AMN Picks of the Week: Barbiero and Bocci / Mario Diaz de Leon / Bill MacKay / White Out with Nels Cline

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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.

Daniel Barbiero / Cristiano Bocci – Nostos (2015)
Mario Diaz de Leon – The Soul is the Arena (2015)
Bill MacKay / Darts and Arrows – Altamira (2015)
White Out / Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

Newsbits: Look and Listen Festival / Greg Fox and Kid Millions Reviewed / Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda Performance

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The Look and Listen competition is offering composers a $1000 cash prize as well as a performance of his or her work at the 2016 Look & Listen Festival in New York City.

The Quietus reviews the new release from Greg Fox and Kid Millions.

Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda will perform for an intimate audience at The Hill, a monumental (yet very personal) work of art, isolated on remote private land 70 miles East of El Paso, September 19, 2015 3PM. Akio Suzuki (Kyotango, Japan) – handmade instruments, found objects; Aki Onda (New York, New York) – tapes, electronics, radio, found objects.

Utech Family Fundraiser

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Keith Utech is the founder and operator of Utech Records, label that has released albums from James Plotkin, Lasse Marhaug, and Justin Broadrick, as well as fostered the work of newer projects like Locrian, Nadja, and Horseback.

His wife, Kim Utech, recently lost her battle against breast cancer. A crowdfunding effort has been set up to assist Keith with living expenses while he takes time off to be with their kids and to help with the expenses incurred while Kim was receiving treatment.

Please consider donating anything you can.

You can also download a benefit compilation from Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to the family.

I have donated on behalf of myself and Avant Music News and I hope that you do the same.

Arts for Art Profiled

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This is founder Patricia Nicholson Parker’s last year as executive director at Arts for Art (AFA) in New York, but she’s not stepping away from her involvement with the organization. “There’s so much that we’re trying to do and have been doing and we don’t want to lose it,” she said in an exclusive interview with Examiner. Though she is handing over her role to bassist Todd Nicholson next year, Parker will continue to support the artistic community that AFA cultivates as its artistic director. Arts for Art is an organization from New York that supports diversity in music, dance, art, community and creative free expression. Arts for Art produces Vision Festival, a multi-arts event which just completed its 20th year. Vision Fest showcases experimental work in music, dance, visual arts, poetry, and more. It’s a festival that exemplifies AFA’s mission which is to support diversity in music, dance and art and to “cultivate ideas that embrace improvisation as a means to transform artist and audience.”

AMN Picks of the Week: Olivia Block / Steve Olson / Kammarheit / Michael Gibbs / Satoko Fujii

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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.

Olivia Block – Aberration of Light (2015)
Steve Olson / Denman Maroney / Oscar Noriega – The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise (2015)
Kammarheit – The Nest (2015)
Michael Gibbs / The NDR Bigband – In My View (2015)
Satoko Fujii / Orchestra Berlin – Ighigo Ichie (2015)
Satoko Fujii / Tobira – Yamiyo ni Karasu (2015)

Newsbits: New Director at the Issue Project Room / Sheets of Easter Everywhere / Darius Jones in NY

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New York’s Issue Project Room has named a new director.

The first two out of print volumes of Furniture Records’ tape compilation series, Sheets of Easter Everywhere has been digitized and is available for download.

On Thursday, August 20th, Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros will perform two sets of original music & songs at New York’s Jazz Gallery, celebrating the Aug. 21 release of the new album on which they feature, Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation).

Newsbits: Zappa Documentary / Pitsiokos and Wooley Album Reviews / Dieter Roth Review / Avant-Garde Space Music

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Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

Alex Winter (of Bill and Ted fame) will be directing an authorized documentary on Frank Zappa.

Jazz Right Now reviews albums from Chris Pitsiokos and Nate Wooley.

Joseph Nechvatal reviews Dieter Roth and Music at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (Berlin).

In cool news of the week, NASA has discovered that interstellar vibrations sound very similar avant-garde music.