Positive Catastrophe At New Languages Festival Tonight

September 25, 2009
Photo by Heather Conley

Photo by Heather Conley

Positive Catastrophe will perform tonight at the ongoing New Languages Festival at McCarren Hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The brainchild of cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum and multi-instrumentalist/composer Abraham Gomez-Delgado, this self-described trans-idiomatic little big band connects the musical dots between intergalactic jazz legend Sun Ra and iconic Latin Jazz innovator Eddie Palmieri.

The group, which will be performing music from its acclaimed debut release, Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records), also features Mark Taylor (French horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Matt Bauder (tenor and baritone sax), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Alvaro Benavides (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).


AMG Review: Harris Eisenstadt’s Guewel

May 8, 2009

Michael G. Nastos’ review of drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt‘s most recent recording, Guewel (Clean Feed Records), is now posted at AllMusic.com.

“Eisenstadt’s vision for this music, the arrangements he has certainly painstaking produced, and how this incredible band executes them to the max, results in some fabulous, truly original music that deserves many repeat listenings,” writes Nastos. 

“Guewel (the Wolof term for griot story tellers or hereditary musicians) is an essential modern recording that deserves all the accolades one can bestow, and is highly recommended to all progressive jazz and world music listeners without reservation.”


Reminder: Positive Catastrophe At Jazz Gallery This Weekend

May 7, 2009
Photo by Heather Conley

Photo by Heather Conley

On Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th, Positive Catastrophe will celebrate the release of its debut recording, Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records), with a two-night stand at New York’s Jazz Gallery.  

The brainchild of cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum and multi-instrumentalist/composer Abraham Gomez-Delgado, this self-described trans-idiomatic little big band connects the musical dots between intergalactic jazz legend Sun Ra and iconic Latin Jazz innovator Eddie Palmieri

Founded in 2007, the group brings together some of most adventurous jazz and salsa musicians in New York.  These performances will feature Jen Shyu (voice and erhu), Mark Taylor (French horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Michaël Attias (baritone sax), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Alvaro Benavides (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). 

Time Out New York explains, “Positive Catastrophe pools the resources of two outstanding bandleaders: the ever-searching avant-jazz cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, and Abraham Gomez-Delgado, head of the eclectic alterna-Latino outfit Zemog El Gallo Bueno…full of swagger and groove, it combines Mingus-esque polyphonic momentum with vibrantly off-kilter world-funk.”


Reminder: Michaël Attias Quintet At Firehouse 12 This Friday

April 30, 2009
Photo by Richard Gartrell

Photo by Richard Gartrell

On Friday, May 1st, New York-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias will make his Firehouse 12 debut as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series

Fresh off a two-week stint performing his original live electronic score for the Yale Repertory Theater’s production of Dostoevsky’s “Notes From The Underground” in late March and early April, Attias will return to New Haven with his new quintet. 

The group expands his longtime trio, Renku, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, to include French horn player Mark Taylor and pianist Jacob Sacks.


Firehouse 12 To Present The Michaël Attias Quintet May 1st

April 1, 2009
Photo by Richard Gartrell

Photo by Richard Gartrell

On Friday, May 1st, New York-based saxophonist/composer Michaël Attias will make his Firehouse 12 debut as part of the venue’s ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series.  Fresh off a two-week stint performing his original live electronic score for the Yale Repertory Theater’s production of Dostoevsky’s “Notes From The Underground” in late March and early April, Attias will return to New Haven with his new quintet.  The group expands his longtime trio, Renku, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, to include French horn player Mark Taylor and pianist Jacob Sacks.

Critics have called Attias “a significant new voice on the alto saxophone” (Michael McCaw, AllAboutJazz.com) and “an emphatically cosmopolitan saxophonist and composer” (Nate Chinen, New York Times).  The All Music Guide‘s Scott Yanow adds, “His playing is both lyrical and explorative.  While technically avant-garde, Attias does not neglect melodic development, close interplay with his sidemen, and swinging in his own fashion.  His originals contain their share of variety, particularly in setting moods, and his playing clearly inspires that of bassist John Hébert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi, and vice versa.”

An Israeli-born son of Moroccan parents who was raised in Paris and the American Midwest, Attias has built a career as diverse as his background.  Based in New York since 1994, he has led a variety of his own groups, worked as a sideman in many others and composed scores for theater, dance and silent film.  A former student of jazz legends Lee Konitz and Anthony Braxton, he is currently a member of such diverse ensembles as Amanda Monaco’s Deathblow, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, The Pavones and Positive Catastrophe, and he will appear on Hébert’s June release, Byzantine Monkey, on Firehouse 12 Records.  The Michaël Attias Quintet’s debut recording, Twines of Colesion, will be released later this year on Clean Feed Records.

2009 Spring Jazz Series schedule:

03/20: Julian Lage Group
03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet
04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey
04/10: George Colligan Trio
04/17: Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic Resonance
04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet
05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet
05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits
05/15: James Carney Group
05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3
05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe
06/05: Carl Maguire’s Floriculture
06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

Tickets and more information available at:
http://firehouse12.com/performance_space_calendar.asp


Harris Eisenstadt’s Residency At Ibeam Concludes This Saturday

March 27, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt’s March residency at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio concludes this Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 p.m.

This is the fourth in a series of Saturday night concerts by his new nonet, Woodblock Prints.

The line-up will feature:

Mike McGinnis, clarinet
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Mark Taylor, French horn
Brian Drye, trombone
Jay Rozen, tuba
Jonathan Goldberger, electric guitar
Stuart Popejoy, acoustic bass guitar
Harris Eisenstadt, drums


Reminder: Harris Eisenstadt’s Residency At Ibeam Continues March 21st

March 19, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt‘s March residency at Brooklyn’s Ibeam Music Studio continues this Saturday, March 21st at 9:00 p.m.

This is the third in a series of four Saturday night concerts by his new nonet, Woodblock Prints.

The line-up for this week’s show is:

Mike McGinnis, clarinet
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
Mark Taylor, French horn
Brian Drye, trombone
Jay Rozen, tuba
Jonathan Goldberger, electric guitar
Garth Stevenson, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums