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Nels Cline / Gerald Cleaver / Larry Ochs Trio Dec 11 @ James Street

https://www.facebook.com/events/1713426755633061/

Mon Dec 11 7:30 pm doors $20 adv/$25 door all ages welcome
James Street Ballroom 422 Foreland St North Side 412-904-3335

an evening with bicoastal avantjazz / free-improv supertrio
featuring members of Wilco and Rova Sax Quartet
NELS CLINE / GERALD CLEAVER / LARRY OCHS TRIO
http://www.ochs.cc/groups/cline-cleaver-ochs.html

Tickets on sale Oct 1 at: Juke Records (Bloomfield), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), Caliban Books (Oakland), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill) and online at Brown Paper Tickets. http://clinecleaverochspittsburgh.brownpapertickets.com/
Service charges may apply.

Guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco), drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Larry Ochs (Rova) are three experimental icons, individually and collectively drawing upon the outer limits of free jazz, structured improvisation and bicoastal noise punk.

The Trio began as a duo of Ochs and Cleaver, premiering at The Stone in New York in September 2014. Ochs then vowed to play at least one concert a year with Mr. Cleaver. Cline and Ochs, both living in California, had known each other for decades, and Cline was featured since 2003 in Rova’s Electric Ascension bands. The trio was born in Brooklyn in 2015, since then performing only 6 concerts in the northeast USA, including expansion groups with Marshall Allen (Sun Ra), Michael Formanek, Hank Roberts and Ches Smith. The three look forward to performing annually in the USA when they’re all available.

“The guitarist Nels Cline, the saxophonist Larry Ochs and the drummer Gerald Cleaver share a feeling for exploratory narrative and bristling texture.” (NY Times, May 2015)

Jazzmaster assassin NELS CLINE might be as close as the modern avant-garde gets to a household name. Before joining indie rock institution Wilco in 2004, Cline divided his energy between improvised contexts alongside Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, and brother Alex, and more song-oriented settings like Carla Bozulich’s alt-country outfit Geraldine Fibbers and Mike Watt’s Crew of the Flying Saucer. Cline continues to occupy the narrow space between pure sound and song, as exemplified by his longstanding Singers trio with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, and his recent duo with guitar prodigy Julian Lage.

In his own words, Michigan-bred, New York-based GERALD CLEAVER’s multifaceted approach to the drum set balances “static sound and extreme dynamics, melodicism within heavy texture, deep-rooted groove, unchained abandon, and the power and revelation of recurring form.” Cleaver made a name for himself through enduring partnerships with Vision Fest regulars like Roscoe Mitchell and Charles Gayle, but lately critics have been abuzz about his new musique concrète-cum-free rock quintet Black Host with Darius Jones, Cooper-Moore, Brandon Seabrook, and Pascal Niggenkemper. Pitchfork’s Hank Shteamer described 2013’s Life in the Sugar Candle Mines as, “a well-tended hot-house: feverish and bracingly weird, yet also purposeful and shrewdly strategic.”

LARRY OCHS is best known as a founder of the Rova Sax Quartet, a San Francisco institution that focused right from the start on the application of improvisational strategies within the context of contemporary compositions, beginning in the late 1970s and continuing right up to the present day: 40 years old in 2018. Equally inspired by modernist 20th century composition and the more worldly, abrasive strands of 60s free jazz – as well as by fellow musical pioneers around the globe – Rova and Ochs became widely celebrated for the lengths they would go to stretch the performance parameters of notated music through early collaborations with Henry Kaiser, Anthony Braxton, and John Zorn. Ochs’ connection with Cline began in the late 1990’s and culminated with the Celestial Septet, a band comprised of both Rova and the Nels Cline Singers, with a fantastic CD release including a long, ecstatic Ochs composition, as well as tours from 2009 – 2011. Ochs and Cleaver have performed off and on as a duo since 2013; a duo CD release (coming in 2018) – a beautiful , haunting set of music called “Songs of the Wild Cave” – will document their 2016 live recording made inside a secret cave in the Dordogne area of France; a cave that contains upwards of 150 Pleistocene-era paintings. It’s a unique recording in which the cave itself seriously influenced the music, becoming essentially the third member of a trio.​ Ochs’ many bands and recordings are described at http://www.ochs.cc/

September 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm Comments (0)

The Necks @ First Unitarian Church Mar 3

Fri Mar 3 7:30 pm all ages welcome $16 advance/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside
(note: please do not call the church. Info line is 412-682-0591)

Legendary improvisational trio from Australia since 1987!
THE NECKS http://www.thenecks.com/
[Tony Buck + Chris Abrahams + Lloyd Swanton]

Tickets: Juke Records (Bloomfield), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland), and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side) Online at Brown Paper Tickets:
http://theneckspittsburgh.brownpapertickets.com/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225713567888168/

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia.

Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again.

The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

Pianist Chris Abrahams
Chris became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties. In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers, working regularly with singer/songwriter Melanie Oxley and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003). He has released numerous solo piano albums, and collaborated, in both recording and performance, with contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.

Drummer Tony Buck

Regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. Early on, he became involved in the jazz scene in Australia, touring with visiting international artists Clifford Jordan, Mickey Tucker, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts. Following time in Japan forming PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe and participated in the development of new “virtual” MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam. Tony has played, toured or recorded with Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdali, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero.

Bassist Lloyd Swanton

Described by Billboard as “an outstanding and imaginative Australian bassist and composer”, Lloyd Swanton released eight albums with his long-running group, The Catholics. Three albums received ARIA Award nominations, and Simple was nominated for the German Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award. His 12-part suite Ambon, based on his uncle Stuart’s secret diary kept whilst a prisoner in World War II, premiered in 2015 and is out on double CD. Overseas exposure with numerous groups includes countless performances in nearly 40 countries. For 14 years, Lloyd Swanton hosted Mixed Marriage, a very popular radio program which examined crossings of jazz with other musical styles, on Eastside Radio in Sydney.

January 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm Comments (0)

All Star Ritual Trio: David Murray, Harrison Bankhead, Kahil El Zabar

Sun Dec 11 7:30 pm $25 advance/$30 door
James Street Gastropub (Ballroom), 422 Foreland, North Side

ALL-STAR RITUAL TRIO featuring
DAVID MURRAY http://davidmurraymusic.com/
HARRISON BANKHEAD https://harrisonbankhead.bandcamp.com/
KAHIL EL ZABAR http://www.kahilelzabar.net/

Tickets at Juke Records (Bloomfield), Stedeford’s (North Side), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland)
and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side). Available online at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2713405

Jazz legends join together for the first time in two decades!

A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, David Murray is an American jazz musician who mainly plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He was initially influenced by free jazz musicians such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp and evolved a more diverse style in his playing and compositions. Murray set himself apart from most tenor players of his generation by not taking John Coltrane as his model. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s. He was named Village Voice Musician of the Decade, and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grammy, and the Danish Jazzpar Prize. He was recently in Pittsburgh performing with the World Saxophone Quartet courtesy of City of Asylum.

Harrison Bankhead is an American jazz musician who plays double bass and cello. He is one of the long-standing members of the AACM and worked in Chicago jazz scene with Muhal Richard Abrams , Fred Anderson , Hamid Drake , Von Freeman , Oliver Lake , Nicole Mitchell , Roscoe Mitchell and Dewey Redman. He was in Pittsburgh last year performing with Transatlantic avantjazz supergroup The Turbine.

Kahil El’Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. He regularly records for Delmark Records. He joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975. During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, and Paul Simon. He performs annually in Pittsburgh with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, usually around February.ritualtrio

November 11, 2016 at 1:26 am Comments (0)

Anthony Pirog Trio 7/29 @ Thunderbird Cafe

ANTHONY PIROG TRIO
http://www.anthonypirog.com
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/anthonypirog.html

with Flock of Walri
https://flockofwalri.bandcamp.com/

8:00 PM $10 21+ show
Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St, Lawrenceville
http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net

Washington, D.C.’s jazz and experimental music scenes wouldn’t be quite where they are today without Anthony Pirog. Compared to the likes of Bill Frisell, he has a new debut album on the respected avant-garde label Cuneiform Records. With fearsome chops and a keen ear for odd beauty, the guitarist and composer has helped expand the possibilities of jazz, post-rock and experimentalism in a town long known for its straight-ahead tradition. And his ensemble, the Anthony Pirog Trio, will be coming to Thunderbird Cafe Wednesday, July 29th! With special guests Flock of Walri (Pittsburgh prog-rock).

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July 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm Comments (0)

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot at Thunderbird

Thunderbird Cafe
Tuesday, May 12, 9 p.m.
Free Admission

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot is “imaginative… surreal… oddly compelling”. (Wholenote Magazine)  Canadian trumpeter Lina Allemano was named one of DownBeat Magazine’s top innovative trumpeters for the future and was recently called “one of the most exciting new voices of the last few years” (Point of Departure). Lina’s newest Toronto-based project, Titanium Riot, is an accidentally-psychedelic improvising powerhouse with a unique electric-acoustic aesthetic. Called “uncompromisingly explorative” by Europe’s experimental music journal Tokafi, the band creates episodic soundscapes and electrically-charged improvisational adventures that unfold with an inviting and organic ebb and flow. Titanium Riot’s debut album, Kiss the Brain, was released October 2014 to rave reviews. The band tours USA in May 2015.  Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, Kiss The Brain, “is a liberation of listening as well as playing. (Trumpeter) Allemano emerges anew, a powerful minimalist improviser who builds complex moods… then drives further into the expressive potential of her instrument… As the title implies, Kiss The Brain is a major event.” (Musicworks Magazine)

May 11, 2015 at 11:04 am Comments (0)

Ben Goldberg Trio Sun 3/22 @ Thunderbird Cafe

March 22, 2015
8:00 pm

Thunderbird Cafe
Sun March 22 8 pm 21+ $16 adv/$20 door

West Coast avantjazz & klezmer pioneer, former leader of the New Klezmer Trio.

He hasn’t been in Pittsburgh since 1996 (Jews With Horns tour @ Rodef). Rare appearance!
BEN GOLDBERG TRIO
http://www.bengoldberg.net

Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St, Lawrenceville

tickets on sale now at: Sound Cat Records, Caliban Books, Dave’s Music Mine, Acoustic Music Works. Online tickets at http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net

Named the #1 rising clarinetist in the 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll, San Francisco-area musician Ben Goldberg has been around for much longer. He was a member of famed Berkeley klezmer revivalists The Klezmorim (who had releases on important folk labels such as Arhoolie and Flying Fish). With Dan Seamans and Kenny Wollesen (of John Zorn’s Masada) he formed the New Klezmer Trio, right in the thick of the Radical Jewish Culture movement, and released three CDs on Zorn’s Tzadik label with that group in the ’90s (they also reconvened in 2009 with Greg Cohen on bass).

With musical heroes such as Steve Lacy, Thelonious Monk and Joe Lovano, Goldberg also emphasizes a strongly forward-thinking approach to jazz. His trio recording “Plays Monk” won an award in Downbeat in 2007. He has a long-running quartet called Tin Hat which includes Mark Orton and Carla Kihlstedt (of prog-rockers Sleepytime Gorilla Museum). Goldberg has also collaborated on recordings with the likes of Myra Melford, Larry Ochs (ROVA), Marty Ehrlich, Miya Masaoka, Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle/Fantomas) and others on labels such as Tzadik, Cryptogramophone, Knitting Factory, Ryko, Victo, Music & Arts and Songlines, as well as his own label BAG.

Goldberg’s latest releases include “Short Sighted Dream Colossus” (with John Dietrich and Scott Amendola), “Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues” (including Joshua Redman and Ches Smith), and “Unfold Ordinary Mind” (featuring Nels Cline of Wilco, and Ellery Eskelin). He’s also received composer commissions from San Francisco’s De Young Museum and Friends of Chamber Music, and a grant from Chamber Music America.

February 24, 2015 at 9:56 pm Comments (0)

Hypercolor (Ligeti/Maoz/Ilgenfritz) Mon 3/10 @ Howler’s

March 10, 2015
9:00 pm

Monday March 10 9 pm $7 21+
Howler’s Coyote Cafe, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield

from New York City on Tzadik Records
jazz-rockers HYPERCOLOR
https://hypercolorband.wordpress.com/sounds/

with special guests ((microwaves)) and Billy Castle

review from All About Jazz:
Hypercolor: Hypercolor (2015, Tzadik Records)
By DAVE WAYNE, Published: February 11, 2015

The past few months have seen a stream of truly—and in some cases mind-bogglingly—wonderful guitar-centric power trio albums. Yet, the eponymous debut of the Brooklyn-based avant-jazz-rock band Hypercolor stands out, but not for the reasons you’d think. Sure, the trio consists of musical brainiacs James Ilgenfritz and Lukas Ligeti; genre omnivores whose own work and collaborations draw as heavily from the worlds of free improvisation, contemporary classical, various ethnic musics, and art-rock as they do from jazz. How guitarist Eyal Maoz, best known as one of the most distinctive young musicians in John Zorn’s orbit, has remained an underground sort of figure is beyond me. Like his bandmates, his playing is distinctive and virtuosic, and his recordings to date have been consistently fresh and restlessly eclectic. Take, for example Hope and Destruction (Tzadik, 2009) which successfully fused traditional Yiddish melodies and modern metal with the hyperactive rhythms of 70s disco-funk.

Hypercolor is similarly eclectic. The trio eliminates the overt references to dance music, and replaces them with a punkish sort of old school jazz-rock energy. The album is rife with the sort of strutting attitude that made Tony Williams’ Lifetime (in all of its concatenations) so much fun to listen to. The end result, though, is more along the lines of Fred Frith’s great trio, Massacre, or perhaps the Nels Cline Singers.

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Eyal Maoz, James Ilgenfritz, and Lukas Ligeti make up Hypercolor, the NYC- based spastic jazz-rock hybrid whose ridiculous artsong craftsmanship alternately revels in complexity or brazen simplicity, favoring entropy and near-disaster over order or tidiness.

Like experimental grafting surgery gone horribly awry, Hypercolor bears limbs borrowed from 80s NYC No-Wave, and early jazz/rock, and orchestral rock textures.

Eyal Maoz is a guitarist, composer, Tzadik and Ayler Records artist and a guest member of John Zorn’s Cobra. His ensembles performed at major music festivals worldwide such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Red Sea International Jazz Festival, NYC 2007 Winter JazzFest, the New York Jewish Music and Heritage Festival, Florida Music Harvest, The Jewzapalooza Festival in NYC and more.

Transcending the boundaries of genre, composer and percussionist Lukas Ligeti (son of composer Gyorgy Ligeti) has developed a musical style of his own that draws upon downtown NY experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, and world music, particularly from Africa. Lukas creates music ranging from the through-composed to the free- improvised, often exploring non-Western elements, and has been participating in cultural exchange projects for the past 15 years. Lukas has been commissioned by Bang on a Can, Kronos Quartet, Ensemble Modern, and the American Composers Orchestra, to name a few. He frequently performs solo on the marimba lumina, a rare electronic percussion instrument. As a drummer, he co-leads several bands including Burkina Electric, the first electronica band from Burkina Faso. He has also performed and/or recorded with John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, Gary Lucas, Marilyn Crispell, John Tchicai, Jim O’Rourke, Borah Bergman, Eugene Chadbourne, and many others. He has led or co-led experimental intercultural projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho, and has taught at universities in Ghana and South Africa.

Brooklyn composer, bassist, and educator James Ilgenfritz has been active in creative music since the late 90s. His work has been praised in Time Out New York, All About Jazz, and Downbeat Magazine. Recent performances include work with Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, and Anthony Braxton. James has received grants and residencies from Issue Project Room, the American Composers Forum, and OMI Arts Center. Notable performance venues include Roulette, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Symphony Space, and the New Museum in SoHo. James is on Faculty at the Preparatory Center of Brooklyn College and at Brooklyn Conservatory.

February 24, 2015 at 9:52 pm Comments (0)

Wed. Jan 21: Ken Vandermark-Nate Worley Duo at the Warhol

Check out my full post yonder or just get it straight from the horse wallpaper’s mouth. Gonna be a real interesting show. Andy definitely take a look the videos. These guys can play.

January 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm Comments (0)

Ken Vandermark-Nate Worley Duo at the Warhol

January 21, 2015
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum
Tickets

 

Speaking of the Warhol, here’s one we shouldn’t let pass us by. The Warhol welcomes back saxophonist, Ken Vandermark, to the Museum’s intimate theater, this time with fellow experimental jazz composer, Nate Wooley, who Time Out New York has dubbed “an iconoclastic trumpeter”. The two are touring together in support of a new duo release on Pleasure of the Text, Wooley’s own label. This unique evening will feature two solo sets, followed by a duo set. Vandermark’s current projects include Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. Wooley performs regularly with such icons as John Zorn and Anthony Braxton.

January 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm Comments (0)

Paul Giallorenzo’s Gitgo Quintet 11/20@ Thunderbird Cafe

November 20, 2014
8:00 pm

avant-garde jazz supergroup from Chicago,
only steps away from the Getgo. (ha ha)

Thu Nov 20 8 pm 21+ show $15 adv/$20 door
Thunderbird Café, 4023 Butler St, Lawrenceville
PAUL GIALLORENZO’S GITGO QUINTET

featuring Mars Williams on sax (Vandermark 5, Liquid Soul, Psychedelic Furs, Hal Russell/NRG Ensemble/Luttenbachers, Brotzmann Tentet etc)

Jeb Bishop on trombone (Vandermark 5, Brotzmann Tentet, Luttenbachers etc)

Anton Hatwich on bass & Quin Kirchner on drums

tickets on sale now at:
Acoustic Music Works, Caliban Books, Sound Cat
Records, Dave’s Music Mine and 720 Records
and online at
http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net/showdetails.php?eventID=1284

Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise. He has been funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Swiss Benevolence Society, and has performed in Europe, Brazil and throughout the US, including a 2010 appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival. He is also the producer, organizer, co-founder, and director of the art gallery/music venue Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001.

Tonight, Giallorenzo will be performing with GITGO, a quintet featuring Mars Williams on saxophone (Vandermark 5, Hal Russell NRG Ensemble, Liquid Soul, Brotzmann Tentet, etc.), Jeb Bishop on trombone (Vandermark 5, Flying Luttenbachers, Brotzmann Tentet, etc.), Anton Hatwich on bass and Quin Kirchner on drums. The group has three releases: one on Giallorenzo’s own 482 label, “Emergent” on Leo Records in 2012, and the latest album, “Force Majeure” which came out on Delmark in May.

Paul was here in Pittsburgh previously playing with Dave Bernabo at Wood Street Gallery in 2011, with the group
Breakaway at Monk’s (now defunct) in 2009, and at Garfield
Artworks with the duo Masul in 2007.

http://paulgiallorenzo.com/gitgo/

Video:

November 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm Comments (0)

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