Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Henry Kaiser Week Residency at the Stone in NYC Celebrating 4 Album Releases: February 3-8

Guitarist Henry Kaiser Celebrates
4 New Album Releases With
Week-Long Residency At NYC's The Stone:
February 3-8, 2015

Guitarist, improvisor, filmmaker and Antarctic diver /underwater videographer Henry Kaiser will play a residency gig at The Stone in NYC February 3 - 8, 2015. It is very rare for California-based Kaiser to play in NYC. This Stone run celebrates his 4 new album, released over one week on several labels: The Celestial Squid with Ray Russell, released on Cuneiform Records; and three releases on other labels, including Garden of Memory - a 5-CD set of live solo guitar, Relations - duo with bassist Damon Smith, Leaps - duo with drummer Scott Amendola. The run at The Stone includes collaboration with such NYC luminaries as Samuel R. Delany, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Lukas Ligeti, and Brandon Ross.

Concert Details

The Stone, New York City
Located at the center of
Avenue C and 2nd Street
All 8 PM shows $20
All 10 PM shows $15


FEB 3-8, 2015

2/3 Tuesday (DDT)
8 pm
Invite The Spirit
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Charles K. Noyes (percussion, drums) Sang-Won Park (kayagum, ajaeng, changgo, voice)

10 pm
Kaiser-Noyes Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Charles K. Noyes (guitar)

2/4 Wednesday
8 pm
Kaiser-Laswell-Ligeti Trio
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Laswell Duo
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass)

2/5 Thursday (RJP)
8 pm
Melvin Gibbs (bass) Henry Kaiser (guitar) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Topography of the Spleen
Henry Kaiser (guitar) Chris Pitsiokos (sax) Weasel Walter (drums)

2/6 Friday (HM)
8 pm
Chip Delany & Henry Kaiser
Samuel R. Delany (reading aloud) Henry Kaiser (guitar accompaniment)

10 pm
Brandy Gale - Henry Kaiser - Ava Mendoza
Brandy Gale (live synesthetic painting), Henry Kaiser, Ava Mendoza (guitars)

2/7 Saturday (SC)
8 pm
Kaiser-Musso Quintet
Nick Didkovsky, Henry Kaiser, Bob Musso (guitars) Jesse Krakow (bass)  Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Kaiser-Licht Duo
Henry Kaiser, Alan Licht (guitar)

2/8 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Dunkelman-Kaiser-Mori-Zorn Quartet
Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Henry Kaiser (bass) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)

10 pm
Kaiser-Ross Guitar Duo
Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross (guitars)



new release on Cuneiform Records:

1) THE CELESTIAL SQUID – Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell [Cuneiform]
Guitar summits don't ascend higher than when legendary British free-jazz pioneer and longtime session ace Ray Russell meets the brilliant California avant-improv overachiever and Antarctic diver Henry Kaiser in the realm of The Celestial Squid. An album as cosmically evocative as its title, The Celestial Squid marks both a promising new partnership and a return to the outer-limits sensibility that informed Russell's earliest work. With sixteen albums as a leader and more than countless session performances to his credit, including the early James Bond film scores, Russell is returning to his bone-rattling, noise-rocking roots for the first time ever since 1971. You'll be shaken and stirred as Kaiser, Russell, and eight super friends deliver a no-holds-barred, free-range sonic cage match. They evoke improvised music's past, present, and future while proving that free jazz can still be good, clean, liberating fun.

For information on Kaiser's other Cuneiform releases, scroll below to
"Other Henry Kaiser Releases on Cuneiform".


THE CELESTIAL SQUID will be released February 3, 2015
Pre-order on Amazon

 for more info:

new Henry Kaiser releases on other labels:

2) GARDEN OF MEMORY – Henry Kaiser [Fractal Music]
A 5-CD box set of live guitar solos. Playing in the the trance music mode
these solos could be considered to be a tribute to both Terry Riley’s late 70’s keyboard improvisations and the super human solo soprano sax of Evan Parker.

3) RELATIONS – Henry Kaiser & Damon Smith [Balance Point Acoustics]
Henry Kaiser and Damon Smith have been playing guitar and bass together
for 20 years now. This release of acoustic double bass and 7-string acoustic guitar free improvisations celebrates their musical partnership.

4) LEAPS – Scott Amendola & Henry Kaiser [Fractal Music]
Featuring Scott Amendola on drums & percussion and Henry Kaiser on guitar(s). Bay area drummer, Scott Amendola is a longtime member of the Nels Cline Singers as well as working with Larry Ochs, Charlie Hunter & Ben Goldberg plus having several discs out as a leader. West Coast guitar great, Henry Kaiser, keeps busy by playing in a wide variety of contexts: solos, duos, trios and bands of different sizes. Mr. Kaiser has recorded a number duos, most often with fellow guitarists like: Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne and Fred Frith, but rarely in a duo with a drummer. Each piece here is very different and shows many sides to these two gifted improvisers. The title piece is first and it is an epic length workout which goes throughout a number of different sections, moods or scenes. From rip-roaring intensity to those Dead-like space jams. It all fits together like fascinating cryptic mosaic or puzzle which unfolds as it evolves. This disc is around 75 minutes long and takes us on a fabulous journey throughout. 



Grammy winner Henry Kaiser is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz, world, and contemporary experimental musics. The California-based musician is one of the most extensively recorded as well, having appeared on more than 250 different albums and contributed to countless television and film soundtracks. Mr. Kaiser not only produces and contributes to a staggering number of recorded projects, he performs frequently throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, with several regular groupings as well as solo guitar concerts and concerts of freely improvised music with a host of diverse instrumentalists.

Evidence of his exceptional musical breadth and versatility can be found in just a few of the extraordinary artists with whom he has recorded and/or performed: Evan Parker, John Oswald, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Toshinori Kondo, Steve Lacy, John Stevens, Michael Stipe, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell, John Stevens, Steve Smith, Drumbo, Chris Cutler, Andy West, Terry Riley, Scott Amendola, Michael Snow, Diamanda Galas, Thomas Mapfumo, Phil Lesh, Lukas Ligeti, Cecil Taylor, Merl Saunders, Tom Constanten, Negativland, and Michael McClure. Henry and Richard Thompson have collaborated since 1987.

One of the last advisory board members of GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE still standing, Henry has a longtime habit of musically collaborating with his many guitar heroes; such as: Jerry Garcia, Derek Bailey, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, D’Gary, Hans Reichel, Sonny Sharrock, Barry Melton, Mike Keneally, David Torn, Fred Frith, Davey Williams, Eugene Chadbourne, David Lindley, John Abercrombie, Bruce Anderson, Amos Garrett, Glenn Phillips, Freddie Roulette, Bob Weir, Steve Kimock, Jody Stecher, Jim O’Rourke, Martin Simpson, Elliot Ingber, and Harvey Mandel.

Kaiser has had a parallel career in the film and television industry since 1972, working as a producer, director and soundtrack composer. He directed and produced many hours of science television programming. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work as the producer for Werner Herzog's ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, he was also the underwater camera and soundtrack composer for that film. Kaiser worked on 3 other Herzog films: THE WILD BLUE YONDER, GRIZZLY MAN, and LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY.

Henry is also a scientific diver in the US ANTARCTIC PROGRAM. He has more Antarctic under-the-ice footage in films and tv shows than any other underwater cameraman. With ten scientific diving deployments to Antarctica, he probably has more dives under fast ice than any other professional videographer. The Antarctic reaches of Youtube are littered with his many short underwater videos shot under the ice of the Ross Sea.

On the global roots front, Kaiser has made 4 albums of cross-cultural collaborations with Korean musicians Sang Won Park and Jin Hi Kim. He is also known for the 10 albums that he has made with musicians from Madagascar, his many albums of collaboration with musicians from Sweden and Norway, his album with Zimbabwe's Thomas Mapfumo and Wadada Leo Smith, several collaborations with Vietnamese musicians, and his production work on 6 albums of music from Burma, as well as his numerous productions with Hindustani musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan and Brij Bhushan Kabra. Most recently he recorded 2 albums of collaboration with Carnatic musicians from South India, YOU CAN”T GET THERE FROM HERE, playing together with a Chinese gu-qin player from Beijing and two other American Improvisors.


Releases by Henry Kaiser on Cuneiform Records

Kaiser has recordings on a number of record labels. His numerous Cuneiform releases include Lemon Fish Tweezer (solo, 1975); The Siamese Stepbrothers (a quintet, 1995); Friends and Enemies (1999), a compilation of duo recordings 1979-1999 that he did with Fred FrithSky Garden (2004) and Upriver (2005), the 2nd and 3rd in a series of 3 double-disc recordings done by Yo Miles!, the electric Miles Davis project Kaiser co-led with Wadada Leo Smith; and Healing Force: Songs of Albert Ayler (2007).  Kaiser also curated and appeared on 156 Strings: Nineteen Totally Original Acoustic Guitarists (2002); and on another various artists project released on Cuneiform, Unsettled Scores (1995).

Ray Russel & Henry Kaiser
The Celestial Squid
[2014, Rune 402]
Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser
Friends & Enemies
[1999, Rune 117/118]
Healing Force: Vinny Golia, Aurora Josephson, Henry
Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Joe Morris, Damon Smith
Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler
[2007, Rune 255]
Henry Kaiser (solo)
Lemon Fish Tweezer
[1975, Rune 45]

Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith
[2005, Rune 201/202]
Yo Miles!: Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith
Sky Garden
[2004, Rune 191/192]

Various Artists curated by Henry Kaiser
156 Strings: Nineteen Totally Original
Acoustic Guitarists

[2002, Rune 163]

The Siamese Stepbrothers
The Siamese Stepbrothers

Various Artists incl. Henry Kaiser
Unsettled Scores
[1995, Rune 72/73]

Requests for interviews, album promo for Kaiser's Cuneiform releases, and other information should be sent to:

 Cuneiform Records Publicity & Promotion (director, press & foreign radio)

tel. 301-589-8894

P.O. Box 8427

Silver Spring, MD 20907-842

[Washington, D.C.]