Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Aidan Baker, I Fall into You (Basses Frequences)
The newly-remastered version of a set originally recorded by Aidan Baker on a simple four-track cassette and released on CDR label Public Eyesore in 2002. Cleverly and deservedly re-released to reach the growing audience for Aidan Baker´s quality material. The delicate looping and sophisticated… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:07, 30 Jan 2009

Various Artists, Music for Museums (2 CD Kwan Yin)
Like Brian Eno´s ground-breaking but seldom-used “Music for Airports”, this two CD set was designed for play not only in a specific site – the museum – but in specific rooms in that structure – the lobby, gallery, bookshop, cafe, and even the bathroom. The printed instructions (again echoing Eno)… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:03, 30 Jan 2009

Laurent Jeanneau, Soundscape China (Kwan Yin)
A crazy quilt of sounds from mainland China. “A mix of original field recordings, ethnic minorities in Yannun, TV, scratched Chineses CDs”, often long, unbroken chunks, processed in 2001 and 2002 by Laurent Jeanneau, also known as Kink Gong. Morning exercise programes, instructions and political… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:01, 30 Jan 2009

John R. Carlson, Recollections (3″ CDR Parvoart)
Same evocative cover photography, same Bechstein C piano, all the same parameters as his first three-inch release some months earlier on this label (and reviewed here:, but now with Oliver Sonntag adding percussion on two tracks. Nothing has been prearranged… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:55, 28 Jan 2009

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Ulrich Krieger at Lampo

From Chicago’s Lampo:

FEB 7 9pm
Something loud, then quiet, then loud again from Ulrich Krieger, German saxophonist, in his hotly anticipated Chicago debut.

At Lampo he presents “R.A.W.”—a new solo program for amplified tenor sax and live electronics. Sub-bass drones, sharp noise attacks, saxophone-controlled pitched feedback, noise and extended playing techniques, ranging from thick wall-of-sound to sparse reductionism. He calls his style of playing “acoustic electronics,” using sounds that appear to be electronic, but that are really produced on acoustic instruments and then sometimes electronically treated.

Ulrich Krieger (b. 1962, Freiburg, Germany) is a composer, performer, improviser and experimental rock musician. His main instruments are saxophones, clarinets, didgeridoo and electronics. He is perhaps best known for transcribing Lou Reed‘s “Metal Machine Music” for the chamber orchestra zeitkratzer in 2002. As a member of that ensemble he also has performed noise music by Merzbow, Zbigniew Karkowski and John Duncan, scored for and faithfully reproduced by classical instruments. Additional projects include the John Cage-focused quartet A Cage of Saxophones; and Text of Light, a group including Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht and Christian Marclay that improvises soundtracks to avant-garde films. Other collaborations include Phill Niblock, Kasper T. Toeplitz and LaMonte Young. Since 2007 he has lived in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the CalArts music faculty.

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

From the Times:

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + 3 (Saturday) Michael Musillami, a guitarist firmly entrenched in the contemporary avant-garde, unveils material from a forthcoming release, featuring not only his working trio but also the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum.

SEAN NOONAN (Monday) Mr. Noonan, a drummer and composer drawn to global fusions, celebrates the release of his new album, “Boxing Dreams” (Songlines), with some help from the guitarist Aram Bajakian and the bassist Tim Dahl. At 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 539-8778,; cover, $12 in advance; $15 at the door, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

EIVIND OPSVIK OVERSEAS (Sunday) Eivind Opsvik is a bassist with an experimental streak but also a deep connection to melody, as he demonstrates with this working band, which includes Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Jacob Sacks on keyboards and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

PETE ROBBINS (Sunday and Thursday) Mr. Robbins, an alto saxophonist, works with two different groups in the coming week, each an outlet for his progressive whims. On Sunday he leads Silent Z, an electro-acoustic band that includes Jesse Neuman on trumpet and electronics, Mike Gamble on guitar, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Then on Thursday he teams up with Mr. Sorey and the bassist Mario Pavone for a more freeform trio exchange. Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. Thursday at 8 p.m., Dakar Café, 285 Grand Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 398-8900,; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)

MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO (Tuesday) “Harmonic Disorder” (Thirsty Ear), an intriguing new album by Matthew Shipp, puts his shape-shifting pianism in contact with a rhythm section consisting of Joe Morris on bass and Whit Dickey on drums. They’re regrouping here to celebrate the album’s release. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $20.

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Upcoming Weasel Walter Events

The latest from the head of the Flying Luttenbachers.

Henry Kaiser/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter CD
the most extreme guitar playing from this legendary guitar improviser in decades mated with the Bay Area’s most intense rhythm section. one half Sharrock/Takayanagi one half SME Biosystems!

Weasel Walter Quintet
Feb 9 – Berkeley – Ivy Room
Simon Rose/Scott Looney/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter
Feb 22 – San Francisco – Musicians Union
Weasel Walter + personnel TBA
March 1 – Chicago – Hungry Brain
Mary Halvorson/Weasel Walter
March 7 – Brooklyn – Zebulon
Darius Jones/Evan Lipson/Weasel Walter
March 9 – Philadelphia – venue tba
Ava Mendoza/Devin Hoff/Weasel Walter
March 16 – Sacramento – Java Lounge
Sheik Anorak/Weasel Walter
high energy gtr/drum improvisations
as heard on recent 10″ split with Les Aus/Lydia Lunch on Gaffer Records
april 30 – Paris – venue tba
may 1 – Nantes – festival venue tba
may 2 -Bordeaux – La Centrale
may 3 – Clermont Ferrand – Raymond bar
may 4 -Lyon – Grnd zero
may 5 – Genève – cave12
Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans
ridiculously virtuosoic improvisations at light speed
May 6 – Paris – Les Instants Chavires
May 7 – Wurzburg? or area (need help!)
May 8 – Bielefeld or Berlin? (need help!)
May 9 – Graz – Lendwirbel Festival
May 10 – Vienna – The Rhiz
May 11 – Slovenia/Croatia/Budapest tbc
Marco Eneidi/Weasel Walter
May 12 – Vienna – Celeste
May 13 – need show Slovenia/Croatia?
May 14 – need show Slovenia/Croatia?
Evan Parker/Peter Evans/Weasel Walter
May 21 – London – tbc
more dates before May 21 in/around London tbc with diff. personnel?

Creative Differences 2009 in Baltimore

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Creative Differences and An Die Musik Live team up for this show.

Creative Differences 2009 presents a performance from international jazz trio Anker/Mori/Courvoisier, featuring Lotte Anker on saxophone, Ikue Mori on electronics and Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, at An die Musik Live on Saturday at 8 p.m. Their 2008 release, “Alien Huddle,” combined jazz and modern classical influences, topping many critics’ lists for 2008.

Anker, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, has studied with Joe Henderson, David Liebman, John Tchicai, David Murray and Bob Brookmeyer. Mori moved from Tokyo to New York in 1977, and in the ’80s began to employ drum machines within the context of improvised music. Courvoisier was born and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland, and moved to Brooklyn in 1998. She has played and recorded with John Zorn, Joey Baron, Tony Oxley, Yusef Lateef, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, Mark Dresser and Fred Frith, among others.

An die Musik Live is located at 409 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit

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John Zorn Book Review

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PopMatters reviews a new book on Zorn.

Where does one start in analyzing the career of John Zorn? The avant-garde composer and saxophone player is among music’s most daring and productive artists, yet very few serious studies of his work have been attempted. Dissecting his work is like peeling back the layers of some sacred esoteric text. Speculating on its meanings and motives requires a level of skill and knowledge that rivals the man himself, and the work, densely layered and replete with references is a challenge to even the most learned musical and cultural scholars. It threatens to expose the observer’s shortcomings, and one must be willing to risk being consumed by the dark, cabalistic world Zorn has created around his art.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Tunnels – On a Body of Nothing But Radiance

The Tunnels is a one man project by Nicholas Samuel Bindeman, known for his participation in Jackie-O-Motherfucker. This cd-r is a re-release of a tape, and to the best of my knowledge, it’s a couple of years old. The disc is self-released in a tiny edition, and is presumably self-labeled by Bindeman in black marker. This is the third artist associated with JOMF that I’ve have the pleasure of listening to, who were also at one time on the YarnLazer cd-r label. Honey Owens, aka Valet, and Adam Forkner‘s White Rainbow both produced very fine and very divergent psychedelic music for the label (and for Kranky Records as well.). Bindeman’s music is slightly more “rock” than the aforementioned artists, yet his music is no less intriguing.

Pee-pee – Catile Jackine Is Vooded At Broonus Mousin:Vol 1
Pee-pee brew up a very quirky, often highly tuneful & addictive cocktail of folk/rock, indie pop & lo-fi electronics. Managing to stay gloriously lop-side and wonky yet surprisingly at the same time highly approachable and basically a hell of a lot of fun.

Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig – Nada Terma
Nada Terma is a rich, exotic and mysterious eastern tinged ambient ride that brings together ethic percussionist Byron Metcalf, Bansuri flutist and Dilruba player Mark Seelig and ambient explorer Steve Roach.

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New Releases From ReR Megacorp

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A detailed update from ReR Megacorp:


In 1922 Arseni Avraamov composed and conducted a visionary public sound event, activating the entire port city of Baku: its factory sirens, the ships horns of the entire Caspian flotilla, two batteries of artillery, several full infantry regiments, trucks, seaplanes, 25 steam locomotives, an array of pitched whistles and several massive choirs. Constantly referenced but forever lost, this extraordinary event is here painstakingly reconstructed and spatialised to approximate the original experience. Plus 39 other priceless sound works, including the legendary Victory over the Sun and other lost DOCUMENTs of Malevich, Dziga Vertov, Nikolai Foregger & his Orchestra of Noises, Sergei Prokofiev, El Lissitsky, Velimir Khlebnikov, Ivan Ignatyev & The Ego Futurist Group, Mikhail Matiushin, Alexei Kruchenykh, Georgi Yakoulov, Konstantin Melnikov, Igor Severyanin, Vasilisk Gnedov, Vladimir Kasyanov & The Futurist Circle, David Burliuk, Elena Guro, Olga Rozanova, H2SO4 Group, Simon Chikovani, The Nothingists, Vasily Kandinsky, Danil Harms, Igor Terent ev, Mikhail Larionov, The Psycho-futurists group, Vasily Kamensky, Varvara Stepanova and Roman Jakobson.

CD2: Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 1930 is possibly Dziga Vertov s most revolutionary achievement: a symphony of abstract industrial noise for which a specially designed giant mobile recording system was constructed it weighed over a ton in order to capture the din of mines, furnaces and factories. For Vertov, the introduction of sound film didn t mean talkies, but the opportunity to collage, montage and splice together constructions of pure environmental noise. In addition, this CD collects together for the first time a definitive library of original sound DOCUMENTs from the Russian Avantgarde: contemporary recordings of Alexander Mossolov, Julius Meytuss, Roman Jakobson, Velimir Khlebnikov, Alexei Kruchenykh, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lili Brik, David Burliuk, Sergei Esenin, Vasily Kamensky, Semen Kirsanov, V.I. Lenin, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Alexandra Kollontay, Leon Trotsky, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelshtam, Ilya Ehrenburg, Marina Tsvetaeva, Naum Gabo, Noton Pevsner and Dmitri Shostakovich.

BOOK: A comprehensive overview of the complexity and breadth of the many early C20 Russian avantgarde movements, followed by detailed notes and contexts for the individual recordings – including summary biographies of the main actors; additional work notes about the process of the extraordinary Baku reconstruction; a bibliography, rare photographs, web research links, artwork, facsimiles of contemporary DOCUMENTs, a comparative timeline of European and Russian Avantgardes and the first English translation of an article by Avraamov about the symphony. This is a definitive library collection, some seven years in the making and possibly our most important release of recent years.

Henry Cow Box

HENRY COW: 40th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET – VOL 1 – 5 CDs , box, book

9 CDs and 1 DVD with 2 substantial books – in two solid Boxes. LIMITED EDITION.

Assembled over 15 years, this collection gives for the first time some idea of the breadth and depth of Henry Cow s work. Always very much a live band, performance was their metier, and a concert might range far – always driven by an intense dialogue between tightly knit compositions and radically OPEN improvisation. The officially released LPs tell at best only half this story, and one purpose of this definitive collection is to set the work back into its broader context. These are all previously unreleased recordings, that include many compositions and improvisations new to anyone who only knows the official releases, DOCUMENTation of a number of one-off projects and events and – where different or remarkable enough to justify inclusion – live versions of parts of the LP repertoire. Many of these recordings are high quality radio transcriptions taken directly from the original masters, others are less hi-fi, but justified we think by their historic and musical quality. And everything has been carefully transferred and re-mastered by Bob Drake to the best audio quality that current technology allows without interference or tampering.

MARTUSCIELLO, ELIO: To extend the visibility DVD

In a limited Edition of 2000 numbered copies this DVD comes in a threefold art DVD case with a full colour 48 page book offereng substantial exegetical essays (in English and Italian) by Tim Hodgkinson and Sebastiano Giacobello) and additional artwork by Ale Sordi and Ester Curcio. It s is a fully integrated electronic composition/animation exploring and aestheticising the contemporary fact of the digital unification of visual and aural data. It is also a meditation on the earth, its fragility, order, chaos, art and hubris. In six explorations, using all manner of digital processing techniques Elio animates abstract sequences of imagery derived from satellite pictures of our beleaguered planet and a mixture of concrete and synthetic – always highly composed and processed – sound. It is neither a film with soundtrack nor a composition with pictures but rather a contribution to a still unfamiliar medium, a rather demanding medium. Essentially it is a domestic installation, or the C21 multimedia version of a small print edition.

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Editions Mego Releases

Out on Editions

BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa: Man From Deep River CD
Lucio Capece & Mika Vainio: Trahnie CD
Tochnit Aleph reissue – special CDR packaged in LP cover the first POP (Zbigniew Karkowski & Peter Rehberg) album.
Anthony Pateras & Robin Fox: End Of Daze CD

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Vision Collaboration Nights in February

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From the Vision Festival people:

Vision Collaboration Nights 2009
at the Living Theatre
February 18-21, 2009

Vision Collaboration Nights

Date and Time:
February 18-21

The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton
Take the F to Delancey or JMZ to Essex

$15 in advance, $20 at the door and $15 students/seniors

Full Info:
tel: 212.254.5420
New York, NY – Arts for Art presents avantjazz dance and music with improvisation at the Vision Collaboration Nights. This unique festival allows for collaborations between innovative dancer/choreographers collaborating with New York’s top musicians thereby shedding new light on the experience of dance. Bringing the arts together, we believe moves forward the creativity in dance through challenging common expectations.

Wednesday, February 18
7:30 DASSdance: Daniel Wilkins and Christina Cooley, dance / William Parker, bass
8:00 Ehizoje Azeke, dance / Cooper Moore, hand crafted instruments
8:30 Miriam Parker, dance / Jason Kao Hwang, violin / Todd Nicholson, bass
9:00 Tony Malaby‘s Tamarindo: Tony Malaby, tenor sax / William Parker, bass / Nasheet Waits, drums

Thursday, February 19
7:30 The Age of the Bitter Chocolate: Sonia Portugal, dance / David Moss, bass
8:00 Miriam Parker, dance / Jason Kao Hwang, violin / Todd Nicholson, bass
8:30 A Moment Before: Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias, dance / Todd Nicholson, bass
9:00 Jason Kao Hwang/EDGE: Jason Kao Hwang, violin and viola; Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet and flugelhorn; Ken Filiano, bass; Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Friday, February 20
7:30 Moving Stillness: Akim Funk Buddha, dance / Saco Yasuma, alto sax and flute
8:00 DASSdance: Daniel Wilkins and Christina Cooley, dance / William Parker, bass
8:30 A Moment Before: Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias, dance / Todd Nicholson, bass
9:00 Cooper Moore Duo: Cooper Moore, hand crafted instruments / Willie Applewhite, trombone

Saturday, February 21
7:30 Cooper Moore, hand crafted instruments / Tony Malaby, tenor sax / Charles Gayle, tenor sax / William Parker, bass / Nasheet Waits, drums
9:00 Patricia Nicholson’s A State of Mind: dancers: Miriam Parker, Daniel Wilkins, Jason Jordan, Julian Barnett; musicians: Cooper Moore, Charles Gayle, and William Parker

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