Entries tagged with: Marc Ribot
Big Ears Festival, a three-day event that joins modern classical music and adventurous rock acts in venues around Knoxville, TN, will host its first festival since 2010 on March 28-30. Composer Steve Reich acts as the artist-in-resident, with Ensemble Signal, Jonny Greenwood and So Percussion performing his music. Also on the lineup are John Cale, Television, Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi) and Marc Ribot (playing solo as well as with Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos), Laraaji, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean & Britta, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.
Passes for the fest go on sale Friday, December 6 at noon and are $150.
The festival's return is a good thing as its future was in question after a three year hiatus (its organizers stay busy running Bonnaroo). Big Ears 2010 was a huge undertaking--and from a listeners stand-point, a hugely successful one--with a lineup that featured the National, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, the xx, Ben Frost and Tim Hecker and artist-in-residence Terry Riley. You can see BrooklynVegan's coverage of that fest here.
DOWNLOAD: Ceramic Dog - Aint Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round (MP3)
Marc and his daughter in London
In protest of the government shutdown (which, among other things, is reportedly cancelling tours), genre-defying guitar great Marc Ribot (known for work with Tom Waits, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and many more) is now offering up a free download of his Affordable Health Care Act song, "Aint Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round" from his band Ceramic Dog's 2013 album, Your Turn, which is out now via Northern Spy. The song can be downloaded for free above, and a stream of it, along with a letter from Marc about the song, can be found below.
Marc just did some local dates with John Zorn, and though he's over in Europe for some shows there as we speak, when he's back he'll do a 6-night run at the Village Vanguard from November 5-10. Those shows will be with his Marc Ribot trio which also includes Henry Grimes on bass and Chad Taylor on drums.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and letter, below...
Avant-garde sax great John Zorn has been celebrating his 60th birthday this year with a ton of NYC shows. The celebration, dubbed Zorn@60, has been going on for months, and there's only a few events left.
Tonight (9/27), Zorn does his third of three nights at Miller Theatre at Columbia University. At tonight's show, he'll be performing work from all over his career, and will be joined by many collaborators including Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), Ikue Mori (DNA, Kim Gordon collaborator, etc), Marc Ribot, Erik Friedlander and many more. More details here. Tickets are still available.
Then on Saturday (9/28), he'll (literally) be at The Met all day with multiple performances from 10 AM to 8:30 PM. Many other performers will be at these too, including Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Abby Fischer and more. The performances are free with museum admission. Full schedule for the day, below.
On Sunday (9/29), he'll be at Le Poisson Rouge for two shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM), both of which include Mike Patton, John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron. The early show also has a few other names, like Marc Ribot and more. TIckets for the early show and the late show are on sale now.
Finally, Zorn will team up with Japanese composer/musician/film scorer Ryuichi Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic) for an improvised evening of music on October 4 at Japan Society (333 E 47th St). This one is sold out.
Schedule for Zorn's day at The Met, and a live video from 1992, below...
Arctic Monkeys at Free Press Summer Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Elvis Costello / Questlove
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Arctic Monkeys, Drowners @ Webster Hall
Arctic Monkeys made it out of the mid-'00s buzz bin alive and now, unlike many of their peers, they're five albums in and still making stellar material. Their newest, this year's AM, takes the Sabbath/QOTSA riffage from their last two and gives it a funky makeover with R&B falsettos and hip hop-inspired beats. And they've saved room for a bit of glam balladry too. NYC's Drowners open the show, and there's a good chance they'll appeal to devotees of Arctic Monkeys' early sound.
Elvis Costello, The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
With their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, out this week, Elvis Costello & the Roots play a record release show tonight on Questlove's stomping grounds. Sold Out. This is their only show like this current horizon, but EC does have solo dates this November.
Pet Shop Boys @ Beacon Theater
Earlier this summer Pet Shop Boys released Electric which is their most spirited, melodic record in who knows how long. Tonight's the first of two sold-out shows at Beacon, a gorgeous setting for what will likely be a highly theatrical stage show. Jacques lu Cont, aka Stuart Price who produced Electric, opens the show. Sold out.
Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Aye Nako @ Bowery Ballroom
Guitar shredding punk trio Screaming Females and emo-tinged songwriter Waxahatchee -- two of Don Giovanni Records' biggest (and well deserved) success stories -- are on tour with a third labelmate, Tenement, and that tour hits NYC for its second show here tonight. And to make this show even better, Brooklyn's Aye Nako -- a self-proclaimed homopop/queercore band whose melodic punk fits very well with tonight's entire bill -- opens the show.
Calvin Johnson, Poses @ Barnard College
It's a double shot of K Recs tonight courtesy Barnard college radio station WBAR. Calvin Johnson comes armed with 25 years of indie rock songwriting; Poses is Tae Won Yu of Kicking Giant (and graphic designer of many iconic indie album covers).
Crystal Stilts @ Other Music
Crystal Stilts' new album, Nature Noir, is out tomorrow (9/17) but you can pick it up tonight -- and hear them play live -- at this Other Music in-store.
David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), Marc Ribot @ City Winery
Marianne Faithfull was supposed to play this show with guitar great Marc Ribot tonight, and though she had to cancel, Marc is still playing with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.
Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem, Jim Black, Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose @ Le Poisson Rouge
This indie-appealing jazz bill includes violinist Jenny Scheinman (who's collaborated with Norah Jones, Anais Mitchell, and more) along with another of her collaborators/prolific guitar great Nels Cline, Andrew Bird collaborator Todd Sickafoose, and Jim Black (who's also collaborated with Nels before).
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Sean Patton, Brooke Van Poppelen, Mike Lawrence, Brent Sullivan, Josie Long, and Tony Deyo.
Schoolboy Q, SZA - secret NYC show
This is another of the Vitamin Water/FADER secret NYC shows, which you have to find hidden tickets (they're somewhere in NYC) to get into (follow @vitaminwater for more info). This one's with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, and the newest signee to TDE (Black Hippy's label), SZA.
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by Andrew Frisicano
Guitarist Marc Ribot has been talking for years about the monetary difficulties working musicians face (his efforts include negotiating with music festivals for fair pay and working with the NYC musicians union). He put some of those ideas into song form earlier this year with "Masters of the Internet," a track off Your Turn, the most recent album from his power trio Ceramic Dog. He expanded on those ideas with a post about the song, writing "hey, we love our tech toys too, but an empty i-Pod is just a crappy paper-weight."
This fall, there are a ton of chances to see Ribot in a variety of genre-hopping settings. He plays Thursday (9/12) at Issue Project Room with saxophonist Matana Roberts and guitarist Cian Nugent, as part of the IPR's ongoing ten-year anniversary celebration.
Ribot also has dates with Ceramic Dog, multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo (as a duo) and the Marc Ribot Trio (with avant jazzers Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor). He also takes part in a number of the upcoming John Zorn @ 60 concerts, which have been happening all year and end on October 4.
Full dates are listed below.
UPDATE: It's actually a two-month festival running from August 31 to October 26.
The lineup also includes a slew of great experimental artists like psych folk legend Bobb Trimble, ambient music veteran William Basinski, Kurt Vile collaborator Steve Gunn, Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin, Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer, Lee Noble, Matana Roberts, Marc Ribot, Jen Rosenblit & C. Spencer Yeh, Elliot Sharp, and many more.
Advance tickets are currently on sale for Issue Members. Full initial lineup and trailer video below...
Omar Souleyman at Central Park in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Syrian pop musician Omar Souleyman has been gaining recognition here in America thanks to some compilations/live albums on Sublime Frequencies, the live shows he's been doing here over the last few years, and his association with Bjork. Now he's set to release his first official studio album, Wenu Wenu, on October 22 via Domino affiliate Ribbon Music. The record is being produced entirely by electronic mastermind Four Tet, who is openly a fan. Check out a song from the album in a recent Four Tet mix (around the 1:57:00 mark), the album trailer, and tracklist, below.
Omar Souleyman also has a number of upcoming dates, including a few US shows in August surrounding his appearance at LA's FYF Fest. One of those shows happens in NYC on August 31 at Issue Project Room for the venue's 10th Anniversary party which includes many other great experimental artists. Tickets for that are currently on sale to Issue Members.
All dates are listed, along with the video, stream, and album tracklist, below...
LA soulful singer-songwriter ZZ Ward who has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Grace Potter and Fitz & the Tantrums, plays Warsaw in Brooklyn on Friday night (6/21) and tickets are still available.
The June NYC show in the Red Bull Sound Select series happens on Tuesday (6/25) at Drom with Bridget Kelly, Wavy Spice, and Chippy Nonstop. Like the other monthly RBSS shows, admission is $3 at the door.
O'Death are playing The Bell House on Friday (6/21) with Kendra Morris, Zachary Cale, and Feral Foster. Tickets for that show are available.
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center - 6/8/13 (more by Greg Cristman)
Bear Mountain at Governors Ball - 6/7/13 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Paul McCartney @ Barclays Center
Paul McCartney recently landed in Brooklyn for a Barclays Center show on Saturday (6/8), where he played a three hour set with a ton of Beatles songs. He's set to do it again at the same place tonight, and tickets are still available.
The Drums @ Webster Hall
This is the kickoff party for NYC music industry event The New Music Seminar. It's been a while since The Drums have played (and the members seem to be working on solo stuff these days, so here's a good chance to catch them. Also on the bill: Pearl & the Beard, Avan Lava, and Hess is More who are worth showing up early for.
Bear Mountain @ Glasslands
One of the newer bands we were excited to see at this year's Governors Ball was Vancouver pop four-piece Bear Mountain (pictures of their set), and they won me over. They played at 12:45 PM under a tent on the Friday, so I'm sure some of the people in attendance were just there to stay dry, but most of the very large crowd looked like they were there to see them. They do lean a bit on the mainstreamy side, but they've got the live show to back that kind of thing up, and the tunes are strong too. It doesn't seem like it's going to be very long before these guys are playing way bigger venues than Glasslands, so while they're still in town, it's definitely worth catching their set at the Brooklyn venue tonight. Black Light Dinner Party and Cookies open. - Andrew
The Body, Sannhet & more @ Acheron
The Body played The Acheron last night with Mutilation Rites/Geryon (pictures are up at Invisible Oranges), and return to shake the venue again tonight (tickets) with Sannhet, Theologian and Hasj.
Marijuana Deathsquads (ft. mems of Polica) @ Mercury Lounge
Polica just stopped by NYC to play Governors Ball, and singer Channy Leaneagh plus the two drummers are sticking around to back Marijuana Deathsquads (aka the group led by Ryan Olson of Gayngs) at their Mercury Lounge show tonight. Solid Gold, who also played Govs Ball, and opened Polica's afterparty.
Turnip King at Cameo
Sea Cliff. Long Island's Turnip King make the sort of scruffy indie rock that relies equally on melody, dissonance and washes of ethereal guitar. Tonight's show is with Departures and Don't.
Fat Tony @ Knitting Factory
Houston rapper Fat Tony releases his new mixtape, Smart Ass Black Boy, this week (stream it) and he'll play a release show for it in NYC tonight at Knitting Factory with Tom Cruiz, 1OILLE, and Tecla.
Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos @ Le Poisson Rouge
Experimental guitarist Marc Ribot (who has played with Tom Waits, John Zorn, and more), is bringing his group, Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postizos, to Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Support comes from Edmar Castaneda.
Chaka Khan & more @ The Apollo
The Spring Gala at NYC's legendary Apollo Theater goes down tonight, and it includes a performance by soul/funk veteran Chaka Khan. There will also be performances "in salute to Chaka" by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holliday, Patti Labelle and Alexandra Burke.
Diane Birch @ Joe's Pub
Singer/songwriter Diane Birch plays Joe's Pub tonight.
Gunplay's SOB's show, which was originally scheduled for tonight, is now happening on Wednesday (6/12), and is billed a release show for his Acquitted mixtape, which drops on Tuesday.
If you don't want to go out in the rain, HBO's Pussy Riot documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, airs tonight at 9 PM EDT.
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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.
Mick Barr (right) w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus last week (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Secret Chiefs 3 are going on a North American tour this year which brings them to NYC for shows on May 17 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and May 18 and 19 at Union Pool (tickets). After those shows, they'll do a residency at The Stone, playing two sets (8 and 10 PM) every night from May 28 to June 2.
Other residencies are happening at The Stone in June as well, including Sylvie Courvoisier from June 4-9 and Ned Rothenberg from June 18 to 23, both of which include shows with Ikue Mori (and Ned's also includes a show with Marc Ribot). After that, Zeena Parkins, who appears during Ned's residency, will hold her own residency from June 25-30. On the first night of that residency, Zeena plays a duo set at 8 PM with guitar great Mick Barr (of Krallice).
Mick Barr has other shows coming up too, including April 20 at 92YTribeca with Little Women (tickets); May 2 at Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave) for the previously discussed Red Bull Music Academy-presented Queens Drone Activity Progress festival with Pharmakon, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi, Prurient, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Pete Swanson, Noveller, Kid Millions/Jim Sauter, Vatican Shadow and others (tickets); and May 22 at Silent Barn as a trio with Johnny Deblase and Larry Kwartowitz. The rest of the bill includes Brown Wing Overdrive, DeTrop and Pet Bottle Ningen. Admission for that one is $8 at the door.
Updated Secret Chiefs 3 dates are listed, along with a Mick Barr song stream, below...
We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.
Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...
On October 10, Le Poisson Rouge is hosting 'Save The Village: A Benefit Concert,' which will feature performances from avant-garde saxist John Zorn, Thurston Moore (who plays with his band Chelsea Light Moving at 285 Kent tonight [9/12]), guitarist Jesse Harris, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox, and performance artist John Kelly. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The benefit goes to support NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan:
NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is a group of over 400 of NYU's own faculty members who are working together to fight NYU's outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village. The Sexton Plan, we believe, is financially reckless (and will certainly result in rising tuition at a school where the students are the most heavily indebted in nation), disregards faculty input and governance, will further erode the rich cultural history of the Village, and will bring more than 10,000 more people in foot traffic per day to an already over-developed area with little green space, amongst other harmful effects. We want NYU's administration to focus on education, not real estate.For even more info on the issue, visit here and there's a video below as well.
John Zorn's next performance at The Stone (the venue that he founded and performs at regularly) happens this Saturday (9/15) with Ikue Mori (of DNA and many other things) and Sylvie Courvoisier, who has collaborated with both John and Ikue in the past.
Another upcoming show at The Stone this month is Marc Ribot (who we just mentioned will be one of the guests at the upcoming Medeski Martin & Wood residency) and Roy Nathanson on September 19. In October, The Stone is being curated by Secret Chiefs 3 member Timba Harris, and shows include Kayo Dot plays Toby Driver's "In The L..L..Library Loft" on October 6, Secret Chiefs 3 plays "Masada" on October 11 and a lot of other Secret Chiefs 3 related shows, notably frontman Trey Spruance playing the following day (10/12), Harvester (aka Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, and Ryan Sawyer) on October 14, BloodMist (whose lineup includes Toby Driver) on October 16, John Zorn's annual Halloween Improv NIght (10/31), and many others.
A video of John Zorn's Naked City playing a full concert in NYC from 1992 is below.
Medeski Martin & Wood have just announced a week-long December residency at The Blue Note from 12/11 - 12/16. The band are performing two sets each night (8 PM and 10:30 PM) and special guests include Nels Cline on 12/12, Marc Ribot on 12/13 and Bill Evans on 12/14, with other guests still to be announced. Reservations for tables are available now.
The trio will release their new album, Free Magic, on September 25 via their own Indirecto label. Before their Blue Note residency, MMW will be on tour in October which hits the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ on 10/7 (tickets), Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on 10/10 (tickets), and The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 10/12 (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.
After three teasers, we get: A STATEMENT FROM TOM WAITS:
"As most of you guessed, it's a tour...a tour de force!Watch the new video below...
"Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song HELL BROKE LUCE. Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope.
"I think you will agree, it's uplifting and fun."
"Hell Broke Luce," featuring Marc Ribot and Keith Richards on guitar, with Flea on bass and Casey Waits on drums, is from Waits' most recent release, BAD AS ME.
From the Inbox:
University of the Streets, the University of the Streets Musicians Committee and the musicians union Local 802 are formally announcing the end of a seven month boycott of University of the Streets, effective immediately.---
The announcement follows successful resolution of negotiations between the non-profit jazz venue's management and members of the University of the Streets Musicians' Committee, an ad hoc organization representing musicians who had played at University of the Streets and were participating in the boycott, and Local 802, AFM, whose representatives were present in support of the musicians' committee.
The boycott was called last September, after reports of a musician being injured during an altercation with a UOTS employee circulated widely through social media. The boycott also stemmed from musicians' concerns over what they considered a "pay to play" policy, in which the venue sometimes required bands to pay out of pocket to cover a guarantee in ticket sales.
In January 2012, the UOTS Musicians Committee contacted Saadia Salahuddeen, director of University of the Streets, with a list of grievances. These were resolved in a meeting on April 12, 2012, attended by members of the UOTS Musicians Committee, representatives of Local 802, Ms. Salahuddeen, and several members of the UOTS board.
As part of the agreement, UOTS will end the 'pay-to-play' policy, and will bar the employee involved in the altercation from the venue.
A statement issued by the UOTS Musicians Committee reads:
'We're extremely pleased that UOTS has addressed the musicians' concerns, and that both they and we can now get back to presenting and performing creative music in this historic venue. We wish the venue and the musicians who play there every success.'
A statement byLocal 802 organizer Shane Gasteyer reads:
"These musicians have shown again that collective action really works. Local 802 is happy to be here supporting working musicians in every part of today's scene."
Ms. Salahuddeen invites any interested musicians to join an advisory committee of musicians so that UOTS can work more closely with the local jazz and improvisational music community "to ensure more productive and positive relationships with musicians."
Endorsed by: Marc Ribot, Brandon Ross, Ches Smith, Avram Fefer, Jim Pugliese, and Weasel Walter for the UOTS Musicians Committee, and Saadia Salahuddeen For University of the Streets.
Marc Ribot at LPR (more by Bejamin Lozovsky)
Avant guitar great Marc Ribot will assemble the Marc Ribot Trio (with Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor) for a six-day stint at NYC"s West Village jazz institution Village Vanguard from June 26th - July 1st. There he'll visit pieces from Coltrane's Sun Ship as well as delve into his signature improvisational style. Tickets for all shows, twelve in total (an early and late showing per day), are still available.
You might be thinking that it's weird for Marc to be playing the Village Vanguard, well so does he...Marc says to the Voice...
You know, it's funny. The possibility of playing there came up when I did the Allen Toussaint gig. To tell you the truth, I never really viewed it as a possibility, and even after I was invited, I thought, well, do I have a project that belongs there? Which was not slighting me or it. I respect what I do and I greatly respect both the history and the present of the Vanguard. In fact, when I first came to New York, I used to sit on the steps of the Vanguard, listening to, like, Jim Hall or whoever was playing there until I'd get kicked out. [It was a] cheapo way to kinda sit on the steps upstairs and catch some of the set. [laughs] Before somebody came and chased me away. So in that sense, you might say I have a long relationship with the place. I always figured that I was a jazz musician in the same sense that Cindy Sherman was a fashion model. So I wasn't sure if I was right for the Vanguard.The rest of that interview is at the Village Voice.
But then, this past fall, I did this tour with Henry and Chad... My music has had a close relation with jazz for a very long time. For example, the music of Albert Ayler, which was considered jazz by some critics at the time and was not considered jazz by other critics at the time. One of the things that interested me in Ayler was translating it to the guitar. And so at times, we sounded more like some kind of punk band than what was recognized by most people as jazz. So I wasn't sure whether it would be a good fit. But I did a tour this last fall, with Henry and Chad, and I started thinking, "You know, maybe we do have something to say within the tradition." And so that's why we're here. It's a funny thing to think, you know, after practicing for forty-five years. [laughs] Some people are just late bloomers.
Ribot will also soon embark on a tour with/as Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos and Allen Toussaint's Bright Mississippi, though none in NYC with those crews. Check out Ribot's full tour schedule below along with a few videos.
Nels Cline's Stained Radiance at Winter Jazz Fest 2011 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Winter Jazz Fest is returning to NYC in 2012 and will take place in multiple Greenwich Village venues from January 6-7 including Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Kenny's Castaways, Zinc Bar, and The Bitter End. Artists performing this year include Bill Laswell, DJ Spinna, John Medeski, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Nels Cline Singers, Vijay Iyer Trio, Tyshawn Sorey, Mary Halvorson, Bernie Worrell, Marco Benevento, Jenny Scheinman, and many more. Two day passes and single day tickets are on sale now. There is also a kickoff show happening at Le Poisson Rouge on January 5 with Medeski / Skerik / Deitch, Red Baraat, and Marc Ribot's Young Philadelphians. You can also purchase a pass that includes a ticket for this show plus the two day festival pass (it's a little confusing, but if you click through on each LPR ticket link, you'll see the various options for each one).
The full schedule is below...
Anand Wilder with Yeasayer at Jones Beach in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The record label David Byrne started in 1988, Luaka Bop, has been curating the club John Zorn started, The Stone, since December 15. If you've been paying close attention to What's Going On posts, you may have noticed more familiar names on the lineups lately (like Lucky Dragons and Kelly Pratt who have both played so far).
The curation continues through the end of the month. Tonight (12/20), Anand Wilder of Yeasayer is playing with Steve Marion of Delicate Steve, and Austin Fisher of Suckers, performing songs they've written specifically for tonight's performance. Steve leads his own group at the venue on 12/27 with members of Banned Books. Also tonight, George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin and friends are playing. Those friends include Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer, Powpow of Man Man, and Miho Hatori of Cibo Mato. According to George, it's going to be an "electronic drum circle rave cave."
On Thursday (12/22), Sleepy Doug Shaw/Highlife is playing. On Friday (12/23), The Present, lead by Rusty Samtos Rusty is playing the venue. Rusty is a singer/songwriter and has produced Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Born Ruffians, Owen Pallet, and others. On 12/28, Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of Pygmy Shrews and Zs), and on 12/29 it will be Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo.
The Stone will also host their annual end of the year improv party on December 30 and 31 with tons of musicians and special guests including Thurston Moore, John Zorn, Jeremiah Cymerman, Sam Kulik, Ned Rothenburg, Eyal Maoz, David Fulmer, and others. Starting at 11 PM on 12/31, Spiritual Unity (which features Marc Ribot) will perform a ritual/jam that leads through a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler's "Bells."
Check out the full December schedule and more details on these shows at The Stone's website.
Javelin also have a show coming up on 2/24 at Glasslands with Pat Jordache.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Swans @ Paramount Theater
Marc Ribot @ LPR in June (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Guitar genius Marc Ribot has a lot of upcoming shows, all of which are listed below. They include Iridium in NYC tonight (9/15), the re-opening Roulette on Friday (9/16), The Living Theater in NYC on Sunday, Le Poisson Rouge with Akiko Yano on 10/11, and the upcoming ATP in Asbury Park, NJ on 10/1.
Head below to also hear and download a mixtape that ATP just made featuring arists that are appearing at the NJ festival at the end of the month, Marc Ribot (whose tour dates are down there too) included....
The long wait is finally over! Roulette re-opens - bigger and better than ever - in Downtown Brooklyn. With a newly renovated Art Deco concert hall, seating for up to 400 people (600 standing!), expanded multi-channel sound system, massive projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance - the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City to experience adventurous music and art. Join us as we kick off our inaugural season with a huge four day Grand Opening Celebration!NYC music, dance, and art venue Roulette is moving to Brooklyn and re-opening this September. The new location is at 509 Atlantic Ave at the corner of Atlantic and 3rd Ave in Downtown Brooklyn.
The re-opening will be celebrated with four events from September 15 to September 18. On 9/15, Kaija Saariaho, Margaret Leng Tan, Henry Threadgill & Zooid, and Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier will play the venue (tickets). The 9/16 show will feature ETHEL, Marc Ribot: Film Noir Project, and Shelley Hirsch w/ Fred Frith (tickets). On 9/17, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, and John Zorn will play (tickets) and on 9/18 Cosa Brava (featuring Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi, and the Norman Conquest) will play (tickets).
All Tomorrow's Parties returns to the USA this September in the new location of Asbury Park, N.J. bringing an I'll Be Your Mirror event to the iconic waterfront. For the inaugural U.S. I'll Be Your Mirror, Portishead will curate and headline their firrst East Coast shows since 1998 on the Saturday & Sunday.Say that all three times fast. All three day pass options are still on sale. More details on all ATP ticket options are below.
As well as Day Tickets, ATP have to date been selling two types of weekend pass - "Three Day Jeff Mangum" passes that include Jeff Mangum's Friday show and guarantee access to one of the Portishead shows (as well as everything else at the festival) and "Three Day Portishead" passes that do not give access to Jeff's Friday show but give guaranteed access to both Portishead shows as well as the rest of the festival. Today we announce a third type of weekend pass...
Portishead have invited Jeff to play an extra show on the Sunday night of the festival. Therefore this week we release new "Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes" - these give access to all three days of the festival to passholders who will see Jeff Mangum on the Sunday night and are guaranteed to see one of the two Portishead shows. The original Three Day passes for the event are now called "Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passes."
That means Jeff is playing Asbury Park three times, twice during the actual festival (see above), and, as you know, once on Monday (10/3) at Paramount Theatre (the day after ATP and not actually part of the fest itself). The Monday show has been sold out for a while now, but ATP are releasing a few more tickets for it. "To buy email firstname.lastname@example.org with JEFF MONDAY TICKETS in subject line, and tell us how many tickets you want. We will respond as soon as possible. Payments must be made by Paypal." A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) open the show.
ATP NJ has a few other lineup additions including Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (they first reunited to play the Animal Collective ATP that recently happened in the UK), avant guitar hero Marc Ribot, avant sax hero Colin Stetson, avant comedian Reggie Watts, and others. Also: "Today we are also very pleased to announce that in conjunction with The Jonathan Levine Gallery, renowned artist SHEPARD FAIREY (who has created the art for this event and will also DJ) will be presenting an exhibition of his art over the weekend entitled Revolutions: The Album Cover Art of Shepard Fairey. More details of the exhibition will be conﬁrmed soon."
The updated lineup is below, along with updated Jeff Mangum tour dates (he added a few other shows recently too)...
by Andrew Frisicano
As announced a few months ago, the four-night Undead Jazz Fest kicks off tonight (6/23) with music at Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall and Kenny's Castaways. The format is similar to that of the Winter Jazz fest (and the inaugural Undead fest last year): one ticket that covers entry to a handful of neighboring venues. This year, each night offers something a little different.
Thursday night the venues are in Greenwich Village and music include Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Dave King Trucking Company, Gerald Clayton and Alan Licht & Brian Chase. Friday night features a "round robin of improvised duets" at the Bell House. Scheduled participants for that are: "David Torn, Elliot Sharp, Jim Black, Erik Friedlander, Dean Bowman, Chris Lightcap, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs!), David King (Bad Plus!), Darius Jones, Chris Speed, Jamie Saft, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Charlie Burnham, Marco Cappelli and Kirk Knuffke."
Saturday the music will be in the Gowanus/Park Slope area (at Littlefield and unconventional spots Homage Skateboard Training Facility and Cross Fit) where you'll be able to see Elliott Sharp (playing Thelonious Monk), David S. Ware, the Darius Jones Trio and more, all on the same Degraw Street block.
Sunday, the music (a super-varied lineup that includes The Claudia Quintet, Peter Brotzmann's FULL BLAST, Bobby Previte Quartet, Erik Friedlander and UB313 with Sun Ra Arkestra's Marshall Allen) is in Williamsburg, split between four stages at three venues: Public Assembly, Cubana Social and the Cameo.
There are copies of the Undead Jazz Fest Review floating around town that come with an excellent sampler CD, which you can stream below.
We should note that last week, the New York Times published news about an online petition asking for an increase in musician pay for the Undead and Winter Jazz Fests. Initially, it was unclear whether that situation would affect this year's festival (some of the signees are scheduled to perform), but the organizers of the petition have since clarified some points, mainly that they support this year's fest and that they didn't mean for the press to find out about what they thought was a private email, but that they're hoping to negotiate for a pay raise at future fests. Some more info on that is below, if you're interested...
Now that that's out of the way... the fest recently put together a trailer containing one second of music from each artist on the bill. That and the full schedule are below...
words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
It could have been a showdown - a forceful match of skills, an exhilarating yet grueling slugfest. Instead, it was purely symbiotic and nurturing, a solemn and unwavering alliance between two endlessly energetic musical minds. Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, perhaps the two greatest living guitarists dispensing a seamlessly cerebral yet hefty blend of virtuosic avant-jazz and rock fusion, performed in tandem Wednesday night at Le Poisson Rouge.
Despite being giants and contemporaries in their field, the overwhelming icons of free form, genre-bending adventurism, the two had seemingly never met on stage before. It was the kind of hallowed moment most modern downtown jazz obsessives would relive and replay endlessly, a watershed of creative confluence with 'I was there' written all over it. Only announced a few weeks before the event, it was billed as a special performance for the 3rd anniversary of the West Village club. Since its opening, Le Poisson Rouge has proved to be a vivid playground for envelope-pushing downtown musicians. Ribot and Cline have settled into the venue comfortably with numerous shows there since it opened, as have many of their fellow protagonists.
There wasn't any sort of program or description provided beforehand, just the two names listed on the bill. With their wide-ranging approach to music, the two share infinite similarities. Their methods couldn't be more different. Cline with his smooth tone, effortless musicianship and neatly set up workstation complete with rug, Ribot with an abrasive sound, hectically imperative playing and a rat's nest of wires and pedals piled on the ground in front of him. Yet the two were the perfect foils to challenge and enhance the other's abilities.
It unfolded as a completely improvised performance, an hour and a half long set of seven spontaneously generated explorations. Calling them songs wouldn't do them justice - it was more akin to setting two ants behind glass and watching them instantly augment their little world into a thriving civilization.
Beyond picking which guitar to complement each other in between numbers, there was nothing more than subtle visual cues and finely focused ears on each others playing to coordinate Cline and Ribot's efforts. The two guitarists had no framework or structures, and perhaps most importantly no preconceptions coming in, according to Cline. "We did some country type stuff for the sound-check, so we started with that...but everything was unrehearsed," Cline said.
They started their performance with several all acoustic numbers that covered boundless ground, ranging from devilishly sarcastic and percussive conversation-like structures, to atmospheric, bluesy romps that started with Polynesian flavor, quickly turned vast, pastoral and disjointed, and ended with a storm of classical finger picking.
There was enough flourishes of extended techniques like surreal harmonics and the use of odd sound-mutating tools, but it was limited, each guitarist instead intently focused on tone and togetherness. On one number, a disparate and lonely melodic meditation that mashed up images of a desolate western frontier and a rainy Japanese tea ceremony, Cline evoked the chilling vibrations of a Koto, the Japanese plucked string instrument, while Ribot formed drony and dark undercurrents, each moving downward perpetually yet coming together precisely unpredictably for jarringly harmonious moments.
When they turned towards an electric sound, it was always enigmatic while never bludgeoning. Even in forceful, grunge-like sections that could pass as a Soundgarden outtake or a turbine-accelerated Radiohead stomper, Cline and Ribot focused on a spellbinding interplay rather than guitar god might. It was a highly advanced dialogue, seesawing back and forth as each musician switched roles yet kept mathematically aligned. It was a gold standard for precision and musical communication; they ended with a more straightforward free-jazz ballad that mutated into psychotic, atonal guitar solos from both players that inexplicably overlapped with little wavering.
After the show, Cline admitted that he had his trepidations about the gig. "I felt really nervous about this show beforehand, but today I felt calm," Cline said. It must have been the career long lead-up to what was a glorious first date, many years in the making.