Entries tagged with: Ben Perowsky
The improvisationally-oriented Undead Music Festival is back for another year, happening May 1 - 5 in NYC. The fest, which has expanded beyond its jazz beginnings, overlaps a bit with Red Bull Music Academy's NYC takeover that begins on Sunday (4/28). The first Undead event is the previously mentioned, now sold-out "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" happening at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1 featuring Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Kim Gordon, Thundercat, Andrew Bird and more. More info on what this all entails:
The format? Simple. One musician starts a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then joins him for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on and so forth for two hours. The music? Expect the unexpected. A once-in-a-lifetime experience with 20+ artists from jazz, electronics and everything in between...Then on May 2 - 4, it's "Three Nights of Dosh" at Shapeshifter Lab featuring drummer/multi-intrumentalist Martin Dosh collaborating with a host of other musicians (including pal/collaborator Andrew Bird for one of them):
MAY 2:Individual tickets are $15 for individual nights or $30 for all three.
8pm Theo Bleckmann solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer, Andrew Bird band), Alan Hampton (Andrew Bird band), Mike Bloch and Pete Hale (from Here We Go Magic)
8pm Aaron Parks solo
9pm Martin Dosh + Aaron Parks, Chris Morrissey, Jeremy Ylvisaker
("Due to some unique circumstances, Dosh will be participating in this night via skype. It's going to be wild.")
8pm Shane Endsley / Todd Sickafoose / Ben Perowsky
9pm Martin Dosh + Andrew Bird, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Todd Sickafoose
Then on May 5 there are three separate events:Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Hubble will be at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets); Vinnie Sperrazza/Jeff Davis Duo, Jesse Stacken Group, Brian Drye Duo and Big Eyed Rabbit at IBeam; St. Helena, Surface To Air and Option Copter III at 35 Claver Place.
FOUR NIGHTS celebrating the incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City.The 2012 Undead Music Festival (formerly known as Undead Jazz Fest) starts Wednesday (5/9) with three shows in Greenwich Village, including a Tonic reunion happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, 5/9. (There's a Tonic Reunion tonight at The Stone tonight, 5/7, too, unreleated to the Undead fest.)
May 9th: A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village
May 10th: Medeski, Martin & Wood & ?? at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, featuring So Percussion, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid & more!!
May 11th: Night Of The Living DIY in Brooklyn, Seattle, Norway & more...
May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca
Lovingly and tirelessly organized by Adam Schatz of Search & Restore, and Brice Rosenbloom of BoomCollective.
Other Undead performers include Medeski, Martin & Wood at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Thursday (5/10) and a multi-venue "Night of the Living DIY" on Friday (5/11) which includes the previously mentioned Bjorkestra show at the new Shapeshifer Lab (which meanwhile is hosting two nights of Undead-presented shows with Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black).
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Doveman played another guest-filled show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Saturday night. The backing band was comprised of Brad Albetta (bass), Ben Perowsky (drums), Rob Moose (guitar, violin), and Doug Wieselman (clarinet, bass clarinet). Thomas Bartlett was joined by guests Martha wainwright, Justin Bond, Hannah Cohen (whose record Thomas is producing), Jennifer Charles of Elysian fields, Norah Jones (as advertised), Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara), Nico Muhly, and Frames/Swell Season singer Glen Hansard. Pictures from the party are in this post.
No guests have been announced for Doveman's next shows yet, but this pats show's lineup has been the norm (read about past shows HERE and HERE), so get your tickets in advance if you want to go on May 26th or June 24th.
Meanwhile, Thomas/Doveman and Doug Wieselman will be two of the special guests at Jesse Harris's final residency show at the same venue this Tuesday night (4/26), as will the recently-added Kaki King. Tickets are still on sale.
You can also catch Martha on May 12 and 13 at the two shows honoring her late mother at Town Hall.
More pictures from Saturday's LPR show, below....
by Andrew Frisicano
Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra w/ TK Wonder
Like the year before it, NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2011 was a hit. Capacity crowds filled the venues on both nights (all together 1,400 on Friday and 2,600 on Saturday), and it'd be hard to find two people who came away seeing the same acts, or with the same impression of the fest. From what I've heard and read of Friday night, the music was stellar, but after LPR closed around 9:30pm for another event the numbers overwhelmed the remaining two spaces, with long lines and many disgruntled jazz-heads.
(Le) Poisson Rouge, the largest of the venues, was crammed full on Saturday for a curious lineup of jam-band jazz (Charlie Hunter), noisy guitar improv + painting (Nels Cline and painter Norton Wisdom) and Steve Coleman & Five Elements (high-strung group improv with vocalist Jen Shyu scatting along). I only stayed for those, before heading to Kenny's Castaways for part of its Search and Restore showcase. Aethereal Bace - drummers Nasheet Waits and Eric Mcpherson, and saxist Abraham Burton - improvised as a duo after Mcpherson didn't show (their tight, restrained set mainly served to make me more curious about the two-drummer set up they usually employ). Talibam!, who followed, were something else entirely: spasmotic punk in jazz clothes. Back at LPR, at this point well after 2am, Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra backed up MC/singer TK Wonder for a criminally underattended set. Then I ended the night with trumpeter David Weiss's band at Bitter End, which, at 3:45am, it was.
Some pictures of the above-mentioned acts (plus Asphalt Orchestra who made an appearance at LPR) are below...