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Solo Improvisations w/ Damon Smith//Howard Martin//Matt Weston

Where: Washington Street Art 321 Washington St # D, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143

When: 2017-10-21, 8pm

Performers: Howard Martin - saxophone
Damon Smith - double bass
Matt Weston - percussion

Washington Street Arts presents an evening of solo improvisations by Damon Smith, Howard Martin, and Matt Weston.

All Ages: $10 donation.

Damon Smith’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation.
https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/projects/view/improvised-solo

Howard Martin is a multi-instrumentalist and improvisor focused on the intersection of and tension between conventional and extended technique. When he doesn't play for a while, he misses it in his lungs and fingertips.
https://variantstatetrio.bandcamp.com/album/mit-chapel-concert

Matt Weston's playing has a stark reality to it, a feeling of nomadic wandering without hope of reaching nirvana. He puts a unique spin on the drum solo and creates tones of atypical sonority. He is a sound explorer on an apparent endless quest for purity.
https://mattweston.bandcamp.com/

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Scott R. Looney Quartet + Steve Lantner solo

Where: Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire Street

When: 2017-10-22, 8pm

Performers: Set one:
Steve Lanter - solo piano

Set two:
Jorrit Dijkstra - alto saxophone & lyricon
Scott R. Looney - piano
Damon Smith - double bass
Eric Rosenthal - percussion

The great Oakland pianist with play with three muscians from the Boston area and Steve Lantner will open with a solo piano set.
$15

Set one:
Steve Lanter - solo piano

Set two:
Jorrit Dijkstra - alto saxophone & lyricon
Scott R. Looney - piano
Damon Smith - double bass
Eric Rosenthal - percussion

http://www.scottrlooney.com/

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Creative Music Concerts presents: Joe Morris / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder

Where: Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

When: 2017-10-28, 8pm

Performers: Joe Morris - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Alvin Fielder - drums

Joe Morris is one of the most important figures in creative music in America. He keeps himself aware of all aspects of the music while never losing sight of how much can still be done with swing. Alvin Fielder and Damon Smith are a true rhythm section and have five albums that all move swing into the 21st century. 

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Joe McPhee/Jeb Bishop duo with Graham, Nicodemou, Smith

Where: First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 3 Church St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

When: 2017-11-02, 8pm

Performers: Joe McPhee - brass & reeds
Jeb Bishop - trombone
with
Forbes Graham - trumpet
Andria Nicodemou - vibraphone
Damon Smith - double bass

https://joemcphee.bandcamp.com/album/the-brass-city

 

Non-Event presents
in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the recording of Joe McPhee and Jeb Bishop's classic The Brass City CD
(released on Okka Disk, 1999)

JOE MCPHEE + JEB BISHOP (duo)
FORBES GRAHAM, ANDRIA NICODEMOU, DAMON SMITH
playing duo and quintet sets

FIRST PARISH IN CAMBRIDGE (Helverson Chapel)
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
8pm | $15 gen / $10 students & Non-Event members

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

"...His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits."

JOE MCPHEE is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.

He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes, “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits.

Trombonist JEB BISHOP has been active in improvised music and jazz since the early 1990s. Based in Chicago until 2012, he first gained attention as a member of groups including Flying Luttenbachers, Vandermark Five, and Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. In addition to his own trio, he has led or co-led groups including The Engines, Lucky 7s, and Long Sidewalks, and has pursued free improvisation with dozens of collaborators from around the world, including Joe McPhee, Jaap Blonk, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, and many others.

Bishop has been part of thousands of performances throughout North America and Europe, ranging from basement shows to major festivals, and has been recognized repeatedly in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Polls and in the online El Intruso poll.

At the end of 2015, Bishop relocated to Boston, where he continues his ongoing working relationships with Boston-area musicians including Jorrit Dijkstra, Nate McBride, and Pandelis Karayorgis. New projects in Boston include the cooperative quintet Stereoscope and a brass trio with Forbes Graham (trumpet) and Joshua Reibstein (tuba).

FORBES GRAHAM is a trumpet player, electronic musician, composer, and visual artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with a diverse array of musicians and currently is a member of Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Grizzler, Construction Party, and Equal Time. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

ANDRIA NICODEMOU is a multifaceted musician from Cyprus, specializing in vibraphone and improvisation. She is a graduate from Corfu University in Classical Percussion and has received a Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory, in Contemporary Improvisation.

She has been working in diverse interdisciplinary art projects, with multi-media artists, dancers and actors in Europe and USA. She has worked with musicians such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Marty Ehrlich, Ikue Morri, Tayler Ho Bynum, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Gianni Lenoci, Jim Hobbs, Marc Sanders, among others. She was a guest performer at the London Improvisers Orchestra (2015) and the Royal Improvisers Orchestra in Amsterdam (2014).


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Sylvain Kassap in NYC

Where: Holo, 1090 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood

When: 2017-11-19, 8pm

Performers: Sylvain Kassap, Steve Dalachinsky, Damon Smith

 great trio with Baby Sommer here:

https://destination-out.bandcamp.com/album/bib

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(Archival) Narada Burton Greene / Damon Smith / Ra-Kalam Bob Moses + Eric Zinman solo

Where: The Lilly Pad 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

When: 2017-10-07, 7:30pm

Performers: Narada Burton Greene / Damon Smith / Ra-Kalam Bob Moses + Eric Zinman solo

Set one:
Eric Zinman - piano

Set two & three
Narada Burton Greene - piano
Damon Smith - double bass
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums & percussion


This rare appearance of Maestro Greene will also mark the release of two albums on the French Improvising Beings labeL

Zither Gods by Eric Zinman & Compedium (solos, duos & trios) by Burton Greene

https://improvising-beings.bandcamp.com/

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(Archival) Dennis Gonzalez / Aaron Gonzalez / Damon Smith

Where: Top Ten Records 338 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75208

When: 2017-09-30, 7pm

Performers:

Special pop-up in store show!
Its a trumpet and two double bass duos and trio evening with Damon Smith, Dennis Gonzalez and Aaron Gonzalez!
Free!
byob

https://www.facebook.com/events/777061405830934

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(Archival) Gentle Traces of Transient Being - Performed by Ordinary Affects

Where: RISD Museum Providence, RI

When: 2017-07-23, 11am-5pm

Performers: Ordinary Affects:
Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
Laura Cetilia, cello
James Falzone, vibes
Luke Martin, objects and electronics
Mark Cetilia, electronics
Luke Modolf, lap steel guitar
Steph Clarke, clarinet
Luke Damrosch, percussion
Damon Smith, bass

Ordinary Affects will perform Antoine Beuger's 'Gentle Traces of Transient Being' in its entirety. This 50 page score was written for the group in 2016 and the expected duration is to be about 5 hours. This will be the first full performance of the work. 

Please come and sit with us!


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(Archival) Joe Mcphee / Ra-Kalam Bob Moses / Jeb Bishop / Damon Smith

Where: Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

When: 2017-04-23, 8pm

Performers: Joe Mcphee - saxophones & brass
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass

$20

A monumental meeting between the great Joe McPhee and drum legend Ra-Kalam Bob Moses. Not to be missed. Joe & Jeb Bishop also recorded one of the greatest American improvised music CDs in the 90s as a duo, Brass City on Okka Disk. 

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(Archival) Fire Music at the Legion

Where: Legion Bar 790 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

When: 2017-05-28, 8pm

Performers: Yoni Kretzmer - saxophone
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass
Tom Rainey - drums

&

The Steve Swell Ensemble

This last-sunday-of-May edition of "Fire Music at The Legion" will feature two of the most unique trombone players around, along side other fantastic musicians.

8pm: Swell/Heberer/Niggenkemper/Carlstedt
Steve Swell - trombone
Thomas Heberer - trumpet/cornet
Pascal Niggenkemper - double bass 
Jeremy Carlstedt - drums

9pm: Bishop/Kretzmer/Smith/Rainey
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Yoni Kretzmer - tenor sax
Damon Smith - double bass
Tom Rainey - drums

hope you can make it out