Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

John Wall/Alex Rodgers – Work 2011-2014 (Entr’acte)
Jaap Blonk – August Ananke (Kontrans)
Ian Vine – forty objects/forty-five objects (no label)
Justin Meyers/Jason Lescalleet – The White Page (Glistening Examples)
Rutger Zuydervelt – Sneeuwstorm (Glistening Examples)
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase – Bidden (Glistening Examples)
Tetuzi Akiyama/Jason Kahn/Toshimaru Nakamura = Between Two (meenna)
Louie Rice – Puxe (Porta)
Brian Pickles – Fort Isolation (no label)
Hannes Buder – Changes II (Umlaut)
Michel Doneda/Lê Quan Ninh – Aplomb (Vand’œuvre)
Michael Vincent Waller – The South Shore (XI)
Bertrand Denzler – ONCEIM (Confront)
Horns – Horns 1.2 (Confront)
Bertrand Denzler/Antonin Gerbal – Heretofore (Umlaut)
Jürg Frey – Jürg Frey (Musiques Suisses)
Lucio Capece – Epoché (Hideous Replica)

Chicago Scene: March 28 – April 11, 2015

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

Fred Lonberg-Holm

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, March 28th 2015

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723 (Free)
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound Trio

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($30-$25)
Vijay Iyer Trio with Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($30-$25)
Vijay Iyer Trio with Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore

Sunday, March 29th 2015

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($30-$25)
Vijay Iyer Trio with Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Jim Baker, Joshua Abrams, Marcus Evans

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($30-$25)
Vijay Iyer Trio with Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore

Monday, March 30th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Samuel Mösching Trio with Mike Harmon, Peter Manheim
Sound Of The City Workshop

Friday, April 3rd 2015

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Andrew Bishop, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Flood

10:00PM at 3310 S Lowe St, 1st Fl (Donation)
Foundation Series
Tim Daisy, Albert Wildeman, Andrew Clinkman

Saturday, April 4th 2015

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 (Free)
Outer Ear 2015
Stefan Roigk — ‘sprachmusik’

Sunday, April 5th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Mivos Quartet — music of Eric Wubbels

Monday, April 6th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, April 8th 2015

6:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Open Source String Quartet, with Hannah Barton, Sam Sharp, Timothy Hager, Anne Patterson

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Albert Wildeman, Peter Maunu

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charles Rumback, Nick Macri

Thursday, April 9th 2015

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)

Friday, April 10th 2015

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, or $30 series pass)
Outer Ear 2015
Patrick Higgins
Mivos Quartet

Saturday, April 11th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Trio M : Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Matt Wilson

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.umbrellamusic.org, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

DMG Newsletter March 27th, 2015

English: Susan Alcorn

Susan Alcorn 

From DMG:

Billy Bang / William Parker! Dave Burrell / Steve Swell! Barry Guy “Five Fizzles” Solo Bass 10″! Matt Shipp Chamber Trio: Michael Bisio & Mat Maneri! Susan Alcorn Plays Astor Piazzolla! More from Tisziji Munoz! John Ehlis with Karl Berger, Mikko Innanen & Max Johnson! Joey Baron Rarities!

Hugh Hopper & Phil Miller: Vol 5! Olie Brice/Tobias Delius/Mark Sanders! Several Discs from Martin Philadelphy & Kresten Osgood! A Great Batch from Big Blood! Charlemagne Palestine! Nisennenmondai! Gene Clark & Fyrebirds! NRPS and Country Joe & the Fish! Turkanas!

The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, March 29th Double-Header:
6pm: ANDREW D’ANGELO – Solo Alto Sax!
7pm: MARCO CAPPELLI – Solo Guitar!

Sunday, April 5th – Happy Easter to All – No In-store!

Sunday, April 12th:
6pm: CECILE BROCHE & FRANCOIS GRILLOT – Violin & Contrabass!

Sunday, April 19th:
6pm: ANNA WEBBER & NATHANIEL MORGAN – Tenor Sax & Flute/Alto Sax!

Sunday April 26th Double-Header:
6pm: ROB PRICE – Solo Guitar & Video Projection!

Trio 3 Shows Off Its Jazz Avant-Garde Pedigree

From NYTimes.com:

One misperception about the jazz avant-garde is that it’s essentially reactive, a single-minded pushback against conventions of form. Whatever lump of truth or slander you might find in that idea, Trio 3, which plays at the Village Vanguard this week, provides scant supporting evidence for it.

April in Portland

From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Coco Columbia
Friday, April 3rd 2015
Beacon Sound, 3636 N Mississippi Ave Portland OR 97227
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
$8+. All ages.
Portland singer-songwriter Coco Columbia and improvisational trio Bernstein/Jones/Miller perform in a benefit concert hosted by Beacon Sound. Proceeds from the night support the Improvisation Summit of Portland, a three-day festival of experimental film, music and performance presented in June by The Creative Music Guild. This is an all ages event.

Outset Series Programming
April 2015
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth
All shows begin 8 PM (ends by 10)
Sliding Scale $5-$15. All ages.
April 1 – Goodwin, Ken Ollis/Dan Gaynor/John Savage
April 15 – Sister Mamie Foreskin, Machete Order

Performer Bios:


Scott Goodwin (Polonaise, Operative, and Bonus), is a Portland, OR, based electronic musician and producer. (https://soundcloud.com/bonusplays)

Ken Ollis

Ken Ollis is a drummer and composer from Portland, OR. His latest release is entitled “Senses Sharpened”, on the PJCE Records label. It is comprised of all Ollis’ originals that draw upon influences, and techniques, borrowed from Messiaen, Webern and Tim Berne, along with several original techniques.

Dan Gaynor

A native of Portland, pianist Dan Gaynor has performed with many artists including Nancy King, Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Glen Moore, Gino Vannelli, Martin Zarzar, Bob Mover, Bobby Torres, Emily Braden, Dan Faehnle, Marguerite Jeunemann, David Friesen, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alan Jones, Lawrence Williams, Rob Scheps, Robert Moore, John Stowell, Ingrid Jensen, Ron Steen, Mel Brown, “Sweet Baby” James Benton, Chris Conrade, Dick Berk, Marianne Solivan, Shirley Nanette and many others. He studied jazz and music theory at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University with teachers including Randy Porter, Dave Barduhn, Darrell Grant, Glen Moore and Tomas Svoboda. Dan is also a versatile vocal accompanist, with a wide repertoire and experience in many musical styles. He is recorded on Good Morning Geek by the Portland Jazz Orchestra, En Route by Ed Bennett and on both Libre and Two Dollars to Ride the Train by Martin Zarzar. (http://www.dangaynor.com/)

John Savage

Flutist, saxophonist, and composer John C. Savage has been compared to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jean-Pierre Rampall, Herbie Mann, and Ian Anderson. Known equally as “a thoughtful and rigorous improviser,” and “a badass, knock-down-drag-out force to be reckoned with” (The Willamette Week), Savage lived in New York City for nearly a decade performing with, amongth others, The Savage 3, Billy Fox (The Uncle Wiggly Suite), the electroacoustic duo Cartridge, The Brooklyn Qawwali Party (eponymous release), and the Andrew Hill Big Band (A Beautiful Day). Savage continues to be a sought-after soloist and collaborator on both coasts working with a wide variety of artists, including the NYC-based Kitsurie Ensemble (The Kaidan Suite and Amanogawa), Point to Line (with flutist Lisa Bost-Sandberg), and Portland’s improvised woodwind and drum set group, Demolition Duo. Savage has received honors and awards from New York University, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Portland-based Regional Arts and Culture Council. Savage also served on the board for Portland’s Creative Music from 2010-2013 as development coordinator. Savage holds a Ph.D from New York University in performance and improvisation. (http://www.johncsavage.com)

Sister Mamie Foreskin

Sister Mamie Foreskin began in 2011 as a way for sound engineering students Nicholas Swartz, Jubel Brosseau and Aaron Salomon to practice recording at home. Soon bassist Bobbie Yeo stepped in and the material quickly gelled. With influences ranging from Dub and Reggae to Noise Rock, Psychedelic Funk and House music, the band began playing basement shows and small venues around Portland, honing some material with practice, while allowing other material to morph with every practice and performance, as a way to keep things fresh.

Machete Order

Machete Order is psychedelic space rock by Dan Duval. Featuring Lee Elderton on soprano saxophone, Willie Matheis on tenor saxophone, Andrew Jones on bass, Ken Ollis on drums and Stephen Pancerev on drums.

AMN Reviews: Maurizio Bianchi – Untitled 1980 / Untitled 2013 [imprec414]

414-bianchi.webjpgMilanese-born sound artist Maurizio Bianchi has been making challenging, noise-inflected work since the late 1970s. Describing himself as a non-musician, he created proto-industrial musique concrète collages and sound manipulations in a series of cassette releases issued between 1979 and 1983, when he suddenly stopped making music in the wake of a religious conversion. After a fourteen year hiatus he began again in 1998 and is once again creating sound art, sometimes by revisiting and reworking early material as he does on this recording.

The first two tracks, two untitled works of approximately seventeen and eighteen minutes each, are reissued from a cassette originally released in Japan in 1980. Both were created on a KORG MS20, a semi-modular monophonic synthesizer. Untitled A 1980 is a pulsing, industrially-tincted work containing apparently randomly placed pitches and glissandi whose tones sound as if received through radio static. Untitled B 1980 is built around an oscillating buzz that seems something like the product of the chance encounter of a jaw harp and a ring modulator on a mixing table. The remaining four tracks are reworkings of the 1980 recordings, done in 2013.

The juxtaposition of the originals with these recastings is a revealing testament to Bianchi’s ongoing commitment to working with sound, his periodic withdrawals from music notwithstanding. To the extent that he takes his own work as source material, the new pieces represent a kind of self-commentary embedded in a peculiarly reflexive form of musique concrète. As such, these new works manage to retain the salient features of the originals while rephrasing them in a more contemporary electronic vocabulary deriving primarily from drone. The anti-melodies of Untitled A 1980, for example, are recognizable under the manipulations Bianchi subjects them to in two of the new compositions. But even when the source recordings are obscured, something of a family resemblance between old and new can be perceived through the noise.