Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s “Just Summer” series gets started off with a performance by ETHEL in a program they have titled “Grace.” I recently had the opportunity to Skype with ETHEL violist and founding member Ralph Farris about ETHEL and what makes them unique, the program, and encouraging performers to be more engaged in the creative aspect of their art. Check out the conversation below and come hear ETHEL at the Kelly Strayhorn this Thursday night.
|March 5, 2014|
The Warhol welcomes acclaimed Brazilian percussionist and composer, Cyro Baptista, and his genre-defying quartet, Banquet of Spirits. Their records are reviewed within the broad categories of contemporary jazz and world music, and are released on the Tzadik label, run by avant jazz icon John Zorn, a frequent collaborator of Baptista, along with a myriad of luminaries such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, and Caetano Veloso. Baptista was also recently named the DownBeat percussionist of the year. It promises to be a unique performance that fans of hybrid jazz/Afro-Cuban music won’t want to miss!
The evening will begin with a DJ set by Pete Spynda (Pandemic) when doors open at 7:30.
|February 13, 2014|
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!
ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE
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
January 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm Comments (0)
|November 7, 2013|
Modern Formations Gallery
Doors at 7:30, $7 suggested donation
A quick note to help get out the word that Crucible Sound #7 is happening tonight at Modern Formations. The lineup includes David Bernabo, guitar; Edgar Um Bucholz, coronet and trash; J. Wayne Clinton, synthesizer, homemade instruments; Han-Earl Park, guitar; and Lenny Young, oboe. They’ll be improvising in ad-hoc groups throughout the evening. Check it out.
Despite the recent heat and humidity, we’re going to go ahead and call it fall. Just forget about the weather. We know it’s fall because all our favorite concert series are ramping up, the Bucs are in a pennant race, and… Wait? What???? Are you kidding me? Well, no. And listen, you are probably not gonna get tickets to this last Pirates home stand if you don’t have them already, so why not go to some amazing concerts instead? (You can always check the score at intermission.)
Friday, 9/13: Alia Musica will conclude their second annual Conductors’ Festival with a concert at PNC Recital Hall.
Monday, 9/16: The Consortium presents the first installment of its Sahara Series at Thunderbird Cafe.
Tuesday, 9/17: You may want to stay at Thunderbird to hear the Lina Allemano Four.
Great way to get things rolling this September, and there’s lots more music headed our way in the coming weeks. Yep. Definitely fall.
|September 17, 2013|
Hailed as one of Canada’s leading avant-garde/free-jazz bands, Lina Allemano Four is known internationally for their inventiveness and synergy as they deftly blur the line between composition and improvisation. The band has toured extensively over the past 8 years across Europe, USA and Canada. Their newest and 4th album, Live at the Tranzac, has been receiving much favourable attention from reviewers internationally. Lina Allemano was named one of DownBeat Magazine’s top innovative trumpeters for the future. “Lina Allemano is one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years… this music is playful… It doesn’t take its avant-gardism too seriously. There’s no mistaking that Allemano is an important new talent…” – Point of Departure, June 2013
Maybe it’s the price of gas, maybe it’s Pittsburgh’s growing cachet as a Global Destination City (GDC), or maybe it’s the tantalizing prospect of a winning baseball season. But whatever the reason, y’nz are stayin’ around the Burgh or coming to visit, and the good news is that there is no lack of innovative music to take in while you’re (still) here.
Your new music staycation starts tonight with the lastest installment of the new Crucible Sound series and the first of two performances of Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow by Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. FYI, both performances of Shining Brow are nearly sold out, so now’s the time to move on that.
Friday Saturday night Ravish Momin’s Tarana performs at the Wood Street Gallery, and did I mention that Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is back in town and ready to launch their new season? Everything’s on the events calendar in more detail, so do give it a look.
Speaking of the events calendar, you’ll notice that I’ve been posting all events directly to the main page recently. the downside is that events no longer automatically post in chronological order in the body of the blog, but they still do appear chronologically in the events widget in the right column, so if there’s any confusion, that’s also a good way to get to the info. Hope you like the new look.
|July 13, 2013|
Wood Street Galleries
The most recent incarnation of Ravish Momin’s Tarana project comprises Rick Parker on trombone and synth and Momin on drums/electronics. The duo’s performance in Pittsburgh will feature a collaboration between Tarana and Pittsburgh-based dancer Gia Cacalano.
If you’ve heard Ravish before, you know he loves to blur the boundaries between the electronic and the acoustic, while blending a vast array of influences, ranging from Jazz to Juke to Disco to Bollywood. Using digital and analog electronics, Tarana layers live loops, melodies, textures and sounds on top of their tight-knit acoustic instruments to create a symphonic sound that also explores deep-grooving rhythms from across the world.
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The Consortium presents
Wed April 10 8 pm all ages welcome $15 adv/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside/Oakland
an evening with Dutch avant-garde jazz legends celebrating their 45th year!
INSTANT COMPOSERS POOL ORCHESTRA
tickets on sale now at Caliban Books, Sound Cat Records, Dave’s Music Mine, The Exchange Squirrel Hill, and The Exchange Downtown.
In 1958, the liner notes of a Jimmy Giuffre album coined the term “instant composition” to describe improvisation. A few years later, pianist Misha Mengelberg made the term stick. He played with drummer Han Bennink on Eric Dolphy’s “Last Date” (1964) and then
Bennink, Willem Breuker and Misha Mengelberg founded the ICP co-op in 1967. In 1974 the saxophonist left to form the Willem Breuker Kollektief, longtime flagship of Dutch improvised music. Mengelberg and Bennink founded the raggedy ICP Tentet (including German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, and sometimes cellist Tristan Honsinger). That band matured into something very like the present-day ICP Orchestra in the 1980s, with the addition of younger players, some of whom have been there ever since. The mature ICP is a hybrid of jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra, containing new originals and old tunes (Ellington, Monk, Herbie Nichols), jazz business and funny business, full-force raveups and improv breakdowns. It’s full of surprises, unexpected turns, limber grace and strange eruptions. Nothing and no one else sounds like Amsterdam’s finest – the world’s longest-running avant-garde jazz group – and no two gigs are ever alike.
The current group includes:
Drummer Han Bennink (who has played with Sonny Rollins and Derek Bailey).
Clarinet/tenor saxophonist Ab Baars (The Ex, Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor).
Tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius (played with Georg Graewe).
Double bassist Ernst Glerum (John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Don Byron, Amsterdam String Trio).
Trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Elliott Sharp, Bob Moses).
Cellist Tristan Honsinger (various Cecil Taylor groups).
Michael Moore on clarinet/alto sax (Jaki Byard, Joe Maneri, Gunther Schuller, Dave Douglas).
Mary Oliver on viola (premiered works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis; played with Joelle Leandre, George Lewis).
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|October 6, 2012|
First Unitarian Church
Tickets: $20 at the door. $15 in advance at Sound Cat Records (Bloomfield), Caliban Books (Oakland), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), the Exchanges Squirrel Hill and Downtown. Service charge may apply.
In a final panorama of the work of its late leader, the Willem Breuker Kollektief presents Breuker the composer, giving an overview by performing representative pieces written in each period of his life, from 1965 on. These compositions are placed in the historical context of the years in which they were written.
The program includes pieces never before played by the WBK, some predating its inception in 1974.