David Torn’s Prezens at Joe’s Pub, NYC


This recent concert is reviewed.

The resulting music is a mix of melodic lines, harmonic textures, and pure sounds—all subject to electronic alteration that is part of each improvisatory composition. While Torn clearly leads the band, the interplay between him and the others, particularly Berne and Rainey, is what makes the music. In this set, Taborn mostly created the background sonic wash, constantly adjusting his equipment. Perhaps the house balance was off, but his contributions were not clearly heard most of the time, unless everything else dropped out, when you realized he had been there all along.

Umbrella Music Through April 15


From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 2 April 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | The Green Pasture Happiness
Aaron Zarzutzki – no-output turntable
Dan Fandino – turntable
Brian Labycz – electronics
11:00PM | The Friction Brothers
Record Release Concert for Live at Elastic Abstract On Black Records
Michael Colligan – dry ice with tea kettles, trombone mouthpiece, butter knives, angle iron, pachinko balls, metal bowl, frying pan, trumpet mouthpiece, table spoons, outlet cover plates, electric stove, espresso maker filter, noisemaker, closed coffee cans, saucepan cover, keys
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello with cheese slicer, keyhole saw, clothes pins, credit card, cdr, knitting needles, bow, bow hair, rubber hand, plastic foosball figure, small speaker, test amp, piezo, sound bug, whistle, metal card, bottle cleaner brush, test-tube cleaner brush
Michael Zerang – snare drum, finger cymbals, small vibrators, rubber mallets, metal bowl, chains, plectrum, sandpaper, back scratchers, marbles, xylophone bars, drum sticks, metal plates, bells, coins, popsicle sticks
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Ingebrigt HÃ¥ker Flaten spins Personal Favorites

Sunday, 6 April 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Colorlist
Charles Rumback – drums
Charles Gorzcynski – saxophone, electronics
11:00PM | Mazurek/Lux/Giallorenzo
Rob Mazurek – cornet, electronics
Matt Lux – bass
Paul Giallorenzo – keyboard, electronics

Wednesday, 9 April 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | Mazurek/Drumm/Stein/Herndon
Rob Mazurek – cornet
Kevin Drumm – electronics
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
John Herndon – drums
two sets
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Vandermark Soundclash : Right Place at the Right Time
A Survey of ESP Records

Thursday, 10 April 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Falzone/Vandermark/Davis/McBride
James Falzone – clarinet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Kevin Davis – cello
Nate McBride – bass
two sets

Sunday, 13 April 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Lonberg-Holm Solo
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | Matthew White s Fight The Big Bull
Bob Miller – trumpet
John Lilley – saxophones
Jason Scott – saxophones
Reggie Pace – trombone
Bryan Hooten – trombone
Cameron Ralston – bass
Matt White – guitar, tunes
Rei Alvarez – percussion, trap set
Pinson Chanselle – trap set, percussion

Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Elastic
10:00 PM | Vandermark 5
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Kent Kessler – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

AAJ Reviews


From All About Jazz:

31-Mar-08 Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Lil’ Tae Rides Again (Hyena Records)
Reviewed by Chris May

31-Mar-08 Multiple Artists
Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman: Song X: Twentieth Anniversary
Reviewed by Chris May

31-Mar-08 Meredith Monk
impermanence (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Budd Kopman

31-Mar-08 Cuong Vu
Vu-tet (Artist Share)
Reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

30-Mar-08 Ahleuchatistas
Even In The Midst…. (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

30-Mar-08 Contemporary Noise Quintet
Pig Inside the Gentleman (Electric Eye Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Not Applicable Album Launch Concert


UK label Not Applicable will celebrate with a launch concert for their two latest releases.

On Friday 4th April we’ll be celebrating the release of two new records on Not Applicable with performances by both groups upstairs at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. The night will start at 8pm and you can find further details here.

Arthurs.Høiby.Ritchie – This exciting trio features three of the UK’s most sought after musicians, Tom Arthurs, Jasper Høiby and Stuart Ritchie. All have their own separate projects but came together as Arthurs.Høiby.Ritchie in 2005. Their debut album, explications is simply one stage of what promises to be an exhilarating and ongoing journey for this fearsome trio.

Lothar Ohlmeier / Isambard Khroustaliov – One of the most insightful and thought provoking electro-acousic duos to have appeared over the last few years, their debut release is the culmination of 3 years spent exploring the realms of improvised music and live electronics.

Extensible Electric Guitar Festival at Clark University


From Clark University:

The Extensible Electric Guitar Festival will debut at Clark University April 4 and 5. The festival aims to showcase the electric guitar’s spirit of exploration, presenting music and musicians that use the electric guitar in innovative ways which extend its capabilities.

Following is the festival schedule.

Friday, April 4
7:30 p.m. Concert I (Razzo Recital Hall)

Saturday, April 5
10 a.m. Open Listening Session (Traina Center)
2 p.m. Symposium: The New Extended Guitar (Traina Center)
7:30p.m. Concert II (Razzo Recital Hall)

All events will take place in the Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing St. The full program schedule is available on the web at:

Since its development in the mid-20th century, the electric guitar has had a profound influence on many aspects of music, creating new sounds, spurring the development of new musical styles, and reshaping concepts of musicianship. In the early 21st century, despite retaining its iconic status as a symbol of innovation and transgression, the electric guitar and its uses can seem commonplace. In order to expand the sound world of the electric guitar, over a dozen performers from North America and Europe will converge at Clark to improvise, interact, and perform new pieces by fifteen composers.

Festival co-directors are Matthew Malsky, Clark University associate professor of music, and David Claman, adjunct professor at Lehman College CUNY. Malsky and Claman also founded and directed the inventive and highly acclaimed Extensible Toy Piano Project in 2005.

Featured compositions, performers and ensembles for the Extensible Electric Guitar Festival:
• The Dither Electric Guitar Quartet: A quartet that explores the sonic possibilities of electric guitars manipulated through a galaxy of stomp-boxes, cables, amps and more. They will present music by guitar innovator Fred Frith.
• GrayCode: An experimental jazz trio that extends their instruments through custom sensor systems that track performance gestures to control real-time sound synthesis and audio processing.
• Virtuosi Seth Josel (Berlin) & Michael Nicolella (Seattle) performing compositions by John Fitz Rogers (USA), Ulrich Krieger (Berlin), Richard Barrett (Wales), and a world premiere from Karlheinz Essl (Austria).
• Prepared guitar from Sundar Subramanian
• Multimedia works from Brian Knoth and Thomas Ciufo.
• Innovative new works from Claman, Malsky, Chapman Welch, Jeff Morris and others.

This Extensible Electric Guitar Festival is free and open to the public. For more information,
contact the Clark University Visual & Performing Arts Department, 508-793-7356.

Musique Machine Reviews


From Musique Machine:

Philip Jeck – Sand
I’ll have to admit in the past Philip Jeck’s take on ambience and soundart has always underwhelmed me, it just felt too vague, too out of focus and wish-washy. But Sand has really impressed me, there seems a lot more focus, depth and listenability here; the tracks invite you in and make you want to stay and revisit them often.

Horchata – Coleoid
Coleoid is a collection of eerier, hope smothering, bell & bass like harmonics drone tracks, which seems to drill deep into ones psyche souring and greying your mood. As the covers illustration suggests like the slow melancholy and hopeless crawl of slugs in endless dank tunnels.

Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music


This Australian festival is currently underway.

Walls will unleash his distinctly physical brand of dangerous cacophony in collaboration with similarly embodied American sound-artist Daniel Menche at the Corner Hotel in Richmond on Tuesday night. He is just one of the 50-plus Australian and international artists to perform at the inaugural Melbourne International Biennale of Exploratory Music, which opened last night at the Tote and will take place across various inner-Melbourne venues such as the Corner, the Toff in Town and the ABC Iwaki Auditorium until Wednesday.

Billed as an “exploration of new musical possibilities”, the event encompasses forms as divergent as Walls’ and Menche’s noise explorations, improvisation, composition, electronica, free jazz, contemporary classical and digitised audio-visual works. It’s far from your average music festival.