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.

http://www.importantrecords.com/

AMN Reviews: Yannick Franck – Hierophany | Иерофания (Monochrome Vision)


a0327891689_2Though inspired by the culture and rites of the Russian Orthodox Church, when Hierophany first opens its maw, it sounds like the fiery forges of Hell, or at least some hellish, rust belt steel mill. But perhaps Ghent´s Yannick Franck is on the same wavelength as 13th-century thinker Albertus Magnus (Catholic rather than Orthodox), who thought the music of the universe was not one of sweet proportions generated by the perfectly aligned spheres, but rather a man-made pursuit that served to purge the soul, open it to contemplation and bring it closer to illumination.

Franck´s thirty-odd minute suite in three movements begins with “Mausoleum”, an appropriate place to ruminate on life after death, and continues with “The Dive” before “Dying Down”. The drone he generates only sporadically reveals some of its source material – we can hear people, not at their devotions, people going about their city business – as it shifts gradually from hellacious to spacious calm inducive to contemplation. Ultimately a whiff of plainchant floats by, before all heaven breaks loose like all the bells in Moscow and Petersburg combined and finally – almost cathartically – a choir.

Though recorded in 2012 and released in early 2013, Hierophany is Franck´s latest solo offering. Seamless from start to finish, it captures a highpoint of his creativity while also fulfilling Albertus Magnus´ ancient criteria. It entices to closer listening while perfectly content at just being.

http://yannickfranck.bandcamp.com/releases

Stephen Fruitman

AMN Picks of the Week: Robert Scott Thompson / Jack O’ The Clock / Kiss the Frog / Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer / Tomas Fujiwara


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

Robert Scott Thompson – Arcana (2014)
Robert Scott Thompson – Repeated by Dreams (2014)
Jack O’ The Clock – Outsider Songs (2015)
Kiss the Frog – Hillmonster (2015)
Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer – Gaps, Absences (2014)
Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up – After All is Said (2015)

San Francisco Scene: March 27 – April 2, 2015


From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, March 27

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th st. Oakland, CA 94612]
A night of improvisation and experimental music with Architect/Enchantress and RTD3 at The Ridge Space.
$10 – 15 Sliding scale at the door.

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Per Anders Nillson, Tim Perkis, Gino Robair play the music of Miles Davis

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
Architect/Enchantress + RTD3

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM Fort Mason Center Southside Theater [Fort Mason Center Building D 2 Marina Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94123]
SPAN, a multimedia electro-acoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim, is scored for a six-member chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, brass, gongs and low strings and performed within an immersive projection installation created by Carole Kim. Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 27 – 29, 2015, 8:00pm

Saturday, March 28

Sat 3/28 11:00 AM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
YBCA presents 50 Cent Tabernacle: Liberation of Sound / Meredith Monk Edition

Sat 3/28 5:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [Screening Room 701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents Ellis Island – A film by Meredith Monk & Bob Rosen

Sat 3/28 8:00 PM Fort Mason Center Southside Theater [Fort Mason Center Building D, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123]
SPAN, a multimedia electro-acoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim, is scored for a six-member chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, brass, gongs and low strings and performed within an immersive projection installation. Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 27 – 29, 2015, 8:00pm

Sat 3/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: A Tribute To Robert Ashley, presented by New York based baritone Thomas Buckner.

Sat 3/28 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
YBCA presents: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble – On Behalf of Nature

Sat 3/28 9:00 PM The Boat [MLK & Macarthur Oakland]
9 pm
Kiran Arora
Jim Haynes
F.T.P.
Glow Worm

Sunday, March 29

Sun 3/29 3:00 PM Musicians Union Local Six [116 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103]
David Leikam/zBug featuring Sheila Bosco | AFTERNOON / the concert series :: David Leikam/zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture.

Sun 3/29 5:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
YBCA presents: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble – On Behalf of Nature
If nature were to rise up and speak in defense of itself, its voice might sound like a Meredith Monk theater piece.” —Charles T. Downey, The Washington Post, May 2013

Sun 3/29 5:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ritual #1: FluxGathering
Drawing from her experience in Fluxus and religious ceremonies, Amy Foote curates and performs a concert ritual of Flux events and chance based refrains, culminating in a sermon: John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing. This is the first performance in Miss Foote’s Human Works series and is curated in part by SF based composer, Danny Clay. Please bring your own mug for various communal offerings throughout the performance.

Sun 3/29 7:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Project TenFourteen: Concert #4 – The final Project Ten Fourteen concert presents the World Premiere of Koji Nakano’s, Time Song V: Mandala; Lei Liang’s Luminous, with featured guest bassist Mark Dresser; a work by legendary Chinese composer Chou Wen-chung; the third World Premiere commissioned work by George Crumb, Xylophony, and a special performance of Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation by an all-star percussion ensemble!

Sun 3/29 7:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Sung Kim // Closing Reception + Performance w/Special Guests
Join us to celebrate Sung Kim’s 7-month artist residency at Studio Grand. He will be joined by a group of great musicians and experimenters for an evening stunning art and performance.
This will be the last day to see Sung’s work hung at Studio Grand.

Sun 3/29 8:00 PM Fort Mason Center Southside Theater [Fort Mason Center, Building D, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123]
SPAN, a multimedia electro-acoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim, is scored for a six-member chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, brass, gongs and low strings and performed within an immersive projection installation. Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 27 – 29, 2015, 8:00pm

Tuesday, March 31

Tue 3/31 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 2.2
The second concert of this season’s Del Sol Quartet’s “Soundings” project features the soulful but fiery music of composer Huang Ruo. The evening focuses on the creative exploration of his quartet “Calligraffiti” in conjunction with new artwork by visual artist Kate Rannells. Read about this special concert format in a review of Soundings 2.1 in San Francisco Classical Voice.

Wednesday, April 1

Wed 4/01 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Weston Olencki and Athletics: [HEAVY MATTER]
SF-based trombonist Weston Olencki will present [HEAVY MATTER], a program of radical solo and chamber works featuring world premieres by Peter Ablinger (Austria), Joan Arnau Pàmies (Catalonia), and Pablo Santiago Chin (Costa Rica), with North American premieres from Bernhard Lang (Austria) and Ann Cleare (Ireland). Olencki will also be joined by Eric Wubbels (piano), and Jessie Marino (cello).

Wed 4/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Phillip Greenlief – Zeena Parkins – Gino Robair 3
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone
Zeena Parkins – harp, effects
Gino Robair – electronics, percussion
Live Recording Session – the trio will play two sets, starting at 8 pm.

Wed 4/01 8:30 PM Atlas Cafe [3049 20th St SF]
A Page of Madness (1926) • Ackley/Chen/Cuetter/Tinker/TBA

Thursday, April 2

Thu 4/02 6:30 PM Italian Cultural Institute [814 Montgomery Street, San Francisco]
Marco Paoli will present his exhibition of 16 large black & white photographs from his book Silenzio and from his forthcoming publication Ethiopia. The artist shot these photos during his journeys around the world. For Marco Paoli the journey is a spiritual adventure where we look for something we have inside us, but most of the time we forget we have. This work is an exploration of photography as individual memory.

Thu 4/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SFMusic Thursdays: Sheldon Brown/Lorin Benedict/Jonathan Alford/Eric Vogler – Solos, Duos, Trios . . . (sponsored by SFFCM)

Thu 4/02 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Andrea Centazzo- percussion/Jeff Schwartz – bass/John Shiurba – guitar
9pm ‘Two Toe’ – Marco Eneidi- alto saxophone, Donald Robinson – drums

Evan Parker’s Musical Utopia


British saxophonist Evan Parker performing liv...

Evan Parker

Evan Parker is profiled:

At home in Faversham in Kent, Evan Parker has the physicality of a contented honey-bear and the joviality of a real-ale enthusiast. He lives, as artists should, in a whitewashed terraced cottage with the dimensions of a Cornish net loft, each subsequent stage stratified with shelves or records, CDs and books. Economics dictate that Parker, who operates at the upper levels of a music that’s often commercially unsustainable, plays all over the world.

Jazz Listings From the New York Times


Erik Friedlander at Joe's Pub, 7/17/07.

Erik Friedlander

From NYTimes.com:

John Hébert (Saturday) Mr. Hébert is a bassist with a deeply centered sound, and the trusted anchor to an impressive array of artists. He leads a group with the tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, the alto saxophonist Michaël Attias and the drummer Eric McPherson. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Myra Melford at the Stone (Friday through Sunday) Ms. Melford, a pianist and composer of restless imagination and rigorous execution, has assembled a parade of collaborators for her residency at the Stone. On Friday she’ll play two sets with Same River Twice, her ensemble with the trumpeter Dave Douglas, the multi-reedist Chris Speed, the cellist Erik Friedlander and the drummer Michael Sarin. On Saturday she’ll lead Snowy Egret — another chamber group, with the cornetist Ron Miles and others — which just released a strong self-titled album. And she’ll close on Sunday with an early set in duo with the multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich, and a late set with a trio featuring Lindsey Horner on bass and Reggie Nicholson on drums. At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village; thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Trio 3 (Friday through Sunday) The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are esteemed veterans of the avant-garde, and as the collective Trio 3, they share an agenda of rugged epiphany. They have released recent albums featuring an array of impressive pianists, but this run at the Village Vanguard has no billed guests, which isn’t at all a problem. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village; 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)