Downtown Poet Laureate STEVE DALACHINSKY passed away suddenly on September 16th, a tragic loss to the Downtown Community and Creative Music Scene worldwide. On this night, we will celebrate his life, his poetry and his influence on us. A half dozen Downtown musicians will play Free Music in his honor, as well as reading his Poetry and other remembrances. There will be some snacks and friendly faces so please come on down and help us to celebrate his life! Participating Musicians will Feature: Louie Belogenis, Marty Ehrlich, Joe Fonda, Thomas Heberer, Darren Johnston, Jessica Pavone, Michael Vatcher and others..!
DAVID GROLLMAN plays the snare drum and occasionally removes his clothes mid-performance. The last time he played at DMG, he played a solo on his jock-strap with drum sticks & a cymbal. This segment was posted on DMG's InstaGram and caused quite a sensation! Our followers doubled in size from 700 to 1,400 quickly! Mr. Grollman will be playing with KENNY MILLIONS, a legendary/mystery figure who is even more unpredictable and controversial. We are not so sure what will happen during their set but it will no doubt be memorable!
SEAN ALI plays contrabass with assorted objects while Ms. SANDY EWEN plays electric guitar on her lap with her own odd devices. This should make a unique combination of sounds! Be there or be square!
The sale continues until the end of September - To help celebrate JON ZORN’s 66th Birthday, we are having a monthlong Zorn/Tzadik CD sale. We are doing this in three parts, each one of around 55 CD’s each, listed over three weeks. The the entire 160 count list will appear on the DMG website in the next few days. This sale does not include any discs from the Masada, Naked City or Filmworks series.
Wow! To say that that this edition of FIMAV (a/k/a Victo Fest) was the best one in several years, would not be an understatement. A dozen or so of my friends from different places would certainly agree. I have been attending the Victo Fest every year since 1987 and look forward to it every year for a variety of reasons. The main reason is to catch four long days (21 sets!) of challenging music from around the Creative Music World. The other big reason for going every year is being with our coll
Greetings to Serious Music Listeners around the world! In January I asked a handful of my favorite journalists & label heads to submit their top 10 recommendations lists for 2018, plus another 5 of anything they would like to recommend: books, movies, plays, concerts, anything that occurred or was released in 2018. All formats and genres are welcome, whether new or reissued. I picked a diverse cast of my favorite journalists and serious listeners. Here is what they had to say ...
KRIS DAVIS with JD ALLEN / TONY MALABY / NELS CLINE / MARC RIBOT / CHES SMITH / VAL JEANTY / TREVOR DUNN / TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON
PETER BROTZMANN / ALEX VON SCHLIPPENBACH / HAN BENNINK
JOHN ZORN // BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS with CYRO BAPTISTA/ BRIAN MARSELLA / SHANIR BLUMENKRANZ / TIM KEIPER
LUCIANO BERIO / PIERRE BOULEZ / OLIVIER MESSIAEN / KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN
MUSIC IMPROVISATION COMPANY with DEREK BAILEY / EVAN PARKER / HUGH DAVIES /JAMIE MUIR]
Monday, May 1st was the 26th Anniversary of Downtown Music Gallery! That’s right, you heard right! We opened our doors on May 1st of 1991 in the East Village at 211 East 5th (between 2nd & 3rd Aves), having no idea how long we would last considering that there were upwards of a hundred record stores in Manhattan alone at that time. Now there are less than a dozen!?! We are in our third location (13 Monroe St in Chinatown), for eight years now, struggling to survive but still providing creative