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working on it…

Update: OK, back up and running. Sorry about the blackout there. My hosting provider warned me it was about to switch everyone over to PHP 5.4 and that I should check for compatibility issues, but did I? I think we all know the answer to that. And now I know too that the beautiful water theme that has been installed on this site since the beginning isn’t supported anymore either, so the search for a new theme is on. Be looking for changes and updates in the near future. Just not tonight.



January 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm Comments (0)

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble 2/13 @ Thunderbird Cafe (6 pm early show)

February 13, 2014
6:00 pm


Thu Feb 13   6 pm early show!

$16 advance/$20 door

Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville

an evening with Chicago’s progressive jazz legends leaders of the AACM

together for 40 years!


Kahil El-Zabar – percussion & vocals

Ernest Dawkins – saxophones

Corey Wilkes – trumpet (from Art Ensemble of Chicago)

tickets on sale now at: Sound Cat (Bloomfield), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), Caliban Books (Oakland), Acoustic Music Works (Sq Hill), and online at http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net/

For only three men, Chicago’s Ethnic heritage Ensemble brings a wealth of history, variety and versatility to the stage. Rising from the 1970s era of Chicago’s famed AACM collective, founder and percussion genius Kahil El Zabar can play just about anything with a membrane, specializing in African instruments such as shekere, kalimba and talking drums. He’s kept the beat for Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Nina Simone.

Ernest Dawkins, founder of the New Horizons Ensemble, is best known as a saxophonist who has worked with Ramsey Lewis, Lester Bowie, Henry Threadgill, and Jerry Butler. A composer and teacher, Dawkins splits his time between the Windy City, Paris and Durban, South Africa.

Finally, trumpeter Corey Wilkes replaced the late Lester Bowie in the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and has collaborated with contemporary jazz icons Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove and neo-soul artists Meshell Ndegeocello and Soulive.

Recording for such labels as Delmark, Silkheart and Leo, the EHE now stands proudly in its fourth decade as one of the longest continuously playing groups in the genre of progressive jazz.

And the newest development came this year:

BE KNOWN, a no-holds-barred documentary film about the life and work of Kahil El-Zabar has been released, directed by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran.

Facebook page for the film BE KNOWN:


Chicago Tribune review of the film: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-jazz-kahil-el-zabar-film-20140122,0,319601.column


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January 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm Comments (0)

PSO Premieres Danielpour’s Darkness in the Ancient Valley

January 17, 2014
8:00 pm
January 18, 2014
8:00 pm
January 19, 2014
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Hila Plitmann

Hila Plitmann returns as soloist with the PSO.

Richard Danielpour pays tribute to the plight of the Iranian people in Darkness in the Ancient Valley, a co-commission between the PSO and the Nashville Symphony that features soprano star Hila Plitmann. The Program also includes Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and Haydn’s Symphony No. 22, The Philosopher.

January 17, 2014 at 8:39 am Comments (0)

Symbiotic Chamber Orchestra Performs The Ghost and Mr. Able

January 24, 2014
10:00 pm
January 25, 2014
8:00 pm
January 26, 2014
2:00 pm

Wood Street Galleries

A couple weeks ago I blogged about a new release instigated by Sean Neukom, Will Lardinois, and Symbiotic Chamber Orchestra titled The Ghost and Mr. Able. I’m happy to let you know that SCO is going to give three live performances of the new composition at Wood Street Galleries on January 24-26.

The program will also include Entrada by Ingram Marshall and Steve Reich’s Different Trains. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from SCO’s 2012 First Night Performance.

January 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Pittsburgh presents Comala

January 22, 2014
7:00 pm

Chatham University, Laughlin Music Center
Tickets: $15 at the door / $10 in advance
$10 seniors and students
Free for children under 16
purchase tickets at www.alia-musica.org

Soprano Tony Arnold

Renowned soprano Tony Arnold joins Rob Frankenberry and an all-star ensemble for Zohn-Muldoon’s Comala.

Joined by musicians from New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Lexington, Alia Musica Pittsburgh performs Comala, the landmark work for voices and chamber ensemble by Mexican-born composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon in Pittsburgh on January 22 and on tour.  A finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Comala features legendary new-music soprano Tony Arnold with the Pittsburgh-based tenor and polymath Rob Frankenberry.

The ensemble comprises guitarist Dieter Hennings (recently featured by Pittsburgh’s Guitar Society of Fine Arts); members of the Atlanta-based new music ensemble Bent Frequency, percussionist Stuart Gerber and saxophonist Jan Baker; and members of the world-touring Eastman BroadBand, a collective of students and recent graduates of the Eastman School of Music. Zohn-Muldoon and and fellow professor of composition Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez formed Broadband in 2007.  Alia Musica Pittsburgh Artistic Director Federico Garcia will conduct the ensemble as they tour the program to Chatham University in Pittsburgh, the Eastman School of Music, the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Kentucky. the program is produced jointly by Alia Musica, Eastman, Cincinnati College Conservatory, and University of Kentucky and supported in part by The Heinz Endowments and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Along with Comala, program the includes music by Michael Fiday, professor of composition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the premiere of two new compositions written for the occasion by Pittsburgh composers and Alia Musica members John Arrigo-Nelson and Federico Garcia.

View the complete program below the fold.


January 11, 2014 at 11:32 am Comments (0)