Ava Mendoza – guitar, vocals
Tim Dahl – bass
Max Jaffe – drums
Rumor (80) festival – Rasa Utrecht the Netherlands
Unnatural Ways is the main project of Brooklyn-based guitarist Ava Mendoza. The current trio of Mendoza- guitar, vox / Tim Dahl (Lydia Lunch, Child Abuse, Yusef Lateef)- bass / Max Jaffe (Normal Love, Killer Bob)drums has developed a highly personal sound; sharp, heavy, and psychedelic. Drawing from complex rock, avant jazz and warped blues music, the players push the boundaries of their own vocabularies and of the written music to put on powerful and unpredictable live shows. The self-titled Unnatural Ways full-length LP will be issued in Feb. 2015 by the New Atlantis label (William Hooker, Microwaves, Elliott Sharp). A full-length CD release by the new lineup on John Zorn’s Tzadik label is slated for late 2015.
Source: Ava Mendoza Website
Plymouth at the Bimhuis was a great journey. It was very great to see those great musicians together on one stage!
The sound was overwhelming and you have to listen it a couple of times, so you can follow and listen to each musician and off course as a band.
Following on the heels of their successful collaboration on 2013‘s Slobber Pup, one of the most intensely throbbing releases in the RareNoise catalog, keyboardist Jamie Saft and guitarist Joe Morris have reunited for another potent and provocative offering in Plymouth. Joining them on the three expansive pieces that comprise this purely improvised set are the indelible rhythm tandem of bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver, who have played together in various settings (including Morris’ quartet) since the late ‘90s, and rising star avant garde guitarist Mary Halvorson (a former student of Morris’). Together they create compelling stream-of-conscious sonic excursions that range from zen-like quietude to hellacious distortion-laced fury, as on the 20-minute “Manomet,” the 13-minute title track and the 29-minute journey, “Standish.” Nothing is ever predictable or resolves neatly on this audacious, wildly uncompromising outing.
Jamie Saft – piano / organs
Joe Morris – elec. guitars
Mary Halvorson – elec. guitars
Chris Lightcap – elec. bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums
Steve Lehman Octet at Bimhuis
Steve Lehman – Alt Saxophone
Jonathan Finlayson – Trumpet
Tim Albright – Trombone
Mark Shim – Tenor Saxophone
Chris Dingman – Vibraphone
Dan Peck – Tuba
Drew Gress – Bass
Cody Brown – Drums
The Steve Lehman Octet is comprised of an all-star assemblage of performer/improvisers who represent the absolute state-of-the-art on their respective instruments. The ensemble has received an abundance of critical acclaim for its synthesis of spectral harmony and improvisation. The octet’s most recent recording, Mise en Abîme (Pi, 2014), was selected as the #1 Jazz CD of 2014 by NPR Music, The Los Angeles Times, eMusic, and Musica Jazz Italy, among many others. The CD was also cited as one of the “Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2014″ by over thirty publications, internationally, including The Denver Post, The Village Voice, The Seattle Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Guardian and The BBC.
The group’s debut recording Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi, 2009), was called the #1 Jazz/Pop CD of 2009 by The New York Times and described as “a breathtaking accomplishment, a blast of urban futurism at once hypnotic, kinetic and kaleidoscopic. And funky.”
- Source website Steve Lehman -
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It’s been a while, I’ve posted some concert photo’s on this blog. I’ve been working the last couple of months on my corporate website nomovies.nl
It’s even been a while, I’ve seen a rock concert.
Not very familiar with all the King Crimson songs, but I listen a lot to the Torn, Levin, White cd and the Tony Levin solo projects.
It was a very impressive concert, with great musicians.
The photos are taken with a FujiFilm X-E2 and the Fujinon 55-200mm. On my nomovies blog, I’ve wrote some experience with this mirror-less camera. This concert was very difficult, because of the dynamic lighting on stage. The X-e2 had some problems with focussing. But when the focus is right, you get great pictures.
Gaudeamus Muziekweek – At Rasa
Ernst Reijseger – Cello
Mola Sylla – Vocals, M’bira, Xalam, Kongoma
Harmen Fraanje – Piano
This trio creates personal music, evoking strong reactions of audiences. Like spirituals maybe, played by an atheist, a vegetarian and a mussel man.The musicians all contribute with original compositions. Their different backgrounds and individual vocabulary connect miraculously natural.Reijseger, Fraanje and Sylla got to know each other well over the past years and shared many adventures, both as a performing trio as in other projects, such as film scores for Werner Herzog’s ‘My Son My Son What Have Ye Done’ and ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’. Playing together became addictive.
When producer Stefan Winter asked Reijseger what project he wanted to record next, Reijseger said: “This trio is it, because I have found, completely by coincidence, this great pianist and this angel of a singer, that make me play differently and vice versa times three. It is a living organism, this trio. Not a concept. In fact its concepts change all the time. New approaches occur and are recognized by its members. No democracy, but sensitive cooperation.”
The concerts and soon to be released live-to-two-track recording reflect this approach. The trio plays ‘readings’ of their material. This means that the form occurs while performing. No structure is set beforehand. The trio rehearses just options and practices in communicating musically. This clears the way for surprising music with heartfelt expression.
Marco Flores brengt een indrukwekkende mengeling van feilloze techniek, een aangeboren gevoel voor het compás en pure elegantie op het podium. Hij laat zich zichtbaar inspireren door zijn muzikanten op zang, gitaar en palmas. Hij werd geboren in het Andalusische Arcos de la Frontera, waar hij grotendeels autodidact begon aan zijn ontwikkeling tot flamencodanser. Later ging hij in de leer bij onder andere Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales en Javier Barón en werd hij opgenomen in het gezelschap van Sara Baras. De laatste jaren zat zijn solocarrière in de lift: in 2010 werd hij Nationale Flamencodanser van het Jaar en in 2012 werd hij beloond met de persprijs van het Festival de Jerez. Zijn voorstellingen brengen een boeiende balans tussen traditie, het speelse samenspel tussen de muzikanten en Flores’ expressie van zijn unieke, hedendaagse visie op flamenco.
On music meeting there was next to all of the world music, a little bit room for some serious jazz improvisation.
A great project with Ingrid Laubrock, Guillaume Orti, Laurent Blondiau & Tom Rainey.
It was located at a culture cafe of the University.
John Medeski – Hammond, Key, Piano
Billy Martin – Drums, Perscussions
Chris Wood – Acoustic and electric Bass
At LantarenVenster in Rotterdam the Netherlands by jazz photographer Maarten Mooijman (mmpicture)
“The trio’s amalgam of jazz, funk, “avant-noise” and a million other musical currents and impulses is nearly impossible to classify, which is just how they like it. Medeski’s keyboard excursions, Chris Wood’s hard-charging bass lines and Billy Martin’s supple, danceable beats have come to resemble a single organism, moving gracefully between genre-defying compositions and expansive improvisation atop a relentless groove.”