Archive for April 9, 2007

Coming up on Innova

Posted: April 9, 2007 by Mike in Releases

Innova has a number of releases planned in the coming months:

Catalog: Innova 672
7 26708 66722 1
Street date: 7/3/07
Format: 1 Enhanced CD
File Under: New Classical> Childs
Primary Market: East Coast, Midwest

Composer Mary Ellen Childs recently undertook a major renovation of her
home. Surrounded for months by repetitive work rhythms, the beauty of
rough-hewn hands at work, and walls once there, now gone, she responded by
creating the 14-movement Dream House. Dream House serves as a commentary
on cycles of time, rhythms of work, and the intertwined nature of
destruction and creation. Performed by the acclaimed New York-based ETHEL,
several of the movements incorporate recorded and manipulated sounds of
destruction and construction, woven into a lush and dynamic string quartet
texture.

In live performance Dream House includes stunning multi-image video that
surrounds the string quartet (based on time-lapse and real-time video images
of destruction and construction) and this CD includes one bonus track with
video by Daniel Polsfuss that can be viewed in your computer. Sound montage
is by Neverwas (aka Chris Cunningham).

Minnesota-based Childs is well known for her theatrical music and visual
percussion works.

Title: Cigar Smoke
Artist: Esther Lamneck
Composers: Robert Rowe, Lawrence Fritts, Cort Lippe, Dinu Ghezzo, Orlando
Legname, Lawrence Moss, Zack Browning
Catalog: Innova 673
7 26708 66732 0
Street date: 7/3/07
Format: 1 CD
File Under: New Classical/Electronic> Lamneck
Primary Market: East Coast, Midwest

The title, Cigar Smoke, refers to the unfortunate incident in 1945 when
famous Austrian composer Anton Webern went outside at night for a relaxing
puff. The glow of the ash caught the attention of an American soldier who
promptly shot the smoker dead. Twelve-tone serialism did not die that
night, however, and its descendants, now armed with laptops and ranks of
loudspeakers are here to prove it.

This collection brings together seven (mostly New York) composers who have
each written demandingly flashy works for clarinetist Esther Lamneck and the
modern equivalent of electronic tape. Lamneck has gigged with the likes of
Pierre Boulez and has been called ³an astonishing virtuoso² by none other
than the New York Times. With this CD under her belt she is sure to go far.

Lamneck directs the New York University Music and Dance Program and creates
giant multi-media presentations in Italy.

Title: Powder
Artist: Drew Krause
Catalog: Innova 676
7 26708 66762 7
Street date: 7/3/07
Format: 1 CD
File Under: Electronic> Krause
Primary Market: East Coast, Midwest

If you didn¹t think you knew what ³open-source algorithmically-generated
computer music² was, don¹t worry. It rocks. And Drew Krause is a master at
it.

Powder is his first full-length album; it bleeps and burbles, swings,
synth-pops and gyrates in ways any adventurous listener with a quirky sense
of humor would love.

These intricate virtuosic compositions render structures borrowed from
mathematics, biology and linguistics in a colorful and light-hearted
fashion. You don¹t need to have tested high in those subjects to enjoy the
results.

Krause went through the University of Illinois and Juilliard, and he is
joined on Powder by more New York new music stalwarts: Taimur Sullivan,
Margaret Lancaster and Whitney LaGrange.

Catalog Number: innova 217
Title: Shrimp Attack
Artist: Stuart Hyatt and Creative Clay
UPC: 7 26708 62172 8
Genre: Alternative Rock> Hyatt
Target Markets: Midwest, East Coast, West Coast
Street Date: 7/3/07
Format: CD in custom fabric pouch. NB This is a Short Run limited edition
of 400, hand assembled; minimal quantities of consignment orders only
please.

For his second release on innova, Stuart Hyatt has assembled the most unique
group of performers in recent memory. The new album, Shrimp Attack,
chronicles Hyatt¹s extended musical collaboration with the member artists of
Creative Clay, a non-profit arts center that allows adults with
developmental disabilities create and exhibit their work. These artists
have never been recorded before; their heartbreaking lyrics and powerful
voices cast a stunning light onto Hyatt¹s lo-fi orchestral pop arrangements.

The resulting nine tracks loosely follow an epic wartime narrative. Each
song also manages to reflect the engaging spirit of marginalized people
finally having their voices heard. On the song Good, Mike, who only says a
few words ever (GoodÅ good stuffÅ big hot dogÅ .yummy), becomes the
inspiration for a rousing call and response rock song. On another, March,
Mark plays the role of The Shrimp Commander, announcing his plans for
domination, but falls into a spiritual stupor. Another song, Ben¹s House,
features lead vocals by a man who never speaks at all. Hyatt describes the
song¹s germination: ³Ben lives in a mysterious worldŠbut seemed excited to
participateŠhe doesn¹t really hear or speakŠ I put the headphones on and
turned the beat up REALLY loudÅ and Ben began to tap his chest and humÅ the
result is really beautiful.²

This special limited edition release comes in handmade packages, featuring
drawings and text by the member artists of Creative Clay, assembled with
ninja tree seeds in a U.S. army canteen pouch used in the Vietnam War era.

Stuart Hyatt¹s compositions, recorded under the umbrella of TEAM Records,
are location-based field projects that bring together community members in
the creation of new music. His innova debut, The Clouds, a gospel/folk
album recorded in rural Alabama, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Design
and Packaging in 2005.

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AMN Podcast: BassDrumBone – The Lineup

Posted: April 9, 2007 by Mike in Podcasts

The Line Up

Download “The Line Up” (mp3)
from “The Line Up”
by BassDrumBone
Clean Feed

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Umbrella Music Through April 20

Posted: April 9, 2007 by Mike in Performances

From Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

The Hideout
10:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – tenor sax, Bb clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – electric & acoustic bass
Tim Daisy – drums

two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Ken Vandermark Presents Soundclash
Fistful of Dynamite – The Music of Ennio Morricone

Sunday, 15 April 2007

The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Wilbert de Joode Chicago Improvisers
lineups TBA

two sets

Monday, 16 April 2007

Gallery 37
7:00PM | Wilkerson/Lonberg-Holm/de Joode/Daisy Quartet
Ed Wilkerson – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Wilbert de Joode – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

FREE
(but tickets required)

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

The Hideout
10:00PM | (((POWERHOUSE SOUND)))
Record release concert for “Breaks” (Atavistic)

Ken Vandermark – tenor sax
Jeff Parker – guitar, electronics
Nate McBride – electric bass, electronics
John Herndon – drums

two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Ken Vandermark Presents Soundclash
Another Beat – sounds from Cuba

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Elastic
10:00PM | The Valentine Trio
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | The Engines
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Friday, 20 April 2007

The Hideout
10:00PM | The Thing
Mats Gustafsson – saxophones
Ingebrigt HÃ¥ker Flaten – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
11:00M | The Thing with Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee – tenor sax, pocket trumpet
Mats Gustafsson – saxophones
Ingebrigt HÃ¥ker Flaten – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums

Special Weekend Engagement for
The Immediate Sound Series’s One Year Anniversary!

doors open at 9pm
$12 cover

Bauta Records

Posted: April 9, 2007 by Mike in General

Bauta Records is a Swedish label that has been around for a long time releasing interesting music and now they have a web site.

AAJ Reviews

Posted: April 9, 2007 by Mike in Reviews

From AAJ:

09-Apr-07 Scott Fields Ensemble
Beckett (Clean Feed Records)

09-Apr-07 Anthony Braxton
9 Compositions (Firehouse 12 Records)