Review: Viv Corringham and Nicola Hein Live at Outskirts, May 6, 2018

The remarkable aesthetic resonance of British vocalist Viv Corringham and German guitarist Nicola Hein was on display at the Outskirts series in East New York on Sunday night, May 6. The two quickly calibrated to each other in this freely improvised piece. They opened with percussive vocal clicks and low, faintly rumbling guitar. Corringham worked

Playlist for Week of April 30, 2018

Alessandro Cortini – Avanti (Point of Departure, 2017) [vinyl] Roscoe Mitchell Solo – Live at the Muhle Hunziken (Cecma, 1987) [vinyl] Keir Neuringer & Matthew Wright – Speak Cities (Spectral Motif, 2017) A Pride of Lions (Daunik Lazro, Joe McPhee, Joshua Abrams, Guillaume Seguron, Chad Taylor) – self-titled (Bride Sessions, 2018) Havard Volden & Carlo Costa – In the

We Have Voice Collective Releases Manifesto Demanding Safer Workplaces in the Performing Arts

As part of the groundswell of activism that has emerged from the #MeToo movement, the We Have Voice Collective–an organization composed of fourteen female and non-binary artists–has issued a code of conduct demanding zero tolerance of harassment of any kind in the performing arts. The collective is composed of artists who represent a diverse array

Playlist for the Week of April 23, 2018

Spectral – Empty Castles (Aerophonic, 2018) Sandy Ewen & Weasel Walter – Idiomatic (self-released, 2018) Sonic Youth-I.C.P.-The Ex – self-titled (In the Fishtank, 2002) [vinyl] Mirrors (Peter Kowald & Damon Smith) – Broken but No Dust (Balance Point Acoustics, 2001) [cassette] Meridian Trio – Triangulum (Clean Feed, 2017) Robbie Basho – Live in Forli, Italy 1982 (ESP-Disk’, 2018) Miles Davis

Review: Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile

Take One “I don’t know if I should hug or slap the shit out of you.” My now deceased stepfather once said this to me after he picked me up from the local precinct after being arrested my one and only time. This message rings in my head quite often in my adult life, and

Playlist for the Week of April 9, 2018

Patrick Shiroishi – Black Sun Sutra (Weird Cry, 2013) [cassette] Matthew Shipp Quartet – Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk’, 2018) John Coltrane – Within and Without Miles: Live 1960 (Doxy, 2016) [vinyl] Anthony Braxton Solo – Live at Moers Festival (Moers, 1974) [vinyl] Bill Dixon Orchestra – Intents and Purposes (RCA, 1967) [vinyl] Burmese – 撚樣 (Rock Is Hell, 2011) [vinyl] Weasel Walter

Review: Patrick Shiroishi Nonet Live at Ham & Eggs (Los Angeles)

On March 12, I had the opportunity to hear three great sets of music in the Late Breakfast series at Ham & Eggs in downtown Los Angeles. These culminated with alto saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi leading a nine-piece band that included voice, two flutes, tenor saxophone, guitar, bass, cello, and harmonium. The one extended piece they

Interview: Liliana Rodríguez Alvarado

Interview with violist Liliana Rodriguez Alvarado via email, January 8-February 1, 2018 CB: What were your formative musical experiences growing up in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, and other places that you have lived? LRA: In Torreón, I started playing viola at the age of 13 at the Instituto de Arte Integral de la Laguna with my professor

Playlist for the Week of April 2, 2018

Esplendor Geometrico – Fungus Cerebri: Selected Tracks from Cassettes 1981-1989, Spanish Underground Cassette Movement, vol. 1 (Geometrik, 2016) [vinyl] Art Zoyd – Generation sans Futur (Atem, 1980; reissued on Sub Rosa, 2015) [vinyl] Cecil Taylor – The Cecil Taylor Unit (New World Records, 1978) [vinyl] Cecil Taylor – In Transition (Blue Note reissue, 1975) [vinyl] Olivier Alary – Fiction/Non-fiction (FatCat,

Wadada Leo Smith Presents CREATE Festival

Jazz Icon and five decade long AACM collective member, Wadada Leo Smith has curated the second annual CREATE Festival which he founded in April 2017. The two-day, New Haven, CT based festival which will take place at Firehouse 12, will feature five separate ensembles over two evenings and include an exhibit of Smith’s Ankhrasmation Symbolic