AMN Reviews: Bruce Friedman – Motoko Honda: Edge Study

Bruce Friedman – Motoko Honda: Edge Study (AnalogArts)

Edge Study is an experiment in tones and textures featuring West Coast composer/trumpeter Bruce Friedman and sound artist Motoko Honda. Friedman is perhaps best known as the creator of the OPTIONS system of graphic notation, a set of combinable symbols defining parameters to guide improvisation. Here he takes up the role of improvising instrumentalist working without a score, while Honda accompanies him on the Nord Lead Synthesizer.

As Friedman describes it, the purpose of this experiment is to come up with a way to reconfigure melody for the twenty-first century—in a way that is freed from functional harmony or pre-established cadences. One approach is to reconsider the basic elements of sound and phrasing underlying melody, and that is what happens here.

The three pieces contained on the CD represent a variety of minimalism grounded in the raw material of tone. Each improvisation follows the same basic template. Friedman creates a series of events consisting of clusters of a few long-held notes, which are followed by silence. Honda’s occasional interventions supply timbral variety and, when chance meetings of trumpet and synthesizer occur, accidental chords. Friedman’s selection of tones is firmly centered on the trumpet’s middle register, while the dynamic range is kept at an even level. The result is an open atmosphere of low density, as sound disperses before it can accumulate into a thickening mass. Any illusion of functional development is avoided through the deliberate use of tone sequences that are structured more by a sense of discovery than by scalar or harmonic development. Reimagined in this way, melody is returned to the ground of its own possibility. In the process, Friedman and Honda offer a kind of analytical decomposition that breaks the basic melodic unit of the phrase into an exchange between tone and silence, and the expansion and contraction of time.


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Taylor Ho Bynum on Tour

From Taylor Ho Bynum:

Positive Catastrophe Mini-tour
THB – cornet, co-leader; Abraham Gomez-Delgado – percussion, voice, co-leader; Kamala Sankaram – voice, accordion; Mark Taylor – french horn; Reut Regev – trombone; Matt Bauder – tenor saxophone; Michael Attias – baritone saxophone; Pete Fitzpatrick – electric guitar; Alvaro Benavides – electric bass; Tomas Fujiwara – drums

Everyone’s favorite trans-idiomatic ten-piece little big band will be hitting the road in preparation for recording our second CD (coming out in the spring of ’12 on Cuneiform Records). We’re breaking in a brand new book of music, including Abraham’s Dibujos Dibrujos Dibrujos, a suite commissioned by Chamber Music America/Doris Duke’s New Jazz Works Grant, and the premiere of a three-part suite of mine called Knowledge Gained From Old Books About Seafaring, with text by Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, and David Mitchell. Here are the dates:

10:00pm Thursday 11/17: The Stone, corner of Ave C and 2nd St, NYC

9:30pm Friday 11/18: Secret invite-only concert somewhere on the Brooklyn/Queens border. (This is your invite, so feel part of the in-crowd!) Also featuring the interdisciplinary improvisation collective Action Theory. Email me for details and to RSVP.

8:00pm Saturday 11/19: The Big Room, 319 Peck St, New Haven CT.

9:15pm Sunday 11/20: Cuneifest, Cuneiform Record’s 2-day label showcase. At An Die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD. The whole day of music also features the Claudia Quintet +1, Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown, Ideal Bread, and Carlo De Rosa’s Cross-Fade.

Interdisciplinary Splendor in Scenic Connecticut
On 8:00pm Thursday December 1, I’ll be performing with Anthony Braxton‘s Pine Top Aerial Music at Wesleyan University‘s Crowell Concert Hall. The ensemble premiered at the Tri-Centric Festival in October, and it is a wonderful three-dimensional realization of Anthony’s musical languages. The group features Braxton and Matt Bauder on reeds, Anne Rhodes on voice, Rachel Bernsen and Melanie Maar dancing, and me on cornet.

Then, on December 3-4, the 4th Take Your Time performance series kicks off in New Haven at the Big Room. Saturday 12/1 (starting at 8pm) features a lecture by the brilliant dance and improvisation scholar Danielle Goldman, a performance by Action Theory (with me, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Rachel Bernsen, and Melanie Maar), and new music by composer Carl Testa. Sunday 12/2 (starting at 7pm) features new work by Abraham and Melanie, and an excerpt of Complete In Itself, a new documentary film about the artistic process.

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DMG Newsletter November 11th, 2011

From DMG:

William Parker/Ken Aldcroft! The Element Choir! Jeff Gauthier Goatette with Nels Cline! Henry Kaiser/Trey Gunn/Morgan Agren! Steve Bernstein MTO Plays Sly Stone! Mike Patton OST! Corey Wilkes & Kahil El’ Zabar!

Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/Mats Gustafsson! Archie Shepp & Joachim Kuhn! Charles Lloyd & Maria Farantouri! Dino Saluzzi! Tim Hagans! Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut! Kidd Jordan Trio!

7 from FMR: Paul Dunmall! Frode Gjerstad! Fed Lonberg-Holm! Trevor Taylor Electro Acoustic Ensemble!

Eugene Chadbourne & Warren Smith! Samuel Blazer/ Paul Motion Qt! Tatsuya Yoshida /Ruins CD/LP/DVD! Kazuhisa Uchihashi & Shelley Hirsch/Makigami Koichi/Altered States!

Jacques Berrocal/Ghedalia Tazartes! Sofia Gubaidulina! Luigi Nono! Helmut Lachenmann! Ravi Shankar! and the Kind Of Blue label!


The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues With:

This Sunday, November 13th at 6pm:

Sunday, November 20th: Two CD’s Release Celebration Featuring:
6pm: KEN ALDCROFT – Solo Guitar Compositions & Duo with WILLIAM PARKER!

Sunday, November 27th at 6pm:
JESSE DULMAN & JASON CANDLER – Great Tuba & Alto Sax Duo!

Sunday, December 4th at 6pm:
New Contrabass / Saxophone / Electronics Trio!

Sunday, Devember 11th at 6pm:
PATRICK BRENNAN – R˜nin Phasing – Solo Sax!

Sunday, December 18th – OutNow Records Double-Header featuring:
6pm: YONI KRETZMER – Tenor & ANDREW DRURY- drums!
7pm: ROY CAMBPELL, JR. – trumpet & x EHRAN ELISHA – drums!

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