5049 Records Podcast Episode 208 – Nick McMaster 

Source: 5049 Records.

Born and raised in New York, bassist Nick McMaster has been an essential participant in the city’s avant metal scene for the past ten plus years. A member of both Krallice and Geryon, Nick has also contributed to Bloody Panda, Psalm Zero, Castevet. For today’s talk we cover a lot of ground, from the various strains of NYC metal, to living in Poland, different approaches to metal bass and a lot more.

Soup & Sound Performances in NY

Source: Soup & Sound.

5/22 7pm Aruán Ortiz Trio w/ Brad Jones and Gerald Cleaver
location: 292 Lefferts Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (private residence)
$20 suggested donation
includes soup
BYOB
This is a Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn event.

5/28, 7pm Walter Thompson Orchestra–Soundpainting
Michael Attias (woodwinds), Rob Henke (trumpet), Jennifer Rahfeldt (soundpainter), Chris Washburne (trombone/tuba), Sam Harmet (mandolin/tenor guitar), Steve Rust (bass), Gil Selinger (cello), Hollis Headrick (percussion), Andrea Pryor (percussion), Walter Thompson (Soundpainter/piano)
location: 292 Lefferts Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (private residence)
$20 suggested donation
includes soup
BYOB

June 1 & 2: We Are One! Free 2 Day Mini-Fest in Flatlands, Brooklyn

6/1 Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn–FREE!
3pm West African Dance workshop with master dancer Kwabena Boateng
7pm “We Are One!” film screening and discussion afterwards with director Sara Pettinella.
location: Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church, 3931 Kings Hwy.

6/2 Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn–FREE!
3pm concert by blood drum spirit–David Bindman (saxophones), Art Hirahara (piano), Wes Brown (bass), royal hartigan (percussion), plus guest Kwabena Boateng (percussion)
location: Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church, 3931 Kings Hwy.

6/15 6pm LGBTQ+ Multi-Media Teen Anti-Prom
featuring 5 teen bands (Big Pity, Velvet Black, Spaceboy, Denise T, Cannibal Girls), visual artists (Orlando Cole-Gorton, Joyce Matos, and more), and DIY zine making
location: the Living Gallery, 1094 Myrtle Ave. Brooklyn
admission: $10
This is a Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn event.

6/20 Soup & Sound
Improvisers Pool: Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto, bass koto), Sun Li (pipa), Bianca Gannon (gamelan gongs & xylophones, piano), guest (violin/viola), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (percussion)
location: 292 Lefferts Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (private residence)
$20 suggested donation
includes soup
BYOB

Annie Gosfield in Orlando this Friday

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Annie Gosfield- Friday, May 24th at Timucua Arts
Posted on May 19, 2019 by CIVIC MINDED 5 Leave a comment
Friday, May 24th, 2019
Atlantic Center For The Arts, Timucua Arts Foundation and The Civic Minded 5 present
Annie Gosfield
Timucua Arts
2000 S. Summerlin Ave, Orlando
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 concert
$10-$20 donation, reservations suggested, all ages welcome

Annie Gosfield and Roger Kleier twice performed in our town all the way back in the full season of Civic Minded 5 offerings, pre-millenia, just after we started to program off the Rollins College campus and just after co-founding member Peter Barber blurted our name out as we critically needed one for promotional materials. As for booking Gosfield- an NYC new music composer and Tzadik Records artist- we were flattered, thinking the word had quickly spread behind our forward-thinking, underdog presenting. We were flattered that the word was out. Pathos crowded out pride when she admitted that it was all an accident. Gosfield mistakenly made her initial Florida inquiry, thinking that it was somewhere else. Somewhere more obvious- a place with a new music pedigree. Years on, we’re all back together again via an Atlantic Center For The Arts Outreach event. This time we all mean it. Twenty-one years on and we are an outlet mall crawl and new music destination.

NoBusiness Records Begins Sam Rivers Archive Series 

Source: All About Jazz.

NoBusiness Records launches its Sam Rivers Archive Series with Emanation (NBCD 118), a previously unreleased performance by the Sam Rivers trio featuring bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Norman Connors recorded at Boston’s Jazz Workshop in 1971.

Produced with the full cooperation of the late composer-improviser’s daughter, Monique Rivers Williams, and the Sam Rivers Estate, the series will consist of eight CDs of music selected from Rivers’ enormous personal archive released over the next four years.

Fanoplane & Friends @ Function Coworking Community in DC

Source: Fanoplane.

On May 25, Fanoplane (https://thefanoplaneproject.tumblr.com/), JOY ON FIRE (http://www.joyonfire.com/) and Sonic Eddy (https://soniceddy.bandcamp.com) perform at Baltimore’s Function Coworking Community (https://befunction.al/), which is located at 4709 Harford Rd. (https://goo.gl/maps/YU2TAVF9QBR2).

Fanoplane’s seed was planted in a duo performance by Bob Boilen and Ted Zook (https://soundcloud.com/uberepic-productions/cd-cellar-boilen-zook). Following that, Bob sat in for a couple of performances with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/), then several performances with Heterodyne (https://the-heterodyne-project.tumblr.com/).

JOY ON FIRE was featured this January on NPR’s All Songs Considered. JOY ON FIRE is a jazz-rock sax/bass/drum trio originally from Baltimore and now based in Princeton, New Jersey. Their second album, Fire with Fire, released by Maryland’s PROCRASTINATION RECORDS, was given a 4-star review in All About Jazz by Gareth Thompson, who called the record “a thrill of high voltage jazz ‘n’ roll,” and made Gonçalo Falcão’s, of Portugal’s Jazz.pt, “Best of 2018” list. “Hymn,” JOY ON FIRE’s new single and the title track on their upcoming third album of the same name, can be heard online at NPR’s All Songs Considered website, and a video for another track from the album, “Punk Jazz,” is forthcoming early this spring. The group tours the Eastern Seaboard, from New Orleans to Vermont; upcoming shows include returning to Radio Bean for the Discover Jazz Festival during their June New England tour and a debut at The Stoltz Listening Room on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Sonic Eddy is psychedelic freak folk with a twang in its step, the new full band project from longtime Virginia music maker Maya Renfro (The OSYX, This Could Go Boom!, Pagan Reagan). Renfro is often backed by experimental shredder Evan O’Neal and the rhythmic crashes of Mitchell Bass.
Listen: https://soniceddy.bandcamp.com

AMN Reviews: FIMAV 2019 Day 4

By IRWIN BLOCK (irblock@hotmail.com)

Photo credit: Martin Morissette

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – The fourth and final day at the 35 th Festival de Musique Actuelle, featured three concerts that were outstanding displays of artistic prowess, and three others that were less than exceptional, even controversial.

The Sunday schedule began in early afternoon with an hour-long improvised solo concert by British saxophonist John Butcher. It was a joy to behold! Standing at the foot of the gilded altar at the century-old St. Cristophe Roman Catholic Church, Butcher began whispering into the mouthpiece of his tenor sax, cautiously exploring a few notes, laying out a simple melody, emitting bird-like sounds and finally moving into deeper tones and more full-bodied attack, seeming to replicate a conversation. He then switched to soprano sax, playing with the natural reverb from the vaulted ceiling, and ending with some gorgeous variations. On the final piece, Butcher began with chromatic excursions, then let loose with bright and bold playing and near the end it seemed his soprano sax was actually singing – an outstanding performance!

Similarly, the trio led by drummer-composer Tyshawn Sorey soared to the heights of original and compelling musical expression with an all-acoustic concert that soared seamlessly from tone poem to ballad and on to faster tempo pieces. The listener does not have to ask, is this jazz, or contemporary classical, because the music flowed, following no obvious pattern. Chris Tordini was solid on acoustic bass, but to discover a formidable pianist, do check out Cory Smythe, whose imagination and ability to deepen and expand the music in this trio was exceptional. Sorey’s kit that includes a rare, 28-inch GONG Snare, which he used judiciously. Alternating on a keyboard, Sorey’s percussive work was a central part of the group sound. The charts were from his most recent Pi recordings, Verisimilitude (2017) and The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016).

Electroacoustics took over in the late afternoon when Xavier Garcia used his souped-up laptop computer and mixer to explore the sonic universe with fellow French national Lionel Marchetti who sculpted sound with a tape recorder, toys, and devices. The audience was seated in the round, surrounding the two musician and their electronics tables. They produced plenty of sonic variety, but the experience could not compare with that of the Butcher and Sorey gigs.

The controversy arose in the mixed reaction to a noise choir outing programmed by Montreal improviser Joane Hétu and Joker, entitled Les Lucioles, or The Fireflies. Its 20 choristers were dressed to resemble fireflies and carried lights in their initial entry and final exits. Movement was choreographed, like in a piece of theatre. It is based on music and words by Hétu, Jean Derome, Danielle Palardy Roger, all pioneers and stalwarts of the Montreal improv scene. I picked up the on the word Revolution in the meandering dialogue, and the idea that the fireflies’ light contrasts with darkness in the world. As a metaphor, it did not engage me, but the acked audience gave the performance a standing ovation.

The return of the explosive Indonesian duo knows as Senyawa – vocalist Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi, playing a homemade string instrument – in a collaboration with the dramatic Japanese guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Keiji Haino may have looked good on paper, but in performance it never seemed to gel as a well-programmed group effort.

The icing on the proverbial cake came when old and young in the audience danced in the aisles way past midnight to the infectious punky sounds of the veteran Dutch group The Ex, celebrating their 40th year as a performing ensemble. Propelled by the hypnotic beat of drummer and vocalist Katerina Bornefeld, the electric guitar trio of Arnold de Boer (the main vocalist), Terrie Hessels, and Andy Moor, cast aside any notion that musique actuelle is boring or intellectual. No metaphors here, just a lot of musical joy.