AMN Picks of the Week: John Zorn / Sandy Ewen / Lina Allemano / Common Eider, King Eider & Cober Ord / Mira Drevo

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.

John Zorn – Beyond Good and Evil – Simulacrum Live (2020)
Sandy Ewen – You Win (2020)
Lina Allemano’s OHRENSCHMAUS – Rats and Mice (2020)
Lina Allemano – Glimmer Glammer (2020)
Common Eider, King Eider / Cober Ord – Palimpseste (2020)
Mira Drevo – Dreams of Abandoned Villages (2020)

RIP Andrew Weatherall 

Source: The Quietus.

DJ, musician, producer, writer and remixer Andrew Weatherall has died aged 56. In a statement, his management said: “We are deeply sorry to announce that Andrew Weatherall, the noted DJ and musician passed away in the early hours of this morning, Monday 17th February 2020, at Whipps Cross Hospital, London. “The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. He was being treated in hospital but unfortunately the blood clot reached his heart. His death was swift and peaceful.”

John Zorn’s Naked City Turns 30

Source: The Quietus.

Long before John Zorn’s insanely versatile quintet Naked City released its eponymous debut album thirty years ago this month, the leader had already spent years experimenting with concepts that in many ways defined the band’s whiplash sound, particularly its jump-cut aesthetic. Yet Naked City was the project that elevated the notorious gadfly composer and saxophonist out of New York’s downtown ghetto and allowed to him reach a much wider and younger audience. In a sense this was his pop-rock band—albeit as uncompromising as anything he’s ever done–a nimble quintet driven by remarkable musicianship and a machine-gun spray of ideas that would seemingly make more sense in a rock club than the jazz festivals that usually programmed them.

This Week in New York 


Philip Glass Ensemble performs Music in Twelve Parts over four sets on February 16 (4:30pm and 7:30pm) and February 17 (6pm and 9pm). Each set includes three parts.
Monday, February 17 at 6:00 PM
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Philip Glass Ensemble performs Music in Twelve Parts over four sets on February 16 (4:30pm and 7:30pm) and February 17 (6pm and 9pm). Each set includes three parts.
Monday, February 17 at 9:00 PM
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Mabou Mines and Weathervane Productions, in association with Philip Glass’s The Days and Nights Festival, present a unique celebration of legendary playwright and director María Irene Fornés, featuring the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s’ transformation of her five-page play Drowning into an opera and a version of Fornés’s Mud.
Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, February 23 at 5:00 PM
Mabou Mines, 150 First Avenue, New York, NY

The North/South Chamber Orchestra will perform recent works by American composers Roger Wesby, Andrew Thomas, David Maves, and Max Lifchitz. Violinsit Claudia Schaer and pianist Helen Lin will appear as soloists.
Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 PM
Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY

An die Musik NYC presents The Parhelion Trio, soprano Erin Heisel, tenor Jamon Maple, pianist Andrea Christie, and violist Nickolas Kaynor in a concert of music spanning the past 100 years. Ranging from beloved 20th-century song cycles by William Bolcom and Ralph Vaughan Williams to new works for flute, clarinet, and piano, the concert will conclude with premieres performed by Parhelion Trio. Featuring the world premiere of Lisa Bielawa’s Rondolette (2020/2011), arranged for trio, and the New York City premiere of Rhapsody (2019) by Peter Winkler.
Sunday, February 23 at 4:00 PM
Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Jessica Meyer–Photo by Tatiana DaubeckJessica Meyer–Photo by Tatiana Daubeck
The program begins with Jessica Meyer’s I Only Speak of the Sun, which was inspired by Rumi’s Ode by the same title while exploring the palette of colors the string trio can produce, followed by Schnittke’s String Trio, and Faure’s first piano quartet.
Sunday, February 23 at 5:00 PM
Our Saviour’s-Atonement, 178 Bennett Avenue, NY

Gapplegate Music Reviews

Source: Gapplegate.

Heare Ensemble, Vox, Music of George Crumb, Narong Prangcharoen, Stacy Garrop, Carter Pann

Shih-Hui Chen, Silvergrass & Other Orchestral Works

Ben Verdery, Scenes from Ellis Island, New Guitar Music

Kirk O’Riordan, Autumn Winds, Holly Roadfeldt, Ann Moss, Peter Dutilly

Will Liverman, Jonathan King, Whither Must I Wander

Sonora Winds, From Shadow to Light, 20th Century Music for Winds from Poland

Civitas Ensemble, Jin Yin

Thomas Dimuzio, Tom Djll and Gino Robair Interviewed

Source: Freq.

San Francisco residents Thomas Dimuzio, Tom Djll and Gino Robair are three leading lights in the world of improvisation and modular synthesis. All have been active on the ever-bountiful Bay Area experimental music scene for many years, and are interviewed below about their individual contributions to the Modulisme sessions organised by Philippe Petit. Their answers reveal the many and varied approaches, options and possibilities that the form offers not only to three intrepid musical explorers, but more widely.