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AMN Picks of the Week: Guapo / Carrier, Lambert, Mazur / Carrier, Lambert / Gamardah Fungus / Lindsay Cooper

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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.

Guapo – Obscure Knowledge (2015)
François Carrier / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur – Unknowable (2015)
François Carrier / Michel Lambert – iO (2015)
Gamardah Fungus – Bardo Thodol (2015)
Lindsay Cooper – Rareties, Volumes 1 & 2 (2014)

Revolutionary Eruption: The Violent Sound of Magma and Musical Fusion in 1970s France

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Photo du concert de Magma à la salle des Fetes...

From Tropics of Meta:

The sound of Zeuhl developed over the course of several albums. On their first recording, 1970’s Magma, the group instead favored the common musical inspirations of other progressive groups: blues, psychedelia, and free jazz. While drawing from similar influences as those groups involved in the political struggle, Magma did not directly engage with the political struggles of the New Left and at times was at odds with the rest of the French progressive scene. Magma, for example, did not participate in the groupuscules seeking to unify political groups and rock bands. The group was sympathetic to some aspects of the New Left but distinguished their musical efforts from those of other progressive groups; as singer Klaus Blasquiz asserted, “We are Leftists at heart and anarchists in deed [but] we are not in favor of militancy.”

Jimmy Bennington in Chicago

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From Jimmy Bennington:

Sat, May 23, 7-11pm, No Cover, Rhythm Room Bar and Bistro, Evanston
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Featuring Jimmy Bennington, Drums, Pianist Jim Baker and Legendary Bassist Brian Smith

Sun, May 24, 9-12midnight, Redline Tap
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Featuring Jimmy Bennington, Drums, Saxophonist Artie Black and Mike Harmon, Bass

Thur, May 28, 6-9pm, Chicago Botanic Garden
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Featuring Jimmy Bennington, Drums, Saxophonist Fred Jackson Jr. (Aacm) and Devin Foster, Bass

Sat, May 30, 7-11pm, No Cover, Rhythm Room Bar and Bistro, Evanston
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Featuring Jimmy Bennington, Drums, Jeff Swanson, Guitar, Devin Foster, Bass.

Sun, May 31, 7-10pm, Promontory Featuring 2nd Story
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound with Jimmy Bennington, Drums, Fred Jackson Jr. (Aacm), Saxophones, Devin Foster, Bass.

Sun June 21, 9pm-12am, Redline Tap
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound

Newsbits: Darius Jones Release / Fred Anderson Park Opening / Avant in Bristol, UK / Simon James Phillips Release

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English: Fred Anderson at the HotHouse in Chic...

On August 21, AUM Fidelity will release alto saxophonist-composer Darius Jones‘ new album, the 5th installment in his ongoing Man’ish Boy epic. Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) is performed by the Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros.

Members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) will perform live on the Fred Anderson Park Stage during the official Grand Opening Celebration for this new Chicago Park District Park named in honor of Chicago’s beloved musician, mentor and composer Fred Anderson. The program will feature the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble conducted by Mwata Bowden. 1:00 PM Sunday, May 31, 2015, Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL 60616.

Lorenzo Abattoir, Clive Henry, and Yunylek will perform at Café Kino, Bristol, UK, 8pm, Wednesday 3rd June 2015.

Simon James Phillips’ Blage 3 CD is out on Mikroton.

Creative Music in DC

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Upcoming Performances of Creative Music in DC

Wednesday, May 20 @ 8pm
Tim Barnes/Jeph Jerman :: Tag Cloud :: Tarpit :: Buffalo MRI :: Cloning
Jeph Jerman/Tim Barnes (Legendary Experimental Sound Artists, CA)
Tag Cloud (Deep ambient drone, DC)
Cloning (Rhythmic electronic drone, DC)
Tarpit (Modular Drone, Detroit)
Buffalo MRI (Synth Experiments, Montreal)
ALL AGES
Admission $6
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Artists of any discipline welcome!
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, May 22 @ 9pm
Talibam!, Microkingdom, Amptext, Akousma
Presented by DC Sonic Circuits
Talibam! (NYC High energy improvised music)
Microkingdom (Spontaneous Composition, Baltimore)
Amptext (Amplified Cello, DC)
Akousma (Analogue Synthesizer/Double Bass Duo, MD)
Admission $10
ALL AGES
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Near the Silver Spring Metro on the Redline

Sunday, May 24 @ 7pm
Eri Yamamoto Trio
Presented by Transparent Productions
The Eri Yamamoto Trio
Eri Yamamoto – piano
Kevin Tkacz – bass
Ikuo Takeuchi – drums
Admission $15
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street NW
Enter through the door at the corner of 11th and U Streets NW

Monday, June 1 @ 8pm
David Torn
Presented by Transparent Productions
David Torn (Solo Guitar, ECM Recording Artist)
Admission $15
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Thursday, June 11 – Saturday, June 13
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft Festival Series
Presented by CapitalBop
June 11: Trio of Trios
Gary Thomas Trio
Kris Funn and Corner Store Trio
Warren Wolf Trio

June 12: Warehouse Jazz Loft Party
Thundercat
Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra
June 13: AACM at 50
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins’ Orchestra
Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed
Organix Trio
Admission $20adv/$25door, Festival Pass $42
Hecht Warehouse
1401 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off 16th street NE

Wednesday, June 17 @ 8pm
Tashi Dorji :: Dunums :: Weed Tree :: Ian McColm
Tashi Dorji (Prepared Guitar, Asheville)
Dunums (Freaky Folky World Prog, Asheville)
Weed Tree (Prepared Guitar/Prepared Drum Duo, DC)
Ian McColm (Prepared Guitar/Electronics, DC)
Suggested Donation $9
ALL AGES
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

AMN Picks of the Week: Funerary Call / Shipp and Walerian / Devin Gray / Anna Clock

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avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

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.

Funerary Call – The Mirror Reversed – Part 2 (2015)
Matthew Shipp / Mat Walerian – Live at Okuden (2015)
Devin Gray – RelativE ResonancE (2015)
Anna Clock – Celestial (2015)

Newsbits: Brotzmann Profile / Jerome Cooper Obituary / Steve Coleman Review / Mengelberg Honored

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Peter Brötzmann at "Sonore" concert,...

Peter Brotzmann is profiled in anticipation of his upcoming show in Vancouver BC.

The New York Times published a Jerome Cooper obituary piece.

The latest album from Steve Coleman, Synovial Joints, is reviewed.

Mischa Mengelberg will be honored with a performance of his works and more at the Holland Festival, June 6.