Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Opitope – Hau
Hau is the debut of Japanese duo Tomoyoshi Date and Chihei Hatakeyama, who call themselves Opitope. Chehei released his solo debut album last year on the Kranky label, which I have yet to hear. Hau’s music was created using acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, vibraphone and electronics. Though the natural instruments are processed and augmented with electronics, the sound of the album is not at all pixellated. There is a naturalist approach to the album which is at once subtle and remarkably complex.

Toshiji Mikawa – Gyo-Kai Elegy
The simple but elegant artwork is little preparation for the hell that breaks loose on Gyo-Kai Elegy. The knowledge that Mikawa is the founder of brutal noiselegends Incapacitants all the more.


The Weekend at Ars Nova

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Ars Nova Workshop presents:

Sunday, November 4 | 8pm
MIN XIAO-FEN (China), pipa & electronics
OKKYUNG LEE (Korea), cello
SATOSHI TAKEISHI (Japan), percussion & electronics

Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
$15 General Admission | Ticket buyers may join us for a pre-concert
reception beginning at 6:30pm

Purchase tickets online today:

Read today’s Philadelphia Daily News feature:

Chinese pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen performed as a soloist for the famed
Nanjing National Music Orchestra before relocating to the US in 1992. Since,
adventure and exploration have been a hallmark of her work, and she has
received high acclaim for her classical, new music and jazz performances,
and has performed with musicians and composers as diverse as Tan Dun, Philip
Glass, Randy Weston and John Zorn. She appears on the latest Bjork album and
her recording of improvisations with Derek Bailey was one of The Wire
magazine’s “Albums of the Year.” She is joined the exceptional cellist
Okkyung Lee who incorporates jazz, classical, Korean traditional music, and
noise with extended techniques to create her unique approach. She’s recently
performed with Wilco’s Nels Cline, Thurston Moore and Jim O’Rourke.

The performance of the Min Xiao-Fen Asian Trio is made possible by a grant
from the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of the Philadelphia Center
for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered
by The University of the Arts. Sponsored by the National Association of
Asian American Professionals in Philadelphia.

The Molecules in Europe

From Ron Anderson:

The Molecules (Ron Anderson, Thomas Scandura, John Shiurba) are off again to Europe for some concerts thanks to the Wels Music Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria. This year the festival has as curator Carla Kihlstedt. Carla plays violin on the new Molecules CD/DVD called Friends. 4 tracks of Friends can be heard at

Another highlight is the Concert in Bern; the Reithalle is 20 years old! I have played there many times I’m honored to help them celebrate and hope for 20 more years!

If you have friends in Europe near these cities please let them know about our concerts

The Molecules in Europe November 2007
3 – Reithalle – Bern, Switzerland
7 – Immerhin – Würzburg , Germany
9 – Wels Music Unlimited Festival – Wels Austria

PS PAK will be back in concert soon.

International Society of Improvised Music Conference in Chicago

The International Society of Improvised Music is hosting a conference this fall in the Chicago area, featuring several notable speakers.


Evanston, Illinois USA
December 14-16, 2007

Building Bridges: Improvisation as a Unifying Agent

in Education, Arts, and Society

Featured Artists and Presenters – Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Dresser, Mazen Kerbaj and Michael Zerang, Oliver Lake with the University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra, Bennett Reimer, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Building Bridges: Improvisation as a Unifying Agent in Education, Arts, and Society, is a three-day interdisciplinary conference that will bring together performers, educators, researchers, students and community members from across the world, furthering their understanding of improvisation in its many facets. This second annual conference of the International Society of Improvised Music is the perfect opportunity to learn about and experience current thinking in musical improvisation.