Monsieur Délire Reviews

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From Monsieur Délire:

BLIXT / Blixt (Cuneiform)
POCKET ORCHESTRA / Phoenix (altrOck)
MIKE COOPER / Radio Paradise (Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu)
GROUP INERANE / Guitars from Agadez, Vol. 3 (Sublime Frequencies – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
MOGWAI / Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Sub Pop)
CHRIS BROWN / Iconicities (New World Records)
KOJI ASANO / Polar Parliament (Solstice)
HUMCRUSH & SIDSEL ENDRESEN / Ha! (Rune Grammofon – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
ANTHONY BRAXTON / Anthony Braxton [aka: B-X° NO-47A] (Sunspots)
AMM / Ammmusic 1966 (ReR Megacorp)
BEN FROST & DANÍEL BJARNASON / Sólaris (Bedroom Community – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
SWOD / Drei (City Centre Offices – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
GUELEWAR / Halleli N’Dakarou (Teranga Beat – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. / Cometary Orbital Drive (Bambalam Records)

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11/13 @ 6:00pm
at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Co-presented with PERFORMA:
Music of Fluxus: Felix Kubin, Lary 7, Chris Mann, MV Carbon’s TV Cello, and others

Issue Project Room will co-present a night of both historical works and new compositions inspired by Fluxus ideas, in collaboration with Performa, at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on Suffolk Street. The evening will include noise artist Felix Kubin and New York underground musician Lary 7, as well as practitioner of “compositional linguistics” Chris Mann, and a performance by former Artist-in-Residence MV Carbon on her TV cello, a sculpture and instrument inspired by original Fluxus pioneer Nam June Paik.

11/14 – 11/18, 10 am – 5 pm:
Everyday Experimental:
Annea Lockwood, “A Sound Map of the Housatonic River” (2010)

Annea Lockwood’s installation “A Sound Map of the Housatonic River” (2010) is constructed from both surface and underwater recordings of the Housatonic River, from the river’s source in the Berkshire mountains to its mouth in the Long Island Sound. The installation will run from 10 am – 5 pm daily (11/14 – 11/18) and beginning at 8 pm on evenings with performances.
Everyday Experimental is made possible, in part, through support from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation

Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz + Dither + Josh Sinton, Jeremiah Cymerman & Brian Chase

James Ilgenfritz juxtaposes his work as a composer and as an improviser, splitting the evening between a large-scale improvisational work for a quartet featuring Josh Sinton (amplified contrabass clarinet), Jeremiah Cymerman (amplified clarinet), and Brian Chase (drums, percussion) and the premiere of two new chamber works: a tragically cloud-like duet for violin and vibraphone and an enigmatic work featuring New York’s renowned electric guitar quartet Dither.

11/17 @ 8:00pm
Everyday Experimental:
Littoral: Alison Knowles

Alison Knowles was born in New York City in 1933. She is a visual artist known for her soundworks, installations, performances, publications and association with Fluxus, the experimental avant-garde group formally founded in 1962. Among her work within the Fluxus movement, Knowles collaborated with John Cage to produce Notations, a book of experimental composition, and Coeurs Volants, a print composed with Marcel Duchamp. Her event score Make a Salad drew an audience of over 3000 people to the Tate Long Weekend in 2008.
Loose Pages engages with the sculptural potential of the book through performance. Originally produced in collaboration with master paper maker Coco Gordon, Loose Pages translates the book spine into human form; flax and cotton paper pages from a portfolio opens up into pages for the body, arm flaps, leg flaps, hat and slippers. A performer (usually Knowles’ daughter, Jessica Higgins) dresses in the pages, which sound as the body moves about the space.

Loose Pages will be followed by Alex Waterman, who will perform one of Knowles’ Bean Scores on cello. Waterman is a founding member of the Plus Minus Ensemble, based in Brussels and London, specializing in avant-garde and experimental music. In New York he performs with the Either/Or Ensemble.

11/18 @ 8:00pm
Everyday Experimental:
Moniek Darge + Françoise Vanhecke & Graham Lambkin

Moniek Darge, of the Belgian Logos Foundation, has been creating sonic art since the 1970s. Her soundscapes paint an aural picture of different locations in the world. Recently, she has also created collective soundscape compositions with other female composers. She will present some of these works, as well as others, with guests Françoise Vanhecke and Graham Lambkin. The most recent work brings sounds from Tamil Nadu in India and evokes the aural worlds of nature, rituals, commercial music and traffic.
Françoise Vanhecke is a vocalist, pianist, actress and composer. Darge and Vanhecke will present East Crete, Mother Goddess, a work compiled entirely from field recordings in Crete. Originally composed as part of annual intermedia arts event Levka Ori, East Crete, Mother Goddess fuses land and sound art to evoke the atmosphere of the island and recall the ancient hope for a utopian society.

Graham Lambkin was a part of the band The Shadow Ring, formed in England when he was 19. He moved to the U.S. in 1998, and in 2003 released I’m Some Songs with The Shadow Ring. Over the last few years, Lambkin has primarily worked under his own name, releasing two solo records (Salmon Run and Softly Softly Copy Copy), and two hardcover books featuring his writing and drawings (Dumb Answer to Miracles and Dripping Junk). His own Kye label releases both his own work and that of artists like Moniek Darge and Vanessa Rossetto.

11/19 @ 8:00pm
Everyday Experimental:
Annea Lockwood presents Ear-Walking Woman performed by Lois Svard + Olivia Block

Born in New Zealand, Annea Lockwood’s work ranges from sound art and installations to text-sound and performance art to concert music. Ear-Walking Woman, for prepared piano and exploring pianist, is an open-ended exploration; the piece determines which “tools” are used in each section, and the pianist is asked to listen closely to the sounds created by each action. The piece was commissioned by Lois Svard, and is dedicated to her.

Olivia Block creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, film, and performance. Her compositions often include field recordings, scored segments for chamber instruments, and electronic textures. She works with chamber ensembles, using both notation and improvisation techniques, and performs partially improvised compositions for inside-piano and electronics. Her recording with Greg Kelley is forthcoming from Erstwhile Records.

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John Zorn Composer Portrait Features Five Premieres at Miller

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From Broadwayworld:

Friday, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
The iconic avant-gardist John Zorn returns to Miller with an incredibly ambitious lineup, featuring four world premieres played by some of his favorite musicians from New York and beyond. A top-shelf selection of soloists will play virtuosic new works written just for them, while larger ensemble pieces round out the program, infused throughout with Zorn’s characteristic vitality, rhythmic drive, and rockstar solo passages.

Just added: Zorn himself will give a late-night encore performance following the concert, improvising on the beautiful Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia campus. The performance-inspired by Zorn’s early experience as a church organist-will begin at 11 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.

ARTISTS: Fred Sherry, cello
Jennifer Koh, violin
Steve Gosling, piano
Talea Ensemble
Brad Lubman, conductor

with special guests
Jenny Choi, violin
Trevor Dunn, bass
Peter Evans, trumpet
David Fulmer, viola
June Han, harp
Alex Lipowski, percussion
Michael Nicolas, cello
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Joe Pereira, percussion
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
David Taylor, bass trombone
Willie Winant, percussion
Kenny Wolleson, drums

PROGRAM: Bateau Ivre (2011) – world premiere
Illuminations (2010) – world premiere
Passagen (2011) – world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
Cerberus (2010) – world premiere
À Rebours (2010) – New York premiere

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New Releases on Utech Records

From Utech Records:


With an eldritch terror that could just as easily be from another dimension as the darkest ocean comes the latest release from Ural Umbo, Delusion of Hope. Feedback and melody barely escape from the murky crevices, tinged with a sense of grinding tension. Sharp, acidic percussion slices through the blackness with violent urgency, while electronic blasts and organic drones entwine and ensnare. Some dim instinctive memory vaguely resurrects a shadowy scene wherein black drums roar madly, and monstrous beings squat loathsomely in inexplicable rituals rooted in the black dawn of the universe. Limited to 300 copies on clear vinyl. Comes with cd version of the album. Photography by Alexander Binder.


The vastness of space is a frightening concept. Sky Burial, with astral navigation from Nik Turner (Hawkwind), leads a cosmogonic caravan through layered passages of sound. The result is Kosmiche Musik for the modern space age. Aegri Somnia apposes delicate melodies with vacuous drones creating a world ghastly and unhinged. In space, no one can hear you dream. Presented in a heavy letterpress sleeve with fold out poster.
Mastered by Justin K Broadrick. Art by Thomas Hooper.


From the opening pulse through the flourish of its conclusion, Urania is an auditory capsulization of outer space. Like the magazine it draws its title from, strains of evil, surrealism, and technological grandeur exist in an oxygenless environment. Urania is the sound of various futures, from modular analog synth textures to bizarre, unidentifiable soundtracks created with alien technology. From idyllic utopian societies to scorched, apocalyptic lands, Architeuthis Rex examine the mysteries of the universe and futures that lie ahead. Presented in a heavy black/black package with green poster. Art by Reuben Sawyer.


The debut release from Polish composer Adrian Aniol, It All Falls Apart, is a slow, fog-enshrouded journey upriver into the mouth of madness. Slow, frigid waves of sound seep in from the misty distance. White noise clashes with subsonic percussive crashes piling on the unease and tension that builds to an appropriately lunatic conclusion. The B-side features a remix of the entire piece by Steven Hess (Locrian, Ural Umbo). No computers were used on the remix. The piece was literally done by hand, using cd Walkman, desktop cassette player, phone taping microphone, looper/sampler with three altered loops, drums, and a cinder block with contact mic. Black cassette.

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