Sonomu Reviews


From Sonomu:

Rapoon, Time Frost (Glacial Movements)
As Rapoon, Robin Storey can assume a number of guises. His audio work can be so dark as to be toxic, oily dark, nightmares of industry, fresh hells. He can also toss varied-coloured tiles at the wall and create wonderful and byzantine mosaics which range in mood from giddy to threatening. Good…
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:43, 30 Oct 2008

Cameron Wood, Three Thoughts on C Tuning (CDR Winter)
Cameron Wood is a true do-it-yourselfer, from the playing and recording to the cover insert and typewritten liner notes, which state that he recorded this mini-album on his day off and edited it the following weekend. After being lulled into believing we´re in for a half hour of lazy, lo-fi… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:31, 30 Oct 2008

Mathieu Ruhlman & Celer, Mesoscaphe (Spekk)
We are so fascinated by the way sound makes its way through water, its physics so familiar yet so foreign, so alien but close by. And of course aside from the vastness of outer space, the element is the primary metaphor for the entire genre of ambient music. “Underwater” has of course been done… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:26, 30 Oct 2008

Marissa Nadler, Songs III: Bird on the Water (Peacefrog)
Marissa Nadler sings like a girl Bob Dylan might have created and longingly described on an album like “Blood on the Tracks”. She´s fascinating, she´s intelligent, she´s attractive, she´s utterly unique, but words will never really succeed in capturing her true essence. Instead you should just… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:15, 30 Oct 2008

Naoki Ishida, Tone Redust (Quasi Pop)
The Japanese artist Murakami has a theory about the current state of his own culture, which can easily be extended to cover any Western society. He calls it “superflat” and means that his fellow citizens are refusing to grow up and deal with reality, instead drifting along in a state of empty… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:11, 27 Oct 2008

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Lukas Ligeti at Portland Eye and Ear Control


From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

11/10/08 – Lukas Ligeti
Lukas Ligeti – NYC percussionist
MONDAY, 11/10/08
8pm
JaceGace (www.jacegace.com)
2045 SE Belmont
donations {please} (suggested $5)

*Also Check out:

–Lukas Ligeti’s Workshop
–at Portland State University
–Monday afternoon
–3-430pm (location to be announced)

“Composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti is developing a style of music uniquely his own, drawing upon Downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa…. Oblivious to categorizations such as “classical”, “pop”, etc., Lukas’ main interests include cultural exchange, new forms of interplay between musicians in an ensemble, polyrhythms/polytempo structures, and non-tempered tunings, and his music ranges from the through-composed to the free-improvised. Other major sources of inspiration include experimental mathematics, computer technology, architecture and visual art, sociology and politics, and traveling…. His concert music has been commissioned by Bang on a Can, the Vienna Festwochen, Ensemble Modern, Kronos Quartet, Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger, the American Composers Forum, New York University, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Company, Radio France, and many others; he has also composed for dance, film, and installation.”

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Mario Pavone at Iridium in January


From Improvised Communications:

On Wednesday, January 7th, acclaimed bassist/composer Mario Pavone and his newest working ensemble, the Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet, will celebrate the release of their November debut, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings), with a two-set performance at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club. The group features saxophonists Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene, pianist Peter Madsen and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Pavone will also perform in New York a few days earlier on Friday, January 2nd at Cornelia Street Cafe with the sextet featured on his 2006 release, Deez To Blues (Playscape Recordings).

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Nil Rolnick at Roulette


Neil Rolnick appears at New York’s Roulette:

Neil Rolnick is joined by pianist Kathleen Supove and violinist Jennifer Choi. The program will include Fiddle Faddle for violin & computer, Digits for piano & computer, Hammer & Hair, a large scale acoustic piece for violin and piano, Uptown Jump, with trio MAYA (Sato Moughalian, flute, Jacqueline Kerrod, harp, John Hadfield, percussion) as well as solo laptop pieces.

Since he moved to New York City in 2002, Neil Rolnick’s music has been receiving increasingly wide recognition and numerous performances both in the US and abroad. A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late 1970s, Rolnick has often included unexpected and unusual combinations of materials and media in his music. He has performed around the world, and his music has appeared on 13 CD’s. Though much of Rolnick’s work has been in areas which connect music and technology, and is therefore considered in the realm of “experimental” music, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, improvisation, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.” Works completed in 2007 include Hammer & Hair for violinist Todd Reynolds and pianist Kathleen Supové; Love Songs for the Albany Symphony, with soloists Theo Bleckmann and Todd Reynolds; and The Bridge for the Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire ensemble. In 2006 Rolnick completed the iFiddle Concerto for the American Composers Orchestra, with soloist Todd Reynolds, which was premiered in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2006 he also wrote Uptown Jump for the trio MAYA, and Segal’s Billboard for harpist Jacquiline Kerrod, and Innova Recordings released his 13th CD, Digits, which received enthusiastic reviews in the
New York Times and in Time Out New York.

Rolnick teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios

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Arkestra Flying Into UConn’s Halloween


Marshall Allen
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A chance to see the Arkestra tonight:

Under the direction of Marshall Allen, the great avant-garde alto saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/composer and apostolic successor of Sun Ra, who died in 1993, the Arkestra celebrates Halloween with its cosmic jazz and comic pizazz Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Connecticut’s von der Mehden Recital Hall on the Storrs campus.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews


From Free Jazz:

Monday, October 27, 2008
The Antripodean Collective – Funcalls (Extreme, 2008) ***½
The Antripodean Collective – The Massacre Of The Egos (Extreme, 2008) ****
Carl Testa – Uncertainty (Uncertainty Music, 2008) ***½

Sunday, October 26, 2008
Elephant9 – Dodovoodoo (Rune Grammofon, 2008) ****

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