Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

This Land is…
An emergency public meeting hosted by sound adventurer Matana Roberts features the voices of concerned NYC artists on the grand jury verdict of Eric Garner. This is an opportunity for open dialogue in the arts community around problems of policing in urban space.

Featuring speakers Matana Roberts, Melvin Gibbs, Latasha Diggs, Camonghne Felix, Christopher Stackhouse, Tessa Lena, Henry Grimes, Laura Hanna, Ras Moshe, and more.

Peter Evans
Raw and inventive trumpeter Peter Evans closes his residency with a solo performance. Improvisation is used as a method of pressurizing and slowly refining materials from concert to concert; a process of using the known as a catapult to the unknown that is a central focus of Evans’ residency and work at large.

Atomic on Tour in North America

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Performances

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Atomic, a European free jazz band featuring bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist, trumpeter Magnus Broo, pianist Håvard Wiik and drummer Hans Hulbœkmo:

Atomic North American Tour in Support of Lucidity:

February 3 – Brooklyn, NY – ShapeShifter Lab
February 4 – Cambridge MA -Elizabeth Parks Killian Hall
February 5 – Montreal QC (Canada) – La Salla Rosa
February 6 -Toronto, ONT – The Rex Hotel
February 7 – Hamilton ON (Venue TBA)
February 8 -Buffalo, NY – Hallwals
February 11 – Cleveland OH – Night Town
February 12 – Ann Arbor, MI – Kerrytown Concert House
February 13/February 14- Chicago, IL – Constellation

Upcoming Wordless Music Shows

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From New York’s Wordless Music:

Wordless Music

Under the Skin Live
Mica Levi, conductor
wild Up + Wordless Music Orchestra
Regent Theater, Los Angeles
January 6, 2015

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Wordless Music Orchestra
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Symphony Space, NYC
January 23-24, 2015

Max Richter
[string quintet + visuals]
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn
March 20, 2015

From OC Weekly:

Most music fans in OC have no intention of looking under the rug at the sounds that exist in the noisy underbelly of our avant-garde music scene. But you can find them Saturday at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), where some our most inventive young artists will come to tear the definition of “music” to shreds at a yearly event dubbed the Santa Ana Noise Fest.

sr311Phil Minton + Audrey Chen + Guy Segers + Peter Jacquemyn + Teun Verbruggen – Quintet (Sub Rosa)
Phil Minton + Audrey Chen – By the Stream (Sub Rosa)

Both of these albums, released simultaneously by Sub Rosa, feature the unique talents of Phil Minton and Audrey Chen. Quintet was apparently designed to see how Minton and Chen work together in a jazz-improvisation setting, while the duo album was meant to showcase the particular, and peculiar, vocal improvisatory talents of these two artists.

Chen came to free music by way of years spent at a conservatory studying cello. Indeed, she plays cello as well as using her voice on the Quintet album. Compared to Minton, who has been honing his craft for decades, she’s a newcomer, but she’s seasoned enough to have developed her own approach to ensemble and duo performance. Minton, as mentioned, is well-known for his astounding vocal abilities. I won’t begin to list the sounds he’s capable of here, but they are legion, and uniformly uncanny.

That said, both he and Chen seem to be somewhat at a loss for what to do in the quintet setting. Their performances are mostly sublime, but they don’t seem to be able to engage with the other three players: a drummer, an electric bassist (Guy Segers of Univers Zero), and a double-bassist. And the same goes for the trio. One gets the sense that Minton and Chen are in the same studio as the trio, but neither group knows quite how to proceed in terms of the other, except for Chen’s cello playing, which seems very sympathetic to the group. If listened to for the performances of Chen and Minton, this disc can be quite enjoyable. The last two tracks, dominated by the jazz trio, show that they have a tight rapport and can even bring a little funk into the proceedings. It would be nice to hear more from that trio on its own merits.

By the Stream, the Minton + Chen duo album, in contrast, is a thing of wonder. On every track Minton and Chen come across as alien creatures conversing with each other, either as old friends, or as wary strangers, unsure whether to embrace or fight. On this album, Chen forgoes the cello and puts all of her power into her voice. She tends toward a drone in her vocal improvisations, holding one note for extended periods of time, while Minton is everything and everywhere else – the wind, the voice of a commanding soldier, an existentially distraught man at his very nadir, a baby, – all things that seem to wrap, snake-like, around the solid pole that Chen provides with her steadier vocals. Similar to the work that Jaap Blonk has done with Maja Ratkje, these 14 tracks are otherworldly meetings in a universe that you should be glad you only are able to visit sonically. Beautiful, but at the same time frightening, and as with all Minton’s vocal improv work, completely decentralizing.

2014 Best of Year Lists: Part III

Posted: December 18, 2014 by Mike in General

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2014 lists from around the web and provide links here. Enjoy.

A Closer Listen’s top ten ambient releases
Gapplegate’s best of 2014
Free Form Freakout’s favorite tapes of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s finest ambient releases
Derek Taylor
Kurt Gottschalk‘s top 12
Troy Collins‘ Best Releases Of 2014

Vital Weekly 961

Posted: December 18, 2014 by Mike in Reviews

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Steve Stapleton

Reviews from Vital Weekly:

Eric Random & the Bedlamites – Time-splice (Cd by Klang Galerie) *
Eric Random – Man_dog (Cd by Klang Galerie) *
Casey Anderson & Jason Kahn & Norbert Möslang & Günter Müller & Mark Trayle – Five Lines (Cd by Mikroton) *
Erikm & Martin Brandlmayr – Ecotone (Cd by Mikroton) *
Feedback: Order from Noise (2cd/1dvd by Mikroton) *
Gregory Büttner & Gunnar Lettow & Ernesto Rodrigues & Nuno Torres – Zwei Mal Zwei (Cd by Creative Sources Recordings) *
Insane 80s [Ev01-ev10] (Cd Compilation by Ee Tapes)
Find Hope in Darkness – Loked So Tightly in Our Dreams (Cd by Moving Furniture Records) *
Orphax – Under the Dutch Sky (Cdr by Moving Furniture Records) *
Nurse with Wound – Adolf Wölfli Courte (Mincd and Book by Lenka Lente) *
Andre DE Saint-obin – Sound on Sound (Lp by Plinkity Plonk) *
Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet – Popeth (Lp by Glistening Examples) *
Morrisneri – Cathedral Tapes (Lp by Dead Vox)
Asuna – 100 Keyboards: 100 Keys/100 Rock (7″ by Meeuw Muzak)
Kuroneko – Ritual of Invocation (Cdr by Slightly off Kilter Label) *
Drekka – Ronja’s Christman Witch (Cdr by Orphanology) *
Drekka – Live 2014 (Cassette by Day2 Alliance Product)
Mystery Dick – in the City of Violent Giants (Cdr by Aural Detritus) *
Jason Kahn – Thirty Seconds over (Cassette by Aural Detritus)
Francisco Meirino – the Aesthetics of Everything for Nothing (3″cdr by 1000füssler) *
Seth Cooke & Dominic Lash – Pact (3″cdr by 1000füssler) *
Threes and Will & Huerequeque (Cassette by Blue Tapes)
Henry Plotnick (Cassette by Blue Tapes)
Robin Hayward & Morten J. Olsen – Subroutine (Cassette by Record Label Record Label)
the Hydra – on Troubleshooting (Cassette by Record Label Record Label)