Monthly archives: July, 2015

Piccola Orchestra Gagarin at ArtTe – 29th July ’15

Paolo Angeli (Sardinian prepared guitar) Sasha Agranov (cello) Oriol Roca (drums, percussion) Piccola Orchestra Gagarin are a peculiar outfit. An Italian-Russian-Catalan trio with unusual instrumentation, pairing a cello with a guitar that has been practically turned into a cello (on steroids) plus an agile and inventive percussive approach that goes beyond the simple drumkit. As…




Guillaume Belhomme & Daunik Lazro – Sales Rectangles / Vieux Carré

Guillaume Belhomme (words) Daunik Lazro (baritone saxophone) Remember when all music came in some kind of physical format? Some sort of disc or tape? However convenient it might be to have your tunes zapped to your hard drive at the click of a key, the physical format does provide an extra avenue of creativity. One…




7 Questions for… Simo Laihonen

Finnish jazz tends to be well-respected but not necessarily well-known. As one-third of Black Motor, Simo Laihonen has maybe been more active than most in building a vibrant improvisation ‘scene’ in his adopted city of Tampere. Add to this his work with saxophonist Jorma Tapio, and recently landing the drum chair in the rebooted Sound…




Mural – Tempo

Jim Denley (wind instruments) Kim Myhr (12-string guitar, zither) Ingar Zach (gran cassa, percussion) Second Hour Third Hour Fourth Hour Coda (2:49:56) Houston, 27th April 2013 SOFA 547 In April 2013, Denley, Myhr and Zach returned to the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas for the third time. Surrounded by Rothko’s grey and blue monuments, in…




Simon Frick – Solo

Simon Frick (violin, effects) Smells Like Teen Spirit Moments ATWA Don’t Damn Me Veilchenalkowohl Internal Bleeding In The Name of God Escape Dazed Medium Human Nachtlied PDV Records, Vienna (no date) Boomslang Records LC 09496 The press release says, “file under: Jazz” but this is a little broader than that; just the way we like…




Agustí Fernández Celebration Ensemble – 20th July ’15

Strings, lots of wind, and hitting things to make a noise… Agustí Fernández (piano) Mats Gustafsson (baritone saxophone) Pablo Ledesma (alto & soprano saxophones) Nate Woolley (trumpet) Frances-Marie Uitti (cello) Joe Morris (guitar) Ingar Zach (percussion) Núria Andorrà (percussion) Birthdays, getting older, it’s not so bad. Especially if you’re Agustí Fernández and choose to have…




7 Questions for… Devin Gray

Drummer-composer Devin Gray has long been in demand on the New York and East Coast scene, working with names such as Michael Formanek, Nate Wooley, George Garzone, Chris Speed, Sam Rivers, Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, and Bill McHenry among many others. Both his playing and compositions have been called, “texturally intricate and rhythmically absorbing” and…




Yoko Miura & Teppo Hauta-aho – Nostalgia

Yoko Miura (piano) Teppo Hauta-aho (bass) Anxiety Nostalgia Chase Up The Shadows Silence (62.24) Helsinki, 19th November 2013 ODD7 Recordings ODD7001 There’s something about a duo improvisation… the maximum potential freedom while still being tempered by the necessity for close listening. It’s hardly a guaranteed format, but when it does work – as in the…