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LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

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Dinosaur Hare & Hounds June 14, 2018 Tonite, for one nite only, this is the band called Dinoseb, or perhaps Polarsaur. For some mysterious reason, Dinosaur's regular sticksman Corrie Dick went missing, to be guest-starred by Seb Rochford, most famed for his own combo, Polar Bear. Even more shocking was the manifestation of this supreme fill-in drummer in his shiny-domed state, now completely hairless after decades of boasting the biggest bush in Britain (at ...

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Live From Brussels: Turkish Psychedelic Nite, Charlemagne Palestine & Anna Von Hausswolff

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Selda Bağcan & Boom Pam/Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek/Gaye Su Akyol Ancienne Belgique May 24, 2018 Situated close to the Grand Place, Ancienne Belgique is a key Brussels venue, with an adventurous approach to programming. Its main stage boasts a precisely-delivering sound system, where clarity becomes power, and all instruments are equal. There's a new old movement in Turkish psychedelia, partly digging up its golden era of the late-1960s and 1970s, but also continuing ...

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Moers Festival 2018

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Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 18-21, 2018 The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched from Reiner Michalke to Tim Isfort, continuing the strong hand of individualist programming, of astute artistic selections. Isfort is a musician, and a local ...

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Jazzkaar 2018

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Jazzkaar 2018 Tallinn, Estonia April 20-29, 2018 In the year of Estonia's celebrations, having attained a full century as a Republic, its Jazzkaar festival continues to be amongst the very best of the European range. Held annually in Tallinn, and primarily centred around the Telliskivi Creative City, the festival continued its internationalist strategy, combining artists from the USA, UK, and multiple European countries, not least of which involved the indigenous artists of Estonia itself. ...

LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Live From New York: Wayne Escoffery, Mingus Big Band, Tomas Fujiwara, Mara Rosenbloom & The Ron Carter Big Band

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Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions Smalls March 31, 2018 To assist with his investigation into tenor traditions, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery formed a full-thrust front line with Marcus Strickland and George Garzone, surely one of the most vibrant teams possible around current NYC clubland. The quintet was completed by bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Kush Abadey. Their 10.30pm Saturday set created an expected frazzle of energy, with the Greenwich Village basement full to overflowing, a ...

LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Live From New York: Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon

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Sabir Khan & Aditya Kalyanpur The Rubin Museum Of Art March 23, 2018 The Rubin Museum now seems to have eased off on its penchant for strictly all-acoustic performances, with microphones in place for this recital by the Indian sarangi player Sabir Khan, returning a long time after his 2006 visit. The sarangi is a smallish box-shaped string instrument, looking like a complicated violin, but sounding more like a cello. It has similar ...

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Live From New York: Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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Meredith Monk Brooklyn Academy Of Music March 18, 2018 The multivalent Meredith Monk gave the world premiere of her Cellular Songs work at BAM over five days. Your scribe, burdened by a heavy rotation of electronic seances, live soundtrack silent movies and late night jazz jointing, opted for the Sunday matinee of this 75 minute song, movement, and visuals piece: its ultimate performance, at least for this run. Surely, by this time, Monk had ...

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Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts

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Alvin Curran The Park Avenue Armory March 14, 2018 The composer and keyboardist Alvin Curran was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now a sprightly 79 years old. His work with Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, from 1966 onwards, is of most interest to followers of improvised music. Curran created electroacoustic pieces with Steve Lacy, Richard Teitelbaum and Frederic Rzewski. The majority of his work, however, has been composed, although usually sounding like ...

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Live From New York: Four Dimensions, Maqueque & Asaf Yuria

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Four Dimensions: Jin Hi Kim/Elliott Sharp/William Parker/Hamid Drake Roulette March 13, 2018 Four Dimensions is a quartet that brings together a partly unlikely grouping, with bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake having the most visibly long-standing partnership. Guitarist Elliott Sharp usually inhabits a different, though musically compatible, zone, whilst the Korean geomungo player Jin Hi Kim is the least familiar member, at least to those of us who follow the downtown improvising scene. ...

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Live From New York: Sō Percussion, Jack Quartet, Mette Rasmussen, Tashi Dorji & Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Sō Percussion/Jack Quartet Carnegie Hall March 6, 2018 Down in the Zankel Hall part of Carnegie, a pair of New York's finest moderne classical quartets united for a concert of works by Philip Glass, plus the lesser-known composers Donnacha Dennehy and Dan Trueman. The Glass number was a US premiere (for the Jack Quartet), the Dennehy a global premiere (for Sō Percussion), both of these co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The Trueman piece was an ...