Archive for November, 2013

4th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit, Part of City-Wide New York Guitar Festival SMASHES BORDERS OF GENRE AND STYLE JANUARY 17-19 at SubCulture: Arts Underground

Monday, November 18th, 2013

4th ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE GUITAR SUMMIT,
Part of City-Wide NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL
JANUARY 17-19 at SubCulture: Arts Underground

OPENING NIGHT: EVOLVING CONCEPTS OF RHYTHM:
MILES OKAZAKI, WILL BERNARD, LIBERTY ELLMAN, DAVID GILMORE

RARE NYC APPEARANCE BY DAVID TRONZO +
FIRST EVER DUO MEETING OF FRED FRITH & NELS CLINE

FINAL NIGHT – THE MUSIC OF PAUL MOTIAN
featuring Duo Performances By
STEVE CARDENAS, BEN MONDER,
GILAD HEKSELMAN, BRANDON ROSS, VIC JURIS,
MARY HALVORSON, JULIAN LAGE &
FESTIVAL FOUNDER JOEL HARRISON 

The Alternative Guitar Summit, founded in 2010 by guitarist Joel Harrison, is an annual gathering of daring, inventive players who explore new and unusual approaches to the guitar. The music presented during AGS always seeks to celebrate the instrument’s enormous range of possibilities, beyond style or genre.

“If you love spontaneous improvisation, beautiful melodies, nasty funk, surreal soundscapes, wild abandon, righteous distortion, elliptical chords, dreamy sound clouds, and the joy of surprise, this festival is for you,” says Harrison. “It’s an incredible experience to see so many six-string wizards at work in one place over such a concentrated period of time. Ecstatic moments are in abundance all weekend long.”

Nels Cline, Appearing in Duos with Fred Frith & Julian Lage

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Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Tour West Coast

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Scott Amendola/Charlie Hunter Tour West Coast In Support of Their Second Duo LP, PUCKER, Composed of All New Music by Scott Amendola

Just about a year ago Charlie and Scott released “Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead”, a collection of songs by Charlie.  This October 15th the duo will release a follow-up called PUCKER, which features music written by Scott, except for one song written FOR Scott by his grandfather, the acclaimed guitarist Tony Gottuso.  Tony was a guitar player who lived in and around New York from birth until his passing in 1995. He was featured on The Tonight Show when it was broadcast in NY with Steve Allen as the host. Tony also appears on the legendary record “The Pioneers Of the Jazz Guitar” on Yazoo, as well as playing banjo on the original recording of “Hello Dolly” by Louis Armstrong, and countless other recordings. Tony wrote this song for Scott in the early 90s and this it makes its debut on PUCKER. (more…)

Dylan Ryan Sand West Coast Tour

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Cuneiform Records
Dylan Ryan’s Sand  West Coast Tour,
with Dates in Seattle, Portland, and The Bay Area

Tour Dates

Dec 4, 2013 The Royal Room, Seattle, WA
Dec 5, 2013  The Good Foot, Portland, OR
Dec 6, 2013 Duende, Oakland, CA

Photo Credit: MAGDA WOSINKA

Featuring his volatile trio SandSky Bleached is Dylan Ryan’s debut album under his own name, but the insistently exploratory drummer isn’t making a first impression. A bandstand veteran who’s spent the past decade collaborating with an array of galvanizing musicians across a wide array of creative scenes, he’s probably best known as the catalyst behind the pugnacious prog-jazz sextet Herculaneum. That’s seems likely to change withCuneiform’s release of Sky Bleached. (more…)

The Dickens Campaign Releases Debut Album “Oh Lovely Appearance”

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Music That Has Its Eyes on The Far Horizon and Its Feet on the Front Porch of America.

Featuring Drummer Deric Dickens, Cornetist Kirk Knuffke, and Guitarist Jesse Lewis 

CD-release show at Barbes
January 29, 2014

 

Deric Dickens is a New-York-based drummer who hails from south Georgia, and those Georgia roots run deep under the earth of this music. He’s chosen as bandmates two people who share his respect for tradition and his willingness to push beyond it. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke is one of the New York’s busiest players, both as a leader and a sideman, particularly in the quartet of celebrated drummer Matt Wilson, who is Dickens’ primary mentor. Guitarist Jesse Lewiscut his musical teeth in New Orleans and spends much of his time these days exploring the intersection of country, pop and jazz as one of New York’s in- demand guitar players. (more…)

Multi-Instrumentalist DOUG WIESELMAN, Releases From Water, His First Solo Clarinet Album, January 21, 2014 via 88 Records

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Multi-Instrumentalist DOUG WIESELMAN,
Notable Sideman to Antony & The Johnsons,
Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra, Anthony Coleman & Countless Others
Releases From Water,
His First Solo Clarinet Album,
January 21, 2014 via 88 Records

Doug Wieselman is pleased to announce the release of his first ever solo clarinet record – entitled From Water – on Shahzad Ismaily’s 88 Records, on vinyl and various digital formats. Wieselman is known best as a first-call multi-instrumentalist in the rock, pop, electronic and experimental/jazz worlds, frequently playing clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone and guitar and arranging for the likes of Lou Reed, Yoko Ono, Martha Wainwright, Sam Amidon, Iron & Wine, Bettye Lavette, Marianne Faithful, Antony and The JohnsonsTrickyJenny ScheinmanAnthony ColemanSteven Bernstein, Bill Frisell, and many more.
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Vijay Iyer and ECM Records Announce Collaboration For Upcoming Releases

Friday, November 1st, 2013

First Release, Mutations For String Quartet and Piano/Electronics To Be Released March 4, 2014 in U.S.


Pianist, composer, writer and producer Vijay Iyer recently recorded his first album for ECM at New York’s Avatar Studios, with Manfred Eicher producing. While Iyer has been recognized predominantly for his fresh approaches to jazz, ECM now proposes to document a broader scope of his work, which will highlight his compositions and multi-media pieces, as well as improvisation.

The first collaboration, Mutations is scheduled for release March 4, 2014.  The recording features solo piano pieces and “Mutations I-X”,  a suite in ten movements for string quartet, piano and laptop, with Miranda Cuckson and Michi Wiancko, violins, Kyle Armbrust, viola, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello and with composer Iyer playing the piano and contributing electronics and sound-processing.

Iyer previously appeared on ECM with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory on Far Side, recorded in 2007, on which he plays alongside fellow pianist Craig Taborn. AnIyer/Taborn duo project is amongst future plans, and ECM will also record theVijay Iyer Trio, as well as Iyer’s compositions for large and small instrumental forces.
Vijay Iyer: “I’ve listened to recordings on ECM since I was a teenager, and in recent years have avidly followed the label’s contemporary classical and chamber music releases and the latest projects by my peers.  It’s a thrill to join the ECM ranks, especially for the chance to present aspects of my work that most listeners have not yet heard.

One of the most highly-regarded artists of his generation, Vijay Iyer has received numerous awards for his work, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in September 2013.



Upcoming Tour Dates
Tonight – Nov 3, 2013
Vijay Iyer Trio at Jazz Standard, New York, NY
Nov 16, 2013
Vijay Iyer Solo at  
SFJAZZ Center
Presented by SF Performances
, San Francisco, CA
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