The Squid's Ear Reviews


Bill Dixon

From The Squid’s Ear:

Koch / Rohrer / Gianfratti – Aico (Creative Sources)
Agnel / Gauguet / Neumann – Spiral Inputs (Another Timbre)
Bill Dixon – Envoi (Victo)
Pedersen / Johannesen / Corsano – Door to Door (FMR)
Richard Pinhas & Merzbow – Rhizome [CD + DVD] (Cuneiform)
William Hooker – Crossing Points (NoBusiness)

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Coming to the ISSUE Project Room


Juana Molina

From New York’s ISSUE PROJECT ROOM:

10/05 @ 8:00pm
Emerging Artists Commission
Doron Sadja
For his Emerging Artists Commission, Doron Sadja will premiere Breath, Heart, Skin. — a new work for solo electronics utilizing ISSUE’s unique multichannel sound system. Delicate, slow, and synthetic, Breath, Heart, Skin. combines pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, extreme frequencies, and computer-enhanced cello/clarinet/percussion to create a post-human, hyper-emotive landscape. Doron Sadja is a Brooklyn-based sound and visual artist investigating how sound, light, movement, and the body can react to and augment the architectural, atmospheric, and psychological space of the performance environment.

10/06 @ 7:00pm
at 110 Livingston
Ergodos + Ekmeles
+ Ascoli Ensemble
ISSUE Project Room presents three ensembles exploring and pushing the boundary of contemporary vocal music: Ergodos, a production company and ensemble based in Dublin, Ireland; The Ascoli Ensemble, a vocal sextet performing medieval and contemporary work based in The Netherlands; and New York’s own Ekmeles, led by baritone Jeffery Gavett. They take inspiration from Greek theory, medieval manuscripts, and the 12th-century music of the French organum master Léonin. The performance will take place at ISSUE’s future home at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn, one of a handful of authentic European style chamber halls in the United States.

10/07 @ 8:00pm
at 110 Livingston
Telebossa
Telebossa, made up of Brazilian Chico Mello and Berlin-based cellist and producer Nicholas Bussmann explore the intersections of bossa nova and European chamber music. Repetitive cello figures, spacious, pounding bass and gently bubbling electronics, with the occasional tenderly strummed guitar and hushed vocals, are reminiscent of the transparent sambas of the Argentinean Juana Molina or the minimalist disco cellist Arthur Russell.

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Ron Anderson's PAK on Tour


From Ron Anderson:

Saturday, October 2 – Funkadelic Studios – 335 West 35 Street, New York, NY – Ron Anderson will once again be performing with Lawry Zimrah with music for two Korg MS-20 synthesizers and electric bicycle wheel. This is part of Brett Zweiman’s Night of Clutter Series. $10 9pm

Sunday, October 3 – Littlefield – 622 Degrew Street, Brooklyn, NY – PAK with Hans-Jochim Roedelius and XAMBUCA. PAK will open this night will be a large ensemble with Ron Anderson – bass guitar and synthesizer, Keith Abrams – drums, Tim Byrnes – trumpet and keyboards, Will Redmond – bass guitar, Tom Swafford – violin, Stefan Zeniuk – tenor saxophone. Door at 7pm $10

PAK Europe Tour (we will be adding some more dates, please check
http://www.ronanderson-molecules.com)
October
22 – Dunkerque, France @ 4 écluses – with Yolk
23 – Blois, France @ Chez Matthias, France – with Yolk
24 – Rennes, France @ La Bascule – with Yolk
25 – Toulouse, France @ L’émergence – with Yolk
26 – Montpellier, France @ Secert Palce/la TAF – with Yolk and Rectus
27 – Geneva, Switzerland @ L’Ecurie – with Yolk
28 – Clermont-Ferrand, France @ Raymond’s Bar – with Yolk and Zea
29 – Valenciennes, France @ La Péniche – with Yolk and XHOHX
30 – Maastricht, Netherlands @ LLB – with Yolk and XHOHX
31 – Ghent, Belgium @ Kinky Star – with Yolk

November
1 – Antwerp, Belgium@ bàr à Bas – with Yolk
2 – Turnai, Belgium @ Le Water Moulin – with Yolk and XHOHX
6- Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
7 – Mons, Belgium @ Le Café Cheminot – with Karambolage
9 – Ostrava, Czech Republic @ Bogota
10 – Ceske Bujovice, Czech Republic (Budweiss) @ Velbloud–w Shield Your Eyes
11 – Wurzburg, Germany @ Immerhim
13 – Dresden, Germany @ AZ with Made to Break
14 – Wroclaw, Poland @ CRK
15 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Intergalaktická Obluda
16 – Kosice, Slovakia @ Tabacka Club
17 – Szeged, Hungary @ Jazz Kocsma
18 – Rijeka, Croatia @ Klub Palach
19 – Trento/Rovereto, Italy @ Centro Sociale Bruno
20 – Milano, Italy (waiting for confirmation)
23 – Rome, Italy @ Init with Squartet.
25 – Copertino, Italy @ Sotterranei
26 – Molfetta , Italy @ Le Macerie

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Vernon Reid

From NYTimes.com:

Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up / Peregrine (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara, a drummer of acute reflexes and subtle control, plays a 9 p.m. slot with the Hook Up, a compelling postbop cohort featuring the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and the bassist Trevor Dunn. Opening the bill (at 8 p.m.) is Peregrine, an intriguing post-bop band led by the baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, with Nate Wooley on trumpet, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Chad Taylor on drums. At 8 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 295douglass.org; $10 suggested donation per set. (Chinen)

The Andrew Hill Legacy Project (Tuesday through Thursday) Before he died in 2007, the brilliant pianist-composer Andrew Hill saw his music find traction among younger generations of musicians, some of whom he mentored. This promising tribute begins on Tuesday with a quartet featuring the alto saxophonist Greg Osby (a former collaborator), the pianist Frank Kimbrough (a longtime follower) and one of Mr. Hill’s terrific late-period rhythm sections, with John Hébert on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. On Wednesday the pianist Vijay Iyer, another sworn acolyte, digs in with Mr. Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. And on Thursday the trumpeter Ron Horton and the multireedists J.D. Parran and Marty Ehrlich — all former members of Mr. Hill’s large ensembles — join Mr. Kimbrough, Mr. Hébert and Mr. McPherson. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25 cover. (Chinen)

Mingus Big Band (Monday) The Mingus Big Band, a recent Grammy winner for “Live at Jazz Standard” (Jazz Workshop), has held down a weekly residency here for three years now, a fact worth observing and celebrating. One reason for the group’s success is, of course, the rugged sophistication of Charles Mingus’s music; another is the enthusiasm brought to the task by longtimers like the baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber and the pianist David Kikoski. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25 cover. (Chinen)

Thirsty Ear Presents: NY NOW! (Saturday through Oct. 15, except on Mondays) The staunchly independent label Thirsty Ear has taken over the Stone for the first half of October, and its lineup suggests an inspired stretch at the late, lamented Tonic. The guitarist Vernon Reid kicks things off on Saturday, with two sets and two separate bands; the pianist Lafayette Gilchrist does the same on Sunday. Other highlights include the saxophonist Jon Irabagon and the drummer Mike Pride, a veteran tag team, joined by the experimental-metal guitarist Mick Barr (Tuesday at 10 p.m.), and the guitarist Elliott Sharp, in a trio (Thursday at 8 p.m.) and with the Orchestra Carbon (Thursday at 10 p.m.). At 8 and 10 p.m., The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

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Frank Zappa: The clean-living hellraiser


Records on wheels, Toronto, sept. 24 1977

Image via Wikipedia

From BBC News, a review of a new Zappa memoir:

But by and large her new memoir of the Zappa years will disappoint anyone who thinks it must have been non-stop hedonism and exotic substances. She says Zappa’s true character was not as outsiders expected. “Frank Zappa was so serious about his work: it was his whole life. He did nothing but get up in the morning, compose all day at the piano and then go to bed. Between times he was chain-smoking and drinking endless cups of coffee. The melee went on around him but he ignored it.

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Red Light New Music Show in New York, October 3rd


From Red Light New Music:

New York City-based composer collective and new music ensemble
RED LIGHT NEW MUSIC
presents its FIRST MAINSTAGE CONCERT of the 2011/2012 SEASON

IN A LANDSCAPE: MUSIC AS A MAP
8pm MONDAY OCTOBER 3, 2011
at PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE’s LEONARD NIMOY THALIA

8pm Monday, October 3, 2011, the enterprising composer collective and new music ensemble RED LIGHT NEW MUSIC, presents IN A LANDSCAPE: MUSIC AS A MAP, the first of three mainstage performances at New York City’s pre-eminent multi-disciplinary performing arts center, PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE’s LEONARD NIMOY THALIA.

IN A LANDSCAPE: MUSIC AS A MAP
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: The Light Within
VINCENT RAIKHEL: Cirques and Moraines (world premiere)
CHRISTOPHER CERRONE: The Night Mare (world premiere)
CHAYA CZERNOWIN: Lovesong (NYC Premiere)

Curated by the directors of Red Light New Music, Scott Wollschleger, Liam Robinson, Vincent Raikhel and Christopher Cerrone, and led by conductor Ted Hearne, IN A LANDSCAPE: MUSIC AS A MAP brings the audience on a musical journey into natural and imagined landscapes, and relationships of influence and time.

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AMN Picks of the Week


Led Bib at the Vortex 10/4/07

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.

Vinny Golia Quartet – Take Your Time (2011)
Led Bib – Arboretum (2005)
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes (2009)
Tyshawn Sorey – Oblique – I (2011)
Amir ElSaffar / Hafez Modirzadeh – Randif Suite (2010)

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AMN Reviews: Carl Testa – Solos/Trios (Carl Testa Music)


This recent download release by New Haven, Connecticut based composer and multi-instrumentalist Carl Testa provides a good introduction to his work in the solo and small group formats. Testa, who organizes New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series, performs in a variety of projects on electronics, double bass and bass clarinet; Solos/Trios finds him creating sounds on the former two platforms.

The album begins with Testa embarking on four brief and varied excursions into electronic improvisation, recorded live at Brown Rice in Chicago on 16 February, 2010. “Electronics 1” uses synthesizer and processed sounds of appliances, creating a surging and burbling foundation supporting sounds reminiscent of mallet percussion. The emulated game system sounds of “Electronics 2” make for bursts of distortion sounding like a gaming arcade gone mad. “Electronics 3,” described as an improvisation for “wavering electronics,” throws out wobbling tones in upper and lower registers, while “Electronics 4” exploits low frequency sounds to set up a throbbing drone that occasionally mimics a bass drum.

The electronic pieces are followed by two group improvisations for a trio consisting of Testa on double bass, Nick Broste on trombone and Jeff Kimmel on bass clarinet. Without a harmony instrument to provide a chordal background, the clarity of the three intertwining lines can assert itself, as ad hoc harmonies emerge and disperse spontaneously as artifacts of free counterpoint; the instrumentalists find and create their own rhythms as the flow of their interlocking melodies allow. Each trio improvisation allows individual space for Testa, Broste and Kimmel, creating a low-density sound that evokes the openness of modernist chamber music, albeit with a strong jazz flavor. The two trio performances are thoughtful and evocative, with the combination of the three lower-registered instruments—the winds contrasting with Testa’s pizzicato bass–creating an introspective, chiaroscuro atmosphere.

The closing piece is an improvisation for solo double bass that, like the trio improvisations, was recorded live at Elastic Arts in Chicago in February 2010. Testa begins with sul ponticello bowing on open strings to pull a bright set of overtones from the bass, creating pulsing drones marked by variable shadings of color; tension builds with an irregular vibrato leading to slashes of discordant and consonant stacked tones, culminating in washes of harmonics.

http://music.carltesta.net/album/solos-trios-chicago-february-2010