Thursday, June 10, 2010

Upcoming Jazz Shows at LPR

Here's whats coming up at LPR in jazz.

file under: jazz

On June 12th and 13th boomBOOM Presents and Search & Restore (the same guys who organized Winter Jazzfest) are bringing the Undead Jazzfest to three venues in Greenwich Village. Their goal for the festival is to shake the image of jazz as a genre of the past, and instead present it as a vibrant form hinged on the excitement of improvisation. To get a taste of just a few of the 35+ artists that will participate in the festival, check out the mixtape that the Undead organizers put together:

Click here to get tickets.

file under: experimental, jazz, avant-garde

Although Braxton exhibited a genuine — if highly idiosyncratic — ability to play older forms (influenced especially by saxophonists Warne Marsh, John Coltrane, Paul Desmond, and Eric Dolphy), he was never really accepted by the jazz establishment, due to his manifest infatuation with the practices of such non-jazz artists as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Many of the mainstream's most popular musicians (Wynton Marsalis among them) insisted that Braxton's music was not jazz at all. Whatever one calls it, however, there is no questioning the originality of his vision; Anthony Braxton created music of enormous sophistication and passion that was unlike anything else that had come before it. –Chris Kelsey

Anthony Braxton 12+1tet will play at LPR on June 18th in celebration of his 65th Birthday. Check out a video of them performing below.

Anthony Braxton 12(+1)tet from Jason Guthartz on Vimeo.

Click here to get tickets to the show.

file under: hip-hop, jazz

Since its inception, Revive Da Live’s mission has been grounded in the exposure and education of jazz music among larger, younger audiences and the influence of hip-hop on jazz music today. On June 24th Revive Da Live Big Band will be joined by jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton and rapper Talib Kweli. Check out the below video of Revive De Live Big band performing Dizzy Gillespie's version of "A Night in Tunisia" and Gangstarr's "Words I Manifest" the last time they were at LPR.

Click here to get tickets to the show.

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.

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