JAZZ MAFIA'S BRASS BOWS AND BEATS
file under: hip-hop, jazz
Brass Bows and Beats is a 40-piece symphony that combines a jazz big band with hip-hop beats and vocals. It was developed composers Adam Theis, Joe Bagale (vocals and arrangements), Jon Monahan, and Jeanne Geiger (guitar/trombone and arrangements) over the course of a year with help of a $50,000 grant from The Wallace Alexander Gerbode and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations. Check out a clip from the piece below.
Click here to get tickets to the performance on June 25th.
Leonid Fedorov, Vladimir Volkov, John Medeski, Marc Ribot and Ches Smith
file under: experimental, jazz, avant-garde, indie
Russian experimental jazz musicians Leonid Fedorov and Vladimir Volkov recently collaborated with John Medeski, Marc Ribot, and Ches Smith to record an album titled Razinrimilev, which translates to “Razin Rome and Lion.” The Razin they are referring to is the seventeenth-century Cossack rebel, Sten’ka Razin, who rose up against the Russian nobility and Czar in a bloody rebellion, and who’s story was interpreted through the poetry of Velimir Khlebnikov (d. 1922) in the text of “Razinrimilev.” The album by Fedorov and his collaborators uses the poetry for both inspiration and the actual lyrics. While the poetry is so dense with palindromes it’s often considered untranslatable, it's often described as being best when heard rather than read. You can read much more about the album, and hear some of the tracks, over here.
Click here to get tickets to the show on June 26th.
AKRON XTENDED FAMILY
file under: folk, indie, experimental, post-rock, jazz
"Akron/Family's hushed left field pastoralism invite comparison with the loose US scene of folk-derived weirdness ... Immaculately interwoven electronics and the care with which each beautifully recorded track unfolds recall Chicago post-rock ..." (The Wire, 2005).
Akron/Family is a folk-influenced experimental rock band. Their records feature everything from field recordings and static to guitars and glockenspiel, while their live performances rely heavily on improvisation and three-part harmonies. At their performance at LPR as a part of Vision Festival XV, they will be joined on stage by jazz musicians William Parker and Hamid Drake. Get a better idea of what their live show is like by checking out the below video of them performing “Everyone is Guilty” at last year’s SXSW.
Click here to get tickets for their June 30th performance with William Parker's Southern Satellites and [the] slowest runner [in all the world].
NELS CLINE SINGERS
file under: experimental, jazz
Nels Cline might be best know as the guitarist who replaced Leroy Bach in Wilco, but he has been playing with artists such as Mike Watt and Thurston Moore, as well as pursuing his own solo projects, for decades. From NPR:
Like his pal Bill Frisell or colleague Marc Ribot, Cline owns a style that's as adaptable as it is unusual. Part of what he offers is in line with the school of noise guitar innovated in part by another friend and collaborator, Thurston Moore: Cline relishes the peculiarities of the Fender Jazzmaster, and has a profound fascination with discordant sonics. But his interests and abilities extend far beyond feedback. As a soloist in rock and fusion settings, he avoids blues-rooted cliches; his attack is physical and his phrasing abrupt, often punctuated by shrewd use of the guitar's tremolo arm. Cline's application of pedals and other electronics is so involved that they become instruments unto themselves, yet he can deliver a convincing approximation of cool-toned jazz playing.
Head over here to listen to "Floored"- a track off of The Nels Cline Singers’
latest album, Initiate.
The Nels Cline Singers are playing two shows at LPR on July 6th. You can get tickets for the early show here, and the late show here.