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Milford Graves interviewed by Steve Coleman, Fri. Mar. 16, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012
8:00pm until 9:30pm
The 1st SIM “Meet Jazz Luminaries Interview”:
Milford Graves interviewed by Steve Coleman

March 16 8-9:30
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
58 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

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The inimitable Ed Askew will be playing at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, NY. this December 23rd at 10pm.

Purchase the Ed Askew classic Ask The Unicorn here!

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Thollem Mcdonas Plays the Old Reliable Kurtzmann

Thollem McDonas Plays the Old Reliable Kurtzmann from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

There isn’t much information out there about Kurtzmann pianos. This one is an old warhorse in the main room of the Tribes Gallery, a long standing East Village salon of new music and poetry.

Pianist Thollem McDonas improvised a piece reminiscent of a storm-tossed sea, and when it was all over, he fished a splintered hammer (a Db, I think) out of the piano.

The occasion was a CD release party for ESP Records.

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Seach and Restore Presents: Thollem Mcdonas (Tsigoti), Andrew D’Angelo, and Greg Saunier


Blue Note

131 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012-1208

Start Time: Friday, Jun 10, 12:30 am
Price: BAR: $10.00 TABLE:$10.00

Andrew D’Angelo, saxophone
Greg Saunier, drums
Thollem Mcdonas, piano



Andrew D’Angelo’s charismatic presence and iconoclastic musical ambition have been well-established over the course of his twenty year plus career and his key roles in bands like Human Feel, the Matt Wilson Quartet and Tyft. His dedication to pushing his limits and his willingness to delve into new musical areas have been powerful inspirations to his peers and to a new generation of improvisors. His forceful tone and aggressive improvisational style have made him one of the most influential alto saxophonists of his time.


In 1992, Greg Saunier, having recently graduated with a degree in music composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, joined a short-lived San Francisco quartet called Nitre Pit, on drums. In March 1994, when this quartet broke up suddenly with shows still booked, Saunier and then-bassist Rob Fisk decided to continue as a duo. They quickly devised a convulsive, improvisatory playing style to make up for their lack of material and stark instrumentation.One such show where Fisk and Saunier were called upon to substitute for their former band was the 1995 Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia, WA. In the audience was Slim Moon, founder of the independent Olympia record label Kill Rock Stars. Moon signed Nitre Pit (as they were still known at that point) on for one 7â?³ single, at which point the duo renamed themselves Deerhoof.


Thollem’s perpetual travels have covered much of the North American continent and Europe. In the past 6 years he has added more than 20 albums to his discography on 9 different vanguard labels in 4 different countries. His music is diverse, approaching each album and concert uniquely, often resulting in dramatically new and different outcomes. Not long after birth Thollem began studying the keyboard repertoire from the medieval to the 20th century. After graduating with degrees in both piano performance and composition he dedicated his time for years in grassroots political and environmental movements before returning to his own music with his full focus. He is currently performing and recording as a soloist, in collaboration with many other individuals and groups as well as leading improvisation workshops. He is also the founding director of Estamos Ensemble.

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Ed Askew Announces June and July Tour Dates

Ed Askew

7/10 Brighton Music Hall
Allston, MA (Boston)

7/11 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY

7/12 Bowery Ballroom

7/13 Rock and Roll Hotel
Washington, DC

7/15 Cats Cradle
Carrboro, NC (Chapel Hill)

Ed Askew on ESP – Disk’

Ed Askew on Drag City Records

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ESP-Disk’ Live Presents: Eli Keszler CD Release Party Wednesday, May 25th 7pm

LIVE Performances by:

Eli Keszler

solo percussion, avant-noise, industrial metal

youtube perfomance@ Kirjan talo, Helsinki

Ed Askew

psychedelic / outsider / freak folk

performing with Jay Pluck on Piano

youtube performance @ The Stone NYC

Thollem McDonas

of Tsigoti

bold, awe-inspiring solo pianoforte excursions to another universe

youtube performance @ Issue Project Room

Steve Dalachinsky

MC extraordinaire, Jazz-influenced/incorporating poet

youtube performance @ Bowery Poetry Club

What: Release Party / Live Concert

When: Wednesday, May 25, 7-10 PM

Where: Tribes Gallery, 285 East Third St. (between Avenues C & D), 2nd floor

DIRECTIONS: 6 to Bleecker or F,J,M,Z to Essex-Delancey; M1 to 5th & 1st Ave, M9 to 2nd & Ave B, or M21 to 3rd & Ave C; then walk east!

$10 cover goes directly to Performers and A Gathering of the Tribes

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Chris Corsano, Yoko Ono, and Kim Gordon live in NYC

Chris Corsano and Paul Dunmall on ESP – Disk’

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Tsigoti Announces 2011 Tour Dates !

Tsigoti's ESP Disk' Debut - Private Poverty Speaks to the People of the Party

ESP-Disk is proud to announce its newest artist, Tsigoti, an international band combining revolutionary politics and intelligent semi-acoustic avant-punk fervor. ‘Private Poverty Speaks To The People Of The Party’ was recorded with a group of players that have run the gauntlet of life experience and musical explorations and you can hear it in the vitality and urgency of the music. ‘Private Poverty Speaks To The People Of The Party’ still holds the same raw improvisational qualities of their debut recording, ‘The Brutal Reality of Modern Brutality’ (Edgetone Records). Straying from the typical notion of political commentary, Tsigoti delivers a clever, experimental, driving, AND fun accessible work of art that is true to the ESP mission: forward thinking and forever changing.


Thollem McDonas – Beat-up Piano, Vocals
Andy Cap – Drums, Backing Vocals
Ben Itchy- Electric Bass, Backing Vocals
Jack Andrews – Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals

Plus Guests Edoardo Ricci, Samuele Venturin, Francesco di Mauro, and a choir of a dozen friends.

2011 Tour Dates; Italy

Aprile 13 at Dal Verme Roma

Aprile 17 at Ex Stazione FS Boscoreale

Aprile 19 at Zo Catania

Aprile 20 at Lebowsky Ragusa

Aprile 21 at Agriturismo Capuano Gangi

Aprile 22 at Tavola Tonda Palermo

Aprile 23 and 24 at Tavola Tonda (Improvisations workshop) Palermo

Aprile 25 at Blue Dahlia Marina Di Gioiosa Jonica

Aprile 28 at i Sotteranei Copertino

Aprile 29 at La Macerie Molfetta

Aprile 30 at Hotel de Ville San Giorgio Jonico

Maggio 1 at Japigie Corsano

Maggio 2 at Lughé Lugo

Maggio 3 at MKC Koper, Slovenia

Maggio 4 at XM24 Bologna

Maggio 5 at Circolo Aurora Firenze

Maggio 6 at Dalla Cira Pesaro

Maggio 7 at CSC San Vito Di Leguzzano

End Of Tsigoti Tour

Thollem McDonas solo dates; Italy, USA, and Mexico:

May 12th at Teatro Refugio Solo Piano Livorno, IT

May 13, 14 and 15th at ScuolaPopolareDiMusicaIvanIllich leading Fronteras Assembled Workshop Bologna, IT

May 14 at ScuolaPopolareDiMusicaIvanIllich with Edoardo Marraffa and Stefano Giust Bologna, IT

May 19th at Maxxi Museum accompanying the films of Martha Colburn Roma, IT

May 20th at Club Fanfulla 101 with Greg Saunier and live projection by Luca Tanzini Roma, IT

May 21st at Brigadisco Cave Solo Piano Itri, IT

June 3rd at Issue Project Room Solo Piano Brooklyn, NY

June 4th at Anthology Film Archives with Martha Colburn and Greg Saunier NY, NY

June 10th at Blue Note with Andrew D’Angelo and Greg Saunier NY, NY

June 11th and 12th at What You Will Festival  Columbus, Ohio

July 4th at Fire House Project Detroit, MI

August 14th – 21st at CANTE residency and concert with Estamos Ensemble San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Eli Keszler’s “Cold Spring” Installation on Vimeo

eli keszler : cold pin from eli keszler on Vimeo.

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Eli Keszler’s UK/EU Tour


For EU/UK Tour questions contact TUSK MUSIC (,

EU/UK tour!

april 1st london @ café oto, trio w/ steve beresford and adam bohman
april 2 brighton @The Cowley w/ dylan nyoukis
april 3 bournemouth @ The Winchester (Vault)
april 4 manchester @ The Castle Hotel
april 5 bristol @ Cafe Kino
april 6 nottinghamm @ The Chameleon
april 7 newcastle @ a better noise
april 8 edinburgh @ The Banshee Labyrinth
april 9 glasgow @ Nice N Sleazy
april 13 paris @ instant chavires
april 14 nijmegen @ extrapool
april 15 helsinki @ Äänen Lumo + Mental Alaska Fest
april 16 berlin @ NK Elsenstr. 52/ 2.Hinterhaus Etage 2 12059 9pm and Bill Kouligas and Arnau Sala
april 17 berlin @ O’Tannenbaum Sonnenallee 27 Berlin Neukolln 8pm (duo w/ Tobias Delius)

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