Posts in the gigs category

ingrid and tom

09/30 Fresh Sound Music Series, San Diego, 2nd set + Mark Dresser (b), 7.30pm
10/01 Angel City Festival, Los Angeles, double bill with Vinnie Golia quartet
10/02 Music Building 127, California State University, 9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, 2nd set Tatsuya Nakatani/Kris Tiner, 4pm
10/03-05 workshops at UCI, CalArts, Mission Viejo
10/06 UCSB,Room 1250, Geiringer Hall, UCSB Music Building,Santa Barbara,7.30pm
10/10 Songlines Series at Mill’s College, Oakland
10/11 Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, 2nd set + Ben Goldberg-cl + Myra Melford-p
10/12 Arcata, for details contact (707) 499-8516 or
10/13 Leaven Community Center,5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR (Creative Music Guild)
10/14 Earshot Festival, Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, WA


Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke Gig at the Zurcher Gallery in NYC, December 17th. A great crowd came out to celebrate. 2 days later they entered the studio to record their tribute to William O. Smith. Bill Smith or, William O. Smith, has a career in both Jazz and composition as a clarinet player. Recorded with Dave Brubeck, Jim hall among many others.  William is 90 yrs old and still going strong. This will be a May release on Relative Pitch Records – “Row for William O.”


On October 2nd and 3rd 2014, Cornelia Street Cafe will host a record release celebration for the prolific guitarist/ composer Mary Halvorson’s latest album, Reverse Blue, which will be released October 7th on Relative Pitch Records. This new project features Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fuijwara on drums. Reverse Blue offers Halvorson a different sonic palette than her critically acclaimed Trio/Quintet/Septet configurations – bringing new musical personalities and timbres to her work, albeit within a classic quartet instrumentation. The band originally formed for a one-off concert at the Blue Note in New York City, part of Search and Restore’s “Spontaneous Constructions”, a series designed to generate new collaborations between musicians who hadn’t previously played together. The four musicians immediately felt a strong shared connection, and Halvorson began compose a new book of music specifically for this group. The other three also contributed at least one new composition each, adding to the strong collective nature of the new ensemble.

Ingrid Laubrock (ts,ss)/Tom Rainey (drums), we’ll be going on a tour across the States to celebrate our duo CD ‘AND OTHER DESERT TOWNS’ on Relative Pitch Records

  • 05/15 Cleveland/Mahall’s 20 Lanes
  • 05/16 Ann Arbor/Kerrytown House Concerts
  • 05/17 Chicago/Constellation
  • 05/18 Milwaukee/Sugar Maple
  • 05/20 St. Louis/Kerr Foundation Building (New Music Circle)
  • 05/22 Nashville/Zeitgeist Gallery (‘Indetermanacies’ series concert + workshop at the Nashville Public Library)
  • 05/23 Tuscaloosa/University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa New Music Collective)
  • 05/24 New Orleans/Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
  • 05/25 New Orleans/Cafe Istanbul
  • 05/26 Houston/Avant Garden, “They Who Sound” series (duo + quartet with Damon Smith (b) and David Dove (tbne)
  • 05/27 Austin/Museum of Human Achievement (presented by Epistrophy Arts)
  • 05/29 Santa Fe/Gig Performance Space
  • 05/30 Lafayette/Ceraso Gallery + Studio
  • 06/01 Kansas City/The Record Bar
  • 06/02 Minneapolis/The Icehouse (J T’s Jazz Implosion series)
  • 06/03 Madison/Audio for the Arts
  • 06/05 Pittsburgh/Thunderbird Cafe

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey

reprint: the Chicago Reader

When: Sat., May 17, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave. Roscoe Village

Price: $10

Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey are not only married to each other but also play in several bands together, including Laubrock’s terrific quintet Anti-House and Rainey’s trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson. They’re both key figures in New York’s improvised-music community, with reputations as daring, aggressive players, so I was surprised at first that the vibe on their first duo recording, the all-improvised And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch), was so often subdued. To be sure, the couple sometimes whip up thrilling friction and energy—on “The Lemontown Riddles,” Laubrock launches fiery, corkscrewing alto lines as Rainey drops one fractured pattern after another—but by and large it’s a hushed, intimate affair. It’s as though they’ve developed such refined communication skills—both as musicians and, presumably, as people—that they don’t need to shout over each other. Though their interactions are restrained, they’re by no means simple or predictable: on the title track, Laubrock’s dry-toned soprano moves restlessly between jagged terseness and swinging fluidity, and Rainey alternates between delicate cymbal patter and kinetic tom-and-snare fireworks. The whole session feels conversational, and with only two players to listen to, it’s easier to get a sense of them as complete musicians, willing to give each other space and time even as they prod and cajole.

—Peter Margasak

read the full article here

Reprint from Downbeat Magazine
3/31/2014 – by Bradley Bambarger

John Coltrane’s sonic seeking in the months prior to his death in 1967 continues to inspire musicians today. On March 24 in New York City, the Evolving Music series (presented by Arts for Art) hosted “An Evening in Interstellar Space: Remembering Coltrane,” a concert featuring three jazz duos that aim to keep the questing flame alive.

The husband-and-wife pairing of Laubrock and Rainey—who play together and apart in myriad bands—concluded the night with a set that also served to mark the release of their first duo album, And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch), as well as to cap the saxophonist’s monthlong residency at Clemente Soto Vélez. Laubrock is a dauntless player—unafraid of paint-stripping skronk, for better or worse—and a sharp conceptualist. The veteran Rainey again proved that he is one of the world’s master drummers in this idiom.

Touchingly, the couple beamed at each other as one dramatic duo composition came to life after the other, the performance audibly impressing a crowd filled with aficionados. With loose-limbed virtuosity, Rainey drew music from all parts of his kit—rubbing the drumheads, rustling his sticks and mallets together, even drawing tones from the drum stool; meanwhile, Laubrock summoned an almost theatrical sound, crying, sighing and moaning through her instrument.

The aspect of ritual was evoked: Laubrock, with a sink-stopper in the bell of her horn, whistled through her tenor as if it were a griot’s quietly keening flute, with Rainey’s bass-drum bombs like the punctuations of a rite. The two conjured a whole aural world with their set, an ideal tribute to Interstellar Space.



Tom Rainey (left) and Ingrid Laubrock onstage at the
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in New York City on March 24.
(Photo: Peter Gannushkin


w shipp trio - root of things

Relative Pitch is proud to be releasing the new Matthew Ship Trio’s record Root of Things on March 18!  The release gig will be at The Sanctuary For Independent Media in Troy NY on March 15.

You can find more info on the venue here

Buy tickets online here

An read a great review on this upcoming release here

See you at the gig!!