Floriculture – Mixing the Prepared and the Impromptu

A performance by this new and rising group is reviewed. Their recent release is getting lots of time here at AMN Central.

In the band’s music, the composition — by the group’s leader, Carl Maguire — is serene and complicated, with discomfiting, big-interval melodies; in opposition to that, the group-improvisation pockets grow torrid. Sometimes the two ways of playing are alternated. Sometimes they’re mashed together.

On Tuesday night the quintet played at the in-the-round, high-ceilinged performance space at Monkeytown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with minimal amplification and slowly moving visuals by the artist Joshua Ponte projected on the walls. The set drew from a new album, “Sided Silver Solid,” on Firehouse 12 records.