Mary Halvorson In November

November 13, 2009

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Fresh off a successful European duo tour with Jessica Pavone that ended earlier in the month, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is only playing a few gigs in November with Crackleknob, Ellery Eskelin and Lisa Mezzacappa.

Next month things heat up again when she will play two gigs with her quintet, record the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), and head back to Europe for a week-long tour with her longstanding trio featuring John Hébert and Ches Smith.

Crackleknob
11/15 :: Douglass Street Music Collective (Brooklyn, NY)

Ellery Eskelin
11/21 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)

Lisa Mezzacappa
11/22 :: Zebulon (Brooklyn, NY)

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Harris Eisenstadt At Clean Feed Fest IV Tonight

September 16, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

The official street date for Harris Eisenstadt‘s latest release, Canada Day (Clean Feed), is still a few weeks away, but listeners can get a live preview tonight at Clean Feed Fest IV at New York’s Cornelia Connelly Center.

Eisenstadt will be performing with his primary working group, also called Canada Day, featuring Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ellery Eskelin (sitting in for Matt Bauder on tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Eivind Opsvik (bass).

“The cohesion of the ensemble, glued by the steady, steaming, streaming rhythms of Eisenstadt, keeps the listener focused and compelled to hear more,” writes AllMusic.com’s Michael G. Nastos. “This is a strong candidate for Top Ten status in the category of best jazz CDs of 2009.”

The group will hit the road in support of their new record, which comes out October 6th, in late October, stopping in Buffalo, NYC, Rochester and Toronto.

In the meantime, you can catch Eisenstadt in duos with Aaron Siegel (September 22nd at Death By Audio) and Sara Schoenbeck (September 26th at Vox Pop).


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!


Harris Eisenstadt Performances In June

June 11, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt is laying a bit low this month waiting for his first child to be born, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few gigs worth mentioning around New York, including a performance with Jessica Pavone‘s new name-challenged quartet and duets with Brahim Fribgane (in Howard Mandel’s ethnomusicology class at NYU) and Ellery Eskelin (as part of Jeremiah Cymerman’s Telluric Currents series).

Band Without a Name is the Name for Now
06/13: Jessica Pavone Presents @ Ibeam (Brooklyn, NY) 

Harris Eisenstadt/Brahim Fribgane Duo
06/15: New York University (New York, NY)

Harris Eisenstadt/Ellery Eskelin Duo
06/19: Telluric Currents Series @ Ibeam (Brooklyn, NY)