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Big Ears Festival 2017

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Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 23-26, 2017 Knoxville's Big Ears Festival expanded to a full four days this year, giving it more time to go its expected merry, eclectic way. In a break with usual practice, there was no official Composer in Residence. That distinction could have gone to Gavin Bryars ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

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Non poteva che chiudersi così il 2015, con un nuovo disco di Henry Threadgill. Un doppio addirittura, il primo a proprio nome in 40 e passa anni di prodigi e meraviglie: In for a Penny, in for a Pound. A conferma di uno stato di grazia conclamato -dalle gesta dell'ensemble Double-Up alle rimpatriate con Jack DeJohnette ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

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Renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill has led a number of critically acclaimed groups since his formative days as a founding member of the AACM, but none have endured as long as Zooid. Formed in 2001, the unit has undergone a few personnel changes over the years, although guitarist Liberty Ellman and tuba player/trombonist Jose Davila ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Read "In For A Penny, In For A Pound" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Fresh off his significant contribution to Jack DeJohnette's Made In Chicago (ECM, 2015), composer/saxophonist/flautist Henry Threadgill and his most long-established group, Zooid, return for the ensemble's most creative and ambitious collection. Almost thirty years ago, Threadgill told Chicago's Pulitzer winning writer, Studs Terkel, of the influence of marching bands that he saw in that city's frequent ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

Read "In for a Penny, In for a Pound" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Don't call this jazz. In a 2013 interview with Larry Appelbaum at the Library of Congress, saxophonist, flautist, and composer Henry Threadgill, in so many words, denounced the association of labelling his music with a diluted categorization. Having performed with free thinking musicians like Muhal Richard Abrams and Anthony Braxton; lead highly regarded and out of ...

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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Read "In For A Penny, In For A Pound" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

No artist manages to marry compositional specificity and independent thought to the degree that Henry Threadgill does. And while his singular vision(s) with groups like Air and Very Very Circus have already earned him a place in the history of this music, when all is said and done, his work with Zooid may be his most ...

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North Sea Jazz Festival 2014

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

North Sea Jazz Festival 2014 Rotterdam, Netherlands July, 11, 2014 The North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam is the biggest indoor festival in Europe. It is organized by Mojo Concerts and The Security Company, both part of Live Nation Entertainment, a worldwide operating live event mega-organizer (240,000 events annually in 33 countries). ...

Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative

Read "Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

In the pantheon of American music, jazz is especially noted for its rapid and drastic evolution. Considering that jazz evolved from big bands and swing, to bebop, to free jazz within thirty years, it is a history marked by distinct stylistic eras. For some time, the trajectory and potential development of jazz has been in question. ...

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Henry Threadgill: Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp

Read "Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp" reviewed by Troy Collins

Now into its twelfth consecutive year, Zooid can finally lay claim as Henry Threadgill's longest running ensemble, having superseded the tenures of the venerable composer's most celebrated lineups, including Air, Sextett and Very Very Circus. Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp is the idiosyncratic chamber group's fourth release for Pi Recordings, which was founded in 2001 ...


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