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Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

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Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jerry Granelli: Dance Hall

Read "Dance Hall" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'arzillo Jerry Granelli, batterista sensibile e cazzuto, aveva centrato nel 1992, con l'album A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing, uno dei picchi più importanti della sua lunghissima carriera. Un lavoro ormai mitico, dove metteva assieme due chitarristi illustri come Bill Frisell e Robben Ford per un modernissimo omaggio al Buddy Bolden immaginato dallo scrittore ...

Club d'Elf: Fire in the Brain Live at Berklee

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"To thine own self be true" is a reliable expression, and few band biographies are more true to their subject than the official label writeup on the marvelously twisted Club d'Elf: “Circling about bassist/composer Mike Rivard (Morphine, Either-Orchestra, Guster, Boston Pops), D'Elf is a constellation of top musicians from the jazz, DJ, rock and world music ...

Raising Vision and Voice

Read "Raising Vision and Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Decades ago, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra were among the first musicians to expand their vision for the human voice beyond the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure. Today, through digital sampling and other technology, musicians incorporate and manipulate the human voice in ways that even these two iconoclasts might not recognize. At the same time, the profound ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture

Read "Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Jussi Reijonen is an exceptional musician. On his debut recording as a leader, Un (Self Produced, 2012), the Finnish guitarist/oudist has succeeded in crystallizing a spectrum of influences, sounds and textures into a highly personal, sensual mosaic that blurs the distinction between jazz, Middle Eastern traditional music, West African music, and even Finnish folk elements.

Take Five With Jussi Reijonen

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Meet Jussi Reijonen:
Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oudist Jussi Reijonen is truly the product of a world with few frontiers. Having grown up moving back and forth between Finnish Lapland, the Middle East, and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, ...

NEWS: EVENT

Alternative Guitar Summit brings together Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Ben Monder, Thurston Moore: Jan. 13-15, plus many more

Alternative Guitar Summit brings together Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Ben Monder, Thurston Moore: Jan. 13-15, plus many more

Joel Harrison presents the Alternative Guitar Summit Co-sponsored by the New York Guitar Festival Featuring Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Vic Juris, Ben Monder, Thurston Moore and many more! January 13, 14 and 15, 2012
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-4155 The guitar these days is a kind ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Lola Danza and JANYA

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Meet Lola Danza & JANYA:
In Sanskrit, JANYA means to be born, while in Korean, JANYA means around dawn. JANYA was created by four unique musicians-- all derived from Korean descent and all women. The music is a fusion of East and West. The East: Seungmin Cha- Daegeum, Eun Sun Jung- Gayageum and Woonjung ...

John Medeski, Mellotrons and A Mountain of Majoun

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Club D'Elf

Electric Moroccoland / So Below

Face Pelt Records

2011

Boston-based Club D'Elf describes itself as a “Moroccan-dosed psychedelic dub and jazz collective." It is the sort of band that gives self-medication a good name, and it will reconfigure your synapses, in a good way, if you let it. ...