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Aaron Novik

Aaron Novik is a recent New York transplant that lived and performed in the bay area (San Francisco, Oakland etc.) for 17 years. There he lead the bands Gubbish, Kipple, Floating World, Love Triangle Elementary School, Simulacra, Thorny Brocky and made records under his own name as well, including the album “Secrets of Secrets” which was released on Tzadik records in 2012. Aaron also performed with the bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles, the Nathan Clevenger Group, Telepathy, Colin Stetson’s Transmission, Graham Connah and most notably in Fred Frith’s Gravity band, which has played festivals around the world. He currently lives in Woodside, Queens and leads several ensembles including No Signal, O+O+, and Dante Counterstamp

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Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More

Read "Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Each of February's shows will have some music recognizing Black History Month. The selected recording for 2020 is The Movement Revisited--A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, Christian McBride's epic, and you'll hear tunes from the album each week. This show also features Matana Roberts and Coin Coin Chapter IV -Memphis. The Chicago Underground Quartet is back ...

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More 2019 Favourites

Read "More 2019 Favourites" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a continued look at 2019 favourites in this edition (the entire first segment, then random thereafter), but some new releases have filtered in as well: drummer Jeff Davis and a great band debut The Fastness, while clarinetist Aaron Novik continues a string of new albums, and one of the premier avant-garde trios--George Graewe, Ernst Reijseger ...

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Satoko Fujii, Angles 9, Here’s to Us & More

Read "Satoko Fujii, Angles 9, Here’s to Us & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I would never presume to know enough about music to compare two of the most brilliant pianists in jazz today: Matt Mitchell and Satoko Fujii. Feel free to go ahead and do that yourself. All I'll say is that they are both amazing and worthy of all the recognition that comes their way. Each has a ...

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Moers Festival 2014

Read "Moers Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Moers Festival Moers , GermanyJune, 6-9, 2014 Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

Secret of Secrets

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2012
Track listing: Secrets of Creation (khoisdl); Secrets of the Divine World (terkish); Secrets of the Divine Chariot (hora); Secrets of the Holy Name (doina); Secrets of Formation (bulgar).

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Aaron Novik: Secret of Secrets

Read "Secret of Secrets" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Aaron Novik blends the readings of the Kabbalah into a nouveau, borderless set of musical inferences, combining horns, strings, electronics and disparate instrumentation with Jewish mysticism and man's destiny into a shadowy portraiture. Featuring ominous passages and weighty movements, the San Francisco-based leader integrates his electric clarinet amid a cavalcade of psycho-rock sorties and lean improvisational ...

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Aaron Novik: Secret of Secrets

Read "Secret of Secrets" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Secret of Secrets is the most ambitious project to date by Bay Area composer and clarinetist Aaron Novik. This dark and epic, deeply personal composition draws its inspiration from the writings of the late 12th century mystic Rabbi Eleazar Rokeach, known as Rabbi Eleazar of Worms. The Rabbi's masterwork, the five-book Secret of Secrets, deals with ...


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