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Belated clarification

A year or so before Covid hit, a dear friend/colleague attended a gig featuring another dear friend/colleague at a jazz-centric venue. There was a brief exchange with an older gentleman minding the door in part concerning free jazz. He said that “my” opening set at the Gary Burton Children’s Theater concert back in the early more

For close to 4 decades, Steve was my primary collaborator. In his words, from an unpublished interview (circa 1979): “I first met Milo in late ’75 as the result of my knowing a guitarist and tenor player named Scott* who was playing with Milo at the time but was going to leave the group to pursue more

George Roberts – poet, visual artist (for example, the cover of Ananke), paper maker, hand typesetter, educator/mentor, co-owner/founder of Homewood Studios in North Minneapolis, and, in the best sense of the description, community advocate* – was unaware of free jazz/improvised music when we first officially met in 2003. (An overview of that encounter from more

[Teenage Boatpeople backstory.] Due to the pandemic, but in keeping with the process utilized in post ’09 TBP documents, I recorded my parts for Her Grace listening to the songs on headphones for the first time; in other words, treating them as in-the-moment material for improvisation. (Naturally, adding instruments meant that I was getting more

TRANSCEND the oppressor

In the mid 90s, guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005) forwarded me a copy of the VHS video “Mountain Stage”, a performance from 1993 featuring himself and dancer Min Tanaka. Upon viewing, I was immediately struck by how their aesthetic paralleled that of Gutter Cleaners, a dance music duo founded by myself and dancer Susan Sperl more

Thanks to the initiative and diligence of Joseph Damman (with behind-the-scenes guidance and advice from yours truly [smile]), a CD of material culled from our September 9, 2018 duo concert at Studio Toile d’Angles has been published by Aural Terrains. While I chose the first track, Joseph, at my suggestion (and pending/with my approval) more