AMN Reviews: Sandro Sciarratta – Pietra [kmp productions cd02]


PietraSandro Sciarratta’s (mostly) solo CD Pietra reflects the diverse interests that have been part of the Sicilian double bassist’s work since the 1980s. Moving from jazz in the 1970s to improvisation and electronic exploration in the following decades, Sciarratta followed an increasingly experimental route, the essential elements of which are documented in this set of ten pieces for prepared double bass, electronics, tape and object, composed between 1997 and 2013.

The recording was inspired by the rough, igneous rock—the “pietra” of the title—so common to the Sicilian landscape. And there is a parallel between the textured, irregular surfaces of the rock and the almost tactile quality of the sound Sciarratta derives from his instrument—supplemented, as it often is, by an array of miscellaneous objects. His is a profoundly physical approach to the bass, a wrestling against the resistance of the real as this latter is embodied in wood and steel. Sciarratta’s playing is rooted in a robust, muscular pizzicato and an arco style that foregrounds the scrape latent in the meeting of bow and string. On Zubbia Sciarratta draws deep, bell-like tones from the bass; in many of the other pieces, including one dedicated to John Cage, the preparations add a layer of rattling and grinding miscellany to the underlying sound, which is then enhanced and often thickened by the electronics and backing recordings. Pietra 6 features Sciarratta’s brother Luca on live electronics while Pietra 5—itself a heavily electronically manipulated track–includes his frequent duet partner Filippo Portera on reeds.

http://sandrosciarratta.bandcamp.com/album/pietra

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The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp
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Jeff Cosgrove
Alternating Current (Self Produced)

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Humanity Suite (Prescott Recordings)

Phillip Blackburn
Music of Shadows (Innova Recordings)

Joelle Leandre / Nicole Mitchell
Sisters Where (Rogue Art)

Lars Bech Pilgaard
I Want You To Be Around Me (Mom Eat Dad Records)

Jason Ajamian
A Way A Land Of Life (NoBusiness Records)

Matthew Shipp multiple reviews
Your Shipp Has Come In

August at the Cornelia Street Cafe


From New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe:

Aug 01
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST. : MARY HALVORSON TRIO
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Chris Lightcap, bass; Jim Black, drums

Aug 02
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST.: INGRID LAUBROCK’S ANTI-HOUSE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano saxophone; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Kris Davis, piano; John Hebert, bass; Tom Rainey, drums

Aug 03
8:30PM MARY HALVORSON FEST.: MARY HALVORSON AND JON IRABAGON- SOLOS AND DUOS
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jon Irabagon, tenor sax

Aug 17
8:30PM VIOLA FEST! NIGHT ONE
Alexandra Honigsberg, curator and host
Tanya Kalmanovitch; Mat Maneri; Greg Williams

Aug 24
8:30PM THE DAVID ULLMANN 8
David Ullmann, guitar ; Deric Dickens, drums; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Brian Drye, trombone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Mike McGinnis, alto saxophone; Chris Speed, clarinet; Gary Wang, bass

Aug 27
8:30PM MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
Jon Irabagon , tenor sax; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums

Aug 28
8:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON QUARTET
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Luis Perdomo, piano; Luis Perdomo, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Aug 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON TRIO
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Barry Altschul, drums

Aug 30
9:00PM & 10:30PM IRABAGON FESTIVAL: JON IRABAGON GROUP
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Michael Formanek , bass; Tom Rainey, drums; Special Guest, tba

The IBeam in August


From New York’s IBeam:

Friday, August 1st 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation
J. Granelli – bass
Christian Kögel – guitar
Peter Epstein – alto sax
Owen Howard – drums

Friday, August 8th 8:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation
Joe Hertenstein – Drums/Percussion
Sana Nagano – Violin
Harvey Valdes – Guitar

Monday, August 11th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Vinny Golia & Susan Alcorn (8:30)
Vinny Golia – Woodwinds
Susan Alcorn – Pedal Steel
Vinny Golia, Keir Neuringer & Ingrid Laubrock (10:00)
Vinny Golia – Woodwinds
Keir Neuringer – Saxophone
Ingrid Laubrock – Saxophone

Thursday, August 14th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Carol Liebowitz/Adam Caine Duo (8:00 pm)
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Adam Caine – guitar
Sextet (9:00 pm)
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Claire de Brunner – bassoon
Daniel Carter – saxophones, trumpet, flute, clarinet
Daro Behroozi – tenor, clarinet, bass clarinet
Guillermo Gregorio – clarinet
Ryan Messina – trumpet

Saturday, August 23rd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Billy Mintz Solo (8:30 pm)
Ben Goldberg + Michael Coleman Play Steve Lacy’s Hocus Pocus (9:30 pm)
Ben Goldberg – Clarinet
Michael Coleman – Piano
Hocus Pocus: Book H of “Practitioners,” is a series of etudes by Steve Lacy. Each etude contains several knotty melodies, intended by Lacy to be difficult to play, and meant to stretch the player past his or her comfort zone. Clarinetist Ben Goldberg and pianist Michael Coleman have taken it upon themselves to learn and perform these etudes.

Tuesday, August 26th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:00 pm
Maryanne de Prophetis – voice/poetry
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Claire de Brunner – bassoon
John Pietaro – vibes
9:30 pm
Eva Lindal – violin
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Adam Caine – guitar
Ken Filiano – bass

Thursday, August 28th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
ARUÁN ORTIZ ORBITING QUARTET (8:30 pm)
Aruán Ortiz, piano and comos
Rez Abbasi, guitar
Josh Ginsburg, bass
Gerald Cleaver, drums
DARIUS JONES’S Book of Mæbul (10:00 pm)
Matt Mitchell: piano
Sean Conly: bass
Chad Taylor: drums
+ special quest Emilie Lesbros
Darius Jones Quartet with Emilie Lesbros has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) and Mid Atlantics Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Francais, Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication and Societe des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).

DMG Newsletter July 25th, 2014


From DMG:

John Zorn 6th Nova Express : John Medeski/Trevor Dunn/Kenny Wollesen/Joey Baron! Jon Madof’s Zion80 Peform Zorn Book of Angels! Peter Brotzmann/Sonny Sharrock! Mats Gustafsson/Albert Oehlen! Ross Martin/Max Johnson/Jeff Davis!

Cuong Vu/Richard Karpen/Ted Poor! Interstatic [Roy Powell/Jacob Young/Jarle Verpestad]! Four from Teun Verbruggen With Marc Ducret/Nate Wooley/Trevor Dunn/Andrew D’Angelo..! Denny Zeitlin Trio! Andy Haas!

Peter Brendler/Peter Evans/Rich Perry! Orrin Evans/Captain Black Big Band! David Weiss & Point of Departure! John Cage! Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band!

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The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, July 27th Double-Header:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC – Clarinet & Bass!
7pm: YONI KRETZMER/REUBEN RADDING DUO – Tenor Sax & Contrabass!

Sunday, August 3rd:
6pm: BIG ULTRA: GARY POULSON & JOHN ENGLE – Drums & Keyboards!

Sunday, August 10th:
6pm: LOUISE D. E. JENSEN & KEVIN SHEA – Alto Sax & Drums!

Sunday, August 17th Double Header: 6pm: TESLA COILS: BLAISE SIWULA/GIAN LUIGI DIANA/HARVEY VALDES!
7pm: HARVEY VALDES TRIO: SANA NAGANO/JOE HERTENSTEIN/HARVEY VALDES!

Sunday, August 24th:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM & DANIEL LEVIN!