The Squid's Ear
Recently @ Squidco:

Keith Rowe / Mark Wastell:
Live At I-And-E [VINYL RSD] (Confront)

Performing at The Printing House, in Dublin, Ireland, the duo of Keith Rowe on guitar & electronics and Mark Wastell on amplified textures & electronics are heard in their final set of the evening, louder and more gestural, taking the audience on a long musically referential journey of theme, statement and variations, seemingly traditional yet using unique strategies. ... Click to View


The Residents :
Icky Flix: The Original Soundtrack Recording [2LP Vinyl RSD] (Ralph Records)

Colored vinyl double LP Record Store Day release of the soundtrack to the eyeballed band's 2001 "Icky Flix" DVD, 20 re-worked classic Residents tracks, originally released as a 14-track soundtrack CD, here in an extended edition that includes 6 additional tracks, "reimaginings" not included on the original version of the album. ... Click to View


Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp:
Dark Matrix (Not Two)

A meeting in the studio of long-time friends and collaborators, pianist Matthew Shipp and Daniel Carter performing on alto, tenor & soprano saxes, clarinet & trumpet, having played together in many groupings this is only their first duo recording, in a thoughtful set of free improvisations with an innate lyricism and beautiful sense of pacing; masterful and evolved. ... Click to View


Jaap Blonk's Retirement Overdue (w/ Petruccelli / Stadhouders / Rosaly):
New Start [2 CDs] (Kontrans)

The first working band for Dutch vocal improviser Jaap Blonk in 20 years, as he passes 65 years and is clearly NOT ready for retirement, assembling Miguel Petruccelli (Native Aliens Ensemble) on guitar, Jasper Stadhouders (Cactus Truck) on bass, and Chicago ex-pat Frank Rosaly on drums for a double CD of new work, collective improvisation and reworked Blonk classics. ... Click to View


Antonin Artaud (Jaap Blonk):
To Have Done With the Judgment of God (Kontrans)

Vocal performer & musician Jaap Blonk presents a rendering of French dramatist, poet and theatre director Antonin Artaud's "Pour en Finir avec le Jugement de Dieu" (To Have Done With the Judgment of God), a work shelved by the French Radio in 1948 without broadcast as 'too scatological, political, anti-religious, random, and cacophonous through xylophonic and percussive sounds'. ... Click to View


Eric Brochard / Fabrice Favriou:
Derviche (Ayler)

Improvised and heavy forms of experimental rock from the French duo of piccol bassist Eric Brochard and drummer Fabrice Favriou, their music dramatic, ritualistic and urgent as they reference Maya Deren and mythological experience, their music hypnotically mesmerizing and sonically rich, slowly whirling dervishes in five varying sequences that growl and transfix. ... Click to View


What Happens In A Year (SInton / Neufeld / Merega):
Ceremonie / Musique (FiP recordings)

The 1st release of NY baritone saxophonist & bass clarinetist Josh Sinton's FiP label (Form is Possibility) is the debut of the "What Happens in a Year" trio with Todd Neufeld on electric guitar and Giacomo Merega on electric bass, an album of free collective improvisation fueled by a patiently ethereal and authoritative ethic through subtle dialog of tone, texture and pulse. ... Click to View


Dan Clucas / Jeb Bishop / Damon Smith / Matt Crane:
Universal or Directional (Balance Point Acoustics)

Three quartet improvisations and six duo combinations between Dan Clucas on cornet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Damon Smith on double bass, and Matt Crane on drums, recording in the studio in Rhode Island, 2018, the various permutations of each player elucidating the full group interactions through focused and captivating investigations of instrumental combinations. ... Click to View


Otomo Yoshihide / Chris Pitsiokos:
Live in Florence [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Performing live at the Tempo Reale Festival in Florence, Italy in 2018, the duo of Japanese improviser Otomo Yoshihide on turntables & guitars and NY saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos fascinate with seven free dialogs, from extreme techniques of fragmented sound to jazz-oriented reference, a well-matched pair for both splintering collision and accomplished statement. ... Click to View


Iannis Xenakis:
GRM Works 1957-1962 [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

Back in Stock: Recollection GRM assembles Greek experimental composer Iannis Xenakis' works for Groupe de Recherches Musicales circa 1957-1962: "Concret PH" (1958); "Orient-Occident" (1960); "Diamorphoses" (1957-58); "Bohor" (1962). ... Click to View


The Thing (Gustafsson / McPhee / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love):
She Knows... (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Named for a Don Cherry composition included on this album, the core trio of The Thing--Mats Gustafsson on reeds, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums--is joined by saxophonist and pocket trumpter Joe McPhee, recording classic free jazz and harmolodic pieces by Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer, Frank Lowe, & Joe McPhee. ... Click to View


Albert Ayler Quartet With Don Cherry:
European Recordings Autumn 1964 (Revisited) [2 CDs] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Essential radio and live recordings from saxophonist Albert Ayler's European tour in 1964 with Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on double bass and Sunny Murray on drums, a quintessential grouping for Ayler's compositions, here in outstanding renditions of classic works including "Spirits", "Ghosts", "Vibrations", "Mothers", "Childrens", plus Don Cherry's "Infant Happiness". ... Click to View


Joel Futterman :
Intervals (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Each of the three parts of NY pianist Joel Futterman's "Intervals" is an unedited first take, a referendum on 40 years of playing and evolving his powers at free jazz that embraces tradition and future, alway engaging his listeners through fully formed figures, phrase and motifs, a great combination of familiar jazz elements and imaginative free invention. ... Click to View


Frode Gjerstad / Fred Lonberg Holm / Steve Swell / William Parker:
Tales From (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

After on a tour through upstate New York State with Chicago cellist and electronic artist Fred Lonberg-Holm, saxophonist Frode Gjerstad headed to New York City for a planned trio recording which evolved into this informed quartet with Steve Swell on trombone and William Parker on bass, tuba, cornet & flutes, an outstanding example of Transatlanic collective improvisation. ... Click to View


Cooper-Moore & Stephen Gauci:
Conversations Vol. 1 [VINYL] (577)

The first of two volumes from legendary Downtown NY pianist Cooper-Moore and saxophonist Stephen Gauci, recorded after a seven-month residency at Happylucky No. 1 Gallery in Brooklyn, allowing the two players to develop a natural dialog of unique and idiosyncratic approaches to their instruments, resulting in these 6 commanding recordings freely improvised in the studio. ... Click to View


Gadt / Osborne / Zakrocki / Olak:
Spontaneous Chamber Music Vol.3 (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

The third volume in this Polish free improvising series, starting with the collaboration of violinist Patryk Zakrocki and guitarist Marcin Olak, varying the additional players as they explore chamber-oriented free improvisation, here with the impressive vocal improvisation of Anna Gadt and cellist Annemie Osborne, as they rip apart the calendar in 14 monthly machinations. ... Click to View


Przemyslaw Chmiel Quartet:
Witchcraft (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Led by Polish multi-reedist and composer Przemyslaw Chmiel and his quartet of Mateusz Gramburg on piano, Piotr Narajowski on double bass, and Michał Szeligowski on drums, this is their debut album, presenting a sophisticated set of structured compositions that allow for great spontaneity and lyricism, a strong start for this expressive young band. ... Click to View


Sun Ra And His Solar-Myth Arkestra:
The Solar-Myth Approach (Vol. 1 & 2) [2 CDs] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Originally issued on the BYG label as a 2 volume set, these albums present a variety of tracks from various undocumented sessions in New York and Philadelphia in the 1960s, with similar personnel in the makeup of the Arkestra during this time, here fully remastered and presented as a 2-CD set including a bonus track correcting an original mastering problem; essential Ra! ... Click to View


David Myers Lee:
That Which Is It (pulsewidth)

Using electronic and digital tools similar to those that fuel his Arcane Device project, New York sound artist David Lee Myers presents an accessibly engaging set of compositions using modular electronics, feedback matrices, guitar textures, voices, and frogs in 11 polyrhythmic adventures; quirky yet non-chaotic, sublime experimental works of tone and texture. ... Click to View


Julius Gabriel:
Geminga (Creative Sources)

Using the natural resonance of the chapel of Oficinas do Convento, in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, saxophonist Julius Gabriel recorded these ten diverse solo improvisations, performing on soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, applying unusual and extended techniques to his playing in a mixture of technical prowess and implicit wit & melodicism. ... Click to View


Icepick (Nate Wooley / Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten / Chris Corsano):
Hellraiser [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

The 3rd album from the improvising trio of Nate Wooley on trumpet, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Chris Corsano on drums, is a live recording at the 2018 Experimental Sound Studio's Option Series, a smoldering session of collective improvisation that builds tension through impressive rhythmic texture and releases it in cathartic and passionate passages. ... Click to View


Das Rad (Archer / Robinson / Dinsdale):
Adios Al Futuro (Discus)

The 2nd release from the UK instrumental rock band Das Rad of Nick Robinson on guitars, keyboards & electronics, Martin Archer on woodwind, keyboards, synth bass & electronics, and Steve Dinsdale on drums, keyboards & electronics, expand their sound and referenes as they tug on the heartstrings of prog, krautrock and other advanced rock forms with modern and mellotron-fueled orchestration. ... Click to View


Kaze (Fujii / Tamura / Pruvost / Orins) w/ Ikue Mori:
Sand Storm (Libra/ Circum-Disc)

The cooperative quartet Kaze of Satoko Fujii on piano, Peter Orins on drums, Christian Pruvost on trumpet, Natsuki Tamura on trumpet, joins with elextroacoustic improviser Ikue Mori for seven exploratory pieces recorded in the studio after a one-week tour in Austria, France, and Russia, their enthusiasm for their extraordinarily unique group sound clearly evident. ... Click to View


Gato Libre (Tamura / Fjuii / Kaneko):
Koneko (Libra)

The 8th album from Gato Libre with compositions from trumpeter Natsuki Tamura in a trio with Yasuko Kaneko on trombone and pianist Satoko Fujii here on accordion, Koneko translating to "Kitten", as Tamura explores 8 new cats from strays to shop cats through deceptively simple pieces of melodic appeal of warm color, tone & texture; absolutely charming. ... Click to View


Phil Wachsmann :
Writing In Water (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

UK-based violinist Phillip Wachsmann, an essential player bringing contemporary approaches of indeterminacy, conceptualism and electroacoustics to the early community of improvisers and experimentalists, in a reissue of his 1984 Bead Records album, presenting his astute and sophisticated live solo performance for violin and electronics at the Actual Festival in July 1984, London. ... Click to View


Francesco Gregoretti :
Solid Layers, Deafening Shapes (Toxo Records)

A solo percussion album from Francesco Gregoretti, employing traditional instruments and unusual object to create unique audio environment that use predictable rhythmic elements against capricious approaches, giving his playing a personal style fueled by resonance and natural feedback; an album that balances chaotic and structured environments in riveting ways. ... Click to View


Musicworks:
#137 Fall 2020 [MAGAZINE + CD] (Musicworks)

Fall 2020 issue of Canada's finest new music magazine, focusing on guitars--hollow, heavy, bowed, cracked, pedalled, flung, trusty companions & feedback demons; Plus articles on Casey Koyczan, Susan Alcorn, Amy Brandon, Aidan Baker, Eliza Kavtion, C. Diab, Markus Lake, Catherine Debard, Cloud Chamber, &c; and an 11-track CD with music from the aforementioned. ... Click to View


Milford Graves / Don Pullen:
The Complete Yale Concert, 1966 (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Originally issued in two volumes on their own SRP Records in 1966 & 67 as In Concert At Yale University and Nommo, the duo of drummer/percussionist Milford Graves and pianist Don Pullen are heard live in in this excitingly energetic and revelatory concert at Yale University, redefining the roles of their instruments during the most exploratory period of free jazz. ... Click to View


Schlippenbach Quartet:
Three Nails Left (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Remastered and with the original cover, the expanded Schlippenbach Trio of pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, saxophonist Evan Parker on soprano & tenor, drummer/percussionist Paul Lovens, and German double bassist Peter Kowald, a stellar group captured in two incredibly inventive concerts at Third New Jazz Festival Moers and at Quartier Latin in 1974 & 1975. ... Click to View


Peter Kowald Quintet:
Peter Kowald Quintet (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

First ever CD reissue of the only band under bassist Peter Kowald's own name, remastered; originally released by FMP in 1972, this is exemplary European Free Jazz from one of the orignal innovators in a quartet with Peter Kowald on tuba, bass, & alphorn, Gunter Christmann and Paul Rutherford on trombones, Peter van der Locht on alto saxophone, and Paul Lovens on drums. ... Click to View


Evan Parker / Agusti Fernandez:
Tempranillo (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Reissuing this astonishing 1995 studio recording, capturing the first encounter between two legendary free jazz performers--UK saxophonist Evan Parker on tenor and soprano saxophones and pianist Augustí Fernández--in an 8-part dialog of mercurial speed balanced with moments of passionate introspection, resissued with new mastering, restoring this essential meeting. ... Click to View


Ivo Perelman / Arcado String Trio:
Deep Resonance (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Saxophonist Ivo Perelman declares that he "metamorphosed into a string instrument" himself while playing with the dynamic string trio drawn of NY Downtown luminaries--cellist Hank Roberts, violinist Mark Feldman and bassist Mark Dresser--blending technical mastery with profound creative impulse as the quartet weaves a tapestry of free jazz and instant composition. ... Click to View



  •  •  •     Join Our Mailing List!



The Squid's Ear
Facebook: Squidco Sales

Travelogue


  Okkyung Lee Tour Diary  


[Photo: Peter Gannushkin]
before you go on reading this long travelogue, i have to warn you that you are not going to find out so much about music or other stuff as you might expect... this is about one person's journey who happens to be a working musician and encountered lots of unexpected dramas... also you see, this trip was going to be really special one for me since a part of the trip was going to be my very first gig in europe... but it turned out to be even more than that and a really unforgettable one...

for your better understanding of the whole situation, let me explain a couple of things beforehand... sometime in may this year, it was finalized that i would go to venice, italy in september with lawrence d. "butch" morris as a member of his sheng/skyscraper group to perform at venice biennale... so i had to have my visa revalidated outside the country so i could come back to the states after the performance... yes, i do not have a green card or citizenship... i have something called o-1 visa status, known also as an artist visa... which i didn't get to take care of until mid august, see... meanwhile pianist/composer/friend vijay iyer invited me to go to portland, OR to perform his "in what language" project written with poet mike ladd at time based arts festival in september, right before butch's gig... so being how i am with lots of things, i really thought i could take care of all of this within 11 days... so, i was to leave new york to portland on the 13th of september, then come back to new york on the 17th... then the same day, go to toronto to take care of my visa and come back on the 18th... then finally off to venice on the 19th, do the gig on the 20th and come back on the 21st...

i knew it was a pretty insane schedule but it had to be that way because i put off taking care of things until the very last minute...

so here is how it all really went...

september 12, friday - day minus 1, new york

7:30 am - alright, alright... i'm up... have to be in upper east side by 9... alright...

8:15 am - well, i think i am going to reward myself with a doughnut plant doughnut for getting up so early... some sugar will help me get going...

8:20 am - jesus, how many doughnuts is this guy buying? 24? fine... let's not lose it yet... but then what about this japanese mother & daughter team...? they sure are taking their time... let me take a deep breath... i think I'm going to have both cashew and fresh white peach... yeah, what the hell...

8:32 am - i think i'll be pretty much on time... these doughnuts are good... cannot finish them now though...

9:03 am - where is this italian consulate...? is this the door? looks like it's for, uh-hum, short people...

9:10 am - oops, i forgot to take my box cutter out of my bag this morning... security guard is giving me a funny look... i smile back...

10:32 am - i'm sick of waiting... i have a rehearsal in midtown from 11...

10:43 am - alright... let's not panic... why didn't i think about bringing that goddam INS letter? the one that's been making my life hell... well, nobody told me in advance... why would the italian consulate need to see my INS documentation anyway... this italian lady behind this glass thingy looks tough... she's not going to give me a break, is she... the place closes at 11:30! she tells me to come back by noon... i have about an hour to drop off my cello at the rehearsal place, go home, and come back! great! right... i shove in what was left of the doughnuts...

11:03 am - at carroll studio, told vijay it's an emergency situation... thank god, he is understanding...

11:55 am - i'm at grand central... is it really 11:55 already? ok... next stop, get off and transfer to 6... ah, god...

11:58 am - where the hell is the 6? should i run? should i wait? should i run? ah...

12:06 pm - out of the 68th street station... i'm running, running... fuck...i hope they will let me in... out of breath... today is the only day i can get this done... otherwise... ah, bye bye venice... it has to work! press the buzzer and this voice says it's closed! i yell out "patricia told me to come back!"

12:27 pm - alright... now i have to get somebody to pick up my passport on tuesday because i need it by wednesday when i come back from portland... and of course the consulate has to be closed on wednesdays... ah, erica!

3:30 pm - back home... ah... at least i could do half an hour of the rehearsal for vijay... thank god, he's not pissed... ok... time to go and pick up a flight case from david gage string shop in chinatown...

4:02 pm - noah? what's he doing here...? a friend from NEC... [FOOTNOTE 1: The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston] the first time in 3 years... he says he's doing an internship here... after all he is a bass player...

4:13 pm - i was just told that i need a soft case to use their flight case... i don't have a soft case... i haven't had one for last 15 years... what the hell... they don't have any left at the shop... midtown...? ah... sick of running around the day before i'm leaving...

4:28 pm - what an asshole! this cabbie wouldn't let me put the case in the back of the cab! fine... i gave him a finger... i'll take the subway... this thing weighs about... 40 lbs... and it's big... almost as tall as i am... down the stairs... arg...

4:40 pm - i'm out of breath... this thing is so awkward... how am i going to get home...? i live in a 5th floor walk up...

4:42 pm - maybe jason (viseltear) from the violin shop (viseltear & young) around the corner has a soft case i can borrow! he's an angel... always saves my ass...

4:44 pm - alright... jason is not in but this guy on the phone will trade me a soft case for a cup of tea...! ha!

5:17 pm - ah... i'm dead... cannot believe i schlepped this shit up 5 floors... now i gotta go to mode (records, my part time job) for a second... cannot believe this guy who lend me this soft case didn't even ask my name...

5:58 pm - at mode... have to buy plane tickets to go to toronto next wednesday... the last time i checked, orbitz.com has the best price... should i spend extra $60. to go direct? nah... i choose the one that flies to washington dc first... sounds dumb but hey, i save $60...

7:15 pm - back home... hungry... what should i eat?

9:46 pm - at tonic, talked to erik (friedlander) a little bit... i asked him for advice for flying with my cello for the first time... his advise was get to the airport early and be nice! it's a bit tough for me to be "nice"... but i will do it if i really have to... hope they are not such jerks at the airport...

10:28 pm - zorn's bar kokhba is happening... even though i am quite distracted... see zeena (parkins) in spunky outfit... she looks better and better each time... want to be cool like zeena...

11:32 pm - walking toward to tim (barnes) & erica (bricking)'s house... i have to give erica this letter of permission so she can pick up my passport for me this tuesday...

11:35 pm - forgot to send this deposit slip to motria (sabat) in toronto... i think i must use the one i received from the consulate... i'll fed ex it to her tomorrow morning... yikes...

12:45 am - it's always good to see them... i'm lucky to have them as friends... where is this F train?

1:15 am - i ended up not seeing any of elliott (sharp)'s show... oh, well...

2:10 am - looking for some travel size stuff... a 24-hour rite aid on grand... they don't have the shampoo i want... this one looks alright...

3:30 am - i think i'm pretty much packed... i'm bringing only 2 small bags since i have to carry that giant shit... maybe i can sleep for a few hours... set the alarm for 7:30 again...

september 13th, saturday, day 1, new york to portland, OR

i woke up at 7:40 and went to kinko's on houston... thankfully it was open at 8 and did have a fed ex drop off box... i filled out a fed ex envelop and when just about to drop it off, i saw this sign saying that there's a fed ex location open on saturdays at newark airport... so i thought, great! i can do it at the airport and even make it sure it'll get there by wednesday...

taking a car service from delancey was a good idea... the driver was a lot cooler than that stupid cabbie from the day before... i got there plenty of time ahead as erik suggested... and this lady at check in didn't even charge me anything! wow, i got lucky... it was kinda weird seeing someone else carrying my cello off to somewhere though... i got scared for a second... see, since i was a kid, i have carried my cello...

then i had about an hour to kill so tried to find this fed ex location... nobody seemed to know... i called the fed ex main office and they told me it was in building 155... so...

i asked for the building 155 to this woman in a uniform who told me to go outside and take P5 bus... outside, huh...? then on P5 bus, the driver told me that it's on the other side of his route... ah... he let me get off and told me that about 15-minute walk should get me to the building 155... it was looking pretty gray out... like it was going to rain any minute... but i really had to get this sent... i felt like such an idiot for not dropping it off earlier but what else could i do... so i started to walk... wearing these mesh slippers and carrying two bags... not too heavy but still... after 5 minutes, i realized it was not going to be a 15-minute walk... i do walk slowly and the map i found didn't look that promising... but once i started to walk, it was hard to turn back... i am known to be stubborn... i tried to catch a bus or something but nobody seemed to want to stop for me... then it started to rain a bit... then it started to rain some more... then it really started pouring down and i was getting... soaked... i felt like a real idiot... my feet were all wet... bottom of my pants were getting wet... my fed ex envelop was wet... my bags were wet... i was miserable... finally after almost 30 minutes of walking in rain, i made it to fed ex... dropped it off... the lady at the counter said it would get to toronto by monday... then this nice fed ex truck driver gave me a ride back to the terminal... it took about 5 minutes by truck... ah... i do really walk slowly...

flights went pretty smooth... changed flight at denver... as soon as i got my cello case back from oversized baggage claim area at portland, i opened it up and she was fine! i was so relieved... it was really beautiful out when we finally got outside of portland airport...

i was with 3 other musicians... trevor (shaun holder), drummer, rudresh (mahanthappa), saxophonist and ambrose (akinmusire), trumpeter... we had enough stuff with us... with my flight case and trevor's drum stuff... we were supposed to be picked up by someone from the festival... so... there was this guy showed up with... a jetta... even my regular cello case doesn't fit in the trunk of a jetta! it's a really very nice car but doesn't do me any good! so... there i was... waiting for a van for another 45 minutes... sick of waiting... thank god, trevor waited with me...

finally got to our hotel called mark spencer... a small charming place... and i got to share a room with latasha... i like latasha... we got to relax a bit then went to see donna uchizono, a choreographer from new york... i saw her work some time last year in new york and liked it a lot... i got to the theater a bit late but caught most of it...

stopped by at a whole foods store to pick up some stuff... and it was big! clean! bright! food, food, food everywhere... i felt like a moth drawn to a bright light... got back to the hotel... watched my beloved trading spaces on TLC channel... hadn't seen it since i moved to my recent pad... i love it! they are still doing it... after watching an episode of their new show, clean sweep, i went to sleep...

september 14th, sunday, day 2, portland, OR

woke up at 7... got hungry... went to the whole foods... it's only a couple of blocks away from the hotel... how convenient! i had a feeling i'd be coming there a lot for the rest of the stay... and i was right... walked around for a couple of hours to explore the city... went to this open market where lots of food trucks were... i didn't really get to taste anything but everything looked great... sun was bright and warm... and very dry... after a 7-hour rehearsal, we all went to this amazing thai restaurant called thai peacock... they had tasty spicy papaya salad, great seafood curry... really huge portion... then we went to this nightly party the festival threw to see mike (ladd) performing with tracey morris... also there was this guy selling this fish-shaped bread thingy i grew up with in korea! but instead of sweet red bean filling we have, he filled it up with some odd stuff... like cheese and veggies and ham... phooey... i talked to the guy and he apparently lived in korea for a year... he said he had to alternate the filling to "accommodate" people's taste here in portland... mike decided to get some... wished him luck... he said it wasn't that good... i cannot believe people are not into red bean stuff...! we walked back to our hotel... portland is a really intriguing little town... interesting architecture and some of it is bizarre... this apartment or condo thing we saw had some weird totem pole thingy outside with jagged shaped balconies... then there was this bank that looked like a starbucks or something... lots of windows on all the buildings and it sure gets damn quiet!

we went to the roxy, 24-hour diner a block away from our hotel... where lots of runaway kids hang out outside... inside i noticed this guy with a really awful long blond wig... and the waiter we had was such a jerk... when mike told the guy he wanted to order fast so he could go to bed since he slept only a couple of hours the night before... then the waiter said "oh, well, I got only 4 hours of sleep myself"... and when vijay ordered a piece of double chocolate cake, his response was "you cannot have it because it's too late"... weirdo... not cool... we left him a penny for his lovely service...

september 15th, monday, day 3, portland, OR

got up around 8 again... hung out with latasha a bit... watched some tv... they were talking about this possible hurricane coming toward the new york area... and also this horrible hurricane that hit korea... gotta call my parents... and of course went to the whole foods for breakfast... what can i say... they had good shit! their pumpkin coffee cake rocked... i even ran back there for my lunch... after the sound check, i had a couple hours to kill... went downtown by myself and found a couple of cool vintage stores... for some reason lots of people were buying elvis outfits... found some good deals for myself though... then i was off to find this chocolate place that was on food tv called moonstruck... it was really easy to find... portland is really easy to get around... and they have this area called "fareless square" where you don't have to pay any fare... at the chocolate place, i tried hazelnut and earl gray truffle... well, i was not so convinced... they were expensive and looked good... 2 bucks per piece... but i couldn't stop thinking about jacques torres back in dumbo [FOOTNOTE 2: a section of Brooklyn] ... i got a mocha one just to be sure... and still wasn't happy... oh well... i found this vintage store called magpie... and that was fabulous...!

the concert went pretty well... i liked vijay's music a lot... when we started to rehearse i was a bit intimidated by its rhythmic complexity and juxtapositions but once i got it, it became very enjoyable... working with people who have complete vision in their compositions yet leave enough room for people like me to be able to find a way to add something to it is always great... and all the musicians/actors were great to perform with... and the audience response was great... everything went by so fast...

afterward we all went to this jake's famous crawfish place right behind our hotel... also shelley (hirsch) joined us as well... she had performed a couple nights before... the restaurant was a recommendation of our cab driver from the airport... while following the hostess to our table, i saw this crazy looking desert i absolutely had to have... it was called chocolate bag, dark chocolate shell literally shaped like a rectangular bag, filled with white chocolate, whipped cream and all different kinds of berries... woo... looked fucking awesome... but before i had to have real food... i ordered salmon cake appetizer which was absolutely fabulous... it had such an interesting tasting sauce... with apple and fried leeks... great combination... it's really amazing how creative these chefs can get with mixing up flavors... then ambrose and i ordered a full order of crawfish... yeah, baby... my first crawfish ever... felt like a bit stupid wearing that white bib thingy around my neck but it had to be done...crawfish was good! even though at first it felt weird breaking the crawfish in half with my hands... lots of work to eat such little amounts of meat but it was worth it... ah... how can it go wrong when there is a great food... then the chocolate bag... oh my god...

september 16th, tuesday, day 4, portland, OR

finally, i got to go to this bakery, pearl bakery...in pearl district, respectably... little print out we got from the festival said this bakery won the third place in national baking competition or something... of course i had to go... i had their lemon danish and carrot cake... yes, carrot cake... it was great... ciabatta bread they put out for sampling was fabulous too! crusty and flavorful... then with latasha, we checked out some vintage shops... at buffalo exchange latasha scored this awesome looking coat... beautiful red brick color coat with furry things on its neck and sleeves... and went to powell's bookstore cross the street... the biggest bookstore in the west of mississippi they said... it was overwhelming... i didn't know what to do other than standing in the middle of the store... oh, earlier we saw this young couple on the street... they started a fight... she slapped his face then he grabbed her hair... then she started to kick him... calling names... and it was going pretty violent for a minute... then as this woman approached them from behind, they broke off and gave this person kiss saying hi... as nothing ever happened... out... i also saw the guy from the roxy with the bad blond wig... he was wearing another awful red wig this time... then we went to... huh-hum, the whole foods for the last time... awesome salad section... i loved their roasted carrots... and noodle salad... and mango salsa...

the gig went really well... went by even quicker... then i had to pack and run to the airport... trevor and alison (easter), one of the actors were flying back to new york that night with me...

at the airport, i could sense that i wasn't going to be so lucky with my cello case this time, as soon as i saw those two women at the check in... they looked uptight... you know what i mean... and of course, even though they couldn't find the code to put in to see how much they had to charge my case for oversize, they insisted on charging me something... so i got charged 75 bucks... ah, yah... bitches... then i had to give my cello to a guy at the security so he could scan it... then as soon as he put it through, i heard my cello case tumbling down... ah... ran back to the guy and he said; "don't worry. It just sounded worse than what it was..." jerk... i gave him a look... anyway... trevor and i got some sushi, don't ask me why... people at the counter were a bit off... looked too perky to be at the airport around midnight... hey, people are different... then went through the security area... had to open my bags, emptied my pockets... you know the deal... and right before boarding... i realized my boarding pass had disappeared... so i ran to the security area where i saw it for the last time... but couldn't find it... so rushed back to the gate... then trevor realized that the security people had given my ticket to him by mistake...

ha ha ha... some security...

september 17, wednesday, day 5, new york to toronto, canada

got to newark airport around 10 am... trevor and lisala were generous to give me a ride back... otherwise i would have had to schlep my flight case all the way to lower east side... anyway... got back home around 11:30... took a short break... gathered my papers for my visa stuff... then called tim to get my passport... tim is great... nothing else i can say about this guy... the best thing is that he doesn't freak out like i do... he calms me down... then went to mode to print out some stuff... i decided to return my flight case when i come back the day after... i was ready to be at the newark again by 5:30 pm... then when i checked my email around 4, there was an email saying that my flight to canada got canceled due to the hurricane... i panicked... then the woman on the phone from orbitz.com told me to get to the airport as soon as possible and get on the standby for another flight... i was getting freaked out since my appointment was at 9 in the morning the next day... you have to have an appointment to get in... if i missed the appointment, it meant i could not get my visa revalidated in time to go to italy and come back... ah... it felt like the sky collapsed in front of my eyes (korean expression)...

i took delancey car service again to the airport... another 45 bucks down the drain... traffic going to holland tunnel was nasty... after standing in line to check in at the airport, feeling almost sick, i learned that there was a direct flight i could get on... thank god... it turned out for the better...

i was relieved... even though the plane was delayed for almost an hour and a half, i was happy... it felt a bit weird leaving the airport though... it was the first time I left this country in more than 5 years... i was a bit scared... what if anything goes wrong...

i arrived at toronto airport around 10... and caught a bus to take subway... here all the signs on the highways are in kilometers... all of sudden i got homesick... and somehow started to think in korean... which is really rare for me... their subway looked pretty much like the subway here in new york... but a bit cleaner and wider... then got outside to catch a street car... it was so interesting to see that everything pretty much looked the same in toronto as in new york... but definitely things felt more relaxed... one thing i noticed was their crosswalk sign... the ones they have are the graphic ones... you know, like the ones we started to get more in new york that have graphics of little people, even though i liked letter ones better... anyway the ones they have more details... i mean the figuring had actual feet and hands...



continued...




The Squid's Ear presents
reviews about releases
sold at Squidco.com
written by
independent writers.

Squidco

Recent Selections @ Squidco:


Antonin Artaud
(Jaap Blonk):
To Have Done
With the Judgment
of God
(Kontrans)



Jaap Blonk's
Retirement Overdue
(w/ Petruccelli /
Stadhouders /
Rosaly):
New Start
[2 CDs]
(Kontrans)



The Chemical
Expansion League
(Bohman /
Lynch /
Northover /
Mengersen):
Grappling with the
Orange Porpoise
(Creative Sources)



Joel Futterman :
Intervals
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)



The Thing
(Gustafsson /
McPhee /
Haker Flaten /
Nilssen-Love):
She Knows...
(ezz-thetics by
Hat Hut Records
Ltd)



Albert Ayler
Quartet With
Don Cherry:
European Recordings
Autumn 1964
(Revisited)
[2 CDs]
(ezz-thetics by
Hat Hut Records
Ltd)



Icepick
(Nate Wooley /
Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten /
Chris Corsano):
Hellraiser
[VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)



Das Rad
(Archer /
Robinson /
Dinsdale):
Adios Al Futuro
(Discus)



Kaze
(Fujii /
Tamura /
Pruvost /
Orins) w/
Ikue Mori:
Sand Storm
(Libra/ Circum-Disc)



Peter Kowald
Quintet
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)



Kidd Jordan /
Joel Futterman /
Alvin Fielder Trio:
Live At The
Tampere Jazz
Happening 2000
(CLM)



Chris Dingman
(May Han Oh /
Tim Kelper):
Embrace
(Inner Arts Initiative)



Plan Kruutntoone /
Reinier van Houdt :
Pas Maar Op,
Want Deze Tas
Is Van Zorro
(En Zorro Houdt
Van Mij)
(esc.rec.)



Morton Feldman:
Triadic Memories
[2 CDs]
(ezz-thetics by
Hat Hut Records
Ltd)



Tony Oxley:
February Papers
(Discus)



Zeitkratzer /
Mariam Wallentin:
The Shape of Jazz to Come
(Zeitkratzer)



Michel Banabila :
All Connected
(StealthRec)



Phill Niblock:
G2,44+/X2
[CD + BOOK]
(Room40)



Hedvig Mollestad :
Ekhidna
[WHITE VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)



Conny Bauer /
Matthias Bauer /
Dag Magnus Narvesen:
The Gift
[VINYL]
(NoBusiness)







Squidco
Click here to
advertise with
The Squid's Ear






The Squid's Ear pays its writers.
Interested in becoming a reviewer?




The Squid's Ear is the companion magazine to the online music shop Squidco !


  Copyright © Squidco. All rights reserved. Trademarks. (2199)