Squonk Opera, Pittsburgh’s quirky performance arts troupe that fuses musical poetry with an aesthetically overwhelming stage display, will step into the national spotlight Tuesday night on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The globally renowned troupe, one of the 48 acts to make the cut into the quarterfinals, will perform an original piece in Los Angeles during Tuesday’s live broadcast, which begins at 9 p.m.
July 9, 2011
Cylinder, Douglass Street Music Collective
Aram Shelton Darren Johnston Kjell Nordeson Lisa Mezzacappa
July 9, 2011
Holus-Bolus, Douglass Street Music Collective
Jonathan Goldberger Josh Sinton Mike Pride Peter Bitenc
July 9, 2011
Holus-Bolus & Cylinder Double Quartet, Douglass Street Music Collective
Aram Shelton Darren Johnston Jonathan Goldberger Josh Sinton Kjell Nordeson Lisa Mezzacappa Mike Pride Peter Bitenc
July 8, 2011
Joe Hertenstein Trio, The Stone
Darius Jones Joe Hertenstein Ken Vandermark Pascal Niggenkemper
July 8, 2011
Vandermark Swell Conly Taylor, The Stone
Chad Taylor Ken Vandermark Sean Conly Steve Swell
July 3, 2011
Atomic, Roundhouse, Vancouver
Fredrik Ljungkvist Havard Wiik Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Magnus Broo Paal Nilssen-Love
July 3, 2011
Carter Lee Laubrock Sorey, Ironworks, Vancouver
Ingrid Laubrock JP Carter Peggy Lee Tyshawn Sorey
- Kris Davis/Tyshawn Sorey/Ingrid Laubrock Trio (waywardmusic.blogspot.com)
From All About Jazz:
It’s been a hot half decade for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Nicole Mitchell‘s tenure as co-chair (with Ernest Dawkins) came at a time when her star as a flutist and bandleader was also rising. Co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams was one of the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters honorees. Trombonist and professor George Lewis’ invaluable book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago, 2009), gained attention and gave understanding to the musicians’ collective. And festivals in Val-de-Marne, France; Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Poznan, Poland; and Umbria, Italy, all featured AACM programming. In November, the organization marked its 45th anniversary with concerts at Chicago’s Millennium Park and Museum of Contemporary Art. And in Philadelphia, over two weekends in June, the presenting organization Ars Nova Workshop produced five nights of concerts featuring what might be called the first and third waves of AACM membership.
- Henry Threadgill’s Zooid Live at Jazz Gallery TONIGHT! (jazznpop.wordpress.com)
- Wet Ink Ensemble (via the WFMU Free Music Archive) (issueprojectroom.org)
- Muhal Richard Abrams / Duos with Fred Anderson and George Lewis: SoundDance (Review) (popmatters.com)
Free downloads from Open Ears Music:
Dennis Formento & Ed Barrett Trio – Audio Archive – 5 July 2011
Musicians: Dennis Formento (poetry), Ed Barrett (guitaer), Jesse Morrow (bass), Boyana Trayanova (drums)
Helen Gillet – Audio Archive – 07 June 2011
Musicians: Helen Gillet (cello), Tim Green (saxes) & Doug Garrison (drums) with Brad Walker (saxes)
Albert/Alford/Morrow/Garrison – Audio Archive – 31 May 2011
Musicians: Jeff Albert (trombone), Chris Alford (guitar), Jesse Morrow (bass), & Doug Garrison (drums)
- John Madere || Tatsuya Nakatani – Audio Archive – 10 May 2011 (openearsmusic.org)
From Musique Machine:
@C – Music for Empty Spaces
Cezary Gapik – Contrast I
Rorcal – Heliogabalus
Nascitari – Cariddi
Phantom Rib – Untitled(Infinity series Part 6)
Segment Aura – Infest
Tromba – Ciclón
Lovesliescrushing – Girl Echo Suns Veil
Semiomime – From Memory
From Important Records:
VARIOUS ARTISTS – IMPREC300: 10 YEARS, 300 RECORDS
ELIANE RADIGUE – TRANSAMOREM – TRANSMORTEM
ASVA – PRESENCES OF ABSENCES
JOZEF VAN WISSEM – THE JOY THAT NEVER ENDS
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO – LIVE AS TROUBADOR
BARN OWL & THE INFINITE STRINGS ENSEMBLE – HEADLANDS
CHRISTINA KUBISCH – MAGNETIC FLIGHTS
CHRISTINA KUBISCH – MONO FLUIDO
- Jozef Van Wissem – The Joy That Never Ends (dustedmagazine.com)
The Substrata Festival is a three-day sound & visual art event held in Seattle, WA, scheduled for July 15 thru July 17, 2011. Substrata seeks to explore varying perspectives of scale though the use of sound, composition and visuals – an international showcase featuring accomplished artists working in the cutting edge where structural abstraction meets physical dynamics.
Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a considerable catalogue of ambient electronic music, most notably on prestigious UK label Touch. Jenssen has scored a number of films, including Eternal Stars (1993) and Insomnia (1997). Jenssen is also an active climber and mountaineer. His highest feat was in 2001, the Cho Oyu (Himalaya, 8201 meters) sans oxygen. This hobby can be an inspiration on his work, as well as a source of natural sound samples.
Australia’s Oren Ambarchi is an electronic guitarist and percussionist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, “re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation”. (The Wire, UK). Ambarchi’s recorded work is published in over half a dozen labels around the world, most notably on Touch, Southern Lord, and Häpna.
Eluvium is a freakishly beautiful affair – it’s the ambient moniker of one Matthew Cooper, an American composer and musician living in Portland, OR. Cooper’s musical output includes “evocative ambient guitar work and features liberal use of loop/hold pedals to create lush/abstract guitar textures,“ which as described by All Music Guide, exist “cautiously on the lines of pure ambient and textural noise experiments” His more recent works include placid compositions for piano and strings. Cooper’s work is featured in numerous films, including Matt McCormick’s feature film debut “Some Days Are Better Than Others.”
Germany’s Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. Throught this musical upbringing Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers. Today, Nils Frahm works as a composer and producer in Berlin, where he founded Durton Studio, and records for Erased Tapes and Sonic Pieces labels.
Thomas Meluch is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and photographer, best known by his pseudonym Benoît Pioulard. Fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay, he began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. Thomas continuous musical output has been documented for over half a deacade by Chicago’s famed Kranky records.
Marcus Fischer is a multimedia artist and musician currently living in Portland, Oregon. The exploration of sight and sound has been a continual focus for Marcus, both in his personal work and in his repeated role as co-curator of vision+hearing, a series of audio/visual events with the goal of bringing musicians and filmmakers together for collaborative performances. He has also had the opportunity to score various short films and videos and enjoys experimenting with unconventional sound sources to create music. His latest work was released by renowed 12k label and currently Marcus is working on a collaborative album with label curator Taylor Deupree.
Crys Cole is based out of Winnipeg, MB and has worked and performed extensively as a solo artist and in free improvisation settings across Canada, NYC, Germany, France, Italy and Belgium. She works predominantly with contact microphones, minimal signal processing and no-input mixing board. Her approach to sound emphasizes subtlety and discretion, guided by a fascination with microsonics that test the limits of audibility and intentionality.
Rafael Anton Irisarri is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, curator, producer and mixed media artist. He is predominantly associated with post-minimalist, drone and ambient music and has been exploring textural electronics for over half a decade. I3O is his live trio ensemble, alongside pianist Kelly Wyse and veteran drone/metal drummer Phil Petrocelli.