AMN Picks of the Week

Fred Frith performing with (off camera) Larry ...
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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.

John Zorn / Fred Frith – Late Works (2010)
Kruzenshtern & Parohod / Vialka – Kruzenshtern i Parohod / Vialka (Split CD) (2006)
Gate – Deconstructed (2011)
Black / Dunn / Noriega / Speed – Endangered Blood (2011)

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More on Billy Bang

Billy Bang at the Vision Festival, 2008-06-11.
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A lot of obits flying around following the sad passing of Billy Bang. NPR and The New York Times have pieces, and Tom Hull has written an article that includes links to even more resources.

The funeral info is as follows:

Tuesday April 19th, 2011
Viewing at the Funeral Home

Benta Funeral Home
630 St Nicholas Avenue
[corner of 141st St]
NY NY 10030

Wednesday April 20th 2011
Funeral Service
10am-11:30am–Funeral Service

Mount Olivet Baptist Church
201 Lenox Avenue [ corner of 119th St.]
NY NY 10027

Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery immediately following the service [around 1pm]
Webster Avenue and 233rd St
Bronx, New York 10470

Maria Arias and Billy Bang’s children have asked Arts For Art to set up the Billy Bang Memorial Fund to help with the funeral costs. For those who would like to contribute, Please send your tax deductible contribution to Arts for Art at 107 Suffolk Street, NYC, NY 10002. You can also make a contribution on the AFA paypal account on the contribute page

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Present Sounds Recordings

Present Sounds Recordings is a Seattle-based label focusing on all sorts of avant-garde and offbeat music. Some of their recent releases include:

Campfire Songs
Brian Cobb’s haunting CD “Campfire Songs” brings the listener right down to the campfire, sitting around listening to music with banjo, guitar, violin, clarinet, percussion…

Vertigo (2010)
A beautiful new record by this acoustic quartet led by clarinetist Jesse Canterbury.

You Can See the Bottom (2010)
A new record by the celestially avant Triptet navigates through high energy improvisation and ambient comprovisations.

Seattle Percussion Collective Volume 1 (2010)
This daring and exciting new percussion ensemble presents works by John Cage and Christian Wolff.

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Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

JOHN CAROLLO / Starry Night for String Orchestra (Navona Records)
PREMIER ROELES / Ka da ver (Vindu – merci à/thanks to Toondist)
I COMPANI / Mangiare! (ind. – merci à/thanks to Toondist)
BJ NILSEN & STILLUPPSTEYPA / Big Shadow Montana (The Helen Scarsdale Agency – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
AREV KONN / Nospelt (Humming Conch – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
BILL GOULD & JARED BLUM / The Talking Book (Koolarrow Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
RAFAEL TORAL / Space Elements Vol. III (Staubgold – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
TELEBOSSA / Telebossa (Staubgold – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
TRIO DEROME GUILBEAULT TANGUAY / Danse à l’Anvers (Ambiances Magnétiques Jazz)
IREM BEKTER QUINTET / Primero (Malasartes)
DARIUS JONES & MATTHEW SHIPP / Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity – merci à/thanks to Improvised Communications)
THE WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND / Companion (Sunbeam – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)

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WBEZ features the Rempis Percussion Quartet.

James Falzone is featured in a long piece by Alarm Press.

Steve Lehamn is interviewed

Karl Berger‘s Kingston studio, and its many recordings, are discussed.

Finally, in news of the sublime (and possibly ridiculous), William Shatner is recording an album with an all-star supporting cast.

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S.E.M. Ensemble and Ostravska Banda in New York


The composer Petr Kotik is also an adventurous conductor who founded and directs both the S.E.M. Ensemble, based in New York, and the Ostravska Banda, based in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. Every now and then Mr. Kotik brings his groups together, as he did on Wednesday evening at Zankel Hall. As in previous collaborations, their chemistry was just about perfect.

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