Review: Josh Sinton’s Musicianer – Slowlearner

Musicianer’s Slowlearner features Josh Sinton on baritone saxophone and compositions, Jason Ajemian on contrabass, and Chad Taylor on drums. Slowlearner sounds like an agitated mind, racing and breaking irregularly. Despite this erratic pace, the saxophone, consistently deep and powerful, is drawn out over long breaths. This develops, at times, into an explosion, as we hear

September Artist Feature: Jeremiah Cymerman

Clarinetist, improviser, and sound artist Jeremiah Cymerman has emerged over the past decade as a key figure on the improvised music scene in New York City. In his work, he displays an interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation and production, and a variety of compositional approaches to solo and ensemble work. He has worked closely with

Interview: Chris Pitsiokos

Interviewed by Takeshi Goda and Akira Saito for JazzTokyo.com Conducted August 2017 Background JazzTokyo (JT): It’s been 5 Years since you first appeared in Brooklyn Improvised Music Scene. How do you think your mindset has been changed since then? Chris Pitsiokos (CP): While my aesthetics have changed substantially, my artistic goals have remained relatively constant.

Review: Jeremiah Cymerman’s Pale Horse – Badlands

“Badlands is the second full length album by composer Jeremiah Cymerman’s apocalyptic chamber ensemble, Pale Horse. Recorded in February 2015, Badlands, picks up where their self-titled 2014 debut left off, with emphasis on dark ambient soundscapes built by the acoustic trio of clarinet, cello, and drums. Over the course of two long form compositions, the

Playlist for the Week of August 21, 2017

Todd Neufeld – Mu’u (Ruweh, 2017) Jason Kao Hwang – Sing House (Euonymus, 2017) Dalava – The Book of Transfigurations (Songlines, 2017) William Hooker & Sabir Mateen – Dharma (KMB Jazz, 2017) Zack Clarke – Random Acts of Order (Clean Feed, 2017) Dre Hocevar – Surface of Inscription (Clean Feed, 2017)

Feminist Jazz Review: Hear In Now Helped Me to Not Live In Fear

I had an acute thought a number of times today: “I am busy writing about women in improvised music, I don’t need to give white nationalists air time in my mind.” In light … or in darkness of everything that is going on with the white nationalist marches, I really felt how important my work

Review: Amina Baraka & The Red Microphone

Celebrated poet, organizer, activist and actress Amina Baraka is a central figure in the living history of the Black Arts Movement, along with her late husband Amiri. On her latest project, Baraka digs deep into that poetic and political history, unearthing a bittersweet, timeless Blues for the working class. Backed by a tight, intuitive ensemble

August Artist Feature: Lindsey Wilson and Reggie Sylvester

Lindsey Wilson is a singer-songwriter known originally for folk music who has moved into free jazz over the past couple of years with her band Lindsey Wilson and the Human Hearts Trio, featuring Michael Trotman (bass) and Reggie Sylvester (drums). The band also often guests the legendary multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter. Trotman’s origins are in R&B

Review: While We Still Have Bodies, Live at 49 Shade, Aug 10, 2017

The band While We Still Have Bodies (WWSHB) had an inspiring performance at underground Brooklyn venue 49 Shade on Thursday, August 10. On that humid evening, the place was packed with fans and musicians, a collection of people hungry for the cutting edge of the improvised music scene. The band is comprised of four forward-looking

Review: Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II

Two years before her death in an interview published by Motion Magazine, Science Fiction author Octavia Butler set out to explain how the political climate of the late Cold War period inspired the hellish post-apocalyptic landscapes she wrote about in her storied Xenogenesis series. Interestingly, Butler pointed to the human tendency to organize social life