AMN Picks of the Week: PGA / Blonk / Ascione / MMW + Cline / Johnson


Jaap Blonk, Sound Poet

Jaap Blonk, Sound Poet (Photo credit: massdistraction)

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.

PGA – Corrections (2012)
Jaap Blonk / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn – North of Blanco (2014)
Patrick Ascione – Primitive / Espaces Paradoxes (2002)
Helmut Lachenmann / JACK Quartet – Complete String Quartets (2014)
Medeski, Martin & Wood / Nels Cline – Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2) (2014)
Max Johnson – The Prisoner (2014)

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Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes


From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

April 12: Mind Over Mirrors, Chatoyant, Clarinet Panic
Mind Over Mirrors is the solitary reeling of American harmoniumist/electronicist Jaime Fennelly. Utilizing an Indian pedal harmonium, oscillators, tape delays, and an assortment of synthesizing processors, Fennelly bends slowly-building, repetitive melodies into massive sonic mountains. Folklorist Brendan Greaves may have best summed up Mind Over Mirrors’ “referential compass points—G.I. Gurdjieff’s harmonium improvisations; certain particularly harmonically viscous recordings of Sacred Harp singers; Edward Artemiev’s soundtracks to Tarkovsky films—in its patience, its simultaneously formal and folk aspects, and its sheer, unabashed (if intermittently anxious) beauty, it doesn’t sound much like anything else being made today.” His fourth album, When The Rest Are Up At Four, was released in September on Immune Recordings, following releases on Digitalis, Hands In the Dark & Aguirre/Gift Tapes. Fennelly was a founding member of the iconoclastic trio Peeesseye (with Chris Forsyth & Fritz Welch), is one-third of free jazz unit Acid Birds, and is now a resident of Chicago, IL after living for three years on a remote island in the Salish Sea of Washington State, where the Mind Over Mirrors project was initially developed. http://www.mindovermirrors.com/

Chatoyant is a mosaic of door creaks, shot gun blasts, rustling wind, alien ages and biker rock. A post-vocalist group with no songs in particular, they sound like many of your favorite bands for a moment or two. while sounding like no band at all. Somehow it ‘s all so familiar, like from a dream we all had once. Over the past year, Chatoyant have put out three releases in editions of 20. They have many more planned for 2014.

Clarinet Panic is a new group that hails from Toronto and performs mathy chamber-rock on cello, drums, guitar and saxophone.

COMING SOON

April 17: Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break
April 18: Eric Carbonara and Nick Milevoi, Fortuna/Knaggs
April 19: Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet
April 27: BYOBach
April 30: Chicago Underground Duo

Steve Coleman Appointed as a Guggenheim Fellow


Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation:

In my music, I have utilized various kinds of musical structure and temperament to symbolize the specific kinds of musical movement necessary to reference various states of energy, with the concepts of change, process, and growth being central to my work. Specifically, I believe that it is through the spontaneous composition of forms that my ideas can be most readily expressed, regardless of external stylistic appearances.

Peter Brotzmann Interview Book


Peter Brötzmann

Cover of Peter Brötzmann

From Wolke-Verlag, a new book of interviews with and about Peter Brotzmann:

We went to different venues where Brötzmann was playing between those dates. We also had four long interviews with Brötzmann in his home in Wuppertal. Interviews of other people were made at the same time with Jost Gebers, Evan Parker, Fred Van Hove, Han Bennink, Fred Frith, Michael Wertmüller. And others with Joe McPhee, Conny and Johannes Bauer, Michael Zerang and Paal Nilssen-Love, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson, that were not used in the movie.

AMN Picks of the Week: D.C. Improvisers Collective / Blood Trio / André Foisy / Keir Neuringer / Richard Pinhas / Barry Guy


Heldon

Cover of Heldon

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.

D.C. Improvisers Collective – In the Gloam of the Anthropocene (2014)
Blood Trio – Understory (2013)
André Foisy – The End of History (2014)
Keir Neuringer – Ceremonies Out of the Air (2014)
Richard Pinhas – Desolation Row (2013)
Barry Guy / New Orchestra – Amphi / Radio Rondo (2014)

AMN Picks of the Week: Nicole Mitchell / Frode Gjerstad / Igor Krutogolov / Anthony Davis


Igor Krutogolov

Igor Krutogolov (Photo credit: focus.recompose)

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.

Nicole Mitchell / Black Earth Ensemble – Intergalactic Beings: Xenogenesis II (2014)
Frode Gjerstad / Sabir Mateen / Paal Nilssen-Love – Hasselt (2014)
Igor Krutogolov’s Karate Band – How To Be A Crocodile (2014)
Anthony Davis – Notes From Underground (2014)

AMN Reviews and Interviews: March 2014


Colin Edwin

Cover of Colin Edwin

Last month we’ve published the following reviews and interviews:

Reviews

Bore – Issue 2
Maile Colbert – Come Kingdom Come (Two Acorns)
Dan Weiss – Fourteen (2014; Pi Recordings)
Mike Bullock – Fermented…Earth/A Cat’s Tiger [shadowselves02]
Reconnaissance Fly – Flower Future (2014; Edgetone Records)
Touch and Go Sextet – Live at the Novara Jazz Festival (2014; Nine Winds Records)
Andrew Raffo Dewar – Interactions Quartet [brd 068]
Colin Edwin & Lorenzo Feliciati – Twinscapes (Rare Noise Records)
Rodrigues Laurain Rodrigues Guerrero – Alba [cs248]; Rodrigues Gauguet Guerrero – Early Reflections [cs258]
Mike Cooper & Yan-Chiu Leung – Right (H)ear Side by Side

Interviews

Ross Hammond
Rent Romus
Matthew Shipp

A 4’33″ App


4' 33"

4′ 33″ (Photo credit: nmorao)

Now there truly is an app for everything, including John Cage’s 4’33″:

As Gene Caprioglio put it: “With Cage, I always think, wow, what would he have done with the Internet?” His trying has produced 4’33,” the app. Released last month by CF Peters and the Cage Trust, 4’33” lets users not only experience the slow elapse of the work’s movements, but also record their own version of it and hear other users’ performances from around the world.