AMN Picks of the Week


Marilyn Crispell

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Carlos Roqué Alsina – Carlos Roqué Alsina (2009)
Cory Smythe – Pluripotent (2011)
Andrea Centazzo – Moon in Winter (2011)
NOW Orchestra / Marilyn Crispell – Pola (2005)
Fore – Fore (2011)

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Monsieur Délire Reviews


From Monsieur Délire:

BRUCE GILBERT / The Shivering Man (editions Mego – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
DAKOTA SUITE / The Hearts of Empty (Karaoke Kalk – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
KAREN CLARK & GALAX QUARTET / On Cold Mountain: Songs on Poems of Gary Snyder (Innova)
TANIA GILL / Bolger Station (Barnyard Records)
ANTHONY BRAXTON / Solo (Skopje) 1995 (New Braxton House)
RENE HELL / The Terminal Symphony (Type Records – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
TV-RESISTORI / TV-Resistori (Fonal – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)

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Eight Years On


Just a quick note to celebrate a momentous occasion. No, not the royal wedding.

Today is the eighth anniversary of AMN. With nearly 1000 likes on Facebook, over 500 Twitter followers, and tons of people sending in material, it has been a fun, if not overwhelming, existence.

I run this site mostly by myself, in my free time. I work, have a family, and have been taking evening courses the last few years. This means that as much as I’d like to interact more with all of you, I’m limited in that regard. Thanks for your patience in dealing with my terse responses to your emails, when I respond at all.

Change occurs slowly at AMN. One of the latest features I’ve added is the ability to “like” and comment on articles from Facebook. You’ll see this option on the AMN main page, as well as each article’s dedicated page. While we had had commenting in the past, I turned it off for the last couple of years due to hackers out there using it to gain control of the site. I’m hoping that this mechanism proves to be more workable.

That’s all. Enjoy.

Jazz Listings From the New York Times


Drummer Tom Rainey perforrming live in concert...

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From NYTimes.com:

Michael Attias and Renku (Wednesday) Mr. Attias, a saxophonist, develops compositional fragments into compact expeditions in this working trio with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Their set will feature music from all three musicians. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. (Nate Chinen)

Endangered Blood (Wednesday) Organized but not necessarily led by the multireedist Chris Speed, Endangered Blood draws strength from its players’ mutual, headlong commitment. Besides Mr. Speed, its roster includes the alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Jim Black; they’ll be playing music from a recent self-titled album and commemorating the fifth anniversary of the label that released it, Skirl. Sharing the bill is a strong, protean trio led by the drummer Dan Weiss, with Jacob Sacks on piano and Eivind Opsvik on bass. At 8 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn , littlefieldnyc.com; $10. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Thursday) Tom Rainey, a starkly suggestive drummer, digs in with Ingrid Laubrock, a German-born, British-based tenor and soprano saxophonist (and, as of recently, his spouse); and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. The trio has a recent album, “Pool School,” on the Portuguese label Clean Feed. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15, or $10 for members, for the first set; $10, or $5 for members, for the second set. (Chinen)

Test (Monday) Test no longer plays on subway platforms, but it’s still a subterranean endeavor, thanks to an ethos of free-form group improvisation upheld by the multireedists Daniel Carter and Sabir Mateen, the drummer Tom Bruno and the bassist Matthew Heyner. At 10 p.m., University of the Streets, 130 East Seventh Street, second floor, East Village , (212) 254-9300, universityofthestreets.org; $10. (Chinen)

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James Falzone’s KLANG To Celebrate New CD In Chicago And Milwaukee


From Improvised Communications:

Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone and his acclaimed working quartet KLANG will celebrate the release of their third recording, Other Doors (Allos Documents), with May performances in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Wednesday, May 25th at 9:30 p.m.
The Hideout
1354 West Wabansia in Chicago, IL

http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/40135/

James Falzone, clarinet
Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone
Nate McBride, bass
Tim Daisy, drums

with special guests:

Josh Berman, cornet
Nick Broste, trombone
Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello and electronics

Friday, May 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Sugar Maple
441 E. Lincoln Ave. in Milwaukee, WI

http://mysugarmaple.com/events.htm

James Falzone, clarinet
Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone
Nate McBride, bass
Tim Daisy, drums

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Classical Music Listings From the New York Times


From NYTimes.com:

Continuum (Sunday) This ever-inquisitive new-music ensemble, a vital part of New York’s concert life since it was founded in 1966, celebrates its 45th anniversary with an evening of new works composed for the group by Ursula Mamlok, Wang Jie, Carman Moore, Ileana Perez Velázquez and Roberto Sierra. Rounding out the bill is Elliott Schwartz’s “Vienna Dreams,” played in honor of his 75th birthday. At 7 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan , (212) 501-3330, kaufman-center.org; $20; students and 65+, $10. (Smith)

Curtis 20/21 (Thursday) Joan Tower is one of the most respected contemporary American composers, but her music is still heard too rarely in New York. An out-of-town group, the Curtis Institute of Music’s 20th- and 21st-century repertory ensemble, does their part to rectify the situation with a wide-ranging program of Ms. Tower’s recent chamber works. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights , (212) 854-7799, millertheatre.com; $25. (Woolfe)

Music of Steve Reich (Saturday) When a piece by Mr. Reich was first performed in Carnegie Hall in 1973, a riot nearly resulted. Times change: Now Mr. Reich, among the world’s most influential composers, celebrates his 75th birthday with a program featuring three New York premieres: “WTC 9/11,” played by the Kronos Quartet; “2 x 5,” performed by an augmented Bang on a Can All-Stars; and “Mallet Quartet,” featuring So Percussion. Completing the program is Mr. Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Double Sextet,” done by Eighth Blackbird and members of Bang on a Can. At 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall , (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; limited availability. (Smith)

New York Festival of Song (Tuesday) That the composer Phil Kline will unveil new songs on texts by Emily Dickinson and Hunter S. Thompson here surely says something about his artistic stance: mindful of tradition, happy to flout convention. Overseeing the second installment of NYFOS Next, a series devoted to contemporary song, Mr. Kline also showcases recent music by David Lang, Meredith Monk, Elliott Sharp and Corey Dargel. At 7 p.m., Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan , (646) 731-3200, bacnyc.com; free, but reservations required. (Smith)

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