Newsbits

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland
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Avant-rock band Fool Gator has released their album for free download.

Matt Smiley has released his first album, entitled Quartet Art, which is a really nice example of both free-ish improv and composed jazz.

Cosmic Leider from Matthew Shipp and Darius Jones, is out.

Speaking of Shipp, he hits Chattanooga this Friday.

A new piece by Pauline Oliveros, The Tower Ring, will premiere this June in Geyserville, California

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Sonomu Reviews

Bill Laswell

From Sonomu:

Juan Jose Calarco & James McDougall, Reduced Spaces (CDR SIRIdisc)
Rotterdam, Cambodia (Everestrecords)
Elastic Jargon, Slang (Datarecords)
David Solid Gould vs Bill Laswell, Dub of the Passover (Tzadik)
Bachar Mar-Khalife, Oil Slick (Nagam Records)
Slow Dancing Society, Under the Sodium Lights (Hidden Shoal Recordings)

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Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

From Philly’s Bowerbird:

VISUAL MUSIC
An evening of experimental animtation

This Friday, April 15th, 2011

@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE ADMISSION

Bowerbird Presents GATE
Join Bowerbird for an evening of animated short films surveying over 100 years of conceptual richness and aesthetic diversity of the moving image. Curated by Thomas Patteson, director of Experimental Culture and the music blog Acousmata, the evening will explore a variety of animation techniques with the common purpose of creating the illusion of motion, from abstract moving geometry to the surreal and lifelike characters of familiar cartoons.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
MANFRED WERDER IN PHILLY

Sam Sfirri: little by little (2010)
Jason Brogan: new work (2011)
Mark So: hedges of understanding [readings 38] (2010)
Manfred Werder: stück 1998 (1998)

Manfred Werder is a composer, curator, and pianist residing in Zürich, Switzerland. He is a member of the Wandelweiser group, co-founder of the ensemble Incidental Music, and curator of the concert series Konzerte in der Galerie Mark Müller.

@ Vox Populi Gallery
319 N 11th, 3rd Floor.
Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
BOWERBIRD and CRANE ARTS PRESENT:
TRISTAN PERICH AND LESLEY FLANIGAN
WORKS FOR ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS

Tristan Perich‘s ensemble will perform his Elevation Maps, a glacially slow composition combining long, pure tones from five accordions with cascading electronic frequencies. Lesley Flanigan introduces Pare, an intimate new work dissecting the scale of sound between a single handmade speaker feedback instrument and double bass.

@ ICEBox at Crane Arts
1400 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA

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Meet the Composer Studio at Poisson Rouge

From NYTimes.com:

The new Meet the Composer Studio, at mtcstudio.org, is meant to put a spotlight on young composers and their music and to encourage new-music fans to contribute toward commissioning new works. In the studio’s current version, six composers are featured, two each from Chicago, Boston and San Francisco, and would-be patrons are offered memorabilia ($5 postcards, $25 autographed CDs) or commissioning credit ($5,000 to be listed as lead commissioner). The organization’s Three City Dash festival is built around new works by the six composers, along with older scores by colleagues in their home cities. The subject of the second installment, on Monday evening at Le Poisson Rouge, was San Francisco, and two ensembles — Ethel and Alarm Will Sound — did the honors.

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Anthony Braxton swims against the tide

Anthony Braxton

From the Guardian as part of their 50 great moments in jazz series:

One of the most implacable and prolific of jazz contrarians has been Anthony Braxton, a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Chicago. Braxton, a master of most instruments in the saxophone and clarinet families, has followed no advice as to whose face fits as a jazz influence – he cites John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy as inspirations for a performer maturing in the 60s free-jazz era, but also such restrained “cool school” players as Dave Brubeck‘s Paul Desmond, and 20th-century compositional iconoclasts Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage.

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Gutbucket Chamber Orchestra at REDCAT May 9

From REDCAT:

What happens when you take four highly opinionated, strong-willed and creative composer/musicians and put them in a band together? You could have a volatile problem . . . or you could have Gutbucket. The twelve-year-old Brooklyn-based quartet pushes composer-driven, art-rock-tainted chamber jazz into new terrain and boldly proclaims its voice. The Gutbucket Chamber Orchestra premiered in early 2009, when Gutbucket brought together an ensemble of multi-instrumentalists to realize the elaborate orchestrations on its 2009 release A Modest Proposal. Gutbucket’s West Coast debut marks the long-awaited follow-up to that performance, and the celebration of their most recent recording Flock, which continues to explore this larger ensemble sound. The cutting-edge orchestra, without the usual string players, teams Gutbucket with select CalArts players—on woodwinds, vibes, keyboards, organ, cello, percussion, electronics, prepared instruments, noise toys, multiple basses and electric guitars—to achieve a huge, unconventional yet harmonious sound.

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Squidco Profiled

From EncorePub, a profile of online music shop Squidco:

When Phil Zampino first got into the record-store business back in 2002, he definitely didn’t know what he was getting into. With then-business partner Kurt Gottschalk, he almost quit by the second year. Starting out in Manhattan had its perks, but certainly made it more difficult. “In New York City, you’re just banging your head against the wall because there’s so much going on all the time,” Zampino says. “We weren’t some big entity—we were just starting from square one.” Still, the city was the birthplace for Zampino’s business, Squidco, which distributes eclectic, obscure music, in store and online. Starting out in a small residential in Washington Heights and 189th Street, Squidco didn’t have many walk-ins and struggled for customers. Eventually, Zampino and Gottschalk set up a successful online catalog with over 2,000 items, along with a magazine, “The Squid Ear,” which includes music news and album reviews. Three years in, Gottschalk left to pursue other endeavors, and five years in, Zampino felt like he finally had a business.