Col Legno Releases

Source: Col Legno.

Achad – such a lovely title for a touching musical search for meaning and self, accompanied by the famous Koehne Quartett as well as producer and electronics technician Sixtus Preiss. The great questions of our origin, current condition and the greater whole are posed to us all as listeners. Or, to put it in the words of the poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger: this is about “the beginning and the end/and the couple of minutes in between.”

…on Welf & Eiger, the quintet Coastline Paradox – following their name – are active in exactly that space between ocean waves and landmass, between sea spray and scree, movement and rigidity, fluid and fixed. This area is all one experimental field. Translated into the music this means, in the words of Richard Köster, the ensemble’s founder, trumpeter and composer: ”The more closely you examine it, the more nuances you can discover.”

We can marvel here – after a break of 17 years – at the sonorous reunion of a band which made waves worldwide in the 1990s. The octet used wind, string and plucked instruments to marry Alpine folk music with Stravinsky, Weill or Rota – this is more or less how it was described back then. In any case, the mu- sicians thought well outside of the box (of dumplings). Since then, they have enjoyed international careers in both early and contemporary music. Christof Dienz, their musical mastermind, called them into the studio several months ago. Everyone came. The author Felix Mitterer, known for his stage plays and film scripts, describes the result thus:

“This music is like a dream I once had in Ireland. (The day was already dawn- ing, the shutters were closed). A wave, slowly pulsating, suffused my body, soft and cool, more soothing than anything ever before, somehow blue, phospho- rescent – and I took off, into infinity.”

The Italian pianist Melissa Galosi opens the III roundel with her debut album “Games”, on which she addresses a particular facet of two important composers: the joy of playing in Mozart and Kurtág. György Kurtág’s “Játékok” – “Games” in English – is a medley of works which investigate the creative wit of childish games. Galosi contrasts these with three major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart variations which highlight once again the playful character of the composer from Salzburg, and which, in interaction with Kurtág’s work, promise a fascinating exploration of the spirit of creative joy in play.

On his new album “Karkosh”, the Austrian pianist David Six shows the impressive results of his engagement over the course of almost two and a half years in, and with, the sacred space, which he describes as “praying to music.” Practicing, playing and composing music on a daily basis in a Frankfurt church inspired in him an intensive examination of the creation and impact of music. His recordings of his own compositions on this album combine sound and space, art and spirituality, melding these together to a greater, transcendental whole. A journey in search of the essence of music that is worth listening to.

“Azoth” is the name French pianist Hélène Pereira has given to her debut work. Spirituality has a special role to play for her, too, but she focuses in her album on the alchemy of the elements, which she views as material transformation in spiritual forms. The works she has recorded, French piano music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, were created through intense collaborations with each of the composers, with some of them being dedicated to Pereira personally. The outcome: enchanting sounds which render the spiritual alchemy of Pereira’s playing audible and alive.

Electric Spring 2020 Lineup Announced

Source: Electric Spring 2020. Takes place February 19-23 in Huddersfield, UK.

Lauren Redhead & Alistair Zaldua
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Vox Humana, five newly commissioned works by female composers for organ & electronics
opening: Pamela Hulme

Louise Rossiter
Thursday, 20 February 2020
Immersive, multichannel acousmatic work presented on the 66 loudspeakers of the HISS
opening: Emma Margetson

Weston Olencki
Friday, 21 February 2020
Unpredictable adventures with polymath performer Weston Olencki. Modular synths, iPads, video, trombone, euphonium, improv …
opening: Dré Hočevar, Maria Sappho, Brice Catherin, Henry McPherson, Colin Frank

Leafcutter John
Saturday, 22 February 2020
Experiments with light and sound with one of the UK’s most innovative electronic musicians
opening: Laurens van der Wee

Simon Whetham: Made to Malfunction
Installation, 19–22 February 2020
Richard Steinitz Building Atrium, 6–7.30pm
“Made to Malfunction” refers to the practice of planned obsolescence, a feature of all consumer products. They are designed to have a limited lifespan, then fail, forcing consumers to replace or upgrade. “Made to Malfunction” comprises a collection of 16 sound making devices sourced from discarded electronic products, regarded as faulty, broken, worthless. They are given a new life and purpose, creating sound and light in irregular ways, seemingly malfunctioning, but by design. Each device is presented in its own display case, to be (re-)considered an object of great value or interest.

Modular Meets
Sunday, 23 February 2020
Richard Steinitz Building Atrium, 12–5pm
Enjoy an afternoon of modular geeking-out. Come and share your love for all things pluggable, hackable and circuit bent. This event is run by Ben Wilson.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 29th Anniversary Celebrations will begin on May 1st, 2020 & Will Continue throughout the year! Every In-store throughout the Year Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

Sunday, December 15th:
6pm: TODD CAPP’s MYSTERY TRAIN: KURT RALSKE / LELE DAI / FRANK MEADOWS!
7pm: RONIN PHASING: PATRICK BRENNAN – Solo Alto Sax!
8pm: M – violin/electronics / NICOLA HEIN – guitar/electronics / HANS TAMMEN – Buchla!

The Independent Promoters Alliance Presents:
A Winter Solstice Celebration – Saturday, December 21st at 8pm:
8pm: MARS WILLIAMS AYLER XMAS Project: NELS CLINE / STEVE SWELL / HILLIARD GREENE / FRED LONBERG-HOLM / CHRIS CORSANO!
Plus FARMERS BY NATURE Featuring: GERALD CLEAVER / WILLIAM PARKER / CRAIG TABORN!
At The DiMenna Center – 450 W 37th St. (bet 9th & 10th Aves) in NYC

Sunday, December 22nd, A DMG & Eric’s House of Improv Sponsored show:
7pm: ESTAMOS TRIO: THOLLEM McDONAS Radical Empathy Project!
8pm: THOLLEM McDONAS / NELS CLINE / WILLIAM PARKER / GERALD CLEAVER!
At Jazz Habitat / El Barrio ArtSpace – 215 East 99th St.

Sunday, December 29th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE: STEVE POPKIN / KURT RALSKE / DANIEL CARTER /
BILL MILKOWSKI / WILL DAHL!
7pm: SUBURBAN BOHEMIA Space Jam Feat: THE MONZ, MC BruceLee & other special guests!?!

Sunday, January 5th – First DMG Gig of the New Year – Double Header!!
6pm: ELI WALLACE – Synth / ANDREW SMILEY – Guitar / CARLO COSTA – Percussion!
7pm: THOMAS HEBERER / LUKE MARRANTZ / SIMON JERMYN / MICHAEL VATCHER –
Trumpet / Fender Rhodes / Bass / Drums!

Sunday, January 12th:
6pm: JUAN P CARLETTI – Solo Drums!
7pm: ARON NAMEMWIRTH – Guitar / DAVE SEWELSON – Bari Sax / COLIN HINTON – Drums!
8pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS / JAVIER A V / KEVIN MURRAY – Alto Sax / Guitar / Drums!

2019 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part V

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2019 lists from around the web and provide links here. All of these lists focus on the kind of music featured on these pages. Our AMN Best of 2019 is coming in early January.

PopMatters’ best experimental music albums of 2019

Exclaim’s best experimental music figures of 2019

Top 27 drone records of 2019 from Anti-Gravity Bunny

Arian Bagheri Pour Fallah’s best releases Of 2019

Mark Corroto’s best releases Of 2019

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 15 DECEMBER 2019
MOPOMOSO PRESENTS: THE AFTERNOON SESSIONS
MOPOMOSO CHRISTMAS SHOW: Every year Mopomoso hosts a cross section of players from the improvising music community in an end of year Christmas show. Around thirty or so musicians take…
Time: 2.30 – 6PM

THU 19 DECEMBER 2019
EVAN PARKER INVITES…
This month’s line up: Evan Parker (sax) John Edwards (bass) Mark Sanders (drums) Tom Challenger (sax) The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to…
Time: 8 – 11PM

SAT 21 DECEMBER 2019
RADIOHEAD’S IN RAINBOWS REIMAGINED – RICK SIMPSON QUINTET
After the success of OK Computer and Kid A, in 2007 Radiohead turned out what is regarded as their third masterpiece – In Rainbows. This evening will feature a listening…
Time: 8 – 11PM