Free jazz is challenging, violent, political, spiritual, joyous, peaceful, and a million other things. It's about shattering forms in order to find a new world of sound somewhere further outside. And once this new world is found, it's time to go looking for a newer one.
When, as a college student, ... More >>
C. Spencer Yeh is one loquacious dude. Pose a question to the guy, and it's likely to return a treatise as discursive and winding as his improv pieces tend to be. In a world of limited print space, Yeh's long-form conversational gregariousness runs a definite endangered-species risk: our email inter ... More >>
Grouper at Neon Marshmallow.
Neon Marshmallow NYC
Better than: Bumming about Kim and Thurston.
"Yeah, he was pretty much just sitting there, watching his .wav files," somebody noted to a late-arriving friend, recounting a Friday set at this weekend's Neon Marshmallow ... More >>
Tonight, the prolix, improvisation-happy Ohioan C. Spencer Yeh will play a set with cellist Okkyung Lee and pianist Magda Mayas at the Knitting Factory. And while there's no way to predict what his set might sound like, it's a fair bet that it'll differ from the two shows he played last week ... More >>
Peter GannushkinClarinetist and composer Jeremiah Cymerman cuts and cuts and cuts a maddening line between free improv and musique concrète, creating glitched-out landscapes from recycled performances. His second album for Tzadik, Fire Sign (out August 30), is like a night at the Stone remix ... More >>
Jooklo Duo C. Spencer Yeh/Ju Suk/Jackie Trio Devon, Gary and Ross
Thursday, June 16
Better than: Anything you'd hear at a sauna.
I had forgotten why I hadn't been to Silent Barn in months. When I walked in last night, I remembered: dead air. Not in the radio sense ... More >>