The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Reviewed

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Before the postmodernist concert starts, the orchestra warming up sounds a little like Ornette Coleman or Sun Ra and his outer-spacers giving John Cage a run for his money. These sounds are free and somewhat cacophonous but they are music too, and why not, if old-school rules are made to be broken by new composers whose classical muses and sirens tease them with surprising mixtures of notes, jogged by offbeat syncopations, which question traditional melodies and rhythms and try to alert the listening brain to new ideas of the beautiful.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 19/2017

English: Jason Kao Hwang live at Saalfelden 20...

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Slag: Dave Rempis, as, Ts/ Fred Lonberg Holm, Cello/ Paal Nilssen Love, Dr, Perc

Timeless: Eve Risser, P/ Marcelo Dos Reis, G

Cascas: Marcelo Dos Reis, G

Jason Kao Hwang
Sing House: J Kao Hwang, Vln, Vla/ Andrew Drury, Dr/ Ken Filiano, B/ Chris Forbes, P/ Steve Swell, Tbn

Synaptic Self: Josh Sinton, Bari Sax/ Alvaro Domene, G/ Mika Caratti, Dr

Naca: Tony Cattano: Trombone and Compositions Emanuele Parrini: Violin Matteo Anelli: Double-bass Andrea Melani: Drums

Loafer’s Hollow: Mostly Other People Do the Killing

682/681: Lisa Cay Miller, P + Various Wonderful Muscians

Creative Sources
Zwerv Live: Raoul Van Der Weide, B/ George Hadow, Dr/ Henk Zwerver, G/ Ziv Taubenfeld, Bcl/ Luis Vincente, Tp

America’s National Parks: Wadada Leo Smith, Tp, Dir./ Anthony Davis, P/ Ashley Walters, Cello/ John Lindberg, B/ Pheeroan Aklaff, Dr/ Jesse Gilbert, Video

Noah Preminger
Meditations on Freedom: Noah Preminger Quartet

Eli Wallace
the Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture: Eli Wallace, P/ Rob Pumpelli, Dr

LA Rete Di Indra: Luca Segala, Ts/ Gianluca Alberti, B/ Tony Boselli, Dr

AMN Picks of the Week: The Necks / Butcher, Smith, & Walter / Vmthanaachth / Newsome & Pilc / Gerschlauer, Fiuczynski, DeJohnette, Garrison, & Mikadze

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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.

The Necks – Unfold (2017)
John Butcher / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter – The Catastrophe of Minimalism (2017)
Vmthanaachth – Inferotemporal (2017)
Sam Newsome / Jean-Michel Pilc – Magic Circle (2017)
Gerschlauer / Fiuczynski / DeJohnette / Garrison / Mikadze – Mikrojazz (2017)

AMN Reviews: Vmthanaachth – Inferotemporal (2017; Bandcamp)

This unpronounceable ensemble offers its second album, a dark slab of instrumental chamber-noise walls. Consisting of six performers, instrumentation includes dual guitars with generous overdubbing, non-drum-kit percussion, bass guitar, sax, cello, piano, vibes, violin, melodica, mbira, keyboards, and recorder. Notably, all of these components combine into a monolithic assault.

Heavily-distorted guitar lines, focusing on thick chords and atmospheric speed-picking, form the base of Inferotemporal. Bass and sax freely improvise over the top of the six-stringed attack. The other instruments make periodic appearances and accentuations. Softly-growled death-metal vocals rear their ugly head from time to time. There is a near-complete lack of melody in the usual sense, which results in an ever-shifting landscape and never a dull moment. Perhaps the only exception to the general rule of the album is the fourth track, Music for the Move Nine, which is a chamber music drone.

Vmthanaachth has achieved a high-water mark in unclassifiable music – a harsh offering that combines influences from across the musical spectrum – metal, jazz, classical, ambient, noise – and results in an oddly listenable amalgam of brooding sound structures and landscapes.

Chicago Scene: August 19-26, 2017

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, August 19th 2017

3:00PM in Hadiya Pendleton Park, 4345 S Calumet Ave, 312.747.6728 (Free)
David Boykin and The Sebau, with Rollo Radford, Justin Boyd, Cher Jey, Manu Wisdom, Aliyyah Heatherington, Brenda Gilbert, Abstract Black

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Tephra Sound : Nikki Glaspie, Jessica Lurie, Brian Haas, Helen Gillet

Sunday, August 20th 2017

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Daniel Levin, Tim Daisy

Monday, August 21st 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Matt Piet Solo
Matt Piet, Bill Harris

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Charles Rumback

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, Aaron Zarzutzki, Peter Maunu

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Moor Mother
ONO featuring Mykele Deville

Thursday, August 24th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Avreeayl Ra
Lara Tochsvard Trio with Zeppe Jeeberg, Mole Nojfell

Friday, August 25th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Joel Futterman, Ike Levin

Saturday, August 26th 2017

2:00PM at The Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence, 312.744.1998
Christopher Riggs
Renée Baker — film screening

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Joshua Abrams, Josh Berman,
Sun Speak : Matt Gold, Nate Friedman
Jeremy Cunningham, Dustin Laurenzi

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