Cuneiform Curates The Stone Nov. 15-30, 2011
“When one of avant-garde music’s chief protagonists, John Zorn, asked Steven Feigenbaum, head of Cuneiform Records, to curate two weeks of live music at Zorn’s NYC venue, The Stone, avant-music fans worldwide knew to expect an unprecedented treat. Unveiling his vision for Zorn’s visionary space, Feigenbaum & company proudly present Cuneiform at The Stone, a music festival/ label showcase that exceeds all musical expectations. From Nov.15-30, 2011 – the two weeks spanning Thanksgiving holiday – Cuneiform serves up a staggering feast of jazz, rock, electronic and beyond-genre music in The Stone. Featuring 25 groups who record for the label, many of them travelling to NYC from across the USA, Cuneiform at The Stone brings to lower Manhattan a sonic cornucopia, packed with revered musical icons and fiery rising stars.
Festival highlights are numerous, and include performances by special guests normally only seen at much larger venues. Cuneiform at The Stone opens on Nov. 15 with a performance by Ideal Bread, Josh Sinton’s revelatory repertory group dedicated to Steve Lacy. Later that night, trombonist and avant-garde icon Roswell Rudd – who’s featured on several Cuneiform recordings, including a key archival album (Early & Late) by the legendary Steve Lacy-Roswell Rudd Quartet – will perform with Ideal Bread as his backing band. Later in the festival, on the evening of Nov. 27th, award-winning jazz pianist Jason Moran performs with Ergo, Brett Sroka’s jazz/electronics group.
Every evening between Nov.15 and 30th – except Thurs. Nov. 24th, the Thanksgiving holiday – Cuneiform presents two musical feasts, most priced $10 each. There is something here for every avant taste. Nov. 17 is jazz dance party night, with The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble from Boston (New Orleans Second Line meets Ayler & Sun Ra) and Taylor Ho Bynum & Abraham Gomez-Delgado’s alterna-avant-Latino-jazz band, Positive Catastrophe. Jason Adasiewicz, Chicago’s 2011 Musician of the Year (Chicago Reader) brings his group Rolldown to the Stone on Nov. 18th, the same night that The Claudia Quintet + 1 performs with Theo Bleckmann. On Nov. 20th, an all-acoustic version of The Mahavishnu Project performs, while the next night, two legendary avant-rock groups from Denver- Hamster Theatre and Thinking Plague – make an extremely rare East Coast appearance. The last two nights of the festival feature, on Nov. 29th, two avant-rock groups that have been with Cuneiform since its earliest days – Forever Einstein and Doctor Nerve – and on Nov. 30th, two young jazz/rock/genre-bending groups – Zevious and Gutbucket- that are among Cuneiform’s newest signings. And in addition to the groups mentioned in this paragraphs, there are much much more…