MATA Festival 2017 Finale Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Diversity is important to MATA, said Artistic Director Du Yun, and diversity beyond race: “diverse expression, style, and syntax of the musical language that we share.” To that end, MATA 2017’s festival finale “Dangerous Currents,” presented on April 29th, 2017 at The Kitchen, was a mature offering of inspiration, form, and content performed by Trinity Wall Street’s NOVUS NY and The Le Boeuf Brothers jazz quintet. Dramatized speech, bird sound imitation, and formal play emerged as trends of the evening, while extended techniques and the omnipresent accordion appeared in more refined form.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Evan Parker, saxophonist, picture taken in Jaz...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Matthias Müller – Solo Trombone (Mamü, 2017) ****
Jeph Jerman / Giacomo Salis / Paolo Sanna – KIO GE (Confront Collectors Series, 2017) ***½ ​
Dálava – The Book of Transfigurations (Songlines, 2017) ****
FMP. The Living Music; Munich 3/10/2017 – 8/20/2017; The Concerts
FMP. The Living Music; Munich 3/10/2017 – 8/20/2017; The Exhibition
Evan Parker & RGG – Live@Alchemia (Fundacja Słuchaj, 2017) ***
Devin Gray – Fashionable Pop Music (s/r, 2016) ****

If, Bwana / Re-Drum / Emerge European Tour

Source: Facebook.

26.05. D-Frankfurt: INM w PHONOGRAPHIA
27.05. D-Augsburg: k15 w M. Schmidt & G. Fiebig
28.05. CH-Zürich : Umbo w fezayafirar
29.05. I-Genova : QSQDR – secret gig
30.05. I-Lido di Dante (Ravenna) : Stereo Club
31.05. I-Belluno: Noises From The Basement #4 @ Nord Tattoing
01.06. SI-Ljubljana: Cirkulacija2
02.06. SI-Trbovlje: Zasavje Noisefest International
03.06. SI-Trbovlje: Zasavje Noisefest International
04.06. SRB-Novi Sad: Improstor @ dom b-612 w Raven & Fecal Vomit
05.06. HUN-Miskolc: Noizistic_session#1_tinta
06.06. HUN-Debrecen: BanZaj #20 @ MODEM
07.06. HUN-Budapest: Havizaj#104 @ Zeg Zug w All Machine & TH Anatol
08.06. SVK-Bratislava: RestArt bar
09.06. D-Berlin: XB-LIEBIG
10.06. D-Hamburg: Atelierhaus23 w Lucia Mense & PAAK

Seattle Scene: May 25 – June 3, 2017

From Seattle’s 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.

Alumni Alchemy: UW Composers I
Thu. May 25, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

The first of two consecutive evenings of electro-acoustic music, video and performance by UW Alumni composers and friends. The program changes each night, with works tonight by Tom Baker, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Donald Craig & Douglas Niemela, , and Ewa Trębacz with Josiah Boothby.

Alumni Alchemy: UW Composers II
Thu./Fri. May 25/26, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

The second of two consecutive evenings of electroacoustic music, video and performance by UW Alumni composers and friends. The program changes each night, with works tonight by Linda Antas and her colleague from Montana State University Jason Bolte, Ryan M. Hare, Ben McAllister, and Joshua Parmenter.

SAT. 5/27 – MOVED! Zero-G Concerts presents Swiss trio Elgar + Greg Campbell/Bill Horist/Dennis Rea + Greg Kelley Due to a scheduling error, this show will now be at Teatro de la Psychomachia

TUE. 5/30 – Drummer Remy Morritt presents original music and improvisations in the first performance of a collection entitled The Ant with Alex Oliverio (guitar), Daniel Salka (keyboards), Mark Hunter (bass)

FRI. 6/2 – Kaley Lane Eaton presents Lily, an electroacoustic multimedia “opera” with an original libretto by Felicia Klingenberg

SAT. 6/3 – Seattle Modern Orchestra collaborates with Paris-based clarinetist Carole Robinson on a program centered around Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi

88 Keys at MATA’s Piano Night Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Composer and performer Du Yun stated that “this program is dear to my heart” prior to a night of MATA-curated piano music on April 26, 2017. The MATA Festival artistic director and recent Pulitzer Prize winner admitted that she’s not supposed to pick favorites, but couldn’t help herself because “I grew up as a pianist—I didn’t grow up screaming.” The program, titled “88 Keys Open Many Doors,” featured works by seven different composers, including three women and one composer of color. Yun and executive director Todd Tarantino interviewed each composer about their work, drawing audience members into the compositional and performance processes without resorting to condescension. The sounds on display ranged from a consonant art song to a clangorous tone-cluster duet to the excruciatingly quiet journey of fingernails down a keyboard without depressing the keys.

5049 Records Podcast – Andrew Barker

Source: 5049 Records.

Andrew Barker is a true original. Originally from Georgia, he has been living and working in New York City since 1997. In 1994 he co-founded the Gold Sparkle Band with Charles Waters and has been pursuing a life of creative music ever since. For this talk we go back to Georgia, his first days in New York and the work he’s been doing with his most recent project, Barker Trio.