AMN Reviews: J Pavone String Ensemble – Lost and Found [Astral Spirits AS143]

Lost and Found is the second release from the J. Pavone String Ensemble, a string quartet comprising violist Jessica Pavone, who composed all of the music here, violist Abby Swidler, and violinists Ericka Dicker and Angela Morris. The four compositions neatly demonstrate Pavone’s continuing interest in the musical possibilities of long tones in slowly evolving relationships.

The bulk of the four pieces largely consists of harmonically mobile sound masses made up of sustained tones gradually drifting up and down. If there is a recurring motif here it would be the slow glissando, which provides the engine driving the internal dynamic of the group’s collective sound. The generally quiet dynamics don’t disguise the subtle tension underlying much of the music—a tension occasionally and dramatically broken by the sudden but temporary appearance of a major triad. The unconventional makeup of this string quartet—two violins and two violas—give its voice a bias toward the upper registers, resulting in an often shimmering, ethereal sound. The entire recording has an austere beauty to it not only on account of the writing, but because of the ensemble’s tightly-controlled performance.

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Picks of the Week: Atrium Carceri / Cities Last Broadcast / Deerhoof

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.

Because of current events, these postings may be coming more frequently than once a week for a while.

Atrium Carceri / Cities Last Broadcast – Black Stage of Night (2019)
Atrium Carceri / Cities Last Broadcast – Black Corner Den (2017)
Atrium Carceri – Codex (2018)
Atrium Carceri – Metropolis (2015)
Deerhoof – Love-Lore (2020)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1252

Source: Vital Weekly.

AUTOCLAV1.1 – NOTHING OUTSIDE (CD by Audiophob) *
ERYCK ABECASSIS – SIAMOISES (CD by Fragment Factory) *
STARAYA DEREVNYA – INWARDS OPENED THE FLOOR (CD by Staraya Derevnya)
STARAYA DEREVNYA & HANS GRUSEL’S KRANKENKABINET – STILL LIFE WITH APPLES (cassette by Staraya Derevnya)
OMBAK TRIO – THROUGH EONS TO NOW (CD by Setola di Maiale) *
HENRY MARIC & BORIS JANIE & STEFANO GIUST – JARS (CD by Setola di Maiale) *
CCCC – LOUD SOUNDS DOPA (CD by Troniks/Helicopter) *
CCCC – PHANTASMAGORIA (CD by Troniks/Helicopter) *
INCAPACITANTS – OPERORUE (CD by Troniks/Helicopter) *
VALANCE DRAKES – FREEDOM IS ITS OWN KIND OF SALARY (CD by Laaps) *
THE NEW BLOCKADERS – SIMPHONIE IN X MAJOR (CD by Menstrual Recordings) *
NEBULO – PARALLAXES (LP by Le Cabanon Records) *
JULIA BÜNNAGEL – SOUNDS LIKE…VIENNA (12″ by Gruenrekorder) *
BLUTWURST – ANABASI (LP by Kohlhaas) *
RICCARDO LA FORESTA – DRUMMOPHONE (LP by Kohlhaas) *
MEDHELAN – NOCTURNAL WANDERINGS (CDR by Lighten Up Sounds) *
COLD CLIMAX – BRUTE OF OPPORTUNITY (cassette by Angst)
MEYER HUTHWELKER – PURDUE GENERATOR (cassette by Cruel Nature Recordings) *
BALL GEOGRAPHIE – LIVE AT BUDOKAN (cassette by Superpolar Taips) *
BLEED AIR (cassette by Superpolar Taips) *
MARCUS MAEDER – CREPUSCULE (cassette by Domizil)
MARIANNE BAUDOUIN LIE – ATLANTIS, UTOPIA & ULVEDRØMMER (2CDR by Particular Recordings) *
LUCIANE CARDASSI – GOING NORTH (CD by Redshift Records) *
PEP – VOLUME 3 (CD by Redshift Records) *
BOW (CD by Sub Rosa) *

New Setola di Maiale Releases

Source: Setola di Maiale.

A DAY IN THE LEAP
THOLLEM (Thollem McDonas)

TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME
DC (Andrea Dicò, Francesco Carbone)

STRANGE MEMORIES
GUILLAUME GARGAUD

HEAROGLYPHICS
DUERINCKX / NORTHOVER (JJ Duerinckx, Adrian Northover)

KAMMERMUSIK & ELEKTRISK GUITAR
KAMMERMUSIK (Giancarlo Schiaffini, Errico De Fabritiis, Luca Tilli, Jørgen Teller)

FUMÀNA
TRIO ESKIMO + LUCA PERCIBALLI (Ivan Valentini, Alberto Bertoni, Enrico Trebbi, Luca Perciballi)

The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp: September 2020

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

All kinds of experimental music can be found on Bandcamp: free jazz, avant-rock, dense noise, outer-limits electronics, deconstructed folk, abstract spoken word, and so much more. If an artist is trying something new with an established form or inventing a new one completely, there’s a good chance they’re doing it on Bandcamp. Each month, Marc Masters picks some of the best releases from across this wide, exploratory spectrum. September’s selection includes skittering jazz, double-headed drones, voice-centered abstraction, and an audio map of an imagined city.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Hugo Antunes with piano and drums

Thou Sonic Friend – Cinemateria (Barefoot Records, 2019) ***

Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash / Steve Noble – And Now (FMR, 2020) ****½

Matthew Shipp – The Piano Equation (Tao Forms, 2020) *****

Aly Keïta, Jan Galega Brönnimann, Lucas Niggli – Kalan Teban (Intakt, 2019) ****½

Latest Releases from Peter Brötzmann

Two from the Brandon Lopez Trio

Bandcamp Friday Coming This Week

Source: Bandcamp Daily. The next Bandcamp Friday is October 2. As a reminder, on Bandcamp Fridays, Bandcamp waives its part of artist revenue sharing agreements and all your money spent on Bandcamp does straight to the artist.

It is a great way to help out your favorite musicians, especially since many have been hit hard due to the lack of revenue from live music over the last few months.  Even small amounts help. So if you are fortunate enough to have a little bit of discretionary income, this would be a great place to spend it.

The pumpkin spice latte can wait until next week. Or until never o’clock. Support artists.

An Interview with Archie Shepp 

Source: The New York Review of Books.

My father, the saxophonist Archie Shepp, has recorded more than 110 albums since 1962, performed all over the world, and received numerous honors, including the 2016 Jazz Master’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. In the 1960s, he helped define “free jazz,” a new idiom in which the details of melody, harmony, and rhythm are all improvised to create a grand conversation: voices rise and fall, sometimes echoing one another, sometimes dissonant and discordant. In the 1970s and 1980s he wove the blues into his music, extending our understanding of this tradition. His cultural influence reaches far beyond the realm of jazz, touching artists as diverse as Ntozake Shange and Chuck D.