Source: The New York Times.
“The Wind in High Places” is a string quartet by John Luther Adams that uses only open strings and natural harmonics. Written in 2011 in memory of a friend and hiking companion, it evokes the glassy stillness of the Alaskan wilderness that for decades was Mr. Adams’s home and inspiration. I had heard, and admired, the work on a recording that the JACK Quartet released this year. But when I saw the same ensemble perform it live at Roulette in Brooklyn on Friday, another dimension revealed itself.
Source: All About Jazz.
Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg
Celestial Weather (TUM Records)
Pole Axe (RareNoiseRecords)
Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp
Complementary Colors (Leo Records)
Rich Halley 4
Eleven (Pine Eagle Records)
Sonic Communion (The Bridge Sessions)
This Is Not a Miracle (ECM Records)
This Is Our Language (Not Two Records)
Newsbits: Brain Waves to Music / Eno’s Discreet Music / Swimming in Bengal and Chaos Echoes Releases
Ashes for Gwynn is a 50 minute live improv recording from the Swimming in Bengal outfit. It falls somewhere between jazz and Indian classical music.
Chaos Echoes’ Transient is a new release out soon from Utech Records. It is an complex, experimental metal-oriented recording.
The wise know when to speak, and when to remain silent. A pivotal and redemptive moment recalled that truth on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the 80th birthday celebration for Henry Grimes, one of the world’s greatest and most versatile living musicians, at Jan Hus Neighborhood House in New York City.
Source: The Conversion discusses the role of experiential music in Australia.
Attempts to make a music that is our own have never been privileged in Australian culture. Gail Priest’s book Experimental Music: Audio Explorations in Australia (2008) was an important step from within the community itself, and when long time violin experimenter Jon Rose deservedly won the most prestigious Australian music award, the Don Banks Award in 2012, it seemed possible there could be change; it seemed innovation and experimentation could be recognised as a central to our musical heritage.