AMN Reviews: Ingar Zach – Le stanze [SOFA552]

sofa552The four pieces on Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach’s Le stanze exploit the many-faceted sounds at the meeting place of an expanded percussion set, electronics and silence. The release begins austerely enough, with long emptinesses broken by the occasional scrape, rub or thump reverberating in an enveloping silence. The aptly titled second track, Il battito del vichingo (the Viking’s beat), enlists resonant, hollow metal for a rapid, regular rhythm that eventually stops short to leave an exposed, static chord. This in turn gives way to rattles and strikes on shimmering metal. Closing out the collection, the surge and decay of L’inno dell’oscuritá (The Hymn of Obscurity) opens out to the harsh abrasive electronics of È solitudine (It Is Solitude).

Daniel Barbiero

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All About Jazz Reviews

English: Mary Halvorson with Anti-House at Clu...

Source: All About Jazz.

Taylor Ho Bynum
Enter the PlusTet (Firehouse 12 Records)

Dave Liebman Group
Expansions Live (Whaling City Sound)

Jason Roebke Octet
Cinema Spiral (NoBusiness Records)

Mark Dresser Seven
Sedimental You (Clean Feed Records)

The Core Trio Featuring Matthew Shipp
The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp (Evil Rabbit Records)

Steeped (Relative Pitch Records)

Wadada Leo Smith
America’s National Parks (Cuneiform Records)

Aziza (Dare2 Records)

Anna Webber’s Simple Trio With Matt Mitchell & John Hollenbeck
Binary (Skirl Records)

Kent Carter Rivière Ensemble
Oratorios and Songs (Emanem)

Mary Halvorson Octet
Away With You (Firehouse 12 Records)

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This Week in New York 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

The music of Steve Reich once again takes center stage as Ensemble Signal guides audiences through three of Reich’s most intimate compositions, including Cello Counterpoint and Pendulum Music.
Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Amorphous IV, consisting of Kato Hideki, John King, Ursula Scherrer, and Nana Tsuda, present their first collaboration, a performative installation of sound, light, and movement in which temporal and spatial changes (or no changes) are determined in real time. The audience is encouraged to walk around during the installation. This first-time collaborative project will combine all forms of media within the live installation format.
Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Bizet as well as the NY premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Records From a Vanishing City.
Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12-$110
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow premieres new solo piano works by Rome Prize winner composer Christopher Cerrone, Fjola Evans, David Brynjar Franzson, and Bang on a Can founders David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon.
Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Pianist Erika Dohi performs works by Anthony Davis, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Robert Honstein,and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Special guest Daniel Anastasio will join Erika for the four-hands piano work water hollows stone by Alex Weiser.
Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Mivos Quartet performs Yvonne Wu’s Utterance, plus solo selections. Iktus Percussion performs works by composers Paul Pinto, Rick Burkhardt and Paula Matthusen. Quiet City closes out the concert, performing three works by guitarists from the Glenn Branca Ensemble as well as a solo cello piece by Pat Muchmore.
Friday, October 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Halloween comes early to Carnegie Hall. Things that go bump in the night have inspired composers for centuries, but American Composers Orchestra contemporizes the theme with mystifying, electrifying, and just plain scary music. Film soundtracks, including a suite from Bernard Herrmann’s music for Hitchcock’s Psycho, and works that might inspire frightening films in your own head make for a spooky evening.
Friday, October 28 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $43 to $51
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY

The concert features the US Premieres of forgotten music of 20/21st Century female composers Ethel Smyth, Doreen Carwithen, and Dobrinka Tabakova, highlighting the significant contributions female composers have made to the classical music cannon.
Friday, October 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $12 students/seniors/veterans
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, New York, NY

Four choirs surround the audience in this new work by John Luther Adams, staged in The Met’s stunning Medieval Sculpture Hall.
Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 PM
Tickets start at $65
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 305, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Permutations brings together two soloists performing recent works from composers on both sides of the Atlantic in an evening of virtuosic string music. Paris-based violinist Alexandra Greffin Klein presents a rare NYC solo program of works by Carter, Felder, Saariaho, Hurel, and Canat de Chizy. New York City’s own Anne Lanzilotti presents works of young american composers – Shaw, Wollschleger, and Norman – as well as violist/composer Garth Knox.
Sunday, November 30 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

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Ava Mendoza Profile and Interview

Source: Jazz Right Now, guitarist Eva Mendoza is profiled and interviewed in anticipation of her shows this week at New York’s Stone.

Guitarist/composer Ava Mendoza has a residency at the Stone this coming week, October 25-30, one of the most anticipated events of the Fall season. Having moved to New York from the Bay Area in 2014, Mendoza has had a major impact on the improvised music scene here via a sound that is all her own. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ava to discuss the week of music she is presenting.

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Gapplegate Music Reviews

English: Trygve Seim with his musical ensemble,

Source: Gapplegate Music Review.

Wadada Leo Smith, America’s National Parks
Benji Kaplan, Uai So
Matt Ulery’s Loom / Large, Festival
Trygve Seim, Rumi Songs

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AMN Reviews: Bobby Previte – Mass (2016; RareNoiseRecords)

massBobby Previte is well-known as the veteran drummer who has collaborated with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Marty Ehrlich, Ira Jane Bloom, and Wayne Horvitz among many others. But he is also an accomplished composer and arranger, as evidenced by a long line (about 35) of albums on which he leads or co-leads. For Mass, coming out on November 18 from the U.K.-based creative music label RareNoiseRecords, he takes a left turn.

Previte is joined by Marco Benevento on organ, Don McGreevy, Stephen O’Malley, Mike Gamble and Jamie Saft on electric guitars (the latter on just one track), and Reed Mathis on electric bass, as well as the the 11-voice Rose Ensemble, an early-music choral group. With these compatriots, Previte re-imagines the choral work Missa Sancti Jacobi by 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay with organ parts inspired by Olivier Messiaen.

One part Black Sabbath, one part Sunn O))), two parts medieval chorus, Previte and friends blast through nine heavy-metal-inflected pieces. For instance, Offering provides ten minutes of riffing in the Iommi vein, Agnus Dei features the chorus over down-tempo bass, drums, and organ, while Introit features dual-guitar drones over pounding drum fills and unison chant.

But this combination-of-parts description oversimplifies the effort involves and its overall impact. As Previte writes, “[e]ach of the three pillars of the piece – choir, metal trio, and pipe organ – are operating within their own algorithms, their own keys, time and tempo.”

But what sets this release apart is the sheer power of the new and old. The guitars and organ loudly offset the delicacy of the singing in such a fashion that the listener is transported to place of ancient darkness. There is a distinct beauty that cannot be denied amongst all of the distortion and complexity.

A highly recommended release and on my list for best of 2016.

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A Closer Listen Reviews

Source: A Closer Listen.

Kassel Jaeger ~ Onden
Andrea Borghi ~ Fuochi Rituali di San Giuseppe
Sylvia Monnier présente Mes Huit Défenses d’Eléphants
Kim Myhr ~ Bloom
Moonlooker ~ White Bird On Black Snow
Raffaele Mariconte ~ So(E)nology / Alan Courtis & Cyrus Pireh ~ Coils on Malbec
Desolate Horizons ~ The Story of the Sun and Its Fiery Death
Adrian Corker ~ The Have-Nots OST

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