Monthly Archives: June 2012

Concert review: Terje Rypdal – bringing Nordic, impressionistic, spacey sound colours to Manhattan.

Date: June 27, 2012
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (NY)
Review by Jeremy Siskind

From the moment that Terje Rypdal and his quartet stepped onto the stage of Le Poisson Rouge, all my sensory impressions grabbed me by the hand and hurried me to towards a faded word in the dusk light of a pitchy forest: dated. The hairstyles of the Norwegian band were combed with ‘80s cliché, the sound was jazz-rock that harkened to the age when musicians were enamored with “plugging in,” and the overall aesthetic was a tribute to the sort of virtuosity that has – in my vision – gone out of style with the rise of conservatory jazz programs.

Oddly, the band functioned in almost two completely separate units with solos by rock-based Rypdal and heavily-Miles-influenced Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg pivoting around a very able rhythm section of organist Ståle Storløkken and Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia.

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DVD recommendation: Folk Cinema – this WORLD is UNREAL like a SNAKE in a ROPE?!

Title: This World Is Unreal Like A Snake In A Rope
Cat.#: DVD SF073
Label: Sublime Frequencies
Release date: out
Genre: trad. South Indian music
Buy the DVD here

A film by Robert Millis. Folk cinema from the eternal never-ending collage that is INDIA. A journey through the ancient Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu featuring Hindu trance ceremonies, street music, festivals, nagaswaram improvisations, impossibly loud cities, ancient temples, processions, devotions, decay, fireworks, abstractions and more. India is impossible to know: it is impossibly old and impossibly new, impossibly rich and impossibly poor, quiet and chaotic. Offered here is one perspective, raw, captured live and in the moment, with an emphasis on India’s complex and mesmerizing sounds. DVD features bonus photo gallery with over 100 images. 50 minutes/Color; digipack; all-region DVD; NTSC format. Limited one-time edition of 1000 copies.

Music listings – 6/25 through 7/1

1. Evolving Music

Date: Monday, June 25, 2012
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Clemente Soto Velez Center  (107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002)
Tickets: Door: $11 for 1 set, $16 : 2 set , $20 : All Night
Genre: Jazz/impeove/Nu Blues/dance

7:30PM – 8:30PMNicholson / Four Women with an Ax to Grind

Patricia Nicholson – dance, words Mazz Swift – violin Kris Davis – piano Tiffany Chang – drums
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Event review: Friday Night At The Vision Festival 17

Date: Friday, June 15, 2012
Venue: the Roulette

Reviewed by Matt Cole

One of the many interesting things about the New York City jazz scene is that it is large enough to have a number of separate sub-scenes that have little overlap between performers (and quite possibly audience, though that is much harder to quantify). While this can certainly feel like cliquishness at times, I suspect that a fairly large part of it is that people have only so much time available, and can devote themselves to only so many bands; thus there is a natural tendency to fall into somewhat vaguely-defined groups. This doesn’t, of course, remove the danger of insularity and diminishing musical cross-fertilization. At any rate, this phenomenon can be seen by contrasting the recent 17th Vision Festival with last winter’s Winter Jazzfest — two events with very different lineups and to a certain extent musical feels. Yet, both events can be put under the aegis of modern jazz. The crowds were different, too: Winter Jazzfest had a younger crowd which seemed right at home in the West Village venues which it calls home, while the Vision Festival has a formal, almost classical feel to it, complete with the occasional shushing (though to be fair, there was some seriously pianissimo music at times).