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James Ilgenfritz approaches the double bass as an archeologist, examining rarified aspects of the instrument’s sonic palette to confound the status quo. His work has been praised in Time Out New York, Signal To Noise, All About Jazz, and Downbeat Magazine. A tireless musical traveler, James has taken part in recent performances including work with Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, George Lewis, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Lukas Ligeti, Gary Lucas, Steve Swell, and Denman Maroney. He is a member of Billy Fox’s Blackbirds and Bullets, Eric Eigner’s Mysterium Project, Gordon Beeferman’s Imaginary Band, Chris Botta/Joe Branciforte’s The Cellar And Point, and Ted Hearne’s The Delusion Story. Collaborative projects include Trio Caveat (improvisational salon jazz featuring Jonathan Moritz and Chris Welcome), Hypercolor (spastic jazz-inflicted art- rock noise fest with Lukas Ligeti and Eyal Maoz), and Urbana (cinematic jazz nostalgia and imaginings for quintet, with Evan Mazunik, John O’Brien, Frantz Loriot, and Bryan Pardo). James’ own projects include Ensemble NSFW (contemporary chamber works dealing with the integration of traditional and graphic notation, indeterminacy, and improvisation), the Anagram Sextet (extended chamber works for 2 woodwinds, 2 guitars, and bass and percussion), and his solo developments of original music and that of various contemporary composers (including an upcoming recording of the music of Anthony Braxton). James performs around New York at a wide variety of venues, focusing primarily on improvised music hubs Issue Project Room, Roulette, The Stone, Zebulon, Cornelia St Café, Barbes, I-Beam, and Douglass St Music Collective, but James has also performed music by Giacinto Scelsi and Ted Hearne at The Kitchen, music by John Cage at The World Financial Center Winter Garden, premiered new music for solo double bass at Symphony Space, and collaborated with beatboxer Adam Matta at the New Museum in SoHo. Outside New York, James has performed at The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), The Empty Bottle, and Elastic Arts (Chicago, IL), the Museum of Making Music (San Diego, CA), 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA), The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD), and at festivals for improvised music including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the 14th Annual Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), the New Atlantis Festival (Washington, DC), and the Spring Reverb Festival (San Diego, CA). James is 2011 is Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room, and will present a variety of new chamber works, small ensemble projects, and premieres of solo works composed for him

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Ostrava Days 2019

Read "Ostrava Days 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 22-31, 2019 The biennial Ostrava Days festival rolled around again, and there's nothing quite like a once-every-two-years event to make time appear to flow even faster than normal. As a moderne composition festival, it is difficult to accurately ...

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Diego Rivera, Paolo Pavan and More

Read "Diego Rivera, Paolo Pavan and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature new releases from Diego Rivera and Paolo Pavan, a host of other recent albums, and forthcoming releases, as well as some classic Carla Bley to close proceedings. Playlist Diego Rivera “Connections" from Connections(Posi-tone) 00:00 Paolo Pavan “Black Hand" from BlacHand (Paolo Pavan) 05:12 Michele Franzini, Greg Osby “Beauty Has ...

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Miya Masaoka: Triangle Of Resistance

Read "Triangle Of Resistance" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ben nota sperimentatrice nei più diversi generi musicali, esperta interprete del koto, Miya Masaoka presenta in questo CD due lavori abbastanza diversi per organico e colore, ma omogenei stilisticamente, entrambi infatti collocabili tra la contemporanea da camera. Il primo, più complesso lavoro è quello che dà il titolo al disco -"Triangle of Resistance" -ed ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Kind of Purple: Jazz Musicians On Prince

Read "Kind of Purple: Jazz Musicians On Prince" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

"Do you know who Prince kinda reminds me of, particularly as a pianist? Duke! Yeah, he's the Duke Ellington of the eighties to my way of thinking."--Miles Davis The tops of the pop charts isn't where we often expect to find genius. Brilliant performers sometimes, expert attention grabbers maybe more often, but it's not ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hypercolor: Hypercolor

Read "Hypercolor" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The past few months have seen a stream of truly--and in some cases mind-bogglingly--wonderful guitar-centric power trio albums. Yet, the eponymous debut of the Brooklyn-based avant-jazz-rock band Hypercolor stands out, but not for the reasons you'd think. Sure, the trio consists of musical brainiacs James Ilgenfritz and Lukas Ligeti; genre omnivores whose own work and collaborations ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera

Read "Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera" reviewed by Martin Longley

Colonic Youth Trans-Pecos December 22, 2014 In the wintry wasteland, the new-ish Trans-Pecos venue did not seem to boast a particularly peachy set-up. It may or may not still be operated by Todd P, normally known as a promoter of slightly swerved rock outfits, and there were tales of this ...

Compositions (Braxton) 2011

Label: Warner Bros. Records
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Maroney / Ilgenfritz / Niescier / Drury: Mind Games

Read "Mind Games" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This quartet blurs the borders between orthodox and unorthodox forms of playing, between cerebral, intriguing music making and playful, harmonic articulations, and between sonic explorations of timbral variations, colors and shades, and organic, fluid textures. All these contradictions are blended into a mysterious kaleidoscope of nuanced details, a musical universe of a unique quartet with a ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mysterium - An Electric Soundpainting Septet, Plays Brooklyn

Mysterium - An Electric Soundpainting Septet, Plays Brooklyn

Monday, August 24th, 10:30pm MYSTERIUM - AN ELECTRIC SOUNDPAINTING SEPTET Adam Caine - Electric Guitar James Ilgenfritz - Electric Bass Jeremy Danneman - Alto, Baritone Sax Lorenzo Sanguedolce - Tenor Sax Sam Kulik - Trombone Eric Eigner - Drumset


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