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End of the Alphabet Records New Releases

Posted: December 17, 2014 by Mike in Free Music, Releases

From End of the Alphabet Records (follow the link to listen):

End of the Alphabet Records are proud to announce their 5th and 6th releases since the label started in September this year: “Live at the Pyramid Club” by FANZ and “Microfeedback Lausanne” by Yan Jun.

FANZ are a four piece freak noise outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, featuring the legendary Antony Milton (here taking the drum seat), End of the Alphabet boss man, Noel Meek, South Korean performance artist, Samin Son and noisenik Fergus Nelson Moores. They have been described as being “something like a cross between The Skaters and The Futurians” (Pseudoarcana). Solidly in the New Zealand tradition of weirdo outsider noise makers, FANZ are four solo music freaks getting together to make a racket that one audience member described as “symphonic noise.”

“Live at the Pyramid Club” was recorded at the most recent in a 15 year tradition of music venues in Wellington dedicated to experimental music and consists of two sides of improvised free noise and drone propelled by caveman drums. It is a wild ride of an album that sucks its listeners into a whirlpool of feedback and screams . . .

Yan Jun’s release, “Microfeedback Lausanne”, End of the Alphabet’s first (and far from last) release from Asia, is a simply sublime work of feedback drone; electrics stripped back to nothing but their essential bliss. Recorded as part of a “series of headphone concerts as hypnotizing events” in Switzerland, “Feedback Lausanne” is a work of beautiful simplicity.

Yan Jun, known as the “Godfather of Chinese experimental music” (Tinymixtapes) has been working in experimental music since the early nineties as a writer, musician, sound artist and organiser. He is a key figure in the Chinese scene and massively influential both inside and, increasingly, outside of China. His writing features regularly in The Wire, he tours widely internationally and organises a plethora of gigs at home in Beijing.

Both albums are out on December 10th

DMG Newsletter December 12th, 2014

Posted: December 13, 2014 by Mike in Performances, Releases, Reviews

From DMG:

King Crimson‘s The Elements Tour 2 CD Set! Milford Graves & Bill Laswell! Louis Moholo-Moholo New Quartet! Evan Parker/Paul Dunmall/Tony Bianco! Fred Frith & Michel Doneda! Achim Kaufmann/Frank Gratkowski/Wilbert De Joode! Colonic Youth! Philip White Solo! James Ilgenfritz/Aaron Siegel/Dominic Lash! Laurence Cook & Burton Greene! Francois Tusques & Eric Zinman! Simak Dialog Live!

Plus Historic Material from: Capt. Beefheart & the Magic Band Paris 1977! John Fahey Book! Rubble Collection 10-CD Set! Vinyl from: Peter Zummo! Pierre Henry! Joe Harriott Quintet! Miles Davis Quintet and Much More..!

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The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, December 21st Double-Header:
6pm: LENA BLOCH / NICOLAS LETMAN / DERIC DICKENS!
7pm: TODD CAPP’S MYSTERY TRAIN!

Sunday, December 28th:
6pm: DMG Annual Year End/New Year Holiday Party!

Rare Monday, December 29th Set:
6pm: SAADET TURKOZ – Experimental Vocalist Based in Switzerland!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015:
6pm: KALABALIK Returns to DMG to Help Celebrate the New Year (not verified yet !)

Sunday, January 11th:
6pm: SANDRA WEISS & DAVID GROLLMAN!

Point of Departure 49

Posted: December 10, 2014 by Mike in Interviews, Performances, Releases, Reviews

The latest issue of Point of Departure is out:

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Anthony Pirog: The New Electric: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
Outside Music Inside Voices: Dialogues on Imporvisation
and the Spiritof of Creative Music
by Garrison Fewell
(Saturn University Press; Somerville, Massachusetts)

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Raymond MacDonald

Die Schachtel Releases

Posted: December 10, 2014 by Mike in Releases

From the Die Schachtel label:

FRANCESCO GIOMI
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 / AGOSTINO DI SCIPIO
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

ENSEMBLE DISSONANZEN “Dissonanzen”
5xCD box deluxe + 36pp booklet

Dissonanzen, born in Naples in 1993, is one of the most reputed and internationally acclaimed Italian New Music ensembles. They always carried out an important work on the modern and contemporary repertoire, performing works by composers such as Berio, Cage, Crumb, Dallapiccola, Feldman, Henze, Ives, Kagel, Maderna, Petrassi, Rzewski, Scelsi and Stockhausen, to name a few. They regularly collaborate with many musicians, composers and artists within the framework of the concert series of the Associazione Dissonanzen. The recordings contained in this 5CD box set, curated by Ciro Longobardi and Tommaso Rossi, present the most important steps in their life, covering a period of about six years (from 2003 to 2009) and shedding a significant light on their relationship with improvisation, which spans over a wide variety of productions, from repertoire to sheer improvisation to multimedia projects (as in the case of the “post-scoring” of the Man Ray movies).

New Anthony Braxton Releases

Posted: December 8, 2014 by Mike in Releases

From the Tri-Centric Foundation, two new Braxton releases:

Composition No. 146 (Moogie and Stetson) for 12 flutes, 2 tubas, and percussion, recorded live at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Music Festival.

Composition No. 46 (+168 and Language Music) recorded live at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Music Festival.

DMG Newsletter December 5th, 2014

Posted: December 7, 2014 by Mike in Performances, Releases, Reviews

Iannis Xenakis

Iannis Xenakis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From DMG:

Early Schlippenbach/Evan Parker/Paul Lovens Trio! The Thing & Thurston Moore! Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons/Don Cherry/Clifford Jordan! Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 4 CD Set! 8 from Hat: Joe Morris Trio, Steve Lacy 4, Joe McPhee Solo, 2 from Stockhausen!

4 from Joelle Leandre + Derek Bailey/Evan Parker/George Lewis! 3 from Paul Dunmall & 1 Solo from Trevor Watts! 2 from Jesse Stacken! 8 from Clean Feed: Brotzmann Trio, Malaby TubaCello! Iannis Xenakis! Luigi Nono! Liza Lim! Christopher Fox! Steve Roden & Stephen Vitiello! Zeitkratzer & Whitehouse!

Plus Archival Discs from: Sun Ra Arkestra! Jefferson Airplane! Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks! Ry Cooper! William S. Burroughs! Arzachel! Assagai! Ariel! Jackson Heights! MX-80 Sound! Devo! Destroy All Monsters! Rare Magma Vinyl! Francois Tusques & Barney Willan! Lightnin’ Hopkins!

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The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday December 7th Double-Header:
6pm: OSCAR BONSTROKE’S TOYS CHAMBER MUSIC!
7pm: MICHAEL FOSTER/PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER/MICHAEL EVANS!

Sunday, December 21st Double-Header:
6pm: LENA BLOCH / NICOLAS LETMAN / DERIC DICKENS!
7pm: TODD CAPP’S MYSTERY TRAIN!

Sunday, December 28th:
6pm: DMG Annual Year End/New Year Holiday Party!

Tzadik November Releases

Posted: November 27, 2014 by Mike in Releases

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

John Zorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Tzadik label:

John Zorn
The Last Judgment

John Zorn
The Song Project Vinyl Singles Edition – 45

Karl Berger
Gently Unfamiliar