Month: October 2003
Coming out soon on Tzadik:
Mark Applebaum: Catfish
A former student of Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum straddles the two worlds of modern classical complexity and improvisational insanity. As one would expect, this first CD devoted to his work is an eclectic compendium of homemade electro-percussion, orchestral fireworks, virtuoso solo pieces and cartoon cut-ups. Intense, but always with a sick Californian sense of humor, Catfish is a vexing and delightful listening experience.
RADICAL JEWISH SERIES
Davka: The Golem
Always at the forefront of the New Jewish Renaissance, the San Francisco based ensemble Davka here performs Daniel Hoffman’s brilliant and dramatic score to the silent film masterpiece The Golem. Condensed and sequenced into a satisfying suite for this special Tzadik CD, the music here is a hypnotic mix of mysterious moods and sounds to chill the bone. Another important release by this dynamic band of Jewish masters.
NEW JAPAN SERIES
Hoahio’s second CD is even more quirky and varied than the first. Joining koto virtuoso Yagi Michiyo and Kansai vocalist Haco this time is Era Mari, a remarkable young percussionist from Kyoto. Her brilliant vibes and marimba playing gives this release a bit of a Beefheart flavor, but of course there’s much more than that. Noisy improv, charming folksongs and romantic moods from this classic trio out of Japan.
Anton Fier: Dreamspeed/Blindlight 1992–1994
Anton Fier is well-known in rock circles as the drummer for the Feelies, the original Lounge Lizards and mastermind of the Golden Palominos, and these two CDs and now with two unreleased bonus tracks, both long out of print may well be his best work. Featuring Japanese vocalists Phew, bass terrorist Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Buckethead, Makino Kazu (Blonde Redhead) and many of Anton’s longtime collaborators, dreamspeed/blindlight 1992–1994 is the defintive document of one of the Downtown scene’s most elusive musicians.“
The scoop from Squidco, which happens to be taking preporders…
“To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Art Bears Recommended Records will be releasing a 6 CD box. Squidco is working with ReR to take preorders for US sales only at this special preorder price of $72 ($70 when paying by check), which includes the cost of US shipping. The box contains:
1. The three original releases, properly re-mastered, – when we did them before, the technology was much poorer, and we didn’t know what we were doing. Now we do. Stunningy re-mastered by Bob Drake from 24 bit transcriptions of the original tapes and in newly designed Digipacks, same cover art, of course.
2. Art Bears Revisited -A double CD of re-mixes, re-workings and (mostly) new pieces made from the Art Bears multi-track masters by JOHN OSWALD, THE RESIDENTS, CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, FRED FRITH, CHRIS CUTLER, BIOTA, OTOMO YOSHIHIDE/GROUND ZERO, BOB DRAKE JON ROSE, OSSATURA, WARRIC SWINNEY/KALAHARI SURFERS, WHEN, THOMAS DIMUZIO, ANNIE GOSFIELD ROGER KLEIR,ANDREA ROCCA, VITOR RUA, JOCELYN ROBERT,MUSCI/ VENOSTA/ MARIANI, MASSIMO SIMONINI, HERB HEINZ. MARTIN ARCHER, YASUSHI UTSUNOMIYA, JON LEIDECKER/WOBBLY, STEVAN KOVACS TICKMAYER and BRIAN WOODBURY.
6 years in the making, this is an amazing catalogue of imagination and great music. Digi-packed with a cover art by EM Thomas, who did all three original art bears covers and containing Art re-mixes in the booklet as well as comprehensive information. This double also contains Collapse from the Ralph Records single, All Hail from the Recommended Sampler and one previously unreleased and unfinished track completed by Fred Frith and Chris Cutler for this release.
3. A free extra CD only available with the box (there are reasons) containing further re-workings by John Oswald, Bob Drake, Fred Frith, Biota, Yasushi Utsunomiya, as well as live Art Bears tracks and a Duck and Cover cover.
4. A thick book of artwork, articles, notes, interviews and commentary on the material, the work process, the tour and the band in general, with photographs, documents and artwork.“
Here is a more complete list:
“I am pleased to announce the Fall 2003 reunion tour of four stars of Bulgarian and Romani Wedding music. Ivo Papazov (clarinet), Neshko Neshev (accordion), and Salif Ali (drums) will be featured guests with the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble, including Yuri Yunakov (saxophone), Kalin Kirilov (guitar, keyboard, and vocals), and Carol Silverman (vocals). In addition to concerts, the musicians are available for private
and group lessons and ensemble coaching. A reunion CD is will be recorded by Traditional Crossroads.
October 28, 8 PM, Michigan Union Ballroom: Univ Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: Center for World Performance Studies, 734-936-2777
October 31: St Louis MI, 8 PM, Grbic Restaurant,produced by Shawn Donaldson, 636-938-2362
November 1: Chicago IL: 8 PM, Sveta Sofia Bulgarian Church, 404 West Oakton, Des Plaines, Il
November 2: 3 PM,Chicago IL, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
November 4: 7:30 PM Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, info 608-262-3379
November 7: 8:30, San Francisco CA, Slavonic Center, 60 Onondaga St
November 8: Sebastopol CA, info:
November 9: Seattle WA, 7 PM, Tractor Tavern
November 10: Eugene OR,8 PM Hult Center for the Performing Arts, 541-682-5000
November 11: 6 PM, Portland OR: Produced by Portland State University Middle Eastern Studies Center, 503-725-8566“
A few dates are now available, with hopefully more to come. Please note that this touring group is mostly players from Ivo’s Bulgarian Wedding Band but might be billed under “The Youri Younakov Ensemble”. Also, the tour is not getting a ton of publicity so let potentially interested people know.
“10/26 – Pittsburgh, PA 7:00 (412) 461 – 6188 (www.bmnecc.org)
10/28-29 – Ann Arbor, MI – Center For World Perf., Univer Of MI – Union Ballroom
10/31 – St. Louis, MO (636) 938 – 2362 or (314) 752 -1788
11/1 – Chicago, IL – Sveta Sofia Bulgarian Church – 404 West Oakton, Des Plaines, IL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
11/2 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Cultural Center – 78 Washington St., Chicago (312) 744 8945“