Monday, December 14, 2009

Remembering Ilyas Malayev: Tonight, Monday, Dec. 14, Center for Jewish History

Our Collide Quartet show on Friday in Philadelphia with Tim Berne, Marc Ducret, and Tom Rainey was a blast. It was really exciting to be a part of this weekend dedicated to Berne's compositions. Nice room, great music, engaged audience: can't beat that. After sweating through Berne's quartet Repulsion and the sextet Quicksand, when we were joined by Berne and Ducret (who completely mesmerized me with their improvisations -- almost missed my entrances!), I was able to relax for the fantastic second set by Big Satan. A wholly enjoyable night.

Tonight is another celebration, this time honoring the art of Ilyas Malayev. Below is a clip from Malayev's recording of classical maqom, At the Bazaar of Love, featuring one of his poems. The singer, Ochil Ibragimov, will be singing tonight at the event. Hope to see some of you at the Center for Jewish History at 7 pm!

Talqin-i Uzzal (poem: "Sohbat-i Dono," by Ilyas Malayev)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

From Tim Berne to Ilyas Malayev ...

This Friday, December 11:

Collide Quartet (Peter Hess, Jeff Hudgins, Ken Thomson, and me) are playing on a very exciting night in Philadelphia. For Ars Nova Workshop's Tim Berne: Works for Saxophone Quartet and Trio, we'll play Berne's quartet Repulsion and then Tim Berne and Marc Ducret will join us for Quicksand. Big Satan (Berne, Ducret, and Tom Rainey) will play a set.

Rehearsing with Berne and Ducret has been incredible! Berne's music has been hugely important to me, and it's just a real thrill to be playing with these guys. And it's given Collide a chance to get back together, and we always have a great time.

Tim Berne: Works for Saxophone Quartet and Trio

Composer Portrait: Tim Berne

Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th St, Philadelphia

8:00 pm
$15 General Admission

Then on Monday, December 14:

My alter ego, Dr. Rapport, will be joining Walter Zev Feldman to discuss the wonderful music and poetry of Ilyas Malayev, the "poet laureate" of the Bukharian Jews. Ochil Ibragimov, a longtime friend and musical collaborator of Malayev's, will be performing. Malayev sadly passed away last May and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is hosting this night at the Center for Jewish History to honor his contributions.

December 14 at 7:00pm
CJH, ASF and Center for Traditional Music and Dance present:
Ilyas Malayev: Remembering the Poet Laureate of the Bukharian Jews

Ilyas Malayev (1936-2008) was an immensely popular musician across Uzbekistan, deeply loved by the Bukharian Jewish community. He was a master of the Central Asian classical music cycles known as "Shash maqam," and a major innovator of traditional forms through his musical compositions, poetry and theatrical works.

A reception will follow the program.

Ticket Info:
$15 general, $10 CJH, ASF, CTMD members
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day after Drom

Thanks to all who came out to support the quintet last night. More on Martha Colburn's work can be found here at her website: Next up, rehearsals with Collide begin for the Tim Berne composer portrait at the Philadelphia Art Alliance on December 11.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Martha Colburn's films + Mudang Rouge at DROM, Oct. 28

Really looking forward to this night:

Electric Literature presents:
Electric Nights featuring Miho Hatori and authors Michael Cunningham & Jim Shepard

$12 General Admission

Electric Nights

A night of creative cross-pollination, genre mixing, drink mixing, and message mixing to celebrate the release of Electric Literature No. 2

Electric Literature is a bi-monthly collection of five short stories that capture readers and leads them somewhere exciting, unexpected, and meaningful. Our mission is to use innovative distribution and new media to return the short story to a place of prominence in popular culture.

Wednesday, October 28th, 7:30pm – 10:30pm (doors – 7pm)

Electric Literature presents Electric Nights featuring Featuring Miho Hatori’s NEW OPTIMISM, authors Michael Cunningham and Jim Shepard, and the films of Martha Colburn with MUDANG ROUGE

Admission: $12, Drink specials all night long.

At DROM, in the heart of the East Village
85 Avenue A, (between 5th St & 6th St) (212) 777-1157

7:30 - The films of Martha Colburn with live musical accompaniment by MUDANG ROUGE

Jerry Lim - kayagum & guitar, Evan Rapport - sax, Chuck Bettis - electronics & throat, + special guest Josh Blair - percussion.

8:30 - “Reading That’s Bad For You”

Featuring: Michael Cunningham, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Hours, and author of A Home At the End of the World, and Specimen Days.

Jim Shepard, author of six novels, including Project X, and three story collections, including Love and Hydrogen and Like You'd Understand, Anyway, which was nominated for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.

9:30 Miho Hatori’s NEW OPTIMISM

Featuring Miho Hatori, former vocalist of Cibo Matto, aka “Noodle” in Gorrilaz

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mudang Rouge at The Stone, 15 September 2009

Played an especially enjoyable set at the Stone with my pals Chuck Bettis and Jerry Lim last week. Posting it here in its entirety.

Mudang Rouge at the Stone, 15 September 2009, #1
Mudang Rouge at the Stone, 15 September 2009, #2
Mudang Rouge at the Stone, 15 September 2009, #3
Mudang Rouge at the Stone, 15 September 2009, #4

Gordon Beeferman's Imaginary Band tonight at Roulette. Should be a blast. Two great new tunes: Pop-Pop-Pop-Pop and Hemispheres (Southern Summer). Starting to turn into quite a book. Gordon's pen knows no bounds!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mudang Rouge at Death By Audio, 25 July 2009

The second and last improvisation from our show at Death By Audio on Saturday. We recreated the apartment-hang vibe: Lim and I shared the love-seat and Bettis sat on a comfy chair across the way ... although, befitting the atmosphere, the chair was a tiny bit soiled and my case was sitting in some funky mess. Lim's kayagum received the lion's share of the attention, and quite a few unprovoked strummings before the set.
BETTIS - laptop | LIM - kayagum | RAPPORT - alto
MUDANG ROUGE at Death By Audio, 25 July 2009

New music from Maine, part two

Another solo jam from Maine, 10 June 2009!
Maine solo (2), 10 June 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Upcoming show: Saturday, July 25

I'll be playing with my long-time pals Chuck Bettis and Jerry Lim on this upcoming benefit on July 25 for You Are Here: A Maze.

TROUBLE presents


4 PM - 4 AM, $12

Performances by: Ninjasonik + Aa + Nine 11 Thesaurus + Knife Hyts + Vaz + Mystery of Two + North Highlands +Sam Mickens Sings & Plays Shaolin Soul + Regattas (Sam Hillmer of Zs) + Dave Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors) + Charlie Looker (of Extra Life) + Unicornicopia + John Fell Ryan (of Excepter) + Chuck Bettis/Jerry Lim/Evan Rapport + Mega Calderos

DJs: Marty McSorley (of WFMU) + Lord Easy + Rich Zerbo (of The Social Registry)

Xtras: Delicious Beverages + Dome Theater + WorldDanceAround

July 1, 2009: You Are Here: A Maze is a performance festival in a sculptural maze taking place at Williamsburg's Death By Audio from September 10 - October 2, 2009.

This 12-hour event on Saturday July 25 from 4pm - 4am also at Death By Audio will help make You Are Here: A Maze possible. Spend $12 for 12 hours with bands like Ninjasonik, Aa, and Nine 11 Thesaurus; special solo performances by members of Dirty Projectors, Zs, Extra Life, and Excepter; DJ sets, projections, guerilla theater, B-girl dancers, and delicious beverages served up by the ladies of Delicious Beverages!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

David Byrne also has a shrine

Wow. For once the Orioles create a buzz that I'm happy about. That was awesome. And what the hell was this?!? Anyway.

Those of you who have been to our apartment know about our shrine. (I'll update this post with pictures once I get a new digital camera ... ours took a fatal dip in Maine.) Well, David Byrne has one too. So there.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New music from Maine

Just got back from a month in Maine and Massachusetts with my family, thanks to my in-laws' generosity. I made some recordings up in Maine and will be posting a few of them. Here is the first ... enjoy (?) ...
Maine solo, 10 June 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Upcoming show: Saturday, August 29

It's a ways away, but mark your calendar: I'll be playing with Gordon Beeferman's Imaginary Band as part of the Generate Records festival on Roosevelt Island.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gordon Beeferman's Imaginary Band

Check out more information about the Imaginary Band on Gordon's site, with mp3s of excerpts from our recent show at Freddy's.

The Imaginary Band

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Companion Trio - Baikal

From Our Customs (2002), Mass Particles MP008
Evan Rapport: clarinet
Jerry Lim: guitar
Bob Wagner: drums
Companion Trio - Baikal (2002)

Upcoming show: Saturday, May 2

Saturday, May 2, 2009, 9:00pm
with Microkingdom at Death By Audio, Brooklyn

Microkingdom is Marc Miller and Will Redman. I'll be performing with them.

Death By Audio
49 South 2nd St.
Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Video with Zach Layton and Michael Evans, February 3

The beginning of our trio show on February 3 is on YouTube as an episode of PUNKCAST.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Ken Thomson - "Rut" for nine saxophones

I played in Ken Thomson's saxophone nonet on Tuesday, February 17 at the Living Theater. I'm the short one (I look like I'm the same height as Pete Hess, but that's just because he's far away -- it's like one of those optical illusions, but in reverse).

We'll be recording it tomorrow for an upcoming Anti-Social Music release.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Best part of the New York Times

Riding the F train home at night I love to read the movie listings at the back of the Arts section. I think it really says something that most movies really can be completely covered in a handful of words. Title (year). Stars. Summary. Review. (Rating)

Here's a sampling from today (not even a really good day, actually), including the reviews:

"Insecure schoolgirl extrovert. Doesn't hold together." Why, it's Superstar (1996), starring Molly Shannon!
"Mavericks out to save earth from asteroid. Not a believable moment in it." (Armageddon)
"Bad-tempered spiders. Bold, cheery horror." (Arachnophobia)
"Young barroom bouncer. Absurd." (Road House)
"High school boy falls for ex-porn-star neighbor. Sleazy attempt at comedy." (The Girl Next Door)

Is there really more to Armageddon than "Mavericks out to save earth from asteroid"? Nope. That's about it. The review is just icing on the cake at that point.

And then there are the occasional combined summary/reviews:
"Funny but splattery movie about unique country club." (Caddyshack) Unique!!! Splattery!!! Such glorious choices.

The really harsh reviews are fun. Usually of movies I've never heard of:
"Stone in Wild West. Mistake." (The Quick and the Dead) [Sharon, I assume.]
"Two young men torture hostage family. Clammy and repellent." (Funny Games)
"Young slacker learns he can teleport at will. You'll wish you could." (Jumper). I mean, you really do feel like you've just watched that one after reading those twelve words. Like you really experienced it. Truly amazing.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Upcoming show: Tuesday, February 24

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 8:30pm

A brand-new project: Gordon Beeferman's IMAGINARY BAND, a real 7-piece group consisting of some of NYC's most remarkable and creative musicians. Featuring brand-new compositions -- gnarly, lyrical, whimsical, free-form -- an idiosyncratic mix of new-music, jazz, and free improv.

Gordon Beeferman - piano & compositions
Nate Wooley - trumpet
Matt Bauder, Evan Rapport, Josh Sinton - saxophones
Brad Kemp - bass
Michael Evans - drums

ON THE WAY OUT at Freddy's Backroom
485 Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Aves., Brooklyn
2/3 trains to Bergen Street; Q to 7th Avenue