AMN Picks of the Week: Marshall Allen / Joe Morris / The Heliocentrics / Ambarchi and Keszler / Regal Worm


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.

Marshall Allen / Sun Ra and His Arkestra – In the Orbit of Ra (2014)
Joe Morris Quartet – Balance (2014)
The Heliocentrics and Melvin Van Peebles – The Last Transmission (2014)
Oren Ambarchi / Eli Keszler – Alps (2014)
Regal Worm – Use and Ornament (2013)

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Jazz pianist Cecil Taylor conned out of $500,000 prize


From Reuters, a more thorough explanation of how Mr. Taylor has allegedly been bilked.

Jazz pianist Cecil Taylor was swindled out of a prize worth about $500,000 by a general contractor who befriended him while working on the house next door to Taylor’s in New York City, the prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday. Noel Muir of Uniondale on New York’s Long Island, was awaiting arraignment on a charge of grand larceny in Brooklyn’s criminal court on Tuesday morning, and could not be reached for comment. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Newsbits: Can on Vinyl / Wadada Leo Smith Stream / Ahleuchatistas in Chicago / Sexy Men of the Synthesizer


The entire catalog of seminal German Krautrock group Can will be released on vinyl.

Parts of Wadada Leo Smith‘s UK performances of Ten Freedom Summers is streaming on the BBC.

Ahleuchatistas upcoming Chicago performance is previewed.

And finally, if you’re seeking proof that there is indeed a web site for everything, check out Sexy Men of the Synthesizer.

Cecil Taylor at News Conference on His Stolen Prize Money


From NYTimes.com:

Cecil Taylor, the jazz pianist known for his wild improvisations and free-form performances, was sitting next to the Brooklyn district attorney on Tuesday. The stated purpose was a news conference on the arrest of an acquaintance who was accused of bilking Mr. Taylor of $500,000 in prize money. But Mr. Taylor did not want to talk about the case. He wanted to talk about the quality of trees on the train ride between Tokyo and Kyoto, the Kabuki dancers he had once seen in a Balanchine ballet, the conductor Pierre Boulez.

Katharine Key, Lost Civilizations, Duo Exchange and Utenzil in DC August 17


On August 17, 2014, Katharine Key will be joining the Lost Civilizations experimental music project/Duo Exchange and Utenzil in the Indie Adams Morgan (http://www.indieadamsmorgan.com/) series at the Black Squirrel (http://www.blacksquirreldc.com/).

Katharine Key: Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Alanis Morissette walk into your living room, morph into one, and pick up a guitar. That’s Katharine Key. Soulful, quirky, and smart with an angelic voice, she’ll charm your socks off with her bleeding heart ballads and spunky acoustic pop. The piercing clarity of her lyrics will have you saying, “That song is about me.” Whether jet-setting around Africa for work or chilling in her home DC, Katharine seeks to connect with audiences through meaningful music. Her second album “what the fire is,” released in 2013, explores themes of heartbreak, despair, and renewal through a spiritual lens that’s raw and intimate. To make up for her seeming inability to write happy songs, she balances out her original work with acoustic covers of cheesy 80s New Wave, with innovative arrangements. Find her online at http://www.justkat.com and http://www.facebook.com/katkeymusic.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/; http://goo.gl/WfSs5) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello, baritone sax and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry (drums), Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns) and Emily Chimiak (violin). Mark Pry will be sitting-in on August 17.

On August 17, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project’s set will be shared with the “Duo Exchange” poetry project, which consists of Rod Smith and Dan Gutstein.

Rod Smith is the author of Deed, and several other collections of poetry, and is the publisher of Edge Books. He has taught at a number of colleges and was visiting writer at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2010. He is editing, along with two other writers, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. For more on Rod Smith: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Smith_%28poet%29

Dan Gutstein is the author of two collections, non/fiction, and Bloodcoal & Honey, and his writing has appeared in 75 journals and anthologies. He has taught at a number of colleges and organizations, including George Washington University and the Smithsonian. For more on Dan Gutstein: http://dangutstein.blogspot.com/

Utenzil (http://www.utenzil.com/) is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.

This event is no cover/no minimum and all ages.

For further information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com; updates will be posted at http://august-17-at-the-black-squirrel.tumblr.com/ .

AMN Picks of the Week: Anthony Braxton / Abbey Rader / Phil Haynes / Lou Harrison / Scott Wheeler / Trepaneringsritualen


Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Warsaw) 2012
Abbey Rader – The Message (2014)
Phil Haynes & No Fast Food – Corner Store Jazz (2014)
Lou Harrison – La Koro Sutro (2014)
Scott Wheeler – Crazy Weather (2014)
Trepaneringsritualen – Perfection & Permanence (2014)

Memories of Demetrio Stratos, 35 years after his death


Italiano: Demetrio Stratos in concerto AREA al...

Demetrio Stratos in concerto AREA

Translated from Linkiesta.it.

On 27 October 1976, the University of Milan was being employed. It had been just over a year after the death of Claudio Varalli and Giannino Zibecchi, the Student Movement was merged a few months in the Workers’ Movement for Socialism in the main hall and occupied it was decided to organize a concert. For the occasion he was called one of the most politically engaged and avant-garde of the moment: the Area, which in those days were busy with the recording of the album Maledetti (maudits), with the collaboration of international artists such as Paul Lytton and Steve Lacy.

From that concert, recognized by members of the group as one of their live ‘strange’, the album will stretch Event ’76: a live album consisting solely of three tracks: Chaos (Part One) , Chaos (Part Two) and Event ’76. Maledetti was the group’s fifth album, which was formed in ’72 around the figure of Demetrio Stratos, former frontman of the Rebels. The first training was composed by Victor Edouard Busnello on horns, bassist Patrick Djivas, Leandro Gaetano keyboardist, guitarist and drummer Johnny Lambizi and Giulio Capiozzo, although Lambizi Leandro and would soon be replaced by Paolo Tofani, former guitarist of the Caliphs, and the young keyboardist Patrick Fariselli

Stratos was an amazing vocalist and Area’s recordings still sound fresh 40 years later. A nice tribute.