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Stourbridge Festival Of Improvised Music 2019

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Stourbridge Festival Of Improvised Music
Claptrap
Stourbridge, England
June 30, 2019

Promoter Richard Clay has long been a committed supporter of the Birmingham free jazz and improvised music scenes, and has recently initiated a series of gigs at the Claptrap venue in Stourbridge town in the West Midlands ...

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Citadelic 2019

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Citadelic
Citadelpark
Gent, Belgium
May 29-June 2, 2019

Free jazz with free admission. That's the appealing concept of the five-day Citadelic festival, which presents jazz, improvisation and other adventurous sounds, from around noon until around 10pm, in a continuous schedule that roams several dips and mounts, or caves ...

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Brussels Jazz Weekend 2019

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Brussels Jazz Weekend
Brussels, Belgium
May 24-25, 2019

The annual Brussels Jazz Weekend fills up multiple venues across multiple zones, completely colonising this Belgian city with jazz, never asking for entrance fees, and even embracing other musical areas, such as global, roots, rock and electronica. It presents well over a ...

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Live From Brussels: Aldous Harding, Samantha Fish & Deus

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Aldous Harding
Botanique
May 14, 2019

The Rotonde room in Botanique is a pleasingly intimate environment with tiered ledges in, yes, a most-of-a-circle formation. For this unsurprisingly sold out show, right at the beginning of New Zealand singer Aldous Harding's European tour, all space was sardined, but your scribe fortunately ...

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Live From Old York: Arx Duo, Dr. K Sextet, Debashish Bhattacharya & Derek Gripper

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Arx Duo
The National Centre For Early Music
April 30, 2019

The Arx Duo performed “The Harmonic Canon," composed by Dominic Murcott, to celebrate its release on the Nonclassical label. The main instrument used by Mari Yosinaga and Garrett Arney is a half-tonne heavy duty metal bell, conjoined into double-trouble ...

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Jazzkaar 2019

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Jazzkaar
Tallinn, Estonia
April 23-28, 2019

Towards the second half of Jazzkaar, there was an invasion of starry Americans, overwhelming the normally quite striking wealth of indigenous Estonian talent. As ever, the fundamental structure of this 10-dayer revolved around its two main stages in the Telliskivi Creative City, Vaba Lava ...

Peter Evans, Michael Leonhart, Sean Lennon, Jambinai & Axiom

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Peter Evans & Levy Lorenzo
Roulette
April 15, 2019

Trumpeter Peter Evans is a very familiar figure on the extreme scene, but the percussionist and electronicist Levy Lorenzo will be a new name to most folks. The pair have been jointly penning compositions, but these nevertheless have the feel of ...

Mara Rosenbloom, Thumbscrew & Nation Beat

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Mara Rosenbloom/Melanie Dyer/Ken Filiano/Rashaan Carter
Soup & Sound
April 10, 2019

It's an old tradition, sometimes out of necessity, for artists to host low-key gigs in their own homes. The hyper-inventive and often powerfully percussive drummer Andrew Drury has been offering soup and sound for quite a while now, opening ...

Brooklyn Folk Festival 2019

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Brooklyn Folk Festival
Saint Ann's Church
April 5-7, 2019

The Brooklyn Folk Festival takes place at Saint Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights, but it's organised by the folks at Jalopy in Red Hook, that lively haunt of every type of roots music, an inviting home for both performance and teaching ...

Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, Oliver Lake, Amir ElSaffar & Tommy Castro

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Terry Riley & Gyan Riley
(le) Poisson Rouge
April 3, 2019

Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley enjoy an ongoing duo performance situation, in a forum where the elder composer places the emphasis on spontaneous improvisation, impromptu sonic texturing and intimate musical dialogue. Catching him in this setting, it's ...