Amongst the shows over the next week, we’re pleased to host the Japanese duo of Minami Saeki (voice) and Taku Sugimoto (guitar) following the release of their debut collaborative recording – Songs – last year. Recorded outdoors, Songs has an unhurried openess, with the deceptively stark unwinding of sparse voice and instrumentation leaving the listener feeling almost as if they’ve stumbled upon something secret, unintended to be shared. But there is nothing possessive about the soundworld that Saeki and Sugimoto conjure up, which loses none of it’s expansiveness through being moved indoors.
This week’s digital release is a set from Ambuya Stella Chiweshe from last November. Here she shares three parts of the night – an a capella call to her homeland of Zimbabwe, a new track accompanied by her mbrira, and a slow, rhythmic version of one of her most well-loved songs, ‘Chachimurenga’. Chiweshe sings with great strength, soothes with the mbira and continues to expand on tradition in new, inventive ways.
New show announcements this week include a two-day residency with Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House 4, with Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis and Tom Rainey, and a rare night of Pat Thomas playing the works of long-time inspiration, Thelonious Monk, whose birth was 100 years ago last year.
Full listings and all new shows below. We look forward to seeing you here.