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The Microscopic Septet's new CD, Manhattan Moonrise, has been released on Cuneiform Records
In late November of 2013, The Micros went into the studio to record their first CD containing new material since the late 1980s. A combination of brand new work by Joel Forrester and Phillip Johnston, re-imagined early Micros tunes, and a couple of classics, the CD is part of Cuneiform Records' 30th Anniversary releases for May/June 2014
"Those who wonder if The Microscopic Septet still "got it" can stop worrying-and rejoice!"
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Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: Wordless! US Tour
This innovative show combines slides, talk, film, and live musical performance. Spiegelman collaborated with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston whose sextet underscores the multimedia presentation with new original music.
Wordless! brings to life the work of the five most important artists of the wordless novel — Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, Otto Nückel, and Si Lewen — in a series of animated projections.The program also contains new original work created by Spiegelman, as well as animating and musicalizing some of his older short wordless strips.
Oct 8th: Oberlin College OH
Oct 10th: University of California, Berkeley CA: Cal Performances, Zellerbach Auditorium
Oct 12th: Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle WA
Oct 15th: UCLA Royce Hall, Los Angeles CA
Oct 17th: USCB Arts & Lectures Santa Barbara CA
Oct 19th: Kauffman Center, Kansas City KA
Oct 21st: Lisner Auditorium, GWU, Washington DC
Oct 26th: ICA, Boston MA
In addition, interspersed among these gigs:
Oct 11th: Duende, Oakland, CA presents:
Phillip Johnston's New Big Trouble
A 2014 re-invention of Johnston's 90s band Big Trouble, who recorded two CDs for Black Saint and one for John Zorn's Avant label, the band from Wordless! plays jazz (or something like it)
Phillip Johnston: soprano saxophone
Joe Fiedler: trombone
Mike Hashim: baritone sax
Neal Kirkwood: piano
Dave Hofstra: bass
Rob Garcia: drums
468 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
tel. (510) 893-0174
Oct 22: Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY presents:
Ideal Microscopic Numbers! 30 Years of Cuneiform Records!
Arguably the longest running avant jazz and rock label in the US, Cuneiform Records celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. To salute these intrepid foolish wanders, and to thank them for supporting the music we love, three Cuneiform Records recording artists are banding together for a concert at Shapeshifter Lounge on Oct 22.
7.30PM Curtis Hasselbring's Number Stations
8.30PM The Microscopic Septet
9.30PM Ideal Bread
Mar 3rd-8th 2015
Phillip Johnston residency at The Stone
Six nights of different groups, two per night, representing a survey of projects past and present.
Mar 10th: Williamstown, MA - Williams College
Mar 13th: New York City - Columbia University Heyman Center for the Humanities