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Vision Festival 2010: Day 4, June 26, 2010

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Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7Areni Agbabian, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Go-Zee-Lah Reggie Nicholson, Borah Bergman, Ned Rothenberg Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Charles GayleVision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 26, 2010Saturday was a long day at the Vision Festival, starting in the afternoon with a series of shows by relative newcomers in the Emerging Artists segment and then, after a brief hiatus, continuing with a full night's program. For those with the appetite, between those times there ...

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Ned Rothenberg / Catherine Jauniaux / Barre Phillips: While You Were Out

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One of the most consistently intriguing things about freely improvised music is the degree to which it can transcend the moment. While on the surface of it that moment might be something the free improviser has only to reach an accommodation with, on a deeper level such practitioners are arguably more subject to its vagaries than musicians who work in more deliberate and preconceived areas.

This is an indirect way of getting around to the fact that While You Were Out is one of the most rewarding sessions of free improvisation to be released in a long while. All three ...

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Ned Rothenberg / Catherine Jauniaux / Barre Phillips: While You Were Out

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Belgian vocalist Catherine Jauniaux is one the most underappreciated of a generation of free improv vocalists. Less a storyteller than Shelley Hirsch, more overtly musical than Phil Minton or Jaap Blonk, she falls somewhere between their spontaneous explorations and the avant art songs of Joan La Barbara. She has released only a handful of records with bands still loved by the few who recall (The Hat Shoes, Aksak Maboul and Vibraslaps, her duo with Ikue Mori) and is, perhaps, best known for her personal and professional relationship with the late Tom Cora. She seems to be reestablishing ...

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Ned Rothenberg

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Twisting alto and tenor saxophone lines gradually coalesced then dispersed, tacking between consonance and dissonance as Ned Rothenberg and Evan Parker launched their recent duo gig at Issue Project Room. Long circular-breathed patterns were punctuated with overblown tones before the two exchanged almost bluesy lines, complementing and responding in a taut dialogue of fluent masters. “This sonic vocabulary had more potential than just a set of techniques--there was really a music there," says Rothenberg, recalling the first time he saw Parker perform solo in the early '80s. It was a revelation for Rothenberg, who had been independently developing ...

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Paolo Angeli / Evan Parker / Ned Rothenberg: Free Zone Appleby 2007

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Free Zone is a festival within a festival, holding a regular spot at the more mainstream-inclined Appleby weekender in England. Due to the dreaded specter of funding difficulties there was no 2008 event and the festival's future may well be doomed. Customarily, the Free Zone program features a large roster of players, improvising in many permutations, but the 2007 session featured only three artists--perennial host Evan Parker and invitees reed man Ned Rothenberg and Italian guitarist Paolo Angeli-- for budgetary and/or creative reasons.

Parker the Londoner and Rothenberg the New Yorker have been forging an ongoing reciprocal arrangement whereby each ...

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Denman Maroney/Ned Rothenberg/ Reuben Radding/Michael Sarin: Gaga

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Denman Maroney is one of the most exciting pianists around today, just as Nuscope is one of the finest labels for creative music. The pairing is an excellent one on this offering from Maroney, reed player Ned Rothenberg, bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Michael Sarin, all musicians in top form in the service of some stellar compositions.Gaga presents the free flow of innovative composition that still somehow manages to groove. Rhythmic propulsion is a bit less noticeable in the slow build and jerky earthworm crawl of the title track, epic in its scope and oddly unified ...

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Peter A. Schmid / Ned Rothenberg / Matthis Ziegler: El Nio

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According to Meinrad Buholzer's liner notes, El Niño is, in weather terms, a habitual pattern of intermingling air currents and water temperatures that affects the Pacific Ocean and west coast of Latin America. This serves as a most suitable title for the music of the album, which represents a highly communicative and spontaneous meeting between three virtuoso wind instrumentalists: reedist Peter A. Schmid, flutist and fellow Swiss resident Matthias Ziegler, and New York-based woodwind multi-instrumentalist Ned Rothenberg.

Of course it should come as no surprise that these three could create such compelling music. Rothenberg was a ...

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Evan Parker / Ned Rothenberg: Live at Roulette

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Multi-reedists Evan Parker and Ned Rothenberg have spent their careers challenging the accepted notions of jazz and music in general. It isn't a crusade or rebellion, but rather a personal search manifested in their vast and varied discographies, a relentless probing that characterizes much of Live at Roulette. Recorded in October of 2006--and named one of the top ten shows of that year by AAJ-NY--the hour-long set is as absorbing as it is challenging. “Who Asked Racine opens the set with popped notes and multiphonic screeches, before Rothenberg's alto plunges to a beguiling whisper, instantly drawing Parker ...

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Ned Rothenberg's Sync Live at Tonic

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Ned Rothenberg's SyncTonicNew York, New York February 8, 2007

When musician-producer John Zorn proposed recording for his Tzadik label's Radical Jewish Culture series, multi-reedist Ned Rothenberg was hesitant at first. Not one to force inspiration, he let the idea marinate for several years. It surfaced as he composed for a planned incorporation of cellist Erik Friedlander and violinist Mark Feldman with his trio Sync, which includes bassist/guitarist Jerome Harris and tablaist Samir Chatterjee in addition to Rothenberg's woodwinds. Though the group doesn't rely on overt Jewish scales and melodies, these are woven into the rich aural ...

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Slava Ganelin / Ned Rothenberg: Falling Into Place

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The Ganelin Trio--probably the most recognized group of the Russian jazz scene during the last decade of the USSR--was officially disbanded at the end of the '80s. Both saxophonist Vladimir Chekasin and percussionist Vladimir Tarasov remained in now-independent Lithuania, keeping themselves busy in different projects mostly in Europe, while pianist Vyacheslav (Slava) Ganelin moved to Israel, where he works as a composer, often doing solo concerts and occasionally performing and recording in and out of the country with his old trio as well as with other musicians. Three of his recent records were released by the young, Tel-Aviv based Auris ...

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Ned Rothenberg: The Lumina Recordings

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Reed and wind instrumentalist Ned Rothenberg is an almost frighteningly talented musician and composer. Without the charismatic approach of other downtown players--people like John Zorn and Elliott Sharp, who borrowed from different genres to define their sound--Rothenberg's focus has been on mastering his instrument. And despite his humble statement of hearing a “not yet fully formed voice, included in the liner notes [applicable only to “Trials of Argo" to this collection of self-released recordings from 1980 to 1985, what is apparent some twenty years later is that Rothenberg is still concerned with the same thing: the creation of a virtuosic ...

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Ned Rothenberg: El Nino and The Fell Clutch

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Ned Rothenberg, Matthias Ziegler, Peter Schmid El Nino Creative Works 2006 Ned Rothenberg, Tony Buck, Stomu Takeishi, Dave Tronzo The Fell Clutch Animul 2006

“Unvorherhorbar," Meinrad Buholzer writes in the liner notes to El Nino, describing a new trio release by Ned Rothenberg, Matthias Ziegler and Peter Schmid. Roughly translated as 'unforehearable," this music is indeed that. As if Rothenberg's bass clarinet wasn't deep enough already, the addition of Ziegler's contrabass ...

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Ned Rothenberg: Solo Works - The Lumina Recordings

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Despite the landmark work of Sonny Rollins, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker and Steve Lacy, solo saxophone performance represents an exception rather than the norm in jazz and improvisation. Because of the instrumental limitations, solo reed players need to develop complex multiphonic techniques or make use of electronic overdubbing in order to go beyond mere single-note playing.

The Lumina Recordings, recorded between 1980 and 1985, represent the entire spectrum of solo improvisation on reed instruments. The two-disc set contains music from three albums that initially appeared on LP on Rothenberg's Lumina label, now available on CD for the first time. As ...

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Slava Ganelin and Ned Rothenberg: Falling Into Place: Live in Jaffa

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New York-based reed master Ned Rothenberg managed to perform twice during his last family trip to Israel two years ago, and in both instances he collaborated for the first time with Israeli musicians. Two duets from Rothenberg concert in Jerusalem with free-improv bassist JC Jones were documented on Jones' second release (Duos II, Kadima Collective, 2005), and now this collaboration with iconoclastic composer Slava Ganelin, Falling into Place, recorded live in concert in Jaffa, has been finally released.

Rothenberg, like Ganelin, uses his arsenal of instruments--bass clarinet, clarinet, alto sax and shakuhachi--as a means to construct epic narratives through a ...



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