Matthew Shipp will perform at the University of Bath this Saturday.

Ned Rothenberg & the Tori Ensemble play Thursday, December 8 (new date), 7:30 p.m. at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Independence Ave. at 12th St., SW in Washington DC.

The latest archival Anthony Braxton release is available from the Tricentric Foundation: GTM (KNITTING FACTORY) 1997 Recorded January 08, 1997 – The Knitting Factory, New York, NY.

The latest from Lucian Band and John Hebert is reviewed.

Chicago’s Lampo will live-cast their Saturday evening show on

More Chicago events: Jimmy Bennington / Steve Cohn will play a house concert Saturday December 3, 2011, 1216 W. Sherwin Ave. #1, Chicago, IL, 60626 at 8pm. Also, Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound
with Fred Jackson / Brian Sandstrom / Jimmy Bennington will play Thursday December 8, 2011, 9-11pm and Thursday December 22, 2011 at The New Lighthouse Tavern 1236 W. Chase, Chicago, Il, 60626.

And, in the “It Doesn’t Really Matter” category, John Hollenbeck was nominated for a Grammy for best instrumental composition.

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Site News

Hi everyone.  I was hoping that my next site update would have all positive news, such as AMN surpassing 1200 Facebook fans and 800 Twitter followers.  However, as you can see, I’ve had to strip down the site to its bare minimum appearance.

To make a long story short, AMN is now 8 1/2 years old with over 13,000 articles in its database.  As a result, it can use quite a bit of resources on the server despite traffic being relatively modest.  I’ve been working with my hosting company for the last week (including several very late nights) trying to reduce utilization, with only margin success.  So, this morning I’ve taken extreme measures, including turning off all connections to social media (i.e., Facebook and Twitter) and running the site in a minimal mode.

So, yes, the appearance is rather bland, but right now I’m not concerned about winning any beauty contests.

I will be continuing to make changes to the site over the next few days to see if I can find a long-term solution.  I appreciate your patience during this period.


Music and More Reviews

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From Music and More:

Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden and Mats Gustafsson – Live at the South Bank (Smalltown Superjazz, 2011)
Sao Paulo Underground – Tres Cabecas Loucuras (Cuneiform, 2011)
Mats/Morgan Band – Live (Cuneiform, 2011)
Sunna Gunnlaugs – Long Pair Bond (Sunny Sky, 2011)
Dred Scott Trio: Going Nowhere (Ropeadope, 2011)

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Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert

Elliott Carter
Cover of Elliott Carter

From 92nd Street Y:

92Y salutes one of the greatest composers of the 20th—and now the 21st—century with a program of his works, including several premieres, performed by artists who are his friends and champions.


Duettino for Violin and Cello
Figment IV for Solo Viola
String Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello (world premiere)
Bariolage for Solo Harp
Trije glasbeniki for Flute, Bass Clarinet and Harp (US premiere)
Retracing III for Solo Trumpet (US premiere)
Double Trio for Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Piano, Violin and Cello (US premiere)
Retracing for Solo Bassoon
Figment V for Solo Marimba
Hiyoku for Two Clarinets
A Sunbeam’s Architecture for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra (world premiere)

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Nate Wooley Quintet Omega at Brooklyn Lyceum


The pursuit of aloneness — in a deep-focus, self-obliterating sense — seems to mean a lot to the trumpeter Nate Wooley. An improviser with a tactile, patient, interrogatory approach to his craft, he belongs to the avant-garde jazz tradition but doesn’t press the issue of lineage. His two most recent albums are solo trumpet recordings: sealed-off worlds of serenely disquieting technique, with and without electronics. His baseline tone is unvarnished and autumnal, but he does so much else, in the realm of scrunches and striations, that it’s a fair question whether he has a baseline tone at all.

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Los Angeles Scene

From FaceBook Events:

Friday, December 2, 8pm
Glendale Moose Lodge, Ball Room (upstairs), 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale
Open Gate Theatre and The Loyal Order of the Moose present an evening of improvisation with Therese Wong (cello, voice), Jie Ma (pipa), Trevor Anderies (drums, percussion), Kio Griffith (video), Vinny Golia (winds), Bill Casale (bass), Will Salmon (flute, voice, keyboard).

Saturday/Sunday, December 3/4, 7:30pm
LEHRER ARCHITECTS, 2140 Hyperion Ave., Silverlake, Los Angeles
Burrow: A two-evening performance celebrating a month-long residency at Lehrer Architects, featuring:
CAROLE KIM (site-specific performance-based installation), THERESA WONG (voice, cello), PHIL CURTIS (electronics), SHEL WAGNER RASCH (dance), LYN HORTON (drawings). RSVP here.

Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Dr., West Los AngelesLAFMS (LA Free Music Society) Extravaganza at the Getty, featuring:
* Extended Organ (Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion)
* Tom Recchion solo
* Smegma (Ace Farren Ford, Dennis Duck, Oblivia, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Donkey Flybye, Rogue Iniki, Vetza)
* Le Forte Four (Chip Chapman, Susan Farthing-Chapman, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Potts) – First apperance of all original members in 30+ years.
Free Concert, but reservations are required: Click here for reservations.

Saturday, December 3, 10pm
Max Steiners, 2500 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Scott Heustis Trio: Scott Heustis (guitar), Breeze Smith (drums), Tony Green (contrabass)

From CalArts:

Sunday, December 4, 5pm
California Institute of the Arts, The Wild Beast Theatre, 24700 McBean Pkwy., Valencia
CalArts presents: Feedback, nothing, six and memory
A concert with 45 simultaneous performances (more or less) of music by John Cage, David Tudor and Alvin Lucier.

From FaceBook Events:

Sunday, December 4, 7:30pm
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, Los Angeles
Open Gate Theatre and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present the Sunday Series
* ROSS HAMMOND QUARTET: Ross Hammond (electric guitar), Vinny Golia (saxophones), Steuart Liebig (contrabass guitar),
Alex Cline (drums, percussion)
* DEVIN HOFF (bass), NICK MAZARELLA (saxophones), ALEX CLINE (drums, percussion)

From Monday Evening Concerts:

Monday, December 5, 8pm
Colburn School, Zipper Concert Hall, 200 South Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles
Monday Evening Concerts presents pieces by Heinz Holliger (Trema), John Cage (Seven), György Kurtág (…pas à pas – nulle part…), performed by Stephanie Griffin (viola), Movses Pogossian (violin) Karen Ouzounian (cello), Jonathan Hepfer (percussion), Alice Teyssier (flute), Brian Walsh (clarinet), Vicki Ray (piano), Nicholas Isherwood (bass-baritone).

From Angel City Arts:

Wednesday, December 7, 8pm
Royal T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City
* Slumgum: Jon Amstrong (saxophones), Rory Cowal (piano), Dave Tranchina (bass), Trevor Anderies (drums).
* Daniel Rosenboom Septet: Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet), Gavin Templeton (alto/soprano saxes, flute), Jon Armstrong (tenor sax, flute), Brian Walsh (bass clarinet, baritone sax), Rory Cowal (piano, keyboards), Hamilton Price (bass), Matt Mayhall (drums), and special guests: Alex Noice (electric guitar), Lindsay Claire (vocals).

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