Founded and curated by Bradley Bambarger, the Sound It Out concert series – now in its seventh season – aims to further a progressive tradition by presenting performances by musicians from jazz and other venturesome genres at the acoustically perfect concert hall of Greenwich House Music School in New York’s West Village. Tim Berne’s Snakeoil kicked off the series in June 2012, with some 300 Sound It Out concerts since. Iconic artists from Andy Summers to Nels Cline, Wadada Leo Smith to Tyshawn Sorey, Anat Cohen to Frank Kimbrough are among those who have performed in the series. Want to experience the sound of Sound It Out? One way is the album Live in Greenwich Village released by the telepathic trio Renku, featuring saxophonist Michaël Attias, bassist John Hébert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Recorded over a two-night stand in the Sound It Out series, the album was released via Clean Feed Records in 2016. The New York Times has called Sound It Out “a beacon of adventurous programming in Greenwich Village.”
Greenwich House Music, established in 1905, has long been a focal point of the downtown arts scene, with pivotal figures from Henry Cowell, Edgar Varèse and John Cage to Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick associated with the institution. Singer-songwriter Steve Earle and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen have performed at Greenwich House, and jazz has a history there, too: Varèse and composer Earle Brown, collaborating with saxophonist-producer Teo Macero, hosted an improvisation session in 1957 with a group of players that included Charles Mingus and Art Farmer. More recently, the Jazz Composers Collective led by Frank Kimbrough and Ben Allison held important concerts at the Greenwich House Music School in the early ’90s. Sound It Out carries on this spirit.
About Bradley Bambarger:
A longtime New York City-based music journalist and producer, Bradley Bambarger has written for publications ranging from Billboard to Gramophone and penned album liner notes for such labels as ECM Records and Sony Legacy. He helped found the music quarterly Listen and contributed to each of the magazine during its decade-long run, and he has written regularly for the jazz bible DownBeat, along with editing the magazine In Tune for teenage music students. A notable recent publication was a cover story on guitarist Andy Summers for the January 2018 issue of MIX magazine. (To see an evolving archive of Bradley’s music journalism, visit: https://bradleybambarger.medium.com.)
As founder and curator of the avant-jazz concert series Sound It Out, Bradley has produced some 300 concerts since 2012 by a who’s who on the jazz scene in the venerable hall of Manhattan’s Greenwich House Music School. In summer 2015, he was chief editorial producer for Medici.tv’s coverage of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and St. Petersburg. With multiple filmmaking partners, he produces an ongoing series of promotional videos for ECM, among other clients.
From 1995 to 2000, Bradley was the New York-based senior writer for Billboard magazine, helping to expand the magazine’s international coverage in the classical, jazz, world and edgier rock genres. He eventually served as executive editor of Billboard in 2000-2002, co-leading a redesign of the century-old publication. From 2002 to 2004, he was creative director/executive editor for pioneering classical firm Andante, producing award-winning archival CD+book boxed sets. From 2004 to 2010, Bradley was a staff music critic, columnist and reporter at The Star-Ledger daily newspaper of New Jersey, covering rock, classical and jazz in New York City, the Garden State and beyond. A freelance writer-producer since 2010, he has also been a content consultant for the Metropolitan Opera Shop and has taught music history classes at New York University.
Bradley has written liner notes for albums not only on the ECM and Sony Legacy labels but also on Intakt, Pyroclastic, Clean Feed, Anzic, ESP-Disk, Jazzheads, Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Decca and RCA Victor. His work has also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, Musician, Symphony, Relix, Musical America, Chamber Music America, Stereophile, Revolver, Guitar World, Time Out New York, In Tune, Playbill, Sing Out!, the Steinway Owner’s Magazine, the New England Conservatory’s Notes magazine, DePauw School of Music’s 21CM site, Steinway.com and Medici.tv, among others. Bradley graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
Past performances in the Sound It Out series:
SEASON 1: Tim Berne’s Snakeoil. . . Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan (w/ E. Eskelin, M. Formanek, R. Alessi). . . Matt Mitchell Trio. . . Surface to Air. . . Big Satan (T. Berne, M. Ducret, T. Rainey). . . Open Loose (M. Helias, T. Malaby, T. Rainey). . . Dan Tepfer’s “Goldberg Variations / Variations”. . . Sam Newsome & Ethan Iverson. . . Tony Malaby’s Novela with Kris Davis. . . Dan Blake’s “Aquarian Suite”. . . Noah Preminger Group (w/ B. Monder, M. Pavolka, C. Stranahan). . . Joel Harrison’s String Choir: Music of Paul Motian. . . Michael Attias’s Spun Tree (w/ R. Alessi, M. Mitchell, S. Conly, T. Rainey). . . Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman. . . NY3 (Anat Cohen, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson). . . Tim Berne & Kris Davis. . . Darius Jones Quartet. . . Paraphrase (T. Berne, D. Gress, T. Rainey). . . Russ Lossing. . . Lucian Ban & Tony Malaby. . . Ted Nash’s “The Creep”. . . Ches Smith Quartet (w/ M. Maneri, J. Finlayson, S. Crump). . . Renku (M. Attias, J. Hébert, S. Takeishi). . . Ananda Gari w/ Rez Abassi, Tim Berne & Michael Formanek. . . Wadada Leo Smith & Angelica Sanchez. . . Tyshawn Sorey Quartet (w/ M. Kikuchi, T. Neufeld, T. Morgan, plus J. Garchik). . . Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys. . . Curtis Macdonald Quartet w/ David Virelles. . . Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson. . . Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano & Duduka Da Fonseca. . . Sean Conly & Michaël Attias Play “Soapsuds, Soapsuds”. . .
SOUND IT OUT FIRST ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL, featuring – Dave King & Chris Speed; Russ Lossing & John Hébert; Joe Hertenstein’s Futuredrone w/ Mat Maneri, Anthony Coleman & Ken Filiano; Taka Kigawa; Devin Gray, Jonathan Goldberger & Michael Formanek; Endangered Blood; Michaël Attias & Satoshi Takeishi; Surface to Air; Craig Taborn & Gust Burns; the Rez Abassi Trio. . .
SEASON 2: Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo w/ William Parker & Nasheet Waits… Craig Taborn & Gust Burns… Vortex: Russ Lossing, Tony Malaby & Billy Mintz… Mark Dresser & Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State (w/ Dresser, Nicole Mitchell & Sara Schoenbeck)… Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith. . . Larry Ochs & Don Robinson. . . Curtis Hasselbring’s New Mellow Edwards (w/ Speed, Halvorson, Moran, Lightcap, Black & Fujiwara). . . Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez & Tom Rainey. . . Frank Carlberg Quintet. . . Mark Helias & Michael Formanek. . . Emilie Weibel + Sara Serpa’s City Fragmentz. . . Myra Melford. . . Sylvie Courvoisier Trio (w/ Gress & Wollesen). . . Kris Davis + Michaël Attias’s Spun Tree. . . Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio. . . Noel Preminger, Rick Rosato & Colin Stranahan. . . CubIndus (w/ Rez Abbasi, Roman Filiu, Aruan Ortiz, Michael Sarin). . . Ben Monder w/ Chris Lightcap & Adam Cruz. . . John O’Gallagher’s Webern Project (w/ R. Lossing, P. McCann, M. Moran, C. Lightcap, T. Sorey). . . Michael Attias + Moonmouth (w/ Kris Davis & Tom Rainey). . . Bobby Avey Trio + Chris Speed. . . Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols Sung (w/ M. Attias, A. Coleman, R. Harris & R. Royston). . . Frank Kimbrough w/ Masa Kamaguchi & Jeff Hirshfield. . . Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio (w/ Monder, Opsvik, Mintz & Weiss). . . Marty Ehrlich’s Trio Exaltation w/ John Hébert & Nasheet Waits. . . Renku w/ Michael Attias, John Hébert & Satoshi Takeishi. . . Paradoxical Frog (w/ Laubrock, Davis & Sorey). . . Max Johnson’s Silver Quartet (w/ S. Alcorn, K. Davis, M. Pride). . . Nate Wooley Quintet. . . Brandon Ross & Stomu Takeishi. . . Tim Berne & Michael Formanek. . . Lucian Ban + Mat Maneri + Tony Malaby. . . David Virelles Continuum w/ Dezron Douglas & Eric McPherson. . . Billy Mintz Quartet. . . Sara Serpa & André Matos (w/ Greg Osby, Guillermo Klein, Matt Brewer & Richie Barshay) + Emilie Weibel’s oMoO. . . Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense (w/ M. Okazaki, D. Virelles, K. Witty & C. Weinrib). . . JC Sanford Orchestra. . . Marty Ehrlich’s Trio Exaltation w/ John Hébert & Nasheet Waits. . . Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas + Mike Baggetta Quartet . . . HNH with Joe Hertenstein, Pascal Niggenkemper & Thomas Heberer. . . Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic’s Unattended Parking. . . w/ John O’Gallagher, Bobby Avey & Tyshawn Sorey. . . Sleepthief: Ingrid Laubrock, Liam Noble, Tom Rainey. . . Sam Newsome & Ethan Iverson. . .
SEASON 3: Ben Goldberg’s Unfold Ordinary Mind (w/ Nels Cline, Rob Sudduth, Kasey Knudsen, Ches Smith). . . Ches Smith Trio w/ Mat Maneri & Craig Taborn. . . Evan Parker & Joe Morris. . . Darius Jones’ Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. . . Darius Jones & Emilie Lesbros. . . Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken + Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell. . . Matthew Shipp. . . Marilyn Crispell & Raymond MacDonald. . . Paradoxical Frog (Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey). . . Anthony Coleman solo + trio w/ Michaël Attias & Mike Pride. . . Angelica Sanchez & Magico (w/ Omar Tamez & Vincent Chancey). . . Michaël Attias Quartet w/ A. Milne, J. Hebert & E. McPherson). . . Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day (w/ N. Wooley, M. Bauder, E. Opsvik). . . Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan (w/ Eskelin, Ballou & Formanek). . . Joe Morris Quartet (w/ M. Maneri, C. Lightcap, G. Cleaver). . . Sara Serpa’s City Fragments (w/ A. Matos, M. Kamaguchi, T. Sorey, S. Rei, A. Johnson). . . André Matos 5tet (w/ T. Malaby, J. Sacks, E. Opsvik, B. Mintz) + Two Miles a Day (w/ J. Sacks, E. Opsvik, M. Maneri, B. Mintz). . . Ideal Bread (J. Sinton, K. Knuffke, A. Hopkins, T. Fujiwara) + Outhead (A. Weiss, J. Sinton, D. Ishenko, D. Dickens). . . Ron Brown Trio w/ William Parker & Juan Carletti. . . John O’Gallagher w/ Pascal Niggenkemper & Mark Ferber. . . Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri. . . Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio (w/ B. Monder, E. Opsvik, N. Waits). . . Vinnie Sperrazza’s Apocryphal (w/ L. Stillman, B. Seabrook, E. Opsvik) + Loren Stillman & Russ Lossing. . . Respect Sextet (w/ E. Asher, J. Hirschfeld, D. Loomis, J. Rutner, R. Wierenga, D. Gray). . . Mike Pride’s I Hate Work (w/ J. Saft & B. Jones). . . Surface to Air (J. Goldberger, J. Siman, R. Khemani) + Leni Stern’s African Trio (w/ M. Ba & A. Faye). . . Dan Blake Quartet (w/ R. Gallo, A. Lopez, B. Lopez) & “Without Walls” w/ Jack Daniel, etc. . . Matt Mitchell Quartet (w/ C. Speed, C. Tordini, D. Weiss) + Devin Gray’s Relative Resonance (w/ C. Speed, K. Davis, C. Tordini). . . Eivind Opsviks’s Overseas (w/ T. Malaby, B. Seabrook, J. Sacks, K. Wollesen). . . Charles Evans with Dave Liebman (w/ R. Stabinsky & T. Marino). . .
SEASON 4: Ron Horton Sextet Plays Andrew Hill (w/ M. Ehrlich, M. Mommas, F. Kimbrough, D. Johnson, T. Horner). . . Ron Horton/Tim Horner Tentet (w/ N. Ecklund, M. Fahn, J. O’ Gallagher, M. Mommas, S. Robinson, M. Sherman, F. Kimbrough, D. Johnson). . . Vinnie Sperrazza’s Apocryphal (w/ L. Stillman, B. Seabrook, E. Opsvik). . . Frank Carlberg’s Word Circus (w/ C. Correa, J. O’Gallagher, K. Cass, M. Sarin). . . Brandon Ross & Rubin Kodehli + Cameron Mizell. . . Ben Monder & Andrew Cyrille. . . Tierra Mestiza: Angelica Sanchez & Omar Tamez + Ralph Alessi/Michael Attias/Angelica Sanchez Trio. . . Andy Milne & Kevin Hays Duo. . . OWL Trio: Orlando le Fleming, Will Vinson & Lage Lund. . . Surface to Air + Tongues in Trees. . . Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora Quintet w/ M. Feldman, E. Friedlander, J. Harris. . . Devin Gray’s Relative Resonance (w/ C. Speed, K. Davis & C. Tordini). . . Andy Milne & Benoit Delbecq. . . Michaël Attias Quartet (w/ A. Ortiz, J. Hébert & N. Waits). . . Renku (M. Attias, J. Hebert, S. Takeishi). . . “Mr. Joy – A Celebration of Paul Bley” (w/ E. Iverson, F. Kimbrough, A. Parks, M. Mitchell, J. Saks, L. Ban, R. Schwimmer). . . Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder + Nadje Noordhuis & Fabian Almazan. . . Tony Malaby w/ B. Monder & T. Rainey. . . Darius Jones w/ Mark Helias & Nasheet Waits. . . Daniel Levin Quartet w/ M. Maneri, M. Moran & T. Cederberg. . . Rez Abbasi’s Junction (w/ M. Shim, S. Harris, K. Grohowski). . . Brandon Seabrook’s Die Trommel Fatale (w/ M. Hughes, E. Opsvik, D. Truet, S. Ospovat, C. Bettis). . . Aaron Parks & Little Big (w/ G. Tuohey, I. Wilkins, S. Murphy, K. Abadey). . . Jesse Stacken Quartet (w/ T. Malaby, S. Conly, T. Rainey) + André Matos, Tony Malaby & Billy Mintz. . .
SEASON 5: Tim Berne & John Hébert. . . Angelica Sanchez Nonet (w/ T. Heberer, K. Knuffke, M. Attias, C. Speed, B. Goldberg, O. Tamez, J. Hébert, S. Ospovat). . . Roman Filiu Quartet (w/ Billy Hart, T. Morgan & S. Harris). . . Hank Roberts Sexet (w/ D. Lyn, M. McGinnis, B. Drye, J. Sacks & V. Sperrazza). . . Fabrizio Cassol w/ Amir ElSaffar, David Gilmore, Matthew Garrison & Daniel Dor. . . Jason Stein’s Hearts & Minds (w/ P. Giallorenzo & C. Taylor). . . Anna Webber’s Simple Trio w/ Matt Mitchell & John Hollenbeck. . . Oded Lev-Ari Group. . . Fay Victor’s In Praise of Ornette! (w/ D. Jones, K. Wessel & S. Conly). . . Mike Baggetta Trio + Anders Nilsson Trio. . . Dave Scott Quintet (w/ L. Stillman, L. Thompson, J. Hébert, S. Takeishi). . . Mara Rosenbloom Trio (w/ S. Conly & C. Taylor) + Sean Conly’s Re:Action+1 (w/ M. Attias, B. Gerstein, K. Davis, G. Cleaver). . . Jerome Sabbagh Quartet w/ Ben Monder. . . The Billy Hart Academy. . . Frank Kimbrough w/ Kirk Knuffke & Masa Kamaguchi. . . Taka Kigawa + Sebastian Ammann’s Color Wheel. . . Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio. . . Anja Lechner & François Courturier. . . Michael Bates’ Shostakovich Project (w/ R. Johnson, M. Ehrlich, R. Lossing, M. Sarin). . . Sylvie Courvoisier + Mary Halvorson & Mark Feldman. . . Wadada Leo Smith & Angelica Sanchez + Angelica Sanchez Trio w/ Michael Formanek & Tyshawn Sorey. . . Alex Koo, Mark Turner & Ralph Alessi. . . Bobby Avey + Matt Holman’s Tenth Muse. . . Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas (w/ Malaby, Seabrook, Sacks, Wolleson). . . Anna Webber’s Simple Trio w/ Matt Mitchell & John Hollenbeck. . . Harris Eisenstadt’s Recent Developments. . . André Matos + David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner Sextet. . .
SOUND IT OUT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL, featuring – “Motian in Motion” w/ Michaël Attias, bandleader; plus Ralph Alessi, Loren Stillman, Dan Blake, Adam Kolker, Frank Kimbrough, Russ Lossing, Jacob Sacks, André Matos, Ricardo Grilli, Sean Conly, Lim Yang, Chris Lightcap, Satoshi Takeishi, Jeff Davis, Vinnie Sperrazza, Harris Eisenstadt, Billy Mintz & Francisco Mela; Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols Sung w/ Michaël Attias, Anthony Coleman Ratzo Harris & Devin Gray; Matt Mitchell & Tim Berne; and “Monk on Guitars” w/ Rez Abbasi, bandleader; plus Nels Cline, Julian Lage, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Liberty Ellman, Steve Cardenas, Anders Nilsson, Mike Baggetta, Stephan Crump, Jerome Harris, Colin Stranahan, Richie Barshay & Mark Whitfield Jr. . .