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Henry Kaiser kicking off February residencies at The Stone where Dave Lombardo’s band Philm added a show

Henry Kaiser

If you’re in the market for a brilliant postmodern guitar hero, you could do a whole lot worse than Henry Kaiser. This Bay Area diver/filmmaker/musician has appeared on more than 50 records since the early ’70s, ranging from total improvisations to jazz to experimental and progressive rock. While augmenting his flawless techniques with a wide array of electronic effects, Kaiser has familiarized himself with the ethnic musics of Southeast Asia, India and Japan, yet recently cited Jerry Garcia as a personal guitar fave. – [Trouser Press]

East Village venue The Stone is one of NYC’s best places to see avant jazz, experimental, improvisational, new composers and other music that fall just outside (or way outside) the pop realm. Starting tonight (2/3) and running through February 8, acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser will be in residence / curating the programing. On Wednesday (2/4) he’ll be playing with Bill Laswell, and on multiple other nights he’ll be joined by Weasel Walter. Full schedule below.

The Stone is closed from February 10 – 15 for renovations, but after that jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine will be in residence from February 17 – 22 including nights with Erik Friedlander and Stone domo John Zorn. Then jazz percussionist and onetime Max Roach M’Boom player Warren Smith will be in residence from February 24 – March 1. Full schedule below.

Then on March 2 it’s a one-night-only performance of former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo‘s trio, Philm which also features guitarist/vocalist/pianist Gerry Nestler (Civil Defiance), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR). That’s a week or so after Philm play Saint Vitus (2/23) with Gozu and Long Day Gone. Flyer with all of Philm’s tour dates, below.

As you may know there are no advance tickets to shows at The Stone. There are many months worth of 2015 residencies that are browsable on The Stone’s site. Full February schedule below.


2/3 Tuesday (DDT)
8 pm
Welcome the Spirit
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Miya Masaoka (koto) Charles K. Noyes (percussion, drums)
twenty dollars

10 pm
Kaiser-Noyes Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Charles K. Noyes (guitar)

2/4 Wednesday (ICS)
8 pm
Kaiser-Laswell-Ligeti Trio
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Laswell Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass)

2/5 Thursday (RJP)
8 pm
Melvin Gibbs (bass) Henry Kaiser (guitar) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Topography of the Spleen
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Chris Pitsiokos (sax) Weasel Walter (drums)

2/6 Friday (HM)
8 pm
Chip Delany & Henry Kaiser
Samuel R. Delany (reading aloud) Henry Kaiser (guitar accompaniment)
twenty dollars

10 pm
Brandy Gale – Henry Kaiser – Ava Mendoza
Brandy Gale (live synesthetic painting) Henry Kaiser, Ava Mendoza (guitars)

2/7 Saturday (SC)
8 pm
Kaiser-Musso Quintet
Nick Didkovsky, Henry Kaiser, Bob Musso (guitars) Jesse Krakow (bass) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Licht Duo
Henry Kaiser, Alan Licht (guitars)

2/8 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Dunkelman-Kaiser-Mori-Zorn Quartet
Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Henry Kaiser (bass) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)

10 pm
Kaiser-Ross Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross (guitars)


2/17 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
Uri Caine, Tim Berne and Ches Smith
Uri Caine (piano) Tim Berne (sax) Ches Smith (drums)

10 pm
Uri Caine, Jim Black, Kirk Knuffke and Scott Colley
Uri Caine (piano) Jim Black (drums) Kirk Knuffke (trumpet) Scott Colley (bass)

2/18 Wednesday (RJP)
8 pm
Uri Caine (piano) Julie Patton (voice) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Uri Caine, Ikue Mori, Jim Black, Ralph Alessi
Uri Caine (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Jim Black (drums) Ralph Alessi (trumpet)

2/19 Thursday (EP)
8 pm
Uri Caine (piano) Theo Bleckmann (voice)

10 pm
Trio with Ben Perowsky and John Hebert
Uri Caine (piano) Ben Perowsky (drums) John Hebert (bass)

2/20 Friday (DDT)
8 pm
Uri Caine Solo
Uri Caine (piano)

10 pm
Chamber Music with Uri Caine, Joyce Hammann, Robert Burkhardt
Uri Caine (piano) Joyce Hammann (violin) Robert Burkhardt (cello)

2/21 Saturday (ICS)
8 pm
Uri Caine (piano) Erik Friedlander (cello) Clarence Penn (drums)

10 pm
Catto Project
Uri Caine (piano) Barbara Walker (voice) Brad Jones (bass) Clarence Penn (drums)

2/22 Sunday (RK)
8 pm
Uri Caine (piano) John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
These are the nights that pay our rent and keep us afloat–so come on down to our East Village Rent Party and dig the freaks, the music and “eat all the Spaghetti and Chili you can scarf!” TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

10 pm
Trio with Mark Helias and Clarence Penn
Uri Caine (trio) Mark Helias (bass) Clarence Penn (drums)


2/24 Tuesday (LC)
8 pm
Washboard Duo
Warren Smith (washboard, percussion) Newman Taylor Baker (washboard, percussion)

10 pm
Lloyd Haber (drums) Abdul Mboup (drums) Hill Green (bass) Warren Smith (percussion)

2/25 Wednesday (LC)
8 pm
WIS with Howard Curtis, Katja Cruz and Edith Lettner
Warren Smith (percussion) Howard Curtis (drums) Katja Cruz (voice) Edith Lettner (saxes)

10 pm
WIS trio
Warren Smith (percussion) Ras Moshe (sax) William Parker (bass)

2/26 Thursday (JA)
8 and 10 pm
WIS w/ Bill Cole & Joe Daley
Warren Smith (percussion) Bill Cole (reeds) Joe Daley (tuba)

2/27 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Dogon Duo: Andrew Lamb & Warren Smith
Andrew Lamb (reeds) Warren Smith (percussion)

10 pm
WIS Quartet
Mark Taylor (french horn) Tom Abbs (bass) Andrew Lamb (reeds) Warren Smith (percussion)

2/28 Saturday (HM)

8 and 10 pm
Percussion Discussion
Warren Smith, Eli Fountain, Thurman Barker, Newman Taylor Baker (percussion)

3/1 Sunday (MJC)
8 and 10 pm
WIS Vibes with Alva Nelson, Eli Fountain, Leon Dorsey & Warren Smith
Warren Smith (vibes) Alva Nelson (piano) Eli Fountain (drums)
Leon Dorsey (bass)


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