Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

MUSICA LONTANA / Musica Lontana (Leo Records)
RED TRIO + JOHN BUTCHER / Empire (No Business Records)
ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS / E:MF3 (PAS Records/Alrealon)
THE JAZZFAKERS / Two (PAS Records)
ALEXEY KRUGLOV / Identification (Leo Records)
LISA MEZZACAPPA & NIGHTSHADE / Cosmic Rift (Leo Records)
BUMP / 2 (Shadoks Music – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
QUESTION MARK / ? (Shadoks Music – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
SIMON NABATOV, ERNST REIJSEGER & MATTHIAS SCHUBERT / Square Down (Leo Records)
JON CORBETT’S DANGEROUS MUSICS / Kongens Gade (Leo Records)
WHITE WILLOW / Terminal Twilight (Termo Records)
DOCTOR NERVE / The Monkey Farm (Punos Music)
GREGOR FREI’s ASMIN / Roots of a Weightless Soul (Unit Records)
RICH HALLEY QUARTET / Requiem for a Pit Viper (Pine Eagle Records)
ANTON & THE HEADCLEANERS / Rotor (Unit Records)
LEYLAND KIRBY / Eager to Tear Apart the Stars (History Always Favours the Winners – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
THOMAS BUCKNER, EDYTA FIL, ILIA BELORUKOV, ALEXEY LAPIN & JUHO LAITINEN / Bewitched Concert (Intonema)
MONTY ADKINS / fragile.flicker.fragment (Audiobulb Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
ROBERT KUSIOLEK, ANTON SJAROV, KSAWERY WOJCINSKI & KLAUS KUGEL / Nuntium (Multikulti Project)
PRIMUS / Green Naugahyde (ATO Records/Prawn Song)

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AMN Reviews: Dominic Lash, Patrick Farmer, Sarah Hughes: Droplets (Another Timbre, at45)

Droplets is a recording offering four explorations of a particularly spare aesthetic. The musicians recorded here – double bassist Dominic Lash, percussionist Patrick Farmer on acoustic turntable, and Sarah Hughes on zither– are associated with the Set Ensemble, a group created to perform work produced by the Wandelweiser collective. This latter is an international group of composers and performers interested in the structural possibilities of silence, as inspired by John Cage’s pioneering work 4’33”. The CD thus features two compositions by Wandelweiser composers Taylan Susam and Eva-Maria Houben, in addition to one long group improvisation.

The Susam composition, “For Maaike Schoorel” (2009), appears in two different realizations. Like dedicatee Schoorel’s paintings, which often consist of a few subtle brushstrokes against an otherwise empty-seeming field of muted color, both interpretations of Susam’s work deploy subtle gestures within an overarching space of silence, this latter being concretized as an ambient sound which functions almost as a fourth performer. The performances reach beyond the strictly musical to become embodiments of an almost metaphysical dialogue between activity and non-activity. Similarly, “Elusions,” the long group improvisation that is sited between the two iterations of “For Maaike Schoorel,” unfolds as a collection of subliminal events placed within a larger continuum of quasi-emptiness. As with the Susam realizations, “Elusions” allows the timbral qualities of the instruments a role on a par with, if not eclipsing, their tonal qualities.

The final piece is Eva-Maria Houben’s “Nachtstueck” (2007) for solo double bass. Lash chose to record this piece outdoors in the woods—and, as it turned out, in the rain–above the Derbyshire village of Hathersage. The nearly 34 minute long work calls for bowed tones of varying duration, interspersed by pauses. During these pauses the surrounding sounds of the rain, the forest and nearby traffic assert themselves as integral aspects of the performance; always there while the bass is sounding, alone they tend to take on a new salience that serves to frame and to connect the tones Lash draws from his instrument. The piece features a slow but distinct development of melody and harmony that owes little to conventional functional development but rather employs a kind of cumulative effect in which nominally separate sound events overlap across time in the listener’s memory.

This is subtle music that exists in a field cleared by two of the musical revolutions of the last century: the liberation of silence and the liberation of sound per se. Both liberations are closely related, the former allowing inactivity to coexist with activity, and the latter allowing music to be reconceived as a spectrum running from noise to tonality. With all four of the performances captured here, inactivity opens a space for non-tonal, ambient sounds to assert themselves and to take their place within the performance; the listener’s attention is invited as much to attention itself as it is to any given sound event, whether of the musicians’ own creation or of the environment.

http://www.anothertimbre.com/

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Upcoming in Seattle

Eyvind Kang live at Saalfelden 2009
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From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

FRI. 9/23, 8 PM – Eric Amrine Group w/ Julian Amrine (violin & trumpet), Don Berman (drums), Kenny Mandell (reeds, percussion), and Tom Yoder (trombone) + a trio with Dennis Rea (guitar), Tom Zgonc (drums), and James DeJoie (woodwinds)

SAT. 9/24, 8 PM – pianist Tiffany Lin, trumpeter Lesli Dalaba, violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar; first Tiflin sneaks some JS Bach in under the radar, then the trio improvises

WED. 9/28 – composer Tom Baker premiers his new string quartet, Invisible Cities

FRI. 9/30 – Nonsequitur presents Eric Barber, solo saxophone + Trio Commando (Wayne Horvitz, piano; Samantha Boshnack, trumpet; Beth Fleenor, clarinet)

SAT. 10/1, 7:30 PM – not a Wayward concert, but of interest: Christine Deavel (our neighbor at Open Books) reads from her new book of poetry, “Woodnote,” Robin Holcomb sings and plays her exquisite songs, artist Jacqueline Barnett displays her artwork.

SAT. 10/8, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents instrumental & vocal music by Gamelan Pacifica founder Jarrad Powell, with Jessika Kenney (voice), Adrienne Varner (piano), Paul Taub (flute), Matthew Kocmieroski (percussion), Stephen Fandrich (voice, gamelan), Jamie Maschler (accordion), Brandon Vance (violin), Eyvind Kang (viola), and Jesse Snyder, Stephanie Helm, Brad Hawkins (gamelan)

FRI. 10/14 – Lori Goldston, cello

SAT. 10/15 – Midday Veil, with special guest vocalist Ken Ueno

TUE. 10/18, 8 PM – Earshot Jazz Fest presents Rich Halley Trio + 1, with guest trombonist Michael Vlatkovich

WED. 10/19, 8 PM – Earshot Jazz Fest presents Avram Fefer Trio

FRI. 10/21 – TrimTab + Tribal Trauma

SAT. 10/22 – Robert Kirkpatrick, aka Spiralcage

MON. 10/24, 7:30 PM – Earshot Jazz Fest presents Nelda Swiggett’s Stringtet

FRI. 10/28 – Seattle Modern Orchestra

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Cafe OTO in October

From London’s Cafe OTO:

WILLIAM TYLER + HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER + NEVEREST SONGS
SAT 1 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door

William Tyler returns to cafe OTO after a mesmerising show here with Michael Chapman. This time it will be as a double bill with North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger, described by David Bowie as “mystical country, an eerie yellowing photograph”……MORE>

THE LONDON IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
SUN 2 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £6 / £4 concs

Regular meeting of The London Improvisers Orchestra. The LIO draws on London’s rich pool of improvising musicians and is part of a long and varied heritage that stretches back to the free-jazz big bands of Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook, the intuitive ensembles of John Stevens and purely improvising groups such as the Continuous Music Ensemble….MORE>

THE THING : TWO DAY RESIDENCY
MON 3 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £10 / £12 on the door
TUES 4 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £10 / £12 on the door

Two-day residency at OTO with the almighty punk-jazz power trio THE THING! Mats Gustafsson has reinvented the way of playing the saxophone in both his own groups, solo performances and membership of other units such as the mighty Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. In THE THING he’s joined by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love – Norway’s heaviest rhythm-section – exploring a songbook that includes everything from Don Cherry to tunes by The White Stripes, The Sonics and Yeah Yeah Yeahs….MORE>

MIKROKOLEKTYW + LENAR + RAFAL MAZAR + TOM CHOLONIEWSKI + KONRAD GECA
WED 5 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £6 advance / £7 on the door

An evening exploring the outer limits of the Polish experimental music scene where free improvisation and electronics collide in a heady mix of rhythmic and textural invention. Headed up by the duo Mikrokolektyw – who combine a propulsive mix of electronics, drums and trumpet – their joined on the bill by Lenar (turntables), Rafal Mazar (bass), Tom Choloniewski (Drums/objects) and Konrad Geca (Electronics/Film)….MORE>

LARSEN
SAT 8 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £8 / £10 on the door

Tin Angel & Ghosttown promotions presents this concert from Larsen, who may be a new name to many, but over the course of 15 years and 13 albums they’ve collaborated with enough avant-rock royalty to make Will Oldham jealous. Tin Angel’s first encounter was the XXL pairing with Xiu Xiu – a relatively tranquil, synth-led affair – but they’ve also worked with Michael Gira and Jarboe of Swans, the mainstays of Supersilent, Nurse with Wound, Johann Johannsson, and on Cool Cruel Mouth (Tin Angel Release, July 2011) Little Annie on vocals, and Baby Dee on piano!…..MORE>

ZEA
SUN 9 OCTOBER ’11 • 8PM • £5 adv / £7 on the door

Solo performance from The Ex vocalist Arnold de Boer deploying guitar and sampler for an almighty bout of crazily high energy songs – urgent lyrics over guitar, roughshod beats and grimy bass lines. Joyfully obstinate, wonderfully bonkers…MORE>

ROCKFEEDBACK PRESENTS: STILL CORNERS + THE LUYAS
MON 10 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £7 advance

Still Corners is the musical project of songwriter/ producer Greg Hughes. Taking inspiration from David Lynch and Ennio Morricone soundtracks, horror movies and pop music, Hughes creates an atmospheric and sultry sound – a mixture of organ, guitar, and big drums combined with choir-like vocals….MORE>

GALVANISED! : ALEXANDER TUCKER, STANDARD PLANETS, ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB, TEMPERATURES, JO THOMAS
TUES 11 OCTOBER ’11 • 8PM • £6 adv / £7 on the door

Galvanised! presents its 5th annual festival of experimental sounds and music with the theme: “MUSIC vs THE UNIVERSE” – music inspired by the FIVE ‘chaldean’ pre-telescopic planets as performed by Alexander Tucker (Saturn), Standard Planets (Mars), Astral Social Club (Venus), Temperatures (Mercury) and Jo Thomas (Jupiter)…MORE>

NADJA + PLURALS
WED 12 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door

Canadian noise/ambient/doom duo Nadja create a sublimating wall of amorphous sound and ethereal melodicism from guitars, electronics and vocals. They’re joined on the bill by Plurals’ out-of-body psychedelic drone….MORE>

TALIBAM! WITH ALAN WILKINSON
THURS 13 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £6 advance / £7 on the door

NYC’s Talibam! (Matt Mottel – synths & Kevin Shea – drums) first hooked up with Alan Wilkinson courtesy of Bo’ Weavil Recordings blind dating service for a London basement show in May ’08 and a recording date for an LP. Now the trio are back together for a string of dates spreading their unique brand of improvised chaos across Europe, including this date at Cafe OTO….MORE>

TUSK IN LONDON: BILL ORCUTT / JESSICA RYLAN / CIAN NUGENT BAND / POSSET / STEVE GUNN / BILL ORCUTT & PAUL HESSION DUO / THE HUNTER GRACCHUS
FRI 14 OCT ’11 • 7PM • £10 / £12 on the door
SAT 15 OCT ’11 • 7PM • £10 / £12 on the door

Two London dates shooting off from the epic four-day Tusk Festival championing unclassifiable music in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. These two shows feature two rare appearances by former Harry Pussy guitarist Bill Orcutt – both solo and in duo with Paul Hession, Jessica Rylan’s unique combination of outsider songform and DIY synth-wizardry, Sheffield junk gamelan ensemble The Hunter Gracchus, post-takoma guitarists Steve Gunn and Cian Nugent (playing with a full band) and Newcastle’s Posset, who twist samples into a gloriously ramshackle collage of psychedelic noise…..MORE>

THE WORKSHOP SERIES
MON 17 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £5/£4 concs

Monthly concert of experimental improvised music with participants drawn from Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop. This month’s musicians are: Marjolaine Chabrin (piano), Gabriel Humberstone (percussion), Matt Olczak (guitar), Tim Yates (objects), Ross Lambert (guitar), Matthew Waters (guitar), Walter Cardew (guitar), David O’Connor (saxophone) and Danielle Sergio (percussion) …MORE>

CINDYTALK + (R) + JULIA KENT
TUE 18 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £6 advance / £8 on the door

Tin Angel presents a rare appearance from Gordon’s Sharp’s long-running Cindytalk, who has moved from the abstract piano and broken down rock structures (that saw contributions to This Mortal Coil and The Cocteau Twins) to his post-millenial re-emergence with a trio of discs of subtle, aural beauty on Austria’s editions Mego label. Cindytalk is joined on the evening by Fabrizio Palumbo performing as (r) and Julia Kent’s looped cello and electronics….MORE>

JOCHEN ARBEIT / PAUL BEAUCHAMP / JULIA KENT / FABRIZIO MODONESE PALUMBO – ‘SOUNDSCAPES’
WED 19 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £8 advance / £10 on the door

Kaparte presents this project from Einstürzende Neubauten’s Jochen Arbeit. Born out of a live series of Arbeit’s of the same name, ‘Soundscapes’ features Paul Beauchamp, Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo and Julia Kent (the trio known as Blind Cave Salamander). Together they pursue the task and challenge of exchanging the results of their own sound researches in a public space – an independent and spontaneous meeting of different systems of soundscaping….MORE>

JUNZO SUZUKI
THURS 20 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £6 / £8 on the door

Junzo Suzuki is a Japanese guitarist/vocalist perhaps best known for his involvement in the underground psych bands Overhang Party and Miminokoto. His solo music is stripped down form of ‘ghost’ blues and improvisation that recalls Loren Connors and his fellow countryman Hisato Higuchi……MORE>

A NIGHT OF MAGIC & DREAMS:
EKO-CLEF + PIPE DREAMS + SOME TRUTHS
FRI 21 OCT ’11 • 7.30PM • £6 advance / £7 on the door

A special hometown celebration of Magic + Dreams, the nascent label set up by Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef, Some Truths) and Mr Brown (Hey Colossus), and a conduit for the sort of open-hearted sonic wayfaring that will be rich in evidence tonight. All-new music wrested from the souls of ancient circuit boards…..MORE>

ARCHIVE TRAILS FEAT. AILEEN CAMPBELL, ALASDAIR ROBERTS & WOUNDED KNEE
SUN 23 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £7.50 advance / £9 on the door

Following 12 weeks with unlimited access to the School of Scottish Studies’ extraordinary ethnographic sound archive, join us to see Alasdair Roberts’s eerie reworking of the mummers’ play Galoshins (intertwined with the bizarre initiation rites of the Secret Society of Horsemen!), new video work from Aileen Campbell based on her research into mouth music, waulking song and the process of song learning, plus experimental vocalist and raconteur Wounded Knee invites us to follow his own Archive Trail to the darker corners of the catalogue, through brass bands, folk clubs, and the language and lore of east coast fisheries…..MORE>

RALPH WHITE + CATH & PHIL TYLER
MON 24 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £7 advance / £8 on the door

Ralph White performs a singular blend of ancient rural folk music and original songwriting accompanying his own high and eerie voice on banjo, violin, kalimba and button accordian. Ralph was a member of punk bluegrass mavericks The Bad Livers and has also collaborated with Jandek, Thurston Moore, Eugene Chadbourne and more. He’s joined on the evening by Northern England’s Cath & Phil Tyler. ….MORE>

TONY CONRAD + LAWRENCE ENGLISH’S LONELY WOMEN’S CLUB + NICOLA RATTI
WED 26 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £10 / £12 on the door

ROOM40 presents the psychoactive string drone of Tony Conrad, master of minimalism alongside Lawrence English’s new Lonely Women’s Club project (where he explores the tonal shimmer of late night organ smoke) and the hand-forged rhythms, resonating strings and concréte constructions of Milano’s Nicola Ratti……MORE>

JON CORBETT’S DANGEROUS MUSIC W/ NICK STEPHENS AND LOUIS MOHOLO MOHOLO
THURS 27 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £6 advance / £8 on the door

“Corbett’s trumpet is setting the tone : he can yearn, sigh, sing weep or rant, but the phrases are always short, with a kind of surprise feeling of wonder on them, like musical question marks. If anyone is well placed to interact with the trumpeter, it’s Nick Stephens, his long time musical partner, the one with the deep sound and round tone, and the equally sudden improvisational surprises. Moholo-Moholo is equally fantastic, and the moments are many when the listener – me, you – can do nothing else than smile or laugh because of the pure percussive joy he is hearing, inventive, precise and yes …. right. The band’s energy creates an incredible pulse and drive, and that without explicit rhythms, quite an achievement” – Stef, Free Jazz…..MORE>

CLUB INTEGRAL PRESENTS: KINNIE THE EXPLORER + MOUNTAINS OF THE MIND + JAMIE ISAAC + DJ CHRIS CORNETTO + VISUALS BY RUCKSACK CINEMA
FRI 28 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £6 advance / £7 door, (conc/students £5)

“Freudian expressionist teenage minimalist avant-rockers” Kinnie the Explorer return to Cafe Oto fresh from performing at Montpellier’s “2+2=5, l’Incroyable Festival” and recording an album with Bob Drake in the Pyrenees to unveil a set of new songs from their forthcoming debut album. ……MORE>

JOE MCPHEE & DECOY : TWO DAY RESIDENCY
SAT 29 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £10 / £12 on the door
SUN 30 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £10 / £12 on the door

This quartet came together for the first time at OTO in December 2009 and established an instant rapport with a roof-raising set of ecstatic improvisation. It suggested amazing possibilities for a future engagement and we’re very pleased to be able to finally bring them back together again for what should be two fascinating days – where the group will have the chance to really stretch out and explore….MORE>

ESTONIAN MUSIC NOW: TAAVI KERIKMÄE / MART SOO, TAAVO REMMEL, FREE TALLINN TRIO
MON 31 OCT ’11 • 8PM • £8 advance / £10 on the door

LifeM presents the official launch of the CD “Estonian Music Now 2011 – Exploratory Music From Estonia”, distributed with The WIRE magazine’s November issue with performances by Taavi Kerikmäe (keyboards/electronics) / Mart Soo (guitar/electronics), Taavo Remmel (double bass/electronics) and the Free Tallinn Trio (Anne-Liis Poll – voice, Anto Pett – piano and prepared piano, Jaak Sooäär – guitar/electronics)…..MORE>

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