Avant Scena Reviews

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Christopher Dell – “Das Arbeitende Konzert/ The Working Concert (Revision IV-V)” (ENW Records, 2019)

Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet – “Re-Collect” (Not Two Records, 2019)

Ken Vandermark – “Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019” (Catalytic Sound, 2019)

Jorge Nuno Connection – “Sao Paulo Connection” (Creative Sources, 2019)

Rob Mazurek – “Desert Encrypts Vol. 1” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

RYAN CARTER – “Chamber Works” (Kairos, 2019)

II_III_IIII – “II III IIII” (2019)

Kraftwerk: Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation 

Source: Festicket Magazine.

The Guardian called them “the world’s most influential band”. NME said that The Beatles and Kraftwerk are “the two most important bands in music history”. BBC called them “one of the most influential bands ever”. I could go on.

Since their formation very nearly half a century ago – as the 1960s made way for the 1970s – the number of artists, composers, bands, and performers that have seen their art shaped by the enigmatic German four-piece is immeasurable.

While lineups have changed and media limelight has been shunned, the last 50 years has seen Kraftwerk continue to evolve, innovate and excite. Here are just a handful of the milestones and moments from the lifespan of these iconic robots.

31st Season of Interpretations Announced

Source: Interpretations.

BROOKLYN’S “INTERPRETATIONS” SERIES 31st SEASON
BEGINS SEPT 26, 2019

The Interpretations Series is pleased to announce its 31st season which begins Thursday, September 26th, 2019. From September 2019 to May 2019, Interpretations will continue its tradition of playing host to composers, interpreters, and improvisers — artists of both local and international scale, with myriads of approaches to music. Held at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, tickets are $20 for adults / $15 for students & seniors, and available on http://www.Roulette.org and http://www.Interpretations.info.

The season is slated to include:

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26: ROCCO DI PIETRO | BEN NEILL **SEE COMPLETE INFO ON THIS CONCERT BELOW**
Music of Rocco Di Pietro, performed by Mivos Quartet (strings); Joseph Kubera (piano); Kathleen Supové (piano); Robert Dick (flute); Larry Marotta (guitar) — plus a special performance of Hail Mary composed by the late Julius Eastman, with Di Pietro on piano. / Ben Neill’s Fantini Futuro (World Premiere), an audio-visual work based on the music and life of early Baroque trumpeter/composer Girolamo Fantini. With Ryland Angel (countertenor); Gwendolyn Toth (Baroque keyboards); and a production team including Bob McGrath, Rachel Budin, Liz Prince, and Carl Brunt.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7: JD PARRAN | AMIR BEY
JD Parran’s Harlem Reunion, a music/spoken word quartet, perform original improvisational compositions. With Alexis Marcelo (piano); Larry Roland (poet and bass); Jackson Krall (percussion). / Amir Bey & JD Parran present Elevated Moon: a ‘ritualistic happening’ with a combination of sound, movement, visual vibrance, and light projections. With Soundrhythium Michael TA Thompson (drums & percussion); Bill Toles (light-magic); Chihiro Cute-Beat Kobayashi (movements and poses).

THURSDAY DECEMBER 5: MOMENTA QUARTET + ELIZABETH BROWN, FRANCES WHITE
The Momenta Quartet joins forces with composers Elizabeth Brown and Frances White in a multimedia evening fusing Western contemporary music with Japanese aesthetics, literary references, and a video/sculpture installation by artist Lothar Osterburg.

THURSDAY APRIL 9: THOMAS BUCKNER
Baritone Thomas Buckner presents his 31st annual concert of newly commissioned pieces with works by Earl Howard, Pauline Kim, JD Parran, and Buckner himself. With performers Soo Yeon Lyuh (haegeum, a two-stringed Korean bowed instrument); Andrew Drury (percussion); Earl Howard (synthesizer and saxophone); JD Parran (reeds).

THURSDAY MAY 7: MÉLANIE GENIN | ENSEMBLE L’ART POUR L’ART
Mélanie Genin performs new music for harp by Christian Dachez, Michael Greba, Saad Haddad, Pauline Kim Harris, Mantovani, and Ricardo Romaneiro. / Ensemble L’Art Pour L’Art perform works by Matthias Kawl, Stephan Streich, Killian Schwoon and others. With Matthias Kawl (percussion); Astrid Smelik (flute). Michael Shorder (guitar); plus special guest Thomas Buckner (baritone voice).

Arthur Blythe Profile: Part 2

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Beginning in the late 1970s, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe recorded a string of highly creative, pathbreaking albums, the majority of which have been reissued in recent years. We’re digging into them this week. Part 1 of this series discussed his live albums The Grip and Metamorphosis, his first studio album Bush Baby, and his Columbia Records debut, Lenox Avenue Breakdown. In this installment, we’ll look at his next four Columbia albums: In the Tradition, Illusions, Blythe Spirit, and Elaborations.

AMN Reviews: Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer (2019; RareNoiseRecords)

This unusual trio is back for a sophomore effort, following up on 2016’s An Untroublesome Defencelessness. Legendary noise artist Merzbow is joined by sludge guitar maestro Haino and drummer Balazs Pandi (who may be the most underrated percussionist on the planet). Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer allows these iconoclasts to explore for almost 70 minutes.

Recorded 100% live in the studio, Haino also contributes bass, electronics and occasional vocals, and Merzbow plugs in a second guitar from time to time. While the two are hard to distinguish at first, Haino focuses on overdriven, ponderous riffing punctuated by feedback, while Merzbow provides textures, bent notes, and speed-picking interspersed with his electronics. Unsurprisingly, the two blend and merge their sounds into a brutal assault of sharp angles and square waves. Pandi’s aggressive and often arhythmic drumming never lets up on the pace, keeping the tempo moving even when the other two proceed at a more deliberate pace. If anything, he keeps his bandmates grounded, to the extent that is possible with this form of extreme free improv.

One of the more interesting moments of this release is when Haino switches to bass and Merzbow plays psychedelic guitar lines in I Want to Learn how to Feel Everything in Each Single Breath I.  The group thus forms a traditional power trio in instrumentation if not in output. Rather than all-out improv, the group tones it down a bit for a moody and darkly introspective interlude.

If you like a shot of dissonance in your evening drink, the fuzzed out, wigged out, walls of distorted guitar offered on Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer will provide that, and much more. Merzbow, Haino, and Pandi also manage to maintain an attention-grabbing freshness throughout this lengthy release. As such, it should be no surprise that the album comes highly recommended.