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Newsbits: Daevid Allen / Dither / Tectonics Festival / David S. Ware

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David S. Ware

A new posthumous Daevid Allen release will be coming out soon.

Electric guitar quartet Dither’s recent New York performances are reviewed.

Scotland’s Tectonics Festival is previewed.

The first album from the late saxophonist David S. Ware is back in print and reviewed.

Exclaim! Music Reviews

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John Cale 2006

Source: Exclaim!.

Anna Homler and Steve Moshier – Breadwoman and Other Tales
John Cale– M:FANS/Music for a New Society
Tortoise – The Catastrophist
Willamette – Diminished Composition
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule- Colonial Donuts
Volcano the Bear – Commencing
Tim Hecker – The Annex, Vancouver BC, November 28
Lubomyr Melnyk – Rivers and Streams
Goldmund – Sometimes

Newsbits: Playground Ensemble / Taborn at the Stone / Waclaw Zimpel / ICE Release on Starkland

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Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Denver’s classical music group, The Playground Ensemble, is profiled.

Craig Taborn at the Stone is reviewed.

Waclaw Zimpel’s new album, Lines, is reviewed.

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) have recorded seven works by Phyllis Chen and Nathan Davis, which will be released on CD by Starkland.

Breaking Bread at Paris’ Les Instants Chavirés 

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A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...

Source: Pitchfork, an overview of what goes into running a non-mainstream music venue in France.

By “this,” he means putting on upwards of 80 concerts every year since 1991: noise, electroacoustic, free jazz, pyschedelic rock of all shades, electronic, black metal, and increasing amounts of ‘outernational’ non-Western sounds. International artists as diverse as Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sunn O))) have played their first French shows here. Others, such as legendary free jazz saxophonists Joe McPhee or Peter Brötzmann, return every time they play in Paris.

Touching Extremes Reviews

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Source: Touching Extremes.

Tanner Menard – Deepest Indigo
Ian Vine – Interstices

John Cale Interview

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Fear (John Cale album)

Source: Rolling Stone.

When John Cale looks back at his experimental solo album Music for a New Society, all he remembers is personal chaos and turmoil. Since exiting the Velvet Underground in 1968, he had explored different hues of art rock, minimalist classical music and straight-ahead rock on since-celebrated albums like 1973’s Paris 1919 and the following year’s Fear. He also produced records by the Stooges, Nico, Patti Smith, the Modern Lovers and others. But in 1982, when he made Music, he felt lost, like he was at an existential impasse, and it tortured him.

Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s’ Review

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Source: WSJ, s review of Northwestern’s Moorman exhibit.

The cellist Charlotte Moorman (1933-1991) was an intrepid performer who was central to avant-garde culture in New York during the 1960s and ’70s—the “Jeanne d’Arc of New Music,” the composer Edgard Varèse dubbed her—even if many weren’t sure how to evaluate her talents.