Newsbits: Ghaphery and Barbiero Release / New Soft Machine / New John Butcher


English: John Butcher

John Butcher 

New from Music Is Big Place: The Convergence of Parallel Lines, the second collaborative release from Jimmy Ghaphery and Daniel Barbiero. The release, a free download, contains three improvisations and one composition for winds and double bass, and one live improvisation for winds, double bass, percussion and three dancers. https://archive.org/details/10MBP

Soft Machine‘s new archival release Switzerland 1974 is reviewed.

A new release, Christian Marclay Live 3: John Butcher, is available from The Vinyl Factory, and is sub-titled Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing. The recording sets out to expose and connect the resonating properties of empty spaces, namely the small interior geometry of a few of the Pub Crawl glasses and the enormous volume of the White Cube gallery. Small microphones are hung inside differently shaped glasses so that they will produce their personal feedback tones when hooked up to loudspeakers in the gallery. The behaviour of such sounds is extremely room dependent, and prone to unpredictability, especially when other sounds are present.

Newsbits: Lost Civilizations in DC / Acousmatic Music in NY / Drones in Maryland / Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble in LA


On Saturday, February 21, Dura, the Jimmy Kreutzer and Tony Risotto Duo and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project perform at DC’s iconic Velvet Lounge, 915 U Street, NW. Doors are at 9:00; show at 9:30; $8. The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello). 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, Amanda Huron on percussion, Larry Gomez on percussion, Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on violin. At its February 21 performance, it will be performing with Jerry Busher.

An evening of live and acousmatic multi-channel music featuring The FLUX Quartet and Michael Nicolas will take place February 27, 2015 at 8:00PM at the NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York.

JS Adams discusses his upcoming March 7th performance of electroacoustic drone music. The show will feature The Sloth Ensemble, Let X ≠ X, Anduin, Dave Vosh, M.O.S., Tag Cloud at the Sonic Circuits event Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m at Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble (JCDE), will perform their original score to the classic expressionist horror film “The Golem.” They’ll accompany a screening of the film on Friday, March 13th at HM157 in Lincoln Heights. JCDE, a Long Beach-based electroacoustic new music group, currently consists of founder/composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky on keyboards, Alicia Byer on clarinet, Michael G. Bauer on saxophone and Jeff Schwartz on double bass.

Newsbits: Morricone / Eisenstadt’s Golden State II / Ziv, Martin, and Baptista / Tippett and May


English: Ennio Morricone at the Cannes film fe...

Ennio Morricone 

An evening of Ennio Morricone’s music in London is reviewed.

Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State II will be released on March 10. This is his 16th release as a leader, recorded live at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. A release concert will take place March 12, 2015, 8:30 PM at the Cornelia Street Cafe, featuring Harris Eisenstadt, Sara Schoenbeck, Eivind Opsvik, and Marty Ehrlich.

Amir Ziv, Billy Martin, and Cyro Baptista will perform Saturday, February 21 at the Immersive Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to the concert, the evening will feature a display of Billy Martin’s visual art.

Keith Tippett and Theo May will each perform solo on Friday, February 27 at 8:00pm – 11:00pm at the FCH Chapel, Francis Close Hall Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, UK.

AMN Picks of the Week: Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell / Discordian Community Ensemble / Schnellertollermeier / Cosgrove, Kimbrough, Wind / The Blunder Of A Horse


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.

Henry Kaiser / Ray Russell – The Celestial Squid (2015)
Discordian Community Ensemble – Draught, Suspicion (2015)
Schnellertollermeier – X (2015)
Jeff Cosgrove / Frank Kimbrough / Martin Wind – Conversations with Owls (2015)
The Blunder Of A Horse – Mystery Manta (2014)

Newsbits: Experimental in Bristol, UK / Lacy, Ray, and Drury in NY / Drumm and Lescalleet in Houston / Champion of New Music Awards


Nick Hennies, H, and Matt Loveridge appear February 16 in Bristol, UK.

Frank Lacy (trombone, flumpet, voice), Kevin Ray (bass), and Andrew Drury (drums) will perform as the trio 10³²K, and explore the musical legacy of Delta blues legend Skip James in Hard Time Killing Floor Suite, February 26 at Lincoln Center.

Houston’s Nameless Sound presents Mazen Kerbaj & Kevin Drumm/Jason Lescalleet at 800 Aurora Street, HOUSTON TX 77098.

The American Composers Orchestra, flutist and Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Claire Chase, and conductor Michael Morgan have been given the Champion of New Music Award.

Lessons Learned From Nate Wooley


From NewMusicBox, some writing by Nate Wooley:

Very few of us ignited our passion for music through critical thinking. Instead, small moments of enlightenment—flashes of understanding informing our future actions and ways of thinking—fanned the flames of initial interest into whatever inferno our obsession currently takes. It’s the primal urge to create, wherever it comes from, that remains at the center of what we do. And, no matter how we propose to articulate where we are and what we think, we are always coming from that place.

Gong and Soft Machine Founder Daevid Allen Has Six Months to Live


Gong, playing live in the Zappa club in Tel-Av...

From The Guardian:

Daevid Allen, the eccentric frontman of the prog-psych-space-jazz fusion group Gong, has announced that he has only six months to live.

In a statement, Allen said the cancer for which he had previously been treated has returned and spread to his lung. He said he would not be pursuing further treatment.

Very sad news. His work in the early 70’s was truly groundbreaking.