Archive for July, 2008

Musique Machine Reviews

Posted: July 31, 2008 by Mike in Reviews

From Musique Machine:

XV Parówek – Waiting for the match to end
XV Parówek is a polish sound, noise and experimental artists who’s been creating work since 1994, so far amassing over 40 releasers. And the most impressive thing about Waiting for the match to end is that you can’t tie into just one genre there are elements of; noise, burnt out electroinca, broken and smashed avant rock elements and field recordings.

The Skull Defekts – Drone drug
Drone drug is one of the most unforgiving, barren and pained things The Skull Defekts have birthed yet. As the title suggest this is all about drones -but the drones used here have no nice calming or melodic qualites these are painful, pressing, neo hurting and general electro jarring and intense.

Moljebka Pvlse/Seventeen Migs of Spring – Ravha/Electricity Garden

This split release between Sweden’s Moljebka Pvlse and Israel’s Seventeen Migs of spring seems to revolve around the concept that electricity is an enveloping part of our environment, in all but the most remote regions of our planet. The artists choose one unifying factor to make their point, which is field recordings, but overall the two use divergent means of expression.

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AEON Music

Posted: July 31, 2008 by Mike in Releases

AEON is a French label featuring experimental music. Their recent releases include:

Mikko Innanen – F60.8
Verneri Pohjola / Joonas Riippa – Michelin Star
Aki Rissanen РLa Lumi̬re noire

Ligeti Profiled

Posted: July 31, 2008 by Mike in Artist Profile

Gyorgy Ligeti and his music are profiled.

Ligeti had his own singular and unpredictable parameters. Sometimes he’s almost alarmingly funny, other times mesmerizing, uncanny, hyperbolic, touching, ironic—all the good stuff music used to do. It’s characteristic of his individualism and rapport with the past that as a nominal “experimental” composer, he could bring it all off.

Magna Carter

Posted: July 31, 2008 by Mike in Performances, Reviews

This site features a long series of blog posts reviewing recent Elliott Carter performances.

Creative Music Works Concert

Posted: July 31, 2008 by Mike in Performances

Creative Music Works has an upcoming show that is not yet announced on their web site.

Creative Music Works and The Lab At Belmar Presents.

Who: The Bottesini Project

Bottesini:

Paul Riola: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Executive Producer
Mark Harris: Alto Saxophone (Hamster Theater, Thinking Plague)
Carrie Beeder: Violin (Bela Karoli, The Wheel)
Mark Clifford: Vibraphone (The Playground)
Glenn Taylor: Pedal Steel (Ginger Baker, Ron miles, Nels Cline)
Doug Anderson: Bass (County Road X, Art Lande)
Chris Lee: Drums (Joe Henderson, Gary Peacock, Primal Mates)

Artist Website: Paul Riola’s Bottesini Project

When: August 9th, 2008

Where: The Lab At Belmar
404 S Upham St.
Lakewood, CO 80226

Time: Doors 7:30 Show 8.

Tickets: $10/General $8/Creative Music Works Members

The Bottesini Project

Paul Riola:

Saxophonist Paul Riola hails originally from Denver Colorado, but spent 12 years living and playing in Portland Oregon. It was in Portland that Paul had the opportunity to work with the likes of Rob Blakeslee, Michael Vlaktovich, Steve Mackay , Moe Staiano and the Moe!kestra! and Chad Hensels Inquisition Ensemble.

Paul currently is involved in various creative projects and collaborations in the region; including, a commissioned film score currently on exhibition at The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar, and co-curator for music for The Clyfford Still Museum.

Bottesini

The guiding principle of this ensemble is to create a collective of Denver and International musicians dedicated to free improvisation. Every Bottesini performance will be an entirely unique musical experience which will draw upon a multitude of musical genres and landscapes. In each coming performance various instrumentation and personnel changes will become the norm. You can expect to see some of the most talented and proficient musicians from around the world in all future Bottesini performances.

Each performance of Bottesini will focus strongly on a programmatic approach to free improvisation. The intent of this approach is to create musical landscapes with inherent form and structure; thus, lending the impression of composed rehearsed music.

Past Performances and recording sessions have included some of the finest improvisers from around the country including:

Paul Riola: Saxophones/Leader Nels Cline: Guitar (Nels Cline Singers, Wilco) Ron Miles: Cornet (Bill Frisell) Janet Feder: Guitar (Fred Frith) Tony Jefferson: Drums (Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson) Mark Harris: Saxophones (Hamster Theater, Fred Hess) Doug Anderson: Bass (County Road X, Art Lande, Erik Deutsch) Glenn Taylor: Pedal Steel (Ginger Baker, County Road X) Eric Moon: Keyboards (Bjork) Greg Harris: Vibes (Future Jazz Project) Keenan Wayne: Bass (Sutro) Richard Von Foerster: Cello (Colorado Ballet Orchestra) Dave Devine: Guitar (Ron Miles, The Czars) Roger Green: Guitar (Ron Miles, The Czars) Justin Gitlin (CacheFlowe): Laptop Art Lande: Piano and Drums (Jan Garberek, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw) Scott Amendola: Drums (Nels Cline Singers, Primus) Jeff Parker: Guitar (Tortoise, Isotope 217) DJ Olive: Turntables (Sonic Youth, MMW, John Zorn) Colin Bricker: Laptop and Guitar (Cowhause, Glenn Taylor Orchestra, Birdy) Farrell Lowe: Guitar Ernie Crews: Drums

ISSUE Project Room: Second Half of August

Posted: July 31, 2008 by Mike in Performances

The second half of August at the ISSUE Project Room:

Thursday August 21st
magda mayas

Magda Mayas is a pianist and curator currently based in Berlin, Germany. Mayas studied jazz and improvisation at Universität der Künste, Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2001 under Misha Mengelberg and completed a diploma at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under Georg Graewe in 2005.
During this time she began developing a specific set of techniques for inside-piano performance. Mayas has concentrated her musical investigations on the piano and its sonic possibilities, utilizing extended techniques, amplification and preparations as a process of abstraction, whilst focusing on the physicality of both internal and external parts of the piano.
As a continuation of this research Mayas founded the festival Tasten-Berliner Klaviertage featuring contemporary and innovative approaches for the piano. Mayas performs internationally in a variety of roles as interpreter, solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers: in a duo with Tony Buck, in the trio Phono Phono with Michael Renkel and Sabine Vogel, the Quartet Mayas/Nutters/ Olsen/Glavez and as part of the Amsterdam based N-Collective. She has appeared in various festivals including The Total Music Meeting, Konfrontationen and Festival of Exiles. Over the years Mayas has performed with many leading figures in improvisation such as Johannes Bauer, Wilbert de Joode, Steve Heather, Annette Krebs, Christoph Kurzmann, Andy Moore, Thomas Lehn,Tristan Honsinger, Frank Gratkowski and Michael Moore.

http://www.myspace.com/antheacaddyandmagdamayas
http://www.n-collective.com
http://www.tasten.org

8pm $10

Saturday August 23rd
asher thal-nir brendan murray richard garet

This event will consist of a collaborative aural and visual live performance between Boston artists’ Asher Thal-Nir and Brendan Murray, and NYC artist Richard Garet. The show will range from combinations of solo, pair, and trio groups exploring the interconnected dialogue of improvised live sound and video performance. The sound presence will focus on exploring different parameters affecting the listening experience by ranging from quadraphonic to the full spectrum of the ISSUE Project Room’s 15 channel speaker system. The sound can be expected to range from computer processing, micro-tonal, minimal drone, phonography, phenomena found by live-room-sampling, and self-generated sounds. The live moving image will vary from an optical-sensory-overload color field exploring light phenomena, to static and minimal recorded footage.

Asher Thal-Nir is an artist living and working in Somerville, Massachusetts. His sound work is composed using recordings of acoustic and electronic instruments, location recordings and found recordings which are combined and processed in various ways. His work has been published online and on disk by Con-V, Leerraum [ ], Mystery Sea, The Land Of, Laboratoire Moderne, Winds Measure, Transparent Radiation, Term. And Homophoni, with upcoming solo and collaborative releases on Einzeleinheit, Leerraum [ ], and/OAR, Gears of Sand, Room40, and Sourdine. For additional info visit: http://www.myspace.com/asherthalnir

Brendan Murray is a self-taught musician living in Somerville, MA. He has actively recorded and performed with electronics since 1999. He regards his music as a balance between spontaneous sound making and compositional rigor, with an emphasis on drones and repetition. He records and processes instruments and tapes until all traces of instrumentality are blurred, leaving only large blocks of pure sound. He has recorded four full-length CDs, four cdrs and two cassettes for various record labels in the United States and Europe. Murray has also toured extensively throughout the United States as a solo performer and as a member of various improvising ensembles. He is actively involved with long distance collaborations with musicians and sound artists such as Seth Nehil, Richard Garet and Chuck Bettis. He is also a founding member of the group Ouest, with longtime friends and collaborators Jay Sullivan and Howard Stelzer. Other activities include playing drums and guitar in the rock band Paper Summer, composing music for film and occasionally presenting a concert series in the Boston area; “Uppercase Sound”, which features upcoming and established electronic musicians from New England. Published Works (solo): Not Now CD, create-transmit records (US), 2001–“Garden” 3 inch CDR, Kissy (US) 2002–Animation CDR, naninani recordings (FR), 2002–Resting Places CD, Sedimental Recordings (US) 2005–Everybody Wants @e Tide CDR, Audiobot (Belgium) 2005–Ocean Of Dirt, Mountain Of Steam CDR, Gameboy (US/JP) 2006–Wonders Never Cease CD, Intransitive Recordings (US) 2006–Due Locations CS, Long Long Chaney (IT) 2007–Scared In My Heart CS, Twonicorn (US) 2007–Commonwealth CD, 23Five Recordings (US) 2008. Forthcoming works: The Cold Piano, Students Of Decay CDR 2008–Fondness CD, Students of Decay 2008–N175 (Music for Mixed Instruments and Electronics) CD. Collaborative Recordings: “The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces” with Howard Stelzer on VARIIOUS compilation, Intransitive Recordings, 2000–The Please “Breakfast” 3 inch CDR , Chewtoy/Chloe Recordings 2004, The Please is: Mike Bullock, Linda Aubry Bullock and Brendan Murray–Sillage with Seth Nehil CD Sedimental Recordings 2007–Of Distance CD with Richard Garet, 2008. Soundtracks: HUMAN HEART EXPLODES d. Matt Orefice, 2006. Color NTSC video, 90 minutes. With Katt Hernandez (violin), Mike Bullock (contrabass) and Vic Rawlings (cello). For additional info visit: http://www.brendanmurray.com

Richard Garet is a sound and video artist. He is interested in the phenomena found and produced in aural and visual time-based media, in nature’s processes, and human beings’ relationship with both artificial and natural environments. Garet explores the it-referential, communicational, and sensory characteristics of the various media he utilizes. Additionally, he focuses on the investigation of aural and visual spatial-contexts, relational structures, process, materiality, and form. Even though Garet’s work suits the standard gallery setting, many of his other activities as an artist explore the various practices of experimental sound and video performance. All of these modes are additional ways in which Garet’s work exposes the audience to visual and physical acoustic sensory perception. Richard Garet has collaborated in the past with artists Andy Graydon, Gill Arno, Ben Owen, Gil Sanson, and Andre Goncalves through the EA collective. He has also collaborated with Brendan Murray, Shimpei Takeda, Sawako, Chica Ijima, Bruce Tovsky, Bruce Mcclure, Adam Kendall, Jeremy Slater, Peter Eudenbach, Wolfgang Von Stürmer, Zimoun, Zach Layton, and Aaron Kadoch. His discography include works such as • L’avenir” (solo), and the compiler • V-P V-F is V-N 7″ compilation series, 7001, have been released in 4/2008 by the NYC, based label WINDS MEASURE RECORDINGS. Also the Austrian label NON VISUAL OBJECTS released in 07/2007 • Extract: Portraits of Sound Artists–22 various artists: Book and Double CD cat# nvo_11, in 12/2006 • Intrinsic Motion–CD (Solo) cat# nvo _008, and in 10/2005 • TERRITORIUM–CD (Compiler) cat# nvo_004. In 2008 Richard Garet has lined up a series of forthcoming releases such as • Four (solo) / Double CD — AND/OAR – Seattle, Washington, USA, • Antonioni: Trilogy & Epilogue (compilation) — AND/OAR – Seattle, Washington, USA, • Winter (Solo) / DVD Audio Surround 4.0 — Leerraum, Switzerland, and a collaborative release • Of Distance, Richard Garet and Brendan Murray, UNFRAMED RECORDINGS, NYC, USA. Richard Garet’s collaborative past releases include • Balancing Act with Controlled Dynamics / EA (collective) 2006 — WINDS MEASURE RECORDINGS – NYC, USA, and the 03/2008 online release • Balancing Act with Controlled Dynamics: Take Two / EA (collective) CON-V, Madrid, Spain. For additional info visit: http://www.richardgaret.com

8pm $10

Wednesday August 27th
silver hauches – circumstantial guitars

SILVER HAUNCHES (a band with dance) was formed to serve as bridge between the parallel cultures of DIY “contemporary” dance and “independent” music. Being from both these worlds Steven Reker is trying to see how they might take cues from one another to inform workand sustainability. In this project Tei Blow, Marilyn Maywald and he are experimenting with music as a circumstantial element in the environment of unrelated dancing through prepared guitars. The guitars and sounds they produce will act as a kind barometer for the atmosphere established by the dancers. There will also be a set of songs that were generated through the lens of music as gesture/movement.

Free Jazz

Posted: July 30, 2008 by Mike in Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Monday, July 28, 2008
Paulo Curado – The Bird, The Breeze And Mr. Filiano (Clean Feed, 2008) ****

Sunday, July 27, 2008
Phantom Orchard – Orra (Tzadik, 2008) ****

Friday, July 25, 2008
Sabir Mateen – Other Places Other Spaces (Nu Bop, 2008) ****