AMN Picks of the Week: Pharaoh and the Underground / Nathan Parker Smith / Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara / John Dikeman


Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Pharaoh and the Underground – Spiral Mercury (2014)
Nathan Parker Smith – Not Dark Yet (2014)
Taylor Ho Bynum / Tomas Fujiwara – Through Foundation (2014)
John Dikeman – The Double Trio (2014)

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Newsbits: The Oatmeal on the Music Industry / Coltrane Release Event / Fantomas Reunite / Anna Webber and Matt Ulery Releases


John Coltrane

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The Oatmeal has a comic take on the state of the music industry over the years.

An unreleased John Coltrane recording, Offering: Live at Temple University, will be accompanied by a national launch event planned on Coltrane’s Birthday, September 23rd, 5:30 PM at Temple University Library, not far from the location of the original concert. The event will feature a panel discussion including critics John Szwed and Francis Davis; Musicians Robert Kenyatta & Carl Grubbs; and moderator, Host of “The Bridge” on WRTI-FM, J. Michael Harrison.

According to Mike Patton, the supergroup Fantomas will be reuniting for a concert.

On the new release front, NYC-Based saxophonist & composer Anna Webber is coming out with Simple (Skirl Records), featuring pianist Matt Mitchell & drummer John Hollenbeck. Also Chicago bassist & composer Matt Ulery will release his second chamber-jazz offering, In The Ivory (Greenleaf Music), including his cote trio, the eighth blackbird, violinist Zach Brock, and vocalist Grazyna Auguscik.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews


Han Bennink

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From Free Jazz:

Period – 2 (Public Eyesore, 2014) ***½
Piotr Damasiewicz Project – Imprographic 1 (ForTune, 2013) ****
Piotr Damasiewicz Quartet – Mnemotaksja (ForTune, 2014) ****
Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (Elemental, 2014) *****
Han Bennink & Jaak Sooäär – Beach Party (Barefoot, 2013) ****
Luis Vicente, Pinheiro, Faustino & Franco – Clocks & Clouds (FMR, 2014) ****½
François Carrier, Michel Lambert & Alexey Lapin – The Russian Concerts, Vol. 1 (FMR, 2014) ****½
Anthony Braxton, Tomas Fujiwara, Tom Rainey – Trio New Haven 2013 (New Braxton House, 2014) *****
Baloni – Belleke (Clean Feed, 2014) ****

Steve Coleman is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow


Steve Coleman

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From the MacArthur Foundation:

Steve Coleman is an alto saxophonist and composer whose technical virtuosity and engagement with musical traditions and styles from around the world are expanding the expressive and formal possibilities of spontaneous composition. Whether performing solo or with his regular ensemble, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Coleman delivers signature performances of notated works and brings a masterful facility to intricate and complex improvised pieces. His original compositions weave disciplined rhythmic structures, refined tonal progressions, and overlapping and mixed meters into soulful and fluid interpretations.

Tyondai Braxton Interviewed by Ben Vida


Tyondai Braxton

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From BOMB Magazine:

In March of last year Tyondai Braxton debuted his composition HIVE in the rotunda of the Guggenheim. It was a considered and ambitious first go at a piece that was still finding its form. That Tyondai was willing to present a new composition that was, for all intents and purposes, a work in progress in such a prestigious setting speaks to the recent turn toward experimentation and open-ended-ness in his work.

Upcoming Lost Civilizations Shows


On Thursday, September 18, we’re performing with Sansyou and ROM at Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill:

On September 18, 2014, ROM, Sansyou and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will appear at Ebenezers Coffeehouse (http://ebenezerscoffeehouse.com/), which is located near Union Station on Capitol Hill at 201 F Street NE (http://goo.gl/RBzte1).

ROM
Rom (http://romdc.bandcamp.com/releases ; https://www.facebook.com/thisarerom) is:
Mark McInerney – vocals, guitar
Sean McCauley – bass
Mark Pry – drums

Sansyou
Sansyou (www.sansyoumusic.com): David Nicholas (guitar), Matthew McGarraghy (guitar) and Davis White (percussion) weave delicate melodies and ambiance with meditative rhythms to form the instrumental sound of Sansyou. The band’s most recent release, The Dilettante, on Moon Sounds Records unfolds “without vocal cues or overt verse-chorus structure, as they develop their runs of tiny guitar trills…shimmering, sensuous stuff”. –The Big Takeover. The recording was mixed and mastered by Jake Reid of Screen Vinyl Image. Like their 2011 debut, When We Become Ghosts, the new songs “…have a more understated elegance than traditional dream pop or post-rock. This is music for ears that appreciate thoughtful, layered sounds that unspool gently and gradually, and are rich with both melody and possibility.” – The Vinyl District

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project
“An otherworldly ambiance that’s impossible to describe; once heard, difficult to forget.‏” The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics; Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics; Larry Gomez on percusson; Amanda Huron on percussion; Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008.

Tickets: $5

More information: http://ebenezerscoffeehouse.com/events/detail/koshari-sansyou-lost-civilizations/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/268133176717561

For further information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com

On Friday, September 19, we’re performing with DragonFLY and Fake Occent at the Green Island DIY space at 2327 18th St NW in Adams Morgan:

Dragon FLY
Dragon FLY is France’s Arnaud Teisseire who plays saxophone together with laptop; more information is posted at https://soundcloud.com/dragon-fly-7; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dragon-FLY/190676567761808?ref=hl ; and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCr6G43qZUc. Arnaud will be accompanied local DC freestylers from Far Exp, Renell and Arda Mus

Fake Occent
Fake Occent (http://www.reverbnation.com/fakeoccent ) is Phil Dubasky – keys & vocals; Unni Cheryan – lead guitar; Robb Hill – drums; Colleen Siochain – rhythm guitar & vocals; and Shawn Siochain – bass & vocals.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project
“An otherworldly ambiance that’s impossible to describe; once heard, difficult to forget.‏” The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics; Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics; Larry Gomez on percusson; Amanda Huron on percussion; Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008.

Tickets: $5 in advance via Eventbrite (http://goo.gl/1RR2ga); $10 at the door.

For further information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com

And, on Sunday, September 21, we’re performing with Tony Risotto and Utenzil at the Black Squirrel, which is located at 2427 18th Street NW in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood:

On September 21, 2014, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project, Tony Risottoand Utenzil will perform at the Black Squirrel in the Indie Adams Morgan (http://www.indieadamsmorgan.com/) series at the Black Squirrel (http://www.blacksquirreldc.com/).

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/;http://goo.gl/WfSs5) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry (drums), Larry Gomez (percussion); Patrick Whitehead (horns) and Emily Chimiak (violin).

Tony Risotto ( https://soundcloud.com/tony-risotto) is an improviser and composer chiefly interested in expressing emotion and seeking to do the same in the listener. He studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory and has performed at such DC venues as Blues Alley and The Velvet Lounge with performers such as Earl Klugh.

Utenzil (http://www.utenzil.com/) is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.

This event is no cover/no minimum and all ages.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1463900153885701/
For further information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com

AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Francis Dhomont / Chicago Underground Trio


Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Francis Dhomont – …et Autres Utopies (2006)
Francis Dhomont – Cycle du Son (2001)
Chicago Underground Trio – Possible Cube (1999)
Chicago Underground Trio – Flamethrower (2000)
Chicago Underground Trio – Slon (2004)