Nate Wooley, Carlos Giffoni Coming to Bowerbird

From Philly’s Bowerbird:

Open Sound

The next session will be:
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
doors at 7pm, starts at 7:30

A diverse and distinctive creative voice, trumpeter Nate Wooley is at once home in the other-sounds-world of textural abstraction and the out but more-easily-explained-to-your-grandmother world of modern jazz.

Carlos Giffoni
Alex Nagle
PIMA Group

Bowerbird Presents GATE
Friday, May 21st
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

Join Bowerbird for a night of power electronics and mysterious dance installations as we feature new synth music by New York based Carlos Giffoni, the shredding noise of Philadelphia composer Alex Nagle, and the haunting PIMA Group, featuring dancer / choreographer Melisa Putz.

Carlos Giffoni hardly needs an introduction in experimental music circles, but in year where he takes a break from his hugely successful No Fun Fest to focus on other projects, you just can’t wait to find out how the synth magician reinvents himself. Carlos lists japanese noise, early industrial, rock, and joropo among his influences, and his list of past collaborators is amazing: Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Nels Cline, Chris Corsano, Peter Rehberg, Chuck Bettis, Nautical Almanac, Smegma, lds, Lasse Marhaug, Merzbow, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Awesome.

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DMG Newsletter April 30th, 2010 (Area in New York!)

From DMG:

Paul Dunmall & Chris Corsano! William Hooker Trio! Sonny Simmons! Ernst Reijseger Trio! Acid Mother Temple! Xenakis Piano Music! Morton Feldman DVD!

Helmut Lachenmann! Pierre Henry! Henry Jacobs! Robbie Basho Tribute! Bob Dylan’s Radio Hour & Frank Zappa‘s Freak-Out List DVD!

Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, May 2nd at 6pm:
Wonder Quartet with saxes/voice/guitar/bass!

Sunday, May Sunday 9th at 6pm:
SIMON JERMYN – Solo Guitars & Basses CD Release Celebration!

Sunday, May 30th at 6pm:
Two Duos from Norway – BALLROGG & VERTEX!
BALLROGG features:
ROGER ARNTZEN – acoustic bass
KLAUS ELLERHUSEN – alto sax & bass clarinet!
VERTEX features:
TOR HAUGERUD – percussion & samples
PETTER VAGAN – lapsteel & guitar!

Sunday, June 6th at 6pm:

Sunday, July 25th at 6pm:
Jacob Zimmerman (alto sax)
Joe Moffett (trumpet)
Randy Pingrey (trombone)
Jesse Ward (electric guitar)


This Saturday, May 2, 2010 at 8pm at The Brecht Forum..

Neues Kabarett presents

AREA + Mauro Pagani

Featuring: Patrizio Fariselli (piano/keyboards), Paolo Tofani (guitar/synthesizer), Ares Tavolazzi (bass/trombone), and special guest Mauro Pagani (violin/vocals).

For the second set, the band will be joined by a variety of local guests including Marco Cappelli

Neues Kabarett is delighted to present the historic reunion of Italian progressive rock legends, Area, almost 30 years after their break up following the death of iconic lead singer Demetrio Stratos.

Original Area members Patrizio Fariselli on piano and keyboards, Paolo Tofani on guitar, and Ares Tavolazzi on bass will be joined by Walter Paoli on drums. Mauro Pagani, their frequent collaborator and former member of Premiata Forneria Marconi, will provide violin and vocals.

Formed in 1972, Area grew to be one of the most respected and important bands of the blooming 70s Italian scene by blending experimental progressive rock and jazz fusion. The band frequently collaborated with such visionary artists as John Cage and Steve Lacy. Area recorded their first studio album Arbeit macht frei (“Work Brings Freedom”), a title taken from the entrance to the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. The band found a following amongst youth of the time who were able to identify with Area’s left-wing lyrics in a period of social and political turmoil. Area’s sound merged rock, jazz, raw electronics and Eastern and Arabic music, and it was the blending of all these that made the band stand out. The band was founded on a strong and virtuosic musicianship, and Arbeit macht frei is considered an Italian progressive rock classic.

The Brecht Forum – 212-242-4201
451 West Street
Manhattan, between Bank and Bethune Streets

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Insurgent/TFT – The Shape of Static To Come
‘The Shape Of Static To Come’ is a highly rewarding, involving & brutal emersion in static rich HNW & minimalistic HNW making taking in a thirty five minute track a piece from Chicago based Insurgent & Italian based TFT.

An Innocent Young Throat-Cutter – La Rossa Dalla Pelle Che Scotta
‘La Rossa Dalla Pelle Che Scotta’ takes it’s name and inspiration from 1971 Italian/Turkish Giallo movie of the same name (it’s US title was The Red-Headed Corpse) which tells the story of a penniless artists who given an mannequin in a park which he takes home & it turns seemingly into a fiery femme fatale who takes over his life and starts a killing spree.

Merzbow – Another Merzbow Records
‘Another Merzbow Records’ (no, it’s not my bad grammar that is the title) is a three disc collection that brings together compilation tracks, split release tracks & various odds & ends from the long standing king of Japanese noise Merzbow.

Sedot Skin – The Black Mausoleum
‘The Black Mausoleum’ is the first release from this Dutch based project and their atmospheric to caustic guitar drone based sound. On offer here is a single twenty five minute track that goes from chilling & harmonically revolving to screaming & darkly seared.

Blood Of The Black Owl – A Banishing Ritual
‘A Banishing Ritual’ is album number three from Chet Scott’s (of Ruhr Hunter, Elemental Chrysalis and Glass throat records) metallic & folk/rock project Blood of the Black Owl. And it sees him offering up a single track in four ‘movements’, which offers up 40 minutes worth of ritual, primal & experimental sonic matter that mixers together elements of : doom, black metal, industrial, drone & brooding ambience, folk, rock & tribal music into a very distinctive & original sonic vision.

Chiara String Quartet Plays at Le Poisson Rouge


Just before the Chiara String Quartet played Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet on Wednesday evening at Le Poisson Rouge, the group’s first violinist, Rebecca Fischer, pointed out that the work was 101 years old. There was a sense of wonder in her tone — an unspoken subtext that seemed to ask, “Can you believe that people still hear this antique as harsh modernism?” Ms. Fischer added that for her, the movements are five “tiny landscapes.”

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times


BILL FRISELL TRIO (Tuesday through Thursday) For the first week of his two-week engagement, Bill Frisell, a guitarist of panoramic perspective and deep melodic instinct, leads a chamberlike trio featuring Rudy Royston on drums and Eyvind Kang on violin. (Through May 16.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037,; $25 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

MARY HALVORSON/KEVIN SHEA (Thursday) Ms. Halvorson, an engagingly prickly guitarist of increasing prominence, recently expanded her working trio to a quintet, adding the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon; it’s the same group featured on her second album, due out in August. She shares the bill here with a frequent collaborator, the shrewdly antic drummer Mr. Shea, who leads a new group called Lonely Gold Mine of Symbiotic Subterfuge. (Through May 7.) At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea , (212) 255-5793,; $10. (Chinen)

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO + 3 (Monday) Michael Musillami, a guitarist firmly entrenched in the contemporary avant-garde, draws here from “Old Tea” (Playscape), a new album featuring a working trio with the bassist Joe Fonda and the drummer George Schuller. The +3 in the equation refers to several guests: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the alto saxophonist Michaël Attias and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 9 p.m., Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 228-9874,; $10 cover; $7 for students. (Chinen)

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Seven Years of Avant Music News

On April 29th, 2003, I posted the first article on Avant Music News. 10,580 posts later, here we are.

For the most part, AMN is a one-person operation, and this one person works full time and is attending night school.

On a typical day, I get online early in the morning and sip my first cup of coffee while figuring out what to post on AMN. I read the emails and news-feed item submissions that have arrived overnight. I probably post around one article for every eight or so submitted. Thus, the 4-6 articles per day that I strive for at this site often requires culling through around 40 submissions per day. Throughout the day, as my schedule and Internet access allows, I will receive more submissions, and determine whether to post them immediately, save them for later consideration, or pass altogether.

Once I’ve decided to post an news article, I determine whether it is a short one-liner for Newsbits, or a more detailed piece that requires a dedicated article. Making this determination is often a judgment call based on factors including how well-known the artist / event is in the avant / creative music community, how many articles I’ve posted on similar events in the past, and how much time I have.

In many cases, the speed at which I get something posted depends directly on the organization of the information I receive. If a submission includes a link to an external site and a concise rundown of what is going on – e.g., tour dates, new reviews, new releases, etc., then it will probably be posted quickly. Otherwise, if I have to spend time formatting and editing the information, it could take me a day or two to get around to it.

I am also happy to receive promo copies of recordings, either via regular old mail or via a download site. However, it can take me days, weeks, or even longer to fully listen to such a submission. Thus, I’m usually backlogged in those matters. In fact, lately, I’ve been slipping further and further behind in all matters. I hope to catch up with some days off of work in the coming two weeks.

It is notoriously difficult to measure how big AMN has become. I run various traffic metrics on the site, but since many of you can read the site via the RSS feed or Facebook, I doubt any one number I pull out is accurate. But, I estimate that at least 300 people visit this site every day, and that there are about another 300 more casual readers.

So, one again, I’d like to thank everyone for the support and interest over the years. If anything, the amount of interest in this site and the amount of material that I could post proves that avant-garde music is alive and well all over the world, with performances somewhere every day and hundreds of new releases each year.

I’m looking forward to the next 365 days and beyond.

Spool Music

Spool is a new-ish label with a large number of improv releases.

Creative Orchestra (Guelph) 2007
Anthony Braxton & the AIMToronto Orchestra

Grdina / Houle / Silins / Loewen
New Rules for Noise

Carrier / Redman / Donato / Séguin / Lambert
Open Spaces

Grdina / Houle / Silins / Loewen

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