Composer Heiner (Brains on Fire) Stadler @ It’s Psychedelic Baby

Heiner Stadler

Heiner Stadler is a lesser-known but fascinating New York City-based composer who's stretched the structures and dimensions of jazz with all-star productions including A Tribute to Monk and Bird and Brains on Fire (which I annotated for recent reissue). It's Psycheledic Baby, the online magazine by Klemen Breznikar taglined "discover the unknown" has published an interview with Stadler -- a Polish-born ('42) WWII refugee who heard a Sydney Bechet record when he was 13, got to NYC by boat in his 20s, broke but motivated. He says his … [Read more...]

Experimental singer, frankly in need. Who isn’t?

Mossa Bildner, an indefatigable vocalist and performance artist, is the subject of today's "The Neediest Cases" column in the New York Times, because having suffered as a freelancer from the economic downturn, she's been facing eviction. "This could happen to anybody," she told the newspaper, and though asking for help "was a strange position to find myself in . . I didn't feel ashamed." … [Read more...]