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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)

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


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


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


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!



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)

CAPA Antithesis and CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 pm
CAPA’s Cabaret Theatre
111 9th St

CAPA Antithesis, the new-music ensemble of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, presents its winter concert, under the direction of Alia Musica member (and CAPA teacher) Lenny Young. This concert will also see the debut of a brand new music group, CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, under the direction of composer Alec Summers. Music includes original works by the directors and students, plus pieces by Charles Mingus, Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen, Tom Johnson and local composer Dave Bernabo.


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January 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm Comments (0)

Willem Breuker Kollektief Final Tour

October 6, 2012
8:00 pm

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.

During his 45 years of activity on stages all around the world, Willem Breuker (1944-2010) has been the instigator of formative listening experiences for generations of curious audiences worldwide, and thus influenced the development of music in many ways – as a powerful and irreverent performer and improviser, but also as a composer of orchestral, chamber and solo works and of music for movies and the theatre.
For 35 years he was part of the Willem Breuker Kollektief, ten musicians/improvisers who became his main musical outlet and with whom he took his music to all continents. With most of its members still present after 30+ years, the Kollektief now pays a final homage to its instigator, applying its musical experience to a broad overview of works by Willem Breuker the composer, written in various eras and including material not performed before.
September 24, 2012 at 8:34 am Comments (0)

A Night of Audible Stunts

September 15, 2012
8:00 pm

The Shop
Admission TBA soon.

Jack Wright – saxophones. from philadelphia and ny, born in pgh in 1942. “the johnny appleseed of improvised music”. you may have heard him play with tatsuya nakatani and michel doneda. and you may not have.

in duo and trio with:

Evan Lipson – contrabass, from montreal, maybe philadelphia. also plays in normal love and satanized.

Ben Bennett – percussion, from columbus ohio. secret ingredient.

and if that ain’t enough, there’s:

Anthony Levin-decanini – magnetic card readers and tapes, from chicago, now pgh.

8cylinder – synthesizers, circuit bent effects pedals, drum machines. carries big stick.

September 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm Comments (0)

Nuance Exhibition at Future Tenant

August 4, 2012 7:00 pmtoAugust 5, 2012 10:00 pm

Future Tenant Artspace

Future Tenant and Pittsburgh-based experimental ensemble Suavity’s Mouthpiece host the Nuance Exhibition, an annual event representing a broad cross-section of the Burgh’s experimental music. This year’s artists inlcude:

Disposable Redhead – A brand new live electro-acoustic sound lab, featuring daring improvisational electronics in a successful endeavor to diverge from the “harsh sequencing of modern electronic music.”

IvenFaint – A staple of local innovative performance art for nearly two decades, the duo IvenFaint presents a revitalized and modern reassessment of the bold spirit of post-punk. Utilizing carefully crafted video and light projections, the group brings a new visual nature to the performance of independent music

Suavity’s Mouthpiece – Anti-pop

and special guest

Christiane D – An award-winning, multi-talented artistic force, who for 20 years has fused the visual, spoken, performance and visual arts in an unending compendium of sounds, forms, shapes, and words that represent her unique worldview.

July 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm Comments (0)

Thu 4/19 @ Garfield Artworks: CHRIS CORSANO (NYC exp. percussionist..w/Bjork, Sonic Youth, etc)

Thursday April 19 8 pm all ages welcome $7.00
Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Avenue

New York City-based experimental percussionist


with special guests
CAPA Antithesis (high school New Music ensemble)
and Satyr/Elfheim (solo guitar improv…releasing new CD)

Corsano’s CV:
Bjork’s touring drummer (appeared on her 2007 album ‘Volta’). Member of psych-drone trio Rangda (Drag City Records) with Ben Chasny (of Six Organs) & Richard Bishop (of Sun City Girls). Avant-jazz duos with saxophonist Paul Flaherty and Bill Nace (as Vampire Belt). Recordings and collaborations with Nels Cline (of Wilco), Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (as Northampton Wools), Kim Gordon and Jim O’Rourke, UK saxophonist Evan Parker, outsider legend Jandek, and Italian bassist Massimo Pupillo, etc.

Here are some videos Corsano posted last week to help spread the word about his solo tour:

NYC percussionist Chris Corsano returns once again to Garfield Artworks for a solo performance.

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April 16, 2012 at 12:16 am Comments (0)

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