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Mon, 19 Apr 2010

Joshi Marshall Project in Sonoma

Eric Vogler

On April 9, 2010 Flavia and I heard the Joshi Marshall Project at the Plaza Bistro in Sonoma (part of the "Jazz in the Backroom" series sponsored by the Sonoma Jazz Society).

They really dug in - it sure wasn't "nice" dinner music for the wine crowd. I liked it a lot. Here is who played and their set list:


set list


  • ... (they were already playing when we arrived)
  • Green Dolphin Street
  • ?
  • In a Sentimental Mood


  • Seven Steps To Heaven
  • Chan Chan (from Buena Vista Social Club)
  • Oleo


  • Me We (original)
  • March of the Red Rhino (original)
  • Bemsha Swing

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010

The Perpetual Snare

<a href="http://haroldcarr.bandcamp.com/album/the-perpetual-snare">one by haroldcarr</a>

I shared some music Andrew and I recorded recently. A number of people asked for more.

A couple of years ago Andrew and I got together at Studio For with Terry Roleri (guitar) and Debra Craig (drums). Here are some cuts from that session.

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Tue, 09 Mar 2010

Other Minds Festival of New Music

Carla Kihlstedt

On Thursday (3/4) I attended the opening night of the Other Minds Festival of New Music in San Francisco (with Andrew).

The first piece was Jurg Frey's Steichquartett II (1998-2000) performed by the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet. A very minimal, quiet, spacious work with a touch of danger. Basically it's the quartet playing one chord after another for a little over twenty minutes. Here is an excerpt of the first two minutes:

<a href="http://haroldcarr.bandcamp.com/track/streichquartet-ii-1998-2000-by-jurg-frey-excerpt">Streichquartet II (1998-2000) by Jurg Frey - excerpt by haroldcarr</a>

If you like that you can get the CD of that piece and four others from Edition Wandelweiser Records.

The next piece was Chou Wen-chung's Twilight Colors

At intermission Andrew and I talked to members of the ROVA saxophone quartet, Andrew's old band. They will be premiering a piece at Other Minds later in the week.

The next piece was a short solo piano work, also by Wen-chung: The Willow Are New. It was a quasi polytonal minor pentatonic piece.

The final piece of the evening was Lisa Bielawa's Kafka Songs (2001-2003) performed by Carla Kihlstedt on voice and violin. It was composed of about five or six shorter pieces, each based on a sentence or two of Kafka's more introspect Meditation (1912). Sentences such as: "And this time I only recognized these old games after being with them for such a long time. I rubbed my fingertips against each other to erase the shame."

Carla, after saying the sentence, would then proceed to sing the words while simultaneously playing violin. A seemingly simple, sparse, but powerful presentation.

My favorite work of the evening was Frey's string quartet (I purchased the CD), with Bielawa's Kafka Songs a close second.

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Sun, 07 Mar 2010

Cyrus Chestnut Trio at Yoshi's in San Francisco

Cyrus Chestnut

On Wednesday (3/3) I heard the Cyrus Chestnut Trio at Yoshi's (the San Francisco location).


  • Cyrus Chestnut, piano
  • Dezron Douglas, bass
  • Neal Smith, drums

Set list:

  • some Elvis tune (in G)
  • N? Blues (in Eb)
  • New Light (latin)
  • Goliath (3/4 in F)
  • Autumn Leaves (in G-, i.e., two flats)
  • solo piano
  • ballad (sounded like Little Town of Bethlehem)
  • pop tune
  • medium up swing tune
  • Stripes (latin)
  • It Is What It Is

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