Thursday, December 31, 2009

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, January 2010

Ras Moshe - Friday 22 January, 8pm


Friday 8 January @ Outpost, 8pm
VORTEX series for new & improvised music presents:
Todd Brunel Vortex Ensemble
Rob Bethel - cello / Todd Brunel - clarinets / Matt Samolis - flute
+Keith Crook & Steve Provizer
Keith Crook (amplified classical guitar, voice) and Steve Provizer (trumpet, voice) have been playing improvised music in cement stairways, kitchens and other acoustically propitious spots since the 1960’s.

Senor Crook studied classical guitar in Barcelona for 7 years and has been teaching at various universities in Maine for the past 22. His own compositions bridge the unbridgeable; rooted in improvisation, pushing harmony to the limits, yet worked into rigorous structures. He plays in classical and jazz groups in Maine and his compositions have been published in Guitar Review Magazine.

Monsieur Provizer has been playing since his drum major days and has led various jazz groups, including his present aggregation “Travelin’ Light,” a vocal jazz group which does standards. Unlike Crook/Provizer, the group is available for weddings and bar-mitzvahs.

"Crook played with pure virtuosity”- Portland Press Herald

Oddly empathetic.” says the Curmudgeon Monthly.

“A hushed, but menacing duo”-Tony Rubella.

Sunday 10 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Tom Hall & Session VI

The Sessions, a series of performances hosted by saxophonist Tom Hall, brings creative musicians from any and all musical styles and genres together and turns them loose in a free improvisatory setting. For Session VI, Tom brings pianist Tim Ray, guitarist Jon Damian, and bassist Michael Rivard to the Outpost for an evening of free improvisation.

Tom Hall (tenor and baritone sax)
Tom Hall has spent his life improvising all kinds of music, in groups such as Your Neighborhood Sax Quartet, Bob Neiske’s Wolf Soup, the Bruce Katz Band, and Club d’Elf and with people like John Medeski, D.J. Logic, Jon Damian, Matt Maneri, Tim Ray, Duke Levine, Curt Newton, Dave Bryant, and Dave Tronzo. He is the author of the recently published book Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide, and the host of The Sessions.

Tim Ray (piano)
Perhaps best known as pianist for Lyle Lovett and Jane Siberry, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Rickie Lee Jones, Willie Nelson, kd lang and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Scott Hamilton, Eddie Daniels, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

Jon Damian (guitar, rubber telly)

Besides being the inventor of the Rubber Telly and an improvisation, education, and performance art icon, Jon has performed and recorded with ensembles such as The Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Opera, the Boston Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, and a range of Jazz luminaries including Howard McGhee, Jaki Byard, Bill Frisell, Jimmy Giuffre, Nancy Wilson, Sheila Jordan, Don Byron, and Bobby Watson.

Michael Rivard (bass)

Michael Rivard is the leader of the Moroccan-dosed-psychedelic-dub-jazz collective Club d’Elf, whose rotating cast has included John Medeski and Billy Martin (MMW), DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, Reeves Gabrels, and many, many more. His folk and pop credits include Aimee Mann, Bruce Hornsby, Peter Wolf, Guster, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Patty Larkin, Dar Williams, and Lori McKenna. In addition, he has pursued interests in world music with the West African bands Oyie and Mamma Tongue, and jazz and avant garde music with Joe and Mat Maneri, Bob Moses, Vernon Reid, and others.

Monday 11 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Rafiq Bhatia Collective

Jeremy Viner: tenor saxophone
Corey King: trombone
Rafiq Bhatia: guitar, loops
Jackson Hill: bass
Alex Ritz: drums


"A contemporary mind with the true potential of the future, Rafiq Bhatia is definitely an artist to look forward to hearing."
—Billy Hart, legendary jazz drummer

Rafiq Bhatia is a 21-year old East-African Indian American guitarist/composer seeking to synthesize a genre-bending musical lexicon informed by the traditions of his transmigratory heritage.

A first-generation American, Bhatia is currently completing an interdisciplinary honors degree in economics and cognitive science at Oberlin College. He is also associated with the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory, where his concept quickly caught the attention of prolific drummer Billy Hart, who decided to include Bhatia in his new project, The Billy Hart Laboratory. Besides apprenticing under Hart and Cleveland-based drummer Paul Samuels (Greg Osby), Bhatia is the artist-in-residence at The Feve, an Oberlin mainstay, where his group has attracted a loyal fan-base and critical acclaim for their regular performances. He also frequently returns to New York, performing with the Rafiq Bhatia Collective and studying with Downbeat magazine's "Rising Star Jazz Pianist/Composer" Vijay Iyer.

Tuesday 12 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Rare Degree : Michael Strauss / Dana Jessen
Michael Strauss - soprano, alto and tenor saxophones /
Dana Jessen (Amsterdam) - bassoon, squeaky toys, wii remotes and bamboo

Michael Straus (saxophones, recyclable objects and electronics) & Dana Jessen (bassoon, squeaky toys, tibetan bowls and bamboo)

presenting works by G. Douglas Barrett, Cory Kasprzyk, Matthew Burtner, Ivo Bol, Anne La Berge and Dana Jessen

rare degree is an Amsterdam-based duo focused on the performance of new and experimental electroacoustic music. Founded in 2007 and always on the move, the duo has presented concerts at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, with recent appearances at Chicago's Heaven Gallery of Art, Portugal's Musicbox Club, Amsterdam's De Kazerne, U.K.'s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Washington D.C.'s Artomatic Festival. They have performed with wide variety of experimental artists including turntablist DJ Dubble8, visual artist Sarah Buckius, guitarist Vitor Rua, Quatuor Bozzini and self-proclaimed knife virtuoso Hyaena Reich. Formally educated, they hold graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music and are both recent recipients of Fulbright Fellowships. Please visit and for further exploration.

The program is a Dutch meets American experimental music of sorts. Our duo has presented concerts throughout the US and Europe with recent appearances at the Heaven Gallery of Art (Chicago), Musicbox Club (Lisbon, Portugal), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (U.K.), De Kazerne (Amsterdam), Artomatic Festival (Wasington, D.C.) and Franklin Pierce College (New Hampshire) and Lilypad (Cambridge). We hold graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston), Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore) and are both recent recipients of a Fulbright Fellowship for performance and research in Amsterdam.

Wednesday 13 January @ Outpost, 8pm $3
back alley cinema presents tba

Friday 15 January @ Outpost - 8pm, $5/10
Chagall Performance Art Collaborative

Saturday 16 January @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o

green umbrellas presents
Vincent Monaco - trumpet / Junko Simons - cello / Nat Mugavero - percussion
premiering Robert Levy's "Briarwood Variations" and also performing Chardon's "Sonata for Trumpet and Cello" with added improvised percussion, as well as additional improvised pieces.

Sunday 17 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
DAVE BRYANT - solo piano

(Note: this show was formerly listed as Michael Huse Trio)
Wednesday 20 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
GrassbladeSonicExplorers (NYC)
Jeremy Quick - guitar
Alfred Marra - vibes
Mike Huse - bass
Dan Romans - drums

One of the many experiments of six and four stringer Mike Huse, GrassbladeSonicExplorers will premiere a new long form comprovisational work.

Thursday 21 January @ Outpost, 8pm $8 or b/o
Dave Fox 5 in “Adventures in Sound”
David Tronzo - guitar / Phil Grenadier - trumpet / Bruno Raberg - bass / Josh Rosen - piano, keys, special effects /
Dave Fox - drums, percussion

Since late 2008 , "adventure in sound" has been enjoying a successful "third thursday" residency at our musical home base- The Outpost 186 in Cambridge.

Ras Moshe
Friday 22 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
subconsciouscafe presents
RAS MOSHE Quartet (nyc)
Ras Moshe - tenor sax & flute / Forbes Graham - trumpet / Tor Yochai Snyder - Guitar / Dave Miller - drums

Glynis Lomon - cello / Syd Smart - drums / Eric Zinman - piano

Ras Moshe: Born on the 22nd of March 1968 in Brooklyn NY. Studied music in school as a child (elementAry to high school) and with his father (Ted "Jacob" Burnett II) who plays alto saxophone,flute and bass clarinet. His grandfather - Ted Burnett I (the last name "Barnett" was used for professional reasons) played tenor sax in the bands of Earl Bostic, Lucky Millinder, Jimmy Mundy, Don Redman, Ella Fitzgerald and many others after coming to America from Jamaica. The drummer Shadow Wilson was a close friend. Later on in life, for a variety of reasons, Ted I began to only play music within the church context. Ras' other grandparents didn't play music but grew up with many jazz and calypso artists in Harlem. Ras (Ted III) renamed himself in 1987. Although trained in earlier forms of "jazz", Ras' preferred mode of improvisation is in the later or "free" developments of the music,without relying on generic terms. He has been writing and reciting poetry since childhood as well. At the age of 16 he started playing alto in roots reggae the early 90's he got tired of only playing "jazz" at home and "here and there".....he picked up the tenor and decided to pay homage to Coltrane, Albert Ayler, John Gilmore and his other favorites on a permanent basis. Without copying verbatim (or trying not to!) He definitely believes in the positive effect the new music will have on social and personal change. The music is a spiritual and social force. It is the opposite of close mindedness...and its certainly connected to things much higher than war. The music is indeed the voice of the people. He formed The Music Now Unit in 1999 with Jackson Krall,Tor Yochai Snyder,Matt Lavelle,Kyoko Kitamura,Matt Heyner and Todd Nicholson. You can hear different editons/combinations of the band on the "Live Spirits" series on Utech records. His new band is The Transcendence Unit with Dave Ross,Matt Lavelle, Shayna Dulberger and Rashid Bakr. They just did a new release called "Transcendence" on kmb jazz. He has some ongoing musical relationships with Kyoko Kitamura and Dafna Naphtali who are in the forefront of electronic/vocal improvisations. He is the founder and organizer of The Music Now festivals. The festival series is still going strong after 7 years. He plays Tenor sax,sometimes Alto and the flute. 2007: Transcendence KMB Jazz/kmb007 Ion Storm with Marc Edwards Slipstream Time Travel 2006: Live Sprits3 Live Spirits4 The Spark Trio The Vampires Revenge with Dom Minasi 2005: Live Spirits1 Live Spirits2 2003: Into The Openness MusicNow 1 2002: Izititiz-With Our With Jazz(limited edition vinyl) Izititiz-Lucky Bird conduit creations 002 Schematic Jump Arts 004 Handling The Moment -The Matt Lavelle Quartet CIMP records 2001: The Blue Universe Quartet cosmic mechanic 001

Saturday 23 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Steve Lantner - solo piano

Monday 25 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Jack Pezanelli / Sheryl Bailey Guitar Duo

Wednesday 27 January @ Outpost, 8pm $5
search music sessions with Nat Mugavero
Nat Mugavero - percussion, zen lunacy + weekly guests tba

Jeff Platz Trio
Friday 29 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Jeff Platz's Oh Pulsar Trio with special guest Jim Hobbs

Jeff Platz-guitar
Kit Demos- bass
John Mclellan-drums
Jim Hobbs- alto saxophone

Saturday 30 January @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Three solo ambient performances with:
Christopher Glenn
+Great Hopes

+Brandon Terzakis

A night of three solo musicians, all doing experimental/ambient sounds.

Brandon Terzakis may have just recently relocated to Boston, but he has quickly established himself as a name to watch. Working with prepared guitar and utilizing traditional improvisational training Brandon's work ranges from the subtle and static to relentlessly agressive. Glistening overtones meet the distorted murk we all try and deny.

Christopher Glenn loops guitars, vocals, and organs to accomplish a very obtuse interpersonal relationship of things.

Great Hopes embodies the guitar-based arrangements and compositions of Nathan Heskia.

Sunday 31 January
private function

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