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.
Bell – Secrets from a Distant Star (2017)
Schnellertollermeier – Rights (2017)
Providence Research Ensemble – Music of J.P.A. Falzone (2017)
Ben Rath – Black Heart Music (2017)
Patrick Shiroishi – Tulean Dispatch (2017)
From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:
WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.
Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda
Thu. Oct. 19, 8 PM; $10 advance/at door
Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda perform with unconventional and self-made instruments including Walkman cassette players and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of the various sites to guide the flow and development of the performances. Audience is limited to 85 and we expect this to sell out, so get your tickets now!
Earshot: P. Chatterjee & N. Welch
Sat. Oct. 21, 8 PM; $20, $18, $10 in advance
Pandit Chatterjee is a distinguished name among Indian musicians as an outstanding sitarist and a highly regarded teacher, widely respected for his devotion to music and placed him among the top instrumentalists of his era. He performs with outstanding Seattle-based saxophonist Neil Welch, of the duo Bad Luck. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.
TUE. 10/24 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents Matt Mitchell: Music of Tim Berne + Dawn Clement duets
THU. 10/26 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents Robin Holcomb Trio + Mikolaj Trzaska
FRI. 10/27 – Vocalise women’s vocal ensemble performs works by living composers
SAT. 10/28 – Nonsequitur presents analog synth veteran Todd Barton + Jason E. Anderson
Source: The Free Jazz Collective.
Noël Akchoté – All I Have To (Solo Series) ****
Noël Akchoté – Complete Recordings (Plays Anthony Braxton) ****½
James Blood Ulmer & The Thing – Baby Talk (Trost Records) ****½
The October Revolution Part 2: Saturday and Sunday
The October Revolution: Part 1, Thursday and Friday
Áine O’Dwyer – Gallarais (MIE, 2017) *****
Heath Watts & Blue Armstrong – Bright yellow with bass” (Leo Records, 2017) **** 1/2
Source: Devin Gray Music.
10/17/17 DG // Cory Smythe // Ingrid Laubrock // Trevor Dunn Brooklyn Korzo
10/17/17 Cloudsounds Trio Release! (Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe) Earth Worldwide
10/22/17 Sarah Bernstein Group Brooklyn Legion Bar
10/22/17 Sara Serpa Trio (Chris Tordini/DG) New York Cornelia Street Cafe
11/11/17 Kjetil Jerve // Christian Meaas Svendsen // DG Oslo Bar Django
11/12/17 Chris Speed//Devin Gray//DUO Köln Salon de Jazz
11/13/17 Devin Gray’s New York Trio (Chris Speed/Drew Gress) LONDON VORTEX
11/14/17 Devin Gray’s New York Trio (Chris Speed/Drew Gress) Marburg Cavete
11/15/17 Devin Gray’s New York Trio (Chris Speed/Drew Gress) Linz Gallery MAERZ
11/16/17 Devin Gray’s RelativE ResonancE (Chris Speed/Peter Madsen/Drew Gress/DG) Wien Porgy & Bess
11/17/17 Devin Gray’s RelativE ResonancE (Chris Speed/Peter Madsen/Drew Gress/DG) Graz Wist
11/18/17 Devin Gray’s RelativE ResonancE (Chris Speed/Peter Madsen/Drew Gress/DG) Lausanne Chorus
Saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi wrote and recorded Tulean Dispatch in the weeks leading up to last Fall’s U.S. election. This solo recording is his response to increasing reports of hate crimes, filtered through the lens of someone whose parents were held in concentration camps.
Consisting of four tracks totaling just over 30 minutes, the album incorporates drones, frenetic playing, and various points in between. Shiroishi’s use of subtle reverb (perhaps due to the room in which the album was recorded) provides a degree of darkness, and his timbre exquisitely contributes to the feel of each track.
The dominant emotions evoked by Tulean Dispatch are anger and passion. The Screams of the Father is a five-and-a-half minute piece that starts with a discordant blast and rarely deviates far from that origin point. Form and Void, on the other hand, begins with a deliberately-paced series of long-held notes and droning themes. Shiroishi works these for several minutes to a crescendo, and then releases the tension. The latter two-thirds of the track builds up to plaintive wails and grinding blasts, an emotive shaking of one’s fist at the sky. The album ends with The Flowers and Candles are Here to Protect Us, a short, melancholy piece that provides a degree of resignation, acceptance, or perhaps a just calm conclusion as Shiroishi comes to terms with his frustration.
Even when not viewed as a protest album, Tulean Dispatch is a singular release that takes solo sax in a number of interesting new directions. But knowledge of the conceptual origins of Shiroishi’s efforts adds further layers to the understanding of his iconoclastic endeavors. Highly recommended.