AKANEWS #4 - 2021



AKANEWS #4 - 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 | Nicole Mitchell | 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 | Rosa Brunello | 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 Mitchener | Steph Richards | Louis Sclavis | Claudio Fasoli | Luke Stewart | Amirtha Kidambi Orchestra Creativa dell'Emilia Romagna Eric Mingus


1 - What's up

2 - Coming soon

3 - Recent releases/concerts/events

4 - Press reviews

5 - Extra-news

1 - What's up

Let's open this newsletter with a song. Perhaps one of the best ways to commemorate a person after death is throughtout the music. And what a music. R.I.P. Arch

Still continuing to commemorate, last October Steph Richards performed at Roulette her Supersense and she dedicated the second part of the evening to Butch and Dino. A longtime collaborator with J. A. "Dino" Deane (they released a duo record in 2018) and a years-long performer under Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, Steph picks up the baton in their honor to conduct an ensemble of deeply creative and beautiful Conduction collaborators including Brandon RossDoug WeiselmanSara Schoenbeck, and other special guests.

The Center for American Music of University of Pittsburgh announced its first annual research and travel grant and researchers are invited to request up to $2000 to support research in the Center’s collections in which Dave Burrell Archive is currently being processed.

Orchestra Creativa dell'Emilia Romagna - OCER a new project created by Akamu.
This new Creative Orchestra is an ensemble made up of musicians active internationally, coming from different parts of Italy and resident in the region Emilia-Romagna, who have been active for years in the field of experimental, creative, impro music and avant-jazz. This ensemble will produce a repertoire presented as an absolute premiere. The idea of a Creative Orchestra stems from the intention of inviting musicians of international standing to conduct it. These guests will be encouraged to write and/or organize music specially designed for the ensemble.
The Orchestra Creativa made its debut in Modena last 18th December with Gunther "Baby" Sommer as a special guest.
OCER will play on March 18th at Torrione. International guests will be Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb and Steph Richards

Another awesome news is the joining of Eric Mingus and Nicole Mitchell in Akamu's roster. Welcome Eric and Welcome Back Nicole!

2 - Coming soon

Next releases
Jessica Pavone will release in January a new album in solo with Relative Pitch. 

Luke Stewart with his Silt Trio will also release a new album on Cuneiform Records nextMarch.

Stay tuned

Next concerts with Akamu

Jan 27 - Théâtre de Brive – Brive-la-Gaillarde - Ches SmithWe All Break"
Jan 29 - Salle Jacques Brel – Fontenay-sous-Bois - Ches Smith“We All Break”
Jan 29 - Salle Jacques Brel – Fontenay-sous-Bois - Ches Smith - Claude Saturne - Kebyesou - Marc Ribot
Jan 30 - Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux - Ches Smith“We All Break”

Feb 5 - Théâtre Jacques Carat – Cachan - Itiberê Orquestra Família da França
Feb 5 - Théâtre Jacques Carat – Cachan - Hamilton de Holanda & Chano Domínguez
Feb 7 - Jazz Club – Perugia - Hamilton de Holanda & Chano Domínguez
Feb 8 - Teatro Golden – Palermo - Hamilton de Holanda & Chano Domínguez
Feb 9 - Four Points By Sheraton Catania - Aci Castello - Hamilton de Holanda & Chano Domínguez
Feb 12 - Sale Apollinee Teatro la Fenice – Venezia - Hamilton de Holanda & Chano Domínguez
Feb 12 - Théâtre Antoine Vitez – Ivry-sur-Seine - Elaine Mitchener “Trypticus”
Feb 12 - Théâtre Antoine Vitez – Ivry-sur-Seine - Moor Mother & Dudù Kouaté
Feb 13 - Jazz Club Torrione – Ferrara Hamilton de Holanda & Chano Domínguez
Feb 20 - Mo.Ca – Brescia - Gabriele Mitelli - John Edwards - Mark Sanders
Mar 17 - Teatro San Leonardo – Bologna - Robin Holcomb & Wayne Horvitz
Mar 18 - Jazz Club Torrione – Ferrara - Orchestra Creativa dell’Emilia-Romagna diretta da Wayne Horvitz e con ospiti Robin Holcomb, Camilla Battaglia, Steph Richards, Gabriele Mitelli e Silvia Bolognesi
Mar 19 - Teatro San Leonardo – Bologna - Steph Richards & Wayne Horvitz
Mar 20 - Teatro Donizetti – Bergamo - Trio Correnteza (Mirabassi-Taufic-Renzetti)

Mar 20 - Teatro Donizetti – Bergamo - Star Splitter duo (Mitelli - Mazurek)

Steph Richards at Winter Jazz Fest, NYC January 15, Zucher Gallery (feat. Joshua White, Max Jaffee, Stomu Takeishi)

3 - Recent releases/concerts/events
Dave Burrell's beautiful solo concert with an interview with him and his wife Monica Larsson in Torino last October.

Henry Threadgill's Zooid released Poof on PI Recordings. With Poof, Threadgill has returned to the symbiotic band, Zooid, the longest-running group of his half-century long career: Liberty Ellman on guitar, Christopher Hoffman on cello, Jose Davila on tuba, and Elliot Humberto Kavee on drums.

Moor Mother released Black Encyclopedia of the Air with two tracks with Dudù Kouate and one with Elaine Mitchener and Irreversible Entanglements released "Open The Gates".

New Photography Essay and A Poem on Arrowsmith Press by Thomas Sayers Ellis.

Roscoe Mitchell at the end of last October held a concert at  Roulette NY. He returned to Interpretations for a full evening of chamber works and improvisations. The program included Sunrise on an Ice Moon for solo vibraphone, performed by Anna Wray; Cutouts for Woodwind Quintet performed by Wavefield EnsembleRoberta Michel (flute), Katie Scheele (oboe), Eric Umble (clarinet), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) and John Gattis (french horn), a duet between Mitchell and percussionist Tani Tabbal, and a solo with video accompaniment by Mitchell.

If you missed it, this is a Roscoe Mitchell's Quartet (with Ambrose AkinmusireJunius Paul and Vincent Davisperforming at Harvard University last Spring.

Live At The Village Vanguard Volume II by Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Kokayi wordsmith, Anthony Tidd on bass and Sean Rickman on drums. Recently released on PI Recordings, too.

4 - Other press reviews
Steph Richards interviewed by Simon Rentner on WBGO after the release of "Zephyr" last October. The album's got interesting reviews:
Downbeat Editor's Pick, "an album so strong and innovative...",
PopMatters "Zephyr is a beast that, in everyone’s interest, shouldn’t be tamed"
Free Jazz Collective.

- Michael Formanek tells how he became a musician.

Ches Smith's We All Break with 'Path of Seven Colors' on Pyroclastic Records got very good reviews too. The following are only few of them:
The Wire "Path of Seven colors promises to make the spirits take notice" by Emily Pothast;
DownBeat by Allen Morrison;
Jazzwise “Remarkable….blending vocals that have a deeply uplifting quality with rhythms that are coursing with irresistible vitality…Path of Seven Colors sees him go to the next level in terms of flourishing ideas and focused application” by Kevin Le Gendre;
All About Jazz by Karl Ackerman, Jerome Wilson and Vic Albani;
The Guardian by John Fordam;
JazzTimes by A.D. Amorosi.

The Guardian 10 Best Jazz Album of 2021:
at n. 8 Anthony Braxton with Quartet (Standards) 2020
at n. 1 Ches Smith's We All Break with Path Of Seven Colors!

5 - Extra-news

It's time to say goodbye to 2021. Unfortunately we are not going to do the same thing with pandemic. But looking at that in a positive way, as Nate Chinen demonstrates "improvisation is a life strategy". 
And not only for jazz community we would add.

So open the gates to a bright future and keep on improvising or begin to do it: these are our best wishes for a very happy and creative New Year!