DMG reviews this year’s Vision Fest.
Tuesday, June 9th got off to great start with an Opening Invocation featuring Patricia Nicholson doing voice and dance, William Parker on gimbri (4-string African bass) and Hamid Drake on frame drum. Ms. Nicholson is the Vision Fest’s main organizer and the epicenter of good vibes that flow through every Vision Fest that I’ve attended, which is all of them. This was a perfect opening with a ritualistic vibe. Patricia chanted, “Change is Coming” and this is something we can all agree with.
From Detroit’s Bohemian Home:
Rescheduled! Tues. 7/14: Le Fanfare du Belgistan
This 7 peice brass band from Belgium performs a mixture of Balkan and gypsy brass music, with some overtones of the music of the middle east. Most of the tempos are fast and true to the music’s roots as a dance genre, but the group also throws in some heady treats for those who just want to rock in their seats.
Date Correction! Thurs. 7/30: Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone
Two of the finest young musicians to come along in recent years, Mary (guitar) and Jessica (violin, viola) run the gamut from performing in Anthony Braxton’s groups to playing soft, original folk music. Their daunting technique and experimental leanings are put to the service of an eclecticism that eschews the divisions of genre and just lets music be music. Mary has been called the most important guitarist of her generation.
8/6: Alasdair Roberts
Glasgow based singer/guitarist Alsadir Roberts started off playing in the experimental leaning group Appendix Out, but these days he mostly plays music inspired by the folk traditions of the British Isles. He has numerous release on the Drag City label and has been a collaborator with Will Oldham, who produced his third solo record, a collection of traditional British ballads.
NEW DATE! 9/28: Huun Huur Tu
As opposed to our picks of the week post, the data below was gathered from logs at http://www.last.fm. I’ve culled through them to determine the albums released so far in 2009 that have garnered the most listens. Thus, this list is fairly representative of not just what is appreciated here at AMN Central, but also what we keep listening to. I’m somewhat surprised by the results, as a lot of releases that I liked quite a bit at first blush have received relatively few listens. Need to work on that…
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Infernal Machines
Henry Cow – Vol. 1: Beginnings
Nels Cline – Coward
Univers Zero – Relaps: Archives 1984-1986
Quartet Offensive – Carnivore
John Zorn – Filmworks XXII The Last Supper
John Hébert – Byzantine Monkey
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Winterwood
Land Of Kush – Against the Day
Maurizo Bianchi – A M.B. Lehn Tale
Michaël Attias – Credo
James Blackshaw – The Glass Bead Game
Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone – Thin Air
Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature
Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward
Alex Cline – Continuation
From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
10:00PM | Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
Record Release Concert for “The Disappointment of Parsley” (NOT TWO Records)
PLUS | DJ Sets: Kent Kessler spins Recent Favorites
Sunday, 5 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Keefe Jackson Ensemble
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
10:00PM | Williams/Levin
Mars Williams – reeds
Daniel Levin – cello
11:00PM | Levin/Kimmel/Riordan
Daniel Levin – cello
Jeff Kimmel – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett spins Radio Dada, Side A
Thursday, 9 July 2009
10:00PM | Stein/Baker/Abrams
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jim Baker – piano
Josh Abrams – bass
Sunday, 12 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Herculaneum
Nick Broste – trombone
Greg Danek – bass
David McDonnell – alto saxophone, clarinet
Patrick Newbery – trumpet
Dylan Ryan – drums, vibraphone
From Greenleaf Music. Remember, you can listen to these full albums for free.
Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy
Douglas’ first studio album in 3 years is now available in multiple packaging options. Stream the full album at the Spirit Moves page.
Michael Bates’ Outside Sources
Live In New York
The 4th volume of our Paperback Series. Available exclusively at our webstore.
From DC’s Sonic Circuits:
Wednesday July 1
Doors 730pm Music 8pm SHARP
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front
Liz Meredith is a violist, improviser, and composer originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her music is improvisatory in nature, and frequently moves towards the outer limits of musical genres, providing a delicate, faint, beautifully ephemeral connection between visual imagery and music performance. She works primarily with strings, found sounds, and electronics for wonderfully anarchic compositions that feel like shattered chamber sonatas splattered with loud samples of the everyday ranging into more source divorced abstract drone compositions. sounds and otherwise can be found at myspace.com/lizmeredith, as well as http://www.lizmeredith.com
Vsls is the nom de plume of San Francisco composer and sound artist Travis Johns. Using a combination of processed field recordings, sine wave oscillators and analog electronics, he attempts to weave textural tapestries of gestures, thoughts and experiences into a singular mass of infinite sonic possibilities. Most recently, his work has concerned itself primarily with two notions – namely that of the desolation and excess of human industry, as well as the mysteries and intrigue of subconscious mind, often sounding something like the distant swarming of well oiled mechanical bees woven with fissures of dark tones and noise rips. Sounds, etc. = myspace.com/thoughtcollection001, as well as http://www.think-tankmedia.net.
Wilson Shook is an improvising saxophonist living in Seattle, Washington.
Wilson’s music emphasizes focus, texture, chance and exploration. It exists in dialogue with its specific and contingent contexts; it is “new music” in that it explores each new moment and seeks to develop a critical awareness of the present. Perhaps better characterized as “present music”, it is less concerned with staking out new musical territory than it is with creating relevant and personal communication that places equal value on intention and sensitivity.
My name is Colin. I’ve lived in the DC area all my life. I want to make music that combine influences from the dawn of music to the digital age. I want to make sounds that are both visceral and otherworldly, appealing and unsettling. I am not a purist. Nothing is ever the same. http://www.myspace.com/canidsounds
Hadewych has an interesting release out of heavy rock mixed with experimental electronics. French label Un Rêve Nu has launched with a free release from double bass player Guillaume Viltard. is an effort, based out of Rochester, NY, to provide a means for musicians to perform free improvs. They also release some of the recorded output.