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English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010

Matana Roberts

From The Guardian, a link to a free preview stream of Ms. Roberts’ next album:

Most artists end up looking cautious and blinkered when put next to Matana Roberts and her utterly epic 12-album project Coin Coin, which has now reached its third chapter. She’s jokingly described it as “my Ring Cycle”, and it’s just as weighty. It’s an exploration of black history, femininity and American identity, reaching back into the horrors – and moments of glorious emancipation – of the antebellum era and the civil rights struggle.

In Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres, she used a jazz orchestra, contracting to a smaller ensemble for Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. In chapter three, subtitled river run thee, Roberts strikes out solo, threading her saxophone, improvised song and spoken word through multiple layers of field recordings, in a gorgeously dense journey to the past.

Open Ears Music Series Downloads

Posted: January 4, 2015 by Mike in Free Music, Performances, Podcasts

From New Orleans’ Open Ears Music Series:

Scott Nicholson – No Hand Jiving – 22 July 2014 – Audio Archive
Scott Nicholson – voice & violin; Will Thompson – keys; Brad Walker – saxophone; Jesse Morrow – bass; Brad Webb – drums

Improv Mash-up – 1 July 2014 – Audio Archive
Reagan Mitchell – alto sax; Jeff Albert – trombone; jenna McSwain – keyboard; Jesse Morrow – bass; Doug Garrison – drums

End of the Alphabet Records New Releases

Posted: December 17, 2014 by Mike in Free Music, Releases

From End of the Alphabet Records (follow the link to listen):

End of the Alphabet Records are proud to announce their 5th and 6th releases since the label started in September this year: “Live at the Pyramid Club” by FANZ and “Microfeedback Lausanne” by Yan Jun.

FANZ are a four piece freak noise outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, featuring the legendary Antony Milton (here taking the drum seat), End of the Alphabet boss man, Noel Meek, South Korean performance artist, Samin Son and noisenik Fergus Nelson Moores. They have been described as being “something like a cross between The Skaters and The Futurians” (Pseudoarcana). Solidly in the New Zealand tradition of weirdo outsider noise makers, FANZ are four solo music freaks getting together to make a racket that one audience member described as “symphonic noise.”

“Live at the Pyramid Club” was recorded at the most recent in a 15 year tradition of music venues in Wellington dedicated to experimental music and consists of two sides of improvised free noise and drone propelled by caveman drums. It is a wild ride of an album that sucks its listeners into a whirlpool of feedback and screams . . .

Yan Jun’s release, “Microfeedback Lausanne”, End of the Alphabet’s first (and far from last) release from Asia, is a simply sublime work of feedback drone; electrics stripped back to nothing but their essential bliss. Recorded as part of a “series of headphone concerts as hypnotizing events” in Switzerland, “Feedback Lausanne” is a work of beautiful simplicity.

Yan Jun, known as the “Godfather of Chinese experimental music” (Tinymixtapes) has been working in experimental music since the early nineties as a writer, musician, sound artist and organiser. He is a key figure in the Chinese scene and massively influential both inside and, increasingly, outside of China. His writing features regularly in The Wire, he tours widely internationally and organises a plethora of gigs at home in Beijing.

Both albums are out on December 10th


Sun Ra

Cover of Sun Ra

From New OrleansOpen Ears Music Series:

Jimbo Walsh Quintet – 24 June 2014
Jimbo Walsh – piano & guitar, Jesse Morrow – bass, Dave Cappello – drums, Travis Blotsky – saxophone, Janna Saslaw – flute

Rex Gregory Trio – 10 June 2014
Rex Gregory – saxophones, Jesse Morrow – bass, Marcello Benetti – drums

Tarik Hassan Quartet – 3 June 2014
Tarik Hassan – bass, Chris Alford – guitar, Paul Thibodeaux – drums, Rex Gregory – saxophones

Helen Gillet & James Singleton
Helen Gillet – cello & James Singleton – bass

Open Ears Big(ish) Band – Celebration of Sun Ra
Jeff Albert – trombone & conductor; Jimbo Walsh – piano; James Singleton – bass; Doug Garrison – drums; Antonio Gambrell & John Culbreth – trumpets; Rick Trolsen – trombone; Ray Moore, Rex Gregory, Brad Walker, & Dan Oestreicher – saxes; Janna Saslaw – flute.


From UbuWeb Sound:

This is from a 62 CD set called “The History of Electroacoustic Music” that was floating around as a torrent, reputedly curated by a Brazilian student. It’s sketchy. The torrent vanished and the collection has long been unavailable.

The selections include:

Messiaen – Oraison – 1937 – For Ondes Martenot
Cage – Imaginary Landscape – 1939 – For 2 phonographs
Schaeffer – Presentation du Concert de Bruits – 1948/06/20
Eimert, Herbert – Klangstudie I – 1952
Luening, Otto – Low Speed – 1952
Stockhausen, Karlheinz – Étude – 1952
Goeyvaert, Karel – Komposition Nr. 5 – 1953

And many others.


From New Orleans’ Open Ears Music Series:

Jesse Morrow Tax Day Quintet – 15 April 2014
Jesse Morrow – bass, Chris Alford – guitar, Paul Thibodeaux – drums, Brad Walker & Rex Gregory – saxophones

Georgi Petrov Trio – 8 April 2014
Georgi Petrov – guitar, Trey Boudreaux – bass, Brad Webb – drums


 

Nels Cline

Cover of Nels Cline

NPR is offer a full stream of this new release.

Nels Cline is a gateway drug in the best of ways. He’s known as the guitar player for one of America’s best bands, Wilco. His crazy performances, filled with static shrieking and string bending, have led fans to the other side of music. It’s a style that interweaves jazz, progressive rock and noise.

We reviewed the album here.