Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.
Oort Smog – Smeared Pulse Transfers (2019)
Pat O’Reilly – Three Sheets to the Wind (2019)
Christine Abdelnour / Chris Corsano – Quand fond la neige, oů va le blanc? (2019)
John Scott (Stereocilia) – The Silence That Follows (2019)
Polyorchard – Black Mountain (2019)
Polyorchard – Sommian (2019)
Source: Can This Even Be Called Music?
Joey Molinaro, Sales de baño, Town Portal, E.A.R., Quantum Trio, and Whim Ensemble
Devin Townsend – Empath Mar
Mord’a’stigmata – Dreams of Quiet Places Mar
Source: The New York Times.
NYFOS NEXT at the DiMenna Center (March 28, 7:30 p.m.). A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2017 and a crafter of “playful, thoughtful, befuddling, enchanting” music, as my colleague Zachary Woolfe has put it, Kate Soper curates this concert under the New York Festival of Song umbrella. She sings two excerpts from her next opera, “The Romance of the Rose,” as well as “The Understanding of All Things.” There’s also music by Kaija Saariaho, Natacha Diels and Alvin Lucier. Charlotte Mundy and Charmaine Lee are the other featured vocalists; Sam Pluta is in charge of the electronics.
TYSHAWN SOREY at Miller Theater (March 28, 8 p.m.). Sorey has had such success in the past few years that he barely needs one of the Miller’s important composer portraits to spotlight his art, but any opportunity to hear his music is a welcome one. Here there’s a world premiere, “Autoschediasms,” for “creative chamber orchestra,” as well as five other pieces. The International Contemporary Ensemble and the JACK Quartet are on hand to play.
Despite its title, there is nothing inebriated about Pat O’Reilly’s Three Sheets to the Wind EP. Instead, it falls into that winning category of short bursts of energy – an album that says its piece with authority then steps aside.
O’Reilly has a storied history that probably is worthy of further exploration in the future. For now, it suffices to say that he is a composer and improviser who currently works for the New York Philharmonic, and has played punk, rockabilly, world, and modern classical music.
Three Sheets to the Wind consists of four deceptively complex tunes centered around O’Reilly’s compositions, but includes improvisational elements as well as post-recording manipulations. O’Reilly plays drums, keyboards, and amplified berimbau, David Whitwell is on trombone, Adam Forman contributes vibraphone, Joe Fee provides bass, Chad Walther is on tuba, and Max Alper supplies electronics.
Two of the pieces, Dehydrated Doom Jazz and Belligerent Extension, are layered free improvisations that ultimately have a composed feel – perhaps due to post-hoc studio processing. On the other hand, Trio TBD Remix features O’Reilly, Whitwell, and Walther playing in a structured fashion that is both intricate and catchy. Whiplash for Dads rounds things out with the full group playing chamber jazz that explores tonalities.
At right around 15 minutes, O’Reilly’s offering is a tease of what we might eventually hear more of on a longer release. And such a follow-up would be welcome given the unusual and compelling qualities of this album.