Interview: Alfred 23 Harth

Alfred 23 Harth, also known as A23H, German multimedia artist, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist musician, and composer, recently released a duo album 55 Quintets with Korean trumpeter Choi Sun Bae (originally included in Ballet Music, but very few persons have this CDr).   Soon after extending his work radius from Germany to South Korea, A23H made collage

James Brandon Lewis – An Unruly Manifesto

On his 2016 album, No Filter, Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis dug deep into the possibilities of the Jazz trio. With heavy Funk-Rock excursions, Hip Hop infusions and fiery free music, the album’s compositions were densely textured and impeccably performed. Expanding to a quintet with Jaimie Branch (trumpet), Luke Stewart (bass), Anthony Pirog (guitar) and Warren

Review: Jesse Dulman Quartet Live at Downtown Music Gallery, April 29, 2018

Guest Writer: Vanessa Vargas The DMG 27th Anniversary Series of Sonic Celebrations continued on the evening of April 29th with the Jesse Dulman Quartet. Located in Chinatown, the Downtown Music Gallery is a long-running and internationally known record store. Playfully coined during the concert as “the only avant-garde jazz store still on the planet,” it

Concert Review: Matana Roberts, Fay Victor, Liberty Ellman, Shayna Dulberger, and Qasim Naqvi Live at the Stone, Jan 15, 2016

Saxophonist Matana Roberts put together a brilliant series of bills for her residency at the Stone last week, January 12-17, drawing upon an eclectic array of musicians in promising formations, while paying tribute to the contemporaries that have impacted her, musically or personally, through the years she has spent in New York. One of the

Tangible, Abstract: Patrick Breiner’s Double Double at Korzo / Sep 30, 2014

Abstract (adj.): Existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence. Tangible (adj.): Perceptible by touch Tenor saxophonist Patrick Breiner‘s music is not abstract, yet tangible, it is very strongly both of those things simultaneously. Last night, as with every time I listen to any of Breiner’s groundbreaking groups,

Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The innovative and exciting Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet celebrates its 10th anniversary with two concerts this weekend in Chicago at Constellation. From his beginnings on the Chicago scene playing in Ken Vandermark’s band to his leadership of a number of groundbreaking ensembles, Dave Rempis has emerged as a singular voice on alto saxophone in the

Jonathan Moritz Trio – Secret Tempo Album release & live performance

Jonathan Moritz led his trio on Monday night as part of one of this summer’s most exciting concert series at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg. Kudos to Yoni Kretzmer for curating this fantastic  series giving greater exposure to a number of talented players. The band also includes Shayna Dulberger (bass) and Mike Pride (percussion). Their new album, Secret Tempo,

Ingrid Laubrock’s Sleepthief at Korzo (6/18/13)

There is something sudden and immediate about Ingrid Laubrock‘s music. Her percussive style of playing tenor sax, her quick attacks, and her keen awareness of where her sound is in relation to her band mates together manifest an in-the-moment feel. It is a rare treat to hear Laubrock’s trio, Sleepthief, with drummer Tom Rainey and London-based pianist Liam