Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Last modified: Friday, November 08, 2013

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares begins its second concert season with a performance by Harris Eisenstadt Golden State at the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Toronto native Eisenstadt is a prolific drummer/composer and a lover of tricky rhythmic interplay. He currently leads two bands: the celebrated Canada Day and the brand-new Golden State.

The latter began when Eisenstadt was looking for a way to team up two musicians — flautist Nicole Mitchell and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck (Eisenstadt’s wife) — in a small-group setting. He added bassist Mark Dresser (who’s played with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Ray Anderson and more) and loved the results. “They’re all fantastic improvisers, readers, interpreters. Total musicians,” Eisenstadt said.

The drummer composed a collection of music for the group, including a suite of three pieces whose titles form a sentence (“It Is Never Safe To Be,” “Dogmatic in Any Case,” “Unless All the Evidence Is In”) and a ballad written during Hurricane Sandy in New York. While there was chaos elsewhere in the state, Eisenstadt and Schoenbeck were in a calm, unaffected zone, finding themselves experiencing an oddly relaxed vacation-type vibe at their apartment; the music flowed.

The Golden State debut CD won’t be released until Oct. 8 (on the Songlines label), but Valley jazz fans will get to hear the cutting-edge sounds in advance at the Jazz Shares gig.

Singer/songwriter/author Wesley Stace (no longer using his stage name John Wesley Harding) releases his new album, “Self-Titled,” on Tuesday; he returns by popular demand to the Parlor Room in Northampton Saturday at 7 p.m.

Arthur Brooks Ensemble V — Brooks on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jeremy Harlos and Anthony Santor on basses and Matt Weston on percussion — performs at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Local magazine Meat For Tea celebrates the release of its new “Bone” issue with another in its series of variety shows, this one called “Le Cirque D’été.” It’s planned to feature the first-ever group exhibit by the Bad Apple Artist Collective plus live music from Tin Vulva and EndAnd. At Sonelab recording studio in Easthampton Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Potty Mouth, California X, Fleabite and Fat Creeps take over Flywheel in Easthampton on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Paper Hill Casket Company, Who’da Funk It? and Conduit will be at The Elevens in Northampton Saturday at 9 p.m.

Deer Tick and special guest T. Hardy Morris play the John Boyle O’Reilly Club in Springfield Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Local singer and baritone ukulele player Katie Sachs is saying goodbye to the Valley after four years to give Austin, Texas, a try, so area musicians are getting together for her farewell performance. The concert lineup includes Span of Sunshine, June and the Bee and the Women’s Songwriter Collective, at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls Sunday at 7 p.m. Free show, donations appreciated.

Jon Dee Graham (singer/songwriter from Austin), Brooks Thomas (from New York City) and local faves Jamie Kent and the Options and Toussaint Liberator band together for the “Concert for Healthy Choices,” a free afternoon show at the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ EWT School in Holyoke Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Califone, the critically acclaimed Chicago band led by Tim Rutili, has a new album (“Stitches”) and will return to the Iron Horse Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Singer/songwriter Richard Buckner, who recently released a new disc of his own (“Surrounded”), starts off the night.


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