Nelson/Patton at musiXplore

Though this duo was a late addition to our season, their December 14 show promises to be a highlight for the year. Dave Nelson plays bass trombone with everyone from David Byrne to Sufjan Stevens to St. Vincent. Percussionist Marlon Patton keeps the beat, but also lays down grooves with his Moog bass pedals. Expect some chill sounds. Here’s a recent video of Dave Nelson soloing at BSP Lounge in Kingston NY:

You can also preview some of their tracks at this page. This show will also be a holiday meet and greet for the Ivanhoe Artists Mosaic, so don’t be surprised if there is egg nog and cookies!

Sumari Video

Here is video of the third part of Sumari’s concert at musiXplore on November 16, 2014.

You can view the entire show from this link

Sumari at musiXplore

Free jazz with banjo and bass clarinet? That sounds like our Nov. 16 concert with Sumari, a trio with deep roots in New Jersey. The timing is perfect, as they’ve just released a new recording on the Unseen Rain label.

Sumari

Let’s start with Matt Lavelle on trumpet, flugelhorn, alto and bass clarinet. It’s rare that you see a player doubling on brass and woodwinds, but this unique ability gives the group a wide range of timbres that you don’t often see in a jazz context.

Matt was born in Paterson, so this will be something of a homecoming for him. He has recorded 4 albums as leader and a dozen as a sideman. He has played and collaborated with Ornette Coleman, Giuseppi Logan, Hildred Humphries, William Parker, Eric Mingus, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Jemeel Moondoc, Mat Maneri, Ras Moshe, Potato Valdez, and many others.

For even more sonic variety, Jack De Salvo brings guitar, banjo and mandola skills to the ensemble. Jack began at Berklee, but soon found himself synthesizing jazz and classical approaches to playing and composition. He’s played with a panoply of musicians from the 70s-80s NYC loft scene: Karl Berger, Bruce Ditmas, Peter Brötzmann, The Decoding Society and many more.

In addition to being an incomparable jazz drummer, Tom Cabrera is an adept world percussionist, often adding to the proceedings instruments from all over the planet, particularly the middle-east.

Here’s their latest release on iTunes, where you can listen to selections:
Sumari – Matt Lavelle, Jack De Salvo & Tom Cabrera

…or on Amazon:

Sumari – Matt Lavelle, Jack De Salvo & Tom Cabrera

The opening act will be ArtCrime

Zinc Nine Psychedelic Video

Zinc Nine Psychedelic playing some amazing improvisations at their Oct. 19 concert. Each member brought their A game for their genres and mixed it into something entirely new. The video below is their encore.

You can view the entire show from this link

Zinc Nine Psychedelic at musiXplore

Sunday, October 19 is the first show of our third season, and we’re kicking it off with the amazing improvisors of Zinc Nine Psychedelic! Out of the hundreds of amazing musicians in New Jersey, this trio is near the top of the heap. They mix acoustic instrumentation with electronic treatments, they have mad playing skills, wild imaginations and they’ve played with everyone in the NY experimental scene. This is going to be fun!

Guitarist Nick Didkovsky founded the rock band Doctor Nerve in 1983, the metal band Häßliche Luftmasken in 2011, the metal band Vomit Fist in 2013, and is a member of the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet. He has composed for Bang On A Can All-Stars, Meridian Arts Ensemble, ETHEL, and others. His compositions and guitar work appear on over 50 records.

Zinc Nine Psychedelic

On percussion, ZNP features Kevin Norton. Kevin has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians — from Anthony Braxton and David Krakauer to Milt Hinton and Fred Frith. His compositions are featured on several recordings, both with his own as well as other ensembles.

Sound Sample of Diffraction    Sound Sample of Seeing Stars
Sound Sample of Electricity

The high note of this trio is the trumpet player, Dave Ballou. Dave has released nine internationally recognized CD’s as a leader and co-leader. He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Michael Formanek, Denman Maroney, Maria Schneider, Andrew Hill, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano and many others.

Here are a couple of reviews of their self-titled CD:
Review by Beppe Colli on Clouds and Clocks
Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter of the Downtown Music Gallery

2014-2015 Revised Season at musiXplore

Oops! A last-minute change to our schedule: there will not be a September 21, 2014 show. In its place, we are presenting an intriguing duo Nelson Patton from the Hudson Valley on December 18, 2014. They use the sounds of effected, looped trombone along with drums and Moog pedals. As their web site explains, “The result is a psychotropic experience as their compositionally-minded soundscapes transport you to a higher state of consciousness.”

Season Poster 2014-2015

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2014-15 New Season at musiXplore

musiXplore is proud to announce a splendid lineup of performers for our season for 2014-2015. This is our third year of bringing adventurous music of all types to New Jersey. As always, most of these great musicians are natives of New Jersey, with a sprinkling of performers from the Hudson Valley and elsewhere.

Season Poster 2014-15

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The season starts with legendary synth pioneer Don Slepian. Don is one of the early creators of what later came to be called ambient or new age music. He is best known for his recordings of “The Sea of Bliss”. In the 80′s, NPR’s “Music from the Heart of Space” used his work as a theme song. Although his current repertoire leans more toward classical music, he is doing a special concert for us to revive his original space music sounds of the 1980s.

Zinc Nine Psychdelic is a powerhouse trio of experimentalists. Kevin Norton on vibes and percussion has played with greats like Fred Frith, John Zorn and Anthony Braxton. Nick Didkovsky has studied with Pauline Oliveros, played with Fred Frith and led the Doctor Nerve band, “annihilating the boundaries between rock, metal, improvisation, jazz, and experimental music since 1983″. On top of this wildness is the electronically mutilated trumpet of Dave Ballou, who has extensive experience in both the jazz and classical worlds.

Our November show will feature Sumari. Guitarist Jack Desalvo joins percussionist Tom Cabrera and Matt Lavelle on trumpet for a bopping afternoon of free jazz. Jack is one of the principals behind avant-jazz record label Unseen Rain. Matt has played with Ornette Coleman, among many others.

We’re very fortunate to have booked world music expert Dean Poulsen for January 18, 2015. Dean received his Masters in Balinese and Javanese gamelan, then studied at the Gamelan-Academi Seni Kawaritan in Bali, Indonesia and the the Stockhausen Composition Summer Courses in Europe. He’s doing fascinating work integrating traditional acoustic instruments with electronic treatments.

Next up is Jersey City cellist and vocalist Jody Redhage. Jody is a new mother, but she’s taking time from parenthood and her busy Rose and the Nightingale quartet to play some excerpts from her experimental album “Of Minutiae and Memory”. Click on her name to hear samples of both.

Hailing from Ithaca, NY, The Electric Golem is a synthesizer duo who have been performing for years at festivals like Electro-music and the New Jersey Festival of Electronic Arts. What lifts their work out of the usual space music genre is the scoring and musical structure they give their pieces.

For our final concert of this season, Bryan Alka of Woodbury, NJ favors us with “Occultronica”, a deeply moody and moving electronica. If you like Autechre or Plaid, you’re going to love this performance.

JEM of Symmetry Remix

From JEM of Symmetry’s April 27, 2014 performance, here’s a remix of one of his pieces:

Coming soon: musiXplore’s 2014-2015 season with lots of great musicians from Jersey and the Hudson Valley!

Our Deepest Sympathies

We just found out that only a few hours after Todd Steponick’s At Work performance at musiXplore, a drunk driver killed his mother and injured his father. We feel a profound heart-heaviness from the terrible accident. Keep well, Todd.

At Work Video

At Work is the performance moniker for Todd Steponick. The At Work perspective is influenced both by the deep woods serenity of the Pine Barrens and by the electronica scene of nearby Philadelphia. Here’s the first half of At Work’s show:

There’s more of At Works at this link: At Work – second half

JEM of Symmetry set (also in 2 parts)

This was the final show of our 2013-2014 season, but plans are in the works for next year. Have a great spring and summer!