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Michael Zerang

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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

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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).

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Escape from Dark Matter

Label: Pink Palace
Released: 2022

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Astragaloi

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

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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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Gathering—Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz, Survival Unit II & Hot Heroes

Read "The Gathering—Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz, Survival Unit II & Hot Heroes" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


With only one opportunity left to program some music to recognize Black History Month, I decided to dedicate the last hour music by some of the great Black musicians making their own history (Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith and Graham Haynes & Oliver Lake of OGJB) and The Gathering: Roots And Branches of Los ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis / Elizabeth Harnik / Michael Zerang: Astragaloi

Read "Astragaloi" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Sometimes listening to free improvisational music is, truth be told, an act of social anthropology. Who is making music? How is the combination of individual instruments configured? Where are the musicians from? Maybe more significant, how has this musical society developed? Astragaloi from the trio of Dave Rempis, Elizabeth Harnik, and Michael Zerang could be a ...

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Dream Disobedience

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dream Disobedience

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Different Corners of the World of Jazz

Read "Different Corners of the World of Jazz" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show an eclectic mix where all corners of the jazz universe are explored including straight-ahead playing, free improvisation, exotic baroque fusion, and romantic music. We visit Australia, South America, the USA, Europe and the UK, and travel in time between 1969 and 2021.Playlist Alex Collins, Karl Latham, Ryan Berg “Stella By ...

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Article: Album Review

Elisabeth Harnik / Michael Zerang: Dream Disobedience

Read "Dream Disobedience" reviewed by John Sharpe


On Dream Disobedience American drummer Michael Zerang and Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik head way out left field, treating their instruments as noise generators in a duet captured live at the Sound Disobedience Festival, in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, in March 2019. Zerang may be best known as a member of Peter Brötzmann's Chicago ...


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