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On January 24, 2015, The Lost Civilizations experimental music project will appear with drummer Jerry Busher and bassist Doug Kallmeyer on a Sonic Circuits bill hosted by Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. The bill will also include Battle Trance and PraxisCat .

Battle Trance
Battle Trance had an auspicious inception. One morning,
Travis Laplante (Little Women and a trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Ches Smith) literally awoke with the crystal clear vision that he needed to start an ensemble with three specific individuals Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Laplante was actually unfamiliar with their work as musicians and had only a minimal relationship with them as individuals. He was also aware that a band of four tenor saxophones could be the worst idea ever. In spite of this, Laplante followed through and contacted Nelson, Viner, and Breiner. He gave them very little information beyond his morning experience. But no one hesitated – the ensemble formed that evening.

Playing modular synthesizers, as well as guitar, Christine Paluch (PraxisCat) improvises deconstructed atmospheres and loops interlaced with both beauty and anxiety.

Lost Civilizations experimental music project
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello) that began performing in 2008. Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin, and Patrick Whitehead on Flügelhorn and Trumpet. On January 24, Jerry Busher (drums) and Doug Kallmeyer (bass) will be performing with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project

Saturday, January 24th 2015 @ 7:30 pm-10:30 pm

8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Map:

From Vimeo, a video and overview of the AACM exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of AACM, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather than confining the individual, actually made room for individual freedom of expression.

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.

Maoz / Ilgenfritz / Ligeti – Hypercolor (2015)
Michael Snow and Thollem McDonas – Two Piano Concert (2014)
Stefan Wesolowski – Liebestod (2014)
Hamir Atwal / Ben Goldberg – Clarinet and Drums (2014)

English: Jason Kao Hwang live at Saalfelden 20...

Jason Kao Hwang 

The results from this pair of polls have been posted. Follow the links below to see the details. Thanks to Sergio Piccirilli for his great efforts in putting this together.

In the El Intruso 7th Annual Critics Poll the following critics participated:
Alain Drouot, Alberto Gutierrez, Andrey Henkin, Antonio Branco, Carlos Iramain, Cayetano López, Cisco Bradley, Christopher Monsen, Dan Bilawsky, Dan Sorrells, David R. Adler, Esteban Arizpe Castañeda, Eyal Hareuveni, Fabricio Vieira, Francis Davis, George Grella, Gregory Applegate Edwards, Guillaume Belhomme, Guy Peters, Hrayr Attarian, James Hale, John Eyles, Karl Ackerman, Kurt Gottschalk, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Marcelo Morales, Marco Paolucci, Mark Corroto, Markus Stegmayr, Matt Marshall, Michael Nastos, Mike Borella, Nikola Markovic, Nuno Catarino, Paul Acquaro, Pete Butchers, Peter Hum, Ralph Miriello, Raúl da Gama, Roberto Barahona, Sergio Piccirilli, Stef Gijssels, Stuart Broomer, Tim Niland, Tom Hull, Troy Collins

In the El Intruso 9th Annual Musicians Poll the following musicians participated:
Aaron Novik, Adam Hopkins, Adam Levy, Alexander Hawkins, Alexey Kruglov, Alex Ward, Alon Nechushtan, Andrea Parkins, Andrew D’Angelo, Andrew Raffo-Dewar, Andrew Rathbun, Anja Lechner, Asaf Sirkis, Augustin Brousseloux, Ayman Fanous, Balazs Pandi, Ben Goldberg, Biagio Coppa, Birgit Ulher, Bobb Bruno, Bob Gluck, Brandon Seabrook, Brett Sroka, Brian Chase, Bryan Murray, Carla Bozulich, Carlos Costa, Ches Smith, Chris Pitsiokos, Christopher Hoffman, Chris Welcome, Cristian Amigo, C. Spencer Yeh, Curtis Hasselbring, Daniel Levin, Danny Frankel, Dan Weiss. Darius Jones, Dave Ballou, David Bindman, David Rothenberg, David Weiss, Devin Gray, Dorian Wood, Dylan Ryan, Edén Carrasco, Eivind Opsvik, Enrico Fazio, Federico Ughi, Fernando Vigueras, Frank Carlberg, Frank Gratkowski, Franz Loriot, Fumio Yasuda, Gerry Hemingway, G.E. Stinson, Hafez Modirzadeh, Harris Eisenstadt, Hernani Faustino, Hugo Carvalhais, Ingrid Laubrock, Ivo Perelman, James Ilgenfritz, Jason Kao Hwang, Jason Stein, JC Sanford, Jean-Carla Rodea, Jeb Bishop, Jeff Cosgrove, Jennifer Charles, Jeremiah Cymerman, Jim Campilongo, Jim Pugliese, Joao Pedro Viegas, Joe Hertenstein, John O’Gallagher, Jon Bafus, Jon Lundbom, Jon Madof, John Schott, José Gurria-Cárdenas, Joseph Daley, Josh Sinton, Jozef Dumoulin, Juan Pablo Carletti, Kaveh Rastegar, Keir Neuringer, Ken Field, Kevin Shea, Kirk Knuffke, Klaus Kugel, Kyle Bruckmann, Kyoko Kitamura, Landon Knoblock, Larry Ochs, Lisa Mezzacappa, Lotte Anker, Lucas Niggli, Luis Vicente, Marcelo Dos Reis, Marco Colonna, Marco Fierro, Marino Pliakas, Mark Hanslip, Mary Halvorson, Matthew Lux, Matthew Silberman, Matt Lavelle, Matt Turner, Mats Gustafsson, Max Johnson, Michael Jaeger, Michel Delville, Miguel Zenon, Mike Gamble, Moppa Elliott, Nate Wooley, Nils Wogram, Noël Akchoté, Ohad Talmor, Olie Brice, Pandelis Karayorgis, patrick brennan, Paulo Chagas, Piero Bittolo Bon, Ricardo Tejero, Rich Brown, Roberta Piket, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Ross Hammond, Sabrina Lastman, Sam Sadigursky, Samuel Blaser, Sarah Bernstein, Scott Amendola, Seppe Gebruers, Silke Eberhard, Sophie Dunér, Sthepen Buono, Steve Lehman, Steve Swell, Tania Giannouli, Theo Bleckmann, Theresa Wong, Thomas Heberer, Tim Daisy, Tim Dahl, Tomas Fujiwara, Travis LaPlante, Vijay Iyer, Wil Blades, Zeno de Rossi

English: Susan Alcorn

Susan Alcorn

Burning Ambulance reviews a new album from Runhild Gammelsaeter and Lasse Marhaug.

An upcoming concert by Ayman Fanous and Susan Alcorn will feature improvised music for guitar, bouzouki, prepared guitar, and pedal steel guitar, Friday, January 30, at 7:30 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville, VA 20120. Free admission.

Association for the Promotion of New Music will honor classical violinist Rolf Schulte for lifetime achievement March 4 at Merkin Concert Hall. Hundreds of composers owe him a debt for championing their works, including: Elliott Carter, Donald Martino, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, and Mario Davidovsky. Mr. Schulte, on principle, championed these works to small acclaim, compared with the recognition he would have received had he played just the standard repertoire. The concert will feature Rolf Schulte, solo violin, Stephen Gosling, piano, Misha Amory, viola, Eric Bartlett, cello, and David Grossman, bass, and this group will perform works of DeBussy, Biggs, Stravinsky, Peel, and Lerdahl.  A Kickstarter has been launched to fund the concert.

Pianist/Composer Myra Melford will release a new recording by Snowy Egret on March 10. The album will feature Ron Miles (cornet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). Melford will curate a week at The Stone NYC March 24-29th with Snowy Egret to perform Two sets on March 28th.

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.

Gebhard Ullmann / Basement Research – Hat and Shoes (2015)
Daniel Rosenboom – Astral Transference / Seven Dreams (2015)
Carlo Costa Quartet – Sediment (2014)
Sound Awakener – hidden (2014)

Louis Moholo

Louis Moholo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series is featuring Natura Morta and Earth Tongues, with Carlo Costa, Dan Peck, Joe Moffett, Sean Ali, and Frantz Loriot, at 8pm, Never Ending Books, 810 State St., New Haven.

The Wall Street Journal reviews the latest release to feature Ornette Coleman.

The Guardian reviews 4 Blokes from Louis Moholo-Moholo.

The Chicago Reader takes on Thurston Moore and the Thing.