The Story of New Orleans’ SideBar 

Source: Downbeat.

Just days after the pandemic killed live music, when most venues across the country were struggling to adjust, SideBar founder/owner Keith Magruder started streaming high-quality shows from the shuttered venue. Last fall, those streams migrated to Magruder’s own SidePorch, a block away from the old SideBar, where he hosted the 2021 SideFest In Exile, complete with crawfish boil. Together with his Scatterjazz partner Andy Durta, a longtime curator of creative music in New Orleans, he took it to the next level by producing a regular Wednesday Scatterjazz/SideBar series at the Broadside, which also hosts special SJ/SB events. So far from shrinking SideBar’s reach, the pandemic has actually expanded it.

Upcoming Shows at Constellation Chicago

Source: Constellation Chicago.

ELI WINTER
Friday, June 25, 2021
8:00 PM 9:30 PM
Eli Winter is a guitarist based in Chicago. Here, he will perform in trio with Sam Wagster and Tyler Damon, playing new music and music from his album Unbecoming, released last August on American Dreams Records.

THE TRIO WAZ
Saturday, June 26, 2021
8:00 PM 9:30 PM
For over twenty years, Trio WAZ has performed together, making it one of the longest standing experimental music trios in Chicago. Each member brings their own unique armada of musical conquests and distinctive dispositions to interplay and braid an incomparable synthesis of musical actuality.

FREQUENCY SERIES PRESENTS: THIRD COAST PERCUSSION – EARLY AND LATE SHOWS
Sunday, June 27, 2021
6:00 PM 9:30 PM
Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion will perform music by Philip Glass and Jlin alongside the world premieres of new works by the latest participants in its Currents Creative Partnership: Elori Kramer and George Hurd.

JAIMIE BRANCH: FLY OR DIE
Saturday, July 3, 2021
8:30 PM 10:00 PM
A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds,” and for “sucker punching” crowds straight from the jump off.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1290

Source: Vital Weekly.

THREE POINT CIRCLE – PROXIMITY EFFECTS (CD by Palace Of Lights) *
TONE GENERATOR AND THE BODY WITHOUT ORGANS – NORMALISATION OF RESPONSE (CD by Inner City Uprising) *
ELISABETH COUDOUX – EMISZATTET – EARIS (CD by Impakt)
DOGS BITE BACK-BACK? FORWARD! (CD by Noname 666) *
TOBIAS REBER – MOTHER OF MILLIONS (CD, private) *
DAS B – CANOPY (CD by Tonot) *
PORTRAITS (CD compilation by Unexplained Sounds Group)
I WILL KILL CHITA & WZM – LOGBOOK OF THE ARK (CD by Arsenic Solaris) *
SM/DP – COMPLEX FEEDBACK FACTORS (CD by Neko Records) *
SM/DP – PLASMASYNTHESIS (LP by Huge Bass)
CURTIS ROADS/TODD BARTON (CD by Neko Records)
PAUL CHAIN – IS DEATH VOLUME 1 (2LP by Horn Of Plenty) *
DAVID DUNN – VERDANT (CDR by Neuma Records) *
PHILIP BLACKBURN – JUSTINIAN INTONATIONS (CDR by Neuma Records) *
PAMELA Z – A SECRET CODE (CD by Neuma Records) *
AGNESE TONIUTTI – SUBTLE MATTERS (CD by Neuma Records) *
TAKUMA WATANABE – LAST AFTERNOON (CDR by Constructive) *
PHILIP SANDERSON – NOT EVEN MY CLOSEST FRIENDS (cassette by Snatch Tapes) *
EMILIO BERNÈ – NOIOSE (cassette by Dadaist Tapes) *
TERBIJN – ECO (cassette by Never Anything Records) *
ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION – AECPWMCTEP (cassette by Galloping Foxley Recordings) *

A L’Arme! Festival Announced for Late July

Source: A L’ARME! FESTIVAL.

WEDNESDAY 28.07.2021

18:00 — 22:00
ZENNER TREPTOWER PARK (OPEN AIR)
A L’ARME! KICK-OFF AT ZENNER
OUTSIDE AND FOR FREE!*
* NEGATIVE TEST, VACCINATION, RECOVERY PROOF REQUIRED
* ALL HYGIENE AND DISTANCE REGULATIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED

ZENNER TREPTOWER PARK (OPEN AIR)
DJ SET: ANIKA

ZENNER TREPTOWER PARK (OPEN AIR)
DJ SET: ARA

ZENNER TREPTOWER PARK (OPEN AIR)
LIVE: HÄK/DANZEISEN

THURSDAY 29.07.2021

18:00
RADIALSYSTEM
OPEN FROM 6:00PM (GARDEN & DECK)
SHOWS START AT 8:00PM

18:00
RADIALSYSTEM, DECK
SCREENING A L’ARME! CONCERT FILMS 2020

20:00, SET 1
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
MARCELA LUCATELLI

20:30, SET 2
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
SKULTURA
(PREMIERE)

21:30, SET 3
RADIALSYSTEM, SAAL
GENEVIEVE MURPHY & ANDY MOOR –
THE ONE I FEED

22:15, SET 4
RADIALSYSTEM, SAAL
GENEVIEVE MURPHY & ANDY MOOR –
THE ONE I FEED

23:00, SET 5
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
OREN AMBARCHI, WILL GUTHRIE & STEPHEN O’MALLEY
(PREMIERE)

FRIDAY 30.07.2021

18:00
RADIALSYSTEM
OPEN FROM 6:00PM (GARDEN & DECK)
SHOWS START AT 8:00PM

18:00
RADIALSYSTEM, DECK
SCREENING A L‘ARME! CONCERT FILMS 2020

20:00 + 20:45, SET 1 + 2
RADIALSYSTEM, SAAL
LUCY RAILTON & KIT DOWNES

21:30, SET 3
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
PETER ZEGVELD & TERRIE EX

22:15 + 23:00, SET 4 + 5
RADIALSYSTEM, SAAL
FARIDA AMADOU & JULIEN DESPREZ

23:45, SET 6
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
LAPSUS LUMINE PLAYS MOONDOG PROJECT

SATURDAY 31.07.2021

18:00
RADIALSYSTEM, DECK
SCREENING A L‘ARME! CONCERT FILMS 2020

20:00, SET 1
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
ZBIGNIEW CHOJNACKI

20:30, SET 2
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
UNSTUMM – SUPERCRITICAL FLUID

21:30, SET 3
RADIALSYSTEM, SAAL
ANKER/BAUER/SANDELL
(PREMIERE)

22:15, SET 4
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
KARKHANA

23:15, SET 5
RADIALSYSTEM, SAAL
ANKER/BAUER/SANDELL
(PREMIERE)

00:00, SET 6
RADIALSYSTEM, HALLE
KALI MALONE PRESENTS “DOES SPRING HIDE ITS JOY” FEATURING LUCY RAILTON AND STEPHEN O’MALLEY

New Takuroku Releases

Source: Takuroku.

TAKU SUGIMOTO – G MAJOR (2, 3, 5, 7 / III, IV, V) / VII / G MAJOR (2, 3, 5, 7 / III, IV, V)

Taku Sugimoto is one of our favourite guitarists. Having cut teeth in Japan’s underground scene in the 1990’s, he has gone on to sculpt his distinct brand of elliptical guitar playing, a kind of ultra-minimalism akin to the work of the Wandelweiser collective. As Bruce Russell of the Dead C has written, “Sugimoto is perhaps the pre-eminent stylist on the guitar … He brings a golden glow to every session he partakes in, having abandoned amped up noise in favour of a much more introspective and calligraphic style of play.”  He has collaborated with other Japanese musicians involved in the Onkyo movement, such as Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura and Otomo Yoshihide. He has also collaborated with musicians from European free improvisation scenes, notably trombonist Radu Malfatti and guitarist Keith Rowe.

JOACHIM NORDWALL – THE SEARCH FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH

“When I came across ”The Elephant Table Album” double LP compilation from some Swedish mail order in 1990 I immediately loved the whole thing… But what popped out was a track by one Paul Kelday. I listened to it over and over and his depressive analog synth music was sounding like coming from another planet. That planet seemed to be called Brighton according to the address on the cover. I wrote him a letter and a few weeks later I got a kind reply with a cassette from the 1976 inside too. ”The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth” is still one of my fav releases of Paul Kelday, and for a few years we exchanged cassettes and corresponded about nature, music and life. Being in contact with him and having him guiding me through his rather massive catalogue of recordings, it did change my life and still resonates in how I make music. Paul passed away a few years ago and this is some kind of tribute to him and his work.” – Joachim Nordwall

AMN Picks of the Week: Jo Quail / Anna Webber / Leila Abdul-Rauf / Jaimie Branch / PinioL / Ann Hogberg Attack

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.

Jo Quail – The Path with Grace (2015)
Anna Webber – Simple (2014)
Leila Abdul-Rauf – Phantasiai (2021)
Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die Live (2021)
PinioL – Bran Coucou (2018)
Anna Högberg Attack – Lena (2020)