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New Languages Festival @ McCarren Hall, Williamsburg September 17-26

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DSCN0620Something special is coming up in New York that I’m really excited about – 5th Annual New Languages Festival. This program seems to be put together with the best taste. And it’s in my neighborhood! They have Tyshawn Sorey, Tim Berne, Bill McHenry, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Tommy Crane, Dan Weiss, Oscar Noriega, Ted Poor, Craig Taborn, Jacob Sacks, Eivind Opsvik, Brandon Ross, Thomas Morgan, Andrew D’Angelo, Ben Street and so much more… I’m definitely going!

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September 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Monday Night Jazz @ Spike Hill: Snafu

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Snafu @ Spike Hill

Snafu @ Spike Hill

Walked by from Spike Hill (Bedford Av at N7th) yesterday and discovered they have a good Monday night jazz program there – the band playing at the moment was called Snafu. The arrangements and compositions were really enjoyable and the lineup sounded kind of fresh –  alto (Loren Stillman), trombone, solidbody electric guitar, a really grooving electric bass, drums. Heard so many great ideas there. The band leader was Tim Ziesmer, the guitar player and composer. You could hear him being a composer in his playing – ideas were so well thought out and cultivated with care.
But New York really seems to need more jazz audiences. So often people don’t  even find their way to all the free shows that are happening all over the city. And these musicians here really care about music and are actually a joy to be heard.
In Estonia, I think many musicians can get away with playing almost anything and still get some recognition. Weird, here so many people play just ridiculously good, go almost unnoticed and hardly make any money at all. Another funny thing is that these musicians here seem to be on a way less of an ego trip as well :D.

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June 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Elust Williamsburgis

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Vaade East Riveri äärest, 4 minutit kõndimist kodust

Vaade East Riveri äärest, 4 minutit kõndimist kodust

Kõige toredam asi Williamsburgis elamise juures on mugav asukoht – elan Bedford Avenue metroopeatuse juures, kust rong sõidab Union Square’i 5-6 minutit. L-liin on kiire ja vähemalt kuni minu peatuseni alati usaldusväärne. Öösiti hea koju tulla. Village Vanguardi jõuan kodust umbes 20-30 minutiga. Bedford Av ise on ka päris tshill koht, väga palju poode, eriti vintage riideid, restorane, kunstigaleriisid, lahedaid inimesi liikvel. Ma saan aru küll, miks need vintage riided siin nii hinnatud on. Asi on selles, et kui osta riideid Urban Outfittersist või H&M’ist siis on väga tõenäoline, et keegi tuleb sama pluusi või seelikuga varsti tänaval vastu. Piirkonnas elab palju hispaaniakeelseid tegelasi ja mida rohkem south side’i poole liikuda, seda rohkem juute. Ja meeletult palju prantslasi on suveks siia tulnud. Ja rootslasi ka üksjagu näha. See piirkond on euroopa suveturistide seal päris popp. Mind paneb üllatuma see, kuidas kõik on siin muusikud või DJd – alati kui kuulen kellegi vestlusi pealt (juhuslikult), räägitakse mingitel taolistel teemadel. Kõik on siin muusikud, modellid, kunstnikud –  ja töötavad muidugi ettekandjate ja baarmenidena.

DSCN0241Mõnikord hommikuti ärgates näen aknast oravaid. Prussakaid pole rohkem kordagi näinud peale selle ühe korra. Küll aga nägin hiirt. Must poiss Shan, korterikaaslane, kes mulle hullult närvidele on käinud, kolib varsti välja. JEE. Tüüp võttis duši alla raadio kaasa ükspäev. Kraanist tuleb muidu hästi mõnus pehme vesi, mõjub nahale hästi. Avastasin, et hea viis ümbruskonnaga tutvuda on jooksmas käimine. Kuigi mugavam on minna lähedal olevale staadionile. Et ei peaks asfaldi peal jooksma.

Väga totter on see, et hinnad on Williamsburgis kõrgemad kui Manhattanil, vähemalt minu ümbruskonnas.  Ei ole 3.50-dollarilist odavat hiinakat ega dollarilisi hot doge. Kõige populaarsem kohvik – Oslo. Peaaegu kõik kohviteadlikud inimesed võtavad kohvi sealt. Mina käin seal põhiliselt internetti varastamas. Kohvi teen kodus – palju odavam tuleb… Söökidest olen avastanud, et üks kasulikumaid variante on kodus tehtud kaerahelbepuder. Siin on muidu päris raske normaalset ja odavat sööki leida, seda enam, et Eestis oli minu lemmik asi must leib, mida siin nagunii ei ole. Aeg-ajalt käin Toomase pool Chelsea’s, ta pakub alati head kasulikku sööki ja tutvustab mulle oma laiast vinüülikogumikust diskoklassikat – 70ndatest tänapäevani. Sellist informatsiooni ma ise küll kusagilt ei leiaks… 😀

Muidu linnas ja metroos liikudes ma kaarti enam kaasas ei kanna. Ja kõrgem pilotaaž metrooga sõitmisel on see, kui minna vastavalt vajadusele kas rongi ette või taha otsa – olenevalt sellest, kummale poole tänavatele pärast vaja väljuda. Ilmad on siin palavaks läinud. Kõik räägivad, et see pole veel midagi..

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June 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

AlasNoAxis @ Public Assembly, Williamsburg

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AlasNoAxis @ Public Assembly

AlasNoAxis @ Public Assembly

The first band in the triple bill featured Hilmar Jensson on guitar, Andrew D’Angelo on alto, Chris Speed on tenor, Peter Evans on trumpet,  Jim Black on drums – line-up pretty close to AlasNoAxis, but this band sounded much more heavy – Hilmar Jensson and Jim Black holding a thick heavy groove and the horns burning on top of it most of the time. It was a good band, no doubt, but I guess I’m one of those new age people who feel heavy metal is bad for my system :D. Didn’t hear much of the second band (guitar-violin duo), because went to check out Zebulon a couple of blocks away. What I heard there for the 5 seconds I dared to go in for was quite horrible. Some avantgarde saxophone duo hitting the highest notes possible – that was pretty scary ( I’m sure it was all great in the context, of course). Actually Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas band was supposed to play there but they planned to start a little later – exactly the same time as AlasNoAxis at Public Assembly, just to make people choose, I guess :D.
But AlasNoAxis (Jim Black on drums, Chris Speed on tenor, Hilmar Jensson on guitar, Skuli Sverisson on bass) was great, very interesting music (they have a new album out). And Public Assembly really does have good sound, just as they keep saying, but once again, better to bring along some earplugs.

Brad Shepik Trio @ Rose, Williamsburg

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Grand St

Grand St

No need to go the expensive jazz clubs in the city, really – I found a great live music venue –  the Rose – on Grand St, Williamsburg,  just a couple of blocks from where I live. No cover charge! Considering that and what was going on yesterday, there should have been a bigger crowd, really. But most of the people present were other musicians. That’s how it tends to be with these things.

First set was NYU World Music Ensemble, I was a little late for it, but heard a tune by Dave Douglas, Brad Shepik and some world-music-based compositions. There was a really good female trumpeter called Jackie Coleman. The whole band played really good actually. The second set was Brad Shepik Trio –

Brad Shepik trio @ Rose

Brad Shepik trio @ Rose

guitar (Brad Shepik), saxophone (Bill McHenry) and drums – might very well have been the best drummer  I’ve ever heard – Mark Guiliana. Very very musical! The trio actually had their first gig together, so I suspect the people present witnessed the birth of something great. Not only was the music (by Brad Shepik) exceptional but this was some incredibly beautiful trio playing. Perfect fresh and open sound (without a double bass)  lots of very enjoyable exploring, interplay, very nice counterpoint between sax and and guitar and so very inspired drumming! This was probably my favorite concert in NY so far… Really something! It’s weird that I had to walk just a couple of minutes to the place and pay no cover this time. Which is good, because I’m really running out of money soon.

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May 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm