Posted in music | pictures on May 2, 2013

photos by Greg Cristman

"A night of Round Robin improvs and Julia Holter just adjusted her sheet music??? #undeadjazz #redmusicacademy" - Bill Bragin

"James Chance. You too with the sheet music?" - Bill Bragin

Andrew Bird & Joe Lavano / Kim Gordon / Julia Holter & Thundercat
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

The Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency continued last night (5/1) with the sold-out Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets, which went down at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The night featured a ton of incredible performers, including (in order of appearance) Jameszoo, Questlove, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, Thundercat, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Dosh, Roy Hargrove, James Chance, Kim Gordon, Andrew WK, Bernie Worrell, Glenn Gotche, Erik Friedlander, Vijay Iyer, Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, and Joe Lovano. Pictures from that night are in this post.

Many of the performers have other upcoming Red Bull Music Academy events (or non-RBMA shows) in NYC too. Kim Gordon plays tonight (5/2) at Knockdown Center in Queens as one half of the duo Body/Head with Bill Nace. Other artists on the bill include Stephen O'Malley, Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Noveller, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Pete Swanson and many more. That show appears sold out is back on sale.

Thundercat, who has a new album on the way, plays with Flying Lotus on May 5 and 6 at Terminal 5. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night.

After the RBMA residency is over, Julia Holter plays Le Poisson Rouge on July 12 with Jessica Pratt. Tickets for that show are still available.

The "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" also doubled as part of the Undead Music Festival, which includes another Andrew Bird and Martin Dosh show on Saturday (5/4) at Shapeshifter Lab, where he'll be playing as a duo with Martin Dosh. The rest of that bill includes Jeremy Ylvisaker and Todd Sickafoose. Tickets for that are still available.

Andrew WK is touring as a the singer of Marky Ramone's band, and that tour hits NYC on Friday (5/3) at Santos (tickets) and October 3 at Irving (tickets).

More pictures from the "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" below...

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A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets
A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

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Comments (22)

Oh shit. This ensues...
http://goo.gl/IJ9Yh

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 9:29 AM

Anyone know what time this ended?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 9:38 AM

How long was the show?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 9:39 AM


Julia Holter bombed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 9:58 AM

1130

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:03 AM

This show was painful! I left early around 10:30pm.
I guess if you are an improve jazz aficianado it was good.
This gig should have been in a smaller space.
For the amount of talent that was in the house - it was a real dissappointment!

Posted by Spikenyc | May 2, 2013 10:40 AM

I bet the place wasn't even that crowded!

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:58 AM

Amazing night of music here! Amazing collection of musicians! Really unique and special event! ?uestlove just oozes musicality and creativity. His duo with Mantana Roberts was pretty exciting. Mary Halvorson is a fierce, creative improviser--constant forward propulsion. I'm not sure Thundercat had ever played free-improv before. Seemed a bit lost. Julia Holter faired much better in her duo with Dosh. They got into some really cool spaces. Sounded like a band! Dosh (drums/looping) and Roy Hargrove was fire! James Chance came up with a set of sheet music (?!). Roy Hargrove looked on perplexed before walking off the stage. Kim Gordon didn't give a F about what James Chance was doing and put all of her beautiful, primal energy all over the stage. She did clicked well with Andrew W.K. who was a very sympathetic improviser. His duo with Bernie Worrell was one highlights of the evening. These two had great chemistry! Worrell also sounded very good with Glenn Kotche on drums and loops. Kotche then created great textures with the fierce cello playing of Erik Friedlander which led to Friedlander's duet with the keyboard playing of Vijay Iyer. Iyer had a DYNAMITE duet with fellow keyboardist, Robert Glasper. These guys high fived and took a picture of themselves onstage after their playing. Great chemistry! After overcoming some technical difficulties, Glasper continue with DJ Spinna. Spinna created some great grooves and sounds, but the give in take is a bit less when one person is playing big, programmed beats. The great Don Byron also sounded good with Spinna...but again...it was more of Byron playing over Spinna rather than the give and take we heard in some other duets. Byron felt much more comfortable with Andrew Bird's violin looping and amazing whistling. These guys created some incredible textures. Bird was also outstanding with his duet with saxophone giant Joe Lovano. Lovano ended the night alone on stage -- captivating the audience with his commanding tone and deep sense of melodic improvisation. At 5 minutes for each duo, the night moved along quickly. It felt filled with surprises and interesting moments. Getting this many amazing, diverse musicians on the same stage can't be easy. I would love to see more events like this. Free improvisation has a place in large performance spaces. The (diverse) audience came in and out of focus...but again and again, the incredible spontaneity coming from the stage brought them back in.

Posted by Todd | May 2, 2013 10:58 AM

There were some good moments; Andrew Bird was great, Bernie Worrell was very good, and most of the other jazz musicians worked out well. Kim Gordon and Julia Holter were pretty painful to watch. Also the crowd chatter during this was very high which was even more noticeable anytime some of the music was slower.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:59 AM

This was an unqualified disaster...

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 11:00 AM

Half the crowd left early, and I don't blame them because the first half of the show was a disconnected mish mash of clashing styles. However right around the time Bernie Worrell came on, the show became much better. Vijay Iyer & Robert Glasper, DJ Spinna & Don Byron, Don Byron & Andrew Bird were the best and hit real deep. I was super surprised by Andrew Bird, taking it upon himself to create so much structure with plucking, looping, bowing, and whistling. He seemed to have it more together than most. Joe Lovano was cool but he seemed like he just wanted the spotlight and it was a shitty way to end the show with him just going off on mediocre sax solos alone for an extended period of time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 11:53 AM

Was Kim's new banker boyfriend there?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 12:41 PM

not one single photo showing the sparse bored audience.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 12:47 PM

For once...some truly insightful reviews of a show by people who were obviously there and not typing bullshit. Thanks folks. That being said, judging from said reviews...I don't think I missed much.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 1:26 PM

Worrell & WK were awesome, as were Glasper & Iyer, Glasper & Spinna and Byron & Bird. Kim Gordon sounded like she swallowed a retard.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 2:31 PM

It was absolute rubbish for most of the night. A few bright spots, Erick Friedlander, Joey Hargrove, a handful of other impressive performances later in the set.

To watch Jameszoo beat the hell out of his MacBook for 45 minutes and then kick off the show by getting put to shame by Questlove was embarrassing. The kid needs to check himself.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 3:53 PM

Actual musician > MacBook

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 6:38 PM

maybe just bring an iPad next time. Macbook:iPad::Marshall Stack:reverb twin

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2013 12:29 AM

Seriously, you guys (and yes, I'm fairly certain not taking gender neutrality into consideration is the right thing, as I'm sure you're mostly angry white dudes) in the comments are the worst.

A few things:

#4, Julia Holter was incredible - I don't know what more you wanted from her, especially with Dosh (though her and Thundercat were great too). It was also her first time really improvising and I could not have been more surprised at that fact.

#6, you sound like the type of person who is completely ill-equipped to handle anything dissonant or out of the ordinary or otherwise unplanned and maybe a bit rough. I'm glad it disappointed you - if you were one of the people in the balcony making shitty comments that I never had to hear in ANY round robins previous, I'm happy to know that you'll never show up to these and bother me or the other audience members again.

#7, yes it was.

#8, I love you. Don't ever stop.

#10, see my comment for #6.

#11, mashing styles together was the POINT OF THIS SHOW!! Did you miss that somehow? And the last person is supposed to take a five minute solo to close, as it was for the other 3 previous round robins.

#13, not sparse, and by the huge cheers, I'd say not bored either.

#14, it's troubling to know that you find comments like "this was a disaster" as insightful.

#15, I won't try to figure out what that crack at Kim Gordon means, so I won't bother.

#16, who is "Joey Hargrove" and how did I miss him? Since you're obviously an expert in music.

Posted by Dan Lehener | May 3, 2013 8:36 PM

Julia Holter bombed.

Posted by e3lanat mobawaba | May 4, 2013 11:00 AM

Dan Lehener... there is a difference between mashing styles and clashing styles. Most of the performers were having a really rough time and did not looking like they were having fun. Especially in the first half when the audience chatter was louder than the music.

I have a feeling Vijay Iyer and Robert Glasper will be starting a project together at some point.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2013 2:08 PM

It's funny because biology is just applied chemistry which is just applied physics which is just applied mathematics. So basically you're all right.

Posted by Guadalupe | May 13, 2013 5:18 AM

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