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Michael Zerang


Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, 1958, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He am a professional musician, composer, producer, and educator since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. As an ensemble member, he has worked in a concentrated fashion with several small and large groups over the years, contributing as a composer and performer, including Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Liof Munimula, Survival Unit III, Brötzmann/McPhee/Kessler/Zerang Quartet, Resonance Ensemble, Friction Brothers, Johannes Bauer Band, and The Winter Solstice Concerts with Hamid Drake – an annual event in Chicago since 1990


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Frank Carlberg, Karl Evangelista & Benoit Delbecq

Read "Frank Carlberg, Karl Evangelista & Benoit Delbecq" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Thelonious Monk has always been a magnet for jazz pianists. Frank Carlberg's fascination with the mysterious Monk has led to a second recording with his large ensemble. It's called Elegy For Thelonious. San Francisco guitarist Karl Evangelista is one who tends to fly under the radar, but his recent What Else Is There?, recorded in Chicago, ...


Song of the Day

Welcome to the Red Island

Label: NotTwo Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:50



Label: Aerophonic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Milkvetch; Macateta; Locoweed; Lafo Litupa; Goat’s Thorn.


For New Zealand

Label: NotTwo Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Composite 13 - For New Zealand; Welcome To The Red Island; Sketch 6; Yoyo; BA-8; Variations On A Masterplan (Part 1).


Escape from Dark Matter

Label: Pink Palace
Released: 2022


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Chicago Plan, Paul Williamson & Patricia Brennan

Read "The Chicago Plan, Paul Williamson & Patricia Brennan" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

No point in looking for a roadmap for this edition of One Man's Jazz because it's all over the place. New releases come from the avant sounds of The Chicago Plan (Gebhard Ullmann, Steve Swell, Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Zerang), Norway's Andreas Røysum, vibraphonist Patricia Brennan and South Korean bassist Jeong Lim Yang. International groups presenting ...


Article: Album Review

The Chicago Plan: For New Zealand

Read "For New Zealand" reviewed by John Sharpe

German reedman Gebhard Ullmann and American trombonist Steve Swell, front line comrades for over 15 years in a variety of outfits, reunite on For New Zealand for the second release from their joint led initiative The Chicago Plan. Rounding out the foursome and providing some allusion to the band's moniker are the Windy City pairing of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Formanek, Lopez/Laubrock/Rainey & Piotr Damasiewicz

Read "Michael Formanek, Lopez/Laubrock/Rainey & Piotr Damasiewicz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of OMJ is packed with great improvisers and musical explorers. The much-respected bassist Michael Formanek found the isolation of the pandemic gave him time to look at music a little differently, and the result was an exploration of what he calls palindromic music. That's the basis for his new release with his Drome Trio, ...


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