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May 05, 2009
Masterclass
www.myspace.com/claudioparodi
9.00-14.00
Viale Sauli 34c
Genova, Italy
sorry for any cross postings...

Masterclass
Music and Figurative Arts: relationships and cross pollinations. A historical overview.
Prof. Maria Rosa Montiani
Claudio Parodi
A Margaret Dumont project.

May the 5th 9.00-14.00
May the 6th 8.00-14.00
Liceo Artistico Statale “Paul Klee-Nicolò Barabino”
Viale Sauli 34c
Genova
3486973844
kleeklee@tin.it per Montiani
Free admittance.

contacts:
marlene@inventati.org
cla.parodi@libero.it
www.myspace.com/claudioparodi
Contact: cla.parodi@libero.it

April 26, 2009
4th Annual Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival
http://www.b-cimf.com
1pm - Midnight
El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 West Idaho Street
Boise, Idaho, United States
The Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival is beginning to earn the reputation of being one of the most exciting and well executed creative music events in the world. Now in its fourth year, the festival continues to evolve and feature an impressive array of performers from all over the world. This year, the festival runs April 24-25, 2009, and fans will come from all over to hear some of the finest and most cutting edge creative music artists on the planet. The talent and caliber of this year’s performers will be spectacular. The event will also feature local visual artists, including live visual-music collaborations, visual art galleries, and experimental film.
Contact: Kris Hartung - info@krispenhartung.com - 208-724-5603

April 26, 2009
Dom Minasi on WKCR FM
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wkcr
10PM
88.9 FM
New York, New York, United States
Guitarist Dom Minasi will perform and be interviewed by Charles Blass on WKCR Radio 88.9 FM
Contact: cdm611@nyc.rr.com

April 25, 2009
4th Annual Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival
http://www.b-cimf.com
7pm - Midnight
El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 West Idaho Street
Boise, Idaho, United States
The Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival is beginning to earn the reputation of being one of the most exciting and well executed creative music events in the world. Now in its fourth year, the festival continues to evolve and feature an impressive array of performers from all over the world. This year, the festival runs April 24-25, 2009, and fans will come from all over to hear some of the finest and most cutting edge creative music artists on the planet. The talent and caliber of this year’s performers will be spectacular. The event will also feature local visual artists, including live visual-music collaborations, visual art galleries, and experimental film.
Contact: Kris Hartung - info@krispenhartung.com - 208-724-5603

April 24, 2009
Detroit Institute of Art
Digital Buddha
http://www.dia.org/
8PM
Detroit Institute of Art
Detroit, MI
Jin Hi Kim (komungo/electric komungo) will improvise for her Digital Buddha with Gerry Hemingway
Contact: http://www.dia.org/

April 23, 2009
Interpretations presents The String Trio of New York
http://interpretations.info
8:00pm
Roulette 20 Greene Street
New York, New York, United States
I n t e r p r e t a t i o n s

the concert series featuring leading figures in contemporary music and multi-media arts celebrates its 20th Season!

*****

The String Trio of NY:

The Works of James Emery and John Lindberg



April 23, 2009 at Roulette.


This performance is a celebration of the remarkable 31 seasons that the String Trio of New York has continually worked creating unique performances and recordings for the violin-guitar-bass format.

The concert will be in two parts, one half each dedicated to the two co-founding composer/performers James Emery and John Lindberg, featuring current violinist and master improviser Rob Thomas.

The s3ny has had an illustrious string of violin contributors over the decades: Billy Bang, Charles Burnham, Diane Monroe and Regina Carter, all of whom have so graciously helped mold the ensemble into its current place in the world of creative music.

The program will serve as a retrospective of sorts, keying on important works created and performed over the breadth of the trio's long and distinguished tenure as a collective performing unit.

You can read more about S3NY here:
http://pointofdeparture.org/archives/PoD-19/PoD19FarCry.html

And listen to them here:
http://www.s3ny.org/
Thursday, April 23 at 8pm

Roulette: 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

General admission: $15 ($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)

For reservations, call 212-219-8242.

For more information on the Interpretations series, call 212-627-0990 or visit:

www.interpretations.info www.roulette.org


The String Trio of New York

Since its formation in 1977 on the Lower East Side of New York City, the String Trio of New York has been delighting, inspiring and thrilling audiences around the world with its singular acoustic improvisations and compositions for violin, guitar and bass. Initially conceived as a composer/performer’s collective, the Trio has grown in scope and now features a repertoire of over sixty stylistically diverse works made up of originals by the members, works commissioned from composers such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Helias, Bobby Previte, Marty Ehrlich, and Anthony Davis, and arrangements of classics by Ellington, Mingus, Monk, Parker, Coltrane, Powell, Shorter and others.

The Trio brings together three of the most dynamic, creative and unique individuals in jazz and contemporary music:

James Emery has performed his works in over 25 countries worldwide. His celebrated recordings have been described as "innovative and imaginative" and "utterly distinctive" by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. A Guggenheim fellow, he has been described as "one of the world's finest guitarists" by allaboutjazz.com.


John Lindberg, has toured worldwide as a leader and released twenty-five albums featuring his compositions. Downbeat Magazine recently noted "One of bassist Lindberg's most enduring distinctions is that he demonstrates how much having fun could--probably should--be central to modern jazz dynamics".

Rob Thomas is increasingly regarded as one of the most impressive jazz violinists currently working. His breadth of ideas, stunning technique and total command of the jazz vocabulary inspire all who hear him. His recent work includes projects with Andy Summers, Lee Konitz, the Jazz Passengers and the Mahavishnu Project.


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The Interpretations series, now in its twentieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick.
Contact: Gladys Serrano, 212-627-0990

March 12, 2009
Interpretations presents Thomas Buckner
http://interpretations.info
8:00pm
Roulette 20 Greene St
New York, New York, United States
I n t e r p r e t a t i o n s
the concert series featuring leading figures in contemporary music and multi-media arts celebrates its 20th Season!
*****
Thomas Buckner, in recital

March 12, 2009 at Roulette.

Baritone Thomas Bucker presents a recital of exciting new and recent works. Fred Ho’s commissioned work employs a poem written especially for the occasion by Jayne Cortez, “Every Time I Open My Mouth And Sing.” Set as a duet for baritone saxophone and baritone voice, the work explores the effects of imperialism on all facets of life. In his recent work, “Beats,” composer/percussionist Stuart Saunders Smith contrasts beat poet Jack Kerouac with proto-beat poet Walt Whitman. Recently recorded by Mr. Buckner and released on Mutable Music (#17529), “Blue” Gene Tyranny’s “Somewhere Songs” for baritone and electronics examines the deeper nature of friendship. Rounding out the program will be “T-Language,” a new work co-composed by Tom Hamilton and Thomas Buckner for electronics and voice.

Featuring: Thomas Buckner, baritone; Fred Ho, baritone saxophone; Joseph Kubera, piano; Tom Hamilton, electronics; “Blue” Gene Tyranny, electronics.

Thursday, March 12 at 8pm
Roulette: 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)
General admission: $15 ($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)
For reservations, call 212-219-8242.
For more information on the Interpretations series, call 212-627-0990 or visit:
www.interpretations.info www.roulette.org

Thomas Buckner
For over three decades Thomas Buckner championed music of the avant-garde in America and throughout the world as a performer, producer, and promoter. A former student of the legendary Metropolitan Opera baritone, Martial Singher, he was trained in the classical tradition and has continued throughout his distinguished career to broaden the scope of his vocal styles, specializing in a wide range of experimental music. Buckner has collaborated with a host of “new music” composers including Robert Ashley, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Noah Creshevsky, Annea Lockwood, Bun-Ching Lam, David Wessel, Tom Hamilton, Leroy Jenkins, Phill Niblock, Matthias Kaul and many others. He has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Edinburgh Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Biennale Festival in Venice, presenting a repertoire that includes more than 100 compositions, written for, or dedicated to him. 

Thomas Buckner has participated in over 40 recordings, including five solo albums: Full Spectrum Voice [1991], Sign of the Times [1994], Inner Journey [1998], and His Tone of Voice [2001], and Contexts [2006], which features solo improvisations as well as improvised duets including the distinguished artists Borah Bergman (piano), and David Darling (cello). This disc also includes the work Ilex by Earl Howard, who provides an electronic accompaniment in conjunction with Gustavo Aguilar (percussion), and Wu Man, (pipa). The entire discography features newly commissioned works by an impressive array of composers including Annea Lockwood, Somei Satoh, Alvin Lucier, Muhal Richard Abrams, Blue Gene Tyranny, Brian Smith, David Behrman and many others, who utilize Buckner’s wide range of musical styles. The baritone works as an energetic concert producer as well, presenting many facets of new music deserving recognition. For the past eighteen seasons, Buckner has curated the Interpretations series with the World Music Institute in New York City. He also has created the Mutable Music record label to produce new recordings and reissue some important historic recordings, previously unavailable in CD format. The impressive catalog includes recordings by Randy Weston, Roscoe Mitchell, Borah Bergman, Jerome Cooper, Earl Howard, Noah Creshevsky, and Tom Hamilton.

* * * * * * *

The Interpretations series, now in its twentieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick.
Contact: Gladys Serrano, 212-627-0990

February 28, 2009
The Dom Minasi Srting Quartet
http://www.5cc.com
8pm-10pm
68 Ave C ( corner of E 5th St
New York, New York, United States
8pm-10pm $10 Cover
The Dom Minasi String Quartet
Featuring
Dom-guitar, Jason Kao Hwang-violin, Tomas Ulrich-cello, Ken Filiano-bass
Playing original through composed music with lots of improv.

@
5C Jazz Café
68 Ave C @ East 5th St NYC
212- 254-1142
Contact: Dom Minasi cdm611@nyc.rr.com

February 17, 2009
The Dom Minasi Trio
http://www.dakarcafe.net/
8pm
25 Grand St.
Bklyn, New York, United States
Tuesday February 17th @ Le Dakar

For The First Time Together.

Dom Minasi-guitar, James Ilgenfritz-bass & Juan Pablo Carletti-drums

Le Grand Dakar
Contact: Dom Minasi
cdm611@nyc.rr.com

February 10, 2009
Creative Arts Orchestra Tour
12:30PM
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra tour performance
Contact: Ed Sarath
sarahara@umich.edu

February 09, 2009
University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra Tour
8PM
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra tour performance
Contact: Ed Sarath
sarahara@umich.edu

February 06, 2009
Big Ears Festival
http://www.bigearsfestival.com
February 6,7,8
various venues
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
BIG EARS will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee February 6-8, 2009.

The mission of Big Ears is to offer an exciting and dynamic platform of musical and
artistic discovery, presenting a variety of adventurous, exploratory
concerts and performances, installations, discussions, and interactive
experiences by artists possessed of singular and unique visions that
stand apart from the mainstream.

Confirmed artists performing over the course of the weekend are Phillip Glass,
Antony and The Johnsons Fennesz, Matmos, Michael Gira (Angels of Light/Swans), The Necks, Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street, Pauline Oliveros, Negativland, The Shaking Ray Levis and many more to be announced. The event will occur in multiple venues located within walking distance of one another throughout downtown Knoxville.

In addition there will be lectures, art installations, films and much more.

For complete schedule go to:
http://www.bigearsfestival.com
Contact: http://www.bigearsfestival.com

February 06, 2009
big Ears Festival
http://bigearsfestival
10pm
Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Tickets available NOW for the inaugural BIG EARS 2009 festival in Knoxville, Tennessee February 6-8th. The festival will offer an exciting and dynamic platform of musical and artistic discovery, presenting a variety of adventurous, exploratory concerts and performances, installations, discussions, and interactive experiences by artists possessed of singular and unique visions that stand apart from the mainstream.

Artists:
Philip Glass with Wendy Sutter
Antony and the Johnsons
Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street
The Necks
Michael Gira (of Swans, Angels of Light)
Negativland
Fennesz
Fennesz collaborating with Mark Linkous and Scott Minor (of Sparklehorse);
Matmos
Pauline Oliveros
Shaking Ray Levis
Neil Hamburger
Dan Deacon + Baltimore Round Robin
Burning Star Core (C Spencer Yeh)
San Agustin
David Daniel
Luminescent Orchestrii
Sxip Shirey
Fence Kitchen
Nicolas Collins
Larkin Grimm
Ned Rothenberg


BIG EARS WEEKEND PASSES:
Two weekend festival passes are available:
The Inner Ear Pass
A limited number of Inner Ear festival passes are available for $195. An Inner Ear festival pass entitles you to admission to ALL festival events during the Big Ears weekend. This includes first-tier reserved seats to all theater performances, including Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter, Antony and the Johnsons, Fennesz (solo), Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street, The Necks, Negativland “It’s All In Your Head,” and others.
The Outer Ear Pass
A limited number of Outer Ear festival passes will also be offered for $100. Outer Ear passes include admission to all Big Ears performances (excluding Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter, Antony and the Johnsons, and Michael Gira & Fennesz/Linkous/Minor with Larkin Grimm).

BIG EARS INDIVIDUAL TICKETS:
We are also making available a limited number of reserve seat tickets to individual shows taking place at the Bijou Theatre.

Fennesz Friday, February 6, 2009 at 8pm
The Shaking Ray Levis, Friday 6, 2009 at 10pm
Philip Glass Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 3pm
Antony & The Johnsons Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8pm
The Necks Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11pm
Negativland Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 2:30pm
Festival Finale: Michael Gira & Fennesz/Linkous/Minor and Larkin Grimm Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 7pm


All tickets are available at www.bigearsfestival.com or by calling the Tennessee Theatre box office 865 684 1200.
Contact: http://bigearsfestival.com

February 05, 2009
SOUND IN SPACE: An indiscriminate month of performances and events.
http://www.soundinspace.org
8PM
Sea and Space Explorations Gallery- 4755 York Blvd
Los Angeles 90042, California, United States
From performances of Fluxus note card pieces to a Death Metal A Cappella Battle of the Bands, Sound in Space features many local Los Angeles and international artists. See the website for details : http://www.soundinspace.org

All events are Free

Sound in Space will traverse diversity by presenting cross sections of the local sound art community. From sound installation to Fluxus note card pieces and Death Metal A Cappella to Modern day Mystics, the topography of the musical fringe is as varied as the Los Angeles community is geographically dispersed. This is a program for the community by artists in the community. Every performance is free with an aim to urge active collaboration and exchange between artists and audiences. While the sea and space are the dark unknowns, they don't have to be unknowable. Sound in Space is a vehicle with which the community is invited to navigate and explore art that has been termed "experimental" or "conceptual;" loose terms that create a barrier rather than extend a hand. The Sea and Space Explorations Gallery hosts performances and installations every weekend (Thursday through Sunday) during the month of February.

ARTISTS AND PARTICIPANTS:
Danielle Adair, Susan Allen, Nicole Antebi, Katie Bachler, Cooper Baker, Lara Bank, bavab bavab, Curtis Berak, Eric Boyd, Jen Boyd, Clay Chaplin, Michael Deragon, Aaron Drake, DRAM!, Homesick Elephant, Thadeus Frazier-Reed, Vinny Golia, God Awful Group, Arthur Jarvinen, Lewis Keller, Bunnies and Kitties, Ulrich Krieger, Kadet Kuhne, Emily Lacey, Candace Lin, Ed Loftus, Marshweed, MISSINCINATTI, Jewl Mosteller, Madam Pamita, The Pink Canoes, Howie Pyro, Adam Overton, Rizorkestra, Sara Roberts, Juliana Snapper, Johanthan Snipes, Jim Skuldt, Cassia Streb, Bruce Teter, tik///tik, Keith Walsh, Jeff Weber, John Wiese

CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF ALL HAPPENINGS:

Installations
- Installations in the main gallery throughout the month (Artists TBA).

ShedInSpace (nightly with events)
- Commitment through confinement returns with shedstallations.

Thursday, 2/5/09 at 8PM - Just Another Crystalline Ring
- Harvesting the ice caps of Mars may become a reality, so in the meantime let's enjoy the H2O on this planet while it lasts. Works written for or by our most precious and finite resource, water. Performances and works by Clay Chaplin, Aaron Drake, Allan Kaprow, Alvin Lucier and others.

Friday, 2/6/09 at 8PM - Metal Mouth
- An a cappella battle of the bands for Death, Black, Thrash, Doom, Drone, Gothic, Industrial, Speed and even Christian Metal singers.
Metal singers battle it out in an amplified, unaccompanied, five minute freak out session. Howie Pyro (Danzig and D Generation), Susan Allen (harpist and theorist) and Ulrich Krieger (free improv and harsh noise saxophonist) will sit in as 'judges' while singers blow your brains out of your ears.

Saturday, 2/7/09 at 8PM - VolkedFolk
- A night of contemporary FOLK music
We bring it back down to earth for a night of contemporary folk music - with free PIE. Performances by Homesick Elephant, Emily Lacey, Marshweed and MISSINCINATTI.

Thursday, 2/12/09 at 8PM - Card Flux Me Again
- Goodbye Brecht - thanks for your notes.
Sara Roberts gives a little background and leads a workshop in Fluxus note card pieces.

Friday, 2/13/09 at 8PM - Heavenly Hex
- A MISTical magical show show and tour of the deep regions of your twilight zone.
Get your stars read or partake in a group hypnosis and if you still have questions, ask the digital Ouija. On this Friday the 13th, the heavenly hex will be lifted, the secrets of the universe will be unlocked and the riddles of existence will be answered.

Saturday, 2/14/09 at 8PM - NUDEish NIGHT
- Love knows no bounds, even those of our gravitational pull.
Its Valentine's Day and what better way to spend it than by dedicating a love song to your love on the SoundInSpace radio station, or by sitting in the SIS hot tub for a live serenade or by just taking 10 minutes with a complete stranger's heavenly body in the evening's Spin the Bottle shedstallation.

Thursday, 2/19/09 at 8PM - Skronk
- Our brains get blown out of our ears now twice in one month!
A night of noise with performances by John Wiese (Bastard Noise), Jonathan Snipes (Captain Ahab), tik///tik and bavab bavab.

Friday, 2/20/09 at 8PM - OMB like OMG!
- Mavericks of the singularity.
A One Man Band is one person playing multiple instruments simultaneosly - like the BORG only not as scary. You'll def want 2TYGFL.

Saturday, 2/21/09 at 8PM - Art in Space
- The last frontier's man has returned!
Works by composer Arthur Jarvinen include selections from his Physical Poetry pieces (abstract theatrical vignettes).

Thursday, 2/26/09 at 8PM - Pipes and Bladders
- Put this in your pipe and squeeze it.
A night dedicated to the bag pipes and the sounds it can make. A Lecture and performance by Professor Bruce Teter (UCLA), plus performances by Eric Boyd, Mark Trayle and others.

Friday, 2/27/09 at 8PM - Ulrich Krieger
- This interstellar warrior rips holes in the space-time continuum.
For a second time, Sound in Space hosts a performance by free jazz and noise saxophonist Ulrich Krieger.

Saturday, 2/28/09 at 8PM - Satellite City Sleepover
- Aliens have nothing on this abduction.
Performances and installations from our friends of the north. Works by Kadet Kuhne, the Pink Canoes, Dave Holden and others.
Contact: aaron@aarondrake.org

January 30, 2009
Phil Fried Man and Machine
http://roulette.org
8:30
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
NY, New York, United States


Phil Fried

Fri Jan 30 - 8:30 PM

performer: Phil Fried,

Phil Fried: Man and Machine, Solo Bass with real time analog electronics.

An evening of experimental music and free jazz with Philip Fried, a composer and experimental improviser on the string bass who combines free jazz, serial music, atonal music, and electronics with an elegant lyricism.

Sequenza21 has described Phil's solo work as "entrancing."
Contact: Roulette

January 28, 2009
Phil Fried Man and Machine
http://web.mac.com/msgouros/Site/Phil_Fried_%26_Li
8 PM
Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St.
NY, New York, United States
Phil Fried: Man and Machine, Solo Bass with real time analog electronics.

Sequenza21 has described Phil's solo work as "entrancing."

Phil Fried, Minnesota composer/performer and 2008-09 McKnight Artist Fellow, was part of the exciting free jazz scene in the 1970's as a founding member of the New York City Artists Collective at 501 Canal Street. After a hiatus to study performance and composition he returned to composer/performing.
Contact: Phil Fried

January 24, 2009
Dom Minasi String Quartet
www.5ccc.com
8pm-10pm
68 Ave C
New York, New York, United States
Dom Minasi-guitar, Jason Kao Hwang-violin
Tomas Ulrich-cello and Ken Filiano-bass
Contact: 212-254-1142

January 21, 2009
January 21 and 22 - L'improvisation, ordres & désordres: faits d'art et faits de société / Improvisation, orderly & disorderly
www.univ-paris-diderot.fr
9.30 AM to 6 PM
Université Paris 7, Grands Moulins, salle Pierre A
Paris, France
First colloquium ever of its kind in Paris, it will mostly ask the question whether the art of the improvisers can serve as a model, even contradictory, to communities (admitted or unavowable, forthcoming or imaginary communities). Between aesthetics and social science, this definitely undisciplined seminar will gather anthropologists and musicians, philosophers and poeticians. The art of improvising, being within a New Orleans brass band, an Afro-futuristic arkestra, an inter-contemporary ensemble, dealing with lyrics or town planning, being with microscopes and telescopes or computers and turntables, this art offers ways and ways to reunite the materials gathered by our memory and imagination and give them a personal and relational use value. We are just beginning now to grasp improvisation as a fundamentally social experience, a part of the social body in all its developments and transformations. That’s why musicians of the jazz scope and its surroundings can be considered as « firsthand informants » of the ways we can recreate a living together. www.sonsdhiver.org / www.univ-paris-diderot.fr / http://www.improvcommunity.ca
Contact: Alexandre Pierrepont (belenosc@wanadoo.fr), Yannick Séité (yannick.seite@univ-paris-diderot.fr) or Fabien Barontini (barontini.fabien@wanadoo.fr)

December 20, 2008
The 5C Jazz Cafe
http://www.5cc.com
8pm-10pm
68 Ave C
NYC, New York, United States
The Dom Minasi String Quartet
Featuring
Dom Minasi-guitar, Jason Kao Hwang-violin, Tomas Ulrich-cello
Ken Filiano-bass
@
$10 cover
http://www.domminasi.com





Contact: Dom Minasi cdm611@nyc.rr.com

December 11, 2008
Interpretations presents Thurman Barker's Strike Force + Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions
http://interpretations.info
8:00pm
Roulette. 20 Greene St
New York, New York, United States
I n t e r p r e t a t i o n s

the concert series featuring leading figures in contemporary music and multi-media arts celebrates its 20th Season!

*****

Thurman Barker + Strike Force



Douglas R. Ewart + Inventions

December 11, 2008 at Roulette.


Celebrating his 60th birthday, Thurman Barker brings his mighty percussion quintet Strike Force to town. Employing multiple mallet instruments, tympani, congas, drum set, and yet other percussion, Strike Force creates a fresh combination of notated and improvised music. "This group allows me an opportunity to compose in a style that comes natural for me. A style where Rhythm and texture is the focus. Writing for skins, metal and wood, provide a wide range to work with. Also, working with exceptional Percussionists, each bringing their own unique skills and style is a challenge and fun for me."

Strike Force: Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Eli Fountaine, marimba; Wilson Moorman, xylophone and tympani; Ray Mantilla, conga drums and percussion; Thurman Barker, drums

You can listen to Strike Force here:
http://www.upteeproductions.com/listen.html
http://www.myspace.com/thurmanbarker
Douglas Ewart’s ensemble Inventions reinvents itself for “Reflection of Haiti and Memories of Lester Bowie,” a set of new works celebrating Ewart’s recent ‘wonderful and challenging’ trip to Haiti and his friendship both musical and personal for the late AACM trumpeter Lester Bowie. “One of the sounds that I am particularly fond of, is the rattling sound that the player’s saliva creates, it is alive in every sense!”

Inventions: Reggie Nicholson, marimba/drums; Henry Grimes, bass/violin; Adegoke Steven Colson, piano; Craig Harris, trombone/didjeridu/percussion; Douglas R. Ewart, reeds/didjeridu/percussion; plus a special guest!

You can listen to Inventions here:
http://aacmchicago.org/douglas-ewart-and-inventions-7
http://www.myspace.com/bambooewart
Thursday, December 11 at 8pm

Roulette: 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

General admission: $15 ($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)

For reservations, call 212-219-8242.

For more information on the Interpretations series, call 212-627-0990 or visit:

www.interpretations.info www.roulette.org


Thurman Barker

Thurman Barker began his professional career at the young age of 16 playing for blues singer Mighty Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music his reputation as a drummer grew quickly. He has played backup for Billy Eckstein, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago for 10 years where he played for national touring companies in Hair, The Wiz, The Me Nobody Knows, Promises, Promises, 1776, Bubblin Brown Sugar, Raisin in the Sun, Grease, One Mo' Time, and Aint Misbehavin. Mr. Barker is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), an organization with which he continues his association to this day. He has performed and is known worldwide. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Meyers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill. He has produced four recordings under his own record label, Uptee Productions with a fifth currently under production to be released fall of '08. In 1994, his work "Dialogue," commissioned by the Mutable Music, was premiered at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. He has since completed a second commission by the Mutable Music as well as two commissions by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra in Sullivan County, New York. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra premiered a chamber piece of his entitled "Expansions" in May of '99. In the fall of '99 Thurman Barker was given the honor of being a lecturer at Smolny University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has taught and developed the jazz program at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York since 1993 and is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies there.


Douglas R. Ewart

Perhaps best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, Douglas R. Ewart is also an educator, lecturer, arts organization consultant and all around visionary. In projects done in diverse media throughout an award-winning and widely-acclaimed 30-year career, Mr. Ewart has woven his remarkably broad gifts into a single sensibility that encourages and celebrates — as an antidote to the divisions and compartmentalization afflicting modern life — the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1946, Douglas R. Ewart immigrated to Chicago, Illinois in the United States in 1963. His travels throughout the world and interactions with diverse people since then has, again and again confirmed his view that the world is an interdependent entity. His determination to spread his perspective is part of the inspiration behind his often multi-disciplinary works and their encouragement of artist-audience interactions. It is also the basis of the teaching philosophy with which he guides his classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has taught since 1990, and the basis of the perspective he has brought to his service on advisory boards for institutions such as The National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, Arts Midwest, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). His administrative, teaching and other duties have not prevented Ewart from maintaining two musical ensembles, the Nyahbingi Drum Choir and the Clarinet Choir. Nor has it prevented him from releasing some of the resulting music on his own record label, Aarawak Records (founded in 1983), which has released his Red Hills and Bamboo Forest.

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The Interpretations series, now in its twentieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick.
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