Positive Catastrophe Trio At Barbès Tonight

December 21, 2009

A scaled down and more mobile trio version of the 10-piece avant-salsa ensemble Positive Catastrophe will perform the early set tonight at Barbès in Brooklyn.

This new incarnation features Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Reut Regev (trombone) and Abraham Gomez-Delgado (Hybrid Guitar percussion set).

Check out this video of co-leaders Bynum and Gomez-Delgado performing music from the band’s debut Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records) in the Time Out New York offices this past May.


Mary Halvorson In December

November 30, 2009

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson‘s busy December begins tomorrow night with an early gig with Curtis Hasselbring’s Decoupage and a late gig with Ches Smith & These Arches.

The next two weeks will feature two dates and a recording session with her new quintet and a European tour with her acclaimed trio.

Mary Halvorson Trio
12/07 :: Cafe Wilhelmina (Eindhoven, NL)
12/08 :: Stadtgarden (Cologne, Germany)
12/09 :: Schl8hof (Wels, Austria)
12/11 :: Jazz Dock (Prague, Czech Republic)
12/12 :: Venue TBA (Ueberlingen, Germany)
12/14 :: Vortex (London, UK)
12/16 :: Rote Fabrik (Zurich, Switzerland)

Mary Halvorson Quintet
12/02 :: Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)
12/04 :: Firehouse 12 (New Haven, CT)

Curtis Hasselbring’s Decoupage
12/01 :: The Stone (New York, NY)

Ches Smith & These Arches
12/01 :: Korzo (Brooklyn, NY)


Mary Halvorson Quintet In Philly Tonight

September 11, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Tonight, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson and her newest group, the Mary Halvorson Quintet, will open Ars Nova Workshop‘s 10th anniversary season with a performance at the International House in Philadelphia.

The line-up for this concert will feature Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).

This will be one of only three performances this fall, with varying personnel due to scheduling conflicts, before the group goes into the studio to record the follow-up to Ms. Halvorson’s widely acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records).

She will also be performing this month with Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster on September 17th and 18th at The Kitchen in New York and with Ches Smith and These Arches on September 23rd at Barbès in Brooklyn.


Harris Eisenstadt In August

August 7, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

August may be the cruelest month, and often a little quieter than normal as people gear up for the flood of new fall releases and tours, but it does provide you with three chances to catch Harris Eisenstadt in New York behind the drum kit with some noteworthy ensembles.

He’ll fill-in for Andrew Drury in Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, be part of the second performance of Jessica Pavone‘s new quartet at Barbès and reconvene with an improvising quartet led by James Ilgenfritz at Le Grand Dakar.

Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
Sunday, August 9th @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park (New York, NY)

Jessica Pavone  Presents Wordless Songs Inspired by Life’s Cast of Characters
Wednesday, August 12th @ Barbès (Brooklyn, NY)

Dave Ballou/Ben Gerstein/James Ilgenfritz/Harris Eisenstadt
Tuesday, August 18th @ Le Grand Dakar (Brooklyn, NY)

Please stay tuned for more news about Eisenstadt’s upcoming release, Canada Day (Clean Feed), including fall tour dates!


Reminder: Wildlife CD Release Party Tonight At Barbes

July 17, 2009


The collective trio of bassist Joe Morris, saxophonist Petr Cancura and drummer Luther Gray will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut, Wildlife (AUM Fidelity), at Barbès tonight at 8:00 p.m.

The group will also perform at The Local 269 in Manhattan on Monday, August 10th.

Please see our street date post from earlier this week for samples of the positive reviews received by this trio so far.


Morris/Cancura/Gray’s Wildlife Released Today On AUM Fidelity

July 14, 2009

Today is the official street date for Wildlife (AUM056), the debut of the new collective ensemble of the same name featuring Joe Morris, Petr Cancura and Luther Gray.

It is also Morris’ first release as a leader/co-leader for the label since his 2001 solo guitar recording, Singularity (AUM018), and the second of the three 2009 releases on the label to feature him in a prominent role. The others are David S. Ware’s Shakti (AUM052) and the Joe Morris Quartet’s Today on Earth (AUM058), coming in October.

The band will celebrate its release this Friday night at Barbès in Brooklyn and at The Local 269 in Manhattan on Monday, August 10th.

Here’s a sample of this record’s enthusiastic reception thus far:

“This album is a masterful showcase for three brilliant musicians.”
Phil Freeman, AllMusic.com

“The album’s four long tracks were spontaneously conceived and Mr. Morris steers the action with bullish clarity, whether he’s plucking tangled clusters or walking four beats to the bar. His rapport with Mr. Gray, a regular colleague, runs impressively deep. More surprising is his bond with Mr. Cancura, a relative newcomer (to me, at least) whose robust exertions on alto and tenor access free-jazz legacies from both sides of the Atlantic.”
Nate Chinen, New York Times

“…a thoroughly assured outing. Certainly no one takes the back seat, but Cancura’s engagement with various post-bop options is undoubtedly the heart of this group’s vitality. It’s his robust sound and its dynamic presence that galvanises Gray and Morris, who are clearly loving it.”
Julian Cowley, The Wire

“This music is collectively improvised, the result of a spontaneous process made with a deep awareness of decades of free jazz practice…the players are free to be themselves, to draw at will from a continuum of ideas about how to interact, and to perhaps show a side that they don’t elsewhere.”
Bill Meyer, Dusted

“The trio’s congenial interplay is superlative, whether careening through the quicksilver changes of ‘Nettle’ or extrapolating the somber motifs of ‘Crow.’ A compelling document of the saxophone trio tradition as a democratic exchange of ideas, Wildlife presents three masterful improvisers at the top of their game.”
Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com


Harris Eisenstadt In July

July 3, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt is still basking in the glow of his new role as father to young Owen Eric, born a few weeks ago, but he’s not off the musical market completely.

He has three gigs in New York this month, including the patriotic debut of his new trio with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and cellist Chris Hoffman, a sideman date with guitarist Sean Moran‘s Small Elephant and the return of his own nonet, Woodblock Prints.

Saturday, July 4th at 10:00 p.m.
The Harris Eisenstadt Trio
Cornelia Street Cafe

Sunday, July 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Sean Moran’s Small Elephant
Barbès

Friday, July 31st at 10:00 p.m.
Kaoru Watanabe’s NakaNaka series presents:
Harris Eisenstadt’s Woodblock Prints
Drom

Stay tuned for our announcement (next week) about Harris’ forthcoming record, Canada Day, on Clean Feed!