A Japanese Film Series, Brought to You by John Zorn


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From NYTimes.com:

However it started, the young John Zorn, who would become a crazily prolific avant-garde composer, musician, producer and record-label owner, also became an aficionado of Japanese movies (as well as that country’s music, calligraphy and cooking). “Japanese culture drew me in early on,” he said by email this week during a break from the recording studio. “Perhaps because of the profound sense of poetic resonance and visual style.”

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AMN Picks of the Week: Steve Roach / Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP / Combat Astronomy / Kayo Dot / Anthony Pirog


Kayo Dot

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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.

Steve Roach – Bloodmoon Rising (2014)
Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP – Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost (2014)
Combat Astronomy – Time Distort Nine (2014)
Kayo Dot – Coffins on Io (2014)
Anthony Pirog – Palo Colorado Dream (2014)

Newsbits: Butcher and Parker Birthday Performances / Architeuthis Walks on Land in San Diego / William Parker in Buffalo / New Arditti Quartet Release / Tim Berne Birthday WIshes / November Trans Pecos Show in NY


Tim Berne

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Evan Parker‘s 70th and John Butcher’s 60th birthday sessions were especially recorded for Jazz on 3, and will be available for streaming soon.

Amy Cimini and Katherine Young’s Architeuthis Walks on Land will perform Sunday at UC San Diego

William Parker will perform at Hallwall’s in Buffalo, NY on Sunday.

The Arditti Quartet has a new release out featuring compositions by Rebecca Saunders, Benedict Mason, Luke Bedford and John Zorn.

Do The Math is featuring a number of musicians writing 60th birthday greetings to Tim Berne.

Tuesday, November 18th at Trans Pecos, 915 Wycoff Ave., Ridgewood, Queens 11385 will feature: Silk Purse (Mark Morgan & Richard Hoffman from Sightings), On A Clear Day
https://onacleardaynyc.bandcamp.com/, OPERATION LAZARUS (James Loman from Remote Burial/Cranium), http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Remote_Burial/

Newsbits: New Releases from the Deep Listening Band, Wayne Horvitz, Kayo Dot, and Tomas Fuiwara


Wayne Horvitz

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The Deep Listening Band has a new live release out, Dunrobin Sonic Gems.

Wayne Horvitz also has a new release out, entitled At The Reception, on Songlines Records.

Burning Ambulance reviews the new release from prog-avant-metal group Kayo Dot.

Relative Pitch Records will release Tomas Fujiwara Trio’s Variable Bets on December 2. In the mean time, the group will perform October 23 at The Cornelia St Cafe.

Keir Neuringer Update


tumblr_m9j3f7gYuS1rf6q6mo1_500From Keir Neuringer:

Upcoming performances:

Trio in Philadelphia
with Shayna Dulberger (bass) and Julius Masri (drums)
Thursday, October 16th, 8PM
@ First Banana (2152 E Dauphin St)

Solo in NYC
Sunday, October 19th, 7PM
@ Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe St)

Trio in Philadelphia
with Shayna Dulberger (bass), Julius Masri (drums)
Saturday, November 8, 7PM
@ House Gallery 1816 (1816 Frankford St)

Newly released is THE KRAKÓW LETTERS, a recording of improvisations Rafal Mazur and I performed in Krakow in 2012. The recording was engineered by Rafal Drewiany (who also recorded our previous album Unison Lines). It is available on compact disc through the label, For-Tune, and other online shops. This month marks 15 years since Rafal and I first improvised together in a cellar bar in Krakow. A tour is not in the cards this fall, but we will be playing again in 2015.

Newsbits: Steve Reich / Joseph Nechvatal / Feldman in Houston / MUSIKUNST in Melbourne


Morton Feldman

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The latest release from Steve Reich is reviewed.

Dead Letter Office is a new book directed by Joseph Nechvatal, accompanied by a compilation of rare tracks of US electronic music artist Minóy.

Morton Feldman‘s For Philip Guston will be performed November 2, 2014, 1pm-5pm at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.
Performers include Claire Chase, flute/piccolo; Steven Schick, percussion and Sarah Rothenberg, piano/celeste.

MUSIKUNST in Melbourne, Australia features an afternoon of voices, modules and patches that traverses from the organic to the synthesised on Saturday, October 25. Performing will be: Nadir, Anthea Caddy &Amp; Matt Davis, and Alice Hui-sheng Chang.

AMN Picks of the Week: Magma / Khost / Dirk Serries / Fred Ho / Bord à Bord / Bryan Counter & Satchel Forrester


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.

Magma – Riah Sahiltaahk (2014)
Khost – Copper Lock Hell (2014)
Dirk Serries – The Origin Reversal (2014)
Fred Ho / Green Monster Big Band – The Sweet Science Suite (2011)
Bord à Bord – Bord à Bord (2014)
Bryan Counter & Satchel Forrester – Twice Stopped (2014)