Monthly Report from New York

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From Jazz Right Now:

Drummer Devin Gray, who has been actively working in the underground Brooklyn scene now for nearly a decade, is finally getting some deserved attention with two records released in the past year. The latest, his sophomore record as a leader, Relative Resonance (Skirl), features some astute compositions that make great use of the abilities of the members of his quartet. Reeds player Chris Speed and pianist Kris Davis, who both possess a wide emotional range, shift between bold, angular moments and gentler strokes.

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

DMG Newsletter June 26th, 2015

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From DMG:

John Zorn/Dreamers’ Pellucidar! Dave Douglas! High Risk! Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House III! Thollem/Nels Cline/Wimberley! Blind Idiot God Returns! Anthony Coleman! Schlippenbach/Hubweber/Schubert/Thomas/Kellers!

Karl Berger & Kirk Knuffke! Sara Serpa & Ran Blake! John Hollenbeck & Frankfurt Big Band! Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band! Sean Sonderegger’s Magically Inclined! Motian Sickness! Joan Wildman & Joe Fonda!

Ken Aldcroft & Scott Thomson! Helio Parallax! Karin Krog Anthology! Peter Tosh! Waylon Jennings! Lou Reed! Lemon Pipers! And even more..!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, June 28th:
6pm: CHRIST PITSIOKOS & Mystery Guests!

Sunday, July 5th – Special Holiday Weekend Sets at 2 & 6pm:
2pm: The NU Band: MARK WHITECAGE/THOMAS HEBERER/JOE FONDA/LOU GRASSI + ERHARD HIRT – Rare US appearance of this great FMP Guitarist!
6pm: ROCHUS AUST – Trumpet & Devices/ JONATHAN GOLOVE – Theremin-cello & devices / JOKUBAS AUST – Electric Devices!

Sunday, July 19th:
6pm: JESSE DULMAN/RAS MOSHE/LEX SAMU – Tuba/Reeds/Trumpet!

Sunday, August 9th – Tuba Double-Header:
6pm: CARL LUDWIG HUBSCH – Solo Tuba!
7pm: BEN STAPP – Solo Tuba!

New From Tzadik

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John Zorn (cropped version)

Out now on Tzadik:

John Zorn
Pellucidar—A Dreamers Fantabula

Their 5th CD and their first in over 4 years, Zorn’s most delightful and popular instrumental unit returns with nine compositions inspired by the imaginary worlds of fantasy literature. Featuring some of Zorn’s catchiest hooks and plenty of fiery solos from Ribot, Saft and Wollesen, “Pellucidar blends soul, surf, jazz, minimalism, rumba, tango, samba, exotica and more in classic Dreamers style. Accompanied by a 36-page booklet filled with colorful art by Tzadik’s exclusive designer Chippy, Pellucidar is a long awaited addition to the sparkling Dreamers legacy! Exotic music for the 21st century that is an absolute delight from first note to last.

Les Rhinocéros
Les Rhinocéros III

Together since 2010, Les Rhinocéros has brought their manic and zany mixture of heavy metal riffs, world music, noise, math rock, klezmer, reggae, minimalism, soundtracks and sick improvisation to appreciative audiences all over the world. Their long awaited third release ups the ante once again with a wide variety of manic compositions performed tighter than ever by this virtuosic trio. Featuring guests Gal Klein, Joe Herrera, Matt Rippetoe, Kamyar Arsani, Reese Higgins and David Coltun this is a passionate young band breaking new ground in instrumental music!

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

Leo Records New Releases

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From Leo Records:

Frank Gratkowski / Alexey Kruglov / Simon Nabatov / Oleg Yudanov – Leo Records, 35th Anniversary, Moscow
Trio Lost Frequency; Giancarlo Nicolai / Mina Fred / Benjamin Brodbeck – Found Frequency
Zooom Trio; Christian Lorenzen / David Helm / Dominik Mahnig – What’s for Dessert?
Andrea Buffa / Stefano Bataglia / Fiorenzo Bodrato / Dario Mazzucco – Pow-bee
Arrigo Cappelletti / Furio Di Castri / Bruce Ditmas – Homage To Paul Bley

Die Schachtel Releases

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From the Die Schachtel label:

Null I – VII

Epic in scale, static, timbre and stillness, “Null” is a vast and profound music project that Luigi Archetti has been pursuing over a longer period. His musical research is not about Null (the German word for zero) as a mathematical object, as a real number. Instead, the term Null (zero) is used here as a metaphor in order to describe a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting. The music in project NULL is characterised by static sounds, by drones and their overlapping and layering. The sound surfaces turn into acoustic sluggish material which flows slowly through time and gradually transforms itself.

Landscape with Tears

At his third release for our Zeit Composer Series, the talented Italian flute player Manuel Zurria has given birth to some of the most heartbreaking music ever published by Die Schachtel. A moving and incredibly clever transcription for flutes, glass and electronics of John Dowland’s 1604 masterwork Lachrimae functions as the thread between a stunning and totally rewarding series of pieces by György Kurtag, Peter Eötvos, Gavin Bryars, Mary Jane Leach, Howard Skempton, closing on a composition by Juste Janulyte for this record. This CD is the living proof that contemporay music can be intoxicating.


Another welcomed return in our Zeit Series – his 2010 Neuma Q being one of the best received titles in the series – Osvaldo Coluccino presents a collection of his early (1997-2007) electroacoustic pieces. From the dark drones of Dimensioni (interspersed with the treated voice of Jacques Lacan) to the treated percussions of Nell’attimo, to the acousmatic brilliance of Dal margine, this CD is a journey into the brilliant head and the complex soul of one of the most interesting Italian contemporary composers, whose music is always on the edge, stretched between a flight towards a distant and bright horizon and a dive into the darkest obscurity

con brio – musica acusmatica

Francesco Giomi is one of the most active Italian composers in the field of acousmatic music. Over the years he also collaborated as sound director and live performer with Luciano Berio and other important composers and directors. as well as Italian and International orchestras and ensembles. He conducted the live electronics group of Tempo Reale (the musical reserach centre established by Berio) in theatres and festivals all over the world. He teaches Electronic Music at the Music Conservatory of Bologna and he currently is the director of Tempo Reale. This CD is the premiere publication of his acousmatc works, spanning from 1994 to 2011.

spam – musical sculpteres and other devices

A sonic journey into Cage and surroundings by renown composer Agostino di Scipio and his talented students. On the 9th of December 2012, upon inviation of the Associazione Scarlatti, Agostino di Scipio and his students at the San Pietro A Majella Conservatory (hence the name SPAM) gave a performance of a very rare piece, John Cage’s Sculptures Musicales. The performance was planned out by Dario Sanfilippo, based on the few annotations left by Cage (which in turn followed an idea Cage took from Marcel Duchamp): the “musical sculptures” are sound blocks shaped up by either electronic or acoustical instruments

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