ESP-DISK: Always in Trouble

More good reading for the summer: been reading around Jason Weiss’ latest tome: Always in Trouble: An oral history of ESP-DISK, the most outrageous Record Label in America published earlier this year by Wesleyan University Press. It truly is a sweet dippin’ & diggin’ book, depending on your mood — Albert Ayler or Roswell Budd, Evan Parker or William Parker, Gato Barbieri or Amiri Baraka. A fascinating look ‘behind … Read more ESP-DISK: Always in Trouble

NYC Premiere of Nicole Peyrafitte’s New Multi-Media Performance!

Monday Evolving Series LES Gallery 1st floor @ Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center 107 Suffolk Street (between Delancey & Rivington)  Tickets:  $11 per set / $16 for 2 / $20 all night  Students/Seniors :  $8 per set / $12 for 2 / $18 all night  Monday April 23 CREATIVE SOUNDS OF DISSENSION 7.30 pm / NICOLE PEYRAFITTE “BI-VALVE” A new body of work that includes paintings & texts. 8.30 pm … Read more NYC Premiere of Nicole Peyrafitte’s New Multi-Media Performance!

Do Not Miss the Matthew Shipp Trio!

For my money, this is the best jazz happening right now in New York & beyond. Don’t miss it! Oct. 7 and 8, both sets both nights, 8 and 10 pm Matthew Shipp Trio with Whit Dickey and Michael Bisio  The Stone Ave C and E. 2nd St, NYC Pianist Matthew Shipp persists as a resilient outsider, maintaining strong ties to NYC’s free-jazz community even as he assails its orthodoxies. He … Read more Do Not Miss the Matthew Shipp Trio!

Joris & Peyrafitte Coming Events

Wednesday April 27 8PM  POETRY PROJECT “ILLUMINATIONS” READING A Celebration for John Ashbery translations of Rimbaud’s Illuminations St. Mark’s In-the-Bowery, Second Ave. at 10th St. 212-674-0910 Read more   Saturday April 30 4PM $6 NICK PIOMBINO & PIERRE JORIS @ Segue Reading Series Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery NYC Nick Piombino’s latest book is Contradicta: Aphorisms from Green Integer, with illustrations by Toni Simon. “Contradicta: Aphorisms is almost impossible to put … Read more Joris & Peyrafitte Coming Events

Steve Dalachinsky on Matthew Shipp

What Is This Thing Called Shipp? Matthew Shipp – Art of the Improviser Thirsty Ear 57197 – 2cds Matthew solo live in Paris January 28, 2011 Matthew Shipp Trio live at (Le) Poisson Rouge March 7, 2011   Recognizable materials: Piano Pianist Standards / or at least fragments of such Improvisation Recently I had the pleasure of seeing a Matthew Shipp solo gig in Paris. This was followed a … Read more Steve Dalachinsky on Matthew Shipp

Travel Music

I’ve been listening to a pre-release copy of this recording again and again in this, my winter incarnation as the ‘immobile nomad’ (to quote Albert Memmi), and, ladies and gentlemen, this is indeed Travel Music. added 1/10/11: And now the CD is officially out — & I heard a mind-blowing concert last night at Station 269 with Bisio doing a 45-minute solo. Here’s an excerpt: [audio:http://www.pierrejoris.com/blog/audio/BisioSolo.mp3] Get the CD! … Read more Travel Music

He Gone? No, He Back!

Didn’t know what was wrong with New York this last month, but it felt uncanny, unheimlich, no one saying savvy rude things to you or the guy next to you, no one slapping you on the back calling you names or complaining about this or that as you enter Katz’s, no one offering unasked for wise-crack put downs with that unmistakable faint Brooklynese (rhymes with pekinese) people here speak … Read more He Gone? No, He Back!

Debussy, the Moon, Lacy

Well, quiet day at home, after coming in late last night after an excellent MET presentation of  Debussy’s Péléas and Mélisande, and staying up a few more hours to catch the incredible full eclipse of the moon. Today unwrapped our end-of-year gift to ourselves, a record player that should allow us to digitalize old vinyls, and spent much time doing just that, starting with some of Nicole’s favorite Bill … Read more Debussy, the Moon, Lacy