Archive for January 20, 2013


Facing the image overload that has come to define contemporary life, writes Camille Paglia in the introduction to her latest book, “the only road to freedom is self-education in art”. Though hardly self-taught, Istanbul´s Erdem Helvacioğlu has been on a grand tour of the art of composition that has taken him far beyond the confines of “A Walk Through the Bazaar”, the 16-minute sound piece with which he began his now ten-year-old recording career. Performed, broadcast and mounting installatiions throughout the world, executing commissions from everyone from Bang on a Can to the 2006 World Soccer Championships, and collaborating with an impressively wide range of Turkish and international artists, he has recorded the most subtle acoustic works and the most flamboyantly electronic ones. And in the process, he liberates both himself and his listeners from genre confines and preconceived notions.

Borrrowing a now-classic John Cage technique, “Eleven Short Stories” grapples literally and intimately with the grand piano, which has been prepared with pencils, guitar plectrums, paper clips – everything but the kitchen sink but much of what you might find in it. And like the abundance of utensils tossed into the piano, the album is crammed with conceptual backstory. Each “story” is a personal interpretation of the sea of images that might have come from the eleven movie directors he chooses to celebrate, from Jane Campion and Atom Egoyan to Kim Ki-Duk and Krzysztof Kieslowski.

These references are only the starting point for his own passionate vision. Beginning with “The Billowing Curtain”, a calming piece that sounds like a cross between a harpsichord, toy piano and snare drum, Helvacioğlu performs eleven salutary investigations of what playing the piano can mean, all the while, like the title promises, telling tales, some straightforward, others more meandering, still others more oblique, dark, almost Kafkaesque, like “Six Clocks in the Dim Room”. The most impressive use of narrative mastery appears on “Will I Ever See You Again”, as the long wait for the piano to sound “different” makes its arrival all that more compelling.

http://www.innova.mu/albums/erdem-helvacioglu/eleven-short-stories

Stephen Fruitman

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ATTN:Magazine Reviews

Posted: January 20, 2013 by Mike in Reviews

From ATTN:Magazine:

Northumbria – S/T
Banabila + Machinefabriek – S/T
John Aulich – Suite 001: For Kazimierz
Zbeen – Stasis

A Closer Listen Reviews

Posted: January 20, 2013 by Mike in Reviews

From A Closer Listen:

Oh, Yoko ~ Seashore
Glacis ~ 22.16.04
Ruhe ~ A Beautiful Weakness

Drums for Warren (Smith) Today in New York

Posted: January 20, 2013 by Mike in Performances

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From Dissident Arts:

DRUMS FOR WARREN! A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR WARREN SMITH – Helping Warren to rebuild the priceless percussion collection lost to Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, January 20, 2013, 2PM – 9PM
The Brecht Forum 451 West Street, New York NY
Admission: $15. general/ $10. For seniors and students
Organizers: John Pietaro and Ras Moshe; presented by DISSIDENT ARTS & THE BRECHT FORUM

New York, NY: Jazz, New Music and Free Improv musicians perform in a special fundraiser to help beloved percussionist, composer, teacher Warren Smith rebuild his priceless percussion collection lost to Hurricane Sandy’s flooding. Those instruments, obtained over decades of touring, include mallet instruments, numerous drums, timpani, a celeste and unique, hand-made percussives from around the world.

Performers include JASON HWANG’s EDGE, THE ROY CAMPBELL /HENRY GRIMES/ANDREW LAMB/NEWMAN BAKER/SYD SMART/WARREN SMITH SEXTET , LARRY ROLAND & JD PARRAN, RAS MOSHE’S MUSIC NOW!, THURMAN BARKER, ANDREW DRURY, WILL CONNELL/TOMAS ULRICH/ANDERS NILSSON TRIO, and many more— and featuring WARREN ‘S COMPOSERS WORKSHOP ENSEMBLE. Expect plenty of jamming, many historic combos!

SCHEDULE:
2:00 – doors open
2:10-2:30- NEWMAN TAYLOR BAKER, WARREN SMITH, washboards
2:35-2:55- DICK GRIFFIN, trombone, FRANCOIS GRILLOT, bass
3:00-3:20 – THURMAN BARKER, drumset
3:25 – 3:45 – WILLIAM TRIGG, vibraphone, percussion
3:50 -4:10– WARREN SMITH, drums; ANDREW LAMB, reeds; BILL COLE , reeds
4:15 – 4:25 – ANDREW DRURY, tom-tom
4:30-4:50 – CHERYL PYLE, flute; JOHN PIETARO, vibraphone; TOM ZLABINGER, bass; GERRY GIBBS, drums
4:55-5:25 – JASON KAO HWANG/EDGE: JASON KAO HWANG, composer/violin/viola, TAYLOR HO BYNUM, cornet/flugelhorn, ANDREW DRURY, drumset, KEN FILIANO, bass
5:30-5:50 – LARRY ROLAND, bass; JD PARRAN, flutes
5:55- 6:15 – ZANE MASSEY, reeds; JOHN PIETARO, vibraphone; TOM ZLABINGER, bass
6:20-6:40– WILL CONNELL, reeds/flute, TOMAS ULRICH, cello; ANDERS NILSSON, guitar.
6:45-7:05 – THE RED MICROPHONE: JOHN PIETARO, vibraphone/percussion; RAS MOSHE, saxophones/flute; TOM ZLABINGER, bass
7:10 -7:40– RAS MOSHE’S MUSIC NOW!: RAS MOSHE, saxophones/flutes; MATT LAVELLE, trumpet; TOR YOCHAI SNYDER, Guitar; CHARLES GAYLE, Bass
7:45-8:30 – ROY CAMPBELL, trumpets; HENRY GRIMES, bass/violin; ANDREW LAMB, reeds; NEWMAN TAYLOR BAKER, washboard; WARREN SMITH, drums/vibes; SYD SMART, drums/percussion
8:30-9:15 – WARREN SMITH’s COMPOSERS WORKSHOP ENSEMBLE

DMG Newsletter January 18th, 2013

Posted: January 20, 2013 by Mike in Performances, Releases, Reviews

Gavin Bryars (cropped version)

Gavin Bryars (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From DMG Newsletter January 18th, 2013:

The $100 Guitar Project: Nels Cline/Fred Frith/Nick Didkovsky/Elliott Sharp, et al! Agusti Fernandez! The Whammies: Dutch-Chitown Superstars! Jeb Bishop & Jorrit Dijkstra Duo! Dylan Ryan’s Sand!

Scott Robinson/Vinny Golia/J D Parran! Ivo Perelman with Matt Shipp/Joe Morris/Michael Bisio/Whit Dickey/Gerald Cleaver! John Dikeman Universal Indians! Kandinsky Effect! Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias/Joe Lovano/Joey Baron!

Frank Gratkowski with Chris Brown/William Winant/Wolter Weirbos /Gerry Hemingway! Richard Teitelbaum! Eivind Aarset/Jan Bang!

Ornette/Pharoah/Izenzon/Moffett ’65! Particle Ensemble! Gavin Bryars original Sinking Of The Titanic! Nyman String Quartets! Luc Ferrari! Scott Walker! Lucrecia Dalt! Emelia Amper! Yoshi Wada! Jarboe! Lydia Lunch/Rowland S Howard!

Ballamy/Stronen’s Food! Howard Riley – Solo ’82! 3CD Text Of Light ‘film can': Ranaldo/Krieger/Marclay/Licht/Hooker! Graeme Revell‘s SPK: Live! Moolah! Saharan Cellphone Music! The Petards! Wicked Lady!

The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues in 2013 With:

Sunday, January 20th Double-header:
6pm: HAN-EARL PARK/LOUISE D.E. JENSEN/MICHAEL EVANS – Guitar/Sax/Drums!
7pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO/JEFFERY SHURDUT/JONATHAN CHEN/STEVE SWELL – First Time Gathering of New Quartet – Clarinet/Sax/Violin/Trombone!

Sunday, January 27th Double-Header:
6pm: ALAN SONDHEIM/AZURE CARTER/CHRIS DIASPARRA! Weird Ethnic Instruments/Vocals/Saxes!
7pm: HANS TAMMEN/JOHN GROSS/JONAS TAUBER/BILLY MINTZ! Analogue Synth/Tenor Sax/Bass/Drums!

Sunday, February 3rd Double-Header:
6pm: YOSHI FRUCHTER/NICK MILLEVOI/JEREMIAH CYMERMAN/KEVIN ZUBEK – Two Guitars/Clarinet/Drums!
7pm: SOHRAB SAADAT LADJEVARDI!

Sunday, February 10th Triple-Header:
6pm: ANDY HAAS & KEN ALDCROFT – Sax/Electronics & Guitar; CD Release Set!
7pm: MARCELO PERALTA & JP CARLETTI – Sax & Drums!
8pm: CECILE BROCHE/TOMAS ULRICH/FRANCOIS GRILLOT – String Trio!

Sunday, February 17th:
6pm: FEDERICO UGHI & JEFF SNYDER – Drums & Electronics!

Sunday, Feb 24th:
6pm: KARL 2000: DANIEL ROVIN/AUSTIN WHITE/DAVE MILLER – Tenor Sax/Bass/Drums!

Sunday, March 3rd:
6pm: DAVID GROLLMAN & RYAN KRAUSE – Snare Drum & Voice!

Sunday, March 10th:
6pm: GALACTIC SOUND LAB!

Rare Wednesday Set, March 13th:
6pm: MARK SANDERS – Solo Drums!

Sunday, March 24th:
6pm: ROSS HAMMOND & CATHERINE SIKORA – Guitar & Tenor Sax!

Sunday, March 31st:
6pm: CHERYL PYLE & NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC – Flute & Acoustic Bass!