And in hopes this finds you well. It has been a rush of an October here, working on generating more light to balance the darkness. I'm sure you all have been busy doing the same. A number of things to alert you to / update you on with this dispatch. It goes a bit long, so will get right to it! Thank you for reading.
Drummer-bandleader-improviser-&-composer WHIT DICKEY has been an intrinsic part of AUM Fidelity from the very beginning. This coming Friday, November 1, he'll be presenting an exceptionally rare double-bill event in Midtown, NYC. If you will be here in the city, your attendance is most highly recommended...
Having left an indelible mark behind the kit via classic albums under the leadership of David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp (within two momentous periods), the projects which Whit Dickey has led & produced in the ensuing years have always brought out the best from all involved. Following an extended period of realignment with his central creative essence and allying himself with the light once again, Dickey made a most welcome return as a bandleader on record this past July with the double-album set, Peace Planet -&- Box of Light. For the command of elevated language and elocution thereof, the albums have received glowing 4-to-5 star reviews in DownBeat, Jazz Magazine (France), All Music, All About Jazz, The Absolute Sound, and Free Jazz Blog. As Ken Micallef wrote in JazzTimes, "The Tao Quartets’ shared language is deep and grounded, its joy unceasingly present, the need to experience it repeatedly a must."
Whit's highly refined approach to pulse, flow and sonic coloration are one-of-a-kind remarkable, with deep listening and responsiveness to the music's development at the foundation of his approach in leading a group. The Tao Quartet which created Box of Light, featuring fellow masters of tone Rob Brown: alto saxophone, Steve Swell: trombone & Michael Bisio: bass, will perform on Friday for the first time since the album's release. Also being presented is Dickey's focused & wholly unique work with dulcet-toned cornetist Kirk Knuffke. Their duo project's genesis was the 2016 recording, Fierce Silence. Their followup, Drone Dream, was released on LP earlier this year as well.
This night's double-bill dual-record-release celebration is an exceptionally rare opportunity to hear Whit Dickey at work within two wholly different contexts on one program, presented in an intimate theatre-style setting in Midtown, NYC.
Box of Light Tao Quartet
Whit Dickey: drums, direction
Rob Brown: alto saxophone
Steve Swell: trombone
Michael Bisio: bass
Whit Dickey / Kirk Knuffke Duo
Kirk Knuffke: cornet
Whit Dickey: drums
Friday, November 1
7:00 – 10:00pm
244 Rehearsal Studios
244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Advance Tickets -&- more exhortation here:
If you won't be in NYC this Friday and haven't yet hooked yourself up with the new double-album, read a few more accolades below and consider doing so..
"4.5 Stars : On Peace Planet/Box of Light, the drummer takes his musicality to another level, vast as a rainbow, intimate as a prayer, and flowing like a river." –AllMusic
"4.5 Stars : Shimmering contrasts and flights of fancy await the listener of these fine sets of free playing put together by drummer extraordinaire Whit Dickey. There is an organic feel about these compositions. The music fills the space like water flowing over stones. It is not difficult to place Peace Planet & Box of Light at the top of this year's recordings."
–All About Jazz
"5 Stars : Drummer Whit Dickey is one of those artists who deserve greater prominence in the minds of free music enthusiasts. Not that he's little known, but his refined percussive art puts him among the greats of the instrument. Here his work as a leader reaches one of its creative summits. Fantastic experience." –FreeForm/FreeJazz (Brazil)
"4.5 Stars" –Free Jazz Blog / The Free Jazz Collective
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And this mighty double-live IN ORDER TO SURVIVE album, also released in July. Yes!!!
"A powerful dose of spirit music, deep-rooted but searching."
–Nate Chinen, Take Five/WBGO
// The Guardian Jazz Album of the Month //
"4 Stars. The distinguished bassist steers his talented band through a dynamic fusion of classic and contemporary." –John Fordham
"This set demonstrates these musicians’ mastery of the art of instantaneous transformation, moving in and out of time and trope as easily as tones emanate from heart and fingers. Like the finest chamber music soaked in earth-tones, morphing as the topical tables turn, each instrumentalist imbues the moment with spontaneous virtuosity while exuding grit and refinement in turn." –The New York City Jazz Record, Marc Medwin
"Shapeshifter is the name of the Brooklyn performance space where these previously unheard compositions [except one] were recorded, but the title could just as readily apply to Parker's unerring ability to channel an infinity of ever-changing grooves – elemental manifestations intuited as though directly from the munificent consciousness of godhead. If the jazz avant garde can still be viewed, ultimately, as an inherently positive movement, there are few artists doing more than William Parker to keep that hopeful fire burning." –The Wire, Daniel Spicer
"William Parker is one of the most important modern jazz musicians working today. Bassist, bandleader, composer and all-around activist artist, one of his most enduring units is In Order to Survive. The quartet of Parker, saxophonist Rob Brown, pianist Cooper-Moore and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake is certainly one of Parker’s key combos and has always been a ferocious live unit as the 1998 album The Peach Orchard documented so well. This new live album, anchored by the five-part Eternal is the Voice of Love, showcases every facet of how this combo feeds off of each other in concert. From there, the group just tears it up.." –Vancouver Sun, Stuart Derdeyn
"4 Stars" –Jazzwise (UK)
"4.5 Stars" –The Absolute Sound
"4.5 Stars." –The Free Jazz Collective
"5 Stars." –All About Jazz
"William Parker is a towering figure in 21st-century jazz. The New York-based bassist oversees multiple vibrant projects, but his most rewarding may be the quartet In Order To Survive. The new release spills over with intense communications." –Denver Post, Bret Saunders
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ERI YAMAMOTO GOSHU ONDO SUITE IN JAPAN
Eri's brand new work is a long-gestating & beautiful expression of trans-cultural beneficence. In 2018, Eri was deeply inspired by a childhood remembrance of "Goshu Ondo", a song sung & danced to in her home village in order to welcome ancestral spirits during the summer Bon festival. She composed this first work of hers to be performed by choir & her jazz in a sustained glow of inspiration. It was rehearsed together with NYC's Choral Chameleon over summer/fall of 2018 and made its world premiere in November. It's an album now (see below!).
In early November 2019, she will return home to present this powerful work with two different choirs from her home prefecture of Shiga, bringing many lifelong inspirations full circle. If you are in Shiga at this time or have friends therein, go there / do let them know to attend!!
Wednesday, November 6th, 19:30/21:00
Eri Yamamoto NY trio at Jazz on Top in Osaka
(a preface trio performance)
Saturday, November 9th, 13:30
Eri Yamamoto NY Trio plays Goshu Ondo Suite with Hino Choir
@Watamuki Hall in Hino, Shiga
Sunday, November 10th, 13:00
Eri Yamamoto NY Trio plays Goshu Ondo Suite with AUG Choir and friends
@Shigagin Hall in Otsu, Shiga
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PATRICIA NICHOLSON'S 70th BIRTHDAY
& ARTS FOR ART BENEFIT CELEBRATION!
Patricia Nicholson is a force of nature. She and I first met in 1995, which is when I first began working with her husband, William Parker. At that time she was gathering forces and working on the concept of a new festival that would be multi-disciplinary in artistic approach and focused on the music which has been variously called "free jazz" "fire music" "avant-garde" "ecstatic jazz" and so forth. Music & art borne of the soul's need for unfettered expression; for freedom from oppression, manipulation, degradation. Art to Uplift, and join together the many varied human crews that had worked so hard to accomplish so much in the shadows. Her idea was the Vision Festival, to be produced by a strictly artist collective – Arts for Art. And her deep inspiration was actualized / first staged in early June 1996. Rapturous; intense; jesu christa! We've been there at every annual since and have marveled/reveled on countless occasions at the pure light that has suffused it all. The 25th Annual Vision Festival is happening in summer 2020. And there have been so very many more projects and concert series presented throughout the year as well. It's astonishing, really. Actually, it's Awesome, and I reserve that word most fastidiously. There are many many many MANY folks involved in making Vision Festival and associated events happen. Patricia has always been at the center of it. This November 19th, she celebrates her 70th birthday. And she's having a celebration with a gorgeous assemblage of illuminated humans. And you are invited. And, it is a Benefit for Arts for Art and the 25th staging of the Vision Festival and all the many other awesome events they present. Be there, and if you can't be there, give as you best can in celebration of lives very well spent here on earth and all that they shall continue to help bring into being.
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Stay well-tuned, take good care of yourselves, and
the more we are together, the happier we will be.