Photos Copyright © John Sharpe Many thanks to all — & there were many, way too many for me to answer each one — who sent birthday greetings. I finished my quatorze juillet / bastille day celebration at The Stone, New York’s best avant-garde/impro jazz venue, listening to the Blood Trio — Sabir Mateen (woodwinds) Whit Dickey (drums) Michael Bisio (bass) — playing a breath-taking set, amazing clarity of sound & tone, brilliant inventiveness — … Read more Ending the Day with the Blood Trio
Lol Coxhill in a skip. Art event copyright Simon Thackray. Photo: Tony Bartholomew. cris cheek just alerted us to a superb homage to Lol Coxhill by his friend & collaborator David Toop. Below 2 paragraphs from that homage; you can read the full piece here. Lol could be an extraordinarily generous person. There were those he believed to be “duff”, dismissed with pithy anecdote and an underplayed chuckle, and … Read more Toop on Coxhill
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
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!
Did make it to the final gig of the Matthew Shipp Trio — Matthew Shipp, piano; Michael Bisio, Bass; Whit Dickey, drums — at the Stone on Saturday night! Here the opening 5 minutes of the 10 p.m. Saturday night gig: [audio:http://www.pierrejoris.com/blog/audio/MattShipTrioStoneOct11.mp3]
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!
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
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
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