Richard Pinhas, Mountains, Forma, and Carlos Giffoni in New York

From Avant Ghetto::

Avant Ghetto Presents: Forma Record Release Party with very special guests Richard Pinhas, Mountains and Carlos Giffoni.

Saturday June 4th, 2011
The Schoolhouse
330 Ellery Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

More about the performers:

Richard Pinhas

Composer, guitarist and electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France’s major experimental musicians. A pivotal figure in the international development of electronic rock music, Pinhas’ stature in France is analogous to Tangerine Dream’s in Germany: the father figure of an entire musical movement. The pioneering, aggressive music produced by his band Heldon during the 1970s, fusing electronics, guitar and rock, heralded the industrial and techno to come and remains today vital and unsurpassed. Pinhas has been ceaselessly innovative in a career spanning more than 30 years, and recently has been exploring areas of the international ‘noise’ scene. His newest release, Metal/Crystal shows him working with two of that scene’s highest profile artists: Merzbow and Wolf Eyes.


Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, two sonic explorers whose long history, shared philosophies, and love of sculpting sound, has resulted in some of the most densely layered and blissful music crafted in recent memory. The duo is known for obscuring the boundaries between acoustic instrumentation and electronics. Their newest Thrill Jockey release Air Museum blurs the lines between acoustic and electronic music even more without sacrificing melody or the delicacy of their sound. It is an album of firsts. It was the first album that the acoustic instruments were not processed via a computer. Instead, the processing of the instrumentation (acoustic and electric guitar, cello, accordion, piano, bass etc.) was done using a variety of pedals, modular synths, and other analog techniques. While acoustic instruments were used extensively, the album manifests itself sonically as their most “electronic” record yet.


FORMA’s primary influence is at the intersection of electronic based Krautrock (Kraftwerk, Cluster,Harmonia, Popol Vuh) and the explosion of late 70’s early 80’s underground synthesizer music grouped broadly under the umbrella term Minimal Synth. They create repetitive yet complex evolving structures of sound, producing a wholly improvised music driven by live drum machine programming, synchronized analog synths and spacious melodies. On their eponymous debut LP, the Brooklyn-based electronics trio merges the melodic flow and primitive rhythms of their motorik predecessors with the hypnotic drones of Minimalism, creating an intricate work both addicting and rewarding with repeat listens. Like many of the LP’s eleven tracks, the churning and relentless FORMA237B draws its energy from a precarious equilibrium between structural rigidity and free improvisation, a dynamic at the heart of FORMA’s universe. With lush, distant soundscapes as interludes between these peaks, FORMA’s inaugural full-length is a harmonious and expansive expression of the enduring power of Kosmische musik.

Carlos Giffoni

Carlos Giffoni is a Venezuelan electronic musician who resides in the New York City area since the year 2000. Currently using modular synthesizers, hand made custom instruments, and various types of analog and digital synthesis in the composition of electronic music pieces, as well as improvising live with local and international musicians. His recent solo work has focused in live analog synthesizer pieces that put his style in a line with early techno and cosmic electronic music while maintaining the harsher edge of his previous noise works. He founded the No Fun Productions label, which has released works by Noveller, Onehatrix Point Never and legendary Japanese noise group C.C.C.C.

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AMN Picks of the Week

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.

Giovanni Maier – The Talking Bass (2010)
Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris / Sara Schoenbeck – Next (2011)
Acoustic Guitar Trio – Vignes (2009)
Inzinzac – Inzinzac (2011)
Xerath – II (2011)
Anthony Braxton – Sextet (Boston) 2005 (2005)

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Mary Halvorson On Tour With The Tom Rainey Trio This Week

From Improvised Communications:

Tuesday, May 3rd at 8:00 p.m.
The Bop Shop
274 N Goodman Street in Rochester, NY

Thursday, May 5th at 9:00 and 10:30 p.m.
The Jazz Gallery
290 Hudson Street New York, NY

Friday, May 6th at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.
Firehouse 12
45 Crown Street in New Haven, CT

Saturday, May 7th at 8:00 p.m.
Kung Fu Necktie
1248 North Front Street in Philadelphia, PA

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Umbrella Music Through May 26

John Tchicai
Image via Wikipedia

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

May 04
SET I: Erb/McBride
SET II: Rempis/Hoff/Reed
The Hideout

May 05
SET I: Falzone/Rempis Duo
SET II: Falzone/Stein/Lonberg-Holm

May 08
Nick Mazzarella Trio
Hungry Brain

May 11
Lumber Night III
The Hideout

May 12
Wilbert De Joode Group

May 15
The Engines with Special Guest John Tchicai
Hungry Brain

May 18
SET I: Stirrup
SET II: Halo Defect
The Hideout

May 19

May 22
Greg Ward’s Fitted Shards
Hungry Brain

May 25
The Hideout

May 26
SET I: Anton Hatwich
SET II: 3.5.7 Ensemble

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Mathieu Ruhlmann – As A Leaf Or A Stone
The Psychogeographical Commission – Patient Zero
Skin Graft/Dim Dusk Moving Gloom – split
Lesbian – Stratospheria Cubensis
Ritual Stance – Cold Dark Steel
Demonologists – Miscarriage Of The Soul
Ataraxy – Duality Of The Bizarre’
Husere Grav – Self Titled
Ghoul / Vasco Alves – Chant / Female Prophet
Vomir – L’homme Saturé
Various HNW Artists – Death Metal