10 Rules for Teachers and Students from John Cage

10 Rules for Students and Teachers

from John Cage

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile.
RULE TWO: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.
RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.
RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
RULE TEN: We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.
HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.

“egos in abeyance and empathy keenly evident” by Jesse Goin

A collision of musicians that on paper might suggest fractious, frantic results, is instead a gestalt of tempered, balanced, largely restrained playing, with egos in abeyance and empathy keenly evident. You can refer to Bill Meyers’ fine liner notes for a run-down of Hauf’s affair with the city, but I do find one aspect of this ensemble’s joined sensibilities of interest. Essentially the Sextet is an encounter between Chicago improvisers of the Umbrella Music Collective (Jason Stein, Keefe Jackson and Rosaly) and musicians associated with (let’s forgo bickering about placeholder names) EAI (Michael Hartman of T.V Pow, Hauf with his Efzeg affiliation, Steven Hess of, among many projects, Haptic). A little research reveals that all of the Sextet came to Chicago, from every direction,between 1999-2001. Efzeg became active in Vienna in 1999, but Hauf began his infatuation with the Midwestern city that year, returning annually, more or less, to this date; Keefe and Rosaly hit the city in 2001; T.V. Pow, as a trio, became active in the city at that time; in other words, the present-day Sextet gathered in Chicago at least 12 years ago, drawn to it as a burgeoning locus for experimental music. That’s one aspect of this collision.

The music at hand owns some of the blurring of individual roles associated with Efzeg or Haptic; the horns often braid and twine together without solos or a foregrounded voice. There are passages where, oddly and refreshingly, the three drummers lay out, opening a World Saxophone Quartet-like space for Stein, Hauf and Jackson’s stacked harmonies. The flip is true as well – one piece finds the percussion rumbling alone, with an admirably tamped-down fire. There are occasional bursts of frenetic reed work, though reigned in and always returning and folding back into the whole.

Somehow – and I count this as no small feat – Hauf has immersed himself for many years in his adopted city, his love for theimprovisation forged there self-evident, without becoming derivative or diluting his own sound and approach. This enables the Sextet to be a strange brew, an authentic collective, remaining horizontal, unimpeded by egos, and able to foment, as they do onNext Delusion, a surprise or two.

Jesse Goin – CROW WITH NO MOUTH

BORIS HAUF SEXTET – NEXT DELUSION

Owl & Mack Loves It!

This Thursday we have something special for you:

Owl & Mack loves it!
Boris Hauf – barisax, guitar, vocals
Jenny Parrott – fiddle, guitar, vocals
Vaughn Walters – guitar, guitar, vocals
Kurt Johnson – bass
Derek Shirely – drums

Thursday  8PM – Oct 25, 2012
Schokoladen
Acker Str. 169
10115 Berlin

Concert starts 8PM sharp!!!
really!
Doors open at 7PM.

Owl & Mack born out of love for Chicago Blues, alt-country, free-folk-singer-songwriting, cryptical-obscure dark-vamp-based jazz, minimal Drone music, nocturnal birds of prey and incredibly robust and durable trucks.

Loves it! is kinda country/old time/early rock, really great vocals, very energetic sometimes in a sweet innocent way, tending toward the brutal when the demented bassist joins them, harmony driven acoustic music band from Austin, Texas. They’ve been on a 2 month tour here in Europe. We played a bunch of shows here in Berlin and are tight and loose, both at the same time.

Come out to support your local texan hybrid band playing one of the hottest venues in town. 

Rico Repotente will be joining us on the bill and partying his newest release: Dust on the Halo. Check it.

Show starts at 8pm sharp. Like I said. At 8pm. (20:00)

Hope to see you!!

Loves it! in Berlin…

Loves it! is kinda country/old time/early rock, really great vocals, very energetic sometimes in a sweet innocent way, tending toward the brutal when the demented bassist joins them, harmony driven acoustic music band from Austin, Texas.
I’m already loven it… I’ll be joining them for some songs. Loven it even more.
Would be great to see some of you.

LOVES IT (Austin, Texas)
Jenny Parrott
Vaughn Walters
Kurt Johnson
http://www.lovesitmusic.net/

Friday, Oct 19
9pm
Kugelbahn

Sunday, Oct 21
10pm
White Trash Fast Food

Monday, Oct 22
10pm
Bassy Club, Wild Music Before 1969

things could go in any direction…

Write up by Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak. Thanks thanks thanks:

“Berlin-based Austrian reedist Boris Hauf has been a regular visitor to Chicago since 1998, often taking up residency for months at a time. He’s developed close ties and friendships with many locals, mostly notably the members of TV Pow. Hauf arrived here Sunday night for a stay of two and a half weeks, and on Wednesday he’ll perform at the Hideout in an improvising quartet with bass clarinetist Jason Stein, bassist Anton Hatwich, and drummer Tim Daisy. Also on the bill is a project called Baseless led by cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm (here doubling on guitar), which includes saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, percussionist Steve Hunt, and analog synth player Aaron Zarzutzki.

Two of Hauf’s latest recordings were cut in Chicago during a 2010 visit, and they both bring together players from the improvised and experimental-music communities. Next Delusion(Clean Feed) is a sextet outing with fellow reedists Stein and Keefe Jackson and drummers Frank Rosaly, Steve Hess, and Michael Hartman, and as Reader contributor Bill Meyer writes in his liner notes, “You might find the Berlin-based saxophonist’s accompanists on the same bill, but not in the same group.” Indeed, Hauf combines aesthetics and personnel from both worlds not only on Next Delusion but also on Proxemics (Creative Sources), a quartet album with Jackson, Hess, and keyboardist Judith Unterpertinger; they dig deep into sustained drones rippling with subtle textural variation, while maintaining a clearly improvisational mind-set.

Everyone joining Hauf for Wednesday’s performance is rooted in Chicago’s jazz and improvised-music community, but all of them are flexible enough that things could go in any direction.”