Monday, November 5, 2018

This week in Chicago


11/6 @ Cafe Mustache in Logan Square with Dave Rempis, Andrew Clinkman, Phil Sudderberg!

Some more shows in Chicagoland this week:

11/7 Hungry Brain with Paul Giallorenzo, Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Phil Sudderberg (2 sets!)

11/8 Elastic with Josh Berman, Anton Hatwich, Ben Billington (2 sets!)

11/9 Rockford, IL @ One Spirit Center with Gerrit Hatcher, Peter Maunu, Julian Kirshner

Monday, July 9, 2018

Another review of Heart of the Ghost's self titled tape:


"Saxophone solos by Jarrett Gilgore are real bursts of energy – improviser has especially expressive, hot, sharp and harsh playing manner. He likes to fuse together many different episodes or elements, which have no relation with each other. The improvisations are full of passionate and moving solos, fascinating and sparkling melodies, vibrant, energetic and harsh blow outs, cracky, sharp, unusual and strange noises and many other coloristic elements. Touching and vivid saxophone improvisations go through different moods and expressions – from light, expressive and vivid melodies, wild fast and furious passages music gets to frantic, dramatic, aggressive and bright culminations or achieve the most dark and depressive places of the improvisations. Improviser masterfully mixes together al these things – it turns his music into remarkable, passionate and sparkling improvisations, which make an effort to whole album." ~ avantscena 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

A fine review in Dusted magazine of Heart of the Ghost's new tape:

"You can toast the improvised music communities of Chicago or New York or London or Berlin, and there would be merit for every hoisted glass. But free music is about right now, wherever you are at, anyplace that the right players get together and play. If you have a chance to hear Washington, D.C. trio Heart of the Ghost, rest assured that you’ve found another portal into the creative vortex that spontaneously lifts hearts, minds and bands off the stand. Their freewheeling improvisations tap into the same defiant spirit decanted by Mingus and the Minutemen, which is to say that the freedom is in the playing, but it’s also a conscious reaction to the ways in which people are not free. You can hear protest in alto saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore’s brays and peppery interjections. You can hear mourning and defiant creation in bassist Luke Stewart’s continually shifting frameworks of woody-toned dark motion. And you can hear the moment-to-moment dance necessary to keep it moving or just keep standing in drummer Ian McColm’s shifting tonal surfaces and rhythmic cascades. Side A is a non-stop performance, while Side B gives you your choice of forward or backward perspectives depending on whether you play the physical tape or the download. Either way, you win."

Bill Meyer

Monday, April 2, 2018

I'll be out with Anna & Elizabeth this April touring in support of their new album,
"The Invisible Comes To Us," which just came out on Smithsonian Folkways.
I will be playing saxophone, synth, and drums for these shows. 

More info can be found here

Sunday, April 1, 2018

New tape out with Heart of the Ghost!

get it here 

"For the past two years, few improvisation units have been as omnipresent in the D.C. area as Heart of the Ghost. For good reason: The trio of alto saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore, bassist Luke Stewart, and percussionist Ian McColm is something of a trinity of the finest free jazz improvisers in the region. If you've seen Heart of the Ghost in concert, then you know—Gilgore, Stewart, and McColm's performances feel like a kind of séance, with the trio locked into a musical conversation with one another. Emphasis on would: The trio just dropped their first proper recording—a self-titled tape on McColm's own Pidgeon Records—and it captures the magic that makes Heart of the Ghost such a compelling trio to experience live. " -Matt Cohen, Washington City Paper

"Their new, self-titled cassette is a master class in finely honed explosions, with bleating saxophones, pointillistic drumming, and ranging bass lines." -Dan Ruccia, INDY Week

Monday, March 19, 2018

Heart of the Ghost midwest/southeast tour begins this week. We will have new tapes with us...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Favorite shows of 2017 // a few shows coming up

in no particular order

tara jane o'neil metro gallery, baltimore

marissa nadler metro gallery, baltimore
anteloper (j branch/j nazary) nublu, nyc
alec spiegelman threes brewing, brooklyn
zach rowden (solo) cabin floor records, greenville sc
tashi dorji/tyler damon rhizome, dc
laubrock/halvorson/rainey windup space, baltimore
low ways trio rhizome, dc
jason stein's hearts and minds windup space, baltimore
frank hurricaine red room, baltimore
vita and the woolf dc9, dc
peter redgrave/khristian weeks rhizome, dc
faun and a pan flute, murderboats holy underground, baltimore


a few shows coming up in january:

january 8 at rhizome, dc with Heart of the Ghost, an ongoing trio with my buds, Luke Stewart and Ian McColm

january 10 at the crown, baltimore with Anna K Crooks, a really thoughtful poet I've been collaborating with in 2017. some great musicians will also be playing on the bill. susan alcorn / bill nace / chris corsano and Twig Harper.

january 20 at holy underground, baltimore with Anna K Crooks again. We will delve deeper into speech transcriptions played on saxophone as well as solo improvisations and readings

january 30 at rockwood music hall, nyc with Anna & Elizabeth. i'll be playing saxophone, keys, and some drums. Excited to be making music with these two women; their music is touching and can be haunting at times.