AMN Reviews: HAG – Moist Areas

HAG: Moist Areas [eh?56]

HAG – the name is an acronym derived from the last names of trumpeter Brad Henkel, bassist Sean Ali and snare drummer David Grollman – are an ensemble specializing in the unorthodox use of orthodox instruments. The pieces collected here focus on the broad textural possibilities available to acoustic instruments, offered up in an often clamorous pile-on of sound. Occasionally one can identify Grollman’s cymbal scraping the head of his snare, or individual notes from Ali’s pizzicato bass, or Henkel’s breath passing along the length of his trumpet. Most often though the improvisations take the form of a dense collision of sounds pulled directly from wood, metal and plastic. A sonic adventure indeed.

Newsbits: Logan / Montrose / Braxton / Zappa

The Giuseppi Logan Project is on Kickstarter, and collecting money for a release of new Logan recordings.

Ronnie Montrose has passed away at age 64.

Son of Night After Night summarizes the thirteen new Anthony Braxton bootlegs.

Dweezil Zappa is interviewed about his upcoming Australian Zappa Plays Zappa tour.

Out of Your Head Brooklyn has posted a couple of videos from recent shows featuring Tony Malaby, Patrick Breiner, Ed Rosenberg, Simon Jermyn, Flin van Hemmen, and Adam Schatz, Kirk Knuffke, Shannon Barnett, Will McEvoy, Tim Kuhl.

Tomas Fujiwara on Tour

From Tomas Fujiwara:

Sasha Dobson
Wednesdays March 7 & 28 at 7PM
Barbes, 376 9th St.
Brooklyn, NY
Red Baraat’s 1st Annual Festival of Colors

Saturday, March 10 at 7PM
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
New York, NY
Thumbscrew (Halvorson/Formanek/Fujiwara)

Sunday, March 11 at 8:30PM
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St.
New York, NY
Thumbscrew (Halvorson/Formanek/Fujiwara)

Wednesday, March 14 at 9PM
The Wind-Up Space, 12 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD
Matana Roberts‘ Coin Coin Chapter Two Mississippi Moonchile

March 18-25
European Tour (France, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany)
The Prisoner (Johnson/Laubrock/Fujiwara)

Monday, March 26 at 7:30PM
Clemente Soto Velez Educational and Cultural Center
107 Suffolk St.
New York, NY