Provençal-born, Brazilian musicologist and composer Didier Guigue has been creating provocative works of electroacoustic and electronic music for several decades both as a composer and as a bassoonist / contrabassoonist; he’s also written open-form works in non-standard notation. In addition to being on the faculty of the Universidade Federal da Paraíba, where his research has focused on the computer analysis of orchestration, he founded the IRCAM-associated Mus3 Research Group and was a co-founder of the Log³ Laptop Orchestra. In recent years Guigue has been working almost exclusively with electronic media and has been turning increasingly toward improvisation. In fact, he’s described much of his more recent work as “improvisations assembled and fixed.” As this background would suggest, much of Guigue’s music falls within the tradition of electronic music and musique concrète, and of experiments in avant-garde compositional methods more generally.
Enquanto ainda é tempo—“while there is still time”–is a collection of nine recent electronic pieces and Guigue’s fifth album. The pieces were realized by Guigue as well as by the Log³ Laptop Orchestra, Coletivo de Performance Artesanato Furioso, and Paralelo Cia de Dança. The music largely consists of sound collages blending elements of musique concrète, field recordings and anecdotal sounds, and electronic processing and synthesis. The title track exemplifies Guigue’s collage work. It combines recordings of what sounds like a political rally with a recording of a relentlessly steady drumming, segueing into a sampled recording of Baroque music, a manipulated recording of a female voice speaking, all followed by a long quite, electronic coda. Other pieces, like the electronic Elemens Part II and the drifting Eri Asai Awakes, take Guigue’s timbral free associations into more abstract and atmospheric territory, while Lori dans la neige, with its heavily processed recordings of the spoken word, is closer to pure musique concrète.
Guigue describes the album has having been meant to express “the last breath of optimism” in the Brazil of the late 2010’s. And while some of the sounds can be harsh and dark, there is in much of the music a contrasting lightness and openness to provide a sober balance.
Source: Empreintes DIGITALes.
axet remperimos te
IMED 20166 / Blu-ray-R-Audio Surround / Download / 2020
Annette Vande Gorne
IMED 20165 / CD / Download / 2020
Annette Vande Gorne
IMED 20164 / CD / Download / 2020
Source: I Care If You Listen.
Tyshawn Sorey is an acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist from Newark, New Jersey. A virtuosic drummer immersed in jazz, experimental music, and Western classical styles, Sorey’s own work transcends genre. He has worked nationally and internationally with Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Claire Chase, Anthony Braxton, Myra Melford, and written music for the International Contemporary Ensemble, PRISM Quartet, Davóne Tines, Alarm Will Sound, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A 2017 MacArthur Fellow, Sorey has released twelve critically-acclaimed recordings, and his latest release, Pillars (Firehouse 12 Records, 2018), is an extraordinary four-hour trance for octet spread across three CDs.
Source: A New Wave Of Jazz.
WARD/VERHOEVEN/SERRIES/ROBERTS : IMAGINARY JUNCTION
Cath Roberts : bariton saxophone and objects
Dirk Serries : acoustic guitar
Martina Verhoeven : piano
Tom Ward : flute, clarinet and bass clarinet
Performed on July 18th 2020, this music was recorded simultaneously in two locations – Brockley and Sint-Lenaarts – using the JackTrip software to transmit/receive the live sound via the internet. The musicians could hear each other at studio quality in near-realtime, despite the physical distance separating them.
RUBICON QUARTET : CROSSCURRENTS
Performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium) on December 14th 2019.
COLIN WEBSTER & ANDREW LISLE : NEW INVENTION
Colin Webster : alto saxophone
Andrew Lisle : drums
Performed at Shrunken Heads Studio, London on 24th May 2019. Recorded and mixed by Senor Al Funklinos. Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium).
RUSSELL/KEUNE/VANDERSTRAETEN : ON SUNDAY
John Russell : acoustic amplified guitar
Stefan Keune : alto saxophone
Kris Vanderstraeten : percussion, drums
Live at Bar L’Archiduc (Rue Antoine Dansaert 6, 1000 Brussels, Belgium) on Sunday January 31st 2010 at 5pm. Concert organised by Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg and Jean-Louis Hennart (owner Archiduc).
Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.
Jessica Pavone released Lost and Found on Oct. 9, 2020. “Lost and Found celebrates the second release for the J. Pavone String Ensemble, an unconventional quartet consisting of Pavone and Abby Swidler on violas, and Erica Dicker and Angela Morris on violins. Founded in 2017, they present original compositions that expand on the themes of Pavone’s extensive solo work while facilitating recent research into the effects of sonic vibration on human physiology and emotional health known as Cymatics. Sustained sounds, pitches, and clusters of ensemble sound are used to generate specific physical and cognitive benefits, existing both within and beyond music’s canonical role.”
Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain VI drops today Friday Oct. 16, 2020. “Nate Wooley is on his sixth volume of his song cycle, with this recent incarnation a 45 minute single opus piece with the trumpet player bringing in a disparate group including Rhodes players Emily Manzo/Isabelle O’Connor, guitarists Ava Mendoza/Julien Desprez, pedals steeler Susan Alcorn along with drummers Chris Corsano/Ryan Sawyer/Ben Hall, violinists C. Spencer Yeh/Samara Lubelski and a vast vocal group. This latest album uses lines from Peggy Seeger’s 1979 tune “Reclaim The Night” as a reference point, with the result a melding of liturgical voices, electronic effects, church organ moods and Gregorian chants.” – George Harris Jazz Weekly
Mary Halvorson releases Artlessly Falling on Oct. 30, 2020.
Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, our Braxton75 partner artist in Belgium, will release Ghost Trance Solos on Nov. 5, 2020. “…guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe provides an overview of how Braxton’s approach to the series changed over time…The holistic aspect of Braxton’s work might seem to be tested by Van Cauwenberghe playing alone rather than with an ensemble. Yet this does not sound or feel like solo music. In order to generate what Braxton refers to as a ‘field of activities’ for one instrument, Van Cauwenberghe uses loops and live electronics to build up layers of musical material…There is a warmth and humour to Van Cauwenberghe’s response to Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music that seems fully in keeping with the project’s radical, friendly openness.” – Laura Tunbridge
On Nov. 20, 2020, Ingrid Laubrock will release Dreamt Twice, Twice Dreamt, her new double-disc album for chamber orchestra and small ensemble. “The album follows Ingrid Laubrock’s landmark orchestral album Contemporary Chaos Practices from 2018 (Intakt CD 314). Ingrid Laubrock presents on this double album five compositions in double version. The first disc features the EOS Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Susanne Blumenthal and the second disc is small ensemble featuring Sam Pluta (electronics), Cory Smythe (piano and quarter-tone keyboard) with Zeena Parkins (harp), Adam Matlock (accordion) and Josh Modney (violin).”
The musicians in our community are also sought-after sidepersons. Tomás Cruz (Trillium J, Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble) is on this new video by Duwendé, and Kyoko Kitamura is featured on a recent release by pianist Russ Lossing as well as on an album by Cory Smythe.