|January 21, 2015|
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.
|November 20, 2014|
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
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.
Update: I managed to overlook the fact that Pacifica will be in town on Monday, November 10 playing Ligeti 1 when I originally made this post. I’ve listed that concert in the calendar along with the other great stuff mentioned below.
I’ve been quietly updating the calendar, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but wanted to give a heads-up about some of the great concerts you should be checking out. You have tonight and tomorrow night to get to Microscopic Opera’s production of Frida. Then in the next two weeks you have Jacob Ertl’s piano recital for Alia Musica, a really interesting avant-garde jazz power trio (Dylan Ryan/Sand) at Thunderbird, and IonSound Project’s Fall show. A great variety of music in a very short span. Events are over yonder ——>
|October 8, 2014|
If you haven’t heard Ravish Momin’s take on drumming and live electronics then you’re in for a treat. He returns to Pittsburgh with trombonist Rick Parker (who also performs on synths) for a performance at the AVA Lounge on Wednesday night. Technically, I should call them a duo, but I’m really using the term loosely since the integration of loops, synth lines, and effects makes for some wonderfully dense textures. I should also probably tag them as avant-garde jazz, but like many of today’s innovators, Tarana blends a wide range of personal influences into a style all their own. Come hear them on Wednesday and it’ll all make sense.
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
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|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.