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DMG Newsletter for February 2nd, 2018

International Free Music is Where It’s At!
It is the Common Language of Musicians Worldwide
The Word ‘Freedom’ is often Misunderstood and
Used like a Carrot to Those Who Think
that they aren’t being Manipulated by Outside Forces
The Music on the DMG Menu Has a Healthy Dose of Free Spirits
So Check out our Weekly List of Sonic Treasures from:

Susie Ibarra’s Dreamtime Ensemble! Daniel Levin / Chris Pitsiokos / Brandon Seabrook!
Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: John Carter / Bobby Bradford / Glenn Ferris! Jack Wright’s ‘Free Music’ Book CD! Ten Great CD’s from FMR: Paul Dunmall QT & Trio! Peter Kuhn Quintet: Dave Sewelson/Dan Clucas/Scott Walton/Alex Cline & New Peter Kuhn Trio!

Szilard Mezei Trio! The Delta Sax Quartet Plays David Bowie’s Berlin Years! Luis Vicente & Kabas! Simon Rose /Jan Roder / Willi Kellers! Frode Gjerstad & Cosmic Brotherhood! Elliott Levin & Gabriel Lauber! Plus Historic Discs from Andre Vida! Richard Pinhas and Ghedalia Tazartes!

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THE DMG 27TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday, February 4th 2018:
6pm: ZERO POINT: DANIEL CARTER / DERIC DICKENS / MICHAEL BATES / MARIUS DUBOULE
7pm: BEYOND TRIO: CHERYL PYLE / CLAIRE de BRUNNER / DANIEL CARTER

Sunday, February 11th:
6pm: DAVE SEWELSON TRIO With WILLIAM PARKER and MARVIN BUGALOO SMITH
7pm: MICHAEL FOSTER’s Double Soprano Sax & Drums

Sunday, February 18th:
6pm: DEVIN BRAHIA WALDMAN Ensemble

Sunday, February 25th:
6pm: CHET DOXAS and JOHN ESCREET - Tenor Sax & Drum Machine and Prophet Synth & Drum Machine
7pm: MATT MOTTEL and MARTIN ESCALANTE - Talibam Keyboard Wiz and Mexican Multi-Phonic Saxist!

Sunday, March 4th:
6pm: RAF VERTESSEN / KEISUKE MATSUNO / HANS TAMMEN - Drums / Guitar / Buchla Synth!
7pm: MIJ YELNED - Solo Bass Flute!

Sunday, March 11th:
6pm: SEAN ALI & AYAKO KANDA - ContraBass & Voice
7pm: DOGWOOD: NICO SOFFIATO and ZACH SWANSON - Guitar and Double Bass!
8pm: BEN GOLDBERG

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

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SUSIE IBARRA DREAMTIME ENSEMBLE With: JENNIFER CHOI / JAKE LANDAU / YVES DHARAMRAJ / JEAN-LUC SINCLAIR / CLAUDIA ACUMA - Perception (Decibel Collective 00015; USA) Featuring Jennifer Choi on violin, Yves Dharamraj on cello, Jake Landau piano & guitar, Jean-Luc Sinclair on electronics, Claudia Acuna on vocals and Susie Ibarra on drums, percussion & compositions. Since becoming an integral part of ever-evolving Downtown Scene in the mid-nineties, Susie Ibarra has become the quintessential Downtown drummer, composer, collaborator and composer, bridging many diverse musical worlds. Check out this list of collaborators: John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Mephista (Ikue Mori & Sylvie Courvoiser), David S. Ware, Wadada Leo Smith & Joelle Leandre. Ms. Ibarra has been teaching at Bennington College since 2016 and is currently on tour with Dave Douglas and Marc Ribot in Europe. Ms. Ibarra has around a half dozen discs as a leader, each one very different.
Becoming a mother, teaching, touring and collaborating takes up Mr. Ibarra’s time, so this disc is her first in a few years. The Dreamtime Ensemble features violinist Jennifer Choi, who has worked with Ms. Ibarra on a previous disc for Tzadik. The other members of this sextet are new names for me. Ms. Ibarra has long studied percussion in many of its diverse forms, from different cultures, jazz, both free and fixed. Playing gamelan is only one of her specialties. The music on ‘Perception’ seems to be in between different genres. Ms. Ibarra’s subtle yet infectious percussion is often at the center of the music here. “Alegria” has a dreamy vibe, with angelic wordless vocals by Claudia Acuna. “The Uncertainty Principle” seems like an appropriate title for a three part suite since it is hard to pin down the way things unfold. Intricate guitar and violin lines softly swirl around one another in a dream-like way. Ms. Ibarra’s sublime tuned percussion is featured on “Part 3”, which is delicate and hypnotic. I dig the way Ms. Ibarra of tens strips things down to their bare essentials, skeletal yet still evoking exquisite, magical organic spirits. On “Sensing Light” there seems to be a series of drones created by bowed or rubbed percussion (gongs or cymbals perhaps), the effect is most mesmerizing. The first time I listened to this disc at the store, I thought that there might be something missing but now that I am at home and not distracted, I realize that Ms. Ibarra has worked some wonderful, elegant and carefully crafted magic into the tapestry. The music breathes and feels like some fresh air on the first day of Spring. A superb gem from Ms. Susie Ibarra. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $15 / LP $30 (CD in stock/LP in stock in another week)


DANIEL LEVIN / CHRIS PITSIOKOS / BRANDON SEABROOK - Stomiidae (Dark Tree 09; France) Featuring Daniel Levin on cello, Chris Pitsiokos on alto sax and Brandon Seabrook on electric guitar. Stomiidae is a family of deep-sea ray-finned fish, rather scary to look at. Stomiidae is also the name of this Downtown all-star trio which features Daniel Levin on cello, Chris Pitsiokos on alto sax and Brandon Seabrook on electric guitar. All three members of this trio have worked in different combinations: Mr. Levin and Mr. Pitsiokos have played here at DMG in there past while Mr. Seabrook is also a member of Pitsiokos’ band, the CP Unit. Over the past year, young Downtown saxist Chris Pitsiokos has toured in Europe (with Nate Wooley & Louise Jensen Sax Qt), Japan and the midwest and had several releases on Clean Feed, New Atlantis and UgExplode. Cellist Daniel Levin (wit Mat Maneri & JP Carletti), and guitarist Brandon Seabrook (Content Provider & MOPDTK), have also kept a high profile of the last few years.
Like Joe Morris, Daniel Levin continually searches for new & often under recognized improvisers to work with. In Mr. Pitsiokos and Mr. Seabrook, Mr. Levin has placed himself in an intense environment. The playing here is often fast and furious, brutal yet focused. Whenever anyone solos or steps into the spotlight, the other two are right there inserting their own explosive licks. I found this session to be exhilarating, that edge-of-our-seat type of excitement. Even when things calm down, the exchange is still tight and focused. In a blindfold test, I might well have guesses that this was: John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne and Tom Cora, a long lost session from the early eighties (30 years ago!). Although it was Mr. Levin that seemed to have booked this session, the balance between all three musicians is just right. The music still bristles with eerie, excitement when things finally lay back. What I like the most is that all three members of the trio enjoying pushing each other to into some exhausting moments which will knock you upside your head. I am working on trying to get this trio (or perhaps with Joe Morris) a date at Zurcher Gallery now so stay tuned. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $16


VINNY GOLIA WIND QUARTET With JOHN CARTER / BOBBY BRADFORD / GLENN FERRIS - Live at the Century City Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1979 (Dark Tree 08; France) Featuring Vinny Golia on woodwinds, John Carter on clarinet, Bobby Bradford on cornet and Glenn Ferris on trombone. This was the early days in Vinny Golia’s long and winding music career, after having moved to LA in the early seventies from the Bronx. Mr. Golia came to LA as a painter and slowly working on being a musician, starting his own Nine Winds label in the late seventies. Mr. Golia was initially inspired by the LA underground musicians like Horace Tapscott, John Carter and Bobby Bradford, as well as touring with Anthony Braxton 1978. Soon enough Golia had become friends with a new generation of LA musicians like Alex & Nels Cline, Roberto Miranda, his label documenting an ever-evolving new scene.
This disc documents a rare, unreleased live set from the Century City Playhouse in 1979 where Mr. Golia had organized a strong quartet of mentors/fellow musicians: the legendary John Carter (first concert on clarinet only) and cornetist Bobby Bradford, both of whom had worked with Ornette Coleman in La in the late fifties and for the ‘Science Fiction’ album in the early seventies. Another underground legend was/is trombonist Glenn Ferris, who was soon to move to Paris for good. This disc includes both sets and already we can tell that Mr. Golia is serious about his writing, arranging and playing. The music is closer to modern chamber music than any sort of free/jazz. Thoughtfully composed, well executed, cerebral, with several layers of interaction going on. Golia starts off on flute spinning out his lines while the clarinet, cornet and trombone, work their way through a kaleidoscopic web of ideas. It takes some time and concentration to hear the way things shift together with several threads creating a complex tapestry to marvel at. What’s interesting is this: nearly 40 years later, Mr. Golia is writing equally fascinating music and switching off between many reeds, each section featuring him on another reed. Some of the writing and playing here recalls early Anthony Braxton music which is certainly not so odd since Golia toured with Mr. Braxton in the year previous to this concert. An outstanding effort on all counts! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $16

Back in stock:

BOBBY BRADFORD & JOHN CARTER QUINTET - No U Turn: Live In Pasadena, 1975 (Dark Tree 05; France) Featuring: BOBBY BRADFORD cornet, JOHN CARTER soprano saxophone and clarinet, ROBERTO MIRANDA double bass, STANLEY CARTER double bass and WILLIAM JEFFREY drums. NO U-TURN is the first and only recording by this quintet and the earliest extant recording of Bobby & John live in performance. Also, this shows that window of about 5 years when John was using soprano & clarinet equally. And most importantly, for historians this recording fills a void in Bobby Bradford & John Carter's discography. If you were not in Los Angeles throughout the 70s, this is the first time you'll hear what they were doing during those years! This release includes a 16 pages booklet with great liner notes by Mark Weber as well as many rare and previously unpublished photos by Jak Kilby, Gerard Rouy and Mark Weber.
CD $16

JACK WRIGHT - The Free Musics (Spring Garden Music Editions; USA) 300 page book by legendary free music saxist Jack Wright. Free music saxist, Jack Wright, has been on a long journey for nearly forty years, playing free music with a long list of fellow travelers from around the globe: Andrea Centazzo, Michel Doneda, Tatsuya Naktani, Joe McPhee and dozens of lesser known musicians. A year ago this month, (January of 2017), Mr. Wright wrote and published a book called, ‘The Free Musics’. If, like myself and many others, you are fascinated by the wide world(s) of improvised or free music, then I highly recommend this book. Obviously, Mr. Wright has thought long and in depth about the history, practice and understanding of free music from around the world. Mr. Wright does an extraordinary job of explaining the history of ‘Free Jazz’ in the US and the way free music has evolved here, in the UK, Europe and Japan, for the past fifty years. Since Mr. Wright has been an active participant in this music, playing concerts here, in Europe and Japan, for nearly forty years, he has seen the way this music has evolved through way periods or currents. I am about a third of the way through this wonderful book and often put it down to reflect on the many interesting points that Mr. Wright makes.
Last Sunday (1/28/18), Mr. Wright played a duo set here with drummer Michael Vatcher. It was a glorious set, thoughtful, focused and mature, one of the best I’ve seen here at DMG in recent memory. An excerpt will be broadcast through our Instragram site soon. If you purchase this book through Mr. Wright or DMG, you will also receive a rare CD of solo sax from Mr. Wright, as well as improv from collaborators: Evan Lipson and Zach Darrup. If you are foolish/lazy enough to order this book from Amazon, you will not get the free CD so… - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
BOOK CD $15


10 Amazing New Discs from the FMR Label:

PAUL DUNMALL / FRANK PAUL SCHUBERT / SEBASTIANO DESSANAY / JIM BASHFORD - Sign of the Times (FMR 472; UK) Featuring Paul Dunmall on soprano, alto & tenor saxes, Frank Paul Schubert on soprano & alto saxes, Sebastiano Dessannay on bass and Jim Bashford on drums. Recorded live at the Lamp in Birmingham, UK in October of 2017. Master UK saxist, Paul Dunmall, has been working with other saxists through the years (like Evan Parker & Dave Liebman) and obviously chooses them well. This is the third recording that Mr. Dunmall and Mr. Schubert have done together, working with Alex Von Sclippenbach and Willi Kellers in the past. Both Italian bassist, Sebastiano Dessanay and UK drummer, Jim Bashford, have recorded with Mr. Dunmall in the past as well. From the gitgo, there is a fire burning from within, with Mr. Bashford’s strong mallet work and Mr. Dessanay’s probing bass creating an uplifting undertow. Both saxes, first alto and then tenor, start spinning one at a time, the spirits slowly rising higher as they build, the energy and intensity edging upwards as the go. The interplay between all four members of this quintet is extraordinary, waves upon waves, spiraling higher and higher as they go. Both saxists, although different and distinctive in tone, toss their lines tightly back and forth, sometimes at furious pace, sometimes sailing down to a more restrained simmer. When they later switch to soprano, the stream is more contained yet no less focused. The ’Sign of the Times’ must be the setting free of those cosmic spirits since this is what we have here. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

PAUL DUNMALL / PERCY PURSGLOVE / TONY ORRELL - Nothing in Stone (FMR 463; UK) Featuring Paul Dunmall on soprano, alto & tenor saxes, Percy Pursglove on bass & trumpet and Tony Orrell on drums & percussion. Recorded at Jazz at the Fringe, in Bristol, UK in September of 2017. With the DUNS label now defunct, FMR and Slam, have been releasing a few discs by UK saxophone colossus Paul Dunmall each year. Mr. Dunmall seems to have a handful of different rhythm players to choose from for each session he does. Both Percy Pursglove and Tony Orrell have recorded on a half dozen discs with Dunmall in the past. Considering that this is a live recording, the sound is superb. Mr. Dunmall starts off on tenor, his big, warm, fire-breathing sound, erupting, slowly at first and building in intensity. The rhythm team also take their time, simmering softly at times. Bassist Pursglove switches to trumpet on “Speaking in Tongues” and does a great job of playing those twisted, extended technique (Nate Wooley-like) sounds when the piece begins. This piece soon turns into a Sonny Rollins-like, “St. Thomas” groover. Mr. Dunmall’s long tenor solo shows why he is considering one of the UK’s most beloved saxists. Dunmall eventually switches to soprano sax while the trio settles down to a more calm, simmer, which has a great, organic vibe. In the second half, the soprano sax and trumpet create a somber, contemplative dialogue which brings this long piece to a lovely, lyrical close. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

PETER KUHN With DAVE SEWELSON / DAN CLUCAS / SCOTT WALTON / ALEX CLINE - Dependent Origination (FMR 478; UK) Featuring Peter Kuhn on B-flat & bass clarinets & tenor sax, Dave Sewelson on bari & sopranino saxes, Dan Clucas on cornet, Scott Walton on bass and Alex Cline on drums & percussion. Recorded live at Open Gate Theatre, Eagle Rock, CA in November of 2016. Everyone digs a great comeback story, so I was more than pleased to see the return of former Downtown saxist Peter Kuhn after some thirty years in 2015. Since then, Mr. Kuhn, who currently lives in San Diego, we’ve seen the reissue of his early record, ‘No Coming, No Going’ plus a current trio, both on No Business, plus a couple of newer discs from pfMentum and Abray. FMR has just released two more newer discs, bot of which are spirited, free/jazz gems.
The best of the batch was recorded in L.A. with Kuhn’s old Downtown cohort, Dave Sewelson, plus a trio of LA’s best: Dan Clucas on cornet, Scott Walton on bass and Alex Cline on drums & percussion. No doubt you know Nels’ brother Alex, one of the best drummers/composers to emerge from LA in decades. Both Mr. Clucas and Mr. Walton are also important parts of that scene with several discs on labels: pfMentum and Circumvention. Mr. Kuhn, who is now a Buddhist minister, likes to begin his sets with the ringing of a meditation bowl so this is how this disc begins, solemn at first. The warm sound of the three horns (bass clarinet, bari sax & cornet) blend together, creating a spiritual cushion, the rhythm team slowing entering and whipping up a storm. The ever-amazing Alex Cline is at the center of the storm while, connecting with Mr. Sewelson’s bari sax and pushing him higher, the bass revving up from below, the three sailing together tightly as one force. Eventually the rhythm teams lays out while the three horns play in tight circles, weaving in and out, the spirits slowly ascending higher and higher. The entire disc flows in a most organic way with occasional inspired solos building the different sections. Considering that this was probably the first time all three horns played together, the interplay is consistently strong. This isn’t your average free, fire-music sessions as things are much more balanced, calm at times and consistently well-connected. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

PETER KUHN TRIO With KYLE MOTL / NATHAN HUBBARD - Intention (FMR 467; UK) Featuring Peter Kuhn on clarinet & bass clarinet, Kyle Motl on contrabass and Nathan Hubbard on drums. This is a studio session from March of 2017. Early Downtown reeds wiz, Peter Kuhn, is back and slowly becoming more prolific since his return to playing in 2015. After nearly three decades off the scene, Mr. Kuhn, who currently lives in San Diego, had two archival discs released on No Business and then three newer offerings on pfMentum, Abray and No Business. FMR just released two more and both are great! This is the second disc from the Peter Kuhn Trio whose members include Kyle Motl on bass (once played a bass duo here at DMG) and Nathan Hubbard (from Cosmologic & with several of his own discs as a leader) on drums. For this session, Mr. Kuhn plays clarinets only and it was recorded in a studio. Bassist Motl kicks things off by quickly strumming and plucking the strings while the clarinet and drums weave their way in. This is an exciting, intense and unstoppable free/jazz trio with a clarinet up front. Playful, cerebral, spiritual, organically unfolding, from ancient to modern… The dry, wooden tone of the clarinet seems to reach back to there eras, from Dixieland and Swing onwards, to bebop and beyond. For my ongoing list of ‘100 Clarinet Pioneers of the 20th Century’, Peter Kuhn is an obvious contender. A solid, expansive and infinitely expressive effort. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

SZILARD MEZEI TRIO With ERVIN MALINA / ISTVAN CSIK - Cink (FMR 474; UK) Featuring Szilard Mezei on viola & compositions, Ervin Malina on double bass and Istvan Csik on drums. Recorded at Novi Sad in Serbia in March of 2014. Serbian violist, Szilard Mezei, is incredibly prolific and can be found on more than three dozen discs from several European labels. These offerings range from solo to large ensembles and include both other Serbian players as well as international collaborators: Michael Jefry Stevens, Jon Hemmersam, Frank Gratkowski and Achille Succi. This particular trio with Ervin Malina on double bass and Istvan Csik on drums, has at least two other discs out. Unlike some of Mr. Mezei’s other discs which feature chamber-like music, partially written and partially improvised, this trio is tight and sound like they’ve been playing together for a long time. The music is often thematic, with opening and closing written parts and long solos in the mid sections. There is a long, story-like bass solo on the first piece, “Hep 18”, which sounds great. The 31 minute title track covers a lot of territory, with free yet focused interplay that moves in waves around an undercurrent/pulse/flow. Bassist Ervin Maline pulls hard at the strings creating a buzzing vibrations while the viola and drums buzz like bees around a hive. The energy level here sounds like the trio are about to explode at times, the waves rising higher and higher. Mr. Mezei’s playing here is incredible, on the edge of erupting into a free frenzy of activity yet somehow tied to the rest of the trio no matter how intense things get. This piece is a tour-de-force and shows how well this trio plays together, play as one unified force no matter far out that seen to go. There are number of great string players in the improvised music world: Mark Feldman, Jason Hwang and Mat Maneri, to name a few. Szilard Mezie shows once again he a force to be reckoned with, his trio extraordinary and unstoppable. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

DELTA SAXOPHONE QUARTET - Bowie, Berlin Beyond (FMR 473; UK) The Delta Saxophone Quartet features Graeme Blevins on sopranino & soprano saxes & clarinet, Peter Whyman on alto sax & clarinet, Tim Holmes on tenor sax & clarinet and Chris Caldwell on beri sax & bass clarinet. The Delta Sax Quartet are in a class of their own since they choose each project with thoughtful care. With a half dozen discs under their belt, they’ve covered the music of minimalist composers: Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars & Terry Riley, Soft Machine (highly recommended!) and King Crimson.
For their new project, they are covering the music of the late David Bowie, from his Berlin period in the late seventies. Mr. Bowie was a consistently enigmatic singer/composer/conceptualist. His sound and image changed on ever record and embraced the many worlds of rock music. I remember being shocked by his change in direction during his Berlin period, collaborating with Brian Eno (as a producer) and Robert Fripp, as a guest guitarist. The two albums he made during this period, ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’, were and still are favorites of those of us who love progressive rock music. It seems almost natural for the Delta Sax Quartet to cover this music as it was quite a departure for Mr. Bowie and perhaps some of darkest and most transcendent. Although the songs on side one of each album were created with rock instrumentation (vocals, electric guitars & bass, drums and bits of synth), the Delta Sax Quartet do a fine job of creating a similar sinister, haunting sound. Aside from the layers of saxes, there is some drum machine samples which seem to fit this music just right. The richly harmonized saxes sound majestic, with a bit of 50’s sounding rock licks, not unlike the way Roxy Music (mother exponent of the glam era like Bowie) combined retro and futuristic licks into a unique combination. To keep things interesting, and perhaps not too dark, they cover a few other Bowie songs from other era like, “The Laughing Gnome” (from his early period), “Alabama Song” (written by German composer Bertolt Brecht) and “Music for Airports” (by Eno, from his ambient period). All of these sounds seem to fit the overall vibe, capturing the dark undertow with a poignant gracefulness. All four members of the Delta Sax Quartet play clarinets as well, which also add a certain, warm, wooden, austere tone. A superb disc all the way around. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

KABAS LUIS VICENTE CARLOS GODINHO - Live at Smup / Negen (FMR 466; UK) Featuring Luis Vicente on trumpet, Jan Daelman on flute, Thiis Troch on piano, Nils Vermeulen on double bass and Elias Devoldere on drums plus Carlos Godinho on percussion for the second disc. Portuguese trumpeter, Luis Vicente, has been keeping busy over the last few years playing with French musicians: Theo & Valentin Ceccaldi, as well as Dutch-based musician: Onno Govaert & John Dikeman and fellow Portuguese platers: Rodrigo Pinheiro & Hernani Faustino (from the RED Trio). The other members of this quintet & sextet, are new name for me. The first disc features a quintet known as Kabas with flute and trumpet up front. This music takes a while to finally unfold and erupt into a focused yet free terrain. On the second long piece, the trumpet and flute finally stretch out, using bits of delay or extended techniques to evoke another spirit world with eerie rubbed or bowed cymbals or strings simmering below. In the liner notes of this disc, the author tells of the wonderful, mysterious and inviting nature of life in Portugal where this was recorded. He claims that the positive experience of being there affects the music on these two CDs. I must admit that there is something, soothing or magical going on that I feel or hear in this music which I can’t quite put my finger on. It takes a bit of time to relax and let this music take you on a great journey. Impressive yet somehow indescribable. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $16

SIMON ROSE / JAN RODER / WILLI KELLERS - New World (FMR 464; UK) Personnel: Simon Rose on baritone & alto saxes, Jan Roder on double bass and Willi Kellers on drums. Recorded at Studio Beorne in Berlin in 2016. British-born, Berlin-based saxist, Simon Rose, was (is?) a member of trio called Badlands with Simon H Fell & Steve Noble. Mr. Rose also has two discs out of solo sax on baritone and alto saxes. German bassist Jan Roder is also a member of Die Enttaushung (with Axel Dorner & Rudi Mahall), also playing with Silke Eberhard, Ulrich Gumpert & Alex Von Schlipenbach. No longer a young man, Willi Kellers has worked with Keith Tippett, Peter Brotzmann and Paul Dunmall. Great resumes all round.
This is a studio date and the sound is especially superb. The sound of Simon Rose’ bari sax is full blown, vast in size, a tight, powerful trio, erupting like a volcano. Dense, intense and haunting simultaneously. “Cargo” seats with subtle thumb piano, eerie bowed bass and nervous bent-note sax. The ritualistic thumb piano repeating phrase, sawing acoustic bass and distant bari sax drone turn this into some mesmerizing medicine. Jan Roder’s often bowed contrabass is often at the center of the sound here, stirring up ghosts, the way much spiritual jazz does from the mid-sixties onwards. The music here casts a most hypnotic spell, eerie, haunting and unsettling. Not unlike life as it is today. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

UDO SCHINDLER / KORHAN EREL / SEBASTIANO TRAMONTANA - SoundEnergyTransformation (FMR 471; UK) Featuring Udo Schindler on clarinets, soprano sax & euphonium, Korhan Erel on computer and Sebastiano Tramontana on trombone. Recorded at Ars Musica July of 2016. Labels like FMR, Slam and Clean Feed labels have been releasing discs with varied musicians from different cultures. over the last few years, showing that there is a rich, common bond, the language of free improv, which reaches across manmade borders. This trio features German reedman Udo Schindler, Turkish electronics wiz Korhan Erel and Italian trombonist Sebastiano Tramontana. Mr Schindler and Mr. Tramontana were both in another trio with a disc from FMR last year. Mr. Erel can also be founds on labels: Sub Rosa, Creative Sources and Evil Rabbit. Mr. Tramontana must be the elder member here since he can be found on some two dozen discs listed in the DMG database.
What I dig most about this trio is the way the electronics blend with the sound of the two acoustic instruments: clarinets/soprano sax & trombone. Subtle clarinet and hushed muted trombone work well together with restrained electronic sounds carefully floating in the mix. There is a stimulating dialogue going o here, with some strong exchanges taking place between reeds and the trombone with bits of sonic seasoning added by Mr. Erel. Tramontana often sounds like he is dipping into a wealth of trombone sounds and experiments. What I dig most about this is that much of this set was very restrained, yet there is till quite a bit of varied sounds coming from all three members of the trio. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

AFRIT NEBULA With ELAINE EDWARDS / KEN EDWARDS / JAMIE HARRIS - Triality (FMR 468; UK) Personnel: Elaine Edwards on flute, tenor & soprano saxes, melodica, keyboards & voice, Ken Edwards on fretlass bass guitar & acoustic guitar and Jamie Harris on congas, cajon, djembe, darbuka, drums & voice. Recorded at Hastings in Old Town, UK in August or 2017. “A mix of Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, jazz and rock traditions fuel the rich rhythmic and spiritual music of the trio of Elaine Edwards (The Moors) on saxophone and flute, Ken Edwards on bass and voice, and Jamie Harris on percussion and voice, referencing the powerful Arabian mythical demon "Afrit" and the interstellar clouds of dust that make up a nebula.”
CD $14

ADRIAN NORTHOVER / VLADIMIR MILLER / PIERPAOLO MARTINO - The Dinner Party (FMR 469; UK) Personnel: Vladimir Miller on piano, Pierpaolo on double bass and Adrian Northover on alto sax. Recorded at a studio in Monopoli in Italy in June of 2017. A collective free improvising trio active on the London jazz scene for the last few years, comprised of Kurt Weil interpreter, pianist Vladimir Miller who's first quartet was formed in 1987; double bassist Pierpaolo Martino, who studied with Joelle Leandre and Mark Dresser; and saxophonist Adrian Northover known for The Remote Viewers and London Improvisers Orchestra.
CD $14

Early in 2016, I heard from former Downtown alto saxist Marco Eneidi, who had moved to Austria last I heard. Mr. Eneidi was then living in Mexico and working with a rhythm team known as Brujo Mutafuka a/k/a the Cosmic Brotherhood. That trio with Mr. Eneidi on sax, Itzam Cano on bass and Gabriel Lauber on drums, self-released two disc on their own Dimensional label, both of which were outstanding efforts of free/jazz/spirit music. A few months later, Mr. Eneidi passed away after a long struggle with cancer, which was a shock to everyone who knew him and his playing. I remained in contact with drummer, Gabriel Lauber, who just sent us tow new CD’s:

FRODE GJERSTAD & THE COSMIC BROTHERHOOD - Moons of Saturn (Dimensional 005; Mexico) Featuring Frode Gjerstad on alto sax, clarinet & flute, Itzam Cano on bass and Gabriel Lauber on drums. This disc was recorded at Testa Studio in Mexico in May of 2017. Norwegian reeds wiz, Frode Gjerstad, is immensely prolific and stays fresh and focused by traveling around the world and playing with musicians from different countries. Aside from his trios with Paal Nilssen-Love & Jon Rune Strom, David Watson & Kevin Norton, or bands like Detail & Ultralyd, Mr. Gjerstad has been working with musicians from Argentina (Luis Conte) and now Mexico. This trio bristles with intensity. Right from the opening, they are launched into a focused frenzy which soon winds down for the second piece. Frode switches to clarinet for “Titan” as things calm down a bit, free yet more carefully reflective. There is a strong balancing act going on here between the more explosive moments and the more restrained pieces. Each piece reflects a different mood or vibe, thoughtfully giving us a chance to soar or simmer. The rhythm team here are consistently creative, listening closely and supporting or pushing Mr. Gjerstad higher and higher. The Cosmic Brotherhood does dmm like a most appropriate name. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $15

ELLIOTT LEVIN / GABRIEL LAUBER DUO - Yu (Dimensional Recordings 004; Mexico) Featuring Elliott Levin on tenor sax, flute & poetry and Gabriel Lauber on drums. Legendary Philly saxist/poet, Elliott Levin, has been fixture on the Philly (and Downtown) scene for more than four decades. A founding member of several legendary yet under-recognized bands: Olduvai, Iltar, Take Iki and later New Ghost (great disc on ESP), as well as collaborating with Cecil Taylor (from the seventies onwards), Marshall Allen and practically every great creative band to emerge from Philly since the early seventies, Mr. Levin lives to sit in and often pops up at numerous sessions anywhere and everywhere. Itv shouldn’t surprise anyone that Mr. Levin was in Mexico last year (March of 2017) and recorded this duo CD with Cosmic Brotherhood drummer Gabriel Lauber. This disc begins with “Yu”, a short blast of free/jazz at its most intense, blistering tenor and drums! Besides being the major voice on sax and flute, Mr. Levin is also thoughtful, incisive poet as well as a compelling spoken word artist. Levin’s poetry is found unjust a few pieces but always evokes ideas and images well worth considering. This duo is super tight, and sound as if they are one spirit/force erupting together. Mr. Levin is also a master flutist and takes a few rambunctious flute solos here. I found this entire disc to be consistently captivating with all of the elements tied together into one great master tapestry golden threads. There is way too much great stuff here to describe it all so I will eave it to you to spend some time with this: “Prayer for the Ancestors” is where it ends up. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $15


PORTRAIT OF SIMILAR FASHION With LOGAN HONE - Self-titled (Self-Released; USA) Featuring Logan Hone on alto sax, bass clarinet & vocals, Lauren Baba on viola, Gregory Uhlmann on guitar and Jesse Quebbeman-Turley on drums & vocals. This is the second disc from LA-based reedsman Logan Hone and his band Similar Fashion. I reviewed their first disc two years ago (2016), which was on the pfMentum labeland it was an unexpected delight, quirky and in between categories. “Myra’s Fortune” features some quaint vocals from both singers, rather XTC-like and charming, short and sweet. The music here is some sort of pop music, made from minimal instrumentation. “My Heart and Lungs” is just pizzicato strings, hand clapping and warm, minimal vocals with tasty, child-like harmonies. The guitar sounds like an electric piano that has been altered or detuned a bit. Even the lyrics are minimal yet enigmatic, somehow evoking odd images. I dig the title, “Portrait of Arthur Russell”, which compresses Mr. Russell’s enchanting cross-genre qualities into an unexpected blend unrelated threads weaved into an endearing golden tapestry. I can’t quite place this music within any established category yet I find it somehow refreshing and oddly inventive. There are a few instrumental pieces which also fall between the cracks on pigeonholing. “Potrait of James Turrell” features an elegant, melancholy guitar and viola duo which is closer to chamber music than anything else. I had to listen to this disc to figure about why I dug it and what is so unique about it. “Words Aren’t Things” is a collective of spastic fragments which are repeated enough to make some sort of sense. At times I am reminded of the stripped down instrumentation of the Young Marble Giants (voice, organ & electric bass), although this band sounds nothing like them. The words sound like fragments of distant memories, yet still evoke a sense of wonder or revelation or quiet disorientation. “One Moment Here” ends with some slightly neurotic, typewriter percussion and the last words, “In this real? In this real”. Good question, indeed. This disc in on the short side (around 30 minutes), yet it seems to the right length enjoy without overstaying it welcome. Unlike anything I’ve reviewed in many years. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

Back in stock:

ANDRE VIDA With ANTHONY BRAXTON/TYSHAW SOREY/TIM BARNES/AXEL DORNER/BRANDON EVANS/CHRIS LIGHTCAP et al - Brud: Volumes I, II, & III -1995-2011 (Pan 20; UK) Andre Vida was once part of the Braxton mafia and can be heard on some half dozen of Mr. Braxton's Ghost Trance recordings. In the past decade Andre has worked with a diverse group of musicians like Sonny Simmons, Kevin Blechdom, James Lidell, Tower Recordings, MV & EE and Lee Ranaldo. Mr. Vida is currently living and playing in Berlin and recently entered the Guiness Book of World Records by performing some 403 solo sax sets, nine times a day as part of Anri Sala's film and sound installation at the Serpentine Gallery. This triple CD features a variety of works from 1995 'til 2011 at various locations from the old Knitting Factory & the Cooler in NYC to various locations in California and Berlin. Each of the 27 pieces features different personnel, instrumentation and construction. Like most of the musicians who have studied and/or collaborated with Mr. Braxton, Andre is an ambitious musician and a restless spirit. Mr. Vida composed or directed each piece so there quite a bit a challenging music to process here. There is too much here to absorb quickly so I will just mention a few highlights. The opening piece is for a quartet with Braxton & Vida on saxes, Loren Dempster on cello and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. The music is restrained and cautiously arranged with quaint harmonies for the saxes and cello. There are a number of solo pieces for cello (played by Erika Duke Kirkpatrick) and Andre on tenor or bari saxes. Each of the solo sax pieces explore different themes and/or textures and each one is something to behold. You can tell that Mr. Vida has always had an idea behind everything he performs or writes since each piece is successful at conveying a variety tactics, drawing from a wealth of influences. After listening to two of the three discs found here I will say that this is a tour-de-force from one todays' most formidable musicians and composers. I can't wait to heard the third disc - XBERG SUITE with Clayton Thomas, Elisabeth King, and Steve Heather - so that is what I am just about to do. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
3 CD Set $20 (last copies on sale)

Historic & Archival Records:

RICHARD PINHAS - Rhizosphere (Bureau B 279; Germany) Bureau B present a reissue of Richard Pinhas's Rhizosphere, originally released in 1977. Richard Pinhas is one of the most important French electronic space rock musicians. Following five albums with his band Heldon, he released his first solo record in 1977. Backed by Heldon's congenial drummer François Auger but no longer bound by the group dynamic, he explores his freshly purchased Moog modular system in search of new sounds. It marked a departure into new realms. "We don't need new technique: everybody has a technique. We need new sounds. Trying to find new sounds is difficult." Finding new sounds is the task Pinhas set for himself on Rhizosphere. Not long before, he had acquired a Moog modular synthesizer, then settled into his home studio and began a committed relationship with his new instrument. Rhizosphere wasn't his first solo recording with the Moog -- Chronolyse was made a year earlier and released in 1978 -- but it was the first to be released. On four of its five tracks, Rhizosphere presents just the 25-year-old Pinhas and his synth alone together, a melding of man and machine that gradually becomes an expansive, outward-bound journey. Pinhas's simple approach spawned a galaxy of diverse sounds and ideas. Each track on Rhizosphere inhabits its own mini-universe sonically and emotionally. The range of moods traversed is stunning. The only other human being on Rhizosphere is drummer François Auger, who accompanies Pinhas on the title track. The escalating arc of its 18-minute run plays like a moonbound rocket-trip, with pulsing synth and roaming percussion made all the more otherworldly by the decision to filter Auger's cymbals through an AKS modular synthesizer. In science, the word "rhizosphere" means the layer of soil that surrounds and is altered by the roots of a plant. Using it as an album title suggests music as a kind of Möbius strip, creating its own nourishment, feeding off of its own discoveries in order to find more. But for Pinhas the choice was philosophically-inspired: he adopted it from a book about arithmetic by his academic mentor Gilles Deleuze. "It's about no gods, no sentimental things," he explains. "It means everything is the same until an event appears on a planet ... maybe music." Music as an emerging phenomenon, puncturing the surface of what's come before: Richard Pinhas certainly found what he was looking for on Rhizosphere.
CD $17 / LP $23

LP Section:

GHEDALIA TAZARTES/PAWEL ROMANCZUK/ANDRZEJ ZALESKI - Carp's Head (Monotype 018LP; Poland) The newest record produced by the group of three -- Ghédalia Tazartès, Pawel Romanczuk, and Andrzej Zaleski -- is the result of only a few meet-ups and a shared passion for music that shapes their perspective. The long play was recorded at the Rogalów Analogowy studio in the eastern part of Poland. It's worth noting that the space and surrounding countryside did not influence the sound itself as the record drifts away from the traditions of chamber music. The musicians, together as well as separately, avoid any mainstream influences. Thus, the acoustic record is peaceful, spiritual, and presents a wide variety of notions and emotions. The diversified vocal articulation and tone of Tazartès intertwines well with Zaleski's percussive play and Romanczuk's multi-instrumental skills. The rhythmic pulsation is constantly taking new directions, eventually turning into noise at some point. The voice, somehow dramatic, traps the listeners and sends them on a journey through non-existent quasi-stories. An elusive romantic magician personified by a carp-headed cat. French cult artist Ghédalia Tazartès is an uncompromising character who defies categorization. He recorded alone a dozen of albums, calling his way of working "Impromuz" for lack of a better term. Before the years 2000s, his public appearances remained exceptional events. Romanczuk is a founder of the Polish artistic group Male Instrumenty with whom he recorded ten albums. He composed several film soundtracks and collaborated with significant theater houses. His music collaboration with Andrzej Zaleski and Ghedalia Tazartes started back in 2014; however, he was familiar with their music for quite a time. Andrzej Zaleski -- musician, filmmaker, and curator -- has collaborated with: Ghédalia Tazartès, Aspec(t), Joe Giardullo, Eugene Chadbourne, Charles Hayward, John Hegre, Tatsuya Yoshida, Pavel Fajt, Sylvie Courvoisier, Vinz Vonlanthen, Male Instrumenty, Johannes Bergmark, and many others. He also played in bands like: Multicide, Mitch and Mitch, and 3 Metry, Za Siódma Góra. LP includes CD; CD includes the bonus track "Wolves And Birds Part 2". Edition of 300.
LP CD $21

CERAMIC HOBS - Black Pool Legacy (Harbinger Sound 171; UK) The Ceramic Hobs are the band in the corner of the old man's pub round the back of the venue getting drunk before they either: a.) slay your senses with a mind boggling set of punk inspired psychedelia or, b.) fall over screaming and fighting. They make The Fall look as stable as U2 and the Butthole Surfers as mainstream as R.E.M. The band is from Blackpool and they've been going since 1985. This double-LP retrospective of the North of England's most unique, overlooked, and long-lasting underground band spans 25 years of recordings, with tracks taken from numerous releases carefully selected and sequenced by Philip Best (Consumer Electronics), ergot trip front cover art from John Godbert (Vibracathedral Orchestra), gatefold bad-vibe intricate line drawing from Darren Brian Adcock and a twelve-page booklet featuring an extended interview/essay by Chris Sienko and a band family tree.
2 LP Set $32

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Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for February of 2018:

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
LINDA MAY HAN OH
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS FEBRUARY 2–3 AT 8:30PM
Linda May Han Oh (bass)

THE STONE RESIDENCIES - MARY HALVORSON - JAN 30–FEB 4

2/2 Friday
8:30 pm - Mary Halvorson Trio
Mary Halvorson (guitar) John Hébert (bass) Ches Smith (drums)

2/3 Saturday
8:30 pm - Mary Halvorson Quartet plays Masada Book of Angels; Mary Halvorson, Miles Okazaki (guitars) Drew Gress (bass) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

2/4 Sunday
8:30 pm - Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue - Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

THE STONE RESIDENCIES - SYLVIE COURVOISIER - FEB 6–11

2/6 Tuesday
8:30 pm - Trio - Mike Nicolas (cello) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ches Smith (drums)

2/7 Wednesday
8:30 pm - Duo - Chris Corsano (drums) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

2/8 Thursday
8:30 pm - Duo - Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET - AARON EDGCOMB
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS FEBRUARY 9-10 AT 830PM
Friday February 9—Aaron Edgcomb Solo: Aaron Edgcomb (perc, drums, electronics)
Saturday February 10—Aaron Edgcomb Ensemble: Sana Nagano (violin, electronics) Alec Harper (saxophone) Simón Willson (bass) Drew Wesely (guitar)

2/9 Friday
8:30 pm - Mephista - Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Susie Ibarra (drums) special guest Jim Staley (trombone)

2/10 Saturday
8:30 pm - Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Drew Gress (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)
Album Release Concert - D’ AGALA-on Intakt Records.

2/11 Sunday
8:30 pm - Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress - Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Drew Gress (bass) special guest Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Album Release Concert.

All Sets at the Old Stone start at 8:30pm Tickets: $20
There are no refreshments or merchandise at The Stone.
Only music. All ages are welcome.
Cash Only at the door. There is no phone.
There is no food or beverage served or allowed
just a serious listening environment.
The Stone is booked purely on a curatorial basis

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GARY LUCAS will perform a world premiere of solo guitar scores
For “The Short Films of Curtis Harrington”
This Friday, February 2nd at 8pm at Roulette in Brooklyn

Curtis Harrington, considered one of the Godfathers of the New Queer Cinema, was a visionary American experimental director in the 40’s and 50’s,
whose mysterious and dreamlike short films made a stir in Europe and were admired by directors such as Jacques Rivette.

Harrington’s first feature film, 1961’s “Night Tide” starring Dennis Hopper, brought him mainstream acceptance and he went on to have a long career directing for film and television (including episodes of “Twilight Zone” and “Dallas”).

here’s an interview about the program that Gary Lucas did with Kurt Gottschalk: http://bit.ly/2DNl9Gt

Roulette is located at 509 Atlantic Ave,, Brooklyn NY

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DOCTOR EUGENE CHADBOURNE New York Tour for February, 2018!

February 3 – The Glove Brooklyn, NY
Doc Chad and the Sunwatchers Call (651) 456-8310 for address, club has to stay under police radar @theglovebk theglovebk@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/theglovebk

February 4 – Quimby’s Bookstore Brooklyn - 536 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Doc Chad solo and with guests plus readings from “DREAMORY”
call for times: (718) 384-1215

February 6 – Muchmore’s NYC
First time trio w Doc Chad, Tim Dahl (electric bass) & Weasel Walter (drums) opens a can of whup-ass! plus Premature Burial and Jamie Branch Call For Time!

February 7 – Secret Project Robot Brooklyn NY
Doc Chad and the Sunwatchers 389 Melrose St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: (917) 860-8282

February 8 – HOLO Ridgewood, Queens, NY
Doc Chad, Jim McHugh a/o

February 10th at 8pm:
Wonders of Nature: Doc Chadbourne with Talibam! / Shelley Hirsch / David Watson!
131 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY - 718-218-6054

February 11 – Quinns, Beacon NY
Doc Chad solo!

We are working on getting Dr. Chadbourne to a set at DMG, so stay tuned..!

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The CORNELIA STREET CAFE - 212-989-9319
29 Cornelia St in the heart of the West Greenwich Village, NYC

Friday Feb 02
8:35PM DUANE EUBANKS QUARTET - Duane Eubanks, trumpet; James Hurt, piano; Tarus Mateen, bass; Eric McPherson, drums

Saturday Feb 03
8:35PM LAGE LUND, PETER BERNSTEIN DUO - Lage Lund, guitar; Peter Bernstein,

Sunday Feb 04
8:30PM JANE IRA BLOOM EARLY AMERICANS - Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax; Mark Helias, bass; Bobby Previte, drums

Mon Feb 5th:
8:30PM AMRAM & CO - David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, comp & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; Rene Hart, bass; Elliot Peper, bongos

Tuesday Feb 06
8:00PM VOXECSTATIC: THE LARA SOLNICKI NYC TRIO - Lara Solnicki, voice; Marta Sanchez, piano; Rick Rosato, bass
9:30PM VOXECSTATIC: AIMÉE ALLEN TRIO FEATURING FRANÇOIS MOUTIN & BILLY TEST
Aimée Allen, voice; François Moutin, bass; Billy Test, piano

Wednesday, Feb 07:
8:00PM EVAN FRANCIS GROUP - Marianne Solivan, voice; Evan Francis, alto sax, flute; Kenny Brooks, tenor sax; Kurt Kotheimer, bass; Kenneth Salters, drums; Matt Nelson, tenor sax
9:30PM DANIEL MERON: "THIS WAS NOW" CD RELEASE - Daniel Meron, piano; Yotam Silberstein, guitar; Jorge Roeder, bass; Jimmy Macbride, drums

Thursday Feb 08
6:00PM DORIAN DEVINS JAZZ QUARTET - Dorian Devins, vocals
8:01PM PERRY SMITH QUINTET, CD RELEASE: NEW ANGEL - Perry Smith, guitar; Jason Rigby, tenor sax; Jarrett Cherner, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Allan Mednard, drums

Friday Feb 09
8:35PM BASSDRUMBONE - Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums; Ray Anderson, trombone

Saturday Feb 10
8:35PM JACOB SACKS QUINTET - Jacob Sacks, piano; Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Michael Formanek, bass; Dan Weiss, drums

Sunday Feb 11
8:01PM SEBASTIAN NOELLE QUARTET - Sebastian Noelle, guitar; Marc Mommaas; Matt Clohesy; Dan Weiss

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Shapeshifter Lab Presents:

Feb 2
7p & 8:15p - Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty Lament featuring Free Range Rat and Take Off Collective Double Bill
7p Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty Lament featuring Free Range Rat: 
Eric Hipp, Shawn McGloin, John Carlson
8:15p Take Off Collective: Ole Mathisen, Marko Djordjevic, Matthew Garrison
9:30 PM: Pedro Boschi: Songs from NatuReza

Feb 4
7pm: Noah Haidu New Project
Noah Haidu- Piano 
Alex Claffy- Bass
Mark Whitfield Jr.- Drums

Feb 7
7pm: Solomon Gottfried Quartet Double Bill
Solomon Gottfried - Bass
Morgan Guerin - EWI
Chris Fishman - Piano/Keys
Jongkuk Kim -Drums
8:15pm - Theo Braun Quintet
Theo Braun - Guitar
Morgan Guerin - Sax
Nico Sleator - Keys
Issac Brodsky - Bass
Pele Greenberg - Drums

Feb 8
7pm: J A Granelli and Mr. Lucky - cd release show for our new album “My Pretty Demon”
J A Granelli - piccolo bass, lap steel guitar
Nate Shaw - keyboards
Owen Howard - drums

Feb 9
7pm: Icarus Quartet -Special guest-  Javier Moreno 
- "Queen of the Limbo" by Javier Moreno (Premiere). 
- "Textures" by Paul Lansky.
- Larry Weng : Piano 
- Yevgeny Yontov: Piano
- Matt Keown : Percussion
- Jeff Stern: Percussion
- Javier Moreno: Double bass and Composer from Queen of the Limbo 
 
Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop
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I-Beam Presents:

Saturday, February 3rd 8:00 PM
Novoa / Kamaguchi / Takeishi: Barcelona Meets Brooklyn series.5
Eva Novoa (p) / Masatoshi Kamaguchi (bs) / Satoshi Takeishi (dr)

Thursday, February 8th 8:30 PM
Joe Morris Tomas Fujiwara
Joe Morris – Guitar
Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Sean Lovato’s Cycles of Animation Noriega / Novoa / Yang

Saturday, February 10th 8:00 PM
Sean Lovato’s Cycles of Animation (8 pm)
Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone
Brad Shepik, guitar
Santiago Leibson, piano
Sean Lovato, bass and compositions
Chris Carroll, drums
Noriega / Novoa / Yang (9 pm)
Oscar Noriega (asx & dr)
Eva Novoa (p)
Jeong Lim Yang (bs)

I-Beam is located at 168 7th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Directions: SUBWAY: Take the F or R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street. Walk down 4th ave to 7th street. Make a left on 7th and walk past 3rd ave. We are located on the ground floor, the grey doors to the right of the stairs of #168.