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Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

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Hal Willner
The Stone
June 14, 15, 17, 2016

Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...


Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Andando el Tiempo

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There are few figures in modern music that are truly more iconic than Carla Bley. Her list of accomplishments are impossible to chronicle in this limited space, but suffice to say that her influence traverses genres, styles and generations, in a way that perhaps no other artist has approached. Her early crowning jewel--the jazz opera Escalator ...


AngelicA Festival: 25 anni

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Centro di ricerca musicale

John Oswald coadiuvato da Domenico Caliri, Chris Cutler & Co. Gianni Gebbia e Carl Stone, Sidsel Endresen con Stian Westerhus: pillole, ma tonificanti, di un festival durato un mese e votato a «presentare musica in continuo movimento senza adagiarsi sulle “novità" o sul “consolidato," ...


Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

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Composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Karen Mantler's fifth release as a leader, Business is Bad, is a set of nine intimate sketches of everyday life. Delivered in Mantler's unique musical style, the pieces range from the whimsical “My Magic Pencil" to the elegiac “Surviving You" and everything in-between.

Mantler does not so much sing these engaging soliloquies as ...


Karen Mantler: Business is Bad

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It's been nearly two decades since Karen Mantler last released an album under her own name on the XtraWATT label belonging to her similarly coifed mother, pianist/composer Carla Bley, but she's been anything but idle. Work on Bley albums like Appearing Nightly (Watt, 2008), recordings by father Michael Mantler like Folly Seeing All This (ECM, 1993), ...

Take Five With Skip Heller

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Meet Skip Heller:
Grew up in Philly, enticed by all kinds of improvised music--jazz, bluegrass, blues, rockabilly. Played with Yma Sumac, Phil Alvin, Les Baxter, Wanda Jackson, DJ Bonbrake, Cannibal and the Headhunters, NRBQ, Karen Mantler... get the idea?


Teachers and/or influences?
Mose Allison, Willie Nelson, ...


Amy C. Beal: Carla Bley

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Carla Bley
Amy C. Beal
Softcover, 114 pages
University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252078187

Remarkably, this is the first detailed, published study of the career and music of Carla Bley, the distinguished composer, keyboardist, band leader and activist. It is the seventh volume in the University of ...


Machine Mass Trio to Release "As Real As Thinking" (MoonJune)

Originally born as a side-project of douBt, this new trio led by Tony Bianco (on drums and loops) and Michel Delville (on guitar, bouzouki and live effects) also includes emerging Belgian talent Jordi Grognard on saxophones, bass clarinet and flute. As Real as Thinking is an amazing mix of fiery licks, catchy themes, telepathic rhythms, shamanic ...


Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2011

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Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Canada
May 19-22, 2011
The 27th annual Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) was a remarkably consistent four days of concerts. It held high points, to be sure (the Ex, Zeena Parkins, Jaap Blonk), and inevitable low points as well. But there was also ...