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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble: Crisis

Read "Crisis" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his third album with the Two Rivers ensemble, Crisis trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar continues to explore the Arabic Maqam modal system. He uses this melodic type in a context with strong American influences and particularly jazz sensibilities. The result is not merely a superficial, kitschy fusion but true marriage of two improvisational traditions.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band: Low Ridin'

Read "Low Ridin'" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Originals, Latin classics, and the occasional standard appear on this outfit's five previous albums, all of which were released on the Jazzheads imprint. But a new day has dawned with Low Ridin', as venerable trombonist Chris Washburne and his smoking Latin ensemble arrive at a new label--Zoho Roots--and take a new tack, delivering a program of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dimensional States For Orchestra: The Microtonal Music Of Sten Hostfalt At Shapeshifter Lab on June 19

Dimensional States For Orchestra: The Microtonal Music Of Sten Hostfalt At Shapeshifter Lab  on June 19

After the successful March 13 2014 debut concert performance of composer/guitarist Sten Hostfalts large microtonal ensemble Dimensional States (a 15-piece featuring 2 dancers) at ShapeShifter Lab Brooklyn NY, follows the second (11-piece) June 19 2014 incarnation of the unique orchestra exclusively performing Sten Hostfalt compositions. Constance Cooper - voice
Robyn Siwula - viola
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NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

FFEAR at the Rubin Museum Of Art on October 4

FFEAR at the Rubin Museum Of Art on October 4

FFEAR - OCT 4 - RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART Featuring World Premiere Compositions FFEAR with Ole Mathisen & Chris Washburne Oct. 4 - Rubin Museum of Art
Time: 7:00pm
Price: $18 advance / $20 day of Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th St.
New York, NY
212-620-5000 Enjoy an evening ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds

Read "Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Mention the phrase “the Norwegian sound" and many listeners will get an image in their head. An image of a natural, deep echoing sound influenced by the mountains and hills of the Norwegian landscape. Such an image is, of course, a cliché, but to some critics it has stuck and distorted the rich fertility of the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Ole Mathisen/Chris Washburne's FFEAR @ Smalls Jazz Club NYC June 30, 2012 - 7:30PM

Ole Mathisen/Chris Washburne's FFEAR @ Smalls Jazz Club NYC June 30, 2012 - 7:30PM

FFEAR CD launch party for new Jazzheads Records release 'Mirage.' Ole Mathisen/Chris Washburne's FFEAR @ Smalls Jazz Club NYC June 30, 2012 - 7:30PM Tony Moreno/Ole Mathisen/Chris Washburne/Per Mathisen Ole Mathisen has established himself as someone with a unique voice both as an instrumentalist and as a composer. He has worked on close to 100 CD releases, composed several movie and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

FFEAR (Forum for Electro-Acoustic Research) to Release New Recording "Mirage" on Jazzheads Records.

FFEAR (Forum for Electro-Acoustic Research) to Release New Recording "Mirage" on Jazzheads Records.

FFEAR (Forum for Electro-Acoustic Research) is an adventurous improvising quartet co-led by long-time collaborators Ole Mathisen and Chris Washburne.  FFEAR's prime objective is to research and explore new sonic possibilities by adopting contemporary classical compositional techniques into an improvisational setting. Conventional uses of meter, tonality, and harmony are replaced with multiple meters, microtonality, and open templates ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Amir ElSaffar: At Two Rivers' Confluence

Read "Amir ElSaffar: At Two Rivers' Confluence" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

There was a point during Amir ElSaffar's study of Arabic music where he almost didn't come back to jazz. He had gone to Iraq to study maqam, the system of melodic modes in traditional Arabic music, in order to bring some of the concepts into jazz. However, the experience proved to be a deepening one for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble: Inana

Read "Inana" reviewed by Troy Collins

Born in Chicago to an American mother and Iraqi father, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar put his promising jazz career on hold in 2002 to study traditional Iraqi maqam abroad. His 2007 debut, Two Rivers (Pi Recordings), bore the fruit of his international studies, successfully fusing venerable aspects of the Iraqi classical vocal tradition with advanced improvisation techniques ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Livia Devereux: Night Winds Whisper

Read "Night Winds Whisper" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York City vocalist Livia Devereux sings con brio. She packs a passel of this con brio into a brief set of eight songs with a total time less than 30 minutes. However, brevity is the soul of wit, and Devereux has no trouble rendering her music to the bare bone. The title, Night Winds Whisper, ...