James Falzone’s KLANG At The Hideout Tomorrow Night

September 22, 2009

On Wednesday, September 23rd, clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s three year-old working quartet KLANG will celebrate the release of its debut studio recording, Tea Music (Allos Documents), with a hometown performance at The Hideout in Chicago.

The band, which delivered a “particularly moving” (Aaron Cohen, DownBeat.com) tribute to Benny Goodman at the Chicago Jazz Festival earlier this month, features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.

Together they pick up the Swing Era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring a collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre’s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” writes AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

Critics have also called Tea Music “thoughtful and stylish music” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times) and “possibly the best jazz CD I’ve heard this year” (François Couture, Monsieur Delire), noting the “bold playing, smart compositions and empathetic group interactions” (Glen Hall, Exclaim.ca).

Dusted‘s Marc Medwin adds, “The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

Learn more at http://allosmusica.org


KLANG: The Chicago Jazz Festival Preview

September 4, 2009
Photo by David Sampson

Photo by David Sampson

Clarinetist/composer James Falzone’s quartet KLANG, along with special guest guitarist Dave Miller, will help commemorate the Benny Goodman Centennial at the 31st annual Chicago Jazz Festival on Sunday afternoon.

This customized five-piece edition of the group, dubbed KLANG: The Goodman Project, was created in response to an invitation from the festival and has performed at festival preview concerts around the city this past week.

Falzone was also interviewed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s JazzGram and the band is featured on this morning’s episode of Chicago Public Radio’s Eight Forty-Eight. You can also hear a track from the band’s brand new CD, Tea Music (Allos Documents), in the latest “Post No Bills” podcast from the Chicago Reader‘s Peter Margasak.

Following Sunday’s performance, the group will get back to business promoting its new record (check out the early reviews here) with its original lineup featuring vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.

That includes preparations for the official CD release concert at The Hideout on September 23rd, and a week-long Midwest tour culminating in a hometown performance at The Hungry Brain on November 22nd. Check out the complete itinerary here.


NY Times: KLANG’s Tea Music

August 30, 2009

The Chicago-based quartet KLANG, led by clarinetist/composer James Falzone, continues to collect accolades for its studio debut, Tea Music (Allos Documents), released earlier this week.

In today’s New York Times, Ben Ratliff writes, “the band plays music that’s controlled on the surface and wriggling inside: tight, cruising arrangements of thoughtful and stylish music, with vibraphone shimmers and Mr. Falzone’s handsome tone over bass and drums that rumble freely, without fixed rhythm, but that never make a big deal out of it. (Once in a while, in an allotted area, Mr. Falzone really stretches out, playing hard, gestural solos, getting almost wild in small spaces.)”

He adds, “The band is having everything at once, of course: structure and freedom, tunes and the open imagination.”

KLANG, which also features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, will perform in Chicago tonight at The Hungry Brain and tomorrow night at Skylark as a preview of its upcoming concert commemorating the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th.

The official release concert for Tea Music will happen at The Hideout on September 23rd, followed by a week-long tour of the Midwest in November.


KLANG’s Tea Music Released Today

August 25, 2009

Today is the official street date for Tea Music (Allos Documents), the debut studio recording from the Chicago-based quartet, KLANG.

“While it has some of the hip lightness associated with many genre-busting acts hailing from that city,” writes Dusted‘s Marc Medwin, “coolness of approach is tempered by deep compositional concerns. The musicianship itself is first-rate, the group able to stop on a dime throughout. The players’ performances blend to give the band a unique voice, one rooted in swing and cool but cognizant of all events transpiring since.”

The three year-old group, featuring clarinetist James Falzone, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, picks up the swing era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring its collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre‘s early small groups of the mid-1950’s.

“The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise,” declares AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto. “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; Falzone’s orderly clarinet and Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

KLANG has a busy fall schedule of performances in Chicago and beyond.

Before officially celebrating its new record at The Hideout on September 23rd, the group will help celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th, as well as at preview events around the city in late August.

In November, the band will embark on a Midwest tour culminating in a hometown performance at The Hungry Brain on November 22nd.

Check out the band’s complete itinerary here.


AAJ: KLANG’s Tea Music

August 11, 2009

Tea Music
In his new review of KLANG‘s forthcoming studio debut, Tea Music (Allos Documents), AllAboutJazz.com’s Mark Corroto writes, “The music, written by different players, is sly and smart, centered on composition and cleverly precise.”

He continues, “Their collective approach to improvisation is passionate and sharp; [James] Falzone’s orderly clarinet and [Jason] Adasiewicz’s crisp vibraphone travel to another plane. It’s an extraordinary recording from an outstanding quartet.”

A mainstay of Chicago’s creative music scene since 2006, KLANG also features bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy. The group will celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the invitation of the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th and mark the release of Tea Music at The Hideout on September 23rd before embarking on its first tour in November.


AAJ-NY: KLANG’s Tea Music

August 5, 2009

Kurt Gottschalk reviews Tea Music (Allos Documents), the forthcoming debut release from clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s quartet KLANG, in the August issue of AllAboutJazz-New York.

The group features vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.

The conceptual framing here is the love for a cup of tea (several of the
compositions also carry titular references) and the music is appropriately cerebral yet relaxing..the quartet…works exceedingly well together as a group. With 12 tracks and three of the four members contributing compositions, they maintain a nicely coherent feel throughout.

“The conceptual framing here is the love for a cup of tea,” he writes, “and the music is appropriately cerebral yet relaxing…the quartet…works exceedingly well together as a group. With 12 tracks and three of the four members contributing compositions, they maintain a nicely coherent feel throughout.”

Earlier in this same issue, David R. Adler chose the disc, which officially hits the streets on August 25th, as one of his six recommended new releases of the month.

A mainstay at various festivals, concert series and venues around Chicago since 2006, KLANG will celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the invitation of the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th, mark the release of Tea Music at The Hideout on September 23rd and then embark on its first tour in mid-November.


Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone Tour America

July 24, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone‘s latest American tour starts this weekend.

The duo is back on the road supporting its third and latest release, Thin Air (Thirsty Ear), which AllAboutJazz.com’s Farrell Lowe calls “an eminent document by two powerful new voices of the 21st century.”

Here’s the latest itinerary:

Saturday, July 25th: The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)
Monday, July 27th: Morris Book Shop (Lexington, KY)
Tuesday, July 28th: Mt. Comfort (Indianapolis, IN)
Wednesday, July 29th: The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Thursday, July 30th: Le Petit Zinc (Detroit, MI)
Friday, July 31st: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)
Saturday, August 1st: Metropolis Underground (Syracuse, NY)


Mary Halvorson In July

July 6, 2009
Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has a busy month of gigs planned for July, including a performance with Myra Melford’s Happy Whistlings at The Stone on July 7th before heading off to Europe with Anthony Braxton’s Diamond Curtain Wall Trio for dates at the Pomigliano Jazz Festival on July 11th and the North Sea Jazz Festival on July 12th.

She’ll then remain in Europe for two dates with her trio at Norway’s Molde Jazz Festival on July 14th and Amsterdam’s Bimhuis on July 17th.

Aside from one other sidewoman date with Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up at Barbés on July 22nd, the rest of the month will be taken up by Mary Halvorson/Jessica Pavone Duo tour dates in support of their latest release, Thin Air (Thirsty Ear).

Mary Halvorson Trio
Tuesday, July 14th @ Molde Jazz Festival (Molde, Norway)
Friday, July 17th @ Bimhuis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Tuesday, July 21st @ Bowery Poetry Club (New York, NY)
Saturday, July 25th @ The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)
Monday, July 27th @ Morris Book Shop (Lexington, KY)
Tuesday, July 28th @ TBA (Mt. Comfort, IN)
Wednesday, July 29th @ The Hideout (Chicago, IL)
Thursday, July 30th @ TBA (Detroit, MI)
Friday, July 31st @ TBA (Buffalo, NY)
Saturday, August 1st @ Metropolis Underground (Syracuse, NY)

Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio
Saturday, July 11th @ Pomigliano Jazz Festival (Napoli, Italy)
Sunday, July 12th @ North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Myra Melford’s Happy Whistlings
Tuesday, July 7th @ The Stone (New York, NY)

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up
Wednesday, July 22nd @ Barbes (Brooklyn, NY)


KLANG’s Debut CD, Tea Music, Coming August 25th

May 27, 2009

Tea Music

Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone is proud to announce the August 25th release of Tea Music (Allos Documents 003), the debut studio recording of his three year-old working quartet, KLANG, featuring vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy.  All four members compose for the group, which picks up the swing era thread of pairing clarinet and vibes, while also exploring its collective interest in the innovative sounds of Jimmy Giuffre‘s early small groups of the mid-1950’s. 

Tea Music takes its name from Falzone’s penchant for drinking tea while composing and is the first opportunity for the rest of the world to hear one of Chicago’s most respected local groups on the rise.  A mainstay at various festivals, concert series and venues around the city since January 2006, the group will celebrate the Benny Goodman centennial at the invitation of the Chicago Jazz Festival on September 6th, mark the release of its debut at The Hideout on September 23rd and then embark on its first tour in mid-November.

“Klang is the German word for sound or sonority,” Falzone explains, “and I often think of the sound of something, whether that be a group, a composition or a musician, before anything else.  The mixing of vibes and clarinet is a sound explored famously by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton in the pre-bop era, and then taken up again by Eric Dolphy and Bobby Hutcherson.  There is something in the acoustic make-up of the two instruments that allows them to blend well.”

“As for the Giuffre connection,” he adds, “I’ve always been taken with his early groups, before the trios with Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer, and well before the trios with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, though I love those trios, too.  The earlier groups had a way of using the drums that was less about time keeping and more about making the drums  another element of counterpoint.  And, his unique approach to his instrument has fascinated, confused and delighted me beyond explanation since I heard The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet at 12 years old.  The guys in KLANG are all as into him as I am—everyone here in Chicago is, actually.”

Critics have called Falzone “an articulate and interesting composer” (Jerry D’Souza, AllAboutJazz.com), “thoughtful and thought-provoking” (Duncan Heining, Jazzwise), “witty, piquant and eminently listenable” (Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide) and “an already important Chicago voice” (Matthew Lurie, Time Out Chicago).  In addition to founding KLANG, and his own group, Allos Musica, he is a member of Keefe Jackson’s Project Project and Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective among other ensembles.  His most recent recording is 2007’s The Sign and the Thing Signified (Allos Documents). 

Learn more at http://www.allosmusica.org


Taylor Ho Bynum Goes West

April 3, 2009
Photo by Hilary McHone

Photo by Hilary McHone

Cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum is headed to the Midwest for a week of gigs that begins this Sunday.

Here’s a quick rundown of the schedule:

04/05: 
Taylor Ho Bynum/Milo Fine/Davu Seru
Homewood Studios
Minneapolis, MN

04/07:
Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara
Sugar Maple
Milwaukee, WI

04/08:
Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomeka Reid/Jason Adasiewicz/Mike Reed
The Hideout
Chicago, IL

04/09:
Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara Duo + THB Chicago Big Band 
Elastic
Chicago, IL 

04/10:
Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara
Detroit Evolution Laboratory
Detroit, MI

04/12:
Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara Chicago Sextet
Hungry Brain
Chicago, IL