New Music on Youtube

A commentator notes the plethora of modern classical on Youtube, and subsequent comments suggest some folks think this is a very good thing.

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New Releases on Cadence Jazz Records

From Cadence Jazz Records:

No Lesser Evil – Mat Marucci (Primary), Doug Webb (Primary), Kerry Kashiwagi (Primary)
Nothing But Blue Sky – Chris Humphrey (Primary), Matt Wilson (Drums), Martin Wind (Bass), Mark Shilansky (Piano)
Buffalo- Adam Lane (Primary), Vinny Golia (Tenor, Soprano Saxophones), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Vijay Anderson (Drums)
Live at The Guelph Festival – Lou Grassi (Primary), Marshall Allen (Alto Saxophone)

The Latest From Free Albums Galore

Free Albums Galore has posted a handful of new links.

Ten and Tracer – Baker’s Blood
Genre: Electronica

The Zymogen netlabel continues to release exceptional electronica, usually in the area of experimental and abstract. One of their latest offerings is Ten and Tracer’s Baker’s Blood. The tracks overflow with electronic effects, field recordings, found sounds, and exotic percussion, yet manages to fit together into a tight irresistable groove. My favorite track is “The Church”. It moves along effortlessly daring you to ignore just how complex it really is. “Waltersben” mixes its glitchy beat with a spacy background while “Glad To Generalize With You” has African percussion mixed with sample sounds. “Vintage Airplane – Vintage Man” is the most abstract of the pieces but still mesmerizing in its layers of electronic sounds. There are lots of free electronic albums on the internet, but this is a stand-out effort.

The albums is available in separate tracks or album zip in 256kbps MP3.

Alexei Borisov — two albums
Genre: Avant-Garde, Improvisation, Electronica

Abstract electronics in the realm of the avant-garde is the forte of Russian sound artist Alexei Borisov. Two online albums feature live performances of this creative and sometimes perplexing underground figure.

The appropriately titled Abstractionist features two lengthy tracks of noise and tones. Often the sounds appears to have no real connection and are seemingly random although I suspect this is not the case. “Artworks” is the more abtract piece and requires your full undivided attention to appreciate it. However “Cakeshop” is a little more accessible. A melody can barely be deciphered among the odd electronic drone but even this is soon lost is a bewlidering by fascinating collage of electronics and found sound. This is a challenging but rewarding listen.

Live in Kaliningrad is an hour plus live performance divided into 4 parts. The artist uses fragments of his past recordings, alters them through a laptop and other devices then adds elements of voice, found sounds and other effects. The results remains interesting throughout the perfomance although again it is challenging and may confuse those who are looking for tone and structure. Personally I find it exhilarating when listened to in an quiet and uninterupted environment. My friends often ask me what I see in abstract music such as this. What I see is a way to look at the world in ways I haven’t been able to before. Our consumer society has taught us to accept music as background noise or to view it as a corporate product to use and discard. I urge you to find a quiet room, put on your headphones, and listen to this or one of the other experimental music albums you can find here and give yourself an truly revolutionary experience.

Abstractionist is available in 320kbps MP3 while Live in Kaliningrad is in 192 kbps. If you enjoy the music, you can find more information about his CDs and live shows from his MySpace page.

Aerotrio – Aerotrio
Genre: Jazz

Aerotrio plays jazz on the edge of electronic and rock. It is vaguely similar to the rock jazz experimentation of Bad Plus and Happy Apple. Paulo Guilherme alternates with keyboards and synthesizers to make a variety of genre bounching tracks. When on piano or electric piano he exhibits strong latin influences and a Ramsey Lewis afinity to a funky form of soul jazz. “Salamangaia” and especially “New Orleans / Brazil” are excellent examples of fairly mainstream jazz. His synthesizer work is quite intriquing on rockish numbers like “Diaz” while some songs such as “Analog Soul” and “Coton” are a bit heavy handed with the electronic experimentation. I definitely prefer the straight jazz side of Aerotrio but overall the album is quite interesting. Bassist Orlando de Freitas is equally fluid in this music as evidenced by the fine solo and backing on “A Insustentavel Leveza do Som”. Percussion and Electronics are handled nicely by Edmar Travassos.

Aerotrio comes to us via the the Japanese netlabel Bump Foot and is available in 192kbps MP3.

Transit – two albums
Genre: Post-Rock

Yesterday I featured a classic work by Olivier Messiaen, who also had a reputation as an ornithologist. I thought it might be a good time to introduce you to the post-rock band Transit, whose only real tie to Messiaen is that the group consists of three ornithologists.

Leaving the birdies aside, Transit has a rather casual sound for a post-rock group. Their first album. Broadleaves vs Conifers involves lanquid and pastoral lines such as on “Pilot’s Handbook” and “Long Song”. When the tension does builds, such as on “Matacabras”, the artists are able to move into Mogwai territory and still keep their own individualism. My favorite track is the beautiful “Reflections on the Asfalt” (what’s an asfalt?).

The three track Harmattan is a brief but continually interesting exploration into their music. It consists of two slightly extended versions of “Long Song” and “Mattoral”, both also on the first album, and “Maza”. The best track is “Maza”, a melodic treat that ends with a punch. The 19 minutes Harmattan is brief but, with three strong tracks, it makes a good introduction to this interesting post-rock band.

Both albums are available from the Lost Children netlabel. Broadleaves vs. Conifers is in 256kbps MP3 while Harmattan is in 192kbps.

Messiaen РCouleurs de la Cit̩ C̩leste
Genre: Classical

Couleurs de la Cité Céleste by French Composer Olivier Messiaen is an unusual composition. It was composed in 1963 and is based on passages from the Book of Revelations. Its instrumentation of piano, 3 clarinets, 3 xylophones, brass, and percussion sounds mystical and even savage at times. As in most of Messiaen’s works there are spiritual overtones. Messiaen’s unique influences and techniques are evident in this work. The use of ancient Greek and Hindu rhythms, the transcription of bird calls in his music (he was also an ornithologist), attempts to notate color into sound, all play a role in this outstanding composition.

This live performance is by the University Of Kansas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Professor John Lynch. Avguste Antonovhe is on piano. The performance date is November 18th 2004 and it is available on The Piano Society’s web site. The MP3 bitrate is 192kbps.

Necronomikon Quartett – Input
Genre: Rock, Other, Avant-Garde, Pop

WM Recordings’ write-up for The Necronomikom Quartett’s online album Input implies that the group’s music is close to free jazz or avant-garde. This may be true but for the most part Input is a highly accessible and listenable set of well structured pieces that exhibit high musicianship and a playful spirit.

The first two tracks are clearly endebted to the surf music genre. “Sofawende” rocks hard with its Dick Dale influenced guitar lines while “Wave Rider” evokes a 21st century Ventures sound. “Song of Tomorrow” is a light 60s romp that makes a case for the kazoo as a rock instrument.

Things are a little less clear in the next three tracks. “Tube Music Part IV” sounds like an extract of a film score. The guitarist contributes a jazzy but mysterious solo. The 6 minutes “Auf Stelzen durch die Wuerst” allows for a little stretching out and has some post-rock leanings. The last track “Future 03″ is the most experimental track of the six but its repetitive riff also makes it the weakest. Nonetheless, Necronomikon Quartett has given us an excellent album of creative sounds.

The album is available as separate tracks or full album zip in 192kbps MP3.

August at the Stone

New York’s Stone has published their August calendar.

August 2007 at the Stone curated by Duck Baker / Eugene Chadbourne

8/1 Wednesday (JC)
8 and 10 pm
Duck Baker, Cyro Baptista, John Zorn and Richard Crandell
Duck Baker (guitar) Cyro Baptista (percussion) John Zorn (sax) and special guest Richard Crandell (mbira, guitar)
Four old friends get together for a wild night of improvisations.

8/2 Thursday (KJ)
8 pm
Mycale: John Zorn’s Book of Angels
Jon Madof (guitars) Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (voice) Basya Schecter (voice) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass)
World premiere of a new Masada vocal project.

10 pm
Rashanim
Jon Madof (guitar) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Matthias Küntzli (drums)
The killer Jewish power trio perform music from their newest Tzadik release.

8/3 Friday
8 pm
Sacha Perry Trio
Sacha Perry (piano) Ari Roland (bass) Phil Stewart (drums)
The brilliant young bebop pianist in his first appearance at The Stone.

10 pm
Sacha Perry Trio plus guests
Sacha Perry (piano) Ari Roland (bass) Phil Stewart (drums) and special guests

8/4 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Duck Baker plays Monk
Duck Baker (guitar)

10 pm
Duck Baker— traditional folk songs/deconstruction and reconstruction
Duck Baker (guitar)

8/5 Sunday (OL)
8 and 10 pm
Vinny Golia Trio
Vinnie Golia (reeds) Harris Eisenstadt (drums) Reuben Radding (bass)

8/7 Tuesday (JC)
8 and 10 pm
Harris Eisenstadt’s Jalolu
Michael Attias (baritone saxophone) Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) Harris Eisenstadt (drums, compositions) Peter Evans (trumpet, pocket trumpet) Nate Wooley (trumpet)
This performance will feature all-new music inspired by Eisenstadt’s return visit to West Africa in March 2007.

8/8 Wednesday (GG)
8 pm
Duck Baker—original tunes and improvs
Duck Baker (guitar)

10 pm
Duck Baker—a mix of everything and everything else
Duck Baker (guitar)

8/9 Thursday
8 pm
Tim Sparks
Tim Sparks (guitar)

10 pm
Tim Sparks
Tim Sparks (guitar) plus special guests

A NIGHT OF HERBIE NICHOLS
featuring Duck Baker and Eric T. Johnson
The complex and beautiful compositions of the elusive jazzman Herbie Nichols in stunning arrangements for guitar.

8/10 Friday
8 pm
Duck Baker plays the Music of Herbie Nichols
Duck Baker (guitar)

10 pm
Eric T. Johnson Quartet plays the Music of Herbie Nichols
Eric T. Johnson (guitar) Tony Malaby (tenor sax) Mark Helias (acoustic bass)
Tom Rainey (drums)

8/11 Saturday (RK)
8 and 10 pm
Ellery Eskelin with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black
Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax) Andrea Parkins (accordion) Jim Black (drums)

8/12 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier Solo
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

10 pm
David Fabris
David Fabris (guitar) Geoff Burleson (piano) Maria Tegzes (voice) Jordan Scannella (bass)
Andrew Frawley (drums)
The founder of the Fabulous School of Music in his Stone debut.

8/14 Tuesday
8 pm
Charlie Kohlhase Quintet
Charlie Kohlhase (saxophones) Duck Baker (guitar)

10 pm
harlie Kohlhase’s Explorers’ Club
Charlie Kohlhase (alto, tenor and baritone saxophones) Matt Langley (tenor and soprano saxophones) Jeff Galindo (trombone) Eric Hofbauer (guitar)
Jef Charland (bass) Miki Matsuki, Chris Punis (drum)

8/15 Wednesday (OL)
8 pm
Michael Moore and Duck Baker
Michael Moore (sax and clarinet) Duck Baker (guitar)
The great reedman based in Amsterdam in duo with Duck Baker.

10 pm
Michael Moore and Cody Brown Duo
Michael Moore (sax and clarinet) Cody Brown (drums)
The great reedman based in Amsterdam in duo with a killer drummer.

August 16 to 31
CHADFEST 2007
Dr. Chadbourne comes up from Greensboro for two weeks of madness, horror, humor and political intrigue.

8/16 Thursday (OL)
8 pm
Pops plays Pops I—Fencing (acoustic version)
Eugene Chadbourne (acoustic and electric guitar) Mark Ribot (acoustic and electric guitar) Duck Baker (acoustic and electric guitar)
John Zorn’s classic game piece from 1978 performed by an all-star guitar trio.

10 pm
Pops plays Pops II—Fencing (electric version)
Eugene Chadbourne (acoustic and electric guitar) Mark Ribot (acoustic and electric guitar) Duck Baker (acoustic and electric guitar)
John Zorn’s classic 1978 game piece performed by an all-star guitar trio.

8/17 Friday (OL)
8 pm
Pops Plays Pops III—Eugene Chadbourne plays the solo guitar music of John Zorn
Eugene Chadbourne (acoustic and electric guitar)
Eugene Chadbourne plays from The Book of Heads, a collection of solo guitar etudes written for him in 1978 by John Zorn.

10 pm
Pops plays Pops IV—Eugene Chadbourne plays the solo guitar music of John Zorn
Eugene Chadbourne (banjo)
In the late night hipster’s set, Dr. Chad presents a banjo arrangement of Dominoes, an even earlier solo guitar piece by Zorn which like the Book of Heads was originally written expressly for Chadbourne. First performance in nearly thirty years.

8/18 Saturday (GG)
8 and 10 pm
Improv Night—a Stone Benefit
John Zorn (alto saxophone) Eugene Chadbourne (acoustic and electric guitars, banjo) Richard Baker (acoustic guitar) Timothy Dahl (electric bass) and other special
guests.
Come and support the Stone in 2007. TWENTY DOLLARS

8/19 Sunday (MM)
8 and 10 pm
Eugene Chadbourne and Lukas Ligeti duet
Eugene Chadbourne (acoustic and electric guitars, banjo) Lukas Ligeti (percussion)
This is the first duo meeting of Chadbourne and Ligeti; they played together previously when Ligeti came through Greensboro on a trio tour.

8/21 Tuesday
8 and 10 pm
Leslie Ross solo
Leslie Ross (bassoon, electronics, homemade instruments)
One of New York City’s premier instrument builders and inventors takes charge of The Stone to present her latest projects.

8/22 Wednesday
8 pm
Paul Elwood solo
Paul Elwood (banjo)
A composition teacher at Brevard College in North Carolina, banjoist Elwood has written innovative pieces performed by banjoists such as Tony Trishka and recently recorded a new CD of original songs and ’60s covers with Chadbourne.

10 pm
The Chadbourne Baptist Church
Eugene Chadbourne (electric guitar, banjo and vocals) David Fox (piano) Schroeder (drums) Paul Elwood (banjo)
This group has been an ongoing project since the late ’80s, involving an international cast of musicians and the ever-expanding Chadbourne songbook.

8/23 Thursday
8 and 10 pm
David Fox solo
David Fox (piano)
A music appreciation instructor at Greensboro College, this pianist is a cornerstone of the jazz scene in Greensboro, playing everything from straight jazz in supper clubs to avant garde music with many visiting performers. He has collaborated with Chadbourne on a variety of projects including a duo CD and performances in Chadfest 2006.

8/24 Friday
8 and 10 pm
New Directions in Appalachian Music
Eugene Chadbourne (acoustic guitar and banjo, vocals) Barry Mitterhof (mandolin) Paul Elwood (banjo) Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) Leslie Ross (bassoon)
Groups functioning under this title use the traditional “oldtime music” songbook as raw material for improvisation.

8/25 Saturday (KT)
8 pm
The Four in One Festival
Eugene Chadbourne (acoustic and electric guitar) Schroeder (percussion) Evan Gallagher (keyboards and percussion) and many other special guests.
This unique event combines four unique compositional events from Chadbourne’s history in one program.

1. The English Channel—Chadbourne’s early ’80s orchestra piece is revisted in reduction form by the duo of Chadbourne and Evan Gallagher

2. Kuboxe—A solo guitar piece written for Chadbourne by Wadada Leo Smith. The title is Swahili for “a wooden box in flames.”

3. Premiere of a newly commissioned piece for Chadbourne from an important New York City composer.

4. Horror Part Two: House by the Cemetery—Chadbourne’s tribute to Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci gets a new face sewn on in a duet arrangement with percussionist Schroeder.

10 pm
Chadbourne/Dahl/Fox/Schroeder Quartet
Eugene Chadbourne (electric guitar and banjo) Timothy Dahl (bass) Schroeder (drums} David Fox (piano)
This new formation combines bassist Dahl of The Hub with Chadbourne and several of his Baptist Church cohorts.

8/26 Sunday (MM)
8 and 10 pm
American premiere: Sacred Insects of Ancient Egypt
Eugene Chadbourne (banjo) Evan Gallagher (computer) Mary Halverson (guitar) Jessica Pavone (viola) Stephanie Rearick (piano) Barry Mitterhof (mandolin)
2004 composition from the Insect and Western series in which players utilize a score consisting of heiroglyphics.

8/28 Tuesday
8 and 10 pm
Stephanie Rearick solo
Stephanie Rearick (piano)
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Rearick is a highly original pianist and composer whose songs are uniquely influenced by classical composers such as Bartok and Debussy.

August 29, 30 and 31
The Jack and Jim Show
The original drummer in Frank Zappa’s finest version of the Mothers of Invention and a Cheyenne Indian, Jimmy Carl Black is making his first trip back to the USA in nearly a decade. He celebrates his 69th birthday this year, thus Jack and Jim’s “Think 69” tour. Plus many special guests and some unusual surprises. Wednesday: both sets, Tony Trishka (banjo)

8/29 Wednesday (CB)
8 and 10 pm
The Jack and Jim Show
Eugene Chadbourne (electric guitar, banjo and vocals) Jimmy Carl Black (drums, vocals) Tony Trishka (banjo)

8/30 Thursday (SK)
8 and 10 pm
The Jack and Jim Show
Eugene Chadbourne (electric guitar, banjo and vocals) Jimmy Carl Black (drums, vocals)

8/31 Friday
8 and 10 pm
The Jack and Jim Show
Eugene Chadbourne (electric guitar, banjo and vocals) Jimmy Carl Black (drums, vocals)