AMN Reviews: Mauro Sambo & Marcello Magliocchi – …camminava solo sotto le stelle [Plus Timbre PT116]; ASA – Avoiding Sharks Attacks [PT113]

The two improvisations on …camminava solo sotto le stelle find multi-instrumentalist Mauro Sambo paired with percussionist Marcello Magiolocchi, who also brings a number of instruments to the collaboration. The tracks were recorded a year apart, the first in December 2014 and the second in the following December.

One of the instruments Magliocchi is credited with playing is sounding sculptures by Andrea Dami, which may well provide the opening moves on these two substantial performances. Magliocchi has had prior experience with Dami’s sheet metal and steel sculptures, having recorded the album Music for Sounding Sculptures in Twenty-three Movements some ten years ago, and in fact sounds from Dami’s sculptures appear to be the continuo running throughout both tracks. Sambo’s electronics, bass clarinet, and bowed double bass join Magliocchi to add a layer of largely unpitched sounds to a collective sound that plays subtly with changes of density. In addition to percussion, Magliocchi contributes electric and acoustic guitars and Sambo adds soprano saxophone, further mixing colors in the overall weave of musical texture. Still, the predominant timbres come from the various percussion instruments, which provide both background context and foreground punctuation. What’s striking and strikingly consistent about both pieces is the way Sambo and Magliocchi create a truly cooperative sound, a polyphony of timbres melding into a purposeful unity.

Recorded in November 2019, Avoiding Sharks Attacks is a compact set of four improvisations by the trio of Luca Pissavini on five-string double bass (played both “clean” and with electronic distortion), Fabrizio Bozzi Fenu on electric guitar, and Emilio Bernè sampling drums on laptop—a surprisingly effective substitute for an organic drum kit in the context of the group’s close interactions. The three play in a style that alludes, often in an oblique way, to harmonic cycles and structured themes but still manages to flow freely with the unfolding logic of the moment, whether frantic, as on the opening track, or more reflective, as in Lose Obedience.

Daniel Barbiero

Vital Weekly Reviews 1281

Source: Vital Weekly.

JODA CLEMENT & TIM OLIVE & MATHIEU RUHLMANN – EIDOLEN (CD by 845 Audio) *
SERGEY KOSTYRKO & TIM OLIVE – RASPUTITSA (CD by 845 Audio) *
BRUNO DUPLANT/FREDERIC TENTELIER – NOCTURNES (3 ETUDES) (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
NICK ASHWOOD – UNFOLDING/OVERLAY (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
FERRAN FAGES & LLUÏSA ESPIGOLÉ (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
STEFAN THUT & FELICIE BAZELAIRE & LEO DUPLEIX & FREDERIK RASTEN – AMONG (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
CRAIG SHEPARD – TRUMPET CITY (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
NUBDUG ENSEMBLE – VOLUME ONE: THE MACHINES OF ZENO (CD by Pest Colors Music) *
VACUUM TREE HEAD – RHIZOMIQUE (CD by Pest Colors Music) *
44 x 44 ORPHAX REWORKED (4CD compilation by Moving Furniture)
MEURS – BLOOZE, HAZARDS AND OFF KEYS (CD by Decimation Sociale) *
ZSOLT SŐRÉS – MITRAGYINA METRO (2CD by Hinge Thunder) *
ZSOLT SŐRÉS & RUDI FISCHERLEHNER – ATTENTION SPAN RESET (CDR by Hinge Thunder) *
INGRID SCHMOLINER & ADAM PULTZ MELBYE & EMILIO GORDOA – GRIFF (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
DEREK PIOTR – MAKING AND THE UNMAKING (CD by DPSR) *
ALAN RIDER – ADVENTURES IN REALITY – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (book by Fourth Dimension Publishing)
(AD)VANCE(D)/LICHT-UNG (split 10″ by Licht-ung)
LICHT-UNG – AUBE (cassette by Cipher Productions)
VERTONEN – SHALLOWS (CDR by Ballast NVP) *
VERTONEN – SHALLOWS II (CDR by Ballast NVP) *
VERTONEN – ELETTRA (CDR by Ballast NVP) *
EMERGING INDUSTRIES OF WUPPERTAL – THE FUTURE IS UNDER CONTROL (cassette by Superpolar Taips) *
PHIRNIS – CULINARY DELIGHTS (cassette by Superpolar Taips) *
THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES – CHONDRITE (cassette by Superpolar Taips) *
DE FABRIEK – HBBGVZ (cassette by Universaal Kunst) *
OPT OUT – SALT IN YER BLOOD (cassette by Moonside Space Tapes) *
CALM! – MUSIC FOR FULFILMENT CENTRES (cassette by Moonside Space Tapes) *

Something Else! Reviews

Source: Something Else!

Kenneth Kirschner + Joseph Branciforte – ‘From the Machine: Volume 1’ (2021)

Jakob Bro, with Arve Henriksen + Jorge Rossy – ‘Uma Elmo’ (2021)

Tim Berne’s Hardcell [Berne, Craig Taborn + Tom Rainey] – ‘Sensitive’ (2021)

MMBC (Michael Bisio, Michael Monhart + Ben Chadabe) – ‘MMBC Terma’ (2021)

Soft Works – ‘Abracadabra in Osaka’ (2020)

Evan Parker + Matthew Shipp – ‘Leonine Aspects’ (2021)

Ben Monder, Tony Malaby + Tom Rainey – ‘Live At the 55 Bar’ (2021)

New Takuroku Releases

Source: Takuroku.

BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA – SEED OF SONGS

Biliana Voutchkova is a thoroughly engaged composer-performer/interpreter whose work combines regular performances of major solo violin/ensemble works, new works by contemporary composers often written for her, and improvisation. Her research as a creative improviser spans the widest possible range of sound/music/movement and extends the sonic and technical capacities of her instrument evolving into the development of a highly individual musical language.

Biliana lives in Berlin and appears at festivals and concert series worldwide. She works as a soloist and collaborates with the Splitter Orchestra, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Ensemble Modern, Ensembles United Berlin, Mozaik, Zeitkratzer, LUX:NM and Sasha Waltz & Guests, among others. Recent/current projects include solo concerts at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, GAS, Mózg, Moving Music and Radar Festivals, Cafe Oto, the release of the solo album “Modus of Raw” and “As found” in trio, a concerts tour in the USA with Voutchkova/Thieke duo supported by the Goethe Institut, and performances for the festivals Klangwerkstatt, Documenta14, Wien Modern, Experimental Intermedia and Gent festival. Biliana received the Composition Stipend from the Berliner Senate in 2017 and grands from INM Berlin and the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York in 2016.

QUINIE – THYME PIOBAIREACHD

Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993) and her mother Jeannie Robertson (1908 –1975). Collaging together source material, Vallely amalgamates sean nos style melodies, children’s rhyme, story poems and snippets of more traditional tunes to create a bleak and extended blur of narratives routed in an imagined Scotland. She released her second album ‘Buckie Prins’ with GLARC at the end of 2018.

The word ‘piobaireachd’ literally means pipe playing or pipe music, but is now used to describe the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe. A piobaireachd consists of a Urlar, theme or, ‘ground’, with variations which vary in number and complexity following that theme. The Urlar for this piece is a Scots translation of the traditional song May no man steal your thyme.

This classification of Piobaireachd takes in the categories as follows: Laments — Descriptive pieces, Gatherings — Marches, Battles and Salutes — Farewells. In this piece we are using the voice to express the Lament and the drum to Gather.

Coming to Experimental Sound Studio

Source: Experimental Sound Studio.

APR 23
TQC: Parlour Tapes+ Presents Four Tapes
The experimental cassette tape label Parlour Tapes+ celebrates four new albums, available on cassette and digital download on April 23, 2021. The quadruple release features a first-time solo record from each of the four artists who currently own and run the label: Deidre Huckabay, Jenna Lyle, Zach Moore, and Andrew Tham.

APR 24
TQC: In the middle of The Bridge
Sangliers (The Bridge #14) will subdivide as part of the Quarantine Concerts at ESS, each temporarily in their own area: Keefe Jackson and Dave Rempis from Chicago, Peter Orins from Lille (with other Bridge members: Sakina Abdou and Jean-Luc Guionnet on saxophones, Christian Pruvost on trumpet) will send sounds, vibrations, and waves to each other, and to you. Meet them in the middle of this invisible bridge.

APR 26
OPTION: Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center + Tyondai Braxton and Grace Villamil
Option Talks Art and Music: This program will include a short introduction to the history of Black Mountain College and BMCM+AC, as well as a preview of the exhibition I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. The event will culminate with a collaborative music performance with visuals by composer Tyondai Braxton and artist Grace Villamil.

Archipel Festival 2021

Source: Archipel Festival. Apparently, this fest has been going on for a while, but you can still catch the last couple of days.

Thursday 22 April
Dedalus set
Listening to Deborah Walker and Didier Aschour

Thursday 22 April
0 to 107 years
Ruben Moreno , Mika Ruba , Syméon Newell , Maximilien Estrampes , Noam Stragiotti , Camilla Soares , Amélie Stückelberg , Daniel Wittmer Brigido , Noémi Haenggeli , Maël Chicaiza De La Cruz , Loïc Saliou , Raphaëlle Lambert , Sabine Lambert , Néhémie Manca , Jean-Baptiste Drennan , Oreste Eliez
Games room # 5
Accordion bellows

Thursday 22 April
Concert
Shuyue Zhao , neuverBand , Anja Clift
James Tenney
Chorale (1974) for harp and viola
Misato Mochizuki
All that is including me (1996) for bass flute, clarinet and violin
Sofia Goubaïdoulina
Garten von Freuden und Traurigkeiten (1980) for flute, harp and viola
Shuyue Zhao
Improvisation (2021) for clarinet
Junghae lee
Sorimuni 5 (2020) for flute, clarinet, harp, violin and viola – creation

Thursday 22 April
Concert
Jon Heilbron – Rebecca Lane

Thursday 22 April
Concert
Jessica aszodi
Atlas of the Sky (extracts) by Liza Lim and solo improvisation

Thursday 22 April
Concert
Anthony Pateras
Anthony Pateras # 2
A map of glass – solo piano

Thursday 22 April
Concert
Sam dunscombe
Horatiu Radulescu
Small Infinities’ Togetherness (1973) for acousmonium – creation of this new version

Friday 23 April
Listening sharing
Jürg Frey

Friday 23 April
Projection
Laura Bowler , Frédéric Pattar , Noémi Boutin , Matthew Sharp
We need to speak
Screening of Julien Cadilhac’s film

Friday 23 April
0 to 107 years
Nathan Colin , Loïc Leyvraz , Joël Trontin , Benoît Wisard , Raoul Kreiliger

Friday 23 April
Concert
Anouck Genthon , Pierre-Yves Martel
Insub.distances # 5
The weight of shadow (2020) for violin and viola da gamba

Friday 23 April
Concert
Dedalus set
Brian EnoUK
Thursday Afternoon (1985)
Music for Airports (1978)
Discreet Music (1975)

Friday 23 April
Concert
Anthony Pateras , Jonathan Heilbron , Rebecca Lane , Sam Dunscombe , Jessica Aszodi
Anthony Pateras # 3
A dread of Voids – ensemble

Saturday 24 april
Listening sharing
Julien desprez

Saturday 24 april
Meetings & discussions
SUISA , Salômé Guillemin , Céline Troillet , Nadia Demont
SUISA Discussion

Saturday 24 april
0 to 107 years
Aurélie Gamulin , Julian Barthe , Takuma Miyai , Mélodie L’oiseau , Coralie Balmer , Youri Gandel , Rémy De Lorenzo , Bastien Mouly , Camille Peron , François Pengg
Games room # 7
Resonate saxophones and clarinets!

Saturday 24 april
Concert
Camille Emaille , Raphaël Ortis
Insub.distances # 6
Still (u) n (r) es (t) s (2020) for percussion

Saturday 24 april
Show
Myriam Pruvot , Valérie Leclercq , Estelle Saignes Tilbury , Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias , Ellen Giacone
A modest opera
by Myriam Pruvot

Saturday 24 april
WebTV
Mariam Rezaei
Set for turntables

Sunday 25 april
Listening sharing
Hero-Limit Editions
Listening to Alain Berset

Sunday 25 april
Meetings & discussions
Mariam Rezaei , Zeid Hamdan , Isabelle Gattiker
Music and politics

Sunday 25 april
Performance
Selva Nuda – Automatic one-on-one songs

Sunday 25 april
0 to 107 years
Jean-Baptiste Drennan , Rahman Bonadona , Luis Escobar , Varoujan Cheterian
CPMDT Workshop
Composition and electroacoustic students of Arturo Corrales and Nicolas Sordet at the CPMDT

Sunday 25 april
Projection
Cristian Alvear , Violeta Motta
Insub.distances # 7
Un día (2020) for electric guitar and traverso

Sunday 25 april
Show
Julien Desprez , Marion Cousin , Pauline Simon , Julien Loutelier , Clément Vercelletto , Gregory Joubert , Bastien Mignot , Gregory Edelein , Miléna Grange , Maël Pinard , Guillaume Marmin

Sunday 25 april
Concert
Julien desprez
Julien Desprez solo
Agora (2021) for electric guitar and electronic device

Sunday 25 april
Performance
3 x Tiresia
Myriam Pruvot – Oracular sung performance

Sunday 25 april
Projection
Myriam Pruvot , Antoine Läng
Insub.distances # 8
Repeat one_two songs (2020) for two voices

Sunday 25 april
Concert
Will Guthrie & Nist-Nah Ensemble
Pieces for two drums & gamelan orchestra (2020)

Sunday 25 april
Concert
Mara , Simone , Hill
Guillotine
After at the Cave12

Monday April 26
Workshop
Arno Tukiman , Mark Lockett , Will Guthrie
Workshop Nist-Nah # 1
Javanese gamelan course

Tuesday April 27
Workshop
Will Guthrie , Amélie Grould
Workshop Nist-Nah # 2
Percussion / drums workshop

AMN Picks of the Week: Leonardi & Bertoni / Foster & Bennett / Williams & Shiroishi / Vernacular / John Zorn

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.

Stefano Leonardi / Antonio Bertoni – Viandes (2021)
Michael Foster / Ben Bennett – Contractions (2021)
Chris Williams / Patrick Shiroishi – San Soliel (2021)
Vernacular – The Little Bird (2003)
John Zorn – Heaven and Earth Magick (2021)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Petter Eldh and Christian Lillinger: Quantum Mechanics with Sudden Interruptions

Thumbscrew – Never Is Enough (Cuneiform Records, 2021) ****½

Ingrid Schmoliner, Adam Pultz Melbye & Emilio Gordoa – Griff (Inexhaustible Editions, 2020) ****½

A Context for Mutual Aid Music

Nate Wooley – Mutual Aid Music (Pleasure of the Text Records, 2021) *****

Andrew Barker + Jon Irabagon Duo – Anemone (Radical Documents, 2021)****