Susan Alcorn Profile and Interview

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English: Susan Alcorn

From Baltimore City Paper:

san Alcorn can die now. Not that she wants to, of course. But the Baltimore-based pedal steel guitarist and improviser’s new album, “Soledad,” fulfills an ambition she’s carried around since 1987, when she first heard the late Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla play his tempestuous tango compositions in concert. Alcorn says the sinuous beauty and weltering passions of his music connected with her “in a way for which I’m not sure I have words.”

Sound American Issue 12 is Out

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Topics from Nate Wooley‘s Sound American publication:

Cornelius Cardew: The Briefest Biography
Treatise-An Animated Analysis
John Tilbury on Treatise Part One
Eddie Prévost on Treatise and AMM
Anthony Coleman and Survivors Breakfast Explore Treatise
Pedro Costa and Clean Feed Records

Point of Departure 51

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From Point of Departure:

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Kirk Knuffke: No Limits: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
Spirits Rejoice!: Jazz and American Religion
Jason C. Bivins
(Oxford University Press; Oxford and New York)

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Travellin’ Light: Dave Rempis

Noisy People Podcast: Wendy Reid

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From the Noisy People Podcast:

My guest is eco-minimalist composer and violinist Wendy Reid. Wendy has been working for over 30 years on her unique body of “Tree Pieces”, chamber compositions for various ensembles which define a music based on natural processes. Along the way, she works with birds whom she regards as authentic musical collaborators.

Bill Laswell Interviewed on His Return to Praxis

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English: Bill Laswell at the Moers Festival 2006

From Joel

On June 30, the renowned New York label M.O.D. Technologies will issue Sound Virus, a new digital release from the legendary Praxis. Led by bassist/producer Bill Laswell, Praxis is a highly experimental project that has featured a fascinating array of contributors including guitar wizard Buckethead, Bryan “Brain” Mantia (Primus/Guns N’ Roses/Godflesh), Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic, Afrika Baby Bam of The Jungle Brothers, Mike Patton of Mr. Bungle/Faith No More and Iggy Pop. As discussed in my review of Sound Virus, the new release features what the label calls “re-stored, edited, enhanced and remastered” versions of Praxis tracks from their early ’90s albums Sacrifist and Metatron. This particular era saw the band’s core lineup (Laswell, Buckethead and Brain) joined by Mick Harris (PainKiller/Napalm Death/Scorn), John Zorn (PainKiller/Naked City) and Yamatsuka Eye (The Boredoms/Naked City).

Rent Romus Interview

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English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

From Experinautas:

For those who don’t know who is Rent Romus , he is a musician, composer, curator and record producer among other things. Today we are focusing on his work as curator, which has helped fuel the Bay Area’s Experimental Music Scene for a long time. As a taste of his expertise he is now curating the Luggage Store New Music Series, the SIMM Music Series and the Outsound New Music Summit, and yes, he still has the time to run his 24 year old label, Edgetone Records, AND to make whole lot of really fine sounding mus

Lukas Ligeti Audio Interview

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From Clocktower:

An essential member of the experimental and avant-garde music scene in New York, composer and percussionist Lukas Ligeti talks with Jake Nussbaum about his unique poly-rhythmic and non-western pieces. The interview is conducted on the eve of his 50th birthday celebrations in New York, on June 11, 2015 at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and on June 14, 2015 at Roulette, Brooklyn.