New on 23five

From 23five:

23five Incorporated is proud to present two new publications for 2008 — Brendan Murray’s Commonwealth and Chop Shop’s Oxide.

Commonwealth is long form composition of sinewy tonalities and has already garnered high praise from The Wire, who commented that “Commonwealth is his most confident statement yet, and his most explicit engagement with the minimalist tradition. A 49-minute composition, its unblinking examination of and subtle alterations to the harmonics and overtones of layered drones recall the work of Eliane Radigue.”

Chop Shop is the moniker of New York based sound artist Scott Konzelmann, whose activities have comprised installations featuring his speaker construction assemblages and sonic compositions since 1987. Oxide is his first major publications in many, many years, documenting caustic static, jet-engine drones, and noxious rumbles, all of which retain a metallurgist residue.


Matana Roberts at Vision Festival Show this Weekend

A Vision Festival show this weekend.

VISION/RUCMA Series 2008 @ the Living Theatre

Friday May 2
Matana Roberts Solo Works for Sean Bell
Matana Roberts: Alto saxophone

Date/Time: 10:30 PM Friday, May 2nd – Matana Roberts Solo Works for Sean Bell
Place: The LES Gallery – 107 Suffolk street, in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
F to Delancey Street or J,M,Z to Essex Street

Cost: $10 / students and seniors: $7

Full Info:
Tel. 212.696-6681

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Elton Dean & The Wrong Object – The Unbelievable Truth (Moonjune Records, 2007) ****
Sylvain Gu̩rineau РDies Irae (Amor Fati, 2007) ****
Dans Les Arbres – Dans Les Arbres (ECM, 2008) *****
Nils Petter Molvaer – Re-Vision (Pid, 2008) ***

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

To blacken the pages – A Semblance of Something appertainning to distruct
To blacken the pages are a Dublin based hypnotic guitar drone/ doom and dramatic instrumental project of one Paul McAree,which managers stand out from the pile of seemingly similar projects with it’s ability to paint effective, varied and compeling sonic mood spaces to get lost in.

Nalle – The Sirens Waves
Nalle are Glasgow based avant folk trio of Hanna Tuulikki, Chris Hladowski and Aby Vulliamy. This thier second album primal focus is on Hanna Tuulikki distinctive and often bizarre vocals- think a more deranged folky Bjork, or a sinister earthy theatrical whine. To which a strange and dense mix of folk, world music, drone matter, lo-fi electonics & all manner of sonic strangeness is added. All to make a very distinctive brew which through enjoyable can be a little trying a times

Lead Belly – Masterworks
Lead Belly or Huddie Ledbetter as he was born is one of the most important and influential figures in American folk and blues history, along with been the first recognised and respected African American singer/ song writer by a wider audience with his first recorded work dating back to 1933. This compilation brings together all of his important and beloved songs.

Sissy Spacek – California Ax

For those who wondered what the usually highly prolific noise extraordinaire John Wiese has been up to since his excellent Soft Punk from April 07, this monster 4 disk set from his Sissy Specek project shows he’s been very busy and very creative as usual- taking the project off in new and intriguing tangents and experiments.

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith Profiled

Smith was profiled in anticipation of his Australian tour.

Smith is on his first tour of Australia for a series of performances and workshops. He is a leading member of Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and cut many legendary recordings with peers Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, and others.

His compositions have been performed by contemporary music ensembles such as Smith’s band Nda Kulture, AACM -Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Player, New Century Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, S.E.M. Ensemble and California E.A.R. Unit.

BassDrumBone at Firehouse 12

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, May 2nd, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will welcome the all-star trio BassDrumBone to town for a two-set performance as part of the venue’s ongoing 2008 Spring Jazz Series. This improvised music supergroup, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, brings together the distinctive talents and well-established rapport of bassist and Yale alumnus Mark Helias, drummer and Hartford native Gerry Hemingway and trombonist Ray Anderson. Their latest release is The Line Up (Clean Feed, 2006).