AKANEWS #3 - 2021



AKANEWS #3 - 2021
All upcoming concerts, new releases, new interviews and stories, videos, awards and top releases of artists collaborating with Akamu

Art Ensemble of Chicago | Anthony Braxton | Henry Threadgill | Roscoe Mitchell | Don Moye | Oliver Lake | Thomas Sayers Ellis | Matthew Shipp | Dudù Kouate | Wayne Horvitz | Michael Formanek | Liberty Ellman | Ches Smith | Jonathan Finlayson | Matt Mitchell | Silke Eberhard | Marty Ehrlich | Camilla Battaglia | Anthony Davis | Elliott Sharp | Dave Burrell | D.D. Jackson | Gabriele Mirabassi | Andrea Rebaudengo | Filarmônica de Pasàrgada  | Hermeto Pascoal | Egberto Gismonti | João Bosco | Arrigo Barnabé | Yamandu Costa | Toninho Ferragutti | Anelis Assumpção | Siba | Mônica Salmaso | Stefano Bollani | Gabriele Mitelli | O-Janà | Elaine MitchenerSteph Richards | Louis Sclavis | Claudio Fasoli | Luke Stewart | Amirtha Kidambi | Rosa Brunello | Orchestra Creativa dell'Emilia Romagna


1 - What's up

2 - Coming soon

3 - Recent releases/concerts/events

4 - Press reviews

5 - Extra-news

1 - What's up
During the same hours we were releasing our last AkaNews, we've got informed of the passing away of Frederic Rzewski. We are very saddened by that. Let's take one minute for him. Here one obituary between many appeared on the web. RIP


Still continuing to commemorate, the anniversary of 9/11 arrived, and the question was the same as it has been for 20 Septembers: Whence America’s memorial music? Anthony Davis could give an answer

What a big news we've read on many US newspapers (NY Times, and on Billboard too)  few days ago: The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a Black composer, Anthony DavisX: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, just two years after its first. The company said Thursday (Sept. 16) that X will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert O’Hara that will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah. We're looking forward!

A very recent (last night) talk with Henry Threadgill and others on Creative Music in the 21th Century streamed by National Jazz Museum in Harlem

2 - Coming soon

Next releases
Jessica Pavone is set to release her new album "Lull" on October 22, 2021. There will be a release concert at Roulette on November 19, 2021 - Brooklyn, NY @ Roulette.
It’s a string octet that features Nate Wooley and Brian Chase as guest soloists. Composer-Violist Jessica Pavone Shares an Excerpt of "Ingot" ft. Nate Wooley on Bb Trumpet Off Upcoming Album Lull, Out 10/22 on Chaikin Records. Pavone and Wooley's work challenging and expanding on the conventions of their respective instruments makes for a fitting and exciting collaboration.

Next concerts with Akamu
2021-09-22 S. Maria della Misericordia – Bologna - Panico Duo (Dudù Kouate & Simone Mor)
2021-10-08 Skaņu Mežs – Riga - Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio feat. Susana Santos Silva and Adam Matlock
2021-10-10 Archa Theatre – Prague - Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio feat. Susana Santos Silva and Adam Matlock
2021-10-15 Auditorium Squero San Giorgio - Venezia - Dudù Kouate & Abel Selaocoe
2021-10-17 Atrium Theater – San Francisco - Anthony Braxton & James Fei
2021-10-19 Alexanderplatz Jazz Club – Roma - Jaques Morelenbaum – Stefania Tallini
2021-10-20 Alexanderplatz Jazz Club – Roma - Jaques Morelenbaum – Fred Martins
2021-10-21 Caffè Pedrocchi – Padova - Jaques Morelenbaum – Fred Martins
2021-10-22 Hotel Sina Brufani – Perugia - Jaques Morelenbaum – Fred Martins
2021-10-22 MKC Dancing Hall – Skopje - Moor Mother - Dudù Kouate - Mats Gustafsson
2021-10-23 Alexanderplatz Jazz Club – Roma - Jaques Morelenbaum – Giovanna Famulari
2021-10-24 Teatro San Leonardo – Bologna - Elliott Sharp & Eric Mingus
2021-10-27 Porgy und Bess – Wien - Elliott Sharp & Eric Mingus
2021-10-28 Auditorium Parco della Musica – Roma - Dave Burrell
2021-11-04 Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff - The Rolling Calf (Elaine Mitchener – Jason Yarde – Neil Charles)
2021-11-07 Stadhaus – Ulm - Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio feat. Susana Santos Silva and Adam Matlock
2021-11-07 Teatro do Bairro Alto – Lisbõa - Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio feat. Susana Santos Silva and Adam Matlock
2021-11-07 Philharmonie – Luxembourg - Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio feat. Susana Santos Silva and Adam Matlock
- In Los Angeles at Mr. Musichead Gallery on November 10 Liberty Ellman Trio with Eric Reevis and Damion Reid.

- Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson, guitar; Michael Formanek, double bass; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums) online on Thursday 23th Sept

- Michael Formanek, Aktuell on Thursday 23th Sept on Radio RaBe

- Vinnie Sperrazza Trio with Ethan Iverson and Michael Formanek on friday, Sept. 24, 2021 @ Soapbox Gallery 636 Dean Street Brooklyn NY

- Next Michael Formanek Tour with Code Girl (Amirtha Kidambi, vocals - Maria Grand, saxophone, vocals - Adam O’Farrill, trumpet - Mary Halvorson, guitar - Michael Formanek, bass - Tomas Fujiwara, drums):
04.11.2021  BERLIN/Germany - Silent Green - Betonhalle
05.11.2021  HANNOVER/Germany - Jazzclub Hannover e.V.
06.11.2021  GDANSK/Poland
07.11.2021  WELS/Austria
08.11.2021  HALL IN TIROL/Austria
12.11.2021  AMSTERDAM/Netherlands
13.11.2021  GRONINGEN/Netherlands - Rockit Festival - De Oosterpoort
16.11.2021  MANTOVA/Italy - Teatro Sociale
20.11.2021  BARCELONA/Spain
21.11.2021  ZÜRICH/Switzerland - EXIL/ UNERHÖRT FESTIVAL

3 - Recent releases/concerts/events
Filarmônica de Pasárgada released on August 5th, Cartão Postal” is the new single by the São Paulo band Filarmônica de Pasárgada. The track is part of the PSSP album, the group's fourth album, whose songs are inspired by the history of the city of São Paulo (a project that will be released in March 2022). The song, an ironic version of “Luar do Sertão” (João Pernambuco/Catulo da Paixão Cearense), makes a good-humored anti-homage to the São Paulo metropolis. The single, recorded in the studio of the Experimental Recorder (Fatec Tatuí-SP), has musical production by Marcelo Segreto, mixing and mastering by Carlos “Cacá” Lima and release by the YB Music label. Cartão Postal will also feature a music video directed by Thiago Ricarte, the same director of previous clips of the group, such as “O seu Tipo” and “Fiu Fiu”.

Ches Smith, released Path of Seven Colors in June 11, 2021 with his project We All Break. It features: Sirene Dantor Rene: vocals - Miguel Zenon: alto sax - Matt Mitchell: piano - Nick Dunston: bass - Daniel Brevil, Fanfan Jean-Guy Rene, and Markus Schwartz: Haitian drums and vocals - Ches Smith: drums and vocals. This group of forward-thinking musicians synthesize new jazz and the continually evolving and dynamic music of Haitian Vodou. The making of the recording is the subject of a beautyful 50 minute film by Mimi Chakarova.
We All Break plays October 26, 2021 at Roulette in NYC and January 29, 2022 Sons D'hiver in Paris.

Don Moye directing th Croatia Drum Camp finale *JAZZ IS BACK! BP* Grožnjan International Jazz Festival 2021

Roscoe Mitchell's concert for ESS held last August.

4 - Other press reviews

- Elaine Mitchener performance reviewed  by The Guardian

- A review by Stuart Broomer about Anthony Braxton’s latest compositional series called ZIMAnthony Braxton: 12 COMP (ZIM) 2017

5 - Extra-news

Lets close this AkaNews with a celebration of many artists of Akamu's Roster. Akamu thanks each and everyone for those contributions to made Down Beat Critics Poll 2021:

Hall of Fame Anthony Braxton - 5th position
Jazz Album Matthew Shipp: Identifiable - ESP
Composer Anthony Braxton
Alto Saxophone Anthony Braxton
Clarinet Marty Ehrlich
Flute Nicole Mitchell - WINNER
Henry Threadgill
Roscoe Mitchell
Matthew Shipp
Michael Formanek
Mat Maneri
Ches Smith
Miscellaneous Instruments
Tomeka Reid - WINNER
Scott Robinson - bass saxophone

Rising Star categories

Rising Start Trumpet
Jonathan Finlayson
Rising Start Soprano Saxophone
Jason Robinson
Rising Start Alto Saxophone
Silke Eberhard
Rising Start Piano
Matt Mitchell - 4th position
Rising Start Bass
Junius Paul - 5th position
Rising Start Vibraphone
Ches Smith - WINNER
Rising Start Arranger
Johnathan Finlayson

.. not bad!