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DMG Newsletter for Friday, October 18th, 2019

“Sylvio” written by Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter
Found on Bob Dylan’s album, ‘Down in the Groove’ from 1988

Stake my future on a hell of a past
Looks like tomorrow is coming on fast
Ain't complaining 'bout what I got
Seen better times, but who has not?
Silvio, silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio, I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know
Honest as the next jade rolling that stone
When I come knocking don't throw me no bone
I'm an old boll weevil looking for a home
If you don't like it you can leave me alone
I can snap my fingers and require the rain
From a clear blue sky and turn it off again
I can stroke your body and relieve your pain
And charm the whistle off an evening train

Silvio, silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio, I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know
I give what I got until I got no more
I take what I get until I even the score
You know I love you and furthermore
When it's time to go you got an open door
I can tell you fancy, I can tell you plain
You give something up for everything you gain
Since every pleasure's got an edge of pain
Pay for your ticket and don't complain
Silvio, silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio, I gotta go, go
Find out something only dead men know

One of these days and it won't be long
Going down in the valley and sing my song
I will sing it loud and sing it strong
Let the echo decide if I was right or wrong
Silvio, silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio, I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know
Silvio, silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio, I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know
Silvio, silver and gold
Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio, I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know
Come on
Come on

I been thinking about what makes a perfect song. The first records I bought as a kid were singles, 7” 45’s, one song per side. Between 1965 & 1969 I bought upwards of 100 singles, often playing them on a small portable turntable that I could take outside. Most singles were 3 minutes or less and they seemed to capture a fleeting feeling, a vibe, an instance that inspired and/or uplifted us, a soundtrack for period of time in life that was always evolving, watching our personal history and world history change from day to day. I stopped buying singles around 1970 when I was acquiring a large collection of albums. I started buying singles again after I graduated college (in 1976), when the New Wave/Punk/No Wave took off around 1977. While attending the Institute of Audio Research on University in Manhattan, I would stop in Bleecker Bob’s and buy 3 singles every week, reading about them in Melody Maker, NME or Trouser Press. This is how I discovered Pere Ubu, Thomas Dolby, Elvis Costello, Televison and loads of more obscure bands. In the eighties, I wrote for Jersey Beat Zine for nearly a decade and again discovered even more bands, hard core, psych, roots rock, noise, etc. Here’s a short list of my fave bands from that era: Gun Club, Dream Syndicate, American Music Club, Shockabilly, Young Turks, Tiny Lights, AOD, Dead Kennedys, Minutemen, REM, the Feelies, the Bongos, Dinosaur, DNA… I recently went through my entire singles collection of around 700 pieces. This brings back a good deal of good memories and I try to listen to 1 or 2 singles every couple of nights.

The above song, “Sylvio” was written by my longtime favorite songwriter/poet Bob Dylan but the lyrics were written by Robert Hunter, who was Jerry Garcia’s lifelong lyricist. Listening to that song now, it still sounds fresh, inspired, catchy, not just the words but the groove and perhaps the melodic hook. For me, there is nothing better than dancing to and singing along with a song that you love. You just get lost in the moment and forget the rest of the other BS that brings us down. Stop reading the bad news and put on those groovy dancing shoes and get down! - BLG


The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues! Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

6pm: An evening of Free Music, Poetry, Stories and Snacks in Memory of
Downtown Poet Laureate STEVE DALACHINSKY! Participating Musicians will include:
Louie Belogenis, Marty Ehrlich, Joe Fonda, Thomas Heberer, Darren Johnston, Jessica Pavone,
Michael Vatcher and others..!

Sunday, October 27th:
6pm: DAVID GROLLMAN and KENNY MILLIONS - Snare Drums and Whatever He Does!
7pm: SEAN ALI & SANDY EWEN - Contrabass and Guitar-on-lap!

Sunday, November 10th:
6pm: NOAH BECKER and MICHAEL ATTIAS - Two Saxists!

Sunday, November 24th:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON - Solo ContraBass
7pm: REGGIE NICHOLSON - Solo Drums

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


DMG Recommended Gig of the Week:

Eric Stern’s House of Improv Presents:

Brandon Seabrook, Brandon Lopez & Gerald Cleaver
With Joanna Mattrey Solo.

Monday October 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
244 Rehearsal Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor, NY, NY, 10019

Plus This Upcoming Special Event:
The Independent Promoters Alliance,
Eric’s House of Improv and Downtown Music Gallery Present:

The Rare Return of BassDrumBone

Saturday, November 9th at 8pm:
Rare Appearance at ZÜRCHER Gallery - 33 Bleecker St. (East of Lafayette), NY NY 10012
Tel: 212-777-0790 /


This Week’s Dynamic Discs Begin With:

JOHN ZORN - The Hermetic Organ Volume 8 — For Antonin Artaud (Tzadik 8368; USA) Accused of being a flagrant "occultist," it took many years before Zorn was able to perform an organ recital in the former Yugoslavia. Finding churches completely unavailable to him, Zorn performed this Office of The Hermetic Organ at Gallus Hall during his residency at the Ljubljana Jazz Festival—and it is one of his best. Including some extended moments with Zorn playing both organ and saxophone simultaneously, the improvisation is intense and varied, with a remarkable compositional arch and wildly dramatic changes of color and timbre. The saxophone blends beautifully with the organ, standing out at times while Zorn plays the organ with his feet, hands and elbows. A beautiful new installment of The Hermetic Organ that draws inspiration from the work of 20th century visionary Antonin Artaud.”
CD $14

JOHN ZORN // SECRET CHIEFS 3 With TREY SPRUANCE / JASON SCHIMMEL / EYVIND KANG / MATT LEBOFSKY / SHANIR BLUMENKRANZ / CHES SMITH / KENNY GROHOWSKI - Masada Book 3: The Book Beri’ah Vol 10: Malkhut (Tzadik 5110; USA) Secret Chiefs 3 features Trey Spruance on guitars, analog synth, organ, clavinet & percussion, Jason Schimmel on guitars, lap steel & sitar, Eyvind Kang on strings, Matt Lebofsky on Hammond & Farfisa organs, pianos & Moog, Shanir Blumenkranz on bass, oud & gimbri, Ches Smith on assorted percussion & Kenny Grohowski on drums. Led by former member of Mr. Bungle, Trey Spruance, the Secret Chiefs have been around for nearly 25 years, and remain one of the most eclectic post-rock/avant/ethnic/whatever ensembles. The SC3 now have around a dozen releases on the Web of Mimicry and Tzadik labels (this is their 2nd disc of Zorn’s Masada songs). The ongoing members include Eyvind Kang (Pacific NWester, Tzadik recording artist & collaborator w/ Alan Bishop, Wayne Horvitz & Bill Frissel), Shanir Blumenkranz (Zion80, Rashanim & Satlah) and Ches Smith (too many to mention). Their music is quintessentially Downtown or Zorn-like, more like Naked City but with more super-diverse ethnic twists & turns. Blending post-surf, middle eastern, Bollywood, Klez, never-ending twists & turns & surprises. Their music often has that cinematic, soundtrackish sound, Plus there is a sense of fun (or silliness) the permeates, which feels just right considering how much negativity is in the air. Both guitars (& other stringed things) seem lead the way or shape the music with loads strong, spirited with from both Eyvind Kang’s strings and Mr. Lebosky’s assorted electric keyboards.
CD $16

HENRY KAISER With DEREK BAILEY / WADADA LEO SMITH / ANDREA CENTAZZO / GREG GOODMAN / MICHAEL MANRING / RAKALAM BOB MOSES / GINO ROBAIR / DAMON SMITH / ANDY WEST / ALAN SENAUKE - More Requia - In Memory of Great Ancestors (Metalanguage 9102; USA) Inspired by John Fahey’s 1967 ‘Requia and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo’ album on Vanguard, Henry Kaiser recorded his own ‘Requia and Other Improvisations for Guitar Solo’ back in 2013 for the Tzadik Label. Having lost several friends and heroes in the past few years, Henry's mind turned again to Guitar Requia for the departed. This time he invited some friends and Heroes (Nine living, one dead) to join him for the recordings. Composed/improvised by the performers except for an amazing reimagining of Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia's “What's Become of the Baby” from AOXOMOXOA by the Grateful Dead.
Each of the nine tracks here are dedicated to someone who influenced Mr. Kaiser, the list includes guitarists: Sonny Sharrock, Hans Reichel, Davey Williams, Albert Collins, Derek Bailey, Larry Coryell & Jerry Garcia (all deceased). The other dedicatees include: Cecil Taylor, Lloyd Austin, Paul Hostetter (a luthier, who died in February of this year-2019) and Gene Wolfe (sci-fi writer). The pieces range from solo electric & acoustic guitars to duos, trios and quartets. Considering that Mr. Kaiser has recorded some two dozen discs in the past few years, his batting average remains consistently high. He begins with “The Time in the Cauldron at Point Lobos”, a lovely, tranquil, exquisite work for soft, solo electric guitar. There is a long piece, “The Echoes with Sonny”, which features Kaiser & Derek Bailey on guitars, Greg Goodman on piano and Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet. Mr. Bailey’s contribution was taken from a tape that he sent Kaiser many moons ago, he tells a funny story about a lost $100 bill. On the piece for the late Hans Reichel, Mr. Kaiser plays what sounds like a piece in a similar style to Reichel’s unique sound. Although Mr. Kaiser does have a distinctive tone or sound on guitar(s), his approach changes on every piece here. There are a number of highlights here, too many to mention but I will list a few: his super-quick lightning-like licks on “Old Saw” for Davey Williams, cosmic wah wah frantic guitar on “Frosty Boy Antarctica” and 2 over-dubbed 7-string guitars for “When Worlds Collide”, which is dedicated to Cecil Taylor & Derek Bailey, who did play together on a couple occasions. This piece does sound like it was inspired by that unique duo. This long and winding disc concludes with a unique version of a relatively rare early Dead song, “What’s Become of the Baby”, which includes some mind-blowing feedback or sustained mutant electric guitar. Bay area vocalist, Alan Senauke, does a good job of speaking the lyrics which were somewhat obscured in the original version. It is the long feedback solo in the last section that really cuts loose and takes us all away. As always, Mr. Kaiser, turns his guitars inside-out and takes us to far away planets. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $12 [In stock early next week]

ADAM RUDOLPH / GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA with HAMID DRAKE / HASSAN HALMOUN / GRAHAM HAYNES / et al BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE - Ragmala: A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records; USA) “Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes and tradition-blurring flutist Kaoru Watanabe combining forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Trina Basu, Jay Gandhi, Samarth Nagakar and many others.
What would a “Future Orchestra” look and more importantly, sound like? Master percussionist, composer and bandleader Adam Rudolph has created an illuminating and original answer to that question with his innovative
Go: Organic Orchestra. On the remarkable new album ‘Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas’, the Orchestra joins forces with the boundary pushing Indian classical musicians of Brooklyn Raga Massive, showcasing Rudolph’s game-changing vision. The 40 piece ensemble embraces diverse cultures, genders, traditions, generations and voices to create a breathtaking album that invents a communal way forward while reverberating with echoes of the recent and ancient past. Drawing parallels with another groundbreaking and singular epic, Ragmala has already been referred to as a “Bitches Brew for the 21st century”.
“This album feels like the culmination of everything I’ve been reaching for in my creative pursuits,” says Rudolph, no small claim from someone who’s been a pioneering voice in jazz and world music for more than 40 years. “With this music, I can hear the humanity of all these different musicians shine through, and their voices bring forth something that’s never existed before.”
Continually evolving over the past two decades, Go: Organic is an ensemble boundless in myriad senses; in its range of influences, its adaptability, its scale, its potentiality and most importantly its imagination. Though Rudolph’s inventive approach to composing and conducting is challenging, it also opens the band up to infinite variation. That adaptability is dazzlingly illustrated by the contributions of Brooklyn Raga Massive and the way that two already awe-inspiring groups merge into a boundary-blurring sonic experience.”
2 CD Set $16 // 3 LP Set $36 [In stock very soon]

*CD/LP release concert on Friday, December 13 – Live@365 Series, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, NYC

TAYLOR HO BYNUM 9—Tette with MARY HALVORSON / INGRID LAUBROCK / JIM HOBBS / BILL LOWE / TOMEKA REID / KEN FILIANO / STOMU TAKEISHI / TOMAS FUJIWARA - The Ambiguity Manifesto (Firehouse12 032; USA) Featuring Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, flugel & compositions, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor & sopranino saxes, Jim Hobbs on alto sax, Boll Lowe on bass trombone & tuba, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Tomeka Reid on cello, Ken Filiano on acoustic bass & electronics and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. This is the first disc from Taylor Ho Bynum in a couple of years and its on its way here as I write this. It has also been quite a while since I’ve seen or heard this band play. The last time I caught them was at the old Jazz Gallery and they were phenomenal! Can’t wait to hear and review this future treasure. - BLG
CD $14

MILES OKAZAKI With MATT MITCHELL / ANTHONY TIDD / SEAN RICKMAN - The Sky Below (Pi Records 84; USA) “The material for The Sky Below was developed while touring with a new version of the Trickster band, a quartet of Okazaki on guitar, Matt Mitchell (taking over for Craig Taborn, who appeared on the first album) on piano, Anthony Tidd on electric bass, and Sean Rickman on drums. Okazaki got a sense of Mitchell’s skill set after working for several years on the material for the latter’s Phalanx Ambassadors (Pi 2019) album. He describes Mitchell’s role in the band: “Matt can do certain things on the fly, like generative improvising from cells and transformations, which is important for these tunes. He can play in a way that totally avoids “licks” – it’s a very pure sound that gives you a lot of options as a composer. Like the song “The Lighthouse,” which is a just a version of a standard, but his approach is oblique enough that it avoids showing all the cards.” The team of Anthony Tidd and Sean Rickman form a seamless rhythmic foundation for the band. Okazaki began playing with them in saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Five Elements. Together, they demonstrate the balancing act of negotiating abstract musical information while maintaining an unstoppable rhythmic drive.
The album is also informed by an intense period of compositional study that Okazaki undertook in creating WORK, a six-album solo guitar recording of the complete compositions of Thelonious Monk that he released in August 2018. It was the first time the entire songbook had been recorded on a solo instrument, and the project received much critical praise, landing on more than a dozen best-of-2018 lists, including the New York Times, which called it “a monumental statement of devotion.” WBGO described it as “an act of immersive scholarship and exhaustive scope… a singular achievement,” and NPR’s Fresh Air called it “heroic” and “epic.” The Sky Below is a direct result of Okazaki’s extreme exploration of Monk’s vision: In trying to create the symbolic system of the Trickster recordings, Okazaki went back to the well of the great composer for inspiration for how to create an idiosyncratic sonic world of his own.
‘The Sky Below’ marks the first time that Okazaki has used guitar effects on his own albums since his debut release, MIRROR, in 2006. He is known primarily for possessing a clean acoustic sound played on the Gibson ES-175 Charlie Christian that he has used for the last 25 years. But here, he utilizes five different guitars to continually shift the sonic impression. Recent work with producer/guitarist David Torn on Mitchell’s Phalanx Ambassadors and tours with guitarist Mary Halvorson’s quartet playing the music of John Zorn informed the types of effects used, and the quarter tone guitar used on “To Dream Again” was built for work with Amir ElSaffar’s “Rivers of Sound” project. In order further expand the sound, Okazaki also invented several virtual instruments in Pure Data, a visual computer programming language. Rather than using commercial software, Okazaki painstakingly designed the programs using the same musical concepts as the compositions themselves. He improvised on these instruments to create raw musical material that was then fed through the Prophet-6 with Matt Mitchell manipulating the sounds in real time. This is heard most explicitly on track that begins the second half of the album, “Monstropolous.” With its carefully-crafted narrative structure and expansive use of studio techniques, The Sky Below evokes the fathomless depths of the sea, both familiar and strange.” - Pi Records
CD $15

LANDLINE with CHET DOXAS / JACOB SACKS / ZACK LOBER / VINNIE SPERRAZZA - Landline (Loyal Label 022; USA) Landline is Chet Doxas on tenor sax, Jacob Sacks on piano, Zack Lober on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. There is no leader in this quartet, just four musician friends who enjoy playing together. The way the music was written or organized is this: Each member of the quartet would write a fragment of music and then give it another member of the quartet to add to or change. This idea is similar to the child’s game of “telephone”, in which one child whispers a sentence into the ear of the child sitting next to this, the sentence changed by the time it reaches the last child, hence calling this quartet Landline. I know each of these musicians from different collaborations: Chet Doxas with Dave Douglas & Miles Perkin, Jacob Sacks with Eivind Opsvik, Dan Weiss & Joao Lencastre, Zack Lober with Christophe Schweizer & Samir Zarif and Vinnie Sperrazza has worked with Jacob Garchik, Ben Holmes and many more.
Things commence with a piece called, “Michael Attias”, the Downtown saxist & composer, who has worked with some (all?) of these folks. The piece has an odd, twisted theme which keeps changing as the piano, sax and rhythm team exchange roles or lines. I like the way Mr. Sperrazza’s sizzling cymbals are at the center of “Twelve Years” with Mr. Doxas’ tenor sailing in and out like the ghost of Lester Young. “Yup!” has a warm, tasty theme, a melody you hear once and it stays with you. The tenor sax and piano sound superb together, complimenting each other’s sound just right. Although I wouldn’t call this music particularly outside, there is a sense of adventure in the way things are arranged. Relaxed yet still engaged. It takes some time to get used to the more restrained yet still unexpected energy going on beneath the surface. I recently reviewed a trio CD with Vinnie Sperrazza as a member. What made that disc special is that Mr. Sperrazza often laid back and played ultra subtle on some of the songs, weaving a rhythmic thread gracefully yet without pushing too hard. His playing here is equally sublime when need be and whipping up a nice rhythmic storm at times as well. Landline is yet another the more magical Downtown quartets with a calm inner fire flowing through. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14 [In stock next week]

DAVID CATTACIN / YVES RENAUX - Les Debris (DYW 01; France) Featuring David Cattacin on piano and Yves Renaux on clarinet. A couple of years back, we got a box of perhaps 10 titles from a French duo: David Catticin and Yves Renaux. The discs arrived out of the blue and I hadn’t heard from either musician first. It some time to get through all of them but I was most impressed since I hadn’t heard of any of the musicians involved before this. I got in contact with them and told them that I appreciated what they were doing. There were a few other French musicians involved and there was some electronics utilized as well. As far as I can tell, the only way to purchase this music is as a download. What I find most interesting is that there seems to pockets of resistance or under-recognized creative musicians all over our planet places well known and little known.
The title of this disc is ‘Les Debris’ which means ‘The Fragments’, which seems appropriate since some of these pieces are made from fragments. The first piece is called “a l’affut” which means “lying in wait”. It sounds as if these two players have been working together for a long time, their improvisations spacious, tight, quietly adventurous, somewhere in between free/jazz improv and modern chamber music. I really dig the adventurous spirit here, both players pushing each other, bending their notes around one another. Each piece seems to tell a small tale or story, fragmentary yet somehow connected. There is an ongoing dialogue going on here, with two distinctive characters who both work well together but still go in unexpected directions. Things get even more intense as this disc unfolds. On the final piece, “acts III, debris II, IV, VII”, the duo reaching near boiling point at times, which had me at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. If this disc were on a larger label, this duo might be world renown avant-gardists. OUT-standing as far as I am concerned. We have just a half-dozen for now. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $12

We haven’t had this disc back in stock in nearly a year. The self-produced AACM label has no US distribution as fas as we can tell. This disc was reviewed in Downbeat in the past year but few folks who don’t live in the Chicago area have been able to get copies. Special thanks to our pal Ernst Dawkins for tightening us up once again!

Back in stock:

AACM GREAT BLACK MUSIC ENSEMBLE With ERNEST DAWKINS / BEN LAMAR GAY / JEROME CROSWELL / et al - Live @ The Currency Exchange Cafe Volume 1 (AACM; USA) For more than fifty years, the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music), has continued lead the way for nurturing creative music in a hostile environment. Initially based in Chicago and founded by Muhal Richard Abrams with Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, (Wadada) Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, etc., the AACM has continued to evolve and inspire musicians and listeners worldwide. There are branches both in Chicago and in NYC, with your truly still attending monthly AACM gigs when they occur. This disc documents a current version of the Chicago AACM and is led by the greatest saxist & bandleader, Ernest Dawkins plus the highly respected, up & coming Ben Lamar Gay on cornet. There are eleven musicians on this disc, but only a couple of names I recognize: Ernest Dawkins, longtime leader of the New Horizons Ensemble and member of the Ethnic Heritage Society. The other name I know of is cornetist Ben Lamar Gay, who has recorded with Jaimie Branch and who has a well-regarded album out on the International Anthem label. Although the music here is all spontaneous improvisations, it sounds very focused or directed. Starting with “Ancient to the Future, Power Stronger Than Itself”, which has long been the them for Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEoC). The opening piece is epic length and does sound quite a bit like the organic, inside/outside vibe of the Art Ensemble. Female vocalist, Saalik Ziyad, is in fine form, her voice riveting at times, backed by the spirited saxes of Mr. Dawkins, Ed House on tenor and/or Adam Zanolini on soprano sax & flute. When she chants, her voice has that dreamy, Sun Ra-like vibe. Like the Art Ensembles’ concept/embrace of history of jazz, so too the AACM GBM Ensemble captures the long, flowing, festive and uplifting spirit. Each member of the unit seems like a perfect choice for wherever the ensemble goes. Inspired solos from most of the members (cornet, soprano sax & percussion) are scattered throughout, making this disc consistently compelling. At times the ensemble evolves into duos or trios, while keeping the magic of spiritual improv flames growing. For those of us who love spiritual jazz, this disc is a must-have: aural medicine for serious listeners worldwide. Delicious with just the right amount of spice! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14


Ongoing Tzadik CD Sale: Composer Series:

3 - 5 CD’s = $13 each

6 CD’s = $12.50 each

These are all single CD’s which usually sell at $14 here except for Terry Riley’s ‘Aleph’, which is a 2 CD Set - $2 off for that one if you order 3 or more from this list. You can find reviews or blurbs for each of these CD’s on the DMG or Tzadik websites.

CD $14

CD $14


ALVIN CURRAN // WILLIAM WINANT - Theme Park (Tzadik 7039; USA) - CD $14


MORTON FELDMAN//CHARLES CURTIS/ALECK KARIS - Patterns in a Chromatic Field (Tzadik 8002; USA) - CD $14

PETER GARLAND//AKI TAKAHASHI - The Days Run Away (Tzadik 7053; USA) - CD $14


PETER GARLAND ENSEMBLE With UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE - Three Strange Angels: Border Music Expanded Edition (Tzadik 8059; USA) - CD $14



LEE HYLA - Wilson's Ivory-Bill (Tzadik 8027; USA) CD $14


GEORGE E LEWIS With ENSEMBLE ERIK SATIE/WET INK ENSEMBLE - Les Excercices Spirituels (Tzadik 8081; USA) - CD $14

TERRY RILEY - Autodreamographical Tales (Tzadik 8070; USA) - CD $14

TERRY RILEY - Aleph (Tzadik 8167; USA) - 2 CD Set $20 ($2 off for 3 CD’s from this sale)

DAVID ROSENBOOM - Naked Curvature (Tzadik 4009; USA) - CD $14

DAVID ROSENBOOM - Life Field (Tzadik 8091; USA) - CD $14

LOIS V VIERK With LOIS MARTIN/DAVID SEIDEL/TED MOOK/JIM PUGLIESE - River Beneath the River (Tzadik 7056; USA) - CD $14




LP Section:

COMPANY With DEREK BAILEY / JULIE TIPPETTS / FRED FRITH / PHILIPP WACHSMANN / ANNE LeBARON / MOTOHARU YOSHIZAWA / GEORGE LEWIS - Epiphany (Honest Jon’s Records 211; UK) Honest Jon's Records present a reissue of Company's ‘Epiphany’, originally released in 1982. Epiphany \ i-ˈpi-fə-nē \ (1) a manifestation of the essential nature of something (usually sudden) (2) an intuitive grasp of reality through something (usually simple and striking) (3) an illuminating discovery or disclosure.
All three definitions apply perfectly to this span of music recorded at London's ICA in July 1982. It's a miracle of group interaction, wonderfully paced, moving steadily between moments of mounting intensity and tension. The passage about halfway through -- when Derek Bailey's harmonics ring out above a sheen of inside piano tremolos and shimmering electronics, topped off by Julie Tippetts's soaring vocalese -- is simply sublime. After which it's fun to try and tell the two pianists apart. Are those runs Ursula Oppens, with her formidable technique honed from years performing some of the twentieth century's most difficult notated new music, or are those Keith Tippett's crunchy jazz zigzags? Are those intriguing twangs from one of Akio Suzuki's invented instruments or could they be Fred Frith's or Phil Wachsmann's electronics? Bah, who cares? There's plenty of room for the more delicate instruments too, like Anne LeBaron's harp picking its way gingerly through a pin-cushion of pings and scratches from Bailey and bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa. Of course, some performers are instantly recognizable: Tippetts, as lyrical and flighty on flute as when she sings, Phil Wachsmann, sinuous and sensitive on violin, and trombonist George Lewis, who, as John Zorn once put it, "swings his motherf*cking ass off." So many magical moments abound, from the opening dawn chorus of Tippetts' voice and Frith's guitar swooping through a rainforest of exquisite piano cascades, to the Zen calm of the closing moments. Epiphany, indeed.”
2 LP Set $34

STEVE REICH & ENSEMBLE MODERN & SYNERGY VOCALS - Tokyo Opera City, 21.5.2008 (Alternative Fox 019; UK) “As noted on Alternative Fox's Berkeley November 7, 1970 (FOX 002LP) and Information, Transmission, Modulation and Noise (FOX 006LP) releases, the New York-born composer and abstract keyboard artist Steve Reich was one of the most important pioneers of minimalist music. After studying with jazz pianist Hall Overton, Reich studied composition at the Julliard School of Music and later at Mills College, a hotbed of experimental music in Oakland, near San Francisco. He subsequently began experimenting with audio tape as a medium for recorded and performed music at the San Francisco Tape Music Center with important figures of early electronic music, including Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender, and Phil Lesh (the latter eventually a bassist in the Grateful Dead), and more importantly with Terry Riley, who joined Reich for the staging of In C in 1964, based on constantly shifting, fragmented music patterns. Reich went on to compose a number of noteworthy film soundtracks and in 1967 collaborated with Oliveros and Richard Maxfield for the LP New Sounds In Electronic Music. Phased musical and rhythmic patterns, sonic loops and electronic percussion were focal points from the mid- 1960s. Music For 18 Musicians was first released by jazz label ECM in 1978, based around pulsing patterns of tuned percussion created by several pianists, a vibraphonist and three marimba players, along with a clarinetist, a cellist, and a violinist, as well as three vocalists, with players switching to different instruments and percussion as necessary; the masterful version presented at Tokyo's Opera City on May 21st, 2008 features the choral group Synergy Vocals, close-microphone specialists founded by BBC Singers and London Choir alumnus Micaela Haslam, who first collaborated with Reich on his 2002 Drumming release.”
LP $17

PITA - Get On (Editions Mego 268; Austria) “With over two decades of formal exploration and exhilarating abstraction, Get On is, somewhat surprisingly, only the fourth solo Pita full-length. Peter Rehberg has always been vouched for pushing the very limits of the technology du jour, be it software or in recent years a complex modular set. Rehberg's motives are one of unbridled exploration often resulting in extreme and exhilarating audio works. Having spearheaded the contemporary electronic sound with his uncompromising explorations of noise, rhythm, and extreme computer music, he has also worked with numerous experimental musicians in collaboration. Rehberg stands in the wake of a sonic revolution, once fringe, which transformed over time into the sound of a generation of experimental geeks and club freaks worldwide. Get On follows on from the 2016 release Get In (EMEGO 218CD/LP, 2016). As with other titles in his Get series, Get On in an unwieldy blend of noise, abstraction, gnarled rhythm, and blurred melody. Both analog and digital tools are deployed as a means of expressing something outside of everyday electronics. "AMFM" launches proceedings with some delightfully disorientating ricocheting electronics setting off a subversive sonic spectrum. "Frozen Jumper" presents some ugly skittering electronics which rotate into exquisitely mangled forms before launching into an unsettling euphoria. The last piece "Motivation" is a towering sensitive work, simultaneously haunted and emotionally moving. Get On marks another monumental work in the ongoing evolution from one of the ground zero pioneers of contemporary radical electronic music. As uncompromising as ever, this is Pita in his prime. Emotion rung from the most twisted of frames. Artwork by Tina Frank. Recorded and mixed by Peter Rehberg at Twisted, Wien, 2018/2019; Mastered by Russell Haswell, July 2019; Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, August 2019.”
LP $24

DON SLEPIAN - New Dawn: New Music for Digital Orchestra (Morning Trip 003; Canada) "'360 degrees of freedom is overwhelming in music, and you need not truly begin to find freedom until you put yourself under extremely narrow constraints.' It was with this quote that Don Slepian laid the groundwork for over 40 years of musical output. Slepian's work draws equally from the harmonic terrain he explored while performing with a Javanese gamelan ensemble, as well as his time spent building and modifying electronic audio equipment for studios and fellow musicians. Gravitating towards improvisation and experimentation, Slepian built a breathtaking sound-world that stretched the briefest of moments into an eternity of detail and depth. In 1980, Slepian self-released a series of cassette albums that built upon and perfected this practice, offering New Music for Digital Orchestra. New Dawn is one of those albums -- an enthralling example of New Age euphoria, and early-electronic experimentation. New Music For Digital Orchestra? An ironic subtitle for an album without any traces of digital technology found within. The instruments, tools, and recording techniques are entirely analog. A Korg PS3100, Mellotron voices, Mellotron flutes, analog tape echo and analog recorder were used to create both of the pieces found on New Dawn with both tracks being recorded live with no overdubs."
LP $24

MATSUO OHNO - Roots Of Electronic Sound (Survival Research 005; Italy) Futuristic synthesizer specialist and sound designer Matsuo Ohno was responsible for the sound design of a broad range of film, television, and radio soundtracks, most famously the animation series Astro Boy which he began working on in 1963 together with his assistant, Takehisa Kosugi. Ohno was born in the heavily-populated Kanda district of central Tokyo in 1930 and was heavily affected by the repeated bombing raids on the city enacted in World War II, which took place during his formative years. After the war, deeply motivated by philosophy and Surrealism, he was largely unaffected by popular music, other than the electronic abstractions of Karlheinz Stockhausen; the left-wing filmmaker Fumio Kamei was another early influence. Ohno began immersing himself in the realm of sound effects while working with the Bungaku-za modernist theatre troupe and he performed a similar function at NHK, Japan's national broadcasting corporation, but became so frustrated by the rigidity of the restrictions imposed on him there that he quit his prestigious post at the broadcaster, although his skills were such that he remained in high demand as a freelancer, which allowed him to refine his sound effects techniques with evolving analogue synthesizers. The five suites of tracks that make up the Roots Of Electronic Sound album were recorded between 1963 and 1966; initially released on the ALM label in 1975, it is comprised of brief tape experiments, the cover artwork fittingly representing Astro Boy, from which many of the audio interludes are taken. Includes full color insert; edition of 500.
LP $22

MILAN KNIZAK - String Quartets (Sub Rosa 479; Belgium) “Violin was Milan Knízák's first instrument. He has composed hundreds of works of this ilk. The first one "DHK", was written 45 years ago. Next to his destroyed works, Milan took notations of different composers, cut them and put them together (with his own score) into a collage, expressing his feelings and his apprehension of music. Recorded from February-July 2018 and performed by fama Q: David Danel, Roman Hranicka - violin; Ondrej Martinovsky - viola; Balázs Adorján - violoncello. fama Q is a string quartet founded in 2005 in Prague. Its members, also orchestral musicians with the Prague Philharmonia, were always devoted to chamber and string quartet music.
"I am aware that the majority of my compositions are technically challenging, since I employ uncommon intervals, so as to make the musicians think in a different, novel way and to produce different colors in the 'classical' passages too. If the instruments were arrayed 'beneath one another', simple melodies may come across as boring. In the case of interval skips, whereby I count with a certain fuzziness, even falseness of tones, music is far more colorful. I don't care who would perform my pieces, as long as they are solid musicians. I think I have written them in such a manner that they should not forfeit energy even when someone is not familiar with the modern playing principles, only their effect would somewhat shift. And I really don't mind any shift. One of my friends said that this music of mine is not similar to anything. I would like to add that it is similar to everything. Perhaps both are true." --Milan Knízák, April 2018.
LP $16


Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for October of 2019:

Is Located at the New School’s Glass Box Theatre
55 West 13th street - just east of 6th ave


10/18 Friday
8:30 pm - REVELATOR - Will Bernard (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass) Aaron Johnston (drums) Peter Apfelbaum (sax, keys)

10/19 Saturday
8:30 pm - IMPROVISATIONS - Will Bernard (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Brian Chase (drums) Charlie Burnham (violin) Kirk Knufke (trumpet) Mike McGinnis (clarinet, sax)


10/22 Tuesday
8:30 pm - Digital Primitives
Assif Tsahar (sax) Cooper-Moore (piano) Chad Taylor (drums)

10/23 Wednesday
8:30 pm - TRIO - Assif Tsahar (sax) Mat Maneri (viola) Ches Smith (drums)

10/24 Thursday
8:30 pm - ORCHESTRA - Assif Tsahar (sax) Darius Jones (sax) Rob Brown (sax) Yoni Kretzmer (sax) Steve Swell (trombone) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass)

10/25 Friday
8:30 pm - TRIO - Assif Tsahar (sax) William Parker (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

10/26 Saturday
8:30 pm - A SPECIAL CONCERT MEMORIAL FOR STEVE DALACHINSKY: Assif Tsahar (sax) William Parker (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums) and many special guests

THE (NEW) STONE is located in The New School’s Glass Box Theatre  
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 Stone Series at HappyLucky No. 1:
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM 9:00 PM
YUKA HONDA - ON/IN with Akio Mokuno and Greg Fox
Yuka C. Honda (electronics),
Akio Mokuno (electronics),
Greg Fox (drums)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00 PM 9:00 PM
YUKA HONDA - Ash Glaze with Grey McMurray, Devin Hoff and Kahimi Karie
Yuka C. Honda (electronics)
Grey McMurray (guitar, vocals)
Devin Hoff (bass)
Kahimi Karie (tuning forks)

HappyLucky No. 1 is located at
734 Nostrand Ave, near Sterling
easy access from the A/C/2/3/4 trains



SATURDAY, October 19, 2019 - 8:00 PM 11:00 PM
9:00pm - Eva Novoa Trio special guest
Eva Novoa, piano
Ryan Ferreira, guitar
Kim Cass, bass
Devin Gray, drums

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Burton Greene - piano
Adam Lane - bass
Igal Foni - drums
Carol Liebowitz - piano
Adam Lane - bass
Andrew Drury - drums

FRIDAY, October 25, 2019 - 8:00 PM 10:30 PM
8pm - Jeff Davis - The Fastness Quartet
Russ Lossing - piano, nord
Jon Goldberger - guitar
Eivind Opsvik - double bass
Jeff Davis - drums/compositions
9:30 pm - Ocelot
Yuma Uesaka - tenor, clarinet, bass clarinet, contralto clarinet, comps
Cat Toren - piano, nord, compositions
Colin Hinton - drums, percussion, glockenspiel, gongs, compositions

SATURDAY, October 26, 2019 - 8:30 PM 10:30 PM
Sam Newsome, Soprano Saxophone Items
Stephen Haynes, Cornet/Flugelhorn/Alto Horn
Lester St. Louis, Cello
Olivia De Prato, Violin
Sara Schoenbeck, Bassoon
Ben Stapp, Tuba/Compositions Items



Bushwick Improvised Music Series Continues:

Monday October 21st
7pm Patrick Golden - drums
Daniel Carter - woodwinds
Dustin Carlson - guitar

8pm Stephen Gauci - tenor saxophone
Sandy Ewen - guitar
Kevin Shea - drums

9pm Chris McCarthy - keyboard
David Leon - alto saxophone
Sasha Berliner - vibes
Dayeon Seok - drums

9:45pm Juan Pablo Carletti - drums
Christof Knoche - bass clarinet
Jake Henry - trumpet
Thomas Heberer - trumpet
Rick Parker - trombone
Kenneth Jimenez - bass

10:45pm Dario Fariello - saxophones
Kenneth Jimenez - bass
Jeremy Carlstedt - drums

11:30pm Jason Mears - woodwinds
Bradley William Schirmer - electronics

Downstairs @ Bushwick Public House
1288 Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn
(Across the street from M train Central Ave stop)


Upcoming Gig Information from CHUCK BETTIS!

October 20th
Pet Bottle Ningen (10th anniversary show!)
Nonoko Yoshida - sax
Dave Scanlon - guitar
Dave Miller - drums
Chuck Bettis - electronics throat
w/ Salt People, Tidal Channel, Ess

At Alphaville
140 Wilson Ave.
Ridgewood, NY 11237
L train to Halsey 


October 23rd at Nublu
151 Ave. C, NY, NY

Die Trommel Fatale
Brandon Seabrook - Guitar
Chuck Bettis - Voice/Electronics
Dave Treut - Drums
Sam Ospovat - Drums
Markia Hughes - Cello
Eivind Opsvik- Bass
John McCowen - Clarinet


KILL ALTERS MUTATIONS festival - 10/10 - 10/31
at Market Hotel

-Loka DJ set
-BKDG Audio (Okotopus formerly of Dälek)
-OrbKA / John Bemis (Murderpact) / GENG (King Vision Ultra) TRIO
-Jak Progresso
-Lust Sick Puppy
more tba

-Via App DJ set at doors and in between acts
-Bonnie Baxter / Hampton (Murderpact) DUO
-King Vision Ultra
-DRUM N' THROAT improvised performance feat: Bonnie Baxter, Matt (Machine Girl), Dreamcrusher, Danni (Deli Girls), GENG (King Vision Ultra), Chuck Bettis w/ drummers Hisham A. Bharoocha, Sean Kelly (Machine Girl) & Jon Bemis (Murderpact)
-Prolaps live set (Matt Machine Girl x Bonnie Baxter)
-Slauson Malone live set

-Nullbite DJ set doors and in between acts
-Channel 63
-Kill Alters
-Deli Girls
-Girl Pusher
-Machine Girl
DJs for post Halloween show rave
-Yung Mayne

Kill Alters Mutations festival
at Market Hotel
1140 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
J/M/Z to Myrtle (venue under the station)


ERIC STERN’S House of Improv!

Sunday, October 20, 2019
Tani Tabbal, Michael Bisio and Adam Siegel
Brian Groder, Michael Bisio and Jay Rosen
El Barrio Artspace

Monday, October 21, 2019
Brandon Seabrook, Brandon Lopez and Gerald Cleaver
244 Rehearsal Studios

All shows are $20.00 per ticket. All start at 8:00 pm and end at 10:00 pm.
244 Rehearsal Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor, NY, NY, 10019
Michiko Rehearsal Studios is located at 149 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
El Barrio Art-Space is located at 215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029


An Evening of Solo Guitar


Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Union Pool
484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Doors open 7:30pm, performances begin 8:00pm

Loren Connors has improvised and composed original guitar music for over four decades and is recognized as an early pioneer of independent music. His work embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms. Connors names abstract artist Mark Rothko as a major influence on his aesthetic, and has played with Thurston Moore, Alan Licht, Daniel Carter, Samara Lubelski, Kim Gordon, and others. On October 22, he celebrates his 70th birthday with long-time friend Alan Licht and new friend Johnny Young.

Alan Licht’s repertoire of structured improvisation pieces for electric guitar bring together his interests in re-harmonization, process, repetition, and extended duration (Minimalism), as well as the textural vocabularies of rock and noise. He is highly respected for his work with the Blue Humans (Rudolph Grey), Run On and Love Child. He has worked extensively with Lee Ranaldo and other respected musicians. Licht is the author of the newly released Sound Art Revisited (Bloomsbury) and a frequent contributor to Artforum and other publications.

Johnny Young is a Chicago-born solo guitarist whose mesmerizing and beautiful finger-stylist playing ranges from American country blues to experimental folk. His haunting melodic compositions have been released on Teen River & Voyager Golden, which comments that Young's approach to the guitar “is rich in Fahey-esque technique that lends itself to meditative listening sessions.” Young has supported the performances of White Magic, ONO and Zachary Cale. At this performance, he will be playing an electrified acoustic guitar.


Concert Friday, November 1 from 7 - 9 pm

KALI. Z. FASTEAU: Piano, Drum Set, Nai Flute
Melanie Dyer: Viola
Shayna Dulberger: Contrabass
Ron McBee: African Percussion, Berimbau

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
Harlem, NY 10027


SARAH WEAVER - Composer and Conductor


The ensemble will perform "Interhere" from the Synchrony Series and new work.

November 1, 2019 8:00PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall
450 W. 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Synchrony Series is a compilation album of contemporary music by composer Sarah Weaver and collaborations based on concepts of synchrony. The work is realized in pieces for solo, duo, large ensemble, and network music ensemble (live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations). The music synthesizes influences of classical, jazz, world, contemplative, and electronic music for artistic and social purpose. Featuring: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Ned Rothenberg, woodwinds, Julie Ferrara, oboe, James Zollar, trumpet, Ray Anderson, trombone, David Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Denman Maroney, piano, Mark Dresser, bass, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sarah Weaver, conductor, composer

Tickets $20/$15 Students & Seniors


Blank Forms presents:

NATE WOOLEY - Seven Storey Mountain - VI

Seven Storey Mountain VI features Nate Wooley (trumpet), C Spencer Yeh (violin), Samara Lubelski (violin), Ben Hall (drums), Chris Corsano (drums), Ryan Sawyer (drums), Emily Manzo (keyboard), Isabelle O’Connell (keyboard), Ava Mendoza (guitar), Julien Desperez (guitar), Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), and the voices of Mellissa Hughes, Kamala Sankaram, Anne Rhodes, Charlotte Mundy, Bridget Hogan, Daisy Press, Anaïs Maveiel, Christina Kay, Shannyn Rinker, Aubrey Johnson, Gelsey Bell, Yoon Sun Choi, Lisa Karrer, Dafna Naphtali, Amirtha Kidambi, Jasmine Wilson, Samita Sinha, Ariadne Greif, Nina Mutlu, and Erica Koehring directed by Megan Schubert.

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, 7pm
Blank Forms at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
346 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011