Music and More Reviews

From Music and More:

MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010
Bryan and the Haggards – Pretend It’s the End of the World (Hot Cup, 2010)

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
Nobu Stowe – Confusion Bleue (Soul Note, 2010)



Cover of "Somnium"
Cover of Somnium

Robert Rich has an iPhone app that plays pieces of his Somnium recordings.

DC’s Sonic Circuits has a Kickstarter project looking for donations to support their upcoming festival.

NPR writes about Ideal Bread’s Steve Lacy covers.

Erik Friedlander has released a new single on his web site in honor of his 50th birthday.

Glows in the Dark has released a free download of a recent show.

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Du Yun at the 21st Century Schizoid Music Concerts


This past season, Ms. Du’s calling cards in New York concert halls have included the New Juilliard Ensemble’s reading of “Vicissitudes No. 3,” an energetic but traditional orchestral score; several scores for silent films by Alice Guy Blaché, in which Ms. Du played synthesizer with a jazz-rock ensemble; “Air Glow,” a complex work for the International Contemporary Ensemble and electronics; and a freewheeling collaboration with the cellist Matt Haimovitz. Each inhabited its own musical world.

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Creative Nation Music To Release The Variable Density Sound Orchestra’s Sound Particle 47 September 21st

From Improvised Communications:

On September 21st, Creative Nation Music will release Sound Particle 47 (CNM016), the second release from veteran Boston-based guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra. The group brings together a flexible cast of improvisers from Boston, New York and beyond that includes Eric Hofbauer (guitar), Roy Campbell (trumpet), Achille Succi (bass clarinet and alto saxophone), Kelly Roberge (tenor saxophone), Steve Swell (trombone), Dmitry Ishenko (bass), John Voigt (bass) and Miki Matsuki (drums). Sound Particle 47, the follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2009 debut (CNM014), documents both its continued musical evolution, including new compositions by members of the band as well as frequent collaborator John Tchicai, and its expansion from a sextet to a nonet.

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Bang on a Can Marathon at Winter Garden


The programmatic rationale was referred to by the composer and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn just before a midafternoon performance by his Gamelan Galak Tika: “things that I love, taking place at the same time.” Mr. Ziporyn was referring specifically to his own contribution, “Tire Fire,” a flamboyant fusion of Balinese gamelan and rock guitars into something new, personal and exhilarating. But his observation applied equally to the whole affair.

Just before Mr. Ziporyn’s piece, the Jack Quartet played Xenakis’s jagged, bracing “Tetras” from a position atop a staircase behind the audience. “There’s something about doing Xenakis next to gamelan and guitars that kind of sums up Bang on a Can,” Mr. Ziporyn said.

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