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ALARM Press reports that Zs has signed a two-year deal with Northern Spy. Their first release, a double seven-inch entitled 33, will be released on November 8. Also in the works are a retrospective box set, a remix project, and solo releases by Sam Hillmer, Ben Greenberg, and Ian Antonio.

Thrill Jockey will be releasing a new ambient / post-rock effort from Barn Owl.

The New York Times reviews recent shows by Mike Pride‘s and Jason Ajemian’s respective outfits.

Pheeroan akLaff plays in New York this weekend, at the Jalopy Theater.

Philip Glass plans to write a memoir.

NPR is streaming highlights from the Newport jazz festival, including concerts from Steve Coleman And Five Elements, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Rudresh Mahanthappa And Bunky Green, and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble.

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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.

Anla Courtis – The Torrid (2011)
Nicole Mitchell – Awakening (2011)
Mark Segger Sextet – The Beginning (2011)
Steve Hilmy / Daniel Barbiero – Live at Bella (2011)
Barn Owl – Lost in the Glare (2011)
Alvin Curran – Solo Works – The 70s (2010)

Sonomu Reviews

Kim Cascone
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From Sonomu:

Radiosonde, Radiosonde (Flau)
Fovea Hex, Here is Where We Used to Sing (Janet Records)
Kim Cascone, The Knotted Constellation (Fourteen Rotted Coordinates) (Monotype Rec)
FluiD, Envisioning Abstraction: The Duality of FluiD (Alrealon Music)
Brian Grainger, Diamond Tears on Slate (CDR Dead Pilot Records)

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REDCAT's Fall Schedule

Cover of "Universe Will Provide"
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From LA’s REDCAT:

September 25
Theo Bleckmann
Todd Sickafoose and Tiny Resistors
Co-presented by the Angel City Jazz Festival
The annual can’t-miss jazz festival joins REDCAT to present electrifying solo vocal music from Theo Bleckmann, a jazz singer and composer of prodigious gifts and eclectic tastes. Sharing the bill is bassist-composer Todd Sickafoose and his band Tiny Resistors whose buoyant, groove-laden jazz is played with the muscle and whimsy of an indie-rock orchestra.
http://www.redcat.org/event/theo-bleckmann

October 2
Tribute to Roscoe Mitchell
Co-presented by the Angel City Jazz Festival
Roscoe Mitchell—composer, reed and woodwind master, and one of the most revered exponents of creative musicmaking—marks his 71st birthday with a special performance by his new trio, with fellow winds player James Fei and percussionist William Winant; and a performance of “People in Sorrow” by an all-star ensemble headed by Alex Cline.
http://www.redcat.org/event/tribute-roscoe-mitchell

October 28–30
Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers
Performed by the Golden Quartet and Southwest Chamber Music, Jeff von der Schmidt, conductor
World premiere commission by Southwest Chamber Music
A large-scale suite played over the course of three concerts, this major new opus by creative music luminary Wadada Leo Smith draws upon, and interprets, key events in the history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement from 1954 through 1964.
http://www.redcat.org/event/ten-freedom-summers

November 5
SCREAM Festival 2011: Sounding Images
Co-presented with the Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music
Electro-acoustic music merges seamlessly with electronically generated or enhanced imagery in this screening of 11 international works—a program that attests to the ongoing maturation of electronic “inter-arts” that transcends disciplines, genres and geographies.
http://www.redcat.org/event/scream-festival-2011

November 18
Mike Keneally: The Universe Will Provide
Former “stunt guitarist” and keyboard virtuoso in Frank Zappa’s final touring band, Mike Keneally gives the U.S. debut of The Universe Will Provide, a composition for guitar, electric piano, and a 52-piece CalArts orchestra.
http://www.redcat.org/event/mike-keneally

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Minor Musics Japan at the Issue Project Room

Taku Sugimoto
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From New York’s ISSUE PROJECT ROOM:

On September 16 & 17, ISSUE Project Room will present Taku Sugimoto, Taku Unami, Takahiro Kawaguchi, and Moe Kamura, collaborating with Annette Krebs and Rudu Malfatti. It will be the US debut of the Annette Krebs/Taku Sugimoto duo as well as Takahiro Kawaguchi. These musicians, associated with the Onkyo group in Tokyo, explore the role of silence in shaping and subverting the musical event. Along with the international composer collective Wandelweiser, of which Malfatti is a member, the Onkyo group and its descendents work in the vein of John Cage, particularly Cage’s late “number pieces,” where long silences are interspersed with sparse musical events, and many choices are left to the performer.

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