Site News

It has been a while since I’ve shared news bout AMN, so I thought I’d do so on this rainy Sunday morning.

First, I’m happy to report that we have some new collaborators. As you may have noticed, we are now posting original album reviews, in addition to our links to reviews on other sites. Also, we’re regularly posting about happenings in the busy Los Angeles and San Francisco scenes. These new features came out of the survey we conducted a few weeks ago regarding whether AMN should host original content. If you’d like to contribute regularly to the site, and have your writing published to a niche audience of 1000 or so like-minded people, drop me a line at

At the end of this week, Facebook will no longer support re-publishing our articles on our Facebook page. So, if you currently read AMN from Facebook, please switch over to this site or to our Twitter feed. I’m going to look into whether Facebook will somehow support re-publishing our Twitter feed instead.

Finally, the avant-garde / experimental / weird music scene that we cover is large – there are dozens of labels producing hundreds of releases per yer, and tons artists performing thousands of gigs. However, the scene is also spread out. It is not uncommon for 10-15 people or less to show up to any one gig, even if there is a well-known artist performing. As a result, despite the apparent strength of the overall scene, many individual artists still struggle to get by. So, if there is a show in your neck of the woods, make an effort to go. Sure, you’ve got family commitments, work commitments and other commitments that may make it difficult to attend, especially weekday shows or shows that start late. Nonetheless, what we have is a unique opportunity to hear great music in a cozy venue, and possibly interact with the artists before and after a set to show our appreciation. So, even if you miss some sleep, try to get out and see some live music. As fans, we’re living in privileged times.

The music of Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez, a friend of Górecki during the ...
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From The Economist, another article on Mr. Boulez.

At 86, Mr Boulez hardly needs to work so hard. His career has already been long and successful. His most famous teacher, Olivier Messiaen, presciently declared him to be the future of music. During the 1940s and 1950s, with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luigi Nono, Mr Boulez created a brave new world of music, divorced from traditional views of melody and harmony. Together they offered composers a break with the musical past—which then, as now, dominated most concert halls. With his natural charisma and extraordinary (and polemical) musical gifts, Mr Boulez has exercised untold influence on his contemporaries in Europe and America.

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Ear to the Earth 2011

From EMF Productions:


The Sixth New York Festival of Sound, Media, and Ecology

October 16-23, 2011

Sunday, October 16 at 8:00 P.M. (Free)
Issue Project Room, Old American Can Factory (Brooklyn)
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Info: 718-330-0313 |

For its first Ear to the Earth appearance, SHARE – the open forum renowned for fostering spontaneous collaborations between artists using a variety of art forms – will present a jam session exploring sounds and images recorded within the borough of Brooklyn. Boundaries will blur between participants and public as members of the audience are encouraged to join the jam. Bring your equipment/instruments/gear, or pop in simply to hang out, chat or exchange ideas.

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 P.M (Free)
The Point CDC (Bronx)
940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx
718-542-4139 |

Performing artist/composer Milica Paranosic will incorporate sounds gathered from Hunts Point in the Bronx for the premiere of A Bronx Tale, a work for recorded sounds, live vocals and electronics. “…the intoxicating profusion of seemingly unrelated impressions [was] as surprising a moment as any I’ve ever seen during an ostensibly ‘high-art’ presentation, and one that could only have been pulled off by a composer for whom punk rock is a fact of life, as opposed to a sensation borrowed on the cheap.” (Steve Smith, Time Out NY).

Friday, October 21, 8:00 P.M. (Free)
JOSEPH KUBERA: 100 x JOHN 1 (Remembering a friend)
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Staten Island)
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Info: 718 448 2500 |

A leading interpreter of contemporary music and longtime collaborator of John Cage, Joseph Kubera will perform 100 x John 1 – a soundscape composed by Kubera and Joel Chadabe, modeled after Cage’s compositional process and using Staten Island sounds. The performance is a salute to John Cage at the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Saturday, October 22, 12-NOON (Free)
Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens)
32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway, Long Island
Info: 718-956-1819 |

Daniel Perlin, aka DJ N-RON – whose credits include sound works with Vito Acconci and Phil Morrison’s Academy Award nominated Junebug, and performances at venues ranging from MoMA’s PS1 to The Golden Pudle – will collaborate with the teenage group Urban Art Beat for a presentation of their own mixes and beats based on sounds recorded in Queens.

Sunday, October 23, 4:30 P.M. (Free)
RICHARD LAINHART: 100 x JOHN 2 for electric guitar and Kyma
(In homage to John Cage in his 100th birthday year)
As part of “Green City Challenge Race and Family Expo”
Green City Challenge @ Union Square (Manhattan)

In 100 x John 2, award-winning composer Richard Lainhart will perform with his electric guitar and Kyma, a powerful sound design system, to transform the ambient noise of Manhattan’s streets and alleys into a magically lyrical sound.

For more information on the event, visit the EMF Productions website , or email, or call (888) 749-9998.

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October at the Stone

John Zorn

From New York’s Stone:

10/1 Saturday (MJ)
8 pm
Vernon Reid
Vernon Reid (guitars) Others TBA

10 pm
Free Form Funky Freqs
Vernon Reid (guitars) Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass) G. Calvin Weston (drums)

10/2 Sunday (DDT)
8 pm
Lafayette Gilchrist
Lafayette Gilchrist (piano) Michael Formanek (double bass) Andrew Cyrille (drums)

10 pm
Lafayette Gilchrist
Lafayette Gilchrist (piano) Steve Swell (trombone) Darius Jones (alto sax) Michael Formanek (double bass) Andrew Cyrille (drums)

10/3 Monday (JM)
7:15 and 9 pm

10/4 Tuesday (YT)
8 pm
Greg Ward Quartet
Greg Ward (alto sax, composition) Dave Miller (guitar, electronics) Josh Ginsburg (bass) Marcus Gilmore (drums)

10 pm
Jon Irabagon & Mike Pride with Mick Barr
“I Don’t Hear Nothing But the Blues” Trio
Jon Irabagon (tenor sax) Mike Pride (drums) special guest Mick Barr (electric guitar)

10/5 Wednesday (SK)
8 and 10 pm
DJ Spooky and Antarctica Ensemble “The Book of Ice”
DJ Spooky (turntables) and ensemble

10/6 Thursday
8 pm
Elliott Sharp Trio
Brad Jones (bass) Ches Smith (drums) Elliott Sharp (saxes, guitar)

10 pm
Elliott Sharp and Orchestra Carbon
Jenny Lin (piano) Rachel Golub (violin) Danny Tunick (percussion) Reuben Radding, Kevin Ray (basses) Ha-Yang Kim (cello) Briggan Krauss (sax) Oscar Noriega(reeds) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Elliott Sharp (guitar)

10/7 Friday (CWL)
8 and 10 pm
Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Whit Dickey (drums)

10/8 Saturday (DDT)
8 and 10 pm
Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Whit Dickey (drums)

10/9 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Mary Halvorson
Peter Evans (trumpet) Weasel Walter (drums) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

10 pm
Mara Rosenbloom Quartet
Mara Rosenbloom (piano, composition) Sean Conly (bass) Nick Anderson (drums) Darius Jones(alto sax)


10/10 Monday (MJJ)
8 and 10 pm
Hilary Hahn plays the Charles Ives Violin Sonatas
Hilary Hahn (violin)
A special evening with the distinguished violinist HILARY HAHN presented as a special benefit for The Stone! The CHARLES IVES violin sonatas will be performed, followed by a discussion with Hillary and Jan Swafford (Charles Ives biographer, composer) and John Zorn. LIMITED SEATING SO ARRIVE EARLY! TWENTY DOLLARS

10/11 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
Mat Maneri, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock
Mat Maneri (viola) Kris Davis (piano) Ingrid Laubrock (sax)

10 pm
Mat Maneri, Ed Schuller, Randy Peterson
Mat Maneri (viola) Ed Schuller (bass) Randy Peterson (drums)

10/12 Wednesday (MJ)
8 pm
Mat Maneri, Matt Moran, Garth Stevenson, Randy Peterson
Mat Maneri (viola) Matt Moran (vibes) Garth Stevenson (bass) Randy Peterson (drums)

10 pm
Mat Maneri, Lucian Ban, John Herbert, Gerald Gleaver
Mat Maneri (viola) Lucian Ban (piano)
John Herbert (bass) Gerald Gleaver (drums)

10/13 Thursday (AS)
8 pm
Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut
Greg Ward (alto sax) Joe Sanders (bass) Damion Reid (drums)

10 pm
HPRIZM: High Priest of the Antipop Consortium Presents Black Goliath
High Priest of the Antipop Consortium (beat composer, vocalist) Micah Gaugh (sax)
High Priest of the Antipop Consortium presents: Black Goliath, a night of electronic beat-driven compositions featuring Micah Gaugh (saxophonist) (Cecil Taylor Unit, Burnt Sugar, Apollo Heights) Public Enemy frontman and icon “Chuck D” spoke of assembling his dream band via samples. With my latest pieces I’ve embraced that line of thinking. Pulling from the digital and analogue creates, I have put together a series of dynamic pieces that I am anxious to share. I am privileged to have saxophonist and composer Micah Gaugh join me in the presentation of Black Goliath.

10/14 Friday (JM)
8 pm
Mary Halvorson Quintet
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Jon Irabagon (alto sax) Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax) Jacob Garchik (trombone) Mary Halvorson (guitar) John Hebert (bass) Ches Smith (drums)
Quintet plus special guests.

10 pm
Dawn of Midi
Aakaash Israni (bass) Qasim Naqvi (percussion) Amino Belyamani (piano)

10/15 Saturday (JC)
8 pm
Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone
Jessica Pavone (viola) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

10 pm
Personal Heat
Jessica Pavone (violin, voice) Amnon Freidlin (guitar, electronics, processed voice)
Your trashiest local psychics deploy iced electronics; processed vocals, violin, and guitar; prismatic melodies; and scrambled pulsations to set out on a sweeping hunt of the ultra-verse. FREE.

10/16 Sunday (NL)
8 pm
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
Come support the Stone at our monthly rent party which is now ONE LONG SET BEGINNING AT 8PM SHARP AND CONTINUES TO 930! Only 75 people will be admitted so arrive early! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

10/17 Monday
7:15 and 9 pm

10/18 Tuesday
8 pm
Mary Ellen Childs – ETHEL String Quartet performs Dream House
A commentary on cycles of time, the rhythm of work and the intertwined nature of destruction and creation. Sound montage by Neverwas (Chris Cunningham)

10 pm
SONic FESTIVAL presents TWANG: Works for Guitar
Rafiq Bhatia, Andrew McKenna Lee, Ryan Brown, Toby Driver (guitars)
An evening of New Music for guitar presented in cooperation with the SONic FESTIVAL curated by Derek Bermel and Steve Gosling. FIFTEEN DOLLARS admission, TEN DOLLARS for SONiC festival pass holders. SONic Festival: Twang (not an XI event).

10/19 Wednesday
8 pm
Guy Klucevsek and The Bantam Orchestra
Mary Rowell (violin) Erik Friedlander (cello) Pete Donovan (bass) Guy Klucevsek (compositions, accordion, piano)
Klucevsek reprises his band of the early/mid ’90s (represented on recordings by Citrus, My Love, Stolen Memories) with two of the original members.

10 pm
David Behrman
David Behrman (electronics)
Solos and duos for small acoustic instruments and specially-designed laptop software.

10/20 Thursday (CB)
8 pm
Alan Licht Solo
Alan Licht (guitars)

10 pm
Richard Lainhart
Richard Lainhart (Buchla 200e, Haken Continuum)
New works for analog modular synthesizer.

10/21 Friday (MP)
8 pm
Fast Forward
Fast Forward (percussion)

10 pm
Matt Rogalsky
Matt Rogalsky (electronics)

10/22 Saturday
8 pm
Works by Jackson Mac Low performed by his friends
Andrew Bolotowsky (flute)
Works by Jackson Mac Low, performed by his friends, Andrew Bolotowsky and others.

10 pm
David First
David First (guitar, laptop) Kid Millions (drums) Katherine Liberovskaya (video)

10/23 Sunday
8 pm
Allison Cameron
Allison Cameron (keyboards, electronics, composition) Stephen Parkinson (guitar)
New compositions and improvisation by Allison in her duo with Stephen and possible guests.

10 pm
Phill Niblock and guitars
Matt Rogalsky (guitar) Robert Poss (guitar) Byron Westbrook (guitar)

10/24 Monday
7:15 and 9 pm

10/25 Tuesday (SK)
8 pm
David Watson and Jon Gibson
David Watson (highland bagpipes) Jon Gibson (saxes)
Where improvisation and minimalism meet.

10 pm
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher (electronics)
New electro-acoustic compositions with musicians.

10/26 Wednesday
8 pm
Ellen Band
Ellen Band (violin, electronics)

10/27 Thursday (CB)
8 pm
Al Margolis
Al Margolis (electronics) Monique Buzzarte (trombone) Katherine Liberovskaya (live video)

10 pm
Peter Zummo Ensemble plays “Experimenting With Household Chemicals”
Peter Zummo (trombone) Mustafa Ahmed (percussion) Jon Gibson (soprano sax, flute) Joseph Kubera (piano) Bill Ruyle (marimba) Ernie Brooks (bass guitar)

10/28 Friday (DS)
8 pm
Mary Jane Leach
Mary Jane Leach (electronics, voice)
Music to tickle your ears.

10 pm
Annea Lockwood
Annea Lockwood (electronics) Tom Buckner (voice) Frank Cassara, Dominic Donato, Martin Goldray
Annea Lockwood, Duende (Lockwood/Buckner), RCSC and other works.

10/29 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Lois V Vierk
Oren Fader (electric guitar) Matthew Gold (marimba)

10 pm
Byron Westbrook
Byron Westbrook (diffusion sound, video)

10/30 Sunday (YT)
8 pm
Gen Ken Montgomery
Gen Ken Montgomery (electronics)

10 pm
Charlie Morrow
Charlie Morrow

10/31 Monday
7:15 and 9 pm

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