Keep Sane: Listen to Music

Given the situation, the need to keep mind on even, working keel is essential — too much reading in the proses of urgency is bad for eyes & mind; close these for a moment but open ears: listen, listen in, listen up, listen down. Ps. I have been listening all day to Matthew Shipp’s Trio latest release: PIANO SONG. It is absolutely gorgeous. Don’t miss it! Haven’t been able to locate any upload … Read more Keep Sane: Listen to Music

The Firehouse Gig

Here are some stills of Nicole Peyrafitte’s gig this past Saturday at the Firehouse in Brooklyn. After an excellent first set by the two superb double bass players Michael Bisio and Ken Filinao, Nicole joined the duo &  they played a breathtaking second set, which also featured appearances by Firehouse artistic director Sandra Sprecher on piano & la Grande Dame of the piano, Connie Crothers. I shot some amateurish videos which … Read more The Firehouse Gig

Nicole Peyrafitte Live!

RRM at Caffè Lena December 2011 [phot0 Caroline Isachsen] After the very successful premiere of her & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s film “Mirage” (here) Nicole Peyrafitte will (in her own words) “be switching robes on Sunday September 30, 4PM for a much anticipated gig with Michael Bisio. The beautiful Lower Manhattan 6BC Garden will provide an incredible setting to perform a new installment of Remember-Reflect-Mark, a site/theme specific series of performances that generates music, voice & markings. The first installment of R-R-M was … Read more Nicole Peyrafitte Live!

Ending the Day with the Blood Trio

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

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!

Nicole Peyrafitte’s Fall Program

Bonjour! Hope this message finds you well and all recovered from the storm. Below is my schedule for the next month. A lot of exciting gigs coming up here in NYC and in France. Sunday Sept. 11 7:30 p.m Poetry in Remembrance at Erika’s Loft in Brooklyn- Williamsburg poetry reading to celebrate and grieve those loved and lost on this 10th anniversary phone 917 865 4875 Monday September 19 8PM … Read more Nicole Peyrafitte’s Fall Program

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:] Get the CD! … Read more Travel Music