AMN Picks of the Week: Jonah Parzen-Johnson / Ann Deveria / Lorenzo Feliciati / Metallic Taste of Blood / Piotr Cisak & Pawel Oleksinski


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.

Jonah Parzen-Johnson – Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (2015)
Ann Deveria – II (2014)
Lorenzo Feliciati – Koi (2015)
John Scott (Stereocilia) – Slow Motion (2015)
Metallic Taste of Blood – Doctoring the Dead (2015)
Piotr Cisak / Pawel Oleksinski – Lao (2015)

Upcoming Detroit Shows


From the Bohemian in Exile:

Saturday April 18: Mid American Center for Contemporary Music
Home to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the renowned Bowling Green New Music Festival (now entering its 36th year), a robust composition program and a vibrant new music-focused Doctor of Musical Arts curriculum, the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts has been an active contributor to the national and international new music scene for almost four decades. For this concert, faculty and graduate students from Bowling Green State University’s renowned contemporary music program will be performing at Trinosophes with a program of new music by Georges Aperghis, John Drumheller, Jonathan Harvey, BGSU faculty composer Mikel Kuehn, Bright Sheng, Toru Takemitsu and Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang.
Doors at 8 pm; $6.

April 22: Gerald Cleaver‘s Black Host
Drummer Gerald Cleaver, born and raised in Detroit, is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. He earned a music education degree from the University of Michigan and taught public school in Detroit before joining the jazz faculty at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Gerald moved to NYC in 2002. He has performed and recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Ralph Alessi, Jeremy Pelt, David Torn, Mario Pavone and Tomasz Stanko, among others.
Doors at 8 pm; $10-20.

April 29 Mothlight Micro Cinema presents
May 3: Interwaving Strecht
May 5: Instant Composers Pool
May 7: Detroit to Baghdad
May 8: Doug Halladay’s EXFactor, featuring Andrew Bishop, Pepe Espinosa
May 10: Tim Berne’s Snake Oil
May 20: Natural Information Society
May 22: Elizabeth Ward
May 23: Laurence Miller films and music
June 1: Neil Hagerty
June 19 & 20: Rod Williams with Marcus Elliot, Jaribu Shahid, Djallo Djakate
June 23: Paal Nilssen-Love‘s Large Unit

Lost Civilizations / Len and J Project / Utenzil in DC April 19


The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is appearing with the Len and J Project and Utenzil in the Indie Adams Morgan Series at the Black Squirrel Taproom,which is located at 2427 18th Street, NW.  The performance begins at 8 pm.

tumblr_inline_mllxrlDWH71rkbrrhThe Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry (drums), Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns) and Emily Chimiak (violin).

The Len and J Project began in the Fall of 2014 when two musical minds took their independent interests and influences and joined forces to create a crazy good sound. Len, a self-taught guitarist from New Jersey, brings a soulful, bluesy feel to the lively duo. J has a classical background but can’t break away from her love of gospel and soul music. These classic sounds blend seamlessly to produce an original modern-jazz/blues vibe.

Utenzil is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.

This event is no cover/no minimum and all ages.

For further information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com

IndieGogo Campaign for critic Grego Applegate Edwards


Friends of musician / composer and critic Grego Applegate Edwards have put together an indiegogo fundraising campaign to help Grego out of a debt and foreclosure situation. All donations are appreciated. The campaign’s last day is April 15th. If you miss the deadline, donations are gratefully accepted directly to his PayPal account, which can be accessed by typing gapplegate5@gmail.com in the appropriate box.

Grego runs the awesome Gapplegate Reviews sites, which include:
Gapplegate Music Review
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog

I have personally donated on behalf of AMN, and you should too. Skip $4 lattes for the week and give him a fighting chance.

Portland in May


Some upcoming shows in Portland from the Creative music Guild:

CONFLUENCE: THE VISITING ARTIST SERIES
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil & Blue Cranes
May 5, 2015 — 8PM
$15
Jimmy Mak’s
221 NW 10th Ave.

CONFLUENCE: THE VISITING ARTIST SERIES
Brötzmann/Parker/Drake & Not Bitter
May 12, 2015 — 8PM
$12 / 15
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Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave.

CONFLUENCE: THE VISITING ARTIST SERIES
Instant Composers Pool Orchestra
May 17, 2015 — 8PM
$12 – 20, sliding scale
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Redeemer Lutheran Church
5431 NE 20th Ave.

AMN Picks of the Week: Garin, Luro, and Martin / Fernández, Løkkegaard, and Heebøll / Tecumseh / ICP Orchestra / Rich Halley


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.

Stephane Garin / Catherine Luro / Billy Martin – 0 (for radio) #70 (2009)
Agusti Fernández / Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard / Bjørn Heebøll – Amarnath (2015)
Tecumseh – Seven (2015)
ICP Orchestra – East of the Sun (2015)
Rich Halley / 4 – Creating Structure (2015)

Argue, Lewis, Lehman, and Steiger Among Guggenheim Fellows


English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010

Steve Lehman

Darcy James Argue, Steve Lehman, George Lewis, and Rand Steiger has all been awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Awards :

In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.