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  • richardmitnick 1:38 PM on June 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: “ECM ARTISTS ON TOUR – ADDITIONAL JUNE DATES” 

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    Jack DeJohnette / Ravi Coltrane
    Matt Garrison

    June 15 Brooklyn, NY
    Shapeshifter Lab

    Vijay Iyer

    June 16 New York, NY
    Le Poisson Rouge
    June 22 Katonah, NY
    Caramoor Center
    June 25-29 New York, NY
    The Kitchen

    Django Bates
    June 19-20 New York, NY
    (Jazz Standard)
    June 23 Rochester, NY
    Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
    June 25 Ottawa, ON
    Ottawa Jazz Festival

    Thomas Strønen
    June 21 San Diego, CA
    The Athenaeum
    June 23 Seattle, WA
    Poncho Concert Hall
    June 24 San Francisco, CA
    Red Poppy
    June 26 Baltimore, MD
    An Die Musik Live!
    June 28 New York, NY
    Scandinavia House
    June 29 Washington, DC
    DuPont Underground
    June 30 Rochester, NY
    Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

    Kuára
    Trygve Seim, Samuli Mikkonen, Markku Ounaskari
    June 24 Rochester, NY
    (Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival)

    Maciej Obara Quartet
    June 19 New York, NY
    Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
    June 22 Edmonton, AB
    Edmonton International Jazz Festival
    June 25 Victoria, BC
    Victoria International Jazz Festival
    June 26 Vancouver, BC
    Vancouver International Jazz Festival
    June 28 Ottawa, ON
    Ottawa International Jazz Festival
    June 29 Rochester, NY
    Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

    See the full article here .


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  • richardmitnick 11:54 AM on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: ” LONG-AWAITED NEW RELEASE FROM STEVE TIBBETTS” 

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    Steve Tibbetts guitar, piano | Marc Anderson percussion, handpan, Michelle Kinney cello, drones

    “Instead of conjuring other worlds, Tibbetts has spent the past 40 years trying to figure out what this one sounds like in its entirety — a quiet, noble quest for one of the most underappreciated musicians of our time. Tibbetts’ exquisite new album, Life Of, is his strongest since 1989’s superb Big Map Idea, and is easily the most elegant of his career.
    Forget about jazz, forget about guitars. Life Of should make beautiful sense to anyone on this vast and unknowable Earth who’s ever spent time listening to the rain.”
    – Chris Richards, Washington Post

    See the full article here .


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    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


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  • richardmitnick 11:33 AM on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: “ECM ARTISTS ON TOUR in JUNE” 

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    Vijay Iyer
    June 3 Charleston, SC
    (Spoleto Festival)

    June 16 New York, NY
    (Le Poisson Rouge)

    June 22 Katonah, NY
    (Caramoor Center)

    June 25-30 New York, NY
    (The Kitchen)

    Craig Taborn
    June 6-9 Charleston, SC
    (Spoleto Festival Residency)

    Django Bates
    June 19-20 New York, NY
    (Jazz Standard)

    June 23 Rochester, NY
    (Rochester Jazz Festival)

    June 25 Ottawa, ON
    (Ottawa Jazz Festival)

    Thomas Strønen
    June 21 San Diego, CA
    (The Athenaeum)
    June 26 Baltimore, MD
    (An Die Musik Live!)

    June 28 New York, NY
    (Scandinavia House)

    June 29 Washington, DC
    (DuPont Underground)

    June 30 Rochester, NY
    (Rochester Jazzfest)

    Maciej Obara Quartet
    June 19 New York, NY
    (Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club)

    June 22 Edmonton, AB
    (Edmonton Intl Jazz Festival)

    June 25 Victoria, BC
    (Victoria Intl Jazz Festival)

    June 26 Vancouver, BC
    (Vancouver Intl Jazz Festival)

    June 28 Ottawa, ON
    (Ottawa Intl Jazz Festival)

    June 29 Rochester, NY
    (Xerox Rochester Intl Jazz Festival)

    Bill Frisell
    June 7 Burlington, VT
    (Discover Jazz Festival)

    Till Fellner
    June 6-7 Minneapolis, MN
    (Orchestra Hall playing Mozart K466 with Minn Orch and Kent Nagano)

    Please visit the full article for links to the complete list of artists and locations

    See the full article here .

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    For great Jazz

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    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


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  • richardmitnick 2:47 PM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Suite Of Poems- Ketil Bjørnstad Piano Anneli Drecker Voice, , ECM, From ECM: New Releases, Life Of- Steve Tibbetts Guitar- Piano Marc Anderson Percussion and Handpan Michelle Kinney Cello and Drones, , White - Marc Sinan and Oğuz Büyükberber   

    From ECM: New Releases From Marc Sinan with Oğuz Büyükberber, Ketil Bjørnstad with Anneli Drecker, Steve Tibbetts with Marc Anderson and Michelle Kinney 

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    White
    Marc Sinan, Oğuz Büyükberber

    Release date: 18.05.2018
    ECM 2558

    Marc Sinan’s third ECM release is an evocative duo album with Oğuz Büyükberber which subtly covers a lot of ground. The guitarist and the clarinettist have worked together in many contexts since first meeting in Istanbul a decade ago, and Büyükberber previously appeared on Hasretim: Journey to Anatolia, released in 2013, as well as in Sinan’s music-theatre piece Komitas. The individual musical directions of the two players have effectively converged from opposite poles: Marc was trained as a classical guitarist in the western European tradition, but has increasingly been drawn to improvisation and Turkish material, while Oğuz started out with Turkish music and jazz before exploring free improvisation and contemporary composition. For White, both musicians provide new music. Sinan’s five-part Upon Nothingness incorporates his musical response to recordings of songs of Armenian prisoners deported to Germany during the First World War. These historic field recordings are woven into the fabric of Sinan’s pieces, which also make liberal use of electronics, blurring the distinction between the real and the surreal. Oğuz Büyükberber also contributes a series of linked pieces, There, I-V, in which both musicians improvise around predetermined pitch sets. White was recorded in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in October 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

    Featured artists
    Marc Sinan Guitar
    Oğuz Büyükberber Clarinet

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    A Suite Of Poems
    Ketil Bjørnstad

    Release date: 18.05.2018
    ECM 2440

    Norwegian-Danish author Lars Saabye Christensen is one of Scandinavia most widely-praised and prolific contemporary writers. For many years now, in the course of his travels around the globe, he has been sending “hotel poems” to his friend Ketil Bjørnstad, inviting him to make music out of them. These literary postcards explore a range of moods. Bjørnstad says: “I feel very connected to the lonely, existential perspective of these poems, made in different hotel rooms.” For this recording, Ketil worked closely with singer and actress Anneli Drecker, former lead vocalist of pop group Bel Canto. Settings of poetry form a special category in Norwegian pianist-composer Bjørnstad’s discography and A Suite of Poems is a song cycle to put alongside such projects as A Passion for John Donne, Sunrise, and The Light.

    Settings of poetry and other literary texts form a special category in the discography of Norwegian pianist-composer Ketil Bjørnstad and A Suite of Poems, recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in June 2016, is a song cycle to put alongside such projects as A Passion for John Donne, Sunrise, and The Light.

    Norwegian-Danish author Lars Saabye Christensen is one of Scandinavia’s most widely-praised contemporary writers. A prolific author, he published his first book, the poetry collection Historien om Gly in 1976, and won Norway’s Tarjei Vesaas’ debutantpris for best newcomer, to be followed in due course by many more literary awards. He has since written more than 40 books, novels and poetry primarily, as well as film scripts.

    Lars Saabye Christensen and Ketil Bjørnstad – both born in Oslo (Christensen in 1953, Bjørnstad a year earlier) have known each other since they were teenagers. For many years now, in the course of his travels around the globe, Christensen has been sending “hotel poems” to his friend Ketil Bjørnstad, inviting him to make music out of them. “I started writing music to his poems more than 20 years ago,” writes Ketil in his liner note for A Suite of Poems. “His ability to expose the inner conflicts we all bring with us in our suitcases is striking.”

    Christensen’s literary postcards explore a range of moods. Bjørnstad: “I feel very connected to the lonely, existential perspective of these poems, made in different hotel rooms.” For this recording, Ketil worked closely with singer and actress Anneli Drecker, vocalist of pop group Bel Canto. Ketil and Anneli are also friends of long-standing. Drecker had sung on Bjørnstad’s Grace album, with settings of John Donne, back in 2000, and toured with him. She too had taken to sending Ketil “poetic, sad, or funny” messages from far flung hotels when she was out touring the world with A-ha or Royskopp.

    “So what is the hidden secret of travelling, and living such a big part of our lives in hotel rooms?”, asks Ketil Bjørnstad. “In a certain sense, we are three of a kind, making this album together.”

    Ketil Bjørnstad, described by The Guardian as “a cultural prodigy”, trained initially as a classical pianist, transferring his allegiances to jazz after hearing Miles Davis and Terje Rypdal. Bjørnstad made his first recording, with a quartet that included Jon Christensen and Arild Andersen, in 1973. Another 20 years would pass before he came to ECM, with Water Stories, a collaboration with Rypdal and Christensen. Bjørnstad is also a bestselling and widely translated novelist, and although the composer long kept his two creative currents apart, in recent years there has been much more overt cross-fertilisation. A Passion for John Donne, released in 2014, is inspired by the great English Metaphysical poet who has fascinated the composer for decades. A previous song cycle of Donne settings featured on the album, The Light. The double CD Vinding’s Music takes the listener into the heart of Bjørnstad’s literary world, and is a sort of “literary soundtrack” to his trilogy of novels about a young Norwegian pianist, Aksel Vinding.

Anneli Drecker, born in 1969 in Tromsø first came to international attention in the 1980s as vocalist with Bel Canto, whose synthesizer driven pop music and ‘Arctic electronica’ dreamscapes proved highly influential in the period, and led to collaborations with musicians including Jah Wobble and Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit, as well as many experimentally-inclined Norwegian players. In parallel, Drecker has had a successful career as an actor in Norway, appearing in numerous theatre productions, as well as films and TV, and also made several solo albums. Anneli Drecker has also set poetry to music, including verse of Arvid Handsen.

CD booklet includes texts of all poems and an introductory note by Ketil Bjørnstad

Featured artists
Ketil Bjørnstad Piano
Anneli Drecker Voice

Life Of
Steve Tibbetts

Release date: 18.05.2018
ECM 2599
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One-of-a-kind guitarist and record-maker Steve Tibbetts has an association with ECM dating back to 1981, with his body of work reflecting that of an artist who follows his own winding, questing path. The BBC has described his music as “an atmospheric brew… brilliant, individual.” Life Of…, his ninth album for the label, serves as something of a sequel to his 2010 ECM release, Natural Causes, which Jazz Times called “music to get lost in.” Like the earlier album, Life Of… showcases the richness of his Martin 12-string acoustic guitar, along with his gamelan-like piano and artfully deployed field samples of Balinese gongs; the sonic picture also incorporates the sensitive percussion of long-time musical partner Marc Anderson and the almost subliminal cello drones of Michelle Kinney. Tibbetts, though rooted in the American Midwest, has made multiple expeditions to Southeast Asia, including Bali and Nepal; not only the sounds but the spirits of those places are woven into his musical DNA as much as the expressive inspiration of artists from guitarist Bill Connors to sarangi master Sultan Khan. Life Of… has a contemplative shimmer like a reflecting pool, with most of the album’s pieces titled after friends and family, living and past.

After the long break following Tibbetts’ 1994 ECM release The Fall of Us All – a period that saw him collaborate with the likes of Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player Knut Hamre and Tibetan Buddhist nun Chöying Drolma – the guitarist has returned to a consistent production schedule for the label in the 21st century. He has released an album via ECM every eight years, with Life Of preceded by the similarly acoustic-oriented Natural Causes (2010) and the fiery, electric A Man About a Horse (2002). These impressionistic, densely layered creations led Jazziz magazine to note about the guitarist-producer’s style of evocative abstraction: “He seems more interested in radiant sound paintings than… linear structures. The forest is more intriguing to him than the trees.”

Tibbetts says the difference between making Natural Causes and Life Of is that he’s “a better piano player now,” adding: “I labor over these records to perhaps an insane degree, but that’s not about achieving any kind of instrumental perfection. So many things in our culture are over-produced now, sanded down to a kind of flawless metallic gleam. I’ve gone more organic as the years have gone on. I want the records to have a human, handcrafted quality.”

As with Natural Causes, Tibbetts mixed the record in the concert hall of Macalester College, near where he lives in Minnesota. “I take all my gear down to the hall and play the tracks back in the room’s acoustic, capturing the room tone and mixing it that way. I set up two pairs of mics: one pair in the center of the hall, one pair in the back. It allows the hall’s ambience to settle around the piano and percussion, and the room’s natural acoustics help the guitar settle into the piano. It’s a more labor-intensive process, and the effect is perhaps subtle to most ears. But it feels more organic to me, adding some reality to the sound. I suppose it’s like a bay leaf in a soup – it has an intangible effect that adds to the experience.”

The album’s key tone generator is Tibbetts’ 12-string guitar, the Martin D-12-20 he got from his father in the late ’70s. He has long incorporated into his playing string bends and vibrato inspired by jazz guitarist Bill Connors and blues-rocker Harvey Mandel, as well as the vocal ideal that Sultan Khan achieved with his bowed sarangi. “That Martin guitar is now, almost a half-century old, with the frets almost worn flat – and I keep the strings old and kind of dead, something I got from Leo Kottke,” he explains. “So, the instrument has a mellow, aged sound, with its own peculiar internal resonance – like it has a small concert hall inside it. I try to bring out that quality by stringing the guitar in double courses, the four lower strings paired in unisons rather than octaves. You really have to physically engage with the strings of this guitar, while also being careful that your touch doesn’t de-tune the strings. But setting it up that way makes it so I can play with the resonant qualities of the wood, drawing out overtones and getting the single string lines to ‘sing’ – which is what I loved about the sound of Sultan Khan, the way he could fill the room like a voice.”

Tibbetts plays the piano as kind of virtual gamelan, using the keyboard like a row of gongs and letting it cycle through the structure of a piece. The layers of his guitar and piano interact with the actual gongs and other metallophones Tibbetts sampled in Bali and that he triggers via another 12-string guitar equipped with a MIDI interface. Such tracks as Life of Mir also include the subtly placed cello lines of Kinney (who also appeared on Tibbetts’ 1989 ECM disc, Big Map Idea). Then there is the ever-sympathetic percussion of Anderson, who has played on all of Tibbetts’ ECM albums. “Working with Marc is like working with my own hands,” the guitarist says. “I don’t have to tell my hands to find the fretboard – they just do. It’s the same with Marc, after 40 years. I don’t have to ask him to do anything in particular. On his own, he always finds the right drum, the right approach.”

About the sound and sensibility of his two most recent albums, Tibbetts says: “I suppose nostalgia inevitably creeps into life at middle age, so it’s fitting that these two records are more about quiet, acoustic reflection and less about shredding on electric guitar, as with A Man About a Horse and The Fall of Us All.” The titles for 10 of the songs on Life Of refer to loved ones or even a person Tibbetts might have observed closely over time while at work in a local coffee shop – Life of Emily, Life of Joel, Life of Someone and so on. This lends abstract music a personal element, even if the titles came independently of the musical inspiration. This is especially so in the scene-setting opener Bloodwork, the title of which relates to Tibbetts going through an intense medical procedure to help his sick sister. He says: “It’s simultaneously a very personal word and a very clinical word, which I suppose echoes the experience.”

As for the long, if consistent, gaps between albums, Tibbetts concludes: “I’m not churning out a tremendous amount of music, it’s true. But I think my listeners trust me. When I take the time to put something together over a long period and am finally satisfied with it, I think they will be, too.”

Featured artists
Steve Tibbetts Guitar, Piano
Marc Anderson Percussion, Handpan
Michelle Kinney Cello, Drones

Videos
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Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
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Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


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  • richardmitnick 3:53 PM on May 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: “Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin: New album & TOUR dates” 

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    “Together since 2001, Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin trim their sails and sharpen their already laser-like focus on Awase, the combo’s first studio release in eight years. Slimming down to a quartet seems to have only intensified Ronin’s near-telepathic discipline and unique triangulation of chamber minimalism, jazz improvisation, and crown-chakra funk. “Locked-in” only begins to describe the superimposed rhythmic cycles and uncanny interplay that defines (the group) as it navigates Bärtsch’s ever-expanding repertoire of “modules.” – Richard Gehr, Village Voice

    In Concert

    May 8 Philadelphia, PA
    World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs
    3025 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA, 19104
    http://philly.worldcafelive.com/
    Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
    $25 ADV – $27 DOS + Fees
    Tickets

    “Awase”, a term from martial arts, means “moving together” in the sense of matching energies, a fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin. Six years have passed since the last release from the Swiss group. In the interim, trimmed from quintet to quartet size and with new bassist Thomy Jordi fully integrated, Ronin has become a subtly different band. Bärtsch speaks of a new-found freedom and flexibility in the approach to the material, with “greater transparency, more interaction, more joy in every performance”. The freedom here extends to revisiting early Bärtsch modules alongside new compositions including, for the first time on a Ronin record, a piece by reedman Sha. Awase was recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France in October 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

    May 9 Washington DC
    Blues Alley
    1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    8PM / $25
    Tickets

    There were moments – long, magnetic spells, actually – during a recent set by Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin at Joe’s Pub in New York when the Swiss instrumental quintet seemed more like a double trio: two percussionists; a bassist and one band member exhaling low, sustained drones on bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet; and Bärtsch on both acoustic and electric piano, one hand on each, playing hypnotic overlapping riffs that were more pulse than melody. The music was a subtle, accelerating excitement, a trance-fusion melting of the ’71 Pink Floyd, the ’68 Grateful Dead and the rhythm armies in Miles Davis’ electric bands – minus guitars and trumpet. There are no song titles on Ronin’s latest album, Holon (ECM) or 2006’s Stoa (ECM) – the tracks are numbered – because the colors, lift and flow in this fusion speak for themselves. — David Fricke, Rolling Stone, April 03, 2008

    May 10 Chicago, IL
    Constellation
    This event is 18 and over
    8:30 pm
    $25.00
    Tickets

    See the full article https://mailchi.mp/1d54794e4cb3/nik-brtschs-ronin-new-album-and-tour-dates-1284129 .

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  • richardmitnick 12:56 PM on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: Elina Duni “Partir” 

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    Release date: 27.04.2018
    ECM 2587

    Songs of love, loss and leaving. After two highly acclaimed albums with her jazz quartet, Elina Duni issues her most intimate recording to date. The entirely solo Partir features the Tirana-born vocalist, accompanied by her own piano, guitar and frame drum, interpreting songs from very diverse sources. From folk songs and chansons to songs of singer-songwriters. Here we find traditional music from Albania, Kosovo, Armenia, Macedonia, Switzerland and Arab-Andalusia as well as Jacques Brel’s Je ne sais pas, Alain Oulman’s Meu Amor, Domenico Modugno’s Amara Terra Mia, Elina’s own Let Us Dive In and more. Duni’s uniquely-expressive voice and pared-down arrangements locate a common thread of longing that runs through the material. Partir was recorded at Studios La Buissone in the South of France in July 2017, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

    Featured artists
    Elina Duni Voice, Piano, Guitar, Percussion
    Tracklist
    1 Amara Terra Mia (Domenico Modugno) 04:17
    2 Let Us Dive In (Elina Duni) 04:44
    3 Meu Amor (Alain Oulman) 04:28
    4 Lamma Bada Yatathanna (Muhammad Abd al Rahim al Maslub) 04:16
    5 Vishnja (Traditional Kosovo) 04:07
    6 Lusnak Gisher (Traditional Armenia) 02:46
    7 Oyfn Veg (Philip Laskowsky) 06:19
    8 Kanga e Kurbetit (Traditional Kosovo) 03:27
    9 Ani Kaj Lulije (Traditional Albanians from Macedonia) 02:19
    10 Vaj Si Kenka (Traditional Albania) 03:40
    11 Je Ne Sais Pas (Jacques Brel) 04:20
    12 Schönster Abestärn (Traditional Switzerland) 02:56

    Concerts
    May 03 Elina Duni Centre Culturel Suisse Paris France “Partir”
    May 04 Elina Duni Espace Senghor Bruxelles Belgium “Partir”
    May 11 Elina Duni Moods Zurich Switzerland “Partir”
    May 23 Elina Duni Bee-Flat Bern Switzerland “Partir”
    May 31 Elina Duni Quartet Cube 521 Marnach Luxembourg
    July 06 Elina Duni Jazz A Vienne Vienne France “Partir”
    July 07 Elina Duni Manifesta 12 Palermo Italy “Partir”
    July 10 Elina Duni Chietina dell’Assunta, Festival Musicamorfosi Sartori Italy “Partir”
    July 11 Elina Duni Villa Forno, Festival Musicamorfosi Cinisello Balsamo Italy “Partir” w/ Rob Luft
    July 27 Elina Duni Jazz Festival Manchester United Kingdom “Partir” w/ Rob Luft
    July 28 Elina Duni Albetville Jazz Festival Albertvile France “Partir”
    July 29 Elina Duni Pizza Express London United Kingdom “Partir” w/ Rob Luft
    August 14 Elina Duni Kulturarena Jena Germany “Partir”
    November 14 Elina Duni cc Het Bolwerk Vilvoorde Belgium “Partir”
    November 17 Elina Duni Kaap Brugge Belgium “Partir”
    November 18 Elina Duni London Jazz Festival, Clapham Omnibus Theatre London United Kingdom w/ Rob Luft
    December 14 Elina Duni Accademia Chigiana, Palazzo Chigi Saracini Siena Italy “Partir”

    See the full article here .

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    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


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  • richardmitnick 12:51 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: “A long-awaited new album from Steve Tibbetts” 

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    Steve Tibbetts: guitar, piano
    Marc Anderson: percussion, handpan
    Michelle Kinney: cello, drones

    One-of-a-kind guitarist and record-maker Steve Tibbetts has an association with ECM dating back to 1981, with his body of work reflecting that of an artist who follows his own winding, questing path. The BBC has described his music as “an atmospheric brew… brilliant, individual.” Life Of, his ninth album for the label, serves as something of a sequel to his 2010 ECM release, Natural Causes, which JazzTimes called “music to get lost in.” Like the earlier album, Life Of showcases the richness of his Martin 12-string acoustic guitar, along with his gamelan-like piano and artfully deployed field samples of Balinese gongs; the sonic picture also incorporates the sensitive percussion of long-time musical partner Marc Anderson and the almost subliminal cello drones of Michelle Kinney. Tibbetts, though rooted in the American Midwest, has made multiple expeditions to Southeast Asia, including Bali and Nepal; not only the sounds but the spirits of those places are woven into his musical DNA as much as the expressive inspiration of artists from guitarist Bill Connors to sarangi master Sultan Khan. Life Of has a contemplative shimmer like a reflecting pool, with most of the album’s pieces titled after friends and family, living and past..

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  • richardmitnick 12:24 PM on April 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Don Cherry, ECM, Gato Barbieri, , Jazz Composer’s Orchestra recording of 1968, , Music composed and cunducted by Michael Mantler, Pharoah Sanders, Roswell Rudd   

    From ECM: ” Jazz Composer’s Orchestra” 

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    This week’s Sunday Song features Cecil Taylor who passed away last week. His towering influence touched successive generations of improvising musicians, including pianists associated with ECM – from Keith Jarrett to Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, David Virelles, Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.

    Trumpeter Michael Mantler was amongst the first European musicians to work with Taylor, joining his group in 1964 and subsequently featuring Cecil as principal soloist in his tremendous Jazz Composer’s Orchestra recording of 1968.

    “This is the most forceful sustained performance that Taylor has recorded, and one of his very best as well,” wrote Down Beat at the time. Fifty years later the music still seems as modern as tomorrow.

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  • richardmitnick 10:28 AM on April 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ECM, Suiten für Violoncello, Thomas Demenga   

    From ECM: “Suiten für Violoncello Thomas Demenga” 

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    Suiten für Violoncello
    Thomas Demenga
    Release date: 27.10.2017
    ECM 2530/31

    Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga returns to Bach’s suites. “To me, Bach is the greatest musical genius who has ever lived. His music is pure, sublime. It possesses something divine and each musician has a lifetime in which to discover new ways of interpreting it.” Demenga previously recorded the cello suites for ECM between 1986 and 2002, juxtaposing them with contemporary composition in albums that count as milestones in the early history of the New Series. This new double album however is devoted entirely to Bach and the six suites. Many years of playing and studying every aspect of them, from source manuscripts to different tempos, embellishments, fingerings and bowings, have brought Demenga to the heart of the music – which Bach himself described as the only goal. This new account of the music was recorded at the Hans Huber Saal in Basel. (Simultaneously with the 2-CD set ECM is issuing a vinyl album with the Préludes and Sarabandes from the suites).

    Background

    Recorded at the Hans Huber Saal in Basel, this double album documents Thomas Demenga’s second reckoning with the Bach cello suites on ECM. The Swiss cellist previously recorded them between 1986 and 2002, juxtaposing them with contemporary composition (by Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, Sandor Veress, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Toshio Hosokawa and Isang Yun) in a series of albums which count as milestones in the early history of the New Series. (Elliott Carter wrote that he had “never heard the Bach C Major suite played so understandingly and so convincingly.”)

    Demenga has spent many years playing and studying every aspect of the Bach cello suites pieces, from source manuscripts to different tempos, embellishments, fingerings and bowings, in the quest to interpret the works faithfully. His considerations and findings are discussed in the liner notes by Thomas Meyer, translated into English by Paul Griffiths.

    Thomas Demenga was born in 1954 in Berne, Switzerland, and studied with Walter Grimmer, Antonio Janigro, Leonard Rose and Mstislav Rostropovich, among others. Important chamber music influences were Claus Adam, Felix Galimir and Robert Mann at the Juilliard School in New York.

    He has performed at important festivals and musical centres around the globe and shared the stage with fellow musicians such as Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Larcher, Paul Meyer, Aurèle Nicolet, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Thomas Zehetmair and Tabea Zimmermann. As a soloist he has collaborated with, among others, the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Berner Symphonie Orchester, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Kammerorchester Basel, L’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, ORF-Symphonieorchester Wien, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Sinfonietta Basel, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Westdeutsches Rundfunk Symphonie-Orchester, and Zürcher Kammerorchester.

    Much of Thomas Demenga’s work addresses different historical eras and styles of interpretation and composition. His individual voice as a composer and interpreter of 20th and 21st century works (among them important prèmieres) gives a new and complementary dimension to both the historical performance practice of baroque music and his interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire. In 1991 he was the first Swiss composer to be awarded first prize for his composition Solo per due by the congress of the Tribune Internationale des Compositeurs.

    From 2000 Demenga was composer-in-residence at the Davos Festival, “Young Artists in Concert”, and subsequently appointed artistic director of the festival, a position he gave up in 2006 to commit himself fully to performing and composing again.

    Thomas Demenga’s playing has been heard on twenty ECM New Series recordings to date. In addition to his albums of Bach and contemporary composition, he can be heard together with brother Patrick Demenga on Lux aeterna (playing music of Alexander Knaifel, Jean Barrière, Roland Moser and Barry Guy, as well as Thomas Demenga’s own music) and on 12 Hommages à Paul Sacher (with music of Conrad Beck, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux, Wolfgang Fortner, Alberto Ginastera, Cristóbel Halfter, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and Witold Lutoslwaski). His album Chonguri with Thomas Larcher and Teodoro Anzellotti, includes his own music alongside compositions of Bach, Chopin, Webern, Liszt, Milhaud, Fauré and more. Cellorganics features Demenga as improviser in duets with Heinz Reber. He also appears on Reber’s Mnaomai, mnomai, on Heinz Holliger’s Lauds and Lamentations: Music of Elliott Carter and Isang Yun, Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Canto di speranza, Thomas Larcher’s Ixxu and Naunz, Giya Kancheli’s Diplipito, and Arvo Pärt’s Arbos, where he plays Stabat Mater together with Gidon Kremer, Vladimir Mendelssohn and singers Lynne Dawson, David James and Rogers-Covey Crump. An earlier encounter with Gidon Kremer, in performances of Shostakovich, is documented in the Edition Lockenhaus series.

    CD booklet includes liner notes by Thomas Meyer, with English translation by Paul Griffiths

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  • richardmitnick 10:06 AM on April 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: “Thomas Demenga In Concert” 

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    In Concert
    Monday April 23rd, 7:30PM
    Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
    154 West 57th Street
    Music of J.S. Bach/Elliott Carter/Bernd Alois Zimmermann

    Tickets

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