Mary Halvorson + Jessica Pavone’s European Tour Begins Sunday

October 23, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone will kick-off their latest European tour on Sunday, October 25th in Brussels, Belgium.

The duo will perform seven dates in Belgium and Italy, with Ms. Halvorson taking a quick break on the 30th to perform with the Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio in Frankfurt, Germany.

Here’s the itinerary:

10/25 :: Studio Odeon (Brussels, Belgium)
10/26 :: Cladestino (Faenza, Italy)
10/27 :: Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy)
10/29 :: Voruuit (Gent, Belgium)
10/31 :: Botticino Jazz Festival (Botticino, Italy)*
11/01 :: PiM Spazio Scenico (Milan, Italy)
11/02 :: Museo (Catanzaro, Italy)

*with special guest Taylor Ho Bynum


The Fonda/Stevens Group’s European Tour Begins Today

October 15, 2009
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Starting tonight, The Fonda/Stevens Group will celebrate its latest release, Memphis (Playscape Recordings), with a European tour spanning two weeks and eight countries.

Details can be found here.

Co-led by bassist/composer Joe Fonda and pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens, who are also celebrating 25 years as collaborators in 2009, The Fonda/Stevens Group features trumpeter Herb Robertson and drummer Harvey Sorgen.


Free Jazz: Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day (Clean Feed)

October 12, 2009


This past Saturday on his influential blog, Free Jazz, Stef Gijssels weighed in on drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt‘s new release, Canada Day (Clean Feed).

“I’m sure that many mainstream lovers will also enjoy this one,” he writes, “yet the album has at the same time a kind of unpredictability, a freshness of approach together with an enveloping warmth that is quite unusual. And that sensitivity is to be found in the compositions, the playing and in the interaction. With this band Eisenstadt not only brings a synthesis of many jazz subgenres (from the cool vibe sounds of the sixties to the kind of more modern Dave Douglas approach), but he brings it a step further, showing how modern music can be at the same time clever, rich in texture and emotionally intense.”