AMN Reviews: Alex Reviriego – Els gats gordos també tenen problemes [Discordian Records DRO76]

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a3928389255_16Barcelona’s Alex Reviriego is a powerful young double bassist with an impressive command of advanced technique and an exploratory attitude toward the timbral possibilities inherent in his instrument. His solo release, Els gats gordos també tenen problemes, draws on these techniques as well as on a complement of preparations to produce a sound that–first impressions to the contrary—relies on no overdubs or electronic enhancements of the bass’s natural voice.

The sonic complexity Reviriego is able to summon is evidenced from the very first track. Setting up a contrast between brighter and more muted colors, Reviriego plucks dark arpeggios from prepared strings while simultaneously playing a harsh, scraping arco. This solo polyphony is a hallmark of his playing, which often has him plucking or hammering the strings with his left hand while drawing the bow with his right. Even in the absence of preparations Reviriego’s technical range facilitates access to an expanded palette of tone colors and textures bracketed, as on the track TCCPFP, between a dark, often rough arco in the lower register on the one side and stridently shimmering harmonics on the other. Some of the tracks explore a more limited technical or sonic field: Medusas errants, for example, is like an etude in pressure bowing on prepared strings. But all is not a matter of aggressive attack and extended technique here; Reviriergo also shows a gentler side on Canço Pop, whose pensive melodicism is carried on a simple and straightforward pizzicato.

https://discordianrecords.bandcamp.com/album/els-gats-gordos-tamb-tenen-problemes

Daniel Barbiero

Newsbits: New Director at the Issue Project Room / Sheets of Easter Everywhere / Darius Jones in NY

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New York’s Issue Project Room has named a new director.

The first two out of print volumes of Furniture Records’ tape compilation series, Sheets of Easter Everywhere has been digitized and is available for download.

On Thursday, August 20th, Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros will perform two sets of original music & songs at New York’s Jazz Gallery, celebrating the Aug. 21 release of the new album on which they feature, Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation).

San Francisco Scene: July 31 – August 7, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, July 31

Fri 7/31 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Electro-Plate(a sonic journey down the twisted road of electronic music)
Smooth, Stepped & RandomLX Rudis, Doug Lynner, and Dmitri SFO – Original and Custom Serge Synthesizer Ensemble
INSTAGON [mixer set] Analouge Electronics Ensemble
LOB [Sacramento], Thomas Dimuzio [SF], Jack Hertz [Pacifica], Marc Schneider (Medicine Cabinet) [Tracy], Tim White (AA23) [Berkeley], Andrew Wayne (Chopstick) [Sacramento]
Aaron Oppenheim/Thea Farhadian /Tim Perkis – Digital Ensemble

Fri 7/31 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
On Friday, July 31st at 8pm at Old First Church in San Francisco, CA, cellist Hannah Addario-Berry premieres four new works by young composers commissioned in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Zoltán Kodály’s Sonata for Solo Cello. Hannah has created a program that showcases the 1915 Sonata alongside newly commissioned works by the dynamic young composers Lisa Renée Coons, Brent Miller, Eric KM Clark, and Alisa Rose.

Fri 7/31 8:00 PM Royce Gallery [2901 Mariposa St SF]
Friday through Sunday, July 31, Aug 1, & Aug 2, 2015, 8:00 pm
MEMORY TRACE
a performance work exploring memory and forgetting composed and performed by Pamela Z

Saturday, August 1

Sat 8/01 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Vision Music (film through the lens of extended music)
Tickets for 14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Bill Hsu/James Fei/Gino Robair
Tender ButtonsTania Chen, Gino Robair, Tom Djll
Bridge of Crows
Mika Pontecorvo, Elijah Pontecorvo, Kersti Abrams, Greg Baker, Mark Pino, Mariko Miyakawa, Bob Marsh

Sat 8/01 8:00 PM Royce Gallery [2901 Mariposa St SF]
Friday through Sunday, July 31, Aug 1, & Aug 2, 2015, 8:00 pm
MEMORY TRACE
a performance work exploring memory and forgetting composed and performed by Pamela Z

Sunday, August 2

Sun 8/02 8:00 PM Royce Gallery [2901 Mariposa St SF]
Friday through Sunday, July 31, Aug 1, & Aug 2, 2015, 8:00 pm
MEMORY TRACE
a performance work exploring memory and forgetting composed and performed by Pamela Z

Sun 8/02 8:00 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Bodyscape and Thomas Carnacki

Mon 8/03 9:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Moe! Staiano (incendiary percussion hysterics)
Set #2: Marco Eneidi’s Shattered (virtuoso free jazz/creative music)
(Marco Eneidi: as, Lisa Mezzacappa: b, Vijay Anderson: dms)
Set #3: Will Redmond’s Transcontinental Blow-Up Telethon (explosive Bay Area guitar music)
(Rob Pumpelly: dms, Robert Lopez: perc, Bob LaDue: perc, Eli Wallace: keys, wnr: gtr, kalimba)

Tuesday, August 4

Tue 8/04 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Vlatkovich Tryyo with special guest Jon Raskin

Tue 8/04 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Bodyscape by Luca Forcucci with Cheryl E. Leonard and Crystal Sepulveda
Bodyscape is a composition and a performance by Luca Forcucci exploring the body as a sonic landscape. Microphones and sensors collect and measure the data generated by a dancer’s touch, spatial perception, and biofeedback. This piece is a work in progress that will change during its three-day installation in the gallery at The Lab, where it is performed by Focucci alongside musician Cheryl Leonard and dancer Crystal Sepúlveda.

Wednesday, August 5

Wed 8/05 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents THE SOUND EFFEKT’ plus DIEGO VILLASENOR(Mexico City, Mexico)

Thursday, August 6

Thu 8/06 8:00 PM LSG Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Gallery [509 Ellis Street SF]
8pm Josh Allen/Miguel Barrera duo
9pm Marco Eneidi’s Two Toe alto saxophone/drum duo series
with Donald Robinson

Friday, August 7

Fri 8/07 6:30 PM de Young Museum [50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118]
Friday Nights at the De Young: Lisa Mezzacappa
Composer and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa presents a preview of her new music and film work “Glorious Ravage” as part of the free Friday Nights at the de Young series. Mezzacappa leads an ensemble of eight musicians plus video projection, in a series of site-specific performances in and around the museum’s Wilsey Court.
With: Fay Victor – Tim Perkis – Darren Johnston – Kyle Bruckmann – Cory Wright – Jordan Glenn – John Finkbeiner – Lisa Mezzacappa
Projection by Konrad Steiner and Alfonso Alvarez
http://www.gloriousravage.com

Fri 8/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna: A “Through the Looking Glass” Approach to Irish Music
Brooklyn-based fiddler/violinist Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna bring their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional Irish music to the Center for New Music. Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Lyn and Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers and their deep admiration for traditional music. This concert will celebrate the release of their second album, “The Great Arc”.

Fri 8/07 8:00 PM Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street SF]
PERFECT LOSS / TIME SPENT DRIVING / ROMAN CITIES

Fri 8/07 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Diego Villasenor–Videcoic One
Musicians:
Diego VIllasenor, Voice, Samples & “Composition”
Danishta Rivero, Voice
Andrew Jamieson, Piano
Jakob Pek, Guitar
Nava Dunkelman, Percussion
Jeanie-Aprille Tang, Electronics
Aaron Oppenheim, ElectronicsDiego Villasenor–Videcoic One
Musicians:
Diego VIllasenor, Voice, Samples & “Composition”
Danishta Rivero, Voice
Andrew Jamieson, Piano
Jakob Pek, Guitar
Nava Dunkelman, Percussion
Jeanie-Aprille Tang, Electronics
Aaron Oppenheim, Electronics

Le Guess Who? Festival

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Photo du concert de Magma à la salle des Fetes...

Le Guess Who? is a fest that takes place in late November, in Utrecht. The lineup includes these highlights:

Faust
The Necks
Annette Peacock
Magma
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Einheit Brötzmann

Music and More Reviews

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Charles Gayle

From Music and More:

Charles Gayle Trio – Christ Everlasting (ForTune Records, 2015)
Miles Davis – At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Legacy, 2015)
Michael Bates – Northern Spy (Stereoscopic, 2015)

Dusted in Exile Reviews

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From dusted in exile:

John Chantler — Still Light, Outside (1703 Skivbolaget)
Locrian — Infinite Dissolution (Relapse)
Evan Caminiti — Meridian (Thrill Jockey

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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From The New York Times:

Joel Harrison 5 (Friday and Saturday) The guitarist and composer Joel Harrison has a thoughtful and unclassifiable new album, “Spirit House,” that explores an instrumental palette including trumpet and bassoon. He celebrates the album’s release this weekend with a near approximation of its lineup: Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Peter Apfelbaum on woodwinds, Kermit Driscoll on bass and Brian Blade on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Gerry Hemingway at the Stone (through Sunday) Mr. Hemingway is a drummer and composer with a gift for illuminating abstract principles, and he has organized his residency at the Stone as a kind of retrospective. Among the highlights of his closing weekend are an 8 p.m. set on Friday with Brew Trio, featuring Miya Masaoka on koto and Reggie Workman on bass; a quartet performance at 10 p.m. on Saturday, with the trumpeter Herb Robertson, the saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the bassist Mark Helias; an 8 p.m. set on Sunday by Trio New York, with Mr. Eskelin and the organist Gary Versace; and a finale at 10 p.m. on Sunday with BassDrumBone, a long-running trio with Mr. Helias and the trombonist Ray Anderson. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Ingrid Laubrock (Friday and Saturday) Ms. Laubrock is a saxophonist and composer with a taste for sonic provocation, and she has had unerring taste in collaborators since moving to New York from Europe within the last decade. She’ll present a single new commission for two wildly different ensembles this weekend, starting on Friday with two close partners, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the pianist Kris Davis. Saturday’s group will favor more chamberlike dimensions, with Vincent Chancey on French horn, Michael Formanek and Eivind Opsvik on basses, and Tom Rainey, Ms. Laubrock’s husband, on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, Manhattan, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. (Chinen)

Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band (Monday) The chief expressive outlet for the bassist Matt Pavolka, the Horns Band puts a rugged twist on post-bop protocols. On this occasion its lineup features Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Loren Stillman on alto saxophone, Jacob Garchik on trombone and Tom Rainey on drums. At 7:30 p.m., Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, smallsjazzclub.com. (Chinen)