Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Haptic — Initials SRH, JCM, AS (Bandcamp)

Clara Engel — Hatching Under the Stars (self-released)

Philipp Wachsmann — Writing in Water (Bead/Corbett vs Dempsey)

Spires That In the Sunset Rise — Psychic Oscillations (FPE)

Coming to Roulette

Source: Roulette.

GRAHAM HAYNES WITH LUCIE VÍTKOVÁ AND SHAKUR HAKEEM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020. 8:00 PM
This is an improvised concert with 2 musicians I have been working with other a 2 year period.

NATE WOOLEY: MUTUAL AID MUSIC
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2020. 8:00 PM
A world premiere of the new Mutual Aid Music ensemble and celebration of its upcoming release on Pleasure of the Text Records

ZEENA PARKINS: LACE BOX SET VOL 1
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020. 8:00 PM
Zeena Parkins returns to Roulette to celebrate the release of LACE BOX SET VOL 1 on Case Study Records

MV CARBON: VANISHING INCIDENTS
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2020. 8:00 PM
Vanishing Incidents explores the process of disintegration, preservation, and reconstruction, through tape loops, amplification, and cello.

JONATHAN FINLAYSON
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020. 8:00 PM
Trumper Jonathan Finlayson presents the first performance of his year-long Roulette Residency.

PHILL NIBLOCK: 6 HOURS OF MUSIC AND FILM
Phill Niblock
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020. 6:00 PM
Phill Niblock stages his annual Winter Solstice concert: six sublime hours of acoustic and electronic music with mixed media, film, and video.

Coming to Cafe OTO

Source: Cafe OTO.

SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2020, 7.45PM
LIVE STREAM:
YAMA WARASHI / MERMAID CHUNKY / CLOUDSHOES

WEDNESDAY 2 DECEMBER 2020, 7PM
LIVE STREAM:
NEXT FESTIVAL: GRAHAM LAMBKIN + STILL HOUSE PLANTS

SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 2020, 7PM
LIVE STREAM:
NEXT FESTIVAL: DANIEL BLUMBERG + MONIKA SUBRTOVA & AN TRINSE

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY 2021, 7.30PM
DEMYSTIFICATION COMMITTEE PRESENTS:
INTERFACE CHAOS LIVE WITH SKY H1

The Month In Jazz – November 2020 From Stereogum

Source: Stereogum.

Indeed, a new book describes in detail just how much Amiri Baraka loved Newark, and how much a part of him the city really was. James Smethurst’s Brick City Vanguard: Amiri Baraka, Black Music, Black Modernity, published by the University Of Massachusetts Press, is a fascinating study of Baraka’s life and work. In a series of linked essays, Smethurst analyzes his biography, the evolution of his political beliefs, his association with the Beat poets and eventual break with them to launch the Black Arts movement, his poetry, and — most importantly to readers of this column — his interest in and work with jazz.

Vital Weekly 1260 Reviews

Source: Vital Weekly.

BILL FONTANA – LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE WITH FOG HORNS (CD by Other Minds Records) *
MAGNUS GRANBERG – COME DOWN TO EARTH WHERE SORROW DWELLETH (CD by Ftarri) *
KOEN NUTTERS – INTERVALS, TIME AND SPACE BETWEEN (2CD by Ftarri) *
ERIS 136199: HAN-EARL PARK & CATHERINE SIKORA & NICK DIDKOVSKY – PECULIAR VELOCITIES (CD by Buster And Friends) *
MARCIA BASSETT & MARGARIDA GARCIA &MANUAL MOTA – SURVIVAL OF LAMENTS (CD by Headlights) *
THANOS CHRYSAKIS – ΕΛΥΤΡΑ (CD by Auf Abwegen) *
JETZMANN – USE THE AIR (LP by Auf Abwegen) *
ORCHESTRA OF THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE – 05 (CD by Discus Music) *
TONUS – INTERMEDIATE OBSCURITIES III (CD by Spontaneous Music Live Series) *
2020 (CD compilation by Edition Degem) *
PANDEMIC RESPONSE DIVISION (USB compilation by Spectral Electric)
STEVE RODEN/SMALL CRUEL PARTY – STRATÉGIES OBLIQUES Ø (LP by Ferns) *
ELLIOTT SHARP – FOLIAGE (LP by Moving Furniture Records) *
FERGUS KELLY – UNSOUND FRICTIONS (CDR by Room Temperature) *
DEATH DEDICATION/NECROECCLESIA ‎– EXPERIMENT TO DESTRUCT (CDR by Head Tapes) *
YIORGIS SAKELLARIOU – AUKA (3″CDR by Taalem) *
FREDRIK MATHIAS JOSEFSON – AS ABOVE SO BELOW (3″CDR by Taalem) *
BEN FLEURY-STEINER – VENTUS (3″CDR by Taalem) *
LORENZO GOMEZ OVIEDO & BARDO TODOL – TU CARA ESTIRADA POR EL EXTASIS (cassette by Kirigirisu Recordings) *
GEEKER-NATSUMI – HELOCTORO (cassette by Kirigirisu Recordings) *
NON PHOTO BLUE – DÉPAYSEMENT (cassette by Amek) *
NATT – THE WAY YOU WERE MADE (cassette by Amek) *

What’s the Heaviest Music Ever Made? 

Source: The Guardian.

But even cranked up into the overdriven red, none of the aforementioned bands would sound even remotely heavy placed next to New York no-wave icons Swans’ seminal 1984 album Cop. Musically pulverising and emotionally gruelling to an insane degree, it conjures a near-chewable atmosphere of tension, terror and torment. Similarly, if you have the stomach for heaviness in its most avant-garde and hostile form, listen to Japanese noise artist Merzbow’s 1994 masterpiece Venereology on headphones at high volume and try to string a sentence together afterwards.

New Zappa Doc Reviewed

Source: The Washington Post.

In “Zappa,” actor and filmmaker Alex Winter provides an economical, uncritical documentary about the eponymous musician, who died at 52 in 1993. Frank Zappa became famous as an iconoclast, his note-heavy, hyper-orchestrated instrumental riffs meshing with satirically pointed lyrics to create a cerebral, funny, musically mind-blowing genre all his own. Here, Winter is given the keys to Zappa’s vast and varied personal archive to deliver an encomium to an artist who would have been enormously influential had anyone been able to keep up with him. Failing that, he’ll simply go down in history as sui generis.

Maria Schneider Nominated for Two Grammies

Source: Grammy.com.

Renowned Minnesota-born, New York-based boundary-defying composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider has earned two 2021 Grammy nominations for her revelatory double album Data Lords featuring the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Nominations are in the categories of “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” as well as “Best Instrumental Composition” for “Sputnik” from the album.

Schneider has now earned a total of 14 Grammy nominations and 5 Grammy Awards. She’s one of the rare musicians to win Grammy Awards for work in the classical, jazz and rock genres. In 2004, she made history with her first Grammy for Concert In the Garden, the first album with Internet-only sales to receive a Grammy. The album was released through ArtistShare, the first Internet-crowd-funding label/site in existence. Schneider has continued to “fan-fund” her recordings and commissions ever since.