AMN Picks of the Week: Myra Melford / Banabila, van Geel / Michael Vlatkovich / Ross Hammond / Secret Keeper


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Michel Banabila

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.

Myra Melford – Snowy Egret (2015)
Michel Banabila / Oene van Geel – Music for Viola and Electronics (2014)
Michael Vlatkovich Septet – Ask 7 (2015)
Ross Hammond – Flight (2015)
Secret Keeper (Stephan Crump / Mary Halvorson) – Emerge (2015)

Newsbits: Tonino Miano’s New Book / Black Cube SP, Jacob Fred, Skerik in New Orleans / With Hidden Noise in NY / American Gamelan in Nashville


Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison

Non-Tonal Technical Studies for Piano by Tonino Miano is a new collection of studies for the contemporary pianist aimed at supporting an understanding of non-tonal relationships and meet the technical demands of modern and contemporary piano across genres. It is the first comprehensive educational method of non-tonal technique written to date. To be released March 21st, 2015. More info here.

New Orleans’ Open Ears Music is featuring Rob Mazurek & Black Cube SP plus Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey with Skerik on April 28th.

As part of its series of exhibitions exploring the poetic dimensions of art, science, and technology, With Hidden Noise is the title of an exhibition currently installed in Art Center’s Williamson Gallery, through May 3, 2015. With Hidden Noise asks viewers to become privileged listeners, and to contemplate the exquisitely nuanced qualities of objects forged by sound – forms shaped entirely by artists’ disruptions to the big silence. With Hidden Noise features internationally noted artist and Art Center alum Steve Roden, as well as distinguished participants Taylor Deupree, Jennie C. Jones, Pauline Oliveros, Andrea Parkins, Steve Peters, Michael J. Schumacher and Stephen Vitiello.

On Sunday, March 15th, VORTEX returns to Nashville with VORTEX and the American Gamelan. The American Gamelan is a percussion instrument loosely based on the Indonesian Gamelan. The instrument was invented and constructed by composer, maker, and radical visionary Lou Harrison and his partner William Colvig out of aluminum tubes, bars, and found materials like cans and oxygen tanks. The one at Blair School is one of only four in existence. The daylong event begins with a documentary on Lou Harrison and ends with performances featuring the American Gamelan.

AMN Picks of the Week: Lone Echo / Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pandi, Moore / The Spanish Donkey / Free Nelson Mandoomjazz


Mats Gustafsson at "Sonore" concert,...

Mats Gustafsson

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.

Lone Echo (Devin Sarno) – Lone Echo (EP) (2015)
Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balazs Pandi / Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)
The Spanish Donkey (Joe Morris / Jamie Saft / Mike Pride) – Raoul (2015)
Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – Awakening of a Capital (2015)

Newsbits: AACM Grant / Hautzinger and Duthoit on Tour / Jon Lundblom


The Robert D. Bielecki Foundation is honoring the AACM New York Chapter, led by AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, with a $25,000 matching grant as they embark on their 50th Anniversary Fall 2015 Celebration.

Isabelle Duthoit, Franz Hautzinger, Ron Anderson, Michael Evans will perform Tuesday, March 10 at 8PM, AT JACK 505+1/2 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Franz Hautzinger / Isabelle Duthoit + Masters of Ceremony (aka Quartet Collective) + Carl Testa will perform at the Big Room, Saturday 14 March 2015, at 7pm. Erector Square | 319 Peck St. New Haven 06513 http://www.thebigroomnewhaven.com. Tickets: $10 (cash only at the door)

Similarly, at Richmond Hall, 1500 Richmond Ave, Houston Texas, March 26, 201, 8PM.  Isabelle Duthoit (France) – clarinet, voice and Franz Hautzinger (Austria) – trumpet will perform as part of the Nameless Sound’s ongoing Sound Observations series.

Jon Lundblom is featured in the Chicago Reader.

Newsbits: Wolff in NY / New Ben Goldberg Release / Schoenberg at USC / The Zappa-Bush Connection


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Frank Zappa

Christian Wolff plays NY’s Roulette on March 5th.

Ben Goldberg‘s new release, Orphic Machine, is out on March 24, and features vocalist and violinist Carla Kihlstedt, guitar Nels Cline, trumpeter Ron Miles, tenor saxophonist Rob Sudduth, drummer Ches Smith, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Greg Cohen, and vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen.

Trucks will be driving around the University of Southern California campus playing Schoenberg.

What is the connection between Frank Zappa and possibly U.S. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush? Read on

AMN Picks of the Week: Biota / Harris Eisenstadt / Cassio Figueiredo / Remote Viewers


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.

Biota – Funnel to a Thread (2014)
Harris Eisenstadt – Golden State II (2015)
Cassio Figueiredo – Diario (2015)
Remote Viewers – Pitfall (2015)