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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Part 1 | Part 2 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 17-18, 2018 Keeping a middle-aged festival such as the Festival International de Musique Actualle de Victoriaville fresh and relevant is a challenge, but the program for this year's 34th edition of FIMAV assembled by ...

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Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites!

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Ever since its formation in 1977, Rova, the pioneering West Coast saxophone quartet, has been augmenting its ranks to explore structured improvisation. No Favorites! pays homage to Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris, the inventor of Conduction, a revolutionary system for organizing large-ensemble improvisation using coded gestures. This ambitious album epitomizes a working relationship that Rova began with ...

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Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension

Read "Electric Ascension" reviewed by John Sharpe

John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse, 1965) stands as a seminal moment in the development of modern jazz, presenting structured large group improvisation which renounced both the form and content of almost all previous models. It was never performed live, and this was one of the facts which initially captured the attention of the now venerable ROVA Saxophone ...

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Jorrit Dijkstra: Music for Reeds and Electronics - Oakland

Read "Music for Reeds and Electronics - Oakland" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il sassofonista e compositore olandese Jorrit Dijkstra, classe 1966, da anni negli States e allievo di Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg e Bob Brookmeyer, presenta in questo lavoro una serie di composizioni per quintetto di sole ance, nelle quali però sperimenta anche l'uso dell'elettronica. Al suo fianco troviamo musicisti importanti, tra i quali spicca--specie ...

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Anthony Braxton: Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 For Warne Marsh

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Long valued as an elusive, out of print collector's item, the recently reissued Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 For Warne Marsh offers listeners another opportunity to reevaluate composer Anthony Braxton's vibrant reinterpretation of the groundbreaking pianist's work. Dedicated to the tenor saxophonist most commonly associated with pianist Lennie Tristano's oeuvre, this 1989 session originally included versions ...

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Jon Raskin and Clara Harryman: Open Box

Read "Open Box" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Among the varied collaborations between poets and musicians, or the adaptation of poetry to music, the setting of Carla Harryman's genre-busting poetry to improvised music by ROVA Saxophone Quartet's Jon Raskin is outstanding. Not only because of Harryman's avant-garde poetic language--often focusing on the language itself, its contradictions and shortcomings--subverting its attempts to capture the fleeting ...

Open Box

Label: Tzadik
Released: 2012
Track listing: Fish Speech; Open Box Part 1; Open Box Part 2; LA Reactive Meme; Song for Asa; A Sun and Five Decompositions; JS Active Meme.

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Various Artists: Earth Music - Ten Years of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance

Read "Earth Music - Ten Years of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Earth Music commemorates a decade of musical art presentations by the forward-thinking Bay Area Gallery founded on and operating under the firm conviction that significant art increases social, philosophical and spiritual change. It seems popular now to support the new music, which by those two words seems to imply--and this is becoming odious too--the entire artistic ...

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Larry Ochs: The Celestial Septet & We All Feel The Same Way

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ROVA Sax Quartet/Nels Cline SingersThe Celestial SeptetNew World Records2010 Jones JonesWe All Feel The Same WaySoLyd2010 The synchronicity and boundless energy that separate great groupwork from everything else pervades these ...


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