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George Lewis is a jazz trombone player and composer. In addition to his own recordings, he has recorded or performed with Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Conny Bauer and others. He is a contemporary and colleague of trombonist Ray Anderson. He also has a feature segment on Laurie Anderson's album Big Science. Lewis has long been active in creating and performing with interactive computer systems, most notably his software called Voyager, which "listens to" and reacts to live performers. Lewis gave an invited keynote lecture and performance at NIME-06, the sixth international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, which was held at IRCAM, Paris, in June 2006. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and a graduate of Yale University, where he was tapped by the The Skull and Bones

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Meg Okura

Read "Take Five with Meg Okura" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Meg Okura Hailed as “the queen of chamber jazz (All About Jazz)," Tokyo-native Meg Okura is a Grammy-nominated jazz composer and violinist based in New York, known for her music praised by The New York Times as “grandiloquent beauty that transitions easily from grooves to big cascades to buoyant swing." Ms. Okura leads her 10-piece ...

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Article: Profile

Clint Maedgen: Life Before & With Preservation Hall

Read "Clint Maedgen: Life Before & With Preservation Hall" reviewed by Thomas Cole


My first memories of listening to music as a kid? I was probably listening to Fats Domino and rock 'n' roll on the radio. The power of AM radio at that time in the '70s was a huge foundational influence on me, as it has been for a lot of people in those days. And sittin' ...

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Article: Profile

Petr Kotik: Beyond Race, Beyond Genre, There’s Music

Read "Petr Kotik: Beyond Race, Beyond Genre, There’s Music" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk


Petr Kotik has walked among giants. To the extent that he is recognized in jny: New York City, where he has made his home for 41 years, it is as an associate of John Cage and Morton Feldman with an apparent fixation on Gertrude Stein. In his Czech homeland, he is held in higher esteem--in part, ...

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Article: Live Review

Ostrava Days 2023

Read "Ostrava Days 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Klub Parník, Plato, Triple Hall Karolina, etc. Ostrava, Czech Republic August 28-September 2, 2023 Ostrava Days happens once every two years, mostly dedicated to the well-being of new music, composed for varying sizes of ensembles, right up to a fully-bloated orchestra. Sometimes, though, works will be penned for mere solo ...

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Article: Album Review

Damon Smith, Peter Kowald, Joëlle Léandre & Bertram Turetzky: Bass Duos 2000​-​2007

Read "Bass Duos 2000​-​2007" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz


One function of recordings is to document a performer's development. Damon Smith's Bass Duos 2000-2007 not only captures his artistic and technical evolution, his choice of duet partners represents the expanded options for the bass in creative music since the 1960s. Two of the three discs in this set were previously released, but ...

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Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman: Artificial Intelligence

Read "Artificial Intelligence" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz


Do not be misled by the title: no bots or algorithms were involved in creating this album. While there have been fascinating experiments in improvisation with interactive software by George Lewis, Richard Teitelbaum and others, Artificial Intelligence is just under an hour of spontaneous human interaction by two of the most prolific and uncategorizable improvisers in ...

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News: Education

New England Conservatory Announces 2023 Speaker And Honorary Degree Recipients For Its 152nd Commencement Ceremony

New England Conservatory Announces 2023 Speaker And Honorary Degree Recipients For Its 152nd Commencement Ceremony

New England Conservatory President Andrea Kalyn and the Board of Trustees announce composer, trombonist, and musicologist George E. Lewis as commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at the Conservatory’s 152nd annual commencement exercises which will be held in-person on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. ET. This is NEC’s largest graduating class in the school’s history. ...

Article: Book Review

Sound Experiments: The Music of the AACM

Read "Sound Experiments: The Music of the AACM" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Sound Experiments—The Music of the AACM Paul Steinbeck 272 Pagine ISBN: # 978-0-226-820095 The University of Chicago Press 2022 Fondata a Chicago nel 1965 su impulso di Muhal Richard Abrams, l'AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) è giunta alla quarta generazione di musicisti e resta l'organizzazione ...

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Article: Album Review

Jacob Garchik: Assembly

Read "Assembly" reviewed by John Chacona


Trombonist Jacob Garchik has an interest in musical subtraction. His 2012 release The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album (Yestereve Records) presented religious music stripped of religion. Clear Line (Yestereve Records) from 2020 featured a 13-piece big band with no rhythm section. Now comes Assembly, an inquiry into what a jazz quintet sounds like when added ...


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