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Vision Festival and a DVD Sale

Posted in Festival Screenings, Sales with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2013 by Vipal Monga

banner-06The Vision Festival, New York’s great festival of experimental music and dance, is holding a special screening of Black February on Sunday, June 16 at 4:30 pm.

Butch was a regular performer at the festival, and it’s an honor, if a little bittersweet, to hold the Brooklyn premiere of the film there.

The festival is being at the experimental performance space Roulette. Details about the Vison Fest and Roulette can be found at Arts for Art, which organizes the festival every year.

A special thanks to Patricia Parker, the festival organizer, for helping us pay tribute to Butch.

In celebration of the screening, we’ve put copies of the Black February DVD on sale. It makes a perfect Father’s Day gift for the music lovers in your life.

Wayne Horvitz Conducts at The Stone NYC May 21-26

Posted in Performances with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by Vipal Monga

Wayne Horvitz, who wrote a beautiful tribute to Butch on the New Music Box blog last month, is holding a residency at The Stone in New York City between May 21 and 26.

imagesThe NY Times’ Ben Ratliff, highlighted the performances in an article published on Wednesday.

Wayne, who called Butch his only mentor, is conducting his Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, using some of the technique he learned from Butch in the 1980s.

Says Ratliff:

Mr. Morris tended to use very little written music in his conductions, working from scraps. Mr. Horvitz, by contrast, is using his own themes and pre-existing pieces, some riff-based and directly out of the jazz tradition, but blowing them apart, making them judder and flash and fold in on themselves. His is an excellent band of nearly all Seattle residents — the soloists included the trombonist Naomi Siegel, the clarinetist Beth Fleenor and the saxophonists Kate Olson, Craig Flory and Briggan Krauss — and its had an efficacious start. What I heard in Tuesday’s early set was tighter and stronger than a live recording the band was selling at the club, made in Seattle only a few months ago.

Black February is Screening at the Vision Festival in Brooklyn

Posted in Festival Screenings with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2013 by Vipal Monga

The New York Times announces that Black February will screen at this  year’s Vision Festival

NubluBlack February will be screening at the 18th Vision Festival, in Brooklyn on June 16. The Vision Festival features a great lineup this year, including a lifetime achievement award for Milford Graves.

Butch played the festival several times, and it’s a special thing to be able to screen it for the community of improvisers and music lovers who come to the festival each year.

This year’s festival will be held at Roulette in Brooklyn, June 12-16. Black February screens on the last day of the festival at 4:30 pm.

I’ll post any more details as they become available. But, for now, mark your calendars!

Black February Screening Sunday March 17 at Nublu

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2013 by Vipal Monga

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Black February will be screening Sunday, March 17 at 8 pm at the East Village club Nublu, home to Butch’s conductions with the Nublu Orchestra. It’s a special way to bring his spirit back to one of his regular stomping grounds, the place of many an epic musical flight by the Maestro and his crew.

Nublu is located at 62 Ave. C between 4th St and 5th St., in the heart of New York’s Alphabet City.

See you there!

Nublu

Posted in Clips with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2012 by Vipal Monga

JD Allen describes what it’s like to be in a Conduction. Here, Butch composes some funk with the Nublu Orchestra, featuring Kenny Wollesen on drums.

Conduction No. 1

Posted in Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Vipal Monga

The first Conduction, as described by Greg Tate, Brandon Ross and Howard Mandel. That seminal performance featured John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Zena Parkins, Tom Cora and Brandon, among others.

Revelation

Posted in Clips with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by Vipal Monga

Here’s a clip from Black February. Butch describes the purpose of Conduction: not just to make music, but to drive for something much deeper.

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