Mike Patton and John Zorn are releasing a Christmas single.

Peter Brotzmann’s upcoming Chicago shows are previewed.

Jason Roebke is profiled.

Illuha’s debut album, Shizuku, is out on 12k. The group is comprised of Tokyo residents Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date. Shizuku was recorded in a 100-year old church in Bellingham, Washington and the duo used ambient and quad-microphone techniques to capture the natural acoustics of the high-vaulted ceilings, wooden floors, stained glass and the natural resonances of the space.

And finally, perhaps as an example of what type of music I tend to avoid, scientists believed that they have discovered the world’s most relaxing song.

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.

Jason Kao Hwang / Edge – Crossroads Unseen (2011)
Jeff Kaiser – 13 Themes For A Triskaidekaphobic (2003)
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra / Kim Myhr – Stems and Cages (2010)
Pierre-Yves Martel – Disparition de I’usine Ephemere (2008)
New Risen Throne – Loneliness of Hidden Structures (2011)

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Marc Ribot
Cover of Marc Ribot

From London’s Vortex :

Thursday 20 | 8.30pm | £8
Parker, Edwards, Marsh
Evan Parker’s free improvisation residency with regular partners – bassist John Edwards and drummer Tony Marsh.


Wednesday 26 | 8.30pm | £12
Fire! with special guest Oren Ambarchi
Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, Andreas Werlin
FIRE! is an all-star combo from Sweden featuring Mats Gustafsson from The Thing (saxophone/rhodes), Johan Berthling from Tape (bass) and Andreas Werliin from Wildbirds and Peacedrums (percussion), now with added firepower on this special run of dates courtesy of Australian drone lord Oren Ambarchi (guitar/electronics). Their sound is a frenzy of monolithic rock textures, scorched electronics, kosmiche grooves and an all-channels-open free jazz spirit, all amped up at blistering psychedelic voltage.


Thursday 27 | 8.30pm | £12
Fire & Oren Ambarchi
As Wednesday 26.


Friday 28 | 8.30pm | £10
Exotic Pylon

Sunglasses for the Visionary – A Night of Cambridge Blues

In March this year Matthew ‘Woebot’ Ingram shored up in Cambridge to unearth a freakish assemblage of underground sonic travellers and outcasts for The Wire Magazine. Tonight we present those four idiosyncratic alien artists in one setting with Woebot DJing throughout the night.

The Man from Uranus
Cosmic junk-shop synth sci-fi – Sun Ra and Stockhausen via jean-Jaques Perry, Esquivel and Roger Roger. “I love to make sound a visible entity- to paint with it.”

The Doozer
Joe Meek productions through folk ethnography. “Guitars reverberate; drums ebb; gamelan parts move like clockwork and hand cymbals tinkle”.

Pete Um
Anarcho-poetic, comedic anti-music. “Imagine if Quasimodo was a Home Counties Vicar dispensing slurred homilies, or perhaps if 2 Live Crew’s Luke Skywalker were producing Position Normal”.

Abandoning computer sound as “cheap-quality paper and released through Werk and Ramp, Nochexxx creates post-everything techno on vintage analogue equipment moving dancefloor synthesis into a parallel universe.


Vortex City Sessions
At the Bishopsgate Institute
The Vortex is proud to present a new autumn programme of music at the Bishopsgate Institute, located in the heart of the City.

As part of the expanding cultural programme at the Institute, the Vortex will present an eclectic mix of artists from multiple genres – from folk to jazz to dubstep and dance hall.

At Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate, City of London
London EC2M 4QH

Friday 28 | 7.00pm | £16.50
Marc Ribot Trio
A rare opportunity to see the Marc Ribot trio with a classic line-up comprising legendary bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor. Marc Ribot’s experimental trio draws on the improvising telepathy developed in performance working as Spiritual Unity to reach new heights and depths of free/punk/jazz. Ribot was a prodigious talent from his teens when he played guitar in various garage bands whilst studying under his mentor, Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. Moving to New York City in 1978, Ribot was a member of the soul/punk Realtones and John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards. He also worked as a side musician with Brother Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry, and many others.



Sunday 30 | 8.30pm | £12
The Thirteenth Assembly
Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, Tomas Fujiwara
Forged from a shared history of collaborations ranging from intimate duos to Anthony Braxton’s various ensembles, The Thirteenth Assembly features four distinguished musician/composers working together as equals to create distinctively eclectic, yet cohesive music. Drawing on years of familiarity, as well as its members’ diverse backgrounds in genres including classical, folk, rock, jazz and the avant-garde, this collective ensemble has performed across the United States and Europe since 2007, and released its debut recording (un)sentimental (Important Records) in 2009. The group’s follow-up CD, Station Direct, will be released by Important Records in the summer of 2011.

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San Francisco Bay Area Scene

Matt Ingalls, Tom Dambly, and John Ingle
Matt Ingalls, Tom Dambly, and John Ingle, Image by michaelz1 via Flickr

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, October 20, 8pm
Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th Street), San Francisco
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series
* 8pm – Jaroba & Keith Cary – Gizmos and Gadgets, The Bicycle tone Generator, the Plassoon, the Pots and Pan Cello and the Mastertron
* 9pm – Ritwik Banerji – saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet with artificial improvising agents “Maxine” designed with Max/MSP

From Berkeley Arts Festival 2011:

Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley
Thursday, October 20, 9pm
Darren Johnston Nice Guy Trio: Darren Johnston (trumpet), Rob Reich (accordion), Daniel Fabricant (bass)

Friday, October 21, 12noon
Jerry Kuderna (piano)

Saturday, October 22, 8pm
an evening of duos:
* David Boyce / Phillip Greenlief (tenor sax duo)
* Tin/Bag: Kris Tiner (trumpet), Mike Bagetta (guitar)

From FaceBook Events:

Friday, October 21, 9:30pm
The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave. (@ Prince), Berkeley
Surplus 1980 album release show with Marches and White Pee
Moe! Staiano‘s latest studio project, Surplus 1980, will release a CD/LP and will perform a one-time show with Alee Karim (bass), Thomas Scandura (drums), Hillary Overberg (violin), Bill Wolter (guitar). Opening will be Marches with Aram Shelton, Cory Wright, Michael Coleman, Jordan Glenn and Sam Ospovat. Headlining will be White Pee. Not to be missed!

Saturday, October 22, 4pm
Good Bellies, 4659 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Heavy Discipline series presents: Bryan Tucker – electronics (solo+)

From sfSoundSeries:

Saturday, October 22, 8pm
Noe Valley Ministry, 102 Sanchez St., San Francisco
sfSound plays works by Iannis Xenakis, Luciano Berio, Stefan Wolpe, Dan Joseph, Christopher Burns, John Ingle / sfSoundGroup, and Matt Ingalls / John Ingle, performed by sfSound players Matt Ingalls (clarinet, bass clarinet), John Ingle (alto saxophone), Tom Dambly (trumpet), Hadley McCarroll (piano, voice), Ben Kreith (violin), Monica Scott (cello), Christopher Burns (electronics).

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, October 22, 8pm
Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco
Meridian presents Profound Fatigue, an intermedia performance piece examining the discourse around the climate crisis, by M. Mara-Ann. Jason Hoopes (bass), Noah Phillips (guitar), Gretchen Jude (koto, voice), Julie Binkley (dance), M. Mara-Ann (voice), Alexa Hall (live-feed videography), and Melissa Lozano (live transcription).

Saturday, October 22, 8pm
Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th St., Oakland
THE UNCOMFORTABLE ZONES OF FUN: experiments in experience/participation performance
Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.

Saturday, October 22, 9pm
Swarm Gallery, 560 2nd St., Oakland
Light A Fire presents: GREX CD RELEASE!!
* Grex (Evangelista/Scampavia duo + group) (free jazz chamber pop)
* Wiener Kids (manic/witty grunge jazz)
* Alee Karim and the Science Fiction (spectacular soundscape pop)
Projections for Grex and Wiener Kids by (respectively) Ri Crawford and Jerry Smith!

From Cafe Royale

Sunday, October 23, 6pm
Cafe Royale, 800 Post St. (@ Leavenworth), San Francisco
live music with Darren Johnston

From Nebraska Mondays:

Monday, October 24, 7:30pm
Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento
Nebraska Mondays, curated by Ross Hammond, present: G.E. Stinson (guitar, electronics) and Phillip Greenlief (tenor sax), with John Bafus’ Genetic Makeup.

From Bay Improviser:

Monday, October 24, 8pm
Stanford University, CCRMA Stage, 660 Lomita Dr., Stanford
Pianist Gloria Cheng is widely recognized as a preeminent performer of contemporary music. This unique CCRMA Cabaret concert will feature rarely performed pieces by John Cage: “Water Music” and the “Sonatas and Interludes” for prepared piano.

Wednesday, October 26, 8pm
Stanford University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford
A John Cage Celebration
So Percussion returns to Stanford with an instrument-filled stage for our John Cage/Merce Cunningham mini-festival, joined by M.C. Schmidt of the electronica duo Matmos and composer/electronics artist Cenk Ergun. John Cage was both musical “father” and key aesthetic influence for So — it’s only fitting, then, that this ensemble should return with a program of Cage’s late works and new compositions written in his honor.

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JACK Quartet pays hommage to composer Iannis Xenakis

”]Cover of "Xenakis: Kraanerg [DVD Video]"

From Vancouver’s Province:

This weekend, Vancouver New Music presents a three night-long Xenakis event under its New Music Festival wing. There is a free screening of Mark Kidel’s BBC documentary Something Rich and Strange: The Life and Music of Iannis Xenakis every night at 5 p.m. Thursday night’s concert features Montreal’s Aiyun Huang and Vancouver’s Fringe Percussion as well as the Lori Freedman Ensemble. Friday and Saturday’s shows include New York City’s JACK Quartet, Vancouver’s Danny Tones and Edmonton’s Roger Admiral and VEE Audio Installation (Sat. only). The Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie, has a special exhibition of the composer’s music, architectural, theoretical and personal writings and projects. Unconnected to the festival, Standing Wave and Talking Pictures in collaboration with Random Elements present the Xenakinesis concert at Scotiabank on Sunday, 8 p.m.

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The New New New Thing: Darius Jones and Tyshawn Sorey

From Baltimore City Paper:

The real challenge here, truthfully, involves keeping you reading once you figure out this article is about jazz. Not you, the small cadre of seasoned heads and eager aspirants, but you, the average person who generally does not listen to much jazz, if any, or if you do, you pretty much lose interest at a point somewhere along the continuum of pre-comeback Miles. Trust that the only thing more wearying than reading another hyperbolic-sounding story about this or that worthy new player who’s really worth checking out, seriously, is the prospect of writing one. But even amid the glut of fully matriculated musicians and their various recordings, there is still music—vital, intriguing music—being made. And in 2011 a good chunk of it is being made by Darius Jones and Tyshawn Sorey.

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