Toby Driver Interview

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From Roulette NYC:

TARTAR LAMB is an avant-electroacoustic band hailing from New York City, led by composer Toby Driver, who has performed and recorded with contemporary geniuses such as Trey Spruance (Secret Chiefs 3, Mr. Bungle), G. Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, ASVA), and Randall Dunn (Sunn0)), Master Musicians of Bukkake). Their hallucinatory music has its roots in doom-goth, progressive rock, and new age, and has combined these influences with their experiences in the modern classical and avant-jazz worlds of downtown New York to create a completely unique, complex, heartbreaking, and meticulously composed genreless sound all their own.  On October 20th at Roulette, TARTAR LAMB will be performing their 2010 four-movement suite, “Polyimage of Known Exits,” a terrifying take on euthanasia and regret. “Polyimage…” features heavy electric bass, piles of delay pedals, brutal noise, processed woodwinds, demented melodies, and haunted vocals in glacial freefall around the galactic moebius of Kronos. Following this, Driver and the members of Tartar Lamb will premiere new material in a similar vein.

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Ideal Bread: Reflections of Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy
Cover of Steve Lacy

From Jazz Times:

Sinton was only vaguely aware of Lacy’s work when their paths crossed, but the impact on the student musician was immediate and long lasting. Their formal studies lasted only a single year, with an additional year of informal study before Lacy’s death in 2004. Sinton also worked as Lacy’s copyist and “ran occasional errands, just trying to be around him when I could…”

That “research” continues in the form of Ideal Bread, which recently released its sophomore CD, Transmit: Vol. 2 of the Music of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform). The quartet, whose name comes from a Lacy quote, began shortly after Sinton moved to Brooklyn in 2004, when he would routinely tote Lacy’s compositions to jam sessions. Trumpeter Kirk Knuffke and bassist Reuben Radding “were the guys who kept returning my phone calls,” Sinton says, and the three worked together for six months before drummer Tomas Fujiwara completed the lineup.

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Ne(x)tworks Upcoming Performances

Edgard Varèse
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From Ne(x)tworks:

Release Concert for NxW Live, Vol. 1 – At the Stone, June 2007 (2010)
Works by Edgard Varèse, Jon Gibson, Leroy Jenkins, Christopher McIntyre, and Arthur Russell

New York, NY — Greenwich House Music School (GHMS) is pleased to present the acclaimed collaborative of musicians Ne(x)tworks on Thursday, November 18 at 8 pm, as part of the 25th anniversary season of North River Music. Since its inception in 2002, Ne(x)tworks has made a significant mark on the new music scene with performances of works that reassert the old synergy between composition, improvisation and interpretation, and a repertoire encompassing the open scores of the New York School composers of the ’50s, the experiments of the AACM, and the SoHo scene and Downtown composers of the ’70s and ’80s. For their first appearance at GHMS, the ensemble will celebrate the release of their latest CD, NxW Live, Vol. 1 – At the Stone, June 2007 (2010). The concert will also launch Ne(x)tworks’ year-long residency at this historical venue, which will result in a series of classes, workshops and public performances presented in 2011. Founded by Frank Wigglesworth in 1985, GHMS’s North River Music is one of New York City’s first concert series devoted to new and experimental music. The concert will be followed by a reception.

Highlights include Edgard Varèse’s little known Untitled Graphic Score (ca. 1957). A frequent visitor to Greenwich House Music School, Varèse created the score while attending Earl Brown’s workshop on graphic notation, and the piece written for an ensemble of jazz and classical musicians reflects the kind of scores the composer was writing in real time on a chalkboard during that period.

The program will feature two works from Ne(x)tworks’ latest CD. Creating a form that moves beyond the “jazz” and “classical” labels, Leroy Jenkins’ Space MInds: New Worlds, Survival of America (1979) offers a platform for an active dialog between the performers and the composition itself, with extensive improvised passages. Arthur Russell’s Singing Tractors (pages 1 & 2) (ca. 1987) is an open-ended work that merges influences from Post-Cagean randomness to free jazz to rock and pop music to classical elements to African beat and dance music.

The program will also include a sneak preview of ensemble member Christopher McIntyre’s Smithson Project (2010), scored for mixed ensemble and computers and drawing its inspiration from the work of renowned earthwork artist Robert Smithson (1939-73) — as well as Jon Gibson’s Multiples (1972) for open instrumentation, a classic example of early minimalism from this stalwart member of New York’s experimental music community.

Ne(x)tworks is composed of Joan La Barbara (voice), Kenji Bunch (viola), Shelley Burgon (harp & electronics), Yves Dharamraj (cello), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Miguel Frasconi (glass instruments & electronics, Director), Stephen Gosling (piano), Ariana Kim (violin), and Christopher McIntyre (trombone).

WHEN: Thursday, November 18 at 8PM

VENUE: Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street (between Bedford St. & 7th Ave. S), NYC

TICKETS: $15 General Admission/$10 Students/Seniors
All tickets are payable at the door from 7:30pm

INFO: (212) 242-4770 /

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Supersilent
Album: 10
Label: Rune Grammofon
Review date: Oct. 18, 2010

Artist: Charlemagne Palestine
Album: Strumming Music for Piano, Harpsichord and Strings Ensemble
Label: Sub Rosa
Review date: Oct. 15, 2010

Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Album: The Age of Adz
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Review date: Oct. 12, 2010

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Don Preston has released a new album.

The next Stat Lab show in Cork, Ireland takes place Nov. 15.

A web site has been launch for Compendium Records, a short-lived Norwegian label that is currently under reissue.

Daniel Levin’s new release will be celebrated this coming Monday, October 25, at 17 White Street, Apt. 4A in New York.

Bohemian in Exile Shows

From Detroit’s Bohemian:

Sunday, October 24th: Hallux, Dark Red, Melissa St. Pierre, Gang Wish

Super variety show of psyche, experimental New Music and heavy rock. New York’s Hallux features the prodigious talents of drummer Andrew Barker (Gold Sparkle Band, Little Huey Orchestra etc.) in the unexpected context of his role as guitarist in this slow-art-metal group. Detroit’s Dark Red contributes dense psychedelic riffs that belie their sparse instrumentation of guitar, loops and drums. Melissa St. Pierre creates New Music with rock and roll intensity and cerebral dance music through her use of prepared-piano and electronics. Gangwish plays drums, marimba, and triggers that send signals out to synths, digital effects units, and a bass rig.The result is a rhythmo-musical skull of dubby noise, concrete tones and drumline rhythms.

8 pm; $5 minimum donation. The CAID is located at 5141 Rosa Parks Ave., Detroit.


Nov. 21: Dave Rempis, Fred Longberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen Love
Feb 2: Acid Birds (with Charles Waters and Andrew Barker of Gold Sparkle Band)

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AMN Picks of the Week

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

This week, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to a number of very strong releases. All of the below are highly recommended.

Nichelodeon – Il Gioco del Silenzio (2010)
Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit (2010)
Exploding Star Orchestra Stars Have Shapes (2010)
Kneebody – You Can Have Your Moment (2010)
Hugo Antunes – Roll Call (2010)

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