I sometimes wonder if Mr. Bungle have been trolling their fans since day one. Their self-titled debut full-length, released in 1991 by Warner Brothers, is a blur of funk, ska, world music, and death metal that flips from Morbid Angel-influenced riffs to zany circus music and back on a dime. Formed by high school friends […]
Rova, which comprises saxophonists Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley, Larry Ochs, and Steve Adams (who replaced Andrew Voigt in 1988), is the gold standard against which all other saxophone quartets must be measured. Each of its members has a distinct approach to his instrument and a personal aesthetic, and they’ve expressed them in settings as disparate […]
Fall Out Boy at Wrigley Field and more goings-on 9/7-9/9
In recent years the sprawling variety and prolificacy of works by musician, composer, and community force John Zorn have been showcased in appropriately ambitious, multiconcert marathon events presented all around the world with enormous casts of musicians. Last month I experienced one of the largest such efforts when Jazz em Agosto, in Lisbon, Portugal, turned over […]
Back in the late 80s, John Zorn famously crammed many of his disparate musical interests into the work of a single ensemble. His quintet Naked City embodied his rapid-cut aesthetic; every couple of bars the ensemble abruptly and precisely switched tone and style, communicating a short-attention-span ethos that foreshadowed the age of information overload. In […]
Pianist Brian Marsella and his nimble trio channel a variety of voices on pieces from Zorn’s Book of Angels.
Corbett vs. Dempsey’s record label reissues Eugene Chadbourne’s mind-warping 1980 collision of free improv, country music, and bebop.
Craig Taborn, Christian McBride, and Tyshawn Sorey find common purpose interpreting compositions from John Zorn’s library of Masada material.
Given all the 90s nostalgia going around, playfully avant-garde NYC queercore band God Is My Co-Pilot definitely deserve their share.
The program features compositions by the two jazz-bred composers, with the latter performing on her works.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, May 3
Current musical obsessions of Rebecca Valeriano-Flores of Negative Scanner and composer Estlin Usher
Les Rhinocéros from Washington, D.C., brings its disparate musical hybrids to Township on Monday.
Les Rhinoceros, a D.C. prog band who made their first record in high school, play Township on Wednesday
Symphonies still prefer dead composers, but Anna Clyne beat the odds to land a plum job with the CSO at age 30