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Nels Cline / Gerald Cleaver / Larry Ochs Trio Dec 11 @ Spirit

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

Mon Dec 11 7:30 pm doors $20 adv/$25 door  21+ show
Spirit  242 51st St Lawrenceville 412-586-4441

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)

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/

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

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

February 13, 2014
6:00 pm

 EHE

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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1442468965971269/

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)

Crucible Sound #7

November 7, 2013
8:00 pm

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.

November 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm Comments (0)

Lina Allemano Four at Thunderbird

September 17, 2013
9:00 pm

Thunderbird Cafe,
No cover

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Space Exchange continues at the Thunderbird with the Lina Allemano Four.  The band comprises trumpeter Allemano, Brodie West on alto saxophone, Andrew Downing on double bass, and Nick Fraser on drums.

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

August 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm Comments (0)

Introducing Crucible Sound: Crucible Sound #3

July 11, 2013
7:30 pm

 

Modernformations
Doors at 7:30
Music starts at 8:00 (3 or 4 sets)
$7 suggested donation

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I’m happy to let you know that there is a new series of improvised music happening here in the Burgh. Founded by Anthony Levin-Decanini, Crucible Sound will take place on the second Thursday of each month. These sessions will  feature groups of 4-5 musicians of different backgrounds improvising in various ad-hoc groups throughout the night. You’ll also want to check out Anthony’s blog for interviews and information on the performers.

The third edition of the Crucible Sound series will curated by RJ Myato: and feature the following artists:

Joe Mruk, guitar (Coyotes By The Way)
Micah Pacileo, electronics (Hunted Creatures)
Jim Price, saxophone (Jungleland)
Jim Storch, percussion etc. (Burnout War Cry)

June 26, 2013 at 10:16 am Comments (0)

Wed 4/10 @ First Unitarian: INSTANT COMPOSERS POOL ORCHESTRA (Netherlands)

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
http://www.icporchestra.com

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).

Wolter Wierbos on trombone (Henry Threadgill, The Ex, Sonic Youth, Mingus Big ICP-F.PATELLAklBand, Gerry Hemingway).

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March 12, 2013 at 12:42 am Comments (0)

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