Portland in May


Some upcoming shows in Portland from the Creative music Guild:

CONFLUENCE: THE VISITING ARTIST SERIES
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil & Blue Cranes
May 5, 2015 — 8PM
$15
Jimmy Mak’s
221 NW 10th Ave.

CONFLUENCE: THE VISITING ARTIST SERIES
Brötzmann/Parker/Drake & Not Bitter
May 12, 2015 — 8PM
$12 / 15
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Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave.

CONFLUENCE: THE VISITING ARTIST SERIES
Instant Composers Pool Orchestra
May 17, 2015 — 8PM
$12 – 20, sliding scale
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Redeemer Lutheran Church
5431 NE 20th Ave.

AMN Picks of the Week: Garin, Luro, and Martin / Fernández, Løkkegaard, and Heebøll / Tecumseh / ICP Orchestra / Rich Halley


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.

Stephane Garin / Catherine Luro / Billy Martin – 0 (for radio) #70 (2009)
Agusti Fernández / Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard / Bjørn Heebøll – Amarnath (2015)
Tecumseh – Seven (2015)
ICP Orchestra – East of the Sun (2015)
Rich Halley / 4 – Creating Structure (2015)

Argue, Lewis, Lehman, and Steiger Among Guggenheim Fellows


English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010

Steve Lehman

Darcy James Argue, Steve Lehman, George Lewis, and Rand Steiger has all been awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Awards :

In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.

Newsbits: Music Scene in China / Tomas Fujiwara Interview / Afro-Asian Music Ensemble in Pittsburgh / Endean and Gorfinkel in Melbourne / Alphabets and the Collection in Bristol


Dennis Rea (photo: Anne Joiner)

Dennis Rea

Dennis Rea‘s book about being a musician in China, Live in the Forbidden City is out in a new edition.

Jazz Right Now continues its interview of Tomas Fujiwara.

The Afro-Asian Music Ensemble will perform in Pittsburgh on April 23, featuring the music of Fred Ho.

In Melbourne, Australia, Avantwhatever presents Aviva Endean (Clarinet & Mask) and Dale Gorfinkel (Switches & Hose) at The Alderman, 134 Lygon St, Brunswick, Saturday April 18, at 4pm.

Alphabets and the Collection will perform at Bristol, UK’s Cafe Kino at 8pm, Thursday the 16th of April. Alphabets are a UK & Ireland improvising trio featuring Lauren Kinsella (vocals), Nick Malcolm (trumpet) and new BtB collective contributor Hannah Marshall (cello). Joined, on this occasion, by Swiss drummer Alex Huber. The Collection will take on a 1999-2000 composition from prolific Wandelweiser composer, renowned for combining diverse instrumentation, field recordings and open composition. It will be performed by an ensemble of local musicians led by Dominic Lash.

AMN Picks of the Week: Mz.412 / Tunnels of Ah / Kaze / Graves and Laswell


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.

Mz.412 – Hekatomb (2015)
Tunnels of Ah – Thus Avici (2015)
Kaze – Uminari (2015)
Milford Graves / Bill Laswell – Space / Time Redemption

Newsbits: Frisell’s Richter 858 / Feldman Release / Final Zappa Release / Graves and Laswell Reviewed / Maxwell Gualtieri Release


Richter 858 is a piece composed by Bill Frisell, and performed by his 858 Quartet: Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello. It was recorded in Seattle, July 20, 2002.

Bridge Records is releasing volume 5 of its Morton Feldman series: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello (1987).

Dance Me This is the 100th, and allegedly last, official Frank Zappa release.

Burning Ambulance features the recent studio release from Milford Graves and Bill Laswell.

The latest pfMentum release is For Los Angeles by Maxwell Gualtieri.