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Music, All Shook Down Small Show Calendar: Tony Molina, Capitalist Casualties, Dancer, and More

Small Show Calendar: Tony Molina, Capitalist Casualties, Dancer, and More

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Henry Kaiser/Mike Keneally/Vinny Golia/Aurora Josephson/Joe Morris/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter

An icon of 1960s free jazz, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's singularly extreme approach influenced figures disparate as John Coltrane, Peter Brötzmann, and Patti Smith. Healing Force pays tribute to Ayler's oft-reviled late period, including late-'60s albums New Grass and Music…
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Music, Silent Cult Flicks Gain Volume with Live Orchestras: the Valerie Project and the Willem Breuker Kollektief

Silent Cult Flicks Gain Volume with Live Orchestras: the Valerie Project and the Willem Breuker Kollektief

Even before the 1927 premiere of the first "talkie," The Jazz Singer, sound was integral to the flicker of celluloid. Pianists would accompany serials at matinees, and pit orchestras would provide ambience and emotional heft to otherwise "silent" films. F.W.…
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Critics have argued that reed player Ken Vandermark has single-handedly revitalized the Chicago jazz scene. While this may be a bit of an overstatement, the composer/improviser's high level of musicianship and relentless activity have drawn worldwide attention to the Windy…
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As producer of the Peter Kowald Festival, local improviser Damon Smith intends to pay tribute to the renowned German contrabassist who changed his life. After hearing Kowald's ferocious free jazz for the first time, so the story goes, the Minutemen-obsessed…
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Mats Gustafsson Even in the most adventurous music circles, it's rare when a player invents a radically unique sound on his instrument. But that's precisely what Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson has achieved. And he's only 35 years old. Jumping off…
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