist conterminously.
CD $10

BIOTA / MNEMONIST ORCHESTRA: WILLIAM SHARP et al] - Musique Actuelle 1990 (Anomalous/ReR; UK) Heard on this CD is the first adaption of their studio-based recording techniques since 1981, as presented at Montreal Musiques Actuelles -- New Music America 1990. For their live performance they composed a set of material specifically for the concert and virtually relocated their studio to the stage to properly recreate it. Nine musicians playing only acoustic instruments (aside from electric guitar) were heard natural and unamplified from the stage while extensive electronic processing, heard through the speakers, rendered radical tonal, timbral and temporal modification creating an incredibly unique and strange sound world. Added to this, the two-dimensional graphic work that Mnenomists have become so renowned for was transformed into stunning video projections - beautiful examples of which are now included in the full color booklet accompanying this CD. Yours truly was present at this truly historic event and was under the influence of some exotic psychedelic substance, making this experience even more mind-blowing and completely unforgettable. - BLG/DMG
CD $10

PETER BLEGVAD With CHRIS CUTLER/JOHN GREAVES JAKKO JAKSZYK et al - Just Woke Up (ReR PB2; UK) "Just Woke Up marked a kind of comeback to the music scene for Peter Blegvad, who had been enjoying a successful career as a cartoonist in the early '90s. It also announced a change in direction. On this and his subsequent release, Hangman's Hill, the former Slapp Happy singer stripped down his arty avant-garde suit to dive into rootsy folk songs. It resulted in a collection of beautiful pieces with blues and country flavors. Lyrics are still pure Blegvad. Irony is often at the center of his social commentaries and his voice can't help but conjure up the image of a British Bob Dylan. The title track could be the result of an acoustic cross-pollination between John Lennon and the Talking Heads. If the music is simpler and more straightforward, it still features great musicianship, thanks to sidemen John Greaves and Chris Cutler, a star drummer in free improvisation and experimental circles, heard here in one of the most unlikely contexts. The trio is augmented on a few tracks by guests like pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole and ex-Henry Cow Tim Hodgkinson. Fans of Slapp Happy's zaniness or Blegvad's more exploratory solo albums of the 1980s will be caught off-guard by Just Woke Up, but after a couple of listens the strength of these melodies and beauty of these lyrics will win over any fan of intelligent singer/songwriter music. Compared to its follow-up, Hangman's Hill, this one features more diversity in atmospheres and more inspiration overall -- too bad it didn't bring the mainstream break the artist deserved." Francois Couture, AMG
CD $10

CAMBERWELL NOW - All's Well 1982-1986: Meridian/The Ghost Trade/Greenfingers (ReRDUP 22; UK)Out of print for many, many years, it gives us great pleasure to be able to offer this out again. Excellent reissue collecting all material (two EPs and one full-length, plus one extra track culled from an old Touch cassette) by Charles Hayward's post-This Heat project, Camberwell Now. An often overlooked chapter in the career of drummer/vocalist/keyboardist/improvisor Charles Hayward, Camberwell Now continues the relentless experimentalism he championed in This Heat, though with less of an abrasive sound than he made in This Heat. This music has more of a Canturbury feel, particularly in Hayward's Wyatt-like, off-kilter vocals, and sits nicely beside Wyatt's "Old Rottenhat" - both records seamlessly blend the personal and the political with a hearty dose of resignment and melancholy. Sonically, the songs collected here fuse layers of dizzying drum work, tense guitar figures, swirling washes of ambience from cymbals, melodicas, and keyboards, and inventive tape manipulation. Long overshadowed by the band that came before it, this material is WAY overdue for reappraisal and the recognition that it so rightly deserves. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! - Mikey "IQ" Jones @ DMG.
CD $10

CMCD [CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: JOHN OSWALD/LUTZ GLANDIEN/STEVE MOORE/ et al] - Contemporary Music (ReR CMCD; UK)Six Classic Concrete Electroacoustic and electronic works, 1970-1990 by: John Oswald, George Katzer, Lutz Glandien, Jaroslav Krcek, Steve Moore, Richard Trythall. "Musique Concrete is created by recording various sounds on tape and modifying them in some way. The term was created by Pierre Schaeffer, an early pioneer of this style, to differentiate it from 'normally' composed music, Musique Abstraite. Concentrating on found sounds or natural occurrences, the results of such alterations and manipulations cause the original recordings to express themselves in new and unique ways. This CD collects some of the very best pieces ever constructed; Each piece is a classic, influential, indispensable work, including: John Oswald - 'Parade' (1986) : uses a cube factor increase in tape speed to plunderize several existing versions of Satie's classic, and then fragments and alters the result accordingly "The classic collection of Contemporary, Concrete, Tapeworked and Processed works - and an indispensible survey of a crucial field: Georg Katzer's 'Aide Memoire', John Oswald's 'Parade', Lutz Glandien's 'Es Lebe', Steve Moore's 'A Quiet Gathering', Jaroslav Krcek's Sonaty Slavickove and the classic 'Homaggio a Jerry Lee Lewis' by Richard Trythall. Generous book and pictures."-Chris Cutler. Now out of print
CD $10

I was fortunate enough to see this duo play two sets at the Squat Theatre on 23rd St in NYC in 1980 with Etron Fou on the same bill. With just Fred Frith on electric guitar (played on table on in his lap?!?) and Chris Cutler on drums, two prominent members of Henry Cow, it was completely mind-blowing! All three of the below CD’s capture that magic also so all are essential. in December of 2006, me & Manny Maris curated a month at The Stone, you can still check out the complete schedule on The Stone’s website. I asked three members of Henry Cow (Frith, Cutler & Tim Hodgkinson) if they would be kind enough to play together again for the first time since Henry Cow broke up in 1979. They said yes and played four glorious sets, which were recorded and will hopefully be available before we all pass to nirvana. The second set on that previous Friday night, was a duo with Fred Frith & Chris Cutler. It was released on CD as ‘The Stone - Volume 2’, as a benefit disc and is still available now. You need this disc as well to complete your life! - BLG

CHRIS CUTLER & FRED FRITH - Live Vol. 1: Live in Moscow, Prague etc. (ReR CCFF; UK)
CD $12

CHRIS CUTLER & FRED FRITH - Live Vol. 2: Live in Trondheim etc (ReR CCFF2; UK)
CD $10

CHRIS CUTLER & FRED FRITH - Live Vol. 3: 2 Gentlemen In Verona (ReR CCFF3; UK)
CD $10

CHRIS CUTLER - Twice Around The Earth: Vol 1 On Memory (An Experiment In Listening)(ReR CC2; UK)
CD $10

IANCU DUMITRESCU With TIM HODGKINSON / CHRIS CUTLER / HYPERION ENSEMBLE / et al - Music Action 98 (ReR Dach1; UK) Musique Action 98 album for sale by Iancu Dumitrescu was released Apr 22, 2003 on the ReR USA label. Musique Action 98 showcases the various experimental approaches one finds at the edgiest festivals of the '90s. Musique Action 98 buy CD music In fact, the album title is the name of the French music festival that these recordings are drawn from. Musique Action 98 songs The four compositions result from very different approaches and techniques. The durations of the sections in "Life on Earth" were determined by the length of burning candles. Musique Action 98 CD music contains a single disc with 4 songs.
CD $10

FAUST - 71 Minutes Of (ReR; UK)Faust are a rightly legendary experimental German ensemble from the early 1970's. This is almost all of two posthumous [late '70s] albums collected on one CD. [ReR] Basically an expanded version of Munich and Elsewhere (which was itself a compilation of unreleased material), with the addition of the unreleased LP Faust Party Three (parts of which had previously appeared only as limited-edition EPs and singles), as well as two previously unreleased tracks.
CD $10

FRED FRITH With SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA [ZAMLA: LARS HOLLMER et al]/THE MUFFINS - Gravity (Fred FRO 01/ReR; UK) Gravity is one of Fred's most enduring & endearing works. It was his first post-Henry Cow solo album, and he recorded it with the backing of The Muffins on one side of the original album and Samla Mammas Manna on the other Marc Hollander. It's the closest thing to a progressive rock disc that Fred has ever released and it's a tuneful yet still avant progressive rock work. If you don't already own this, it is highly recommended! The only caveat is that this new reissue leaves off all the great bonus tracks that were contained on the original [ESD] issue of this title on CD.
CD $10

FRED FRITH With ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN/MASSACRE/GEORGE CARTWRIGHT - Speechless (Fred FRO 04/ReR; UK) ‘Gravity’ is one of Fred's most enduring & endearing works. It was his second post-Henry Cow solo album, and he recorded it with the backing of Etron Fou Leloublanc on one side of the original album and Massacre on the other. The only caveat is that this new reissue leaves off all the great bonus tracks that were contained on the original issue of this title on CD.
CD $10

FRED FRITH With JOEY BARON / TOM CORA / GEORGE CARTWRIGHT - Allies: Music For Dance Vol 2 (Fred FRO 07/ReR; UK) Featuring beautifully understated performances from Joey Baron (drums), the late, great master cellist, Tom Cora, and the inimitable sax talents of George Cartwright, Allies is the second in the Music For Dance series, pioneered originally on Fred's Technology Of Tears. While some compositional similarities are reminiscent of that work, Allies employs a more organic approach, weaning mostly acoustic elements into Fred's penchant to explore the musical relationship between the mechanical and the natural elements of sound and modern music. Elegant and meticulously crafted surfaces are constantly under attack from unpredictable elements, creating a particular tension that is haunting and quite unlike any of the composer's other works. The six movements that comprise this amazing disk examine the ways Fred's angular, trademark melodies are constructed/de-constructed, particularly with regards to how multiple melodies can be extracted from a single melodic source. Single notes of different instruments are strung together to 'hocket' particularly gorgeous melodies that expound upon the composer's harmonic developments with mathematical references, much in the same way he is famously known for his work with complex time signatures
CD $10

FRED FRITH - Accidental: Music For Dance Vol 3 (Fred FRA 01/ReR; UK)'Accidental' was commissioned by a British choreographer who lives in Amsterdam, Paul Selwyn Norton, for a dance piece made with the Batsheva Company in Tel Aviv. For Fred it's a return to basics, a series of deeply contrasting moods achieved with the simplest of means. Throughout the CD, noises of rusty metal, electronic detritus, bits of random radio, improvised cut-up vocals and messed up percussion, suggest an unpredictable and hostile landscape. Fred describes the motivations behind Accidental: "I'm fascinated by accidents. When I do solo improvisations I think of myself as being in continuous dialogue with the unexpected, and its always dynamic. Do I ignore this, do I embrace it, do I integrate it, do I keep my distance? When making this music I was constantly using random elements like radio tuning and trying to frame them in metric or harmonic structures."
CD $10

FRED FRITH/KEEP THE DOG With RENE LUSSIER / JEAM DEROME / BOB OSTERTAG / ZEENA PARKINS / CHARLES HAYWARD / et al - That House We Lived In (Fred FRA 03/ReR; UK) This was Fred's all-star, late 1980's/early 1990's touring band, which played all over Europe and beyond, but strangely never released anything until now! They played many songs that Fred had never done live or not in a long while. The band at the time of these recordings consisted of Jean Derome (saxes, flute, voice), Fred Frith (guitar, bass, violin, voice), Charles Hayward (drums, voice), Rene Lussier (guitar, bass), Bob Ostertag (sampler) and Zeena Parkins (accordion, electric harp, keyboards, voice). There are songs from 'Gravity', 'Speechless', 'Cheap at Half the Price', Massacre's 'Killing Time' and much more. "Every Keep the Dog concert was different. For these CDs I've tried to re-create the feeling of a typical two-set concert. More than anything, this music demonstrates the importance of the collective process...the musicians always had the freedom to twist and turn the music to fit any and every occasion."- Fred Frith.
2 CD Set $15

[HEINER] GOEBBELS and [ALFRED] HARTH - Hommage - Vier Fauste fur Hanns Eisler/Von Sprengen des Gartens (ReR FMP/SAJ GH1; UK) A long and extraordinarily fruitful partnership started here - continuing through the Sogennantes Linksradikales Blasorchester - where Alfred and Heiner picked up Christoph Anders, the three of whom then went on to co-found Cassiber, with Chris Cutler. A critical success in its own time, this duo recorded two more CDs before parting company, each more musically open than its predecessor. These first two sorties are a kind of jazz-inflected, punk-inflected, highly spirited and imaginative - series of adapted Hanns Eisler compositions - as well as some original pieces by the duo itself, who between them cover a lot of instruments, and combinations of instruments, and - ah youth - are never less than hurling themselves into their performances. Heiner went on, after Cassiber, to become one of Germany's leading music-theatre writer and directors, as well as composing for the ensemble modern, orchestras and opera companies (he had an orchestra premiere to mark the opening of the Festival Hall complex in London on July 12th) & has a number of great discs on ECM. Alfred went on to form several other bands, including Gestalt et Jive before relocating to Seoul in Korea, where he now lives and works. He is currently part of Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra. Both LPs [originally released on the FMP sister label SAJ] have been re-mastered for this release by Bob Drake.”
2 CD Set $15

HENRY COW [FRED FRITH / TIM HODGKINSON / JOHN GREAVES / CHRIS CUTLER / LINDSAY COOPER /DAGMAR KRAUSE With ROBERT WYATT] - Concerts (ReR HC5&6; UK) Incredible live recordings from several concerts during Henry Cow’s only tour with Robert Wyatt and Dagmar Krause both singing! The long-time out-of-print collection of live recordings that form a snapshot of Henry Cow as it was in 1975, including some of the concerts with Robert Wyatt, plus a couple of earlier recordings and the whole of the rather remarkable Henry Cow side of the long deleted 'Greasy Truckers' album.
2 CD Set $15

HENRY COW [FRED FRITH/TIM HODGKINSON/CHRIS CUTLER/LINDSAY COOPER/ANNE-MARIE ROELOFS] - Western Culture (ReR HC4; UK) This is the 4th in ReR's series of Henry Cow re-releases, which traces the career of this most influential of experimental rock groups. Following their split with Virgin, the group's history became complicated; bass player John Greaves left, and after a dispute in the recording studio, what was intended as the next Henry Cow album mutated into the Art Bears' much respected Hopes and Fears. In 1978 the members of the Cow agreed to stay together under the Cow banner for a final six months of touring. They decided to record a final album of entirely new music, written by Tim Hodgkinson and Lindsay Cooper - and that album was Western Culture. It's one of their very best. Titles like 'Industry', 'The Decay of Cities', and 'Falling Away' hurl the listener into a dark world of additive time signatures, spooky organ interludes, and complex instrumental textures. The invigorating blast of energy suggests a new vision of part classical, part Industrial, part Brechtian rock chamber music. Like a minimal, concentrated re-vision of the old Henry Cow, it prefigures the terrifying structures of 80's iconic rock group This Heat. For the first time the group was happy with their recorded sound. Western Culture has been digitally re-mastered, and the CD sounds better than ever before. The booklet is crammed with previously unpublished photographs and biographical material, and there are three extra tracks which have only appeared before on the ReR vinyl magazine
CD $10

KAMPEC DELORES & ISTVAN GRENSCO - Koncert (ReR KC2; UK) Kampec Dolores are a long lived Hungarian band who operate in the art rock/art punk vein. This is their first ever live album, and features music from the 80's 'til now. "Singer Gabi has developed her own singing, using unknown languages and innovative vocal pyrotechnics. Meanwhile the guitar, sax, bass & drums thrash out haunting mutated melodies, which also draw on folk idioms..."
CD $10

NIKOLA KODJABASHIA - Explosion of a Memory/A Literary Canvas for Orchestra (ReR NK3; UK) Performed by the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra with Balkan electro legend Kiril Dzajkovski, Chris Cutler (percussion), Nikola Kodjbashia (prepared piano), Patric Driver and Valere Novarina (readers). Text fragments are by Heiner Muller and Valere Novarina. A four-dimensional explosion in which stretches of Baroque, folk themes and Byzantine liturgy exist contemporaneously with modern and post-modern materials - much as strata emerge where tectonic plates fold one time over another - settling eventually into long, beautiful, tonal stretches, lighter than air, that drift and attenuate to reveal, dreamily, the old simplicities. Immersive, timeless and unmistakably new, this music respects but definitively breaks with existing schools to explore instead its own geographically unique influences and contradictions. "'Explosion of a Memory' is a homage to my literary heroes: James Joyce, Heiner Muller, Valere Novarina, William Gibson, Euripides and Colin Teevan; it's also a deeply personal epic about the complex relationship between childhood myths, history and perpetual homecoming". - Nikola Kodjabashia
CD $10

CHRISTIAN  MARCLAY - More Encores (ReR CM1; UK) More Encores was originally released as a 10" vinyl record in 1988, and is composed entirely of records from players or composers after whom each track is titled. Artists whose vinyl artifacts are subjected to Marclay's treatments include: John Zorn, John Cage, Louis Armstrong Fred Frith, Ferrante & Teicher, Maria Callas, Jimi Hendrix, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin and Marclay himself! 'Christian Marclay was the first non-rap DJ to make an art form out of the turntable, treating the instrument as a means to rip songs apart, not bridge them together. A long-time associate of Downtown improv figures John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, and Butch Morris as well as the Kronos Quartet...he began using the turntable in ways hardly recommended by owners' manuals and began performing as early as 1979...' - All Music Guide "Here's a tip: For the track dedicated to Cage, he took six different Cage LPs, physically cut the vinyl for them all into one-sixth slices [like pizza slices], then glued one slice from each album to make a composite LP, which thus has a steady click as the needle skips sources every 3/10ths of a second = Cage with an underlying beat! And the turntable manipulation of Hendrix's live 'Machine Gun' cut must be heard to be believed - as really must all the cuts be!" - MannyLunch
CD $10

ELIO MARTUSCIELLO - Unoccupied Areas (ReR EM1; UK) "This is a quiet masterpiece. Five tightly focused electroacoustic compositions that are austere, rich, strange and brilliantly executed. Elio has an ear like a bat and a serious antipathy toward cliche, and he never relies on repetition for structure; these pieces seem rather to grow out of themselves in surprising but somehow logical ways like perfect exotic blooms. His is also a music of extremes, never theoretical but always grounded in the grain of the sounds themselves."
CD $10

MNEMONIST ORCHESTRA [MNEMONISTS/BIOTA] - Horde (ReR B4; UK) The 3rd release by this acclaimed organized sound group from Colorado [that later became Biota], & their first true classic, which is a high-water mark of churning sonic storms. This is some of their finest works. [ReR] "Incredibly bizarre and important first cd reissue by this legendary avant ensemble from Colorado, who transmutated and became Biota! Totally unique at creating a sound world of their own, the Mnemonists were unlike anything else to come from the US or even the planet earth. A classic work of almost indescribable noise, twisted & mutant sounds, dense and changing alien environments. Microscopic beings slowly descending into other places, where things seem only vaguely familiar. What the hell is this stuff?!? Instrumentation includes crumhorns, soprano shawn, false crwth, recorder, clarinets, voice...but they have been manipulated beyond recognition. Also included is their intricate & equally strange artwork. I was lucky enough to have seen the one & only Biota gig of their entire career at New Music America in Montreal in 1990-I probably shouldn't have been tripping, it was weird enough on its own to put anyone in attendance into an altered state. Need I say more?" - BLG
CD $10

MNEMONISTS - Gyromancy ((ReR MN2; UK) "The Mnemonists were a legendary group of composers and artists from Fort Collins, Colorado, who went on to call themselves Biota, and released a series of five CD's on ReR (Tumble, Bellowing Room/Tinct, Almost Never, Object Holder, and Invisible Map). They created drifting hypnotic sound collages out of pre-industrial loops, processed ambient sound, rock 'n' roll guitar, and fragments of half forgotten memory. Their work was highly visual, and always accompanied by beautiful line drawings and painted art works; the total meaning is forged from the combination of sonic and visual information. Gyromancy stands as a classic early noise album, somewhere between the work of AMM, Faust and Brian Eno. What makes it stand out is the subtlety of the work: The process begins with the recording of played acoustic and electric instruments that are later re-processed and electrically altered, leading to a spiraling of replaying, re-composition and re-structuring. This aural world is as vast as space, and seemingly as limitless; The Mnemonists were the one group most apt to embrace the latest technology, and to put it to good use to create 'anti-music'. But the outcome is so beautifully flowing and amazingly profound that their radical methods create positive change in a sonically transparent way, rather than to bludgeon the listener into submission by means of shock tactics. The result then, is elucidating and exciting. This disk is presented in a visually stunning manner as well, including gorgeous reproductions of the group's paintings, bringing the Mnemonist's penchant for 'artisanship-as-a-whole' full circle."
CD $10

THE NECKS [CHRIS ABRAHAMS/LLOYD SWANTON/TONY BUCK] - Mosquito/See Through (ReR Necks 4/5; UK) Although Australian sensation, The Necks, look like a jazz piano trio from their outside appearance, we all know that looks are deceptive. Yes, as their instrumentation of mostly acoustic piano (Chris Abrahams), contrabass (Lloyd Swanton) and drums/percussion (Tony Buck), has remained the same for their decade or so career, their sound has slowly evolved and still remains (mysteriously) between the cracks of categories. What they do best is deal with mood and texture and appear to stretch out time and space. Their music moves in slow waves and feels like a dream or perhaps a dream sequence, hazy and filled with shadows or spirits. I find their music to be incredibly calming. Sometimes the shimmering piano sprinkles, minimal bass pulse and exquisite percussion seem to be foreshadowing an oncoming storm. 'see through' is an hour long epic that reminds me in part of Hugh Hopper's '1984', just not as dark. When we played this precious gem in the store yesterday at the beginning of our day, we sold three copies in a row to different folks from different backgrounds. They knew there was/is something very special about The Necks, something not that easy to explain, yet something that gradually pulls you in and washes over you like a refreshing rinse in the sea. - BLG
2 CD Set $14

THE NECKS [CHRIS ABRAHAMS/LLOYD SWANTON/TONY BUCK] - Silverwater (ReR Necks 9; UK)"Their first studio CD for three years - named after an industrial suburb in Sydney -- famous mainly for its correctional facility -- Silverwater ranges further and wider than the Necks' former releases, exploring a more sectional structure that counterposes extremes and contrasts, and possesses a greater sense of forward motion than we are accustomed to with this most economical of bands -- though it still retains the long, hypnotic single-track iterative form for which they have been praised. Layers and skeins of overdubs and shifting textures give way to almost empty stretches as the piece evolves, and there is much play with asynchronous time. Paradoxically, for a band renowned for its slow, cycling, repetitions, the Necks show again that they are a band who try constantly not to repeat themselves."
CD $10

THE NECKS [CHRIS ABRAHAMS/LLOYD SWANTON/TONY BUCK] - Chemist (ReR Necks 7; UK) “The Necks, with Chemist, break the habit of a lifetime and juxtapose three 20-minute tracks. Bassist Lloyd Swanton, pre-empting his critics, wrote: "We just wanted to see what we could do by contrasting different aesthetics on a single CD. These pieces are calculatedly different, and the contrast is important". Perhaps they were hoping with this minor scandal to draw attention away from the guitar, played by drummer Tony Buck, which features on all three tracks.”
CD $10

THE NECKS [CHRIS ABRAHAMS/LLOYD SWANTON/TONY BUCK] - Drive By (ReR Necks 3; UK)Hypnotic, sensuous, dream-like, enveloping, funky, seductive, subtle, credible - Australian jazz trio The Necks have re-written all the rules. They are a (mostly) acoustic piano trio whose music sounds as much like ambient electronic dance music as it does like conventional jazz. With a healthy doses of influence from ambient-space music, Kraut rock, The Doors, ethnic musics, Miles Davis and John Coltrane also abound. The Necks are drummer Tony Buck, double bassist Lloyd Swanton and pianist Chris Abrahams. Their records and live concerts are all made using the same process; they start with an improvising idea, and then transform the material ever so slowly. It's a devastatingly simple but original approach, which calls for extreme concentration from the players, but for the listener the experience is as fluid and profound and as meditating on a sunset or watching the ebb and flow of the ocean.
CD $10

NEWS FROM BABEL [LINDSAY COOPER/CHRIS CUTLER/ZEENA PARKINS/DAGMAR KRAUSE With ROBERT WYATT/PHIL MINTON/SALLY POTTER] - Sirens and Silences / Work Resumed On The Tower (ReR NFB 1; UK) “News from Babel was the song project inaugurated by Chris Cutler with fellow ex Henry Cow composer Lindsay Cooper. The pieces for this first LP were written for a band that also included Zeena Parkins (harp - her first recording with the instrument) and the incomparable Dagmar Krause (another ex-band member) singing. Using the studio as an instrument and experimenting with unusual instrumentation and techniques, these are songs stretched into a less than familiar shape. Phil Minton and Cow bassist Georgie Born also appear. Re-mastered and repackaged with full text and illustrations enclosed.”
CD $10

NEWS FROM BABEL [LINDSAY COOPER/CHRIS CUTLER/ZEENA PARKINS/DAGMAR KRAUSE] - Letters from Home (ReR NFB 2; UK) “The second record by this group (Lindsay Cooper, Zeena Parkins and Chris Cutler) with invitees Robert Wyatt, Sally Potter, Phil Minton and Dagmar Krause who sing, and Bill Gilonis (of The Work) who plays occasional guitar and bass, and who also produced the recording. These are extended songs, unusually orchestrated and arranged and not much like anything else recorded before or since. Re-mastered and repackaged here, with full text and illustrations enclosed.”
CD $10

RECOMMENDED RECORDS SAMPLER - 1982 (ReR 25 A/B; UK) With Faust, Art Bears, Stormy Six, Homosexuals, Joseph Racaillle, The Black Sheep, Univers Zero, Aksak Maboul, Henry Cow, Decibel, The Work, Art Zoyd, the Muffins, Heiner Goebbels, Conventum, This Heat, the Residents, Robert Wyatt…
2 CD Set $15

ReR QUARTERLY - Collection Volume 2 (ReR QCD 2; UK) Features over 70 minutes of music by Robert Wyatt, David Thomas, Henry Kaiser, John Oswald, Jean Derome, Jocelyn Robert, Iva Bittova/Pavel Fajt, When, Musci/Venosta, James Grigsby, Bill Gilonis, Joseph Racaille, & many more.
CD $10

THE SCIENCE GROUP [CHRIS CUTLER/BOB DRAKE/STEPHEN TICKMAYER] - Spoors (ReR Science 2; UK) Featuring legendary percussionist Chris Cutler, classical composer Steven Tickmayer and ex-Hail & Thinking Plague member Bob Drake on bass. This is the second splendid progressive feast from The Science Group. It deals with extremes and implosive compositional forms. Using song cycles as the musical schematic, 'Spoors' delves into the ambiguities of chaos theory, the mysteries of black holes and galaxy formation. The Science Group offers a richly textured primer on the exigencies of science and the fundamental laws of physics.
CD $10

SKELETON CREW [FRED FRITH/TOM CORA/ZEENA PARKINS/DAVE NEWHOUSE] - Learn To Talk/The Country Of Blinds...Plus (Fred FRO 08-09/ReR; UK) All of the 'Learn To Talk' [Frith & Cora] and 'the Country Of Blinds' album [Frith/Cora/Parkins] plus 10 tracks of previously unreleased material! A timely reissue of two timeless classics. On the first CD it's just Fred Frith and Tom Cora, the legendary two man crew who somehow - in real time, not with endless overdubs! - managed to play all their own instruments (cello, bass, electric guitar, violin, casio) and sing - as well as, between them, constructing the drum parts - dislocated into elements with each of them having bits of the kit. This made for some fantastic - and normally unplayable parts - most drummers having only one brain. No one sounded like Skeleton Crew, ever. Devious, complicated, brutally simple, always unexpected, turning on a dime, this was not just a pop band but a tocsin, a call to arms - and in a short recorded life it produced a catalogue of invention that is still breathtaking today. On the second album, the inspired addition of Zeena Parkins (keyboards, accordion, more drums, more vocals) led to some of the best music of the decade. The recording was rawer, more urgent, the songs standing out in sharp relief; every part essential. And yet - it's a puzzle almost impossible to unravel: how on earth did they ever evolve those dislocated parts and still make them fit so perfectly together? Did I mention the texts? So much to the point, so good. And where are the Skeleton Crews today when we really need them? Both CDs are here, in full, re-mastered by Fred and with 10 extra tracks - each as good as anything on the official albums. Skeleton Crew broke up in 1986. Fred and Zeena have continued to collaborate in a number of different contexts, Tom went on to stardom with The Ex and his own band Roof, before tragically falling to cancer in 1998. He is sorely missed. - BLG
2 CD set $15

SLAPP HAPPY [DAGMAR KRAUSE/PETER BLEGVAD/ANTHONY MOORE] FAUST - Acnalbasac Noom (ReR ; UK) Rmstr by Bob Drake! The 1st [initially unreleased] version of their 2nd album Casablanca Moon with Faust backing them on the rejected-by-Virgin first recording of their 2nd album. Also includes the legendary 'Charlie and Charlie', not on the Virgin version and four extra tracks, including the single 'Everybody's Slimming' and unreleased pieces, one by Dagmar Krause. An odd, classic Masterpiece!
CD $10

SLAPP HAPPY With HENRY COW [DAGMAR KRAUSE/PETER BLEGVAD/ANTHONY MOORE With FRED FRITH/TIM HODGKINSON/JOHN GREAVES/CHRIS CUTLER/LINDSAY COOPER] - Desperate Straights (ReR HCSH 1; UK) The 3rd ['74] Slapp Happy album, Desperate Straights was recorded by the union of Slapp Happy with Henry Cow (Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, Lindsay Cooper) as was most of what became the Cow's 4th album, In Praise Of Learning (if you count this as the 3rd). Essential marriage of the two originators of all RIO bands to follow!
CD $10

SUN RA QUARTET With JOHN GILMORE/MICHAEL RAY/LUQMAN ALI - Media Dreams - Expanded Edition (Art Yard CD 02; UK) More than twice as much material as the LP edition - the recordings on Disc Two have never been released before -ever! Extremely rare and legendary Sun Ra small group session featuring Mr. Ra on organ, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Michael Ray on trumpet and "Crumar Mainman" [a keyboard, usually played and programmed by Sun Ra; It's what is doing the "drum box" sound], Luqman Ali on drums & drum box. Recorded in Italy in 1978, about the same time this quartet did two phenomenal double albums for the Italian HORO label, New Steps and Other Voices Other Blues
2 CD Set $15

STEVAN KOVACS TICKMAYER FORMATIO - Wilhelm Dances MCMXCII (ReR TF 1; UK) The 2nd solo album from the mid 80's by the musical chief behind The Science Group, this is a seven piece band led by Yugoslavian composer Stevan Tickmayer, it features the instrumentation of flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, cello & keyboards. This has a Euro-chamber music feel with distinctly rock elements as well, as Tickmayer nicely mixes up the moods and influences.
CD $10

THE WORK [TIM HODGKINSON/BILL GILONIS/AMOS/CHRIS CUTLER] - Live in Japan (Ad Noc 13; USA) "By 1982 drummer Rick Wilson had left The Work to study Katakali in India and bassist Mick Hobbs followed shortly afterwards over disagreements about what the group should be playing. The remainder of the band then asked Amos (bass) and Chris Cutler (drums) to join them for a tour of Japan that had already been scheduled before the breakup. Together with sound engineer Chris Gray, the group flew there in June to play three concerts in Tokyo and one in Osaka. The recording that became 'Live in Japan' was taken at the Osaka concert, the only one on the tour that was recorded. A Japan-only release followed (on Recommended Records Japan), which has been out of print for over 20 years and is virtually impossible to find anywhere. This disc re-issues the concert for the first time, adding the extremely rare, red flexi-disc, live version of 'I Hate America', as a bonus track. This is a different and extremely in-your-face version of The Work, made more so by the original processing of the (cassette) recording, which brought everything to the front of the mix, accentuating every hit and roar. Tim is in screaming form and the band take extreme liberties with the material, somehow staying inside the songs while systematically splitting them open and spitting them out in ruins. There's an awful lot going on here, and yet it somehow remains uncluttered. Best listened to loud, as intended; although this disk sounds loud, even when quiet. The original source tapes were recorded onto cassette, and mastered by the band one evening in an Osaka bedroom. Udi Koomran's remastering has not sanitized or modernised the sound - which was essential to the spirit of the music - but has cleaned it up and made it even more what it is." This is a really great album and Udi made what I always thought of a not very good live recording sound really great in a utterly loud, raw way; I hope that a billion of you buy this so Ad Hoc will do their long awaited (by me) The Work gigantic reissue series."
CD $10


Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for August of 2018:


8/31 Friday
8:30 pm - John Medeski (keysboards, organ) & G Calvin Weston (drums)


9/4 Tuesday
8:30 pm - Duos: RJ Miller (drums) Michael Blake (saxes, flute, piano)

9/5 Wednesday
8:30 pm - New Music for Quartet - Chris McCarthy (piano) Simon Willson (bass) Eli Rojas (drums) Michael Blake (saxophones)

9/6 Thursday
8:30 pm - String Theory - Charlie Burnham (violin) Erik Friedlander (cello) Ryan Blotnick (guitar) Tony Scherr (bass) Jerry Granelli (drums) Michael Blake (saxes, flute)

9/7 Friday
8:30 pm - Quartet - Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ben Allison (bass), Rudy Royston (drums), Michael Blake (saxes, flute)

9/8 Saturday
8:30 pm - Baby Tank Brass Band - Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Marcus Rojas (tuba) Matt Wilson (drums) Michael Blake (saxes, flute)

THE (NEW) STONE is located in The New School’s Glass Box Theatre
55 West 13th street - near 6th ave
All Sets at The New Stone start at 8:30pm Tickets: $20
There are no refreshments or merchandise at The Stone.
Only music. All ages are welcome. Cash Only at the door.
A serious listening environment.
The Stone is booked purely on a curatorial basis


The CORNELIA STREET CAFE - 212-989-9319
29 Cornelia St in the heart of the West Greenwich Village, NYC

Friday Aug 31
8:35PM IGOR LUMPERT QUARTET - Igor Lumpert, tenor sax; Matt Mitchell, piano; John Herbert, bass;

Saturday Sep 01
8:35PM DUANE EUBANKS 4TET - Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Anthony Wonsey, piano; Santi Debriano, bass; Chris Beck, drums

Sunday Sep 02
Stephon Alexander, physicist, musician; Robert Dick, flutist
8:01PM DJANGO FEST: DAN LEVINSON - Dan Levinson, clarinet; Vinny Raniolo, guitar; Josh Kaye, guitar; Danny Wheller, bass

Mon Sept 3rd:
7:00PM OUR BAND - Sasha Papernik, vocals, piano, accordion; Justin Poindexter, vocals, guitar; Leon Boykin, bass; Special Guest David Amram!
8:30PM AMRAM & CO - David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; Rene Hart, bass; Elliot Peper, bongos; Jose Pacheco, poet

Tues Sept 4th:
Kris Adams, voice; Tim Ray, piano; Paul Del Nero, bass; Jamie Baum, flute
9:30PM VOXECSTATIC: ARTA JÄ“KABSONE QUINTET "LIGHT" - Arta JÄ“kabsone, voice, compositions; Theo Walentiny, piano; Lucas Kadish, guitar; Nick Dunston, bass, compositions; Connor Parks, drums

Wednesday Sep 05
6:00PM MARTIN DILLER QUARTET - Frank Silva, tenor saxophone; Sharik Hasan, piano; Noah Garabedian, bass; Martin Diller, drums
8:01PM FRANCESCO GEMINIANI COLORSOUND 4TET - Francesco Geminiani, tenor sax, comp.; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Matt Penman, bass; Rajiv Jayaweera, drums

Friday Sep 07
6:00PM MINJI KIM TRIO - Minji Kim, piano; Hwansu Kang, bass; Jongkuk Kim, drums
8:35PM PAUL JONES SEXTET - Paul Jones, tenor sax, comp.; Alex LoRe, alto sax; Matt Davis, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Johannes Felscher, bass; Allan Mednard, drums

Saturday Sep 08
8:35PM PAUL SHAPIRO’S RIBS & BRISKET REVUE - Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, voice; Cilla Owen, voice; Jerry Korman, piano; Dave Hofstra, bass; Larry Eagle, drums

Sunday Sep 09
6:00PM ELIANE AMHERD BAND - Eliane Amherd , vocals, guitar; Jennifer Vincent, bass; Rosa Avila, drums; plus special guests!
8:00PM ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: NUPHAR FEY TRIO - Nuphar Fey, piano; Yogev Gabay, drums; Daniel Ashkenazy, bass
Shachar Elnatan, guitar, voice; Nitai Hershkovits, piano; Or Bareket, bass; Daniel Dor, drums


I-Beam Presents:

Saturday, September 8th 8:00 PM
Liebowitz / Lane / Drury
Carol Liebowitz . piano
Adam Lane . bass
Andrew Drury . drums
Eva Novoa Trio

Friday, September 14th 9:00 PM $
Eva Novoa, piano
Drew Gress, bass
Devin Gray, drums

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.

Shapeshifter Presents:

Sept 5
7p and 8:15 - Improvisors Gathering: East to West and South
7p - Rema Hasumi (piano and voice)
Charlotte Greve (saxophone)
Flin van Hemmen (drums)
8:15p - “Kazuki Yamanaka NYC-Argentina Improv Connection”,
Kazuki Yamanaka (alto sax)
Camila Niebla (tenor sax)
Dana Saul (piano)
Luca Rosenfeld (bass)
Axel Caval (drums)

Sept 6
8:15p - Take Off Collective
Ole Mathisen: Sax electronics
Marko Djordjevic: Drums
Matthew Garrison: Bass electronics

Sept 9
7pm: Mavis Pan Trio
Mavis Pan (Piano/Vocal),
Andreas Brade (Drums),
Ran Livneh (Bass)
8:25p - Hetko, Syracuse & Siegel
Nick Hetko - piano
Rich Syracuse - bass
Jeff “ Siege” Siegel - drums

Sept 11
8:15p- Jan Sturiale TRIO w/Marco Panascia and Colin Stranahan

Sept 13
7p - Allegory of the Cave People
Soprano/Tenor Sax: Will Brown
Alto Sax: Sunhyun Yoo
Voice: Baba Tang
Piano: Anthony Pearlman
Bass/Compositions: Torge Goderstad
Drums: Bryce Collins
8:15p - Paul Steven Ray’s BlueBlackDream
Paul Steven Ray – guitar/soundscapes
Lisette Santiago – Voice/Percussion/Theremin

Shapeshifter is located at:
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 1-646-820-9452


KALI. Z. Concert: Harlem Quartet
Friday, September 7 at 7 PM - 8:45 PM
Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street, NY, New York 10027

KALI. Z. FASTEAU: Harlem Quartet Concert: 100% Spontaneous Composition!

KALI. Z: Piano, Drum Set & Voice
T.K.BLUE: Alto Sax & Flute
RON McBEE: African Percussion



Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Pennovation Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia, PA - Free show 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Music Box, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, OH - Doors 5:30 pm & Show 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - El Club, 4114 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI - Show 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN - Showtime TBA

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA - Venue & Showtime TBA

The Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen has four CD recordings. Two are El Ra Records releases "A Song for the Sun" and "Music for the 21st Century" and the other two are In Out Record label releases "Live at the Paradox" and "Babylon Live".

For additional information about Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen performances, including venue weblinks, please click on the "Tourdates" tab of the Sun Ra Arkestra website. Booking information for the Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen is available by clicking on the "Info" tab of the Sun Ra Arkestra website, which is located at:


The Neal Kirkwood Big Band is back!  
The Neal Kirkwood Big Band is back!
Monday, September 10th - Sets @ 8 & 9:30 PM
“The Slope Lounge” 837 Union St
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 / (718) 789-2762

Kirkwood’s 16-piece ensemble, featuring New York’s crème de la crème of jazz musicians, will perform the World Premiere of Neal Kirkwood's composition "If the Spirit Moves You,” excerpts from his award-winning “The Future of Futurism,” and other musical adventures.

The band: Saxes: Dan Block, Patience Higgins, Matt Hong, Adam Kolker, Bruce Williamson; Trombones: Art Baron, Sam Burtis, Curtis Fowlkes, James Rogers
Trumpets: Andy Gravish, Ron Horton, Dave Smith, James Zollar; Rhythm section: Neal Kirkwood, piano, Aidan O'Donnell, bass, Rob Garcia, drums 


HIGH ZERO Festival (New York edition)
at Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217 /

8pm - $18 for each night
Thurday, September 19th
Set 1
Tom Boram (synthesizer, computer, harpsichord)
Ikue Mori (electronics)
C Spencer Yeh (voice, violin)
Set 2
Owen Gardner (guitar, cello)
Shelly Purdy (percussion)
Margaret Schedel (violoncello, electronics)
Set 3
Andrew Bernstein (saxophone)
Jeff Carey (computer, lights)
Jamal Moore (reeds)
Ras Moshe (sax)
JD Parran (woodwinds)
Set 4
Lea Bertucci (bass clarinet, alto sax, electronics)
Samuel Burt (daxophone, bass clarinet
Michael Evans (percussion, theremin)

Friday, September 20th
Set 1
Bonnie Jones (electronics)
Laura Ortman (amplified violin)
Set 2
Rose Hammer Burt (reeds)
Sandy Ewen (guitar)
M.C. Schmidt (electronics, balloon)
Set 3
CK Barlow (electronics, sampling)
John Berndt (reeds, computer, invented instruments)
Tom Hamilton (electronics)
Amirtha Kidambi (voice)
Set 4
Chuck Bettis (electronics, vocals)
Jaimie Branch (trumpet)
Stewart Mostofsky (electronics)


Michael Musillami Trio 2
Michael Musillami, guitar,composer
Joe Fonda, bass
George Schuller, drums
Kirk Knuffke, cornet
Jason Robinson, saxophones, flutes
Friday, September 14, 2018 - Sets at 8:30 PM  10:00 PM
Firehouse 12
45 Crown Street
New Haven Ct. - 203 785 0468

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Sets at 8:00 & 9:15
The Bing Arts Center
716 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA - 413 731 9730


Fridman Gallery 5th Anniversary Festival
at Fridayman Gallery
287 Spring St., NY, NY 10013
September 17-25, 2018 - 8pm doors
$20 each night
Co-curated with Daniel Neumann

The Program:
Each night: Victoria Keddie, new videos.
Mon Sep 17
Red Desert play Lucier, Oliveros, Wolff
Ikue Mori
Charmaine Lee, Ben Bennett
Tue Sep 18
Hiro Kone
Drew McDowall
Wed Sep 19
Hiro Kone
Drew McDowall
Emil Bognar-Nasdor
Thu Sep 20
Ka Baird
Tamar Ettun, Miya Masaoka
Younes Baba-Ali
Fri Sep 21
John Driscoll, Cecilia Lopez
Lea Bertucci, Seth Cluett, Phil Edelstein
Sat Sep 22
MV Carbon, Maria Chavez, Lesley Flanigan
Michael Schumacher
Nino Cais, Carla Chaim
Sun Sep 23
Phill Niblock
Yvette Janine Jackson, Abigail Levine
Carver Audain
Mon Sep 24
Octophonic performances:: Ed Bear, Chuck Bettis, Richard Garet, Daniel Neumann
Tue Sep 25
Valentina Kvasova
Vitche-Boul Ra