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Bags-Live, Second Round: Rempis/Rosaly Duo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Rempis/Rosaly Duo FINALIZES TOUR DATES for December 2009
Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly, two of the most active players in Chicago’s world-renowned scene of jazz and improvised music, have finalized the schedule for their twelve-concert North American tour in late fall of 2009, coinciding with the release of their first duo cd, [...]

Earl Howard / Dom Minasi at Roulette, 11/12 & 12/10

This may be of interest to New York area Bags readers:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Interpretations Presents:
Earl Howard and Edmund Campion
Thursday, November 12, 2009
8PM at Roulette
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)
“Alchemies between music and theater, text, movement, and ritual”
– Benjamin Frandzel, San Francisco Classical Voice
The 21st Season of Thomas Buckner’s innovative series of new music continues on [...]

a sound challenge, vol. 2

Next, and perhaps final, contest round. This time a really, really big take for the winner. As asked in the first contest…Care to have the ears kissed by some engaging music? I can tell you from my own hours spent with the music offered here, this is a really nice opportunity. [...]

Bill Dixon at AAJ, part 1 of 3

Trumpeter, composer and visual artist Bill Dixon almost always finds a way to provoke the thoughts and keyboards of the Bagatellen community. I got to spend a week with him in 2008, which was extraordinarily fruitful, even for a pre-existing fan such as myself. Though the saga of publishing the results isn’t something I’ll go [...]

Coming Down the Mountain

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Just heard via Scott Mehinick (his source, Time Out NY) that Papa Joe Maneri has passed on. Apologies for the ramshackle nature of this remembrance, but this hits me in the gut & heart, hard. Joe was (& still is) one of my favorites, as a musician and human being. I have fond memories of [...]

takin’ off

Friends,
It bums me to tell you I must take permanent leave from bagatellen, a decision I’ve made from being unable to balance the responsibility with my professional life. With a non-stop travel schedule, and, as importantly, a full load with graduate studies, I’ve no other choice. The load’s too big, and I’m sure [...]

George Russell (1923-2009)

Were I to post something about all the greats that have passed in recent years I might have to hire a surrogate father/husband/payrollee to subsidize against the effort. The passing of George Russell brings me out of temporary hibernation, and the news is certain to have left lumps in many throats.
Last year [...]

Goodbye, Ali Akbar Khan

Learned via a post by Ravish Momin on Facebook, it appears he was felled by a chronic kidney ailment in San Francisco today. Eighty-eight years on the planet is a respectable run, but the longevity does little to leaven the sadness at his passing. His work and influence, particularly as documented by the Ammp label, [...]

What’s Your Favourite Colour?

The reality that we’re living in the era of the reboot is reflected practically every area of the entertainment industry. The latest evidence to cross my desk: The press release below trumpeting the reunion of Living Colour. Say what? LC were a staple for me in high school starting with their MTV-storming video “Cult of [...]

unnamed impressions, out of London

Unnamed Music Festival, London, 11-12 June 2009
Sebastian Lexer / Aleks Kolkowski / Angharad Davies / Rhodri Davies / Louisa Martin / Lee Patterson / Lucio Capece / Angharad Davies / Tom Chant / Benedict Drew / John Edwards / Keith Rowe / Martin Küchen / Seymour Wright / Bechir Saade / Clive Bell / Matt [...]

John Cazale, you were something.

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale is a documentary just making it’s way around the wire. Having screened at Sundance and elsewhere, it’s dedicated to one of the most watchable American actors of the last 40 years, and the timing is perfect for his story to be told outside of print. [...]

Stephen Cornford and the rethinking of the everyday.

Take a browseabout and come back. Right here.
I’ve been following Stephen Cornford’s work off and on for the past year or so and consider his ideas to be terrifically engaging. Easy on the eyes, too. Considering the scope of the work involved in a given project, I’ve come to the conclusion that [...]

Touring Tumbao

I have a habit of being late to the party when it comes to artists outside of jazz and improvised music. Part of it stems from my reviewing focus and subsequent weighted nature of my music collection (roughly 4:1 in favor of improv & jazz). Part is a function of the mild obsessiveness parceled with [...]

Concentrated Kristofferson

It’s a puzzling statistic considering the caliber of his song craft, but Kris Kristofferson’s films outnumber his albums by a ratio of nearly five to one. My parents weren’t country fans by any margin, so he first hit my radar through memorable turns in Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and Lewis Carlino’s [...]

check it! IA’s Web Trend Map, 2009.

Last year you may have stumbled across the publishing trends post, which pointed to a handy graphic outlining events and importance across the publishing world, electronic and in print.
Last week, the folks over at Information Architects published an incredible graphic. Behold! A map of web trends (the fourth, and latest version), which [...]

Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering

Couple years back when Bags had a bigger Points of Interest section, one of the featured links was to Autoharp Quarterly. Correspondence came across the desk periodically querying weather it was a joke. Short answer is nope, and a reason why I’m posting this post-Fool’s Day. There’s just something about the autoharp (especially in June [...]

Unnamed Music Festival | 11-13 June, 2009

Just announced at the site for his Another Timbre label, Simon Reynell will be curating a new festival (his first?) this year in London and Leeds. Running at two performance spaces — Oto and Seven Artspace — the predominantly UK lineup is certainly inspiring, with some excellent combinations of talent.
Of particular note: [...]

Various - The Very Best of Prestige

Prestige
Half a decade ago when the Concord Music Group positioned itself to buy out the Fantasy family of labels many jazz fans saw the move as a harbinger of doom. Visions of large swathes of titles falling out of print, replaced by revolving reissues of only the highest selling offerings from cash cow icons like [...]

Deep Blues Festival 3

No specifics yet on daily schedules, but this was easily my concert-going pick of last year. The switch to city venues will no doubt help w/ revenues/attendance and it looks like organizer Chris Johnson’s going for a record in terms of roster & reach. I strongly urge anyone and everyone with even a passing interest [...]

Vision Turns 14

Thanks to Margaret Davis and Steven Joerg for the heads-up:
VISION FESTIVAL 14: JUNE 9 – 15, 2009, NYC
Abrons Arts Center / Henry Street Settlement
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002
(MONDAY, JUNE 15 takes place at Orensanz Art Center for the old school VF flavor!)
Day 1: Tuesday, June 9th All [...]