Ars Nova Workshop in October

Ben Frost

Cover of Ben Frost

From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, October 17, 8pm
with Sam Amidon, voice, fiddle, banjo + guitarist; Bill Frisell, guitar; Shahzad Ismaily, bass; and Chris Vatalaro, drums

FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd (at Race Street)
$20 General Admission

ANW and FringeArts are pleased to present singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon with jazz great Bill Frisell in celebration of Lily-O, the new album of reimagined folk songs on Nonesuch Records. The album, produced by Valgeir Sigurosson (Björk, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Feist) also includes Amidon’s other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, John Zorn) and drummer Chris Vatalaro (Antibalas, Matana Roberts, Colin Stetson), who will also perform tonight.

Frisell has been a hero of Amidon’s since the young Vermont native first heard the guitarist play at the Village Vanguard during a teenage visit to New York City. The two musicians stayed in touch and had their first live collaboration in 2011; not long after, Amidon began contemplating a return to Iceland to make a third album at Sigurosson’s Greenhouse Studios. He eventually invited Frisell to join him and Sigurosson, along with Ismaily and Vatalaro, to record what became Lily-O. “I decided to put us all in a room together in Reykjavik for a few days,” Amidon said. “I knew if I got Bill together with those guys they would get into a deep situation. I imagined that we would do something weird and fiddle-based, but when we got in there it just felt great to sing the songs I had gathered.”



Tuesday, October 21, 8pm

Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$17 General Admission

ANW and R5 welcomes composer and producer Ben Frost.

Born in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia, Frost relocated to Iceland in 2005, where with Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly he formed the Bedroom Community record label and collective. His solo albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007) and BY THE THROAT (2009) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing dark metal.

Frost’s latest album, A U R O R A, “defiantly eschews its predecessor’s delicate, nocturnal vision of growling beasts and deconstructed chamber music and offers instead a new world composed of fiercely synthetic shapes and galactic interference, pummeling skins and pure metals.” The album was released this year on Bedroom Community.


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Cuneiform Records Nights in Boston and New York

From Cuneiform Records.

CUNEIFORM NIGHT IN BOSTON, MA – October 17 – Johnny D’s – Somerville, MA (with Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic and The Cellar And Point!)

CUNEIFORM NIGHT IN BROOKLYN, NY – October 22 – Cuneiform Night at Shapeshifter Lab – 18 Whitwell Place – Brooklyn, NY 11215 (with The Microscopic Septet, Ideal Bread & Curtis Hasselbring’s Numbers Stations Band!)

Igloo Magazine Reviews

From Igloo Magazine:

6 & 8 :: Joana (Xylem)
Tropic of Cancer :: Restless Idylls (Blackest Ever Black)
L.iet & Kurt Bogenholtz :: kurzwellengericht (HalbsichtTonträger)
A Winged Victory for the Sullen :: Atomos (Erased Tapes / Kranky)
Kryshe :: In Between EP (Hidden Shoal)
Senko :: Dronetudes (Hymen)
Anjou :: Anjou (Kranky)
Forrest :: Beyond The Withered Hills (I, Absentee)
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra :: When The World Was One (Gondwana)
Lorenzo Senni :: Superimpositions (Boomkat Editions)
More Black Then God :: 1964 Zen in the Drones (Aetheric)
Lunar Lodge / Mai Mai Mai :: LL/MMM (Love Blast / Instruments of Discipline)

VItal Weekly 950

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Vital Weekly:

Rudolf – Brainnectar (2cd by Schimpfluch Associates) *
Zeitkratzer &Amp; Keiji Haino (Cd by Zeitkratzer Records) *
Paul Dolden – Who Has the Biggest Sound? (Cd by Starkland)
Ryan Mcguire – Civilian (Cd by Glasswing Music)
Here &Amp; Here &Amp; Here –Same (Cd by Pfmentum)
Vlatko – Subjective Experience in a Commercial Free Zone (Cd by Pfmentum)
David Rosenboom – Zones of Influence (2cd by Pogus)
Schlammpeitziger – What’s Fruit (Cd by Pingipung) *
Felix Kubin – Chromodioxidgedächtnis (Cd and Cassette by Gagarin Records) *
Banabila &Amp; Van Geel – Music for Viola and Electronics (Cd by Tapu Records) *
Apalusa – Ghost Notes (Lp by Low Point)
Fred Bigot – LA Voix DE LA Route (10″ by Les Disques on Rotin Reunis/no School Today)
Birgit Uhler – Live at Teni Zvuka 2012 (Cdr by 1000füssler) *
Mecha/orga – 41:38 (Cdr by More Mars) *
Quiet Place – Recomposed (Cdr by Theme Park for Ear) *
Goh Lee Kwang &Amp; Julien Skrobek – Disconnected (Cdr by Theme Park for Ear) *
Tim Blechmann (Cdr by Theme Park for Ear) *
Pbk &Amp; Hal Mcgee – Hazard Identification System (Cassette by Ruido Horrible)
Pbk &Amp; Richard Ramirez (Cassette by Unlimited Drift Recordings)
Pbk &Amp; Warmth – Dead City (Cassette by Ritual Hypnosis)
Acclimate V.1 – Noise Pigs (Cd by Samboy Get Help) *
Club Sound Witches – Uprok (Cdr by Junk Mnemonic) *
Lost Trail – the Afternoon Vision (Double 3″cdr by Wist Records) *
Ag Davis – Audio Works (Cassette by Obsolete Units)
Derek Rogers/sindre Bjerga (Cassette by Obsolete Units)

Upcoming John Butcher Shows in London

English: John Butcher

English: John Butcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EFG London Jazz Festival – Purcell Room.
Friday 14 November 2014
Tarab Cuts – with Mark Sanders

John Butcher at 60
Cafe Oto:
Friday 28 November 2014
John Butcher + Rhodri Davies
Magda Mayas + Angharad Davies
John Butcher + Gino Robair + dieb13

Saturday 29 November 2014
John Butcher + Guillaume Viltard + Dominic Lash + Olie Brice
Gino Robair + Rhodri Davies + Adam Bohman
Vellum: John Butcher + Magda Mayas+ Tony Buck

Medeski, Martin, Wood and Scofield on Tour in December

Medeski Martin and Wood

Cover of Medeski Martin and Wood

From Medeski Martin & Wood:

December 4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
December 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
December 6 – Westhampton Beach, NY – Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
December 7 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
December 8 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
December 9 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall
December 11 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
December 12 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
December 13 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
December 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue